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Jesuit Reflection


Jesus must have been exhausted all the time.

There’s that one story about him crossing the Sea of Galilee by boat, only to disembark and get quickly smothered by a large crowd. Such a large crowd, in fact, that he didn’t even know who he was healing when they brushed up against him. There’s that other story where he tries to get some R & R in a town called Bethsaida, but 5,000 people find out where he’s at and his crew is left to prepare a meal for all of them. Granted, Jesus has ways beyond baking thousands of loaves of bread and catching as many fish, but that’s a lot of mouths to feed at a moment’s notice. Not what Jesus had planned for that day, to be sure.

Our days are often unpredictable. Routines which are so important get disrupted by an unexpected call, a sick child, a challenging conversation. I have an “open door” policy at work, and people walk through it all day every day. It feels nonstop, and I get tired.

I’m an energetic guy, and that tired feeling can be elusive. But when a moment of pause comes, I realize that I’m not as young as I used to be, that I need to slow down, that I need to let the quiet God re-enter and do a little work. I long for that moment of “unstructured time” – nothing immediately on the calendar, no pressure to respond to anyone, no sense that I need to be somewhere else. Just me, a few deep breaths, a simple prayer. God – give me the strength to carry on.

The truth is – the world isn’t built to offer us those unstructured moments anymore. We’ve all got a lot of responsibility, and the work of spreading gospel love leaves much to do. One thing we can do, as Jesus sometimes does, is make time for simple things: good sleep, prayer, exercise. Whatever refreshes and rejuvenates.

In taking that time, I’ve found that I’m not so exhausted, that the peace Jesus offers gets me back into focus, and I’m a much better version of myself. The joy of our God is that he took that time as well, willing to stop when he couldn’t do any more, only to rise again when he was called forth.

Eric Immel, SJ

Associate Dean for Student Success

Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago


Volunteer Opportunities


Consider the Alumni Volunteer Corps for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

The Alumni Volunteer Corps (AVC) is an opportunity for Creighton Prep graduates who have recently graduated from college to once again become involved in the school. Simply put, it provides them the opportunity to use their gifts to serve within the Prep community over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year.

It 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, current Alumni Volunteer Corps member

Prep graduates interested in serving in the AVC during the 2019-2020 academic year can visit www.creightonprep.org/avc today to learn more. 


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 in the Skinner Chapel. 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 as well 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 101 days away as of Wednesday, January 16.

  • The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our 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 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?

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. Details on registering for Beach BASH 2019 will be communicated soon.
  • Our goal is to have 900 Prep supporters in attendance that night, ready to bid and have fun!

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. The auction donation deadline is February 4.

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. Details on registering for the Patron Party will be communicated in a future Prep Pulse.

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 go on sale Sunday, January 27. Contact Amy Knight at aknight@creightonprep.org for more info.

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.).


  • Each year, Creighton Prep relies on hundreds of volunteers to make BASH a success! Sign up now to volunteer in the months and days leading up to Beach BASH 2019 and also for the event itself. Don't miss this opportunity to get involved at Prep and meet great people!
  • If you have any questions about volunteering for Beach BASH 2019 or the event itself, 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 in 2019.


School News


Powelifting Squad Wins 11-Team Meet

Congratulations to the Creighton Prep powerlifting squad on winning the season-opening, 11-team meet they hosted for 150 powerlifting competitors on Saturday, January 12.

During the competition, Michael Vipond won at 114 pounds and Kobe Bryson was first in the 123-pound class (while breaking the school dead lift record at 395 pounds). In addition, Joe Boulay won at 165 pounds as did Keyshawn Pettis at 275 pounds, while Tim Hoffman was the champion at the Super Heavy Weight level.

Prep will also host the all-class state meet on Saturday, February 9.


Basketball Coach Gets 300th Win

Congratulations to Josh Luedtke ’90 on getting his 300th win as the head coach of the varsity basketball team at Prep. The mark was set with the team’s 74-60 victory over Lincoln Southeast on Saturday, January 12.

“I couldn’t have done it without great kids, great coaches and very supportive parents,” he said. “From the starters to the last guy on the bench, everyone has had a hand in making this happen.”

For his state championship coaching efforts last season, Josh was named the Nebraska boys high school coach of the year by the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star Boys Coach of the Year.

His current team is ranked #2 in the state and looking to defend the program’s 2018 Class A title.


Student Musicians Named to Nebraska Wesleyan University Honor Band

Congratulations to student musicians Moises Acevedo, Keegan Brown, Joseph Buckley, John Dickas, Will Ernatt, Jack Krejci, Paul Owens and Jordan Sauer on being named to the Nebraska Wesleyan University honor band. Student auditions were recorded and submitted online by Prep’s Director of Instrumental Music David May.

