Congratulations to the No. 6 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team on their first-round 18-4 win against No. 11 Fruita Monument on Tuesday, June 15. The Raiders are scheduled to compete against Colorado Academy in the Quarterfinal Round of the Class 5A State Playoffs on Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 pm. View the full 5A Boys Lacrosse State Tournament Bracket
Congratulations to the No. 11 Boys Varsity Volleyball Team on their tenth-place finish and overall record of 8-6 on the season, qualifying them to play in the upcoming Class 5A Boys Volleyball Regional Tournament this Saturday, June 19 against sixth-seeded Bear Creek High School. If the Raiders win, they will advance to the State Tournament scheduled for June 25 and 26. Excellent job, Raiders! View the full Class 5A Regional Tournament brackets on CHSSANow.com
The No. 6 Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team is set to take on No. 11 Rock Canyon in the first round of the Class 5A State Championship tomorrow, June 17 at 7:30 pm in Lou Kellogg Stadium. The winner will take on Fairview High School in the Quarterfinal matchup this Saturday, June 19. Come out and show your support! View the full Class 5A Girls Lacrosse State bracket
Congratulations to the four athletes from the Boys and Girls Varsity Swim & Dive Teams who are set to compete at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials this summer. Great Raiders Will Goodwin '19 and Sophia Bradac, '20, along with Emma Weber '22 qualified to compete in the swimming trials taking place in Omaha, Nebraska. Quinn Henninger '21 qualified for the diving trials in Indianapolis, Indiana. Excellent job, Raiders!
On Saturday, June 14, the Boys Varsity Rugby Team beat long-time rival, Palmer High School, to take the 2021 Boys Colorado Rugby Association (CIRA) Championship title. In front of a full crowd in Lou Kellogg Stadium, the Raiders dominated the Terrors and won the inaugural State Final match-up by a score of 33-17. Congratulations, Raiders, on an incredible season! Read game highlights in the Goff Rugby Report
Following a team victory of 14-7 against Chaparral High School on Tuesday, June 8, Regis Jesuit honored their long-time head coach, Jim Soran for his 30 years of coaching the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team and celebrated his incredible 350th all-time win.
Congratulations to the three players on the Boys Varsity Soccer Team who have earned All-State distinctions for the 2020-21 CHSAA Season C. Alejandro Herrera '21 and Trey Tomlin '21 were selected to Second Team All-State and Tanner Scarth '21 received Honorable Mention honors. Way to go, Raiders! View the full CHSAA All-State Boys Soccer Teams
Congratulations to Amelia Marcum '21 on being selected as a Class of 2020-21 Scholar Athlete by The Foot Locker Foundation. A total of twenty exceptional high school students from across the country were selected for this highly competitive scholarship for demonstrating excellence in school, on their sports team and in their communities. Scholars will each receive a $20,000 scholarship for the school of their choice. Read more about this scholarship and see a full list of winners by visiting www.footlockerscholarathletes.com/winners. We are proud of you, Amelia!
On Saturday, June 5, the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team was featured on the Saturday morning 9NEWS Pep Rally for their unbeatable teamwork in their recent matchup against the Legend Titans. Despite a 14-4 loss to the Cherry Creek Bruins on Monday, June 7, the Raiders continue to hold steady at No. 4 in the CHSAA Class 5A rankings. View Regis Jesuit vs. Legend game highlights on 9NEWS Pep Rally
Congratulations to the eight players on the League Champion Boys Varsity Soccer Team who have been selected to the 2021 Season C All-Continental League First and Second Teams. Josh Dermer, '22, Alejandro Herrera '21, Jaden Ohlsen '21, Tanner Scarth '21 and Trey Tomlin '21 received First Team honors, while Alex Billings '21, Daniel Hilt '22 and Brendan O'Toole '21 were selected to the Second Team. A special congratulations to Tanner Scarth '21 who was selected as the Continental Player of the Year! Way to go, Raiders! View the 2021 Season C All-Continental League Teams
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Tennis Team who had one singles player and four doubles teams place in the top two at Class 5A Regionals. The team is gearing up to play in the State tournament this weekend. Amazing work, Raiders! View the full list of State qualifiers on CHSSANOW.com
With a final score of 17-8, the Raiders outscored and outplayed the Legend Titans in their matchup on Tuesday, June 1 at EchoPark Stadium in Parker. The Raiders improve to 6-1 on the season and prepare for their showdown against No. 3 Cherry Creek next Monday, June 7. View game highlights on 9NEWS
Congratulations to the four members of the Girls Varsity Field Hockey Team who were selected to 2020-21 CHSAA All-State Teams for their outstanding performances this season. Katie Loftus '22 and Cate Lord '21 each earned First Team All-State distinctions and Lily Castiglione '22 and Ellie Johnson '22 were selected to Second Team All-State. In addition, Coach Spencer Wagner was selected as the 2020-21 Coach of the Year. Way to go, Raiders! View the complete list of CHSAA All-State Honors
In honor of the Ignatian Year—the celebration that runs from May 20, 2021, through July 31, 2022, and commemorates both the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius' conversion and the 400th anniversary of the canonizations of St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier—we invite our community to participate in the 12-week-long Journey with Ignatius. This fun and interactive virtual pilgrimage explores important locations and weekly themes from the life of St. Ignatius, including a 400 mile (800,000 step) challenge. Participants will also enjoy daily prayer, a weekly Examen, reflections from featured Jesuit school students and more. Daily reflections from Regis Jesuit students will be featured during week five of the pilgrimage, the week of June 20-26. Download the free Journey with Ignatius app in either the Apple Store or Google Play. Grab your sneakers, track your steps and let's journey together in celebration of this festive year!
