“The Academy is special to me because in 1983 my mother attended the Academy and graduated as a
senior in 1987. She won the highest award “The President's Cup Award”
and ever since then the Academy has been a very special place in her heart ... all I can say is,
I LOVE SMA! I love it! This is the best place ... I cannot imagine myself at any other school.”
“San Marcos Academy was my third high school. At my other schools I felt that I was just a number ...
I wasn't Hattie and I didn't have as many opportunities that I did have at the Academy. The teachers
at the Academy knew you personally and I had relationships with my them.”
As the school librarian, Amy Nighbert appreciates the variety her job allows and enjoys the opportunity to work with students of all ages. SMA is a family affair for Mrs. Nighbert; her daughter has attended the Academy for five years and her husband is the school?s adjunct instructor of College English.
During my time at SMA, the person that influenced me the most is my dorm director, Mr. Boyer. He taught me to
always learn from my mistakes and to “man up” and accept responsibility for my actions. This life lesson has
helped me in all aspects of my life. He taught me to think about my choices before I make them and to pick the
best decision I can. When I struggled at SMA, Mr. Boyer offered to talk with me about my problems and help
influence how I reacted to my decisions. This is why Mr. Boyer has significantly impacted my life and has
helped make me a better person. I am grateful for Mr. Boyer and everything he taught me.
Justin Driscoll, Class of 2013
Coach Yarborough influenced me in too many ways to count. Spiritually, she encouraged my relationship with
Christ and was always available when I, or anyone else on the team, needed her help. Our basketball team was
a family under her and Coach Ridge. She taught us to look out for each other and fight against our desire to
give up. The most memorable experience I had with her is when I went into a shooting slump. My season high
this year was 21 points, while my season low was 0 points. Although there were many times I wanted her to
pamper me and excuse me from practice just to get my act together, she didn't. She was tough on me and
encouraged me in love, and that probably was the best thing she could do.
Ify Onejeme, Class of 2013
In all the time that I have spent at SMA, the faculty member that has had the most influence on me is
Mr. Kelia Price. He was the first real basketball coach that I ever had and I will never forget him. He taught
me to be confident and to believe in myself. He pushed me to limits that I never thought I would get to. He
taught me the importance of teamwork and hard work and how you needed both of them to be successful as a group.
He also taught us to put God first in everything we did. Living most of my life in Nigeria, I had only played
basketball for fun and never on a real team. I never expected that I would be an All-District Honorable Mention
player my first year and All-District Second Team my second year. He has truly had a great impact on my life and
the lives of others and I will never forget him.
Ejike Uzor, Class of 2013
Someone who has made an impact on my life is our campus minister, Mr. Chris Carrier. Through Mr. Carrier the
Lord as showed me forgiveness and love. Every day Mr. Carrier has a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.
Mr. Carrier loves the Lord with all of his heart, soul and mind. Mr. Carrier makes me want to love and learn
about my Heavenly Father more and more each day. I thank God for putting him in my life.
Beth Thielen, Class of 2013
In my school years, I have met a great many teachers who are really worth recalling. But perhaps the most
unforgettable one is Max Smith who taught me Math and Physics. What frequently brings back memories of my
school teacher are his special qualities. First of all, he gave us the greatest gift a teacher can offer:
an awakening of a passion for learning. He not only led us to an appreciation of the knowledge of Physics
and Math but also aroused our great interest in exploring something deeper in this field. Second I was
attracted by his lively wit. I remember that we students always anticipated his class with great eagerness
because his lectures were humorously delivered, never failing to provoke chuckles or loud laughs. I know
part of him will always stay in my heart.?
Hao Wang, Class of 2013
Fall Final Exams
Final Exams for the Fall Semester will be administered Friday, Dec. 13, and Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 16-18.
(read more) Fine Arts Christmas Program
Close to 90 students will be participating in the annual Fine Arts Department Christmas Program on
Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the RCC. All students, staff, parents and friends are welcome
to attend this evening of instrumental music, vocal performances, theatre and more. Come celebrate
Special Event Center Construction Updates
Follow the progress of the
Lee Hage Jamail Special Event Center
construction with weekly photos of the project site. The first phase of construction will include the
athletic wing and foyer/hall of fame areas of the complex. The fine arts wing will be built as a shell,
with the interior work pending completion of funding. Please contact
at 512-753-8007 to discuss naming opportunities for this project.