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LOIS A. GRIMM/For the Citizens’ Voice Seventh grader Cole Ferranti is guarded by 6th grader Carsyn Cole. As part of the national Catholic Schools Week celebration being observed this week, Holy Rosary School in Duryea hosted a double header in basketball. Sixth and seventh grade boys and girls squared off in the first game while the eighth grade boys and girls played during the second game.

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Wyoming Area Catholic Cougars and Holy Rosary Royals play in the annual boys vs. girls basketball games at their respective schools during a previous Catholic Schools Week.

The new year starts with a decades-old tradition at Wyoming Area Catholic and Holy Rosary schools.

Both will join schools across the nation in celebrating Catholic Schools Week.

“It’s like out Super Bowl,” said Wyoming Area Catholic eighth-grade teacher Ann Marie Walsh. “I look forward to all of it.”

Holy Rosary Principal Melissa Skutack planned her first Catholic Schools Week as the new principal this year.

“I’m even more excited, I get to plan the whole thing,” she said.

Catholic Schools Week starts Sunday, Jan. 28, when both schools will hold open houses,

Skutack said Holy Rosary’s open house will have a “Meet the ‘Royal’ Family” theme with crowns for potential students to decorate, a throne for photos and a horse-drawn carriage.

“The primary center is already decorated as our Kingdom of Kindness,” Skutack said.

Holy Rosary students will collect cans of soup and even use some of them in a new Soup Can Derby race. Skutack said she is introducing a STEM LEGO competition and inviting a magician to perform.

Walsh said Wyoming Area Catholic students will participate in Amazing Race themed activities.

“There’s something different every single day,” she said.

Events planned at the schools include pep rallies, talent shows, a flea market, scavenger hunt, Masses, and dress down days.

Eighth-grader Grace Holmes said all the students at Wyoming Area Catholic have something to look forward to for Catholic Schools Week.

“I really love to see the talent show,” she said. “It’s really exciting.”

While most activities let students get out of class for a while, that’s not why she enjoys it.

“It’s a great celebration of the freedom we have in a Catholic school to express our faith,” she said.

sscinto@pittstonprogress.com