The first Bishop Donahue “Dino Smith” Memorial Golf Scramble will be held May 23 (details below). Proceeds will benefit The Tommy “Dino” Smith Scholarship Fund and Bishop Donahue High School. Get your foursome together to remember our friend.
Congratulations to Kelsey Schau and David Beazel, our April Students of the Month. The Student of the Month program is generously sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Each month, two students are recognized for their outstanding academic performance, attitude, character, and service to the school or community.
We are quickly approaching the Easter Triduum, the most important time of the Liturgical year, marking the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection. As a school family that holds Christ at the center of all our activities, we are inviting our students to join collectively in attending mass on Holy Thursday and services including veneration of the Cross on Good Friday. If your family tradition includes participation at Church on these days, by all means, continue with your traditions. However, if you wish to join us to worship as members of the Bishop Donahue family, please join Mr. Wise at Our Lady of Peace in Mt. Olivet for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm on Holy Thursday. On Friday, Mrs. Granato will join Mr. Wise at St. James Church in McMechen for Good Friday services at 6 pm. We ask those students who would like to join us to be at the church fifteen minutes before the services begin. We look forward to celebrating together as a school community and we wish all our families and friends a blessed Easter!
In August 2013, B.D.H.S. freshman Shae Reinbeau competed in the Miss Northern West Virginia Scholarship Pageant and was named Miss Wheeling’s Outstanding Teen. This title gives Shae the opportunity to go to schools, 4-H clubs and many other organizations to talk about her platform: Health and Exercise for Children and Teens! She focuses on helping children and teen who need support in exercise or health.
Shae recently wrote a book, “No Munchies, No Junkies”. The story is about a little boy, Demarcus, who is overweight at a young age and starts to develop health issues. Demarcus becomes ill and ends up in the hospital. Using the information about health and nutrition from the book, he gets back on track and is living a healthy lifestyle.
“No Munchies, No Junkies”, is targeted at small children and helps them understand the importance health and exercise. For teens, Shae created a PowerPoint presentation that gives more in depth information regarding health and exercise. Shae’s book and PowerPoint also include handouts about the food pyramid, exercise sheets, and a coloring sheet of Demarcus for the children. She has included games to play to get them moving and having fun. Shae recently spoke at Our Lady of Peace and to the children at the Honey Pot Day Care Center. She plans on speaking at her Teen Leaders club, and to the Sherrard Road Runners club in the future. Shae’s goal is to educate children and teens to the value of health and fitness and the importance it plays in their lives.
Bishop Donahue and Wheeling Jesuit University held an International Culture Assembly at B.D.H.S. on April 1. The assembly included W.J.U. students from Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr. Taras Strutynsky, Global Student Services Specialist at Wheeling Jesuit University was instrumental in bringing our schools together. Each W.J.U. student made a presentation about their country and then took questions from B.D. students. Taras, a Ukraine native, also presented information about the recent annexation of Crimea by Russia. Thanks to our friends at Wheeling Jesuit for a great cultural exchange.