Student and school news




St. Elizabeth students attended liturgical conference

Five students from St. Elizabeth High School attended the “One Bread, One Cup” Liturgical Leadership Conference at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana from June 15-21.

The conference, for high school and college students and youth ministers, included sessions on catechesis, liturgical and spiritual formation, and participation in liturgies. The students also were trained in ministries such as lector, Eucharistic minister and cantor.

The students who attended were Rafael Parra, Jake Barks, Megan McLaughlin, Mason Bondrowski and Alexandra Smyz. Father Norman Carroll, pastor of St. Elizabeth, and Melissa Pollio, the parish youth ministry coordinator, also participated.


St. Polycarp parishioner receives scholarship

SMYRNA – Kelley Northam, a parishioner at St. Polycarp in Smyrna and a student at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia, received two scholarships from the Brother Vincent Council of the Columbiettes at the council’s end-of-year celebration on June 19.

Northam was awarded a $500 scholarship presented by the Brother Vincent Council, along with a $1,000 grant given in memory of Mariann Weber, an active member of the Columbiettes. Northam was recognized because of her service projects and “a willingness to reach out to others in the church, school and community,” according to the Columbiettes.


St. Elizabeth students participate in summer service projects

Nine girls from St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington participated in a Girls Summer Service Trip with the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales at Mount Aviat Academy in Childs, Md., from June 25-27, while a group of 11 boys worked in the Germantown section of Philadelphia from June 22-26.

The girls took part in a food drive and also helped Oblate Sister Audrey Frances construct boxes for party favors for a dinner for disabled and mentally challenged, which the students also attended.

The students who attended were Aika San Diego, Karli Cathell, Alyssa Boyle, Jordyn Humes, Julia Short, Andrea Worthy, Stephanie Charney, Tiara Tanzilli and Leighton Trimarco.

“Not only did the girls have a chance to work with the Oblate Sisters, but also were able to learn about religious life,” said Melissa Pollio, a teacher at St. Elizabeth High School and the parish director of youth ministry. “They helped to coordinate a picnic with the Shorehaven School, a food drive for the Immaculate Conception Outreach Program and a myriad of other projects.”

The boys worked out of the St. Vincent de Paul Center and served lunch at Saint John’s Hospice, renovated housing, sorted through donations at Whosoever Gospel Mission, visited retired priests at St. Catherine, volunteered at local community centers and completed a number of projects at DePaul Catholic School.

Those who attended were Johnathan Hendricks, Rafael Parra, Gianni Cotti, Eric Bristol, Brian Marchioni, Dante Tiberi, Edmond Roncone, Michael Dunning, Michael Piekarski, Nathan Cooper and Austin Crozier.


Students graduate from state police training academy

Several Catholic high school students were among the 33 from across the state who graduated from the state police training academy after a weeklong program that introduced them to police work. The 43rd annual Trooper Youth Week was sponsored by the American Legion.

The students who attend Catholic high schools are Erin Allston of St. Elizabeth; Joseph Demarco, Derrick Kennedy and Garret Moser of Salesianum; and Christopher Matt of St. Mark’s.

Activities included a daily fitness program and classes on crash investigation, evidence detection and fraud investigation.