Jack Wensinger ’77 Named Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus

Inspired by the Jesuits who helped shape his formation and moved by the School’s unwavering commitment to transforming young men into agents of change, Jack Wensinger has engineered an impressive record of volunteer leadership that has spanned five decades and extended across the metroplex. In recognition of his devotion to the Jesuit mission and the innumerable ways in which his philanthropy and service continue to shape our community, Wensinger has been named as the recipient of the 2017 Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus Award.  

Moving from the Midwest just prior to high school, Wensinger was a member of the National Honor Society and a two-time team captain and all-state swimmer at Jesuit. He earned an accounting degree from Texas A&M in 1981 and later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Business. Wensinger has enjoyed a distinguished career providing investment banking, acquisition and asset management services, and in 1993 co-founded the property management company, WillMax Capital, where he still serves as president. Wensinger is also a co-founder of Marinas International, and as a principal of WillMax, has run and operated Woodbourne Investment Management.

Wensinger’s professional success is considerable, but is secondary to his exhaustive scope of service to numerous non-profits in DFW, most notably, his high school alma mater. He has served on the School Board as chair of the finance committee and the Jesuit Foundation Board as investment committee chair. From 2011-13, as Jesuit Dallas was completing the We Are Jesuit capital campaign, Wensinger served as chair of the Jesuit Dallas Foundation Board of Trustees. In addition, he contributed a two-year term on the Alumni Executive Board, was on the strategic development advisory board for the School’s real estate committee, and was a class captain for both the alumni phonathon and the parent’s challenge drive.

A member of the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Lifetime Giving Society along with his wife, Terri Sue, Wensinger and his brother, Tom ’82, started the John & Rosanne Wensinger Family Scholarship benefitting students requiring need-based financial aid. He and Terri Sue served as honorary chairs of the Celebration Auction in 2015, where along with friends and other members of the Jesuit Class of 1977, Wensinger initiated the Jesuit Faculty Professional Development Fund.

Having held board positions at Town North YMCA, Dallas Social Ventures, and the Dallas chapter of the YPO, Wensinger served on the board at Uplift Education as a member of the finance committee and was marketing development chair for the Clayton Dabney Foundation Board of Trustees. His ongoing devotion to Jesuit Dallas and his allegiance to the greater community is inspiring, and has won for him the respect, confidence, and affection of his friends and colleagues.

Lacrosse Repeats as Texas State Champs!

Tournament Most Valuable Player Luke Millican made 11 saves and senior Daniel Burnum scored the game-winning goal with 5:19 left in regulation to lift Jesuit Dallas to its second consecutive Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) Division I State Championship with a stunning, 9-8, comeback win over the Episcopal School of Dallas Eagles at Rhodes Stadium in Katy.

The Rangers surrendered the first five goals of Sunday’s championship tilt and trailed 6-1 at halftime. Facing certain defeat, Jesuit responded with an outstanding second half, outscoring ESD, 8-2, over the final two frames to clinch its second state crown in as many years.

Sophomore Peter Buell snapped the Jesuit Dallas scoreless stream with a tally midway through the second quarter, and was soon joined in the scoring column by junior Jack Tabor and senior Trey Weiderecht, who scored in the third. Junior Grayson Hassell scored a game-tying goal at the 9:39 mark of the fourth to complete the team’s comeback run and set the stage for Burnum’s heroics.

Burnum finished the tournament by earning Offensive Most Valuable Player honors. Junior Aidan Johnston secured four groundballs in the contest, earning Defensive Most Valuable Player plaudits.

Over the final five minutes, Episcopal would pressure the Jesuit defense, but Millican and the Ranger contingent stood firm. Jesuit survived a scare in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, when a clear attempt was intercepted by an Episcopal attacker, who missed an empty net and the chance at the equalizer. Jesuit clinched the championship when a stick check by junior Greyson Mokarow resulted in a groundball secured by the Rangers, who were able to run the clock out for the victory.

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Robotics Wins Regional; Finishes Third at World Championships

Following up on a dominating performance at the Brazos Regional in Waco, Jesuit Dallas robotics, aka The All Sparks, capped another successful competitive season with a third-place finish at the 2017 FIRST World Championship presented by Qualcomm Incorporated. Held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green in Houston, more than 15,000 students from 700 teams and 33 countries put their innovation skills to the test in the world’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math for students.

Attended by nearly 30,000 people, the four-day event came down to a heart-pounding conclusion Saturday night in front of thousands of cheering fans at Minute Maid Park in the match finals of this year’s game, FIRST STEAMWORKS.

