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THE MAY 22nd PARENT PULSE

SENIOR UPDATES

Senior Tribute Video 

To commemorate our graduates, we created a video slideshow complete with all of the input they provided about their post-graduation plans and photos. Read the seniors’ thoughts as they share their special memories and proudest moments at Prep. Congratulations Class of 2020! 

Graduation Ceremony on Friday, July 31

The Class of 2020 graduation ceremony is set to take place at CHI Health Center Arena on Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. More information will come as we get closer to the date. An important reminder that we need all graduates to fill out this form ASAP to help us prepare for the ceremony.

SCHOOL NEWS

Summer Communication

This is the last Parent Pulse for the 2019-2020 school year although we will send communication as needed throughout the summer. 

Summer Reading Book Delivered to Students

The all-school summer reading book “24th and Glory: The Intersection of Civil Rights and Omaha's Greatest Generation of Athletes.” The book is written by Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald and they will be mailing it to each student sometime soon. Also, students may want to use this helpful study guide that will help students focus as they read. 

Final Grades 

Final grades for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be posted to PowerSchool by the end of the day today. 

The Jaymart is OPEN! 

Please follow us on Instagram for pop-up summer hours or feel free to email Molly Sengstock for personal shopping times. We will ask you to please wear a mask when entering the building and maintain a proper distance. We will be wiping down counters, credit cards and pens. Shopping is limited to 5 people in the store at a time. Please park on the east side and go in the doors to the Hider Center. We can't wait to see you in the Jaymart!

COVID-19 AND ONLINE LEARNING UPDATES 

Prep COVID-19 Communications Summary

comprehensive list of all emails sent to students and parents. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Order through AmazonSmile to Help Prep

When you order through Amazon, go to AmazonSmile to donate 0.5% of your purchase of eligible products to Prep. 

The May Prep Pulse
Posted 05/19/2020 06:22PM


Jesuit Reflection

 

A story I have found consolation in during the pandemic is about another devastating world event involving Pedro Arrupe, a former Superior General of the Jesuits.

While he was a Spaniard, he was missioned to be a director of novices in Nagatsuka Japan, which was about four miles from Hiroshima. On August 6, 1945, he was able to see a flash in the sky like one of the chemistry experiments he had in his secondary education. For three or four seconds, he watched as doors flew off hinges and windows cracked and crashed to the ground. Everyone in the Jesuit community was alive, yet when they looked to the city center of Hiroshima, it was gone.

Fr. Arrupe had taken medical courses but never completed his training to become a physician. Still, he worked with the other Jesuits to organize a field hospital for those people who survived the initial blast. They were able to help 150 people with limited medical equipment. Recounting his experience later, he said: “We did the only thing that could be done in the presence of mass human slaughter, we fell on our knees and prayed for guidance as we were destitute of all human help.” While so many human and understandable responses could have come to Arrupe’s mind — for example, fleeing to safety — he stayed and asked for God to show him the way to respond.

While our fight with the virus will be protracted, we will continually need to ask God’s help to not close our eyes, ears, mind and heart to what we are experiencing. We cannot close our eyes to the suffering in the world. We cannot become deaf to the pleas of help from those who stand in food and unemployment lines. We cannot close our minds to collaborate in new ways as a worldwide community to defeat the virus. We cannot close our hearts to gratitude for those who labor for our benefit, to continue to seek justice for all people. We cannot because God does not. God draws closer to those in need, like Arrupe turning toward the blast.

There is no immunity for human fragility. We are able only to respond as best we can. On those days when we feel overwhelmed and bereft of help, maybe the response to help is to ask God for grace, like Arrupe, by getting on our knees to pray.

Mr. Dan Kennedy, SJ

Creighton Prep

 

School News

 

Prep Honors Class of 2020 with Video Slideshow, Yard Signs and Lights

Check out the video slideshow salute to the Class of 2020 published by Creighton Prep on Sunday, May 17, the date originally scheduled for graduation. Photos of the seniors are accompanied by their college plans and thoughts on what made Prep special to them and what they are most proud of from their time at the school. 

The senior class was also honored on May 1 (their last day of classes) with yard signs planted by 70 Prep faculty and staff members, and, throughout April and early May, with Monday Night Lights, when the school had the lights at Jurgensen Park turned on from 8 to 8:20 p.m. (20:20 in military time) on a series of Mondays.

Congratulations, guys! And see you on Friday, July 31 for your graduation ceremony!

