The Valley Catholic June 11, 2019 - Page 23 | June 11, 2019 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS 23 Nativity Welcomes Bishop Cantú at Fiesta Event Sacred Heart Nativity Schools’ 18th annual Fiesta Dinner & Auction event was held on April 6 and raised a record $340,000 in support of student scholarships. Bishop Oscar Cantú presided over a celebratory Mass on the campus of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. Concelebrants included Nativity founder and first president, Reverend Peter Pabst, S.J., along with current Nativity president, Deacon Rubén Solorio. Also in attendance were Mayor Sam Liccardo, Supervisor Dave Cortese, former Nativity presi- dent Sonya Arriola, the presidents of local Catholic high schools, and other special guests. At the conclusion of Mass, smiling Nativity students shaking maracas welcomed over 400 attendees as they converged to Liccardo Center, and enjoyed tequila tastings, street tacos, and a silent auction prior to a sit-down dinner and program. Nativity alumna, Diana Piña, was the Fiesta keynote speaker. As the first in her family to graduate from college, Diana credited her strength and suc- cess to a Nativity education – from its supporting staff and teachers, to the encouragement of former Nativity principal, Kevin Eagleson. Piña cur- rently works as a Victim Advocate at the District Attorney’s Office in Santa Clara, as well as a Behavior Interven- Assisted by Sacred Heart Nativity President, Deacon Ruben Solorio, Bishop Cantú cel- ebrates Mass for Nativity. Retired Bishop Carlos Sevilla, SJ, of Yakima, Washington, behind Solorio, was a concelebrant. tionist, working with children on the autism spectrum. The Fiesta Dinner and Auction event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Nativity. Hundreds of spon- sors, in-kind donors, and attendees joined together in the Nativity mis- sion of breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Special thanks to the Fiesta Dinner Committee mem- bers: Sonya Arriola, Natasha Bhave, Gretchen DiNapoli, Silvana Gentzkow, Carol Sabatino, and Andrea Thomas. The 12t h An nual Peter Pabst, S.J. Legac y Gol f Tou r n a ment i s on September 23 at t he San Jose Country Club. For sponsorship, ad- vertising, or participation informa- tion please contact SHNS Special Events Manager, Rhonda Nourse at Saint Joseph of Cupertino Celebrates Both Teams Winning Awards in the Tech Challenge Every year Saint Joseph of Cuper- tino School sends teams comprised of students from grades 6-8 to the Tech Challenge presented by Dell at the Tech Museum. This year two teams participated and both brought home awards. The overall goal of the Tech Challenge is to teach students about the impor- tance of the engineering process and how these skills can be utilized in real life. The “Kewl-Aid Kids” was a team comprised of t hree eight h grad- ers and the “HoverChamps H2O” consisted of four sixth graders. This From left, sixth graders, Jade, Jessica, Matthew and Ashley - “HoverChamps H20.” From left, eighth graders, Dhruv, Rachel and Sarah - “Kewl-Aid Kids.” year’s challenge was to design and build a hovercraft that can navigate different terrain while carrying a payload of five U.S. quarters. These teams spent months build- ing their models through trial and Saint Martin of Tours Third Grade Brownie Troop #62180 Gives Back to the Community Shout-out to the third Grade Brown- ie Troop #62180 at Saint Martin of Tours, for their generosity to Vil- lage House. They presented Patrick O’Meara, Site Director with a check, they visited with guests and made arts and crafts for them. The women are still showing-off the bracelets, butterflies and mirrors to everyone, they were so grateful. This is just one of the many ministries this fine group of girls sup- ports in the parish – they are charitable, thoughtful and kind to so many in the community. There’s still time to get involved with Village House – please visit for your chance to put your faith in action. Saint Martin of Tours Third Grade Brownie Troop #62180. More information regarding Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Jose can be found at error. Their engineering journals detailed their involvement in the program and all their activities that would later be shown to the judges as proof of their experience and study of the engineering process. All this hard work culminated in a two-day event where the “Kewl-Aid Kids” took home the award for Out- standing Device Performance while the “HoverChamps H2O” took home the award for Judges Choice: Payload Design. Through their hard work these teams have encouraged other students to join the Tech Challenge next year. Bellarmine Principal Receives “Women of Influence” Recognition Kristina Luscher, principal of Bel- larmine College Preparatory, was one of 100 community members recently honored as being among the most in- fluential women in Silicon Valley. The recognition occurred at the annual Women of Influence Awards ceremony, presented by the Silicon Valley Busi- ness Journal, on May 16 at the Fairmont San Jose. Luscher was among the class of 2019 honorees who were selected from private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Following a nationwide search, she was appointed Bellarmine’s principal in January 2017. This is a significant milestone, as she is the first female principal of the all-boys Jesuit second- ary school since its founding in 1851. Having worked at two schools prior to joining Bellarmine’s faculty in 2000, Luscher has also been an English and Kristina Luscher dance instructor, served as the English Department chair, and as academic as- sistant principal. A well-respected member of the community, Luscher’s volunteer work has included service at LifeMoves Montgomery Street Inn homeless shelter, at Saint Simon Parish, and she has participated in national and inter- national immersion trips to Appalachia and Ecuador.