The FEBRUARY Prep Pulse
Dear Prep Community,
I hope this note finds you well in the midst of our third quarter. My name is Evan Armacost. I am a second-year Jesuit novice hailing from Evanston, Illinois (immediately north of Chicago). This semester I am making my Long Experiment at Prep. I assistant-teach Ancient Greek and Latin courses with Mark Haynes and John Fraser in the world language department, prefect in the commons and the Cura Personalis Center, and join students and faculty for liturgies, retreats and service opportunities through Campus Ministry.
Despite a family connection to the Jesuits (my great-uncle Bob Dietrich was a Jesuit priest of the former Detroit province), I managed to get through high school and college without attending a Jesuit institution. Even so, the Lord had a plan. During a semester abroad in Rome as part of a four-year BA/MA in Ancient Greek & Latin at Boston University, I experienced a spiritual renewal that reached its peak in front of St. Ignatius’ tomb at the Church of the Gesù. I felt anew the personal love of the Lord and recognized the seed of a Jesuit vocation. After a year of discernment while completing my degrees; I entered the Midwest novitiate at St. Paul, Minnesota in August 2018.
After a year and a half of shorter experiments (a 30-day silent retreat in Massachusetts, a six-week stint as a nurse’s aide at a Jesuit healthcare center in Michigan, a 30-day pilgrimage across Wisconsin with $35 and a backpack, and much more), I am proceeding through my Long Experiment, a semester’s internship in a single Jesuit work. As I discerned where to go, I knew that I wanted to grow as a teacher and encounter young people in a vibrant community. With the counsel of my superiors, Prep seemed a natural fit.
During my first month and a half at Prep I have marveled at the students’ work ethic and responsibility. Students organize and lead retreats, clean the commons at the end of lunch and rise twice a day for prayer without being asked. I see firsthand young men growing into the servant leaders our world so needs. If our students’ way of proceeding in high school offers any indication of their future contributions to the world, we have a bright future ahead of us.
After only six weeks I already feel like a part of the Prep family. Students and faculty alike have welcomed me warmly. Our Jesuit community has provided a home and a band of brothers who help me grow in my vocation. As I look ahead with hope to First Vows and the rest of my Jesuit life, I know that these months at Prep will leave an indelible mark on my religious experience. Thank you, one and all, for supporting me. Take care, God bless and enjoy the rest of another semester.
Swim & Dive Team Finishes First at Metro Meet
The swim and dive team won another Metro Conference championship in impressive fashion on Saturday, February 15, winning by more than 50 points over second-place Elkhorn/Elkhorn South. Highlights included Rush Clark being named the meet’s outstanding swimmer after two individual event wins and his performance in two winning relays. State meet cuts were also achieved by TJ Nissen, Matthew Ahlgren and Hayden Hadford. Congratulations to the team and best of luck at state, February 27-29!
Wrestling Qualifies Five for State
Great work, wrestling team, at last Saturday’s District A-1 meet where five qualified for the state meet: Francisco Berra at 106 lbs., Victor Kaminski at 113 lbs., Jaden Overman in the 138-lb. class, Joey Glowgowski at 182 and Tony Pray, the winner at 195 lbs. Overall, the team was fifth at the competition. On to state, February 20-22!
Prep Voted a Superstar Catholic School
Thanks to everyone who voted Prep to victory in the Class A - Catholic High School category in the Superstar Catholic School Contest! The annual contest is sponsored by Spirit Catholic Radio 102.7 FM., and online voting took place January 27 to February 8. With the win, Prep will receive:
- A live interview on Spirit Catholic Radio.
- $1,000 worth of promotion on the air.
- Prayer cards for the students.
- A trophy and a banner for display.
Science Bowl Team Wins Nebraska Regional, Nationals Next
Congratulations to the Science Bowl team on winning the Nebraska Regional on Saturday, February 8. They will go on to represent the state at the National Science Bowl Tournament in Washington, D.C.
Highlights at regionals included Connor Gregg winning the "I Am Smart" award for the most correct answers during the morning matches. Prep was also the only school to advance all three teams to the 16-team finals with Team 2 finishing ninth and Team 3 finishing 13th. Awesome!
Championship team winners were Jack Diers, Connor Gregg, Max Lauritsen, Ben Lyons and Daniel Meyer. The ninth-place team consisted of Ben Cooper, Killian Green, Will Harper, Cole Mack and Kevin Prososki. And Prep’s 13th place team members were Kyron Barrow, Alessandro Bressani, Trevor Gregg, Caleb Hans and Peter Sullivan.
Senior Student-Athletes Commit to Schools
These six seniors will be continuing their academic and athletic careers at the next level after a signing ceremony at Prep on Wednesday, February 5. Congratulations!
