Eli Black - December Raven of the Month

Eli Black, 7th grade, was recognized at the SBCS weekly prayer service at this month’s Raven of the Month. Eli is a great participant in the classroom and openly shows his care and compassion for others. Artistic and creative, Eli is humble about his talents. Middle school teachers appreciate Eli’s positive attitude, even when things don’t quite go as planned. Eli is a “light” shining at SBCS!

SBCS Celebrated Respect Life Week with Diaper Drive

St. Benedict Catholic School Respect Life Week was a grand success. Students and families donated over 140 diapers, baby wipes, and other supplies to our local Catholic Charities. Students learned about supporting life at all stages and in all forms. The SBCS Ravens Respect Life Club also participated in a Sidewalk Chalking Day, in which students wrote and drew pro-life messages on the sidewalk. We are proud of SBCS students as they stand to support life!!

SBCS Student Council Leads Breast Cancer Research Fundraiser

The St. Benedict Catholic School Student Council spearheaded a Pink Out Day to raise awareness and money for Breast Cancer Research. All SBCS students and staff dressed in pink from head to toe to honor or remember those who have been impacted by breast cancer. 

SBCS raised $250, which was sent in to breast cancer research! Way to go, Ravens! 

Lady Ravens Victorious in NEKL Finals; Earn 7th Place

The SBCS Lady Ravens were victorious in their final game of the 2017, defeating Valley Falls 14-13 in the NEKL Tournament 7th Place Game. After splitting the regular season meetings, the game was up for grabs for either the Ravens or Dragons. SBCS won the first game of the season back in October against the Dragons, and then dropped the November meeting on the road in Valley Falls. Looking to end their season on a positive note, and secure a final win, the Lady Ravens were ready to play on Saturday morning. 

Eighth grader Zoey Stec was the leading scorer for the Lady Ravens, in her final game for SBCS. Hannah Kocour and Scarlett Begley also scored for the Lady Ravens. 

The win today and the 7th place finish marks the best finish for SBCS in girls basketball over the past three years. SBCS finishes the 2017 season with a 5-10 overall record. Congratulations to the Lady Ravens for a fun season! 

Lady Ravens Struggle in NEKL Semifinals

The SBCS Lady Ravens looked weak on Thursday night in their NEKL Tournament semifinal game against the Oskoloosa Bears. The #7 Ravens struggled to score points in their 8-12 loss to the #6 Bears. SBCS had already defeated Oskaloosa twice this season, 16-15 on October 16, and 17-15 on November 16.

Margaret Mary Kerr led the Ravens in several categories including points scored (4), in steals (5), and was second in rebounds (3). Hannah Kocour scored the only other Raven field goal, on a nice jumper from the baseline. Kocour also posted 3 rebounds and a steal. Emily Beien and Zoey Stec connected on one free throw each. Elizabeth Humburg posted a team-high 5 rebounds in the game.

The loss sends SBCS to the 7th Place game in the NEKL Tournament for the third year in a row. The Lady Ravens will play Valley Falls on Saturday morning at 9:00am. The game will be in the McLouth Purple Gym. Good luck to the Lady Ravens in the final game of the season! 


Lady Ravens Drop Quarterfinal Game in NEKL Tournament

SBCS faced JCN for the third time this season, and the second time in the last week, in a Quarterfinal Game in the Northeast Kansas League Tournament. The Lady Ravens have significantly cut down the margin of loss against the Chargers as the season has progressed. Tonight, SBCS fell 11-24, but trailed only 7-15 at halftime.

St. Benedict’s balanced scoring attack helped to keep the Ravens in the game. Zoey Stec led the Ravens with 4 points and 2 steals. Emily Beien added a basket, while securing 5 rebounds. Hannah Kocour made a basket and got 3 rebounds, while Norah Koechner connected on the 3-pointer and secured 2 rebounds. Elizabeth Humburg led the Lady Ravens defensively, grabbing 6 rebounds. Margaret Mary Kerr posted a team-high 4 steals.

The #7 SBCS Ravens will now face the #6 Oskaloosa Bears in a semifinal game on Thursday night, December 7. The game will tip at 5:45pm, at McLouth. Good luck to the Lady Ravens as they continue in the NEKL tournament! 


Ravens Play Solid Game on 8th Grade Night

The SBCS girls basketball team put together a great game, both offensively and defensively, to play the tough and talented JCN team very close. The Ravens had fallen to the Chargers 3-42 back in October, committing a season high 25 turnover in the process. However, tonight was a very different story! SBCS made key plays throughout the game, keeping the game within striking distance. Not once did SBCS let JCN get more than nine points ahead. SBCS cut their turnovers in half, making only 12 in tonight’s meeting. In fact, the Chargers outscored the Ravens 20-0 in the first quarter alone on October 23, but the Ravens held the Chargers to 20 points in the whole game tonight! Despite the Ravens tremendous effort and improvement, they still fell 11-20 in the A Game.

