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AP Exams Registration

Students who plan to take an AP exam should register with Mrs. Kathryn Harmon in the High School Office between now and Friday, March 22 at 1 p.m. Parents received a letter if their son qualifies to take an exam, and AP course instructors are reminding students to register.

A payment of $94 with a check payable to Creighton Prep is due when registering. If your son is dual-enrolled through the University of Nebraska Omaha, no payment is due but a test needs to be ordered. For any questions, see Mr. Steve Wertzberger or Mrs. Harmon.


Senior Retreat – March 28-29

Parents of seniors who have sons signed up for the Senior Retreat have received an email with details about the retreat. If you have any additional questions about Senior Retreat, please contact Mr. Jerry Kinney at jkinney@creightonprep.org. We are still looking for fathers of seniors to participate by facilitating a small group discussion on Thursday, March 28. The dads will arrive at 7:45 p.m. for instructions, and the discussion will take place from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Fathers will not be assigned to their son’s group. Click HERE to sign up.


Letter Sweaters Available for Ordering in the Jay Mart

The Creighton Prep Jay Mart is offering letter sweaters for ordering until March 31. The letter sweaters are dress code-approved and are in compliance with next school year’s updated sweater policy.

The sweaters come in two colors and cost $50. Blue sweaters are for any student who is earned a school letter either for participation in a varsity NSAA sport, an approved club sport or an NSAA activity. The white sweaters are for any student who has earned state honors in the aforementioned sports or activities. Students may see samples in the Jay Mart. Additional sleeve chevrons to note successive years of participation may be purchased for an additional $10.

Click HERE to order today, and email Dan Kennedy at dkennedy@creightonprep.org with any questions.


Volunteer Opportunities


Sign up for Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel

Creighton Prep is in its sixth year of Eucharistic Adoration in the Skinner Chapel, and anyone is welcome to volunteer for an "hour of power" before the Blessed Sacrament.

Adoration takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. Click HERE to reach the CP Adoration 2018-2019 signup page where you can view the adoration schedule and sign up to participate. 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 have signed up so far!


Participate in Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years”

Beach BASH 2019 "Riding the Wave for 140 Years" will be held in the Heider Center at Creighton Prep on Saturday, April 27, just 43 days away as of Friday, March 15.

  • The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone and to provide more than $2 million in financial assistance annually to approximately 45 percent of our students.
  • To download a save the date reminder in PDF format, click HERE.
  • BASH is a great way to meet new people and get involved with the Prep community!

How Can You Participate?

Register Now to Attend Beach BASH 2019 on Saturday, April 27

  • Mark your calendars now for Saturday, April 27 when Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years” takes place in the Heider Center. Our goal is to have 900 Prep supporters in attendance that evening ready to bid, have fun and support our deserving students.
  • Individual tickets are $150 per person ($90 tax deductible). Young alums (Class of 1998 and later) can purchase tickets at $75 per alum plus guest ($15 tax deductible). We're also happy to place you at a table if you don't have plans to fill your own.
  • Visit creightonprep.org/bash to register today!

Attend the Patron Party on Saturday, April 6

  • Save the date and time of Saturday evening, April 6 to attend the Beach BASH 2019 Patron Party at the home of Prep parents Beth and David Kramer '83. This is a great event where Prep supporters gather in advance of BASH. Visit creightonprep.org/bashpatronparty to make your reservation today.

Purchase a Catalog Advertisement

  • Advertise your business in our Beach BASH 2019 catalog. There are a variety of advertising opportunities for businesses of all sizes. Click HERE to purchase a catalog advertisement.

Become a Premier Partner Sponsor

  • A Premier Partner sponsorship comes with a full-page catalog ad, a table for 10 people at the event, a digital ad on BidPal and more. Click HERE to download a PDF detailing the Premier Partner sponsor options and HERE to become a Premier Partner sponsor.
  • Click HERE to download Premier Partner sponsor details and how to submit required information (catalog ad, eBASH banner, guest names, etc.).

Donate an Auction Item

  • Donate a gift or monetary donation to support the live auction, silent auction or eBASH (online) auction. Gifts of all varieties and sizes are truly needed and appreciated! Some popular gift categories include: electronics, home items, jewelry, kitchenware, vacation homes, themed gift baskets, gift certificates and more. You could donate a gift on your own or go in with other families on a larger item.
  • If you are interested in contributing an auction item, please contact Amy Knight at aknight@creightonprep.org or click HERE to make a donation online.

Donate a Themed Gift Basket

  • One of the many ways you can help ensure a successful Beach BASH 2019 is by preparing a gift basket for the silent auction portion of the evening on Saturday, April 27. Members of the BASH team have created a SignUpGenius page to make it easy for you to donate a gift basket of your choosing or commit to a cash donation so one can be assembled for you. Click HERE to get started!

Buy or Sell Raffle Tickets

  • Help us sell raffle tickets for a grand prize drawing of $10,000. Tickets are $100, 3 for $250, 7 for $500 or 15 for $1000. Tickets went on sale Sunday, January 27. Contact Amy Knight at aknight@creightonprep.org for more info.

Adult and Student Volunteers Needed

  • Each year, Creighton Prep relies on hundreds of adult and student volunteers to make BASH a success! Don't miss this opportunity to get involved at Prep and meet great people!
  • Adults can sign up HERE to volunteer in the months and days leading up to Beach BASH 2019, at the event itself and for post-event cleanup.
  • Students can sign up HERE for volunteering during the week leading up to BASH, at the event itself and for post-event cleanup.
  • If you have any questions about volunteering for Beach BASH 2019, please contact Amy Knight at 402-548-3858 or aknight@creightonprep.org.

