Sunday, July 1, 2012
Finucane has committed to the University of Missouri; Ferraro has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina.
Bishop O’Connell High School softball pitcher Tori Finucane and catcher Jillian Ferraro have been named 1st Team All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). “This is just about as good as it gets in our sport,” said Coach Tommy Orndorff. “For both to make 1st Team All-American is a tremendous achievement." Throughout the year, Orndorff told anyone who would listen that he had the best battery (pitcher/catcher combination) in the country. "Coming off the year that they had, it’s nice to see them garner national recognition," he added. "I’m so proud of both Tori and Jillian.” This outstanding duo helped lead the Bishop O’Connell team (27-1) to its ninth straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship and…
Friday, June 29, 2012
The University of North Carolina sophomore was the 13th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns.
The Phoenix Suns selected Dumfries' own Kendall Marshall in the 2012 NBA draft on Thursday night. According to SB Nation Arizona, Marshall was chosen by the Suns with the 13th overall pick. Marshall attended Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington and just completed his sophomore season at the University of North Carolina. He averaged 8.1 points and 9.8 assists per game for the Tar Heels this past season. An article on Nola.com said that Marshall participated in a pre-draft workout with the New Orleans Hornets over the weekend; the Hornets had the first pick in the draft and used it to select Anthony Davis from Kentucky.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Harrison: Complaining about discrimination internally 'rocked the boat' at private Catholic high school.
A Bishop O'Connell history teacher who was fired in April said he has filed two complaints against the school — one of which alleges racial, ethnic and gender discrimination against students. John Harrison, whose termination last month led students to protest and has angered more than 3,000 alumni, told Patch that he filed complaints May 1 with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR). "I filed those two complaints, and we'll see what the government does," Harrison said. "I do not believe that the actions of O'Connell are correct … and will not be upheld. Because you just don't just act this way." Michael J. Donohue, a spokesman for the Arlington Diocese, …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Grad 'proud' of how school community has rallied to support teacher who was fired.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The following op-ed was submitted to Clarendon Patch last week. Links and photo added by Patch. After the controversial decision this month to fire a highly respected member of the Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School faculty, the administration has received numerous complaints and is being criticized by thousands from the O’Connell community. A protest on April 19 received local media attention, but officials have remained relatively silent on the reason behind the decision. The school, on Little Falls Road in Arlington, is a private Catholic school of roughly 1,200 students. The firing of history teacher John Harrison follows a string of recent controversial decisions to let go of other greatly appreciated faculty members. The pattern …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Harrison was 'like a father to all of us,' student organizer says.
About 250 students gathered Thursday along Little Falls Road across from Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School to protest the firing of a teacher who has had a deep and lasting impact on those he taught — and even those he didn't. John Harrison, an attorney and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, until this week taught world history and practical law at Bishop O'Connell. He also was the moderator for the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club, a mentor, and had a reputation among students as someone they could talk to when they were distressed. "He literally is the face of our high school," said Julie Olafsson, a 17-year-old junior from McLean who organized today's demonstration. "He's like a father to all of us. It …