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The Beacon Bishop Machebeuf High School


Denver, Colorado


Back to School Edition 2011

Taking A Look The Past, Present and Future of BMHS

Celebrating the Legacy of Joseph P. Machebeuf

A Look Inside... Contents Catholic Faith

Catholic Faith

Farewell to Archbishop Chaput Campus Ministry Retreat

Farewell to Archbishop Chaput

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Nurturing Community


BMHS Welcomes 116 New Students A Look at Last Year Looking Back From the Advancement Office Principal Skipwith on the Radio

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Family Environment

A Look Ahead... September

5- Labor Day (No School) 10- BMHS Volleyball Tournament 12-16- Spirit Week 14- All-School Mass 16- Homecoming Dance 16- Faculty In-service (No School) 17- Homecoming Football Game

October 2- Machebeuf 5K 4- Picture Retake 5- All-School Mass 10-Parent-Teacher Conf. (No School) 11- FOCUS 11 Vocations Day (Juniors) 12- PSAT Test (Half Day) 19- Explore/Plan Test (Half Day) 21- Educator Conference (No School) 23-25 - Senior Retreat

November 1- All-School Mass (All Saints Day) 18-20- Fall Production 23-25- Thanksgiving Break 27- First Sunday of Advent


Campus Ministry Retreat

Nurturing Community

Rigorous Academics

Welcome to 116 New Students

Academic Statistics from Last Year Looking Forward - New Teachers New Technology Honor Roll

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Rigorous Academics


New Technology at BMHS

Last Year at BMHS

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Family Environment


Class Reunions in 2011

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Academic Statistics from Last Year


Pat Panek Golf Tournament

Class Reunions From the CAR Office Pat Panek Memorial Golf Tournament BMHS Students Summer Internship

Non-Discrimination Statement: The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Denver, under the jurisdiction of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. and at the discretion of the Secretary for Catholic Schools, state that all of their Catholic schools admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at schools. Furthermore, Archdiocesan schools admit handicapped students in accord with Archdiocesan Policy No. 2000 concerning student admission. These schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, handicap, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of their educational policies, employment practices, scholarship and loan programs or athletic or other school administered programs.

Bishop Machebeuf High School

A Message from the Principal Dear Bishop Machebeuf High School Community, It was a beautiful morning on the first day of school, just back from summer break! Almost as if the students, parents and faculty had never left, no one missed a beat. In gratitude to God, and through His Son Jesus Christ, it is a true gift to welcome to our Academic Community of Faith more than one hundred new 9th graders. We are blessed here at Machebeuf to celebrate the tapestry of variety that is represented in our student body and we are off to a tremendous start of the 2011-2012 school year. Although the first day of school is just now upon us, our students, faculty and coaches have been busy preparing for this new school year. From Summer Baseball and Cheer to Football Training Camp and Campus Ministry Retreats, to our new 9th Grade Summer Jump Start Program, students have been both preparing and developing the many programs that make for a successful and fun school year. With more than 40 Student Ambassadors leading the way, the Campus Ministry and Student Life programs welcomed our incoming 9th graders with two fun-filled days: New Student Formation and Orientation. We even had many of our students enjoy a faith-filled experience in Spain for World Youth Day this year with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI! This new school year will see the addition of a couple of big ticket items that would not have been made possible if it were not for the tremendous stewardship of our families and benefactors. As you most likely know, BMHS is in the final stages of its strategic Building on a Tradition of Excellence Capital Campaign, and we have between now and December 2011 to really finish this great effort with strength and enthusiasm. This year your students will experience a total of 10 Smart Boards in their classrooms; a brand new, state-ofthe-art, intelligent fire alarm system, and we have updated the internal Information Technology hardware, software and server capacity for your students and their teachers! Thank you – thank you – thank you for continuing to provide the administration with the resources necessary to bring the best possible Catholic education experience to your students! This year we were also able to start off with a wonderful gathering of our families at the Back to School BBQ! It was great to see so many of our families coming together again following the summer break as well as our returning families taking advantage of the opportunity to welcome our new families to the BMHS community. Thank you to the many parents and students who made the Back to School BBQ such a tremendous success – but I would especially like to thank the faculty who brought this great event together from its conception to its organization and its implementation. You truly are a remarkable team! Finally, as we kick off this new school year, I would like to bring your attention to the exciting ways that we continue to communicate with our school community. Whether it is our website, our newsletter - The Beacon , or through our internal web service – Sycamore, you will find all of the necessary, important and celebratory content that you need to have a seamless and smooth transition into this new school year. Welcome back and God bless each of you as we embark on yet another school year filled with the love of Christ!