BASH is a big undertaking, but with the help of our Prep community members, we come together each year to put together a successful event in support of our students – and have a little fun along the way!

We look forward to partnering with you.


Upcoming Events


6th & 7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam – Saturday, March 16

All Omaha area young men in 6th and 7th grade are encouraged to take the Creighton Prep 6th & 7th-Grade Pre-Entrance Exam that begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 at Prep.

Students should bring two #2 pencils (no calculators) and enter the school on the west side of the building through the Sullivan Center doors. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m., and the $10 fee for the exam can be paid that morning by cash or check. The test ends at 11:15 a.m., and parents can pick up their sons in the west parking lot starting around 11:30 a.m.

Please note that there is no make-up time for this exam. If there is inclement weather, please check all local television stations for the status of the exam.

Walk-ins are welcome, and we look forward to meeting your son!


New Interest Lacrosse Meeting – Monday, March 18

On Monday, March 18, the Creighton Prep lacrosse team will be hosting an informational meeting for any students newly interested in the sport. The meeting will take place in the Criss Auditorium from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Head coach Steve Haney ‘87 and other members of the Prep coaching staff will be on hand to answer any questions that students and parents might have. Any team member already signed up for the program is not expected to attend.

Please email Dan Kennedy at dkennedy@creightonprep.org with any questions or concerns.


eBASH 2019 – March 22-April 12

eBASH 2019, running from Friday, March 22 to Friday, April 12, is your opportunity to participate in Beach BASH 2019 without leaving the comfort of your home. Bid online for Creighton Prep items and ticket opportunities in the days leading up to Beach BASH 2019 on Saturday, April 27! You're guaranteed to find great, unique items while supporting Prep.

Additional details on eBASH 2019 will be communicated at a later date. For questions in the meantime, please contact Stephanie Kremla Heng at 402-548-6228 or skremla@creightonprep.org.


IVC Omaha Lenten Morning of Reflection – Saturday, March 23

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps of Omaha and Christian Life Communities are pleased to present a Lenten morning of reflection with Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ and Fr. Greg Carlson, SJ on Saturday March 23 from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Mercy High School chapel at 1501 S. 48th Street in Omaha. This is a great opportunity to grow your Lenten experience in 2019.

To register, click HERE or call Becky Ehrman at 402-681-6311. On that day, doors open to the school building from Woolworth Street at 8:30 a.m. and a lot will be available for parking.


BASH Patron Party – Saturday, April 6

Save the date and time of Saturday evening, April 6 to attend the Beach BASH 2019 Patron Party at the home of Prep parents Beth and David Kramer '83. This is a great event where Prep supporters gather in advance of BASH. Visit creightonprep.org/bashpatronparty to make your reservation today.


Lenten Event Sponsored by the Midwest Jesuits – Sunday, April 7

Continue your preparations for Easter by joining others in the Omaha community at the Lenten event sponsored by the Midwest Jesuits on Sunday, April 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Prep.

Check-in begins at 9 a.m. followed by prayer and reflection from 9:30-11 a.m. then Mass and lunch. The featured speaker will be Mr. Dan Kennedy, SJ, theology teacher and director of student activities at CP.

Click HERE to register online by Thursday, March 28. Details on parking and the event location inside the building will be communicated to those who register. If you have any questions prior to the event, please contact Dede Crowley at dcrowley@jesuits.org.   


Mission Week Activities – April 8-12  

This year’s Mission Week will take place April 8-12 and involve activities to support Ocer Campion Jesuit College in Northern Uganda, the Ignatian Spirituality Project and Essential Pregnancy Services. Mission Week activities at Prep will include the following:

On Saturday, April 6th Prep students will be participating in the Play it Forward 3 x 3 basketball tournament at Sokol Arena. Proceeds from this event will go to help build a new basketball court at Ocer Campion Jesuit College in Northern Uganda. Click HERE  for a flyer with more info about this event.

Campus Ministry will be hosting a penny wars competition during Mission Week to support the Ignatian Spirituality Project. The Ignatian Spirituality Project provides Ignatian retreats for the homeless and those in recovery. During the penny wars, houses receive positive points for the pennies in their buckets and negative points for the nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills in their buckets.

The National Honor Society will be selling Mission Week wristbands for $5 that will permit students to enjoy blue-white dress code during Mission Week. All proceeds will go to provide scholarships to students at Ocer Campion.

The Prep Students for Life group will be collecting diapers each morning during Mission Week to donate to Essential Pregnancy Services. EPS is committed to helping expectant and parenting families by providing medical, educational, material, financial, and emotional support.  

A Mission Week Board Game and Spring Pep Rally will take place the following week, during Community Period on Wednesday, April 17. The house that wins the board game will receive a free breakfast from the Pancake Man during the morning of Wednesday, May 1.


Save the Date – Spring Rosary – Friday, April 12

Plan now to attend the 12th annual Spring Rosary for the Prep community on Friday, April 12. The event will be sponsored by CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius, and more information about it will be included in a future Parent Pulse.


Beach BASH 2019 – Saturday, April 27

We look forward to seeing everyone in the Heider Center on Saturday, April 27 for Beach BASH 2019 “Riding the Wave for 140 Years.” Our goal is to have 900 Prep supporters in attendance that evening ready to bid, have fun and support our deserving students.

