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( 3 DeCember 23 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana High school students get into spirit of Christmas giving By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer As they prepared for Christ- year, students in the high schools in Diocese. of Evansvdle" have time to adopt needy arailies, carol at nursing .=s, gather canned goods and collect homeless shelter. past seven years, at Memorial High Evansville, have lies at Christmas. year, students were given of adopting families, and items for Family Shelter, or items for the Mental Christ- avenue the stu- to take, the main t:Was to "Sacrifice," ex- Nimnicht, math teacher and advisor. "We to make sacri- ]." the 12 home- opted to adopted clothing and for their mily members. Nimnicht said the students are encouraged to deliver the do- nated items to the families "be- cause it's good for the kids to see what the need is." She said these families are "ordinary people in tough situations." Students in seven Memorial homerooms collected over 300 items for the Mental Health Association's Gift Lift. These items, which included under- clothes, socks, pajamas and gloves, were donated to pa- tients at the Evansville State Hospital and at the Children's Psychiatric Center. Seven homerooms provided 250 cans, 50 to 60 personal care items and $273 for the Ozanam Family Shelter Memorial students also col- lected 19 bags of "good used clothing" for the St. Vincent de Paul Store, Nimnicht said. Suzanne Webb, a religion teacher at Washington Catholic High School, Wash- ington, said students have spent their time preparing for Christmas by working in the local food bank, Feed My Sheep, and they have pur- chased over 75 Christmas pre- sents for needy families in Daviess County. They also col- 00FII00TLER MOVING- & STORAGE 1lie's First Family of Movers I'vansville, Indiana h Sheet Metal Inc. al & Commercial Heating & Cooling Sales & Service 422-9242 I Patricia Koch 15 S. Third Avenue, Evansville AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS. BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & NSTALLATONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER & MILLER "Funeral Pro-Planning Since 1940". 424-9274 9 Chr/stmas ERSTEIN TRUCKING COMPANY West Princeton 385-8971 E FAI00 " SERVICES SINCE 1913 DENNIS K. FELDHAUS Students at Memorial High School, Evansville, adopted families, collected money and items for the Ozanam Family Shelter, and collected items for the Mental Health Asmia- tion's Christmas Gift Lift. Above, Memorial seniors in Judy Rode's homeroom wrap pre- sents. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes It lected items during a canned food drive. Washington Catholic stu- dents also have adopted resi- dents at a local nursing home. In a year-long project, the stu- dents try to visit their resident at least once a month and they prepare a meal for their resi- dent and their families for each holiday. Webb said the students are "very enthusiastic about this and sometimes they go to the nursing home when it's not even their turn." She added, "It's such a small school, and everyone pitches in." Father Mark Kurzendoerfer, a religion teacher at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, said about 15 Evansville families have been adopted for Christ- mas this year. He said needy families are invited to make a wish list and then, under the direction of the Student Council, the home- rooms gather money and toys. The gifts are then wrapped and delivered to the families. Father Kurzendoerfer said the response from the Mater Dei students "has been good,  Students in Mater Dei's Ser- vice Club provided cookies and caroling to residents at Gertha's Nursing Center in Evansville, according to Gina Uloth, a Mater Dei English teacher. Mai'ian Heights Academy students have been collecting pennies for the past two years, according to Richard Mathena, academy principal. Half of the pennies are deposited in the student scholarship fund, and the other half goes to the needy. This Christmas, academy students and staff members also purchased gifts for needy families. Siater Jenny Schmitt a roll, glen teacher at the academy, said toys and clothes were also donated to the Huntingburg Neighborhood Health Clinic and funds were also donated to the Native American Society. Sister Becky Keller, a reli- gion teacher at Rivet High School, Vincennes, said a group of eighth graders has adopted residents at a local nursing home. Coloring contest winners announced By MARY ANN HUGHES -- Alex Wolf, St. Theresa Benedict School, Evansville, Message staff writer School, Evansville, third prize, second prize; First grade -- Kevin Hall, St. Philip Over 1,200 entries from stu- -- Kane Schmitt, St. Wendel School, St. Philip, third prize. dents in Catholic schools and School, St. Wendel, grand Fourth grade religious education programs prize; throughout the Diocese of -- Nicholas Farny, Resur- -- Clint Keller, St. Joseph Evansville were submitted in rection School, Evansville, first School, Vanderburgh County, the annual Message coloring prize; grand prize; contest, which was open to stu- -- Anthony Palmenter, Holy -- Karly Kempf, St. Philip dents in grades kindergarten Rosary School, Evansville, sec- School, St. Philip first prize; through four. ond prize; -- Jaclyn Riffert, St. Bene- This year's design was pro-  Joseph J0chim, dict School, Evansville, second vided by Amy Housman, execu- Owensville Community School. prize; tive assistant at the Message, Owensville, third prize.  Michelle Johnson, Holy and a 1988 graduate of Memo- Second grade Rosary School, Evansville. rial High School, Evansville.  Jill Boeglin, Mary Help of Winners of the contest are: Christians Church, Mariah third prize. Kindergarten Hill, grand prize; -- Ian CoIIignon, Holy Re- -- Allison Danesi, Holy Four prizes were awarded in deemer School, Evansville, Rosary School, Evansqlle, first each of five categories: Kinder- grand prize; prize; garten, Grade One, Grade Two, -- Nikki Kozan, St. Philip  Haley Austin, Resurrec- Grade Three and Grade Four. School, St. Philip, first prize; tion School, Evansville, second The grand prize in each cate- Brandon Schoettlin, St. prize; gory is a $15 gift certificate Philip School, St. Philip, sec-  Matt Marx, St. James from G.D Ritzy's. and the first ond prize; School, St. James, third prize. Third grade prize is a large pizza from Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Place. Amanda Montgomery, HAUBSTADT' Sts. Peter and Paul School, The second place prize is an ice Haubstadt cream cake from Lic's Ice ELECTRIC grand prize; Lnsed.Bonded. Insured  Kristen Plahn, Flaget El- Cream and Sandwich Shoppes. InduslnaLCommercandReseat ementary School, Vincennes, The third place prize is as- P0 Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstedt, iN 47639 first prize; sorted chocolates from Stephen 812-768-5207 I800"766"2787  Nicholas Trenkamp, St. Libs Finer Chocolates, ii ii i , i i ii i