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THE August 23 PARENT PULSE

 

School News

 

Freshman/Big Brother Service Days

All freshmen and senior big brothers are required to participate in one of two service days this semester: Friday, September 20 or Friday, November 8. Dave Lawler, Prep’s service coordinator, is meeting with all of the freshmen and big brothers during Community Period on Tuesday, August 27 to let them know which day they have been assigned and to share information about the service days.  

On those days, the senior big brothers will pick up their freshmen little brothers in the morning, take them to Prep then to the service sites and lunch, and drop them off at home at the end of the day. At 9 a.m.at Prep, they will enjoy donuts, juice and a short prayer service. They will travel to service sites in Omaha to volunteer from 10-11:30 a.m. then to lunch. Freshmen should bring money for lunch.

If there are any conflicts or questions, please email Dave Lawler or call him at 402-393-1190.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Help with Preptoberfest on Saturday, September 21

Preptoberfest, a celebration of all things Prep including Reunion Weekend, will take place on Saturday, September 21 from 4:30 to 10 p.m., and we need parent volunteers to sign up to help before, during and after the event. From working the ID and wristband station to stocking and serving beverages, there’s a way for you to get involved!

If you have any questions or need more information, please email Amy Knight or call her at 402-393-1190.

 

Your Time and Talent Needed on BASH 2020

Commit today to be one of the 500 volunteers who will make BASH 2020 on Saturday, April 25 a success for the many hundreds of students who rely on financial assistance to attend Prep. Not only will it be our largest fundraiser of the school year, BASH 2020 will be the 50th consecutive BASH!

Starting soon, we’ll need lots of parents to help with acquiring auction items. Later on in January, to sell raffle tickets, help with decorations and write descriptions for the catalog. Setting up auction items in the Heider Center in late April, working on the social committee at the event, and assisting with tear-down and cleanup will be important, too.

Volunteering for BASH is a great way to give back to Prep and meet great people!

 

Student Leaders Needed for Youth Frontiers Retreats on Wednesday, September 18

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, St. Margaret Mary’s School is hosting a 5th Grade Youth Frontiers Kindness Retreat and the Catholic Schools Consortium is hosting a 7th Grade Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat. Both St. Margaret Mary’s and the Catholic Schools Consortium have asked for Prep students to act as leaders for these retreats.

If your son is interested in being a leader, please have him contact Dave Lawler in the Campus Ministry Office. These retreats take place during the school day, so volunteers will need to complete a Planned Absence Form in order to participate.

 

Donate Belts and Dress Shoes for Student Use

The Dean’s Office is welcoming donations of belts and dress shoes (any size) to have on hand for student use. To donate, enter the building through the Administration entrance from the east parking lot, and sign in at the switchboard. The receptionist will direct you to the Dean’s Office. Thank you!

 

Volunteer in the Prep Moms Organization

Dear Prep Parents and Guardians,

Did you know that mothers, fathers and guardians become members of the Prep Moms organization when their young men register at Prep? It's true! Volunteering on Prep Moms committees is a super way for you, grandparents and friends of Prep to get involved at the school, work alongside great people and help make Prep events successful.

When the committees in which you express interest need volunteers, you will receive an email directing you to a page where you can sign up for specific tasks.

Please also plan to attend any or all of our five meetings scheduled for the school year. At the meetings, we will discuss group business and host a featured speaker such as Head of School Jim Bopp or President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ. Our first one is Tuesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. in the Carta Hall of Fame Room.

I look forward to serving as your Prep Moms President this year! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely,

Lisa Gravelle

Prep Moms President, 2019-2020

402-212-2980

 

Upcoming Events

 

Blue-White Game Tonight

Get a preview of the varsity and junior varsity football teams as they play in the annual Blue-White Game tonight at 6 p.m. in Carmen & Don Leahy Stadium, located at the northwest corner of campus. See you there!

 

Welcome Dance Tonight

The Student Council invites all current Prep students and students from Duchesne, Marian and Mercy to attend the Welcome Dance tonight in the Sullivan Center.

The price of admission is $5 per student. Prep students must have their demerit card, and students from Duchesne, Marian and Mercy must have a student I.D. to enter. New students from the three all-girls schools who have not yet received an I.D. are also welcome. We will have lists of students provided by their respective schools.

Doors will open immediately after the Blue-White Game ends, and the dance will end at 10:30 p.m. Prep students should arrange to be picked up in the west lot. In addition, they can bring only one female guest from other schools besides those listed above and must have had a formal Guest Pass obtained, completed and returned to the Dean's Office by noon on Friday, August 23 (today).

