St. Mary’s School students welcome Leadership Santa Maria Valley to daily flag salute and prayer.

St. Mary’s School students welcome Leadership Santa Maria Valley to daily flag salute and prayer. (Courtesy photo)

St. Mary’s School hosted the Leadership Santa Maria Valley (LSMV) Class of 2021, on Oct. 1. The class visited the school for the kick-off of its annual Youth and Education Day.

“At St. Mary’s School we’re helping develop tomorrow’s leaders today,” said Michelle Cox, principal. “We are always excited to share our students and school with community leaders. This is the first group since March 2020 to visit us.”

The class participated in the school’s daily morning gathering for prayer, flag salute, and announcements.

“They are super impressive kids, very responsive, and willing to lead,” said Katrina Carrasco from Marian Regional Medical Center.

Cox provided a presentation on the various educational choices available to parents and what schools are doing differently for COVID-19. She also discussed the school’s educational and extracurricular activities.

“It’s obvious the focus is on the student,” said Alma Mendez from Dignity Health. “The curriculum is outstanding and the excellent leadership opportunities the school provides really prepare them for high school.”

“The kids are so respectful and friendly. The entire school has a great learning and caring atmosphere,” said Jesse Silva of the Santa Maria Police Department.

Founded in 1995, Leadership Santa Maria Valley, is an 11-month program designed to foster and create future community leaders. The program allows participants to increase their understanding of local issues, challenges and solutions, while expanding professional networks and refining their leadership skills. For more information, email

St. Mary of the Assumption School, founded Sept. 14, 1938, is the Santa Maria Valley’s oldest Catholic School. Dedicated to providing a multicultural learning environment grounded in Christian values, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Educational Association accredited school serves about 250 students in preschool to eighth grade.

For more, contact Cox, 805-925-6713 or email