Saint James Students Win Szopka Krakowska Contest


Saint James Students took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for their designs as well as several Honorable Mention awards.  Pictured here are first place winners (l to r) Ben Liptrap and Brandon Parada and second place winners (l to r) Sarah Phelan, Nicole DiBenedetto and Avery Evans.  Two entries tied for third place –
Edgar Dias and Kamron Ghoreshi as well as Tim O’Shea and Brendan Truman.


The Szopka Krakowska, or nativity scene, is a Christmas tradition originating from Krakow, Poland and dating back to the 19th century.  Though commonly called “Christmas Cribs” in English, they look more like castles or cathedrals.  All Sixth Graders at Saint James School created their own Christmas castle for the nativity of Jesus and entered them into the 32nd annual Szopka Krakowska contest sponsored by the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc.


Congratulations and great job to all our 6th grade students!