Student and school news


Good Shepherd students featured in national video

PERRYVILLE, Md. – Four students at Good Shepherd School in Perryville, Md., are featured in the national Fuel Up to Play “Make Your Move” campaign video that was released Oct. 29. The campaign, sponsored by the National Football League, is a dance-themed initiative focused on getting students active in their schools to get healthy and be better students.

The Good Shepherd students were invited to participate in the filming of the ad in August at Redskins Park in Virginia. The video is available at


Ursuline students pitch creative business ideas

WILMINGTON – Students in Erin McNichol’s art forum class at Ursuline Academy recently presented event concepts to The Fun Dept., a Wilmington-based corporate team-building company. They were challenged by The Fun Dept. to design a holiday event concept for various clients, resulting in a student exposition of seven events ranging from baking cookies to building sandcastles.

Each theme and event idea was evaluated based on originality, feasibility and the degree to which it fit into The Fun Dept. brand. Students also proposed a “takeaway item” as a reminder of the event.

Archmere named Apple Distinguished School

CLAYMONT – Archmere Academy has been named an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-15 for its successful implementation of a one-to-one MacBook laptop program and for its integration of technology into the classroom, the school has announced.

The program is for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and that demonstrate “a clear vision of exemplary learning environments,” Archmere said.

Archmere implemented the one-to-one program in the fall of 2011, allowing the broadening of curriculum to include interdisciplinary classes, promote independent and collaborative learning, and offer new and customized learning resources.


St. Elizabeth to hold reception for Hemphill

WILMINGTON – All alumni of St. Elizabeth High School are invited to attend a reception to honor Joe Hemphill on Dec. 15 from noon-2 p.m. at the St. E Center. The school requests an RSVP by Dec. 11. Send your name and number of guests to Michele Kleinhomer at

Hemphill coached his last football game on Nov. 9. He is stepping down after 42 years at the helm of the Vikings, and on Jan. 30, he will retire as athletic director, a post he has held for 41 years. Hemphill also coached the golf team.

Football and golf alumni are invited to send a memory or congratulatory message that will be included as part of the celebration. Those should be sent to Kleinhomer no later than Dec. 6.


Arden artist’s work on display at Ursuline

WILMINGTON – The artwork of Susan Benarcik, an artist and sculptor from Arden, is on display at Ursuline Academy through Dec. 7. Benarcik is a 1984 graduate of Ursuline. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, sculpture parks, museums and private collections such as the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Lyman Allyn Art Museum and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts.

Benarcik uses both recycle and newly manufactured sustainable materials. The work pushes the boundaries of traditional art and “engages in real-world issues as it changes the way we think about the environment,” Ursuline said in a press release.


Ss. Peter and Paul announces AP scholars

EASTON, Md. – Twenty graduates or current seniors at Ss. Peter and Paul High School in Easton, Md., have been named advanced placement scholars for their performance on AP tests last spring. All are graduates except where noted.

AP Scholars with Distinction: Josh Kleppinger and Madeline Webb. Also, current seniors Max Graham, Emily Granger and Sydney Palumbo.

AP Scholar with Honor: Brendan Doyle.

AP Scholars: Timothy Bevard, David Broskey, Benjamin Hallett, Grace Hynes, Michaela Kleppinger, Corey Lapres, Suzanna Levey, Callie Morgan and Matthew Rogge. Also, current seniors Conor Broll, Lindsey Clemmer, Jordan DeTar, Ashley Kitchelt and Connor Spiegel.


Two St. Mark’s alums will run in NCAA cross country champs

St. Mark’s alumnae Lindsey Prettyman and Emily Frydrych are headed to the NCAA Division I cross country championships Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. Prettyman, a 2010 graduate, runs for the University of Delaware, while 2011 alumna Frydrych is on the University of Notre Dame team.

Prettyman finished 20th overall in the Mid-Atlantic Region, earning one of five spots for the individual race. Frydrych and the Fighting Irish earned an at-large team bid. The pair last raced together at the 2010 Delaware Meet of Champions, helping set a meet record of 9:14.42 in the 4X800 meters.


St. Mark’s grads garner football awards at Shepherd University

Jeff Ziemba and Jabre Lolley, both of whom played their high school football at St. Mark’s High School, have had successful seasons for Shepherd University, a Division II school located in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Ziemba, a redshirt freshman, is the current player of the week in the Mountain East Conference for his efforts in a 41-33 win over Concord University on Nov. 16. Ziemba completed 14 passes in 15 attempts for 231 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Rams win the MEC championship. Shepherd is 10-0 on the season and is the top seed in the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Rams will host either Slippery Rock or Winston Salem State on Nov. 30 at noon.

Lolley, also a redshirt freshman, was named the MEC Offensive Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. He led the conference in rushing touchdowns with 14 and averaged 4.6 yards per carry on his way to 767 yards on the ground. Lolley also earned second-team all-MEC honors.


St. Mark’s graduate honors former teacher

Joshua Schimmel, a 2010 graduate of St. Mark’s High School, honored one of his high school science teachers as part of an award he received at the University of Maryland.

Schimmel was named a Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar at Maryland at the end of his junior year at the university. He cited Laura Mattick as an influential teacher at St. Mark’s. The Philip Merrill program is a highly selective one that recognizes academic excellence in students and the role their teachers and faculty have as mentors.

Mattick taught Schimmel in honors physics. She was invited to participate in a day of activities on the College Park, Md., campus, including a luncheon hosted by the Merrill family and the university president. The University of Maryland is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a member of the St. Mark’s Class of 2014 who attends Maryland, Mattick said.

Schimmel plans to attend medical school to pursue a career as a pediatric surgeon.