On Tuesday, February 5th, Saint Mark’s was well represented in the 2019 Delaware Poetry Out Loud Contest by Charmaine Pasicolan ’22. Charmaine gave a flawless performance of “Thy Fair Sun” by Thomas Campion and “Life” by Edith Wharton. We are proud of her performance and know that she will continue to excel in public speaking forums.
On February 13th, many of our junior PE students visited Spring Mountain for an awesome day of skiing and snowboarding! Over 80 juniors made the trip to Spring Mountain and all enjoyed a day on the slopes. Students were able to ski, snowboard, and also enjoy a relaxing day in the ski lodge with their classmates. Weather and conditions were perfect and everyone had a wonderful time!
For the fourth time in six years, the state champion of the ESU Delaware State Shakespeare Competition is a Saint Mark’s Spartan. On Saturday, February 9th, William Kinna ’19 impressed the judges with his performance of Benedick’s monologue from Much Ado About Nothing (Act II Scene 3) and Sonnet 62. After being chosen as one of the top three finalists, William secured the win with his portrayal of Martius in a cold reading of his monologue from Coriolanus (Act I Scene 1). William will represent Delaware in the national ESU contest in April in New York City. We are so proud that he is continuing our tradition of making the words of Shakespeare come alive, and his winning performance highlights the excellence of our academic program and our commitment to the Arts.
Tiffany Herrera continued her record-breaking season with a big win at the DIAA State Championship in the 3200 Meters. It is the team's first state championship in a distance event in school history, and established a new school record of 11:11.63. Tiffany broke away from the field in the final 800 meters and won by 10 seconds. Zion Glover finished 3rd to tie his school record in the 55-Meter Dash at 6.59, and then returned to finish 3rd with a new PR of 22.97 in the 200-Meter Dash. He also led off the 7th-place 4x400 Meter Relay team.
The 4x400 Meter team of Zion Glover, Kyle Poppiti, Logan Szczepanek, and Ryan Quirk finished 2nd in their heat in 3:40 and 7th overall. The girls' 4x800 Meter Relay team of Stephanie Herrera, Sarah Donaldson, Natalia Delgado, and Erin Gebhardt finished 6th in a new personal best of 10:28.
Stephanie Herrera finished 10th in the 3200 meters with the 3rd fastest time in school history at 12:04, and Sarah Donaldson finished 11th overall in the 800 meters. Both 4x200 Meter Relay teams ran season-best performances!
Mrs. Anne Marie Eanes, the moderator of Markings, was notified recently that Markings 2018 received a nomination for national recognition in the 2018 NCTE Recognizing Excellence in Art & Literary Magazines (REALM) Program. Only magazines that receive a critique score of 93-100 and exhibit outstanding merit are nominated for this special First Class recognition. This nomination reflects the talent of the student authors, artists, and photographers whose work appeared in last year’s edition. It is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of last year’s editorial staff which consisted of the following four students: Rachel Staib ‘18, Conlin Shellenberger ‘19, Gavin Turner ‘19, and Caroline Detrick ‘21.
We congratulate all students involved in Markings and look forward to another amazing edition when it is published this spring!
Today Saint Mark’s top 80 math students took the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) test. In 1950, the first Mathematical Contest, sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Section of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA), took place. It was given in approximately 200 schools to around 6,000 students in the New York area only. Today, the competition has grown to over 300,000 students participating annually, in over 6,000 schools.The AMC 10/12 provides an opportunity for high school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. The AMC 10/12 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad.
On Wednesday, February 6, 2019 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 Piekarski. Our speakers for the night were student speaker Mr. Michael Williams ‘19 and alumni speaker Mr. Brian Murray ‘75. The students then received their awards and were treated to a reception afterwards to celebrate and take photos.
Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients!
On January 31, 2019, the Saint Mark's Academic Challenge team defeated Salesianum to capture its fifth consecutive Diocesan League Championship. Academic Challenge is a quick recall general knowledge competition consisting of four rounds. The Diocesan League is made up of the six Catholic High Schools in New Castle County. Congratulations to our Spartans on being undefeated!
Recently three talented Spartans (Ricky Kiamilev ‘22, Charmaine Pasicolan ‘22, and Brittney Tillman ‘19) competed for the honor of representing Saint Mark’s in the Delaware Poetry Out Loud Contest. We would like to thank these three students for their efforts and congratulate Charmaine on being selected as this year’s school winner. Charmaine will be competing in the semi-final round of the state contest in Dover on February 5th. We know that she will make us proud with her performance.
On Tuesday, January 29th, Saint Mark’s hosted Admitted Student Night! We welcomed all 8th graders who have been accepted to Saint Mark’s. The night consisted of a welcome, parent and student socials, classroom programs, and concluded with gymnasium activities. Programs for students included “A Day in the Life of a Spartan” where students were able to meet current Saint Mark’s students and ask any questions. There was also Spartan Trivia to test who knew the most about our school. Parent programs were available to learn more about what Saint Mark’s offers in different areas including academics, Emmaus, student life, and others. After the classroom programs our gymnasium was host to lots of fun activities and an ice cream treat.