 

Board Chair Thanks Fr. Neitzke for Outstanding Service to Prep

On Friday, May 15, Board of Trustees Chair Ryan Zabrowski ‘96 emailed Prep constituents with a message of thanks to Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ for his outstanding service to Prep that included many high profile accomplishments. Fr. Neitzke will be leaving the Prep campus on Friday, May 22 for an assignment as the Dean of Arrupe College at Loyola University Chicago that begins August 1. 

Assistant to the President and former Prep Principal John Naatz will begin a new role as interim president on June 1 then Fr. Matthew Spotts, SJ will become Prep’s 34th President next year.

 

Ink Inc. Literary Journal Moves Online

See the fine literary and visual art produced by Prep students in the latest edition of Ink Inc., Prep’s literary journal that is now online here. Check out the posts and feel free to leave “Likes” and encouraging comments! For more about Ink, Inc, contact faculty moderator Meghan Townley.

 

VIRTUAL BASH 2020 a Success

A big thank you to everyone who helped VIRTUAL BASH 2020 to success. Director of Events Amy Knight said that the results from this 50th BASH will have a significant impact on our ability to provide financial assistance to those in need.

Throughout the week leading up to the event day on Saturday, April 25, bidders were busy choosing from about 400 items in 11 different categories. Premium items included Husker suite packages, accommodations and golf at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, great dinners, a dive trip to Cozumel and more. Raffle tickets were even purchased online by credit card on the 25th, and participants “raised the paddle” in varying amounts to donate to Prep.

Executive chairs for BASH 2020 were Krista & Mickey Anderson ‘86 (underwriting), Denise Barrett (auction acquisition - silent auction), Amy Farha-Neary (logistics), Catherine Mahoney and Amy Nelson (decorations), Missi and John Schembari (patron party), Andy Sibbernsen ‘93 (raffle) and Lisa Wellendorf (catalog). 

See the thank you email that went out from Fr. Neitzke on Monday, April 27, and plan now to attend BASH 2021 next year on Saturday, April 24!

 

Prep TEAMS are State Runner-Up

Two Prep Tests of Engineering Aptitude Math and Science (TEAMS) teams finished second in state competition held in February and reported last month.

The second-place 9th/10th grade team consisted of Kyron Barrow, Andrew Klein, Cole Mack, Jack McNally, Daniel Meyer, Ryan Plambeck, Michael Rowe and Paul Szalewski. And the second-place 11th/12th grade team included Jack Diers, Killian Green, Connor Gregg, Will Harper, Josh Kramer, Ben Lyons, Kevin Prososki and Parker Wall.

In addition, the 9th/10th grade team of Ben Cooper, Trevor Gregg, Caleb Hans, Will Strehle, and Peter Sullivan finished 7th in their division, and the 11th/12th grade team of Alessandro Bressani, Quinn Cote, Joey Glantz, Max Lauritsen, Daniel Ruvalcaba, Anthony Tripp, and Cian Weekly finished ninth in their division. Well done!

 

Omaha Area Catholic High Schools Present Virtual Art Show

Because of COVID-19, the annual Catholic high schools art show that would normally take place at Hot Shops Art Center downtown has moved online. Click here to see the contributions by many talented student artists, and congratulations to Gannon McMullen on having his work entitled “A Mother’s Sacrifice” voted Best in Show.

 

KETV Interviews Students Who Built Virtual Prom Experience Using Minecraft

Prep students Simon Podliska, Jack McNally and Isaiah Griffith were interviewed by KETV as part of a news story on their use of the Minecraft video game to build a gaming and virtual prom experience for high school students. The event took place on Saturday, April 18.

 

Seniors Profiled in The New York Times 

Seniors Isiaah Clark and Ty McSweeney were part of a group of Omaha seniors profiled in a Friday, April 17 New York Times article about students who are missing their senior proms. The story was also featured in that Sunday’s print edition.

 

Student Awards Announcements

 

Michalski Medal Winners Announced

The seniors listed here were announced as Fr. Jim Michalski Medal recipients at the final all-school Mass of the academic year on Friday, May 15. They demonstrated leadership in faith and service and helped our school community live out the two great commandments from Jesus: to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. (See Matthew 22:34-40).

 

Prepsters Recognized in World-Herald All Academic Program

Thirty-eight Prep students were honored among those from other Nebraska high schools in the annual program sponsored by the Omaha World-Herald. To be nominated, students had to rank 1 or 2 in their class or achieve scores of at least 32 on the ACT or 1450 on the SAT. Way to go, guys!

