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In this blog, Principal Paul Hogan will regularly share with us his insights and observations during the school year. We hope you enjoy Paul's posts!

Not in our house.

Provincial Scott Santarosa, SJ, and JHS students.

Last week was National Anti-Bullying Week, a chance for students to take a stand against bullying in schools and online. At Jesuit, the Upstanders, our anti-bullying group, invited students to pledge to be stand up against bullying (as opposed to being a bystander). Hundreds of students did so, signing their names to a huge and impressive display in the Gedrose Student Center.On Friday, November 21, Provincial Scott Santarosa, SJ, of the Oregon Province, held up the wrist band given to him by Upstander Kylee Richards '16, and affirmed the message of the week: "Not in our house!"

After signing the pledge himself, Fr. Santarosa made the Upstanders' message the centerpoint of a powerful and poignant homily last Friday. He pointed out that in that morning's Gospel, Jesus made clear to the moneychangers that he would not allow corruption in His house—the temple—as He overturned tables and threw the mercenaries out.

Fr. Santarosa then told his own story of being bullied at his Jesuit high school in California. On a dress-up day, the teenage Scott Santarosa was reminded that he should "stay in his place" by a student who hailed from a more upscale neighborhood than Scott did. Fr. Santarosa told the rapt students in the congregation that it is not such a long distance from such microaggressions to more overt examples of bullying, as well as to racism, sexism, homophobia.

Fr. Santarosa's message: "We all have power. The question is, how are you going to use yours? Will you use it to build other people up, or to tear them down?" As we head into the season of giving thanks, we are deeply grateful that the "head Jesuit" of the Oregon Province paid us a visit last week and helped to reinforce a message being lived out every day by our Upstanders. We will not allow bullying in our house, and we will work every day to build one another up. We all have power to create, or to destroy, the JHS community. The question is, how will we use our power?

Paul Hogan



Posted by etuenge on Tuesday November 25 at 08:08AM
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JHS Volleyball Makes History

As you will see in our latest Principal's e-Newsletter, the fall semester has been another amazing stretch at Jesuit High. Our students have been working hard in and out of class, learning, growing, and stretching themselves, ad majorem dei gloriam (for the greater glory of God).

One special group of young people deserves mention here: the JHS volleyball team, who capped an historic, undefeated season with a victorious march through the playoffs at Liberty High School on November 7 and 8.

If you were there, you will long remember the raucous, rafter-rattling finale vs. Central Catholic (if not, come next year, when the young Crusaders figure to be back at Liberty). Our volleyball team had roared through the regular season with dispatch, losing only one game all year leading up to the final match against Central Catholic.

The VBallers boasted all-Metro first teamers Katherine Decker, Jasmine Gross, Elise Krippaehne, Grace Massey, Nicole Peterson, Symone Tran, Arianna Wiltjer, and Claire Zanon. When they stepped on the court against Central Catholic, this young squad was understandably a bit nervous, as the crowd of 2500 stomped and the cheering sections flung spirit chants across the gym in waves of intense energy.

Senior Lexi D rises for a kill.

When JHS unexpectedly dropped the first game 15-25, it would have been understandable had doubt begun to creep in: would this storybook season really end in a defeat to our rivals across the river? Instead, the girls regrouped, started passing and spiking and blocking and digging with renewed precision and passion. We took the second game 25-18, and went up early in the third game.

Then junior Nicole Peterson, the Metro League Player of the Year, went out with a recurring IB band (Iliotibial band) injury. Nicole was in pain, and her team had to carry on without her—at least for a while. The girls, used to shaking off adversity and jumping back into the fray, finished off game 3 with style, as Claire, Katherine, Arianna and Jasmine took turns spiking the ball into the very heart of the CC defense.

After Nicole returned for the decisive fourth game, still hurting but firing her teammates with a bolt of inspiration, the match followed the script that the girls had written when they gathered at their beach retreat back in August. They unleashed their thunderbolts, as the gym rocked with emotion. When the JHS stands emptied to dance with joy around the newly-crowned 6A champs, there was no doubt that these girls had achieved history. Let us take a moment to marvel. AMDG.

Paul Hogan



Posted by etuenge on Monday November 17
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