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SkillsUSA Winners

SkillsUSA Winners

       Congratulations to all of our students who competed in the 2017 SkillsUSA Competitions. Our students won 71 medals of which 24 medals were gold. This summer all of our gold medal winners will represent the state of Delaware and Delcastle at the National SkillsUSA Competitions in Louisville, KY. Special thanks to all of our teachers who prepared our students to perform at a very high level. Please see the detail listing of the winners at the end of the newsletter.

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The Delcastle Drama Club provided its Cougars with yet another year of entertainment. Many have heard about Dr. Hockersmith’s recent retirement. This is true but surely did not hinder the group’s ability to ensure a performance of entertainment and quality. Luckily Mrs. Brenner, the Director, with the help of Mr. Tiberi and Mr. Ayala, was able to hold the fort down and began preparing for yet another show.

This year’s fall play Almost, Maine, was about relationships between various individuals with many awkward and comical twists and turns along the way. It took place around modern day in the unusual town of Almost, Maine. The people of this small town had quite the story to tell.

In the past, Delcastle Drama Club used to participate in the “Delaware Drama Competition” until it came to an end when the event was no longer being hosted. This was an event that helped to recognize groups of great talent. Delcastle was very successful in taking home the majority of the winnings each time. A dry spell crept upon the club for a few years until their performance in March 2016 of William Fishers Here Come the Brides. This performance was a huge success that pushed the club back on its feet.

There are many young actors and actresses who have shared Delcastle’s stage for years. For much passion and effort in what they do, one actor and one actress from the cast has been chosen for special recognition. Actress Alyssa White is a senior at Delcastle High who has been able to overcome many obstacles and still come to show much devotion and intensity toward her roles. Alyssa has found motivation and inspiration from her grandmother. After graduation, she plans to attend Del-Tech for two years for Human Services on a SEED scholarship. Actor Ryan Nagowski, also a senior at Delcastle, has shown much potential and even helps to keep the group somewhat sane. He has been in Drama Club for three years and takes pride in making people smile and putting on a good show. The show that inspires him the most is Shrek because he was able to bond very well with the cast.

In conclusion, the performances in December were very successful. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators enjoyed the evening performances as well as the school performance. Stay tuned for the spring musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown scheduled for the first weekend in May.

Cast Leads: Cast Understudies:

Alexa Archer

D’ante Green

Piper Edge

Dannia Pommer

Kaitlyn Negron

Ashlie Cabalza

Kimberly Jeffery

Serena Levy

Ritzy Curry

Kalli Morris

Brielle Stephens

Ryan Nagowski

Christina Colatriano

Kenneth Oliver

Bruce Rodriguez

Ziayre Ruff

Alyssa White

Rob Wiliams

Tech & Crew:

Anthony Tiberi, Jr.

Nelson Ayala

Kayla Wiley

Samantha Collins

Christian Cortez-Ward

George Grimes

Najaquan Hopkins

Kimberly Jeffrey

Samantha Miller

Athaninia Moore

Aicha Pierce

Andrew Stofa

Devin Saienni

Amanda Santiago

Zamyra Sibbley

Joe Stansell

Sam Uzele

Christina Marie Colatriano , Class of 2019

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Last spring, Saint Anthony of Padua Grade School contacted Mr. Kevin Thomas, Co-op Coordinator at Delcastle, with a request for Delcastle to possibly assist them with some projects at the school. Mr. Thomas went to Saint Anthony’s and saw that they needed a railing in the gym, basketball storage racks, and installation of a concession stand door that was broken. He could see safety was a top concern and how important these repairs would be in helping to keep Saint Anthony of Padua safe for its students.

In view of this, Kevin assigned the construction and painting of the railing to Mr. Dan Edelen (Welding) and Mr. Tony Tiberi (Auto Body). Mr. Edelen had his sophomore students draw the design and the juniors and seniors constructed and installed the railing.

