Nicholas Cantelli ’19, who just graduated, stops by Jesuit to drop off used uniforms for the Used Book & Uniform Sale, set for Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Commons. The Used Book & Uniform Drop Off took place on Monday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to noon. Jesuit thanks the young alumni, returning students, and parents for their generosity and effort that will allow students and parents to shop for great deals at this year’s sale.
August 2, 2019
Just before leaving for their annual band camp, the spirited and seasoned Jayettes gather with new members of the squad. With the school year just around the corner, the Blue Jay Band and Jayettes are spending the last week of summer gearing up for the fall season. They traveled by bus to Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, where they welcomed new members into their ranks for a week of hard work, team-building, and fun. As the auxiliary to the Blue Jay Band, the Jayettes are spending the week learning the coordinates for the field show for the 2019-2020 school year.
July 31, 2019
It’s Not “Goodbye”; It’s “See You Soon”
The now emeritus director of alumni affairs, Matias J. Grau, Jr. ’68, closes the front door of the school building as he closes a 44-year chapter of life. That chapter has seen Mr. Grau always displaying the utmost in dedication and professionalism, and for tirelessly working to further the school’s mission in each of his past positions. Grau taught English to all grade levels, including the Advanced Placement course. In addition to teaching English, Grau also served as the English Department Chair, moderated the Student Council, and coached both the cross country team and the pre-freshman baseball team. Grau became the Student Activities Director in 1983, the Admissions Director in 1995, and the Alumni Director in 2002. Of special note were his work as director of the Visiting Authors Program, which brought notable authors like Pat Conroy, Dana Gioia, and Robert McCammon to Jesuit; his efforts to increase the diversity of the student body by increasing enrollment of African-American students as well as commemorating the 50th anniversary of the integration of Jesuit; and his work to enhance the engagement of alumni with their school by establishing the Visiting Alumni Program and building leadership teams for each alumni class. While July 31, fittingly the feast day of St. Ignatius, was Grau’s last day as a Jesuit employee, he knows it will not be his last time on campus. Remember, Mr. Grau: it’s not “goodbye”; it’s “see you soon.”
July 26, 2019
Thinking Before Doing…
At Jesuit, there is a firm conviction that leaders are trained, not born. With that resolution in mind, students serving in leadership roles for the 2019-2020 school year are participating in the St. Francis Borgia Leadership Institute, a student leadership development program sponsored by Jesuit High School. The retreat is designed with the threefold purpose of identifying student leaders, offering formation in the virtues of leadership, and fostering collaboration among the different organizations, clubs, and teams within the school community. There were two workshops offered this summer, one at the end of May and one at the end of July (7/25-7/26), in order to accommodate as many student schedules as possible. The program seeks to integrate the role of service, school culture, and spiritual life of the students in formation. Most importantly, the workshop allows student leaders to become familiar with the various principles of leadership in practical situations. The Borgia Leadership Institute was started in 2014 by student activities director Matt Orillion ’98 , who continues to lead it today.
July 22, 2019
A Familial Handshake…
Like father, like son. Both wearing jersey #5, Retif Oil head baseball coach Kenny Goodlett shakes hands with Pedal Valves assistant coach Kenny Goodlett, his father. Their teams played against each other in the second round of the American Legion State Tournament, which continues until the winner is decided on Wednesday, July 24. See the past results on Jesuit’s Scoreboard, and follow the upcoming action on the Jesuit Baseball (Retif Oil) Twitter feed. To read the NOLA.com article on Retif vs. Pedal Valves, click here.
July 15, 2019
Boy Scouts of America Braden Bent, Zachary Charneco, Jason Dominique, and Justin Fortier—all recent graduates of the Class of 2019—eagerly wait to officially enter the Eagle Scout brotherhood at their Troop 230 Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony. These Blue Jays earned their Eagle Rank at the Sunday afternoon ceremony in the St. Catherine of Siena’s Barrett Auditorium. As a Life Scout, these men demonstrated Scout Spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. In their Eagle Scout Rank applications, they expressed their duty to God and how they will continue to live the Scout Oath and Scout Law in everyday life. As stated on the Boy Scouts of America Website, potential Eagle Scouts should earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for the Life rank), including these 13 merit badges: (a) First Aid, (b) Citizenship in the Community, (c) Citizenship in the Nation, (d) Citizenship in the World, (e) Communication, (f) Cooking, (g) Personal Fitness, (h) Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, (i) Environmental Science OR Sustainability, (j) Personal Management, (k) Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling, (l) Camping, and (m) Family Life. Jesuit congratulates these Blue Jay graduates for going above and beyond in their recent accomplishments. View the Court of Honor Program, which was led in prayer by Jesuit’s own Fr. John Brown, S.J.
July 3, 2019
Nathan Zimmer ’14, Fr. John Brown, S.J., and Adam Waguespack ’14 reminisce after Mass about their time together at Jesuit. Many of the Class of 2014 committee members and able classmates accepted the invitation for a pre-reunion Mass in the Holy Name of Jesus Chapel. The first reunion for the Class of ’14 marked the last event of the 2019 reunion season, and therefore the last event under alumni director Mat Grau ’68. “Like the 5-year classes before them, this group did a great job organizing their event and, particularly, the Mass beforehand,” Grau said. The leadership and Blue Jay Spirit on display at the reunion foreshadows a great future of alumni connection. Congratulations to the Class of 2014 for closing out the season. See all the photos and highlights from this reunion season by visiting the Alumni Archive page.
June 28, 2019
The newest members of Jesuit’s Parents’ Annual Giving Drive (PAG) leadership team – Eric Vocke ’93, Charles Seemann ’88, and Will Newman ’93 – meet with PAG coordinator Krista Roeling (far right) and 2019-20 drive chairman Jeremy Mancheski ’90 (far left) in St. Ignatius Hall to learn about the importance of the drive, how it helps bridge the “gap” between what the school charges in tuition and what it actually costs to educate a Blue Jay. The full leadership team consists of more than 300 volunteers who encourage fellow parents to embrace the effort that helps to keep Jesuit affordable and thriving. The PAG drive, which started in the early 1970s, launches in August.