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The Beacon Denver, Colorado


Bishop Machebeuf High School


Winter, 2012

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Celebrating the Legacy of Joseph P. Machebeuf

A Look Inside... Contents Catholic Faith

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Family Advent Mass

A Look Ahead...


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Nurturing Community Lady Buffs Win Think Pink Game 12 Becca Howell Commits to UNC 13 BMHS by the Numbers 20 New Baseball Coach 22 Athletics Update 22 BMHS Figure Skater 27 Christmas Spirit Days 27

Family Environment

Smile Week 17 Buffs’ Moms, Art & the Buffalo Ball 23 2011 Beautillion 23 Christmas Greens 26 Capital Campaign Update 26 Why Give? 28 Romeo and Juliet 8 Open House 24 Fall Honor Roll 32-34

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Think Pink Game


Living Catholic Faith (No School) Career Day Sophomore Retreat All School Mass Faculty Retreat (No School) Buffalo Ball Freshman Retreat

Family Advent Mass Roe v. Wade - Day of Prayer & Fasting Advent Penance Service

Rigorous Academics


Open House for New Students Catholic Schools’ Nights Faculty Appreciation (No School) Backwards Dance Junior Ring Mass Junior Retreats President’s Day (No School) Ash Wednesday - All School Mass Parent/Teacher Conf. (No School) Late Start Schedule

Catholic Faith

Principal Mr. Jessie Skipwith Assistant Principal - Dean of Students Sr. Helen Marie Glaser, O.P. Assistant Principal - Dean of Academics Mrs. Tuyet Nguyen

Machebeuf Beacon

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Editor Mr. Eduard Lugo

Director of Campus Ministry and Communications

Contributing Writers Contributing Photographers Ms. Laura Henry Director of Alumni & Events Mr. Josh Applegate Director of Student Life

All School Mass - Holy Week Holy Thursday (Half Day) Good Friday (No School) Spring Break Academic Awards Night

Mr. Hans Bihr Director of Athletics

Romeo and Juliet


Ms. Monica Everhart Director of Admissions Mrs. Kim Jetton Director of Advancement

Sr. Helen Marie Glaser, O.P. Dean of Students BMHS Yearbook Staff Mr. Gunnar Rawlings Ms. Laura Henry Director of Alumni & Events Mr. Dean Abeyta Mrs. Deidra Walker

Mr. Seth Rossman Mr. Jim Beckman 458 Uinta Way Denver, CO 80230


Non-Discrimination Statement: The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Denver, under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop, 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.

A Message from the Principal Catholic Schools Week is such an exciting time to be in and around Catholic schools! The faculty and administration at Bishop Machebeuf High School have been revisiting the wonderful document that was published by Archbishop Michael Miller titled The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools as a reminder to us all as to why we are so blessed to serve in our vocation as Catholic school educators. We are reminded that Catholic schools, by their very nature, are inspired by a supernatural vision. They are here for us as an instrument to evangelize the Catholic faith to our students and families in our everyday work. I would like to encourage all of our families to engage this wonderful document that is written from the heart of the Church in order that a deeper understanding and appreciation for our Catholic schools might be found.

Catholic schools also invite each of us to actively participate in the environment that is animated by communion and community. With this invitation, we are each called upon to make prayerfully discerned, sacrificial investments in our children’s formation. As we near the end of our recent Capital Campaign efforts, it is with personal and sincere gratitude that I express my appreciation for all of our parents and benefactors who have contributed to meeting our current mission needs. Although we continue to strive for 100% parent participation in our various stewardship efforts, I am so grateful to all of you who have been able to support us in the continuation of forming the hearts, minds and souls of our students. I would also like to recognize and congratulate our student body for their recent energy, school spirit and active participation in cheering on and celebrating our active sports teams. I continue to be amazed at how our students recognize that they have the ability to create the positive, fun-filled atmosphere that becomes their high school experience. As we continue to teach throughout our Catholic school curriculum, we are constantly mindful that we teach from a Christian anthropology that recognizes the dignity of every human being in Christ. In this spirit, we see our students come together in such an appropriate and fun way that supports the diligent efforts of our faith-filled student athletes! Congratulations Buffs! Finally, I want to bring your attention to the fact that our Catholic schools make a conscientious effort to fill our children with the hearts and minds to live as a witness to the Gospels of Jesus Christ. As our students grow and mature, we see them become formed in such a way that leads them to live their lives from a Catholic worldview. Each day our students enter into conversations with one another as well as with individual faculty members. In these conversations our students discover that the way in which we view our place in the world begins and ends with the gift of Christ. Thank you for allowing us to join in partnership with you in the process that is the formation of your children. Thank you for your support of Catholic Schools! Yours in Christ, Jessie Skipwith Principal

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This past fall, Machebeuf Drama Productions presented Willia sionals in choreography, fight choreography, and directing were brou to turn this production into an enjoyable evening for the audience.

