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Holy Cross Chess Team Brings Home Trophies

Holy Cross brings Home Trophies from SuperNationals VI- Largest Chess Tournament in History

Tuesday, May 17, 2017

Dover, Del. – The Holy Cross Chess Team earned 14th place out of 74 teams in the K-5 Under 900 Division with several players earned individual honors at the SuperNationals VI chess tournament in Nashville, TN which occurred from May 11-14.  The event, which combines Elementary, Junior High and High School Nationals, is held every four years by the United States Chess Federation. SuperNational VI was the largest rated tournament in history, with the final tally at 5577.

Fourteen Players from Holy Cross attended with outstanding performances all the way around. Between rounds, team members reviewed their games with Grandmaster Ben Finegold, Woman International Chess Master Carolina Blanco, and 2017 US Women’s Champion Sabina Foisor.

The Holy Cross team is coached by Ronald Poliquin, Bob Raczynski, and Steve Holfeld.

Individual Trophy Winners:

K-3 U700 Division (339 players)

-        29th Place Aarush Reddy: (earning 5 out of 7 points)

K-5 U900 Division (515 players):

-        35th Place: Koby Onugu (earning 5.5 out of 7 points)

-        45th Place: Ayush Patel (earning 5 out of 7 points)

-        45th Place (tie): Kosisonna Umobi (earning 5 out of 7 points)

Team Members included: Javen Kwok, Nwakoby Onugu, Sage Sawhney, Ayush Patel, Kosisonna Umobi, Jacob Lu, Alexander Sharkey, Shraman Prasanth, Cindy Lu, Ronin Poliquin, Lillian Poliquin, Patrick Sharkey, Aarush Reddy, Tyler and Donahoe.

HCS Odyssey of the Mind Team Heads to Worlds

Holy Cross School’s Division 1, Problem 3 Odyssey of the Mind Team Heads to World Competition

Dover, DE: On Saturday, March 25th,Holy Cross School’sDivision 1, Problem 3 Odyssey of the Mind “Classics…It’s Time, OMER” team finished first place in the state’s 37th Annual Odyssey of the Mind competition at A. G. Waters Middle School in Middletown, DE. 

“Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students of all ages (K-12 and college). It provides teams with the opportunity to learn creative problem solving, teamwork, brainstorming, self-reliance, and respect for individual strengths — unique, unforgettable experiences that will serve them in every aspect of their lives now and in the future. Teams of five to seven students develop a theatrical and engineering solutions to a specific situational per one of six Long Term Problems over several months, then present their long term solution in a competition against other teams in the same problem and division. Teams have much fun practicing for a Spontaneous Problem, where the students develop brainstorming skills to solve problems given at the competition,” according to, the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind website.

At the regional competition on Saturday, March 11, 2017, Holy Cross’ team had an overall score of 317.49 points which was enough points to move on to the state competition.  Coached by Holy Cross parent, Mr. Abhishek De, the team got to work and improved their performance by 23 points to surpass the five teams that had previously scored above them for the win on March 25th.  Team members include fifth graders Asmita De, Kayla Tabalon, Mason Boyles, and Tristin O’Leary, and fourth graders Ayush Patel and Sage Sawhney.

“They really did what teams need to do after regionals – improve”, explained Bonnie Blades, one of the state’s Division 2 and 3 Odyssey of the Mind judges.  “I am so happy for them!  They
 were delightful in long term so I was hoping they did well in spontaneous!”

The World Competition will be held this year at Michigan State University from May 24 – 27, 2017.  

Second Trimester Honor Roll 2016 - 2017

Daniel Brothers Deliver Peanut Butter Sandwiches to Philly Homeless

Holy Cross Student Earns Top 100 Girl Chess Players List




Monday, February 22, 2017

Dover, DE. –Seven year old Lillian Poliquin, a first grader at Holy Cross School in Dover, made the list announcing the top female chess players in the United States under 7 years old. The United States Chess Federation posts the list to motivate girls to study and play more chess. To be considered for the list, a player has to have an established rating, and must be an active chess player. A chess rating system is a system used in chess to calculate an estimate of the strength of the player, based on his or her performance versus other players.

