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The November Prep Pulse

 

Jesuit Reflection

 

“Worry is the work of the devil.” “Let our worries enter into relationships and they become concerns.”

A friend has frequently made the above statements these past months. With so much uncertainty and so many changes, life seems like a roller coaster. With election news, the life of the pandemic, challenges regarding violence and justice, people seem to be worried about many things.

Luke 10: 38-42: Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

There are many ways of interpreting this story. As a guide to prayer, St. Ignatius Loyola would invite us to place oneself in the scene. Martha is busy preparing. So many tasks to accomplish, a lot of things to do. Martha is caught up with the normalness of preparing for a guest that she has invited. Her desire is to visit with the guest, Jesus, but she is overwhelmed with the things she has to do. Of course she is frustrated that her sister isn’t helping. Her worry “is the work of the devil.” She is not concerned about the relationship at this point, only the projects, only the problems. Jesus suggests that Mary has chosen the good part: relationship. Her desire to spend time with Jesus gives her an avenue into a concerned way of seeing life.

Life at Creighton Prep is becoming so full responding and reacting to tasks. Life in our nation and in our world becomes so full of awareness of what one must do. St. Ignatius would want us to remember the importance of relationship. The following might be good questions to help put the relationship back into the worry.

  1. How have you been Jesus for another today?
  2. Who has been Jesus for you today?
  3. How can you be or see Jesus in your day tomorrow?

Doing ordinary tasks with an awareness of relationship with Jesus helps in choosing the good part. In the midst of everything that is happening, Jesus is here. Spend some time at the Lord’s feet. Know of His love.

Peace and blessings throughout this time of thanksgiving.

Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ

Director of Adult Spirituality

Creighton Prep

 

School News

 

Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

Congratulations to the following Prep seniors who participated in a signing ceremony in the Heider Center on November 11 and will be continuing their academic and athletic careers at the next level:

Jake Boor

Creighton University

Golf

Ryan Brakke    

Creighton University   

Soccer

Tony Pray

Brown University

Wrestling

Rex Soulliere

University of Dallas

Golf

 

Academic Decathlon Students Medal at Recent Scrimmage

Congratulations to all five on their achievements in a number of disciplines:

Mark Bausch

1st place

Literature

(high scorer on team)    

3rd place      

Math

Gabe DeWeese

2nd place

Art

 

2nd place

Math

 

3rd place

Literature

Trevor Greg

3rd place

Math

Andrew Rogers

2nd place

Math

 

3rd place

Literature

Peter Szalewski

2nd place

Literature

 

Fall Sports Teams Conclude Seasons

Photos courtesy of the Jay Journal and Jay Slagle.

At the varsity level, the cross country team ran to a third place finish at the state meet after a second place in District A-4 competition. the football team finished in the state quarterfinals with a 6-3 record, the 26th consecutive year that Prep football has qualified for state, and the tennis team finished 11th at state.

The JV cross country season was highlighted by a divisional win at the Millard West Invitational, and the freshman and sophomore runners won their divisions at the Bellevue West Cross Country Festival. The JV football team finished 6-1 and the JV tennis team went undefeated. The sophomore football team was 5-4, the freshman A squad completed their season at 2-7 and the freshman B team was 2-5.

 

Speech and Debate Team Members Shine at Local Events

Recent highlights include Jack O’Malley reaching the quarterfinals of the American Legion Oratorical Contest and Tomas Eby, Justin Lewis and Michael Marar winning Congressional Debate medals in a contest at Lincoln Southwest. Also, Jack McNally and Dominic Mendlik were invited to debate a freedom of the press question at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center on October 19. 

 

All-State Band and Chorus Honors Announced

After months of practicing and rehearsal, 12 Prep students received recognition this fall for their excellence as musicians and singers. Selected to the All-State Band were Aidan Boone, Joe Buckley, Henry Davis, John Dickas, Liam Doyle, Will Ernatt, Ethan Noon, Sean Patterson and Jacob Quiros, and named to the All-State Choir were Isaac Kenney. Matt Kielian and Eddie Smith.

In addition, Tony Garret was the first Prep violinist ever to audition for the All-State Orchestra. While he was not selected, he helped set a precedent for future students looking to excel in the musical arts.