Individual tickets are $150 per person ($90 tax deductible). Young alums (Class of 1998 and later) can purchase tickets at $75 per alum plus guest ($15 tax deductible). We're also happy to place you at a table if you don't have plans to fill your own.

Visit creightonprep.org/bash to register today!


Senior Recognition Concert - Tuesday, April 30

On Tuesday, April 30, you are cordially invited to hear the Prep Concert Band at its final home concert of the year, the annual Senior Recognition Concert. This is where senior band members will be recognized for their tremendous work and achievements. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Center and admission is free.


Alumni Golf Tournament – Monday, May 20

Prep alumni, make sure to mark your calendar now and join us 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! The cost is $115 per player, and that includes the range, a cart, golf, lunch and dinner. Sponsorships at various holes on the course are available for $650.

Click HERE to register today, and contact Max Huerter '09 in the Alumni Office at mhuerter@creightonprep.org or 402-548-3851 with any questions.


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 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! Over 7,000 people have reserved their seats so far. There are specific Youth Sessions for young people, but participants need to register ahead of time at Unite.Archomaha.org.


Prep Notes


Seven Speakers Qualify for National Catholic Forensic League Tournament

Congratulations to Head Coach Rich Brown and the seven members of the speech team who have qualified to compete in five different categories for the National Catholic Forensic League Tournament to be held later this year.

Student Congress: Patrick Kealey, Jack McNally and Dominic Mendlik,

Declamation: Simon Podliska

Extemporaneous: Jaliya Nagahawatte

Dramatic Performance: James Miller

Oral Interpretation: Nathan Reyes

Congratulations also go to Rich Brown on being recently named the National Forensic League/National Speech & Debate Association District Speech Coach of the Year!


Prep Band Working With the Omaha Symphony, UNO Faculty to Prepare for Contest Season

Director of Instrumental Music David May reports that, during the month of March, the Prep Band is working side-by-side with musicians from the Omaha Symphony and Karen Fannin, the assistant director for the School of Music at the University of Nebraska Omaha, to prepare for their upcoming contest season.

That season includes the district music contest on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at Burke High School. The Prep Concert Band will be seeking the program’s 33rd consecutive Superior rating at the event. The Prep Percussion Ensemble and several individual soloists will be competing, too. On Sunday, May 5, the Prep Band will be performing at the Worlds of Fun Festival of Music in Kansas City, looking for a 25th straight Superior rating in national competition.


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May Prep Pulse
Posted 05/16/2018 04:37PM

Historic $8 Million Lead Gift Launches Campaign for Lannon Learning Commons

(announced on Thursday, May 10)

Dear Creighton Prep Community,

With deep gratitude and great joy, I am pleased to announce that The Heider Family has made a historic $8 million lead gift for the building of a new $16 million student learning commons on the campus of Creighton Prep.

The gift, in honor of Fr. Timothy R. Lannon, SJ who served as the 28th president of Creighton Prep from 1988-1995, is the single largest gift Prep has received for a capital project in our 140-year history. In addition, Cindy and Scott Heider have agreed to chair the campaign to raise the additional $8 million.

The Lannon Learning Commons will be a student-centric space that will serve as the new home for a School Psychologist, a Learning Specialist, an Academic Coach and a Director of Student Outreach and Advocacy. It will also serve our five Guidance Counselors, a Director of College Counseling and an Assistant Principal for Student Support Services. Creighton Prep's mission to care for the whole person will be significantly enhanced by this gift and will help assist our young men as they navigate their emotional and academic needs.

"I am very excited to lead this project, not only because it advances the Prep mission by bringing holistic student services to a new level but also because every young man at the school will be able to take full advantage of the new space and programs. It will complement the exceptional academic and formative experience the students already receive," said Cindy.

"My family truly could not be more pleased to do this," noted Scott. "Prep and its mission are very close to our hearts, and we hope this gift inspires others to also make commitments to a new student-focused program that we believe is very timely and greatly needed. This is exactly the kind of impact we're looking for."

Please join me in thanking the Heiders for their exemplary commitment to our Jesuit Catholic mission. I am also indebted to them for their continued leadership as we begin to seek the remaining funds for the Lannon Learning Commons.

In Christ,

Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ


Creighton Preparatory School


Jesuit Reflection


Blessed Easter to you. That’s correct; it is still the Easter season. The Easter season in the Roman Catholic Church consists of a week of Sundays (that is, seven Sundays). The Easter season, a season of fifty days, is intended to help us celebrate the Resurrection and to send us forth into the world with Joy. The season of Easter includes Divine Mercy Sunday, Feast of the Ascension (5/10/18), and ends on the feast of the Pentecost (5/20/18). However, many of us spend so much time celebrating spring, prom and graduation that we miss out on the Easter season.

St. Ignatius of Loyola suggests a number of ways to help us refocus on the resurrection and new life that God offers. Meditating on the resurrection stories (there are 12) in the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles helps draw us closer to a relationship with Jesus.

Which resurrection story is your favorite? I was quick to say the Emmaus story because it is the only one I could remember. Then I allowed myself the gift of reading over them again. Now I say my favorite is in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 16, verses 9-12. This story points out that even with the appearance of Jesus, others struggle with believing in the resurrection. I struggle too, at times, to believe in the Good News. Do you?

