Rosarian Welcomes New Middle School Principal

Rosarian Welcomes New Middle School Principal

September 1, 2017
The Town-Crier

Rosarian Academy Head of School Stephen Rubenacker recently announced the appointment of Linda Trethewey as middle school principal.

Trethewey joins Rosarian from St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Miami Shores, where she worked as curriculum director, teacher and school administrator. She served as assistant principal in both the Maryland public school system and the Archdiocese of Miami, including 10 years at St. Bonaventure Catholic School.

After graduating from Chatham University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Trethewey went on to receive her master’s degree in supervision and administration from Towson University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in management and supervision at St. Thomas University in Miami.

The middle school principal search began in February when Sister Donna Baker announced her resignation after 16 years of service to Rosarian Academy to spend more time working in service of the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

“As a devout Catholic with over 25 years of experience in public, private and diocesan education, [Trethewey] brings a great deal of experience and wisdom to our school. We are thrilled that she will be joining us,” Rubenacker said.

Trethewey officially joined the Rosarian Academy community on July 1.

“I am so blessed to join the Rosarian Academy administrative team,” she said. “I have already experienced the warm welcome that makes Rosarian Academy a special place. As middle school principal, I look forward to fostering the continued rigor and strong curriculum commitment, as well as infusing the gospel message in all areas of the daily routine and curriculum.”

Linda Trethewey and her husband, Scott, reside in Fort Lauderdale and have four children.

The Rosarian Academy is an independent, Catholic school located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. For more information, visit or call (561) 345-3106.

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Keeping Cool at School

Keeping Cool at School

August 31, 2017
The Palm Beach Daily News

James Flynn of Palm Beach was among the Rosarian Academy fifth graders sliding into middle school on Monday. On the first day of school on the West Palm Beach campus, about 40 students enjoyed a pizza lunch and played on a huge water slide on the lawn.

Palm Beach to name recreation center field in honor of Oakley Debbs

Palm Beach to name recreation center field in honor of Oakley Debbs

Palm Beach residents have a reason to unite despite ongoing contention over the new recreation center.

Town Council members and community leaders agreed today to name the multipurpose field after Oakley Gage Debbs following an emotional plea from his mother, Merrill (Duemler) Debbs. Oakley, an 11-year-old student at Rosarian Academy, died in November from anaphylactic shock resulting from a nut allergy.

“Oakley, when he was a little boy, all he wanted to do was play soccer,” Merrill Debbs said while holding back tears. “I promised my son I would get him a field. I promised him and I promised him. Unfortunately I was unable to make that promise to Oakley. Going forward, I would like to propose that hopefully we can name that field in my son’s honor because that was his favorite place to play.”

SHINY SHOTS: Soccer game in honor of Oakley Debbs at the Palm Beach Recreation Center

Debbs said Oakley also played flag football, lacrosse and other sports multiple days a week at the recreation center.

“Oakley’s favorite place to play was the Palm Beach rec center field,” she said. “He has many friends and a twin sister who are currently playing on teams that he would have liked to be on.”

Mayor Gail Coniglio said the naming request is a chance for the community to come together to support a third-generation Palm Beach family.

“I believe this is an opportunity for all of us to embrace honoring Oakley at our field and to show our respect and certainly compassion to the Debbs family,” she said.

Rosarian Academy Graduates 33 Eighth Grade Students at Commencement Ceremony


June 8, 2017

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Photo ID: 2147: Deacon Serge Dube; 2093: Rosarian Class of 2017; 2149: Class President Sofia Mendez

On Thursday, June 1st, Rosarian Academy graduated 33 eight-grade students in the Rosarian Academy Theater. Sister Donna Baker opened ceremonies with prayer shortly before commencement speaker Deacon Serge Dube encouraged graduates to reflect on their personal development and global awareness during their time at Rosarian Academy. Deacon Serge prompted students to embrace the High School experience with balance and prayer, nurturing the gifts of faith, reason, love and forgiveness. The commencement address closed with a congratulatory blessing for the Class of 2017.

Class President Sofia Mendez reflected on the year while thanking Rosarian faculty and staff and presenting the eighth grade class gift of two red benches to be placed under the oak tree at the new memorial garden in honor of Oakley Debbs.

Charter Club recognition was given to 7 graduates who have been enrolled at Rosarian Academy continuously from the Montessori through eighth grade: Hope Diffenderfer, Aidan Griffiths, John Molina, Matthew Mullen, Drew O’Brien, Jack Shepherd, and Bella Vega-Dadurian. The Kiwanis Club Student of the Year award was given to Class President, Sofia Mendez while Hope Diffenderfer was honored with the 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.

