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April 2008

St. Wenceslaus teams capture top two places

Two teams from St. Wenceslaus School in Omaha finished first and second at the Readers Quiz Bowl at St. Vincent de Paul School in Omaha March 15.

Members of the first place team were Sean Monaghan, Tyler Bolden and Hannah Grace. Making up the second place team were Jon Korbitz, Matt Rago, Morgan Olson and Ann Moylan. Both teams were coached by Mary Stratman.

Scotus students win regional honor

A team of two ninth grade students - Levi McPhillips and Nathan Wangler from Scotus Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Columbus - is this year's regional winning team in the 16th annual Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program.

The program is one of the world's largest student science and technology competitions. The team of McPhillips and Wangler is one of only 24 teams chosen as regional winners from a total of 4,527 team entries submitted this year.

Two women to be awarded

Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, and JoAnne Jarvis will be honored at the Gerald T. Bergan Award Brunch at the Bergan Mercy Medical Center's dining room Sunday, April 13, at 11:30 a.m.

The brunch will follow an 11 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Hope/Sister Norita Cooney Chapel in the hospital.

The Gerald T. Bergan Award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have made significant contributions of time and commitment to Alegent Health's mission of providing excellence in faith-based health care.

Werner honored at annual dinner

Clarence Werner received the Roncalli Award at the Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School's 22nd Annual Development Dinner at Werner Hall in Petersburg March 16.

Werner, chairman of the board for Werner Enterprises, was honored for his contributions to the long term success of the high school in Elgin. He also is known for his support of St. John the Baptist School in Petersburg.

Werner started Werner Enterprises in 1959 with one truck. The company is now one of the five largest truck carriers in the United States.

Holocaust book to be published

A book about one man's challenge to the Holocaust is being published this month. That man was David Kaufmann, a business and community leader in Grand Island from 1904 until his death in 1969. The book is "Doorway to Freedom: The Story of David Kaufmann-Merchant-Benefactor-Rescuer."

Omaha residents William E. Ramsey and Betty Dineen Shrier are the co-authors of the book.

Ramsey and Shrier traced Kaufmann's Jewish roots in Germany beginning with his birth in 1875.

Awards given at EPS benefit

The annual Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS) Benefit Dinner was attended by more than 450 at the DC Center in Omaha Feb 17.

The Spirit of EPS Award was presented to Jan Brennan in recognition of her 16 years of "outstanding service." Along with being a client advocate, she has served as auxiliary and board member/officer.

Dennis Murphy received the EPS Special Service Award for his work as chairman of the building committee and for his efforts on the renovation of the EPS lower level.

Performing for pope a 'singular experience'

NEW YORK - Performing for a papal event is not just another gig, even for those whose names are usually rendered in boldface type.

Headline entertainers who will sing for the crowds assembled to greet the pope at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers and at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx spoke of the opportunity as a singular experience and one they are eagerly anticipating.

Performing for pope a 'singular experience'

NEW YORK - Performing for a papal event is not just another gig, even for those whose names are usually rendered in boldface type.

Headline entertainers who will sing for the crowds assembled to greet the pope at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers and at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx spoke of the opportunity as a singular experience and one they are eagerly anticipating.

Living Stations in Howells



Students in 10th to 12th grade religious education at St. John Church in Howells practice in preparation for a Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Portraying Jesus is Ryan Dirkschneider. The other students are Eric Burenheide as Joseph, Tyler Gooch as Simon, Angela Brichacek as Mary, Tara Indra as Veronica, and Jessica Schueth, Rachel Tichota, Britney Konicek and Amanda Tomka as the women mourning Jesus. Courtesy photo.

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