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Scholarship fund will assist children of fallen firefighters

The children of two of the Wilmington firefighters killed in a house fire last fall are receiving financial support to help them continue attending their Catholic schools. The Delaware Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund, administered by the Delaware Community Foundation, was established in September through an initial gift of $100,000 from Alan and Ellen Levin.

Christopher Leach and Ardythe Hope died as a result of the fire, which was intentionally set. Leach died at the scene on Sept. 24, while Hope succumbed to her injuries on Dec. 1.

Leach has a daughter at Padua Academy and another at St. Ann’s School, while Hope’s two youngest daughters are students at St. Elizabeth High School. They were the first recipients of grants from the fund.

The Delaware Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund has covered the girls’ education expenses and will continue to do so through age 24 if necessary. St. Elizabeth and Padua have agreed to reduce the tuition for their students.

To support the fund, visit www.delcf.org/heroes or mail a gift to the DCF, P.O. Box 1636, Wilmington, DE 19899, with “Fallen Heroes Fund” on the memo line of the check.


St. Elizabeth School names new development director

WILMINGTON – John H. Pierson has joined the staff at St. Elizabeth School in Wilmington as director of advancement. He will coordinate marketing, fundraising and communications for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Pierson comes to St. Elizabeth from the Delaware division of the American Heart Association, and he also has been the development director of the Brandywine YMCA. At the Y, he helped increase the total base of donors giving at the $1,000 level or greater, tripling contributions over six years.

He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University.


Ursuline hosts initial Wilm. youth TEDx conference

WILMINGTON — Seventeen young people and one Ursuline Academy faculty member presented “ideas worth sharing” at the first TEDxYouth@Wilmington conference, which was held April 2 at the school.

The conference, called “Agents of Change,” included students from five schools, including Ursuline, Mount Pleasant, Tatnall, Delcastle and Burlington Township (N.J.). It was organized by the team from TEDxWilmington.

Speakers from Ursuline and their topics included Jane Lyons, “Second Chances to Save Our Community”; Jessica Falasco, “Solve the Cube, Solve Your Life”; Jane Krukiel “The Power of Depression in Shaping Our Lives”; Yara Awad, “Does the American Dream Exist for a Girl Like Me?”;

Grace Nordmeyer, “Beyond the A+”; Molly Clark, “Stand by Your Sisters”; Amy Xu, “The Powr of Each Person’s Story”; Carly Palkon, “The Cost of Silence: Defending Music Education”; Areeba Khan, “Muslim, American, Female: America’s Future”; Abby Larmore, “The Shirtless Man.”

In addition, Ursuline teacher Erin McNichol spoke about “Animal Sounds and Other Tales that Teach,” and graduates Maya Showell and Morgan Taylor Thornton presented a talk was called “The Black Girls that Aren’t Black Enough.”


Sheila DiNardo takes reins as Padua’s new basketball coach

WILMINGTON — Sheila DiNardo, who coached Ursuline to two state championships, has been named the basketball coach at Catholic Conference rival Padua Academy.

In addition to Ursuline, DiNardo has coached at the high school level at Sanford and Archmere. She also had successful tenures at Wilmington University and Harcum College (Pa.).

DiNardo is a 1985 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, where she was an all-state basketball and softball player.


St. John the Beloved band performs at Catholic festival

The Advanced Band from St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington performed at the National Catholic Band Association Festival at Villanova University on April 1. The band earned the highest rating of superior, the third consecutive year it has attained that status. Twenty-nine bands from the tri-state area performed.

This year’s band consists of all eighth-grade students. They are William Pastro, Thomas King, Leah Do, Abigail Oberempt, Jillian Bale, Keely Hoban, Toni Guariano and Coyle Reice. The band director of Ray DiVirgilio.

The band also performed before the Philadelphia Phillies’ game April 12 at Citizens Bank Park in front of a crowd of more than 28,000.