Though much of the cast was inexperienced, they presented thre Coplea-Hagans portrayed the star-crossed lovers, parented by Kenneth hin. The ruler of Verona was played regally by Andrea Lazzara, who al morously by Joni Maxson. misguided plan that causes handled by Alexandra faculty member Mr. Denand servants included Anlina Limasalle and Theoor was played by Terrin Caudle, while Romeo’s enemy was forcefully pla Madison Bartlett and Stephanie White. The backstage crew often goes u McCarty, Garret Garcia, Hannah Smith and Lucinda Constantino helpe

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The audience was moved by this tragic story of love and death. T play; students spoke of the honesty portrayed by the actors; and the ca Everyone in the Machebeul community pitched in to make this a true a

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am Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, adapted by Robert Herold. Profesught in to challenge the student-actors to stretch their abilities in order

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Teachers spoke of the respect that the abridged text had for the original ast spoke highly of the parental and faculty support that they received. all-school event.

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ee performances of which they should be proud. Kelly Daly and Hayden h Carlson, Abigail Neirynck, Norissa McKinney and Mussie Gebremedlso was the student director. Juliet’s nurse and confidant was played huThe Sister who devises the the lovers’ deaths was deftly Vohs. Assisting Sister was nis Brehm. Romeo’s friends geli Mata, Huy Tran, Paudore Camfield. Juliet’s suitayed by Daniel Rios. Others who contributed onstage were Clare Lowrey, unnoticed, but Lily Jansen, Christopher Roney, Kaitlyn Lawlor, Nicholas ed make this production a success.

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2011 Advent Penance Service

N urturing C ommunity

The Lady Buffs won the a upseting the #1 ranked and 4-time defending state champion Holy Family Tigers. Coming into the game, Bishop Machebeuf was ranked #2 in 3A and our rival, Holy Family, was ranked #1. In the 45-35 victory, the Lady Buffs led the entire game and improved their record to 12-0, earning a hard-fought victory. Sophomore Heidi Grandon led Machebeuf with 12 points, and Senior Becca Howell contributed with 10 points. At the game, over $800.00 was raised in support of the fight against breast cancer. The donations go to the Kay Yow Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Kay Yow was the women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State University. She died in January of 2009 from breast cancer. page 12

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annual “Think Pink� game On Wednesday, November 9, Senior Rebecca Howell signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division-I college basketball at the University of Northern Colorado. Becca received a full-ride scholarship and will be starting this fall. Congratulations Becca!

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Advent Family Mass A Catholic School is more than a place of education, it must also be a community of faith. To celebrate our faith and to prepare our hearts for Christmas, 200 students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni celebrated our Advent Family Mass with Fr. Doug Grandon and Deacon Joe Babish on the evening of December 1. Following Mass, all enjoyed a free spaghetti dinner, family pictures and Christmas carols sung by the BMHS choir.

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C atholic Faith

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Family Environment

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There are times in the week that life seems unbearable for high school kids. This is why Student Council sponsored a "Smile Week." The whole week was centered around the idea that one smile can change the school. Life in a high school can be tough, yet smiling is contagious. The week contained various quotes, photos, videos, activities and food that make people smile. The week ended with a school dance entitled "Bailamos: Girls like Guys Who Dance" for which Student Council brought in a professional dance instructor to teach various styles of dance. The guys were a bit weary about dancing the salsa and fox trot for fear that it was not manly, but once they tried it, they learned first hand that girls really do like guys who dance. The week was a resounding success and is a message that continues throughout the halls of Machebeuf today: Smile, one day at a time. page 17

2012 Think Pink Game




people visited Machebeuf on Sunday, November 6, 2011 for our annual Open House

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Girls Basketball Overall Record 15-0 League Record 7-0 Average points per game 60.1 Leading scorer Aisha May - 14.4 ppg

Boys Basketball Overall Record 10-5 League Record 3-2 Average points per game 61.1 Leading scorer Antonio Murdock - 14.9 ppg

