Saint James Students Create Prize-Winning Polish Nativity Scenes

This past weekend, Saint James School 6th graders (and some 7th graders) entered the beautiful Polish Nativity Castles (“Szopka”) they have been working on for their religion studies into a contest sponsored by the Polish Cultural Club in Hartford.  Students, with much guidance from middle school teacher Ms. Oleasz, put a lot of time and effort into making these beautiful palaces depicting the Holy Family and Baby Jesus.

We are excited to announce that Saint James students won first, second, and third place as well as six honorable mentions!  Congratulations to all the students on their beautiful creations and many thanks to Ms. Oleasz for her time and dedication to this project.

Please be sure to visit the St. James Church hall following all masses this weekend to view these beautiful creations. The winners are as follows:

1st Place:  7th graders Angela Gerard & Hannah Trybulski

1st Place







2nd Place:  6th graders Rachel Donnelly & Alexis Jablonecki

Tie for 3rd Place:  6th graders Peyton Carpenter & Conor Bernier;  Michael Reilly & Thomas Melia

Honorable Mentions went to: Kevin Zaluda;  Nick Guenther, Matt Bulger & AJ Bushnell;  Ajay Ganesh & Sam Famiglietti;  Catharine Marek & Emma St. Jean; Lillian Bluestein;  Soraya Chanterelle & Alice Tyszka.

Below are additional pictures of SJS students with their castles (click to view whole image)

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