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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Students help freedom ring across National Mall
On a sunny, windy day in March, the students of
St. Jerome Academy
in Hyattsville stood in the shadow of the Washington Monument and patriotically told the story of American history through recited speeches and poems, acting and musical accompaniment.
Sister Kathleen Lannak, retired principal at St. John the Evangelist in Silver Spring, known for making “St. John’s a better place” each day
As principal of St. John the Evangelist School in Silver Spring for the past 35 years, Sister Kathleen Lannak has been known for asking students, “Was St. John’s a better place because you were here today?”
Two Our Lady of Lourdes eighth graders win top awards in pro-life essay contest
The following are award winning pro-life essays written by eighth grade students at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda.
After national tour as saxophonist, DeMatha’s Chad Lilley named Presidential Scholar in the arts
As a boy, Chad Lilley and his father would sit on the couch every weekend and listen to music, especially his dad’s favorite genre: jazz.
DeMatha principal Daniel McMahon honored by National Catholic Educational Association
Almost 20 years ago, DeMatha English teacher Daniel McMahon reluctantly let a student teacher into his classroom, and quickly realized he loved helping teachers just as he loved helping students.
A big hit on and off the field
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School’s Alee Burke might have been sitting in the wrong dugout, but even the opposition could admire her pitching and hitting.
“Visitation is our archrival, but you can’t deny that Alee Burke was great,” said John Soroka, head coach of Visitation’s rival, National Cathedral School. “I don’t think Visitation would’ve been anywhere near the team they ended up being the past two years without her,” he told Gatorade, who awarded her the honor of 2015 State Softball Player of the Year.
Catholic high schools rally around students with cancer
Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg combined prayer with action after learning that rising senior Carly Nguyen had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and needed a bone marrow donor.
Robert Love, longtime St. Pius X School principal retires
Robert Love, who has spent 42 years in Catholic education – the last 16 as principal of St. Pius X Regional School in Bowie – has retired at the end of this school year.
“I couldn’t have picked a better career. Catholic education has been very fulfilling,” Love said. “I can look back and say, ‘I’ve made a difference in someone’s life.’”
Patron saint will continue to guide life of founder of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School
At Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park,
members of its class of 2015 and the school’s founding president, Salesian Father Steve Shafran, will move on to new challenges. On July 1, he will become provincial superior of the Eastern U.S. Province of the Salesians, headquartered in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Justice Scalia pokes fun at commencement clichés in address to Stone Ridge graduates
Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia poked fun at typical commencement speeches as he addressed the class of 2015 of
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart at the Bethesda school’s commencement exercises on June 4.
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.
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