Student and school news




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.

Sabres name new boys basketball coach

SSPP coachEASTON, Md. – Jeff Hollis, a veteran basketball coach at several levels on the Eastern Shore, has been named to lead the boys’ program at Ss. Peter and Paul High School. Hollis took over in late October.

He replaces Shelton Hawkins, the coach for the last two seasons, who resigned to pursue other professional opportunities.

Hollis played for Queen Anne’s County High School and Chesapeake College, and he coached at Chesapeake, Kent County (Md.) High School and in the Peake Terps AAU program. He has been working with Ss. Peter and Paul as an assistant since the summer.


St. Mark’s places second in annual blood drive challenge

WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s High School has placed second in the large-school category for the number of senior class donors in the 2013-14 Blood Bank of Delmarva School Blood Drive Program. One hundred forty-five Spartans participated. Alyssa Simmons and Lauren Sorantino, co-chairs of last year’s blood drive, received a trophy from Blood Bank chairman Roy Roper at a luncheon on Oct. 6.

The St. Mark’s blood drive is organized by the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. St. Mark’s was one of the first schools in the state to hold a drive.

Thousands of students and staff help with the school blood drives by donating, organizing or recruiting, said Kelly Sakiewicz, the program coordinator.

“The blood collected during the drives makes up about 11 percent of our annual blood collections,” she said. “Therefore, they are crucial to ensuring local patients get a fighting chance at life.”


National Catholic Youth Choir seeking high school singers

The National Catholic Youth Choir is seeking high school singers to audition for the 2015 camp and multi-state concert tour. Benedictine Father Anthony Ruff and Axel Theimer will lead the choir.

The choir, which will gather from June 15-30, 2015, is open to any student who will be in high school next fall. It is located at St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn. The cost is $1,100, which includes meals, lodging and tour expenses. Scholarships are available.

Applications and auditions are due on March 27, 2015. For more information or an application, go to


Ursuline artists have work displayed at A.I.

WILMINGTON – Five Ursuline Academy students in the lower and middle schools are featured artists in the new emergency room expansion at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. The work has been permanently incorporated into the décor of the new ER building.

The students are seventh-graders Isabella Magat, Alex McSorley, Gabby Penna and Katie Tyndall, and third-grader Addison Blaskovitz Hurst. The work was created during the 2013-14 school year.

“When we submitted the artwork last year, the girls were excited at the prospect of being chosen,” said Kathi Beck, the lower school art teacher. “It was a great feeling for the girls to see their artwork hanging in the halls, which will bring enjoyment to the hospital’s patients and staff.”


St. Mark’s takes fourth at Empire Mock Trial event

The St. Mark’s Mock Trial team took fourth place in the Empire Mock Trial World Championships, which were held Oct. 24-26 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Forty teams from 33 states and four other countries were involved; St. Mark’s was the only team from Delaware.

The Spartans took home more individual awards of any team. Andrea Ludman won third-best witness and Victor Gregory was fifth-best witness out of 120, and Allan Carlsen won fifth-best attorney out of 120. Other team members included Kelley Kempski, Michael Slights, Lauren Hopkins, Lauren Marvin and Richie Langan. Carlsen, Ludman, Kempski, Slights and Hopkins are seniors, while the others are juniors.

The team was coached by the Hon. Joseph Slights and St. Mark’s graduates Pete Jones and Jessica Reno.


State police visit St. Thomas More

STMAchopper2MAGNOLIA – The Delaware State Police helicopter made a stop recently at St. Thomas More Academy for an on-site field trip. Troopers visited the school to talk about the math and physics of flying, particularly as it relates to a helicopter.

The pilot, Cpl. Donad Pope, talked to the calculus and physics classes about lift, stall, angle of attack and other aspects of flight. Pope has a child who attends the school.

Following the science portion of the visit, the troopers shifted gears and spoke to St. Thomas More’s law classes about the police side of things, such as search and seizure, detecting marijuana-growing operations using infrared technology, and the importance of communicating clearly.