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As spring break ends, girls sports get back into full swing of things

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Spring break is over, and the action heats up this week in girls sports. There are some big top-10 matchups in each of the sports. Read more »

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Easter break brings no shortage of important sports matchups

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The spring sports season is a little light this week with the schools on break, but there are several key top-10 matchups. Read more »

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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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A busy pre-Easter week awaits girls sports

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The girls’ spring seasons are starting to heat up, and so is the weather. This week, there are a few top-10 showdowns. Read more »

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Obituary: Sister Stephanie Wilson, OSU, worked at Ursuline, Ministry of Caring

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Sister Stephanie Wilson, an Ursuline sister for 60 years who served for many years in the Diocese of Wilmington, died March 29 at Andrus on Hudson in Hastings on Hudson, N.Y.

WilsonStephanieSister Stephanie was a teacher, including in Wilmington, and she also served her religious order as provincial treasurer. She also spent time in Wilmington as the business manager for Sacred Heart Village, and in various other positions with the Ministry of Caring, which runs Sacred Heart.

She also worked as the director of deferred giving for Catholic Relief Services, financial vice president and payroll accountant at Bethlehem University, and in Rome and California. She was a member of several boards, including Ursuline Academy.

Services were April 2 and 3 at the Ursuline Province Center in New Rochelle, N.Y. Father Ronald Giannone, the Capuchin Franciscan who is the executive director of the Ministry of Caring, celebrated her Mass of Christian Burial. The community requests donations in Sister Stephanie’s name be made to the Ursuline Sisters Retirement Fund, 1338 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10804.

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Second-half pressure pays off for Raiders in 2-0 soccer triumph

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ALAPOCAS – After an evenly played first half, Ursuline took control of the pace and possession and prevailed, 2-0, over St. Elizabeth in girls soccer on a damp field under sunny blue skies April 4 at Alapocas Run State Park.

Ursuline came out firing in the second half, keeping the Vikings’ defense and keeper Avery Toper quite busy. In the 41st minute, the Raiders had a free kick deflected out by a St. Elizabeth player, and three minutes later, Martha Skehan hit a post from 25 yards out. Read more »

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Raiders lacrosse holds on at St. Mark’s, picks up another top-five win

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MILLTOWN – A day after knocking off No. 2 Polytech, the third-ranked Ursuline lacrosse team met No. 4 St. Mark’s on April 4. As in the Polytech game, the Raiders (5-0) jumped out to a 7-1 lead and held on for a 13-12 road victory to remain undefeated. Erin O’Doherty and Brooke Schmeusser scored five times each for the Raiders, including combining for three in a row after St. Mark’s tied it at nine in the second half. Read more »

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Raiders withstand late rally for lacrosse upset over second-ranked Polytech

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WILMINGTON – Ursuline jumped out to a 7-0 lead and withstood a tremendous push by Polytech late in the game to pick up a key nonconference girls lacrosse win in a battle between two top-five teams April 3 at Serviam Field. The Raiders remained undefeated with the 15-12 victory.

Seniors Brooke Schmeusser and Erin O’Doherty led the way with five goals each for Ursuline, which entered the contest ranked fourth by The News Journal and fifth by Delaware SportsZone. They got the Raiders off to the fast start against the Panthers, who came into the day ranked second in both polls. Read more »

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Girls sports feature key showdowns in busy week

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The third week of the girls spring season is loaded with key showdowns.  The weather has produce a lot of rain with more coming this week but I hope they are able to play. Read more »

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Maryknoll honors Ursuline eighth-grader for essay on environment

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WILMINGTON – The last week of February was a busy and successful one for Grace Smith. The Ursuline Academy eighth-grader participated in the state swimming and diving championships on Feb. 25 for the Raiders, who picked up their second straight state title. Then, three days later, she received a national award for an essay she wrote about the environment.

Grace was honored by Maryknoll Magazine for her essay responding to the theme “Caring for Our Common Home,” which was referenced by Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si.” Hers was selected from 7,261 entries from across the United States. Read more »

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