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St. Mary's Environmental Club Reels in Some Big Fish and Makes Great Memories

St. Mary Catholic Community School’s Environmental Club recently went on a fishing trip to Schneider, Indiana. Members of the club and their parents arrived at the school before dawn and had a caravan of about 20 cars travel down to the farm pond. It was a beautiful autumn morning and the fish were biting! The group of about 25 kids, ages from 8 to 13, caught bluegill, catfish, bass, and bowfin (aka dogfish). Riley, a 6th grader at St. Mary said, “It was a blast! It was such a rush when I got to reel in a giant dogfish!” The children and their parents made memories that will last a lifetime! “It was a pleasure to see some of our kids catch their first fish. I am very grateful to the owner of the property and my friend Jeff who made arrangements for us to provide this experience,” said St. Mary’s principal, Tom Ruiz.

Oliver Zarach caught a whale of a dogfish that gave a great fight. Principal Ruiz estimated it at 4-5 pounds.

Friends Johnny Gibens and Tyler Beisen show off a bass they caught.

Olivia Valdes caught a nice little bluegill on some powerbait.

Liam Becich reeled in the first bass with some encouragement from his dad.

St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point offers grade levels Junior Pre-Kindergarten (for three-year-olds) through grade eight. St. Mary’s faculty teaches a rich curriculum supported by leading-edge technology. All students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as Academic Team, Chess Club, Geography Bee, Science Olympiad, Scouts, Environmental Club, WSMW News Cast, athletics and more. To learn more about enrollment at St. Mary’s School or schedule a personal tour, visit or call 219.663.0676.

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