Mount Aviat receives three science grants
CHILDS, Md. – Mount Aviat Academy has $1,200 to spend on energy- and environmental-related lessons thanks to three grants the school received recently from Delmarva Power. Mount Aviat was one of three 10 Maryland schools to receive the funding.
According to the school, two of the grants will allow for the Franklin Institute’s traveling science programs to visit the Childs, Md., campus. One of the programs focuses on electricity and is geared toward middle-school students, while the other focuses on energy and is designed for first through fourth grade. The third grant will be used by middle-school students to explore renewable energy and includes a renewable energy kit.
Yearbook dedicated to St. E’s senior
WILMINGTON — St. Elizabeth High School has dedicated its 2012-2013 yearbook, The Magnificat, to one of its graduating seniors, Joey Farrell. The announcement was made at a recent school assembly.
Farrell, a graduate of St. Matthew’s School, was diagnosed with cancer during his junior year. He missed part of the school year while he was being treated but remained part of the school community.
He is in the midst of nine rounds of chemotherapy but is scheduled to graduate with his classmates this spring.
St. Elizabeth student will compete at Poetry Out Loud
WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth High School senior Chelsea Finch has advanced to the finals of Poetry Out Loud, which is scheduled for March 6 at the Smyrna Opera House. She is one of 12 finalists.
Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. It encourages students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Padua students have advanced to the state round six times since 2006.
St. Mark’s announces iPad initiative for incoming freshmen
WILMINGTON – Beginning with next year’s freshman class, St. Mark’s will implement a one-to-one iPad initiative, the school announced last week.
“We are excited to bring iPad technology formally into our classrooms,” principal Carol Ripken said. “Research shows that this technology has impacted all areas of society, including education, and that the possibilities of its further impact are exponential.”
iPads will give students access to interactive applications in every area of the school’s curriculum, the school said.
In preparation for this initiative, Saint Mark’s has increased its bandwidth, replaced the wireless network, and upgraded servers and network switches. In addition, teachers took part this year in a pilot program in which they used various tablet computers and related hardware and software.
St. Elizabeth teacher honored as model for others
Mary Shenvi, a foreign-language teacher and coordinator of the international program at St. Elizabeth High School, will attend the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology Outstanding Scholars reception in April thanks to the nomination of a 2009 St. Elizabeth graduate.
Bryan Gawinski named Shenvi as the teacher he would like honored as a model for others. Gawinski is one of a select group of students at RIT who have completed 125 quarter credit hours and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.85. His major is game design and media.
Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program accepting nominations
Nominations for the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, which recognizes volunteers from age 6-18, are being accepted through March 15. More than 2,300 young volunteers who have made a positive impact on their communities will be selected to win items from a $50 Kohl’s gift card to $10,000 scholarships.
Those nominating the volunteers must be at least 21 years old. Nominations can be made at www.kohlskids.com. Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 gift card, and more than 200 will receive regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward postsecondary education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.
Since the scholarship program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 17,000 youngsters with more than $3.4 million in scholarships and prizes.
St. Mark’s names new softball coach
WILMINGTON – Shustine Brooks, a former player for Wilmington University, has been named the new softball coach at St. Mark’s High School. The school made the announcement Thursday.
Brooks arrived at Wilmington from Gloucester Catholic High School in Camden County, N.J. She graduated from Wilmington University in 2009. She has coached in New Jersey and Delaware and recently coached an Amateur Softball Association 14-and-under team. She also has run various private camps and clinics.