Venture crew, interim principal, and a school mission

Venturing Crew receives national award

AIKEN—Venturing Crew 115 from St. Mary Help of Christians Church received their National Gold Medallion award from Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston at the Province of Atlanta Catholic Jamboree at Camp Barstow. The award recognizes one group of outstanding Catholic Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing Crews from each of the 15 Episcopal Regions of the United States. The crew received their honor during the Scouts 100th anniversary celebration March 19-21. Pictured are Alex Sleasman; James Paczynski, advisor; Casey Thomas; Alexander Paczynski; Michael Pallon; Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone; Madeline Walker; Lisa Amidon, advisor; and  Brandon Sleasman.

Moreau named interim principal

GREENVILLE—Bobby Moreau, assistant principal at Our Lady of the Rosary School, was recently appointed interim principal for the remainder of the academic year. John Harrington served as principal for four years and is leaving to pursue a business venture, according to a school spokesperson.

Franciscan Friars lead school mission

GREENVILLE—St. Joseph’s Catholic School held its first school-wide mission March 16-18. Father Luke Fletcher and Brother Felix Desilets from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal led sessions in the chapel for all religion classes and led the annual Lenten Day of Reflection. The Franciscan Friars were founded by Father Benedict Groeschel and seven other Franciscan Capuchin friars in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1987. Now over 130 brothers minister around the world.

Safa advances to nationals

HANAHAN—Samantha Safa, a seventh-grader at Divine Redeemer School, won the regional spelling bee recently. She earned an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Samantha competed against 50 other contestants from four counties to advance to the finals.   

Berry moves up in geography bee

COLUMBIA—Matthew Berry, a sixth-grader at St. Joseph School, advanced to the regional level of the National Geographic Bee recently. It is scheduled for April 9 at The S.C. State Museum. Students in grades four through eight from across the state will vie for a spot in the final round, which will air on the National Geographic Channel on May 25 and 26. Only one student will advance.

Daly delivers winning speech

MYRTLE BEACH—Two seventh-grade students from St. Andrew School earned awards in a countywide oratory contest recently. The competition was sponsored by the Grand Strand Optimists’ Club. Caroline Daly won first place. She received $200 and will advance to the state competition in Columbia. Veronica Gray won third place and $75.

St. Anne raises ‘souper’ funds

ROCK HILL—St. Anne School raised over $2,600 for The Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen on March 25 through their “Souper Supper” Lenten Service Project. Everyone pitched in to help. Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students made placemats for the guests; grades three through eight, faculty, staff and volunteers made bowls to sell; sixth graders served drinks and food; and the seventh and eighth graders made potato and pasta fagioli soup. At the event, people who purchased one of the decorated bowls received free soup.

Dynes wins math meet

CHARLESTON—Patrick Dynes, a sophomore at Bishop England High School, won first place in the level 1 category, for small schools, at Coastal Carolina University’s math competition on March 12 and received an award of $100. The Mu Alpha Theta (MATh) Club won second place in the team category, level 1. Bishop England students competed against 22 other schools.  

St. Joe rocks science category

GREENVILLE—Students at St. Joseph’s Catholic School swept all seventh-grade award categories at the Bi-Lo Invention Convention held March 10-11 at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville. Also, Joanna McLucas, the science department chair and middle school science teacher, won the “Bi-Lo Legacy” Award; and Headmaster Keith Kiser was presented with the “Principal with the Highest Percentage of Winners” Award.  Student winners in all categories received savings bonds and gift certificates.

St. John leprechauns perform

COLUMBIA—Several dozen leprechauns from St. John Neumann School visited Wildwood Downs Retirement Community and serenaded the residents with spring-time tunes recently. The annual gathering complements the children’s lessons on the joy and value of older citizens, and allows seniors to share their wisdom, love and appreciation.