“We knew how important fixing the railing was,” said Mr. Dan Edelen. “Kids coming out of the gym could jump or fall off of the ledge, which is approximately four feet down. We are trying to address and help aid in the area of safety to all who use this area. We want to get rid the risk of a fall hazard.” Bradley Abrams, Jarrett Cole and Jorge Tinoco all chipped in to help. “It was a great learning experience,” said Mr. Dan Edelen. “The work that the students did was very beneficial. It was a nice change from the daily welding that they do. They were able to use their minds and use that in the fabrication on building. We hope that there are more opportunities for the future to help out and give back to the community in any way possible. It truly was an honor.”

While this was done, Scott Bosold’s (Plumbing) students repaired the basketball holder. The welds in the basketball holder were cracked, so the students helped to cut the pipe off, regrind it smooth, and use their “Mig Machine” to re-weld it. Next, the students needed to cut the bagpipe off, grind that down, and clear coat the welds. If this wasn’t completed, the basketball holder would rust. After this, the students painted the basketball rack back to its original color, flat black. Finally, the students had to do a field test to make sure that the welds would hold and so that there were no leaks. The field test consisted of putting 120 basketballs on the rack to make sure that the rack would hold up. Sure enough, the basketball rack held up. With the basketball rack new again, the students loaded up the rack and got it back to Saint Anthony’s.

Many sophomores and juniors worked on this project. John Gebhart, Nick Sensabaugh, Joe Grendzinski, Jared Young, Kelvin Amaya and Aaron Gaines all assisted in this process.

“We were all glad to help out with something that needed fixing up. The students were passionate about giving their all and we are happy that we all pitched in to do some good,” said Mr. Scott Bosold.

“It was an awesome experience helping out another school,” said Nick Sensabaugh. “Seeing what the rack looked like when it came in comparison to when we finished was pretty exciting. It looked 100 times better. It was nice to know that I had a part in fixing that rack.”

“It was so nice to help out in any way that I could during the duration of this project,” said Kelvin Amaya said. “It allowed me to help out the school and that’s what matters the most.”

In addition, Kelvin Amaya and Jorge Tinoco installed the door.

After completion of the projects, Saint Anthony’s sent a letter of gratitude and appreciation to the Delcastle teachers and students. The collective efforts of everyone involved made these projects a success. The career areas of Welding, Auto Body, and Plumbing all hope to do more projects like these and help to spread more of the “Cougar Volunteer Spirit”! As of right now, the Welding career area intends on fabricating an additional railing to secure another location at Saint Anthony’s this spring. Great job Cougars!

Tyler Ross, Class of 2018

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On October 19th in theAspira auditorium, ASPIRA and the Spanish department held a presentation celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The presentation was open to any teachers and their students to see the presentation. In addition, some of the parents of the students presenting joined the audience to support and watch their kids.

The Aspirantes each individually impersonated a famous influential Hispanic or tradition of cultural significance like the quinceañera. Each student had a power point slide they made to give a visual to the audience about the person they chose.  Feedback was given from the audience, that our fellow member of ASPIRA, Alondra Avila (2017) brought Selena back from the dead. Aneliz Ordorica (2018) spoke about La Quinceañera and the significance it has the Hispanic culture. We also had a cultural presentation that was made by two different community dance groups: Comparsa de Temimilcingo Morelos and Ballet Folklórico Xochiquetzal. Some of the members of these dance groups are Delcastle students themselves. Did you hear about how at the end of the Chinelos performance students from the audience joined them up on stage and danced along with them? It was like a party on stage! It was a very fun and enjoyable experience not only for
ASPIRA but for the audience as well.People

We would like to thank the teachers who brought their students down, and also the parents and grandparents who came out to support and watch their children perform.

