Student and school news


National Merit semifinalists named

The following seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among approximately 16,000 students nationwide who will continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.

About half the semifinalists will attain finalist standing, and more than half the finalists will receive a scholarship. The scholarships are sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., colleges and universities, and businesses. Winners will be announced next spring.

Archmere: Meibin Chen, Andrew Hurst, Mark Melvin, Matthew Oslin, Payas Parab, Nicholas Xiao and Raylin Xu.

Salesianum: Jason Fein.

Ss. Peter and Paul: Allison Wetherbee.


Padua earns honor roll recognition

WILMINGTON – The Catholic Education Honor Roll has recognized Padua Academy for academic excellence, civic education and Catholic identity, the school announced this week. Padua is one of just nine schools to earn this distinction.

Since 2004 the honor roll has celebrated Catholic education throughout the United States. “The honor roll schools are a reminder that Catholic education is getting better every day … and we are delighted to see the increased level of competition among the schools that participated in the program this year,” said Patrick J. Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, which administers the program.

Padua currently enrolls 661 students from four states.

The National Catholic Honor Roll was created by the Acton Institute in 2004. The Cardinal Newman Society assumed administration of the program in 2012.


Ursuline alumna’s art featured on campus

Courtesy of Ursuline Academy
Courtesy of Ursuline Academy

WILMINGTON – Ursuline Sister Terry Eppridge, a 1949 graduate of Ursuline Academy, a noted portrait artist, is exhibiting some of her work in the hallways of the Upper School throughout the fall, the school announced recently. The display continues a long tradition at Ursuline of hosting various artists to highlight to careers of women in the arts.

Sister Terry’s work has been featured in a number of studios and galleries throughout New York and Connecticut. She did her postgraduate studies at the Art Students League of New York and the Pratt Institute’s School of Visual Arts, among others.

“My paintings are of people in casual everyday settings and most originate as photographs, which I alter on the canvas to fit the needs of the subject and the painting,” Sister Terry said. “These are ordinary people living their remarkable, very personal lives. As an artist, I find that worthy of note.”


Twenty-nine named AP Scholars at Ursuline

WILMINGTON — Twenty-nine 2014 Ursuline graduates and current seniors have been named AP Scholars based on their performance on Advanced Placement exams during the 2013-14 school year.

AP Scholar with Distinction: Graduates Rebecca Clark, Victoria Griffiths, Sarah Heins, Shaina Twardus and Kennedy Wong. Also, current seniors Caroline Arnold, Elisabeth Kegelman, Joanna Schumann and Alison Tyler.

AP Scholar with Honor: Graduates Rocio Posada and Conner Vorwick. Also, current seniors Emily Blaszkow, Rebecca Bussard, Carolanne Deal, Madeline Hughes, Alecia Nippert, Maria Pedraza and Kaylee Perron.

AP Scholar: Graduates Bridgette Betzler, Elizabeth Coniglio, Emma Field, Sierra Lundstrom and Victoria Urban. Also, current seniors Kelsey Cumiskey, Elizabeth Frick, Hailey McNelis, Madeline Smith, Carly Volko and Courtney Wallace.