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Bishop Gorman High School Monthly Parent Newsletter

SharingPride the

Volume 25 | Issue 7 | May 2019

In This Issue p. 2 Sports Physicals

May 6 at 5:30pm

p. 4 Spotlight On Service

Michael Bedsaul '21

LA Youth Day 2019 Youth Day 2019 took place this past March at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and drew more than 12,000 young people from across the LA Archdiocese and beyond. This annual event, for students in grades 9 through 12, is planned by young people, for young people. This year's theme for Youth Day 2019 was Trust! God’s Gotchu. This theme was discerned by a select group of high school students from across the five regions of the Los Angeles Archdiocese who were challenged to create a theme that speaks to today's young people while also capturing the essence of the readings. Trust! God’s Gotchu was the foundation for the day's activities – from prayers, to music, skits and reflections.

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p. 5 Upcoming AP, ACT & SAT

Preparing to Study

p. 6 Baseball & Softball Fields

Get New Lights

p. 7 Student Body & Class

Officers for 2019-2020

p. 9 Spring Into Auction

Benefitting Tuition Asst.

C-SPAN Presents Award Congratulations to Zander Clinton '21 on winning a 3rd Prize in C-SPAN's 2019 StudentCam Competition which asked students to create a 5-6 minute documentary. For the 2019 C-SPAN Documentary Competition, students addressed the theme, “What does it mean to be American?”. Students were challenged to choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience. In response, a record 6,318 students from 48 states and Washington, D.C., participated. The most popular topics among the 2,923 submissions included First Amendment Rights (17%), Equality/Discrimination (13%) and Immigration (9%).

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Sports Physicals Monday, May 6 in the gym at 5:30 PM (The cost of the physicals will be $25, payable in cash or check)

All student-athletes will need a completed physical beginning June 1, to participate in summer and pre-season workouts. Sports Physical packets are available to be downloaded from the Athletic Homepage. The Athletic Department will have some physical packets available for an extra $10, however, we encourage students to download and print them early so they are filled out before arrival on Monday, May 6.

Christian Service Hours As the end of the school year approaches, we want to remind students to use the summer break to either get caught up, or get ahead on their Christian Service Hours requirement. We all know how busy life gets when school is in session, so we encourage students to take advantage of the time they have in the summer. Consider some of the many organizations on our approved list, or sign in to x2VOL and click on the calendar to find opportunities to serve. Organizations such as Catholic Charities, The Las Vegas Rescue Mission, The Blind Center, Catholic Worker, and The Salvation Army are all considered Direct Service and are on our Approved List. There are many marginalized people in our community who can benefit from seeing the face of peace and love that we can offer through our Christian Service.


Finance Dept. News Tuition Payments

We are nearing the end of the tuition billing cycle for this school year. In accordance with the school’s policy, tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year must be paid in full by May 15, 2019. Please be aware that transcripts and grades cannot be released until your student’s account is current. If you have any questions regarding your student’s account, please contact Vanessa Orozco at 702-476-4023

Tuition Assistance

You can still apply for tuition assistance for the 2019-2020 school year by visiting our website,, where there is a link to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Submit your application, pay the required fee online and send them the necessary documents. Please be aware that your application must be verified by FACTS before your application can be reviewed by the Tuition Assistance Committee. Returning families must re-apply for tuition assistance each year. If you have any questions regarding Tuition Assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Terry Sampaio at 702-476-4027.

Gael News BGTV News Stay tuned for some up-to-the-minute reporting from our very own station, BGTV. Broadcasting students are diligently working on the final few episodes before the end of the school year. Check out this year's broadcasts on their YouTube channel:

Mock Trial Mock Trial competed at the State Competition and performed very well, finishing 3rd overall and receiving two awards. Rachel Raps ’19 received the Best Attorney Award and Brooke Powell ’19 received the Best Witness Award. Club Moderator, Mr. Rob Crisp said, "I’m very proud of everyone and we had an amazing season. I am very sad to see my seniors leave, but I am excited for each of them to go to college and hopefully compete in collegiate Mock Trial". Rachel Raps ’19 said, “Mock Trial completely transformed me and showed me what I want to do with my life. I formed the closest friendships and learned so much about the law and public speaking. I will pursue Mock Trial at Berkeley.”

