Tonight Saint Mark’s presented the 2018 Comedy Festival! The event included three plays written by Stephen Gregg, one of the most produced playwrights of high school theatre. Each play was directed by Saint Mark’s students. SMALL ACTORS, directed by Laura Beeson ’18. S.P.A.R., directed by Ben Mastoloni ’19. THIS IS A TEXT, directed by Josh Taylor ’18.
The One-Act Festival has been a tradition at Saint Mark’s since the school’s beginning. The One-Acts provide leadership opportunities for the older theatre students to direct their younger peers. Student directors learn to creatively visualize their production, plan out a schedule, and establish goals for each rehearsal.
Congratulations to Madison Saunders ‘19 who took on the challenge of representing Saint Mark’s in the Delaware Poetry Out Loud contest on Tuesday, February 13. Madison competed against students from nineteen other schools with her recitation of “The Ecchoing Green” by William Blake and “A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky” by Lewis Carroll. The evening was filled with a wide variety of poems and delivery styles. Madison represented us well and we thank her for her dedication to preparing for this competition.
Yesterday, the junior class went on their annual PE ski trip to Spring Mountain. The students enjoyed a day of skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Kids of all abilities were able to enjoy the mountain and the unseasonably warm weather.
Saint Mark’s alum Karina Tramont ’17 was named one of the directors of the Special Olympics at DeSales University for fall 2018. She will be the Director of Special Events for the upcoming event. DeSales University as a school is in charge of two events, the 2018 Eastern Bowling Sectional and the 2018 Eastern Fall Sectional. Karina is in charge of a committee that does the awards, opening ceremonies, Olympic town, and advocacy for both events.
Karina was a member of Blue Gold all four years at Saint Mark’s, a buddy captain, and the Executive chair her senior year. She stated, “Blue Gold meant and still means the world to me.” She is currently a freshman at DeSales University majoring in Early Childhood Education with the hopes of getting her Masters in Special Education because of the experience she had with Blue Gold. These experience grew her interest in being part of Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is an international competition, modeled like the Olympics, in which athletes who are mentally and/or physically handicapped compete. Special Olympics focusses on what the athletes CAN do, not what they cannot; in other words focusing on their abilities, not their disabilities.
She stated, “We are currently three weeks into planning and my committee is great. I am very excited to see how everything turns out and I am blessed to have been given this opportunity to touch the lives of the athletes and their families.”
Saint Mark’s congratulates her on this achievement and we wish her luck in her position!
SADD/YELL recognizes Teen Dating and Respect Week 2018
The purpose of recognizing National Teen Dating and Respect Week is to engage, educate, and empower young people to end abusive relationships. It is our goal to inspire students to actively and creatively promote messages about healthy relationships.
This week members teamed up with the DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COORDINATING COUNCIL to set up a display table during lunch with information and resources. Today is Prayer Service and Positive Message Day. We will write positive messages on sticky notes to be displayed in various parts of the school. There was a prayer service in the chapel before homeroom to pray for those impacted by an abusive relationship.
Today Saint Mark’s held our school liturgy for Ash Wednesday. Fr. John McVoy, the associate pastor of the Cathedral of St. Peter, celebrated today's Mass. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, forty days of spiritual renewal where we strive to grow closer to God and to each other as we prepare for Jesus' resurrection on Easter Sunday. During Lent, Christians practice three traditional Lenten disciplines: increased prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (giving to those in need).
On Friday February 9thSaint Mark’s hosted our Annual Alumni Mixer in the main lobby of the school before the boys’ basketball game against Sallies. The casual evening event included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a ticket to the game. Guests included Alumni Association Officers, classmates, and a special guest, Mr. Joe Wright ’04, our new head football coach. Many were in attendance and had a fun time catching up before cheering at the game!
The Saint Mark’s National Honor Society will hold the second of its bi-annual blood drives from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, in the school gymnasium to benefit the Blood Bank of Delmarva.
Because of the constant need for blood in the Delmarva area, EVERYONE in the Spartan community is invited to donate. So parents, spouses, children, alumni, friends, etc. can participate in this important Saint Mark’s event to benefit our community.
E-mail National Honor Society adviser John Fiorelli at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you are interested in donating that day so we can set up an appointment for you.
Today four Saint Mark’s seniors celebrated signing on to play sports in college with their family, friends, and coaches to cheer them on. Nick Leski will be attending Susquehanna University for basketball, Maire Wilson will attend Rider University for swimming, Ian Noonan is attending the University of Tampa to play lacrosse, and Matt Tynes will be attending Yale University for football. Matt was heavily recruited by the Ivy League and today he gave his final decision to Yale.
We congratulate all of our signees on their achievements and wish them luck next year!
Last night Saint Mark’s hosted our Scholarship Ceremony & Reception. The event began with the National Anthem by our Concert Choir followed by a prayer and blessing from Father Evers. Our speakers for the night were student speaker Miss Paige Megargee ’18 and alumni speaker Dr. Robert Kacmarcik, Jr. ’87. The students then received their awards and were treated to a reception afterwards to celebrate and take photos.
Congratulations to all of our scholarship and grant recipients!
Saint Mark’s, a college preparatory Catholic high school, inspires young men and women to create a better world, one more pleasing to God and more helpful to others, by modeling faith, excellence, humility and integrity.