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High Schools celebrate graduations




St. E’s graduates 101

WILMINGTON — St. Elizabeth High School graduated 101 students in commencement exercises held at the St. E Center on June 5. Bishop Malooly presided.

The class was accepted to 123 colleges and universities and received offers of scholarships and grants totaling $10.5 million. Read more »

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Salesianum graduate Tim Furlong credits his education with helping to guide his TV career


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Tim Furlong is in your living room most nights of the week, reporting on the various local issues for NBC10 in Philadelphia. He’s a local celebrity around the Delaware Valley, particularly known for his work for the station in Delaware.

But what the north Wilmington resident wants you to know is that, at heart, he’s just like everyone else. He’s a husband, father and neighbor, and a strong believer in Catholic education. Read more »

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Fallen heroes in Wilmington


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Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes killed, five others injured answering a call


The tragic deaths of two city of Wilmington firefighters and injuries to five others on Sept. 24 touched the Catholic community in a profound way. Two of the firefighters, including one of the deceased, Lt. Christopher Leach, were graduates of Catholic schools, and Leach and a colleague have children in schools in the city.

Leach, 41, and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, 51, perished while responding to a fire near Canby Park. After rushing into a burning row house, the floor gave way, sending Leach and others into the basement, where they were trapped. Fickes died while trying to rescue Leach. Three firefighters were treated and released, while two others were transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in critical condition. One of those was Ardythe Hope, whose two daughters attend St. Elizabeth High School. Read more »

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Moving their games (next year) up the Blue Route


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WILMINGTON – Adrianna Hahn and Donte DiVincenzo both have a state basketball championship, more than 1,000 points scored and numerous highlight videos on YouTube. And when they graduate in a few months, both will be playing college basketball in the Big East Conference at Villanova University.

But despite the similarities, Hahn and DiVincenzo are two unique people who have gone through high school under different circumstances. They sat down at Salesianum recently to chat about their high school accomplishments and what lies ahead. Both have earned scholarships to Villanova– just a coincidence, they said. Read more »

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Parents can get schooled in their faith at SACRED on Feb. 18

January 24th, 2015 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: ,


Catholics often spend the 40 days of Lent recharging their devotional life by attending daily Mass or reading Scripture.

This year, Catholics can also boost their knowledge of the faith by attending the 15th annual Salesianum Adult Christian Religious Education Day [SACRED], Feb. 28.

The day includes 14 religious education workshops in the morning and 15 sessions in the afternoon. Read more »

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Football expectations high for experienced Salesianum squad


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and Jason Winchell

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WILMINGTON – One of the first things that comes to mind when discussing the 2014 Salesianum football team is the 2013 squad, the one that won the Division I state championship with a roster loaded with talented seniors. But to overlook the players who are coming back for the Sals would be a mistake.

Coach Bill DiNardo knows no one is feeling sorry for Salesianum, and he would never expect that. There are plenty of players ready to fill the void left by last year’s graduates. Read more »

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Sals hold off pesky Middletown, 66-55, to advance to quarterfinals


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WILMINGTON — Salesianum, No. 1-seeded team in the boys’ state basketball tournament, advanced to the quarterfinal round Sunday at the Bob Carpenter Center, but the Sals had to hold off a pesky Middletown team Friday night, 66-55, at a sold-out Father Birkenheuer Gymnasium.

The Sals took advantage of the height of 6-7 forward Brian O’Neill all night. The senior scored 13 of his team’s 16 points in the first quarter and finished with 30 on the night. He helped Salesianum bounce back after the Cavaliers jumped out to a 7-2 lead. O’Neill scored an old-fashioned three-point play, followed by another basket to tie the score. Read more »

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Taking a look at the week ahead in high school basketball


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The week in high school basketball tipped off with a girls showdown between top-ranked St. Elizabeth and No. 2 Ursuline, and the host Raiders managed a 55-50 win behind 29 points from Adrianna Hahn. On the boys’ front, St. Mark’s improved to 4-1 Monday with an impressive 52-20 win over Caravel.

Tuesday’s games were wiped out by cold weather, but the slate resumes Wednesday. Here is a look at the action the remainder of the week. Read more »

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Student and school news


St. John the Beloved band ‘superior’ in national festival

WILMINGTON – The advanced band at St. John the Beloved School received a rating of “superior” at the National Catholic Band Festival, which was held April 21 at Villanova University.

About 40 bands participated, according to Ray DiVirgilio, the band’s instructor. Each band was given 15 minutes to perform, which was followed by comments and suggestions from a panel of judges. The panel follows the score as the band plays to see how well it is followed in terms of tone production, tempo, blending and articulation, he said. Ratings included good, excellent and superior.

There are 11 members of the St. John the Beloved band. It includes a flute, bell player, clarinets, drummers, French horn and also sax.