Jessie Skipwith Principal

Looking Forward BMHS Welcomes 116 New Students On the 18th of August 116, young people walked through the doors of BMHS for the first time as students. There are 105 members of the Freshmen class of 2015 and 11 transfer students joining us this year. On August 18th and 19th, 40 upper-classmen student ambassadors greeted these new faces for New Student Formation and Orientation days. We would like to welcome you all to your new home and our hope for you is that you find BMHS to be a place where you grow in knowledge and faith and where you begin to flourish.

Welcome to Machebeuf!

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Rigorous Academics Academic Stats


Of the Graduating Class of 2011 Gained Admission to a College or University

BMHS Students on AP Exams Last year was another banner year for BMHS academics. In addition to having 100% of the class of 2011 gaining acceptance to a College or University, 89% of the Students who took the AP Exams in History and U.S. Literature and Composition scored a passing grade or higher. This compares to the National Average of 57% of students who take these exams score a passing grade. These statistics are only a snapshot into the value that BMHS places on academic excellence. Let’s make this another great academic year.


Of Last year’s Junior Class who took the AP U.S. History exam scored a passing grade or Higher. (10 of 10)


Of Last year’s Sophomore Class who took the AP World History exam scored a passing grade or Higher. (14 of 15)


Of Last year’s Senior Class who took the AP U.S. Literature and Composition exam scored a passing grade or Higher. (22 of 27)

National Average for students who pass any AP Exam


Catholic Faith



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ewell to Archbishop Chaput

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0, St. Francis Xavier said goodbye to his dearest nd in the world, St. Ignatius. Realizing that his est friend had been called to do the Lord’s work re, St. Ignatius simply turned to Xavier and left him these words, “Go,” he said, “and set all afire.”

we say goodbye to our beloved Archbishop, grateful for your dedication, guidance and you have for the Archdiocese of Denver Bishop Machebeuf High School. You have us how to live our lives with true love and n for Jesus Christ through your humility love you have shown for your flock. What ge it has been to have you as our shepherd. d bless and protect you as you are sent re to, “set all afire”.

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A Gla nce Beh Freshmen Formation Day

Open House

Machebeuf 5K

J Ret

Powderpuff Game

August 2010

September 2010


JP Lambert finishes 10th in 4A Tennis

Mr. Lenz Papa

Campus Ministry Retreat Homecoming Dance

Kickball Intramurals

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hi nd . . . Last year at BMHS Coach McGinty named Coach of the Year

Junior treats

150 Years of Joseph Machebeuf Mass with Archbishop Chaput

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3 on 3 Basketball Intramurals

November 2010 December 2010 My Fair Lady

zini Receives al Honors

Football Team makes State

St. Nick’s Mass

Pink-Out for Breast Cancer

Cheer Finishes 4th in State

Blood Drive and Coat Drive

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A Gla nce Beh Faculty Retreat

