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Chivalry, history bond St. Edmond’s students


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WILMINGTON — Twenty-four fifth-graders at St. Edmond’s Academy in Brandywine Hundred have completed their work and are eagerly awaiting being knighted on Nov. 17. The ceremony is the culmination of a rigorous academic exercise and is a rite of passage at the all-boys school.

“They get officially knighted with a real sword in a huge ceremony once they’ve completed all the work,” principal Tricia Scott said. “It’s so popular. The boys so look forward to it.” Read more »

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A reunion 35 years in the making


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When Stan Arasim decided to return to Catholic education, he called a former student now leading St. Edmond’s Academy


BRANDYWINE HUNDRED — Stan Arasim was on the verge of finishing 30 years as a teacher in the Brandywine School District last year, ready to step away from the district but not the classroom. So he contacted Tricia Scott, the principal at St. Edmond’s Academy, to see if she had any interest in bringing him aboard.

It was not a random call. The two first met in the fall of 1981, when Arasim was a rookie eighth-grade teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Wilmington, and Tricia Gioffre was one of his students. The pair forged a strong bond that year, and Arasim had kept tabs on Scott over the years through his barber and her cousin, Jim Gioffre. At St. Edmond’s, he would be able to continue his passion while collecting his full public-school pension. Read more »

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