St. Ignatius then invites us to imagine that Jesus’ first post resurrection appearance is to his mother, the Blessed Virgin. Can you imagine what that encounter would have been like?  I imagine so much amazing love and so much incredulity. Is it easy to imagine that kind of love in that relationship? The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola ends with a meditation that is intended to send us forth into the world. The meditation is called the “Contemplation to Gain Love.”  This meditation is presented in four parts that aim to keep my vision on service. Jim Manney, author of the Ignatian Spirituality website, describes the four parts in the following way in his “Contemplation on the Love of God”:

“The contemplation invites reflection on four themes:

  1. Reflection on God’s gifts to us (life, family, friends, faith, church, eternal life).
  2. God’s self-giving in Jesus.
  3. God’s continuing work in the world.
  4. The limitless quality of God’s love. As a contemporary paraphrase has it, ‘God’s love shines down upon me like the light rays from the sun, or God’s love is poured forth lavishly like a fountain spilling forth its waters into an unending stream.’” 

My experience of the Risen Christ has encouraged me to see hope and act out of a joy-filled heart. I am able to see Christ daily through all of the works of God in the world. I can’t help but celebrate.

How will you celebrate the end of the Easter season? Will you throw a party to commemorate the Pentecost? If so, invite me?

Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ

Creighton Prep


Volunteer Opportunities


Consider Serving in the Alumni Volunteer Corps for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

For young alumni nearing the completion of college, we invite you to consider applying to serve at Prep in the Alumni Volunteer Corps (AVC) for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Serving in the AVC is an opportunity for Prep alumni who have recently graduated from college to once again become involved in the school and use their gifts to serve within the Prep community. AVC members also live rent-free on campus and receive a small monthly stipend as well as health insurance.

It is ideal for those who would like to do real and meaningful work as teachers, coaches, tutors or as staff members working in areas such as advancement, campus ministry, admissions, etc. A year in the AVC is also a great opportunity for alumni to gain valuable work experience.

"I have enjoyed being a part of the Creighton Prep community as a member of the Alumni Volunteer Corps, connecting with students both in the classroom and through clubs and athletics. Helping my students academically and seeing them develop as people has brought me a lot of joy. I have also grown as a professional, become more confident and gained important experience for my career."

– Matthew Jadlowski '13, co-teacher of Catholic Social Teaching, assistant for student outreach and advocacy, and coach of football and soccer.

Prep graduates interested in serving in the AVC during the 2018-2019 academic year can visit www.creightonprep.org/avc today to learn more then HERE to request more information or a phone call to further explore the opportunity. 


School News


Prep Junior Receives Coolidge Scholarship

Congratulations to Creighton Prep junior Matthew Muellner who has been recognized by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation as one of four Coolidge Scholarship recipients for 2018. According to the Coolidge Scholars website, this prestigious award is a “full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study … at any accredited college or university in the U.S.”

“I am very grateful for the award and the opportunity that comes with it,” said Matthew. “I also want to thank the teachers and students at Prep who have had such a great impact on me.”

The four selected for the Coolidge Scholarship were chosen from over 3,200 applicants, said Executive Director Matthew Denhart. “We’re very pleased to honor Matthew and welcome him to the family of Coolidge Scholars,” he noted.

Selection criteria included academic achievement, an interest in public policy and an appreciation for the values that President Coolidge exhibited throughout his life, such as civility, government restraint and respects for teachers. A sense of humility and an orientation toward serving others were also important factors.

“We would like to thank the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and those on the Finalist Jury for selecting Matthew for this wonderful honor,” said Creighton Prep Principal Jim Bopp. "He excels both academically and as a generous student leader who uses his many gifts in the service of others."

To see the news release from the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, click HERE


Baseball Team Advances in State Tournament

Following their District A-1 title, won at Jurgensen Park on Saturday, May 5 with a 2-0 victory over Bellevue West, the number one-seeded Junior Jay varsity baseball team is currently advancing in the state tournament after early round wins against Lincoln Southeast, Burke and Millard West. Their next game is Wednesday, May 16 at 4 p.m. at Werner Park against Millard South.

Click HERE to see the 2018 Class A Baseball State Championship Bracket.


Senior Named to Omaha World-Herald All-State and All-Metro Academic Teams

Congratulations to senior Joseph Hennessey on being named to the Omaha World-Herald All-State and All-Metro Academic Teams. As noted by the organization, Joseph ranked first in his class at Prep, was a National Merit Scholarship finalist and was offered scholarships by a number of universities.


Omaha World-Herald Lists Key Senior Staffer, Scholarships Offered to Students

Click HERE to see the Omaha World-Herald announcement of senior Nicholas Fletcher as the key senior staffer for student publications at Prep along with the list of scholarships offered to Creighton Prep seniors. The list of scholarships is for those reported to the Counseling Department by Wednesday, April 25.


Four Named Finalists in 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Congratulations to student artists Keithen Adams ‘18, Adam Gray ‘21, William Klingemann ‘21 and Michael Sheridan ’18 who were announced on Saturday, May 12 as finalists in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. The event was exhibited and held at the Regency Parkway Art Gallery.

In addition, Keithen Adams won third place overall, and his work will be displayed in the congressional office of Congressman Don Bacon for the next year.


Soccer Team Finishes Season at State

Congratulations to co-head coaches Tom Hoover ’18 and Jim Swanson 81 and the Prep soccer team on a great season that ended in the state tournament on Thursday, May 10. The squad finished with a 16-4 record and captured the District A-5 championship this year as well. Thanks also to Coach Swanson for all he has done for the program as this was his final game in that role for the school.