Congratulations to Mary Seier '23 who won the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s "I Voted" sticker contest. Her winning design, which was chosen by County Elections Division employees via secret ballot, will be included in all Arapahoe County ballots for the 2021 election in November. Way to go, Mary, for sharing your artistic talents to promote civic engagement!
In June, five Jesuits from the USA Central and Southern Province will be ordained to the priesthood. Three of them have ties to Regis Jesuit—Brian Strassburger, SJ '02, Chris Kellerman, SJ and Louis Hotop, SJ.
The Boys and Girls Track & Field Teams are off to an amazing start in the CHSAA 2021 Spring Season D. To date, 16 athletes and relay teams are currently ranked in the Top 18 in 5A Track & Field. Among these athletes, two have set a new bar, breaking RJ school records this season. Rylie Ward '21 now holds the record for the longest discus throw at 118.5 feet, beating the record set in 2018 by four feet. Fabiola Belibi '22 bested her own record in Long Jump with a new distance of 17 feet 9 inches. Congratulations and keep up the great work, Raiders! View the Girls Track & Field leaderboard on MaxPreps View the Boys Track & Field leaderboard on MaxPreps
To kick off the Ignatian Year, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius, boys and girls from the freshman and sophomore classes celebrated the annual Cannonball Day on May 19 and 20. In their theology classes, these students learned more about the life of St. Ignatius and his momentous conversion following a leg injury from a cannonball during the battle of Pamplona between the French and Spanish in 1521. The festivities, coordinated by Regis Jesuit theology teachers led by Rick Wolf and Adam Lomas '10, began with a battle reenactment where students fired cannons (water balloons) at an image of St. Ignatius. Students also challenged each other in an obstacle course and enjoyed ice cream together to celebrate the founder of the Society of Jesus and our gratitude for our Catholic, Jesuit education. This fun, community-building celebration helps to animate the amazing journey of Ignatius and inspires us to continue his mission. You can read more about the history of Cannonball Day and the upcoming celebrations for the Ignatian Year, which will culminate next year on July 31, 2022, Ignatius’ Feast Day.
Great Raider Cal McCoy '18 continues to play at the top of his game for the University of Denver Pioneers Men's Golf Team. The team won their second-consecutive Summit League title and have earned a berth to the NCAA Regionals. While at Regis Jesuit, McCoy and his teammates on the Boys Golf Team won three consecutive 5A State Championship crowns in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Read the full story on 9NEWS
The Varsity Baseball Team made history on Friday, May 7 as they blasted 13 home runs in their game against Dakota Ridge, beating the Eagles with a final score of 21-2. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations' (NFHS) record book, the 13 homers are the second-most all-time nationally, following 16 longshots hit in a game in 1928.
Great Raider Mary Weinstein '16 has added a few more wins to her resume since winning a team title and an individual title during her time at Regis Jesuit. Weinstein now leads the University of Denver Women's Golf Team in several categories.
On April 5, 2021, a group of eight Regis Jesuit students learned first-hand what it is like to be a physician assistant as part of our RJ Connect: Alumni Mentoring Mini-Series. Led by Great Raiders Marielle Renehan ’13 and Drew Miller ‘13, and chaperoned by RJ science teacher, Kevin Russell, the group took part in the Cadaver Outreach Program at Red Rocks Community College, visiting a cadaver lab and learning more about human anatomy. Designed to help current high schoolers learn more about this career path, the group met on four occasions to discuss various topics including paths to becoming a physician assistant, the education and experience needed for this field, different PA specialties and how to best prepare oneself during high school and college.
