Local Catholic school communities celebrate successes, mark Lent
By Denver Catholic Register
Above: The students depict Jesus meeting his mother.
Eighth-grader Colleen Lloyd won the Geography Bee at St. John the Baptist School in Longmont Jan. 11. Lloyd’s score was among the top 100 in the state, as selected by the National Geographic Society, qualifying her to compete at the Colorado Geography Bee March 30 at the University of Denver.
Quy Le, fifth-grader from Notre Dame School in Denver, won the Archdiocese of Denver Intermediate Spelling Bee Jan. 28. He was one of 144 fourth- and fifth-grade students to compete in the event hosted at Nativity of Our Lord School in Broomfield.
Eighth-grader Frank Cahill, from Ave Maria School in Parker (Diocese of Colorado Springs) won the Advanced Spelling Bee for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders held at St. Vincent de Paul School in Denver Feb. 25. Cahill, one of 22 students from area Catholic schools to qualify for the March 10 Colorado State Spelling Bee, won the state competition. He will participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.
Ten students from St. Joseph School in Fort Collins were among the winners of an annual essay contest sponsored by the Cache la Poudre Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Feb.
Those honored for writing on the topic “Young America Takes a Stand: The War of 1812” included: eighth-graders Cathy Choi (first place), Katherine Wankelman and Kevin Johnson; seventh-graders Erin MacRitchie and Erin Mallory; sixth-graders Zach Thoms (first place), Travis Duchene and Ava Miles; and fifth graders Whitney Buckendorf and Conor MacRitchie.
Last month third- and fourth-grade boys’ basketball teams from St. Vincent de Paul School in Denver were awarded the Ted Tholen Sportsmanship Award by the St. Bernadette-St. Louis Widget League. In its 25-plus-year history, no two teams from one school had previously won the award. The honor is named for Tholen, 20-year athletic director at St. Louis School in Englewood until his death in an auto accident in 2005. The teams were coached by David Wolf and Doug Price, and Marty Maxfield and Rob Nierynck.
Holy Family High School graduating senior Braeden Fallet was named a candidate in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program for his superior academic achievement on one of the College Board’s standardized testing assessments. Inclusion in the program is a high honor for selected seniors, who are chosen from the nation’s 3.2 million expected graduates.
Good Shepherd School students won awards in the 2012 Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair Feb. 22: seventh-grader Kassidy Hogan placed second and eighth-grader Claire O’Connor placed third in the Junior Division for Microbiology; eighth-grader Joey Kurutz placed third in the Junior Division for Animal Sciences. Special award honors went to sixth-grader Kelly Fetter, seventh-grader Jack Weigand, eighth-grader Brogan Hannon and eighth-grader Ian Navarro.
Fifth-grade teacher JoAnn Ehrlich of Christ the King School in Denver received a National Catholic Educational Association certificate last month in recognition for her “Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Education.” Ehrlich has taught for 25 years in the Denver Archdiocese.
After some 18 years without an American flag flying overhead, Annunciation School in Denver held a flag raising ceremony last month when the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9644 donated a flag and fixed the school’s faulty pole. Students and teachers said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the national anthem with members of the VFW to mark the occasion.
The Denver ACE Advocates, a group of young adults committed to strengthening Catholic schools, raised more than $2,600 during its annual Happy Hour Fundraiser to benefit Annunciation School.
Fifth-grade students from Most Precious Blood in Denver presented a living Stations of the Cross for the entire student body March 16 and an evening presentation for the parish. Through prayer, songs and reenactments, the stations were portrayed by the class in this annual Lenten event.