Three weeks ago, I stood in the sacristy of St. John’s Church on the Creighton University campus and listened to the homily at the graduation Mass of the class of 2017. Fr. Tom Neitzke inspired even me with his Ignatian view of what a Prep man has been formed to be and do.
Now I am sure most of the graduates will forget, in time, exactly what he reminded them they are and will be. I, myself, graduated 59 years ago this month from a Jesuit high school, and I have forgotten not only the homily at the graduation Mass but almost everything I learned in one class or another. I do recall what an ablative absolute is, though, and Archimedes’ Principle as well, don’t know why exactly.
I was the rector at Prep from 1984 to 1991 and stood often outside classroom doors just to listen to the great oratory being displayed inside. I remember hearing Mr. Flagg announce with the enthusiasm of a great invention, “Now what do we have here: a beautiful polynomial.” I thought there should be the accompaniment of trumpets! I still do not know what that thing is, only this: I knew Mr. Flagg taught math and that was good enough for me.
What then do these thousands of Prep men walk out with and off toward? They and we have our memories, but they do fade in time. What does not fade is a real sense of “nobility.” This is more than dignity or worthiness. This is not a something one forgets or disowns. It is deeper than memory or even consciousness. These recent grads have had intimations or inklings of that nobility, but it settles in alongside their names and faces. It is more than being “cocky” or “superior.” It is a “con-fides,” a with-faithness that embraces dreams with grace.
In some cultures, one is born into nobility, but it is not lived nobly by all. Creighton Prep nobility has taken four years to be born, and the depth of it will mature, not because they remember but because they experience a deeper quality of life as they make noble choices dignifying others, creating quality-of-life for others and laboring against the ignobility around them. Nobility is what these Prep men of this year and all the years have been introduced to, and life is better for them and us. If we do what we are, we will remember who we are: men, not better than, but better for the dignification of others. “And don’t forget it!”
Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Omaha Gives! – Thank you!
Creighton Prep would like to extend sincere thanks to all those who supported the school during the 2017 Omaha Gives! day-of-giving that took place on Wednesday, May 24. In that 24 hour period, Prep raised $150,049 from 257 donors. The total was the fifth highest of the day among the 923 nonprofits who received gifts that day and will help support 15 students in their formation as Men for Others.
The annual Omaha Gives! event is organized by the Omaha Community Foundation and, in 2017, raised just over $7.8 million for Omaha area nonprofits.
Prep Repeats as Omaha’s Choice Award Winner
Thanks to all those who voted Creighton Prep to a first place finish again this year in the Private High School category of the 2017 Omaha’s Choice Awards contest sponsored by the Omaha World-Herald. (Prep also finished first in the category in 2016.) Congratulations as well to Gross Catholic High School and Marian High School, which were voted additional winners in the category this year.
Prep Track & Field Wins Class A State Title
The Creighton Prep track & field team won the Class A title at the annual all-class state championship meet held at Burke Stadium on Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20. The team also won the Gregg McBride Award as grand championship points leader.
Highlights of Prep’s two-day performance include wins in the 3,200 meter relay and the 4 x 100 meter relay as well as a second-place finish in the triple jump by Shannon Brewer ‘17. Click HERE to see all the results from the meet.
The team’s season was also highlighted by their win at the Metro Conference championships on Wednesday, May 3.
Prep Wins Class A State Baseball Championship
With a 12-5 victory over Westside on Friday afternoon, May 19 at Jurgensen Park, the fourth-seeded Creighton Prep varsity baseball repeated as state champions, finishing the season with a 23-12 record. This was the program's 14th state championship and its sixth since 2001.
Prep's run to the state title also included tournament victories over fifth-seeded Lincoln Southwest, top-seeded Lincoln Southeast and second-seeded Millard South. Prep's only loss in the state tournament was a 6-2 defeat by Westside on Thursday, May 18.
Baseball Players Named to All-Star Teams
Congratulations to pitcher Josh Culliver ’17 and pitcher and infielder Dylan Phillips ’18 who were recently named to the All-Nebraska first team and to outfielder Nate Reiner ‘17 who was recently named to the All-Nebraska second team by the Omaha World-Herald. Josh, Dylan and Nate were also named All-Class A and All-Metro Conference. Seven other Prep players received Class A Honorable Mention recognition including outfielder Drew Dunham ‘18, outfielder Will Hanafan ’17, third baseman Evan Laney ‘18, outfielder Aaron Mischo ‘18, pitcher Zach Philbin ’17, catcher Owen Richter ’18 and pitcher Tommy Steier ’17.
