Marian Prep Bowl

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Five Chaldean students were chosen to represent Marian High School at the Catholic League Prep Bowl at Ford Field on Saturday, October 20. Each year the Catholic League honors the students who hold the highest grade point averages in their class based on their cumulative grade point at the end of the previous school year. The following were among a group of 28 other students chosen to represent Marian High School. Senior Gabrielle Gappy, daughter of Wala and Harry Gappy of West Bloomfield; Junior Isabella Shunyia, daughter of Dalia and Ronnie Shunyia of West Bloomfield; Sophomore Isabelle Elia, daughter of Sewan Mansour-Elia and Sean Elia of Bloomfield Hills; Sophomore Rea Sadek, daughter of Suzanne and Chris Sadek of Birmingham; and Sophomore Lauren Yaldo, daughter of Ban and Steve Yaldo of Bloomfield Township. Each student is actively involved in extracurriculars in and outside of school.

Agent of the Week

Nick LaFave was named ‘Agent of the Week’ at North American Senior Benefits (NASB) for his accomplishments. LaFave was the agency’s top producing agent in September as he wrote $17,155 in A/P and protected 13 lives. According to NASB, at only 19-years-old, LaFave has “written by far the most premium while experiencing the fewest days on planet Earth of anyone in NASB’s storied history.”

Slight Return Nominated for Grammy

Slight Return – comprised of Mark Kassa, Tony Mitchell, Ronnie Karmo, and Mike Schneider – has been nominated for a Grammy award. The band is on the Grammy Awards ballot in three categories for their song “69 Days Til Freedom”.


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Congratulations Julian M. Daman for passing the bar exam and joining the law firm of Jajonie Daman, P.C. practicing with his mother, immigration and nationality law.

Cultural Center Welcomes Archbishop Vigneron

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The Chaldean Cultural Center was pleased to welcome His Eminence, Archbishop Allen Vigneron for a tour and discussion. The Archbishop was joined by Fr. Jeff Day, Moderator of the Curia and Fr. Steve Pullis, Director of Evangelization and Education. The tour was presented by Mary Roumaya, the previous Director of the Chaldean Cultural Center. Board Chair, Judy Jonna, participated along with Shenandoah President Hani Mio and Board Member Raad Kathawa. Over appetizers and dinner, Chaldean Community Foundation CEO Martin Manna provided the Archbishop and his staff with an update on the status of Chaldean refugees. The Archbishop was also provided an update on Our Lady of Fields Camp and Retreat Center and the newly formed Finance Council for the Chaldean Diocese of the United States. Also, joining the evening was Retired Bishop Walter Hurley who has been advising with Bishop Francis Kalabat on organizational matters.

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