Seton Student Achievements: 2003 – 2004
Seton Student Achievements: 2003 – 2004
2003 – 2004
In fact, each of their children start their education by attending public school.
“We let them each decide when to start home schooling,” said Mike, who was, himself, home-schooled as a child. “My dad needed our help at home,” he explained.
When his oldest daughter, Teresa, learned that her father had been home schooled, she asked, “Why can’t we do that?” So Mike and Karen told her that they would consider it.
“We said, ‘You do all the leg work (checking out home school programs), and then we’ll decide whether you can do it,’” Karen explained.
Eventually, Teresa found a good program, Seton Home School in Front Royal, Va.
Since then, all of their 12 other children have followed Teresa’s example, right up to Mark, who starts home schooling this year (in fifth grade).
The process of home schooling allows for one aspect of education that is pretty much taboo in public schools: Christianity.
“The history taught in public schools is only about half of the story,” Karen pointed out. “And science — what’s science without God?”
Mike also noted that Seton Home School does all the work in putting together the curriculum.
From “International Family of the Year” by Vicki L. Gerdes, DL Newspapers
Michaela Hough has just finished participating in the National American Miss Missouri Pageant, where she earned the honor of being placed on the Princess Queen’s Court as 3rd runner up in the State of Missouri, 2nd runner up in the Casual Modeling Wear Competition and 1st runner up as Most Promising Model. She has been invited to compete for the National Queen’s title in Anaheim, California at the National All-American Miss Pageant this November during Thanksgiving Week.
A June 2003 graduate of Seton entered the convent of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan last summer. On August 5 of this year she received her religious habit. She started with Seton as a 4th grader and loves what God has called her to do.
Seton 8th grader Paul Schumann received the “Ad Altare Dei” emblem from Cardinal Edward Egan on April 18th, the day after his Confirmation, in a special Archdiocesan Scout Mass. Congratulations, Paul!
Seton student John Paul Wohlscheid won second place in his grade division (grades 9-12) in the fiction section of a writing contest sponsored last year by the Grand Rapids Library.
Rebecca Asher, a Seton student, has started taking courses at the local community college. She has achieved a GPA of 4.0 in her first semester. Great job, Rebecca!
Isabel Mariana Garcia-Delucca, a 12 year old home-schooler from Owings Mills, Maryland, was crowned Miss Maryland Pre-Teen on Saturday, July the 3rd at the Hunt Valley Marriott. Isabel, who has been taught at home since first grade, uses Seton Home Study as her curriculum.
A parishoner at Holy Family Church in Randallstown, she prays the Rosary every day, goes to daily Mass often, and does a Holy Hour every Friday.
Selected amongst 68 other candidates, Isabel not only won the title, but also won the talent competition, dancing to a gospel song by Jaci Velazquez. She was also the recipient of the Spirit Award, given to the candidate that is most cooperative, encouraging and friendly.
The pageant requires the contestants to not wear makeup when in front of the judges. They are interviewed privately by each one of the five judges. They are required to wear only modest and age-appropriate outfits. Community involvement and academic achievement are also qualifiers.
The title comes with a cash award. Isabel decided to donate a portion of her award to the Missionaries of Charity in Baltimore City. Her proud parents are Dr. and Mrs. Ivan H. Garcia.
Kimberly Doudna, a Seton 7th grade student, is representing Alaska in the National Spelling Bee on June 1, 2004 in Washington, DC. She won the Daily News-Miner Interior Alaska Spelling Bee by correctly spelling “palladium” and “knish.”
Rachel Hernandez, homeschooled through Seton since Kindergarten, correctly spelled “rococo” to win the News in Education Scripps Howard Regional Spelling Bee 2004 and will move on to the national competition in June. She competed against 53 other middle school students from 10 counties in Florida. Great job, Rachel!