Soccer Player Repeats as Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year
Congratulations to midfielder Ed Gordon ’17 who once again was selected as Gatorade Nebraska Boys Soccer Player of the Year. With the selection, Ed joins a small group of players nationally who have received the honor twice. He and his Junior Jay teammates concluded their recent season with a 1-0 victory over Westside in the Class A state title game on Monday, May 15. It was the program’s ninth state championship.
Lacrosse Team Finishes 13-1
The Creighton Prep varsity lacrosse team finished 13-1 and completed the season in the semifinals of the Nebraska / Iowa Lacrosse Championships held June 2-4 in Carmen & Don Leahy Stadium on the Creighton Prep campus. The Junior Jays defeated Papillion 14-4 in the quarterfinals before falling to West Des Moines by a score of 12-6.
Nine Lacrosse Players Named All-State
Congratulations to the nine Creighton Prep varsity lacrosse players who were named All-State on Wednesday, May 17 and selected to play in the Nebraska High School Lacrosse All-Star Game on Thursday, June 8. They are: attackmen Paul Gordon ‘18, Mark Mausbach ‘19 and RJ Moffatt ‘18, midfielders Bob Lawton ’18 and Jack Mausbach ‘18, defensemen Charlie Johnson ’17 and Zac Boyer ‘17, goalie Sam Johnson ’17 and long-stick midfielder Leo Dunlap ‘18.
Golf Team Fifth at State
Congratulations to the Creighton Prep golf team on their fifth place finish in Class A state tournament competition that took place at the Norfolk Country Club on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and 24. The team’s combined score of 627 was just eight shots behind that of state champion Lincoln Southeast.
Prep also had two golfers finish in the top ten, with Jackson Hayes ’17 finishing fourth and classmate Mitchell Neujahr ’17 completing his tournament in a tie for seventh place.
The team is coached by Prep teacher Matt Rasgorshek, and the team members participating at state included George Farner ‘18, Jackson Hayes ‘17, Ryan Hayes ‘18, Benjamin Hourigan ‘18 and Mitchell Neujahr ‘17.
2017 Alumni Golf Tournament a Success
On Monday, May 22, nearly 150 alumni golfers hit the links at Shadow Ridge Country Club in Omaha for a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie at the annual Alumni Golf Tournament.
After an early lunch in the clubhouse, a noon shotgun start was followed by 18 holes of golf, interrupted only briefly in the late afternoon by lightning and rain. After the golfers completed their rounds, dinner was served as Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ gave the attendees a brief update on Creighton Prep. Later, pin prizes and awards were handed out by Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter '09.
Winning the O'Leary Cup and blue jackets, symbolic of victory in Flight One, was the foursome of Nick Malouf '12, Andrew Malouf '07, Michael Stillmock ‘05 and Michael Delisi '05 with a score of 16 under par.
The event is put together each year by the Advancement Office at the school.
CP Trivia Night – Friday, September 15
Save the date of Friday, September 15 and start gathering your team now for the fourth annual CP Trivia Night to be held that evening in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center. Though additional details and registration information will be communicated in a future Prep Pulse, plan for a 6 p.m. social hour followed by competition that begins with the first questions at 7 p.m. See you there!
Men for Others Golf Classic – Monday, September 18
Sharpen your golf game on the links this summer and save the date of Monday, September 18 for the annual Men for Others Golf Classic that will take place at the Omaha Country Club. This is always a great occasion that helps raise money for need-based assistance to qualified Prep students. Details on registration will be communicated in the future Prep Pulse. If you would like to help sponsor the event, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at 402-548-3851 or email@example.com.
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.
Varsity Football Game at Prep – Friday, October 6
Save the date of Friday, October 6 to attend the varsity football game between Prep and Benson that will take place in Carmen & Don Leahy Stadium at the northwest corner of campus. The event promises to be fun for the whole family! Be part of history as the Junior Jays play only their second game ever at 74th & Western Avenue! Additional details on the event will be published in a future Prep Pulse.
Please Remember – Obits for the Month of May
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reunions for the 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 classes – September 29-October 1
The classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 will hold their reunions during the weekend of September 29-October 1. If you are a member of one of these classes and haven’t already made arrangements attend, we’d like to see you there! To register today, simply contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at email@example.com or 402-548-3851.
Reunions for the 1957, 1962, 1982 and 1987 classes – October 20-22
The classes of 1957, 1962, 1982 and 1987 will hold their reunions during the weekend of October 20-22. If you are a member of one of these classes and haven’t already made arrangements attend, we’d like to see you there! To register today, simply contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-548-3851.
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