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 Madyson Keller is the recipient of the Aquinas Medal and that Jewel Purpura and Taylor Straughn are the winners of the St. Sebastian Medal.
Congratulations to B.D.H.S. students who swept the top four spots in the grades 11-12 Marshall County Young Writers contest. Our winners include: Alyssa Ehni- Honorable Mention, Madyson Keller-Third Place, Megan Stout-Second Place, and Lillian West, who took top honors and will now compete at the statewide competition.
Students were first selected school winners, and then were submitted to the county. Submissions were accepted on any topic and in any prose genre: fiction, nonfiction, narrative, memoir, or essay. Leaders from the Central West Virginia Writing Project (CWVWP) at Marshall University judged the entries on the following criteria: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions.
On Friday, February 10, 2017, 49 Bishop Donahue students and 6 faculty members had the privilege of joining other volunteers to participate in the amazing prom experience for honored guests with special needs. Night to Shine is funded by the Tim Tebow Foundation in conjunction with 375 host churches in 50 states and 11 countries. This special night saw 150,000 volunteers ministering to 75,000 guests world wide. We were fortunate to be invited to participate by Kristi Crawford and Rev. Dr. Steve Mentzer of the Bowman United Methodist Church in Glen Easton.
Night to Shine was a night for churches to shine, volunteers to shine, honored guests to shine and most importantly, for God to shine! Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night adventure centered on God’s love for people with special needs ages 16 and older.
The evening began with a walk on the red carpet with cheering people and lots of 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 evening came when each guest was crowned as a king or queen of the prom.
Bishop Donahue students and faculty are greeted on arrival each day with the words Enter to Learn Christ….Exit to Serve Christ. We also hear many times over that “Every person is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect simply because each is created in the Image and Likeness of God.” What a beautiful opportunity we had to live out both.
Bishop Donahue High School celebrated Catholic Schools Week with events focusing on Celebrating Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service – the 2017 theme of the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.
On Monday, January 30th, the Bishops began Catholic Schools Week with “Student Appreciation” day. Faculty and staff honored the student body by baking cupcakes for each student at lunch, affirming the positive work the students provide our community through service. Annually, the students of Bishop Donahue perform nearly 2,000 hours of service to the community and donate approximately $4,000 to help those in need.
Serving Marshall and Ohio Counties, the foundation of Bishop Donahue has always been based on family values. That family spirit was evidenced on January 31st when the school hosted its third 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! Our senior class invited their maternal and paternal grandparents to a luncheon which celebrated the spirit of the Donahue family.” The remainder of the student body was treated to lunch by the Development Office.
Being a community who seeks to live out the Marks of a Marist School , all students were active participants in two Marist-led retreats on Wednesday, February 1 and Thursday, February 2. Maureen Hagan, director of Marist Adult Formation, was on hand to facilitate the retreats with the theme of “Servant Leaders as Agents of Justice and Peace.”
Donahue students partnered with the parochial schools of Marshall and Ohio counties on February 3 to serve the Helping Heroes, Inc. Students will perform service through collecting and donating goods to help homeless veterans. “As a school in the Marist tradition, we attempt to serve those in need, and service is an major aspect of our students’ lives. In this effort to provide for the needs of our homeless veterans, we celebrate those who have selflessly served our country.” Wise noted.