Friday, October 30, 2009

Scholars Bowl Team defeats Holly Pond

Congratulations to the St. Bernard Scholars Bowl team on their win yesterday afternoon against Holly Pond High School at Wallace State Community College.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

St. Bernard 5K Run deemed successful

St. Bernard Prep School hosted the first Annual Octoberfest 5K Invitational on October 17, fielding 22 teams and 208 runners. Cold, and dreary rainy weather may have hampered the open race which kicked off with only nine runners.

Longtime local runner, Duane Ricketts finished the 5K course in 19:18.42 in the open race.

St. Bernard Cross Country Coach, Jeff Taylor said for the day to be so cold and wet, we had an outstanding meet. “North Alabama is fortunate to have so many gifted athletes. Overall it went well. We learned a lot, and definitely plan to do this again.”

The 5K open course was hosted on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey’s Treasure Forest. The race started on the north side of the softball field, and traversed Boniface trail at the North property line of St. Bernard, then travelled Perimeter Road onto Seminary Trail toward Eight-Mile creek and back toward the Fazi-Richard Athletic Center. “Because of the nature of our trail, the athletes find it fun to run,” Taylor said.

The initial scholastic race of the day featured Saralyn Miller leading the Cullman Bearcat Jr. High team to a first place finish in the Girls 2-mile race with a time of 14:20.79 followed by Shayna Cooper of Arab High School, leading her team to a second place finish with a time of 14:57.98; followed by Albertville, led by Jenny Carbajal with a time of 17:06.35.

Arab’s Conner McClendon claimed the title for the JV Boys division with a time of 13:02.38, followed by teammate, Caleb Marshall (13:11.09) and Cullman’s Nick Harbin finished third with a time of 13:28.35. The team competition was won by Arab, followed by Cullman, and Albertville placed third.

The Varsity competition began with Pisgah High School winning the girls 1-3A 5K race. St. Bernard finished second and Belgreen third.

Cullman’s Kelsey Crawford blistered the 5K course in a 19:28.92, leading the way in the Girls Varsity 4-6A race. Scottsboro’s, Maggie Thompson (20:11.92) and Decatur’s, Sally Adams (21:11.10) placed second and third respectively. Scottsboro’s girls won the team competition with 27 points, followed by Cullman (44), Decatur (56), and Austin(97).

The Boys Varsity races began with Pisgah’s Corey Wheeler leading the way over the 5K course with a 19:27.11 time to take medalist honors in Class 1-3A. St. Bernard’s Will Faulk (20:24:19) and John Russell (20:26.59) finished out for second and third place finishes.

Taylor said the 4-6A completion featured several of the state’s elite runners. Lucas Sieb of Scottsboro covered the 5K course in 16:04.83 leading his team to a first place victory. Matthew Dunn of Austin High School finished second with a time of (16:54.14), and Brig Kilgore of Cullman finished third. Cullman finished second in the competition followed by Austin, Arab, Albertville, and Decatur. “This competition was outstanding. “Considering the course conditions, the times for this event were phenomenal,” continued Taylor.

Taylor wishes to thank all parents, students and sponsors for their participation in the invitational run. Taylor humbly said, “We would also like to thank the schools for their participation, The Alabama National Guard for directing traffic, the Cullman Rescue Squad, and the Cullman Track Club for their assistance. We invite everyone to return for the Bloomin’ Festival 5K Run on April 17, 2010.”

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

St. Bernard presents seniors with cross

Twenty-four seniors at St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman were honored recently during a Senior Dedication Mass in the Abbey Church. Abbot Cletus Meagher, Chairman of the Board; Fr. Marcus Voss, President; Fr. Joel Martin, Headmaster; and Fr. Bede Marcy, School Chaplain concelebrated the Mass.

Abbot Cletus defined the meaning of a Senior Dedication Mass. “Senior means elder or wisdom gained through age and life experiences. Dedication means to concentrate or set aside for a noble purpose. Our Mass is a prayer of Thanksgiving and a celebration of the mystery of salvation by God’s generosity,” Abbot Cletus said. “We celebrate with the senior class that they may all share in that which is ours in Christ, dedicated to a divine purpose, and as they dedicate themselves to the principals and beliefs on which St. Bernard was founded.”

Following the homily, the faculty and staff joined the seniors at the altar as a sign of their support and concurrence with the decision of Fr. Joel and the administration that the seniors should with receive a blessing dedicating to roles of leadership in the student body of Senior Class by St. Bernard Preparatory School.

Each senior was recognized individually and presented a Benedictine Cross which symbolized their lives of service not only in the St. Bernard community but in whatever they do “Wear your cross with pride as a reminder of the privilege and dignity that is yours as you share in Christ,” Abbot Cletus said.

The 2010 senior class at St. Bernard Prep accepted their leadership roles. Abbot Cletus concluded the blessing by saying to the class, “You have been blessed with many gifts and talents. Recognize these gifts and be a blessing to others. You stand at the head of those who have gone before you. Strive for the gifts that have lasting value; and dedicate yourselves to seeing things with the eyes of faith. Embrace life with love.”

Dr. Rebecca Whited directed the St. Bernard Choral Music group and served as organist for the ceremony. St. Bernard students Jesse Schaffer, Jonathan Gray, Sean Nowocin, Christopher Presto, and Louis YuTiamco served as Knights of the Altar.

At the conclusion of the service, the Senior Class enjoyed a nice Italian Meal with their parents in the Brahma Room.

Friday, October 2, 2009

SBP Scholars Bowl defeats Fairview

St. Bernard is participating in the Cullman County Schools Scholars Bowl Competition each week at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. Every school in Cullman county is scheduled a match each week with a different school. Two weeks ago, SBP fell short 20 points in a match with Hanceville; last week no games were scheduled. Yesterday, the team soundly defeated Fairview with a score of 160-110. Leading the Saints was Kate Gauthier,Captain; Elizabeth Schweers, Mark McDaniel, and Nathan Snow.

The Saints are scheduled to play Cullman next Thursday.