In April, the band program will go for a 33rd consecutive superior rating in district music competition.


Student Artwork to be Exhibited at Nebraska Wesleyan University

Congratulations to senior Jared Groves on getting two of his art pieces selected for exhibition at Nebraska Wesleyan University as part of the NWU Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition. Students accepted into the show and enrolled at the school will have a chance at scholarships worth $4,000 and $10,000, respectively.

The art pieces selected for exhibition are “Pair of Pears” and “Eye Candy.”


Prep Swimmers Excel in Minnesota Meet

Congratulations to the Creighton Prep swim team on their second place showing at the Maroon and Gold Invitational in Minneapolis on Saturday, January 5.

Prep competed in the 13-team Gold Division that featured a number of the top high school teams in Minnesota. Highlights included first place finishes by Ross Pantano in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:54.90 and Rush Clark in the 100 fly with a time of 48.51. Rush’s time is faster than the Nebraska state championship mark of 48.68 set by Jacob Molacek ‘14 almost six years ago.

Swimmers that made auto state meet cuts were Andrew Hood in the 50 and 100 free, Kayden McCullough in the 50 and 200 free, Ben Ravnsborg in the 100 back and Ethan Schmaderer in the 200 individual medley.


2019 Loyola Scholars Nominations Being Accepted Through Monday, March 11

The 2019 Loyola Scholars nomination season began on Monday, January 7 and will continue through Monday, March 11. Loyola Scholars is a year-round, three-year academic and leadership achievement program serving middle school 6th-to-8th-grade males in the Omaha metro area who are academically talented, have leadership potential and whose households have significant financial need. 

If you know of any Omaha metro area families with current 5th grade males who might be interested and qualify for the Loyola Scholars program at Prep, please note that their names can be placed in nomination by the student's elementary school principal, teacher, counselor, pastor or director of religious education, or the adult leader of another educational, community-based organization. The nomination form is located at www.creightonprep.org/loyolascholars/nomination.

Nominees for Loyola Scholars must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a currently enrolled 5th grade male.
  • Household demonstrates significant financial need. (Free and Reduced Lunch qualifier is a good indicator.)
  • Student exhibits good to strong academic ability in class and on standardized tests based on 4th and 5th grade report cards and testing.
  • Student possesses motivation, a desire for academic achievement and shows leadership potential.
  • Student is from a family committed to the goal of college preparatory education and faith-centered child development.

Application packets for Loyola Scholars go out after nominations are received, and all nominations and provided information are kept confidential.

If you or any prospective families you know have questions about the Loyola Scholars program, please contact Director of Loyola Scholars Jeni Martinez at 402-548-3885 or jmartinez@creightonprep.org.


Campus Updates Completed Over Christmas Break

A big thanks goes to our Facilities Director Kevin Flint and his team for all the updates they made on campus over Christmas break. The updates included the installation of new active learning furniture (desks, chairs and podiums) in 23 classrooms. Hundreds of new LED lights were installed on the first and second floors, and new carpet was added to Lab B in the ToMorrow Labs space. Restroom and locker room updates were made as well.


1,220 Families Receive Food on Operation Others Delivery Day

Thanks to everyone in the Prep community who helped set up, pack and deliver Operation Others food bags to 1,220 materially-poor families in our community during the 2018 Delivery Weekend (December 20-22). The food was distributed in 34 metro area ZIP codes, and each bag contained more than 20 food items and a handmade Christmas card. This was the 52nd consecutive annual delivery in the program's history.

Students from all eight Omaha Catholic high schools, alumni, parents, former Operation Others Core Team members, friends and others helped during Delivery Weekend. Donations of time, money and other resources from additional people were critical to the event’s success, too.

"It was amazing to see so many volunteers giving freely to make Christmas a bit brighter for materially-poor families," said Operation Others program moderator Jerry Kinney.

For questions or additional information on Operation Others, please email Jerry Kinney at jkinney@creightonprep.org.   


Upcoming Events


Jay Mart Sale – 30 Percent Off All Clothing Apparel While Supplies Last

Visit the Jay Mart now for a fantastic sale where all clothing apparel is 30 percent off while supplies last. Choose from a great selection of quarter-zips, shirts and T-shirts to get you through the winter and spring seasons!

The Jay Mart is located in the Smith Atrium and is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on school days. Students are welcome to shop the store during their lunch period, and parents, alumni and friends of the school may visit the store by entering the building through the Administration entrance next to the east parking lot. It is also open for ALL home basketball games.