Track & Field Team Wins District A-4, Prepares for State

Congratulations to Head Coach Dan Tietjen and the track & field team on their District A-4 championship, won on Wednesday, May 9 at Grand Island Senior High School. Among the standout performances were senior Noah Velinsky’s titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes as well as Daniel Mattern ‘18, Luke Dickas ‘19 and Colin Mahoney ’21 going 1-2-3 in the 800 meter run. Senior Ryan Eastman also won the 1,600 meter run.

Next for the team is the state meet on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, at Burke Stadium. Click HERE to see the schedule of events.


Golf Team Second in District A-3, at State Next Week

Congratulations to Head Coach Matt Rasgorshek and the golf team on their second place finish in District A-3 play where they were edged out of the top team spot in the 10-team tournament by just 4 strokes. Next up for the squad is the state meet that begins on Tuesday, May 22 at Norfolk Country Club.


Over 400 Attend Senior Breakfast

Over 400 Prep seniors, fathers and grandfathers attended the annual Senior Breakfast on Tuesday, May 8 in the Sullivan Center. Emcee for the event was Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter '09, who introduced Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ to give the opening remarks and prayer. That was followed by a speech from Prep alumnus and longtime Prep math teacher Scott Sibbernsen '68, who is also the father of Andy '93 and the grandfather of Davis '18. Principal Jim Bopp then offered advice to the seniors in his remarks before the group adjourned for a photo.

Click HERE to see photos from the event.


Prep Blue Trapshooting Team Third at State

Congratulations to Head Coach Ted Vasko and the Prep Blue trapshooting team on their third place medal at the recent 49th annual Cornhusker National Jr./Sr. High School Shoot in Doniphan, Nebraska. Team members included J.T. Klein ‘18, Matthew Krumwiede ‘18, Matthew McGovern ‘19, Alex Papa ’19 and Tom Peltz ‘20.

The Prep Blue team also garnered second place in the team handicap competition while the Prep White team of Aidan Buechler ‘19, Colbi Geis ‘20, Joey Kaplan ‘18, Mark Pedersen ‘20 and John Pritchard ’19 was third. Individual handicap competition honors went to Aidan Buechler ‘19 for second place in handicap yardage and classmate Alex Papa for sixth place at 22-23 yards.


Two Perfect Papers, 41 Medals by Students in National Latin Exam

Congratulations to the Prep students honored with two perfect papers, 17 gold medals and 24 silver medals in the 2018 National Latin Exam. Less than 1 percent of the more than 143,000 participants achieved a perfect paper. Those who scored in the 90th percentile and above received a gold medal, and those who scored in the 80th-89th percentile received a silver medal.



Samuel Forrest '19

Perfect Paper - Level III

James Chapman '20  

Perfect Paper - Level II

Joseph Boever '20

Gold Medal - Level III

Zach Draper '19

Gold Medal - Level III

Colin Duffy '19

Gold Medal - Level III

Kevin Hong '19

Gold Medal - Level III

Jason Kwong '19

Gold Medal - Level III

Noah Meysenburg '19   

Gold Medal - Level III

Liam Reinhart '19

Gold Medal - Level III

Jonathan Schroeder '19   

Gold Medal - Level III

Matthew Tiojanco '19

Gold Medal - Level III

Mitchell Gordon '20

Gold Medal - Level II

Landen Kroska '20

Gold Medal - Level II 

Matthew Lemar '20

Gold Medal - Level II

Jackson Morris '21

Gold Medal - Level II

Sean Smith '20

Gold Medal - Level II

Sean Patterson '21

Gold Medal - Level I 

John Ronayne '21

Gold Medal - Level I

Christopher Ugarte '21

Gold Medal - Level I

Charles Gehringer '18

Silver Medal - Level IV

Peter Kelly '18

Silver Medal - Level IV

Paul Martin '18

Silver Medal - Level IV

Noah Peyton '18

Silver Medal - Level IV

William Draper '19

Silver Medal - Level III

Nathaniel George '19

Silver Medal - Level III

Jaliya Nagahawatte '19

Silver Medal - Level III

Timothy Nichols '20

Silver Medal - Level III

John Pritchard '19

Silver Medal - Level III

Ross Schroeder '19

Silver Medal - Level III

Paul Weist '19

Silver Medal - Level III

Nate Franco '20

Silver Medal - Level II

Fin Herrera '20

Silver Medal - Level II

Nick McGill '20

Silver Medal - Level II

Paul Owens '20

Silver Medal - Level II

John Pedersen '20

Silver Medal - Level II

Mark Petersen '20

Silver Medal - Level II

Jacob Woodard '20

Silver Medal - Level II

Aidan Chapman '20

Silver Medal - Level I 

Erik Hultquist '21

Silver Medal - Level I

Daniel Kleinsmith '21

Silver Medal - Level I

James Knudsen '21

Silver Medal - Level I

Aidan Krakowski '21

Silver Medal - Level I

Kevin Prososki '20

Silver Medal - Level I


Work by 15 Student Artists Selected for Omaha Catholic High Schools Art Show

Congratulations to the fifteen Prep student artists whose work was selected for exhibition at the 23rd Annual Omaha Catholic High Schools Art Show that opened on Friday, May 4 at the Hot Shops Art Center at 1301 Nicholas Street.