Ice Hockey Overall Record 10-4 League Record 9-2 Average goals per game 5 Leading scorer Max Prendergrast - 19 Goals

Bishop Machebeuf High School has named Dean Abeyta as its new head baseball coach. Coach Abeyta is a 1987 graduate of Machebeuf and he brings years of experience and success as a baseball coach to Bishop Machebeuf High School. Coach Abeyta was an Assistant Head Coach at Green Mountain High School from 2002 to 2006 and for the past five years was the Assistant Head Coach at Bear Creek High School. Bishop Machebeuf High School is very excited to have such an experienced and accomplished coach as part of the Machebeuf Community. Please join in welcoming Dean Abeyta to Bishop Machebeuf High School. page 22

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The ladies of Machebeuf gathered for an evening of creativity to support the upcoming Buffalo Ball. Led by Art teacher Nicole Lee, a group of 30 Machebeuf Moms, alumni and faculty members learned the basics of painting while enjoying great music and the company of fantastic friends! Admittance into the party was a gift to support the Buffalo Ball. The art class was led step by step by Mrs. Lee and structured around a specific piece of artwork. Each artist added her personal touch and at the end of the evening took home their masterpiece!




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The BMHS community was well represented at this year’s Beautillion. Pictured left are senior Beaus Mr. David Jones Jr., Mr. Jaron Walker and Mr. Abel Desta. The Beaus were escorted by Ms. Cayla Harris, Ms. Armani Lee, Ms. Ashanti Gosha and Ms. Danna Jenkins. The Beautillion has been recognizing outstanding, distinguished young men since 1983. The Beautillion process instills in young men a determination to seek excellence in all they do, and cultivates the seeds of responsibility, high expectations and a desire to give back.

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Thirty-nine years ago, on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the United States. Since that time, approximately 50 million children have lost their lives to abortion. At Machebeuf, January 23 was a day of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. All-day Eucharistic Adoration was held in the chapel with a visit from the relics of St. Gianna. Many students also chose to fast and to give something up for the day to stand in solidarity with those whose lives have been destroyed by abortion.







Open House On Sunday, November 6, 2011, Machebeuf hosted 250 people for its annual Open House. Prospective students and their families met with faculty, staff, and coaches as they learned about all of the wonderful things Machebeuf has to offer. The Open House is always a fun event not only to promote the school to potential families, but it is also a great time where our community comes together to celebrate our Machebeuf family. Machebeuf will welcome its newest class of Buffaloes in mid-February. We are excited for the academic strengths and many talents the Class of 2016 will bring to the Machebeuf family!

Advent Penance Service Seven priests from around the Archdiocese joined us at Bishop Machebeuf on December 2nd for our Advent penance service. At the penance service, the entire student body participates in Eucharistic Adoration in the commons and students are able to go to confession. At this year’s penance service, more than 50% of the student body chose to return to the Lord and be reconciled through the sacrament of Reconciliation.

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On Friday December 2, over 30 parents braved the 20 degree weather and participated in distributing over 230 orders of Christmas trees, wreaths, reindeer, garland and poinsettias to family, friends, staff members and businesses who supported the Annual Christmas Greens Fundraiser. The fundraiser, as usual, was a huge success and brought in over $6,000 to support this year’s After Prom Event. A huge thank you to the Machebeuf Community for supporting this event and both the parent and student volunteers who helped unload, organize and distribute the Christmas Greens.

“Building on a Tradition of Excellence” Capital Campaign Update The “Building on a Tradition of Excellence” Capital Campaign is in its final weeks and we are honored to report that we have raised over $2,193,000! This staggering amount is a true testament to our mission and our most generous supporters. Funds raised from this Campaign will be used for funding our Financial Aid and Scholarship Endowment, Building and Facilities Upgrades, Information Technology, and for Strategic Operating Support/Machebeuf Fund. Last November, the students held a phone-a-thon to call our alumni and ask them to support the Campaign. The students did a fantastic job of reaching out to our alumni, and some students had a great conversation with those who have walked the halls before them. Through this effort, the students raised over $900! As our “Building on a Tradition of Excellence” Capital Campaign comes to an end, we are preparing to acknowledge all Campaign donors on a permanent donor display in the front lobby of the school. In April, we plan to have a donor dedication ceremony to thank all those who supported this important and historic Capital Campaign. The Capital Campaign officially closes on Friday, February 10, 2012. If you have not yet made a gift, please be aware that it is not too late! You can make your gift online at Just click on the Support - “Donate Online” button. You can also call Mrs. Jetton in the Advancement Office at 303-3440082 x 154. Thank you to all who have donated!

