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Students visit with Santa Claus. (Courtesy Photo/McAuley HS)

Staff Report

Getting in the Christmas spirit, the 21 seniors in McAuley High School’s Child Development class concluded their semester by making toys, like Santa’s elves. The seniors planned and directed 12 preschool classes with area children over the course of the semester.

They were responsible for an 80-minute class with the 2-5 year olds, including a theme of the day, a story, a song or finger play, games, crafts and snacks.  The session concluded with a visit from Santa. As a culminating project, the seniors learned to sew homemade toys for children.


Former St. Xavier football coach Rasso dies

Steve Rasso, who coached for 26 years at St. Xavier, died Dec. 16 at the age of 76.

“With great sadness, St. Xavier reports that former teacher and head football coach Steve Rasso has passed away,” said St. Xavier President Jesuit Father Tim Howe on the school’s website. “Coach Rasso touched so many lives throughout his career; he will be truly missed.”

The school hosted a visitation on Dec. 21 and the funeral took place at St. Aloysius Gonzaga on Bridgetown Road.

Rasso led the Bombers to six GCL football championships and three finishes as state-runner up.


Norville to speak at Lehman Foundation dinner 

Veteran journalist Deborah Norville will be the keynote speaker for Lehman Catholic High School’s Annual Foundation Dinner to be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

The evening will begin with the Celebration of  Mass in the school’s Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel at 5 p.m.  A social hour will held at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

A two-time Emmy Award winner, Norville has been the anchor of the popular syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition since 1995.  She is married and the mother of three. Tickets are $150 and can be reserved by contacting Melissa Bennett in the Lehman Development Office.  Call 937-498-1161 or email [email protected].


Alter to retire a third jersey for deceased alum

Alter High School has only retired two basketball jerseys in school history, honoring brothers Jim and John Paxson who went on to play in the NBA, but now a third number will be lifted to the rafters.

The No. 44 jersey of Kurt Murnen, class of 1997, will be retired Jan. 3. Murnen was diagnosed with bone cancer during his senior year at Alter. He died in 1999.

Around the Archdiocese is compiled from press releases and other submissions sent to The Catholic Telegraph.

Posted Dec. 26, 2014

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