We are proud to be a partner school with St. Joseph the Worker School and St. Paul School. Both schools offer a Pre-K through 6th grade Catholic education. The students from our three schools often visit each other throughout the school year to do projects and activities.
Please visit the websites to see more information on each school.
Madonna High School thanks Starvaggi Industries and Blue Stream Farms for their generosity and dedication to our students and school!
To become a Corporate Partner with Madonna High School, please contact Christine Holmes at 304-723-0545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MADONNA ADVISORY COUNCIL
- Mr. Doug Velegol, President
- Mr. Michael Crawford
- Mrs. Janet Owens
- Mr. Mark Pietranton
- Mrs. Darlene Sessi
- Mr. Jesse Krieg
- Mr. Darrin Hicks, Athletic Director
- Mrs. Christine Holmes, Advancement Director
- Mr. Philip Rujak, Principal
- Mr. Jamie Lesho, President of Weirton Catholic Schools
- Fr. Dennis Schuelkens Jr., Designated Pastor
The Madonna Advisory Council meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. Individuals wishing to speak at CSAC meetings should contact the school principal or the advisory council president to be added to the agenda to allow all members to be informed of the topic. Individuals are asked to limit comments to no more than five (5) minutes per person.
If you have questions about the Advisory Council, please contact the school at 304-723-0545.
Students attending Weirton Madonna typically come from the following local parishes in West Virginia:
- St. Joseph the Worker, Weirton WV
- St. Paul Church, Weirton WV
- Sacred Heart of Mary, Weirton, WV
- St. John the Evangelist, Wellsburg WV
- St. Anthony Church, Follansbee WV
- Immaculate Conception, New Cumberland WV
Madonna High School is also part of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Catholic Schools, as well as the Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium – launched in 2006 as a collaborative effort of the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington and Dioceses of Arlington, Richmond, Wheeling-Charleston and Wilmington to address the challenges shared by Catholic schools in the areas of Catholic identity, funding, leadership, academic and professional excellence, and governance.
Madonna High School Alma Mater
Thy beauty hides thy spirit bold
But both belong to you.
We’ll sing this song till we grow old
So shine thy beauty through
Hail Madonna shine so bright
So we may see thy radiant light.
Hail Madonna show the way
And may your spirit always stay.
Till time runs out you will grow
And pass your wisdom on.
So let your spirit flow and flow
Through every girl and Don.
Keep thy portals always open
To all thy children dear;
And show the light of happiness
To all undimmed and clear.
Hail Madonna shine so bright
So we may see thy radiant light.
Hail Madonna show the way
And make your spirit always stay.
Students in the Madonna community must keep in mind that developing and nurturing a Christian atmosphere and faith is our top priority. Obedient to Christ and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and called forth in ministry to our youth, the primary purpose of Madonna High School is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Liturgies are celebrated for the entire student body and faculty weekly throughout the school year. Under the guidance and supervision of the religion department faculty, students assume an integral role in the planning and preparation of school liturgies.
Daily communal prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered monthly, school-wide prayer services, class retreats, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacraments are also hallmarks of Madonna’s Catholic identity.
Service and annual retreats are required to graduate and receive a diploma. A minimum of twenty hours of service each year are required of seniors and juniors plus the school retreat, fifteen hours of service each year are required of sophomores and freshmen plus the school retreat, and ten hours of service are required for seventh and eighth graders plus the school retreat.
Students must complete annual requirements by the end of the third quarter of each academic year. A written evaluation of the student’s service is required from the supervisor of the service, listing the experience and time spent performing each individual service.
The religion requirements may not be waived for non-Catholic students. The concept of a Catholic school is to transmit Christian Doctrine. All students at Madonna will take the required religion courses for graduation.
Realizing a need for Catholic secondary education in Weirton, Monsignor Daniel Patrick Murphy began formulating plans early in the 1950’s for the building of a high school. After receiving the approval of Archbishop Swint of the Wheeling diocese, Msgr. Murphy and a group of interested parishioners began a fund raising campaign of one million dollars. Weirton Steel Company and many generous individuals made large contributions. Catholic employees pledged three percent of their wages for three years. Mr. and Mrs. Starvaggi donated twelve acres of land for the school plan.
As the dream was about to become a reality, Msgr. Daniel Patrick Murphy met a sister from the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Peace while on a trip to Ireland. Sister Pauline brought interest in this new school to her superiors in Newark, New Jersey. They accepted the offer to staff a Catholic school in West Virginia.
Msgr. Thomas McDonnell, co-adjuster of the Wheeling Diocese, dedicated Madonna High School on August 15, 1955. Msgr. Murphy, who was suffering from terminal cancer, was flown to the ceremonies from New York. He died on September 19, 1955, after his educational dream had come true.