Dear Mr. Clark,
As you may remember, my daughter, Sarah graduated from Seton in May 2003. I’m taking advantage of parental bragging rights to let you know how she is faring so far. While still in her Seton junior year, she began taking con-current classes at college in Texas. She will graduate there this coming May 2004 with double majors in Psychology & Sociology. She is Phi Theta Kappa and has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her studies. She has just received the “Dean’s Scholarship” (an academic scholarship totaling $20,000) to complete her undergraduate work. Sarah just turned 18 this past November. She is planning to go into Chiropractic Medicine, but she so loves Psychology who knows where she will end up? She is always bragging on Seton Curriculum to her Professors and anyone else who will listen. She has never had any trouble with a college paper as Seton prepared her well. History has been a breeze. Please pass this on to Dr. Mary Kay. We still have another daughter currently enrolled with Seton. She is in 4th grade and so proud to be a “Seton Girl” just like Sarah. Thank you so much for all your work and dedication for Seton Home Study. God bless you greatly!
Samuel Ostgard, one of Seton’s 8th grade students, recently received a state award as part of the Washington Search for Young Scholars 2004 Talent Search, conducted by the University of Washington’s Robinson Center for Young Scholars, for scoring higher than 65% of college-bound 12th grade seniors on the ACT assessment in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Congratulations, Samuel!
The Boy Scouts of America Troop 80 of Chattanooga, Tennessee has announced the awarding of the rank of Eagle Scout to Seton student Michael Edward Gabriel Poston. Michael has worked diligently and faithfully within his troop, his parish, his family, and his community in order to achieve this worthy recognition.
Jacob Somes in 9th grade, Katy Somes in 8th grade, and Luke Somes in 6th grade, competed in the Middle School Science Olympiad Competition. They competed in 11 of the 22 events. “The Seton Science curriculum had been very helpful in their preparing for the Science Olympiad.”
2003 Gold Belt Home Educators Science Team was the only team of homeschooled students. They earned the Small Schools Division Second Place Trophy at Science Olympiad’s State competition in Wichita, KS, in April, 2003. The home schoolers were competing with 20 private and public school teams.
Theresa Ford, a graduate of Seton, graduated from Christendom College Cum Laude with a major in English Language and Literature in May, 2003. Shortly after graduation, she married Ben Fisher, who was also a Seton graduate and a Christendom student. Ben is completing his Engineering degree at the University of Tennessee. They were married in beautiful Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis. “They hope to have a large family and carry on the Seton Homeschooling tradition for another generation.”
Sarah LaMuro was selected as the winner in the “Graduating High School Senior” category for the Kaiserslautern Military Community Scholarship Awards Essay Contest. The competition was open to two high schools and home schooled students. Selection is based on academic record, community involvement, sports, and school activities as well as the 500 word essay. The Kaiserslautern Military Community is composed of various military facilities in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Military personnel from the Kaiserslautern area are involved in the missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo, and the worldwide war on terrorism.
Sarah read her essay to a crowd at the Ramstein Officer’s Club during the war in Iraq. Sarah has been home schooled since 5th grade, and is now a Nursing major at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.
Excerpts from Sarah’s essay: “Covadonga, Spain. 722 A.D. The undefeated Moors put all of Christian Spain to the sword. High in the rugged Pyrenees, King Pelayo and thirty brave Spaniards refused to surrender. The Moors contemptuously dismissed the Spanish defenders and moved on to conquer the entire Iberian Peninsula. However, an incredible seven centuries later, the descendants of these thirty men finally battled the Moors from Spanish soil. Their singular victory remains unchallenged; Spain is the only country in history to restore Christianity to a land once ruled by the Moors.”
Anne Marie Dust, a Seton 8th grader, was awarded First Place in a statewide Pro-Life Essay Contest in Illinois. Anne Marie read her essay to 200 people at a prayer breakfast sponsored by Illinois Citizens for Life. More than 134 essays were received from 7th and 8th graders throughout the state. Anne received a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.
It was reported in the National Catholic Register of April 5, 2003, that some Seton Home Study School students were among the winners of a National Catholic Education Essay Contest sponsored by Ascension Press. The topic of the essay was “Why My Priest is a Hero.” Of the two Grand Prize winners, who won a $500 scholarship, was Rachel Elliott, in Grade 10. Congratulations, Rachel! Runner-Up winners included two Seton students: Teresa Maria Fasanello, in Grade 9, and Amy Danielle Waddle, in Grade 10. Congratulations, Teresa and Amy!
Three Seton Students participated in the Science Olympiad Competition with our local homeschooling group the Golden Belt Home Educators.
