Monthly Archives: December 2016



Dec. 10, 2016 will be added as a special day in B.D.H.S. history as our ladies brought home the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Cheering title.  One year after being the runner-up, the girls put together the perfect routine at the perfect time!  Congratulations to our Cheerleaders and Coaching staff for this great Christmas gift!

Students Meet Holocaust Survivor During Pittsburgh Field Trip


B.D. students with Holocaust survivor Sam Gottesman

On Tuesday, December 6, Mrs. Granato’s 1st year Holocaust Studies class took a field trip to Pittsburgh. The main purpose of the day was to visit the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh to not only view the exhibit called In Celebration of Life: Living Legacy Project which featured dozens of Holocaust survivors who ultimately settled in the Pittsburgh area, but also to meet and speak with Sam Gottesman, a 93 year old Holocaust survivor. Seniors Will Dove, Zoey Gast, Jen Little, and Trent Snyder, along with Classrooms Without Borders Wheeling director, Barb Lewine were humbled and grateful for the time spent with Sam telling his story, so that his story, in turn, may be retold time and again. A special thanks to Rachel Herman of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh for her hospitality in welcoming us to the Center.

Advent Retreat at B.D.H.S. Prepares Marshall & Ohio County Grade School Students for Christmas

dsc01368Thursday, December 1 was a day of grace at Bishop Donahue High School celebrating the church season of watching, waiting, and hopeful anticipation, Advent.  24 Bishop Donahue Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students served as retreat leaders for area 7th & 8th graders from Corpus Christi, St. Michaels, St. Vincent’s, Our Lady of Peace, and All Saints. The theme for the day was Advent Preparation: Preparing Our Hearts for Jesus.

The students were challenged with powerful witnesses presented by seniors Trey Miller and Jewel Purpura, and a skit by the retreat team, as well as a thoughtful talk by Mr. Jeff Smay, followed by intense small group discussions. The youngsters also were busy and active with ice-breakers and games organized and well executed by junior Isabel Reilly.

The focus of the retreat was to recognize the presence of Jesus every day by consciously preparing our hearts to welcome Him. The retreat wrapped up with each grade crafting Advent Calendars for their various classrooms to serve as guides for the Advent Season. BDHS designated pastor, Fr. Bekeh, celebrated mass for all retreat participants and small group leaders at St. James Church capping off the day with the Eucharist confirming their commitments to prepare their hearts for Jesus.

Many thanks go out to the principals of all the grade schools for sending their students to us, to the retreat leaders who spent many hours in preparation to host our guests, to Mrs. Krupica in the Development Office for providing lunch, to Mr. Jeff Smay for his enlightening talk, Mr. Zac Harvey for all IT prep, and Mr. Jarett Kuhns for providing the music for mass.

Advent blessings…………..Hope – Peace – Joy – Love……………..Come, Lord Jesus