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Archmere senior wins National Merit Scholarship

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CLAYMONT – Brian J. Zhang, a senior at Archmere Academy, has been named the recipient of a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. The announcement was made Wednesday morning by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Zhang, of Wilmington, is one of 2,500 high school seniors from across the country to receive the award. They were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the program. The scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors based on academic record, including the difficulty of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay; and recommendations written by a high school official.

Nearly all finalists from this round are receiving their single-payment scholarships directly from the NMSC. An earlier round of 1,000 winners of corporate-sponsored awards was announced in April, and on May 28 and July 14, 4,500 college-sponsored scholarship winners will be revealed.

Zhang has listed engineering as his probably career field.

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Bishop Malooly salutes state’s ‘community of protection’

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WILMINGTON – First responders should use common sense and “bring a presence” to what they do, Bishop Malooly said during his homily at the annual Blue Mass, which was held May 2 at St. John the Beloved Church. The Mass honors police, fire and emergency personnel, along with members of the military.

Police need practical common sense during the crises they face, the bishop said. They are often dealing with people who are not able to use common sense themselves. It is important that the communities they serve know there is a way to deal with difficult situations.

“You form a community of protection for out state,” Bishop Malooly said. “It’s an inspiration for others to do the same.” Read more »

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A full week ahead for local boys sports teams

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The postseasons for high school spring sports are a couple weeks away and that leads to a lot of important games this week. Let’s take a look at this week’s boys schedule. Read more »

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With playoffs nearing, girls sports schedules heat up

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The final few weeks of the season means that there are some important games coming up with the postseasons approaching. Here are the girls games for the week. Read more »

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Delaware sports hall of fame to honor St. Mark’s DeMatteis

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WILMINGTON — In the fall of 1979, Tom DeMatteis scored the first goal in the history of varsity soccer at St. Mark’s High School.

Seven years later, in his initial season as the Spartans’ boys head coach, he guided St. Mark’s to its first state championship in the sport, but certainly not its last. The Spartans won 10 more titles during his 25 seasons at the helm. Read more »

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Sals claim 42nd straight in-state lacrosse win

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WILMINGTON – No. 1 Salesianum scored early and often against St. Mark’s Saturday night en route to a 16-7 win in boys lacrosse at Baynard Stadium. It was senior night for the Sals, who won their 42nd straight game against a Delaware opponent.

Senior Jason Kelly scored the first three goals for the Sals in the first two minutes. The team would add five more before the first quarter ended for an 8-0 advantage. Kelly finished the first frame with four, while freshman Michael Drake added a pair. Read more »

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No. 3 Archmere holds off second-ranked Ursuline in girls lacrosse

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WILMINGTON – In a battle between two of Delaware’s top girls lacrosse teams on Saturday, third-ranked Archmere held off second-ranked Ursuline, 10-9, at Serviam Field.

The Auks started slow, finding themselves trailing, 4-0, as Ursuline junior Madelyn Hughes scored two goals, including the 100th of her career. After a timeout, Archmere responded with a vengeance, running off seven unanswered goals of their own. Sophomore Kennedy Murphy had three of those tallies, while seniors Amanda Olsen and Kate Payne added one each. Read more »

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Students touch the future by planting trees

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WILMINGTON — The weather might have forced them inside, but the third, fourth and fifth grades still managed to celebrate Arbor Day at St. Anthony of Padua School on April 29.

Students from those three classes, along with some young visitors from Mom’s House, learned about the importance of trees from visitors representing the city of Wilmington, the Delaware Center for Horticulture, the Delaware Forest Service and local tree service and landscaper Kerns Bros. Read more »

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Baptismal prep at St. Jude’s: Parish team teaches parents and godparents their duties

May 1st, 2014 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese

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LEWES — Tiffany Shirley views her 6-year-old twins’ first Communion next year as much more than a milestone in their own faith lives.

If all goes according to plan, the day will mark a major milestone in her life as well. “I’m going to make my first sacraments at the same time as the twins receive their first Communion,” she said.

Several things have to happen to make that possible. Shirley musat go through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, a formation program for those interested in the faith. And the twins, Braden and Aralyn, need to be baptized.

So one Saturday morning last month Shirley attended a baptism preparation workshop for parents and godparents at St. Jude Church. Read more »

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Student and school news

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Mount Aviat hosts special visitor

CHILDS, Md. – Andrew Szczerba, a tight end with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League, visited Mount Aviat Academy on April 9 to share his story of making it to the professional ranks. Szczerba attended Mount Aviat for two years (1993-95) as a young child. He played in high school at Salesianum and collegiately at Penn State University. Read more »

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