Student news


St. Mark’s offering test to seventh-graders

WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s High School is offering a Seventh Grade Achievers Test for students to experience sitting for the high school placement test. The test will be administered March 31 at the school. Application forms are available at

Students who take the test are eligible to participate in the Achievers Gateway Summer Program to earn elective credit at St. Mark’s. For more information, call 757-8721.


Ursuline junior to intern with U.S. Navy

WILMINGTON — Taylor Concannon, a junior at Ursuline Academy, has been named an apprentice for the 2012 Office of Naval Research Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP). She will spend eight weeks this summer working as a research assistant in one of the 20 labs for the Department of the Navy.

Just 245 students were selected for SEAP, a competitive and prestigious program for future scientists.


St. Mark’s wins Del. Mock Trial title

WILMINGTON — St. Mark’s High School defeated 24 other schools, including six-time defending champion Charter School of Wilmington, in the 21st annual Delaware High School Mock Trial competition last month at the New Castle County Courthouse.

The competition consisted of two preliminary rounds, then the final round. In the preliminary rounds, senior Matthew Conrad was awarded three gavels for best attorney, and three students — junior John Slights, junior Michael Williams and senior Brian Coyle — each won a gavel for best witness.

Conrad and Slights each won a gavel in the final round for best attorney and best witness, respectively.

This was St. Mark’s 10th Mock Trial title. The team will represent Delaware at the National High School Mock Trial competition in Albuquerque, N.M., in May.


Grant helps give Benedictine children a voice

RIDGELY, Md. – The Benedictine School in Ridgely, Md., has received a $15,000 grant to purchase devices for students who are nonverbal due to developmental disabilities. The grant came from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust.

The grant will allow the school to create a library of iPads for nonverbal and low-verbal students. Other students who are primarily visual learners also will benefit from the educational and language-building applications, according to Benedictine School.

The grant is part of the school’s “Give a Child a Voice” project.

“A large portion of our population is functionally nonverbal,” said Judi Cornette, clinical coordinator and speech/language pathologist. “With the technology that is available today, we can give them the gift of a voice.”