28Apr
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Student Spotlight: Lyndsey Patten 5th grade

The elementary grades of schooling should be a time of intense learning in all facets of life. A child’s intellect is focused on absorbing knowledge and skills in a myriad of disciplines. Lyndsey Patten is currently a 5th grade student at Mount Royal Academy who embodies this truth. Her teacher, Mrs. Diebold, notes that Lyndsey works hard in class, never fails to complete her assignments and is especially good in math. Her academic diligence has won her a consistent spot on the quarterly honor roll lists. Outside of school, Lyndsey pursues excellence in many ways. She has studied ballroom danc...

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21Apr
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Two Seniors at MRA Earn Esteemed Oberkotter Scholarship

As the class of 2016 approaches graduation, the pressure to confront their future only increases. This pressure typically peaks even closer to May 1st, when seniors have to submit housing deposits. The ever growing costs of post-secondary education are a decisive factor, even if we want to encourage our young people to dream and look beyond the horizon to new possibilities for greatness. In this context, receiving a scholarship can be a vital piece of information while seniors select which door to open. Mount Royal Academy is pleased to announce that two incredibly accomplished and outstanding...

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13Apr

Captivating Pope Provides Practical Wisdom

Dear Families, Pope Francis is without a doubt, a highly captivating and inspiring figure. His papacy has been marked by a renewed public interest in so-called matters of faith, even though the culture is becoming more and more resistant to anything perceived to be unseen, unproven, or purportedly unfair. I am sure many of us have encountered commentary regarding the post-synodal exhortation entitled Amoris Lataeitie ('Joy of Love'). Forgive me if this is too blunt, but the primary reason our culture has been eager for this document penned by Pope Francis to be released is quite simple: human...

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12Apr

Student Spotlight: Matthew Caveney (Class of 2016)

Matthew Caveney ('16) is pictured here with his sister, Miriam ('16), sporting his medals from  Division II States.   Mount Royal Academy’s mission is centered on fostering an environment in which each student can recognize his true dignity and excel in all facets of life. Senior Matthew Caveney exemplifies this ethic. As president of the Student Government and a member of the National Honors Society, his leadership is well established. His efforts led to improved social experiences for the student body. Matt oversaw a field trip to a Red Sox game last year. He recently coordinated...

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01Apr

Rare, Intimate Musical Concerts at MRA

There is a well-kept secret hiding in Sunapee NH. Only a privileged few are aware that Mount Royal Academy has hosted five high caliber musical concerts over the past six months. The series has been dubbed the Concert Spirituel. The title pays homage to the tradition that began in late 18th century France. At that time, musical performances were heard by the privileged few in the homes of society’s elite. The Concert Spirituel was proffered to the public at large through the purchase of a ticket - a truly novel idea at the time. The series underway at Mount Royal Academy has revived the concep...

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23Mar
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Headmaster's Triduum Message

Dear Families, There is a famous Catholic saying that captures the reality of what we are about to enter: "It must be Holy Week." The saying signifies that because the God of the universe endured the greatest injustice in human history for our sake, we should expect a heavy dose of the bizarre ourselves. But even though bad things happen to good people, we don't stop at the mere recognition of evil. We can see beyond evil because of the resurrection faith. The eyes of faith provide clarity of vision and perspective, since we know that the battle between good and evil has already been won. Holy...

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08Mar

Thrilling Performance by Moscow Pianist Ilya Vanichkin at Mount Royal Academy

  On February 27th, Moscow piano virtuoso Ilya Vanichkin wowed an intimate group of concertgoers from all over Sullivan County.  He exhibited complete mastery of the school's new grand piano. Indeed, Vanichkin performed with subtle shadings and a musical sensibility that is extremely rare. "We had the audience sit in a close-knit semicircle around the keyboard.  When Ilya first came in and saw how close to the piano I had put the chairs, he told me to back them up a bit," says Simeon Morrow, Mount Royal's Music Director and producer of the Concert Spirituel series for which Vanichkin performe...

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07Mar
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Mount Royal Academy Launches Violin Program

A large Vermont Violins truck was seen unloading at 26 Seven Hearths Lane recently; thirty-three new violins were delivered into the eager hands of Mount Royal Academy students, grades Pre-Kindergarten to Sixth Grade.  This group of selected students will be training to play as an orchestra under the tutelage of nationally acclaimed Suzuki violin master, Alicia Casey, Program Coordinator at the Upper Valley Music Center, Lebanon. "I am thrilled to be able to work with the Mount Royal Academy to start a Strings in Schools program right in Sunapee. The Upper Valley Music Center's mission is to p...

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03Mar
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Mount Royal Academy Inducts Four into National Honor Society

Mount Royal Academy welcomed four students into membership of The Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, in a ceremony held at the school on February 25. Members were selected by a faculty council that evaluated the applicants based on the four criteria of NHS; scholarship, service, leadership and character. Aila Wenger (10th grade), Autumn-Rose Prunier (11th grade), Bernadette Klucinec (11th grade), and Johanna Fitzgibbons (11th grade) were approved. As part of their induction, the students must collaborate on a community service project to be completed by the end of the...

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03Mar

Athletic Director Goes Above and Beyond

  The life of an Athletic Director is consumed by scheduling, scheduling, and more scheduling. Now add creating a new website for a league featuring over 100 basketball teams, as well as a full-time teaching load, and you can imagine that managing time, acting efficiently, and engaging in real interactions with colleagues, parents, and students is somewhat impossible. Andrew Mihaly is able to do it all, and do it all very well. His efforts were recently recognized by the Merrimack Basketball League. Mr. Mihaly was named 'Volunteer of the Year' by the community of directors, coaches, and paren...

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