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Congratulations to BMHS Freshmen Marina Ruddick for her performance in the High School Skating Competition! Marina has been skating since she was 3 years old and recently finished 3rd in the freestyle category, 4th in the jumps category and 4th in the spins category among all high school students in the competition. Congratulations and thanks for making BMHS proud!

Seniors dressed like santa

Ugly sweater day

Juniors - Elves

Freshmen - Presents Sophomores - Reindeer

Why Give?

I mean, really, why should I give my money to my kids in my wallet every day! “I need money buying me dinner after the basketball game.” It earned money just disappear, many times not ac beuf tuition payment. That chunk going out eve

By Jim Beckman

As I look at all the bills, all the needs, it’s easy to cut? Where can I find some extra money? As s temptation to make my tithing dollars one of th charity or church or school when I can’t even pay my own bills?! After all, I’m already giving money to the school to pay

That kind of logic would be all wrong though. You see, giving is som true gift when it “pains” me to give it. Ironically, God seems to meas in the Gospel of Luke:

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury; all of them; for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she o

But let’s get back to the question, why give in the first place? It’s all th ing our first fruits to God, or “tithing”. It continues all the way to the really that desperate for our money? Why does He seem to keep har saying, “Today we’re going to talk about Stewardship,” which is just a

Okay, so I may be rambling, but I’m sure I am hitting on some thoug sic question, “Why do I have to give?” I’ve worked hard for what I ha I. But this kind of thinking is actually part of my problem. It really i God’s gifts that I have any financial resources at all.

This understanding is at the core of tithing and stewardship. A proper perspective is really that everything belongs to Go cause he wants to get into our pockets. He asks us to give to help keep us properly detached.

When a school like Machebeuf applies for a grant many foundations will ask what the percentage of your capital campaign participation was from families. If that percentage rate falls below a certain level, they will not even accept an application.

point, percentages mean everything. You don’t need to make a big donation to participate, you just need to give your “wid the more doors that open up to us in terms of other grants and foundations that we can apply for in the coming years. W that will ask if you have ever done a major campaign, and what the percentage of participation was from families. If that tion. Many major donors ask the exact same question.


Right now, our parent participation rate in the Capital Campaign is 24%. Th foundations that we could apply to. Note that the foundations aren’t asking they could – $25? $50? $100? - I don’t know what you could give, but I don’t boast an 80% or 90% participation rate in this campaign, imagine what oppo

The Campaign ends February 10th, so we are in the final week. I humbly as like the widow in Luke’s Gospel, everyone is capable of giving something. O

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o something other than what I need it for? I work hard for it! And I already have y for lunch.” “Dad, can I go to the movies?” “Oh yeah, I owe so-and-so money for seems endless. Every month when I sit down to pay the bills I watch all this hardctually amounting up to what I need to pay. The hardest nut to crack? That Macheery month is almost more than I can handle.

o start thinking of creative ways to somehow get out of this situation. What can I someone who has already been committed to tithing over the years, it’s a frequent he first things to go. The logic is simple, how can I give my money away to some for tuition!

mething that is at the very heart of what it means to be Christian. Giving, unfortunately, involves sacrifice. It’s more of a sure the value of the gift not on the amount, but rather on the sacrifice of the giver. Look to the story of the widow’s mite

; and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins. And he said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than out of her poverty put in all the living that she had.” – Luke 21:1-4

hrough the Bible, from the earliest pages – the story of Cain and Abel in chapter 4 of Genesis is ultimately all about give end, in many of the books throughout the New Testament. Why is tithing or giving mentioned so many times? Is God rping on it so much? It’s kind of like that one Sunday of the year when you go to Mass and the priest starts the homily by another fancy word for, “We want more of your money,” right?

ghts that every single one of us have had. No matter what you think about the whole topic, it all comes down to this baave, and it’s mine, right? I have a hard time giving any of it away, unless I can see some tangible benefit to my family and isn’t MY money at all. In fact, at any moment it could all be taken away from me. It’s only because of God’s grace, and

od, and he gives it back to us to be “stewards”. We need to always remember that it’s His. God isn’t asking us to give beI personally have come to the conviction that the money I have is not mine. By some sheer grace and gift, God has entrusted what I have to me, and has blessed me with opportunities that help me support my family, but it’s all His – and I “give” to keep reminding myself of that fact.

