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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Jesuit Dallas Lacrosse Wins 2016 State Championship

Jesuit Dallas earned its first Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) State Championship title in program history, toppling state top-ranked Highland Park, 9-4, on Sunday, May 15 in the Division I title game at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas.

The Rangers (17-2) scored four unanswered goals in the second half, posting an incredible team effort en route to the championship. Junior Luke Millican earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors, making 14 saves on Sunday after a 12-save performance in the semifinal on Saturday.

Sophomore David Sprock was named the Offensive MVP, closing out the title game with a hat trick and a team-high four points. Senior Garrett Munck added a hat trick of his own, while junior Jack Freeman tallied his second consecutive game-winning goal. Sophomore Grayson Hassell started the Jesuit scoring, while senior Zachary Kissick tacked on a goal and assist.

Senior John Michael Priddy garnered Defensive MVP honors, securing a pair of ground balls in the final. Sophomore Jack Tabor led the squad with six ground balls, followed by junior Reece Ellison with four and senior Colton Hart with three. Jesuit finished the contest with a 25-19 advantage in ground balls, converting all 21 clear chances and splitting the faceoff battle, 8-8.

Millican began the championship game with a pair of early saves before Hassell opened the scoring with a 10-yard shot four minutes into the contest. With 20 seconds remaining in the first, Sprock scored his first goal of the game to spot the squad a two-goal lead. Munck found twine 63 seconds into the second quarter before Highland Park snapped the Jesuit scoring run, sending the Blue and Gold into halftime with a 3-1 lead.

The Scots scored 11 seconds into the second half to close the gap to one, but Jesuit responded with four unanswered goals while holding Highland Park scoreless for over 15 minutes. Munck’s goal with 5:52 remaining in the third started the rally, followed by a goal from Freeman with three seconds remaining in the quarter. Munck completed his hat trick with 9:27 left in the fourth before Sprock scored unassisted with 7:42 remaining on the clock.

Kissick scored with 3:06 left, ending a small burst of Highland Park momentum, before Sprock’s third goal of the evening with 2:48 remaining capped off a dominant afternoon for the Rangers.

Making their third trip to the title game in the last five years, the Jesuit Dallas lacrosse program secured its first championship while winning 17 games for the first time since the 2011 season.

JCL Delivers Tremendous Performance at State Championships

The Junior Classical League basically rewrote the entire Jesuit Dallas record book at the 2016 Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) State Convention at Atascocita High School in Houston. With a program-high 44 students competing at the largest JCL state meet in the history of the event, Jesuit finished a School-record eighth overall out of 107 teams, while finishing the trophy race in the Upper Division Sweepstakes as the top school in North Texas.

The Rangers earned 23 individual ribbons, which required each competitor to finish in the top five of the state in their respective events. There were nearly 2,000 students across Texas participating at the convention, and most events featured over 100 entrants.

First-place or state-championship performances were authored by Gabriel Anguiano (Level 2 Research Paper), Connor Thomas (Level 2 Open Certamen), and Carson Ward (Level 2 Sculpture). Anguiano’s entry focused on the Romanization of Egypt. In addition, Rutherford Allison earned a summa cum laude ranking in the Level 1 Pentathlon, marking the highest-level score achievable.

Jack Mason, who has served this past year as state treasurer of the JCL, finished second overall in Level 4 Roman History and fifth in Level 4 Greek History, while Noah Johnson secured runner-up honors in Level 3 Latin Sight Recitation. Kristian Baluyot, third in Veteran Latin Vocabulary and fourth in Veteran Latin Derivatives, and Jack Schwab, third in Level 3 Latin Oratory and fourth in Level 3 English Oratory, joined Mason as the only competitors from Jesuit to log a pair of top-five finishes.

Additional ribbons winners included: Michael Miramontes (third, Level 2 Open Certamen); Tyler Ochs (third, Level 1 Pottery); Gabriel Farrell (third, Level 1 Latin Sight Recitation); Kieran Taylor (fourth, Level 3 Mottoes); Nick Motter (fourth Level 2 Latin Sight Recitation); Giovanni Rivas (fourth, Level 2 Latin Oratory); John Alfred Zevallos (fourth, Level 2 Mythology); Frank Nuchereno (fourth, Level 1 Greek Derivatives); Carl Quist (fourth, Level 1 Latin Oratory); Aiden Leahy (fifth, Level 4 Greek Life & Literature); Cameron Schutze (fifth, Level 3 Mythology); and Jaylon Briscoe (fifth, Level 2 Greek Derivatives).

Jesuit Dallas, which finished 10th overall in the Upper Division Sweepstakes last year, closed just ahead of Hebron High School and Austin Westlake in this year’s team standings. In addition, the Rangers far out-paced their closest academic peers in the pentathlon competition, which is required exam of every competitor. Jesuit placed 39 students in the pentathlon, followed by Highland Park (15), St. Mark’s (11), Greenhill (10), and John Paul II (9). Many of Jesuit’s students will now turn their attention to Nationals, which is scheduled from July 25-30 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington.

Jesuit Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Class

The newest members of Jesuit’s most exclusive athletic club will be formally inducted on Saturday, May 7 at the 2016 Blue & Gold Banquet celebrating the Jesuit Dallas Sports Hall of Fame. This year’s class includes the School’s first alumnus to pitch in Major League Baseball, a star defender for UNC soccer, a three-sport standout and multi-sport state champion, and a dominating defensive player on Jesuit’s star-studded football teams of the mid-1970s. The foursome earned numerous distinctions at the state, regional, and national level, while helping to pace the Rangers to eight team state championships during their years donning the Blue and Gold.

