Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School Got Talent

Students at Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School (SSPP) took the stage by storm on Saturday, March 30 for the first ever talent show. With 24 boys and girls participating, the competition filled with a variety of acts to include singing, dancing, reciting and magic. “The kids were fabulous, the parents were proud and the audience was delighted, which was a win-win-win all around” stated Shari Ochse, the event organizer for the talent show.  

The first annual talent show raised almost $900 to be donated to the music and arts department at SSPP.  The Overall Champion was Lane Morgan who sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. The other judges choices for division winners are as follows:  

PreK-2 1st Place: Katie Fitzgerald 
PreK-2 Runner Up: James Paris
Grade 3-5 1st Place: Danilo Moskalyuk
Grade 3-5 Runner Up: Izzy Ochse
Grade 6-8 1st Place: Amy Sheridan
Grade 6-8 Runner Up: Sarah LaPointe

The evening kicked off with a blessing by Father Nash followed by the National Anthem led by Sgt. John Coleman, an Easton Police Officer who regularly performs in various capacities. SSPP third grader Will Ingham was the Master of Ceremonies and the guest judges included Mrs. Bessie Morris from SSPP, Kimberly Stevens from the Avalon, William Thomas with the Tidewater Singers and Sgt. Coleman.

The talent show was a success because many people came together to help. A special thanks goes to Irina Cawley for playing the piano, Gary Caffrey and CJ Wood for audio mastery and technical assistance. “We truly are a family and it is rewarding to see so many offer help and support to pull this off,” added Ochse.

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Sabre Students Excel in Mathematics Competition

L-R: Jack Riley, Kevin Kyle and Jack Martell solve a complex Math problem!

Freshman Kevin Kyle, Junior Jack Riley, and sophomore Jack Martell joined 60 other students from 20 different high schools from the Delmarva Peninsula as they participated in the 35th Annual Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition hosted by Salisbury University.

The competition attracts the best of the best from the Eastern Shore and involves both team and individual competitions. The Sabres Mathematics Team is coached by Mrs. Laurin Westerfield.

Christianson Named Scholastic All-American in Swimming

Coach Josh Remaniak & Tyler Christianson

Saints Peter & Paul High School is pleased to announce that Bernhard Tyler Christianson has been named a 2018 Scholastic All-American by USA Swimming. Tyler is one of 1622 scholar swimmers nation-wide to earn this distinction for achieving a 3.5 GPA in his academic subjects and for meeting the 2017 Winter Junior National Standard for the 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM, and 400 IM.

On being named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Tyler commented, “Earning this achievement means so much to me because it reflects on the huge support I have gotten from all those around me – my coaches, my teachers, and my family. I am very blessed.”

Along with pacing the Sabre Swim team, Tyler trains six days a week for 2-3 hours per day with the Naval Academy Aquatic Club in Annapolis, is currently the top ranked 16 year old in the nation in the 200 breast and 400 individual medley, and the top ranked 16 year old for the USA Swimming IMX Composite (combination of all strokes).

Tyler is being recruited by some of the top schools and swimming programs in the nation, including Notre Dame, Michigan, Harvard, North Caroline State, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, and others.  Tyler is competing at Nationals in Greensboro, NC, the International Panama meet this month, and will then head to the TYR Pro Series Meet in January 2019. Congratulations and good luck Tyler!

Bradbury Named to MIAA All Conference Cross Country

(L-R): Coach Chris Thompson, Fred Bradbury, and Coach Alex Pool

Saints Peter & Paul High School would like to congratulate the Men’s Cross Country team for their outstanding performance at the recent MIAA Championships at McDaniel College. Pacing the team was Senior Frederick Bradbury who placed 7th in the MIAA C Conference, completing the 5K in 18:37 on what was one of the more difficult courses in recent years.  A four-year varsity letter winner and two-time captain, Fred is the first Sabre runner to ever place at the MIAAs and was the first Sabre to be named to the All MIAA Cross Country Team.

Coach Alex Pool commented on Fred’s contribution to the program.  “Fred has been an integral part of the XC team this year. Coach Thompson and I are proud of Fred’s leadership and motivation toward the team.  As the captain this year, Fred has held the team to a high standard and has built a running culture for our Saints Peter and Paul community.  We are very proud of his achievements!”

Sabres Named to MIAA All Conference Soccer Team

The Saints Peter and Paul Athletic Department would like to congratulate the following student athletes for being selected to the 2018 MIAA “B” All Conference Soccer Team.

(L-R): Henry Shindler & Callan Godlee

MIAA “B” All Conference Soccer

Henry Shindler ‘19
Callan Godlee ‘20

Under the guidance of veteran Coach GR Cannon, Senior Henry Shindler and Junior Callan Godlee were instrumental in leading the Sabres Soccer Team to its sixth consecutive playoff appearance. According to Coach Cannon, “Both of these young men played a large role in our program making its sixth consecutive trip to the MIAA “B” conference playoffs. Callan Godlee led a backline that was amongst the strongest on the conference. Henry Shindler led the team offensively with 8 goals and 4 assists making him one of the top attacking players in the conference. Both Callan and Henry are very deserving of being named to the all conference team.”

Lady Sabre Field Hockey Players Earn All ESIAC Conference Honors

Saints Peter & Paul Athletic Department is pleased to announce that the following student-athletes were recognized by the ESIAC athletic conference for an outstanding season in Women’s Varsity Field Hockey by earning ESIAC All Conference distinction.