 

College Admissions Counselors Visiting Prep – August 27-30

College admissions counselors from the schools listed below will be visiting Prep the week of August 26. Juniors and seniors interested in attending need to notify their teachers in advance that they will be missing class, and they are responsible for the material covered while they are away from class.

All meetings will be held in the office of Director of College Counseling Christianne Clark. She will give students a pass at the end of each visit to return to class. Seniors attending the Nebraska Wesleyan and Claremont McKenna visits can bring their lunch to Mrs. Clark’s office.

Tuesday, August 27

9:45 a.m. Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)

Wednesday, August 28

12:45 p.m. Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Friday, August 30

12:45 p.m. Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, California)

 

Prep Lacrosse Players Meeting – Tuesday, August 27

The lacrosse team will be hosting a players meeting on Tuesday, August 27 from 3:00-3:45 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium. Any returning players or new players (with or without experience) should attend. We will discuss the fall practice schedule and tournament schedule.

Returning players who are involved with a fall sport should email Head Coach Steve Haney to receive the information covered at the meeting.

 

Jr. Jays 12th Man Club Meetings – August 27, September 18 and October 22

Fathers of current student-athletes in the Prep football program and Prep alumni are invited to the Jr. Jays 12th Man Club meetings on Tuesday, August 27, Wednesday, September 18 and Tuesday, October 22. These meetings replace the Creighton Prep Football Dads Night event from the past few years.

They will take place at Cunningham’s Pub and Grill at 10904 West Dodge Road beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m. then an overview of Junior Jay football presented at 7 p.m. by Head Coach Tim Johnk.

The cost is $25 for all three meetings, and includes appetizers and a beverage ticket at each one. A menu and a cash bar will also be available.

Please email your RSVP by August 26 to Dennis Sonderman ’78 and mail your $25 check to Creighton Prep Football Booster Club 1615 S. 126 Street Omaha, NE 68144.

 

Mass of the Holy Spirit – Thursday, August 29

You are invited to join the students, faculty and staff, and Jesuit community in the Heider Center at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, August 29 for the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This is a formal dress day for students.

At this special Mass that annually marks the beginning of a new academic year, we will ask for the blessings of the Holy Spirit on our community. The Most Reverend George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha, will preside and be assisted by, among others, Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ, the president of Prep. Together, they will distribute missioning crosses to the student leaders of Prep clubs and activities.

Since this is traditionally the school's largest Mass of the year, please arrive early and enter the building through the Administration entrance next to the east parking lot or the commons entrance next to the west parking lot. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday, August 29!

 

Parking and Entry Gate Info.  Prep Football vs. Omaha North – Friday, August 30

Due to construction at Burke Stadium, the west parking lot and gate will be closed for the first home football game against North on Friday, August 30. The temporary home gate will be located on the south end of the stadium at field level (ambulance entrance). The east visitor gate will not be affected.

Adult fans and families will be able to enter the stadium using either the south home gate or the east visitor gate. Prep students will only be allowed to use the south home gate.

Parking will be available in the Burke school parking lots to the east of the stadium and on the streets. Please be aware that certain streets have no parking signs posted.

 

Student Activities Fair – Tuesday, September 3

During the 9:35 a.m. late start morning on Tuesday, September 3, Prep will host its annual Student Activities Fair in the Mullen Gym from 8:25-9:25 a.m. Club moderators and student leaders will be on hand to present information about the activity of each club and joining the club. Please email Mr. Dan Kennedy, SJ with any questions or concerns.

 

Meeting for Trip to England and Scotland in May 2020 – Tuesday, September 3

Expecto Patronum! Interested in going to England and Scotland in May 2020 with Creighton Prep and Harry Potter? Join fellow Anglophiles and Potterheads at an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:15 p.m. in Room 217. 

Prep students, families and friends are welcome as we discuss tour highlights including historic London sights that inspired J.K. Rowling, scenes from the films, Wembley Stadium, a ghost tour of Edinburgh, and a boat tour of Loch Ness. Contact Ms. Martin or Ms. Townley with any questions.

 

Prep Moms Meeting – Tuesday, September 3

The first Prep Moms meeting of the new school year will be held on Tuesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. in the Carta Hall of Fame Room just inside the Heider Center entrance. All Prep parents are welcome to attend, and Head of School Jim Bopp will be there to provide an update on the school. 

These meetings are a great way to learn about Prep and to get involved at the school. See you there!

