Six Jesuit Dallas Debaters Secure State-Qualifying Points in Season Debut

Three varsity debate teams from Jesuit Dallas finished in fifth place this past weekend at the Newman Smith Invitational, earning their first qualifying points of the season to the Texas Forensic Association (TFA) State Debate Championships. Thirty of the top teams in DFW competed in the two-day event.

Senior Greg Tan and junior Ben Miller, sophomores Ethan Jackson and Chris Tran, and sophomores Jack Madden and Pete Weigman all advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated. Tan and Miller finished the preliminary rounds unscathed after compiling a 4-0 record, while Jesuit’s other two teams finished 3-1 in the prelims with wins over teams from Coppell, Grapevine, Greenhill, Hebron, Law Magnet, Naaman Forest, and St. Mark’s.

In addition to the team awards, Weigman was named the second individual speaker and Jack Madden the fifth individual speaker out of the over 60 competitors. This was the first tournament of the year for Jesuit’s contingent.

Museum Exhibition Opening: David Bates & Texas Artists

The most recent exhibition from the Jesuit Dallas Museum opens tonight, September 22, in the Jesuit Dallas Historical Library with an evening reception scheduled from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition, titled “David Bates & Texas Artists” offers a local flair, and will feature the acquisition of Man with Gold Tooth, 1982, a monoprint, signed and titled in pencil by David Bates, one of Texas’ most venerated artists.

Jesuit Dallas President, Mike Earsing, and museum director Elizabeth Hunt-Blanc, will each make a short address during tonight’s celebration, which will also include works courtesy of Russell Tether Fine Art, private individuals, and pieces from the Jesuit Dallas Museum’s permanent collection. In addition to the public unveiling of the Bates acquisition, featured artists will include John Alexander, Otis Dozier, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others.

Thursday’s opening is open to all friends of Jesuit. Please RSVP for tonight or send requests for future tours to or 972-387-8700 x383. The “David Bates & Texas Artists” exhibition runs through Monday, November 21.

Thomas Melsheimer ’79 Named Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus

A devoted husband, father, colleague, and friend, Tom Melsheimer has spent a lifetime seeking the fullest development of his God-given talents while putting his faith into action. Espousing the tenets described in the Profile of the Jesuit Graduate, the ways in which Melsheimer’s service has impacted the Jesuit Dallas community have been innumerable. In recognition of his extraordinary achievements as a scholar and public servant, and for his steadfast commitment to the Jesuit mission, Melsheimer has been named as the recipient of the 2016 Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus Award.

As one of the most preeminent litigators in the country, Melsheimer’s success has been lauded by nearly every existing peer review. His writings have been published in major daily newspapers, magazines, and law journals, and his reputation led The American Lawyer to declare Melsheimer, “one of the most sought after trial lawyers in the country.” His list of distinctions is striking, and include his selection to the annual listing of Best Lawyers in America every year from 2007-2016. Melsheimer, who has served as lead or co-counsel in five separate cases recognized among the nation’s Top Verdicts of the Year by The National Law Journal, became the youngest-ever recipient of the Dallas Bar Association Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 2014.

In addition to trying lawsuits in state and federal courts, emphasizing intellectual property, business torts, and False Claims Act litigation, Melsheimer’s extensive trial experience includes verdict cases of patent and copyright infringement, antitrust, fraud, public corruption, and kidnapping. His list of clients includes a variety of notable individuals and high-profile corporations.

In addition to a decorated record as the managing principal of Fish & Richardson’s Dallas office and head of the office’s trial practice, Melsheimer has been hugely devoted to Jesuit, to which he has given an abundance of his time, expertise, and resources. An outgoing member of the Jesuit Dallas Foundation Board of Trustees, he has served on the legal committee and board of advisors. He has previously served as a class captain in the Parents’ Challenge Drive, on the Jesuit Dallas Alumni Board, and has been a significant donor to the MAGIS Golf Classic, Alumni Phonathon, and the Celebration Auction. In 1999, he started the Albert H. Melsheimer Memorial Scholarship Fund in his father’s honor, which supports need-based student scholarships.

