Sophomore Garret Roche, junior Kennedy Smith, and phlebotomist Dezarae Williams do their part in contributing to the Blood Drive. The National Honor Society sponsored the event, which was facilitated by The Blood Center’s mobile blood drive program. The Blood Center is the primary supplier of blood to hospitals along the South Louisiana and Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. For every student, and every pint of blood donated, three lives are saved.
April 4, 2019
Prefreshmen in Mrs. Pam Catalano’s physical science course received a 3-D printed assist from senior robotics student Tyler Westfall. Westfall manufactured the rod clamp to support a track for the science lab, skillfully demonstrated by prefreshmen Masen Mannina, Luke Gilmore, and Nick Jacobs. The 3-D printers were installed in the Phyllis M. Taylor Innovation Lab when the space was reconfigured to support the robotics team and engineering elective.
April 1, 2019
Deck the Halls…
Student Council campaign flyers cover the 1st-floor hallway throughout the week. Student Council Executive Board elections will take place this week. Speeches are taking place Tuesday morning in the auditorium, and the election will take place on CANVAS soon after. This year’s candidates are as follows:
President: Effy Marks and Carter Montalbano
Vice President: Chris Charles and Chris Favalora
Secretary: Carlo Barrera and Clark Romig
Treasurer: John Gunaldo and Hunter Richardson
March 25, 2019
Sansepolcro Flag Throwers…
The Sansepolcro Flag Throwers put on a show for Blue Jays in Traditions Courtyard throughout the lunch period. This event would not have been possible without the work of Frank Maselli ’68, the Chairman of the Board for the American Italian Cultural Center. Blue Jays were reminded of the event during assembly on Monday morning, and many were curious about the history of flag-throwing. “In 1953,” as the flyers around school noted, “the Società dei Balestrieri rediscovered the art of flag throwing. In the following decades, the group has traveled internationally sharing their culture and fostering friendships. Inspiration for the performance comes from the geometric patterns of Sansepolcro’s most illustrious citizen, Piero della Francesca, the great Renaissance master of perspective.” The flag throwers have also sponsored many cultural initiatives including an exhibition with artist Franco Alessandrini. The flag throwers also starred in the film Under the Tuscan Sun. Jesuit was thrilled to have them visit Louisiana for a 35th year!
March 19, 2019
A Visit from Detroit Jesuit…
University of Detroit High School students, in town on a college tour, stop by Jesuit for a first-hand look at their brother school. The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy was founded in 1877, and is one of two Jesuit high schools in the city of Detroit, Michigan, the other being Loyola High School. The U of D mascot is the Cub. To learn more about this Jesuit school, view the University of Detroit Jesuit website for photos and news.
March 15, 2019
Student council leaders Marc Dougherty, Neehar Desai, Josef Ernst, and Dowen Fife take their seats in St. Ignatius Hall for an Alumni Steering Committee (ASC) meeting. The senior student leaders gave the 20-plus alumni leaders an update on today’s student body, its spirit, its accomplishments, and its challenges. Jesuit’s Alumni Steering Committee consists of Blue Jay alumni spanning eight decades, meets three times during the academic year to provide insight and guidance to the president and members of the office of institutional advancement, including those involved in alumni relations. Members of the committee, who are asked to serve as ambassadors for their alma mater and support its mission, serve at the pleasure of the advancement office. Jesuit thanks the ASC and the student leaders for a very productive meeting.
March 12, 2019
Back to Banks…
With Back to Banks Bazaar just around the corner, Jesuit’s campus is not only busy with 3rd-Quarter exams but with raffle ticket sales as well. One item up for grabs is a 26″ Schwinn Sierra bike which was generously donated by LeJouet (Buddy Wood ’62). The Schwinn will be raffled at the Blue Jay Silent & Spirit Auction on Bazaar Saturday, March 23. Raffle tickets are on sale in the volunteer office, Room 126, for $5 a chance. While you’re in the volunteer office snatch up a 2019 Bazaar T-shirt—on sale for $10 a shirt. Students get your shirts and get ready to take it to the net at the Bazaar Saturday volleyball tournament with your homeroom team.
March 11, 2019
Senior Christopher Vuong, the winner of the 2018 Young Artists’ Concerto Competition, is pictured with band director Joe Caluda (left) and assistant band director Jason Giaccone (right). For winning the Concerto Competition in October of 2018, Vuong was invited to play a movement on Friday, Feb. 22, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. Vuong played the first movement from Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor. “It felt like the next level, performing with a professional orchestra behind you,” Vuong said. “It was a really great opportunity and a surreal moment for me.” Read Chris Vuong’s musical bio on the LA Philharmonic Orchestra website.