 

Prep Lacrosse Parents Meeting - Thursday, September 5

The Prep lacrosse team will host an informational meeting for parents on Thursday, September 5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium. Parents of both returning and new players for the upcoming fall and spring seasons are encouraged to attend. Head Coach Steve Haney and other members of the coaching staff will discuss the fall practice schedule, the season, equipment ordering, and answer any questions for attendees.

Please email Coach Haney with any questions. 

 

Mom’s Football 101 - Monday, September 9 

Prep moms, join your fellow gridiron fans on Monday, September 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium for Mom’s Football 101. This is a fun tradition for moms and friends to hear more about the game from Head Coach Tim Johnk.

Coach Johnk will diagram some plays, outline goals for the season and answer all of your football-related questions. Drinks and appetizers will be served, too. RSVP to Kim Hubner. Admission will be $5 at the door. 

On that evening, please enter the building through the main entrance on the east side of the building.

 

Coffee and Conversation for Senior Parents – September 10 and 19

Senior parents, please note that the Counseling Office will be sponsoring Coffee and Conversation for Senior Parents in the Carta Hall of Fame Room on Tuesday, September 10 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Thursday, September 19 from 6-7 p.m.

Counselors will be present to answer any questions you have about the college application process, college scholarships or paying for college.

 

Q&A with Selective University Deans – Tuesday, September 10

On Tuesday, September 10, juniors, seniors and their parents are invited to a meeting with the vice presidents of enrollment at Boston College, Marquette University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Iowa. The meeting will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the commons, and the VPs will address questions such as:

  • How does a student select a college when they’re unsure about a major?
  • What are common mistakes and how do we avoid them?
  • To how many colleges should a student visit and apply?
  • How are admissions decisions made?
  • Where do we look for financial assistance?

After the formal program, they will have a few minutes to meet with interested families. 

Look for more information soon from Director of College Counseling Christianne Clark.

 

Men for Others Golf Classic – Monday, September 16

Register now for the annual Men for Others Golf Classic that will take place on Monday, September 16 at the Omaha Country Club. This is always a great occasion that helps raise money for need-based assistance to qualified Prep students.

The format will be two-player best ball. Check-in / driving range begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The individual golfer fee is $450.

If you would like to help sponsor the event, please call Vice President of Advancement Rick Berger ‘76 at 402-393-1190. Thank you!

 

Preptoberfest – Saturday, September 21

Celebrate all things Prep on Saturday, September 21 at the second annual Preptoberfest. The event will once again take place in the west parking lot from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

While you’re there, enjoy live music, beer or wine, and food trucks. Be sure to arrive early for 4 p.m. Mass, too!

Register for Preptoberfest.

 

Sports Night Featuring George Brett – Tuesday, September 24

Join us in the Heider Center on Tuesday, September 24 when the school welcomes legendary Kansas City Royals third baseman and National Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett as the featured speaker for the 28th Annual Sports Night.

Evening program

  • 5:30 p.m. – Social, silent auction and BBQ dinner
  • 7 p.m. – Oral auction
  • 7:15 p.m. – Program featuring George Brett

Tickets

  • Individual tickets: $75 - $60 tax deductible
  • Table of 10: $700 - $550 tax deductible
  • Sponsor table: $1,000 - $850 tax deductible
    • One person from each sponsor table is invited to a private cocktail reception with George Brett and will receive a gift and preferred seating at Sports Night.

Attire for the evening is business casual, and parking will be available in both the east and west lots. You may also park in the Hillside Elementary School lot west of Prep.

Reserve your seats for Sports Night. For more information, contact Dan Schinzel at 402-393-1190. 

 

NACAC College Fair – Sunday, October 13

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) will be hosting the Omaha National College Fair at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha on Sunday, October 13 from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Get more information on student registration and see a list of participating schools.

 

Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast – Sunday, October 20

Prep mothers, register now for the annual Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast on Sunday, October 20. This special occasion is for mothers and sons of the Prep community, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, and the Mass will be concelebrated by members of Prep's Jesuit community. The cost is $22 per person.

We’d like to have all Prep mothers and sons there, especially the members of the Class of 2023. Of particular concern to us is the student who may not have a mother at home. We encourage him to come with a sister, aunt, grandmother or another student and his mother.

Sunday, October 20 at 10 a.m.

Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center

The Windsor Ballroom

12520 Westport Parkway (conference center entrance)

 

Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction – Wednesday, October 23

Spend the evening of Wednesday, October 23 in celebration with the Prep community at the 2019 Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction. On that night, the following will be honored in the Sullivan Center:

Sword of St. Ignatius – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Alumnus of the Year – Patrick J. Duffy ‘90

Ancilla Domini – Karen Van Dyke

Hall of Fame – Robert J. “Bob” Carlisle ‘76

Hall of Fame – Cindy Heider

Tickets for the event are $60 per person. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Make your reservations today and see the names of former honorees

For questions or more information, email Grace Cominoli or call her at 402-393-1190.

 

Prep Notes

 

Purchase a Junior Jaybacker Season Pass for the 2019-2020 School Year

Choose from a family pass or a two-person pass for all sports, all year or for football or basketball season only. Your season pass includes admission to all regular season home games (including non-varsity games) and admission to Junior Jaybacker events.

By purchasing a Junior Jaybacker season pass, you will:

  • Enjoy great high school sports.
  • Be part of the 141-year-old Prep athletic tradition.
  • Avoid long lines for tickets.
  • Save money!

For questions, contact Dan Schinzel or Kath Harmon.

 

Gear up for Fall at the Jay Mart

We invite all Prep parents to check out the Jay Mart, our very own school spirit store where proceeds benefit Prep faculty, staff and students.

Hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every school day, and the store is located in the Smith Atrium, just outside the main entrance to the Heider Center. Students are welcome to shop the store during their lunch period, and parents may visit it by entering the building through the Administration entrance next to the east parking lot.

Follow the Jay Mart on Instagram for the latest items and sales. For questions or additional information, contact Molly Sengstock.

 

Check Out Prep's FaithCP App

Have you downloaded Prep’s FaithCP app for iPhone and iPad yet? FaithCP is a prayer app that provides daily scripture, reflections and prayers grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Prayer requests submitted through the app are added to our prayer book in the Skinner Chapel. Use the FaithCP app to make prayer a daily part of your life this school year.

 

All are Welcome at Seeking Truth Bible Study

If you’ve always wanted to try a bible study or grow in your faith, Seeking Truth is a great place to start. It is an international bible study that began at Creighton Prep and, in its 10th year, the group will be going back to the beginning and Genesis.

All are welcome! The class is taught by Sharon Doran, mother of five Prep graduates. Register for Thursday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. on September 12 and running through March. Learn more about the Seeking Truth 10 Year Anniversary Conference.

 

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The May Prep Pulse
Posted 05/15/2019 05:47PM

 

Jesuit Reflection


I was honored to join the celebration of the first graduating class of Loyola Scholars on Sunday, May 5 at Creighton Prep. The Scholars of the 2019 class and their families were very proud and happy with this great and pioneering achievement.  

As the founding director, I felt a great deal of satisfaction and joy as the Scholars crossed before the altar in the Skinner Chapel to receive their diplomas from Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ and Mr. Jim Bopp. As I tried to communicate in the homily at the Mass, Jesus seeks to encounter us in new and unfolding ways throughout our lives, just as the disciples along the sea encountered anew their teacher and friend, Jesus, now risen.   

Accomplishments mark a time, but more importantly, open up new opportunities for the Risen Christ to appear, differently than before, as the Scholars step into Creighton Prep beginning in the fall, joining the Class of 2023. As Cindy and Scott Heider, whose family foundation generously supports the program, remarked during the family reception, the Scholars are prepared and know Prep better than any of their future Prep classmates, as they have been immersed in the halls of Prep for the last three years, learning from Prep teachers and others, enjoying leadership and physical activities with Prep students, meeting Prep alumni, celebrating liturgies in the chapel and playing with Champ.  

Since my departure from Prep in 2018, Mrs. Jeni Martinez has been taking Loyola Scholars to new levels as the director, working to strengthen the academic curriculum, developing solid relationships with the Scholars' home elementary schools, building bonds with Loyola Scholars families and communities, and planning more fun and educational activities.  

The experience of building and creating Loyola Scholars under the direction of Fr. Neitzke and in collaboration with the Heider Family Foundation is also serving my new mission at Xavier University in Cincinnati, where I'm tasked with overseeing the creation of a new formational program for undergraduates, the Road Thru Xavier, which incorporates different high impact learning experiences.  

My colleagues and I in Community Engaged Learning are focused on creating more immersive learning opportunities for students with their professors. Loyola Scholars helped prepare me for Xavier by getting me out into different communities, getting to know and capitalize on community assets, and being more confident with program development. I am very grateful for all that I experienced at Prep and confident and excited for the future of Loyola Scholars as it becomes more and more embedded in the Prep community and as its graduates grow as Prep students with excellent futures ahead for them and their families.

