Grant Gibbs performs basketball moves with his Creighton Bluejays teammates Ethan Wragge, left, and Nevin Johnson during a Jan. 7 visit to St. Patrick School in Elkhorn. Standing nearby are fourth-grader Maddie Mitchell, third-grader Anthony Abbott and teacher Sara West. During their visit, 16 members of Creighton University's men's basketball team answered questions and spoke to students about how their work, determination, teamwork and faith have helped them grow.
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Daily prayers in different languages, foreign films and a performance by a Japanese drum corps were just some of the ways students at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha celebrated World Language Week Jan. 14-18.
The fourth annual celebration of food, film, language and music from around the globe also included a mission collection for a tutoring center being built in Tecuanipan, Mexico. Eleven Creighton Prep students and three faculty members will volunteer at the site this summer with Community Links International.
An author and illustrator of children's books visited students at Mary Our Queen School in Omaha and St. Columbkille School in Papillion this month, sharing a message of perseverance and hope.
Michelle Nelson-Schmidt of Atlanta most recently wrote "Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster," about a young boy who doubts himself but overcomes his fears, realizing that by taking risks he can succeed.
Mount Michael Benedictine High School's 23-member varsity soccer team's high grade point average earned it the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Team Academic Award, one of 140 all-boys teams nationally and the only team in the Omaha area to win the award.
The team's grade point average was 3.57 for the 2011-12 academic year. Award winners needed a team average of 3.25 or higher.
Nine students from Catholic schools in Omaha, Ralston and Elkhorn were recently awarded college scholarships from a Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) scholarship contest.
Five of the students won $3,500 scholarships, including Grace Henry and Eva Wentz, both second-graders at St. Wenceslaus School, Omaha; Zeke Kleinschmidt, a fourth-grader at St. Gerald School, Ralston; Emily Anthone, a seventh-grader at St. Margaret Mary School, Omaha; and Ashley Straud, a sixth-grader at St. Stephen the Martyr School, Omaha.
STRAZDAS-Minnie M. (Mixan), 90. Funeral Mass Jan. 24 at St. Bernadette Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Larry; son, Mark. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Phyllis, and Ken and Alice, Bellevue; daughter, Lynne Leger, St. Bonifacius, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family.
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TURBES-Eileen C., 90. Funeral Mass Jan. 24 at St. Joan of Arc Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Calvin C. Turbes; brothers, Glen H. Cooper and Paul R. Cooper; son-in-law, James Shimerdla. Survived by sisters, Carol Wolff and Nancy A.
WRABETZ-Jr. John J., 87. Visitation 4 p.m., Jan. 25 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Jan. 26 at St. Leo the Great Church. Survived by wife, Lucia Wrabetz; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Rebecca Wrabetz, and Joseph and Margaret Wrabetz, Littleton, Colo.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Memorials to the church and Columban Fathers.
Marriage Enrichment Dinner "Table for Two": Feb. 10, 5 p.m. at St. Benedict Center, 4 miles north of Schuyler on Hwy. 15. Presented by John Parr and Laura Baum-Parr. Titled "Happy Together." Includes four-course meal. Seating is one couple per table. Followed by Mass (optional) at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel. Cost is $60 per couple; $55 if registered before Jan. 26. To register, call St. Benedict Center 402-352-8819.
"Scandalous Circus Shenanigans" or "That's Easy for You to Say": Feb. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. at Sokol Hall, 13th and Martha, Omaha. Sponsored by St. James/Seton Melodrama Troupe, Inc. Roundtrip bus service from St. James. Bus leaves at 6:15 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Call Lil for tickets and bus at 402-493-3326.