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The Beacon Fall, 2013

Celebrating 55 Years

an academic community of faith

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A Look Inside...



Mission Trip

A Look Ahead... Principal Mr. Jessie Skipwith Assistant Principal - Dean of Students Mr. Mike Augustine. Assistant Principal - Dean of Academics Mrs. Tuyet Nguyen

December 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (All School Mass) 14 ACT

16-19 Final Exams 20 Christmas Break

Machebeuf 5K

Editor Ms. Sara Sahlezghi ’09

January 6 Classes Resume (All School Mass)

Director of Campus Ministry and Communications

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2014 Buffalo Ball

18 Buffalo Ball Gift Gathering Party 19- 22 March For Life (Washington

Contributing Writers

Mr. Jessie Skipwith

Mr. Jessie Skipwith

BMHS Yearbook Class

26-31 Catholic Schools Week

4 Late Start 7 No School (Faculty In-Service) 9-11 Senior Retreat 12 All School Mass 17 No School: President’s Day 22 Buffalo Ball Gift-Gathering Party

Contributing Photographers Principal



Machebeuf Beacon

Ms. Monica Everhart ’03

Moments @ Machebeuf


Ms. Laura Henry

Director of Alumni & Events

Mrs. Kim Jetton

Director of Student Life

Director of Advancement

Lifetouch Inc.

Mrs. Shannon Sacoman ’01

Contributing Editors

Thomas Moran ’15

Mrs. Shannon Sacoman ’01 Ms. Monica Everhart ’03

Saturday, April 12 , 2014 Mariott Denver Tech Center

Athlete Spotlight

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.

The Art of Machebeuf

From the

Principal Dear parents, students, and friends of Bishop Machebeuf High School,


It is always such an exciting time for me in the first semester of each school year to take advantage of the opportunity to write a letter to the entire community! Each new school year is filled with the hustle and bustle of the regular energy that brings our school community to life. At the time of this publication, we will have already witnessed many sporting events, several community building activities, and the successful completion of our annual Open House, where we welcome families from throughout the greater Denver area to participate in witnessing the wonderful things that happen here in our academic community of faith.

Bishop Machebeuf ’s Art Class showcased their creative talents through various class assignments. The featured pieces are examples of still life drawings and pen and ink drawings .

The beautiful gift of working in our Archdiocese of Denver Catholic school system is that we have great confidence that our schools bring our students the experience of more complete development and unsurpassed academic and personal success. We develop this confidence because we understand our mission clearly and succinctly. We know and embrace the gift of being an educator in a Catholic school and understand that our schools exist because of the supernatural vision and inspiration that calls us to lead souls to Christ and, ultimately, to create in our students the desire to become modern-day saints. As we witness our community becoming animated each and every day by a spirit of communion, we are able to enjoy the rich liturgical traditions and practice of the sacraments on a regular basis here within this community of friends and family. This year, we enjoy congratulating and celebrating Fr. Paul Kostka and the recent ordination of the Order of the Servants of Christ Jesus this past May. Father Paul's daily presence offers our community the opportunity to participate in the sacraments of Reconciliation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and daily participation in celebrating the Holy Sacrament of the Mass. The faith life of this school continues to grow and develop; yet again increasing our community’s ability to be recognized as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the United States of America by the Cardinal Newman Society. As we continue to celebrate the quality Catholic education provided here at Machebeuf, I would like to invite each of you to participate in the variety of activities and events, which are forthcoming throughout the remainder of this semester and continuing through the season of Advent. There will be plenty of opportunities to come out and actively support our various winter sports teams, and to support the Bishop Machebeuf High School community in our various service and volunteer endeavors. I cannot begin to thank you all enough for the tremendous partnership that you allow the teachers, faculty, and staff here at Bishop Machebeuf High School as we partner with you as the primary educator of your students. I hope that you enjoy this wonderful publication, which is so celebratory in nature, as we continue to recognize the wonderful successes of our many talented and gifted students!

