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Jesuit Reflection


“Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?”

This line from Acts 1:11 is one of my favorites in Scripture and is included in the readings assigned for the Solemnity of the Ascension.

The apostles have traveled with Jesus, listened to his teaching, and attempted to live it. They have claimed Jesus as the Christ. They have witnessed his death and have encountered him in the Resurrection. Now, having seen him ascend to the Father, they find themselves right back where the story began: looking to the sky.

When John the Baptist went out to the Jordan, he had faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and had faith in the teachings of the prophets and Sacred Scripture, but something about the way the faith was being lived was amiss, not by all but by too many, and especially by too many of the leaders. God for some had begun to seem distant and loving God disconnected from loving one another. People were looking to the sky.

Jesus also found his way to the river, and after being baptized and tempted in the desert, he began to preach. His message was simple: Repent and believe the Good News -- the Kingdom of God is at hand.

The Incarnation proved that human beings have the graced capacity for life in the Kingdom of God, which understood most simply is that circumstance when things on earth are just like they are in heaven where God’s will is perfectly known and done. Jesus announced that the only thing standing in the way of the Kingdom is our next move. Will our next move be in accord with God’s will, be loving?

Jesus also reassures us that if we have stepped away from the Kingdom we can always repent. That is, turn around and step back into loving action. No matter what we did a minute ago, a day ago, a month ago or years ago, we have the graced power to start giving food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty and welcome to the stranger. Right now, we can start clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and visiting the imprisoned. So let’s not stare up at the sky, but rather let’s look around. Let’s receive the love God is offering, and let’s start sharing that love with our brothers and sisters, indeed with all creation.


Christopher P. Johnson, S.J.

Holy Rosary Mission

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation


Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer with the Little Jays Football Program

The mission of the Little Jays Athletics is to teach young boys to play the team sport of football with an emphasis on athletic development, social development and sportsmanship in the tradition of Creighton Preparatory School.

Little Jays Athletics is now forming flag football teams for 3rd and 4th graders as well as 5th and 6th graders along with tackle football teams for 6th and 7th graders. Games will take place between August and November, and coaches are screened through the Safe Environment program sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha.

The leaders of Little Jays Athletics are also actively seeking Prep alumni interested in volunteering as assistant coaches for the 6th grade tackle squad or in an administrative/board capacity. Interested parties should contact Dennis Sonderman ’78 at 402-681-9933 or sondo@centurylink.net. Additional information on Little Jays Athletics can be found online at http://www.littlejaysathletics.com.


Become a Creighton Prep Alumni Class Ambassador

Are you a Creighton Prep alumnus interested in supporting your alma mater, helping with class reunions and spreading the word about the mission of the school? Then please consider becoming a Creighton Prep Alumni Class Ambassador!

The Advancement Office at Prep is actively looking for class ambassadors for the following alumni classes: 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2006.

Click HERE to learn more about the role of class ambassadors or contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at 402.548.3851 or mhuer@prep.creighton.edu. Thank you! Thank you as well to the more than 30 class ambassadors who attended the Tuesday, March 28 kickoff meeting in the Carta Hall of Fame Room.


Volunteers Needed for 2017 Class Reunion Planning

In 2017, a number of alumni classes with graduation years ending in “2” and “7” will be holding reunions, and your help is needed to make your class reunion one to remember. To volunteer to help today, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at 402.548.3851 or mhuer@prep.creighton.edu.

To view 2017 class reunion information, click HERE. Details on other planned activities for that weekend will be communicated at a later date. Please also note that homecoming weekend is planned for October 6-8, 2017.


Havana BASH 2017, Celebrate the Experience – Thank you!


Creighton Prep would like to extend its sincere thanks to the attendees, auction donors, advertisers, underwriting and corporate table sponsors, and volunteers who made Havana BASH 2017, Celebrate the Experience such a memorable event on Saturday, April 22.

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.

Over 650 guests gathered in the Heider Center for this 47th annual fundraiser where over 325 silent auction items and 32 live auction items were up for bid. Director of Events Amy Knight said the successful event raised over $850,000.

