Archmere senior receives Jefferson Scholarship
CLAYMONT – Alexa Hazel, who graduated this month from Archmere Academy, will attend the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar. The award, administered by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the university, provides full financial support for four years of study and is worth $49,098 for the 2012-13 academic year.
More than 3,700 high schools from across the country and around the world were invited to nominate students for this program. Hazel, from Media, Pa., was among 104 finalists and 30 scholarship winners.
All Saints primary students go green
ELSMERE – Students in the primary grades at All Saints Catholic School in Elsmere used their science, technology, engineering and math program to go green by recreating the town of Elsmere using recycled goods.
The students in pre-kindergarten through second grade began the project in late March as each grade was assigned a section of the town. They took pictures, designed plans, brought in recycled goods and built landmarks including the VA Hospital, the police station, library and other local businesses. “Recycled Elsmere” was completed with the addition of trees and landscaping.
Elsmere Mayor Deborah A. Norkavage and town manager John Giles were on hand to view in late May to see their town through the eyes of the children.
St. Elizabeth senior receives memorial scholarship
WILMINGTON – Matt Bleacher, who will graduate this week from St. Elizabeth High School, has received a $2,000 award from the Frank D. Vari Memorial and Scholarship Fund of the Delaware Community Foundation. He was honored at a school assembly.
The award, named for the man who was president of Wilmington City Council from 1973-84, is designed to support a deserving student who lives in Wilmington and will attend a Delaware college or university. Bleacher will attend the University of Delaware.
The scholarship was presented by Francis P. Vari in memory of his father.
Four from St. Mark’s to attend governor’s school for excellence
WILMINGTON – Four St. Mark’s High School students have been selected to participate in the performing arts and academic branches of the Delaware Governor’s School for Excellence.
For performing arts, Lauren Johnson was selected for the choral music program, and Jake Diana for the theater program. Hannah Falchuk and Luke Duchemin have been accepted into the academic program.
The Governor’s School for Excellence is a one-week summer residential program that brings together students from around the state who have completed their sophomore year. Students are selected through a competitive application process. Those selected for the academic program will participate in discussions, lectures, debates and films revolving around a specific theme in the humanities, science and engineering, business or political science. The arts students will experience instruction with noted artists, with the week culminating with a performance or public display of their work.
The school is planned for July 15-20 at the University of Delaware.
St. Mark’s freshman places in Columbia Triathlon
WILMINGTON – Alexa Murray, a freshman at St. Mark’s High School, recently competed in the 29th annual Columbia Triathlon in Columbia, Md. The event consisted of a 1.5-k swim, a 41K bike ride and a 10K run. Murray was among 2,600 participants and placed second in her age group and 157th overall among women. She qualified for the 2010 5150 Hy-Vee U.S. Championship on Sept. 2 in Des Moines, Iowa.
“I’m drawn to the combination of the three sports,” explained Murray who has been training for triathlons since she was eight years old. “Because they’re so challenging, it’s that much more rewarding when you cross the finish line.”
St. Elizabeth baseball coach headed to state hall
Tom Beddow, the baseball coach at St. Elizabeth High School, will be inducted into the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame on June 6 prior to the Wilmington Blue Rocks game at Frawley Stadium. He will join former Vikings coach Frank Aiello, who was inducted in 2005.
Padua soccer standout named Gatorade winner
WILMINGTON – Casey Horney, a forward/midfielder for the Padua Academy soccer team, has been named the 2012 Gatorade Delaware Girls Soccer Player of the Year, the third time the state winner has come from the Wilmington school. The award is presented by Gatorade in collaboration with ESPNHS.
Horney has led the Pandas, who are ranked first in the state, to a 16-0-1 record heading into Wednesday night’s state semifinal game against A.I. Dupont High School, which is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. at Caravel Academy. In Padua’s second-round 6-0 shutout of Sussex Tech, Horney had two goals and two assists. She had 10 goals and 19 assists in the regular season.
A three-time all-state selection, Horney is graduating Thursday with a 3.49 grade-point average and has volunteered locally for the Blue-Gold Club.
Local Catholic students among rowers heading to national regatta
WILMINGTON – Several students from local Catholic high schools are among those who will represent the Newport Rowing Club at U.S. Rowing’s Youth National Championship Regatta, which will be held June 8-10 on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The club qualified four crews for the event.
The men’s lightweight 4+ team includes sophomore Nick Malchione and senior Patrick Beane from Salesianum School. Salesianum sophomore Phil Claudy is a member of the men’s varsity 2- team.
The women’s lightweight 4+ boat includes Ursuline Academy freshman Alyson Kerrigan. The women’s varsity 2- counts Padua Academy freshman Maggie Cunningham among its members.
Beane will row at Rollins College in Florida beginning in the fall, and Claudy, Cunningham and Kerrigan are in their first year of rowing.