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Aquinas High School recognized as Project Lead The Way Distinguished School

SAN BERNARDINO—Aquinas High School in San Bernardino has been named a 2022-23 Project Lead The Way Distinguished School.

It is one of 262 high schools across the country to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through Project Lead The Way’s computer science, engineering and biomedical pathways. Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of students from Pre-K to 12th grade and teaches in more than 12,200 schools across the US.

Congratulations to Aquinas Tech/Science Department Chair and teacher Marcus James and to the students for working so diligently in the Engineering Academy to be recognized in this way!


St. Edward School students win Knights of Columbus Patriotic Essay Contest

CORONA—Four students from St. Edward School in Corona have been named the winners of this year’s Knights of Columbus Patriotic Essay Contest. Fraternal Benefits Agent and Sir Knight Pete Sayegh, of the Knights of Columbus Father Charles Watters 4th Degree Assembly 3728, Norco, presented the winning students with their cash prize awards on May 19. The students were asked to reflect and write about the following question: “How we can be equal when we all have so many natural, physical, mental, social and emotional differences?”

The winners were: 1st Place – Sebastian Trujillo; 2nd Place – Gabriella Cornelio; 3rd Place – Kathryn Colinayo; and 4th Place/Honorable Mention – Erica Ibarra. Congratulations to all the winners and to principal Nathan Arnold, his staff and teachers for participating in this Knights of Columbus-sponsored patriotic event.


Notre Dame High School holds event with legal professionals

RIVERSIDE—In collaboration with the Riverside Hispanic Bar Association, Notre Dame High School, Riverside, hosted a robust panel of law professionals from the Inland Empire on May 8 for an event called Pathway to Law. Students interested in law were able to hear about various cases and experiences and had the unique opportunity to ask questions and network with the legal professionals.


St. Jeanne de Lestonnac teacher called to eternal rest

TEMECULA—Mary Pascual, a beloved librarian and teacher at St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School, Temecula, died suddenly in her sleep on May 2. “In these past few years, Mary has made a meaningful impact on [Saint Jeanne’s] preschool through junior high students. Her kind, gentle soul, her passion for teaching her students, and her faith-filled heart have been a gift to our community,” the school wrote in its newsletter.

Pascual leaves behind her husband, Michael, and two young daughters, one in kindergarten and one in preschool. Her Mass of Resurrection was celebrated May 11 at St. Polycarp Church in Orange County, and the school held a Memorial Mass on May 15.