Youth Events 2-9-12

St. Xavier High School celebrated Catholic Schools Week by collecting money for a several charitable organizations and donating blood to the American Red Cross.
Students raised more than $1,000 to support the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. Students, faculty and staff donated 210 pints of blood at the school’s annual blood drive, which surpassed last year’s total.

Art awards

Several Archdiocese of Louisville students won awards in the Kentucky Derby Festival Student Art Contest on Jan. 25. Maggie Tomaszewksi, St. Agnes School, won first place in Division A (kindergarten through first grade). In Division D (sixth grade through eighth grade), Amanda Beavin, St. Margaret Mary School, placed second, and Martina Frank, John Paul II Academy, placed third.

Seven students in Catholic schools earned top awards in the Kentucky Derby Museum’s “Horsing Around with Art” contest.
In the middle school division, St. Bernard School students Ricky Garr and Colton Colglazier placed first and second, respectively. Hannah Fouts, St. Stephen Martyr School, won third place.
In the high school division, Lydia Dallas of Assumption High School placed first and Sarah Wilson of Mercy Academy won third place.
Jeremy Bissinger, John Paul II Academy, won the 3D/Sculpture Award, and Kay Nilest, St. Bernard School, won The Outriders Society Award.

Letters of intent

Four Trinity High School seniors signed national letters of intent to play football at the college level at a ceremony Feb. 1 at Trinity High School.
Tyler English signed with Western Kentucky University, John Michael Heile signed with the Brown University, Tyler Sweeden signed with University of Tennessee-Martin and Joey Warburg signed with Purdue University.

Six Assumption High School seniors signed letters of intent to play field hockey at the college level on Feb. 2. Angela Amon and Lizi Kuhl signed with Miami University, and Hannah Doll, Claire McCormick and Alexis Van Wallaghen signed with Bellarmine University. Erin Mays signed with Centre College.

Six Sacred Heart Academy seniors signed national letters of intent to play college athletics at a ceremony on Feb. 2. Soccer players signing were Andrea Distler with the University of Louisville, Emily Epley with Belmont University, Sara Herbert with St. Catherine College and Mary Kate Schmidt with Illinois Wesleyan University.
Maddie Elliott signed to play field hockey with Ball State University, and T. Nicole Mackin signed to play the same sport with Robert Morris University.


St. Bernard’s Junior High mixer (7501 Tangelo Drive) has been rescheduled for Feb. 18. The mixer will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. The event is open to all private and public school junior high students. In the event of cold weather, doors will open at 7:30.


Trinity High School seniors Jacob Mattingly and Joey Shaw are among 3,000 students nationwide who were named candidates in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.2 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2012. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of some 32 citizens, will make final selection of the scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May.


Katie Dedich and Hannah Duque, seniors at Assumption High School, have been awarded the Dean’s Award scholarship from Xavier University. Dedich plans to major in biology and chemistry, and Duque plans to major in communication.

Eagle Scout

Chris Gartner, a junior at St. Xavier High School, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 243, St. Barnabas Church. For his Eagle Scout project, Gartner created a walking path for the Woodland Garden at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve using native timbers.

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