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Bench Goes to Trenton


Jamielyn Juan, Kayla Gelin, and Joseph Giordano, members of the Honors Engineering 2 class, Mr. Petrocelli and Ms. Parler represented the Diocese of Paterson in Trenton on Monday, January 27th to kick off Catholic Schools Week with a presentation of STEM in action. The students were challenged to solve a problem through STEM. They chose to build a solar-powered convertible bench-to-table that would allow park visitors to contact local law enforcement with the push of a button, and to charge cellphones as well. The panel on top of the bench rotates to always get the greatest degree of sunlight. This was accomplished with the use of a solar tracker and a linear actuator.

Their project addresses two different populations: 1) working parents who pick up their children after school and want to stop by the park on the way home. These busy parents may wish to have a cellphone charging station available in the park. 2) The other population includes park-goers that recognize the need for emergency services and a simple push of a button can notify law enforcement of the emergency.

Mr. Leontarakis is the New Boys Lacrosse Coach

"Coach Koz", the guy we've known on the football sidelines as the wide receivers' coach and assistant offensive coordinator, became "Mr. L." when he stepped into ML1 as a Spanish teacher in September. A certified PE teacher, Mr. L. is fluent in English, Spanish, and Greek. He was a member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society when he was in high school.

Mr. L. is also the co-coach of the Boys and Girls Bowling Team, having a few perfect 300s himself. This spring sees Mr. L. back on the Alumni Field sidelines as the new Boys Lacrosse Coach. He began his lacrosse coaching career in 2015 as the freshman coach at Governor Livingston High School. The following year, he was the varsity offensive assistant -- a position he maintained for two years. In 2019, he took the JV/Freshman Lacrosse position at New Providence High School. On January 6, he was named the 2020 Head Boys Lacrosse Coach at DePaul Catholic -- a position he very much looks forward to assume.

Despite losing eight players to graduation, the Spartans return a strong nucleus of players including seniors Chris Bianciella and Aaron Kucinski, and seven juniors including the leading Spartan goal-scorer from last year, Matthew Luehs, who was named one of the top sophomores in New Jersey by

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Girls Basketball Wins Christmas Tournament

The Girls Basketball team defeated Columbia High School, 37-34, in the finals of the 2019 Blue and Gold Holiday Tournament in Pequannock. The team had previously defeated the host team, 50-44, in the opening round. Senior Riley Sikorski led the Spartans with 16 points. Fellow senior Olivia Peiser contributed seven.

The Spartans jumped out to a commanding 27-15 lead at the half. A feisty Columbia team outscored the Spartans, 13-3 in the fourth quarter, but it just wasn't enough as the Spartans hung on for the 3-point victory. The Spartans are off to a blazingly hot 4-0 start to the 2019-2020 season.

Freshmen Boys Win their Holiday Tournament

The Freshman Boys Basketball Team won the North Jersey Holiday Hoop Fest in Teaneck during Christmas Break.

Girls Soccer Wins State Sectional Title

State Sectional Champions!

The Girls Soccer team had reached the Non-Public A North Sectional finals for three consecutive years leading to its fourth try on November 7, 2019 – when they refused to be denied.

In a thrilling, 2-1 double-overtime defeat of Immaculate Heart Academy, the Spartans met their number one objective of the season: the State Sectional Title.

IHA led struck first, scoring six minutes into the first half and maintained that lead deep into regulation until with 2:26 left, freshman Maggie Blum scored the game-tying goal.

The score remained dead-locked at 1-1 through regulation and the first overtime and it certainly appeared as though the game would remain dead-locked until, with 13 seconds left in the second overtime, senior Bryana Pelayo lifted DePaul Catholic to a 2-1 victory.

The two teams had met twice in conference play earlier in the season, with the Spartans taking the first one, 4-2, and dropping the second contest, 3-0.

To a player, every Spartan agreed that this one, the first State Sectional championship in DePaul Catholic Girls Soccer history, is one they will not forget.

Circle of Friends

On the feast day of our patron saint, Vincent de Paul, Sr. Dianne, a Sister of Charity, addressed our community about the conditions under which some Haitians live. She told stories of hope and need. Spirit Alive HAITI began a school seven years ago for 12 children whose parents could not afford the uniforms, shoes, and transportation to send them to public school. Today, they have 250 children. In 2019, Food for the Poor replaced our school, constructed of scrap pieces of wood and tin, with a beautiful new building. But, their generosity did not include money to operate the school and educate the children. The Circle of Friends campaign was initiated to raise those needed funds. Sr. Dianne's words touched many of us.