with Jim Beckman

The Truth About Love

March For Life

Parent Appreciation Night

with Carl Mecklenburg

Backwards Dance

January 2011

February 2011 All 3 Winter Sports Make State


NHS Inductions

Volleyball Intramurals

Senior Retreat

Sophomore Retreat

hi nd . . . Last year at BMHS with Jason Evert and Mary Bielski

Freshmen Retreat


at Red Rocks

New Orleans


An Evening of Entertainment

Mission Trip


April 2011

Japan Relief

Buffalo Ball

May 2011

Catholic Schools Art Show

Baccalaureate Mass

Pat Panek Golf Tournament

Nurturing Community

Looking B

10 Years...

Class of 2001 The Bishop Machebeuf High School class of 2001 had their 10 year reunion at the end of July, and gathered together for the first time in 10 years. The reunion was attended by about 25 classmates of the class of 2001, many who had not seen each other since the date of our graduation. Alumni returned to their alma mater from as far away as New York, Montana, Utah and Kansas, as others, such as Eduard Lugo and Shannon (Reddick) Sacoman, returned to the school that they spend every day in as employees of Bishop Machebeuf High School. A BBQ was held at the school, during which we reminisced about the past, toured the school, noticed all of the changes and remembered what it was like to move to the Lowry campus in the middle of our junior year. We missed our classmates who could not make it and hope to see you again in 5 years!

20 Years...

Class of 1991

The BMHS Class of 1991 Reunion Recap had their reunion at the beginning of June. The reunion weekend started with a fun barbeque at the home of Ann (Annes) Atencio and her husband Greg on Friday night, June10th. There was great food, plentiful drinks and excellent conversation. At dusk, the class watched a video prepared by the reunion committee with past and present photos of the class of 1991 and their families. And to top off the evening, attendees participated in “Machebeuf Trivia� to win great prizes provided by the school. On Saturday, June 11th, the class met at The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in The Spotted Dog Bar for some more fun, pub fare, pool, darts and catching up on old times. Finally, on Sunday, June 12th, Father Michael Goyette (Class of 1991) gave mass for the attendees at the new campus at Lowry, followed by a private tour of the campus by current principal, Jessie Skipwith. To round off the morning, the Class of 1991 and their families met for a picnic and final farewell. Through all of the efforts of the reunion committee and participating attendees of the reunion, the Class of 1991 was able to raise over $1000 to support the new Alumni Scholarship Fund.

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Reunions Back in the Summer of 2 11 0

25 Years...

Class of 1986 The Bishop Machebeuf High School class of 1986 had their 25th reunion at the end of July, and truly had a blast catching up with old friends. Friday night, July 29th was a cocktail party at the “new” (to us) high school site. What a beautiful night and a great place to have a party! We boogied to our old 80s favorites, ate, and caught up with each other. There was a raffle that provided the alum’s with Machebeuf swag and the money was donated to the school. The night came to an end with a picture of most of the class that attended and, of course, a rousing rendition of the school song... that not all of us remembered!

Saturday evening, July 30th, we reconvened at Bible Park. There was a truly wonderful catered BBQ from Hometown Eats, some cocktails and good friends. We had some folks show up that couldn’t make it Friday night so that created another picture opportunity!

We certainly missed our classmates that were unable to join us or whom we could not find. We look forward to seeing everyone in 5 years for our 30th reunion (are we really that old?)!

30 Years...

Class of 1981

The BMHS class of 1981 had their 30th reunion this summer and in attendance were 27 alumni. All were thrilled to catch up, to receive free door prizes from Machebeuf and to marvel at how old we are. We hope to see many more of our classmates at our 35th reunion in 5 years!

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Catholic Looking at our Faith Faith Planted and Built Up in Jesus Christ; firm in the faith. Col. 2:7

On the weekend before their final week of summer, 39 BMHS students gathered together to begin the new school year rooted in Jesus Christ. This year’s Campus Ministry retreat was held at Ponderosa Retreat center in Larkspur, Colorado. The theme for this retreat was taken from the theme of World Youth Day in Spain, which was “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ; firm in the faith” (Col. 2:7). As the students learned what it truly means to be firmly rooted in Christ through talks, praise and worship and Eucharistic Adoration, they also experienced gorgeous views of Pikes Peak on hikes, glow-stick capture the flag and the highlight of the retreat, soapy dodgeball. As we all begin a new school year, may we receive what the Lord has for us as we discover what it means to be truly planted, built up and firm in Him.

