Monthly Archives: February 2016

Etty Performed for BDHS Student Body

DSCN1196Etty is a one-woman play based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, adapted and performed by Susan Stein.  Based solely on Hillesum’s words, the play brings us to 1941 when Esther “Etty” Hillesum, a young Dutch Jewish woman, is living in German-occupied Amsterdam. As deportations begin, she digs deeper into her soul to understand this piece of history and root out any hatred or bitterness, believing that humanity is the best and only solution for survival. Etty was made available by the Wheeling chapter of Classrooms Without Borders (CWB) and their program director, Barb Lewine.  BD Staff member Amy Granato and four BD students will travel to Poland this summer with Classrooms Without Borders.

Athletes Take A Bow on Senior Night

12742625_1108429205854525_3363217810640144038_nSeven B.D.H.S. seniors were recognized during our Winter Senior Night festivities and were honored for their dedication, and contributions to the Green and Gold.  We thank and congratulate Sommer South, Abbey Mele, Shelby Davis, Adrienne Rulong, Will Robinson, Zach McCoy, and Coleton Berletch.


B.D. Hall of Fame Inducts New Members


Denny and Brenda Beiter, Larry Ferrera Jr., Jay Zimla, and Jane Krupica. Absent, Aaron Poe.

The Bishop Donahue High School Hall of Fame Class of 2016 was inducted on February 20, 2016.  Congratulations to Mr. Larry Ferrera Jr. (`63), Jane Grondalski Krupica (`71), Mr. Aaron Poe (`97), and Mr. John “Jay” Zimla (`85).      

The Hall of Fame Special Recognition award was presented to Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Beiter.  Denny and Brenda are the proud parents of six B.D.H.S. alumni, and our still active in the school today.


Aquinas and St. Sebastian Medal Winners Selected

St. Sebastian – Female Winner Aquinas Medal Winner St. Sebastian – Male Winner
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Samantha Zimla Kaitlyn Harris  Trey Miller

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has announced the winners of the Aquinas Medal and the St. Sebastian Medal.  Sponsored by the West Virginia Knights of Columbus, the Aquinas Medal is the highest award a student can receive from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Through the Aquinas award, the diocese recognizes one student from each school for their outstanding qualities of faithful discipleship, academic excellence, leadership, and service to their school, parish, and community. The award reflects the ideals of Catholic education epitomized by St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic patron saint of students.  This year a new award has been added.  One young man and one young woman from each high school will receive the St. Sebastian Medal for being a high-achieving student athlete and exhibiting the qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork, academics, and a high respect for school, classmates, teammates, opponents, parish, and the community.  Bishop Donahue is proud to announce that Kaitlyn Harris is the recipient of the Aquinas Medal and that Samantha Zimla and Trey Miller are the winners of the St. Sebastian Medal.


College Goal Sunday event offers free help with college financial aid forms

640x640CHARLESTON, W.Va. –  West Virginia students can get free help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other college financial aid forms during the state’s annual College Goal Sunday event. College Goal Sunday financial aid workshops will be held February 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 25 locations.

“Completing the FAFSA is a critical step for anyone considering going to college,” Brian Weingart, Senior Director of Financial Aid at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, said. “Students must submit this form in order to be considered for a variety of financial aid programs including state and federal grants, scholarships and loans.”

Anyone who is planning to pursue some form of education and training beyond high school within the next year should complete the FAFSA. That includes high school seniors, current college students and adults thinking about earning a degree or skill certificate. College Goal Sunday workshops are open to students of any age or income-level.

The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) coordinates the event. Students can pre-register, find locations and view a list of items to bring by visiting, the state’s free college- and career-planning website. Students can also receive free help by calling the state’s financial aid hotline at 888-825-5707.

Students and families should bring a driver’s license, both the student’s and parent’s Social Security number, 2015 tax records (or 2014 records if 2015 forms are not yet available), 2015 untaxed income records and information about investments and bank account balances.

All information that is provided will be submitted through the federal government’s secure FAFSA network. Volunteers at College Goal Sunday sites are professionals who will keep students’ and families’ financial information and personal details private.

CFWV is coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and supported by the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. College Goal Sunday is made possible through the efforts of more than 350 volunteers and the resources of public and non-profit organizations and businesses across the state, including the West Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and college access organizations such as TRIO and GEAR UP. 

College Goal Sunday workshops will be offered locally at the following locations:

  • West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling
  • West Virginia Northern Community College – New Martinsville Campus, New Martinsville


B.D. Receives Evan G. Roberts Grant for Tech. Upgrade


Principal Tom Wise, Mrs. Leigh Ann Scherich from BB&T, and Donna Krupica, B.D. Advancement Director.

The Evan G. Roberts Charitable Trust, administered by  BB&T, has awarded Bishop Donahue a $18,500.00 grant.  Mrs. Leigh Ann Scherich, Vice-President of the Mortgage Loan Office, presented the check to Principal Tom Wise.  The grant will be used to upgrade the existing network infrastructure and to purchase new projectors and smartboards.  Our THANKS to BB&T, the Evan G. Roberts Trust, and Mrs. Scherich.

Students Perform WORKS Of MERCY during Catholic Schools Week

IMG_4707B.D. H.S. students participated in two Corporal Acts of Mercy on Feb. 4th as part of Catholic Schools Week.  All Students helped FEED the HUNGRY by donating 3 cans of food.  The cans were collected by our class moderators and taken to the 18th Street Center in Wheeling.  The entire student body also wrote letters to the elderly and sick in our community.  IMG_3227These letters of hope and prayer were taken to the Bishop Hodges Continuous Care Center in Wheeling (VISIT tHE SICK).    

BD and Central Students Gather for Collaborative Mass

DSCN0993A highlight of Catholic Schools Week was the collaborative Mass where the student bodies of  Bishop Donahue and Wheeling Central Catholic came together to celebrate the Eucharist.   Students from both schools served as lectors, cantors, choir members, and alter servers.  The February 3 Mass was held  at the Cathedral of St. Joseph and was concelebrated by Monsignor Annie and B.D.H.S. Pastor, Fr. Dennis Schuelkens.  

It’s All About Family: Senior Students and Grandparents Luncheon

DSCN0928The foundation of our Donahue spirit is based on family values.  That  belief was evident on February 2 when we hosted our second annual Grandparents Luncheon.  Principal Tom Wise said, “We refer to those in our school community as being members of the Donahue family.  What better way to witness that belief,  than by inviting our students most significant family members into our school.”  The senior class was joined by their maternal and paternal grandparents at a luncheon which celebrated not only Catholic Schools Week, but the spirit of the Donahue family.