Student and school news


Padua partners with Wharton School on entrepreneurship

WILMINGTON – Padua Academy is collaborating with Keith Weigelt, a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania to offer an entrepreneurship this summer. The program will be open to students at area parochial and private high schools.

Weigelt has created a program called “Entrepreneur in the Classroom,” which teaches business literacy and aims to ignite a sense of entrepreneurship in the students, according to Padua. The one-week curriculum covers business plan ideas, competitive environments, sales and marketing, pricing stragegies, operations, human resources, management, and accounting.

The course is scheduled for the week of July 7, and the approximate cost is $1,700. For more information, go to


Local students earn writing, art awards

WILMINGTON – Several Ursuline and Padua students were recognized recently for their writing and art achievements by Scholastic Inc. Seventeen received writing awards, the other eight art.

The highest level of recognition, the gold key, went to the following Ursuline students for writing: Emily Lugg, for “Importance” (personal essay/memoir); Lauren Chua, for “Hidden in the Brooklyn Shadows” (short story); Sydney Kriner, for “Charge of the Fiery Burrito,” “Hallway Not Taken” and “’twas the Night Before Finals” (poetry); Natalie Onesi, for “A Silver Lining” (personal essay/memoir); Kelsey Cumiskey, for “A Bowl of Soup” (science fiction/fantasy); and Alecia Nippert, for “August” (flash fiction) and “Running, A Memoir” (short story).

In the art category, Rachel Fariello earned a gold key for her drawing, “Love.”

The following Padua students received gold keys: Lan Ho, digital art; Virginia Rodowsky, printmaking; and Kary Santayana, fashion.


St. Elizabeth freshman in playwright finalist

WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth High School freshman Nikolas Hunter is one of six finalists in the 2013-14 Delaware Young Playwrights Festival, which is sponsored by the Delaware Theatre Company. He will compete in a series of workshops with professional theater artists from DTC and will prepare his work for a public showcase performance on March 11 on the company stage.

Hunter is a graduate of St. Peter the Apostle School in New Castle and a member of that parish.


Court renamed after Oblate brother

WILMINGTON – St. Anthony of Padua Parish recently honored the longtime contributions of Oblate of St. Francis de Sales Brother Micheal Rosenello by naming the court at Fournier Hall after him.

“Brother Mike Day” on Feb. 1 included three Catholic Youth Ministry basketball games, a junior varsity girls game, and varsity girls and boys games. There also was a skills contest open to all students, and the dedication took place after the final game.

A Mass and reception were held after the dedication.

With the exception of two years in the early 1960s, Brother Mike has been part of St. Anthony’s, primarily at Padua Academy, where he still works. In the 1950s, he started a basketball team for seventh- and eighth-grade girls, and he also launched a softball team.


Padua teachers to present at conference in Canada this summer

WILMINGTON – Padua Academy teachers Mike Sheehan and Chris Wills will present the school’s Advocacy Program for Success this July at the Canadian Positive Psychology Conference in Ottawa.

Sheehan, who teaches theology, and Wills, an art instructor, will share their findings on how developing the seven qualities of success can improve academic performance and social interactions.