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Bishop Gorman High School Monthly Parent Newsletter

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Volume 25 | Issue 2 | November 2018

Mock Trial Competes at the Yale Mock Trial Bulldog Invitational In This Issue p. 02 Carroll College

Scholarship Announced

p. 05 College Deadlines &

ACT Test Information

p. 06 Fall Sports Update

Early Signing

p. 11 Guest Author:

Brian Falkner

Our mock trial team performed like no other “rookie” team in their first Invitational Tournament on September 29 and 30, 2018 at the Yale University campus in New Haven, CT. The tournament's case layout was the most difficult case our team has ever broken down and the students performed like seasoned veterans. They swept their opponents on day one. Going into day two they were tied for first with two other teams that had won the National Tournament last May. Our team ended up in sixth place, out of 23 state champions who had been invited. Ultimately, our Mock Trial team did so well that everyone was commenting about them. Brooke Powell '19 (pictured at right) came in first on all of the judges’ ballots and won BEST WITNESS!

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Think Global Kindness What do you do with your breaks from school? Vacations to the tropics? A cruise? Disneyland? For the past few years our Activities Director, Jimmy Gleich '01 has been spending his breaks in Africa working to better the lives of children. Jimmy has made several trips to Africa to countries like Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya. In fact, he helps run and fund two schools/orphanages in rural Ghana with his partners. Jimmy has known many of the children in his schools since they were very young and is committed to making sure they get the education they deserve in order to break the cycle of poverty. Each year Jimmy takes multiple teams of high school students and teachers to Africa to work in communities and donate items he brings over from the U.S.

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Carroll College Announces Scholarship On Sunday, October 21, 2018, Dr. John Cech, President of Carroll College, Helena,

Finance Dept. News

Montana announced the establishment of the “Bishop Thomas Carroll College Room Scholarships”. These scholarships would






Bishop Gorman students for free room and





College. They have been established to honor the Most Reverend George Leo

Dr. John Cech, President of Carroll College and Bishop George Leo Thomas, PhD.

Thomas, Ph.D., the new Bishop of the Las Vegas Diocese.

Bishop Thomas is an alumni of Carroll College,

a member of their Board of Trustees, and was the Bishop of Helena, Montana for 14 years. Representatives of Carroll College were here to attend our College Fair on Monday evening, as well as to host a reception for Carroll College alumni over the weekend. Also, while they were here, one of their chemistry professors, Dr. John Rowley, taught several chemistry classes and conducted a seminar


NOVEMBER 1, 2018 For details visit: BISHOPGORMAN.ORG/TUITION Remember, you must re-apply every year to be considered for TUITION ASSISTANCE.

on his solar fuels research. This instruction provided our students with an opportunity to experience first-hand what they can expect at the college/ university level. Nicole Needham '21 from the Scholars Chemistry class said, “Dr. Rowley's teaching style was really engaging and helped me get excited about what's to come in college and how much more I can learn about the world through chemistry.” What a great opportunity for our students to be exposed to higher education in such a personal way.



graders for the 2019-2020 school year are: 02

JANUARY 12, 2019

Applicants will choose their preferred test date when submitting an application.


Gael News

Combined Honor Society Induction On October 15, 325 Bishop Gorman students was inducted into various Honor Societies including: National Honor Society, Tri-Music, Speech & Debate Association, Science, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish, French, Rho Kappa, English, Theology, Thespian, and Art.

Congratulations to all of the newly inducted students!

Ethan Wins Gold! Ethan Nguyen '21 earned a Gold Medal in the 17 & Under Cadet Division at the October 2018 North American Cup (WAC) for Fencing. There are four North American Cups annually in the Cadet Age Division Competition. International competitors, representing Canada, China, Egypt, South Americas, and several European countries, are in attendance. Fencers compete to earn National Point Standings for not only rankings, but also to qualify for the National Championships and the U.S. International Team representation.

College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Congratulations to the seven seniors named National Hispanic Scholars by the College Board program. This academic honor does not carry a scholarship with it but it can be included on college applications and many colleges use this program to identify academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students. The College Board reaches out to students who rank in the top 2.9% on the PSAT test and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year. Way to go GAELS!

Aaron Araujo Achieving Gold at this NAC propelled Ethan to a National ranking of 8th Place for Cadets in the U.S. In addition, this has earned him a solid top spot on the U.S. Team to compete internationally in Europe—Austria in October, Germany in November, and Slovakia in January. Congratulations and much continued success!

