On the third day of the annual Student Council Christmas Week, the Gingerbread House Building Competition took place during lunch in the Student Commons. Anyone brave enough to get a little messy was encouraged to compete. Decorating pre-packaged houses, teams battled it out with gumdrops, icing, and other assorted candies, while a sneaky few tried to bribe judges (seniors) with cash. Spectators were encouraged to attend this frosty contest of candy and architecture. Left to right: Lucas Deane, Ashton Stevens, Adam Francis, Byron Washington, Remy Lavie, and Michael Buisson desperately try to finish their gingerbread house before time is up!
December 12, 2017
Senior Cooper Arnold strolls up to the celebrity-Santa table to purchase the top-selling CD of the winter season. A Very Terry Christmas, a Christmas album starring Bro. Terry Todd S.J. (left) and Coach Terry Ursin (right), is on sale throughout the week during lunch in the Commons. The cost is $5 each, and all proceeds will go toward the Jesuit Toys for Tots Drive and the spring Mission Drive.
December 8, 2017
Jesuit is no stranger to new clubs and activities on campus. The newly-formed Fishing Club has these students – Brady Smith, Trevor Chase, Carter Morris, Joseph Finger, and Jacob Reinhardt – taking their co-curricular interests even off campus. Last weekend the club traveled to Shell Beach for an adventure, which was in addition to a freshwater outing for bass in City Park a few weeks earlier. The club is moderated by Mrs. Helen Swan and is open to any students interested in fishing.
December 4, 2017
A Very Terry Christmas…
When Coach Terry Ursin gets into the Christmas spirit with a host of carols and cheer, Blue Jays can be assured that they will have a Terry Christmas indeed. Add to that the musical stylings of Br. Terry Todd, S.J., and now it’s a Very Terry Christmas. Students are producing the first-of-its-kind Christmas album, A Very Terry Christmas, set to drop on the Monday of Christmas Week, Dec. 11-15. Proceeds will go to Jesuit’s Toys for Tots drive and the annual Mission Drive in the spring.
December 1, 2017
The Resource Center debuted a new laptop cart with 23 Lenovo computers this week to facilitate group work among students. Pictured are pre-freshmen Holden Hess, Egan Trahant, Connor Cuccia, and Louis Bercaw, who are working on a national parks project in Mr. Jay Combe’s geography class. Groups are playing the role of travel agencies, “pitching” the 8th-grade class on a visit to their assigned park (Banff, Grand Canyon, Olympic, Redwoods, Yellowstone, or Yosemite). Groups will ultimately give 15-minute presentations to the class outlining proposed three-day itineraries. The group with the highest rating from their peers will be awarded additional points on their overall grade. “The laptops are a game-changer for group work,” says Combe. “They allow the groups to spread out at a big table and multitask as they put their projects together.”
November 28, 2017
The Few, the Proud, the Gizzard…
The familiar sounds of a gym buzzer and referee’s whistle, the crisp feel of November air, and the slowed pace of pre-holiday excitement all mean that winter sports are in full swing. After massive crowds at the home openers for wrestling and basketball, a small but faithful showing of seniors was on hand for the Jesuit soccer game against Grace King. A change in schedule after the holiday break accounted for smaller crowds at the game, but Logan Barrios and Aubert Waguespack braved the chill at John Ryan Stadium to keep momentum going for the winter sports edition of the Gizzard.
November 27, 2017
Back from the Thanksgiving break, state championship swimming coach Bret Hanemann ’85 congratulates his Blue Jay swimmers for their great accomplishments in mid-November. Morning Assembly allowed Coach Hanemann the opportunity to present the state championship team, and it allowed the swimmers to present the first place trophy in front of the student body. Standing in front of the podium are swimmers Austin Carter (holding trophy), Andrew Dufour, Michael Foley, Connor Schwartz and Joel Guerra. The hardware is back home at Carrollton and Banks! Congratulations to the Jesuit swimming team, the 2017 State Champions.
The Biotechnology Club met Thursday afternoon for several demonstrations in chemical chain reactions. Travis Kieff ’17, a freshman at UNO majoring in mechanical engineering, returned to his alma mater to help out Biotechnology Club moderator Mrs. Amy Tassin. In his first demonstration, Kieff explained how and why vinegar mixed with baking soda releases carbon dioxide gas, which can be used in chemical volcanoes and other projects. Kieff filled a beaker with baking soda, added the vinegar, and let the CO2 fill a balloon. Here, freshman Garrison Trahant gets a close up of the chemical effects of the experiment.