The weekend of Oct 3-4-5 was one for the books. The past weekend was fantastic, frenetic, and exhausting, but what a stretch for Jesuit High! To review, let’s start at…
5 am Friday, October 3. By that time, the news crew from KOIN 6 news was already set up in the Knight Gym, getting ready to interview JHS President John Gladstone, Christian Service Director Scott Powers, and students Serena Oduro and Reid Bucy. The right way to kick off a morning of Game-of-the-Week coverage. By 6 am…
We had 500+ students in the gym, including members of the volleyball, cross country, soccer, and football teams. The JHS Band, Cheerleaders, and Fun Patrol helped the students blow the roof off the joint, as AD Mike Hughes explained the meaning of Age Quod Agis to KOIN 6 viewers. Our first crack-of-dawn pep rally. Two words: “Donuts. Delirium."
At 8:35 am, Fr. Mike Gilson, SJ celebrated Mass, delivering a stirring homily about "consequences," including the consequences that ensue when a student chooses to go to Mass on a Friday morning (even after getting up at 5 am to be at school for a 6 am pep rally!). "When you choose to get close to Jesus, that has real consequences for your life." Indeed.
10 am: Classes get back to business, with a number of tests and projects that mark the end of Term 1, our first-ever term with iPads.
7 pm: The game of the week kicks off with Westview driving down the field with stunning precision, as we get settled in for what will prove a classic: two titans trading touchdowns, while thousands of fans enjoy the pure joy of high school football played at the highest level. Former Crusaders and current Ducks Doug Brenner, Henry Mondeaux, and Keanon Lowe sign autographs for the dozens of CYO footballers in attendance, while Blazer Wesley Matthews takes endless selfies with the Blazer-maniacal students.
Just before Matthews strides off chased by 50 middle schoolers like the Pied Piper to do an interview with JCTV, I ask the Marquette U alum what drew him to our game. His answer: “I asked Hersey Hawkins if there was a good football game tonight, and he told me to head to Jesuit for the game against Westview.” Of course.
9:02 pm: Westview recovers an onside kick with 13 seconds left to give them one last gasp at victory, after the Crusaders had seemed to put the game away. Then Sam Brunson breaks into the backfield to unceremoniously dump Westview’s gallant Austin Brisbee on the turf. More delirium, and a good win for the home team.
Saturday, Oct 4, 9 am: Former JHS parent, NYC marathon winner, and director of Nike’s Oregon Project Alberto Salazar helps kick off our Coaching for Character conference. He and national champ Jordan Hasay of Oregon describe their healthy "coach-athlete" relationship, which is based on mutual trust. Under the direction of VP Carol Wyatt, 160 coaches and parents from across the region spend the day at JHS discussing how to make integrity, courage, and passion the real measuring sticks of our athletic programs. Inspiring.
Saturday, 6 pm: Powderpuff commences with fierceness, frivolity, and flag football. The warpaint and cheering underscore this unique celebration of female athleticism and pure fun. In a stunning upset, the juniors knock off two-time-defending Class of 2015. We thought referee Don Clarke would never blow the final whistle!
Sun, Oct 5, 7:15 am: As dozens of volunteers begin to show up at JHS to prepare for the day’s Open House, 75 students gather at Thomas Edison HS to get final instructions before heading out to walk the final 10K of the Portland Marathon, to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Association. The bright pink clad Crusaders are the hit of the marathon, as they sing, cheer, and cavort down from the UP Bluff along Interstate and thence to Naito Parkway, spreading joy and raising almost $15,000 for the CCA. Inspiring again, especially when dozens of the walkers head back to school to serve as ambassadors for…
Open House: Thousands of visitors arrive, and JHS shows its best self, thanks to countless parent volunteers who have come out to support Jesuit and Admissions Director Erin DeKlotz. Most impressive of all are the 300+ ambassadors who gladly share with our visitors what they love most about their school. Amazing.
Thank God students have a three-day weekend coming up!
on Monday October 6