| Photos and notes from around the schools
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
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
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.