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The spacious campus for the small community at Archbishop Murphy High School has shown advantages in a pandemic, making it easier to keep people apart physically and together emotionally.
As most parents can attest, teens are often more concerned with their social lives than with creating healthy physical, emotional and spiritual habits. In fact, the journal Pediatrics recently reported that more than nine in 10 adolescents fail to get the minimum 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many teens will continue their sedentary lifestyle into adulthood, contributing to physical and mental health issues.
Starting Jan. 4, Archbishop Murphy High School will welcome half of its students back to campus each day, while the other half tunes into class from home.
For the remainder of December we are confident in our safety protocols for the transition to the Hybrid Model and continuation of outdoor after school activities. Our plan is to have students return to campus following the Christmas break in the 50% Hybrid Model starting the week of January 4th — allowing two weeks of in-person learning experiences leading up to semester exams. We will welcome students in the Hybrid Model by alphabet as described in the template at the end of this message. Students will be able to attend classes with teachers or in some cases, they will be supervised by administrators or other staff, while we continue to monitor SnoCo health guidelines and protocols.
We are frequently asked what school will look like at AMHS next year. While we await confirmation of social gathering guidelines from our elected officials and Health District, one thing is certain: we are planning for on-campus instruction and co-curricular activities to resume in August 2020.
After graduating from AMHS in 2007, Taylor attended Washington State University before transferring to The Herberger Institute of Design at Arizona State University to study graphic design; finishing an 8-year undergrad. While in design school, he had incredible opportunities working at design studios all over the world--from Germany to Singapore--while also spending one summer as an artist-in-residence in New York City.
On behalf of the AMHS community, I am honored to announce the hiring of Alicia Mitchell as school Principal for the 2019-2020 school year. Alicia brings tremendous experience from over fifteen years in education including teaching English at Holy Names Academy, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Lake Washington High School. Alicia transitioned from the classroom into an administrative role at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart where she served as the Dean of Faculty and Instruction for three years. She is currently completing her third year as an Assistant Principal at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Alicia is an active member of the church and a parishioner at Assumption Parish in Seattle.
After graduating from AMHS in 2004, Casey attended Washington State University where she received her degree in Finance. She has built a successful career in finance working previously at Amazon.com as a Financial Analyst and now at Boeing in (previously) Procurement Finance and (currently) Cash Management. She lives in Seattle and in her free time enjoys traveling, whether it be a big trip to Spain (which she just got back from!) or little weekends to cabins around the PNW with friends. She bought a camera a year ago and has been trying to dabble in amateur photography!
In a courageous effort by a positive, supportive group of students, Archbishop Murphy's Varsity mock trial team improved on their 18th place ranking from last year at the Washington State high school mock trial championship, likely finishing 14th at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia on March 22-24, 2019.
In a competition featuring the most AMHS mock trial students in team history (43), the Archbishop Murphy High School mock trial team advanced its "Black" team to the State Meet after capturing 1st place in the Snohomish County Mock Trial District Competition. This marks the 8th District Championship since the program started in 2005, and the 14th consecutive season AMHS has advanced a mock trial team to state.
After graduating from AMHS in 2013, Phil Hoban attended Santa Clara University where he received his degree in Economics and Entrepreneurship. He returned to Washington after college and is currently working for a mixed-use real estate developer focused on revamping suburban downtown cores. He lives in Woodinville and in his free time enjoys playing Settlers of Catan and binge-watching Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones, and Basics with Babish.
After graduating from AMHS in 2012, Avery went on to attend Washington State University where she graduated with a B.A. in Hospitality Business Management. She currently lives in Santa Barbara, California but moves frequently for her job. Since graduating college she has lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, Aspen, Colorado and now Santa Barbara. In her free time, Avery likes to go to the beach, play tennis, and spend time with family and friends.
The Archbishop Murphy High School Mock Trial team is well known for being one of the top teams in their area. Lead by Roger Brodniak, who also teaches at the school, they have won six district championships since 2006. One of the perks of being on such a renowned team is being eligible to attend the Angela R. Mathew High School Seminar Program at Harvard University. This seminar allows the students on the AMHS team to learn from some of the most successful mock trial competitors and coaches in the country. The Harvard Mock Trial Association is one of the most competitive in the world and offers valuable lessons for the stand-out Archbishop Murphy team.
As Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School celebrates its 30th anniversary this fall, senior Anthony Damitio is living out a family legacy there. The 17-year-old’s three older brothers are AMHS graduates, and one of his two sisters is a freshman at the private Catholic high school.
Transitional deacons Louis Cunningham, Justin Ryan (Class Of 2006) and Anh Tran will become the Archdiocese of Seattle’s newest priests when they are ordained this month by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.
In April, the AMHS DECA chapter sent eight students to the International Career Development Conference competition in Atlanta this year. An additional three students attended the THRIVE Leadership Academy. During their six-day trip, these 11 students competed in varying events both as individuals and teams, and also had the chance to explore Atlanta.
The DECA State Career Development Conference was held March 1-3 in Bellevue. Several AMHS students finished in top spots qualifying to join nearly 19,000 students from around the world at DECA’s International Career Development Conference, April 21-24 in Atlanta, Georgia. Thirty-one AMHS students competed at the competition.
Archbishop Murphy girls basketball coach Cassie Snyder was named the Class 2A coach of the year by the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association during the WSGBCA’s senior all-state games March 17 at King’s High School.
Archbishop Murphy’s freshman theology teacher, Sean Gross, recently earned his Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
In a courageous effort by a fun-loving group of freshmen and a sophomore, Archbishop Murphy's Junior Varsity Mock Trial team finished in 18th place at the Washington State high school mock trial championship at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia on March 23-25, 2017.
On February 16th, 11 students and 2 teachers from Archbishop Murphy High School traveled to Guatemala for a service learning trip. Over the six-day experience, they visited three different schools, learned about Guatemalan culture, and heard countless stories from the people they were helping.
The Archbishop Murphy High School Girls Basketball team tied the best record in school history, finishing 2nd in state.