This week, Sr. Dianne provided an update. The conditions in Haiti have been challenging over the last year. They deteriorated to the point that Sr. Dianne was unable to return as scheduled in October. Strikes and demonstrations were occurring on a daily basis making it unsafe.

During what seemed to be a “truce” for the holidays, Sr. Dianne was able to go to Haiti for eight days in December. She brought Christmas presents for the school children and money to pay the teachers. She also carried with us greetings of love and support from our many Circles of Friends in the United States. Where most of the banks, schools, and businesses were closed from September to November due to the unrest, their school remained open with 85-90% of the children in attendance. Given the conditions in the country, this was remarkable.

Through the generosity of donors, they were able to give the teachers their full pay. They also had the schools’ cooks prepare lunch every day as if there was full enrollment so they could give any left-over beans and rice to the families living in the surrounding area who had little or no food.

Sister closed her note as so... We have no idea what will happen in Haiti in 2020. The issues that underpin the current problems still remain unresolved. But this we know. Our school will continue!

Share her stories of hope in Haiti, and, if you can, help a child attend school. $100 = year!

Sheer Joy

Interact Makes Christmas Merry

Interact made Christmas a little more merry for 25 familes in need. Pajamas, sweaters, baby clothes, mittens, gloves, scarves, toys, and giftcards were collected and delivered to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson.

Each member of the family was given a clothing outfit, each child received a toy, and household items like sheets, pots and pans, and towels were also given to each family.

Interact members ready the presents. Interact elves at work.

Football Wins State Championship

For the second time in the past three years and fifth time in the past seven years, DePaul Catholic Football has won a section championship. DePaul wasted little time in getting its high-octane offense into gear. De’Mere White scored in the first four minutes of the game after hauling in a Butler pass and spinning out of a tackle for a 9-yard score.

Afful hauls in one of his 10 receptions. Butler's 2Q TD

Butler and senior receiver Tedy Afful (top left), who finished with 203 receiving yards and a touchdown on 10 catches, led the offense the rest of the first half with Afful scoring on a 50-yard strike and Butler sneaking in a 1-yard run at the end of the half (top right) to give the Spartans a 14-point lead at the break.

Offensive stat leaders included Butler, who threw for 363 yards, and Afful, who finished with 203 receiving yards. Junior Joseph Fano (right) led the defense with 10 tackles including a spectacular 4th-and-goal stuff.

In addition to the 27-25 defeat of Mater Dei on December 7th, senior receiver, Tedy Afful, and junior quarterback, Andrew Butler, both broke school records: Tedy Afful '20, Single Season Record for Receiving Yards, 54 catches for 1,349 yards; Andrew Butler '21, Single Season School Record, 2,853 yards, 27 TD passes.

Junior Joseph Fano.

Honors Anatomy Visits the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia

Honors Anatomy

The students in Honors Anatomy traveled to Philadelphia to walk through the current exhibits at the Mütter Museum. Among the exhibits was Going Viral, which examines the intersection of disease and environment through the lens of three major theories of infection. Additional exhibits included Innovations in spinal surgery in which students learned about some of today's most common forms of spinal injury and disease, discovered past medical treatments, and explored how technological leaps by doctors are opening up new frontiers of treatment options.

HIED Spends a Day at LSC


On December 12, the Honors Academy Engineering students traveled to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City for a day of coding for engineering. The first session introduced the students to Sphero SPRK+. Equipped with Bluetooth SMART takes hands-on learning up a notch with programmable sensors like motor encoders, LED lights, accelerometer, and a gyroscope.

Their task was to program the Sphero to negotiate the rugged, mixed-media Mars landscape and to hit certain checkpoints along the way. The students dug in immediately, drawing high praise from the facilitators of the experience.

In the second session, the students made their own platform game with Construct 3, a powerful tool for teaching general computing skills and programming skills. Construct 3 offers a sophisticated block-based event architecture alongside Javascript programming, making it a perfect tool for beginning programmers.