Life is filled with endings and new beginnings. We say goodbye to summer and start a new school year, or we leave one job to take another. We change our status from “single” to “married” or move from one neighborhood (or city) to a new one. Some changes are easy and exhilarating while others are difficult and anxiety-provoking. But it seems certain that we will experience many changes, big or small, in our lives.
In my experience, it is important to have some things that provide a basis of stability as our lives change. As a lifelong Christian, I have found that one of these is my conviction about the care and love God has for me no matter what changes come along. I try to strengthen this conviction by fostering a habit of personal prayer and corporate worship, and I have discovered that, with changes that involve experiences of loss or grief, this is particularly important.
St. Ignatius of Loyola believed that we should look for God in all things, and St. Paul wrote, in chapter eight of his Letter to the Romans, that nothing will ever separate us from the love of God that comes to us through Jesus. Energized and comforted by this realization, we can live with hope and confidence no matter what changes happen in our lives.
Fr. Frank Majka, S.J.
Creighton Prep Class of 1963
Creighton Prep Welcomes 296 Freshmen to Begin 141st Academic Year
Creighton Prep began its 141st academic year by welcoming 296 freshmen in the Class of 2022. The students were at Prep starting Friday, August 10 for orientation then they were welcomed along with their parents at the New Families Mass, Dinner and Orientation event on Sunday, August 12 that began with Mass at 5 p.m. in the Heider Center. Mass was followed by dinner in the Sullivan Center then an orientation for parents and recreational activities for the students.
Registration and the first day of classes for the freshmen took place on Monday, August 13. They arrived at Prep with their senior Big Brothers and went to the Mullen Gym for pictures then to the Heider Center to receive their schedules. After that, they proceeded through an abbreviated class schedule as well as a lunch period where they were led in Prep cheers by a group of upperclassmen.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors started classes on Tuesday, August 14.
Welcome, New Teachers and Staff Members!
On Wednesday August 8, Prep welcomed new teachers and staff members, including Sterling Brown (Dean of Students), Christianne Clark (Director of College Counseling), Lisa Cook (Social Studies), Damian Czerniak, SJ (World Languages, part-time), Matt Delany (Social Studies), John Fraser (World Languages), Trent Goldsmith (Social Studies), Will Hausman (Alumni Volunteer Corps), Rita Hermann (Fine Arts), Kevin Kaminski (Student Support Services), Rich Mansfield (Design Technology), Jeni Martinez (Director of Loyola Scholars), Amy Masek (Theology), Dr. Renée McGill (English), Olivia Poggenpohl (Director of Communications), Dr. Martin Townley (Design Technology), Claudine Tremblay (World Languages), Dakota Wagner (Alumni Volunteer Corps), Carolina Westling (World Languages, part-time) and Bethany Widman (English).
New Billy Bluejay Design Introduced
Creighton Prep introduced a new Billy Bluejay design with the Wednesday, August 8 completion of the floor renovation project in the Heider Center. The new Billy is represented in a darker shade of blue and in a white CP T-shirt instead of the collared CP sweater used in the previous design.
The floor renovation project began with sanding the surface using different grains of sandpaper in order to get it very smooth. After that, stain was applied to darken both three point areas around the free-throw lanes. Graphics for Billy as well as Creighton Prep, AMDG and Jr. Jays were then added along with a coat of PMS 280 Blue (Prep blue) to the baselines and sidelines as well as striping on the two outer courts. After that, covers on the graphics were removed and multiple coats of sealer were applied.
Five Points Bank Finishes 42-17 Season in State Tournament
Congratulations to Head Coach Pat Mooney, his staff and the players on the Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team on their great 42-17 season that ended near the completion of state tournament divisional play in Columbus on Wednesday, August 1.
The team started the tournament on Saturday, July 28 against Grand Island Home Federal, winning 4-2 and helped by a strong pitching performance from Noah Peyton ‘18 as well as stout defensive play. On Sunday, July 29, the squad was edged 4-3 by Lincoln SW Pinnacle Bank despite a two-run home run from Owen Richter ’18 and another fine pitching performance, this time from Spencer Jonas ‘19.
They rebounded the following day in an 8-3 win over Kearney Runza, led by pitcher Max Mandel ’18 and timely hitting from the offense, and found success again on Tuesday, July 31 in a 7-2 victory over Burke Black C&H Construction that was highlighted by a two-out rally in the 4th inning and excellent command by pitcher Zach Firmature ‘18. From there, the team advanced to a Wednesday, August 1 matchup with the Millard South '52's Patriots, falling 3-2 to end their state tournament run.
