Domenic Dellemonache, Grade 8 St. Gertrude Parish, Vandergrift Parents: Eugene and Crystal Dellemonache Domenic is an exemplary student, a model Catholic and a kind, morally upright person. He is an honorable, righteous person. Domenic is a history buff and has a strong interest in science. His conscientious attitude and exemplary work ethic are the reasons he excels in academics, having a 4.0 throughout middle school. He is a member of the band, track and field team, two robotic clubs, Kindness Club and Betelgeuse Science Club. He holds a red belt in taekwondo and participates in hunting and trap shooting. At
Caption: Sabrina Helbig By Chris Rodell Contributing Writer NEW KENSINGTON — It’d be no exaggeration to say the education Sabrina Helbig received at Mary Queen of Apostles School was electrifying. It was, in every sense of the word, and it could one day save the planet. A sixth-grade experiment involving live circuitry charged her with a drive to become an electrical engineer. Today, she’s a 23-year-old grad student at the University of Pittsburgh, eager to grasp more degrees and the associated insights that could one day ease some of the environmental traumas of climate change. “I hope to one day
Finn Thompson, Eighth Grade Mother of Sorrows Parish, Murrysville Parents: Roy and Kristen Thompson Finn is the most pleasant, hard-working student a teacher can have. He is helpful, cooperative and willing to do whatever you ask of him. He always has a smile on his face and a kind word for others. He is that rare combination of academic high-flyer, dedicated athlete and model of Christ-like kindness. Finn is an outstanding student and humble leader. He participates in cross-country, the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, robotics and Future Business Leaders of America.
Captions: Jason and Alison Bauer and their children. Ryan and Kristen Lemke and their children. By Melissa Williams Brown Contributing Writer MURRYSVILLE — Alison Bauer believes she chose a service-oriented career doing God’s work because of the solid foundation she received as a student at Mother of Sorrows School. Bauer, 37, credits MOSS for preparing her for all aspects of life, but particularly her educational endeavors that culminated three years ago when she completed a doctorate in nursing. “The commitment to helping others through acts of service, civic engagement and sacramental awareness were ingrained in me from an early age.
Jude Hough, Grade 6 St. Lawrence Parish, Cadogan Parents: Chad and Denee Hough Jude was selected for this honor because of the honesty and selflessness that he has consistently displayed over his years at The Divine Redeemer Catholic School, as well as his service at St. Lawrence Parish as an altar server for the last three years. Jude has been a member of the STEM Design Challenge Club and is a member of the Armstrong Arrows Youth Hockey Team.
Captions: Dave Cippel Tom Dinga By Chris Rodell Contributing Writer FORD CITY — Dave Cippel says students who’ve attended The Divine Redeemer Catholic School become like family — they each have touchstone memories that will forever bond them to all who’ve at one time or another trod the school’s halls. “The classes are so small, and you see the same faces year after year that in a way, you all become like family,” he said. And he’s a man who knows a thing or two — or four — about family. Four Cippel sons followed in their father’s footsteps, so
Clare Katona, Grade 4 Parish: Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin Parents: Kevin and Jean Katona Clare is an extremely well-rounded student who represents excellence in many aspects of our community. She is a lover of learning, and it shows with her high performance in all subject areas. Clare actively participates in class discussions and is not afraid to ask questions. She is active outside of our community as well, as an altar server in her parish and a cheerleader in our after-school cheerleading team. Above all, Clare’s shining characteristic is her kind leadership. Whether it is at recess or in class
Caption: Jessica Merchant prepares food with her children, Max and Emilia; she also has a 6-month-old son, Jordan. By Melissa Williams Brown Contributing Writer NORTH HUNTINGDON — Jessica Merchant is a proud product of a Catholic school education from kindergarten through college whose friends and classmates are like family. There wasn’t a question of where her children would go to school. “I can’t imagine my kids not having the same experience I did at Queen of Angels,” Merchant said. She and her husband, Edgar Hunt, are parents of Max, 4, a first-grader; Emilia, 4, a preschooler; and Jordan, 4 months