Monthly Archives: March 2016

Magnifique Dinner Served by Donahue Students

DSCN1365On Thursday March 17th, Bishop Donahue students Christopher Albert, Robert Chesonis, Sophia Gretchen, Mady Keller, Isabel Reilly and faculty member, Ms. Mary Beth Ray, helped to serve at The Sisters of St. Joseph Annual French Dinner.

The dinner, held in the beautiful surroundings of the St. Joseph Center, celebrates the sisters’ heritage that originated in LePuy, France.

Students helped to serve authentic French cuisine and assisted in after dinner clean up. 
Everyone enjoyed a fantastic evening with the Sisters of St. Joseph’s and their guests and every student said, “Sign me up for next year!”

Purpura and Canestraro Selected as March Students of the Month

March Students of the Month

Cade and Jewel

Congratulations to Jewel Purpura and Cade Canestraro, our March 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.

B.D. Alumni Association Created…. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

aamcJoin the NEWLY created Bishop Donahue Alumni Association and help support the B.D.H.S. Alumni  Scholarship.  Yearly dues are $10 per person.  The more alumni who join, the more we can provide in scholarship dollars to current B.D. students.  ALL money raised by the association will go directly to the scholarship fund.

Membership includes free entry to two major events during the 2016-17 school year.  Alumni Association members will receive a complimentary ticket on Sept. 16 to the Homecoming/Alumni Night football game.  Additionally, members will receive free entry to the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Night during boys basketball season.

You can pay your dues by mailing a check to the B.D.H.S. Alumni Association, 325 Logan Street, McMechen, WV  26040.  Attention: Advancement Office.   For your convenience, you may also use the B.D.H.S. PayPal account-simply use the school web site at  The PayPal information is located at the bottom of the page.

The founding members of the Alumni Council include: BD Principal Tom Wise (`76), Jamie Kudla (`84), Mary Sue Rodriguez (`73),  Kathy Vani (`74), Jane Krupica (`71), Paula Conners (`71), Melissa McCulley (`05), Kim Yurisko (`79), and  Donna Krupica (`73).  If you would like to join the Alumni Council or serve as your class representative, please call Donna at 304-233-3850. 


BD Frosh Shay Straughn Places Third in Young Writers Contest


English instructor Ms. A. George and Shay Straughn

Congratulations to freshman Shay Straughn who placed 3rd in the Marshall County Young Writers Contest for grades 9 & 10. The West Virginia Young Writers Contest encourages students to submit writing for judging, first at the school, and then the county level. Submissions can be on any topic and genre as long as the essays are completed during the school year. This year, the freshmen composed short scary stories. Click HERE to read Shay’s award winning story.


Night To Shine Offers EXIT TO SERVE CHRIST Opportunity to BD Students

IMG_0706On one night, February 12, 2016, more than 200 host churches in 48 states and 7 countries hosted Night to Shine.  More than 70,000 volunteers and 32,000 honored guests shared the same amazing prom experience on the same night around the world.

In the Ohio Valley, over 40 B.D.H.S. students and staff volunteered their time, talents , and energy to adults with special needs “honorees” to give them a prom experience that none would soon forget. It was held at the old WV Penitentiary in Moundsville. Our staff and students were invited to participate by Kristi Crawford and Rev. Dr. Steve Mentzner of the Bowman United Methodist Church in Glen Easton.

Night to Shine was a night for the churches to shine, the volunteers to shine, our honored guests to shine, and most importantly, God to shine! Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love for people with special needs ages 16 and older.

Every guest of Night to Shine entered this complimentary event on a red carpet to a cheering crowd and friendly paparazzi. Once inside, guests received the royal treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and, of course, dancing! The highlight of the night came when every one of the Night to Shine guests was crowned as a king or queen of the prom. At the Ohio Valley Night to Shine one of the honorees asked his long-time girlfriend to be his wife, and she said “YES”! Our BD volunteers were there to cheer them on a shed a few tears of happiness on their engagement!

As sponsors of the worldwide movement of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation provided each host church with financial support, a detailed instruction manual, a prom kit complete with decorations and gifts for the guests, and individualized staff guidance.

Bishop Donahue volunteers one and all can’t wait for next year and we have even provided input to the Tim Tebow Foundation to help make it bigger and better!  Night to Shine is A Night to Remember for the kings, queens, and volunteers alike!

Students of the Month Named for February and January

SOMCongratulations to January and February Students of the Month.  Lauren Bonar and Jacob Beyser were our January recipients.  Our February honorees include Patrick Malloy and Sarah Heller. 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.