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Summer Service Opportunity for Prep Families  

This summer, Prep volunteers will be serving the evening meal at the Siena/Francis House from 4:30-7 p.m. on June 12, June 18, July 10, July 16 and August 14. Students, parents and siblings (12 years of age and older) are welcome to participate. Click HERE to sign up to volunteer. If you have questions, please contact Dave Lawler in Prep's Campus Ministry Office. Thank you!

 

Summer Read and Service Project 

The summer reading book for this year is “Refugee” by Alan Gratz. As part of the summer reading program, the Campus Ministry Department will be setting up an apartment for a refugee family being resettled in Omaha. With each purchase of the summer reading book, Prep students made a small donation that will help with groceries and other household items for the family.

Campus Ministry will also be collecting household items for the family until the end of the school year. Families wishing to make a donation can sign up HERE. Volunteers from Campus Ministry will set up the apartment and welcome the family at the airport this summer. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

 

Host Family Needed for Incoming 9th Grade Student

ROKUS Education Link has an excellent exchange student coming to Creighton Prep in the 2018-2019 school year, and a host family is needed. He is a Concordia Junior High School 8th grader named Chandong Kim, who speaks English well and is very bright, smart and eager to learn. He would be a great addition to your family.

Hosting an exchange student is a rewarding experience! Your children will gain a broader perspective of another’s culture while learning more about geography and communication. Your family members will also become citizen diplomats in creating positive impressions of America and Americans, and this unique program creates memories and friendships that will last forever.

If your family is interested in this hosting opportunity, please contact Mison Cowell of ROKUS Education Link, LLC at (402) 301-5257 or misoncowell.korea@gmail.com.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Bowtie Bash 2018 Sale – Now Through Friday, May 25

Support Prep students now through Friday, May 25 by participating in the Bowtie BASH 2018 Sale! This online sale is new to the BASH calendar this year, and features items up for bid such as meals with the Jesuits, tickets to Finest Hour on the Lake on Saturday, June 23 and reservations for the Mom’s Gone Shopping trip on Thursday, October 25. Great fixed price items are available for purchase as well.

Click HERE to visit the Bowtie BASH 2018 Sale!

 

Cheer on the Junior Jays – May 18-23

On Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, be sure to catch members of the track & field team competing in the state meet at Burke Stadium. Click HERE to see the schedule of events.

Then on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and 23, visit the Norfolk Country Club beginning at 9:30 a.m. to root for the golf team in the state tournament. If you can’t make it to Norfolk, click HERE on Tuesday and Wednesday to see the live scoreboard.

As always, stay tuned to the athletic calendar for all the latest schedule information and go CP!

  

For Senior Parents – Reminder on Graduation 2018 Information – May 19-20

(from the email by Principal Jim Bopp sent to senior parents on Tuesday, March 13)

Dear Senior Parents:

Graduation is fast approaching, and several details require explanation for this celebration. First, let me congratulate you on this accomplishment. Four years of steady academic work and involvement in many extracurricular activities is a tremendous success and it would have been impossible without your support.

Caps and gowns, graduation practice

Graduation practice is mandatory for all graduates. It will be held at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18th in the Heider Center. All aspects of the dress code are in effect for graduation practice. Caps and gowns can be picked up immediately following graduation practice in the Heider Center. Please have all fines, outstanding debts and Jug business taken care of in order to receive your cap and gown without delay.

Mass

The graduation events will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, May 19th with Mass at St. John's Church on the campus of Creighton University. Because of space limitations, this Mass can accommodate only seniors and their parents. Seniors should sit with their parents and be in formal dress code.

Graduation

Graduation will be held at the Heider Center located at Creighton Prep on Sunday, May 20th at 10 a.m.

Seniors should arrive by 9:15 a.m. and be in formal dress code with cap and gown. Heider Center doors will open at 9 a.m.

Graduation tickets

Every family will receive 10 tickets. Each person needs a ticket to enter the graduation ceremony. Your son will not need a ticket. No assigned seating. Seating will be on a first come first served basis. The tickets will be distributed with the caps and gowns on Friday, May 18th. There will be no tickets available at the door.

