Student and school news


St. Elizabeth student’s art impresses penitentiary staff

A photograph by St. Elizabeth High School senior Hanna Kelleher of a hallway at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia so impressed the penitentiary’s staff that they have hung it up in their office. Kelleher took the photo as part of her digital art class, taught by Jennifer Mrozek.

This piece of artwork, which depicts a hallway at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, was created by St. Elizabeth student Hanna Kelleher and hangs in the penitentiary staff area. Photo courtesy of St. Elizabeth High School.

Kelleher’s photo was inspired by the works of photographer John Griggs, who visited the class on Feb. 10 to prepare the students for their assignment at the old prison on Feb. 19. Griggs runs a business called Entropic Remnants, and he is known for the Christian perspective he brings to his work.

Kelleher is a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish and a graduate of its grade school.










Padua teachers to attend seminar at Notre Dame

WILMINGTON – Padua Academy teachers Heather Camm and Karen Duppel will attend a bioethics seminar this summer at the University of Notre Dame. The seminar, offered by the Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame in collaboration with the Catholic Education Institute in New York, is designed to help high school science and theology teachers identify opportunities to teach about the relationship between the disciplines.

Camm is a science teacher, while Duppel is in the theology department.


St. Mark’s alum celebrates first Mass at alma mater

WILMINGTON – Father Glenn Evers, a 2001 graduate of St. Mark’s High School, returned to his alma mater in February to celebrate Mass with the school community for the first time.

Father Evers, who is stationed at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Easton, Md., delivered his homily on the World Day of the Sick. He encouraged students to realize that God walks with all of us, even through sickness and suffering, the school said.

He also visited classes, where students asked him about his teachers and experience at St. Mark’s. Father Evers has a brother, Michael, who is a current sophomore, and four siblings who are graduates – Eric (Class of 2003), Jennifer and Michelle (2006), and Katherine (2012).


Father Anthony Giamello appointed chaplain at St. Mark’s

WILMINGTON – Father Anthony Giamello, most recently the administrator at Immaculate Conception Parish in Elkton, Md., has been appointed chaplain of St. Mark’s High School by Bishop Malooly, the school announced. He began his appointment by celebrating Ash Wednesday Mass with the school community on March 5.

His appointment marks the return of a permanent priest chaplain to the school. St. Mark’s had not had one for the past year and a half.

Father Giamello, ordained in 2005, served in the Marines before beginning studies for the priesthood. In addition to Immaculate Conception, he has also served at St. Elizabeth and St. John the Beloved parishes, both in Wilmington. While at St. Mark’s, he also will be a part-time associate pastor at Our Lady of Fatima in New Castle.

Father Giamello told the students that one of his goals is to keep them in spiritual shape.

“This is a critical age for faith formation, and if I can plant the seeds of faith with the students, I’ll accomplish my purpose in being here,” he told them.


Padua cyber security team wins state title

WILMINGTON – Padua will send a team to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Cyber Patriot competition after winning the state round, the school has announced. The regional event will be held the weekend of March 14.

The members of the team are Courtney Blair, Leeza Butler, Kristin DiMichele, Amanda Johnson, Maeve Clair and Kara Campese.

Cyber Patriot is organized by the U.S. Air Force and includes more than 300 teams from across the United States, Canada and Europe. Teams are given the task of securing vulnerable operating systems and removing malware. This is the fourth time Padua has competed.


St. Mark’s Schmelz garners state honor

MILLTOWN – Zachary Schmelz, a senior at St. Mark’s High School, has been named the Indoor Track Athlete of the Year by the state’s coaches. Schmelz received the honor at the all-state banquet last week.

Zach Schmelz

His senior season ended with a remarkable state championship meet. Schmelz won two events, the 400-meter dash (49.95 seconds) and the high jump (six feet). He also finished second in the 200-meter dash and third in the long jump.

Earlier this season, he posted the second-fastest time in Delaware history in the 400, finishing in 48.94. That was the 20th-best time in the country this year.

Schmelz will compete this weekend in the 200 and 400 at the New Balance National Indoor Track Championships at the Armory in New York City.


Ursuline students enjoy Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss

An Ursuline middle-school student participates in Read Across America Day with some Dr. Seuss for younger students. Photo courtesy of Ursuline Academy.

WILMINGTON – Tuesday, March 11, was Read Across America Day, and pre-kindergarten, Montessori and kindergarten classes at Ursuline Academy enjoyed part of the morning with some Dr. Seuss, courtesy of the school’s National Junior Honor Society.

Members of the honor society read to their younger counterparts from the works of Dr. Seuss. There were three groups. One heard “One Fish, Two Fish,” another “Green Eggs and Ham,” and the last “Cat in the Hat.” Each of the readings was accompanied by activities for the students. For example, at the “Green Eggs and Ham” station, students drew pictures of themselves, then placed the picture in the middle of a paper egg, which was colored green.


St. Elizabeth students offer ashes on the riverfront

WILMINGTON – Four St. Elizabeth High School students joined two faculty members and the pastor, Father Norman Carroll, in distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday on the riverfront in Wilmington.

The faculty members were Melissa Pollio and Tina Donohue. The students were Eucharistic ministers and included (from left) Dominic Vivolo, Melissa Vila, Jessica Charney and Alex Thomas.