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February 2012

Sixth-grader wins spelling contest

Lily Yates, a sixth-grader at St. Wenceslaus School in Omaha, won the annual Omaha-area Catholic schools spelling bee Feb. 11, and fifth-grader Patrick Fayad of Christ the King School in Omaha took second.

Although the runner-up, Fayad advances to the Midwest spelling contest in March in Omaha because St. Wenceslaus School missed a registration deadline and Yates cannot continue in the competition.

Students paint food shelter

Seven students from Our Lady of Lourdes School and religious education program in Omaha painted the walls of St. Vincent de Paul Society's Omaha food pantry Feb. 4.

Painters included Our Lady of Lourdes School eighth-graders Steve Bergeron, Sophia Blankman, Mary Jandrain and Ava Pavlik; and sixth-graders Ava Blankman and Anne Jandrain; and John Coate, an eighth-grader in the school's religious education program for confirmation.

Marian teaches dangers of distracted driving

Students at Marian High School in Omaha learned about the dangers of distracted driving during "Distracted Driving Week" Jan. 9-13.

The school's Future Business Leaders of America club sponsored the event, which included seatbelt checks, a full-size car simulator and an all-school assembly with Deputy Sheriff J.D. Wingler highlighting typical distractions young drivers can face.

The club organized the event in remembrance of Cady Reynolds, a Marian student who was killed in a 2007 car crash that involved a distracted driver.

Columbus teacher receives award

Anne Novicki, a sixth-grade teacher at St. Bonaventure School in Columbus, received the 14th annual William and Barbara Gerhold Family Teacher of the Year Award Feb. 3.

Novicki, who has taught at the school for 14 years, received the award during Catholic Schools Week, after an all-school Mass at St. Bonaventure Church.

The award honors a teacher from either St. Bonaventure or St. Isidore schools in Columbus and includes $5,000, with $1,500 for personal use, $1,000 for professional development and $2,500 for classroom activities.

College of Saint Mary earns national award

The College of Saint Mary in Omaha's soccer team recently earned the national Team Ethics Award for good sportsmanship, fair play and respect for the rules of soccer.

Coached by Shad Beam, it was the only team in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference to earn the award, which is sponsored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

The award is an important reflection of the players' character, Beam said.

Duchesne raises $350,000 at dinner

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha raised more than $350,000 at its annual Congé auction and dinner Jan. 28, themed "There's No Place Like Home."

The money will be used for operating costs and students' financial needs.

The school's show choir performed "Over the Rainbow" and some students wore ruby-red slippers while selling raffle tickets at the event, which took place at Ramada Plaza convention center in Omaha.

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