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Padua senior named a top Delaware volunteer

DOVER – Pearce Quesenberry, a senior at Padua Academy whose battle with and recovery from cancer has been well-chronicled, was named one of Delaware’s top two youth volunteers by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This nationwide program honors young people and is in its 20th year.

Quesenberry, nominated by Padua, overcame a brain cancer diagnosis and now is a key figure in the Pearce Q Foundation, which has raised more than $100,000 over the past six years to increase awareness of childhood cancer, help find a cure and ease the financial pressure felt by families of young cancer patients.

The Pearce Q Foundation organizes several events throughout the year. They include the “4 Miles of Hope Walk/Run,” “Comedy for a Cure” and a Christmas family adoption program.

“Comedy for a Cure” is scheduled for March 14 at the Hockessin Memorial Hall and features headlines Auggie Smith. It includes a 50/50 and a cash bar. The “4 Miles of Hope” will be held April 18, beginning and ending at the Ebenezer Church in Newark. Details on these events and other foundation activities are available at www.pearceqfoundation.org.


Twenty Ss. Peter and Paul students, alums named AP Scholars

EASTON, Md. – Twenty current and former Ss. Peter and Paul High School students have been named Advanced Placement Scholars for their performance on the AP exams last year. All graduated last year except where noted.

National AP Scholars: Max Graham and Sydney Palumbo.

AP Scholars with Distinction: Max Graham, Emily Granger, Sydney Palumbo and Jordan DeTar.

AP Scholar with Honor: Current senior William Singelstad.

AP Scholars: Even Alderfer, Lauren Moran, Lindsey Clemmer, Brenda Hulseman, Conor Broll, Connor Spiegel, Ben Warpinski and Ashley Kitchelt. Also, current seniors Ameila Albrecht, Mary Kate Grande, Allison Wetherbee, Connor Murray and Liam Helmly.


All Saints students’ art on display at Delaware Art Museum

ELSMERE – Students from each grade at All Saints Catholic School have hit the big leagues of the Delaware art world, with work on display this month at the Delaware Art Museum.

In their art classes, the students, representing pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, studied artists from the museum’s collection. Those artists include sculptors Deborah Butterfield and Louise Nevelson, Edward Hopper and Brian Selznick. A few grades visited the museum in January. The fifth-grade viewed the work of Selznick and used it as a model as they wrote and illustrated their own short stories. Using iPads, The students photographed each other as characters in settings throughout their school and re-created those pictures as ebony pencil drawings.

Sixth-graders studied Egyptian and Chinese art to increase their understanding of ancient civilizations covered in their social studies curriculum. They created pieces of art based on their studies.

The All Saints students’ work is in the Art Smart gallery space through Feb. 15. The exhibit features sculptures, drawings and paintings.


Ss. Peter and Paul students are school High School Heisman winners

EASTON, Md. – Karlie Brenton and Connor Murray have been selected as the Wendy’s High School Heisman school recipients for Ss. Peter and Paul High School. Murray also has been named a state finalist, the school announced. The winners were selected by a panel from the Wendy’s High School Heisman board of advisers.

Since 1994, the award has recognized the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors for excellence in academics, athletics and community involvement. Emily Granger, a 2014 graduate of Ss. Peter and Paul, was the 2013 girls national winner. She is now a freshman at Yale University.