Highlights of Havana BASH 2017, Celebrate the Experience included remarks by Prep senior Shannon Brewer '17 who told the story of his success from Jesuit Academy through Prep. Then guests raised their paddles to donate to the school and bid on live auction items that included a diving trip to Dunbar Rock (on one of the Bay Islands off Honduras), golf for four in Palm Beach, Florida, a Holy Family Shrine Mass and dinner with three Fr. Toms (Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ as well as Fr. Tom Merkel, SJ and Fr. Tom Fangman ‘80), and a trip for six by private jet to the 2017 Nebraska vs. Minnesota football game. The auction concluded just before 10 p.m.

If you missed Havana BASH 2017, Celebrate the Experience and would still like to contribute, click HERE to donate in support of Creighton Prep students.

Executive chairs for Havana BASH 2017, Celebrate the Experience were Cindy & Scott Heider ‘81 (underwriting), Todd Johnson ’84 (raffle), Staci Mueller (Auction Acquisition), Dawn Neujahr (Decorations), Tricia Olsen (live auction), Kathleen Pallesen (catalog), Ann Tjaden (logistics) and Karen Van Dyke (patron party).

Click HERE to see photos from this year’s event, and please mark your calendars now for BASH 2018 on Saturday, April 21, 2018!


School News


Soccer Team Wins State Title

A goal by junior Tommy Braun with just 28 seconds left in the second overtime lifted the second-ranked Junior Jays to the 2017 Class A state soccer title 1-0 on Monday, May 15 over top-ranked Westside at Morrison Stadium on the Creighton University campus. It was the program’s ninth state title, and the team finished the season with a record of 19-3. In earlier rounds at state, Prep had defeated Omaha South 2-0 then Kearney 1-0 via penalty kicks after two overtimes.

Congratulations to co-head coaches Tom Hoover ’81 and Jim Swanson ’82, the coaching staff and all the players, especially the graduating seniors.


Golf Team Advances to State

Congratulations to coach Matt Rasgorshek and the Creighton Prep golf team on their third place finish in District A-1 play on Monday, May 15. The performance qualifies them for the state tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and 24 at the Norfolk Country Club at 1700 North Riverside in Norfolk, Nebraska. Play begins on both days at 9:30 a.m. and there is no charge to attend. Please call the Norfolk Country Club at 402-379-1188 for any additional information on attending there.


Mock Trial Team Finishes Great Season at Nationals

The Nebraska state champion mock trial team from Creighton Prep finished a great season at nationals in Hartford Connecticut, May 11-13. “Our guys performed at an incredible level all week,” said coach and Practical Law teacher Mike Shreves ’75. Though the team, finished 36th, four of their ballots were lost by just a single point. With victories there, they would have finished in the top ten. “I couldn't be more proud of the way that the team represented Prep both inside and outside of the courtroom,” said Mike.

Congratulations to Mr. Shreves, attorney coaches Pat Cooper and Mark Laughlin ’84 from Fraser Stryker PC LLO and to team members Nolan Drain, Graham Laughlin, Will Lighthart, Jaliya Nagahawatte, Will Novacek, Max Strehle, Jacob Thull and Tyler Varney.


Track Team Advances to State

Congratulations to the Creighton Prep track and field team on their second place finish in the District A-4 meet on Wednesday, May 10 at Omaha Bryan. Prep hosted a district track meet for the first time since 1978 and finished second to Lincoln Southwest by just five points.

Also congratulations to the numerous qualifiers for the Class A state meet that will take place at Burke Stadium on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. They include Shannon Brewer in the triple jump, the 100 and the 200, Nate Lorenz in the 100, Kazmere Nicholson in the high jump, Jack Slagle in the 3,200, Ryan Eastman and Jack Slagle in the 1,600, Luke Dickas in the 800 as well as Sidney Howard, Noah Strako and Scott Dobberpuhl in the 110 hurdles, and Scott Dobberpuhl and Will Krolikowski in the 300 hurdles.