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Ocean Pines students visit developmental center

MBS choir.WEBOCEAN PINES, Md. — Middle school choir and dance students from Most Blessed Sacrament School in Ocean Pines, Md., recently visited the Worcester County Developmental Center in Newark, Md. There, they received a tour of the facilities, presented a Christmas program with music and dancing, and sang carols with the clients.





Fundraiser benefits Make-A-Wish

BRANDYWINE HUNDRED — Before the Christmas break, St. Edmond’s Academy held a week of fundraising for Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley. The students raised $4,384 for the foundation, well above the goal of $650.

Organized by the student council, the boys at St. Edmond’s bought Make-A-Wish bracelets and pretzels, and they held an ugly Christmas sweater contest. The school administration had promised to take a pie in the face from the contest winners if the $650 goal was reached.

“The school implemented a weeklong fundraiser that had amazing results and will help support our mission to fulfill wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions,” said Dennis J. Heron, president and CEO of the local Make-A-Wish foundation.


Ten players selected for Blue-Gold football

Ten players from the four Catholic football-playing high schools have been named to the roster for the 2017 DFRC Blue-Gold Football Game. They are all members of the Blue team, which is most of the high schools above the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. All of the players are seniors who have been nominated by their coaches.

The game will be played June 17 at Delaware Stadium. Opening ceremonies begin at 5 p.m.

Archmere: Patrick Udovich

St. Elizabeth: David Hazelton, Mickey Henry

St. Mark’s: David Balint, A.J. McGonigle, Billy Sullivan

Salesianum: Josh Patrick, Randy Sinnott, Bill Stradley, Zeb Wright.


Salesianum grad going to Delaware basketball hall

NEWARK — Bruce Kelleher, a two-time state basketball player of the year while at Salesianum School, will be inducted into the Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame on Jan. 28 in Newark.

Kelleher was named the state’s best high school player in 1956 and ’57. He went on to play at the University of Maryland. He played in 68 games for the Terps over three seasons (1959-60 to 1961-62), averaging 12.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Six others will be inducted as well. They are Davinela Payne (Caravel Academy, La Salle University); Leon Wilson (De La Warr High School, Cheyney University); Kelly Wickes (William Penn, Temple); Tail Davis (William Penn, Virginia Union); former Glasgow coach Don Haman; and former official Mike Wynn.

The induction will take place over lunch, with ceremonies to begin at 11 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 654 S. College Ave., Newark. Tickets are available at debbhof.ticketleap.com/hof/.


Drive benefits Catholic Charities

Students at Academy of Dover Charter School recently held a pajama drive to benefit Catholic Charities. The kindergarten through fifth-grade students collected nearly 90 pairs of brand-new pajamas to help children in need. The Academy of Dover partners with an organization called Pajama Drive that works to provide new pajamas and books to help needy children have a nurturing bedtime. (Photo courtesy of the Academy of Dover Charter School)

Students at Academy of Dover Charter School recently held a pajama drive to benefit Catholic Charities. The kindergarten through fifth-grade students collected nearly 90 pairs of brand-new pajamas to help children in need. The Academy of Dover partners with an organization called Pajama Drive that works to provide new pajamas and books to help needy children have a nurturing bedtime. (Photo courtesy of the Academy of Dover Charter School)

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Holy Cross holding shoe drive

DOVER – Holy Cross School has a home for those shoes in your closet that are no longer wanted. The school recently launched a shoe drive to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes to help the poor. Used and new shoes can be dropped off at several locations on the Dover campus.

The shoes will be delivered to Soles4Shoes, an international anti-poverty organization that monetizes used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts. Founded in 2006, Soles4Shoes has distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. Read more »

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CYM accepting football registrations

Catholic Youth Ministry is currently holding registration for the 2015 football season for individuals who are new to CYM and entering fourth through eighth grade in September. For more information, go to www.cdowcym.org/athletics/view/category/football.


Padua senior named a top 10 volunteer

Pearce Quesenberry, a senior at Padua Academy, has been named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2015 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This follows her selection as one of Delaware’s top two youth volunteers a few months ago by the same organization.

