The Coding Team at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Riverside took first place in a national competition.
 CodeMonkey’s Code Rush is an annual computer coding competition for third through eighth graders in the U.S and Canada, drawing hundreds of schools and thousands of students each year. In this competition, teams will play through 150 challenges, covering programming topics such as objects, functions, simple loops, variables, arrays and for-loops.

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SACRAMENTO—On April 3, 16 youths from the Diocese traveled to Sacramento for the annual Catholic Youth Advocacy Day.
 The day represents a yearly opportunity for young people to gain the experience of talking with elected leaders about public policy issues and getting a first hand look at how the process of state government works.

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SAN BERNARDINO—Where else can you get a photo opportunity with George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Abraham Lincoln among other illustrious presidents, or First Ladies Jaqueline Kennedy, Louisa Adams and Martha Jefferson?  Only at Our Lady of the Assumption School in San Bernardino.

 OLA’s second grade class, under the expert guidance of teacher/tour director Jennifer Houghton, presented to parents and students a Presidents Day rendition of past leaders of our country.  Students prepared a brief presentation for peers and parents and dressed as their president of choice.  Mrs. Houghton also encouraged students to dress as presidents’ wives, if they so chose, as the ultimate influencers of their time.  The students researched their chosen personality, dressed in clothes appropriate for their character, and filled the room with presidential knowledge.  

 “The second graders really got into the personalities of their people,”  Mrs. Houghton remarked, noting the excitement of the students. “Dressing the part made it come alive for them.”  

 The second graders gave their presentations several times throughout the day.  

 “I like having a day off,” remarked Marley, donning Jaqueline Kennedy’s signature pill box hat as part of her costume, “but showing all the big kids how we’re the presidents is great, too.”

sha_decthlonSAN BERNARDINO—For the third time in the past four years Sacred Heart Academy, Redlands won the Diocesan Junior High Academic Decathlon and moved on to state level competition in San Francisco.

 The all-day competition was held March 2 at Aquinas High School and Sacred Heart Academy took first, based on a team win in the Logic Quiz competition and a second place finish in the Super Quiz competition. Sacred Heart Academy won the decathlon in 2016 and 2017, and placed third in last year’s competition.

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