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Campus Ministry Retreat

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1957 - Bishop Vehr dedicates the Original building at Montview and Elm

First Graduating Class - 1962

1968 - Wrestling Team

BMHS Flag Team - 1971

1983 - Cheer Team

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...Forward New Faculty at BMHS

Mr. Joseph Guerin is joining us this year to teach Algebra II and the Geometry/Algebra II course. He grew up in New Jersey where he attended Catholic school for 12 years. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Cooper Union in Manhattan and has worked a few jobs in the area of engineering, including Consolidated Edison, the main power company for New York City. Joe is thrilled to be living in Denver and he’s excited to learn about the area and climb one of the legendary 14ers that everyone speaks of.

Mr. Guerin

Mr. Don Henry is joining the BMHS community this year teaching Geometry, College Algebra and Statistics. As a native of Denver, he went to St. Vincent de Paul for grade school and Regis Jesuit for high school. He earned a B.A. in Math at the University of Northern Colorado, an M.S. in Computer Science from Denver University and and M.A. in Education from the University of Phoenix. After serving in the Air Force, he wrote application programs for over 25 years. Mr. Henry is married and is excited about his 6th year of teaching. He previously taught Math in public schools and in an Orthodox Jewish school.

Ms. Ehrlich

Mr. Henry

Ms. Nina Ehrlich is thrilled to join the BMHS community this year as the Freshmen Social Studies teacher and Assistant Volleyball Coach. She is a Denver native who attended Christ the King School and St. Mary’s Academy. She can’t wait to give back to the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Denver. She earned her B.A. in History at Duke University and her MA in History at Colorado State University. She enjoys playing sports, spending time with family, travelling and cheering on the Duke Blue Devils to the NCAA Championship every year during March Madness.

Mr. Gunnar Rawlings is joining the BMHS community teaching English electives, including Creative Writing, Christianity and Literature, Advanced Composition and Grammar and Composition, as well as Yearbook. He is a native of Dallas, Texas, and he studied English at Boston College, where he also played lacrosse. He is currently working on his Masters of Education through the ACE program from Notre Dame. His interests include Modernist literature, used book stores, and all things related to Dallas sports.

Mr. Rawlings

Mrs. Angela Calvin is joining the BMHS community to teach Algebra. She recently taught at St. Thomas More in Centennial, where she taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Before that, she taught at Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences in Denver Public Schools. She is currently working on her doctorate degree and she teaches college classes at night. She has been married for 13 years and has 2 cats. She is originally a native of Louisiana, which means that she is a huge Saints fan!!!

Mrs. Calvin Mr. Michael Merz is joining the BMHS community to teach Spanish 2 and 3. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Michael earned his B.B.A. in International Business, as well as a B.A. in Spanish at Gonzaga University. He earned his M.A. from the University of Notre Dame this past year and is a graduate of the ACE program after teaching for the past two years in St. Petersburg, Florida. Michael has traveled extensively through South America and Spain and recently finished a month-long trip through Nicaragua and Costa Rica this past summer.

Mr. Merz



In the Classroom

to the generosity of multiple donors, many who donated at the Buffalo Ball, BMHS received a huge technology upgrade this academic year. Because of this generosity, Machebeuf now has 10 smart-boards in our classrooms. Smart-board technology makes the learning experience more interactive as students and teachers interact directly with the board using touch-screen technology. In addition to smart-boards, BMHS was also able to provide brand new Toshiba laptop computers to the entire faculty, enabling teachers to be more mobile in the classroom and more creative and efficient with their lesson plans. Thank you to all of our donors for enhancing the learning experience at BMHS.

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From the CAR Office Welcome Back!

The CAR (Center for Academic Resources) Staff is excited to start the new school year at Bishop Machebeuf. We are the full service center at Machebeuf from academics to study hall. Every student at Machebeuf has an Academic Advisor at his or her disposal for their needs and concerns. We are also a great contact point for parents about their concerns for their sons or daughters so please do not hesitate to call.

