Holy Cross parishioner earns Eagle Scout
DOVER– Josh Shepherd, a parishioner at Holy Cross in Dover, received his Eagle Scout Award recently in a
ceremony at the church. Eagle is the highest rank in Boy Scouting.
Shepherd, 17, a senior at Campus Community High School, organized the construction of a campus directory sign for Holy Cross. The stonework was supervised and donated by the Brick Doctor, and the aluminum sign was manufactured and donated by First State Signs. Scouts from Troop 154, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, assisted along the way.
Shepherd has been involved in Scouting since 2001 and has held various leadership positions. He will attend Virginia Military Institute in the fall and will major in mechanical engineering.
All Saints Girl Scouts receive gift from troops
ELSMERE – Girl Scout Troop 725, based at All Saints Catholic School, unveiled a special gift from American soldiers in Afghanistan Monday at the Elsmere school. The Daisies and Brownies, who are in kindergarten through third grade, received a flag that had flown at Camp Marmel. It was the latest exchange between the troops and the Scouts.
Troop 725 proudly poses with the flag sent by soldiers from Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Troop 725.
According to Tuesday Shannon, one of three troop leaders, the 21 girls have been participating in a service project since the beginning of the school year. They have gathered stockings for soldiers, snowman soup, Christmas cards, Valentine’s Day cards, decorated Easter eggs filled with candy and boxes of Girl Scout cookies, which have been sent to Afghanistan.
Last year, Troop 725 received correspondence from Americans at Camp Marmel, and this year they arranged with a civilian working at the camp to take their care packages to soldiers there. On April 12, the soldiers sent the American flag on its way to Elsmere, and it arrived May 8. The flag is being kept in the Home and School Association office at All Saints, Shannon said.
The girls are preparing their next care package, she added. It will include poems, stories, more Girl Scout cookies and more.
Good Shepherd teams honored by science contest
PERRYVILLE, Md. – One team from Good Shepherd School placed first, while the other placed second in the recent E-Cybermission program, a national online science competition.
Eighth-graders Emily Byers, Allison Morris and Meredith Eilola finished first in Maryland out of the 30 teams from their grade who took part. Each of the three will receive $500. Their project involved creating a filter for bilge pumps in watercraft that would prevent the spread of invasive microorganisms from one body of water to another, according to the school.
They have presented their project to a panel of judges for the regional competition, which comes with a $1,000 prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., for the national contest.
Good Shepherd sixth-grade students Henry Byers, Alex Trupkiewicz and Matthew Shiber were the members of the team that finished second in Maryland for their grade level. They did a study on the effects of sleep deprivation on academic achievement. Each of them won $250.
E-Cybermission is sponsored by the Department of the Army.
St. Mark’s junior to perform at Kennedy Center
WILMINGTON– On June 24, St. Mark’s junior Patrick Boland will take the stage at the Kennedy Center in
Washington, D.C., as part of the National Association for Music Education’s 2012 All-National Honor Ensembles. Boland, a bassist, is among 300 students nationwide selected for this performance. He is part of the All-National Mixed Choir.
“I am extremely excited to attend. I think that it’s going to be a great musical experience for me,” he said in a statement released by St. Mark’s.
Earlier this year, Boland performed as a first bass in the 2011-12 Delaware all-state chorus.