“The Stations of the Cross” recounts Christ’s last hours, from his sentencing by Pontius Pilot to bearing the cross to Calvary, his crucifixion and finally his glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday morning. In a slow possession across the gym floor, the students portrayed Jesus’s pain-filled walk to Calvary. With a crown of thorns on his head and bearing a heavy cross, Jesus is met along the way by his mother, Mary; a woman named Veronica who wipes his face; Simon, who helps him carry the cross; and a group of weeping women.
Morrisville >> Inside the district courtroom on East Cleveland Avenue, Judge Mick Petrucci listened as a team of lawyers laid out their case against a defendant who they say defamed their client. But this was no ordinary courtroom drama as seventh and eighth graders from Holy Trinity School took on the roles of attorney, plaintiff, witness and defendant, with sixth grade students and faculty members acting as jurors. In the Mock Trial case of “Podle v. Jansen,” presided over by real life Newtown area judge Mick Petrucci, Whirlwind High School math teacher Mary Podle (portrayed by seventh grader Aimee Oszer) is suing student Carter Jansen (portrayed by seventh grader George Lobis) for defamation and libel over an award-winning story Carter wrote about a fictional teacher named Mrs. Poodle. The story won Carter first place and a college scholarship in the Teen Literature Association’s national competition, which published his story online.
The retelling of the birth of Christ - one of the most sacred events on the Christian calendar - unfolded for its 15th year inside the school’s all purpose room with students sharing the story of the virgin birth, which according to scripture, took place inside a lowly stable in the city of Bethlehem. As they portrayed the true meaning of Christmas, the eighth graders, directed by teachers Jessica Wagner and Gen Thiers, portrayed the Blessed Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, the Angel Gabriel, the three kings, the shepherds and the inn keepers. They also performed as part of an Angel Choir.