No. 5 Regis Jesuit Girls Varsity Lacrosse came out on top with a huge 20-2 win over No. 6 Denver East during their season opener on Wednesday, May 5. The Raiders took an early lead over the Angels and remained dominant throughout the game. Way to start off the season, Raiders! View game highlights on 9NEWS
In the final week of April, Regis Jesuit students, faculty and staff participated in the school's first-ever Wish Week, helping to bring the wish of Johny, a three-year-old from the Denver-metro area battling leukemia, to fruition through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With aspirations of raising $10,000, the week-long event kicked off with a superhero-themed opening ceremony where students gathered in Lou Kellogg Stadium to meet Johny and his family and pledge our commitment to come together to support his wish.
On Saturday, April 24, two groups of Regis Jesuit students and faculty engaged in local mini-immersion experiences as part of the Ignatian Immersion & Solidarity Office's service offerings for this school year. Each group had a unique opportunity to immerse themselves and learn more about our environment and our local community in deepening their knowledge on important social and environmental justice issues.
In front of an exuberant crowd at Cherry Creek's Stutler Bowl, No. 4 Varsity Field Hockey upset No. 2 Cherry Creek Bruins in an amazing sudden-death double-overtime 2-1 victory to secure the program's second State Championship. They also took the title in 2018. Lily Castiglione '22 kicked off the scoring with the first goal in the first half, and Cate Lord '21 delivered the game-winning goal, just 48 seconds into double-overtime. The Raiders' cohesive teamwork, passion and perseverance helped this tight-knit team dominate throughout the season, culminating in this sweet season-ending victory. Way to go, Raiders! View game highlights on 9NEWS View full coverage on CHSAANow.com
Great Raider Andrea Tagtow '08, director of development and community relations for Advocates for Children CASA, appeared on Denver 7's Mile High Living in April, to discuss the mission of her organization and its campaign to end child abuse and neglect while raising awareness about Child Abuse Prevention Month. Way to go, Andrea, on continuing the Regis Jesuit call to be Men and Women with and for Others. View the full interview on Facebook
The No. 4 Girls Field Hockey team toppled No. 1 Colorado Academy by a score of 3-1 at the Stutler Bowl on Monday, April 26 to advance to the State Championship game. Lily Castiglione '22 and Cate Lord '21 scored three goals combined for the Raiders, ending the Mustangs' run for the gold. This will be the Raiders' third consecutive State Championship appearance. The Raiders took the State Title in 2018 in an overtime win against Cherry Creek and will try for a repeat this Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 pm at the Stutler Bowl at Cherry Creek High School as they take on the Bruins for a chance at another State crown. Read the full article on CHSAANow.com
Three additional students have qualified to compete at the 2021 National Speech & Debate Tournament in June: Dahlstan Osman '21 - World Schools Debate, Laura Miller '21 - Impromptu and Peyton Ralston '22 - Poetry. They will join both Kevin Reyes '21 and Ashlyn Viereck '22 after their successful bids in March to qualify for Nationals.
Having not given up a single goal throughout the season, No. 1 ranked Boys Soccer took on No. 16 Cherry Creek at home in the first round of the playoffs on April 22. The game remained scoreless until the final minutes of regulation when the Bruins netted a goal to clinch the victory and end the Raiders' season. The team went 7-0 in a shortened regular season and won the Continental League Championship. Read full coverage in The Sentinel
Congratulations to the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club members that are heading to the National Leadership Conference this summer after successfully competing in the State Leadership Competition throughout the month of April. Nine out of the 21 participants placed in the event and will represent Regis Jesuit at Nationals. A special shoutout to Andrew Simon '22 on being awarded State Champion in the Personal Finance category. Way to go!
Congratulations to Kevin Reyes '21 who was selected as the winner of the National Merit PWC Charitable Foundation Scholarship. He was one of just 16 winners in the state of Colorado for the 2021 corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship Program. We are proud of you! View the complete list of Colorado scholars
More than 200 Regis Jesuit students and faculty took part in this year's annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, April 17 in the frigid Aurora Reservoir, raising a total of $26,888 for Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO). Following a huge turnout and show of support by the Raiders, Regis Jesuit was awarded both the Highest Fundraising Team and Coolest School by SOCO. The RJ Boys and Girls Swim & Dive Teams, led by Coach Kristin Repaci, were our largest participating groups with more than 40 team members taking the plunge. Members of the Robotics Club, Rowdies and Cheer Team were there to encourage the plungers and support the efforts of this amazing day. Catelyn Billings ’23, Dylan McCollough ’23 and Kameron Rendek ’24 were the top three fundraisers for Regis Jesuit—we congratulate them for their outstanding efforts.