Andres Montemayor

Antonio Sanchez

Robert Purdy, II

Rylee Tan

Kyle Rainey

Autumn Valentine


Campus Ministry








"We would like to thank you for organizing such enthusiastic groups of individuals to volunteer at Three Square! We appreciate you and your teams contributing time to help families who are food insecure and hungry in our community! Please share our thanks again with everyone.

T O t a l


100 Hours by Sept. 19 Congratulations to the 57 students from the Class of 2019 who completed their required 100 hours of Christian Service as early as September 19, 2018. To learn more about the various kinds of service and agencies that are in need of volunteers, please visit Campus Ministry.

Through your support and the help of our 1,600 community partners, including non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites throughout Southern Nevada, Three Square is able to work towards serving the 271,000 people in our community who are food insecure. We appreciate all of our wonderful Three Square volunteers that help make this possible, you are truly the super heroes in our community!" THREE SQUARE

ONE DROP'S Walk for Water Imagine waking up and turning on the faucet to no water. Now imagine that instead of going to work or school you will spend the day walking to the nearest source, a polluted stream six miles away. Whatever you carry back has to provide for yourself and your family. This is the reality of thousands of people around the world. This year several Bishop Gorman students participated in and supported the Walk For Water. This annual event benefits the ONE DROP Foundation. ONE DROP impacts communities around the world and also in Southern Nevada through various local partnerships such as Springs Preserve, DISCOVERY Children's Museum and WaterStart. Pictured at left are: future Gael, Lauren Edgeworth, Caroline Edgeworth '22, Rebecca Anderson '22, Julie Murray '78, Carolyn Goodman (City of Las Vegas Mayor), Pierre Morton '21, Jake Young '21, Ryan Wolfson '21, and future Gael, Petra Morton.


Academic Advisors Seniors: College Application Deadlines Seniors, please pay special attention to your college and university application deadlines! Many schools have deadlines which are quickly approaching: November 15 December 1 December 15 Additionally, if you have a deadline of January 1, 2019, it is imperative that your requests for transcripts and letters of recommendation are submitted to your school counselor no later than December 1, 2018. Your counselors require at least a 2-week notice on letters of recommendation and transcript requests so please plan

ACT Test Information Bishop Gorman will administer the official ACT exam on April 2, 2019, to all Bishop Gorman High School juniors at no cost. More information will be available as we approach the date. It’s never too early to start preparing!

PSAT Results According to the College Board website, PSAT results will be available online to students beginning December 12, 2018. Bishop Gorman will receive paper score reports in January 2019.

If you would like to get an analysis report of your scores after you receive them, visit the College Board website at:


BGHS 6th Annual College Fair On Monday, October 22, 2018, Bishop Gorman held its 6th Annual College Fair. Admissions representatives from more than 100 universities and colleges were available to meet with our students and families. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the admissions process of various colleges and universities of interest. A special thank you to all who made this year’s BGHS College Fair a success!


Athletic News Early Signing Day Go Gaels! Wednesday, November 14, 2018 2:00pm, Gym Look for several of our Bishop Gorman senior athletes to ink their scholarships. Last year, we had 35 athletes who signed athletic papers or scholarships to participate at the next level in College.

Our fall sports teams are currently finishing up league play and are participating in the Desert Region and State Tournaments. Our men’s and women’s tennis teams both had successful seasons and sent several players to the doubles and singles Region Tournament. Angelique Friedrich '19 was the runner up in the Desert Region and qualified for the State Singles Tournament in Reno. Oliver Filipovic '21 and Max Wolfson '20 won the Desert Region Tournament and also qualified for the State Tournament in Reno.

Our women’s golf team won their league, placed 2nd in the Desert Regionals, and qualified as a team for the State Tournament in Dayton, NV. In the two-day State Tournament, the team battled and finished in 3rd place overall. With a young team, the Lady Gaels should be ready to make another State Tournament run next year. Our cross country team has successfully run their way through meets in Nevada, California and Oregon this year. Check back for playoff updates and individual finishes next month as the team competes in the Desert Region and State Meets. The men’s and women’s soccer teams are both having a strong season. The men’s team is near the top of their league and is heading into the playoffs with some momentum. The women’s team is currently 20-0 and ranked in the top 10 in the country by USA Today. The Gaels are the favorite heading into the Desert Region Tournament. The women’s volleyball team (currently ranked #1 in Nevada by all polls, #52 in the U. S. by and #87 in the U.S. by are at the top of their league standings, and has a lot of momentum going into the upcoming playoffs. After a strong performance in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, the Gaels have the experience and confidence to be in contention for a State Title again. Bishop Gorman Football is again ranked as the top team in Nevada. After a tough start to the season against National competition, the team has found their way in league games. The playoffs will begin in a few weeks and the Gaels look like the team to beat again in Nevada as they chase their 10th straight State Championship. Way to go Gaels!


