Monthly Archives: February 2014

B.D.H.S. Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction

(Left to right): Louis Khourey, Christopher Turak, John Turak, Andrew Gonta, Mary Sue Rodriguez, Chuck Lewis and Dr. Terry Williams.

Four Bishop Donahue High School alumni were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame on February 22, 2014.  The honorees include: Andrew J. Gonta (`76); Carolyn A. Lander Lewis (`59, posthumously); Mary Sue E. Materkoski Rodriguez (`73); and Dr. Terry L. Williams (`70). 

Jonathan E. Turak and the Law Firm of Gold, Khourey and Turak were selected for the Special Recognition Award.  This award is presented to an individual or group who has had a long-term commitment to the school.

Congratulations to all our honorees!

Top 10 Announced for Class of 2014

Top 10 Val and Sal
Class of 2014 Top 10 Students (top to bottom clockwise): Alexa Tweedlie (Valedictorian), Renae Kudla (Salutatorian), Kelsey Schau, Marley Keller, Eric Myers, Haley Zahnow, Carly Polis, Dylan Boston, Gabe Mickey and Miranda Heitz. Class of 2014 Salutatorian Renae Kudla and Valedictorian Alexa Tweedlie.

Students Qualify for Regional Math Competition

Regional Qualifiers pictured (left to right): Kyle Swann, Jared Ehni, Logan Ingram, Jewel Purupura, Richard Custer, Coleton Berletch and Samantha Zimla.  Absent: Tessa Bauer

Marshall County held its annual Math Day competition on February 15 and eight B.D.H.S. students advanced to the Regional Math competition in early March.  Congratulations to all participants and good luck in the Regionals!

Brother Rene Roy Returns to B.D.H.S. and Shares MARIST Message

DSCF7799-001Former B.D. Principal (2000-2005) and Marist Brother Rene Roy returned to McMechen to address the student body on Feb. 21. Brother Rene shared the story of St. Marcellin Champagnat, who founded the Marist Brothers in 1817. Marist Schools are internationally recognized and can be found in 80 countries. He also addressed the 5 pillars that B.D. and all Marist Schools share:


  • Presence – to be present to students and their needs
  • Simplicity – to build relationships that are simple and genuine
  • Family Spirit – to develop a family spirit within the school community
  • Love of Work – to foster the value of hard work
  • In the Way of Mary – to follow Jesus in the way of Mary, a woman open to new possibilities in her life

Thank You Brother Rene!

My Students Progress New Password Requirements

Dear B.D.H.S. Parents,

In order to increase security with our MyStudentsProgress accounts, we are asking every person with a login across the Diocese to ensure that they have a secure password.

In the coming weeks, you will be prompted, by MyStudentsProgress, to change your password if your current password does not meet the minimum requirements (see below).

Below is a screenshot of the screen that will appear when you log into the system prompting you to change your password. You do not need to take any action unless prompted to do so when logging into the

When you change your password, please make note of your new password to refer to for future use of the system.







Digital Workshop Presented to West Liberty University Faculty by B.D. Staff Member

Natalie and Keely Camden Ipad and Natalie
 B.D. staff member Natalie Perry and Dr. Keely Camden, Dean of WLU Dept. of Education.  Slides from Digital Workshop

 On Thursday, February 6, BDHS English Teacher Natalie Perry traveled to West Liberty University to present a digital workshop to faculty of the Department of Education. Perry also presented to several junior and senior Education Majors at the University. The workshop consisted of how Bishop Donahue both implemented and manage their iPad curriculum. The worship was arranged by Dr. Keely Camden, Dean of West Liberty’s Department of Education.

B.D. Teacher and Students to visit Poland with Classrooms Without Borders Program

DSCF7709-001In the summer of 2014, BDHS English Teacher, Natalie Perry, senior Shannon Barrows, and sophomore Kyle Swann will be traveling to Poland, along with other Ohio Valley teachers and students, with Classrooms Without Borders. Founded in February 2011 in Pittsburgh, by Dr. Zipora “Tsipy” Gur, Classrooms Without Borders is a nonprofit organization in association with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and The Holocaust Center. The goal of CWB is to provide educators with innovative and informative life-changing experiences to be shared with generations of students.

While in Poland, Perry, Barrows, and Swann will begin their journey in Warsaw, where they will visit the largest ghetto, in Nazi occupied Europe, from 1939-1943.  The group will also visit Treblinka, Majdanek, Kazimierz Dolny, Auschwitz I, II, III and Birkenau.  They will spend time in Krakow, the former capital of Poland and the seat of the Polish monarchy. While in Krakow, they will visit the remains of the Ghetto, as well as Schindler’s factory, and other locations depicted in the movie “Schindler’s List.” Their trip wraps up with a visit to Wawel Hill, which includes the Cathedral of St. Vaclaus and St. Stanislaus, and evening full of music and dancing at the International Festival of Jewish Culture. For more information on Classroom Without Borders, please visit their website at

Jewel Purpura Wins CRC-Diocesan Scholarship

DSCF7698Each year at the Cancer Research Classic, students from local Catholic grade schools and high schools win a $200 random drawing as a gift from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.  The scholarship celebrates the focus Dr. Gregory Merrick provides on the importance of Catholic education as well as health and wellness. Congratulations to Jewel Purpura who was the winner of the 2014 scholarship.