Youth and school news, December 1, 2017

KMC garners journalism honors
The Kapaun Mt. Carmel 2016-2017 Crusader yearbook has been named a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Award finalist. Out of 1,100 entries nationwide, only 66 books were chosen – four from Kansas.
The Crown Awards are the top awards given by the CSPA.
The Pacemaker is the top award given by the National Scholastic Press Association, of which KMC’s Paladin is a finalist from last year as well. Each finalist yearbook will be either a gold crown or silver crown, to be announced in March at ceremonies in New York City.

High school students join together to earn money for SVdP charity
With the assistance of two Wichita area Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers restaurants, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul raised $935 for its Backpacks 4 Kids program.
Students from Bishop Carroll High School and Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School actively promoted the fundraiser, which encouraged customers to eat at the two participating Freddy’s locations on Nov. 1. Freddy’s agreed to donate a percentage of sales that day to the SVdP program.
The donation will help provide weekend food for about 170 children in the Backpacks 4 Kids program for one weekend.
Backpack program benefactors Ron and Petrina Morley donated $1,000 to the St. Katherine Drexel fund for both Kapaun and Bishop Carroll, in appreciation for their involvement in the event. “I went to Freddy’s on Ridge that day to participate in the fundraiser, and was excited to see the restaurant packed with Bishop Carroll students supporting the event,” Ron said.
SVdP Program Coordinator JoAnn Cooper said, “Thanks to the students of Bishop Carroll and Kapaun Mt. Carmel, for actively promoting this fundraiser. I was amazed at their enthusiasm and willingness to share their time, talent and treasure to help provide weekend food to deserving students in Diocesan Catholic schools. And we couldn’t have done it without the fantastic support of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.”
The “Backpacks 4 Kids” program was created to address “marginal food security” in Diocesan Wichita area Catholic schools. Marginal food security is defined by the USDA as “…typically…anxiety over food sufficiency or shortage of food in the house.”