Maternity BVM students win scholarships
Maternity BVM eighth-graders Dan Price and Matthew Fehrle earned the Maguire Foundation High School Scholarship.
In the fall, Dan and Matthew will receive $3,000 per year for four years at Father Judge High School.
The Maguire Foundation, in partnership with the Faith in the Future Foundation, award scholarships to at least six students to each of the 18 Philadelphia-area Catholic high schools.
“I was pleased to hear about this wonderful opportunity for these two young men and their families. Catholic education is expensive, and I know this will be a huge help for these families,” said Mary Zawisza, Maternity BVM principal.
To qualify for the grant, the boys had to submit an essay and list their community service.
“I am very excited and thankful to be able to help my parents out, because both myself and my brother (Anthony) will be enrolling next year at Father Judge,” said Dan.
Matt said, “I am amazed by getting it. This will really help my family because I have three brothers, two who will be entering kindergarten next year and my older brother who also attends Father Judge.”
In other Maternity BVM news, eighth-graders Adam Knuttel, Colin McNicholas and Amanda Sweeney won the Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Award.
The prize is a partial four-year scholarship to the Archdiocesan high school of their choice.
Adam and Colin will be going to Father Judge High School, while Amanda will spend her next four years at Little Flower. Adam, Colin and Amanda have attended Maternity since preschool. ••
Essay contest winners announced
Five students from three schools within the 170th Legislative District have been chosen as the winners in the “Ought to be a Law” contest sponsored by Rep. Martina White.
“All of the submissions were well-thought-out,” White said. “It’s a reflection on the parents and teachers in our district who are committed to their children’s future, and their future is our future.”
The contest entrants were from fourth and fifth grades. The schools that participated included St. Anselm, St. Christopher and Calvary Christian Academy.
The winners were Gianlucca Ciocca, a fourth-grader at St. Anselm; Bryn McKenna, a fifth-grader at St. Anselm; Violet Davis, a fourth-grader at St. Christopher; Aubrey McChesney, a fifth-grader at St. Christopher; and Valentino Garro, a fifth-grader at Calvary Christian.
The winning submissions included essays on bullying and disciplinary schooling, requiring seat belts on school buses, phasing out textbooks for laptops, banning smoking when children are present in confined spaces, and requiring workbooks to be distributed to schools even when the state is without a state budget.
The winners will be invited to the Capitol to have lunch with White and tour the historic building.
“I want to give a special thanks to the guest judges,” White said. “We could not have done this without them.”
The judges included Common Pleas Court Judge Theresa Murphy; Marge Philippi, president of Parkwood Civic Association; and Elsie Stevens, secretary of the 8th Police District Advisory Council. ••
Resurrection eighth-graders earn awards
The Resurrection Regional Elementary School eighth-grade class has earned nearly $200,000 in academic and service scholarship awards.
The recipients include:
• Erin Fitzpatrick won a Neumann Scholarship for full tuition to the Archdiocesan high school of her choice (St. Hubert).
• Jimmy Mortimer, $12,000 Connelly Scholarship to Father Judge.
• Nicole Gallagher, $12,000 Connelly Scholarship to St. Hubert.
• Frank Gubler, $12,000 Connelly Scholarship to Roman Catholic.
• Leah Gill, $12,000 Maguire Foundation Service Scholarship to attend St Hubert.
• Veronica Brinkworth, $4,000 academic scholarship to St. Hubert.
• Ailish McDermott, $4,000 academic scholarship to St. Hubert.
• Emily Soares, $4,000 academic scholarship to St Hubert.
• Becca McCue, $4,000 North Catholic Memorial Scholarship to St. Hubert.
• Kelly Bauer, $7,000 St. Therese Service Scholarship for Little Flower.
• Nick Eiler, $16,000 academic scholarship to Father Judge and $12,000 academic scholarship to Roman.
• Michael Caimi, $12,000 academic scholarship to Roman.
• Nick Miller, $4,000 academic scholarship to Roman.
• Trevor Vallette, $1,500 scholarship to Judge. ••
Calvary students meet Union keeper
TruMark Financial sponsored a soccer clinic for 100 students from Our Lady of Calvary School at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester.
Students took to the field with Philadelphia Union coaches who offered training advice and coaching as the young people ran through different activity stations. Union goalkeeper John McCarthy, a North Catholic High School graduate, also was on hand to mentor the students and answer questions.
TruMark Financial awarded the clinic to the students of Our Lady of Calvary School in recognition of their efforts to raise awareness about financial literacy throughout their school and the surrounding community. Our Lady of Calvary School partners with TruMark Financial in their annual Kiss-A-Pig financial literacy fundraiser. ••