Jesuit Announces Live Broadcast Partnership

Jesuit Dallas is bringing our fans closer to the action than ever before. The School launched www.jesuitrangers.org last year to widespread acclaim. Mirroring the look and feel of a collegiate web presence (our hosting provider, Sidearm Sports, counts University of Texas, University of Kansas, and Syracuse University among its clients), fans of Jesuit Rangers athletics can find detailed information on all of the School’s varsity teams, in addition to highlight videos, weekly award winners, fan polls, and a treasure trove of historical information.

In the fall, Jesuit proudly announced a three-year partnership with Stretch Internet to serve as the provider for the Rangers’ live audio and video streaming efforts, while the School also began incorporating live, in-game statistical software for select sports. Free of charge and assisted by the broadcasting and stat-tracking talents of the student body, Jesuit fans can now follow the Rangers from the comfort of their own home all over the world.

In addition, Stretch Internet developed a separate custom video portal for non-athletic events, including the Distinguished Alumnus Prayer Service, class awards convocations, and commencement. Visit www.jesuitcp.org/videos to access both live and on-demand content.

Jesuit Debate Delivers Strong Weekend Performance

The duo of senior Patrick Bender and junior Emmanuel Ruiz combined to finish fifth out of 120 teams from six states this past weekend at the University of Texas Longhorn Classic. Bender and Ruiz were undefeated in the preliminary rounds, beating teams from Stephen F. Austin, Katy Taylor, Caddo (La.), Cassady (Okla.), Kincaid, and Bellarmine College Prep (Calif.). In the elimination rounds, the team defeated Westwood and Winston Churchill before succumbing to another team from Katy Taylor. In addition to the team accolades, Ruiz received sixth-place speaker honors and Bender finished as the 12th-best speaker out of 240 debaters. Juniors Beomhak Lee and Alandro Valez posted a 4-2 record during the preliminary stage, but missed clearing to the elimination rounds.

In addition to Jesuit’s success at University of Texas, the varsity team also posted two top-five finishes out of 30 competing schools at the Creekview Invitational. Senior Ethan Tsao and sophomore Ben Miller earned third place honors, while the team of juniors Greg Tan and Zach Watts earned closed the tournament in fifth. Tan and Watts earned two qualifying points for the state championships, where they’re hoping to become the fifth team from Jesuit Dallas to qualify.

Teddy Bear Toss Benefitting Children’s Hospital Highlights Knights of Columbus Classic

The 2015 Knights of Columbus Dallas Classic will take place from Thursday, Dec. 3 to Saturday, Dec. 5 inside of Walsh Gymnasium on the campus of Jesuit Dallas. Featuring eight teams spanning from North Texas to California, the tournament will consist of 12 games over three days. The Rangers will begin the tournament with a 7:30 p.m. battle against Xavier College Prep (Calif.), where the Blue and Gold will aim to improve to 4-1 on the season.

On Friday, Dec. 4, the Rangers will team with Children’s Health for the third annual Teddy Bear Toss, which will take place after the Rangers’ first field goal (Jesuit plays at 7:30 p.m. if they win on Thursday and 4:30 p.m. if they lose). Jesuit Dallas fans who bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal to Friday’s game will be admitted to the game for free, and all stuffed animals thrown onto the court will be donated to Children’s Health.

Day One Game Schedule (Thursday, Dec. 3)
Game #1 – Mesquite vs. St. Mark’s, 3 p.m.
Game #2 – Waco University vs. Frisco Heritage, 4:30 p.m.
Game #3 – Richardson Pearce vs. Amarillo Tascosa, 6 p.m.
Game #4 – Jesuit Dallas vs. Xavier College Prep (Calif.), 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the tournament, including broadcast schedule and live stats, visit www.jesuitrangers.org

Debate Qualifiers Two More Teams for States; Valdez Named Top Speaker

The varsity debate teams of juniors, Beomhak Lee and Alandro Valdez, and seniors Praneeth Kalva and Ethan Tsao, shared fifth-place honors this past weekend at the Hockaday Invitational against a 45-team field, thereby clinching a berth to the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament in March. Jesuit Dallas placed three teams in the top 10 with senior Patrick Bender and junior Emmanuel Ruiz closing in ninth. In addition to the team award, Valdez was named the top individual speaker out of nearly 100 competitors.

In the novice division, the Rangers boasted a trio of top-five finishes. The team of Jack Griffiths and Pete Weigman secured second-place accolades, while the teams of Ethan Jackson and Chris Tran, and Giovannie Ferrer-Falto and Nico Wilson tied for fifth overall. Griffiths earned the fourth individual speaker award in the division.

Celebration Auction Announces Honorary Chairs

John and Michele Stephens will serve as Honorary Chairs for the 2016 Celebration Auction. Themed Deep in the Heart of Texas, the Auction will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel in Addison.

The Stephens have been intimately involved with the Celebration Auction in a myriad of capacities since 2011. In addition to serving as underwriters, the couple has consistently supported the event through the donation and purchasing of silent and live packages. Graciously supplying their home for auction parties in the past, Michele has been especially active, co-chairing or serving as a committee member for a number of events, including Father-Son Casino Night and Ladies Bingo.

