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Students from Villa Maria Academy hold their awards at a competition event.
Photo courtesy of Villa Maria

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Hello readers and welcome to another edition of Around Town.

Academic Champs

Villa Maria Academy has a lot to celebrate in terms of its students and academic competition.

The school reports that its seventh grade girls participated in Preston High School STEM-fest, an annual one-day event celebrating science, technology, engineering and math, a new cross-curricular initiative that focuses on creative thinking and problem solving to prepare students for careers of the future.

The Villa Maria team included Kayleigh Crowe, Lauren Colon, Brianna Hall, Jade Haney, Kalia Noble and Victoria Gebbia.

Meanwhile, according to the school, several seventh grade boys took part in the Iona Prep Math Olympiad on Saturday, May 6. They took home second place honors out of 15 participating schools.

The team members were Alex Garcia, Joe Haugh, Matthew Febles, Darrin Jurado and Tim Malejko.

In terms of individual achievement, Alex Garcia took home first place and Joe Haugh took second.

Notable Passing

St. Helena’s oldest parishioner, Juana Rodriguez, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and in the middle of prayer on Monday, May 22. She was 102-years-old.

A funeral Mass was celebrated for her at the parish on Saturday, May 27.

She was born on July 9, 1914, in the Dominican Republic, where she labored on a farm and made her own bread.

She married at age 19 and had 11 children, 51 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 great, great grandchildren. She was widowed in 1975.

She had no formal education. She attended the noon Spanish Mass and never ceased to pray the rosary.

She came to the United States in 1971. She returned to the Dominican Republic, along with family members, to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260-4597. E-mail him at procchio@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.

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