Allentown Central Catholic High School received a school record of eight Freddy Award nominations May 11 for the spring musical “Anything Goes.” The show received nominations for outstanding costuming, choreography, chorus, production number and production by a small school. Sophomore Dylan Brown was nominated for outstanding male ensemble member for his role as Elisha J. Whitney and senior Abby Garza received two nominations, one for her solo vocal performance of “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the other for outstanding actress in a leading role.
The Central Catholic theater program presented the school’s spring musical “Anything Goes” April 20, 21 and 22. Over 70 students, cast and crew, worked for months to put on an incredible show. Four of the leading actors will represent Allentown Central Catholic High School in the opening number at the Freddy Awards May 25 on WFMZ-TV. Cast, crew and school eagerly await the nominations for the awards, which will be announced in mid-May.
The Shelter House Society held its annual Patriot’s Day dinner April 22 at Citizens’ Fire Company #2 in Emmaus. Patriot’s Day, celebrated on the third Monday in April, commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolution.
The dinner began with a welcome speech by the society’s president Jane Maulfair. She began by saying the Shelter House Society has been holding a Patriot’s Day dinner for almost 60 years. “We are all patriots, and we love our country,” Maulfair said.
Over the weekend of March 10-12 the Allentown Central Catholic High School Music Department traveled to historic American landmarks to tour and perform.
The concert band, color guard and chorus performed at both Jamestown and Yorktown, then visited colonial Williamsburg.
After leaving Virginia, the group traveled north to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Md., the birthplace of “The Star Spangled Banner.” All those who participated in the trip had an exciting and educational experience.
The winter sports award ceremony was held March 20 as the season draws to a close. The ceremony honored all letter winners and most valuable players from swimming and diving, basketball, wrestling, and competitive cheerleading. Both boys and girls swimming dominated the 2017 season, winning both District XI team championships. Multiple individual and relay swimmers qualified for the state competition. The girls basketball team also advanced far in district playoffs, reaching the finals where they became District XI runners up, falling to Bethlehem Catholic.
The Central City Project hosted a Mardi Gras themed community dinner Feb. 28.
The menu featured homemade jambalaya, gumbo and a pork dish, as well as multiple side dishes and desserts. Allentown Central Catholic High School student volunteers served as waiters and kitchen staff, providing a formal meal for people in need in nearby center city Allentown.
A group of Allentown Central Catholic High School students had the opportunity to participate in Notre Dame High School’s Mini-THON Feb. 17 and 18. Central raised almost $2,000 to contribute to the fight against childhood cancer, the mission of THON, the annual dance marathon at Penn State University. Mini-THON’s are a way for high school students to gain experience organizing and participating in such an event.
On Jan. 27, six buses carrying almost 300 Allentown Central Catholic High School students traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the annual March for Life.
The buses first stopped in Maryland at the Baltimore Basilica to celebrate Mass with others from the Diocese of Allentown, including students from Berks Catholic High School, Notre Dame High School and Holy Guardian Angel parish. The trip continued to the Washington Monument, where ACCHS students joined hundreds of thousands in a march to the steps of the Supreme Court.
Allentown Central Catholic High School students returned from Christmas break with much to look forward to in the New Year.
The upcoming months will be filled with many sporting events, musical performances, academic competitions and senior students moving forward with college decisions.
On Jan. 16 Central Catholic will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Students at Allentown Central Catholic High School had a very busy month of December, from sporting events to Christmas concerts to service projects.
The Central City Project held its second annual “Snack and Shop’ Dec. 21.
The National Honor Society toy drive and Central City Project clothing drive supplied hundreds of items for the homeless and needy of center city Allentown. Baked goods and hot chocolate were also provided, helping to spread the Christmas spirit to all the people who benefited from the event.