Scholarship and final transcript

College scholarships received by each senior will be listed in the graduation program and the Omaha World-Herald if verification of the scholarship is received by the Counseling Department by April 18th. Copies of all scholarship award letters need to be turned in to the Counseling Department by April 18th. Scholarship additions can be turned in after April 18th, but there is no guarantee that they will be listed in the Omaha World-Herald or graduation program.

Final transcripts will be sent to the school your son has decided to attend. Students who are undecided about a college choice when they complete their survey should inform their counselor when they finalize their choice. To list this school, your son will need to log in to Family Connection and click on-> about me-> surveys-> graduation survey. He needs to complete the graduation survey on Family Connection by May 1st. If you have any questions please contact Fr. Tillman at 402-393-1190 ext. 336.

Absenteeism, incomplete work, disruptions, outstanding obligations 

All seniors should read the Student-Parent Handbook regarding absenteeism (pages 24-26). Students who have excessive absences may not be allowed to take final exams unless parents meet with school administration and document extenuating circumstances. Some seniors may be required to attend classes with underclassmen during the final weeks of May to make up for excessive absences before diplomas will be issued. Diplomas and grades may also be withheld from a student who does not complete all assignments for any course. Any student who still owes fines, outstanding debts or Jugs will not receive his cap and gown until this business is complete. Direct questions or concerns to Mr. Joe Ryberg at jrybe@prep.creighton.edu.

Senior leadership is very important to school culture. Disruptive behavior at the end of the school year may result in the postponement of final exams and prolonging the school year. Students involved in any end of the year disruption may forfeit their participation in the graduation ceremony and receive other appropriate consequences up to and including dismissal. School administration will exercise its discretion to use legal recourse for disruptions that occur after graduation. Specifically, seniors should avoid disruptions in daily school routines and the educational process, avoid actions that violate the human dignity of any person, and avoid conduct detrimental to the reputation or mission of the school.

Behavior and dress at graduation

Graduation is a dignified celebration. Raucous behavior is an embarrassment to parents, friends, jubilarians, alumni, faculty and, mostly, to those who behave in this manner. Any student who disrupts the ceremony may be removed and his diploma may be withheld. Let's celebrate in a way that reflects our mission and values.

Formal dress is required for the baccalaureate Mass and graduation ceremony. Formal means shirt and tie, dress pants, dress socks and dress shoes (brown, black or cordovan). No earrings. Students must be clean shaven with their hair in dress code. A suit coat is encouraged but optional for the Mass and not recommended for graduation because it gets bulky and warm under the graduation gown.

BASH

If you would like to continue to receive an invitation for BASH in years to come, please call or email Terri Haller. Terri can be reached at 402-548-3845 or by email at thall@prep.creighton.edu.

Alumni

If you have any concerns regarding alumni relations, contact Max Huerter at 402-393-1190 ext. 312 or by email at mhuer@prep.creighton.edu.

To see a summary of important calendar dates for seniors in April and May, click HERE.

Sincerely,

James L. Bopp 
Principal

 

For Senior Parents – Portrait Photo and DVD or Blu-ray Disc Order Information

To order a graduation portrait package from Jeremy Johnson Photography, click HERE to download a form you can complete and return with your payment.

To order a DVD or Blu-ray HD Disc of graduation from Moran Recording Services, Inc., click HERE to download a form you can complete and return with your payment.

 

Graduation 2018 Live Stream – Sunday, May 20

Congratulations to all the members of the Class of 2018 who will graduate into the Prep alumni community on Sunday, May 20 in the Heider Center, and thank you to their families and friends who have supported them in their journey through Prep.

Graduation 2018 will be live-streamed HERE on the Creighton Prep TV channel on YouTube beginning at 9:45 a.m., just prior to the start of the event at 10 a.m.

 

Final Exams Schedule for Underclassmen – May 22-24

Please note the final exams schedule for underclassmen, Tuesday through Thursday, May 22 to 24:

Tuesday, May 22   

 

English

8–9 a.m.

Science

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Conflict Exams

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 23   

 

Theology

8–9 a.m.

World Language

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Conflict Exams

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 24

 

Math

8–9 a.m.

Social Studies

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Conflict Exams

10:30–11:30 a.m.