C-Span, cont. Zander is among 340 winning students from across the country sharing a total of $100,000 in prize money. In all, 150 winning videos were awarded. On April 10, Zander was recognized for his achievement by representatives from C-SPAN and from the offices of Senator Jackie Rosen and Governor Steve Sisolak who each presented him with a Certificate of Recognition. Zander said he enjoyed the process of making his video and plans to continue making documentaries in the future. To watch his winning video, "Gun Violence in Vegas" please visit the News section of our website:

Way to go Mock Trial team!

Speech & Debate In early April, Mateo Portelli '20 competed at the State Lion's Club Speech Contest in Ely, NV and took 1st Place! Over the last two months, Mateo has advanced through four levels of competition. What is his prize for winning this? Mateo is the recipient of a $6500 college scholarship. Congratulations to our State Champ! The annual Lions Student Speakers Contest is a 75-year tradition. This contest provides an opportunity for competitive speaking among students on a subject of vital interest to the contestants, as well as to the American people as a whole. The contest also stimulates self-expression and independent thinking, and considers the present and future world problems.


Campus Ministry What Can You Accomplish With The Help of Your Friends?




Mite 2018-2019 RUNNING




On Tuesdays, we have our Mite Box collection during first period in

every classroom. This money is given to Las Vegans who are in a tough financial spot. It is used to pay rent, medical bills, groceries, car repairs, and a variety of other things so that individuals and families can continue on with their lives and try to get ahead.

Michael Bedsaul '21, completed his Eagle Scout project with the help of a lot of Bishop Gorman volunteers! Michael's goal was to create a medical clinic at Catholic Charities, a much-needed facility in a location that would provide assistance to the neediest of the needy in Las Vegas. The two-day project took a lot of manpower... in Michael's own words "There was a powerhouse group of BGHS volunteers over the weekend. They arrived early, worked hard, and made a BIG difference to the whole project's success. It was an amazing time of spirit, teamwork, and service. I was so proud to be a Gael!" Michael, thank you for all you did to help the clients of Catholic Charities!


Senior Service Celebration What do you do with a group of nearly 330 seniors who have completed over 33,000 Christian Service Hours? Well, WE CELEBRATE THEM! Tuesday, March 19, was our special day to honor all seniors who have completed their service hours obligation and are one step closer to graduation! It was a full day of music, snacks, drinks, and fun intended as a special "thank you" for all the wonderful service provided to our Las Vegas community by the Class of 2019! The fellowship of being able to join their friends before school, between classes, and on their lunch break was a great bonding experience. We are nearly at 100% completed, the Class of 2019 should be very proud of that. Great job, seniors!

Academic Advisors Juniors SAT/ACT Tests It is highly recommended that juniors take the SAT and/or an additional ACT in the spring of their junior year. If you have not already done so, please consider the June SAT and the June ACT (late registration fees may apply) or the July ACT. You can register for these tests at and, respectively.

ACT Results This is a reminder that according to ACT, the test results will be delivered 5-8 weeks after they receive the booklets for scoring. The Counseling Department does not have access to these results prior to the students, so please do not contact the counselors inquiring about scores ahead of time. If students provided their email address as instructed, they will receive an electronic score report and a copy will be mailed to the students’ homes. Bishop Gorman does not receive a printed copy of each student’s

AP Students AP Exams will be administered during the second and third weeks of May. You have been preparing for these exams all year and you will do great. Be sure to pay attention to the announcements and to your teachers for your exam location, date and time. Be on time and good luck.

A Good Study Place With the second semester quickly coming to a close, it is important to prepare and get ready for final exams and AP exams. Here are helpful ideas to keep you focused! • Is my Study Place available to me whenever I need it? If you are sharing a Study Place, work out a schedule so that you know when you can use it. • Is my Study Place free from interruptions? Uninterrupted study time is important. Hang a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door turn your phone off.

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scores to distribute.

Seniors College Acceptance and Naviance

Set Attending College

With college decisions afoot, we would like to encourage the

Seniors, please identify the college you will be

senior class to update their admissions decisions on Naviance.

attending in Naviance. This lets our registrar

Whether your admissions decisions were favorable or not, this

know where to send your final transcript. If you

data allows us to provide accurate and timely information to

need assistance in completing this task, please

future students going through the college application process.

see your counselor.