Featured Artists: Annie Moore, Rachel Napierkowski, Rebecca Carrillo, Ana Gomez Latta, Alejandro Sanchez, Claudia Perez, Maria Salazar

Yours in Christ, Jessie Skipwith Principal 5


Scene at Machebeuf

Charity In Truth

BMHS Students Serving Others in Christ: Mission Team 2013 in Lima, Peru

Mrs. Kimberly Jetton

This past June, I was blessed to be a part of the BMHS mission team that traveled throughout Lima, Peru for 10 days of work, prayer, and cultural experiences. Our team of 11 students and three faculty and staff worked in partnership with the Christian Life Movement for a life changing visit. The mission project was building a park in a shantytown in San Juan de Miraflores built in the foothills of Lima. Home to millions, these shantytowns are comprised of clapboard shacks with no running water or sewer systems. In the area where we constructed the park, seven families voluntarily relocated their homes to higher ground and less favorable areas to make way for the project. We were in awe of the sacrifice these families made for the greater good of their community! The local government is encouraging these areas to build parks to benefit all residents. By doing so, the community receives electric-


ity and free water to maintain the park, which must be hand-watered with buckets. Our students and chaperones worked tirelessly with the local government and neighbors to clear the land, remove the rocks, and build retaining walls and sidewalks. All of the cement was poured by hand with five-gallon buckets. Then we laid the sod, planting flowers and

Golden Buffalo Award Recipients Ms. Laura Henry

Created in 2008, the Golden Buffalo Award is awarded to two individuals annually for outstanding service to Bishop Machebeuf High School & contribution made to its surrounding community. The purpose of this award is to recognize alumni who have exhibited leadership, teaching, service and a commitment to BMHS and its mission. The award is broken into 2 categories, The Outstanding Alumnus which recognizes alumni that graduated from 1962 to 1998 and the Outstanding Young Alumnus which recognizes alumni that graduated from 1999-2009. On behalf of Bishop Machebeuf High School and the Machebeuf Alumni Association, please join me in congratulating Mary McNicholas, Class of 1966, the 2013 Alumnus of the Year, and John Everhart, Class of 2008, the 2013 Young Alumnus of the Year. At the Homecoming Game held on Saturday, September 29th, Principal Jessie Skipwith and Machebeuf Alumni Association President, Allen Dreher ’63 had the honor and privilege to recognize these two individuals whose conduct brings honor to themselves, others, and to the entire Macehebeuf community.

2013 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

2013 Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year

seen it before, and play on the newly installed playground equipment. The Mayor of San Juan de Miraflores spoke at the park dedication, and then the residents thanked us by sharing a home-cooked meal at the park.

Beyond our work at the park, we were able to attend daily Mass and visit museums, cathedrals and catacombs. We visited the tombs of St. Rose of Lima, St. Martin de Porres, and St. John Macias. We toured the Benedictine and St. Francis Monasteries and also visited Lima’s Chinatown. We stayed at a convent and retreat house with Sisters who took trees on the last day. The finishing extremely good care of us. touch on the park was a small gar- Overall, it was the trip of a lifetime den and grotto for Mary (pictured with lessons learned in humility above). All of the missionaries have and service to others that will not their names and “Bishop Mache- be forgotten. Our work brought us beuf High School” written in the closer to Christ, and we look forcement at the grotto. The residents ward to giving our students the opnow hold a weekly rosary service portunity for more exciting mission there. work next summer! The most heartwarming sight was watching the children play in the grass, most of whom had never

Since graduating from Machebeuf in 1966, Mary Eldredge McNicholas has been a contributing alumna to the Machebeuf community as well as to the greater Catholic community of Denver. Mary and her husband, Kevin, supported Machebeuf ’s gala fundraisers early on by donating the meals for the first three years and have continued to support the fundraisers in subsequent years. Mary has been instrumental in helping with the Machebeuf auctions, and has been honored with the McNicholas Courtyard. In addition to this expertise and leadership, Mary and Kevin believe in the value of a strong Catholic education and have been financially instrumental in making that a reality by providing tuition assistance to hundreds of students in the Denver Metro area. Mary and Kevin focus on the education needs of young people by preparing them to enter the workforce with character, ethics and leadership skills. In 2012, the McNicholas family created the TKM Foundation to grant deserving students’ scholarships to attend Catholic High Schools and Machebeuf will be a recipient for the 2014 school year. Mary Eldredge McNicholas has continued to give her time, treasure, talent, and heart to others. Bishop Machebeuf High School is pleased to name Mary our 2013 Outstanding Alumna!