As Hopper Division champions, The All Sparks, also known as Team 2848, were one of six teams to advance to the finals. Jesuit’s squad was ranked eighth overall at the end of the qualification rounds, and was chosen to an alliance with Team 604, Quixilver (Calif.), Team 1868, Space Cookies (Calif.), and Team 2903, The NeoBots (Wash.). The Alliance was eliminated in the semifinals.

“This was our second appearance in the Einstein field, and the guys did a phenomenal job,” offered the program’s co-founder and faculty moderator, Michael Couvillon. “Our students had an amazing season, and I’m proud of their efforts from the beginning of the build season through a strong run in our sixth appearance at the FIRST championship.”

Jesuit Dallas won the FIRST World Championship in 2014, and looked the part for an unprecedented second title after placing first out of nearly 50 teams in the qualification rounds of the Brazos Valley Regional. Featuring teams from two states and three countries, The All Sparks’ winning alliance included Team 3310, Team Blackhawk (Rockwall-Heath) and Team 6357, The Spring Konstant (Dripping Springs).

This year’s team was paced by a drive team consisting of Spencer Gautreaux ’17, Jack Barone ’18, Aidan Koch ’19 and Will Madden ’20; pit crew boss Noah Santoni ’19; and control system coordinator Will Curran ’17.

In addition to the team accolades this season, Anirudh Kantareddy ’18 won the Dean’s List Finalist Award at the Brazos Valley Regional.

Jesuit Dallas Soccer Wins UIL 6A State Championship

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A go-ahead goal by junior Christian Lerma in the 89th minute, first half tally by senior Tommy Flaim, and another incredible performance by senior goalkeeper and tournament Most Valuable Player Luke Ostrander propelled Jesuit Dallas to its second University Interscholastic League (UIL) 6A State Championship, 2-1, over top-ranked Arlington Sam Houston on Saturday night at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown, Texas.

Jesuit Dallas (22-3-1) captured its first title since 2010, and secured the program’s 19th state title between championships earned in the TCIL and UIL. The Rangers withstood an inspired attack from Sam Houston (22-3-2), who entered the state tournament ranked first in Texas and fifth in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.

The Texans attempted 21 shots, had five corner kicks and 17 free kicks from Jesuit fouls. However, Ostrander and the Rangers would not be denied, allowing their lone goal on a free kick which deflected off a member of the Jesuit wall and into the net in the 58th minute.

Flaim laced a shot from 33-yards out after an early first half foul, a low liner that skipped off the turf inside the box and snuck past the hand of Sam Houston’s goalkeeper for the game-opening tally. Sam Houston’s first two quality chances came moments later, the first a shot in the 15th minute from the near side penalty area to the far post, necessitating a diving stop by Ostrander. One minute later, Sam Houston’s Nate Kopetsky got past the Jesuit defense and sent a shot that got past Ostrander, but was saved off the far post to keep the game scoreless.

Sam Houston controlled the first half pace, taking six shots, including three on target and three corner kicks, but were unable to find the back of the net. Burciaga nearly put the Rangers up by two goals in the ninth minute, sending a close-range shot over the crossbar, but Jesuit was able to withstand a late bevy by the Texans.

In the second half, the play slowed after Sam Houston’s equalizer until Jesuit began to ramp up the pressure late in regulation. Lerma had an open look at the goal from 15 yards out, but pushed the ball just wide of the net.

Junior John Koshakji had perhaps Jesuit’s best look of the game with under five minutes remaining, deflecting a header that seemed destined for twine, but was deflected out by the far post. The two teams went into overtime tied, 1-1, and Jesuit responded with a strong first overtime period that ultimately resulted in the game-winning goal.

Senior Chase Burciaga took a corner kick from the far side in the 89th minute, a ball that found junior Israel Ollarzabal just inside the eight-yard box. Ollarzabal’s header glanced off the upper right corner of the goal, floated through the air, and landed at the feet of Lerma, who put away the point-blank shot for the lead. Sam Houston’s final quality attempt came with a close-range free kick midway through the second overtime that sailed over the crossbar.

Debate Places Three Teams in Top 20 at National Championships

The Jesuit Dallas debate program, which has enjoyed prominence at the national level for over six decades, closed out the 2016-17 campaign achieving another historic milestone as the teams of senior Jack LoRocco and sophomore Jack Moore, seniors Beomhak Lee and Alandro Valdez, and seniors Zachary Watts and Emmanuel Ruiz finished in the top 20 of the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) National Championships at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The result marked the first time that Jesuit Dallas cleared three teams to the elimination rounds at nationals. In addition to the team performance, Ruiz was tabbed as the 18th overall speaker, and LoRocco, 26th, against a field of over 170 of the best high school debaters in the country.