Homecoming 2018!


Congratulations to the Homecoming Court 2018 Homecoming week hit the ground running with the Powderpuff games taking place on Sunday,

Alaina Castro

September 30, 2018. The Senior Class of 2019

Angelia Fertitta

was victorious. Throughout the week, students

Ashtyn Fink

had fun dressing up representing the theme

Holly Lozzi

"Tune In To BG" with a final “Extreme Orange and Blue Day� on Friday allowing everyone to show

Kailey Mixon

their school spirit! On Friday morning, alumni,

Caroline Nielson

parents and friends gathered at the Our Lady of

Kennedy Soder

Lourdes Chapel for the Alumni Memorial Mass

Kennedy Wilson

and enjoyed tours of the campus and the ATC prior to the Homecoming assembly and special theatre performance by the Gaels Theatre Guild. Afternoon festivities included a tailgate party on the upper field where everyone had a chance to mingle and reminisce with friends. Prior to kickoff, the band and cheer teams led the crowd to Fertitta Field where our Gorman Gaels took on Desert Oasis. Then on Saturday night, capping off a successful Homecoming week, students danced the night away and celebrated together with the newly crowned King and Queen, Olivia Maalouf and Anchor Brant. Congratulations to them and the Homecoming Court.

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Ari Aguirre Myles Bendavid Michael Bonafazio Jarrod Burke Quinn McConaughy Brett McEachern Sammy Sadovia Brandon Young


Tiberti Commons


Thursday, Nov 15

Let’s Celebrate Food! Nov 1 World Vegan Day: Celebrate this day by checking out our Special Salad Bar! Nov 5 National Donut Day: Don't miss the Krispy Kreme donuts at breakfast! Nov 6 National Nachos Day: Make your own nachos at lunch today! Nov 12 National Pizza w/the works (except Anchovies) Day: Pile on the pizza toppings! Nov 14 National Spicy Guacamole Day: Holy Guacamole! Try our homemade Guac! Nov 28 National French Toast Day: Enjoy French Toast for breakfast!

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Attention Parents!

Join Us for After Game Socials at Ryan Hall 2nd Floor of ATC

PLAYOFFS - Friday, November 9 (TBD) - Friday, November 16 (TBD)


Special Olympics Health Fair

Think, cont.

“We have built classrooms, dorm rooms,

While in Africa, the teams he leads

installed water tanks, and helped stock

donate shoes, school and medical supplies, and clothing to the youth of each country they visit.


along with his friend Brian Williams, a graduate of Bishop Manogue in Reno, run a non-profit organization called “Think Kindness.” The mission of Think Kindness is to inspire measurable acts of kindness in schools

local medical clinics with supplies.

In October over 50 Bishop Gorman students volunteered at the inaugural Special Olympics of Nevada Health Fair hosted by Bishop Gorman. Our students paired up with Special Olympic athletes for a day filled with athletics, health, camaraderie and lots of fun. Way to go Gaels!

The impact these projects have had in their communities sometimes mean the difference between life and death.” Jimmy explains. His goal is to eventually have Gorman students and faculty come with him on trips and see the impact that a little kindness can make halfway around the globe.

and communities around the world. His work in Ghana has even caught the eye of the Ghanaian government, Jimmy has been in the newspaper, interviewed on the radio and even invited to dinner with members of the Ghanaian Parliament. On a recent trip he was given the honor of being named a Tribal Chief in his home village of Bethel. The global mission has been definitely Jimmy’s focus. With each passing trip a new project happens.


Mock Trial, cont. Our students were able to attend workshops hosted by the Yale law students on Case Theory, Character Development, Cross Examination, Direct Examination, and Opening/ Closing arguments. All of our students spoke very highly of the workshops and they cannot wait to implement the content they learned into this Spring's Regional, State, and National competition. Go Gaels!

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More Gael News Guest Author: Brian Falkner Recently, freshman students in Mr. Gillis’, Ms. Divento’s, and Dr. Wattenbarger’s



a guest presentation from Young Adult (YA) author, Brian Falkner. A native of New Zealand, Mr. Falkner has published 14 YA novels, many of which landed on the bestseller list.




Mr. Falkner shared the trials, tribulations,




the art of writing. Students also competed with each other using their newfound writing knowledge. Teachers and students alike greatly enjoyed the presentation and the stories that he shared. We thank Mr. Falkner for taking the time to speak to the young writers at BGHS!



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