Sophia Pelillo '18 has been selected as a high school intern for Delaware Shakespeare. As an intern, Sophia will attend rehearsals and workshops for the group's production of Henry V. The show will be staged at Rockwood Park July 14-30. Sophia will be part of a pre-show act and will recite sonnets throughout the park. Sophia also earned one of five highly competitive spots to understudy one of the parts in Henry V. We congratulate Sophia for pursuing and achieving such a wonderful opportunity.
Bess Carey '17 submitted a speech to Maryland Right to Life Oratory contest, and she won! They are paying for her to attend the National Right to Life Convention in Milwaukee at the end of June, and she will give her speech (representing MD) with other state winners. If she wins in a preliminary round, she will continue to finals, where one winner will receive $1,000.
Both the Varsity and JV Girls Soccer teams “Laced Up” by wearing gold laces during their games on Monday, May 15, to help support the fight against pediatric cancer. This is through a campaign called Go4theGoal. This is the second time the team has participated in this campaign. The varsity girls won their game 6-0 against AI duPont High School.
Ms. Danielle Smith ‘08 brings excitement to her Fit For Life class. The students have participated in several fitness lessons this semester. The different lessons included weightlifting, zumba, healthy stretching, and NOW step aerobics!
Step Aerobics is a terrific cross-training activity for runners, cyclists, and walkers as it builds and helps maintain optimal cardiovascular health. The students in the Fit For Life class have voted Step Aerobics as a class favorite. They look forward to the continuation of this unit as they learn new steps each and every class!
A group of Saint Mark's students participated in the OWLympiad, a math competition at Temple University. The students are Vitaly Chen, Amy Gao, Nick Kayatta, Drew Koense, Rachel Staib, David Suddard, and Rex Zhu. There were three rounds of competition and the following students placed first in the second round; Amy Gao, Nick Kayatta, and David Suddard. The day consisted of problem solving and excellent math conversations.
Saint Mark’s junior Rachel Staib was selected as a winner in the 2017 Common Wealth Awards Writing Contest. In this highly competitive contest, Delaware high school students compete to meet the winners of this year’s 38th Annual Common Wealth Award. The Common Wealth Award honors renowned individuals for their lifetime accomplishments in enriching modern society in a range of human endeavors. Rachel joins the list of talented Saint Mark’s students who have received this honor, including two other students within the last three years.
Students compete for this honor by explaining in an original written work which Common Wealth honoree they most want to meet and why. Staib’s essay focused on why she would like to meet Dr. Mae Jemison,engineer, physician, and NASA astronaut, who became the first African-American woman to travel in space.
Rachel and her parents attended the black-tie gala on April 29, 2017, held at the Hotel DuPont. At the gala, hosted by PNC Financial Services Group, Rachel was able to meet and interact with the honorees, and she was acknowledged for her winning essay.
In her essay, Staib eloquently delineated what a chance to meet Dr. Mae Jemison would mean to her. Rachel, who is passionate about writing, also has a growing interest in the field of speech-language pathology and linguistics. She says that she has faced the same type of decision as Dr. Jemison, finding a balance between what she is passionate about and what she wants to pursue as a career. Staib also adds, “Inspired by Jemison's achievements and success, I'm excited and confident in my future as I plan to study linguistics and speech-pathology.”
The other esteemed recipients with whom Staib interacted included Charles Grodin, American actor, comedian, author, and former cable talk show host, and Marlo Thomas, American actress, producer, and social activist.
The Common Wealth Awards, given by the Ralph Hayes Common Wealth Foundation, are presented annually to recognize and reward the best of human achievement. First presented in 1979 by The Common Wealth Trust, the awards were created under the will of Ralph Hayes, an influential business executive and philanthropist.
The Saint Mark's Blue Gold Club donated $7,500 to DFRC (Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with intellectual disAbilities). Student leaders organize the fundraising effort with a fashion show, raffles, and athletic tournaments. The student leaders are Karina Tramont, Amanda Mitsdarfur, Robert Stofa, Pav Naicker, Julia Pala, Halee Bescript, Mollie Taylor, Jordan Ross, Meredith Fish, Colleen Macleod, Bess Carey, Alejandra Salazar, and Nicole Reynolds.
Saint Mark's seniors were honored with the St. Francis de Sales Award in a ceremony presided by Bishop Francis Malooly.
Congratulations to the following seniors, who were selected by the Saint Mark’s Leadership Team: Karina Tramont, Elizabeth Danberg, Meredith Fish, Claudia Kacmarcik, Julia Pala, Brianna Jubb, Nicholas Pautler, Christopher Ludman, Joseph White, and Matthew Smith.
Each April, the Diocese of Wilmington sponsors the St. Francis de Sales Awards Convocation to recognize outstanding Catholic school seniors of the Catholic secondary schools in the Diocese of Wilmington. Senior students from each of the eight Catholic secondary schools were recognized at the event.
An outstanding Catholic school senior is recognized for excellence in faith development, service, scholarship, citizenship and leadership. The students above exemplify all of these qualities as well as the four core values of Saint Mark's: faith, excellence, humility, and integrity.