The list is determined by chess rating. At the time the list was printed, Lillian’s chess rating was 397. Since that time, Lillian’s rating has increased over 100 points to 500. Lillian has been playing chess regularly since the age of 5 in over 15 USCF sanctioned tournaments. Here is the list

Holy Cross Chess Team Takes First Place at DYCO Scholastic Winter Open

Holy Cross Chess Team Takes First Place

at DYCO Scholastic Winter Open


Saturday, February 6, 2017

Dover, Del. – The Holy Cross Chess Team won first place in the K-8 under 1000 division and second place in the K-4 under 600 division at the Delaware Youth Chess Organization (DYCO) Winter Open Chess Tournament.  Forty eight players from Dover, Wilmington, Milton and Philadelphia came out to compete. The tournament was sponsored by the Delaware Youth Chess Organization and was a United States Chess Federation sanctioned event.


Twenty eight members of Holy Cross Elementary School's Chess Team competed with outstanding performances all the way around. The Holy Cross team is coached by Ronald Poliquin, Bob Raczynski, and Steve Holfeld.

Top Individual Performers:

K-8 U1000 Division:

-       1st Place: Ronin Poliquin (earning 4.5 out of 5 points)

-       2nd Place: Ayush Patel (earning 4 out of 5 points)

-       3rd Place: Kosisonna Umobi (earning 4 out of 5 points)

-       4th Place: Javen Kwok (earning 3.5 out of 5 points)

-       5th Place: Nwakoby Onungu: (earning 3 out of 5 points)

-       Honorable Mention: Cindy Rong Lu (earning 3 out of 5 points)

K-4 U600 Division:

-       3rd Place: Aarush Reddy (earning  4 out of 5 points)

-       Honorable Mention: Marc Clemente (earning 4 out of 5 points)

Team Standings:

K-8 U1000 Division:

·         1st Place Team – Holy Cross (16 pts)


·         2nd Place Team Milton Elementary (4.5 pts)

·         3rd Place Team – Kuumba Academy (2.5 pts)

K-4 U600 Division:

·         1st Place Team Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School (16.5 pts)

·         2nd Place Team – Holy Cross (14 pts)

·         3rd Place Team – St. John The Beloved (8 pts)

·         Honorable Mention– Kingswood Community Center (7 pts) Members included: Javen Kwok, Nwakoby Onugu, Sage Sawhney, Ayush Patel, Kosisonna Umobi, Jacob Lu, Alexander Sharkey, Shraman Prasanth, Cindy Lu, Ronin Poliquin, Lillian Poliquin, Patrick Sharkey, Katie Dunkle, Nicholas Kosior, Renz Bosque, Aarush Reddy, Marc Clemente, Devin Bauer, Andrey Cantacutan, Jackson Arndt, Alexander Costa, Max Costa, Isabella Zorn, Tyler Donahoe, Ayomide Adamoiekun, Kenni Adamoiekun, and Taiwo Adamoiekun. 

Holy Cross Knitting Club Makes Impact in Dover, in Delaware and Beyond

Holy Cross Knitting Club Helps Kids in Care

Dover, DE: The Holy Cross Knitting Club has been busy this year knitting hats for many organizations across our city, our state, and the world. 

Dalieta Mears (Master Family Service Specialist, Kent Treatment) represented DFS in recent weeks as the Holy Cross School knitting club provided DFS with several baskets of knit items to help children and families through the cold winter months. Diana Fraker (Kent Regional Administrator) responded: “Wonderful Dalieta! Thank you for helping these youngsters be ‘helpers and givers!’ Maybe there are a few social workers in the making."

Knitting Club's Military Effort

We wanted to share a photo from the recipients of the Knitting Club's hats as part of the military effort. The Knitting Club has so much to be proud of and should know that their hats are now having a global impact.  Keep up the great work! #crusaderproud

Holy Cross School Donates Christmas Presents to The Murphey School

Holy Cross School Donates Christmas Gifts to The Murphey School

Dover, DE: Holy Cross School recently held a Giving Drive to raise funds to buy Christmas presents for the children who live at The Murphey School in Dover.  Holy Cross School was able to buy gifts for all 31 residents ranging in age from 7 to 18 years through donations from its school community and a surprise corporate donation from Lighthouse Construction Company.