We look forward to seeing you next school year Class of 2023!
Saint Mark’s alumnus Gray Trainer ’14 recently represented GHS guitar strings at the annual NAMM show this year. Gray came to Saint Mark's as an exceptional guitar player. He was in Battle of the Bands as an 8th grader and blew away the competition. With an incredible ear for music and so much drive and talent, he was one of only a few students to receive early admittance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduation he moved to California to make his mark on the music industry.
On Sunday, January 27, 2019, Saint Mark’s participated in the Frozen Frogman Swim, an event to raise funds for the Travis Manion Foundation which benefits veterans and their families who were injured or killed in service to our country. Each swimmer did eight laps in the outdoor pool and helped raise $340; the two day event raised over $20,000.
On Tuesday, January 29th, Saint Mark’s students visited All Saints Catholic School for our annual Catholic Schools Week Partner School Program. Students visited classes and did activities with the various grades. Activities included third grade making prayer cards and fourth grade assembling food for Sojourners Place. Everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed the visit!
A second group of students traveled to Sojourner’s Place to serve the lunch to those in need.
Today is the first day of Catholic Schools Week, the annual celebration of Catholic education across the United States. During the week, we celebrate the great successes of Saint Mark’s High School. The Faith of our community, the Excellence of our students and faculty, the Humility of our daily lives, and the Integrity we strive to uphold each and every day.
Today we gathered as a community for Mass to celebrate. Bishop Malooly celebrated the Mass with us speaking about our theme this year, Believe. Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. The theme this year helps to encompass what is at the very heart of Catholic education.
Tiffany Herrera and Zion Glover each broke two school records on Saturday at the New Balance Invitational in New York City.
Tiffany Herrera broke a 34-year-old record in the 3200M by 46 seconds. She ran the 2-Mile in 11:18.89, which converts to a 11:14.89 for 3200M. The record had been held by Molly Bardsley at 12:00 since 1985! Tiffany finished 3rd overall in the race, and is now ranked 12th in state history for the event. She also came back and broke the school record in the 1000M at 3:08.95, which is ranked #9 in state history.
Zion Glover broke his own school record in the 55M. He was tied for the record at 6.62 with Scott Vari, but he now owns it outright at 6.59. He finished 4th overall in the event. He also came back to break his own record in the 300M dash with a 36.55.
Stephanie Herrera finished first in her heat and 28th overall to qualify for the state meet in the 2 mile at 12:22. Freshman Max DiOssi finished 15th overall in the shot put.
On Tuesday, January 22, Saint Mark’s held a school wide assembly presented by Brandywine Counseling and Community Services. The topic was Vape Education/Prevention. The goals are to raise more awareness of the consequences of vaping and to make more informed decisions about their health and safety. The American School Counselors Association has identified vaping education as a primary means of prevention.
For more information contact Kaela Revell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents will also have the opportunity to see this presentation at the January 24th SPA meeting in the Library at 6:30 p.m.
On Friday January 18th, Saint 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. Many were in attendance and had a fun time catching up with old friends and former classmates before cheering at the game!
Saint Mark's theology teacher, Colin McGuigan's essay "Wonder Opens the Heart: Pope Francis and Lisa Sideris on Nature, Encounter, and Wonder," was accepted for publication in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal covering religion and science. Mr. McGuigan previously presented his essay at the 2018 General Conference of the American Academy of Religion. In his work he discusses the relationship between science and religion and the importance of wonder in Pope Francis’s theology, especially for how Francis believes human beings relate to each other, to nature, and to the divine.
On Wednesday, January 10th, the Boys Soccer team celebrated their season at their annual banquet. For the first time, the team held their banquet at an off campus site at the lovely Christiana Hilton. The beautiful ballroom was a fantastic setting for the reunion of players, coaches, friends, and families. The banquet included dinner, a slideshow of pictures from the season, as well as speeches and awards given out by the coaches. Of the bigger awards given, Ryan Farina won Most Improved, Eric Ludman won the Spartan Award, and Matt Ziomek was named MVP of the team. The banquet was a success and a terrific culmination of a memorable season.
On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Saint Mark’s English teacher John Fiorelli was featured in the Delaware News Journal article, “Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame to enshrine 6.” Fiorelli is one of six to be inducted into the 2019 Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame this year. A state-championship coach, Fiorelli led the Saint Mark’s girls’ basketball team to a 356-139 record over 24 seasons, including a 6-0 record in state championship games. He will be inducted into the Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame on January 26th.
On Saturday, January 5th the Saint Mark's High School Chorus celebrated Epiphany with the parish of Holy Spirit Church in New Castle. Twenty-eight members of the chorus sang a variety of Christmas Carols including "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing", "What Child is This", and "Joy to the World." The students gave a wonderful performance and Mr. Bookout received many compliments from the members of the parish. We hope to make this an annual event.
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.