Diocesan Oratorical Contest

The Diocesan Oratorical Contest was held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy on Wednesday, May 18th. Contestants memorized and redeliver a speech that must be no less than 3 minutes and no more than 6 minutes long. The following are the results from the event.

Photo 1 DOC2016Finalist: Elizabeth Careaga, Grade 8, Good Shepherd Catholic Academy
Finalist: Mairead Kearns, Grade 7, Holy Child Jesus Catholic Academy
2nd Place Winner: Christy Thomas, Grade 8, Our Lady of the Snows School
1st Place Winner: Kirsten Killeen, Grade 8, St. Francis of Assisi School
3rd Place Winner: Elana Caceres, Grade 8, Sacred Heart School, Glendale
Finalist: Caroline Brennan, Grade 6, St. Anselm Catholic Academy


FIRST PLACE: Kirsten Killeen, Grade 8
Saint Francis of Assisi School
“The Power of God’s Love” delivered by John Groberg

SECOND PLACE: Christy Thomas, Grade 8
Our Lady of the Snows School
“If I Should Have A Daughter” delivered by Sarah Kay

THIRD PLACE: Elana Caceres, Grade 8
Sacred Heart School
“Wear Sunscreen” delivered by Buz Luhrmann

Caroline Brennan, Grade 6, St. Anselm Catholic Academy
“Women’s Right to Vote” delivered by Susan B. Anthony

Elizabeth Careaga, Grade 8, Good Shepherd Catholic Academy
“Eulogy for Ronald Regan” delivered by Margaret Thatcher

Mairead Kearns, Grade 7, Holy Child Jesus Catholic Academy
“Commencement Speech” delivered by Amy Poehler


We are very grateful for the help and support of the teachers from each participating school that accompanied their students and served as judges in the preliminary rounds.

Mrs. Marian Abruzzo, Mrs. Louise McNamara and Mrs. Linda Dougherty

The Oratorical Contest would not be possible without the organizational efforts of Mrs. Cathy Kenny, Coordinator of Special Projects for Curriculum and Evaluation.and the guidance of Sister Peggie Merritt, OP.

Mrs. Linda Dougherty, Principal, and the faculty who assisted our contestants, guests and judges throughout the contest as greeters, guides and timers.

Middy Fund Students visit Harvard & MIT

On April 22, 2016, Mr. William Ferguson, Principal of St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy in Ozone Park accompanied the students in the Middy Fund with their teachers and mentors to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Middy Fund is a not-for-profit organization that teaches middle school students to use design thinking and entrepreneurial skills to find innovative solutions to problems they face as individuals and as a community. With mentoring from high school project managers and college consultants, the students learn to design, develop, pitch and fundraise for their own projects.
After months of preparation, the students in Middy Fund were ready to present the results of their hard work and dedication to entrepreneurs at Harvard University. The twenty-six middle school students made up 4 distinct groups.

10486435_10209366235930978_6364844818126189847_nStress Press is a peer-to-peer advice exchange for coping with common causes of stress. It is a web forum designed for high school and middle school students that allows its users to get online support to help overcome common obstacles. The Purifiers show middle school students what they can do about pollution by promoting the reuse of plastic bottles for fn projects such as building a greenhouse, making jewelry boxes, piggy banks, etc, with tutorials. At My Business Bank aims to tackle the issue of financial literacy. Middies decided to create a game to help teach kids how to become financially literate. Voices Heard is an online platform that aims to bridge the gap between students and the world’s social issues.

Middy Fund is a place where passion gets ignited and students are driven to want to make social change. Middy Fund is a program that helps young people to reach their highest capabilities by giving them an outlet to help the community in a hands- on way. The students at St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy joined Middy Fund because they wanted the opportunity to change the world, or at least to do something to help make a difference.

Our Lady of the Snows Teachers Receive 9/11 Tribute Award

2Ms. Claudia Preciado and Mrs. Remee Mallay, Spanish and 8th Grade Science Teachers from Our Lady of the Snows School, have recently been selected as recipients of the Tribute Center’s 2016 Teacher Awards.

This award was given because of, “the personal and meaningful manner in which [they] have engaged [their] students in exploring the history and lessons of September 11th.” Ms. Preciado and Mrs. Mallay, along with the principal, Mr. Joseph Venticinque, and two selected students will attend a special ceremony in February.

Ms. Preciado, Mrs. Mallay and Our Lady of the Snows’ Aquinas Club spent many hours over the summer and at the very beginning of the school year planning and working on a construction of a 9/11 Exhibit in the school’s library. The exhibit included a mural painted by the students, books, digital presentations, tri-folds, and more, each of which represented a different part of that day. They explained in great detail the events that transpired on 9/11 as our entire school visited the exhibit throughout the school day.

We are very proud of their hard work and eagerness to commemorate this event- an event which the students did not even live through. To view pictures of the exhibit please visit, http://olsschoolfp.org/911exhibit


DeSales Media Bringing New Sites to New Academies

saint-saviour-screengrabFifteen new academies have opened their doors this fall, and diocesan bishops have been busy visiting each one to commemorate their opening and inaugural year.

DeSales Media Group has been helping these schools and others in the Diocese of Brooklyn get online with a network of brand new websites. Several are live already, and more are in the works!

This DeSales initiative complements its network of parish sites, which is also growing steadily.