Three relay teams are also headed to the state meet, including the 400 relay team of Noah Velinsky, Shannon Brewer, Marcus Vaughn-Jones and Nate Lorenz, the 1,600 relay team of John Carlisle, Will Krolikowski, Noah Strako and Ryan Eastman, and the 3,200 relay team of Dan Mattern, Luke Dickas, Colin Keller and Ryan Eastman.

Click HERE to see the Class A state track and field championship schedule.


Baseball Team in State Tournament

After winning first and second round games against fifth-seeded Lincoln Southwest and top-seeded Lincoln Southeast, the fourth-seeded Creighton Prep varsity baseball team (21-11) continues play in the Class A state baseball tournament on Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Fricke Field in Papillion (500 E. Halleck Street) against second-seeded Millard South. Click HERE to see the Class A state baseball championship bracket.

Integrated Arts & Technology Department News and Awards

Congratulations to all the following IA&T students on their recent accomplishments:

On Tuesday, May 9 in American Institute of Architects competition, Carson Johnson earned 3rd Place and Nathan Stock and Sam Zummach placed first ($1,000 scholarship) and also received the McCallister Award that recognizes the best in show among the four categories in the competition ($400 scholarship).

Three Creighton Prep students also have had their oil paintings selected from the Nebraska Scholastic Art Exhibition to be displayed in the Governor’s Residence Gallery as part of the Governor’s Residence Exhibition taking place in Lincoln from June 16 to September 8. “The Many Faces of Life” by Irving Delgado-Arellanes, “My Palette Knife” by TJ Foster and “Memento Mori” by Nic Thurman are the selected works. In all, 20 students were selected for this honor.

In addition, six Prep artists were honored at the 7th Annual Jesuit National 4 x 5 art show, including the following:




Thomas Brison   


1st Place

Irving Delgado-Arellanes   


3rd Place

Kevin Freestone

Mixed Media

1st Place

Ben Hall

Digital Art

3rd Place

Spencer Kearney


3rd Place

Charlie Steier


2nd Place

Prep IA&T students have also been accepted at the following schools with scholarships:

Barcelona Academy of Art

California College of the Arts

Columbus College of Art & Design, New York City

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City

Grand Central Atelier, New York City

London College of Fashion

Maryland Institute College of Art

Parsons the New School, New York City

Paris Academy of Art

Paris College of Art

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Pratt Institute, New York City

Savannah College of Art & Design

School of Visual Arts, New York City

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy and New York City


Senior Breakfast – Thank you!

Creighton Prep would like to thank everyone who attended the Senior Breakfast on Tuesday, May 9, making it such a memorable event. Over 400 fathers, grandfathers and students attended to hear alumnus Jim Czyz ’67 speak about his family and faith, and give advice to the seniors about taking their next steps in life. Principal Jim Bopp also provided suggestions to the seniors on how they should spend their last few days in high school. Best of luck, class of 2017!


Prep Teams Place First, Third and Fourth in UNO Academic Bowl

Congratulations to the 18 students who participated in the Academic Bowl hosted by the Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha on Saturday, April 22 where Creighton Prep teams finished first, third and fourth.

The Academic Bowl is a competition for Omaha metro students enrolled in AP US History and is modeled on the AP Exam in that students take a multiple choice test and complete one essay. Students earn medals for their individual scores, and teams earn overall awards.

Fourteen of Prep’s 18 students earned medals in the essay category including gold medals for Yoobin Ha, Joe McGill and Peter Owens, silver medals for Joe Hennessey, Isaiah Hogue, Paul Martin, Jack Nussrallah and Ben Wingerter, and bronze medals for Austin Berry, Sean Hassett, David Koubsky, Paul Matthews, Ryan McNamara and Seth Sandoval.

In addition, seven of the top 10 students in the multiple choice category were Prep students including  Isaiah Hogue (first), Joe Hennessey (second), Peter Owens (third), Jack Nussrallah (tied for fourth), Gabe Drew (tied for sixth) and Yoobin Ha and Paul Martin (tied for ninth).