All three Jesuit teams finished 4-2 in the preliminary rounds. LoRocco and Moore defeated teams from California, Illinois, and Kansas; Lee and Valdez defeated teams from Illinois, Texas and Kansas; and Watts and Ruiz topped teams from Illinois and Utah. In decisions that were termed “extremely difficult,” all three Jesuit teams lost in the first elimination round by 2-1 scores.

The strong performance at the national championships caps another impressive slate for Jesuit Dallas debate, which included a first-place finish at The Hockaday Invitational, a top-10 performance at the nationally prestigious Barkley Forum Debates at Emory University, and three teams in the top 10 at the Texas Forensic Association State Championships – where Jesuit was also just one of two schools in the state to qualify six teams to state.   

The Roundup Lauded in Dallas Morning News Journalism Competition

Jesuit Dallas’ student paper, The Roundup, was recognized for its outstanding web presence during the Dallas Morning News’ 26th annual High School Journalism Day & Competition. The competition drew close to 1,200 entries from student journalists and schools throughout the region, with Jesuit Dallas cited for developing and operating the second-best high school news website in the metroplex.

The Roundup is one of the most active clubs on campus. Serving as the student voice at Jesuit Dallas, The Roundup features over 50 active contributors and produces over 300 articles per year covering School news, as well as tackling local, regional, and national issues.

The paper has been a mainstay in the Dallas Morning News journalism competition, winning a myriad of awards since converting to an entirely digital format in 2010. One of only two extracurricular journalism programs in the metroplex, Jesuit is the only school to publish an online paper, exclusively.

Nearly 400 students and teachers from 48 schools attended workshops and a luncheon at The News’ office downtown and nearby Union Station for the annual Journalism Day & Competition.

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Jesuit Dallas Announces 2017 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

A Super Bowl winning lineman, All-American attacker, three-sport high school star, and an NCAA Division I basketball standout turned international pro comprise the 2017 Hall of Fame Class as announced by the Jesuit Dallas Letterman’s Club. This year’s honorees will be officially inducted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Blue & Gold Banquet on the campus of Jesuit Dallas.

Bernie Hogan ’76 excelled for the Rangers in football, baseball and basketball during the mid-70s. Recipient of the Leo Ostick Award as Jesuit’s top student-athlete in 1974-75, Hogan was a two-time TCIL All-State selection in football and a two-time all-state pick in baseball. In his first varsity season on the diamond, he was named TCIL Sophomore of the Year while helping the Jesuit Dallas program to its first state title. Lauded by local and regional media for his prowess on the gridiron, Hogan by-passed the likes of Notre Dame and Navy in accepting a full athletic scholarship to Rice University.

Reggie Stephens ’05 is another multi-sport athlete (he competed in four sports during his time donning the Blue & Gold) that made headlines with his sensational play between the hashes. After leading Jesuit to its first UIL district crown in 2004, Stephens flourished as a three-year starter at Iowa State University. A two-time Honorable Mention All-Big 12 offensive lineman, he was the 2009 recipient of the Arthur Floyd Scott Award as the Cyclones’ most outstanding athlete in the football strength and conditioning program. Stephens was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2009 NFL Draft, and during a four-year pro career, became the first Jesuit Dallas graduate to win a Super Bowl as a practice squad member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Todd Wallace ’88 was a dynamic playmaker on the pitch, helping Jesuit soccer to three state championships before serving as a dominant force at NAIA powerhouse, Oklahoma City University. The Rangers compiled a record of 63-7-2 during his tenure as a four-year starter, including the stunning 1988 campaign that finished 16-0-0, and left Jesuit Dallas ranked No. 1 in the State of Texas among all private and public schools. Participating in the 1988 Pan-Am Games, Wallace accepted a scholarship to OCU, where he still holds the all-time single-game scoring record. In 2002, he was inducted into the OCU Hall of Fame. From 1990-96, he played professionally in the USISL with the Oklahoma City Heat Soccer Club.

Kyle Wilson ’02 literally journeyed across the globe to showcase his basketball talents. After being part of the last state championship team prior to Jesuit’s exit from the TCIL, he pieced together an outstanding career that resulted in his selected as a finalist for McDonald’s All-American honors. The only high school athlete in America named to the USA Global Games team in both 2001 and 2002, Wilson was ranked as one of the 10 best players in Texas and one of the nation’s top recruits according to Rivals. Wilson won a Big 10 championship as a freshman at Illinois, but transferred to Wichita State where he earned a bevy of conference awards and served as team captain for a top 10 nationally-ranked unit in 2007. He continued his career after college, playing professionally in the Germany Bundesliga, Austria BBL, Hungary A League, and the Israeli National League. In 2010, he helped pace Zalakeramia ZTE to the Hungarian national championship.

