School news: Morgan Cox visits Mother Seton School, School of the Incarnation wins BGE prize

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Susan Hughes’ fifth-grade class from School of the Incarnation in Gambrills is the overall winner in the 2014 “Who is Captain Mercaptan?” BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge. (Courtesy BGE)

School of the Incarnation wins top prize in BGE contest

School of the Incarnation in Gambrills received the top prize of $10,000 for the winning entry in Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s 2014 “Who is Captain Mercaptan?” natural gas safety hero challenge, BGE announced June 5.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade at area schools submitted 66 drawings and descriptions of Captain Mercaptan, BGE’s fictional natural gas safety hero, before public voting and a panel of judges selected the winners, according to BGE. More than 36,000 votes were cast online.

In addition to the first place winning prize, a top entry was selected from each grade level, kindergarten through fifth grade. Incarnation’s kindergarten class and the fourth grade class at St. John School in Westminster each received $5,000.  

Prize money will fund school enrichment programs.

Incarnation plans to use the money to help expand its music program to benefit 800 students, according to BGE. The school plans to create a new music room to enhance its performing arts program by providing rehearsal space for choruses, the instrumental band program, guitar club and drama program.

“The new music room at School of the Incarnation, made possible by this award, will enrich the music program and expand the space for the school’s entire performing arts program,” Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, said in a statement. “We also thank the students and faculty at School of the Incarnation and also St. John Catholic School in Westminster for bringing such enthusiasm and creativity to this lesson on natural gas safety.”  

 CRJ sophomore Anntasia Arias organized a group of students to assist with translating at the Hispanic Health Fair in Brooklyn, and then painted the faces of the many of the young patients. (Courtesy Cristo Rey)

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School students serve as translators at health fair

Nine students from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School served as translators and assisted in other ways at a health fair in Brooklyn May 28, according to the Fells Point school.

At the health fair, held at Family Health Centers of Baltimore, Cristo Rey students greeted community members, worked at patient information tables and translated for community members and nurses who did not speak Spanish, according to the school. Students helped doctors and nurses explain proper tooth brushing and deliver vitals, among other tasks.

Six of the nine students who participated were enrolled in Cristo Rey’s Heritage Spanish program, which works to prepare native speakers for the Spanish Advanced Placement exam and help them develop translating skills for future employment, according to the school. Students learn about how valuable of a resource their second language is and how it can be used to serve the Baltimore community.

(Courtesy Maryvale)

Maryvale students honored by C-SPAN

Colette Aroh and Katie Linz, members of Maryvale Preparatory School’s Class of 2014, were recently honored by C-SPAN Television Network, according to the Lutherville school.

Aroh and Linz were recognized May 28 for winning a national video documentary competition, according to Maryvale. Their work, “The Cost of the American Dream,” received an honorable mention prize. It was selected from more than 2,300 entries nationwide.


Aroh and Linz entered C-SPAN’s StudentCam contest, an annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and nation, according to Maryvale. Students in grades 6-12 were asked to create a five- to seven-minute video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme: “A Message to the U.S. Congress – What’s the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?”

“The Cost of the American Dream” focused on the rising cost of a college education in the United States.

St. Joseph, Fullerton, kindergartner Margaret Ramoy was recently named a 2014 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, State Grade-Level winner. (Courtesy St. Joseph School)

St. Joseph School students recognized for penmanship

Kindergartner Margaret Ramoy and third-grader David Sanico, students at St. Joseph School in Fullerton, were recently named 2014 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, State Grade-Level winners, according to the school.

Each year, St. Joseph selects one entry from each grade and submits it to the state contest, according to the school. Margaret and David received medals May 20.

Students from Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg and St. Philip Neri School in Linthicum also had winning entries.


Morgan Cox, long snapper for the Baltimore Ravens, visited Mother Seton School May 23. 
(Courtesy Mother Seton School)

Baltimore Raven visits Mother Seton School

Morgan Cox, long snapper for the Baltimore Ravens, visited Mother Seton School May 23 at the invitation of second-grader Sophia Launchi. She asked Cox to speak as part of a show and tell presentation, according to the Emmitsburg school.   

After show and tell in Sophia’s classroom, Cox addressed the school community. He fielded questions from students about his career, personal life and what it’s like to be an NFL star.

Following the assembly, Cox shook student’s hands and allowed those who were interested to try on his Super Bowl XLVII ring. He led the second grade in their warm-ups at the start of gym class and demonstrated the long snap for them.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School holds graduation Mass at St. Paul, Ellicott City after gas leak

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School held its eighth-grade graduation Mass at nearby St. Paul in Ellicott City June 7 after the Ellicott City school’s campus was closed because of repairs following a nearby gas main leak.

“We are most grateful for Father Matt Buening for opening his ‘home’ to us,” said Jodi Phelan, a school spokeswoman. “As Father (Erik) Arnold mentioned in his homily, it is not the building that defines our school or church, it is the people and our sense of community.”

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