Community Newsbriefs

Doylestown school honors top 7th graders, welcomes graduate broadcaster

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Doylestown held an induction ceremony Monday, Oct. 7 for 21 academically flourishing seventh grade students who were welcomed into the Blessed Duns Scotus Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Marc Farzetta, host of sports radio station 610 WIP, who is an alumnus of the Bucks County School.

Parishioners, teachers, pastors all take two schools to national Blue Ribbon status

School principals Nancy Matteo and Patti O’Donnell are experiencing a serious case of the blues. The good news is they’re not sad or depressed; they’re quite thrilled because their schools – St. Andrew in Newtown and St. Patrick in Malvern – are among 286 schools in the United States to be recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Of the 15 schools statewide to be selected for the honor this year, St. Andrew's and St. Patrick's were the only Catholic schools in Pennsylvania to be awarded.

Neumann U. awarded $56,000 for student scholarships

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust has awarded Neumann University a one-year grant of $56,000 to fund undergraduate student scholarships in 2013-14. The grant is specifically targeted to benefit full-time undergraduates, in good academic standing, with a GPA of at least 2.5.

Devon Prep students earn trophy in national solar car road race

Three years ago Jacob Riedel of Pottstown, a member of Devon Prep’s class of 2013, wanted to organize Devon Prep’s first solar car club. He enlisted several fellow students who shared an interest in ecology, engineering and cars. He was not exactly sure of what he was getting himself into, but he was determined to see it through. Riedel planned to build a solar car and race it on the open road. This past summer, with the support of parents, friends, school, and corporate sponsors, Riedel and his team achieved what he set out to do.

Roman Catholic High School senior named National Merit semifinalist

Senior Connor Kain of Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia has reached the semifinalist round of the National Merit Scholar competition. Kain, a Gloucester City, N.J. native, has maintained a grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0 during his tenure at Roman Catholic and is currently ranked 54th in a class of 247 students. Across […]

St. Jerome’s teacher kisses pig to support financial literacy

St. Jerome School in Northeast Philadelphia participated in TruMark Financial’s third annual Kiss-A-Pig financial literacy event. Money raised will help to teach Philadelphia’s young adults the fundamentals of saving, borrowing and investing.

Villanova, Scranton lead area schools in ranking of top U.S. colleges

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Avid readers of U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of colleges and universities will find the names of dozens of Catholic schools on their lists. The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., is the top-ranked national university on the list, placing 18th in the magazine's annual survey. Georgetown University in Washington was close behind in a three-way tie for the 20th spot, and Boston College placed 31st.

Providence College says canceling talk not about academic freedom

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) — Dominican-run Providence College said the provost’s decision to cancel a guest lecture supporting same-sex marriage is “not really about academic freedom, but rather goes to the meaning of being a Catholic college.” “Should a Catholic college invite an outside speaker to campus, pay that person an honorarium, and give that person […]