CAR Staff:

Mr. Mike Augustine – Director, Sophomore Advisor, 1st Semester Junior Advisor. Phone 303-344-0082x135 Mr. Dan Hahn – Freshman Advisor Phone 303-344-0082x134 Mrs. Toni Marie Teeter – College Counselor, Senior Advisor, 2nd Semester Junior Advisor Phone 303-344-0082x140

I would hope you would take a minute to drop us a note if you have any questions about the Center or student needs. Let’s have a great year and Welcome Back!

Mrs. Shannon Wagner – Director, Learning Strategies Program (LSP) Phone 303-344-0082x132

Mr. Augustine, Director of CAR

Mrs. Elaina Schroeder – Assistant Director, Learning Strategies Program (LSP) Phone 303-344-0082x133

From the Advancement Office Because of your generosity.... BMHS now has: 25 new laptops for all full-time faculty New textbooks 6 New SMART boards, for a total of 10 New carpet in library and gym ramp New phone equipment/software New fire alarm system New bell system to be installed soon New security system to be installed soon Summer Bridge Program

Working Together For Our Kids! We in the advancement office are so grateful for all who support BMHS through financial donations. Through our various giving campaigns, including the Machebeuf Fund, Capital Campaign, and special appeals, we are able to reap the benefits of these donations. Thanks to donors like you, we are able to supply our faculty with state-of-the-art technology and provide an enhanced educational experience for our students in the classroom.

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Pat Panek

Memorial Golf Tournament On May 27, 2011 over 80 golfers participated in the Pat Panek Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament is held annually at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora and is hosted by the Bishop Machebeuf Booster Club with proceeds benefiting the Athletic Department. We were blessed with great weather and a great time was had by all. If you missed out on this year’s tournament, don’t miss out playing next year when the tournament will be held on Friday, May 25 at CommonGround Golf Course.

Who is Pat Panek? Pat Panek is a BMHS legendary football coach who coached at BMHS for 10 years and won 2 Parochial League titles. Over the span of his 52 year coaching career, he ranks fifth nationally among high school football coaches with a 328-117-29 record. He is a member of the National High School Hall of fame and the Colorado High School Hall of Fame.

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Family Environment Kiewit Construction Company in The Community – High School Student Shadows DUS Project Team August 12, 2011 By The Publisher/Editor

From Left: Jaron Walker, Bishop Machebeuf High School Senior with His Mentor and Kiewit Project Engineer Darron Rolle This summer Kiewit Construction Company provided an opportunity for a high school student to shadow its employees to learn more about the construction industry. This was the first time a job-shadow effort had been structured for the DUS project. Jaron Walker, entering his senior year at Bishop Machebeuf High School in Denver, was the participating student. His father Anthony Walker is one of the contractors on the Denver Union Station Project and helped to pave the way by inquiring about this opportunity. We talked with Jaron and Darron Rolle, Project Engineer at Kiewit, to learn about this summer shadowing experience. Darron outlined the process for us. The shadowing consisted of six one-half day sessions. Jaron was expected to come in once or twice during the week. Session One — For his first session, Jaron came to the Kiewit office at DUS and spent the day with Chris Waibel and Darron Rolle to receive an overview. As Darron relays, “We got Jaron signed up, handed him some PPE (personal equipment, i.e. hard Teacher hat, vests). I gave him a 2-3 hour overview of the 1961 -protective Catholic Schools Convention at BMHS project so he could understand all of the roles in construction. He learned what project engineers do, what superintendents, project managers, foremen and field engineers do. We then talked about what we are building at DUS. Jaron sat in the conference room as we went through a couple of presentations of what we were constructing for the project.” Session Two — Jaron came back the following week for a half-day session. That day he shadowed B. J. Gehrki, Kiewit’s light rail area manager, responsible for managing the light rail cutover process. B. J. took Jaron out to the site to show him all of the work that was going on.

