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placeholder January 23, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Photos and notes from around the schools
Entire school
tours cathedral

More than 600 students and adults from Most Holy Rosary School in Antioch arrived via eight buses at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland Jan. 6 for a tour of the Cathedral Center and Mass. ABOVE: Leo Keegan, Director of Docent and Ministerial Services at the cathedral (right), gives the main presentation. LEFT: Docent Barbara Selway shows pupils where the principal celebrant, usually the bishop, sits during Mass.
Cindy Chew photos

Gift of song in Pittsburg
St. Peter Martyr School Girls Chorus sang for the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce mixer Dec. 8. From left, top row: Becky Chermock, Cynthia Saavedra, Oby Ogbodo, Ascucena Cena, Isabella Rivera, Isabelle Leber and Tiffany Vo; middle row: Haley Logan, Monserrat Gomez, Brianna Ferris, Cristina Rodriguez, Ashley Sublasky, Nicole Ramos; bottom row: Naye Ramos, Jewelle Segarro, Gabby Flores, Natalie  Diaz, Kaylani Martin, Amber Sublasky. The Girls Chorus members are in grades fifth through eighth and sing events in the Pittsburg community and at the churches in the area.

Carondelet offers help to aid agencies
Students at Carondelet High School in Concord gathered for the presentation of gifts to three agencies — the Monument Crisis Center in Concord, St. Martin de Porres School in Oakland, and Dorothy’s Place, a Salinas organization that helps farmworkers. During Advent, the students brought gifts, such as school supplies, clothing, diapers and food, for the organizations. Representatives from the organizations were invited to the school to receive the gifts.
Carondelet High School photo

Gymnastics state champion
Nine-year-old fourth-grader Tia Agdeppa Ravara of All Saints School in Hayward asked Father Fernando Cortez of All Saints to pray and provide her a special blessing just hours before competing in the USA Gymnastics Northern California Women’s Junior Olympics Level 5 State Championship. Tia received her personal best scores in every event. With the second highest all-around score for the Nov. 12 weekend among all 422 competing athletes, she earned a spot on the NorCal Level 5 State Team and became the All Around State Champion in her Age Division. Even with a 16-hour-a-week gymnastics training schedule, Tia maintains a 3.5 grade point average and is active in the student council and working toward a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Tia is a member of the Pacific West Gymnastics Team coached by Rodica Apateanu, Jennifer Battaglia, Alan Fujinami, Hanako Miura, Maria Traggio Rivera and Jennifer Apodaca Rogers.

Notes from the schools

Jill Lucia, principal at St. Agnes School in Concord, reports several important upcoming dates: New student testing will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4; the in-school science fair will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 28, the annual school benefit auction will begin at 6 p.m. March 10 in the Garaventa Center at Carondelet High School in Concord, and the spring performance will be at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 24.

Saint Clement School in Hayward is kicking off Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 29 with a Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the third grade class, and a Science Fair featuring projects from its sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in McCollum Hall from 7:30 a.m. to noon. There will be a Catholic Schools Week Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Clement Church and an Open House and Book Fair from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Saint Clement School is also hosting a Shopping Night at Fresh&Easy Neighborhood Market, 31049 Mission Blvd., Hayward, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 23. Fundraising proceeds will benefit the school’s Tuition Assistance Fund.

The school will also get a visit from the Dairy Council of California on Jan. 25. The Mobile Dairy Classroom is an outdoor assembly that will bring a cow to Saint Clement School pupils, who will learn about the anatomy of a cow, what a dairy cow eats and drinks and how milk gets from the cow to the milk containers in their homes.

Guilia Marinos and Jill Taylor, sophomores at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, designed the winning logo for the Midway Shelter Run T-shirt. The Midway Shelter of Alameda Run and Walk, which includes a 5K (3.1 mile) race and one mile walk, raises money for the Midway Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children. The student-designed pink shirts were worn by runners who participated in the Dec. 3 event held at the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal, Bay Farm Island, Alameda.

SJND’s varsity women’s golf team earned the North Coast Section Scholastic Girls’ Golf Championship Team Award for 2011. The women golfers had a combined 3.65 unweighted GPA, one of the highest grade point averages among all women’s golf teams in the NCS. SJND was awarded a pennant for its accomplishment.

The parliamentary debate team of Audrey Carson and Marco Zepeda at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School won the Dempsey-Cronin Invitational, hosted by Santa Clara University Philalethic Debating Society Dec. 9-11. The duo defeated the Leland High School team of Ronak Ahir and Shreyas Kamat on the resolution “the United Nations should open Antarctica to resource exploration.” Carson and Zepeda debated the government side while Ahir and Kamat debated on the opposition side. The Bishop O’Dowd debaters, who were seeded fifth heading into the tournament’s elimination rounds, completed the five preliminary rounds with a 4-1 record.

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