On Thursday, November 3, Melsheimer will be presented with the award at the annual Distinguished Alumni Prayer Service before addressing the Jesuit Dallas student body.

Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented annually by the Jesuit Alumni Association to an alumnus whose life exemplifies in an exceptional way the religious, academic, family and social values set before him during his years as a Jesuit student and whose outstanding qualities in spiritual and civic leadership have won for him the respect, confidence and affection of his colleagues and the community.

Debate Sweeps Top Two Places at Season-Opening Tournament

Jesuit Dallas debate opened its season by dominating the leaderboard at the 2016 Plano Senior Fall Classic. The team of seniors Beomhak Lee and Alandro Valdez and the senior duo of Jake LoRocco and Emmanuel Ruiz closed out the tournament taking first and second place, respectively. Senior Zach Watts and sophomore Jack Moore combined to secure fifth-place honors, giving Jesuit three finishes among the top five against a relatively small field of 16 teams.

In addition to the outstanding team performance, Lee earned top individual speaker plaudits and Valdez was second in the field of 32 debaters.
With their performance, each of the three Jesuit Dallas units earned points toward qualification to the Texas Forensic Association (TFA) State Debate Championships in March.

The 2016-17 policy debate topic is Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

JCL Turns in Outstanding Performance at Nationals

Led by Jack Schwab and Carl Quist, who both earned medals for finishing in the top 10 of creative arts, Jesuit Dallas enjoyed another tremendous outcome at Junior Classical League Nationals, hosted by University of Indiana. Schwab finished seventh overall and Quist copped ninth-place honors. The performances marked the first time that Jesuit claimed two of the nation’s top 10 honors in a single year, while Jesuit’s record contingent totaled 41 ribbons and certificates during the week-long competition.

Boasting it’s largest-ever representation to Nationals, all 21 Jesuit Dallas students placed at the 2016 state championships. Recording 17 top-five finishes in various events in creative arts, graphic arts, and academics, many Jesuit students dominated their categories.

“There are so many opportunities for students to participate and find their niche,” exclaimed faculty moderator Vanessa Jones. “Nationals not only gives our boys a chance to compete against the best students in the country, but there are educational colloquia, guest lecturers, and tours that take place throughout the week. I’m so happy for our students; everyone is eager to return to Nationals next year.”

Schwab finished first overall in Latin Oratory Level III, second overall in English Oratory, third in Essay, and fifth in Sight Latin Prose on his way to a cumulative total in creative arts that equaled the highest national finish ever for a Jesuit Dallas participant (Zach Schutze ’14). Competing in Level I, Quist was nearly as dominant after taking second in Dramatic Interpretation, second in Slogan, and third in Essay. Although there are four different levels in JCL, the 10 medalists in each of the three major categories are based purely on point totals and come from a mix of experience levels.

List of Jesuit Dallas award winners:

