Mark your calendars! The Blue Jay Band kicks off Carnival season this weekend, beginning with the Krewe of Carrollton parade, set for Sunday, Feb. 4 at 12 p.m. along the Uptown parade route. The revelry continues the following weekend when the Blue Jay Jazz Band performs on the Captain’s band float in the Krewe of Mid-City parade which rolls at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 (following Okeanos) while the Blue Jay Marching Band hits the streets for the Bacchus parade later that day, rolling at 5:15 p.m. Both Sunday parades follow the Uptown parade route. You can also catch Jesuit’s MCJROTC band and color guard performing in the Knights of Sparta parade this Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. and next Friday, Feb. 9 in the Krewe of Hermes parade at 6 p.m., both following the Uptown parade route. Happy Mardi Gras!
February 1, 2018
One Act, Nine Shows…
Starting tonight, the senior-directed One Act Play and Improv Comedy Festival celebrates its 10th year with nine plays directed by 11 seniors. More than 50 cast and crew members, along with the J-Troupe Improv comedy team, are donating their time and talent to support Second Harvest Food Bank. The festival features the world premieres of two new plays written by Phils. Senior Thomas Sagona’s “The Shattered Looking Glass” and senior Will Hite’s “Before the Third” will each be performed three times this weekend. Pictured here, pre-freshman Matthew Busenlener, Sydney Worthy (senior, Ursuline), Jennifer Hawkins (senior, Haynes Academy), Emily Bennett (senior, Cabrini), and senior Andrew Busenlener act out a scene from “A Murdered Mystery.”
Showtimes are tonight at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday Feb. 3 at 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m. The full festival line-up can be found here. Admission is $5.00 or five canned goods to benefit Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
January 29, 2018
Blue Jay Bazaar Goes Green in 2018!
The 2018 Blue Jay Bazaar, held annually in March, will celebrate its 45th anniversary on the luckiest day of the year—St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). This year’s t-shirts are just the icing on the (green) cupcake and won’t cost you a pot o’gold! Junior Joshua Stedman and senior Kaden Knecht show off their new Bazaar threads, which are only $10 and available for purchase in the Volunteer Office (Rm 126). Pick one up today before they sell out!
January 25, 2018
Pre-freshman David Martin faces fellow 8th grader Ben Waguespack in a fencing duel while seniors Matthew Richards and Ryan Tucker monitor the match. A unique club rarely found in other high schools, Jesuit Fencing is a game of agility, strength, and wit. Proctored by Mrs. Kathy Juhas, the club meets every week after school to play either saber or foil after quick warm-ups. Read more about fencing at Jesuit.
January 22, 2018
Back at It…
Filled with laughter, seniors Frank Sclafani and Wilder Maguire head to their first class of the day. Students enjoyed all of last week away from school after their two-day Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday was extended due to inclement weather. Blue Jay Spirit was evident at Monday’s morning assembly as students prepare for upcoming events.
January 12, 2018
Junior William Mentz, sophomore William Hellmers, and junior Peter James join seniors David Hart, Clayton Merwin, Michael Plessala, and Luke Pertuit in saying hello to former Spanish teacher and Jayette moderator Nilda Rivera. Profe Rivera stopped by her old workplace from Puerto Rico to catch up with students and faculty. Rivera is always one to reminisce about the good times at Carrollton and Banks and stays connected with campus news and activities. Her love for Jesuit and her former students is so great that she was sure to tune in to the livestream of the Christmas Concert in December!
January 10, 2018
An immersion trip to eastern Asia may not be feasible to the average Jesuit student, but roughly 70 members of the Sodality from all grade levels were treated to a fascinating piece of Japanese culture. Fr. Bill Farge, S.J., who spent nearly 20 years of his Jesuit life in Japan, presented to the Sodality during lunch about “the Catholic samurai,” the Japanese warrior whose way of life synthesized well with the Catholic faith in the time prior to (and even during) the Christian persecution of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Fr. Farge now lives in the Jesuit residence on campus and gives spiritual direction to diocesan seminarians at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Covington.
January 8, 2018
Former Jesuit basketball players Cody Castle ’13, Tomi Akingbola ’12, Jay Pyburn ’12, Alex Yacoubian ’12, Josh DeBlieux ’12, Cameron Dobbins ’12, and Rob Brock exchange laughs after Friday night’s Jesuit-St. Augustine district opener that ended in the Blue Jays’ favor. Many basketball alumni, parents, and friends stuck around after the game to greet the 12-3 team and congratulate them on a great start to the new year. Basketball alumni and their families are also planning ahead for the 2018 Basketball Homecoming event, which is set for Friday, Jan. 26 when the Jays take on Warren Easton.