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 celebrated Mass for the Feast of All Saints today. On All Saints Day (or the Feast of All Saints), the Church honors all of the men and women, known and unknown, whose commitment to Christ led them to lead lives of heroic virtue, a call to holiness that is our call as well. Mass was celebrated by Fr. John McVoy, Associate Pastor of the Cathedral of St. Peter. Candles with the names of those who have passed were included in the mass.
Saint Mark's Blue Gold Club (developing friendships with teenagers in the community who have intellectual disabilities) hosted their annual Halloween party on Monday, October 30th. The highlights of the party included buddy group costume themes, a haunted hallway, and mummy wrap.
Saint Mark’s held our Fall Open House on Sunday October 29th. We had a huge turnout with so many prospective families and students enjoying the day’s activities. Tours were ongoing and families were able to see classrooms that included art, science, theology, English, math, and more. Each classroom had a fun activity for the prospective students that teachers use to teach during the year and parents could ask questions and interact with our students. Our gymnasium was filled with tables showcasing all the clubs, activities, and sports offered. Students were at each table to discuss their activity and families learned about everything offered to students. The cafeteria was host to the alumni and parent associations, as well as all our course offerings. Teachers were available at tables for every subject to discuss all that Saint Mark’s provides academically. A large food selection was provided as well. A presentation was held in the theater and included a performance by our band and speeches by our principal, admissions director, current students, and an alumni guest speaker. The event showcased all that is offered here at Saint Mark’s and we look forward to all the new Spartans that plan to join our family!
A long standing tradition in Saint Mark’s history, during homeroom on Friday October 27th XC boys delivered roses to members of the girls' XC team in honor of their Catholic Conference Championship meet.
On Wednesday October 25, Saint Mark's and Salesianum competed in their annual cross-country dual meet at Bellevue State Park. While Salesianum won the meet 21-40, both teams were winners in the fight against muscle disease. The cross-country teams from both schools have partnered with Muscle Movement Foundation and dedicated the meet to the young sons of Salesianum coach, Mike LoSapio. Coach LoSapio's sons are living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, one of nine forms of muscular dystrophy that cause muscle degeneration and weakness. Both Saint Mark’s boys' and girls' XC teams purchased special shirts for the occasion and wore them at the meet, as well as in school on the meet day. They are also raising money throughout the season to support the cause.
At the event, Coach LoSapio and Saint Mark's boys' coach, Tom McCartan gave their traditional introduction and honoring of the seniors at the starting line. Rob DeMasi, Saint Mark's graduate from the class of 2009 and founder and president of the Muscle Movement Foundation, then said a few words before Coach LoSapio's sons did an honorary "start" for the seniors to "race" back to the starting line.
Fit for Life is now focusing on weight training in Saint Mark's in house weight room facility, which is located in one of our spacious gyms. Today's class features working on the major muscle groups normally associated in functional fitness. Pictured: Students working on their biceps, triceps, anterior, medial, and posterior deltoids, hamstrings, and gluteus maximus, medius and minimus. Students focus on learning the target muscle, exercises associated with the muscle, watch a demonstration, and then work in groups to practice the exercises. By the end of this unit, the students will be planning and executing their own functional fitness plans using the plethora of new workouts they learned. Stop in to learn new workouts, ask the students questions about a workout, or just for the positive and healthy vibes!
Saint Mark’s Key Club members bake cookies for Trick or Treat for UNICEF. Chairperson Aidan Bailey and Key Club Board members organized the on-campus after-school event to raise money for global children’s projects, including Project Eliminate whose goal is to eradicate global maternal and neonatal tetanus. Trick or Treat for UNICEF funds are also used to improve education for thousands of children in many third world countries, providing books, school supplies, and uniforms for children who have none.
Key Club will be selling baked goods Thursday and Friday during lunches and collecting money during lunches on Halloween. Bakers include (back row) Ian Duffy (9), Aiden Bailey (9), Wesley Clark (10). (middle row) Connor Duffy (10), Key Club Treasurer. (front row) Isabella Ciabattoni (10), Amelia Matt (9), and Olivia DiSabatino (11), Key Club President.
Congratulations to Saint Mark’s alumni Mark Corrigan ‘14, Tara Langan ‘14, Coach Keith Jones ‘85, and Coach Pat Riley ‘99 on a successful Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship held at White Clay Creek State Park this past Sunday.
Mark was the first overall finisher with a time of 26:39 over the challenging and tactical 8k course. Tara placed 65th overall with a time of 24:03 for the 5k course helping her team place second overall. Both Mark and Tara’s leadership have helped their teams to a successful season. In addition to running, both athletes have excelled in the classroom earning a spot on the CACC All-Academic team.
Coach Jones wraps up his 17th season as head coach at Wilmington University and was named Men’s Coach of the Year. Coach Riley entered his first year as assistant coach bringing many years of experience to the team.
Coach Jones and Riley ran under the legendary Coach Joe O’Neil, while Tara ran under Coach DiGennaro and Mark under Coach McCartan. All four individuals credit their passion for running from their Saint Mark’s experience.
We wish these Spartans luck as they compete next at the NCAA DII East Regional Championship held in Buffalo, NY.
Saint Mark’s alum Dr. Evaline Alessandrini ’80 has been hired as the new chief medical officer for UC Health, an integrated academic health system serving the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky region. She will leave her current position as a vice president of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to assume the role on December 1.
In this new role, Alessandrini will be responsible for leading teams to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of clinical programs.
Alessandrini completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her residency was completed at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She received her masters’ degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania and her undergraduate degree in biology from Marquette University.
To read the full UC Health Media Room story click here:
Several members of the Spartan Football Team attended the 32nd Annual Delaware Leadership and Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Delaware Leadership Foundation. The event was held on Thursday, October 19, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. The keynote Speaker for this event was Pat Williams, Co-Founder and Senior Vice-President of the Orlando Magic, and the former General Manager of the 1983 World Champion Philadelphia 76’ers. He is also the author of over one hundred books on leadership. The team had an opportunity to meet some of Delaware’s top leaders and listen to Mr. Williams talk about his seven keys to leadership. The team was able to attend this event through the generous sponsorship of Brian DiSabatino, CEO of EDiS company. Brian’s son Jacob, ’16, was a member of the Spartan football team and created the 22 in 22 program to stop soldier suicide.
On Saturday October 14th, Saint Mark’s hosted reunions for the classes of 1977, 1982, 1992, 2002, 2007, and 2012. All classes were in attendance and food and drink was provided. The event was well attended and everyone had a good time. Alum danced the night away and old friends were excited to see each other.
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.