Student and school news


St. Elizabeth searching for volleyball coach

WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth High School, coming off a 6-9 season that included an upset win over Ursuline Academy, is looking for a new volleyball coach for the 2014 season.

The coach is expected to provide leadership and organization for the program. St. Elizabeth is looking for someone with experience in a high school setting. Interested candidates should send a letter and resume to by April 15.


Padua pair selected for HOBY leadership seminar

WILMINGTON – Sarah Wenyon and Marguerite Beane, sophomores at Padua Academy, will attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Delaware Leadership Seminar in June. These HOBY ambassadors will encounter a program designed to foster an understanding of leadership and begin to identify their own leadership strengths, according to the school.

The ambassadors will be challenged to complete a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer service annually.


Catholic school students receive Common Wealth Awards honor

WILMINGTON – Padua Academy’s Abby Strusowski and Salesianum School’s Nicholas Castoria were honored April 5 at the 35th annual Common Wealth Awards for distinguished service. The awards recognize individuals for achievements in various categories, along with students who won a contest for writing an essay about the recipients.

The award winners this year were sportscaster Bob Costas for mass communications, former New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera for public service, and actress Anjelica Huston for dramatic arts. Each of the recipients received $75,000.

The black-tie ceremony was held at the Hotel DuPont in downtown Wilmington.


Ss. Peter and Paul students perform to support biodiversity project

EASTON, Md. – Four students from Ss. Peter and Paul High School recently performed in a talent show at the Avalon Theater to support the Maryland Biodiversity Project, which is currently cataloging all of the living things in Maryland.

Senior Lindsey Clemmer and junior Kristen Moran performed “The One That Got Away” by Civil Wars, while juniors Chris Hopkins and Chris Potthast joined their band, Radio Edit, playing two original songs. Radio Edit tied for first place in the talent show.

The biodiversity project has cataloged more than 4,400 species with photographs and features the work of more than 200 naturalists and photographers.


St. Mark’s students honored in high school art show

WILMINGTON – Junior Katie Lee and senior Jen Getz of St. Mark’s High School were recognized for their submissions to the Delaware College of Art and Design High School Art Show, which was held in early March. The work was judged by the DCAD faculty.

Lee was awarded one of two scholarships to the DCAD summer pre-college program for her colorful still life, which was submitted by teacher Mary Connair without Lee’s knowledge. Getz received an honorable mention for her piece “The Sweatshirt,” a pencil drawing.


Ss. Peter and Paul grad honored for academics

Abby Webb, a 2011 graduate of Ss. Peter and Paul High School in Easton, Md., has been named to the Atlantic 10 Conference all-academic team. Webb, a junior at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa., has posted a 3.9 grade-point average as a physical therapy major.

Webb started all 16 games for the Red Flash in 2013. The team finished 8-8 during its first season of play in the Atlantic 10. At Ss. Peter and Paul, she was a three-year letter winner and team most valuable player, and she was a three-time ESIAC first-team all-conference. Twice she was voted the ESIAC player of the year.


St. John the Beloved band has successful festival

The Advanced Band at St. John the Beloved School received a “superior” rating for its performance at the National Catholic Band Festival, which was held April 5 at Villanova University. This is the third straight year the band has gotten the highest rating possible, according to the director, Ray DiVirgilio.

St. John the Beloved competed against 30 other bands from Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and was the only entrant from Delaware. The bands were judged on intonation, timing, ensemble skills and following the score.

Pictured, in the bottom row, from left: Mindy Woo, Julianna Ritter, Erin Derick, Rachel Staib, Nick Tansey, Connor Daniel and Molly Russell. DiVirgilio and Matthew Mallon are in the top row.

Courtesy of St. John the Beloved