 

Omaha Gives! is Just Over Four Days Away – Wednesday, May 23

We are just over four days away from Omaha Gives! on Wednesday, May 23. All gifts donated to Creighton Prep that day will go toward supporting our students. Also that day, we will also be releasing never-before-seen photos and videos of our 140-year history. In addition, our students will be creating special gifts, created in the new ToMorrow Labs space, for all donations of $50 or more.

You can schedule your Omaha Gives! donations to Prep early! Just click on the image below anytime between now and May 23. You can also share in our success by following us on TwitterFacebookInstagram and LinkedIn! Thank you!


12th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser for the Wrestling Team – Saturday, June 2

Prep wrestling fans, be sure to sign up today to play in the 12th annual golf tournament fundraiser that will take place on Saturday, June 2 starting at 1 p.m. at the Tara Hills Golf Course in Papillion. Head Coach Andrew Fisher ’08 and Assistant Coach Rowan Stander ’08 would appreciate your support. The tournament format will be a best ball, four-person scramble.

Click HERE to download the entry form that you can complete and return as directed along with your payment. The tournament will be limited to the first 36 foursomes, and the deadline to enter is Sunday, May 27.

 

Prep Notes

 

Students Honored at Annual Awards Night

Congratulations to all the following students recognized with awards at the annual Awards Night at Prep on Thursday, May 17:

Award

Recipient(s)

Arrupe, Pedro, Fr. (Jr.)

Martinez, Antonio Matthew

Bausch and Lomb Science

Muellner, Matthew James

Black Elk (Jrs.)

Arcos-Ponce, Angel Abiut

Black Elk (Jrs.)

Nagahawatte, Jaliya Manik

Boyce, Frances & Lynn

Owens, Paul Michael

Brayman Scholarship for English

Reding, Jack James

Brayman Scholarship for English

Sitti, Michael Benedict

Brayman Scholarship for Social Studies

Larkin, John Francis III

Brayman Scholarship for Social Studies

Ritterling, Nathan John

Brodd, Bill - Architecture

Goeman, Benjamin Robert

Campbell, Br. Marc (Fr.)

Prososki, Kevin Connor

Cassem Scholarship, Freshman

Anyaegbunam, Ugochukwu Larry

Cassem Scholarship, Junior

Baysa, Matthew Masashi

Cassem Scholarship, Sophomore

Acevedo, Moises Amador

College of the Holy Cross Book (Jr.)

Buechler, Aidan Everett

Dienstbier Literary

Knust, Benjamin Arnold

Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Jr.)

Corpuz, Thomas John

Exchange Club Outstanding Sophomore (So.)

Kramer, Josh

Fairfield Book (Jr.)

Young, Bradley Edward

Gandhi, Mahatma (So.)

Kouassi, Jude Philippe

Gandhi, Mahatma (So.)

Lopez-Lima, Nathaniel

George Washington University Book

Muellner, Matthew James

Hoover, David (Jr.)

York, Darryl Maurice

Johnson, Doug

Krejci, John Paul

JSN (Sr.)

Ritter, Dylan John

Kanne, Rev. Charles

Martin, Paul Thomas

Kenny, Philip

Doocy, Max Souza

Kenny, Philip

Myers, Caleb Matthew

Key Staffer

Fletcher, Nicholas Edward

Leahy, Don (Sr.)

Dunham, Andrew Rion

Leary, James

Ernatt, William Paul

LeMoyne College Heights (Jr.)

Mooney, Peter Joseph

Luther, Martin (Srs.)

Watson, Malik Rashad

Luther, Martin (Srs.)

White-Welchen, Tyler Anthony

Malloy, John

Anderson Matthew David

Mead, Linda

McClellan, Michael Brock

Michalski, Don (So.)

Lemar, Matthew Justus

Nebraska Boy's State Rep. (Jr.)

Lin, Christopher Jeremy

Nebraska Boy's State Rep. (Jr.)

Nagahawatte, Jaliya Manik

Nebraska Boy's State Rep. (Jr.)

Richter, Daniel Patrick

O'Brien, Ned (Jr.)

Arop, Akol Ajang

Outstanding Novice Speaker - Debate

Cote, Quinlan Joseph

Outstanding Novice Speaker - Speech

Reyes, Nathaniel Lucas

Outstanding Varsity Speaker

Nagahawatte, Jaliya Manik

Rensselaer (Math)

Mooney, Peter Joseph

Romero, Oscar (Fr.)

