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St. Michael Academy Announces Second Speaker for Lecture Series, Mr. Mark Salisbury

PETOSKEY – April 8, 2019 – St. Michael Academy (SMA), Northern Michigan’s only Classical Catholic high school, today announced the second lecture of its spring series, “What is Classical Catholic Education?”, on Friday, April 12th at 7:00pm at the Charlevoix Public Library, 220 Clinton Street in Charlevoix.

The event will feature Mark Salisbury, Director of Evangelization and Education for the Diocese of Marquette, who recently led the transition of all Diocesan schools to the Classical model. He is also spearheading a recently-announced $10-million capital campaign for the establishment of a new Classical Catholic high school in Escanaba.  Prior to his arrival in Marquette a decade ago, Mr. Salisbury was Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

SMA Principal Dr. Richard Brake commented, “After implementing the Classical curriculum across all of the Catholic schools in the Upper Peninsula, Mark is uniquely equipped to explain the motivations, challenges, and benefits of such an endeavor, all of which are highly relevant to area schools like St. Michael, St. Mary, St. Francis Xavier, and Bishop Baraga. He can help parents cut through the jargon and understand how Truth, Beauty, and Goodness – what we call the St. Michael Difference – can be employed to attract and inspire students, as evidenced by the recent surge of interest in Catholic education in Escanaba and all across the Upper Peninsula!”

SMA’s spring lecture series is being held in conjunction with its “20/20 Vision” Recruitment Campaign, designed to boost enrollment significantly by 2020. The series is bringing recognized leaders of this fast-growing educational movement to the Little Traverse Bay community to discuss the merits of the Classical curriculum.

SMA is now accepting students for enrollment in the 2019-20 academic year.  Families who enroll their students by May 1st will qualify for a $1,000 per year tuition discount, and will lock-in the same reduced rate for their entire tenure at SMA. For more information, or to RSVP for this lecture series, please contact the SMA office at 231-881-9025 or email SMA Principal Dr. Brake at

Established in 2013, SMA is the first Catholic high school in the Little Traverse area since 1972, and Northern Michigan’s only high school offering a Classical Curriculum. SMA strives to develop the whole person, cultivating academic, moral, and all-around excellence in its students, from within a caring and attentive environment.