“Through the years our family has experienced Jesuit education at the secondary, university, and graduate levels,” said John and Michele. “We were able to start this journey because of the generosity of a donor. It continued as we were able to give our sons the gift of a great education and a foundation for life at Jesuit Dallas. From all of these experiences, we realize the value of an exceptional academic education based on the principal of being a man for others.”

The Celebration Auction began in 1984 with the mission of building the Jesuit endowment in order to benefit the faculty and student body while providing an affordable and quality education for deserving young men. In the spirit of Saint Ignatius, the Auction is centered in the desire to love and serve. The event, which is a hallmark evening for the Jesuit Dallas community, attracts more than 200 enthusiastic volunteers and approximately 1,000 attendees each year.

“We feel privileged to be the Honorary Chairs for this year’s Auction, Deep in the Heart of Texas, and welcome the opportunity to give back to Jesuit Dallas in an effort to make this uniquely-wonderful educational gift available for future generations of young men.”

Tickets for the Celebration Auction go on sale on Feb. 26. Visit www.jesuitcp.org/auction to learn how you can volunteer, underwrite, or contribute to this year’s gala.

Jesuit-Ursuline Ranger Band Earns Superior Rating at State Championship

The Jesuit-Ursuline Ranger Band (JURB) was awarded a “Superior” division 1 rating at the 2015 Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) State Marching Contest, hosted by Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco.

The band’s award-winning show, Back to the Future!, features performances from the movie franchise of the same name. The state contest marked a culmination of a great season for the JURB, which fine-tuned its show throughout the fall.

With the marching season nearing its conclusion, select members of the JURB will begin turning their attention toward the qualifying process of the TPSMEA All-State Band, which will take place in January under the direction of David Wilson, who is director of bands at the University of Mississippi.

Click HERE to view the 75-member band’s performance at state’s.

Stage & Film Presents Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile

The Jesuit Dallas Stage & Film program is set to open its first major production of the academic year with a two-weekend running of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a play written by Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy award winner Steve Martin. The show premiers on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall, and will be performed again on Saturday as well as the following weekend. Tickets for the wildly-successful comedic play can be purchased online and will be available at the box office on campus, as space permits.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile was Martin’s first full-length play, and enjoyed tremendous success upon its initial run in 1993. The play takes place in 1904 and features the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile in Paris.

Co-directed by David Myers and Chris Patterson ’08, Joe Howard ’04 and Jeff Murdter ’98 served as the play’s tech directors. Sophomore Zach Feffer filled the position of stage manager, while the set was constructed by the stagecraft classes during the fall of 2015. A total of 24 students appear in the performance cast.

In addition, 96 students enrolled in drawing, design, and ceramics classes created pieces for a Picasso-inspired art exhibition, La Exibicion. Over 100 pieces of student work in addition to permanent works from the Jesuit Dallas Museum collection can be seen in the foyer in front of the theater.

Jesuit Dallas Hosts National Running Summit

The Running Summit is coming to Dallas as Running Summit Southwest and will be hosted on the campus of Jesuit Dallas, Dec. 12-13, 2015. The event, which is presented by Hoka One One, brings together Olympians, world class coaches and experts to share their insights, expertise and experiences.

Highlighting the distinguished guest list is Jack Daniels, who is a noted exercise scientist, author and world-famous coach. Daniels is a two-time Olympic medalist in the Modern Pentathlon and world-renowned exercise scientist. Named “The World’s Best Running Coach” by Runner’s World, he led Cortland University runners to eight NCAA Division III National Championships, 31 individual national titles, and more than 130 All-America awards. Daniels coached seven athletes to the U.S. Olympic team and has advised dozens of Olympians and medalists.

The renowned slate of speakers will also include: Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano, who became the first American in 44 years to medal in the 1500m following a second-place finish at the 2012 London Games; world-renowned endurance sports writer, coach & nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald; internationally-recognized yoga instructor, endurance sports coach and author, Dr. Sage Rountree; professor of applied physiology & biomechanics Dr. Peter Weyand; founder and head coach of ATX Elite Coaching John Hayes; and acclaimed international endurance coach Peter Thompson.

Registration before Nov. 27 is $175 for both days, although single day passes are also available at a reduced rate. To learn more and to register, visit http://west.runningsummit.com/southwest

“We are extremely excited about hosting The Running Summit Southwest at Jesuit,” remarked Doug Robinson, Head Coach of Jesuit’s track & field and cross country programs. “Some of the world’s best athletes, coaches, and scientists in distance running will be on our campus, and it’s an exciting opportunity not only for our School, but the region’s entire distance running community.”

This event is open to all coaches, runners and medical professionals regardless of their previous experience or certification level. Eligible coaches can earn continuing education credit for USATF Level 3, USAT, BOC, NSCA and Athletics Canada through their attendance at the Summit.

Debaters Win UNT Invitational; Qualify Second Team for State

The varsity debate team of senior Patrick Bender and junior Emmanuel Ruiz won first place at the University of North Texas Invitational this past weekend, and as a result became the second team from Jesuit Dallas to qualify for the Texas Forensic Association State Debate Championships in March.