Green, Amariyon Avontaé William

Romero, Oscar (Fr.)

McMullen, Gannon Michael

Schwee, James (Fr.)

Lee, George Murdock

Shreves, Jeffrey (Sr.)

Nussrallah, John Francis

Shreves, Jeffrey (Sr.)

Pritza, Christopher Gerald

Sophomore Social Studies Award for Academic Excellence

Chapman, Richard James

Sophomore Social Studies Award for Academic Excellence

Engelbert, Patrick Henry

Sophomore Social Studies Award for Academic Excellence

Garrett, Nicholas Rocco

Sophomore Social Studies Award for Academic Excellence

Hazel, Matthew John

Sophomore Social Studies Award for Academic Excellence

Nelson, Coburn Christian

Sousa, John Phillip

Matthews, Paul Francis

St. Ignatius (Jr.)

Corpuz, Thomas John

St. Michaels's College Book (Jr.)

Townley, James Joseph

United States Marine Corps “Semper Fidelis” Award

Fuxa, Kyle Joseph

United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award

Funke, Conner Douglas

United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award

Peyton, Noah Patrick

Wendy's High School Heisman School (Sr.)

Hennessey, Joseph John

West Omaha Rotary Club (Sr.)

Dunham, Andrew Rion

Westside Kiwanis Club Award

Bartak, Jackson Thomas

Woodmen of the World

Muellner, Matthew James

World Language Level II - French

Lorenz, Graham Thomas

World Language Level II - Italian

Peltz, Thomas John

World Language Level II - Spanish

Lyons, Benjamin August

World Language Level II - Latin

Chapman, Richard James

World Language Level IV - French

Artz, Connor Michael

World Language Level IV - Italian

Mueller, Isaiah Jonathan

World Language Level IV - Latin

Martin, Paul Thomas

World Language Level IV - Spanish

Acevedo, Moises Amador

 

Baseball Teams Wins Third Consecutive State Title

Congratulations to Head Coach Pat Mooney, his staff and the varsity baseball players on winning their third consecutive Class A state title on Thursday, May 17 with a 7-2 victory over Millard South, a team that had beaten the Junior Jays the previous night by a score of 7-4.

Senior pitcher Dylan Phillips threw a complete game, allowing just three hits and two runs, and his great effort was supported by a Prep offense that put up a flurry of hits in the 6th inning to break open a 1-1 contest.

This is the program’s 15th state title and seventh since 2001.

 

Prep Junior Receives Coolidge Scholarship

Congratulations to Creighton Prep junior Matthew Muellner who has been recognized by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation as one of four Coolidge Scholarship recipients for 2018. According to the Coolidge Scholars website, this prestigious award is a “full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study … at any accredited college or university in the U.S.”

“I am very grateful for the award and the opportunity that comes with it,” said Matthew. “I also want to thank the teachers and students at Prep who have had such a great impact on me.”

The four selected for the Coolidge Scholarship were chosen from over 3,200 applicants, said Executive Director Matthew Denhart. “We’re very pleased to honor Matthew and welcome him to the family of Coolidge Scholars,” he noted.

Selection criteria included academic achievement, an interest in public policy and an appreciation for the values that President Coolidge exhibited throughout his life, such as civility, government restraint and respects for teachers. A sense of humility and an orientation toward serving others were also important factors.

“We would like to thank the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and those on the Finalist Jury for selecting Matthew for this wonderful honor,” said Creighton Prep Principal Jim Bopp. "He excels both academically and as a generous student leader who uses his many gifts in the service of others."

To see the news release from the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, click HERE

 

Senior Named to Omaha World-Herald All-State and All-Metro Academic Teams

Congratulations to senior Joseph Hennessey on being named to the Omaha World-Herald All-State and All-Metro Academic Teams. As noted by the organization, Joseph ranked first in his class at Prep, was a National Merit Scholarship finalist and was offered scholarships by a number of universities.

 

Omaha World-Herald Lists Key Senior Staffer, Scholarships Offered to Students

Click HERE to see the Omaha World-Herald announcement of senior Nicholas Fletcher as the key senior staffer for student publications at Prep along with the list of scholarships offered to Creighton Prep seniors. The list of scholarships is for those reported to the Counseling Department by Wednesday, April 25.

