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The Beacon Denver, Colorado


Bishop Machebeuf High School


Fall, 2011

Celebrate With Us! e the v a

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Family Advent Mass December 1st Alumni Basketball Game December 28th Buffalo Ball March 24th Baccalaureate Mass May 17th Graduation May 19th


Celebrating the Legacy of Joseph P. Machebeuf

A Look Inside... Contents Catholic Faith

Catholic Faith

Senior Retreat 7-8 BMHS Pink Out For Breast Cancer 15 Boys Soccer Service Project 21

Nurturing Community

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Senior Retreat

A Look Ahead...


Advent Family Mass Advent Penance Service Booster Club Meeting Christmas Spirit Days All-School Mass New Student Application Deadline Semester Exams Young Alumni Basketball Game Christmas Break

January Classes Resume Booster Club Meeting Vocations Awareness Week MLK Day (No School) All-School Mass March For Life Catholic Schools Week

Family Environment

Machebeuf 5K 9-10 Donum et Gratia Dinner 16 Alumni of the Year - Golden Buffalo 17

Rigorous Academics

National Merit Scholarship Honors 5 BMHS College Readiness 6 National Honor Society Inductions 6 Student Council 19 Robotics, Robotics, Robotics 20

November All-School Mass (All Saints Day) Open House Fall Play: Romeo and Juliet Thanksgiving Break First Sunday of Advent

Homecoming 11-12 Spirit Week 13 Kickball Intramurals 14 Powderpuff Football Game 16 Athletic Awards 18

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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

9 Rigorous Academics

Machebeuf 5K

NHS Inductions


Editor Mr. Eduard Lugo

Director of Campus Ministry and Communications

Contributing Writers Contributing Photographers Mrs. Kim Jetton Director of Advancement

Sr. Helen Marie Glaser, O.P. Dean of Students

Ms. Laura Henry Director of Alumni & Events

Mr. Josh Applegate Director of Student Life

Mr. Dennis Brehm Science Teacher

Mr. Dennis Brehm Science Teacher

Mrs. Shannon Sacoman English Teacher

BMHS Yearbook Staff Mr. Gunnar Rawlings

Mrs. Toni Marie Teeter English Teacher

Mr. Matt Tynan

Eileen Michalczyk

458 Uinta Way Denver, CO 80230

Mr. Matthew Cosby


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 The months of November and December are filled with absolute beauty in and of themselves. The changing leaves, the falling snow, the time of year when families come together – all gifts of beauty. However, the true joy of experiencing “things” of such beauty become exponentially more so in the realm of a Catholic school. Day in and day out our students and faculty are engaged in conversations and authentic relationships that build upon the exploration and discovery of such beautiful gifts. The ultimate gift that resides in this process of discovery is that which directs every detail of every gift back to its point of origin – God. As we prepare for the gifts of the month of November, such as the change in seasons, the gatherings around bountiful meals, and the sharing of companionship with friends and family, we offer thanks and gratitude as a Catholic school community that finds the origin of all things pointing us towards God. I personally would like to express gratitude for our students and families, our dedicated faculty and staff, and the tremendous efforts and stewardship of our benefactors and stakeholders. There are countless occasions throughout the course of each school year where I have the opportunity to personally witness the prayerfully discerned and sacrificial investments offered to our community in order for our students to have the opportunity to encounter Christ in such an intimate and loving way. Additionally, as we near the end of November and move into December, we are again blessed with many gifts of the Spirit. This year in particular, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, we will be the recipients of the fruitful work of so many who have labored to bring us the New Roman Missal. These changes that you will see in the mass promise to enrich our experience as a faithful community in our celebration of the Eucharist. We will be able to experience the mass through the new translations that truly bring us back to a more accurate translation and understanding through the use of language that reflects the Gospels and the Word of God. In preparation for this Advent, I would like to ask that you please continue to pray for the success of Bishop Machebeuf High School and its work to form the hearts, minds and souls of our students in the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are truly blessed as an academic community of faith to continue the traditions of the truth of our faith which have stood the test of time for the past two millennia. Catholic schools today are charged with a very specific vocation that is necessary for the future of our children and the future of the Catholic Church. Thank you for your partnership in creating sound Catholic citizens for our future world who love and seek God in all things, striving to live their lives as saints! Jessie Skipwith Principal

