At the final morning assembly of the academic year, the Gizzard Gong could be heard loud and clear as Jesuit celebrated two more state championships in Rugby and Lacrosse. Defeating crosstown rival Brother Martin by a score of 71 to 15, Jesuit Rugby capped off an incredible season by once again securing the state championship. Head Rugby Coach Adam Massey (top left) holds up the championship trophy and invited sophomore Jacob Howat (top right) to ring the Gizzard Gong. After a thrilling overtime win, Jesuit lacrosse defeated Catholic Baton Rouge for its second state title in three years. Head Coach Zach Pall (bottom right) lifts up the trophy as sophomore Wilson Frischhertz (bottom left), who scored the game winning goal, rings the gong. Photos by junior Peter Le.
May 8, 2023
Let’s Play Ball…
With the Blue Jay baseball team heading to Sulphur, LA, for the semi-final round of the state playoffs, John Ryan Stadium is set for a visual overhaul. Fr. John Brown, S.J., president of Jesuit High School, poses with facilities director Mr. Dave Sansone in front of the new Blue Jay stadium signage. John Ryan Stadium is home to a number of Jesuit athletics including baseball, lacrosse, soccer, and football.
May 5, 2023
Christology by the Campfire…
Mr. Daniel Augustin ’15 leads the students of his freshmen level Christology class in a reading of C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle. The course, which covers the life of Christ, concludes with a discussion on what it means to follow Jesus by exploring Lewis’s final book in the Chronicles of Narnia saga. Mr. Augustin sets the scene with the fireplace in the background as Luke Saddler gets ready to read.
May 2, 2023
The Class of 2023 enjoyed music, comedy, and magic acts performed by fellow classmates in the Jesuit auditorium. Senior Day closed out Senior Week with performances, a senior video, and the annual Alumni Commencement Luncheon.
April 28, 2023
Senior Aloka Fernando leaves his mark by signing his classmate Aidan Couvillon’s khaki shirt. Seniors spent their lunch time “enhancing” their uniforms with one another’s signatures and well-wishes from friends to commemorate their last days at the school.
April 27, 2023
Senior Kolbe Hanemann makes a splash on the slip and slide which marks day three of Senior Week. As the final days of classes approach, senior Blue Jays are counting down by enjoying fun activities with classmates. Up next is the Tour de Khaki and Senior Day. Photo by Senior Nolan Clark.
April 26, 2023
Senior Nick Foley accepts his Senior Superlative of “The Best Leader in the Gizzard.” Living up to the title, Foley immediately started a chant with all the seniors. Being the name for the Jesuit Student section, the Gizzard is home to the Blue Jay Spirit seen all throughout campus. The distribution of Senior Superlatives marks the second day of Senior Week with more events to come including a slip and slide, the Tour de Khaki, and Senior Day. Photo by senior Nolan Clark.
April 25, 2023
Jeremy Reuther ’01 hands Senior Garrett Orgeron a bowl of Jambalaya to start the festivities of Senior Week. Numerous events have been planned to send the seniors off in a week they will never forget. Monday consisted of a jambalaya lunch and the championship game of the senior intramural cabbage ball tournament. Events planned include announcement of senior superlatives, a slip and slide, shirt signing, and the famous Tour de Khaki! Photo by senior Nolan Clark.
April 21, 2023
At assembly, a naval officer presented senior James Nolan with a $200,000 Navy ROTC scholarship. Jesuit has a longstanding connection to the nation’s military academies and university ROTC programs, and Nolan will commit to serving in active duty in the Navy upon graduation on college. He will attend Vanderbilt next year on a full tuition scholarship from the Navy. Congratulations to him on this honor.
April 21, 2023
Science teacher Amy Tassin shows the results of a DNA test to senior Chris Hansen. In the Intro to Forensic Science elective, students learn all about the duties and procedures in a forensic scientist’s life. In the photo, DNA cells were split apart from the rest of the solution to allow for a closer examination to discover if the suspect was guilty. Photo by senior Nolan Clark.
April 18, 2023
The Blue Jay Who Named the Blue Jay
At morning assembly on Monday, April 17, today’s Blue Jays were treated to a visit by a legendary alumnus, Dr. John Ernst ’58. As a pre-freshman in 1953, Ernst was one of hundreds of students who submitted an entry to the contest to “Name Pogo’s Pal” after cartoonist Walt Kelly sketched a Fighting Blue Jay at the request of the art staff of The Blue Jay Magazine. His suggestion was the winner, and the now-70-year-old mascot was officially named Jayson. Dr. Ernst shared some wisdom with the students about the meaning of success and the virtue of humility.
April 14, 2023
The girl choir from St. Mary’s Episcopal School of Memphis, Tennessee, visited Jesuit today during lunch in Traditions Courtyard to perform a Brown Bag Concert. The choir sang traditional choral pieces and a mix of a capella renditions of modern songs. The group stopped at Jesuit as part of their spring tour of the south. Jesuit thanks St. Mary’s Episcopal for the superb concert. Photo by sophomore Aidan Wang.
April 8, 2023
Cementing a Legacy
Junior Spencer Lanosga mounted his plaque for his second state wrestling title. A long-standing tradition in the Jesuit wrestling Program is the Wall of Champions. On the back wall of the wrestling room, every individual state champion receives a plaque detailing the year and weight in which he won his state championship. Lanosga joins a special club of Blue Jays that have won multiple state titles. In addition, Lanosga even won a national title in 2022.
Photo by senior Nolan Clark
March 30, 2023
The Final Showdown…
Senior Jace Larsen celebrates after eliminating the last faculty member to win the Senior v Faculty Dodgeball game. This game marked an exciting conclusion to student council’s “175 Week,” in which the seniors bested the faculty in a 2-1 series! Photo by senior Nolan Clark
March 24, 2023
Are You Ready…
Senior Lee Bridgewater runs out to a rowdy crowd to ready the school for Thursday night’s baseball game against Holy Cross. “175 Week” nears the end as student council organizes a lunch pep rally for all spring sports. A team captain announced each senior from the spring sports of lacrosse, baseball, and rugby. On Friday, the much-awaited senior versus faculty dodgeball game is set to go down in the Roussell Building. Photo by senior Nolan Clark.
March 23, 2023
Dear Future Blue Jays…
Pre-freshman Yousef Alsherees explains his note that he plans to put in the new time capsule. On Wednesday, faculty and students were able to donate items and write letters to be placed in a time capsule set to be opened 175 years from now as another part of “175 Week.” Items in the capsule included assistant band director Jason Giaccone’s notorious coffee beans, student IDs, and notes explaining life and the current atmosphere around Jesuit. “175 Week” continues Thursday and Friday with a lunch pep rally and a senior versus faculty dodgeball game, respectively. Photo by senior Nolan Clark.