- Jordan Berscheidt - soccer - East Texas Baptist University
- PJ Loucks - baseball - Hutchinson Community College
- Jaden Overman - football - Iowa Western Community College
- Calen Protaskey - baseball - Iowa Western Community College
- Nicholas Sall - baseball - Wabash Valley College
- Brayden Woodward - football - Buena Vista University
Art Show Opens New Gallery
The first art show in the new Lannon Learning Commons art gallery was hosted by the Black Student Alliance from February 4-14. Amariyon Green put together a super lineup of artwork from Tony Ayoub, Noah Dogba, Elezai Elezai, J.T. Evans, Martel Evans-Sisk, Jadon Gbetanou, Paul Hayes, Kyaire James, Garang Mathiang, Keynan Meeks, Alex Nsengiyumva, Rodney “Trey” Olden, Charles Paul, Nasire Perry, Keyshawn Pettis, Steven Ross and Ashton Zabka. Great job!
Students Excel in 20th African American History Challenge
Bravo, Tristan Curd, Steven Ross and Andrew Joppa on finishing fourth in the 20th African American History Challenge sponsored by 100 Black Men of Omaha, Inc. on Saturday, February 1!
Preparation began at Prep in October with the book “Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History 1513-2008” by Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr, and it was supplemented by study guides provided by 100 Black Men of Omaha, Inc.
“I’m so proud of these guys for taking time out of their academics to participate in the competition,” said Director of Student Advocacy and Outreach Allen Burrell Jr.
Powerlifting Soars to 11th Consecutive State Title
The powerlifting team continued its great run by winning an 11th consecutive powerlifting title on Saturday, February 1. Individual state champions were Quincy Cervantes at 114 lbs., Joe Reefe at 123 lbs., Joe Boulay in the 181-lb. class, Mark Pedersen at 198, Broc Evitch at 242 and Keyshawn Pettis at 275 lbs. Numerous other Prep lifters also placed in the top five. Way to go!
Students Receive 90 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Including 28 Gold Keys
Our fine arts students had another superb showing in the regional competition for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. They won 90 awards, including 28 Gold Keys, 22 Silver Keys and 40 Honorable Mentions. Those who received Gold Keys will also have their works moved to national competition for an opportunity at a National Gold Key and a scholarship. A ceremony to honor the students will be held next week at the Omaha Public Schools Teacher Administrative Center.
Congratulations to the following: Rafael Adair, David Alvey, Oliver Billig, Michael Bope, Remington Cote, Daniel Deras, Jack Drew, Gage Dunning, Evan Eggers, Broc Evitch, Ben Forbes, Gabriel Foreman-Albers, Colbi Geis, Grant Kearney, Peter Kinney, Jonathan Line, Spencer Long, Gannon McMullen, Tyler McSweeney, Noah Monzu, Derrick Morman, Brecken Musick, Jack O’Malley, Jonathon O’Malley, Paul Owens, Charles Paul, Sam Perkinson, Simon Podliska, Cameron Richter, Tristan Roemmich, Matthew Stone, Willem Strehle, Michael Trautman, McDermott Tvrdik and Cooper Watkins.
Eucharistic Adoration – Tomorrow and March 6
You are invited to the Skinner Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on February 21 or March 6. Volunteer for an “hour of power” before the Blessed Sacrament by signing up today.
Park in the west lot and enter through the Sullivan Center entrance then sign in at the reception desk. The receptionist will direct you to the chapel.
Thank you for considering to serve the Prep students and the faculty and staff in this way.
Serve in the Alumni Volunteer Corps During the 2020-2021 School Year
The Alumni Volunteer Corps (AVC) is an opportunity for Creighton Prep graduates who have recently graduated from college to use their gifts to serve within the Prep community during the 2020-2021 academic year.
This is ideal for Prep grads who would like to do real and meaningful work as teachers, coaches, tutors, etc., helping current Prep students become men of faith, scholarship, leadership and service. A year in the AVC is also a great opportunity for alumni to gain valuable work experience as they discern the next steps in their lives as Men for Others.
“The AVC program has reinforced the values I learned as a student at Prep. It has opened my eyes to how many ways Prep prepared me for life after high school, and how the school continues to expand its services for current and incoming students.” — Will Hausman ‘14, former Alumni Volunteer Corps member
Prep graduates interested in serving in the AVC during the next school year can visit www.creightonprep.org/avc today to learn more.
Help Make BASH Is Golden a Success for Prep Students
Bash Is Golden "Celebrating 50 Years of Building A Scholastic Heritage" will be held in the Heider Center at Creighton Prep on Saturday, April 25, and there are many ways you can help it be successful for our students.
- The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone and to provide $2.5 million annually in financial assistance to approximately 52 percent of our students.
- BASH is a great way to meet new people and get involved with the Prep community!
How can you participate?
Donate an Auction Item
To donate an auction item, email Amy Knight or click here. Or make a monetary donation to support the live auction, silent auction or eBASH (online) auction.