 

Four Named Finalists in 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Congratulations to student artists Keithen Adams ‘18, Adam Gray ‘21, William Klingemann ‘21 and Michael Sheridan ’18 who were announced on Saturday, May 12 as finalists in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. The event was exhibited and held at the Regency Parkway Art Gallery.

In addition, Keithen Adams (pictured above) won third place overall, and his work will be displayed in the congressional office of Congressman Don Bacon for the next year.

 

Jay Mart Blowout Sale! All Items 30 Percent Off! – May 7-24

Don’t miss the end-of-the-school-year Jay Mart blowout sale where all items in the store are 30 percent off from Monday, May 7 to Thursday, May 24, the last day the Jay Mart will be open until school resumes in August.

Choose from a wide variety of men’s and women’s apparel including quarter-zips, T-shirts, sweatshirts and many accessory items.

The Jay Mart is located in the Smith Atrium just outside the Heider Center and is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the May 22-24 final exam period for underclassmen.

For the latest Jay Mart news and photos, follow the store’s Instagram page HERE. For questions or additional information, please contact Stacey Burke at sburk@prep.creighton.edu. Thank you!

 

2019 WWII Battlefields of Europe Trip

If you or your family are interested in World War II history and like adventurous travel, we have a great opportunity to offer you. In honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Mr. Tom Haindfield (history teacher) and Mrs. Barb Hake (English teacher) are offering a 14-day trip in 2019 to explore World War II battlefields, museums and war memorials throughout Western Europe. The group will see where our soldiers fought, where they died and where some still remain.

The tour begins in Amsterdam with visits to the Anne Frank House and the Jewish Historical Museum. From Amsterdam, you will travel to Bastogne, tour the Mardasson Memorial and visit the Ardennes American Cemetery and memorial. Normandy will be next with a tour of the American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc and the D-Day beaches.

Then travel to Paris through Rouen, spending two days in both areas. From Paris, fly to Munich to explore there for three days. During that time, there will be several day trips to Dachau, Salzburg and the Eagle’s Nest where you can still see initials carved by the 101st Airborne Division when they captured the Kehlsteinhaus in May of 1945.

The trip will be limited to 30 people. To see a detailed itinerary, please visit www.explorica.com/Hake-8012For questions or more information, please email Mrs. Hake at bhake@prep.creighton.edu.

Thank you!

 

Travel to the Holy Land During the Summer of 2019

Travel to the Holy Land during the summer of 2019 with other Creighton Prep community members and their families and friends! Beginning Thursday, May 30, 2019, your trip to Israel will include visits to the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives, King David’s Tomb, the Wailing Wall, Tel Aviv and much more. With an option to take an excursion to the Dead Sea, the trip will span 10 days.

Travelers can manage their own reservations at www.explorica.com/Stickels-7317. There is also a $100 voucher (code is Israel100) valid until Thursday, May 24, 2018 for early sign up. Also, anyone who has been on an Explorica tour in the past will automatically receive a $100 repeat traveler discount when they sign up for another tour. Space is limited, so sign up soon to join us on this memorable experience! Please email any questions to nstic@prep.creighton.edu or kmart@prep.creighton.edu. Thank you!

 

Register Your Son Today for Creighton Prep Little Jays Football

If your son is entering 5th through 8th grade this fall and is interested in playing football, now is a great time to sign him up to play in the Creighton Prep Little Jays Football program. The Little Jays compete against other teams in the Metro Youth Football League, and the program focuses on athletic and social development with a positive experience on teams managed by coaches with extensive experience, all in an Archdiocese-sponsored safe environment. All practices and home games are held at Prep.

To learn more and register your son today, visit http://www.littlejaysathletics.com.

 

Creighton Prep Summer Camps – Registration Open Through Friday, May 25

Registration for the following Creighton Prep Summer Camps is open at www.creightonprep.org/summercamps through Friday, May 25. These are great options for students interested in summer activities at Prep.

Basketball Academy

Basketball Camp

Football Camp

Guitar Camp

Innovation Camp

Media Camp

Soccer Camp

Speed and Agility Camp

Strength and Conditioning Camp

Wrestling Camp

 

Keep up to date on Creighton Prep

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