Creighton Prep Band “Superior” for the 31st Consecutive Year

Congratulations to the Creighton Prep band program which, for the 31st consecutive year under the direction of Mr. Doug Johnson, received a "superior" rating at district music competition on Friday, April 21. 

The band performed "The Washington Post March" by John Philip Sousa and "Estampie" by W. Francis McBeth, which they also played at the Senior Recognition Concert on Tuesday, April 25. The group’s John Philip Sousa Award winners were seniors Ben Franco and Nick Swerczek.

This is just the latest recognition for a program that continues to model excellence. The band also received a "superior" rating at a competition in Chicago in 2016, scoring a 98 out of a possible 100. At the event, they also won their seventh consecutive top band award from competitions in Chicago (twice), Kansas City and Winter Park, Colorado.


Senior Recognition Concert Also Honors Band Director Doug Johnson

The Creighton Prep band program performed great renditions of “Estampie” by W. Francis McBeth and "The Washington Post March" by John Philip Sousa on Tuesday evening, April 25 before the ten graduating seniors and their parents were honored. That was followed by a brief program to honor retiring band director Mr. Doug Johnson and his 39 years of service at Prep.

After presenting a rose to their parents, each senior was given a chance to speak to the crowd inside the Sullivan Center about their experience in the band program. The seniors also presented Mr. Johnson with a plaque listing his many accomplishments at Prep.

Principal Jim Bopp then spoke about what Mr. Johnson has meant to the school. Highlights of Mr. Bopp’s remarks included the announcement of a scholarship that has been established in Mr. Johnson’s name to benefit a rising senior each year going forward. Then Jalen Nichols ’18 was announced as the first recipient.

Jalen later introduced the 8th graders who will be part of the program next year and let them know who their Prep band tutors will be. The evening concluded with a reception.


Students Present Check to Archbishop Lucas for Project Rachel

Prep seniors Tim Kerr and Aaron Griffin were part of a delegation of students from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha who participated in a Project Rachel check presentation with Archbishop George Lucas on Wednesday, April 19. Prep raised $1,000 through a mission collection to donate to Project Rachel.

Project Rachel is the Catholic Church’s post-abortion healing ministry that provides compassionate, one-on-one care to those who are struggling with the aftermath of abortion. In addition to meeting with Archbishop Lucas, participants had the opportunity to hear stories about the impact of Project Rachel from Mr. Jeff Kanger (Prep class of 2004), who is the associate director of pro-life and family for the Nebraska Catholic Conference.


Prep Team Wins IT Innovation Cup

Congratulations to the Creighton Prep Innovation Team that won first place and the People’s Choice Award on Tuesday, April 18 at the IT Innovation Cup 2017 competition sponsored by the College of Information Science & Technology at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

At the event, the team demonstrated their AirMeet mobile application, a solution that assists attendees at conferences with locating and meeting other attendees. For more information on AirMeet, visit https://airmeet.org.

Innovation Team members include Matthew Coffey, Benjamin Hall, Maxwell Hobday, Gangsan Keum, Noah Monzu, Daniel Noon, Thomas Rusch, Kameron Saadat, Maxim Strehle and Benjamin Wingerter.


Upcoming Events


Cheer on the Junior Jays – May 16-24

On Tuesday, May 16, cheer on the undefeated (10-0) varsity lacrosse team in their home match at Carmen & Don Leahy Stadium versus Millard West. Game time is 6 p.m.

Also on Tuesday, May 16, support the varsity baseball team as they advance in the third round of Class A state tournament play at 7 p.m. at Fricke Field in Papillion (500 E. Halleck Street) against Millard South. Click HERE to see the Class A state baseball championship bracket.

On Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, support the Creighton Prep track and field team at the Class A state championship meet at Burke Stadium. Click HERE to see the schedule of events.

Also on Friday, May 19, be sure to catch the varsity lacrosse team’s 5:30 p.m. game against Burke at Carmen & Don Leahy Stadium. It will be Senior Night for the team as well.

Then on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and 24, root for the Creighton Prep golf team at the state tournament at the Norfolk Country Club at 1700 North Riverside in Norfolk, Nebraska. Play begins on both days at 9:30 a.m. and there is no charge to attend. Please call the Norfolk Country Club at 402-379-1188 for any additional information on attending there.


