Student and school news


St. Elizabeth seniors receive scholarships

WILMINGTON – Three seniors at St. Elizabeth High School recently learned they will receive additional funding for their college years.

Jack Harkins has been awarded full scholarship and grant funding to attend the University of Pennsylvania. He will study computer engineering beginning in September. He is a resident of Newark and a graduate of Our Lady of Fatima School.

Michael Whiting received the Automatic Data Processing Inc. Henry Taub Memorial Scholarship, which he will use at the University of Delaware. Whiting will be a distinguished scholar in the College of Engineering. He is a graduate of St. Elizabeth Elementary School.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School alumna Madeline Rizzo has been offered the National Merit Fordham University – College at Lincoln Center scholarship. She begins at Fordham in September.


Salesianum receives student TV honor

Salesianum School’s WSAL-TV received the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-Atlantic Student TV Award for sports at the organization’s 12th annual program, held recently at Temple University in Philadelphia. The students honored included Chris Smith, Angelo Alberti and Scotton Hoelzer, along with their adviser, Ryan Salandria.

The program included presentations by a number of broadcast journalists, such as Shannon McDonald of WHYY/Newsworks, Robert Czyzewics and Rudy Mezzi of 20/20 Visual Media, Amy Caples of Temple, and Danny Pommells of Comcast SportsNet.

More than 100 students from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region attended. Eleven awards were presented; nearly 50 entries were submitted for consideration from 18 high schools. All entries were judged by college educators and local media professionals.


Ursuline hosts event for Special Olympic athletes

WILMINGTON – Eighty-seven Special Olympics athletes between the ages of 5-18 participated in a Sports Field Day on May 15 at Ursuline Academy. The event was coordinated by members of the Project Unify Club, student council and the Jefferson Awards Club.

Emma Field, an Ursuline senior who created the event with classmate Makenzie Hendron, said “Special Olympics was the perfect partner. With help from our fellow students, teachers and administrators, the event came together and turned out to be much bigger than either of us had ever imagined.”

The athletes from Red Clay School District’s Meadowood Program partnered with 87 Ursuline students to complete the five-station sports series, which included a hula-hoop relay, basketball skills station and soccer skills station. The two-hour event culminated with an awards ceremony and dance party.


All Saints fourth-graders to be honored for service

ELSMERE – Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams will recognize the fourth grade from All Saints Catholic School for its outreach to the children of Haiti over the past school year. The students will be honored during a ceremony in Wilmington City Council chambers on May 29 at 6 p.m.

The students spent time this school year making bracelets for Haitian children and were nominated for a Jefferson Award. The Jefferson Awards LEAD360 Challenge Program spotlights the work children do that inspires them to put their ideas into action. They were not national finalists, but the mayor will honor them and other groups next week.


Ursuline grad nominated for international council

Aynsley Inglis, a 2005 graduate of Ursuline Academy, has been nominated for the International Dance Council and invited to attend the 37th World Dance Congress in Athens, Greece, from July 2-6. She will make a presentation there to 400 participants from 40 countries.

Inglis, a ballerina, has traveled all over the world for dance study and peformances. She studies at the Saint-Petersburg State University in Russia and has performed in Fussia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa and Oman, among others, as a member of the Universal Ballet Company. She returned to the United States in 2013 to dance with the Tulsa Ballet Company in Oklahoma.

She has a degree in Russian language and literature from the University of Delaware.

The International Dance Council is the official global organization for all forms of dance and the only one recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


St. Mark’s senior reaches Shakespeare semifinals

WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s senior Jake Diana placed as a semifinalist at the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, which was held May 5 at Lincoln Center in New York. Diana, one of 58 competitors from across the country, performed a sonnet and monologue.

During the two-day trip to New York, he and the other participants had an acting workshop at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and took in a performance of the “Realistic Joneses” on Broadway.

His teacher at St. Mark’s, Anne Eanes, was presented with an honor of her own at the competition. Eanes was presented the English-Speaking Union Teacher of English award, provided by the American Shakespeare Center, for her work in the classroom and her support of the Delaware Shakespeare competition.