Goggles and beakers and Petri dishes, oh my! Students in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades at the Jesuit Academy held the sixth annual Science Fair in the school gym on April 11. This year's fair showcased 39 projects and was the first year that engineering projects were included. This was also the first year that the fair included the fifth grade class, who partnered together to create some intriguing projects. In addition, the fair was attended by over 80 outside guests, including Jesuit Academy board members, mentors, volunteers, tutors from Creighton Prep High School and various friends of the school.
With the help of the fair moderator and science teacher Mike Mansour and Magis teacher Andrew DeLeonardis, students selected their topics in March and began their experiments soon after. Each conducted their own background research and wrote and a full lab report detailing the research and the experiment. Last, they completed a cardboard display to showcase their experiment and findings. Several of the projects were funded by private donations and grants.
Congratulations to the following students: Overall Winner - Zion Price, 7th grade (Comparative Anatomy); 8th Grade Top Projects (Tie) Eduardo Aguilar (Wind Turbine Blade Design) and Jaylen Smith (Smartphone Controlled Robot); 7th Grade Top Projects Janaeco Richards (Headphone Decibel Rating) and William Worthington (Urine Dehydration Analysis);
6th Grade Top Projects Darryl York & Gordon Taylor (Computer Model of Invasive Species) and Henry Lewis & Zane Nichols (School Insulation Analysis) and 5th Grade Top Project TJ Griffin & Eric Jordan (Fire Torndado). Honorable Mentions were awarded to eighth graders Jordan Flowers for (Motor Efficiency) and Kevin Williams for (Lighting Techniques) and sixth graders Daevier Kellogg & Foundation One (Worm Composting).
Students at Jesuit Academy recently celebrated successful basketball, soccer and track seasons at their annual sports banquet. Approximately 65 guests were in attendance as 49 student athletes were honored by their coaches and Jesuit Academy staff members for their achievement throughout the season(s). Academics and athletic performance go hand-in-hand at the Jesuit Academy. All student-athletes must meet eligibility requirements and if they don’t, they sit the bench until their grades improve. The 2012-2013 athletic season was possible due to cost-saving donations and volunteerism from: Chubb Foods, Friends of Jesuit Academy, Charlie Kremla and Oscar’s Pizza and Sports Grille.
Guest speaker for the evening was Josh Jones, a 2004 graduate of the school – then named Jesuit Middle School of Omaha. Jones, who grew up directly across the street from Jesuit, reflected on his time at the school, Central High School and Creighton University, as well as his personal and athletic backgrounds. In addition, he stressed the importance of education and goal setting – both on and off the court. Jones is slated to graduate from Creighton University
Dean of Students and Athletic Director Joe Ogba, Principal Troy Wharton and Jones distributed the “Scholar-Athlete Award” to a student from each grade, based on their performance in the classroom and on the court/field. They are as follows: Jamari Richards, fourth grade; T.J. Griffin, fifth grade; D, sixth grade; William Worthington, seventh grade and Jordan Flowers, eighth grade.
Students at Jesuit Academy were recently recognized for their academic and citizenship performance during the third quarter at an awards ceremony in the school commons area. Those who attend Jesuit Academy are guided by the Catholic principles and five basics of Jesuit education: Gospel values, academic excellence, self-discipline, religious diversity and the concept of “Men for Others.” Jesuit Academy also prepares its graduates socially and spiritually for a lifetime of leadership and acceptance into a college preparatory curriculum.
Academic honors are divided into two categories: First Honors for students with a 3.5 and above GPA and Second Honors for 3.2-3.49 GPA. Citizenship honor roll recognizes behavior accomplishments. Congratulations to the students who achieved academic honors: (first honors) Vernon Lee Brown, Sean Griffin and Jamari Richards and KeShaun Washington, fourth grade; Isiaah Clark, TJ Griffin and Nasire Perry, fifth grade; Jerome Glass, Lee Turner and Darryl York, sixth grade; Tyler Welchen and William Worthington, seventh grade and Jordan Flowers eighth grade; (second honors) Caleb Dean and Jordan Skipper, fourth grade; Corey Trigg Eric Jordan II, fifth grade; Daevier Kellogg and Henry Lewis, sixth grade; Kyree Ellebb, seventh grade and Eduardo Aguilar and Kaz Nicholson, eighth grade.
The following students earned citizenship honors for their exemplary behavior during the third quarter: Justin Bryson and Jamari Richards, fourth grade; Isiaah Clark and Corey Trigg, fifth grade; Alejandro Rodriguez, Freddy Tlatenchi, Tyler Welchen and William Worthington, seventh grade and Eduardo Aguilar, Kalen Byrd, Jordan Flowers, Jordan Morris and Jashen Wade, eighth grade.
Daily attendance levels at Jesuit Academy continue remain in the 90-percent and above range. Congratulations to the following students who earned Perfect Attendance Honors for the third quarter: Deon Davis, Sean Griffin, Keyshaun Pettis, Jordan Skipper and KeShaun Washington, fourth grade; Dylan Holston, Willie Kent, Nasire Perry, Corey Trigg and Kadin Williams, fifth grade; Jerome Glass and Zane Nichols, Anthony Ross, Tshoma Smith, Lee Turner, and Darryl York, sixth grade; Cameron Coleman, Kyree Ellebb, Malachi Hart, Mustapha Muhammad, Janaeco Richards, Alejandro Rodriguez, Freddy Tlatenchi, Marcus Washington, Tyler Welchen and William Worthington, seventh grade and Eduardo Aguilar, Jy’ion Berry, Shannon Brewer, Chris Coleman, Jahid Muhammad and Jashen Wade, eighth grade.
The following students were also honored with the “Men for Others” award for the third quarter: Deon Davis (fourth grade), Nauledge Weston (fifth grade), Darryl York (sixth grade), Tarik Smith (seventh grade) and Jahid Muhammad (eighth grade). The award, which is in its second year at Jesuit Academy, recognizes one student per grade, per quarter, for effectively demonstrating attributes of the “Graduate at Graduation” – a staple in Jesuit education: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Committed to Justice, Loving and Religious. In addition to a certificate of honor, each student’s picture is on display in the main trophy case and the group is awarded with a special lunch off campus with Fr. Neitzke and Principal Wharton.
Jesuit, located at 2311 North 22nd Street, is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year! Applicants must have good conduct and academic records. Interested families can contact Tony Connelly at (402) 346-4464 for enrollment information or visit www.JesuitAcademy.org