1st – Jack Schwab, Creative Arts – Latin Oratory Level III
2nd – Jack Mason, Creative Arts – Essay Level IV
2nd – Jack Schwab, Creative Arts – English Oratory Level III
2nd – Carl Quist, Creative Arts – Dramatic Interpretation Level I
2nd – Carl Quist, Creative Arts – Slogan Level I
3rd – Carl Quist, Creative Arts – Essay Level I
3rd – Gabriel Farrell, Graphic Arts – 3D Small Models Level I
3rd – Jack Schwab, Creative Arts – Essay Level III
3rd – Michael Miramontes, Competitive – Open Certamen (Quiz Bowl)
4th – Jared Petroll, Academic – Greek Life & Literature Level II
4th – Tyler Ochs, Graphic Arts – Pottery Level I
5th – Kristian Baluyot, Creative Arts – Essay Level IV
5th – Gabriel Farrell, Creative Arts – Sight Latin Level I
5th – Caleb Longwell, Graphic Arts – 3D Large Models Level II
5th – Jared Petroll, Olympika – 200 meter senior division
5th – Giovanni Rivas, Creative Arts – Latin Oratory Level II
5th– Jack Schwab, Creative Arts – Sight Latin Prose Level III
6th – Kieran Taylor Creative Arts – Dramatic Interpretation Level III
6th – Michael Miramontes, Graphic Arts – Mosaics Level II
6th – Carl Quist, Graphic Arts – Large Models (Stained Glass) Level I
6th – Aidan Leahy, Creative Arts – Essay Level IV
6th – Jared Petroll, Creative Arts – Slogan Level II
7th – Connor Thomas, Creative Arts – Essay Level II
7th – Giovanni Rivas, Creative Arts – Sight Latin Level II
7th – Rutherford Allison, Creative Arts – Essay Level I
8th – Carl Quist, Creative Arts – Latin Oratory Level I
8th – Gabriel Farrell, Creative Arts – Essay Level I
8th – Nick Motter, Olympika – 100 meter senior division
8th – Nick Motter, Creative Arts – Essay Level II
9th – Tyler Ochs, Creative Arts – Essay Level I
9th – Kieran Taylor, Creative Arts – Essay Level III
9th – Jared Petroll, Creative Arts – Essay Level II
10th – Jaylon Briscoe, Academic – Greek Derivatives Level II
10th – Michael Miramontes, Olympika – 400 meter senior division
10th – Kristian Baluyot, Academic – Greek Life & Literature
11th – Daniel Reed, Academic – Ancient Geography Level II
11th – Tyler Ochs, Academic – Greek Life & Literature Level I
11th – Jack Mason, Academic – Greek History Level IV
12th – Cameron Schutze, Academic – Mythology Level III
12th – Aidan Leahy, Academic – Greek Life & Literature Level IV
13th – Michael Miramontes, Academic – Greek History Level II

Pray for Dallas: A Message from President Earsing

Please join me in praying for our city, and especially for all the families that were touched by the tragic events that occurred in downtown Dallas this week. I found it particularly chilling that some of the national reports labeled this attack as civil war. As members of the Jesuit Community, I ask us all to redouble our efforts to be models and emissaries of peace and love. May we serve as a beacon of hope and a mirror of the love Christ shows us by working together as men and women for others.

God’s blessings,

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Student Paper Receives “First Class Rating” from National Scholastic Press Association

The Roundup, which serves as the official student voice of Jesuit Dallas, was lauded for its innovative web presence by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) with a “First Class Rating” in a recent critique of the paper’s web site. The NSPA is considered to be one of the most prestigious award bodies in high school journalism, comparable to the Pulitzer Prize, and the national recognition reinforces Jesuit’s commitment in effectively delivering news to its community.

Since 2010, The Roundup has gone completely digital, and is one of the few student papers in Texas facilitated by an entirely volunteer staff. The official review from the NSPA praised the site’s navigation, professional design, effective use of photography, and mobile display. The paper was also noted for its willingness to address controversial topics and for its vast amount of content.

According to the judge’s summary comments, “This is an absolutely outstanding publication. I commemorate your efforts at establishing and maintaining such a professional, well-developed and updated website. You should be very proud of your work on this! I’ll definitely be bookmarking it so I can keep an eye on all of the great news happening within your community.”

The Roundup, which features over 50 active student contributors including a managing staff, publishes over 300 articles per year.

Baseball Caps Historic Week with UIL 6A State Championship

Jesuit Dallas baseball capped a truly historic week for the program in fitting fashion by capturing the University Intercollegiate League (UIL) 6A State Championship in program history, 6-2, over San Antonio Johnson on Saturday, June 11 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. The victory comes less than one week after senior Kyle Muller was named Gatorade National Player of the Year and two days after Muller became the highest draft pick in School history.