Awards for 3rd trimester honors were given to the following graduates: Remi Beaud—2nd Honors
Hope Diffenderfer (1st Honors), Marlowe DunnFlom (1st Honors and Double E), Devyn Dyett (1st Honors), Lorenzo Escobar (1st Honors), Gabi Faber (1st Honors), Bettina Johnston (1st Honors), Javier Keough (1st Honors), Sofia Mendez (1st Honors), Drew O’Brien (1st Honors), Max Sanderson (1st Honors), Jack Shepherd (2nd Honors), Isabella Vega-Dadurian (1st Honors).

Recognition of each graduate’s high school matriculation was given as well:

Sailor Kate Ashley – Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Brad Matthew Albritton, Jr. – Cardinal Newman High School
Remi Beaud – Suncoast IB programDaniel Calvelli – The King’s Academy
Cossimo Carpenter – Cardinal Newman High School
Alexia Charlerie – Cardinal Newman High School
Gemma Conroy – Cardinal Newman High School
Hope Diffenderfer – American HeritageMarlowe Dunn Flom – St. Andrews
Devyn Simone Dyett – The Benjamin School
Lorenzo Escobar – American Heritage
Gabriela Faber – Cardinal Newman High School
Jack Ruby Fields – American Heritage
Isabella Fiorentino – Cardinal Newman High School
Aidan Alexander Griffiths – Cardinal Newman High School
Lars Van Gronberg – Oxbridge Academy
Katherine Reynolds Hamilton – Cardinal Newman High School
Bettina Alexandra Johnston – The Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut
Javier Keough – American Heritage
Alana Marchese – The King’s Academy
Sofia Mendez – The King’s Academy
Egan Mendia – Cardinal Newman High School
John Molina – Cardinal Newman High School
Matthew Mullen – Cardinal Newman High School
Drew O’Brien – American Heritage
Carson Perry – Cardinal Newman High School
Maxmillian James Sanderson – Jupiter High School
Jack Shepherd – The Benjamin School
Lacey Steele – Cardinal Newman High School
Isabella Vega-Dadurian – Suncoast IB program
Skyler Angel White – Cardinal Newman High School
Hannah Wilson – Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, IL
Mckenzie Slater Wilson – Millbrook Academy in Millbrook, NY

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 is located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. For more information, visit or call 561.345.3106.

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Fellowship Honors Students For Writing And Creative Art Projects

Fellowship Honors Students For Writing And Creative Art Projects

By  at May 5, 2017 | 12:03 am |

The Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews Inc. honored 12 Palm Beach County students during an awards ceremony following the organization’s annual meeting on April 24 at the Paramount Building in Palm Beach.

The students were among more than 350 who submitted entries to the fellowship’s annual Essay & Creative Arts Competition. The 2017 topic was “Voting.” The two first-place essays in the middle and high school divisions were read by the authors at the event, and all the winning essays and art work were on display at the reception. The students received cash prizes for their efforts. The supervising teachers of the winning students received office supply store gift cards to use for classroom supplies.

Essay contest winners were Harrison Schrams of the Oxbridge Academy, Maggie Acosta of the Rosarian Academy, Jack Vo of Western Pines Middle School, Lizzie Barnum of St. Ann Catholic School and Jacob Perez of Western Pines Middle School.

The music contest winner was Peter Rothberg of Western Pines Middle School.

Art contest winners were Aliyah Lumia of Western Pines Middle School, Flora Beleznay of the Pine Crest School, Anna Stengal and Mariana Beaujardin of St. Ann Catholic School and Elizabeth Tischuk of Western Pines Middle School.

The photography award winner was Shelby Bakkedahl of Western Pines Middle School.

The Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews is dedicated to promoting fellowship, understanding and respect among all religions and cultures; bringing the community together through education, dialogue and interaction; and addressing issues rooted in intolerance, anti-Semitism and unjust discrimination.

The fellowship will be commemorating its 25th anniversary during the upcoming 2017-18 season. Visit for more information.

ABOVE: Steve Gordon, Jack Vo, Chrissie Ferguson, Barbara Milanese, Flora Beleznay, Mary Cooney, Mariana Beaujardin, Lizzie Barnum, Harrison Schram, Maggie Acosta, Elizabeth Tischuk, Shelby Bakkedahl and Aliyah Lumia at the awards ceremony.

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Rosarian eighth-graders visit D.C.

Rosarian eighth-graders visit D.C.

Palm Beach Daily News: Rosarian eighth-graders visit D.C. — To help make their studies of American democracy and the U.S. Constitution more relevant, 29 Rosarian Academy eighth-graders and four chaperones recently toured Washington, D.C.

Among the sites the students toured in their three days were Arlington National Cemetery, several war memorials and the Library of Congress. They also received a private tour of the Supreme Court.

The students also toured George and Martha Washington’s estate in Mount Vernon, Va.

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