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High school highlights

Courtesy Archbishop Murphy  Courtesy Archbishop Murphy 

New chapels and state championships among high points of school year

Exciting things are happening all the time at Western Washington’s 11 Catholic high schools. As the term winds down this month, here’s a look at some of the high points of the school year, through mid-March (with apologies to those star students who shine brightest in spring).

Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School

Archbishop Murphy is building a new chapel on its Everett campus, part of its $6 million Faith and Future Campaign.

The school won league championships in boys tennis, football (state semifinals), girls soccer and girls volleyball (sixth in state). The girls swim and dive team placed fourth in state.

On Feb. 20, two Mock Trial teams (varsity and JV) qualified for state by finishing second and third at the Snohomish County District Meet.

At the Jan. 12 AREA 2 conference, 18 students qualified for the state competition of DECA, which promotes marketing and business leadership skills.

Bellarmine Preparatory School

track runnerCourtesy Bellarmine Prep

Bellarmine Prep broke ground this school year on a new $8.5 million campus center, set to open this fall.

Sixteen students from the Tacoma school participated in the Washington Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in March. Senior Paul Gicewicz won third place and qualified to present his project at the national symposium in Ohio in April.

Senior Jack Yearian (pictured) won a state title in cross country, leading his team to a second-place finish.

Senior Malachi Flynn was named the Tacoma News Tribune boys basketball player of the year. The boys and girls basketball teams won league championships, as did the girls volleyball team, which finished sixth in state. The bowling team finished third in state.

Forty students participated in the Pacific Model United Nations conference in November. Junior Connor Simmons was named best delegate, and senior Terese Schomogyi was named outstanding delegate.

Bishop Blanchet High School

new fieldCourtesy Bishop Blanchet

Bishop Blanchet in Seattle started an international program this school year, welcoming 10 full-time students from around the globe, most of whom live with student families.

A computer programming team of junior Andrew Gilbrough and sophomores Will Marchand and Phil Steinke took first in their division at the Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association Programming Contest Dec. 12.

Nine juniors were accepted to the Washington Aerospace Scholars program, a distance-learning course designed by NASA and the University of Washington.

Brothers Cameron and Blake Cooper finished first and second at the league golf championship Oct. 22.

New head coach Kyle Moore led the football team to the state semifinals and an 11-2 record, playing under the new LED lights at Mickey Naish Field (pictured), which were officially dedicated Sept. 12.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

soccer gameFirst Tracks

The Forest Ridge volleyball team won a state academic title with a team GPA of 3.892. Senior Cindy Hsu and juniors Logan Simons and McKaela Simons were named all-league.  

Other all-league players from the Bellevue school included senior captain Riley Brown (pictured) in soccer and seniors Sonali Pai and Cindy Hsu in basketball.

Junior Ritu Bhalerao was named a National Merit finalist. Junior Josie Lui was a position paper award winner for the Human Rights Council of Washington State Model United Nations.

Freshman Audrey Sarin and senior Elizabeth Bobrovnikov qualified for DECA’s International Career Development Competition in April.

Eastside Catholic High School

football gameRick Edelman

The Eastside Catholic football team came back from a 28-point second-half deficit to defeat Bellevue in overtime and win its second straight state championship Dec. 4. The Sammamish school’s cheerleading squad also won a state title. The wrestling team won a state academic title with a team GPA of 3.581.

Nine members of the Speech and Debate team qualified for state and national level tournaments in Kentucky, Colorado and Utah.

Twenty-two students competed at the Washington DECA State Career Development Conference March 3–5; nine moved on to the international competition in Nashville in April.

Holy Names Academy

Holy Names studentsCourtesy Holy Names

Holy Names completed a $10.6 million campaign for financial aid and other needs and renovated its basement cafeteria, now called the “HNA Café” (pictured). In June, construction will begin on a three-story structure linking its 1908 building and 1990 gymnasium.

The Seattle school won its eighth straight Metro League All-Sports Trophy. Sophomore Jordan Oakes won state in cross country. The gymnastics team won a league title and placed second at state, with senior Elena Fowler taking first in vault. The volleyball team won a league title and placed fifth at state.

Rowers Marlee Blue and Katy Gillingham won a USRowing Youth National Championship and went on to represent the U.S. at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro, where they won a gold medal.

The school had six National Merit finalists. The basketball team won a state academic title with a team GPA of 3.885.

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School

Jim PayntonCourtesy Kennedy Catholic

Kennedy Catholic’s girls volleyball team won a state title Nov. 14, defeating Columbia River 3-1. Senior Shayne McPherson was named the Gatorade Washington Volleyball Player of the Year.

The Burien school paid tribute to longtime athletic director and head football coach Bob Bourgette, who is retiring with a long list of championships and accolades and a record of 201-40.

On Jan. 21, school president Mike Prato unveiled permanent signage for the Jim Paynton Music Room, named for the retired 36-year music teacher (pictured) who began each class with a prayer. Frank and Teresa Milette have also established a Jim Paynton Scholarship.

O’Dea High School

O'Dea studentsCourtesy O’Dea

O’Dea took steps this school year toward its new model classroom initiative. Beginning this summer the school will begin refurnishing and updating its classrooms, integrating updated technology.

The Seattle school started a new American Legal System Honors course led by alum and lawyer Michael Chin. Students have the opportunity to participate in the school’s Mock Trial program (pictured) and learn to develop persuasive arguments and effectively speak in public.

Kilkenny, one of O’Dea’s four “houses,” has worked this school year to strengthen the connection between O’Dea and St. James Cathedral. Every other Thursday, students help prepare and serve hot meals for those in need at the Cathedral Kitchen. They organized receptions following a Mass for the Deceased Homeless on Nov. 15 and a Special Needs Mass on March 12. Kilkenny students have also participated in youth group activities such as youth mentoring, tutoring sessions and youth ministry.

Pope John Paul II High School

students in playCourtesy Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II put on its first-ever musical production, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (pictured), in November. The Lacey school’s drama program began last year with a production of Dead Man Walking.

On Feb. 11, the boys basketball team hosted its first-ever playoff game against Naselle at the Saint Martin’s University Pavilion, losing in double overtime.

On March 19, JPII’s Knowledge Bowl team competed in the state championships at Arlington High School, taking second place in its division.

Seattle Preparatory School

new chapelCourtesy Seattle Prep

Seattle Prep’s Mock Trial team won its 10th consecutive state championship March 20. The team travels to Boise, Idaho, in May to compete in a national championship.

The girls soccer team capped off an undefeated season with a state championship in November. Senior captain Sam Hiatt was named the Gatorade Washington Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

The school launched a new rowing program this spring, offering boats for boys and girls, novices and experienced rowers.

The school’s new Our Lady of Montserrat Chapel (pictured) received several architectural awards, including a 2015 International Award for Religious Art & Architecture from Faith & Form Magazine.

Seton Catholic High School

groundbreaking ceremonyRachel Bauer

Seton Catholic broke ground Oct. 24 at the site of its future permanent campus on 12 acres in Vancouver. On March 16, the first poured concrete wall of the new school was lifted and set into place on its foundation. The new school campus is due to open in September.

The two-story, 35,000-square-foot building will have eight classrooms and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Center. A chapel will seat 300 for all-school daily prayer, weekly Masses and retreats, as well as choir and drama productions.

Senior Tristan Ryan received a Prudential Spirit of Community Award for his volunteerism.

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