Rosarian Students Compete in Three Bees

By Cara Hansen
Marketing and Communications Director

February 13, 2017, West Palm Beach, Florida – Rosarian Academy middle school students recently competed at the school-level in the National Geographic Bee, the National Spelling Bee, and Religion Bee.

Christian Azqueta, a seventh-grade student, won the competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 27 and now has a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. 

The bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. Thousands of schools around the United States, the five U.S. territories, and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools around the world, are participating in the 2017 bee

The school champions, including Christian Azqueta, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee on March 31. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the national championship rounds May 15-17, 2017. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship.

Scripps Spelling Bee winner Madison Fabbri, left, seventh grade, and runner-up Hope Diffenderfer, eighth grade, are both advancing to the regional spelling bee.

The school-level competition of the 2017 Scripps Spelling Bee was February 1. Sixteen students in fifth through eighth grade participated. After nine rounds, Madison Fabbri (seventh grade) won with the word “scrumptiously.” Hope Diffenderfer (eighth grade) then won runner-up in the tie-breaker round against MJ Hanlon (sixth grade). Hope’s final word was “catastrophic.” 

Madison and Hope will represent Rosarian at the Final Regional Southeastern Florida Scripps Spelling Bee on February 22, 2017, at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach.

In celebration of National Catholic Schools Week (January 29-February 4), Rosarian hosted a middle school Religion Bee on February 3. Six teams – each made up of one student from fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades – competed to answer questions related to the Catholic faith and history of the Church. Members of the winning team, the Evangelists, were Marlowe Dunn Flom, eighth grade; Mercedes Cassidy, seventh grade; Katarina Bessenroth, sixth grade; and Brewer Rehm, fifth grade. 

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school, located in downtown West Palm Beach, is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. For more information, visit or call 561-345-3106.

Adrian Dominican Sisters Grateful for Service of International Promoter of Justice and Peace

February 13, 2017, Rome, Italy – The Adrian Dominican Sisters are grateful for the service of Sister Celestina Veloso Freitas, OP, who in August will be completing her term as the International Promoter of Justice and Peace for Dominican Sisters International (DSI).

As Sister Celestina finished out her term, DSI, an international movement of Dominican Sisters of the apostolic life, is seeking a new International Promoter of Justice and Peace. The term will begin on September 1, 2017, and conclude August 31, 2020. 

“We’re so grateful to Celestina, fondly known as ‘Tina’ to many of us, for her service as the Promoter of Justice and Peace for Dominican Sisters International,” said Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. “Tina worked diligently around the world to integrate concerns about the integrity of creation into the Order’s peace and justice agenda. She collaborated intentionally with Margaret Mayce, OP, our UN representative, and was tireless in coordinating our international response as Dominican Sisters to many issues, including the Paris UN Climate Conference in 2015. We wish Tina every blessing as she moves forward.”

The Promoter works to secure awareness among Dominican Sisters worldwide that the promotion of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation are constitutive elements of the Dominican vocation to preach the Gospel. She is also expected to collaborate closely with the Promoter for Peace and Justice of the Dominican Friars, the Order’s permanent delegate to the United Nations, and the Continental Promoters of Justice and Peace. 

Qualifications include work and life experience beyond one’s culture of origin; knowledge and practice of Catholic social teaching; and excellent oral and written communication skills in at least two of the official languages of DSI. For a detailed description of the position and its requirements, contact Sister Therese Marie Clement, OP, International Coordinator, at



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