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Bishop Donahue Artifacts Blessed and Dedicated at Benwood -McMechen Library

iThe BDHS permanent collection of artifacts and memorabilia is now open to the public following the dedication ceremony on September 30, 2017. The BD Veritas alumsni committee who organized the exhibit extend their thanks to…

*The Marshall County Public Library for hosting the display. Special thanks to Board president Jim Stultz, Susan Reilly, and Joey Tellitocci.

* Benwood Mayor Ed Kuca and the city of Benwood for their invaluable assistance in storing and transporting the artifacts.

*The Marshall County Historical Society for housing the artifacts that could not be used at the library.

*Fr. That Son, pastor of St. Francis Xavier in Moundsville, for blessing the exhibit.

*The members of the alumni committee and others who volunteered their time and energy to create the display ( Donna Krupica, Alice Wise, Kathy Vani, Mary Sue Rodriguez, Jack Williams, and Loretta Metz).

B.D. Artifacts Find New Home at Benwood-McMechen Library

The  Class of 2017 has exited our halls and it is now time to preserve Bishop Donahue High School’s Legacy!

The B.D.H.S.  Alumni Association, along with friends and parents,  are diligently working to safeguard the historical artifacts and memorabilia of our school.

The Benwood-McMechen Library has graciously offered to assist us by offering space to preserve and present our B.D. memorabilia.  Those artifacts include the composite class photos, trophies, banners, yearbooks, uniforms, and other important historical items.  We are hoping that classes holding reunions will be able to sign out their composite photo and yearbook for their reunion.   

We are now looking for additional Donahue items that could be displayed at the library.  If you are interested in donating any such items,  please contact Tom Wise ( or Donna Krupica (

We are truly thankful to the library for giving us a new home.  It will soon become the perfect place to share our Donahue memories. 

C. Robinson and D. Ferrera Selected as May Students of the Month

Congratulations to Caitlyn Robinson and Danielle Ferrera, our May 2017 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.

Class of 2017 Celebrates Historical Final Baccalaureate and Graduation

Bishop Donahue Memorial High School conferred diplomas on the Class of 2017 at the Fr. Raymond Jablinske Gymnasium on Tuesday evening, May 16th. It was an emotional evening that not only paid tribute to the last graduating class, but also recognized the 61 years of school history, the alumni, and all members of the Bishop Donahue Family.

Among the highlights of the Graduation celebration were the addresses of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2017. Shae Reinbeau achieved the highest grade point average in her class and is the 2017 Valedictorian.  She is the daughter of David and Shelly Reinbeau of Wheeling, WV, where she is a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish. Shae will attend Bethany College this fall and plans to major in Biochemistry. Zoey Gast earned the second highest GPA among her classmates to become the Salutatorian. Zoey is the daughter of Tim and Heidi Gast of Moundsville, WV, and is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish. She will matriculate to Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA  where she will study Psychology.

The special awards for the BDHS Class of 2017 include:  Madyson Keller was presented a Bible by the Knights of Columbus Council 1907 for being this year’s Aquinas Medal winner. Logan Ingram also received a Bible from St. James Parish for being the top male religion student.  Jewel Purpura and Taylor Straughn were recognized for winning the St. Sebastian Medal, given to the top student-athletes.  Luke LeMasters received the Fred Calissie Memorial Award, given annually in memory of Our Lady of Peace and Bishop Donahue Class of 1980 graduate,

Champagnat Medallions were also presented to staff members Amy Granato, and Mary Beth Ray.  This prestigious award is presented to those whose service and dedication to Catholic education exceeds all expectations.    

As of  May 16, the Class of 2017 have been offered  in excess of $2 million dollars in scholarships over the next four years. This amount will grow as scholarship offers continue to arrive.

Two days prior to the commencement, the Class of 2017 celebrated Baccalaureate. Concelebrated by Fr. Bekeh and Fr. That Son at St. James church, our seniors attended their final Mass together as students of Bishop Donahue High School.

Following communion, six students received the Champagnat award. Named after St. Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers, the award was presented to students for outstanding service.  The following graduates earned the award for logging in excess of 100 hours of service: Zoey Gast, Logan Ingram, Trent Kalcum-Snyder, Madyson Keller, Victoria Potts, and Shae Reinbeau.

Congratulations once more to the Class of 2017, the final graduating class in the illustrious history of Bishop Donahue High School.

BABY SHOWER for BDHS Spiritually Adopted Babies

On Sunday, May7, 2017 about 25 BDHS students, alum, siblings, parents, grandparents, and teachers came together for some fun, food, and silliness for a very good reason. 

In September 2016,over 50 Bishop Donahue students and faculty “spiritually adopted” babies.  That means that we have spent 9 months praying for a baby who was conceived around that time.  We prayed that the baby make it to full term and be born healthy.  Only God knows which unborn babies each of us prayed for over these past months.  Each of us named our “spiritually adopted” babies to help make her/him more personal to each of us.

The babies came due during the month of May, so we celebrated them by throwing a Baby Shower!  We played silly games, ate lots of treats, and won tons of goofy prizes.  Everybody brought gifts for the “babies”.  About 10 packs of diapers, dozens of baby wipes, a gift bag full of onesies, along with plenty of binkies, bibs, booties, and bottles will be donated to the local Gabriel Project of WV.  GPWV is committed to making a difference in the lives of mothers and their babies by providing not only the tangibles of life with a new baby like various baby items, but also supports families in times of despair with compassionate listening, understanding, and prayer. 

Everyone at the Baby Shower laughed a whole bunch, but more importantly we spent 9 months praying for the lives of babies and donate much needed baby items to babies who really need them, and to offer support to the families who chose to keep their babies.


A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out and added to the joy and celebration of the day.

For more on the Gabriel Project

For more on Spiritual Adoption www.spiritual

BD Students Selected for OVAC All Star Football Game

Congratulations to our seniors who have been honored with selection to participate in the annual OVAC Football All Star Game.  Jimmy Hull, JC Custer, and Trey Miller will wear the blue and gold for the Mountaineers.  Jennifer Richmond and Josie Bonar, both members of our state champion cheering team, have been named to the WV cheering squad.  Last but not least, Madyson Keller will represent B.D.H.S. in the Queen of Queens competition.  GO BISHOPS!

L to R: Madyson, Jennifer, Josie, Jimmy, J. C., and Trey.

S. Riedel and R. DiLoretta Honored as April Students of the Month

Congratulations to Riley DiLoretta and Sarah Riedel, our April 2017 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.