The No. 5 Regis Jesuit Field Hockey Team posted a big win against No. 2 Cherry Creek with a score of 4-0 during a chilly game that ended early due to weather on April 19. This was the Bruins' first loss of the season. The Raiders are heading into post-season play with a current record of 5-1. Read the full article in The Sentinel
The Denver Broncos and Vitalant presented Regis Jesuit with a $2000 check in recognition for holding the top in-school blood drive in the "Drive for Life" High School Challenge. Over a two-day drive organized last fall by the National Honor Society and despite being in remote learning mode at the time, RJ students, parents and employees donated 65 units of blood, doubling the drive’s goal and saving a total of 195 lives! The recognition money will be used to support Regis Jesuit's Wish Week, helping grant the wish of a child through Make-A-Wish Colorado. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of the RJ community, we are now $2000 closer to the $10K Wish Week goal and granting a much-deserved wish. Way to go, Raiders! Read more about the Denver Broncos and Vitalant Blood Drive
Congratulations to the eight Varsity Hockey players that earned Class 5A All-State and/or All-Conference honors for the 2020-21 season. Gage Bussey '22 and Sergio Padilla '21 were selected to Second Team All-State as well as First Team All-Conference. Robbie Dembeck '22 was also selected to First Team All-Conference. The following five players earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors: Jake Zinno '22, Blake Bridges '22, Danny Bentz '21, Andrew Gleason '22 and Sean Holloway '22. Well done, Raiders! View full All-Colorado, All-State and All-Conference rosters on CHSAANow.com.
Two Raiders signed their letters of intent to play at the collegiate level on the final National Letter of Intent Signing Day of the school year, Wednesday, April 14. Congratulations and best wishes to these student-athletes! To see where they are headed, view the signing ceremony or 'Read More' below. These two signings bring the total number of student-athletes in the Class of 2021 going on to play at the next level to 36 – way to go, Raiders!
Congratulations to the three Boys and four Girls Varsity Basketball players who were selected to play in the 2020-21 A-Town All-Star games held on Saturday, April 10. Twenty of Aurora’s top boys and 16 top girls players from 11 city prep programs from the Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools along with Regis Jesuit High School were selected by The Sentinel based on nominations and voting of city coaches. Read more to see the names of the RJ players selected for these games. View game highlights and full rosters in The Sentinel
Great Raiders Dana Mackin '14 and Kyle Butenhoff '14 are in pre-production for a feature-length film entitled Laced. Written and directed by Butenhoff, the film is a single-location thriller set in rural Colorado with both Mackin and Butenhoff also acting in it. As co-producers, they are sponsored by The Film Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) created to help fund independent films. "We feel deeply connected to the RJHS Performing Arts Department and credit not only our meeting there, but also the foundation of our passion for our acting and storytelling careers there," said Mackin, who was involved in RJ Theatre, as was Butenhoff, during their time at Regis Jesuit. Laced is slated for release in 2022. Watch the teaser trailer here.
Congratulations to RJ's Servant Leadership class and the entire Regis Jesuit community on a fun and successful Mission Szn, raising nearly $15,000 to support this year's student-chosen organizations: Kino Border Initiative, Marisol Homes and First Nations! The school community united by dressing down in different themes and participating in a variety of events to raise spirits and support.
The Boys Varsity Soccer Team continues to holds steady in the No. 1 position in the Class 5A rankings. After beating Highlands Ranch by a score of 4-0 on Wednesday, April 14, the Raiders now carry an overall record of 6-0. We are proud of you, Raiders! View the 5A Class rankings on CHSAANow.com
Congratulations to Blakeley Stoughton '21 and Michael Wolf '21 on earning Honorable Mention honors for the 2020-21 All-State Team. View the 2020-21 All-State Boys Basketball Teams on CHSSANow.com. Way to Go, Raiders!
Emma Weber '22 of the Girls Swim & Dive Team has been selected to First Team All-State for the 2020-21 season for the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. View the 2020-21 All-State Teams on CHSAANow.com. We are proud of you!
