Student Achievements
Southern California Vocal Association Choral Festival 2014 
St. Maria Goretti Catholic School Choir received EXCELLENT in the competition.
Southern California Vocal Association Choral Festival
St. Maria Goretti Choir received SUPERIOR in the competition.
Many of our St. Maria Goretti students were honored by the mayor of Lakewood for their artistic abilities.  Several of them received awards for their artwork in the George Nye Library "Ticket to Adventure" Bookmark Contest. 
William H. Hannon Memorial Scholarship Contest
St. Maria Goretti Catholic School participated in  Fray Junipero Serra Essay Contest.  Two recipients in the fourth grade were awarded $1000.00 each towards their tuition in the fifth grade and $1000.00 was awarded to the school for tuition assistance .  These students demonstrated much creativity and enthusiasm in their essays.  St Maria Goretti is grateful for this grant from the William H. Hannon Foundation for the commitment to Catholic schools.

Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest

In August 2014, 44 Junior High Students from St. Maria Goretti set pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and started researching their ancestry. From an initial assignment of pretending the year is 1893, tracing which countries we came from, and then determining what item would best represent their country, our journeys began.


Students researched, asked their parents and grandparents questions, and laboriously wrote essays and letters about one single day’s experience in Ellis Island, New York in the year 1893. “What? No cell phone? No internet? What will we write about?” Ms. Wiggins, SMG’s new English Language Arts Teacher helped the students navigate through their information until final essays between 600-1000 words were completed. The essays were judged on historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.


In early November, a handful of the best essays from each class were submitted to Mrs. Marilyn Boone, the representative for the Susan B. Anthony chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), for their annual essay contest. At the chapter level, St. Maria Goretti produced three First Place Winners from Ms. Wiggins’ English classes:

6th Grade: Gary Jondle

7th Grade: Makyla Burson

8th Grade: Samantha Garcia


These winners were awarded medals, certificates, and a cash prize at a special luncheon hosted by the Susan B. Anthony chapter on January 18, 2015. It gets better: Gary Jondle composed the first place essay to win District XIII, for “A Child’s Journey through Ellis Island,” and his work is currently being judged at the state level. He will be honored at another luncheon in February.