Please follow the Jay Mart on Instagram for the latest items and sales. You can also find the store at www.creightonprep.org/jaymart. For questions or additional information regarding the Jay Mart, please contact Stacey Burke at sburke@creightonprep.org.


Creighton Prep Reception in Southwest Florida – Tuesday, February 12

Creighton Prep alumni and friends are invited to join President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ on Tuesday, February 12 for a 6-8 p.m. reception in Naples, Florida. If you reside in or will be visiting southwest Florida during that time, please plan to join Prep for this special gathering. For details and to RSVP, visit creightonprep.org/florida or contact the Advancement Office at 402-548-6228 or skremla@creightonprep.org.


Celebrating CP Swim & Dive Excellence – Tuesday, February 12

Please plan to join us on Tuesday, February 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the Sullivan Center for Celebrating a Legacy of Excellence, an event to honor the Creighton Prep swimming and diving program.

Former Prep swimming coaches Jack Jackson '54, Dave Stuva '74, Lynn Groff and Tom Beck '84 will be honored along with all former and current swimmers, divers, trainers and their families. In keeping with a longstanding swimming tradition, a pasta dinner will be served.

Admission will be free. We just ask that you register by Thursday, February 7 so we can plan accordingly for catering and seating.

To register today, click HERE or contact Amy Knight at aknight@creightonprep.org or 402-548-3858. If you decide to register by contacting Amy, simply let her know your name and the names of those attending with you as well as the class years for any alumni.

On that evening, please park in the west lot and enter the building through the doors next to Memorial Plaza. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Prep swimming and diving program has an incredible history that includes 24 state titles and 12 consecutive from 2007 to 2018. The team will go for another at the 2019 state meet from February 21-23 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.


CP Trivia Night – Friday, February 15

Mark your calendars now and gather your team of eight for the fifth annual CP Trivia Night to be held on Friday, February 15 in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center. The cost is $240 per table of eight, and participants must be 21. Seating will be limited to the first 50 teams that have paid in full.

On that night, please park and enter on the west side of the building. Check-in begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., with the first round of Jeopardy-style questions with host Mike Monday starting at 7 p.m. Topics are random and the event will conclude when the winners are crowned.

As in the past, festive tables and costumes are highly encouraged but not required. A prize will be given to the best themed and decorated table but we ask that no decorations extend beyond the sides of the table or obscure views of the podium.

For more event details and to register online, click HERE.

Fine Arts Collaborative Night – Tuesday, February 19

View great artwork and photo displays, and listen to fine performances by the concert band, jazz band, percussion ensemble and chamber choir during Fine Arts Collaborative Night on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Center. Fine Arts department faculty will also share videos and present student works of art. Refreshments will be served and admission is free! The event should conclude by 8 p.m.


6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam – Saturday, February 23

Please remind prospective Prep students and their parents that the 6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam will take place on Saturday, February 23 at Creighton 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) and enter the building from the west parking lot. Students may 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.

If you have any questions about the 6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam, please contact Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, at jluedtke@creightonprep.org.


Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony – Monday, March 4

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 4, you are cordially invited to the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center, recognizing the 2019 Hall of Fame honorees:


Bruce D. Vosburg '61

Othello H. Meadows III '94

James V. "Vince" Pietro, D.D.S. '96


Stanley G. "Stan" Macaitis '54


Thomas "Tiger Tom" Lynch '58


2011 Soccer Team

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.

Click HERE to see a PDF of the invitation to the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony.

To nominate a former Creighton Prep athlete, coach, contributor or team for consideration to a future Athletic Hall of Fame class, click HERE.


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 about eBASH 2019 in the meantime, please contact Stephanie Kremla Heng at 402-548-6228 or skremla@creightonprep.org


Alumni Golf Tournament – Monday, May 20

Gather your foursome now and get ready to play in the Alumni Golf Tournament, which will begin at noon on Monday, May 20 at Shadow Ridge Country Club (1501 South 188 Plaza). This event is one of our most popular of the year so plan now to attend.

Schedule and registration information will be included in a future Prep Pulse Until then, please contact Max Huerter ’09 with inquiries concerning the event, including sponsorship opportunities. He can be reached at 402-548-3851 or mhuerter@creightonprep.org.


Reunion Weekend 2019 – September 20-21

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

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


Alumni Notes


Please Remember – Obits for the Month of December

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 thaller@creightonprep.org.   


View the Winter 2018/19 Creighton Prep Magazine Now

Click HERE to view an electronic version of the Winter 2018/19 Creighton Prep magazine that was mailed in December. The issue is full of interesting stories on Prep and the Prep community including a summary of the school’s 140-year history, a profile of the vocal music program and an article on Prep alumnus and Regis University President Fr. John Fitzgibbons, SJ. ‘73.


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