 

World Language Students Excel on National Exams 

Once again, Prep students brought home lots of gold, silver and bronze medals from their performances. Congratulations to all.

National Spanish Exam

Gold: John Dickas

Silver: Rafael Adair, James Chapman, Benjamin Humpal, Sebastian Magilton-Clancy, Luke Martinez, Gregory McClure, Esmir Perez-Mejia, Christian Santacruz, Hugh Strumberger and Tristan Trotter.

Bronze: Jahir Cartagena-Fernandez, Timothy Chase, Edgar Flores, Thomas Franco, Caleb Hans, Maximilian Kalkowski, Thomas Krause, Max Lauritsen, Riley Mahoney, Jack Maloney, Alexa Martinez, Gareth Moodley, Sam Mullin, Diego Olmedo, Yoa Peralta and Talton Quinn.

National Latin Exam

Gold: James Chapman, Andrew Hood, Kiyoji Huang, Aidan Krakowski, Sean Patterson, John Plewa and Kevin Prososki.

Silver: Aidan Chapman, Nate Franco, Daniel Kleinsmith, Jimmy Knudsen, Landen Krzoska, Patrick McMahon, Daniel Meyer, Jackson Morris and Sean Smith.

National French Exam

Silver: Joshua Else and Charles Paul.

Bronze: Caden Kowal, Brendan Preisman and Adam Ramasute.

 

AMDG Fund - Watch for News on the December Match!

Now more than ever with the extra health & safety expenses related to COVID-19, Prep needs your help to keep Jesuit education exceptional for deserving young men. To read more about all the programs and activities supported by the AMDG Fund, visit this page. You can donate today at creightonprep.org/give.

Watch your email this week for exciting news on a December match program made possible by generous donors that will allow you to double the impact of your gift!

 

Support Prep with a Cutout for the Heider Center

Alumni, parents and friends,

Just because you can't go to the game doesn't mean you won't be able to cheer on the Jr. Jays!

Help fill The Heider Center and support Prep with a picture cutout. Cutouts are $50 each and will be on display for Prep home basketball games. Proceeds will benefit the AMDG Fund. 

Get one for you and the whole family! Detailed instructions on how to take your picture and order yours are here. Then look for your cutout while the game is being live-streamed!

Make sure to send in a high resolution picture so your smiling face is fully displayed. Wear your Prep gear for it. Then after the basketball season, come to Prep to pick up your cutout.

Get your order in today here.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Operation Others Turkey Drop-off Day - This Saturday, November 21

We need your help to collect 1,000 frozen turkeys for those in need this season! Drop off a frozen turkey of any size between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday in the west lot at Prep (7400 Western Avenue), outside GolfTEC (362 N. 114th #362) or in the front lot at Skutt Catholic (3131 S. 156th Street). Thank you!

 

Christmas eBASH - Starts Next Monday, November 23

Bid on a great collection of Prep-themed items and Christmas season specialties through Tuesday, December 8 while supporting Prep! Watch your email and our social media in the days ahead for a link to this online event.

 

Operation Others Delivery Day - Saturday, December 19

Gather your family and friends to help deliver food for Operation Others to approximately 1,200 area families. The warehouse location will be announced on the O.O. Twitter feed and at creightonprep.org/oo. On that morning, please wear a mask and stay in your vehicle when picking up food and dropping it off. Mass at 8 a.m., deliveries from 9 a.m. until finished (usually about 1 p.m.)

 

BASH 2021 – Saturday, April 24

A reminder to save the date of April 24, 2021 for BASH 2021. Stay tuned to the monthly Prep Pulse for more details!

BASH plays a very important role in Prep’s ongoing commitment to deliver educational excellence to over 1,000 young men. The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone, as well as to provide $2.5 million in financial assistance annually to approximately 52 percent of our students. 

 

Alumni Notes

 

Please Remember - Obituaries for the Month of October

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.

 

Shop the Jay Mart

The Jay Mart has a wide selection of great gifts for the Prep fan in your life, including CP winter hats, totes and CP blankets from Lands' End, and CP cups with snowflake designs. For store hours, check their Instagram feed or email Jay Mart Manager Molly Sengstock with any questions.

 

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