Senior Class, Winners of the 2011 Powderpuff Football Game

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R igorous Academics do not come very easily. Approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program were announced this month by officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Joshua Napierkowski has been selected as one of the nearly 16,000 semifinalists. He will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some of the 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million that will be offered next spring. Nicholas Suhr has been recognized as a Commended Student – placing in the top 5% in the 2012 competition. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn competitive SAT scores. National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the Spring of 2012. Please join us as we congratulate Joshua Napierkowski and Nicholas Suhr for being named in the 2012 National MeritŽ Scholarship Program.

Two Students Earn National Merit Scholar Honors

This Octob induction classmat add er, Ashanti Gosha, b em M S H N t es New iends. with family and fr

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College Ready!

Here’s how BMHS students compared to the rest of the state on last year’s ACT: - Bishop Machebeuf High School - State of Colorado

*Statistics provided by ACT, inc.

National Honor Society Welcomes 2 More Seniors

ber 14, 2011, the National Honor Society was pleased to have our first of two ceremonies. Our NHS chapter welcomes seniors to join others among their ates as charter members each fall. This year, two new senior members were ded to our ranks, as we welcomed Ashanti Gosha and Brianna O’Shea. We will be inducting a fresh crop of juniors this spring semester.

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God is

2011 Senior Retreat

C atholic F aith

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God is here. The seniors will be college students soon. One Machebeuf Senior made a remark recently that she didn’t feel as if she had been prepared to go into the real world. What is the most important thing that anyone going into the real world should know when leaving Machebeuf? God is here.

Here. Not here, in the sense that God is at Machebeuf. God is here. Right here. He’s here at Machebeuf because He is here… with US. He is here. This class has heard it all. At Machebeuf, they’ve heard from us about the teachings about morality, ethics and justice. They constantly hear from us that God loves them and that Christ died for them, but soon they will not be hearing from us at all. So, what could we give them at their senior retreat that they needed the most? God is here. Here.

He will be there, also.

For three days, the senior class gathered at St. Malo retreat center for their final retreat. In addition to fun together, crazy games and lots of sentimental and touching moments, the seniors once again encountered the Lord right where they were.


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F amily E n

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nvironment On Sunday, October 2nd, over 200 participants gathered together on a beautiful morning to walk and run in the Machebeuf 5K. Collectively, over $20,000 in funds were raised to benefit Bishop Machebeuf High School. Please know that your participation and pledges will benefit our academic programs and athletic department here at Machebeuf. This type of event would not be possible without the service and support of our volunteers. A BIG THANK YOU to the many students and family volunteers who volunteered their time at the 5K event. We would also like to thank our many sponsors! We are committed to actively promoting the sponsors who choose to support our school. Please repay their generosity by visiting their businesses and organizations or utilizing their services. Thank you! Sponsors listed on page 22.

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Nurturing C ommunity

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The Machebeuf community celebrated our annual Homecoming game and dance in style this year. To start things off, our football team recorded a homecoming game victory with a win over Denver West. Before the game, alumni gathHomecoming Queen and King, ered in the stadium parking lot Hee Dam Yoon and Damian for our annual alumni tailgate party. During half-time, we were treated to a special performance by the Air Force Academy Marching band and the presentation of the Golden Buffalo Awards to our alumni of the year. The Homecoming dance was held at Machebeuf with the James Bond theme, “007 - License to Thrill�. Thank you to those who made this another thrilling and successful Homecoming!

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Homecoming Game victory over Denver West, 8-0.

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Golden Buffalo Awards Alumni of the Ye ar

Alumni of the Year

BMHS Honor of “Black Haw

Matthew Cosby enlisted in the Army Infantry after graduating and served as an Army Ranger in combat during Operation Desert Storm. In 1993, Matthew was in The Ba Black Hawk Down and was part of Operation Gothic Serpent. During this operation, Mat Bosnia from 1994-1995. He received a medical retirement from the Army in 1996, and wa Medal. He is currently a Lieutenant with the San Antonio Police Department serving in th married for 15 years and has 6 children.

