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Thursday, May 28, 2015
New Superintendent named for Archdiocese of Washington
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, has named William H. Ryan as superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Washington. The appointment is effective July 1.
Ryan currently serves as the employee performance and evaluation officer in Prince George’s County Public Schools.
Class of 2015 valedictorian Julián Nelson found faith and community at Archbishop Carroll
Julián Nelson, the class of 2015 valedictorian for Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, has excelled in the International Baccalaureate curriculum, competed and won in track and field and with the football team, but perhaps the most important thing he has gained from his education at Carroll, is his Catholic faith.
Patron saint’s spirit remains close to the heart of senior at Don Bosco Cristo Rey
Close to her heart, attached to a necklace, Bridget Moreira wears a small leadership medal which she received after participating in a retreat this year for students at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park. Engraved on one side of the medal is a quote from the school’s patron saint, St. John Bosco: “It is enough that you are young, for me to love you.”
CYO outstanding male Catholic youth says he wants to share God’s grace with others
Benedict Radich, a recent recipient of the archdiocesan CYO 2015 Outstanding Male Catholic Youth Award, is a home-schooled high school junior from St. Patrick Parish, Rockville.
For Seton’s Gabrielle Hayes, serving others is a work of faith and friendship
As the president of the Vincentian Service Club at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Gabrielle Hayes has helped coordinate the school’s Walk for the Poor, which raises funds for students’ tuition and school supplies in Haiti. Closer to home, the club helps organize food, clothing and toy drives for the poor in the Washington area.
Catholic Terps mark milestone
When asked how the Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland influenced her college experience, alumna Maura Donnelly responded with a different question, “How did it not?”
Georgetown Visitation athletes sign college letters of intent
When most high school seniors were in the throes of college application angst, eight Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School students knew where they would be continuing their education, and their athletic careers.
One school family, with many roots
Earlier this year, when St. Francis International School in Silver Spring won a national award for leadership in promoting diversity in Catholic education, St. Francis’s principal posed with the award with the people who really made it possible – a representative group of students with family roots in countries around the world.
Finding hope after loss
Aaron and Latice Dillingham were barely teenagers when their mother was killed in a car accident. When their father died of a stroke two years later, they had to leave the home they knew in North Carolina to move to their sister’s house in Maryland. At first, said Aaron, “I was angry with God.” But eventually, “I wanted to do better, because I knew God had a plan for me,” he said.
At around age seven or eight, Jack Clark would talk with his father about his day, the weather, or what they were having for dinner – in Latin.
‘Write and live it so it becomes a classic’
Before graduates of The Catholic University of America’s class of 2015 turned the page to the next stage of their life, they received special advice from a noted page turner: suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark, the speaker at CUA’s 126
annual commencement on May 16.
Work of the heart shapes Holy Cross student who hopes to become a brain surgeon
For her Senior Project internship for the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Melanie Delgado spent two weeks this spring at the National Institutes of Health, where she assisted doctors specializing in neuroscience and even observed brain surgery. That experience has inspired her dream to go to medical school and to someday become a doctor and do neurosurgery.
Olympic champion and Stone Ridge Gator
Katie Ledecky – who won the gold medal in the 800-meter women’s freestyle swimming race in the 2012 London Summer Olympics as the youngest member of the U.S. Olympics Team at the age of 15 – had another golden moment on Jan. 10, as she joined five fellow seniors at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda in celebrating their final home swimming meet at the Stone Ridge Aquatics Center.
Experience at firm’s trading desk inspires Cristo Rey student to seek career in finance
When he came to Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park as a freshman four years ago, Kevin Durham said was afraid of public speaking and didn’t think anyone outside of his family cared for him.
Seton valedictorian excelled in math while participating in orchestra and three sports
For math scholar Patricia Commins, her years at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg have added up to a well-rounded experience, as the valedictorian of Seton’s class of 2015 has balanced a rigorous academic schedule while playing in the school’s orchestra and participating in three sports.
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