Forty teams from Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma competed at the two-day tournament on the campus of UNT. In the preliminary rounds, Bender and Ruiz finished with a 4-1 record, while the duo defeated Trinity Valley in the first elimination round, Grapevine High School in the semifinals and Moore (Okla.) in the finals. In addition to securing a team win, Bender and Ruiz were named sixth and seventh in the individual speaker awards out of over 80 competitors.

Jesuit’s novice debate teams also performed well, as the team of freshmen Ashik Amar and Ethan Jackson and Jack Griffiths and Pete Weigman tied for fifth-place honors. Both teams finished the preliminary rounds with a 4-1 record with wins over teams from Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, but lost in the quarterfinals. Jackson was named the top speaker among all novice debaters while Griffiths finished sixth.

Joseph V. Hughes, Jr. ’71 Named Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus

Inspired by the teachers who shaped his character and fueled by a rewarding life as a husband, father, friend, and businessman, Joseph V. Hughes, Jr. ’71 has expressed his devotion to Jesuit through decades of nearly unparalleled support. For over 40 years, Hughes helped guide the growth of the School with a sparkling record of service and benevolence that has literally transformed the space in which our students learn. The recipient of the 2015 Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus Award, his extraordinary spiritual and civic leadership has created a legacy modeled as a Man for Others.

Born and raised from humble beginnings in Dallas, Hughes was Catholic educated for most of his life. His parents instilled in him the importance of sacrifice and servitude, qualities that were reflected in their willingness to use commissions from side jobs so that their son would have the opportunity to attend Jesuit. Active in the naturalist society and camera club, teachers Bob Lanier and Don Dorsey were big influences during his years in formation at Jesuit, while Jack Eiffert, who he had done with so many others, taught him how to drive.

“The fire that the teachers struck under us, and the chances they gave the students to experiment and expand boundaries was so inspiring,” said Hughes. “My heart will always be with Jesuit, and that feeling starts with the spirit that is nurtured by the faculty and the bonds the students feel in creating a brotherhood.”

Following graduation, Hughes attended Texas A&M University where he eventually earned a degree in accounting. Hampered by jobs that helped pave his way through high school, Hughes regrets not being more active as a Jesuit student, and made it a point to get heavily involved at A&M. Selected as the only freshman yell leader not in the Corps of Cadets in addition to a defining role in the creation of The Diamond Darlings, Hughes quickly immersed himself into the campus culture. After his sophomore year, Hughes was elected as the first civilian yell leader in the history of Texas A&M, the official spirit organization of the University.

Pragmatic in his approach to education, Hughes scaled back his involvement in extracurriculars as a senior, choosing instead to sprint to the finish line academically in order to land an opportunity with an accounting firm in his home city of Dallas. He ended up in the audit department at Touche Ross & Company, which proved to be phenomenal training ground for his business education and gave him the first inside look at a constant area of professional interest – the oil & gas industry.

Hughes left Touche Ross in 1980 to start his own certified public accounting firm, but maintained considerable interest in the oil & gas business. Through his practice, he often met with clients who lamented the difficulty in selling small oil & gas properties. Armed with his accounting background, and an exposure and understanding of royalties, Hughes began buying and selling small properties, deducing that over time the investments could create sizable profits. The vehicle for that initiative, which initially started in 1982, became Spindletop Exploration, Inc., a company that he has owned and operated for nearly 30 years.

Hughes’ servant experience at Jesuit started in the late 1970s as a member of the alumni advisory committee. In 1982, he was named president of the Alumni Board.

“I had great guides in Jan Collmer ‘52, Edo Biasatti ’49, William D. Cox ’52, and our moderator, Fr. Rivoire, who all took me under their wing. It was a great experience to build something for our alumni. These were simple affairs, but we were always concerned with creating scholarships and mechanisms that provided tuition relief to students in need.”

Hughes began his first stint on the Jesuit College Preparatory School Board of Trustees in 1988, a role he reprised several times over the course of four decades, and one which totaled nearly 15 years of service. In 2013, he was named to the Jesuit Foundation Board of Trustees where he currently serves on both the audit and investment committees.

Joe, and his wife Holly, have been guided by the importance of giving, and the philanthropic sense to support the causes they care about. There is a special place in their hearts for Jesuit, and that has been demonstrated through a generous and sustained spirit of giving to the School. A long time donor to the alumni annual fund and a distinguished benefactor to the We Are Jesuit capital campaign, the family’s namesake adorns Hughes Hall, one of the most prominent and recognizable spaces on the Jesuit campus. In 2014, they started The Joseph V. Hughes, Jr. ’71 and Holly O. Hughes Fund for faculty enrichment and financial aid.

“It’s been a good life, and we have a lot more we want to do,” added Hughes. “The how and why we support Jesuit is a decades-long story, but it’s an outstanding cause. The impact that our support and service has on the students, their civic mindedness, as well as their academic excellence is deeply fulfilling.”

On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8:45 a.m. in the Terry Center, Hughes will be presented with the award at the annual Distinguished Alumni Prayer Service before addressing the Jesuit Dallas student body.