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larh 8, 1901 .,_T4m sage.forthdicS lSouthwmmlhd/tna Bishop's Forum By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER Personal achievements bring honor There is wisdom in the statement: com- parisons are odious. There is not one among us who did not cringe when one of our parents said: "Why can't you be like your brother!" or "Why don't you get good grades like your sister?" Then again the unthinking teacher on the first day of school says namelessly to a freshman in high school: "You are a sister to..." and -then pro- ceeds to name the sophomore brother." Last week I received a letter from a concerned reader of the Message displeased with the com- arison of Catholic schools to public schools made y youngsters. The author of the letter asked when we would get beyond "bashing of public schools" and allow the goodness of Catholic schools to be judged on merit. The point is well made. It also reinforces the difficulty in making comparisons in a global way. There are nonetheless many, many reasons to celebrate the achievements found in our Catholic schools. Have you ever considered the daily miracles of achievement that take place in our Catholic schools when children and young people are able to stand at the lectern at Mass and proclaim the Word of God in clear and distinct fashion with proper in- flections? Young people in the earliest grades are able to express themselves before the gathered assembly in prayer for parents, classmates, teachers, priests, and for those fighting a war in far off lands. Such achievements bring honor and praise to God. Then there are those moments when Catholic school students are singled out for success in the public forum. Comparisons are made in the ultimate arena of competition. Students risk the possibility of not measuring up to such competi- tion, to the comparison. However, the miracle of self-confidence rooted in personal talent, sound preparation and reassurance from mentors gives such students courage to step forward to the challenge. The effort alone is an achievement bringing honor to parents, teachers and fellow students. When one wins the prize, however, so much greater is that honor which all can celebrate. In any given year students in our Catholic schools bring untold honor to God, to themselves, their families, their schools and their parishes. In fact, it hapens so regularly that we tend not to notice. When we fail to notice, then we have no reason for celebration. When we can't celebrate, we remember only the burdens that a Catholic school can bring to a parish community. Let us take notice of those achievements of our young people! Let us celebrate those special public moments. Let us remember those whose names appear publicly and let us learn the names of those who do not. Indeed we have reas/m to be proud of them all who have excelled in speech contests, spelling bees, acting, stage production, national merit exams, athletic contests and academic studies. Especially proud are we of those who in addition reach out to brothers and sisters in need both in prayer and deed. School Notebook Continued fi'om page 7 Eighth grade -- Matt Utley and Melissa Kiefer, tied for first. Geography bee at St. James Curtis Knapp is the winner of the school geography bee at St. James School, St. James. Regional fair Students at St. Joseph School, Vanderburgh County, who are participating in the Tri-State Regional Science and Engineer- ing Fair at the University of Evansville are: Kim Gries, Scott Tindle, Kim Weber, Greg Raben, Erin Smyth, Jason Gries, Nicholas Helmer, Nichole Kempf. Greeting card contest Julie Moll, a fifth grader at Westside Catholic Consolidated Intermediate School, Evansville, has won a certificate of award for her entry in the Xi Mu Kappa Delta Pi Society greeting card contest. : Crypt selections are now offered to Catholic a pre-construction basis. Offeiing: o Clean, dry, above-ground entombment. A beautiful chapel for committal services & private prayer. An atmosphere reflecting traditional Catholic beliefs. Mausoleum entombment at prices comparable monument-lot burial. Your pre-need reservation will insure the crypt or niche of your choice. Geography bee at Christ the King John Grismore is the winner of the geography bee at Christ the King School, Evansville. Katie Stumpf is runner-up. Precious Blood's orators Students from Precious Blood School, Jasper, won first, second 'and third prizes in the annual Optimist Club Oratorical Contest ST. JOSEPH CHAPEL MAUSOLEUM I 2500 Mesker Park Dr I Evansville, IN 47720 [ Name ..... ' Address City Zip ,, : I I I _A (M-3 Why delay making this important decision? in Jasper. Seventh grader Audrey Vogler placed first; seventh grader Teri Wehr placed second, sixth grader Jarred Hopf place second, and fifth grader Jayma Wehr placed third. Top spellers at Preoous Blood Audrey Vogler is the winner of the spelling bee at Precious Blood School, Jasper. She is the daughter of Bernie and Donna Vogler of Jasper. Andy Staggs, the son of Stan and Theresa Gehlhausen, is runner-up. Dental Health poster contest Three students from Corpus Christi School, Evansville, are the winners of the Dental Health poster contest. They are Becky Oliver, sixth grade; Stephanie Ward, eighth grade; Becky Schenk, eighth grade. Math-a-then Students at Corpus Christi School, Evansville, have raised $3111.05 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in a math-a- then. Because the seventh grade class raised the most money dur- ing the math-a-then, they earned five free dress days. St. Philip's musicians Students at St. Philip School, St. Philip, receiving superior ratings in vocal at the University of Evansville are: E. W. Scott, Justin Scott, Charles Seifert, Paul Stoltz, Scott White, Mark Wildeman, Tim Carleton, Niki Hemmer, Robert Masterson, Matt Mills, Libby Schenk, Peter Stoltz, Matt Kirsch, Sarah Kirsch, Kelli Reid- ford, Kelli Scott, Rick Stephens, Amelia Stoltz and Kim Wildeman. Ryan McNally and Maria Kirsch received second place Mathcounts at St. Philip's Students participating in the MathCounts program at St. Philip School, St. Philip, include: In- grid Meier, Jill Fehrenbacher, Sarah Kirsch, Peter Stoltz, Todd Winiger, Elizabeth Verkamp, Mike Hemmer and Jenny Folz. MHA forensics Members of the forensic team at Marian Heights Academy, Fer- dinand, participated in the Term Haute West Vigo High School speech tournament on Feb. 23. Students receiving awards were Erum Mrza and Huma Mir- za, discussion, first; Elizabeth Watkins and Amy Hermann, prose interpretations, second; Lola Schiebler, poetry, second; Ruby Corner, oratorical inter- pretation, third; Emma Verkamp, poetry; fifth; Angela Harris and Angie Ryan, duo in- terpretation, fifth. MHA music awards Students at Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand, receiving firs! division awards in state auditions in Indianapolis Feb. 23 were Rory Gillingham, Christine Machicao, Itzel Martinez and Keiko Obayashi. The academy's vocal ensem- ble. the Melodette, received a se- cond division awards. Mater Dei's musicians Members of the vocal ensem- ble at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, earned a Division II rating at the state solo and ensem- ble competition in Indianapolis. The Mater Dei sudents are Lauryssa Humm, Cathy Kitsch, Leanne Preske, Stephen Master- son, Katherine Werner and Greg Williams. Please send information for SCHOOL NOTEBOOK to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724. The deadline for copy is 9 a.m. the Friday before publication