SHA students aim to raise awareness about persecution of Christians

Sophomore religion classes at Sacred Heart Academy developed and participated in a weeklong campaign to raise awareness about the persecution of Christians by the Islamic State group known as ISIS May 4 to 8.

The students used prayer, social media and posters to raise awareness and they raised money for Catholic Relief Services, the overseas aid organization of the United States bishops. A statement from the school said the students were inspired by Kayla Mueller, a young aid worker from Arizona who died while being held captive by ISIS earlier this year.

Eagle Scout

Curtis Ehrich, a Trinity High School senior, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boys Scout of America. He is a member of Troop 321 at Middletown United Methodist Church.

For his Eagle Scout project, Ehrich collected new and used video gaming systems, accessories and games for “Get Well Gamers,” a California-based non-profit organization which distributes gaming systems to hospitals.

Camp Africa

The Archdiocese of Louisville Office of Multicultural Ministry will offer its 2015 Camp Africa Freedom School Summer Academic & Cultural Enrichment Program June 15 to July 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Catholic Enrichment Center (CEC), 3146 W. Broadway.

The six-week program is for kids entering grades two through eight. The camp will offer academics as well as a “cultural arts experience from an africentric perspective.” The cost is $320 per child and includes breakfast, lunch and a snack. For more information or to register, call the CEC at 776-0262.

Math contests

Trinity High School students took top awards in two math competitions recently.
The school’s Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society chapter won the ASMA International Math Competition. Hanli Li, a junior, was the top scorer.

Trinity’s math team also took top awards in the Greater Louisville Math League Competition. In the freshman division, Bryant Reynold won first place and David Gregory placed second. In the junior division, Sam McCalpin took first place and Jacob Kalbfleisch won third place. In the senior division, Chris Collins was first and Will Paris placed second.

Young leaders

Connor McDonough, a junior at Trinity High School, has been selected to attend the McConnell Center Young Leaders Academy conference at the University of Louisville. The theme of this year’s conference is “Civil Disobedience: The Impact of Protest in U.S. History” and will run from June 14-17 on the university’s Belknap campus.

Choir honored

Assumption High School’s advanced choir received a “distinguished rating” at the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Choral Performance Assessment at the University of Louisville School of Music.

Media awards

Trinity High School juniors Ryan Kelly and Forde Womack, editors of The ECHO online student newspaper, have won the fifth annual Publisher’s Press/Billy Reed Journalism Award. Kelly also won first place in the writing category. Womack won for his photography submission.

Art awards

Four Assumption High School students won regional Scholastic Art Awards. They are: seniors Erin Raque (gold key for drawing), Audrey Speed (silver key for photography), Faith Rawlings (silver key for sculpture), sophomore Alexandria Thieneman (silver key in ceramics).

Writing award

Kay Nilest, an Assumption High School junior, won the 2015 National Council of Teachers of English writing award. She was the only student from Kentucky to be selected.
Young artists

Several students have been accepted in the Governor’s School for the Arts:

  •  Mercy Academy — Natalie Thompson.
  •  DeSales High School — Stanley Thomas (architecture and design).
  •  Sacred Heart Academy — Nicole Dowling (visual art), Marie Kallis (musical theatre), Rochelle Wall (architecture and design), Catherine Young (drama).
  •  Bethlehem High School — Katya Melgoza.
    Students who were accepted in the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs include:
  •  Mercy Academy — Lori Dobson.
  •  Sacred Heart Academy — Alex Beck.
  •  Bethlehem High School — Izzy Neel.

Shoe donation

Students and staff at Ascension School earned shoes for children in need by taking part in the “Take a Pic = Give Shoes” challenge by Toms Shoes recently. The school took a photo of 200 pairs of bare feet belonging to students. In return, the shoe company donated 200 pairs of shoes.

Kindergarten fun

Kindergarten Countdown, a series of events for students entering kindergarten, will be hosted at various locations in Louisville this summer. Children entering kindergarten will receive a free T-shirt and book. One child and an accompanying adult get free admission to each event.

Visit any Louisville Free Public Library June 1 or after to register for the program.

The first event will be June 6 at 7:20 p.m. at Central Park in Old Louisville and will feature an interactive play “Bard Buddies” by the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. The next event will be June 20 at 10 a.m. at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library 301 York St. for a StageOne Family Theatre event.

Nature camp

The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center will host “Camp Nature Odyssey: Adventures in Earth & Spirit” summer day camp for kids from June 15 to June 19 and again from June 22 to June 26 at the center, 1924 Newburg Road. Participants will harvest and prepare healthy snacks from the garden, meditate and take part in art activities. To register, call 452-2749 or

Duke TIP

Three students from St. Albert the Great School were honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) with state recognition. They are Libby Dusch, Leah Simpson and Sophia Thieneman.
Due to a reporter’s error, they were omitted from a previous listing.

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