The Saint Mark's community came together to celebrate the Feast of Saint Mark on Tuesday, April 25 with a school-wide Mass, which was celebrated by Fr. Charles C. Dillingham, Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption. Deacons William Johnston and Patrick Johnston also participated.
Before welcoming Fr. Dillingham, Principal Richard Bayhan reminded us, “Today, we come together to celebrate Mass on the Feast of our patron, Saint Mark. From the beginning of his Gospel, Saint Mark is unequivocal: Jesus Christ is Lord. In today’s Gospel, we are charged to go into the whole world and proclaim Christ’s Gospel in word and deed.
Most importantly we come together as a faith community of Saint Mark’s to celebrate the gifts given to us by God. As Catholics, we have the great gift of the Eucharist, the gift of Jesus, the living bread. When we share in the Eucharist, we share in the life of Christ, and we are called to carry Christ into the whole world.”
At the conclusion of Mass, the faculty, staff and administration who celebrated milestone anniversaries of service to Saint Mark's were honored. The following were honored, followed by the number of years they have served at the school:
Ms. Heather McCarty, 10 Ms. Patrice Soares, 10 Mr. Nicholas Sanna, 15 Mrs. Anne Marie Eanes, 20 Mrs. Krysia Tramont, 20 Mr. Wayne Smeigh, 25 Mr. Matthew Smith, 25 Ms. Wynne Esbitt, 30 Mr. Timothy Neal, 35 Mr. William Melis, 40
The Feast of Saint Mark is a day that the Saint Mark’s community honors the first Gospel writer, one whose Gospel message helps form students who are strong in in faith, excellence, humility and integrity.
On March 23 at a ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Widener University and WCAU-TV NBC10 recognized junior Robert "Bobby" Rush IV by awarding him a Widener University High School Leadership Award.
This award is designed to recognize high school students in the region who embody Widener’s focus on civic engagement and community leadership. Bobby was selected based on his leadership skills, academic excellence and overall personal character. He will receive a $20,000 scholarship to Widener should he choose to enroll there.
Haley Schweizer ‘13 graduated from Wilmington Christian School before becoming a standout Spartan. She was an active member of the Saint Mark’s Student Council and played three sports, becoming a three-time captain for field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse during her time at Saint Mark’s. She was named player of the year, and was First Team All State in lacrosse for three years. She currently holds the state scoring record for career goals in lacrosse.
Haley is currently studying Psychology and Brain Science at Johns Hopkins University, where she is a captain of the lacrosse team. Over the past four years she has grown as leader on and off the field at Johns Hopkins University. As a senior athlete, she now has the privilege of welcoming new recruits to the team and sharing her experiences, leadership and passion for the game with them.
From a Spartan to a Blue Jay, Haley has learned to “play with joy.” These words are found on the walls as you enter the women’s locker room at the university. These words have inspired Haley throughout her lacrosse career as a Blue Jay and will continue to guide her into the future. As her time comes to an end as Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse player, Haley shares her reflections with the Spartan community. She reminds all of us to value our teammates, respect our coaches, appreciate every opportunity and to simply have joy for life. She strives to live every day with joy and we are very proud to call her a Spartan.
The Saint Mark's varsity girls lacrosse team is off to a strong start this season with a 4-0 record under first year Head Coach Lori Schweizer. The teams big win over the Charter School of Wilmington put the Spartans in the spotlight.
On Saturday, March 4th, the Saint Mark’s Anna V. Graham Theatre stage was filled with seventy-six fourth through eighth graders all vying for the honor to represent the state of Delaware in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee. For the ninth consecutive year, Mrs. Anne Marie Eanes, Chair of the English Department, organized and conducted the state bee. Without Saint Mark’s willingness to host the bee and Mrs. Eanes’s dedication to this event, it is unlikely that a student from Delaware would have the opportunity to compete in the national competition that is held in Washington, D.C. each spring. The champion of this year’s state bee was Sahil Langote, a 6th grader at P.S. Dupont Middle School. Second place was earned by Faiz Madiwale, a 5th grader at the Islamic Academy of Delaware, and third place went to Maanvi Sarwadi, a 6th grader at Caravel Academy. Congratulations to all the students who competed and who represented their school so well in this highly competitive event. We wish Sahil the best of luck as he prepares for the national competition.
The Optimi Chapter of the National Honor Society at Saint Mark’s held its bi-annual drive on February 23. More than sixty pints of whole blood will drawn for the Blood Bank of Delmarva. Therapy dogs from Faithful Friends were on site in the Saint Mark’s gym to provide an emotional lift to many first-time donors. The successful drive was led by Class of 2018 co-chairpersons Kaleigh Davis, Clare Estes, Maggie Myers, and Rachel Staib.
Congratulations to Maire Wilson '18 who took first place in the 100 yard breaststroke at the 2017 state championship swim meet. Maire swam a 1:05.97 to bring home the 1st place title. Maire also placed second in the 100 Freestyle.
Social Studies Department Chair, Mr. Guy Townsend '85, led a delegation of seniors to meet Governor John Carney '74 at his Wilmington Office on Wednesday, February 8. They represented the Diocese of Wilmington as the Governor signed a Proclamation recognizing the importance and value of Catholic Schools in Delaware. The four seniors were Brianna Jubb, Madison Sycalik, Billy Sullivan, and Chris Ludman.