Emily Beien led the Lady Ravens with 4 points and 9 rebounds. Scarlett Begley added 3 points, while Zoey Stec and Norah Koechner each added a basket. Elizabeth Humburg added 5 rebounds for the Lady Ravens.

In the B game, the Chargers were 18-13 winners over the Ravens. Elizabeth Humburg and Zoey Stec each scored 4 points, greatly helping their team during their last game in the Senecal Gym. Norah Koechner, Margaret Kerr, and Emily Beien also scored for SBCS. Hannah Kocour led the team in rebounds with 3.

Three 8th graders were recognized between games as they celebrated playing their last home game in the Senecal Gym tonight. Elizabeth Humburg, Sadee Mason, and Zoey Stec have contributed a great deal to the SBCS girls basketball program over the last two years. Mary Wurtz, currently out of the country on a family trip, was the fourth Lady Raven 8th grader to represent SBCS so well this season. We thank them for their dedication.

SBCS travels to Jackson Heights on Thursday, November 30. The Lady Ravens will play the B game at 4:30, followed by the A Game. Good luck to the Lady Ravens in the last regular season game. NEKL Tournament play begins next Monday. 


Student Council Members Elected for 2017-2018 School Year

Congratulations to these student-leaders for being elected by fellow students to represent SBCS this school year on Student Council! 

The StuCo Executive Board

President- Drew Caudle

Vice President - Kaden Haupt

Secretary/Treasurer - Norah Koechner 

Prayer Leader - Joseph Mulholland

Artist - Scarlett Begley 

The StuCo Representatives 

8th Grade Class Representatives - Samuel Peitsch and Alice McConnell-Curry

7th Grade Class Representatives - Eli Black and Emily Beien 

6th Grade Class Representatives - Benedict Kemnitz and Nora Colwell  


St. Benedict Catholic School Student Council Positions and Descriptions

President - The Student Council President represents St. Benedict Catholic School as a voice for the students. He or she listens to the ideas of fellow students, visits with other StuCo members, and meets with various SBCS teachers and staff, in an effort to lead and serve the St. Benedict Catholic School students in the best way possible. The president also leads meetings, speaks at assemblies, and approves ideas. 

Vice President - The Student Council Vice President also represents St. Benedict Catholic School as a visible student leader. The VP works closely with the President, other StuCo Executive Board members, and SBCS teachers to promote and implement a variety of projects and ideas. The Vice President also assigns committees. 

Secretary/Treasurer - The Student Council Secretary/Treasurer serves on the Executive Board in a twofold role. First, this person is responsible for taking accurate and detailed notes at meetings. Second, this person must count all money from fundraisers- including non-uniform days, service projects, and other events. 

Prayer Leader - The Student Council Prayer Leader is also a member of the Executive Board. This person leads prayers at meetings, assemblies, and other school functions. This person must be comfortable with speaking in front of the whole school and be an outstanding role model in our Catholic faith. 

Artist - The Student Council Artist designs and makes items needed for SBCS throughout the year, using their creative talents. The SBCS Thanksgiving Feast placemats and middle school locker tags for sports and birthdays are just a couple examples of tasks the artist must complete. 

Class Representatives - Students in middle school (grades 6, 7, 8) elect two class representatives - one boy and one girl -  to represent their thoughts on current issues happening at SBCS. The Class Representatives are in charge of communicating with their class and responsible for leading the weekly class meeting. 

Lady Ravens Falter in Fourth Quarter at Valley Falls

The Lady Ravens split their games in Valley Falls on Monday night. While both games were close, SBCS was only able to secure the victory in the B Game. The Ravens defeated the Dragons 19-13, before falling in the A Game 16-20.

In B Game action, Zoey Stec burst onto the scene, in her first game back after sustaining a concussion almost three weeks ago. Stec scored 7 points to lead the team. Emily Beien and Norah Koechner each scored a pair of baskets for SBCS, while Scarlett Begley and Hannah Kocour each added 2 points for the Lady Ravens. Elizabeth Humburg led SBCS in rebounds with 3. Margaret Mary Kerr posted 2 steals.

The Ravens controlled most of the A game, leading for the whole game until the 4th quarter. Valley Falls connected on a three-pointer off an inbounds play that proved to seal the game early in the final quarter. Scarlett Begley had one of her best games of the season, scoring 6 points and grabbing 3 rebounds. Begley’s strong and early scoring set the tone for the Ravens. Emily Beien added another 6 points for the Ravens, while also helping tremendously on defense with her 8 rebounds. Zoey Stec was the other SBCS scorer, adding 4 points to the Raven total. Margaret Mary Kerr added two assists for the Ravens, and Begley and Koechner also tallied assists.

SBCS will be off on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, and will resume NEKL play on Monday, November 28, 2017. The Ravens will host JCN for 8th grade night. JCN won the previous match-up between the two teams back in mid-October. Good luck to the Lady Ravens! 


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