Congratulations to Avery VanSickle '21 and Samantha Jones '21 on earning First Team and Second Team All-State honors respectively for the 2020-21 season. View the 2020-21 All-State Girls Basketball Teams on CHSAANow.com. Excellent job, Raiders!
Congratulations to the seven students who were named to the 2020-21 Colorado Spirit Coaches Association (CSCA) All Colorado Spirit Team. Erin Callahan ‘23, Emma Crowley ‘22, Katie Dailey ‘22, Brooke Kittell ‘22, Erika Lewis ‘22, Kayleigh Muniz ‘23 and Delaney Ridder ‘22 received this high honor based upon their talent, academic excellence and contributions to the sport of spirit. View the full list of All-Colorado team members here. Congratulations, Raiders!
The UN Commission on the Status of Women is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Since its inception 25 years ago, people from around the world have gathered to discuss the work being done to promote access to and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment. Since 2014, Regis Jesuit has sent a delegation of students to participate in this impactful opportunity. Normally, we send 12 juniors and seniors with chaperones to New York City in March to take part. Because of the virtual nature of this year’s event, 18 current students and four adults were able to participate. Dylan Aquino ’22, Alejandro Casillas ’22, William Lanoha ’22, Luke MacPhee ’22, Samuel Opferman ’22, Joshua Smith ’22, Matthew Tierney ’22, Taylor Cipra ’22, Akon Edwang ’21, Greta Leege ’22, Kathryn Loftus ’22, Jordan Miller ’21, Lily O'Shaughnessy ’22, Elsa Pater ’22, Gwyneth Theobald ’22, Nzana Thillot ’21. Victoria Tuffour ’22 and Rylie Ward ’21 were joined by faculty members Ginger Brown, John Johnson, Mary Muldoon, Chris Vela for this year’s event. Delegate Matthew Tierney ’22 shared his thoughts on the experience.
On the chilly spring evening of March 30, the Canta Belles, under the direction of Bernie Sauer ‘97, re-established an enduring Regis Jesuit tradition. Since 2005, the advanced women’s choir has performed their annual Easter Vigil – a musical performance of The Passion of Jesus Christ as interpreted by the Gospels and a selection of scholarly, contemporary music. “Think of it as a prayer service and a concert mixed in one,” said Sauer, who has directed the Canta Belles since the choir’s inception in 2004.
Regis Jesuit was one of five Jesuit high schools from the United States chosen to participate in the inaugural Jesuit Student Global Activism Leadership Summit. Held virtually over the course of three consecutive Saturdays in March, our five representatives—Abigail Donovan ‘23, Jasline Becerra ‘24, Sabrina Vizurraga ‘22, Michele Chinn ’22 and Wyatt Warr ’22—collaborated with students from 19 Jesuit schools in13 different countries, including Argentina, India, Ethiopia, Poland, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Colombia, Russia and Canada, on projects focused on several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with the aim to demonstrate and promote the Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs). The ultimate goal of the summit centered around developing true Global Competence among the participants. Read more for a reflection by Michele Chin ’22 about her experience
The Daniels Scholarship Program announced its final list of scholars in late March. Congratulations to Jose Flores '21 and Jayce Aguilar Wynn '21 on being selected as Class of 2021 Daniels Scholars! The four-year college scholarship covers costs associated with tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and miscellaneous educational expenses. View the full list of scholars here. We are proud of you, Raiders!
Three-time State Champion, Antonio Segura '21 of the Boys Wrestling Team, and his sister, Alexis Segura '24 of the Girls Wrestling Team, have both been named 2021 Continental League Wrestlers of the Year. This is Antonio's second consecutive year earning this honor. The Segura brother-sister duo both received 2020-21 All-State awards; Antonio was selected to First Team and Alexis earned Second Team honors. View the 2020-21 All-State teams for boys and girls.
Topping off an incredible season, four Raiders were selected for the 2021 All-Continental League First and Second Teams for Girls Basketball. Congratulations to Sam Jones '21 and Avery VanSickle '21 on their selection to the All-Continental League First Team. In addition, Savitri Jackson '23 and Jordan Jones '22 received second-team honors. Carl Mattei was selected by fellow league coaches as the 2021 Coach of the Year. Amazing accomplishments, Raiders! We are proud of you. View all team selections in The Sentinel
Congratulations to Amelia Marcum '21 and Maddie Proctor '21 who have been selected as 2021 Coca-Cola Scholars by the Coca-Cola Foundation, sponsors of this, the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States. They are among the 150 high school seniors who were selected from an initial pool of 99,403 applications from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities as part of a three-stage selection process. As winners of this highly competitive award, each scholar will receive a $20,000 scholarship and join more than 6400 Coca-Cola Scholar alumni to encourage, challenge and support them in a shared goal to make the world a better place. We are extremely proud of their achievements! Learn more about the scholar program's initiatives and view a complete list of scholars here.