By Jacqueline Gutierrez, Class of 2018

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       Six Delcastle students competed at the HOSA’s first International Leadership Conference. The event was held in Nashville, Tennessee, between June 22-25, 2016. Many speakers and exhibitors were present including the following: U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H, Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., and Brad Montague creator of “Kid President.” Various other interactive exhibitors from the armed forces, colleges, universities, as well as biomedical companies like Pfizer, and IBM were present. HOSA, in celebrating 40 years of Future Health Professionals, inaugurated its first year with an international inclusion. Delcastle had 5 members from the class of 2016, and one member from the class of 2017. This was the largest number of students that qualified for the National competition in Delaware HOSA in Delcastle history. Besides the persistence of the students, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Conley, and Mrs. Spencer helped prepare the students for the competitions. The Delcastle students and the competitions they competed in are as follows:

  • Jasmine Littlejohn (BMS class of 2016) and Kiara Morris (BMS class of 2017) both competed in “Community Awareness”
  • Joselis Gonzalez (MA class of 2016) competed in “Healthy Lifestyles” and advanced to the second round of competition
  • Inayzha Wallace (MA class of 2016) who was also a state officer competed in “Job Seeking Skills”
  • Elena Valente (MA class of 2016) competed in “Medical Photography” and advanced to the second round of competition
  • Renek McDonald (BMS class of 2016) competed in “Pathophysiology
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Once again, it’s that time of the school year at Delcastle where every student is going out to shop for semi-formal attire for Homecoming. However, this is not the only reason why they all get excited, but also for the events before the Homecoming Dance begins. Spirit Week and Pep Rally are always when students and teachers get excited. This year’s themes for Spirit Week are the following:


October 10th, 2016

Character Day


October 11th, 2016

Nerd Day


October 12th, 2016

Twin Day


October 13th, 2016

Throwback Thursday


October 14th, 2016

Pep Rally!

Class Color Day

Freshman: Navy Blue

Sophomores: Gray

Juniors: White

Seniors: Black

This year, both the Pep Rally and the football game will take place on October 14th . When Pep Rally is over, students will be allowed to walk all the way to the football field and cheer on our football team for their game against Mount Pleasant. There are some exciting changes planned for the football game; during halftime, there will be 1 float that will be passing through the track field. After the float, convertibles carrying the senior Homecoming Court will drive onto the field and the court will be announced.

Don’t forgot to get a Homecoming Dance Ticket for Caribbean Carnaval before October 15th; tickets will not be sold at the door. The winners of the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at the dance.

Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy yourself this entire week since it’s all about having fun.

Katie Hernandez, Class of 2018

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       Apples! Apples! Apples! Everyone likes apples and now even more thanks to the Green Apple Project. Dedicated to putting all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe and where energy and resources are conserved, the Green Apple Project is on a mission to where students can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. As of the summer of 2016, the program has inspired the students of Technical Drafting with a better and brighter classroom that is sure to result in creative outcomes.

       On the 27th of September, a dedication party was held to celebrate all the hard work that has been put into the room. In addition, the party was held to thank the program for the fact that almost 35,000 dollars has been put into the renovation of the new room and all the furniture that has been given to Technical Drafting for free. With the promise of a local radio station and 6 ABC News attending, the party had a great turn out, and those who attended paid close attention to the amount of detail that was put into the room.

       For those of you who have not seen the old Technical Drafting room, many of the students had come forward to let Mr. Baeriswyl, the Technical Drafting teacher, know that the old room was sort of…boring. Some students had even said that the old room was cramped and dreary. However, ever since the room has been renovated, reviews of the new room have greatly improved and apparently it “smells like a million bucks!” This is also thanks to Mr. Baeriswyl and all the work he has contributed to the room. Up until the day of the party, Mr. Baeriswly had been tearing up the carpet by hand and placing cove base on all the walls singlehandedly. One of the interior designers on the team, Shakira Hunt, a former graduate from Delcastle’s Technical Drafting program in 2008, had a huge role in the designing and planning of the room.

