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God at Work in Schools -- Catholic Schools Week editorial at the Catholic Sentinel 

Catholic Identity in Action!
Students create Purple Cow Project to fund education for Kenyan girls

O’Hara Catholic School Pre-K Teacher April Demers has been recognized by the National Catholic Educational Association as a Distinguished Teacher in Catholic Education. Mrs. Demers was one of 10 educators selected nationwide for this award.

Mrs. Demers has been a teacher at O’Hara for 22 years, and is one of our school’s most beloved teachers. O’Hara Catholic School erupted with applause, and cheering could be heard throughout the building on
Wednesday when the news was announced over the intercom system – a sound testament to the number of lives she has touched here in our building.

NCEA is the largest private professional organization in the world, representing 150,000 Catholic educators serving 6 million students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools. Mrs. Demers will be honored at the annual NCEA Conference in April 2015. The conference is attended by thousands of educators and administrators from across the nation and is the largest private-education gathering in the United States.

Mrs. Demers is a native of Eugene, and a parishioner of St. Mary Catholic Church. She and her husband Jeff have 3 children, all of whom attended O’Hara Catholic School.

(Distinguished Teacher Award flashback -- the 2014 Northwest Region winner was Suzanne DeVaney-Wilkes, from Holy Cross Catholic School in Portland!)


Zoe Manning, a kindergartner at O’Hara Catholic School, was selected as a winner in Catholic Charities’ Annual Christmas Card Contest.  Over 3,000 students in grades K-5 participated in the contest this year; only 3 entries were selected as winners.  Zoe’s artwork, along with the artwork of the other 2 winners, is featured on the Catholic Charities 2014 Christmas Card. The card is mailed to more than 10,000 people.

Zoe and her family were invited to attend the Annual Catholic Charities Donor Luncheon, held at The Benson Hotel in Portland, OR on Tuesday, Dec. 9.  Archbishop Alexander Sample, the head of the Archdiocese of Portland, also attended the luncheon, and is pictured with Zoe below.  (12/15/15)

 OHara Kindergartener

St. John Fisher Catholic School on being named as runner up in the School category for Metro Parent Magazine! 10/24/14

Holy Cross Catholic School For the second year year in a row, Holy Cross is first in the State of Oregon for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge with their students reading a total of 626,017 minutes! 10/29/14

St. Mary's Academy - Eight St. Mary’s Academy students selected for the Oregon All-State Choir, one freshman selected for the Oregon All-State Orchestra! 10/29/14

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