Fr. Nathan Wendt, SJ


Volunteer Opportunities


Final Eucharistic Adoration Friday of the School Year – Friday, May 17

Click HERE to reach the CP Adoration 2018-2019 and sign up to participate on Friday, May 17, the final adoration Friday of the school year. If you have any questions about Eucharistic Adoration at Prep, please contact Mr. Kelly Barth at kbarth@creightonprep.org.

To get a sense of the power of Eucharistic Adoration, click HERE to see the article “10 Surprising Things That Happen When You Go To Adoration More Often.”

Thank you for considering to serve the Prep students and the faculty and staff in this way. God bless you! Thanks to all those who participated this year!


School News


Beach BASH 2019 - Thank You!

Creighton Prep would like to extend its sincere thanks to the attendees, auction donors, advertisers, underwriting and corporate table sponsors, and the volunteers who made Beach BASH 2019 Riding the Wave for 140 Years a success on Saturday, April 27.

More than 660 guests gathered in the Heider Center for this 49th annual fundraiser where nearly 350 silent auction items and 26 live auction items were up for bid. Director of Events Amy Knight said that, based on very preliminary numbers, it appears that Beach BASH 2019 exceeded its goals and will be quite possibly a record-breaker.

During the silent auction and dinner, a video showcasing the brotherhood between Prep students was shown, and senior Akol Arop ’19 spoke about what his experience at the school has meant to him. Guests then raised their paddles to donate and bid on live auction items such as a dive trip to Turneffe Island Resort near Belize, a Palm Beach golf outing, a weeklong stay at a Mission Beach home in San Diego and a “dream day” at a Chicago Cubs game. The auction concluded just before 9:30 p.m.

If you missed Beach BASH 2019 Riding the Wave for 140 years and would still like to contribute, click HERE to donate in support of Creighton Prep students. Click HERE to see photos from the event.

Executive chairs for Beach BASH 2019 were Tiffany Dencklau and Lisa Gravelle (decorations) Melissa and Patrick Duffy ’90 (underwriting), Cathy Goracke (logistics), Carrie Jenkins (silent auction), Beth Kramer (patron party), Jim Naylon ’85 (raffle) and Michele Zadalis (catalog).

The monies raised each year during BASH are a key component in the school’s ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone as well as to provide more than $2 million in financial assistance annually to approximately 45 percent of Prep students.

Mark your calendar on Saturday, April 25, 2020 to join us for our 50th consecutive BASH!


Post-BASH Sale on Now at CreightonPrep.org/bash

The Post-BASH Sale is on now at CreightonPrep.org/bash!  Shop there until Friday, May 31 at 5 p.m., and choose from a variety of custom Prep items along with tickets to Finest Hour at the Lake on Saturday, June 29 and the Mom’s Gone Shopping trip on Thursday, October 24. Also available are a handful of silent auction items from Beach BASH 2019!

Visit CreightonPrep.org/bash today to begin shopping. When you arrive there, just click on “POST-BASH SALE” in the table of contents at left to get started. Enjoy!

 

Major Dates Calendar for the 2019-2020 School Year

Just a reminder to click HERE to see the major dates calendar for the 2019-2020 school year at Prep. As items are added to the calendar or dates change, it will be updated. Please check back periodically to download a new copy. Some key dates to be aware of:

First Day of School for All Students   

Tuesday, August 13

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Thursday, August 29

Men for Others Golf Classic

Monday, September 16

Reunion Weekend for Alumni Classes Ending in “4” and “9”

September 20-21

Preptoberfest

Saturday, September 21

Creighton Prep Sports Night

Tuesday, September 24

Homecoming Football Game

Friday, October 11

Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast

Sunday, October 20

Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction

Wednesday, October 23

Creighton Prep Open House

Sunday, November 3

Alumni Memorial Mass

Sunday, November 10

Thanksgiving Vacation

November 27-29

Christmas Vacation

December 20-January 5

Operation Others Delivery Day

Saturday, December 21

8th Grade Scholarship & Entrance Exam  

Saturday, January 11

Father-Son Mass and Breakfast

Sunday, January 26

6th & 7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam

Saturday, February 22

Spring Break

March 9-13

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Monday, March 9

eBASH 2020

March 27-April 17

BASH 2020

Saturday, April 25

Graduation for the Class of 2020

Sunday, May 17

Alumni Golf Tournament

Monday, May 18

Last Day of School

Thursday, May 21

 

Soccer Team Completes Season in State Final

Congratulations to the varsity soccer team on a great 18-3 season that saw the squad make the state final on Monday, May 13, losing a very close match to South, 2-1. The Junior Jays defeated Lincoln East and Papillion-La Vista to advance to the championship game after winning the District A-4 title.