Your cooperation is appreciated.


Athletic News Geico National Championship Congratulations to our men’s basketball team as they were invited to the 8-Team GEICO National Championships in New York City. This was the first year that Nevada teams were approved to participate in the ultra-exclusive fully sponsored event. The Gaels were matched up against the #1 team in the country, La Lumiere, IN, and the game was televised live on ESPNU. Although Bishop Gorman didn’t win the game, they put up a great effort, losing in double overtime to their undefeated opponent. Will McClendon '21 led the Gaels with 22 points. Noah Taitz '20 finished with 16 points. Isaiah Cottrell '20 had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Zaon Collins 21 had 12 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds. Senior Chance Michels finished his Gorman career with 9 points and 7 rebounds, making three 3-pointers. It was a great year for the Gaels, finishing ranked in the Top 25 Nationally in every poll. Zaon Collins, Isaiah Cottrell, Will McClendon, and Noah Taitz were all named to the All-State team.

Spring Sports Bishop Gorman is currently participating in its Spring Sports Season. Our baseball, softball, men’s golf, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s track & field are currently competing in League play and getting ready for playoffs. Check back next month for season updates as they get ready for end of the year Desert Region and State Tournaments. Our baseball and softball teams both hosted tournaments in the pre-season. The 9th Annual Kick Off the Season Softball Tournament went well as teams from the West Coast competed in a 3-day event at Bishop Gorman High School. The Desert Classic Baseball Tournament had teams from all over the West Coast as well as Canada, South Dakota, and Florida. The four-day, 16-team event was a big hit again this year.

Let There Be Light! April 11, 2019, was a special night for Bishop Gorman Baseball and Softball. At exactly 7:30 PM in the evening, the first pitch was thrown out by baseball pitcher John Gaughan '19 and Softball Pitcher Sarah Aguilar '21. As the catchers caught the ball, the lights came on and the teams ran out and played catch. The lights for the Bishop Gorman baseball and softball fields were generously donated by the Gaughan family. We are appreciative of their generous contributions to Bishop Gorman High School.



2019-2020 Student Body Officers

Prom 2019 Guillermo Castro President

Cambrie Arboreen

Rachel Brinkley

Uzma Ali

Vice President Secretary Treasurer

2019-2020 Class Officers


This year's Prom was held at the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa and was a great success! Students were treated to a buffet dinner, delicious desserts, and lots of dancing! A special moment during the night was the presentation of the Prom Court and the crowning of Prom Queen, Uzma Ali '20 and Prom King, Chris Karo '20.

Jjunior prom court Lauren Baecker Emma Bubholz Emma Dubreuil Anissa Martinez Leah Zelalem

Class of 2020 PRES - Abby Cavizo VP - Haley Taylor SEC - Anissa Martinez

Class of 2021 PRES - Krish Madhura VP - Helena Sabas SEC - Payton Moore

Jaden Aranas Caden Buckley Mohammed Khalaf Jake Lastra Carson Wells

Class of 2022 PRES - Riley Robinson VP - Sarah Pelinger SEC - Paige Simpson


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Let’s Celebrate Food!

May 2019

May 2 Meatball Subs: Don't miss this delicious sandwich! May 3 After School Rootbeer FLOATS!: A great way to end the school day! May 7 Einstein Bros. Bagels: Start your morning with a delicious bagel! May 14 Pinkbox Donuts in the Morning: Enjoy a sweet treat today! May 15 Stirfry At Chopsticks Station: Chicken, Beef, or Tofu, you choose!

