School Notes: Salutes, puppies and art

His first salute
BEAUFORT—U.S. Navy Ensign Connor T. Murphy graduated recently from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Murphy gave his first salute to his sister, Molly, who is an ROTC midshipman at the University of South Carolina. Ensign Murphy will proceed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he will serve aboard the USS Hopper. He is the son of Peter and Kathleen Murphy and a parishioner of St. Peter Church.

St. Anthony reaches out
GREENVILLE—Students at St. Anthony of Padua donated their coins throughout the school year to help raise money for the Sisters of St. Francis Mission in Kenya, Africa. The Sisters of St. Francis operate two schools in Kenya and have many children that need support. The students’ collection of $500, with a donor match of $500, will help provide education, shoes, clothing, warm blankets, food and medical and dental aid. The Sisters of St. Francis expressed their gratitude to the school children for their generous hearts.
In other community outreach, the school held its annual Music and Art Festival, kicking off with a choral concert. One of the highlights was a clinic where students explored a variety of musical instruments with lessons from several area musicians and instructors. The enrichment program also included demonstrations provided by local visual artists to introduce students to photography, drawing, collage and ceramics. This unique opportunity was made possible by funds from the Metropolitan Arts Council and Indie Craft Parade.
Also, the sixth-graders took a service field trip to the Greenville Humane Society. They toured the facility, learned about the mission of the animal shelter, provided volunteer time, and met some of the cute pups available for adoption.

Blake wins faith art contest
COLUMBIA—Laura Blake, who attends South Carolina Connections Academy, was selected as the first-place winner in the ninth-grade division of the 2014 U.S. “Try Prayer! It Works!” contest, a national competition that encourages students to express their faith through art, poetry and prose. Sponsored by Family Rosary, the 19th annual contest attracted more than 1,100 finalists and more than 22,000 entries.

Lady Bishops earn all-star spots
CHARLESTON—Eran Artigues and Julia Shahid, alumna of Charleston Catholic and recent graduates of Bishop England, earned top sporting honors along with several of their teammates.
Eran, who played shortstop for Bishop England, was selected to the Class 3A/2A South Softball Team for the annual North-South all-star games. She was also named Class AA All-State, along with teammate Elena Salmorin, who is a rising sophomore.
In soccer, Julia was chosen for the All-Lowcountry Soccer Team, along with teammates Regan Van Metre, Erin Moriarty and Logan Leask.

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