          Now most students cannot even believe their eyes when they walk into the room and compare it to how it looked before; they are immediately impressed by the changes made. Thanks to the Green Apple Project, the Delcastle Technical Drafting room has been completely turned upside down.

Ajah Quawiy, Class of 2019

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       Every summer, high school juniors are selected to represent their schools at Boys and Girls State. Each school can send up to three representatives to stay at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, and learn about Delaware politics and law. The students are selected based on grades, behavior, and recommendations from their Civics teacher from tenth grade. Mr. Allen Sylvester and Mrs. Tina Horgan sponsor Boys and Girls State at Delcastle and choose the best candidates to represent our school each summer.

       Delaware Boys State ran from June 12th to June 16th this past summer. Daniel Nepomuceno, Kelvin Maldonado, and Syheed Booker represented Delcastle. The boys learned about bills that could be passed, and they worked on a bill that would raise taxes to help schools with low resources give their students a better education. The Cougar boys were part of the House where they voted on bills and then sent the bills over to the Senate. The highlights of the week were meeting the Governor Jack Markell, a Secret Service bodyguard, and Bryan Townsend, Delaware State Senator.

       Similarly, Girls State ran from June 19th to June 24th. Denae Mendez and Danaya Dews represented Delcastle. On the first day, the girls were divided into two political parties—Nationalists and Federalists. Then, elections occurred and assignments were given for the House and the Senate. Like the boys, the girls had the opportunity to write bills and vote on them. In addition, they met Governor Markell, a female FBI agent, and other interesting guest speakers. Many friendships were formed during this fun-filled week and all of the girls enjoyed the Talent Show.

       Overall, Boys and Girls State was an amazing opportunity for our Cougars’ leadership skills to shine. The application process for current Delcastle juniors will occur in January of 2017 for the upcoming summer. Please contact Mr. Sylvester in Room C225 and Mrs. Horgan in C107 for more information.

Daniel Nepomuceno and Denae Mendez, Class of 2017

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       Spring is another busy sports season at Delcastle. Coaches and players enjoyed the sunshine at the beginning of the season, but then had to struggle through a very wet and cold May. Every varsity team had successes and obstacles, but in the end, sportsmanship and teamwork prevailed.


First on the list is Varsity Baseball. Coaches David Battafarano and Aaron Yammamoto helped guide the Cougars on the winning path. Seniors Francis Forbes, Diangelo Wooding, Roberto Ramos, JaWan Ward, Austin Albright, Bailey Mathews, Wilson Gomez, and Corey Mitchell led the team. Their overall record was 8 wins and 9 losses. Big wins against Concord High School Raiders (11-4) and district-rival St. George’s Technical High School Hawks (5-4) helped end the season on a positive note. Several players were recognized for their strong performances this season. Seniors Wilson Gomez (Honorable Mention, Second Base) and Robbie Ramos (Second Team, Outfield) were both recognized for Blue Hen Flight A All Conference. Sophomore Nick Sensabaugh was recognized for his outstanding performance as a Designated Hitter. He earned First Team All Conference Honors and Second Team All State. Nick is the first Delcastle player since 1998 to be recognized by the All State Selection Committee. Congratulations Cougars for a successful season!


Next up is the Golf Team. The Cougars were coached by Marty Baeriswyl and led by senior Adolphus Fletcher. Even though the team was young, they earned big wins over Glasgow, McKean, and Brandywine, and ended up with a 3-11 record. Great job Cougars and good luck next year!


The Cougars Varsity Lacrosse team keeps improving. Coaches Corey Shepherd and Ryan Scott are proud of their team’s season; they finished with 5 wins and 10 losses, which is a 1 win improvement from last year. Seniors William McCloskey, Heddel Cabrera, Chris Newcomer, Bradley Adams, John Foote, Ryan Shaver, and Jerome Henry-Cobb led the team. Some highlights from the season include an 8-5 win over the Green Knights of Mount Pleasant, and a 5-4 loss to the Hodgson Eagles. The Cougars came back in the Hodgson game after being down 4 goals in the 4th quarter. Several players received special honors. Both Heddel Cabrera (Second Team, Midfield) and Ryan Shaver (Honorable Mention, Defense) earned All Conference recognition. In addition, Ryan Shaver will represent Delcastle in this year’s Blue/Gold game. Congrats Cougars for all of your hard work!


