School and student news


Statue at Christ the Teacher honors deceased student

GLASGOW – Christ the Teacher School has a new addition, a statue of St. Joseph, that was dedicated in the memory of a student who died last Aug. 12 in a motor-vehicle accident near Smyrna.

Courtesy of Father Joe Piekarski.

The wooden statue was mounted on a wall on the second floor of the school, where it was blessed on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, by Father Joseph Piekarski, pastor of St. Edmond’s Parish in Rehoboth Beach. Father Piekarski’s great-nephew, Bryan Kosc,

Bryan Kosc

would have been in second grade at the school this year. The statue, which was made in Italy, hangs next to a classroom that will be used next year by current second-graders.

Father Piekarski was joined by members of the Kosc family, 33 classmates and Sister LaVerne King, the principal. After the dedication, Bryan’s mother, Eileen, and his brother Brandon treated the class to cupcakes to celebrate the feast day.



Archmere student receives art award

John Valle

CLAYMONT – John Valle, a sophomore at Archmere Academy, received the 2014 national American Visions Award for his sculpture “The Animal Within,” which he created for a class assignment. The award recognizes the top individual work of art from each regional competition of the Scholastic Arts Award Scholarship Program.

About 700 works of art and writing are honored each year from some 250,000 submissions.

The sculpture will be on display in New York at the Shelia C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons: The New School of Design. It will be featured on giant screens in Times Square during the day on June 6.

In addition, Archmere sophomore Claire Moosberg received national recognition for her acrylic painting “Cannoli Craze,” earning a silver medal. She had earned a Gold Key in regional competition.

Both students will be honored at Carnegie Hall on June 6 at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards ceremony, which will be available via webcast.


Ss. Peter and Paul team recognized for library project

EASTON, Md. – The Ss. Pater and Paul High School Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentoring Team, the Transformers, were recognized recently for their project to renovate and expand the Dorchester County Library. The goals were to increase public access to current technology using an abandoned firehouse next to the library, expand online resources and digitized text, re-establish property values and make the library ready for today’s digital world.

The team’s plan was notable for updating the library facilities, re-establishing property values in Cambridge, Md., and creating a modern, digital library. Team members learned how renovating an abandoned building can restore the heart of a community, the school said.

Team members include Zebrielle Wheatley, project leader; Will Singelstad, assistant project leader; Clancy Richardson, digial 3D model designer; David Kramer, landscape designer; Allison Wetherbee, researcher; and Hayley Maness, researcher. All are juniors except Wheatley, who is a senior, and Maness, a sophomore. The team members earned scholarship money through the ACE Mentoring Team.


MBS student wins local free throw shooting contest

BERLIN, Md. – Racheal Rodimak, an eighth-grade student at Most Blessed Sacrament School, participated in the Elks National Hoop Shoot contest, a national free-throw shooting competition, finishing third in her region at the March 15 event at Middletown (Md.) High School.

Racheal, who attends Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Roxana, Del., qualified for the regional competition by winning the Eastern Shore division and also the subregional, which includes Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. The event is sponsored by the Elks National Foundation, the charitable arm of the Elks.


St. Mark’s club’s book drive benefits St. Peter Cathedral School

Students at St. Peter Cathedral School display their new books, which were collected by members of St. Mark’s Z Club. Courtesy of St. Mark’s High School.

WILMINGTON – The Z-Club at St. Mark’s High School collected 11 boxes of new and gently used books and delivered the goods to St. Peter Cathedral School in early March. Members of the club then spent the afternoon at St. Peter’s reading to first- and second-grade students.

Hannah Falchuk, a senior and chairperson of the event, led the 11-student delegation at St. Peter’s. She praised the participation from the St. Mark’s community.

“We are all so happy that we can help to pass on the love of reading to younger students, especially those who may not have some of the privileges that we have,” she said.


St. Mark’s senior to receive award for volunteer work

WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s sophomore Nicolo Bautista has been named a recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Award for his work with numerous service organizations in Delaware. He will receive his award April 23, along with 13 other individuals and five groups, from Delaware Lt. Gov. Matt Denn in a ceremony at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

Bautista has worked with the Child HELP Foundation, which helps children with disabilities, and is president of its junior board. Through this foundation, he began Children Helping Children, through which high school students raise money for children with disabilities.

He used his musical talents to raise money to support medical missions in areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. A benefit recital in his home in Wyoming raised nearly $6,000. The people who benefited from his largesse have named a village in his honor.

Bautista also volunteers with the United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware’s Cape Lenape and Heritage at Dover Assisted Living Community.


Knights hold 11th annual chess tournament

Sixty-seven students from eight parishes and Catholic schools participated in the 11th annual Knights of Columbus chess tournament March 22 at the St. Pius X Council home in Wilmington.

St. John the Beloved won all three team categories, while Holy Cross was second in all three.

The K-3 section individual winner was Chad Dohl from St. John the Beloved. Jack Rudy, also of St. John’s, won the K-6 section, while Tommy Haller of All Saints came in first in the K-8 section.


Salesianum to hold dance marathon this weekend

WILMINGTON – Salesianum School will hold its second annual SALSThon dance marathon this Saturday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday to raise money for the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Students from Salesianum and other area high schools will dance for the 10 hours for the cause. This event marks the culmination of several months’ worth of fundraising activities, including dodgeball tournaments, dress-down days and promotional events with local restaurants.

Last year, the SALSThon – with a goal of $46,000 – raised $73,000 for the B+ Foundation. This year, all money raised will go to Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children to provide care for children battling cancer.

For more information or to learn how to contribute, contact Zach Ryan at (239) 634-7337 or