John Everhart graduated from Machebeuf with the Class of 2008. He graduated from Regis University in 2012, and now serves Machebeuf as the Assistant Athletic Director, PE Teacher, and Boys’ Basketball Varsity Head Coach. When John attended Machebeuf, he was extremely involved as a five-sport athlete, a member of Student Council, an officer on the National Honor Society, and an avid super-fan when not playing his own sport! If you were to ask John what he enjoyed most about attending Machebeuf, he would probably tell you it was the people who make up this amazing community. John has become an amazing young man because of the seeds of faith, hope, and love planted in him at Machebeuf by the people in his Machebeuf family who have helped shape and form him. John Everhart is deserving of the Young Alumni Award because he takes it upon himself through teaching and coaching to form young people into team players, goal-setters, achievers, and winners. He has not only formed and shaped the students he’s coached into better basketball players, but John has also exuded so much passion into all that he does as a coach at Machebeuf. John has taught his teams the importance of following your heart and using the talents God gave us to do good in the world. His efforts have a huge impact on the students at Machebeuf through his dedication to the boys’ basketball program, and now daily to the students he teaches. While Machebeuf helped John grow into the young man he is today, John selflessly gives of himself to make Machebeuf an even better place.

A special congratulations to our students who have been recognized by the National Merit Scholariship Program!

Ms. Laura Henry $26,000 in funds to support the academic, faith formation, and athletic programs at BMHS!

The Knights of Columbus #4647 present the Machebeuf 5K Family Fun Run & Walk The 4th Annual Machebeuf 5K Family Fun Run & Walk, held on September 29th, was a huge success! On event day, we were blessed with beautiful weather; a record-breaking 405 registrants pounded the pavement throughout the streets of Lowry and the Great Lawn Park to support Bishop Machebeuf High School. Following the race, a tasty barbecue lunch was provided by the Knights of Columbus Machebeuf Council #4647. Collectively, through sponsorships, race participation and student pledges we exceeded our fundraising goal and raised


The 5K continues to serve as a signature Fall event for the whole family and builds community with our Lowry neighbors. We would like to extend our gratitude to our entire Machebeuf community for supporting our 2013 5K. This event would not be possible without the commitment of our volunteers and the giving spirit of our sponsors, donors, and race participants.

The Machebeuf Cross Country team was dominant in winning our Men’s division in the 5K race. Coming in first place, Junior Cross Country standout Ben Espinola won with a time of 16:45. Finishing in 2nd place was senior John Lowrey with a

time of 17:50. Rounding out the Men’s division was junior Pete Espinola with a time of 18:51. The Women’s division was won by community member Megan Fibbe with a time of 19:40. Second place was awarded to Machebeuf Math Teacher, Alyssa Bellinder, with a time of 20:27. Third place was brought home by junior cross country runner Kate Espinola with a time of 22:33. Congratulations to all of winners, we greatly appreciate your participation!

Senior Caroline Paciaroni has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist. Of the 1.5 million students who took the PSAT, Caroline placed among the top 16,000 students, earning her the right to be considered for a Merit Scholarship award in the spring!

Senior Rachel Napierkowski earned a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholaship Program. Her score on the PSAT placed her among the top 50,000 of over 1.5 million students who took the exam!

Archbishop’s Women’s Guild Scholarship The Archbishop’s Women’s Guild is an organization of service to the Archdiocese of Denver. Its mission is to provide a place for women to grow spiritually and form friendships with other women, as they serve the needs of the poor and marginalized in Denver and support the mission of the Archdiocese in Denver. Current Freshman Jessica Salazar (left) was the lucky recipient of 1 of 3 scholarships given out by the Women’s Guild during their first scholarship competition this past August! The entry below is her winning submission from when she attended St. Catherine’s Catholic School.

“I try to live the message of Jesus in my actions and thoughts. As a student of Saint Catherine’s, I have shown my Devotion to God, by being an altar server for the past 3 years. I have learned many things in order to become an altar server, and now I mentor many of the younger altar servers, much like Jesus did for his apostles and followers. I have also had the honor to live the message of Jesus by serving the homeless people at Holy Ghost Church’s sandwich line several times. I am always emotionally moved seeing the happiness in their eyes, as they receive the food that we have prepared. In my eight years at Saint Catherine’s, I have been an honor student, athlete, volunteer worker, and a member of the speech team, choir, and many other groups. I work hard trying to manage my time and putting forth strong effort in all that I do. I hope to continue altar-serving, serving others, studying hard, and participating in sports. I hope to live the message of Jesus by always showing my thankfulness to God for the talents he has blessed me with. Thank you, for your consideration.”

A Few Moments August 16, 2013

From An Eventful Fall Semester

Back to School Barbecue. On Friday, August 16, Bishop Machebeuf High School welcomed the Class of 2017 and their families to celebrate together with returning families at our annual Back to School Barbecue. Teachers grilled and served delicious burgers while families and students mingled with each other. It marked both a great end to yet another successful Freshman Orientation and the beginning of a beautiful journey!