Golf Team Wins District A-4 Title

Congratulations to the varsity golf team on winning the District A-4 title on Monday, May 13 at the Johnny Goodman Golf Course. The team’s score of 302 outdistanced second place Millard North by 11 strokes. Rex Soulliere finished second overall with a 72 followed by Joshua Kramer in fourth with a 75, Jacob Boor in fifth with a 77 and Tanner Mulhlecke in sixth with a 78. Just two shots back was Tommy Slattery at 78. The squad moves on to the state tournament next week in Norfolk.

The district title was a great complement to their Metro Conference championship, which they won during challenging conditions at Benson Golf Course on Wednesday, May 8. At that tournament, all five Prep golfers finished in the top ten, including Jake Boor (second), Rex Soulliere (fifth), Josh Kramer (seventh), Tommy Slattery (eighth) and Tanner Muhlecke (10th).


Track and Field Team First in District A-3

Congratulations to the track and field team on winning the District A-3 championship in North Platte on Friday, May 10 with a team score of 122. Event winners included Xzavier Reed (long jump), Leo Burns (800 meter run), Michael Buckley (1600 meter run), Noah Strako (110 meter high hurdles) and the 3200 meter relay team of Leo Burns, Luke Dickas, Michael Buckley and Grant West. Next up for the squad is the state meet at Burke on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18.

Team members also won the program’s third Metro Conference title in the past five years on Wednesday, May 1. Among the highlights that day, Grant West and Michael Buckley took first and second in the 1,600 meter run, and Noah Strako finished second in the 200 meter dash and 110 meter high hurdles.


Prep Students Recognized for Excellence at Awards Nights

Congratulations to the 62 Prep students who were recognized for excellence at the annual Student Awards Night on Thursday, May 9:

