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Stella Maris Academy Students Excel at the National  History Day® Contest

Chase and Colin

WDIO:  Students Bring Home 1st Place from National History Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chase Baumgarten and Colin McShane, 6th grade students at Stella Maris Academy in Duluth Minnesota recently competed in the National History Day Contest, held at the University of Maryland, college Park in the Washington, D.C. area, June 10-14. They were awarded 1st place in the Group
Exhibit, Junior Division.

The 2018 theme for the contest was Conflict & Compromise in History. Chase and Colin joined more than half a million students globally who completed projects in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Chase and Colin created an exhibit titled The US Government vs the Reserve Mining
Company a Compromise of Pollution and Industry.

After completing a project, students compete in a series of contests beginning at the local level. The top students in all 50 states, D.C., U.S. territories and international schools are given the opportunity to attend the National Contest.

“The work students put into these projects is astounding,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “To make it to the National Contest is a remarkable achievement. Less than 1% of all projects make it to this level. It requires a superb level of research and critical thinking skills. I am confident we will continue to see great things from all of these students because the skills learned through competing in NHD help prepare students for success in college and career.”

More than 300 historians and education professionals evaluate the students’ work at the national competition. $150,000 in scholarships were awarded at the national awards ceremony and more than 100 students took home cash prizes between $250 and $1,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging.

About National History Day® (NHD): NHD is a non-profit education organization headquartered in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD promotes an appreciation for historical research among middle and high school students through multiple annual programs. More than half a million students participate in the annual National History Day Contest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD provides professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators of all levels. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney
Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.


Welcome to Stella Maris

Stella Maris Academy is a coming together of a Catholic community for the educational formation of students to become good citizens of this world, loving God and neighbor, and enriching society with the influence of the gospel. As a community of faith, Stella Maris Academy believes the authentic spirit of Catholicism should permeate the curriculum; with truth, beauty, and goodness imbued in all aspects of learning. Guided by the principles of our values, the mission of our academic community is to prepare lifelong learners who lead, love, and serve as Jesus taught, therefore transforming our world one student at a time.


Our SMA Community

"Together, the families, students, faculty, priests, sisters and all here at Stella Maris Academy create the environment where love, truth, mercy and tradition live. We are guided by the Church and the power of the Holy Spirit to be witnesses of Christ through the community we build and the learning we foster, through the leadership and stewardship we show, the recognition of the innumerable and diverse gifts God has given to each of us and for the respect for each other and the love of our Catholic identity.

Without a doubt Stella Maris Academy will be known in our community and beyond for the exemplary formation of not only our students, but also of our families and for the great work we do together through Stella Maris Academy. We will be second to none for the depth and breadth of our commitment to bettering the world through our intellectual, spiritual, human and stewardship formation focus. Stella Maris Academy students will go out into the world virtuous and wise." 

-Hilaire Hauer, Interim-President of Stella Maris Academy

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Kindergarten – 8th grade: 7:40 a.m. – 2:10 p.m. 
Pre-Kindergarten: 7:40 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Holy Rosary Campus: 
Kindergarten – 4th grade: 7:40 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Pre-Kindergarten: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

St. John's Campus: 
5th– 8th Grade: 7:40 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

SMA in the News

Students bring home 1st place from National History Day 
August 1st WDIO story link here

SMA finds confidence in smooth merger and positive enrollment
November 15th KBJR6 story link here

Students at Stella Maris care for their community
October 27th KBJR6 story link here

First Day of School
September 5th WDIO-TV story link here

Stella Maris Academy Takes on New Identity; Board Members Focus on Next Step
April 2nd WDIO-TV story link here

Diocese of Duluth announces new school's name
Link to story in the Duluth News Tribune April 1st here