Debate Qualifies Fifth Team for State Championships

The Jesuit Dallas debate team experienced three exciting finishes including two first-place efforts and a state qualification at the Colleyville Heritage and Royce City tournaments this past weekend.

The varsity team of seniors Patrick Bender and Joe Hall earned third place honors at the Colleyville Heritage Invitational, which emulated a regional-level tournament as over 60 teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, and Florida took part in a highly-competitive varsity field. Bender and Hall were 4-1 in the preliminary rounds and then defeated a pair of schools from Kansas (Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission) in the first two elimination rounds before losing to San Antonio Reagan in the semifinals.

In the novice division, freshmen Ethan Jackson and Riler Holcombe went a flawless 8-0 on the day including a sweep over two teams from Greenhill in the semifinals and finals en route to first place. In addition, three other Jesuit Dallas freshmen teams finished in the top five. In the preliminary rounds, the rookie teams of Jack Madden and Jack Moore, Jack Griffiths and Pete Weigman, and Ashik Amar and Mac McCormack all posted 4-1 records before falling in the quarterfinals. All five novice teams that competed closed in the top 10, as the team of Giovannie Ferrer-Falto and Chris Tran ended as the ninth seed.

Across the metroplex at the Royce City invitational, the team of juniors Greg Tan and Zach Watts won first-place honors and became the fifth Jesuit team to qualify for the state tournament. Tan and Watts were 2-1 in the preliminary rounds and then defeated Grand View, Sachse and North Lamar in the elimination rounds for first place.

Jesuit Dallas is one of only four schools and the only private school in the entire state to qualify five or more teams for the state tournament joining Austin Westwood, Katy Taylor, and Hendrickson High Schools. The 2016 Texas Forensic Association State Tournament is being hosted at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville from March 10-12.

Nutrition & Exercise Broadcast Presentation

New Year’s resolutions can be short lived, because they are driven by external motivation, rather than internal focus. Jesuit Dallas Director of Sports Science, Micheal Cahill, who is currently a PhD candidate at Auckland University in New Zealand, will outline key features on this topic on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Terry Center.

The presentation, which is free and open to all members of the Jesuit community, will focus on Sleep, Nutrition and Exercise, and the interchangeable role they play throughout our lifestyles. The presentation will also be available online both live and on-demand at Jesuit’s campus central video portal.

Cahill’s talk will include the current paradigm in nutritional habits within the United States, how sleep and lifestyle impacts our nutritional habits, understanding the food choices we make and the influence they have on our body, and steps toward implementing a four-week progressive sleep, nutrition and exercise regime to maintain sustainable changes.

Cahill is a member of the sports performance staff at Jesuit Dallas. The program supports the entire academic community, primarily to the School’s 700+ student athletes. For three straight years, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports named Jesuit Dallas as a recipient of the Strength of America Award. The only high school in Texas to ever receive the honor, Jesuit’s program places a strong emphasis on the traditional approach to strength and conditioning by using scientifically proven methods to increase strength, power, speed and agility, while also focusing on the psychological and dietary aspects of athletic performance.

Jesuit Students Selected for All-State Band

Eight students from Jesuit Dallas will be performing on Saturday, Jan. 30 as part of the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) 2016 All-State Clinic and Concert. Under the direction of David Wilson, Director of Bands at the University of Mississippi, the performance will take place at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas.

Jesuit’s contingent includes senior Henry Chu (trumpet), juniors Daniel Ritter (bassoon), Joshua Terk (baritone saxophone), and Zach Watts (clarinet), and sophomores Anirudh Kantareddy (contra-bass clarinet), Ben Miller (bass clarinet), Michael Miramontes (clarinet), and Joey Wong-Vermillion (trumpet).

There are four performing groups beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the concert band performance following choir, orchestra, and jazz band.

Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts Location Map

Jesuit Announces Live Broadcast Partnership

Jesuit Dallas is bringing our fans closer to the action than ever before. The School launched 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 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

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 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.