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Catholic Schools Week focuses on service

The last two weeks were busy ones as we celebrated Winter Homecoming and Catholic Schools Week. The Homecoming game included a crowning of the queen, senior Brynna Walthers, and senior Taylor Hensley as king.

Catholic Schools Week included several dress-down days based on the theme of the national celebration: Learn, Lead, Serve, Pray, and Succeed. The all-school liturgy was a highlight of the week, and we thank the Deanery priests who concelebrated the Mass, including Fr. Kyle Rodden ’07, who was the homilist. We also thank the Deanery youth ministers and staff members of Catalyst Catholic who attended the liturgy.

The week also included three intense competitions between the classes. First was the Penny War, in which students’ donations of cash, checks, or pennies counted positively toward their point total, and silver coins counted against other classes’ totals. The seniors won, and the competition raised $3,500 to be donated to the WHAS Crusade for Children.

The students also formed teams to compete in a dodgeball tournament. The preliminaries were held last Sunday, and two teams made it to the finals. They competed in an all-school assembly on Friday, and the winning male and female teams competed against faculty/staff teams. The seniors won that competition as well.

The juniors came out on top in the canned food sculpture contest. Each class collected canned goods and then used them to create a sculpture in the theme of Heroes for Hunger. The juniors built a map of the world and spelled out the phrase, “We Can!” The sculptures will be dismantled and 2,000-plus canned goods donated to In Heaven’s Eyes.

Juniors Landon Kruer, Allen Kruer, and Grant Dierking were some of the juniors in charge of the project. They said it took about six hours total to create the sculpture. They started by building the 8-by-12-foot frame, wrapping each can in construction paper – being careful not to let the tape get on the product label – and following a pattern to design the image.

The biggest challenge during the creation was finding cans of the same height. They soon settled on a plan to use cans of the same brand in order to be able to stack them in the frame.

Some classes faced bigger challenges during their construction. The sophomore and freshman projects collapsed at least once during the process. Sophomores David Wade, Brayden Gronotte, and Jack Kaiser said their project of Spiderman atop a building took about 14 hours to build.

Jack said having a competition tied to the canned goods collection made it more fun than other food drives. And he liked how his class came together to make it happen.

“Whenever there’s a competition, it makes people bring in more,” he said.

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