Members of the Blue Jay basketball team hosted guests from around the world at their Thursday afternoon practice. The high school-aged visitors, who hail from six different countries — South Korea, Argentina, Lebanon, Nigeria, Turkey, and Kyrgyzstan — are guests of the U.S. Department of State Sports Visitors Program. The group is visiting New Orleans to attend the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center. While the exhibition game won’t be played until Feb. 16, there are several events leading up to the game, including a junior high invitational that the 8th Grade Basketball Team will be participating in this weekend.
February 12, 2014
A trio of Blue Jays form an informal Algebra I study session in the Student Commons Wednesday afternoon. From left, freshmen Christopher Bergeron, Josh Cashio, and Nick Ray.
February 10, 2014
Jesuit’s Columbian Squires Circle, the high school service arm of the Knights of Columbus, completed a coat and blanket collection drive on campus to aid the needy and homeless of our area. The Squires delivered several large barrels full of overcoats, blankets, sweaters and jackets to the Ozanam Inn, the shelter for the homeless located in the Warehouse District. Center from left, pre-freshmen John Nuttli and Robert Haik, and senior Daniel Boudreau, the Circle’s Chief Squire. Also joining the Squires were Mr. Tom Nuttli (left), Mr. Robert Haik Sr. (right), and Mr. Ted Mahne (not pictured), moderator of the Columbian Squires. Jesuit’s Squires are sponsored by the Marquette Council of the Knights of Columbus.
February 7, 2014
Boys on the Balcony…
The third floor balcony overlooking the Traditions Courtyard is frequently used by Blue Jays as a shortcut from the Banks Street (south) side of school to the Palmyra Street (north) side, and vice versa. The balcony helps to alleviate congestion in the inside hallways as students move to their next class. Blue Jays who use the walkway, like pre-freshmen Wilder Maguire (left) and Patrick Calhoun, also enjoy its environmental aesthetics – fresh air and the panoramic views of the Courtyard and Will Clark Field. The second and third floor balconies were originally constructed in 2002 as part of the Tradition Guides Our Future capital campaign, which also gave Blue Jays the Student Commons.
February 6, 2014
Camaraderie in the Commons…
Rain and sleet have a way of keeping the courtyard empty and the Student Commons full of activity. The influx of traffic doesn’t affect these seniors who will find any excuse to enjoy a laugh and Blue Jay Camaraderie.
February 5, 2014
Senior Andrew Nguyen (left) and pre-freshman Matthew Richards, members of Jesuit’s Fencing Club, prepare to face each other in a practice bout in a deserted hallway after school. A fast and athletic sport, fencing is one of the oldest games in existence, dating back thousands of years in different forms and cultures. The Fencing Club is open to new members and practices once a week after school until 4:15 p.m.
February 4, 2014
Senior Gui Kirsch conducts the Blue Jay Concert Band as they practice an original piece Kirsch himself composed. The band will perform the piece during the Spring Concert on April 26.
January 31, 2014
In celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Jesuit’s Asian Club captured two dragons and set them loose to dance and terrorize Blue Jays eating lunch on a cloudless Friday in the Traditions Courtyard and Student Commons. “The dragon dance has been a vital part of Lunar New Year celebrations for centuries as a way to chase away evil spirits and symbolize prosperity for the new year,” said sophomore Andrew Vuong, president of the eastern ethnic co-curricular organization. Members of the club hung unlit lanterns from the oaks to create a traditional atmosphere for the cultural show. The dancers inside the dragons are not Blue Jays but students who belong to a youth group affiliated with St. Agnes Le Thi Thanh Catholic Church in Marrero.