Those with work selected for the show included Kyle Aranda ‘19, Daniel Deras ‘20, Henry Drvol ‘20, Logan Field ‘18, Jared Groves ‘19, Henry Johnson ‘19, Lucas Johnson ‘20, Gannon McMullen ‘21, Jon Mizaur ‘18, Brecken Musick ‘20, Caleb Myers ‘18, Mac Nelson ‘20, Tim Nichols ‘20, Javier Rivera ‘18 and Aidan Swanson ‘18.


Students Honored in National Spanish Exam Competition

Congratulations to the Prep students who earned a total of six gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze medals in the 2018 National Spanish Exam competition. Over 150,000 students take the test each year, and earning a medal in the competition is a prestigious honor.

The gold medal winners from Prep who scored in the top 5 percent nationally were Jacob Becerra ’19, James Chapman ‘20, John Dickas ‘21, Joe Hennessey ’18, Max Lauritsen ’21 and Ben Lyons ‘21.

Silver medalists included Dylan Brown ‘21, Andrew Butler ‘21, John Doran ‘19, Connor Gregg ‘20, Ryan Kenney ‘20, Landen Krzoska ‘20, Matthew McCaslin ‘21, Dominic Mendlik ‘21, Michael Montemarano ‘20, Ethan Schmaderer ‘20, Paul Wynegar ’20 and Jackson Young ‘19.

Those receiving bronze medals were Oscar Ahumada ‘21, Ugo Anyaegbunam ‘21, Jackson Bartak ‘18, Carson Broz ‘19, Conor Buckley ‘21, Richard Evans ‘19, Jeff Garvey ‘18, Brandon Gonzalez-Godinez ‘20, Benjamin Humpal ‘21, Joshua Kramer ‘20, Jimmy Miller ‘21, Matthew Muellner ‘19, Michael Ramcharan ‘21, Kameron Saadat ‘19, Chris Ugarte ’21, Drew Vosik ’20 and Cian Weekly ‘21.


Choir Selected to Sing National Anthem at College World Series

Congratulations to vocal music director Rob Chesire and the Creighton Prep Choir on being selected by College World Series of Omaha, Inc. to sing the national anthem at the 2018 College World Series. The group will perform on the field at TD Ameritrade Park just prior to Game 8 on Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m.

This year, over 200 applicants from a number of states submitted requests to sing the national anthem during the CWS, and 17 of those were chosen. This will be the third time that the choir has performed at the event.


Freshman Quiz Bowl Team Wins 9th Grade Division at Lincoln Northeast Contest

Congratulations to the freshman Quiz Bowl team of John Dickas, William Harper, Ben Humpal, Benjamin Lyons and Sean Patterson on winning the ninth grade division at the 21st annual Brain Brawl quiz bowl tournament on Saturday, April 28 at Lincoln Northeast High School. The team also went undefeated in their run to the event title.


Bowtie BASH 2018 – 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 Bowtie BASH 2018, Tied Together in Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Service such a memorable event on Saturday, April 21.

The monies raised 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.

On April 21, 670 guests gathered in the Heider Center for this 48th annual fundraiser where over 286 silent auction items and 31 live auction items were up for bid. Director of Events Amy Knight said the successful event raised over $825,000.

Highlights of Bowtie BASH 2018, Tied Together in Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Service included remarks by Prep junior Michael Sitti ‘19 who talked about his experience at the school and the support of his parents. Then guests raised their paddles to donate to Prep and bid on live auction items such as a dive trip to Saint Lucia, golf for four in Palm Beach, Florida, a collection of Italian wines and dinner with three Fr. Toms (Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ as well as Fr. Tom Merkel, SJ and Fr. Tom Fangman ’80). The auction concluded at 9:30 p.m.

If you missed Bowtie BASH 2018, Tied Together in Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Service and would still like to contribute, click HERE to donate in support of Creighton Prep students.

Executive chairs for Bowtie BASH 2018, Tied Together in Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Service were Julie and Mark Dunbar '77 (live auction), Denise Fitzgerald (decorations), Carrie Jenkins (auction acquisition), David Kramer '83 (underwriting), Julie Mowat (catalog), Kathy Neary (logistics), David Patterson '94 (raffle) and Stacy Moffenbier Rohloff (patron party).

Click HERE to see photos from this year’s event, and please mark your calendars now for BASH 2019 on Saturday, April 27, 2019!


TEAMS Squads Finish First and Third at State

Congratulations to faculty moderator Mike Clark and the two Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) squads on winning and finishing third, respectively, in recent competition at state. The state champion 9th/10th TEAMS squad included Connor Gregg ’20, Killian Green ’21, Will Harper ’21, Josh Kramer ’20, Ben Lyons, ’21 and Cian Weekly ‘21, and the third place 11th/12th TEAMS squad included Robbie Beyer ’18, Ben Csordas ’19, Christiaan Dewey ’19, Colin Duffy ’19, Chris Lin ’19, Ryan McNamara ’18 and Matthew Muellner ’19.


Academic Decathlon Team Third at Nationals in Division II, Eighth Overall

Congratulations to faculty moderators Barb Hake, Elaine Ayers and Mattie Olsen and the Creighton Prep academic decathlon team on placing third in Division II and eighth overall at the United States Academic Decathlon Nationals in Frisco, Texas. Prep students also won 15 individual medals, senior Aidan Filipi received the Division II Founders Scholarship for Most Improved Student and was named most valuable team member, and Paul Martin was recognized as the team’s high scorer.