Pictured above from left to right, back row is Ms. April Harvey and Ms. Alice Waggoner of The Murphey School accepting donations from Ms. Heather Swartzentruber, Holy Cross Music teacher and Ms. Kristi Galloway, Home and School Association Co-President. Pictured in the front row from left to right are third grader Chance Galloway and Kindergarten students Olivia and Brooke Galloway, of Holy Cross School.


About The Murphey School:"The Elizabeth W. Murphey School is a non-profit group home facility in Dover, Delaware that provides services for children who have issues with dependency and/or neglect. They currently house 31 youth on campus as well as provide Independent Living services to approximately 70 young people within the community". --from the Murphey School website,

First Trimester Honor Roll

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On Thursday, November 10, 2016, Holy Cross School Principal Linda Pollitt read to the whole school from the bucket of a Dover Fire Department’s ladder truck and to individual classes throughout the day in a school bus that drove the children around the school property as part of The 2016 BOOK IT! Program Principal Challenge.  Principals across the United States are challenged to be examples for literacy and BOOK IT! by choosing one day to read, all day long, from first bell to last during National Young Readers Week. 

The school celebrated with a Dr. Seuss theme “Oh The Places You’ll Reading”, according to Susan McMullen, HCS Kindergarten teacher.

The Principal Challenge is part of Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program’s National Young Readers Week celebration November 7-11 that is an annual event co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and is to raise awareness for the importance of literacy and generate a passion for reading among young people.


Holy Cross School Hosts First Responders Day

Holy Cross School Hosts First Responder Awareness and Appreciation Day

Dover, DE:  Holy Cross School hosted a First Responder Awareness and Appreciation Day on Wednesday, October 26th.  Members of the Delaware State Police, Kent County Paramedics, Dover Police and Fire Departments, New Castle County Police Department, and Camden Fire Department gave presentations to the school about safety and security at home, in the community, and in the world. 

In addition to learning about personal and community wide safety this event introduced career opportunities within the Police, Paramedic and Fire Departments.  The students enjoyed age appropriate presentations about Social Media, Stranger Danger, Accident Reconstruction and Crime Scene Investigation just to name a few.  On hand was fire apparatus, ambulance(s), the Delaware State Police helicopter, Dover Police Department K9 Unit and members of the motor unit from the Dover Police Department.

“For all that our First Responders do for our communities, the Holy Cross School Home and School Association,
students and teachers treated the First Responders to lunch to show heart-felt gratitude to those who have dedicated their lives to safeguarding and protecting our communities.” explained Mrs. Linda Pollitt, principal of Holy Cross School.

CYM Cross Country Competes at St. Elizabeth's Invitational

Holy Cross CYM Country Country Results

Holy Cross CYM Cross Country Wins Third Place

Cross Country News Submitted by Coaches Speed, Speed and Freese

2016 is the year for HC Cross Country.  For the first time since we have been with this program, one of our teams qualified for third place to win a trophy (proudly displayed in Mrs. Speed’s classroom)!  In the St. John Beloved Invitational on 9/25, our JV Boys’ Team (Austin Y. Caughnery F., Mark B., Drew Z., and Luke T.) won third place with a score of 119 points.  In the Immaculate Heart of Mary / St. Mary Magdalen Invitational on 10/1, our boys did it AGAIN!  This time coming in third with a total score of 95 points - earning trophy number two (which will also be proudly displayed in Mrs. Speed's room)!


Our runners are working hard during practice and their placements / times show it.  Here are the individual results of these two meets:


St. John the Beloved Invitational - 09/25/16


J.V. Girls (106 total runners)




Sophia H.



Hannah N.



Ava V.



J.V. Boys (121 total runners)

Caughnery F.



Mark B.



Luke T.



Drew Z.



Austin Y.



V Girls (61 total runners)

Mackenzie S.



Hannah B.



Lexi G.



Emily N.





V Boys (51 total runners)

Noah H.



Logan B.



Gerard I.




IHM / SMM Invitational - 10/01/16

J.V. Girls (106 total runners)




Sophia H.



Hannah N.





J.V. Boys (114 total runners)

Caughnery F.



Luke T.



Drew Z.



Mark B.



Austin Y.




