Monthly Archives: May 2015

Baseball Team Advances to WV State Tournament

11350429_966914776672636_2637609604091124879_n (1)Our Bishops (21-5) have advanced to the state semi-final game and will compete in the WV state tournament on June 5th.  The tournament is held in Charleston, at Appalachian Power Park.  The Bishops will take on the White Falcon’s of Wahama at 5:00 p.m. Congratulations to Coach Kleeh and our team!!! GO BISHOPS!!!!


To accommodate all fans, B.D.H.S. is organizing a bus for the state semi-final game on June 5th. 


DEPARTURE: Marshall Co. School Bus leaves B.D. at 12:30

COST:  $15 per person

RESERVATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 2 @ 3:00 p.m.

Call B.D.H.S. @ 304-233-3850 to make your reservations

*A minimum of 35 paid reservations is required for the trip


B.D.H.S. Class of 2015 Receives Dipolomas



On Tuesday, May 19, Principal Tom Wise, ’76 and School Board President, John Pastorius, ’77 of Bishop Donahue Memorial High School conferred diplomas on 27 graduates of the Class of 2015 at the Father Raymond Jablinske Gymnasium located at the school.

Among the highlights of the Graduation celebration were the addresses of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2015. Matthew Vucelik achieved the highest grade point average in his class. He is the son of Greg and Ann Vucelik of Glen Dale, WV, where he is a member of St. Jude Parish. Matt will attend West Virginia University this summer and plans to major in Engineering while playing football for he Mountaineers. Rebekah “Peetie” Trader earned the second highest GPA among her classmates to become the Salutatorian of the class. Rebekah is the daughter of Paul Trader and Collette Trader of Moundsville, where she is member of St. Francis Parish. She will also matriculate to WVU where she will study Biology.

The special awards for the BDHS Class of 2015 include:

Cheyanne Reinbeau was presented with a Bible by the Knights of Columbus Council 1907 for being this year’s Aquinas Medal winner.

Samantha Stewart received the FRED CALISSIE MEMORIAL AWARD. This award is given annually in memory of Our Lady of Peace and Bishop Donahue Class of 1980 graduate, Fred Calissie. Fred illustrated the ideals of a parochial school education being respectful, honest, unselfish, sincere, and industrious. Though Fred’s life was short, he touched the lives of many. This award goes to the graduate who best exemplifies Fred’s character.

The Religion Awards are bestowed on one female and one male graduate. St. John’s Parish in Benwood, WV presents a Bible to the male and female student with the Religion 12 Grade point average. This year, Rebekah Trader and Matthew Vucelik were winners.

Being a school in the Marist Tradition, Bishop Donahue rewards those graduating seniors each year who emulate the founder of the Marist Brothers, St. Marcellin Champagnat, by going above and beyond the service requirement of the school in serving the least favored among us. On May 17 at the Baccalaureate Mass, the following graduates were awarded the Champagnat Award for logging in excess of 100 hours of service: Jared Ehni, Tess Fallova, Stephen Gretchen, Cheyanne Reinbeau, Rebekah Trader, and Matthew Vucelik.

Finally, the Class of 2015 set a record amount in scholarship dollar totals. This year, the BDHS Class of 2015 has been offered in excess of $2,156,742.00 over the next four years. This amount will continue to climb as scholarship offers continue to arrive. This is a testament to the scholarship, leadership, dedication, character, perseverance, and service of this class. 

B.D. Grad Tyler Zahnow Excels on Wheeling Jesuit Track Team

tzBishop Donahue (`12) grad Tyler Zahnow, a Junior at Wheeling Jesuit University, was recently  named to the Atlantic All Region Track team. Tyler was ranked in the top 5 of his region in the decathlon ( 10 events  consisting of the 100 m dash , long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m dash , 110 hurdles , discus, pole vault , javelin throw , and the 1500m run ). The Decathlon is a grueling two day test of athleticism. His best score of 6132 is close to putting him on the national list for a chance to compete for a national championship or All American status.  Congratulations TZ!!!!

*Thanks to Coach Andy Kidwell for the great news!

Students of the Month Selected for April and May

IMG_0917 May Students of the Month

Congratulations to Chris Albert & Sophia Gretchen (April), and Tessa Bauer & Bill Bauerle (May), our  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.

BD Students Honor David Beabout on 16th Birthday

dbDavid Beabout would have celebrated his 16th birthday on May 13, 2015.   However, on Thursday,  April 9, 2015 David passed from this world to begin his eternal reward with Jesus and all the Saints.  The B.D.student body, faculty and staff, along with David’s beloved sister, Katlyn, took time to celebrate the life and love that David shared with everyone that he met during his brief time on earth.

We prayed joyfully, we sang joyfully, and we remembered to continue to pray for David and to David because his love remains.

To conclude the celebration, the Freshman Class presented to Katlyn, on behalf of their parents, a plaque for the Bishop Donahue Wall of Support honoring David’s memory, and a set of memorial wind chimes that read “Always in Our Hearts-Class of 2018”.  Also, Katlyn organized a balloon launch that took place on Logan Street where all students sent a message to David through the spring sky attached to the balloon strings. 

We also extend our thanks to all Diocesan and local schools who celebrated David’s birthday by holding Green and Gold days in David’s honor.

RIP David-We miss you-Beaboutit!

Students SERVE in Memory of 3 ANGELS

IMG_1175All B.D. students participated in the annual 3 Angels service day on May 11, 2015.  The event celebrates the lives of our 3 Angels: Danielle Block, Courtney Block, and JoBeth Gross.  Danielle and JoBeth were heavily involved in the school service program and the day is meant to remember and emulate their contributions to B.D.H.S. Students volunteered at Catholic Charities, Our Lady of Peace Parish, Benwood City Park, Appalachian Outreach, Reynolds Memorial Hospital, McMechen Housing Authority, St. Jude Parish, and in the homes of the local elderly.

BD Students Cheer on SHOOTING STARS

Shooting Stars-030B.D. students recently volunteered their time to serve as buddies for the Shooting Stars program.  The program is sponsored by the First Christian Church in Martins Ferry and allows special needs individuals to participate in cheering and basketball.  Donahue students were invited by alumnus Lisa Rose Gast and helped during the clinic portion of the program on May 9.  The Shooting Stars will play a basketball game next weekend and B.D. students will be on hand to assist the players and cheerleaders. The games begin at 11:00 a.m. on May 16 at the Martins Ferry High School gym.  Come out and cheer on the Shooting Stars!