Aidan Buechler '19   



Gabe Drew '18



Aidan Filipi '18



Aidan Filipi '18



Aidan Filipi '18



Aidan Filipi '18



Isaiah Hogue '18



Paul Martin '18



Paul Martin '18



Paul Martin '18



Mitch Masker '18



Joe McGill '18



Matthew Muellner '19   



Aidan Weindel '18



Aidan Weindel '18




Prep Teams Finish First, Third and Fourth at UNO Academic Bowl

Congratulations to AP US History teacher Tom Haindfield  and the three teams of AP US History students that finished first, third and fourth in an academic bowl hosted by the University of Nebraska Omaha on Saturday, April 21. The competition was modeled on the AP exam format of multiple choice questions and an essay. The Prep A team finished with 525 points, the Prep B team with 453 points and the Prep C team with 432 points in the 16-team event.

In addition to the great team performances, 12 of Prep’s 18 students earned medals in the essay category, including gold for Keegan Brown ‘19, Colin Inda ‘19 and Liam Reinhart ‘19, silver for Sam Atkins ‘19, Jason Kwong ‘19, Chris Lin ‘19 and Joe McLeese ‘19, and bronze for Colin Duffy ‘19, Kevin Hong ‘19, Jaliya Nagahawatte ‘19, Paul Weist ‘19 and Brad Young ‘19. Six of the top 10 students in the multiple choice category were also Prep students, including Ben Csordas ’19 (1st), Sam Atkins ’19 (2nd), Joe McLeese ’19 (3rd), Liam Reinhart ’19 (4th) as well as well Colin Inda ’19 and Brad Young ’19 (T-9th).

Prep A team members included Sam Atkins ‘19, Colin Duffy ‘19, Kevin Hong ‘19, Joe McLeese ‘19, Liam Reinhart ’19 and Brad Young ‘19. Those on the Prep B team were Ben Csordas ‘19, Jason Kwong ‘19, Jaliya Nagahawatte ‘19, Matthew Tiojanco ‘19, Paul Weist ’19 and Jack Young ‘19, and the Prep C team consisted of Patrick Bausch ‘19, Keegan Brown ‘19, Mitch Finocchiaro ‘19, Colin Inda ‘19, Chris Lin ‘19 and Jacob Zadalis ’19.


Band Receives 32nd Consecutive Superior Rating in District Music Competition

Congratulations to Director of Instrumental Music David May and the Creighton Prep Band on earning the program’s 32nd consecutive Superior rating in district music competition on Friday, April 20. The band was also honored by the three judges with a 1+ rating and a unanimous vote on the Superior rating.

“We’re extremely proud of all bandsmen and are very thankful for all of the support from our Prep community and families,” said David.


Architecture Club Honored in Competition at UNO

Congratulations to the members of the Architecture Club on the honors they received at UNO on Monday, April 16 for their work on a Holy Family Shrine Retreat Center project that was reviewed in the competition sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers Student Mentoring Program.

The team earned five gold medals in the categories of Technology, Research, Sustainability, Team Work and Presentation as well as three silver medals in the categories of Innovation, Applied Sciences and Paper. In addition, the team received an Award of Distinction and a $500 prize. Members of the team included juniors Joe Brennan and Max Cipolla, and seniors Mitch Dowd, Phil Krause, Jack Mowat and Anthony Wynegar.

The challenge to design a Holy Family Shrine Retreat Center was presented to the Architecture Club by Holy Family Shrine architect Jim Dennell ’75.


Upcoming Events


Cheer on the Junior Jays – May 16-23

Cheer on the varsity baseball team in their quest for another state title as they take on Millard South in the state tournament on Wednesday, May 16 at 4 p.m. at Werner Park. The state tournament final is scheduled for Thursday, May 17 also at Werner Park. Click HERE to see the 2018 Class A Baseball State Championship Bracket.

On Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, be sure to catch members of the track & field team competing in the state meet at Burke Stadium. Click HERE to see the schedule of events. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and 23, visit the Norfolk Country Club beginning at 9:30 a.m. to root for the golf team in the state tournament. If you can’t make it to Norfolk, click HERE on Tuesday and Wednesday to see the live scoreboard.

As always, stay tuned to the athletic calendar for all the latest schedule information and go CP!


Bowtie Bash 2018 Sale – Now Through Friday, May 25

Support Prep students now through Friday, May 25 by participating in the Bowtie BASH 2018 Sale! This online sale is new to the BASH calendar this year, and features items up for bid such as meals with the Jesuits, tickets to Finest Hour on the Lake on Saturday, June 23 and reservations for the Mom’s Gone Shopping trip on Thursday, October 25. Great fixed price items are available for purchase as well.

Click HERE to visit the Bowtie BASH 2018 Sale!


Graduation 2018 Live Stream – Sunday, May 20

Congratulations to all the members of the Class of 2018 who will graduate into the Prep alumni community on Sunday, May 20 in the Heider Center, and thank you to their families and friends who have supported them in their journey through Prep.

Graduation 2018 will be live-streamed HERE on the Creighton Prep TV channel on YouTube beginning at 9:45 a.m., just prior to the start of the event at 10 a.m.


Omaha Gives! is One Week Away – Wednesday, May 23

We are just one week away from Omaha Gives! on Wednesday, May 23. All gifts donated to Creighton Prep that day will go toward supporting our students. Also that day, we will also be releasing never-before-seen photos and videos of our 140-year history. In addition, our students will be creating special gifts, created in the new ToMorrow Labs space, for all donations of $50 or more.

