Awards

Outstanding Alumna Award

The Outstanding Alumna Award is given each year to an alumna who exhibits the qualities inherent in the St. Mary’s philosophy: integrity, spirituality, loyalty, and service.

2019: Sarah Willmott Cowens '82

The Office of Alumnae is pleased to announce that Sarah Willmott Cowens '82 will be honored as St. Mary's Outstanding Alumna 2019 during Alumnae Weekend, April 12-13, 2019. Sarah and her husband Tom are the proud parents of daughters Ellen '14 and Margaret '16, who together nominated their mother for this award. Sarah received her BA from Centre College, where she was captain of the basketball team, a leader in student government, and received both the Outstanding Junior and Senior Woman Awards.

During her professional career, Sarah worked for Hyatt Hotels Corp., U.S. Representative Don Sundquist, and Smith & Nephew Richards, Inc.  Sarah has devoted years of service and leadership to St. Mary's through the Board of Trustees, including tenure as Chair, the Alumnae Board, as Chair of the Annual Fund, and is Co-Chair of the National Alumnae Division of the current capital campaign.

A life-long member of the Church of the Holy Communion, Sarah has served on the Vestry, Womens' Ministry, and Altar Guild. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Porter-Leath's Books from Birth program and a sustaining member of the Junior League.

Congratulations to an exceedingly deserving recipient whose integrity, spirituality, loyalty, and service shine in every area of her life.

Outstanding Alumna Award Recipients

  • 2019: Sarah Willmott Cowens '82
  • 2018: Donna Osborne Bradley '74
  • 2017: Gretchen Wollert McLennon ’93
  • 2016: Andrea Martin Armani ’96
  • 2015: Lisa Francis Turner '78
  • 2014: Suzanne Hollis Apple '76
  • 2013: Susan Roberts Colpitts '75
  • 2012: Ashley Moore Remmers '72
  • 2011: Marty Jones '71
  • 2010: Musette Sprunt Morgan '72
  • 2009: Lisa Moore Cook '82
  • 2008: Crissy Garrett Haslam '76
  • 2007: Watty Brooks Hall '75
  • 2006: Mary Kavanagh Day '82
  • 2005: Kempie Craddock Jenkins ’74
  • 2004: Mary Catherine Lynn Hitchings ’47
  • 2003: Sara Sorsby Dennis ’63
  • 2002: Joy Brown Wiener ’47
  • 2001: Janet Tucker Pryor '34
  • 2000: Julia Sprunt Grumbles ’71
  • 1999: Sarah Loaring-Clark Flowers ’47
  • 1998: Nora Wingfield Tyson ’75
  • 1997: Brooke Morrow ’74
  • 1996: Gwen Awsumb ’32
  • 1995: Jan Muirhead ’71
  • 1994: Cristina Brescia Michta ’70
  • 1993: Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner ’66
  • 1992: Lee McGeorge Durrell ’67

Creative Teacher Award

The St. Mary’s Alumnae Association presents the Creative Teacher Award each year to a teacher who exemplifies the high ideals of the school and who embodies a spirit of wonder and imagination. The award rotates among divisions and is selected by the division head.

Creative Teacher Award Recipients
  • 2019: Meagan Michael
  • 2018: Sarah Trimm
  • 2017: Kari Duncan
  • 2016: Allison Warren
  • 2015: Sally Mansberg Rosenberg '80
  • 2014: Jeanine Akers
  • 2013: Jessica Lancaster
  • 2012: Shelley Kuykendall Herzke '90
  • 2011: Caroline Goodman
  • 2010: Middle School Robotics Team
  • 2009: Jan Cone Davis '68
  • 2008: Josie McNeely Walker '76
  • 2007: Becky Jacks
  • 2006: Lain Whitaker
  • 2005: Leigh Mansberg
  • 2004: Nancy Miller
  • 2003: Jenny Madden
  • 2002: Michael Volpe
  • 2001: Jeanne Wilson
  • 2000: Allyson Raymer
  • 1999: Marsha Stemmler
  • 1998: Ann Wright
  • 1997: Mary Lou Entzminger
  • 1996: Kathleen McElroy
  • 1995: Eighth Grade ENSEMBLE Team
  • 1994: Linda Goodwin
  • 1993: Nanette Quinn
  • 1992: Gwenice McLaughlin
  • 1991: Kay Betts
  • 1990: Rhendle Millen
  • 1989: Laurel Eskridge
  • 1988: Anne Reiners
  • 1987: Kay Humphreys
  • 1986: Sheila Patrick
  • 1985: Laura Brewer
  • 1984: Emily Townes
  • 1983: Richard Tanner
  • 1982: Lee McMahon
  • 1981: Barbara Mansberg