Monday, March 19, 2012

Brown joins Clairvaux Society

Michayla Brown, a junior at St. Bernard Preparatory School, recently became the youngest member to be received into the Clairvaux Society, an estate and planned giving program of St. Bernard Abbey and School. Michayla’s gift of a life insurance policy with St. Bernard Abbey as the beneficiary qualifies her for membership in the society.

The Clairvaux Society was founded in 2011 and honors those who have included St. Bernard Abbey and School in their estate planning. More information can be found at Click on “Development” on the home page and then “Estate and Planned Giving.” Michayla is shown presenting her gift to Abbot Cletus Meagher, OSB.

Brown is the daughter of Dr. & Mrs. James Brown of Arab, AL.

St. Bernard’s Ayleana Mami to compete in Australia

St. Bernard Prep’s Ayleana Mami is $1,650 away from blazing a trail to Austraila this June to participate in the Down Under Sports Competion - Track and Field Division. Mami was selected to represent Alabama and the United States for her outstanding state performance in the 1600 meter as well as the 3200 meter race.

“I am so thankful for the many friends, family members and alumni of St. Bernard who have helped me raise $3,400 to date,” Mami said. “Without their support, this trip would be impossible for me.”

Mami’s Coach William Calvert said, “ Ayleana strives for excellence in every endeavor she undertakes –whether it be athletics, academics, or service to others. She certainly exemplifies the St. Bernard Mission of Corpus Mens and Spiritus. She is truly a champion in every sense of the word.”

To support Ayleana, visit and click on Ayleana – Alabama to Australia or contact the school at (256)739-6682.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Open House yields large crowd

St. Bernard Prep School hosted a very informative Open House this past Sunday afternoon as dozens of families visited the campus to see for themselves the quality of education provided at the Catholic school.

From areas as close as Cullman, Eva, Good Hope and Hayden to Decatur, Hamilton , Florence, and Atlanta Georgia, families filled the Brahma Room searching for a new place of educational studies for their children. There were even guests investigating the school on behalf of relatives in Vietnam.

Guests were treated to a campus presentation by sophomore student, Bryce Allen. Bryce is completing his Eagle Scout program. As part of his Eagle Scout project, he designed and gave a historical presentation of all buildings on campus and presented each guest a printed brochure complete with photos and an aerial map.

Fr. Joel Martin, President of the school, greeted visitors and welcomed them to ask any questions they may have to any of the staff or students.

During the campus tour, visitors were treated to an outstanding performance by the St. Bernard Band. They visited the athletic facilities, dorms and classroom building where teachers were very welcoming.

Fr. Joel was thrilled to see so much interest in the Middle School. Many families were visiting in hopes of enrolling their children in the Middle School at St. Bernard Prep.

“We are very pleased with the interest in our Middle School program, it speaks well of what is taking place in the classroom,” Fr. Joel said. “Our parents do an excellent job of recruiting for us.”

Dr. Donna Bryant, Admissions Director, said the number one reason most students look at St. Bernard is for the quality education, Christian, values-based environment.

“Families were very impressed with our students. They found them to be very friendly and helpful,” Bryant said. “Plus the fact that we are a small school environment is very appealing to students who have 25-30 in a classroom.”

Refreshments were provided by the St. Bernard Prep Parent’s League.

St. Bernard is a boarding and day school for grades 7-12. Bryant said she would welcome anyone interested in the school to take part in a “Shadow Day,” an opportunity to walk through a day in the life of St. Bernard Prep with a current student. For more information contact the school at (256)739-6682; or like us on

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Swim team has successful season

The Saint Bernard Prep Swim Team had a very successful season this year. The Saints were represented by Bennett Glasscock, Sean Moriarty, John Paul Stolz and Morgan Matz. Some of the highlights from our season were: A first for SBP was Bennett Glasscock making All-State in the 100 Backstroke by finishing 8th at the AHSAA State Swim Meet held at Auburn University.

In swimming there are no classifications so 1A schools and 6A compete against each other making for some super tough competition. Bennett and Sean Moriarty represented SBP at the meet by making the state qualifying times.

SBP students and Swim Coach, Carson Glasscock did some goal setting for the year and accomplished a major feat.

"We made a pact as a team to compete and make our presence known in prep school swimming by participating in several regional prep school meets," Glasscock said.

SBP participated in the McCallie School Invitational in Chattanooga, TN. Glasscock said his team was part of a 40 team meet comprised of prep schools from Georgia, Tennessee and Virgina. The meet was held in the prelim/finals format.

The Saints were led by Bennett Glasscock who made the "A" final in Backstroke (5th place) and Butterfly (7th place) and Sean Moriarty making the "B" final in freestyle (12th place). Freshman JP Stolz had a great meet and gained valuable experience for next season.

At the local level, Middle School student, Morgan Matz represented the school well competing at the Cullman Invitational. Glasscock said, "the future looks bright for Saints Swimming"!