Bill Brodd Memorial Scholarship - STEAM

Abram Wulf

Outstanding Varsity Speaker

Nathaniel Reyes

Outstanding Novice Speaker - Debate

Jack McNally

Linda Mead Forensics Prize

Jaliya Nagahawatte

Michael Peters Outstanding Novice - Speech  

Simon Podliska

Omaha World-Herald Key Staffer Award

Anthony Kowal

Dienstbier Literary Magazine Award

Joseph McLeese

Brayman Scholarship for English

James Chapman

Brayman Scholarship for English

Matthew Lemar

Proficiency in Level IV - French

Angel Arcos-Ponce

Proficiency in Level IV - Spanish

James Chapman

Proficiency in Level IV - Latin

Joseph Boever

Proficiency in Level IV - Italian

Gianluca Green

Proficiency in Level II - French

Henry Egan

Proficiency in Level II - Spanish

John Dickas

Proficiency in Level II - Latin

Kevin Prososki

Proficiency in Level II - Italian

Matthew Nanfito

Fr. Charles Kanne, SJ Memorial Latin Scholarship   

Samuel Forrest

Rensselaer Medal

Connor Gregg

Bausch and Lomb Science Award

James Chapman

Brayman Scholarship for Social Studies

Matthew Lemar

Brayman Scholarship for Social Studies

Mac Nelson

Sophomore Social Studies Award for Academic Excellence   

John Guenther

Sophomore Social Studies Award for Academic Excellence

Noah Guzinski

Sophomore Social Studies Award for Academic Excellence

Maximus Lauritsen

Sophomore Social Studies Award for Academic Excellence

Benjamin Lyons

Sophomore Social Studies Award for Academic Excellence

Maxwell Sladovnik

Sophomore Social Studies Award for Academic Excellence

Matthew Stone

Woodmen of the World American History Award

James Chapman

The Winifred M. Cassem Scholarship

Samuel Raabe

The Winifred M. Cassem Scholarship

Colin Mahoney

The Winifred M. Cassem Scholarship

Rodney Olden III

Academic All-Metro First Team & All State

Matthew Muellner

Dr. John P. Malloy Scholarship

James Quinn

Oscar Romero Award - Freshmen

Alex Nsengiyumva

Oscar Romero Award - Freshmen

James Silva

Mahatma Gandhi Award - Sophomores

Juan Barron

Mahatma Gandhi Award - Sophomores

David Galas

Black Elk Award - Juniors

Tristan Curd

Black Elk Award - Juniors

Kevin Eby

Martin Luther King Award - Seniors

Matthew Anderson

Martin Luther King Award - Seniors

Darryl York III

James Schwee Memorial Award

Michael Barrett

The Brother Marc Campbell, SJ Scholarship

Quincy Cervantes

Don Michalski Scholarship for Christian Young Men

Daniel Kleinsmith

Don Michalski Scholarship for Christian Young Men

Timothy Chase

Exchange Club Outstanding Sophomore Award

Nathaniel Reyes

Dwight D. Eisenhower Award

Joseph Boever

Le Moyne College Heights Award

Ryan Kenney

St. Michael's College Book Award

Brandon Finn-Jackson

George Washington University Book Award

Henry Drvol

Nebraska State Boys Representative

James Chapman

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ Scholarship

Moises Acevedo

St. Ignatius Scholarship

James Chapman

Ned O'Brien Memorial Scholarship

Nicholas Garrett

Ned O'Brien Memorial Scholarship

Jack Moore

David M. Hoover Memorial Scholarship

Isiaah Clark

Don Leahy Award

Luke Dickas

Jeffrey Shreves Memorial Award

Max Donahoe

Jeffrey Shreves Memorial Award

Henry Lewis II

West Omaha Rotary Club Award

Matthew Baysa

Jesuit Schools Network Award

Matthew Muellner

The Fr. Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Award for outstanding senior will be presented at the graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 19.

 

Three CP Teams in Top Six at UNO Academic Bowl for World History

Prep students excelled at the UNO Academic Bowl for World History on Saturday, May 4, with teams placing second, fifth and sixth in the 25-team event representing 11 Omaha area schools. Much like the AP Exam, the participants took a multiple choice test and wrote one essay for the competition.

Congratulations to Prep Team A comprised of Will Ernatt, Max Lauritsen, Colin Mahoney, Jackson Morris, Kevin Prososki and John Ronayne; to Prep Team B with Aidan Chapman, Tim Chase, Michael Combs, Andrew Hood, Daniel Kleinsmith and Michael Lukaszewicz; and to the members of Prep Team C: John Dickas, Will Harper, Matt McCaslin, Sean Patterson and Cian Weekly.

 

Creighton Prep Blue Team Second at State Trap Meet

The 50th Annual Cornhusker Trap Shoot was held in Doniphan, Nebraska on May 3 and 4, and congratulations to the Creighton Prep Blue Team on their second place finish. Highlights also included Alex Papa’s second place finish in the individual competition, followed closely by teammates Tom Peltz (third) and Connor Gregg (ninth).


Six Student Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

Congratulations to the following student athletes who also signed national letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level:

Michael Buckley - Creighton University - cross country

Leo Burns - Saint Louis University - track

Thomas Faber - Rockhurst University - basketball

John Krejci - Doane University - track

Noah Strako - South Dakota State University - track

Grant West - Mount St. Mary’s University - track

Click HERE to see photos from the Friday, May 3 signing ceremony.

 

Seniors Sign to Play Soccer at the Next Level

Congratulations to seniors Matt Anderson and Jordan Sauer who signed recently to attend and play soccer at Saint John’s University and Midland University, respectively. The signing ceremony took place on Monday, April 29 in the Smith Atrium. Click HERE to see photos from the event.


Prep Wins UNO Academic Bowl in AP U.S. History for Fourth Consecutive Year

Prep students prevailed for the fourth consecutive year (and the sixth out of the last seven years) at the UNO Academic Bowl for AP U.S. History that was held on Saturday, April 27 at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

The three teams of Junior Jays finished 1,2 and 4 in the 12-team competition that also included students from Brownell-Talbot, Bryan, Central, Mercy, Millard North, Mount Michael and Westside.

The first place Prep A team included James Chapman, Nate Franco, Jake Konecky, Josh Kramer, Matthew Lemar and Ethan Schmaderer. The second place Prep B team consisted of Leo Connors, Sam Ellerbeck, Thomas Franco, Nick McGill, Jack Truscott and Paul Wynegar. And members of the fourth place Prep C team were Danny Fagan, Fin Herrera, Ryan Kenney, Matt Mandolfo, Brian Martin and Tom Peltz.

 

Freshman Team Takes Second at Quiz Bowl

Congratulations to the freshman team of Bryce Frailey, Peter Hoover, Ryan Laughlin and Cole Mack on their second place finish in the ninth grade division of the Lincoln Northeast Brain Brawl High School Quiz Bowl held on Saturday, April 27. It was their final tournament of the year.


