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Knights’ raffle supports Catholic education

The Delaware Knights of Columbus are currently raising money through a five-week raffle, with the proceeds being used to support Catholic elementary schools in Delaware. The Knights use this and other funds to provide $500 scholarships, whose recipients are selected by school principals and based on financial need.

Donation for each ticket is $10. Checks, with “scholarships” in the memo line, should be made payable to the Delaware Knights of Columbus and mailed to the K of C Catholic Schools Scholarship Fund, in care of Larry Gardner, 317 Silverbrook Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804.

The prizes for the first four weeks will be $75, $50 and $25. The final drawing, on April 10, will have prizes of $300, $200 and $100. Each ticket gives you 16 chances to win.

Checks must be received by March 12 to be eligible for the first drawing.

Since the program started in 1995, the Knights have awarded 566 scholarships for a total of $283,000.


Five Ursuline students receive MLK Awards

WILMINGTON — Five Ursuline Academy students have received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the DuPont Co. for their commitment to community service, the school has announced. Four of the students are from the Upper School, one from the Lower School.

Junior Kate Goorland was selected as one of the five winning students and will receive an award of education technology and a certificate. The other four students — seniors Saleana Copeland, Siani Falson and Valerie Quiñones, and sixth-grader Madeline Austria — were named honorable mention winners.

All the students were honored at DuPont’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration at the DuPont Theatre.


Ursuline sophomore will go to medical congress

WILMINGTON — Olivia Hatton, a sophomore at Ursuline Academy, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, which will be held Feb. 14-16 in Washington, D.C. The congress is designed to “honor, inspire, motivate and direct” high school students who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, according to the school.

Hatton will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from top medical school deans about what to expect in medical school; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine.


St. Mark’s will honor longtime AD Tom Rosa

MILLTOWN — Tom Rosa, the retired athletic director from St. Mark’s High School, will be honored before the Spartans’ boys home game vs. St. Elizabeth on Jan. 27. The game begins at 7 p.m.

St. Mark’s plays its games on Tom Rosa Court. Rosa, also a former guidance counselor and basketball coach, retired in 2011 after 41 years at the school, including 31 as athletic director.

The school will host a reception after the game vs. St. Elizabeth. Students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are encouraged to attend. Former colleagues and athletes from St. Mark’s and other schools will be on hand.


Salesianum student to perform at Carnegie Hall

WILMINGTON — Salesianum School sophomore Stephen Saville has been selected for the 2014 High School Honors Performance at Carnegie Hall. He will perform as a Bass 1 next month. Participation in one of the three honors ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school musicians.

Saville studies music at the University of Delaware. He also performs in the Salesianum Mixed Chorus and the wind and jazz ensembles, and in the marching band. He is also active in theater and is a three-time selection for the Delaware All-State Chorus.

The Feb. 9 performance at Carnegie Hall is open to the public. Tickets are available at


Holy Angels learn life skills, distribute bread

NEWARK — Fourth- through eighth-graders at Holy Angels School in Newark made bread from scratch and distributed it to area needy families last month in a program sponsored by King Arthur Flour.

The students used math and science skills, along with planning and creativity, to take two bags of flour and bake bread for their families and the Newark Food Bank. Nearly 200 loaves of bread were donated to the food bank.


St. Mark’s senior returns to Junior Olympics

WILMINGTON — St. Mark’s senior James Graney has earned a spot on the United States’ Junior Olympic fencing team for the second time, the school has announced. Graney qualified by placing second during a tournament in Strath Haven, Pa., in November.

Graney is a member of the Philadelphia Fencing Academy and the U.S. Fencing Association. He has been fencing since age 10 and competing nationally for five years. The 2014 Junior Olympics will be held Feb. 14-17 in Portland, Ore.