54 Prep Students Named AP Scholars by the College Board
Congratulations to the 54 Creighton Prep students who were named AP Scholars by the College Board. Of those, 23 were named AP Scholar, 15 were named AP Scholar with Honor and 16 were named AP Scholar with Distinction, including two who were also named National AP Scholar.
The 23 named AP Scholar (for scoring 3 or higher on three or more of their AP Exams) were Samuel Atkins '19, Brendan Bentley '18, Carson Broz '19, Aidan Buechler '19, Richard Chapman '20, Luke Dickas '19, John Doran '19, Mitchell Finocchiaro '19, Samuel Forrest '19, Jeremiah Hudson '18, Colin Inda '19, Joshua Kramer '20, Jaliya Nagahawhatte '19, Daniel Noon '19, Noah Peyton '18, Danny Poulos '19, Luke Reinsch '19, Matthew Rowe '19, Seth Sandoval-Skeet '18, Jonathan Schroeder '19, Kyle Sedlacek '18, Daniel Ugarte '18 and Bradley Young '19.
The 15 named AP Scholar with Honor (for scoring an average of 3.25 or higher on all their AP Exams and 3 or higher on four or more of them) were Jackson Bartak '18, Robert Beyer '18, Keegan Brown '19, Richard Csordas '19, Jefei Dong '18, Connor Gregg '20, Sean Hassett '18, Jinyong Hong '19, Jason Kwong '19, Peter Lenz '18, Michael McClellan '18, John Mowat '18, Jalen Nichols '18, Jonathan Quiros '18 and Thomas Schatz '18.
The 16 named AP Scholar with Distinction (for scoring an average of 3.5 or higher on all their AP Exams and 3 or higher on at least five of them) were Stanley Drvol '18, Colin Duffy '19, Charles Gehringer '18, Nathanial George '19, Yoobin Ha '18, Zachary Kowal '19, Colin LaFave '18, Christopher Lin '19, Joseph McGill '18, Ryan McNamara '18, John Nussrallah '18, Noah Schalley '18, Aidan Weindel '18 and Benjamin Wingerter '18.
The two who were named both AP Scholar with Distinction and National AP Scholar (for scoring an average of 4 or higher on all their AP Exams and 4 or higher on at least eight of them) were Matthew Muellner '19 and Brett Slezak '18.
Blue-White Game – Friday, August 17
Get a preview of the varsity and junior varsity Junior Jay football teams as they play in the annual Blue-White Game on Friday, August 17 at 6 p.m. in Carmen & Don Leahy Stadium, located at the north end of the west parking lot. See you there!
Tickets for Prep Football vs. Omaha North – Thursday, August 23
Please note that tickets for the Prep vs. Omaha North football game on Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m. at Kinnick Stadium on the Omaha Northwest High School campus will be on sale at the Prep switchboard during school hours on Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22 and until noon on Thursday, August 23. Adult tickets are $6 and student tickets are $4. Prep students will need to purchase a ticket.
The Prep switchboard is located just inside the school's Administration entrance, which is adjacent to the east parking lot.
Mass of the Holy Spirit – Tuesday, August 28
Creighton Prep cordially invites you to join the students, faculty and staff, and Jesuit community in the Heider Center at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28 for the Mass of the Holy Spirit.
At this special Mass that annually marks the beginning of a new academic year at the school, we will ask for the blessings of the Holy Spirit on our community. The Most Reverend George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha, will preside and be assisted by, among others, Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ, the president of Creighton Prep, and Fr. Brian Paulson, SJ, the provincial of the USA Midwest Province. Together, they will distribute missioning crosses to the student leaders of Prep clubs and activities.
Since this is traditionally the school's largest Mass event of the year, you are encouraged to arrive early, park in the east lot and enter the Heider Center through the main entrance at the northwest corner of the lot.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, August 28!
CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius – Monday, September 10
The CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius retreat experience continues its 12th year starting Monday, September 10 from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. in the Skinner Chapel, located on the first floor of Creighton Prep in the south hallway. Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ will direct the meeting.
Would you like to learn more about your son’s religious formation at Prep and support his spiritual growth, as well as hear members of the CP staff share how faith influences their work? Please join us once a month as we pray the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and learn about Ignatian spirituality.
Uniquely designed with busy parents in mind, this spiritual journey takes the four-week Ignatian retreat and spreads it over nine months. Fr. Kevin will lead the group in prayer, teaching and discussion of the Spiritual Exercises. He will also suggest ways that participants can live the retreat each day.
If you would like to join the group for any or all of the monthly meetings, plan on the second Monday of each month from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., September through May.
Reunion Weekend for the “3” and “8” Classes – September 21-22
Alumni from the classes of 1958, 1963, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008, please plan to attend Reunion Weekend at Prep on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. The agenda for the weekend currently has alumni attending class-specific socials and activities on Friday then a community service opportunity for them and their families on Saturday followed by a “Preptoberfest” celebration.