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Principal’s List

Seniors Juniors


Katherine Bauman Jennifer Campos Monica Beckman Maria Crossland David Brown Rebecca Howell Yohan Chang Olivia Lang Emily Garcia Andrea Lazzara Sierra Blanchard-Hodge Jordan Hames David Lovell Jack Corriere Theresa Hegarty Joni Maxson Wynter Freeman John Heher Norissa McKinney Lauren Hames Min Hwa Jung Catherine Meyer Min Jeong Kang Mary Kim Joshua Napierkowski Francis Knafelc Nolan Kitts Reba Nazish John Knetemann Olivia Koch Kaleigh Nitz Joseph Lemming Kathryn Lindel Brianna O’Shea Elisabeth Lilles Sarah Lowrey Erendira Ruiz Santana Paulina Limasalle Adrienne Mata Damian Siu Angeli Mata Timothy McDermott Nicholas Suhr Samuel Mellentine Stephanie McGavran Jaclyn Mock Elisabeth McGavran Sydney Moser Suzanne Mikesell Abigail Neirynck D’Andra Mixon-Walker Hattie Orzolek Meaghan Moran Arturo Mata-Martinez Anna Sidor Stephanie Mulowayi Nicolas McDonald Asni Solomon Shannah O’Toole Rachel Napierkowski Daniela Ukuni Gabriela Perez Caroline Paciaroni Eleanor Usick Beteil Sahlezghi Alexis Walker-Dunham Sebastian Vazquez-Carson Kennan Smith Jonathan Whiteley James Whelan



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or Roll Seniors

Maria Bruin Danielle Dexter Elise Flores Kelley Giovanini Matthew Griffin Kristin Jensen Casey Kipp JohnPaul Lambert Kristina Lech Elena Lobato Lilly Pearson Jacob Smith Sydney Stanton Brei Sundberg Ama Twerefour


Ashanti Gosha John Marriott Alexandra Meallet Kevin Murphy

First Honors Sophomores Kelly Daly Temer Gaim Luis Ortiz Monica Paolucci Cyril Waymel

BMHS Quick Fact


Dominic Batuello Aaron Beckman John Beckman Nicholas Beckman Brandon Clark Rhett Crismon Conar Donovan Opal Drapeau Katherine Schaffer Maggie Smith Huy Tran Mary Tynan Tristin Zimmermann


of the Students at BMHS made the Honor Roll Last Semester

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Honor Roll


Jin Ahn Daniel Babish Clara Calderon Adam Clarke Alexandra Dechant Sye Desta Elizabeth Hodson Samantha Hurlbut Janiece Jimenez Anamaria La Rosa Karen Luevano Gabi Martinez-Morales Evan McKague Alexander Miller Shawn-Patrick Schamber Bryan Smith Cooper Wahl

Second Honors


John Graas Cayla Harris Alyssa Kucera Haonan Liu Bria May Veronica Miller Dianna Montoya Nicholas Richards Gloria Sandoval Pauline Sullivan


Cecilia Berry Hannah Boldt Kailey Gonzalez John Lowrey Daisy Mena

Sophomores Carly Bergman Finnuella Carey Taylor Crawford Michaela Dexter Garrett Garcia Taylor Kipp Aisha May Kelsey Moore Diego Santiago Blaise Smith

Alexandra Nearing Warren Nitz Celine Reyes Gabriella Saragosa Annabelle Towle page 23

Principal Skipwith

on the Radio Thursday, September 8th at 1:00pm

Mr. Skipwith has been invited to share an hour of his time to be interviewed on KPIO 1570 AM (an EWTN radio program) Thursday September 8th at 1:00 pm to talk about Bishop Machebeuf High School and his role with the organization. Please mark your calendars and tell your friends to listen and support his air time. You can start listening today to learn about this essential Catholic media as we strive to establish Catholic Radio in our area.

There are two ways to listen:

1) Listen on the radio at KPIO 1570 AM 2) Listen online:

For questions, or, a complete list of our participating guests, please email Doug at:

ACT and SAT Testing and Registration Dates ACT: Sept. 10, registration deadline of Aug. 12 Oct. 22, registration deadline of Sept. 16 Dec. 10, registration deadline of Nov. 4 SAT: Oct. 1, registration deadline of Sept. 9 Nov. 5, registration deadline of Oct. 7 Dec. 3, registration deadline of Nov. 8

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