V Girls (67 total runners)

Mackenzie S.



Hannah B.



Lexi G.



Emily N.




V Boys (49 total runners)

Logan B.



Gerard I.





Pinwheels for Peace 2016


Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

September 21, 2016


In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word.  On September 21, 2016, Holy Cross School of Dover, DE took part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace on the Holy Cross School grounds.


Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.  In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st - there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year (year 10), 2015, over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Locally, Sharon Benini, Holy Cross School art teacher coordinated the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.


This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind.  To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”


Holy Cross School students in grades PreKindergarten to Eighth grade created pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – as part of the creation process, the students wrote their thoughts about "war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others" on one side. On the other side, they drew, painted, collaged, etc. to visually express their feelings. The students assembled these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they "planted" their pinwheels on the grounds of Holy Cross School as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.


Keep a lookout for the pinwheels – the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!


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Holy Cross Makes Pilgrimage with Diocesan Pilgrimage Cross

On Easter Sunday, 1984, Pope John Paul II presented a simple wooden cross to the young people of the world.

On the cross was this inscription: “My dear young people; At the conclusion of the Holy Year, I entrust to you the very sign of this jubilee year: the “Cross of Christ!” Carry it throughout the world as a symbol of Christ’s love for humanity and announce to everyone that only in the death and resurrection of Christ can we find salvation and redemption.“

Since that day, thousands of young people around the world have heeded the challenge of John Paul and have carried the cross around the globe. What started in Rome in 1984 has spread to World Youth Day celebrations in Argentina in 1987, Spain in 1989, Poland in 1991, the United States in 1993, the Philippines in 1995, France in 1997, returning to Rome for the jubilee year in 2000, then on to Canada in 2002, Germany in 2005 and Australia in 2008, and Spain in 2011.

The original cross has been carried by hundreds of thousands and has visited a myriad of locations, even making unscheduled stops along the way, once being carried through the streets of New York City to Ground Zero in February 2002.

In February 2009, the members of the Diocesan Youth Leadership Team constructed a replica of the World Youth Day cross. This diocesan cross was first used in diocesan ministry on March 1, 2009 at the high school One Spirit, One Church conference, where it was blessed by Bishop Malooly. Since then, it has been used each year in the CYM Pilgrimage and thousands of young people have prayed before it and been inspired by it.

This week this Pilgrimage Cross was in our parish school. On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, our school children gathered in prayer before the cross and then processed with it down State Street to The Green.

The cross makes its way around the diocese in anticipation of the next youth pilgrimage, held each Palm Saturday.

May this cross be carried throughout our diocese as a symbol of Christ’s love for humanity and as a challenge to us all to stand firm in our conviction, steadfast in our faith, and rooted in the love of Jesus Christ.

Photos by Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) Art Exhibit

During our summer vacation, 19 dedicated student artists in grades 5-8, worked to create their own personal vision of “Peace on Earth” in preparation for the Pacem in Terris art show at the Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, DE. Students and their parents connected to the website/app, Seesaw Online Journal, to post their artwork progress during the summer. I then provided the artists with feedback through written notes,videos, photos of my guided drawings, and links to reference information, which was all personalized to each student. Parents also connected through another app,, where I was able to “remind” students via their parents of upcoming dates and information. This was the first time I had used this technology and I was so pleased at how successful it was, and, that it was able to achieve my goal of providing feedback to my students to guide their progress. It also gave my students the ability to post their sketches, at their convenience, and to be able to post questions to me throughout the summer. On August 25th, student artists were invited to participate in a “live” workshop in my classroom to fine tune their art, and prepare their artist statements for display at the art show. I am so very proud of the artwork produced by these wonderful artists! Their art will be exhibited as part of the Delaware Pacem in Terris art week at the Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, DE. If you have the opportunity, please visit this phenomenal art show and visual expression of “Peace on Earth”.  

We congratulate the following students for their hard work and dedication: Claire J., Josalyn S., Maia O., Danielle S., Jaylynn R., Emma L., Peter R., Navya G., Elizabeth Z., Liliana F., Jessica L., Rhett D., Maria S., Leiliani A., Rachel M., Meghan M., Sacha M., Maria G. and Katie F (not pictured).

Submitted by Mrs. Benini