 St. Mark’s students earn first at Delaware History Day

WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s High School juniors Haley Schweizer, Mary White, Jaclyn Harkins and Tara Zdziech were honored for their work at the 2012 Delaware History Day competition, which was held April 21 at Delaware Technical and Community College. The quartet earned both the Hagley Museum and Library Special Prize for Business and Technology in History and first place in the group documentary category.

Schweizer, White, Harkins and Zdziech were recognized for their work, “Revolution, Reaction & Reform of the Telephone. The first place award makes them eligible to attend the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest, which will be June 10-14 at the University of Maryland.

Juniors Katie Kempski, Carleen Krajewski, Jessica Pivonka, Annie Reidinger and Shaina Sutton also were honored in the group documentary category, earning third place for their entry, “Prohibition.”

Ursuline hosts lacrosse tournament

WILMINGTON – Students from four Ursuline schools gathered April 20-21 in Wilmington for the sixth annual Sister Schools Lacrosse Tournament at Serviam Field. The tourney included the host school, along with Ursuline Academy of St. Louis, the Ursuline School of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Ursuline Academy of Dedham, Mass.

During the visit, the students accompanied their counterparts from Ursuline Academy in Wilmington in classes.

The tournament began in 2007 in St. Louis and rotates to a different city each year. There are 24 Ursuline schools across the country.

CYM brochure keeps high school grads linked to faith

Wilmington — With high school graduations around the corner, Catholic Youth Ministry is offering assistance to keep the students connected to their faith. CYM is making copies of “Eleven Suggestions for Living Your Catholic Faith After High School” available.

To order the brochure, go to www.cdowcym.org/forms/brochurepostcardrequest.

CYM is also reminding students to log on to www.catholicsoncampus.com and enter information that will keep them connected as they enter college. Those who complete entries are eligible for a weekly drawing of a $25 iTunes gift card beginning May 1 through June 30.

Ursuline class part of Wilmington Art Loop

WILMINGTON – Ursuline Academy and Salesianum School students, inspired by “word art by” Robert Indiana and Ed Ruscha, have designed their own words to depict where they are in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Their work will be part of the school’s Word Art Exhibit, which will take place at the 23rd and 5th Advertising Agency on May 4 from 5-7 p.m.

The students are part of Ursuline’s Art Forum, an exchange class that includes boys from Salesianum. All 12 students are seniors, “so the words about growing up are very relevant to their lives,” teacher Erin McNichol said.

The exhibit is part of Wilmington’s Art Loop, which takes place on the first Friday of each month.

Padua junior performs Shakespeare in New York

Wilmington  — Veronica Slater, a junior at Padua Academy, performed a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare at the annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, which was held April 23 at Lincoln Center. Slater, who lives in Newark, placed as a semifinalist.

Slater was Delaware’s representative as the winner of the ESU Delaware Branch regional competition. Fifty-eight winners of regional events participated in New York.

Brick prayer garden dedicated in Ridgely

RIDGELY, Md. – A brick prayer garden is in place at St. Benedict Church in Ridgely, Md., thanks to the work of a Boy Scout.

Angus Richardson, a junior at Ss. Peter and Paul High School in Easton, Md., designed the prayer garden for his Eagle Scout project. The garden path contains more than 100 bricks engraved with memorial and honorary messages surrounding a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary that has been on the church property for many years. Father Hilary Rodgers, the pastor of St. Benedict and its mission, St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Denton, Md., dedicated the garden on April 15.

Richardson, a member of Troop 165, was assisted by Rex Landscaping of Denton, Md., and numerous volunteers.

Salesianum selected for Jefferson Award

WILMINGTON – Salesianum School has been selected the first Ambassador Level school by the Jefferson Awards-Deloitte Students in Action, which recognized the Wilmington school’s level of public works and service by its students.

The Ambassador Level was established last summer for schools that had won their regional competitions for two years and were seeking a higher level of commitment and competition, according to Salesianum.

Salesianum’s Jefferson Awards team sought to promote the Students in Action program this year and focused on the goals of the ambassador level: partnership, mentorship and collaboration. Salesianum recruited two high schools to the Jefferson Awards-Deloitte Students in Action program: Concord and Unionville (Pa.). It also partnered with Padua Academy to establish a leadership conference for middle-school students. In March, Salesianum hosted the first Students in Action Summit.

This year, the Jefferson Awards team at Sallies added a fundraiser for Nativity Preparatory School and established a mentorship program at Warner Elementary School, located on nearby 18th Street. Thirty-one Salesianum students are on the Jefferson Awards team.





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Spare the pity party for sidelined long-distance runner

November 23rd, 2011 Posted in Youth Tags: , , ,


Special to The Dialog

Lottery tickets. The racetrack. The casino. Friendly bets. Name anything that necessitates a whole lot of luck and rest assured that Tommy Zabielski won’t be interested. If the Salesianum School senior had any luck at all, it would arguably be a first.

“I guess I have had some tough breaks,” said Zabielski, “but I don’t really think about that or dwell on it. I just try to keep moving on.”

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