 

Juniors and Seniors Inducted in National Honor Society

Congratulations to the 80 juniors and two seniors listed here who were inducted as part of this year’s class in the John C. Naatz Chapter of the National Honor Society. These students carried at least a 3.7 GPA and are leaders in academics and service at Prep and in the community. 

 

Eight Receive NCPA Spring Academic All-State Awards

The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) has named the Prep recipients of the spring awards co-sponsored by Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association. Excellence in academics, leadership and their NSAA activity were the considerations for the awards. Congratulations!

NSAA Activity  

First Name  

Last Name

Baseball

Graham

Lorenz

Baseball

Nico

Sall

Golf

Jake

Boor

Golf

Josh

Kramer

Music

Ryan

Kenney

Music

Paul

Owens

Soccer

Nate

Franco

Soccer

Mitch

Gordon

Track & Field

Mason

Armstead

Track & Field

Hank

Engelbert 


Jake Boor was also recently named WOWT’s High School Athlete of the week, and Josh Kramer received the Outstanding Citizen award from the Omaha West Rotary Club.

 

Annual Student Awards Presented Virtually

On Monday, May 4, Prep honored a number of exceptional students with a variety of awards. See the video presentation on YouTube and the event program for a list of all the awards and their recipients. Audio presentations were made by Prep faculty and staff members, and the event included messages from Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ and Head of School Jim Bopp. Congratulations to all!

 

Sophomores Finish 1-2-3 in Institute for Holocaust Education Essay Contest

Congratulations to Gavin Brown, Justin Lewis and Nathan Ramachandran for finishing first, second and third, respectively, in The Tribute to the Rescuers essay contest sponsored by the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE). The IHE offers Holocaust education programs, educator training and resources, and events.

 

Two Gymnasts Named Academic All-American

Bravo to Prep sophomores Paul Lampert and John Wear who have been named Academic All-Americans by USA Gymnastics. This means that they both carry at least a 3.5 grade point average. Paul and John also practice gymnastics year-round for four hours a day, five days per week. 

 

Freshman Honored as a World Language Distinguished Scholar

The Nebraska Department of Education honored freshman Rafael Adair during World Language Week 2020 last month as one of 60 World Language Distinguished Scholars in the state and one of 17 with high honors. According to the organization’s press release, the award recognizes “leadership in language learning, commitment to language study, appreciation for cultural diversity, and communicative competence.” Congratulations, Rafael!

 

Upcoming Events 

 

Omaha Gives! Day of Giving Tomorrow

It’s Omaha Gives! time. And now more than ever, our families need your help to make Prep accessible to every student.

Please join in this celebration of charitable giving by prescheduling your gift here before the day of giving tomorrow or give that day.

Thank you for your support. Because of you, Prep is able to form men of faith, scholarship, leadership and service in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition!

Stay tuned tomorrow to Prep's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn pages for more!

 

Alumni Golf Tournament – Monday, July 13

The annual Alumni Golf Tournament originally scheduled for Monday, June 15 at Shadow Ridge Country Club has been moved back one month to Monday, July 13, and registration information for the event will be communicated in the near future.

The format is still going to be 4-player best ball, with check-in and the driving range open at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Email Director of Alumni Relations Nolan Searl ‘09 with any questions.

 

Alumni Notes

 

Please Remember – Obituaries for the Month of April

Please remember the recently deceased members of the Creighton Prep community noted here. If we have missed a notice or you wish to receive more obituary information, please contact Terri Haller.

 

Help Prep By Ordering Through AmazonSmile

If you use Amazon to order products online, did you know that you can order products through their AmazonSmile website and get .5% of your purchase price on eligible products donated to Prep? Yes!

Here’s what you can do the next time you want to order from Amazon:

  • Go to smile.amazon.com.
  • Log in to your Amazon account.
  • Select “Creighton Preparatory School” as your charity for donations.
  • Find products you want to buy that also have “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” marked on their product pages.
  • Add them to your shopping cart.
  • Check out when ready.

Thank you!

 

Do You Own a Custom CP Peggy Karr Plate?

A number of Prep constituents have expressed interest in acquiring a custom CP Peggy Karr glass plate like the ones offered in this year’s silent auction for VIRTUAL BASH 2020. If you own one that you do not use or display any longer, please contact Director of Events Amy Knight if you would be willing to part with it.

 

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