Entering the state semifinals ranked No. 23 in the national polls, Jesuit advanced to its first UIL title appearance behind a dominating performance from Muller, who improved his season ledger as a pitcher to 9-0 after scattering three base hits and striking out nine in a complete-game effort against Langham Creek.

In the title tilt, junior and fellow lefty Jacob Palisch was nearly as dominant en route to earning tournament MVP honors. Muller and Palisch, along with Bryce Bonner, Jared Kengott, Mark Ready were all named to the UIL baseball all-tournament teams, as selected by the Texas High School Coaches Association.

On Monday, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, announced Muller as its 2015-16 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year. Muller was surprised with the news at Jesuit by Texas Ranger and former World Series MVP Cole Hamels.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Muller as the nation’s best high school baseball player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Muller from nearly 470,000 high school baseball players nationwide.

Muller, who in addition to leading the state with 15 homeruns, threw two no-hitters during the season and set a new national record with 24 consecutive strikeouts over a two-game span. On Thursday, June 9, he was taken by the Atlanta Braves with the 44th overall selection of the Major League Baseball Draft. Muller’s selection made him the 10th player drafted in Jesuit Dallas baseball program history and the first since Josh Bell was picked in the second round of the 2011 Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baseball’s state championship is the first since moving to the UIL in 2004 and the program’s sixth overall. Jesuit, which secured its first UIL state championship in soccer in 2010, has won 112 team state titles in its history, including the first state championship for lacrosse earlier this spring.

Jesuit Introduces New AP Course for 2016-17

Beginning this fall, Jesuit will be offering an Advanced Placement Environmental Science course, bringing the total of AP offerings within its academic program to 24, including its seventh in the sciences. The newest program is designed to aid students in exploring the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires students to identify and analyze natural and anthropogenic (human-made) environmental problems as well as solutions for evaluating those problems. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; including topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry and geography.

Jesuit has eight different academic departments that make up the full curriculum of a Jesuit education. Just as classes are always changing and improving to better the education and experience of our students, our academic departments are always looking for new ways of structuring our curriculum.

Advanced Placement Environmental Science will fulfill students interests in that students have demonstrated interests in various topics presented. For example, students who have participated in the marine biology trip may find additional interest in the aquatic ecology unit. Additionally, there are several bridges to the engineering curriculum in the third rock from the sun, biodiversity, nonrenewable and renewable energy units.

Second-Fastest in the U.S.; Crew Qualifies for Henley Royal Regatta

The Jesuit Dallas crew varsity 8 logged one of the most historically significant races in program history on Saturday, May 21, finishing second at the prestigious Stotesbury Cup on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to earn a trip to England for the world-renowned Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England.

The Rangers will next compete at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Princeton, New Jersey in early June, followed by the Henley Royal Regatta, which will run from June 29 to July 3. Jesuit will compete in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup.

Consisting of seniors Joseph Merkel, Campbell Lang, Jay Hofmeister, Liam McCormack, and Jack Fontaine, juniors Evan Doran and Christian LeDoux, and sophomores Sean Tehan and James French, the varsity 8 finished the senior 8 grand final with a time of 4:18.50 in Philadelphia, besting The Lawrenceville School from New Jersey by 0.2 seconds to earn its coveted spot to the most prestigious regatta on the planet.

The Rangers earned the grand final berth with a one-second victory in the semifinals, preceded by a second-place finish in the preliminaries. Gonzaga College High School (D.C.) won the varsity 8, and will serve as the other U.S. representative.

“Our boys executed their plan perfectly and left nothing on the table,” commented Jesuit Dallas head coach Jon Fife. “There is absolutely no shame in losing to a crew as exceptional as Gonzaga. Saturday’s race was a huge moment for our program as it was the first time we were on the medal podium for the Boy’s Senior 8. We can truly say we are the second fastest high school crew in the United States.”

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