Monthly Archives: April 2016

Pre-Prom Mock Crash and Chopper Evacuation Planned

All are WELCOME to be a part of the Bishop Donahue 

PROM PROMISE Mock Crash and Helicopter Evacuation

On Wednesday, April 27, Mrs. Jody Miller (Ohio County M.A.D.D.-Mothers Against Drunk Driving), mother of Heather Miller who died in 2008 as the result of a drunk driver crash, shared Heather’s story in an attempt to convince our students to promise to remain drug and alcohol free at this year’s Prom and always.  She was accompanied by Christy Conley of C.O.R.E. (Center for Organ Recovery & Education).  Heather was able to help at least 4 people receive life-saving organs as a result of being an organ donor.

The Bishop Donahue family plans to start its own S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Chapter and these two ladies’ presentations served as a fantastic kick-off.  This event is part of our Prom Week festivities, where it is an especially important time to call to mind the need to remain drug and alcohol free, and to make responsible decisions particularly behind the wheel.

BDHS students assisted by a host of caring health professionals, first responders, law enforcement officials, and others assembled by BD parent and Med-Evac Nurse Sheila Davis, BSN, CEN, MCCN will have the opportunity for the profound experience of a MOCK CRASH

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Noon.

WHERE: B.D.H.S. gymnasium with a student skit and helpful information about driving under the influence of substances and distracted driving. 

THEN: All students and staff will walk to the Ice House Field for the MOCK CRASH and Medical Evacuation.



National Honor Society Welcomes New Members

DSCN1639Congratulations to our  fifteen new National Honor Society Inductees.  These students not only excel in the classroom, but passed the rigorous staff review in regards to Character, Leadership, and Service.

2016 National Honor Society Inductees

Shelby Davis Mackenzie Gillis Nathan Rush
Lauren Bonar Sophia Gretchen Tyler Swann
Robert Chesonis Elena Polinski Clinton Whitelatch
Brek Dimmick Isabel Reilly Madison Wiedebusch
Alyssa Ehni Sarah Riedel Hannah Williams

B.D.H.S. and All Saints Team Up to Feed the Hungry

IMG_1435The students of Bishop Donahue and  All Saints Catholic School recently collaborated on a canned food drive in Moundsville.  On April 18, over sixty students from both schools met at All Saints and dropped off over 700 bags.  Each bag had a  letter attached requesting  food donations that would  benefit the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center in East Wheeling.  Special thanks to All Saints principal Sheila Blackmore and religion teacher Devon Bell for their cooperation and  teamwork.

Donahue students, staff, parents, and friends collected the bags on Saturday, April 23 and hand delivered  nearly 1500 cans to Catholic Charities.  Thanks to our drivers, Anna Lehew, Sandi O’Kelley, Teresa Mahoney, Tammy Mahoney, Shannon Chesonis,  and Andee  Ferrera.

“Bishops on Broadway” …BDHS Spring Musical

IMG_0215Congratulations to all our students and staff whose dedication and hard work made for another ultra successful spring musical.  Special thanks to Mrs. Loretta Metz, Mr. Zach Harvey, and Dr. Melinda Kreisberg for their love of our students and endless patience.






Students Garner Diocesan Awards at Bishop’s Cross Dinner


Samantha Zimla, Trey Miller, and Kaitlyn Harris

Three B.D.H.S. students were recognized at the 22nd annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools.  Bishop Michael J. Bransfield presented the Aquinas Medal, the highest honor a student can receive from the diocese to senior Kaitlyn Harris.  Samantha Zimla (Sr.) and Trey Miller(Jr.) were honored  with the St.. Sebastian Medal, given to outstanding and high-achieving student athletes.

“Catholic schools make a wonderful difference in the life of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,” Bishop Bransfield said. “In West Virginia, there is a strong demand and enthusiasm for Catholic education, and we recognize and celebrate the educational and spiritual growth of our students.”

“What makes our Catholic schools different from other types of educational institutions are the experiences that go along with the learning of math, science, reading and such. Our Catholic schools have Gospel values alive in every subject that we teach and in each relationship that we cultivate,” said Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. “The experience of a Catholic school is more than bricks and mortar or pens and pencils. Our Catholic schools develop the whole child to live as Christ taught us and in his light, and these truths are infused in every moment of the day in a Catholic school.  The people that we honor today are a reflection of lived Gospel values in Catholic education.”

Bishop Bransfield celebrated Mass at St. Francis de Sales church in Morgantown prior to the Dinner. The West Virginia Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the Aquinas Medal presentation at this year’s event. Over the past 21 years, the Knights have contributed nearly $206,750 to the Catholic schools program.

This is the third year that Highmark West Virginia is sponsoring the Bishop’s Cross presentation. Catholic school officials said this partnership will continue to benefit the students of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s schools for years to come.