Super Sader Shoutout

From academics to athletics and more, our students (and faculty!) continue to excel in a wide array of activities and events. We are proud to recognize and share these outstanding accomplishments in a Super Sader Shoutout:

Alan Ma '23 – Third Place ASU Sustainability Solutions Award
Alan received third place in the ASU Sustainability Solutions Science Fair for his project Smart Wildlife Warning Sign (SWWS): A Novel System to Protect, Track, and Conserve Wildlife with IoT and Machine Learning. Alan designed a traffic warning sign which detects animals in real-time and minimizes road kill by warning drivers of animals' presence with lights and monitors. The unique traffic signs also monitor and collect animal data for ecologists and transportation agencies to better protect wildlife ecosystems.

Brian Xu '21 – Coca-Cola Scholars Program Semifinalist
Brian was selected as a Semifinalist in the 2020-2021 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Brian is one of only 1,609 Semifinalists chosen among 99,403 applicants this year for his outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to their community.

Caitlin Thomas '23 & Creighton Martz '23 – Handle With Care
For their sophomore service project, Caitlin and Creighton created a Portland chapter of the Los Angles nonprofit Handle With Care, which helps provide personal connection and essential items to people experiencing homelessness. They raised money and collected items to create 250 care kits consisting of socks, a tarp and rain poncho, personal hygiene items, nutritious food items, water and more - which they distributed at the Blanchet House in downtown Portland. KOIN 6 reported on the story for the 10 'clock news.

Darsh Mandera '23 – Research Publication and Presentation
Since 2017, Darsh has been working with Reed College Professor Anna Ritz. His proficiency with machine learning programs and research titled An Ensemble Learning Approach for Cancer Drug Prediction has enabled Darsh to predict the effectiveness of specific drugs in combatting cancers, leading to an invitation to present at the 28th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology in July 2020.

Freshman Lacrosse Players – Adrenaline Challenge Winners
Nine Jesuit freshmen and MadLax Oregon Lacrosse teammates won a prestigious Adrenaline Challenge Lacrosse Tournament this January. Congrats Hudson Lewis, Luke Bayne, Jacob Hutchinson, Richie Nadolny, Brady Smith, Porter Malkiel and Luke Johnson.

Gregory Lum - Young Adults Library Services Association Volunteer of the Year
Our esteemed librarian Gregory Lum was chosen as the Young Adults Library Services Association Volunteer of the Year for his outstanding service to the goals, mission, and work of YALSA in 2020. Last year, Mr. Lum worked with the YALSA to create the Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant, in memory of his late wife, to promote literacy services in libraries across the country.

Jacob Nenow '23 – Portland Piano Concerto Competition
Jacob was one of five finalists in the Portland Piano Concerto Competition. He performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 1, First Movement for a virtual performance on January 15.

Jim Speciale – NFHS Coach of the Year
Head Softball Coach Jim Speciale was named by the National Federation of State High School Association as both Oregon Girls Softball Coach of the Year and Northwest Section Coach of the Year for Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Washington and Wyoming for 2019-2020. Coach Special was chosen based on his performance on the field, lifetime of community and school involvement, and philosophy of coaching.

National History Bowl Team
Jesuit's Varsity History Bowl Team qualified to compete at the National History Bowl Competition in December after winning three of their five rounds in the playoffs during October and November. The National History Bowl is a buzzer-based history quiz competition featuring questions from all over the world and from all eras. Congrats to Jesuit's Varsity Team Members: Vanessa Auth '22, Wenjun Hou '21, Darsh Mandera '23, Namrata Venkatesan '23, and Nate Heller '23.

National Letters of Intent
Peyton Griffin '21 signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball to Cal State East Bay in Hayward, California.

Reece Sullivan '21 signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Sascha Manning – Oregon Art Teacher of the Year Nominee
Jesuit Art Teacher Sascha Gordon-Manning is one of three nominees for Oregon Art Teacher of the Year Award from the Oregon Art Education Association. Ms. Manning was nominated by peers and students for her engaging and authentic lessons and her commitment to continuing art education.

Stella Wang '24 & Jenny Duan '21 - President's Volunteer Service Award
The Oregon Chinese Coalition recognized Stella Wang and Jenny Duan as Gold Medal recipients for the 2020 President's Volunteer Service Awards. This national award recognizes students whose 100+ hours of service positively impacts their community and inspires those around them to take action.

US Presidential Scholars
Jesuit High School seniors Wenjun Hou, Marissa Kuo, Anagha Nair, Sujena Soumyanath and Brian Xu were named candidates in the 2021 US Presidential Scholars Program. Only 4,500 seniors from entire nation were chosen as candidates for this prestigious program based on their superior academic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

Wenjun Hou '21 – Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar
Wenjun was selected as one of 40 finalists in the 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Wenjun has worked for several years to finalize his project, Quantum-Based Algorithm and Circuit Design for Bounded Knapsack Optimization Problem. His algorithm accelerates and increases the feasible scale of logistics optimization and potentially opens new pathways towards using quantum computing to develop advanced artificial intelligence.

Ziggy Berkoff '21 – US Lacrosse Impact Athlete
Ziggy was a featured student speaker at the virtual Laxcon event this January, the biggest lacrosse convention in the world. She was previously chosen out of hundreds of applicants as an Impact Athlete in 2020 for her positive social impact on her community during the pandemic. This year, Ziggy and a few friends started an organization called Students Tutor Students to connect volunteer high school student tutors with other high school and middle school students who need help.