Graduation to be Live-Streamed on YouTube – Sunday May 21

If you are unable to attend the graduation ceremony in the Heider Center on Sunday, May 21, click HERE to tune in to the live YouTube stream of the event that begins at 10 a.m.!


Alumni Golf Tournament – Monday, May 22                      

We look forward to hosting Prep alumni for another day of great golf at the Alumni Golf Tournament happening on Monday, May 22 at Shadow Ridge Country Club  (1501 S. 188 Plaza in Omaha). There will be a noon shotgun start.

Please note that, while the tournament is now full and new registrations are no longer being accepted, you can still click HERE to pay online if you are already registered. Thank you.

For questions regarding the Alumni Golf Tournament, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at 402.548.3851 or mhuer@prep.creighton.edu.


Omaha Gives! – Wednesday, May 24

Creighton Prep is participating in the 4th annual Omaha Gives! on Wednesday, May 24, and all money donated to Prep through the Omaha Gives! project will go towards supporting our students.

You can also schedule your #OmahaGives! donations early! Just click HERE anytime between now and May 24. Then follow our progress that day on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thank you for your support of Creighton Prep!


Reception for Football Coach Tim Johnk – Thursday, June 8

A reception to welcome Prep’s new football coach Tim Johnk will be held on Thursday, June 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Carta Hall of Fame Room at Creighton Prep. Join in for refreshments and snacks as well as conversation with Coach Johnk on the 2017 football program. In addition, the program’s new Riddell football helmets will be on display for review.  


Creighton Prep Sports Night Featuring Ronnie Lott – Tuesday, September 26

Save the date of Tuesday, September 26 for Creighton Prep Sports Night in the Heider Center featuring four-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott. Additional details on the event and how to register will be communicated at a later date.


Homecoming Weekend – October 6-8

Save the dates of October 6, 7 and 8 to return to the Creighton Prep campus for Homecoming Weekend 2017! Be sure also to join your friends for the varsity football game between Prep and Benson on Friday evening, October 6 at Carmen & Don Leahy Stadium.

To view 2017 class reunion information, click HERE. Details on other planned activities for that weekend will be communicated at a later date. If you have any questions about Homecoming Weekend, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 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 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.


Join the Creighton Prep Alumni Soccer League 2017

Gather your classmates or former Prep teammates and join the Creighton Prep Alumni Soccer League 2017! Two leagues are forming with eight teams each, and games will be held on Sunday evenings starting May 28 with playoffs, semifinals and finals happening in early August. Cost is $150 per team (at least six field players and one goalie for each match) with proceeds once again benefitting the middle school programs at Jesuit Academy and Holy Name.

Click HERE to get more information on the Creighton Prep Alumni Soccer League 2017 and to sign up. For additional questions, comments or concerns, please contact league commissioner Andrew Hasebroock ’08 at 402.578.4038 / hasbroa@gmail.com or Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at 402.548.3851 / mhuer@prep.creighton.edu.


Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study This Fall

The Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study is taking registrations for the fall class on the major prophet Isaiah. This is the eighth year of offering this study to current Prep parents, grandparents, alumni and friends in any walk of life. We’d love for you to join us and bring a friend, too.

Come study the abundance of prophetic fulfillments in what some scholars have termed the 5th Gospel. Isaiah is often read in liturgies but when you understand the historical context of his work, the Mass readings take on even deeper meanings.

Register HERE for the Thursday evening classes that will begin on September 14 and take place in the Criss Auditorium. The classes will be taught by a mother of five Prep sons, Sharon Doran. If your son is graduating and you know you will miss coming up to Prep, please join us for this study and grow deeper in your faith walk, too!

If you can’t join the class in person, join us online! More information is available at www.SeekingTruth.net.


Lost and Found

The glasses and bracelet shown below were left behind at the Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction on Wednesday, October 26. If you lost these items or know who did, please contact Director of Events Amy Knight at 402-548-3858 or aknig@prep.creighton.edu. Thank you!


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