- Sister Marian James, CSJ, 1955-1957
- Sister Rose Winefride, 1957-58
- Sister Mary Louise, 1958-1960
- Sisters Mary Ligouri, Adelaide William, and Mary Joan, 1960-1966
- Father Edward Bell, 1966-1971
- John York, 1971-1978
- James Chetock, 1978-1979
- Richard Evans, 1979-1983
- Peter Basil, 1983-1987
- Theresa DeCaria, 1987-1990
- Robert Gill, 1990-1997
- Al Boniti, 1998
- Dr. Cathy Sistilli, 1998-2008
- John Mihalyo, 2008-2012
- Steve Grasser, 2012-2014
- Jamie Lesho, 2014 – 2022
- Philip Rujak, 2022 –
|2022||Matthew Amaismeier; Sofia-Teresa Di Bacco; Angelina Spickard||Morgan Owens|
|2021||Sydney Crawford; Madalena Daugherty||Elyse Chartier|
|2020||Kelsey Crawford; Lexus Melnyk||Carly Dowiak|
|2019||Andrea Alimario; Eric Chartier; Chad Durante; Abigail Nickerson||MaKayla Virden|
|2018||Mark Licata; Gianna Mascio; Shannon Westfall||Joseph Garan; Olivia Mogan|
|2017||Rebecca Garan||Emma Chartier; Lea Colantonio|
|2016||Thaiddeus Dillie||Bailey Roberts|
|2015||Anna Westfall||Cameron Dowiak; Montana Mascio|
|2014||Alisandra Welch||Mariah Mott|
|2013||Sarah Mills||Amy Davis|
|2012||Christian Boni; Taylor Brancazio; Stephanie Magnone||Rosalie Granato; Lisa Parkins|
|2011||Connor Arlia; Sneha Gupta; Kendall Hukill; Stephanie Oddi; Patrick McCune.||Madeline Holt; Francesca Yazbek|
|2010||Courtney Brancazio; Michaela Bragg; Francesca Clements; Louis Comis; Vinnie Longhi; James Mc Fadden; Ed Nogay||Maria Gianni|
|2009||Jen Nicka; Joseph Capito||Sal Conti|
|2008||Sarah Howells; Douglas Mato||Anthony Rees|
|2007||Caitlin Nicka||Laura Boni|
|2006||Jennifer Fletcher; Michelle Gianni; Natalie Mikula; Sarah Reis||Lucia White|
|2005||Mario Barnabei; Matthew DeCaria; Christopher Gianni; Sam Hall; Matthew Hirkala; Amanda Nicastro; Brett Tunno||T.J. Weimerskirch|
|2004||Michael Canella||Amanda Law|
|2003||Danielle Binkoski; Christina Bologna; Matt Gajtka; Christopher Mikula; Zak Stewart||Courtney Brown; Ciara Canella; Lindsay Martinez|
|2002||Melissa Capito; Amy Finley; Brad Nicka||Maria DeCaria|
|2001||Cassandra Nicastro||Bruno DeCaria|
|2000||Dominic Dragisich; Kristen Finley; Joshua Reznicak||Gino Canella|
|1999||Anthony Capito||Nicholas Canella, Mandi Cowan|
|1998||Pedro Gino Montero||Season Gutwald; Kimberly Neverly|
|1997||Leo Dougherty||Maria Conforti|
|1996||Gigi Montero; Lia Porco||Christine Frankovitch|
|1995||J.M. Castelli; Jeff Robinson||Nicole Stump; Regan Stetar|
|1994||Luci Jo DiMaggio; Steve Dragisich||Amy Gaughan|
|1993||Kristin Barnabei; Megan Sharpe||Kathy Hetrick|
|1992||Chris Castelli||Jessica Johnson; Joseph Maslowski|
|1991||Renee Serra||Domenic DiBacco|
|1990||Kathy Applegate||Ronald Pellegrino|
|1989||N. Julian; M. Barnabei||J. Fulcinetti; S. Murphy|
|1988||John Nieman||Robyn Sharpe|
|1987||Jasmin Makar; Tracy Blanchard||Pereena Purewal|
|1986||Laura Lafferty, Ashis Tayal||Sam DiBacco|
|1985||Tim Castelli||Barry Kliwinski|
|1984||Shelia Murman||Anthony Progar|
|1983||Jack Rodman; Jeanne Paul; Tom Zagula||Jeff Vista|
|1982||Rich Pellegrino||Renee Sekersky|
|1981||Debbie DiVenanzo||Mark Crisci|
|1980||Mary Olashuk||Toni Brancazio|
|1979||Valerie Chiodo||Barb Batcho|
|1978||Carolyn Bundy||Michelle Fraley|
|1977||Lizabeth A. Marucci||Charles M. Davis; Eileen M. Beadling|
|1976||Patricia Wojcik||Marilyn Perhacs|
|1975||Norman Ferrari||Dolores Tripodi|
|1974||Valery Molisky||Catherine Goleski|
|1973||Donna Szymanski||Christine Williams|
|1972||Paula Sabatasse||Sandy Richards|
|1971||Deborah Ferrar||Maria Sticco|
|1970||Debra Tassey||John Harcharic|
|1969||David Horvath||Theresa DeCaria|
|1968||John Przybysz||Bernice Andrews|
|1967||Kathleen Pulice||Marjorie Olenick|
|1966||Linda Kucan||Anna Marie Egan|
|1965||Chesterene Cwiklik||Carol Goleski|
|1964||Robert Maslowski||Patricia Grossi|
|1961||John Wojdyla||Patricia Ann Ferrari|
|1960||John A. Rurak||Clara Yenchochic|
|1959||Pauline Tokorcheck||Marie Tarvosky|