The team first had to compete in the regional competition on February 11th at Fort Hays University. Jacob Somes, 9th grade, earned a gold medal in “Feathered Frenzy” (ornithology) and “Wright Stuff” (flight design) out of four events he competed in. Katy Somes, 8th grade, earned gold in “Science of Fitness” (nutrition and biology) and “Reach for the Stars” (astronomy), as well as a bronze medal in “Life Science Process Lab” (biology and lab skills). Luke Somes, 6th grade, earned a gold medal in “Wright Stuff” (flight design), and “Road Scholar” (map skills and topographic skills), as well as silver in “Fossils”. Their team of twelve students placed third advancing to the Kansas state competition.
At the Kansas state Science Olympiad Competition the team earned a 2nd place trophy and medals for the small school division. GBHE took 6th out of both small and large schools numbering 29 of the top finishers from Kansas. Jacob and Luke brought home gold medals in the “Wright Stuff” and did well on their other events. Katy earned a silver medal in “Life Science Process” and bronze in “Reach for the Stars”.
Seton has given us the opportunity to participate in various academic competitions with confidence. Thank you for a very academically challenging yet flexible program. The academic discipline shows in competitions such as the Science Olympiad. Most importantly their spiritual education thrives with Seton. They have shown such dignity and compassion in these competitions and are very humble about their accomplishments.
May God continue to Bless the work of Seton,
Divine Will Academy
Mark Dobies, a high school Seton student and an accomplished pianist, won third place in the Polish Arts League of Pittsburgh Literary Essay Competition. Their topic was “Poland’s Contributions in the Field of Music, Art, or Literature.” Mark wrote about Fryderyk Chopin. Congratulations, Mark!
Daniel Sedlacek, a 7th grade Seton student from Cornell, Wisconsin, won the state award for Wisconsin in an essay contest sponsored by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. The contest was for junior high students, titled “Boundless Science for Bountiful Agriculture 2003.” Daniel’s essay was “Ethanol, a Renewable Fuel.” Congratulations, Daniel!
In March, 11th grade Seton student Robert Ussery competed in the Longs Peak Regional Science and Engineering Fair. He took second place in the senior division (grades 9 through 12). He also won an award from Yale University for the best engineering project from a junior in high school. Part of winning second place in the senior division was an all expense paid trip to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair. Also, those who did well at the regional fair went on to the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair.
In April he went to the state level. He received $50 from the Colorado Inventors Club, and $125 for taking first place in Engineering. There were approximately 300 finalists competing at state.
At the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair. There were about 1345 finalists from 40 countries. One award he received was an all expense paid trip to Huntsville, AL to attend an advanced space camp. Robert took second place in Engineering. Part of placing second in the Grand Awards will be an asteroid named after him. They will compose a name using his name and school.
Robert’s project was “Sailplane Winch Launch Telemetry and Data-Logging.” Put simply, he designed, programmed and made a system to let the pilot of a sailplane and the winch operator know the speed and altitude of the sailplane during takeoff. In order to afford this project he wrote a proposal to the Colorado Space Grant Consortium for funding. Because of his well rounded education, he was able to present a professional paper to the head of the CSGS, a college professor.
Seton student Katherine M. Hadford recently was a Silver Medalist in the Junior Ladies’ Free Skating event(s) at the 2003 South Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Championships. In so doing, Katherine has qualified to compete at the 2003 Eastern Sectional Championships scheduled to take place November 13-16, 2003 in Aston, Pennsylvania. Becoming a championship figure skater requires dedication to a self-imposed regimen of physical fitness and the unswerving pursuit of perfection. Katherine is an athlete in every sense of the word.
12th Grade Seton student Ryan Bradley finished in 9th place overall in the United States Figure Skating Championships in Dallas, Texas. The skating events took place from January 11 through January 19, 2003. Ryan was in 15th place after the short program, but did very well in the long program, moving up 6 places. Ryan successfully completed the fabled “quad” jump in the competition.
10th Grade Seton student Rachel Elliott is this year’s Grand Prize winner of the National Catholic Education Essay Contest in the grade 9-12 category. Her essay was selected from over 800 other essays on the theme “Why My Priest is a Hero.”