If you’re unsure of what to donate, members of the BASH team have created a SignUpGenius page to make it easy for you.
We’d like to have all auction donations in by the end of February.
Attend the Patron Party
- Saturday, April 4 at the home of Prep parents Missi and John Schembari.
- A great event where Prep supporters gather in advance of BASH.
- Register today.
Become a Premier Partner Sponsor
A Premier Partner sponsorship includes:
- Special recognition in the BASH 2020 catalog and during the event.
- A full-page catalog ad.
- A digital ad on BidPal, our mobile bidding platform.
- Four tickets to the BASH Patron Party on Saturday, April 4.
- A table for 10 people at BASH 2020, a dedicated waiter and preferred valet parking.
See more on Premier Partner Sponsor options and become a Premier Partner Sponsor.
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 January 25.
- Contact Amy Knight for more information.
Purchase a Catalog Advertisement
- Advertise your business in our BASH Is Golden 2020 catalog.
- A variety of opportunities are available for businesses of all sizes.
- Purchase a catalog advertisement.
- The catalog advertising deadline is March 16.
- We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make BASH a success.
- Adult volunteers can sign up here and Prep students here.
- If you have questions, email Amy Knight or call 402-548-3858.
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.
CP Trivia Night – Tomorrow
We look forward to seeing everyone who has registered for this fun annual event tomorrow evening in the commons! Reminders:
- Social hour at 6 p.m.; questions at 7 p.m.
- Participants must be 21.
- Festive tables and costumes highly encouraged but not required. (No decorations beyond the sides of the table or obscuring views of the podium.)
- Bring your own food and beverages. (A small supply of beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase.)
Email Nolan Searl ’09 or call 402-393-1190 Ext. 3312 if you have any questions.
6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam – Saturday, February 22
Please remind prospective Prep students and their parents that the 6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam will take place on Saturday, February 22 at Prep. The cost is $10, and parents can register their sons and pay online here.
On the day of the exam, students should bring two #2 pencils (no calculators), enter the building from the west parking lot and arrive for check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. At 7:45 a.m., they will be directed to a classroom where testing will begin at 8 a.m. Parents can pick up students in the west parking lot starting at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Email Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, with any questions or call him at 402-393-1256.
Jesuit Friends & Alumni Networking Event – Thursday, March 5
Prep alumni and friends are cordially invited by the Jesuit Partnership Council of Omaha to attend from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Scriptown Brewing Company (3922 Farnam Street). This is a great opportunity to see old friends and make new ones! Special guest Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ will give one of his famed one-minute homilies.
Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible.
Ignatian Volunteer Corps Lenten Morning of Reflection – Saturday, March 7
Enhance your journey through Lent by attending this morning of reflection on Saturday, March 7 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Mercy High School (doors open at 8:30 a.m.). The theme for the event is “Letting Jesus Prepare Us on the Gift of Lent,” and Father Andy Alexander, SJ from Creighton University will be speaking and reflecting on it.
Park and enter from the east side of the school and bring a free-will donation if you like. Coffee and donuts served! Register online here or email Anne Mollner.
Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony – Monday, March 9
Creighton Prep is proud to recognize alumni, coaches and supporters for outstanding contributions to the athletic program at the school. Their commitment, achievement and sense of sportsmanship set the standard for the young athletes who follow in their footsteps today.
On Monday, March 9, you are cordially invited to the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony in the Sullivan Center, recognizing the 2020 Hall of Fame honorees:
1980 Football Team
1981 Baseball Team
Joe George '68
Jim Jacobsen '69
John Bendon '78 †
Gregg Barrios '86
Tom Beck ‘84
On that night, please join us for a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. Parking will be available in the west lot.
Tickets are $60 per person. Click here to register.
To nominate a former Creighton Prep athlete, coach, contributor or team for consideration to a future Athletic Hall of Fame class, click here.
Washington, D.C. Gathering for the Prep Community – Wednesday, March 11
Prep community members in the Washington, D.C. area are invited to a gathering from 5-7:30 p.m. that day hosted by F. Joseph “Joe” Warin ‘68 at The Law Office of Gibson Dunn (1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. - Second Floor). To RSVP, email Stephanie Kremla Heng or call 402-393-1190 Ext. 3398. See you there!
eBASH 2020 – March 27-April 17
eBASH 2020, running from Friday, March 27 to Friday, April 17, is your chance to participate in BASH Is Golden 2020 without leaving the comfort of your home. Bid online for Creighton Prep items and ticket opportunities in the days leading up to BASH on Saturday, April 25! You're guaranteed to find great, unique items while supporting Prep.
Additional details on eBASH 2020 will be communicated at a later date. For questions in the meantime, email Stephanie Kremla Heng or call 402-393-1190 Ext. 3398.
Please Remember – Obituaries for the Month of January
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.
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