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St. Michael Academy Presents: An Evening with Mary Rice Hasson, Director of the Catholic Women’s Forum and Co-Author of “Get Out Now”

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PETOSKEY – February 13, 2020 – St. Michael Academy (SMA), Northern Michigan’s only Classical Catholic high school, today announced the second presentation in its 2019-20 Speaker Series as it welcomes renowned scholar Mary Rice Hasson.  She will discuss her best-selling book Get Out Now, covering the problems facing public schools today, the virtues of classical education, and how to help parents pick the right schools.

The event will be held Thursday, March 5th at 7:00pm at the Grand Unity Event Center, 1106 Charlevoix Ave., Petoskey, on US-31, just west of US-131.  The event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Hasson is Director of the Catholic Women’s Forum and is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.  She is a prominent speaker and commentator on topics related to women, faith, culture, and family and a frequent guest on EWTN and Catholic radio.  Ms. Hasson is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School.

SMA Headmaster Dr. Richard Brake stated, “We are extremely fortunate to have Mary Hasson join us for our Speaker Series devoted to educational reform and classical schooling, which we kicked-off last fall with Rusty Reno.  Many parents are struggling today with the decision of what school is best for their teenagers in our rapidly-changing culture.  Ms. Hasson is uniquely qualified to inform us on nationwide trends and how the classical movement may be exactly what the doctor ordered for what ails our schools today.”

SMA is now enrolling new students for the Spring and Fall semesters of 2020.  SMA is committed to providing a Classical Catholic education to all who seek one and is pleased to offer tuition assistance to qualifying families.  No student is denied enrollment because of financial reasons.

For more information, please contact the SMA office at 231-881-9025, or email Dr. Brake at  For planning purposes, attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

Established in 2013, St. Michael Academy is the first Catholic high school in the Little Traverse area since 1972, and the region’s only Classical high school.  SMA strives to develop the next generation of American leaders by promoting a culture of excellence and instilling its students with the classical virtues of wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice, along with the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love.