I share all this as we come into the final stretch of the Capital Campaign for Machebeuf, which ends on February 10th. I want to encourage all families who have not contributed yet to please consider jumping on board. At this dow’s mite”. Best of all, the higher the percentage of families who participate, When a school like Machebeuf applies for a grant, there are many foundations percentage rate falls below a certain level, they will not even accept an applica-

That may be higher than any level in the past, but it still is not high enough to get us into a number of potential grants and how much the families gave, they’re just asking for the percentage rate of participation. If every family just gave what t think I’m stretching to think that EVERY Machebeuf family could give something – just a “widow’s mite”. If we could ortunities that might open up for us in terms of other financial donations.

sk that every Machebeuf family would prayerfully consider what they could give. You may not be able to give a lot, but Only you know what that is for you.

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Fall 2011 Semester



Clare Lowrey Nathaniel Reyes Rose Sabin Benjamin Suhr Nguyen Tram Myranda Weakland


Benjamin Bartosz Dominic Batuello Aaron Beckman Rhett Crismon Kirsten Grandon Arturo Mata-‐Martinez Nicolas McDonald Rachel Napierkowski Caroline Paciaroni Johniece Parker Celine Reyes Huy Tran Alexis Walker-‐Dunham Tristin Zimmermann


Maria Crossland Rebecca Howell Andrea Lazzara David Lovell John Marriott Joni Maxson Norissa McKinney Alexandra Meallet Catherine Meyer

Sierra Blanchard-‐Hodge Jack Corriere Kelly Daly Wynter Freeman Min Jeong Kang Francis Knafelc John Knetemann Joseph Lemming Elisabeth Lilles Paulina Limasalle Angeli Mata Samuel Mellentine Jaclyn Mock Anna Moran Sydney Moser Abigail Neirynck Truc Nguyen Hattie Orzolek Anna Sidor Asni Solomon Daniela Ukuni Eleanor Usick Sebastian Vazquez-‐Carson Jonathan Whiteley

Gabriella Miller Veronica Miller Kevin Murphy Joshua Napierkowski Kaleigh Nitz Damian Siu Nicholas Suhr Hee Dam Yoon

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First Honor Roll Fall 2011 Semester

Freshmen Catherine Hegarty   Felicia  Hernandez   Lily  Jansen   Elizabeth  Jensen   Caroline  Landry   Madison  Mares   Lea  Nichols   Keara  O'Toole   Denise  Overbey   Hae  Won  Park   Jaida  Rollins   Riley  Thielke   Colin  Turner  

Junior Finnuella  Carey    Michaela  Dexter    Sara  Gieger    Taylor  Kipp    Kaitlyn  Lawlor    Aisha  May    Paris  McManus    Luis  Ortiz    Cyril  Waymel

Sophomore Cecilia  Berry    Conar  Donovan    Opal  Drapeau    John  Gieger    William  Keiss    Daisy  Mena    Alexandra  Nearing    Warren  Nitz    Katherine  Schaffer    Maggie  Smith    Mary  Tynan  

Senior Kimberly  Bell    Jennifer  Campos    Lucinda  Constantino    Ashanti  Gosha    Alyssa  Kucera    Olivia  Lang    Reba  Nazish    Brianna  O'Shea  

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Second Honor Roll Fall 2011 Semester

Freshmen Brian Burbach Valeria Burciaga Kenneth Carlson Benjamin Espinola Torie Huddleston Marcos Lipic Joseph Mellentine Zachary Michalczyk Francis Paolucci Anna Pham Elizabeth Vergil

Junior Carly Bergman Jacob Carrillo Donavan Clinkscales Taylor Crawford Temer Gaim Garrett Garcia Shannon Huddleston Kelsey Moore Joseph Nessinger Monica Paolucci Lucy Rodgers Blaise Smith Casey Splane

Senior Sophomore Hannah Boldt Brandon Clark Haleigh Hurlbut Ashanti Johnson Rebecca Naiman Ji Hyun Park Gabriella Saragosa Katherine Scarafiotti

 Fernanda Antunez Skylyn Borne Christopher Gates John Graas Cayla Harris Bria May Gloria Sandoval Alexandria Tina Alexandra Vohs Jaron Walker

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