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Bishop Gorman Celebrates


37th Annual Knight of the Gael On Thursday, March 28th parents, alumni and friends gathered to honor Mary Alice '80 and Scott Nielson at the 37th Annual Knight of the Gael. Along with their children, Nick '15, Aly '17, Caroline ’19, and over 550 guests, we celebrated this very special couple who have been active members of the Bishop Gorman community for decades. Their dedication to family, Bishop Gorman High School, and the Las Vegas valley is an inspiration to all. There are no limits to their generosity and we are proud to call them Gaels. We couldn’t have done it without the help of our partners, Red Rock Resort Casino and Spa, Station Casinos, Breakthru Beverage Nevada, Lifetouch Photography, Encore, Michael E. Minden and Five Star Creative. Thanks to our all of our sponsors, especially our Platinum Sponsors: Golden Entertainment, Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Development, the Families of Frank & Lorenzo Fertitta, the Ellis Family, and The Tony & Renee Marlon Charitable Foundation. A very special thanks to our contributors and student performers that helped make the evening extra special… Mrs. Elena Ferrante-Martin and the Gaels Theater Guild; Mr. Geoff Neuman, the orchestra, Zach Geinzer '19, Mr. Kyle Bissantz and the drum line; Mr. Jimmy Gleich '01 & ASG, and the evening’s announcer, Krish Madhura '21.

37th Annual

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Study Place, cont. • Is my Study Place free from distractions? Most students study best in a quiet environment. If you find that playing a stereo or TV improves your mood, keep the volume low. • Does my Study Place contain all the study materials I need? Keep reference sources and supplies handy. • Does my Study Space contain a large enough desk or table? Use a desk or table that is large enough to hold everything you need. Allow room for writing and avoid clutter. • Does my Study Place have enough storage space? Keep your desktop or other work surface clear of unnecessary materials that can get in the way. • Does my Study Place have a comfortable chair? A chair that is not comfortable can cause discomfort that will interfere with your studying. A chair that is too comfortable might make you sleepy. Select a chair in which you can sit for long periods while maintaining your attention. • Does my Study Place have enough light? The amount of light you need depends on what you are doing; be sure you can see without any strain or discomfort. • Does my Study Place have a comfortable temperature? Too warm, you might become sleepy; too cold may slow you down. Select a temperature at which your mind and body function best.

Having a good Study Plan is important for effective studying.

Kairos Retreats

KAIROS is a three day retreat for the 11th and 12th graders. This retreat helps them learn more about themselves, their relationships with others, and their relationship with God. Students and adult chaperones discuss how living a Christian life can help guide their future and strengthen relationships with family, friends, and God. KAIROS is held approximately 2-3 times during the school year and is led by seniors who have attended a previous retreat.

KAIROS 80 - Rising Star Ranch Mesquite, NV February 2019


KAIROS 81 - Rising Star Ranch Mesquite, NV April 2019

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Youth Day, cont. The Bishop Gorman students who attended this year's LA Youth Day were: Arthur AcuĂąa '19

Brandon Ashe '19

Kennedy Baird '21

Hanna Barton '20

Rama Bedri '20

Brandon Beltram '19

Michael Bonifazio '19

Meghan Burke '19

Zoe Burrell '19

Armand Carrier '22

Jackie Correa '21

Abigail Dean '21

Nicolas DeLeon '21

Nicoletta Filios '21

Keira Fincher '21

Ashtyn Fink '19

Payton Frieden '19

Christina Gallarello '20

Noelani Garcia '21

Joanna Gonzalez '19

Iliana Gonzalez '19

Christopher Goode '20 Katie Grierson '20

Kelly Hashiro '21

Paige Hewlett '19

Logan LeDuff '21

Jacqueline Leon '19

Lauren Lombardo '19

Vianey Lozoya '21

Madison Luthy '19

Maia Marshall '21

Maya Martinez '19

Anissa Martinez '20

Jamar May '21

Bricezaya May '20

Adam Miller '21

Marisol Miller '19

Kailey Mixon '19

Dianna Moran '21

Jacob Musgrove '21

Kala Nguyen '20

Raynie Norris '21

Joseph Novotni '21

Christian Nunez '20

Jakob Pace '20

Vivien Papp '21

Josh Pignatello '19

Nina Pignatello '20

Arleth Quintero '21

Cristian Rosales '22

Milia Rubio '21

Julia Sanman '19

Fareed Sayegh '21

Andrea Sedano '21

Sienna Simon '21

Andrea Soto '21

Natalia Valdivia '19

Ian Williams '21

Julia Wilson '21

Samantha Yang '21

Brandon Young '19 Not only did they have the opportunity to experience speakers, exhibits, music, and

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liturgy, but they also experienced prayer that invited them deeper into their relationship with Christ. At the end of the day, our students felt inspired and challenged to live as missionary




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Bishop Gorman High School: Sharing The Pride newsletter, May 2019 issue  

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