St. Mary’s announces Mr. and Miss SMH

Mr. and Miss SMH Maggie Gilmore and Andrew Godfrey

Mr. and Miss SMH is a longstanding tradition and honorary award granted to those students who embody the deepest values of St. Mary’s Catholic School. Maggie Gilmore and Andrew Godfrey have been selected Mr. and Miss SMH by the teachers and administration of St. Mary’s Catholic School. Candidates should be Catholics of exemplary character who live the faith and devote themselves to the service of others.

The symbolic representation of this devotion is displayed every year as Mr. and Miss SMH crown the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary during Mary Crowning.

Maggie Gilmore has attended St. Mary’s Catholic school for 13 years. She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while taking honors and dual enrollment courses. Gilmore has been a member of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Beta Club.  She has held leadership offices on the student council executive board, where she was secretary her junior year and president her senior year.  She also served as sophomore class treasurer.

A four year member of the Natchitoches Leo Club, Gilmore served as president her senior year. She was chosen as a delegate for the Louisiana Association of Student Councils, the Hugh O’Brien Youth Seminar and Louisiana Girls State. As a four year member of Future Business Leaders of America, Gilmore served as reporter for the club her sophomore and junior years.  She competed at district and state level competition in Introduction to FBLA and Business Calculations.

She also qualified for state level competition for the National History Day contest. She was a recipient of the Tiger Integrity Award as well as the Catholic Daughters Essay Award. Gilmore has participated with numerous varsity sports during her high school years including indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, cross country, tennis, cheer and basketball.  As a varsity basketball player, she was a member of the 2020 Lady Tigers District IV Championship team.  She qualified for state level competition for both cross country and indoor track and field.  She competed and was the district champion, regional champion and state runner-up in high jump for outdoor track and field.  She was the district champion in triple jump for outdoor track and field.  She was honored to be selected for the All Cenla Track and Field team.

Gilmore was also recognized as a member of the LHSAA All-Academic All-State Composite teams for both cross country and basketball.   Her spirit of volunteerism led her to participate with efforts such as organizing the Hurricane Laura Relief Project, Operation Christmas Child and donations to local community service organizations.  She participates as a lector at student-led masses, and attends the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church.  She was an active member of LifeTeen Catholic youth group.  Gilmore enjoyed attending both Covecrest Catholic Summer Camp as well as Steubenville South Catholic youth conference during the summer.

She plans to attend Louisiana Tech University in the fall and major in biomedical engineering.

Andrew Godfrey has attended St. Mary’s Catholic School from Pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade.  He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average, with honors and dual enrollment classes, while also participating in academic, athletic and community service extracurricular activities. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Leo Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, through which he has competed at the district and state levels in Business Communications and Publication Design.  He has competed at the District and State Literary Rally in the subjects of Government and Fine Arts.  At the 2020 Northwest Louisiana Regional National History Day Contest, he was a member of the team that placed third in the Group Exhibit competition, qualifying for the state competition at the WWII Museum in New Orleans.  For two years, he attended the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.   Godfrey was awarded a 2019 Masonic Honesty and Integrity Award by the Phoenix Lodge 38 Free and Accepted Masons of Louisiana, and unable to attend due to cancellation for COVID-19, he was selected as a delegate to Louisiana Boys’ State.

He received the Civics Award in 2018, and has been recognized for the monthly St. Mary’s Virtues of Charity and Kindness.  Athletically, he has participated in varsity football, varsity baseball and indoor track.  In 2019, he was honored as the First-Team All-District Quarterback for District 3-1A.  As a senior, Godfrey was named a School Winner in the Heisman High School Scholarship competition, and was also recognized as a member of the 2020-21 LHSAA All-Academic All-State Composite Team for fall sports.  He was proud to receive the 2019 Grant Ingram Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a participant in football and baseball for academic excellence through their junior year of high school.

He plans to participate in outdoor track during the spring semester.  Godfrey was presented as a Squire in Training at the 2020 Mystic Krewe de St. Denis Mardi Gras Ball.  He participates as an altar server during all school mass at St. Mary’s, and attends the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Holy Cross Catholic Church.  He enjoys running, playing golf, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  He plans to attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.