Karenni Catholic Family Resettled With Help From Students

Prep and Marian students worked with Lutheran Family Services recently to welcome a Karenni Catholic family to Omaha by setting up the family’s apartment prior to their arrival. The family was forced to flee Myanmar and have been staying in a refugee camp in Thailand.

Thanks to Lutheran Family Services for this opportunity, to Omaha firefighter Drew Gerken ‘97 for providing furniture and to the Prep and Marian communities for their donations of household items and groceries.

 

Students Deliver Project Rachel Funds to Archbishop Lucas

On Wednesday, April 24, juniors Nick McGill and Paul Owens presented Archbishop George Lucas with checks from fundraising at Prep that will support Project Rachel, a healing ministry of the Catholic Church that helps those dealing with the aftermath of abortion. Each year, Prep joins all of the other Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha in a fundraising effort for Project Rachel.

"Archbishop Lucas asked us to share his gratitude to the Prep student body for supporting this important ministry of the Catholic Church,” said Director of Campus Ministry Dave Lawler ‘95. “Thanks to the students in Prep's Students for Life Club for taking the lead on this fundraiser."


Chamber Choir Selected to Perform Again at the College World Series

Congratulations to Rob Chesire, vocal music program director, and the CP Chamber Choir on being selected once again to perform the national anthem before a game at the College World Series!

The choir submitted a live recording earlier this semester then was invited to audition at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday, April 13. The group will perform just prior to the start of Game 6 on Monday, June 17 at 6 p.m.


Upcoming Events


Alumni Golf Tournament – Monday, May 20

We look forward to seeing all those who have registered for the 2019 Creighton Prep Alumni Golf Tournament on Monday, May 20 at Shadow Ridge Country Club (1501 South 188 Plaza). This is always a fun day and a good opportunity to practice your game for the summer season! Attendees can contact Max Huerter '09 in the Alumni Office at mhuerter@creightonprep.org or 402-548-3851 with any questions.


Omaha Gives! – Wednesday, May 22

We are just one week away from Omaha Gives! on Wednesday, May 22. This is a great opportunity to show your support for Prep on a day when many in the Omaha area will be giving to their favorite causes. See the email from Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ and plan to give HERE on that day. You also can schedule your Prep donations on the site anytime between now and May 22. Thank you!


Summer Camps – May 28-July 31

We are excited to host your boys and girls from grades K through 12 on our campus this summer at a variety of athletic camps and an innovation camp. Click HERE to see the list and review each camp description to learn more about grade levels, dates, times and costs.

Registration is divided by grade level so choose the corresponding grade level your student will be entering in the fall of 2019.

Once you have chosen your camps, Register Now to begin the process. You can pay online via PayPal or send a check. Please make checks payable to Creighton Prep and mail them to the camp's coach at Prep. Contact your coach for questions about financial assistance.

 

ArchOmaha Unite – Saturday, June 8

Don’t miss out on ArchOmaha Unite, a once-in-a-lifetime, joy-filled Catholic celebration! Thousands have already reserved their seats. There are specific Youth Sessions for young people, but participants need to register ahead of time at Unite.Archomaha.org.


Reunion Weekend for the “4” and “9” Classes – September 20-21

If you are a Prep alumnus from a class year that ends in “4” and “9,” be sure to join us for Reunion Weekend 2019 on Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21. Details are still being finalized but please note that Preptoberfest 2019 is also planned for Saturday, September 21.

If you would like to help with the planning of your 2019 class reunion, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at 402-548-3851 or mhuerter@creightonprep.org.


Alumni Notes


Please Remember – Obits for the Month of April

Please remember the recently deceased members of the Creighton Prep community noted HERE. The Alumni Office will post a notice of the passing of Prep alumni, parents, spouses and children each month with the Prep Pulse. If we have missed a notice or you wish to receive further obituary information, please contact Terri Haller at thaller@creightonprep.org.


Join Seeking Truth Bible Study

If you’ve always wanted to try a bible study or grow in your faith, Seeking Truth is a great place to start and have meaningful dialogues with your kids. It is an international bible study that started at Creighton Prep and, in its 10th year, the group will be going back to the beginning and Genesis.

All are welcome! The class is taught by Sharon Doran, mother of five Prep graduates. Pre-register HERE for Thursday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. on September 12 and running through March. For information on Seeking Truth’s 10 Year Anniversary Conference, visit www.SeekingTruth.net.


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