L-R: Karley Fishell, Sarah Bradley, Hannah Westerfield & Nancy McGettigan

ESIAC All Conference Field Hockey Team

Sarah Bradley ’19
Nancy McGettigan ‘21
Karley FIshell ’20
Hannah Westerfield ‘20

The Lady Sabres Field Hockey team finished the season 6-7 losing to Holly Grove in the ESIAC Semi-Finals.

According to Head Coach Suzanne McGettigan, “We had a competitive season for being such a young and inexperienced team. The whole team put in the hard work and dedication and was led by this group of women. We had a tough loss to Holly Grove in the semi-finals but the future of the lady Sabres field hockey program is bright.”

Lady Sabre Soccer Players Earn All ESIAC Conference Recognition

Saints Peter and Paul Athletic Department is pleased to announce that the following student-athletes were recognized by the ESIAC athletic conference for an outstanding season in Women’s Varsity Soccer.

ESIAC All Conference Women’s Soccer Team Selections

Elena Esper ‘19
Darby Thomas ‘21
Caroline Shilling ‘20
Karis Ward ‘20
Caroline McKelvy ‘21

L-R: Bottom Row – Elena Esper & Karis Ward; Top Row – Caroline Shilling, Darby Thomas & Caroline McKelvy

A young Lady Sabres soccer team capped off their fall season, losing a heartbreaker to Salisbury School in the ESIAC semi-finals. Applauding the leadership of her team, Head Coach Jess Kile stated, “These players deserved the All Conference Awards they each received without a shadow of a doubt.

Each player had their own individual skills that made them an asset to the team, both on and off the field, which contributed to them being so important to this team. They had the drive, motivation, positivity, and determination needed for us to persevere through a challenging season. Without them, we wouldn’t have had the success we had down the stretch.”

Spotlight on the New Sabres Director of Athletics

Fall sports are heading into the home stretch and playoffs, planning for winter and spring athletic seasons is well underway, and Pat Tracy has hit the ground running and not stopped since his hire in August as the new Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Varsity Lacrosse Coach for Saints Peter & Paul. Let’s meet the AD!

Before starting his new gig as Sabres AD, Pat was most recently at High Point University, where he served as Associate Head Lacrosse Coach for the past seven years.  During his tenure, he helped build the university’s first Division I men’s lacrosse program, which has since won three conference championships, competed in the NCAA tournament, and bested traditional lacrosse Division I powerhouse teams. Tracy considers his most impactful accomplishment to be those off the field, citing his team’s tremendous success in the classroom and community, including mentoring over 100 locally and nationally recognized scholar athletes.

Tracy began his career as a lacrosse coach at Goucher College, and has also held coaching positions at Dartmouth College and the University of Maryland – Baltimore County. “I am proud to be the Director of Athletics at Saints Peter & Paul School. There is such a rich tradition of excellence at SSPP, not only in athletics but in the classroom and community. I look forward to building upon that tradition and setting a new standard of excellence for the athletic department. We want our student-athletes to stand out for all the right reasons, and have the knowledge and values that will allow them to be successful in everything they do in life.”

High School Principal James Nemeth commented, “We are thrilled to have Pat join the Saints Peter & Paul community as the Director of Athletics. Pat’s attention to detail, passion for athletics, his coaching and professional background, and his organizational and communication skills will be a huge asset in taking the Sabres athletic program to the next level!”

Mid-Shore Education: Saints Peter and Paul School Rainforest Turns Nineteen Years Old

It may not be that unusual anymore for school to create a model rainforest as part of an introductory science course but when the Spy learned that the Saints Peter and Paul School rainforest is now going on its 19th year. It got our attention pretty quickly.

Ever since Lisa Morrell started to teach elementary science at the Catholic day school in Easton, the annual building of the rainforest has been one of the great traditions at a  school that already has a significant number of them. In fact, it’s safe to say that while only a handful of students create the rainforest every year, it’s also true that literally, every student at Peter and Paul’s lower school will walk through as well.

The Spy caught up with Lisa and a few of her students this week just before the rainforest was to be dismantled and stored while it waits for its 20th anniversary next year.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about Saints Peter and Paul School please go here

Profiles in Spirituality: St. Peter and Paul’s Father James Nash

The idea of being the leader of Saints Peter & Paul Parish could easily strike urbanites as the equivalent of being the classic country priest, whose time is spent leisurely ministering to a small flock of the faithful in a beautiful rural setting. But it didn’t take long for Father James Nash to dispel that myth very quickly from his modest office on Route 50 in Easton when the Spy caught up with him a few weeks ago.

In fact, Father Nash oversees an enterprise that is counted as one of the largest employers in Talbot County and includes an elementary school, high school, and three churches with membership in the thousands. And each week, he not only faces the normal challenges that come with any man of the cloth, but must manage over one hundred employees, fundraise for substantial building projects, and administer a $6 million annual budget during his spare time.

And yet none of this seems to weigh too heavily on the priest who left a successful accounting practice to find his real vocation within the Catholic Church. In our Spy interview, Father Nash talks about the business of St. Peter and Paul, but also about the timeless beauty of his faith, the teachings of Pope Francis, and his humble philosophy of leadership in caring for his parish.

This video is approximately six minutes in length. For more information about Saints Peter and Paul Church and School, please go here.


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