Back to School BBQ October 21, 2013

Open House

Open House. On Sunday, October 21, 2013, Bishop Machebeuf hosted our annual Open House for prospective students. Students, faculty, staff, coaches, and administration came together to volunteer to welcome prospective students and their families into our academic community of faith. With over 80 prospective students coming onto our campus to take a closer look at our academic, athletic, and faith formation programs, we are well on our way to welcoming our next class of future Buffaloes! Student Ambassadors led families through the school on tours to see classroom demonstrations and meet with various academic departments and athletic programs. Current Machebeuf parent volunteers also participated, sharing their Machebeuf experience with visitors. Many thanks to the entire Machebeuf community for their hard work and extra efforts to make the 2013 Open House such a wonderful and successful event!

At Machebeuf

Homecoming. On October 4, 2013, students dressed in their best for the Homecoming Dance. The theme was “Hollywood, A Red Carpet Affair”. Greeted by a larger-than-life replica of the famed golden statuette, students proceeded to dance the night away and take ridiculous and frame-worthy pictures in the photo booth. The homecoming court was as follows: Seniors John Lowrey and Cecelia Berry as King and Queen, Juniors Joe Mellentine and Samantha Nazish as Prince and Princess, Sophomores Chris Klausner and Claudia Perez as Duke and Duchess, and Freshmen Sam Tighe and Claire Beckman as Lord and Lady.With daily themes like Musical Monday, Old Hollywood Tuesday, and Dynamic Movie Duo Wednesday during the week leading up to the dance, students were able to really get into the spirit of Old Hollywood!

Seminarian-Machebeuf Basketball Game. On October 25, Machebeuf hosted a friendly yet fierce basketball game, pitting junior and senior representatives against a competitive group of seminarians from St. John Vianny Seminary. The Machebeuf student athletes were chosen by their fellow classmates. These elite teams of atheletes wowed the school with an intense basketball game against the Denver Archdiocesan seminarians. The lead changed back and forth and at the period break the crowd was held in rapt suspense. After some impressive passing and a couple of vital three-point shots by the Machebeuf team, Machebeuf won 26-23.

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Homecoming October 25, 2013

Seminarian-Machebeuf Basketball Game

Sept. 1-2, Sept. 13, and Nov. 3-4, 2013 Retreats. Fall has been retreat seasaon here at Bishop Machebeuf High School. We started off the semester with our Campus Ministry Retreat on Sept. 1-2. The theme was “To Know Him”; in order to be a disciple of Christ, we are called to respond to his invitation to simply know him, to encounter him authentically. Next, came the Freshmen Retreat held on September 20. The theme of the retreat was “Adventure”. As they begin this new exciting chapter of high school, we encouraged them to embark on the true adventure and lifeling journey of their faith. Finally, BMHS had its Sophomore Retreat on Nov. 3-4. The theme was “The Woman at the Well and the Living Water”. The focus was the story of the woman at the well, and how it is only Christ who can satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts.

October 4, 2013

Fall Production. This Fall, Bishop Machebeuf’s Drama Department presented their annual fall production,George Bernard Shaw’s Androcles and The Lion.This classically comedic representation of Christian persecution in first century Rome, full of Shaw’s Christian apologetics, was a hit among students and faculty alike. All three performances had a great turn-out. We at BMHS are proud to give our students the opportunity through theater to recognize the importance of our need to stand up for our faith in the public square. Every aspect of Christian life questioned and then defended in this Victorian satire were important both to the life and times of Shaw and are still questioned and defended today, giving our students a historical and practical context for defense of the faith.

November 8-10, 2013

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Athlete Spotlight:

Mrs. Kimberly Jetton

Brandon Clark

Donum et gratia is Latin for “gift and gratitude” and we at BMHS certainly have gratitude for those who wholeheartedly support our mission through giving cumulative gifts totaling $1,000 or more. Anyone who has given this significant amount through the variety of giving campaigns, including our capital campaign, special appeals, and annual fund, is a member, and we welcome you to this special membership society! On behalf of the entire Machebeuf community, we thank you for your generosity, leadership, and sacrifice to help us continue to shape the hearts, minds, and souls of our students.

Written by: Mrs. Shannon Sacoman ’01

The 2013 Machebeuf men’s tennis team was captained this year by senior Brandon Clark, who has been recognized as the BMHS Athlete of the Month for October 2013. Brandon’s younger sister, Katelynn also attends BMHS. His parents Brian Clark and Valerie Sherwood have sent him to Catholic schools his whole life.