You can schedule your OmahaGives! donations to Prep early! Just click on the image below anytime between now and May 23. You can also share in our success by following us on TwitterFacebookInstagram and LinkedIn! Thank you!


12th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser for the Wrestling Team – Saturday, June 2

Prep wrestling fans, be sure to sign up today to play in the 12th annual golf tournament fundraiser that will take place on Saturday, June 2 starting at 1 p.m. at the Tara Hills Golf Course in Papillion. Head Coach Andrew Fisher ’08 and Assistant Coach Rowan Stander ’08 would appreciate your support. The tournament format will be a best ball, four-person scramble.

Click HERE to download the entry form that you can complete and return as directed along with your payment. The tournament will be limited to the first 36 foursomes, and the deadline to enter is Sunday, May 27.


Alumni Golf Tournament – Monday, June 4

Thanks to everyone who has registered for the Alumni Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, June 4.at Shadow Ridge Country Club. The event is now full. Who will win the coveted O'Leary Blue Jacket?

  • Monday, June 4
  • Noon Shotgun    
  • Shadow Ridge Country Club
  • 1501 South 188 Plaza - Omaha, NE 68130
  • $110 includes range, cart, golf, lunch and dinner
  • $440 for foursome or $600 for hole sponsorship

Please contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 for more information at 402-548-3851 or mhuer@prep.creighton.edu.


Reunion Weekend – September 21-22

Alumni from the classes of 1958, 1963, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008, please plan to attend Reunion Weekend at Prep on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. The agenda for the weekend currently has alumni attending class-specific socials and activities on Friday then a community service opportunity for them and their families on Saturday followed by a “Preptoberfest” celebration of 140 years of Creighton Prep.

Please contact Max Huerter at 402-548-3851 or mhuer@prep.creighton.edu if you plan to attend Reunion Weekend. We look forward to seeing you there!


Men for Others Golf Classic – Monday, October 1

Please note that the date for the 2018 Men for Others Golf Classic has been changed from Monday, September 17 to Monday, October 1 and that the location will be the Shadow Ridge Country Club. More details including how to register will follow in a future Prep Pulse but, for now, plan on a 10:30 a.m. check-in, a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start and a two-player best ball format.

Please contact Max Huerter for more information at 402-548-3851 or mhuer@prep.creighton.edu.


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 as well as their 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 thall@prep.creighton.edu.


Prep Powerlifting Championships – Thank You!

Head Coach Dan Barton would like to thank all the alumni who participated in the Prep Powerlifting Championships on Saturday, May 12 where proceeds will benefit the Prep powerlifting program. The event drew 30 powerlifters to the competition in the Heider Center, including alumni from the years 1994 to 2017. Dan hopes to see all those participants and more at next year’s meet.


Jay Mart Blowout Sale! All Items 30 Percent Off! – Now Through Thursday, May 24

Don’t miss the end-of-the-school-year Jay Mart blowout sale where all items in the store are 30 percent off from Monday, May 7 to Thursday, May 24, the last day the Jay Mart will be open until school resumes in August.

Choose from a wide variety of men’s and women’s apparel including quarter-zips, T-shirts, sweatshirts and many accessory items.

The Jay Mart is located in the Smith Atrium just outside the Heider Center and is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on school days and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the May 22-24 final exam period for underclassmen.

For the latest Jay Mart news and photos, follow the store’s Instagram page HERE. For questions or additional information, please contact Stacey Burke at sburk@prep.creighton.edu. Thank you!


2019 WWII Battlefields of Europe Trip

If you or your family are interested in World War II history and like adventurous travel, we have a great opportunity to offer you. In honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Mr. Tom Haindfield (history teacher) and Mrs. Barb Hake (English teacher) are offering a 14-day trip in 2019 to explore World War II battlefields, museums and war memorials throughout Western Europe. The group will see where our soldiers fought, where they died and where some still remain.

The tour begins in Amsterdam with visits to the Anne Frank House and the Jewish Historical Museum. From Amsterdam, you will travel to Bastogne, tour the Mardasson Memorial and visit the Ardennes American Cemetery and memorial. Normandy will be next with a tour of the American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc and the D-Day beaches.

Then travel to Paris through Rouen, spending two days in both areas. From Paris, fly to Munich to explore there for three days. During that time, there will be several day trips to Dachau, Salzburg and the Eagle’s Nest where you can still see initials carved by the 101st Airborne Division when they captured the Kehlsteinhaus in May of 1945.

It will be a trip of a lifetime! To see a detailed itinerary, please visit www.explorica.com/Hake-8012, and email any questions to bhake@prep.creighton.edu.

The trip will be limited to 30 people.

Thank you!


Travel to the Holy Land During the Summer of 2019

Travel to the Holy Land during the summer of 2019 with other Creighton Prep community members and their families and friends! Beginning Thursday, May 30, 2019, your trip to Israel will include visits to the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives, King David’s Tomb, the Wailing Wall, Tel Aviv and much more. With an option to take an excursion to the Dead Sea, the trip will span 10 days.

Travelers can manage their own reservations at www.explorica.com/Stickels-7317. There is also a $100 voucher (code is Israel100) valid until Thursday, May 24, 2018 for early sign up. Also, anyone who has been on an Explorica tour in the past will automatically receive a $100 repeat traveler discount when they sign up for another tour. Space is limited, so sign up soon to join us on this memorable experience! Please email any questions to nstic@prep.creighton.edu or kmart@prep.creighton.edu. Thank you!


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