The deadline for Family Rosary's annual "Try Prayer! It Works!" contest is Feb. 1. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can use art, poetry or prose to convey their faith; this year's theme is, "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief." The Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary tells the story of Simeon, who recognizes that Jesus is the Messiah and is rewarded for his faith. Contest entries can depict thoughts and feelings on the story of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple. For more information, go to www.

FamilyRosary.org/TryPrayer or call Holy Cross Family Ministries at 800-299-PRAY (7729)....

Bishop Maginn High School in Albany's MasterMinds team just competed against Rensselaer High and Schenectady, with victories over both schools. The 10-member team of sophomores, juniors and seniors scored points by answering questions on history, math, science, current events, arts and entertainment.

In addition, Maginn's varsity boys' basketball team defeated Amsterdam in a recent game....

Christian Brothers Academy in Albany has been awarded a $2,188 technology grant from the E.A. Barvoets fund to purchase iPads, iTV units and projectors. CBA's Technology for an Interactive Tomorrow program provides technology for grades six through 12, including students who have physical or learning disabilities....

GWEN PETERSON of Catholic Central High School in Troy was named WNYT-TV Channel 13 "top teacher"....

BROTHER PAUL-ALLAN CAREY of the local group of Franciscans of San Damiano completed an online course in Franciscan studies offered by Franciscan University in Illinois....

Siena basketball players visited Capital Region schools, including Mater Christi in Albany, as part of the Adopt-A-School program, which provides students with guidance and leadership from Siena student-athletes, as well as a reciprocal visit to the Siena campus. The players met with students during an assembly and then in smaller groups for interactive drills and games.

Also, at a recent Siena men's game, the Albany Police Department and Albany Fire Department played an exhibition game at halftime as a fundraiser to benefit the Greater Capital Region United Way....

Two third-graders from St. Thomas the Apostle School in Delmar, ANDREW BRADY and JACK KORZEN, competed along with teammates NICHOLAS FUIERER, CLAIRE HUTTON, COLIN NEJAME and LUCA COSTANZO in the Disney 3v3 Soccer National Championships in Orlando, Fla. To qualify, they won their age division in an Albany tournament last June and then took second place in the Northeast Regional Championship held in Pennsylvania. Nicholas, Claire and Colin and their families are all parishioners of St. Thomas parish....

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, so Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic health plan, offered tips to keep kids' teeth healthy: Parents can use a soft cloth or brush and water to brush baby teeth. Fluoride toothpaste can be used after age two. Parents can brush children's teeth until children can do their own. Brush at least twice a day; floss daily. Don't give toddlers juice or sugary liquids in bottles or sippy cups at bedtime. Children should eat healthy foods with protein, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and D. Choose "teeth-friendly" snacks such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt and fruit. If children do drink soda, choose a sugar-free soda and use a straw. All children should have at least one visit to the dentist every year, starting no later than age one. Ask the dentist about fluoride varnish or sealant. Almost all children up to age 19 in New York State qualify for free or low-cost health insurance through Child Health Plus, offered by Fidelis Care; call 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) or see www.fideliscare.org/">www.fideliscare.org.