Next, we have the Delcastle Varsity Girls Soccer Team who had the school’s first winning season in 20 years! Coach Todd Lehman is proud of his team. Seniors Alondra Lara-Zavala, Nancy Santillan, Jocelin Montes-Bernal, Hilary Gonzales-Acosta, Yashira Ortiz, Danielle Harris, and Rosaura Bernal-Vasquez led the team.
Overall, their record was 8 wins, 5 losses, and 2 ties. Unfortunately, the team missed the state playoffs by .04 points. Two players earned All Conference recognition: Danielle Harris and Melissa Garcia. Great job Lady Cougars and keep up the good work next year!


Furthermore, the Cougar Softball Team clawed their way to a successful season. Coaches Anthony Webb and Margaret Battafarano provided motivation to keep the team strong. Seniors Michelle Minutola, Alexis Graham, Tara Anthony, Cassidy Hanifee, and Marissa Truman provided key leadership for the team. The Cougars finished the season with 5 wins and 13 losses. Several players earned All Conference Recognition: Tara Anthony (Honorable Mention, Center Field), Alexis Graham (Second Team, First Base), Danni Adams (First Team, Catcher). Congratulations Lady Cougars on a successful season!


Last but not least is Boys and Girls Track. Coaches Carmella Anderson, Jonathan Dickey, and Samantha Kelly are proud of the team’s accomplishments. The Boys’ Team was led seniors Nicholas Cole, Damon Collins, Chukwunonso Ewunonu, Jonathan Henderson, Daekwon Sequira, Brandon Smith, Justin Walls, and Luis Zamora. Zekiah Fountain, Brianna Greenlea, Nia Johnson-Cox, Sherita Lowman, Ahjinae Mitchell, Karen Sackey-Solomon, Siani Sellers, Taylor Truitt, and Tyisha Zeigler, led the Girls’ Team. Both athletes and coaches earned special recognition this year. Sherita Lowman earned All-State for the 100 meter hurdles, and Justin Walls earned All-State for the 55 meter hurdles. Coach Jonathan Dickey was recognized as Delaware’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Great job athletes and coaches!

Overall, the Delcastle Varsity Sports teams learned lessons in perseverance and sportsmanship. The teachers, administrators, and students are proud of your accomplishments this season.

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       Starting in January, students from Delcastle worked hard to get ready for their competitions in Science Olympiad on March 5th at Delaware State University; there were at least 60 teams from all over the state of Delaware with groups up to 3 students from 9th grade to 12th. What every team was rooting for was to bring one of those colorful medals; 1-10th place could earn medals. Delcastle was pleased that we won more than 10 medals at the 2016 Science Olympiad. Getting “placed” is harder than it seems. Here are a few of the winners:





12th Graders

· Victoria Williams

· Elys Diaz

· Forensics

· Electric Vehicle

· Write it Do it

· Forensics; 1st place

· Electric Vehicle; 9th place

12th Grader

Almarith Arevalo

· Protein Modeling

· Forensics

· Protein Modeling; 4th place

· Forensics; 2nd place

11th Grader

Faith Joseph

· Wind Power

· Chem Lab

· Dynamic Planet

· Cell Biology

· Wind Power; 10th place

· Chem Lab; 8th place

10th Graders

· Dakota Wilson

· Modesto Estudillo

· Anatomy & Physiology

· Fossils

· Green Generation

· Forensics; 3rd place

The students who participated in the events said they liked the experience even though it was stressful, but it was worth it in the end.

Congratulations to all medalists and participants!


Katie Hernandez, Class of 2018

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