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Why Lakeshore Catholic? .... Here's Why!

Students brighten downtown Welland with new benches

By Michelle Allenberg, Tribune Staff, November 14, 2017

Bench

About a dozen Niagara Catholic District School Board students have created vibrant benches now installed at Welland’s downtown transit terminal.

For about three months students from various schools, including Notre Dame, St. Francis and Lakeshore Catholic, worked on building 10 metal benches at the board’s Niagara Launch Centre at Seaway Mall.

The benches were installed Tuesday.

Working with city employees, students gained firsthand experience with removing old benches and installing the new ones.

Stephanie Hicks, executive director of Welland Downtown BIA, said the employees were acting as mentors, which provided valuable experience.

For Philip Moore, a Grade 12 Lakeshore student, being part of the project has helped him develop his welding skills. Moore said he plans to continue with welding and possibly pursue engineering after high school.

October: Month in Review

Pilgrimage helps those in need

By The Tribune

Tribune PictureNiagara Catholic District School Board’s director of education John Crocco is hoping people will be very generous with donations this year as up to 7,000 students from eight high schools take part in the 42nd annual pilgrimage Sunday.

While the various groups and organizations in countries like Rwanda, Haiti, Peru, Guatemala Dominica and the Dominican Republic rely on the funds raised each year, the need is especially great in the Caribbean nations, Crocco said.

Haiti, Dominica and the Dominican Republic were hit hard by hurricanes earlier this fall, he said.

“We want to provide every bit of assistance we can to our brothers and sisters in need in those countries.”

This year marks the 31st time Crocco, a former Lakeshore Catholic High School principal, has taken part in the pilgrimage, which occurs on the last Sunday of October.

Late outburst help Gators topple Reds

In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, the visiting Lakeshore Catholic Gators defeated the Denis Morris Reds 28-21 Friday in Niagara Catholic Athletic Association senior football quarter-final action.

Trailing 14-13 late in the fourth quarter, the Gators took advantage of a botched punt to take possession on the Reds’ 25-yard line. It took three plays before Brody Crawford ran it in from six yards out to give the Gators a 19-14 lead.

Football PictureFollowing a successful two-point convert on a run by Crawford, the Reds fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Eric Ruigrok made them pay with a 39-yard TD run. A late TD by the Reds left them 24.5 seconds to create a miracle but the Gators swallowed up a short kickoff and the game was over.

“We played a very undisciplined game between mistakes and penalties and we couldn’t get things going,” Reds head coach Rob Battista said. “But the kids fought to the end.”

Looking ahead to next season, Battista sees a lot of positives.

“We will work to improve and we’ve had some nice Grade 10s that have come up at the end of the year,” he said. “We’re excited for next year.”

The Gators were excited Friday after winning their first playoff games in three years.

“We talked about it all week,” Gators head coach Bernie Tessier said. “We’ve taken our lumps the last couple of seasons, but we definitely put the time in this season and the football course helped.

“We are starting to see that come to fruition now.”

As far back as the summer, Tessier was predicting a better season by his squad.