On Saturday November 18th Saint Mark’s participated in the Bishop’s 5K Run/Walk for the benefit of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Wilmington. The event took place at Bellevue State Park and brought the community together for a fun event that brings awareness of the Catholic Charities services and provides resources for Catholic Charities to expand its outreach efforts. Runners and walkers competed for the best time and were awarded prizes. After the race, celebrations included a complementary picnic and live music.
Saint Mark’s had over 50 runners representing boys’ and girls’ XC, parents, siblings, and friends of the running program and the bishop himself wore Saint Mark’s gear! Our girls went 2,3,6,7, 10 overall and our boys went 1,3,4,5,10 overall. Mike DiGennaro stated, “It was great to be a part of the running community and to raise money for Catholic Charities!”
Our Magazine Drive Assembly was today! Homerooms competed in tug-of-war with the final game between the seniors and juniors. The game was the longest yet with the seniors winning. Each winning participant then pulled wallets for a cash prize.
Saint Mark's Class of 2015 alum who have been members of the University of Delaware Honors Program were honored on November 5 at the General Honors Award Ceremony for fulfilling requirements in their first 2 years at University of Delaware to ultimately receive an Honors Degree or Honors Degree with Distinction at graduation.
Saint Mark’s alum Dr. Arianne Missimer ’98 is the Keynote Speaker for the 27th Annual Entrepreneurial and Business Women’s Expo today. Missimer played basketball at Saint Mark’s and studied dietetics and fitness at the University of Delaware and earned a doctorate in physical therapy at Neumann University. She became an expert in physical conditioning, opened her own fitness center, and has competed in the TV show “American Ninja Warrior,” in which competitors race across difficult man-made obstacle courses. As a cancer survivor she is passionate about fighting for a cure and getting people moving and eating well.
SADD/YELL would like to thank everyone for participating in the Red Ribbon Week themes and uniting to take a visible stand against drugs during the week of October 23. We especially want to thank all of the homerooms for participating in the SADD/YELL Door Decorating Contest. The doors were judged on creativity, the Red Ribbon theme and symbols, and overall effort.
Third Place: Hmrm 152 (Mr. Venti) and Hmrm 153 (Mr. Wysocki)
Second Place: Homeroom 346 (Mrs. Wright)
First Place: Homeroom 364 (Mrs. Morrell)
Both Mrs. Morrell’s homeroom and Mrs. Wright homerooms were awarded a dress down day. Mrs. Morrell’s class also received a big cookie for winning the contest. Thank you again to everyone who participated and remember “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free”
The Z Club organized Stuff the Bus at Saint Mark’s during the week of October 30 – November 3. They collected 125 jars of peanut butter that were donated to the Food Bank of Delaware. Thank you to everyone who participated and made the event a success!
Saint Mark’s Vincent “Vinny” Kempczynski ’18 completes his third year as an assistant Football coach (ages 7-9) for the Upward Flag Football program at Bible Fellowship Church in Newark.
The Upward league teaches kids not only the game of football, but also life lessons in faith by sharing prayer and bible verses at each practice and at the games.
The website states, “Today’s sports culture has created a “win at all cost” mentality. However, in Upward, success is not based on wins and losses. Coaches are trained that success is determined by how they convey salvation, character, and self-esteem to each child. Upward defines winning as learning and/or teaching lessons in the game of life."
Over the past three years, Vinny has shared many stories and faith based lessons that will hopefully stay with these kids. He has taught them about the game, sportsmanship, fellowship, character, and love for self and neighbor. He also helped them to have a 16 - 4 - 1 record over the last three years.
The church also has a soccer, volleyball, and basketball programs that are also based not only on the game but also in faith lessons. Support is welcomed by any students who may want to share their talents in a faith based program.
Saint Mark’s PE class started their Self-Defense unit this week. Guest instructor Matt Smith, an ATI certified instructor who works at Karate for Kids, teaches our students basic self-defense moves that can be used in real life. Hopefully none of our students will ever need to use them, but he will be here today, tomorrow, and all of next week to help them be prepared just in case.
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.