On Saturday, February 4, 2017, Saint Mark’s High School held its Ninth Annual Spartan Speech Classic. This contest allows regional elementary and middle school students to display their speaking abilities in the categories of declamation and oral interpretation. Thirty-two students from the following ten schools participated in the contest: All Saints Catholic School, Christ the Teacher, Good Shepherd, Holy Angels, Immaculate Conception School, Independence School, Mount Aviat Academy, St. Ann School, St. Anthony, and the Tome School.
The winners in the following categories were as follows: 5th and 6th Grade Declamation
3rd Place Juliann Malick, St. Ann School 2nd Place Tess Wolf, Independence 1st Place Tenley Moore, Good Shepherd
5th and 6th Grade Oral Interpretation
3rd Place Molly Lavelle, St. Ann School 2nd Place Elizabeth Stegemerten, Mount Aviat Academy 1st Place Simran Montagne, Independence
7th and 8th Grade Declamation
3rd Place Madhuram Sundararajan, Independence 2nd Place Ruth Wilhelm, Christ the Teacher 1st Place Katy Brooks, Good Shepherd
7th and 8th Grade Oral Interpretation
3rd Place Carissa Bolinski, Christ the Teacher 2nd Place Jane Klaus, St. Ann School 1st Place Paige Johnson, St. Anthony
Team Trophies were awarded to:
3rd Place Good Shepherd 2nd Place St. Ann School 1st Place The Independence School
Congratulations to Bernadette on her 3rd performance at Carnegie Hall. Bernadette was accepted as a Finalist for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series.
Congratulations! We are extremely pleased to notify you that you have been accepted as a Finalist for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. The Selection Board has reviewed your application and chosen you to represent the finest high school performers internationally by performing at Carnegie Hall. Your acceptance to this elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in your application.
Recognition as a Finalist is the first step toward performing first soprano with the Honors Women's Choir at Carnegie Hall under the direction of renowned conductor Dr. Tim Seelig. In preparation for your performance, you will receive regular updates, repertoire information, sheet music, and practice notes over the upcoming months. When you arrive in New York, you will have the opportunity to learn from Dr. Seelig, work with other Finalists, get a taste of New York City and, most importantly, perform at Carnegie Hall!"
The Saint Mark's High School Academic Challenge team led an undefeated season, ending with a tense tournament at the Academic Bowl Championship hosted at Saint Elizabeth's High School. The Saint Mark's team went head-to-head with Salesianum's team in their final game. With Salesianum in the lead for most of the match, Spartan spectators were on the edge of their seats.
In a heated last round, Saint Mark's regained their footing and won the championship title, scoring 190 to 180. This victory marks the third consecutive year that the Saint Mark's team has brought home the gold. Congratulations to the members of the varsity team, John Riegner '19, Robert Vadnais '18, Nicole Kirk '18, David Suddard '18, Max Downey '17, Kevin Orzada '17, and Shrey Mittal '17, and thank you to Wayne Smeigh, moderator of the club.
Saint Mark's took place in the Frozen Frogman Swim on January 29, 2017. This event is held to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation which provides support for veterans and the families of fallen heroes.
The team raised $430 and the entire event raised over $30,000.
Swimmers: Catherine Johnson Claudia Kacmarcik Maddie Day Mary Katherine Danberg Jenna Schoppe Erica Bauernschmidt Bobby Rush George Garrod & his mom Gavin Turner Dean Turner Justin Barker Isabella Ciabattoni Rachel Miriello Marcus Kindervater Ms. Esbitt
On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Saint Mark's celebrated Mass with Bishop Malooly in honor of Catholic Schools Week. Each year before Mass begins, we highlight aspects of the theme that are evident right here at Saint Mark’s. The theme “Faith. Knowledge. Service.” is a broad one and appropriately so, because the benefits of being a part of a Catholic school community affects us in our own very personal ways. This year, some Spartans have volunteered to share a glimpse of how their lives have been impacted through the experience of being in a Catholic school.
Freshman Gianna Corbett broke the Saint Mark’s Long Jump school record by almost a full foot at the Douglas W. Wesner Memorial at Kutztown University on January 21. Her jump of 16’2.5” eclipsed the previous record, which stood since 1988. She also came back to jump 4’8” in the high jump to qualify for the DIAA State meet on February 4.
The Boys Indoor Track team traveled to Ursinus College where the sprint relays put up their fastest times of the season. Michael Scalia, Zion Glover, Seth Bialecki, Max Palmer, Connor Hessler, and Robert Vadnais combined to post times of 1:40.23 in the 4x200 meter relay and 3:49.74 in the 4x400 meter relay.
The girls track & field relay team of Lauren Augustynowicz, Caroline Puhl, Kacey Tramont, and Sarah Donaldson broke the school record in the Distance Medley Relay on Sunday at Ursinus. Their time of 13:54 broke the record by 9 seconds! Gianna Corbett finished 8th overall in the long jump, and Milena Procope and Sarah Eissmann had great performances in the shot put!
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.