The evening will also honor legendary Hall-of-Famer Rufe Brewton ’55 as the 2017 recipient of the Gold Ranger Award. Tickets are on sale now at www.jesuitcp.org/shof. For more information, contact Sean McMullen ’96 at smcmullen@jesuitcp.org or 972-387-8700 x342.

Alistair Keggen ’17 and Felix Kimbrell ’17 Receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

Jesuit Dallas seniors Alistair Keggen and Felix Kimbrell were named as recipients of the 2017 President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes middle and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service, was granted by the Presidential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Participation.

“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” remarked JoAnn Bartoletti, Executive Director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. “Honorees such as Alistair and Felix practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”

In addition to receiving a certificate of achievement marked by the Seal of the President of the United States, Keggen and Kimbrell received a signed letter of congratulations from President Barack Obama. Volunteer activities for each of the recipients were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

The community service and social justice program at Jesuit Dallas is one of the most comprehensive in the nation. Although all students are required to complete a pre-determined number of hours to graduate, nearly every student far exceeds the minimum. This past year, students worked with over 100 different service organizations and totaled over 100,000 hours of service both locally and abroad.

Busy Weekend for Debate Nets Five Top-10 Finishes and Sixth State Qualifying Team

Jesuit Dallas joined Austin Westwood as the only two schools across the state to qualify six teams to the Texas Forensic Association State Championships after an exciting weekend that saw 12 teams competing at two tournaments.

At the Royce City Invitational where 30 teams from the metroplex competed, the sophomore team of Jack Griffiths and Riler Holcombe earned third-place honors and became the sixth Jesuit Dallas team to qualify for the state tournament in March. Sophomores Ashik Amar and Giovanni Ferrer-Falto earned fifth place. 

At the Colleyville Heritage Invitational, which featured over 70 teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, and Florida, the team of seniors Jake LoRocco and Emmanuel Ruiz secured ninth-place honors in the varsity division. In the novice division, freshmen Javier Arroyo and Marshall Mann snagged second place with the freshmen duo of Thomas Cluck and Garrett Nagorzanski taking third overall.

Jacob Palisch ’17 Announced as Finalist for Prestigious Davey O’Brien Scholarship

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Jesuit Dallas senior Jacob Palisch was named one of five finalists for the 31st annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship, sponsored by Higginbotham and Southwest Bank. An award which recognizes the most outstanding high school senior student-athlete across the metroplex, Palisch and the remaining four nominees will attend the 10th annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Luncheon at The Fort Worth Club on Jan. 24, where the award will be presented.

The Stanford University baseball commit and three-sport athlete was a University Interscholastic League (UIL) District 9-6A First Team selection for the reigning UIL 6A state champion Rangers, picking up the decision in the team’s 6-2 win over San Antonio Johnson in the title game.

Named a MaxPreps.com Junior All-American last June, Palisch threw two no-hitters during the season, including a 15-strikeout masterpiece against Highland Park in the first game of the UIL 6A Region II Quarterfinal. He closed the year with an 11-1 record, 0.64 earned run average and 117 strikeouts, while guiding the team to a top 10 national ranking for the second consecutive season.

On the gridiron, Palisch served as the team’s starting quarterback and punter in 2015 and 2016, and was named the UIL District 9-6A Player of the Year after both seasons. He ended his high school football career with 3,746 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, and 20 touchdowns on the ground while averaging 40.6 yards per punt.

Palisch helped lead Jesuit to back-to-back district titles for the first time in program history, as well as the highest state ranking in School history (No. 20). He scored the go-ahead touchdown in Jesuit’s 24-21 win over perennial state power Skyline on Oct. 2, 2015, snapping the Raiders’ 49-game district winning streak.

Earning UIL District 9-6A Second Team honors in basketball after the 2015-16 season, Palisch has appeared in 14 games for the Rangers this year, totaling 53 rebounds, 51 points and four blocks, while helping Jesuit build a 15-7 record heading into Friday’s bout against state-ranked No. 6 Skyline.

Off the playing surface, Palisch has excelled in the classroom, earning a 4.0 grade-point average. A National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar with Honors, Palisch works with the Commit to Dallas early education literacy program as a teacher’s reading aide.

The other four finalists for the award are: Anna Connolly, a softball student-athlete from fellow UIL 9-6A member J.J. Pearce, Highland Park volleyball student-athlete Madeline Ngo, Vivian Weinman from Southwest Christian School, and soccer student-athlete Christopher Wines from Trinity Christian Academy.

Palisch will head to Fort Worth on Tuesday hoping to become the third student-athlete in Jesuit Dallas history to earn the Davey O’Brien award, following in the footsteps of Jesuit Hall of Famer Joel Sharp ’87 and Jeff Miller ’02.