As a BMHS student athlete, Brandon has lettered in Varsity Tennis while maintaining good grades. Moreover, he has emerged as a leader beyond the usual expectations for team captain. When Coach Andy Vigil was ill, and replaced by Athletic Director Eddie Kane, Brandon modeled service, leadership, and responsibility by setting the line-up for the team’s matches, leading the team in prayer, and helping Mr. Kane to fill his role thoroughly. Mr. Kane states that Brandon “showed great maturity and leadership skills during this time.” At the Weld Central match on September 17, the hopes of the BMHS boys tennis team were pinned on the results of Brandon’s doubles match. As evening pressed on, lighting restrictions forced the teams to play a ten point in place of a third set which would decide the entire match. Brandon’s focus and perseverance lead to a 10-8 victory, bringing home the win for the Buffs! His humility as a leader prompted Brandon to request that we recognize that his success at the Weld Central game could not have been achieved without the support and “unbelievable [play]” of his doubles teammate, Matt Mannion, who made a great final shot. Brandon said that Machebeuf taught him responsibility and attention to detail, which served him well in tennis this year, especially as captain. He also has gained the courage and ability to progress beyond the faith and virtues he learned in Catholic school, to lead and live the faith. Brandon also credits the opportunities and education gained while becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest level of accomplishment as a Boy Scout, in combination with the virtues he has seen and been taught in Catholic schools, as touchstones for both his leadership and service. Leaving Machebeuf, Brandon is seeking to major in Recording Arts Technology, to continue to pursue music as a studio engineer or technician. A musician himself, he knows the adage “if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life,” and is working now to reach that goal.



Middle Schools Represented

College Acceptance for the past 4 years


Varsity Sports

Machebeuf by the Numbers





Passing US AP History Exam




of student body participates in sports

AP Passing Rate School Wide


Different Countries Represented


Average Class Size



11: 1


Enrolled in Honors & AP Classes

49% Male





Student to Teacher Ratio


Zip Codes Served

It is hard to believe that it has been 2 years since the completion of our Capital Campaign initiative! We are so grateful and humbled by the generosity of all of our friends and families who participated during this most important fundraising effort. Since that time, we have successfully implemented the Machebeuf Fund initiative, which continues the culture of giving that is instilled in our great community. Thanks to our donors and the visionary leadership of our Board of Trustees and administration, we have been able to make tremendous improvemements and bring valuable resources to our students and faculty. We are constantly enhancing our infrastructure and classrooms and delivering on our promise to be good stewards of your donations and blessings. Your philanthropic commitment to BMHS is making a difference in the lives of our students every day, and we thank you for being our partner in providing a faith-filled learning environment for our future leaders!

Funding Improvements for our Future! Your gifts have funded these important projects over the past year at Machebeuf

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We completed restroom remodels in all 4 student restrooms including: new stainless steel stalls, composite countertops, lighting, sinks, automatic faucets, automatic light sensors, and paint. The gymnasium floor received much needed repair as it was buckling due to water damage. We added 2 new activity busses to our fleet, for a total of four. The building received new wireless connectivity, new cabling for our classrooms, and system upgrades throughout.

Projects on the horizon include the installation and upgrade of our security cameras.

Interested in learning about Planned Giving? Bishop Machebeuf High School is hosting a free planned giving workshop. Join us to learn how to prepare a charitable plan for future giving. Details coming soon!

S.T.E.M. Robotics Competition This year the Rocky Mountain BEST Organization invited Bishop Machebeuf High School to join ranks with other Colorado schools in their robotics competition. This organization promotes and boosts an atmosphere of science, engineering, and technology within the halls of middle and high schools. The junior and senior students in BMHS’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) class worked on a robotics project for the first half of the semester. Students were given the challenge of building a crane-like robot in 5 weeks, presenting it at the annual competition on October 26, 2013. The competition consisted of three stages that challenged the robot’s logic, motion, and agility. With the construction of the robot and a mock game field along with the engineering knowledge of STEM teacher Mr. J.C. Clark, the STEM students were able to build a robot that could best showcase their abilities! Four of the students--Ana Gomes Latta, Ricky Pruneda, Luke Weinmann, and Tristin Zimmermann--participated in a marketing presentation on Friday afternoon, during which they marketed the STEM class’s robot to a panel of engineers and professors at Metro State Auraria Campus. We are proud to announce that Macheuf placed 18th out of 26 schools in BMHS’s first year participating in the robotics competition!


Thank You to Our 2013 5K Sponsors!

Fall Beacon 2013