Youth Events

Fitness program

St. Leonard School kicked off a new program for students called Rise to Run & Wake to Walk.
The fitness program, led by physical education teacher Anthony Gunn, aims to encourage physical activity and exercise among the entire student body, a news release from the school said.

Gunn will invite students to arrive at school each Tuesday morning at 7:20 a.m. to walk or run in the school gym for 30 minutes prior to the start of school. Students who participate will receive a special bracelet and will earn a bead for their bracelet each Tuesday they participate.

The Tuesday fitness sessions began Oct. 15 and will continue while school is in session until May 13, 2014.

Scholar awards

  • Graham Goins, a senior at DeSales High School, was recently awarded the Certificate of Recognition from the Commonwealth Honors Academy.
    Goins, along with 87 other students across the state, completed the three-week academy at Murray State University in June. During the three weeks, academy scholars took two college-level courses, attended multiple lectures, concerts, field trips, and forums and participated in a tri-weekly personal development seminar, a news release from DeSales said. As a successful graduate of the academy, Goins will receive six hours of university credit, a $2,000 per year Murray State housing scholarship, and the option to take six additional hours from Murray State tuition-free.
  • Trinity High School senior Kobe Qualah has been recognized as an outstanding participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. He scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 African Americans who requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Program when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
    The annual scholarship competition is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which also conducts the National Merit Scholarship that is open to all U.S. high school students.

Magazine drive

Students at St. Gabriel the Archangel School recently participated in a magazine drive to help raise funds for the school and to help less fortunate children.

The Great American Magazine Company and the Save the Children Foundation partnered together to send live baby chicks to families in third-world countries, a news release from the school said.

The chicks are purchased when a certain number of magazine subscriptions are sold by the students.

“Once the chicks are grown, they will provide eggs for the children to eat so they can grow up healthy and strong,” the release said.

The students at St. Gabriel were able to contribute 77 chicks to the project.

Forensics league

Jorge Rojas-Ortega, a sophomore at Trinity High School, will represent the school on the Student Leadership Committee for the National Forensic League, which is a national honor society for speech and debate students.

The Student Leadership Committee meets monthly to discuss league issues ranging from fund raising to how to better promote speech participation within young people and the community, a news release from the school said.

Walkathon total

Students and families of Holy Trinity School raised $40,000 at a 2K walkathon the school hosted Oct. 3.

The theme of the walk was “Walking Sole to Soul,” which “reminds students of the connection between our faith and the work we do to support others,” a news release from the school said.

The money raised will go toward technology enhancements and various other improvements for the school.

Benefit game

The lacrosse teams from Sacred Heart Academy and Trinity High School will face off in the fourth annual Rock the Heart Showdown Oct. 14 at Horton Field, 3175 Lexington Road, at 6 p.m. Admission is $5.

The Rock the Heart Showdown features the two reigning state lacrosse championship teams. A portion of the proceeds goes toward cancer research at Norton Healthcare Cancer Institute.

Service project

Fourth-grade students at Holy Trinity School recently completed a service project to benefit the Little Way Pregnancy Resource Center. The students filled Halloween buckets with baby items such as wipes, lotions, shampoo and diapers.

The students collected and filled 78 baskets.

The Little Way Pregnancy Resource Center serves new and expectant mothers who need extra assistance meeting their child’s needs.

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