A two-sport headliner, Rich Rager ’75 was named TCIL Defensive Player of the Year and cited as an Honorable Mention All-America after his senior football season. Leading Jesuit Dallas to the 1974 TCIL State Football Championship, he was also a three-year starter at third base where he was part of a celebrated group that handed the School its first TCIL State Baseball Championship in 1973.

A two-time team captain and three-year letterman, Rich Wachsman ’88 was the star defender on an outstanding Jesuit Dallas soccer unit that ripped through the competition for three years in the late 80s. Helping guide the Rangers to a TCIL State Championship as a sophomore, Jesuit turned in back-to-back undefeated regular seasons his last two years, while ranking No. 1 in the Dallas Morning News area rankings for the entirety of both seasons. Wachsman accepted a scholarship at the University of North Carolina, where he started for four years as a stopper, sweeper, and defensive midfielder en route to First Team All-ACC honors.

Kevin Hart ’01 ascended through the baseball ranks en route to becoming Jesuit’s first alumnus to reach the Major Leagues. After notable stints in high school and college, Hart enjoyed an eight-year career in the pros, including seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. Hart was twice named first team all-state and helped lead Jesuit to the 1999 TCIL State Championship. He later paced Navarro College to a second-place finish at the 2003 NJCAA Regional Championships, before transferring to the University of Maryland, where he served as the Terrapins’ top pitcher and was named First Team All-ACC. After fantastic stops through the minors, Hart made his major league debut with the Cubs on Sept. 4, 2007 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Matt Upton ’02 was one of the most versatile student-athletes in Jesuit Dallas lore. A distinguished three-sport athlete and nine-time letterwinner, he played a key role in leading the Rangers to the 2001 Texas Rugby State Championship and the 2002 Texas Prep State Wrestling Championship. Ending his wrestling career with an overall record of 117-11 (.914), he was a four-time state medalist, as well as the 2001 and 2002 Texas Prep state heavyweight champion. And while he was also an accomplished star in football, Upton’s future was in rugby, where after a decorated high school career, he excelled at both the collegiate and professional levels.

In addition to the Hall’s four new inductees, the evening also celebrates the on-going career of Bob Wunderlick ’84, who for four decades has impacted Jesuit Dallas as a teacher, coach, mentor, volunteer, and friend. Most fondly remembered for leading Ranger football to four consecutive TCIL State Championships in the program’s final years before its historic transition to the UIL, Wunderlick is set to receive the Gold Ranger Award, which is presented to a Jesuit letterman who has brought honor to Jesuit; made contributions that have had lasting, positive effects on his fellow citizens; made a significant contribution to the Jesuit community; and lived and performed as a Man for Others.

The Blue & Gold Sports Hall of Fame Banquet begins at 6 p.m. in the Terry Center on the Jesuit campus. CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket and help celebrate Jesuit’s rich athletic history.

Jesuit Looking to Regionals Following UIL Academic District Championships

Junior Matthew Clayton won first place in the spelling & vocabulary contest to highlight a strong performance from Jesuit Dallas at the UIL Academic District 9-6A Championships. Clayton, who also finished fourth overall in the current issues competition, will compete at the UIL Region II Championships, April 22-23 at Baylor University in Waco.

Jesuit’s academic team delivered a series of strong results, including a fifth-place finish by junior Jack Schwab in ready writing, a seventh-place finish by junior Killian Leonard in current issues, a seventh-place finish by freshman Payton Bilgere in spelling and vocabulary, and an eighth-place effort by freshman Mathios Mekbeb-Gillett in number sense.

Jesuit Dallas enjoyed its best team performance in mathematics, where the group of junior Aaron Furton (sixth), Mekbeb-Gillett (14th), and junior Jackson Glenn (18th) combined to finish third in the overall team standings, just ahead of The School for the Talented and Gifted (Dallas).

There are 14 teams in District 9-6A for academics, while all of the postseason competitions are coed. More than half a million students participate in the UIL academic contests each year.

Robotics Wins Dallas Regional; Qualifies for World Championship

Jesuit’s nationally-prominent robotics program sealed its bid to the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championships with a commanding victory at the Dallas FRC Regional, which included nearly 50 schools from multiple states as well as teams from China, Brazil, and Mexico.

Jesuit’s team, known as The All Sparks, finished the qualification matches with a tournament-best record of 10-1, before sweeping an Elite 8 elimination bracket with their alliance partners, The Robowranglers (Greenville High School) and the Robobusters (Dallas, Texas). On the team leaderboard, The All Sparks finished first followed by The RoboChargers (Emmett J. Conrad High School). Groups from Rockwall High School, Allen High School, South Logan, Arkansas, and San Jose dos Campos, Brazil, were among other teams finishing in the top 10.

“The boys have done an excellent job this year acting as a team to accomplish their goals,” noted faculty mentor Michael Couvillon. “I am very proud of all that they have done to earn a spot at the Championships in St. Louis.”

In addition to finishing as the top team at the tournament, The All Sparks collected additional hardware by winning the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation. It was the second time since 2012 that the All Sparks secured that specific honor, while the 2009 FIRST Rookie All-Star Award winners have won all of the technical awards offered in FRC, including the Quality Award, Creativity Award, Industrial Design Award, and Engineering Excellence.

The FRC Championships serves as the premier high school robotics competition across the globe. In 2014, in front of 20,000 spectators and against more than 12,000 students, Jesuit Dallas was part of the winning alliance that captured the coveted world championship.

This year’s championship will be hosted at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis from April 27-30 and will feature over 40,000 attendees and 900 teams from 39 countries.