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St. Mark’s senior finds inspiration, vocation in older sister

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WILMINGTON — One never knows where he or she will find the thing that motivates him or her, that sets the course of one’s life.

For St. Mark’s High School senior Michael Robinette, all the inspiration he needs is at his Hockessin home. His sister Christina, three years his senior, has cerebral palsy, and starting out trying to help her, he has found what he hopes will be his life’s path. Read more »

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Anthony Fontana set for Philadelphia Union after Holy Angels School

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CHESTER, Pa. – This time of year, high school seniors are busy with any number of pursuits. Picking a college, looking forward to a prom and booking a house in Dewey Beach for Senior Week are just a few of the thoughts that fill the heads of many 17- and 18-year-olds.

That is not the case for Anthony Fontana. The Newark resident and graduate of Holy Angels School is laser-focused on March 3, which is opening night for the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. Fontana, who turned 18 in October, will be in Chester, Pa., beginning his career as a professional soccer player.

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Holy Angels School, Rehoboth Beach officials hope to learn from each other

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Kathy McGuiness has long had an interest in education and has visited schools all over the state. So when the Rehoboth Beach city commissioner had a chance to serve as Principal for a Day at Holy Angels School in Newark in December, she eagerly accepted the invitation.

McGuiness, a Delaware native and graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, has participated before in the principal program, which is sponsored by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. But this was the first time she had done so in New Castle County, and her first at a Catholic school.
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Eagles Fever continues with Holy Angels ‘Souper Bowl’

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It’s not officially an epidemic, but it’s not as if you can go anywhere in New Castle County or most of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington schools and not get a touch of Super Bowl Fever courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The NFC champion Eagles earned themselves a pass to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis to square off Feb. 4 against the New England Patriots after Sunday’s 38-7 walloping of the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Holy Angels student begins blood drive for dad

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Honor Society project was personal mission to support those with rare blood disease

NEWARK – When Ryan Colasanti needed a service project for the Junior National Honor Society, the Holy Angels School eighth-grader made an ambitious decision. After all, not one student at the school will be allowed to participate.

Ryan is spearheading a blood drive to help people like his father, Ralph. The elder Colasanti lives with a type of thalassemia, or Cooleys anema, a group of blood disorders affecting the red blood cells. Ralph said it is similar to sickle cell anemia, but his red cells do not deform. His body produces red cells at a rapid pace, but they die quickly. Read more »

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Leading a Renaissance at Holy Angels

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Rob Swanson takes students on a theater production ‘journey’

 

NEWARK – Once a year, the cafeteria at Holy Angels School becomes a theater, and the eighth-grade students are characters from Elizabethan England. It has been that way since 1998, thanks to the school’s Renaissance man, Rob Swanson.

Swanson taught music at Holy Angels from 1989-2000, but he has stayed on once a week to bring theater, music and dance to eighth-grade students. He loves watching the students’ creative juices flow and imparting the importance of the arts. Read more »

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Franciscan Sister Claudia Cunningham, who taught at two schools in diocese, dies at 88

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ASTON, Pa. – Sister Claudia Cunningham, who ministered in the Diocese of Wilmington for 12 years, died Nov. 19 in Assisi House. She was 88 and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 63 years.

Cunningham 1952_Claudia116Sister Claudia, a Trenton, N.J., native, was a teacher at Holy Angels School in Newark and also worked in pastoral ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish in Elkton, Md., St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Wilmington and at the FHS Care Center.

She also ministered in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Services were Nov. 25 in Aston, with burial at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. Donations in Sister Claudia’s name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

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Many happy returns: Holy Angels seventh-graders make right moves in winning Univ. of Delaware’s Stock Market Game

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NEWARK — If playing the stock market is on your to-do list for 2015, there’s a group of seventh-graders at Holy Angels School in Newark who could offer some sage advice. The four students, members of the school’s Stock Market Club, were the winning team in the University of Delaware Stock Market Game, defeating 99 other teams of fellow middle-schoolers and high school students.

In the Stock Market Game, teams were given a hypothetical $100,000 to invest over an eight-week period from mid-October through mid-December. The team that showed the greatest profit was the winner. About 25 Holy Angels students, under the guidance of social studies teacher Keith McKenica, participated. Read more »

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Student and school news

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Knights’ raffle supports Catholic education

The Delaware Knights of Columbus are currently raising money through a five-week raffle, with the proceeds being used to support Catholic elementary schools in Delaware. The Knights use this and other funds to provide $500 scholarships, whose recipients are selected by school principals and based on financial need.

Donation for each ticket is $10. Checks, with “scholarships” in the memo line, should be made payable to the Delaware Knights of Columbus and mailed to the K of C Catholic Schools Scholarship Fund, in care of Larry Gardner, 317 Silverbrook Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804. Read more »

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Holy Angels teams with Sallies for service project

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NEWARK — The Jefferson Awards service program has become a fixture at several Catholic high schools in the diocese, and now Salesianum School and Holy Angels School are teaming up to bring the concept to lower grades.

Dolores Ballintyn, a teacher of religious studies at Salesianum, said she and Barbara Snively, the Holy Angels principal, believed there was a way to partner students in a high school and an elementary school to help them and the community.

“Barb and I really believe very much in the concept of mentorship and serving between our Catholic elementary schools and Salesianum,” said Ballintyn, a former director of religious education at Holy Angels-St. John the Baptist Parish.

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