Salesianum receives top Jefferson Awards honor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Students from Salesianum School were honored June 19 in Washington, D.C., as the first Ambassador School Recipient for Outstanding Service as part of the 40th annual Jefferson Awards for community service and volunteerism. This was the first year an ambassador school was selected. Salesianum competed against Adlai E. Stevenson High School of Lincolnshire, Ill., and Lake Brantley High School of Altamonte Springs, Fla. A panel of judges chose Salesianum for meeting goals such as collaboration, partnership, mentorship and ability to “think big.” The school also was cited for best exemplifying the Jefferson Awards and for expanding volunteer capacity. During the 2011-12 school year, Salesianum recorded more than 29,941 volunteer hours with a value to the community of more than $625,000.
A total of 106 individuals and organizations were recognized at the celebration. The Jefferson Awards for Public Service, founded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, are now in their 40th year.
Ss. Peter and Paul High School names athletic director
EASTON, Md. – Brad Hastings, a native of Easton, Md., who was a three-sport standout at Easton High School, has been appointed the athletic director at Ss. Peter and Paul High School, the school announced Monday. Hastings has served with Ss. Peter and Paul in the past as a boys’ soccer coach.
Hastings has served as a personal trainer and played golf professionally following his graduation from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina.
He was inducted into the Coastal Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
Padua students recognized at National History Day
Wilmington — Padua Academy’s Isabel Nelson finished ninth in the country for her paper “Mercy Otis Warren: Foremost Female Patriot of the American Revolution” at National History Day this month.
Nelson’s research included a trip to the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, where she studied Warren’s writings. She also interviewed Massachusetts Institute of Technology historian Pauline Maier. Her paper also received a state medal for the highest placement for any Delaware student.
Junior Madelyn Ray received a trip to the World War II Museum in New Orleans for her exhibit, “World War II Rationing.”
State winners from Padua who qualified for the national event included Anna Smith, Jennifer Frazier, Julia Stratton, Megan Julian, Claire Nester, Bridget Novielli, Natalie Roddy, Sophie McCarthy, Emily Freebery and Cheyenne DeShields.
St. Elizabeth teacher to address national conference
Wilmington — Frank Bellomo, a physics and engineering teacher at St. Elizabeth High School, will present a session on “Vermiculture in the Classroom” at the national conference of the American Association of Physics Teachers July 28-Aug. 1 in Philadelphia.
Vermiculture is the raising of earthworms and worm casings. Bellomo said students at St. Elizabeth have created “living soil without chemical fertilizers” with a focus on feeding an increasing population despite the depletion of healthy soil on the planet.
St. Mark’s assistant principal elected DIAA board chair
WILMINGTON – Terre Taylor, an assistant principal at St. Mark’s High School, has been elected chairperson of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association board, the first female to hold that position. The DIAA oversees high school sports in the state.
“She has a knack for getting right to the heart of the matter and presenting the tough questions that need to be asked,” said Kevin Charles, DIAA’s executive director. “She understands the purpose of education-based athletics and is a staunch defender of its core principles.”
Taylor will continue in her role as chair of the DIAA Softball and Rules and Regulation committees.