Please contact Max Huerter at 402-548-3851 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend Reunion Weekend. We look forward to seeing you there!
Preptoberfest – Saturday, September 22
Plan to join your Prep friends on Saturday, September 22 in the west parking lot and in the Sullivan Center from 4:30 to 10 p.m. for Preptoberfest, a celebration of all things Prep including reunion weekend, 140 years of Jesuit education and the formal kickoff to the 2019 AMDG Annual Fund campaign. The evening will include live music by Finest Hour as well as beer, wine and food trucks, and attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
At 4:30 p.m., be sure to join us for Mass in the Heider Center. The celebrant will be Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ.
Please register for Preptoberfest today at www.creightonprep.org/preptoberfest. Thank you!
Men for Others Golf Classic – Monday, October 1
Register now for the annual Men for Others Golf Classic that will take place on Monday, October 1 at the Shadow Ridge Country Club. This is always a great occasion that helps raise money for need-based assistance to qualified Prep students.
The format will be two-player best ball. Check-in / driving range begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The individual golfer fee is $400. Click HERE to register.
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. Thank you!
Creighton Prep Sports Night Featuring Lou Holtz – Tuesday, October 2
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Save the date of Tuesday, October 2, 2018 when Creighton Prep welcomes former Notre Dame national championship football coach and College Football Hall of Fame member Lou Holtz as the featured speaker for the 27th Annual Creighton Prep Sports Night.
- The Heider Center at Creighton Prep
- 5:30 p.m. Social, silent auction and BBQ dinner
- 7:00 p.m. Oral auction
- 7:15 p.m. Program featuring Lou Holtz
- Individual tickets: $75
- Table of 10: $700
- Sponsor table: $1,000
- One person from each sponsor table is invited to a private cocktail reception with Lou Holtz and will receive a gift and preferred seating at Sports Night.
Click HERE to download the invitation, which contains a registration form you can complete and return with your payment.
Click HERE to register online.
Please Remember – Obits for the Month of July
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study Welcomes New Members
Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study has met at Prep since its inception nine years ago. Many parents and alumni participate, and new attendees are most welcome.
During the next academic year, the group will meet on Thursday evenings at CP from 7:30-9:15 p.m., September through February, and will study the Gospel of Luke. It’s a wonderful study of God’s mercy.
To join Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study, click HERE.
Visit the Athletic Calendar for Fall Sports Schedules
Interested in attending one of the many fall sports events? Visit the Creighton Prep Athletic Calendar HERE to get the latest schedule information, including dates, times and locations!
When you visit the Athletic Calendar page, click on “View Schedules.” In the dropdown menu that appears, select the sport and level you are interested in (such as “Football – Boys Varsity”) then click “View.”
Join the Junior Jaybacker Club!
Now is the time to join the Junior Jaybacker Club for the 2018-2019 school year! By purchasing a membership to the Junior Jaybacker Club you will:
- Enjoy great high school sports
- Be part of the 140-year-old Prep athletic tradition
- Avoid long lines for tickets
- Save money!
Your membership includes admission to all regular season home games (including non-varsity games) and admission to Junior Jaybacker events.
Download a Junior Jaybacker season pass order form.
Purchase a Junior Jaybacker season pass online.
Gear Up For Fall At The Jay Mart!
We invite all Prep alumni, parents, past parents and friends to check out Creighton Prep and visit the Jay Mart, our very own school spirit store where 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the faculty, staff and students of Creighton Prep.
The Jay Mart hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every school day, and the store is located in the Smith Atrium —just outside the main entrance to the Heider Center — and is also open for special events such as Open House (Sunday, November 4) and all home varsity basketball games. (See the regular season schedule HERE.)
Prep alumni, parents, past parents and friends can visit the store by entering the building through the Administration entrance next to the east parking lot. (Current Prep students can shop the Jay Mart during their lunch period.)
Please follow the Jay Mart on Instagram for the newest items and sales. You can also find us at www.creightonprep.org/jaymart. For questions or additional information regarding the Jay Mart, please contact Stacey Burke at email@example.com.
We look forward to helping you with all of your CP Jr. Jays needs!
2019 WWII Battlefields of Europe Trip
If you or your family is 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 the initials carved by the 101st Airborne Division when they captured the Kehlsteinhaus in May of 1945.
It will be a trip of a lifetime! To see a detailed itinerary, please visit www.explorica.com/Hake-8012, and email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be an informational meeting for interested parents and students on Monday, August 27 at 6 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium.
The trip will be limited to 30 people.
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. 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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