Quesenberry was honored May 4 at a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. She and the other students were selected based on initiative, effort, impact and the personal growth demonstrated in the course of their volunteer service. Each received a $5,000 award, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for the charity of their choice.

Quesenberry, 17, is a brain cancer survivor who is the key figure in the Pearce Q Foundation, a nonprofit that has raised more than $100,000 over the past six years to increase awareness of childhood cancer, help fund the search for a cure, and ease the financial pressure on families of young cancer patients.


Padua senior signs Division I volleyball scholarship

WILMINGTON – Haley Baker, a senior at Padua Academy, has signed with Southeastern Louisiana University on a full volleyball scholarship. The Lions play in the Division I Southland Conference.

Baker was a big part of the Pandas’ success over the past four seasons. Padua won two state championships and reached the semifinals the other two years. As a senior, she was named first team all-state and All-Catholic Conference. She earned second-team All-Catholic honors after her sophomore and junior seasons.

She played club volleyball for the Delaware Juniors.


Archmere senior wins Merit Scholarship

Meibin Chen, a senior at Archmere Academy, has been named one of five National Merit Scholarship winners in the latest round announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Her one-time $2,500 award will come from the corporation’s funds.

Chen, from Newark, has listed biomedical engineering as the probably career field.

Approximately 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were selected in this round from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists. The number of winners from each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of graduating seniors. The scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors based on a number of criteria.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be announced May 27 and July 13.


St. Elizabeth student graduates from leadership program

WILMINGTON – Brian Marchioni, a junior at St. Elizabeth High School, graduated from the Delaware Youth Leadership Network on April 26. The organization, founded in 2012, selects high school juniors to be DYLN Scholars for a nine-month program the includes inspirational speakers, mentors and skills development.

Marchioni has had an adult business leader as a mentor throughout the year and has participated in several workshops.

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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.

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Golf tournament raises $46,000 for Benedictine

RIDGELY, Md. – The 26th annual Charity Golf Classic at Harbourtowne Golf Resort and Conference Center in St. Michaels was a big success for children and adults with disabilities. The Oct. 17 event raised more than $46,000 for Benedictine Programs and Services.

In addition to golf, the tournament included gift bags, brunch and dinner, an auction, a wheelbarrow of cheer and a chance to sink a putt for a 50/50 pot of cash.

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Ss. Peter and Paul students serve others

EASTON, Md. – The prekindergarten through second grades at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Easton, Md., made more than 100 autumn wreaths for Maryland’s recent “Day to Serve.”

The students prayed over the wreaths, which were made from paper plates, construction paper, tissue paper and gemstones. The wreaths were then delivered to residents at the Talbot Hospice House, the Pines Nursing Home, the Gardens Nursing Home and the Caroline Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.


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National Merit semifinalists named

The following seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among approximately 16,000 students nationwide who will continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.

About half the semifinalists will attain finalist standing, and more than half the finalists will receive a scholarship. The scholarships are sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., colleges and universities, and businesses. Winners will be announced next spring. Read more »

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St. Mark’s crowns winners in speech contest

WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s crowned four individual winners and a team champion last month at its sixth annual Spartan Speech Classic, which puts the public speaking skills of elementary school students to the test in the categories of declamation and oral interpretation. Thirty-three students from 10 schools – nine Catholic and one private – participated. Read more »

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Padua partners with Wharton School on entrepreneurship

WILMINGTON – Padua Academy is collaborating with Keith Weigelt, a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania to offer an entrepreneurship this summer. The program will be open to students at area parochial and private high schools.

Weigelt has created a program called “Entrepreneur in the Classroom,” which teaches business literacy and aims to ignite a sense of entrepreneurship in the students, according to Padua. The one-week curriculum covers business plan ideas, competitive environments, sales and marketing, pricing stragegies, operations, human resources, management, and accounting. Read more »

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