In his memories of Machebeuf, Matthew stated, “I learned more at Machebeuf than anywh remembers Mr. Jaster as his favorite. “Mr. Jaster helped me get over my fear of public speak classes at the Police Academy.” Matthew played on the championship football team at Mac Brother” Alan Tamendong and recalls going out for breakfast in his pajamas on the first da

We are honored to call Matthew a Machebeuf Buffalo! Young Alumni of the Year While attending Machebeuf Danny Young’s life changed completely. While attending Machebeuf, Danny was a student in the Learning Strategies Program. Danny is grateful to the LSP program, which not only taught him how to study, but taught him how to take control of his own decisions and create his own direction in life. At Machebeuf, Danny competed in golf, basketball and baseball. He was fortunate enough to take part in many winning seasons in both baseball and basketball and he was a member of the 2005 State Championship Baseball Team! After graduation, he attended Benedictine College in Atchison, KS where he earned a double major in Business Administration with an emphasis in management, and Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Management. He now serves his Machebeuf community as a Varsity Assistant Basketball coach, is engaged to his fiance Alex, and currently works as a liability claim adjuster with CAN Insurance Company.

Matthew Cosby Class of '91 Danny Young Class of '05

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attle of Mogadishu, more popularly known as tthew was shot twice. He then served in as awarded 2 Purple Hearts, and the Silver Star he Gang and Narcotics unit. Matthew has been

here else.” He had great teachers here, and king. It’s because of him that I can teach chebeuf, and he still is in contact with his “Big ay of school.

Lucy Rodgers

2nd Team Opal Drapeau

2nd Team

Boys Soccer


Metropolitan League All-Conference Missael Tovar

2nd Team Joe Lemming

Garret Garcia

Honorable Mention


Student Body President

Hattie Orzolek

Vice Presidents


Class Treasurers

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Antonio Murdock

Jack Graas

Damian Siu


Jack Corriere

Sabeth Lilles

Min Jeon Kang


Nick McDonald

Huy Tran

Daniel Sahlezghi


Caroline Landry

Catherine Hegarty

Hae Won Park





Class Presidents


s t Josh Napierkowski u Student d Body e V-President n C T l a B o John Knetemann s s Student D Body Y Treasurer o f o f f I f c I Kaleigh Nitz e c r e Student Body r Secretary s s

Class retaries

Robotics, Robotics, Robotics! Bishop Machebeuf High School participated in the 2nd annual Rocky Mountain BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics competition on October 23rd.

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The BEST organization provides participating school teams with identical kits containing all materials and equipment necessary to construct a robot for the BEST competition, at no cost to the schools. The BEST competition is held annually only 6 weeks after the schools receive the materials. Twentyfour schools throughout the Denver Metro area competed this year along with hundreds of schools nationally.

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Our goal is to motivate kids for studies and careers in engineering, science, and technology. We introduced them to engineering/scientific methods through mentoring by two Metro State College of Denver students and actual hands-on experience. Students experienced real-world engineering while participating in an exciting and fun competition with their peers.

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Boys Soccer and Service to Others

On Saturday, September 17th at 7:30 am, members of the Machebeuf Boys Soccer Team volunteered for the annual Hands for Hope Day with Hope Communities. Despite the fact that it was the morning after the Homecoming dance, there were 27 soccer players, parents, and coaches there to help out! Hope Communities is a Christian organization that assists people in need with housing and other basic needs. Because we had such a great turnout, Hope Communities was able to divide up our group to work on three separate projects. Three players, with the assistance of Brother James, helped to clean out a residence. Another large group of players and parents worked to paint a rail on a handicap ramp and to paint the back side of a building used for meetings and offices. The third group of players, parents, and Coach Brian helped to pull weeds and spread mulch in a lot that is being converted into a park. The players worked hard and the people from Hope Communities continually complimented their work ethic and dedication. Thank you for your service to others!

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Thank You to our 5k Sponsors!

The Bauman Family Michael T. Napierkowski, MD, FACS Larimer Associates Nick’s Garden Center Dr. Rice, DDS

The Clinkscales Family

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