March 8, 2019
Diocesan Scholars
Congratulations to Erin Drumm, Sophie Mancini, and Theresa Woltemate, our Diocesan Scholars for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Thank you to all the highly-qualified juniors who applied and interviewed for the program. The selection process entailed two important elements: the application and the interview. The applications afforded the students the opportunity to highlight their current courses, grades, and GPA, and to provide teacher recommendations. Applicants' personal essays demonstrated their creativity and uniqueness of writing. The interview allowed students to meet with teachers and administrators and showcase their ability to respond to questions with depth and detail, and to articulate their desire and ability to be a diocesan scholar.
Foreign Language Competition  
Mrs. Clemente, Mr. Verni and Ms. Wille would like to recognize six of our students who participated in the MCATFL (Montgomery County Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency contest at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School:
  • French 1 - Olivia Wilt
  • French 2 - Joan Dotchel
  • French 3 - Colleen Quinn
  • Spanish 1 - Bernadette Stanton
  • Spanish 2 - Jennifer Mayro
  • Spanish 3 - Edna Cassell 

These girls were chosen to represent our school due to their exceptional conversational skills in the foreign language. They competed against students from more than 20 high schools in the county.


We would like to congratulate Olivia Wilt and Colleen Quinn for winning 2nd place silver medals in French 1 and French 3. This was a great honor for these girls to represent our school and our World Languages Department. Congratulations, girls!
Science Olympiad 
On Wednesday, February 27, several students from Saint Basil Academy participated in the regional tournament of the PA Science Olympiad. Seniors Ann Abraham, Cara Hughes, Siena Wanders, Tess White, Juniors Regina Campion and Cathryn Zimmerman, and freshman Isabella Canals competed in various areas of science that were of interest to them. Our students challenged themselves in competitions relating to the life and physical sciences, as well as some engineering designs and projects! We thank the seniors for their leadership, and look forward to this year's veterans to bolster the team for next year's event. Great job, ladies!

Academic Competition
On March 5, Grace Comas, Regina Campion, Maureen Kennedy, Julia Mayro, Julia McCann, Siena Wanders represented Saint Basil Academy in an academic competition at the Montgomery Intermediate Unit. The competition featured 19 teams from a variety of public and private Montgomery County High Schools. This year was the first year SBA participated and the students made a very strong showing.  Congratulations!

Health Careers Club
The Health Careers Club thanks Maureen Zanoni, an occupational therapist with Jeanes Hospital, for sharing her career path and experiences in the field with them.  
Gift of Mission Retreat
Basil junior Samantha Scharf, attended the Gift of Mission retreat day run by the IHM sisters hosted at Chestnut Hill College.  Students from local high schools attended this wonderful event.  Sisters of various religious orders shared their stories and encouraged the students to engage in prayer and discernment of vocation.
National Catholic Sisters Week
In celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14), Sister Joann, OSBM visited the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes over the past two weeks to teach about what life is like as a Sister of Saint Basil, the mission and founding of the sisters, and how the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great are still making a difference in our world today.
Father Peter Waslo
On Friday, February 22, Father Peter Waslo visited the student body to visit and answer their questions about clergy and religious life.  We wish him God's blessings in his new pastoral assignment. 
Congratulations to Saint Basil Academy basketball, District 1 Champions! Saint Basil Academy defeated New Hope High School, 63- 37. The team will face West Catholic in round 1 of the state basketball playoffs at 6 PM on Friday, March 8 at Wissahickon High School.  

Student Feature in Northeast Times 

Junior Kelly Grant was recently   featured in an article about the basketball state playoffs.

College Signing
Congratulations to Sara Mace, who has received an athletic scholarship to Bloomsburg University.