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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 9 - June 15, 1996 - 88 Gala June 11 at BayCenter to A gala benefit will be held Sunday, June 11 at the BayCenter in Dewey Beach in support of plans which are underway to institute a St. Joseph's Regional Catholic High School for Sussex County, as well as nearby areas of Maryland. The benefit, slated for 4 to 8 p.m., will feature live entertainment by The Honey- combs, silent auction, buffet and cash bar, with tickets $15 per person available at the door or by calling 227-2367 or 539- 1611. A Catholic institution would provide academic excellence, combined with firm moral teaching, according to one parent, benefit St. Joseph's Catholic Gerri Cole of Ocean View, who is in the forefront of the effort to fill a need per- ceived by many parents in the area. Also in the forefront of these efforts is former Sussex County Administrator Joe Conaway, who had also previously been principal of Woodbridge High School. Now a real estate agent and developer, Conaway graduated from Salesianum High School and Villanova University. He has also cited the advantages of a Catholic education, with a "more disci- plined atmosphere and religious educa- tion." They are now seeking a site of approxi- High School mately 20 acres for the school and hope to open ninth and tenth grades in the fall of 1998. An eleventh grade would be added in 1999, followed by twelfth grade in the year 2000. After that, it is possible they would work down from eighth grade to first grade each year, until there is a fully func- tional Catholic grade school and high school for the area. They have looked at sites near Williamsville and Dagsboro, but are also looking for possible parcels in the coastal area of Sussex. The decision to begin with ninth and tenth is because St. Francis de Sales, 1o- cated in Salisbury, Md., stops at eighth grade, and because many parents feel that Catholic education would be most benefi- cial during the teenage years. The next step is a feasibility study which would follow Catholic Diocese of Wilmington guidelines, conducted by an outside agency, to determine if there is enough interest to support such a school in Sussex County. Study results should be available by the fall of this year and the guiding committee has contacted various orders of nuns and brothers, seeking to learn their interest in acting as teachers and administrators. Cape Odyssey of the Mind teams win awards at national OM World Finals Three Cape Henlopen Odyssey of the Mind (OM) teams traveled to the OM World Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. to participate in a creative thinking and problem solving competition May 24 through May 28. The Cape OM teams volunteered to construct the State of Delaware float entry in the OM Hat, Float and Banner Contest, later placing first in the contest. The float represented the 1995 Delaware OM motto "Delaware OM is Crawling with Creativity!". Four giant ladybugs (Delaware's state bug) were car- fled into the sports arena amidst the cheers of over 12,000 people. Each Cape team competed against some of the best and brightest students from all over the world while in Knoxville. The World Finals hosts over 8,000 stu- dents from 48 states and 20 coun- tries. Cape students successfully solved their long-term problems and quickly responded during the spontaneous problem portion of the competition. The following students and coaches comprised the Cape OM teams: Time Traveler, Division I: Carla Cofrancesco, Megan Dean, Gina Kaye, Katie Levy, Kip Marshall, Jonathan Sarik and Steve Welsh, competing under instruction from coaches Donna Sarik, Rosanne Kaye, Cathy Cofrancesco, Nancy Levy, Cindy Cunningham, Debbie Marshall and Carol Welsh. Scientific Safari, Division I: Be- van Dunbar, Chris Holdridge, Cassie King, Julia Morris, Micah Vugrinec and Reinie Vugrinec, competing under instruction from coaches Connie Holdridge and Jenny King. A New Twist, Division I: Joey Baker, Casey Cashdollar, Nate Denver, Neeru Peri and J.P. Tu- ransky, competing under instruc- tion from coaches Rama Peri and Bey Cashdollar. The Odyssey of the Mind Pro- .gram began in 1978 when 28 New Jersey high schools and middle schools met for the first creative problem solving competition. Since then, membership has ex- The Cape Henlopen "OMers  show their excitement after winning first place for the State of Delaware in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Float Contest. Seen here (I. to r.) are Nate Denver, Carla Cofrancesco, Cassie King, Katie Levy, Megan Dean, OMer the OM mascot, Steve Welsh, Reinie Vugrinec, Jonathan Sarik, Gina Kaye, Kip Marshall, Julia Morris, Joey Baker, Neeru Peri and Micah Vugrinec. Not visible in this picture are Chris Holdridge, Bevan Dun. bar, Casey Cashdollar and J.P. Turansky. panded to include all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Australia, Canada, China, Ger- many, Japan, Mexico, Russia and many other countries. The I8 Cape students began their World Finals "odyssey" in February of this year when the three teams each won first place at the state competition. Students, coaches and parents worked to raise the money needed to reach the $12,000 fundmiser goal which provided transportation, food and lodging for the team members. According to Anne Hilton, sponsoring teacher for Cape Hen- lopen Odyssey of the Mind, the students learned that teamwork, creativity and commitment proved successful at the competition and the students have their sights set on returning to the 1996 OM World Finals in Ames, Iowa. ,Need Money For (?ollege ? Private Sector SCHOLARSHIPS Available Call for details. TARGET SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH Gary Shrawder 800-353-0090 Once Upon A Lifetime Portrait Plan Authorized Apple TM VAR GCI Technologies Is your computer system meeting your needs? Let our experts bring you up to date with hardware, software & training