May 3, 2013
Charles Stembler, long-time assistant principal at Calvert Hall College, has been chosen the next principal of the Catholic high school in Towson. Brother Thomas Zoppo, president of the school's board announced Stembler will assume his new duties July 1. He replaces Louis Heidrick, who retired after 48 years at the school, spending the last 12 as principal. A 1983 graduate of Calvert Hall, Stembler has been assistant principal for student affairs since 1990. He has coordinated the summer school program and overseen student fundraising, and has taught Advanced Placement government, leadership, English and social studies courses.
October 16, 2012
Archbishop Curley High School student Matthew Avara, of Catonsville, was named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Nine students at Mount de Sales Academy were also named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Catonsville residents Colleen Finley and Ashley Santana-Trebes, as well as Meghan Brown, Marina Congedo, Mary Connolly, Claire Halligan, Veronica Rittie, Helen Rogers and Grace Woo were the students at the all-girls Catholic high school recognized.
September 9, 2012
In her senior year at the Catholic High School of Baltimore, Michele "Wojo" Wojciechowski performed her first stand-up comedy routine. She wrote the jokes and found she liked delivering them to a crowd. "I love making people laugh," she said. "Writing humor has become part of who I am. " She will take to the same stage Sept. 15, more than 26 years after her comic debut, in a benefit performance for her alma mater. She and Mickey Cucchiella, a well-known 98 Rock personality, have put together "Wojo and Mickey: Heaven Help Us Night of Comedy.
April 30, 2012
It is no fun being a Catholic woman these days. In fact, it is almost embarrassing. First, the church hierarchy reminded us that those birth control pills in our medicine cabinets are forbidden. Then the bishops repeated their opposition, in various state legislatures, to any legal standing for our gay friends, family members, neighbors or co-workers, somehow casting their opposition as a matter of religious liberty. Now the Vatican is screwing the lid down on American nuns, who the church thinks are spending too much time on social justice issues and not enough time pounding home the message about birth control and abortion.
February 12, 2012
It wasn't scandalous by tabloid standards, but it was a rebellious act for the young women at the Mount Saint Dominic Academy, a small all-girls Catholic high school in New Jersey. Whitney Houston, class of 1981, sometimes wore mismatched socks and rolled up her sleeves. The mischievous gospel singer would then push the maroon-colored dress code just a bit further. She would "roll up her little skirt, just a little bit above the knees, and wouldn't care if she got a detention," said Dr. Maria Pane, who lives in Lutherville and sat next to Houston in high school home room.
January 23, 2012
Brock Dean 's high school football experience was anything but typical. The 6-foot-1, 217-pound linebacker practiced against several Division I-caliber players during his four years at Bishop McDevitt - a Catholic high school in Harrisburg Pa., that has produced more than 60 DI players during coach Jeff Weachter 's tenure there. Dean also dealt with television crews at practice on a near-weekly basis, and played in front of thousands of fans on Friday nights. That college-like experience at McDevitt is one of many reasons why Weachter thinks Dean is primed for a successful college career at Maryland.