Great Raider Dan Ficke '05, who coaches at Belmont Abbey College, was voted by his peers as Region Coach of the Year for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He now is eligible for national honors. Ficke played basketball for the Raiders and earned second-Team All-State and Honorable Mention honors during his high school career. See the story on Belmont Abbey's website
Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who competed in the championship round at the 2021 Colorado High School Mock Trial State Tournament on March 11-13. Team A members Juliette Bruner '21, Jordan Meriweather '22, Ben Phillips '21, Chalmers Powell '21, Maddie Proctor '21, Feliciana Sayers '22, Trenton Schultz '21 and Ashlyn Viereck '22 posted impressive scores and finished second overall. Maddie Proctor '21 won an award for Best Attorney, and Juliette Bruner '21 was named one of the Best Witnesses for her category. Excellent performance, Raiders!
Congratulations to our Varsity Cheer team on finishing in first place at the League Competition this past weekend. They now move on to the State Spirit Competition scheduled for Thursday, March 25. Amazing job, Raiders! View the full 2020-21 State Spirit Championships schedule here.
The Girls Basketball Team had an incredible run this season coming up just short in a hard-fought battle against undefeated Valor Christian in the 2021 5A State Championship game on March 21. Avery VanSickle '21 led the team, adding 16 points to the scoreboard during the game. After beating Grandview in the semifinal game, Coach Carl Mattei sat down with The Denver Post to share his awe and admiration for this year's team as they faced ups and downs throughout the season. Read the full interview in The Denver Post See full Championship game coverage in The Sentinel
Diversity Day is a mainstay of the Regis Jesuit experience. Taking place in early March every year since 2006, it presents multiple opportunities for our community to engage with and learn about people and experiences that differ from their own. The 2020 conference, featuring Sr. Helen Prejean as the keynote speaker, was the last all-school event before the lockdown went into effect last spring. A year later and a continued need to work to keep our community safe, this year’s conference morphed to be virtual and offered three keynote sessions, plus the performances by our advanced choral groups and workshop sessions that have long been hallmarks of this day. D’Shawn Burkes ’21, who was part of the student committee that helped to shape this year’s Diversity Day Conference, reflects on that shift and the continued importance of this opportunity.
Great Raider Daniel Carr '19, a sophomore at Augustana College in Illinois, continues to shine and score big for the men's basketball program. Carr received first-team All-Conference honors in just his second year with the program, only the fourth player in team history to do so. See more on the Augustana Men's Basketball webpage
Congratulations to the No. 2 Girls Basketball team on winning their close matchup against No. 3 Grandview High School in the Final Four game on Thursday, March 18 by a score of 73-69. The Raiders move on to the 5A State Championship game against No. 1 Valor Christian High School scheduled for this Sunday, March 21 at 8:00 pm at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. Good luck, Raiders! See full coverage in The Denver Post
The Boys Hockey team ended their run for the 5A State title after losing in overtime in Tuesday night's Frozen Four matchup against Valor Christian High School by a score of 3-2. Raiders Dylan Thompson '21 and Robbie Dembeck '22 each netted a goal in the game. Coach Dan Woodley led the team to an impressive 12-1 overall win-loss record. Congratulations on an incredible season! View game highlights on 9NEWS
Antonio Segura '21 ended his high school wrestling career on a high note by becoming a three-time State Champion! Segura took first place in the 152-pound weight class with a 7-4 victory over Horizon High School’s Grayston Diblasi in the State Championships on Saturday, March 13. He had an incredible season, going undefeated with an overall record of 23-0. Way to go, Antonio; we are proud of you! See full coverage in The Sentinel
Congratulations to Claire Robertson '23 on her selection to the 2021 Colorado All-State Orchestra as a cellist. View a complete list of orchestra selectees here. We are very proud of her accomplishment!
Congratulations to the Girls Swim & Dive Team on another successful season as they placed third overall at 5A State Championships on Thursday, March 11. The team of Allie Sanchez '22, Emma Weber '22, Greta Leege '22 and Rosie Jump '23 finished third in the 200-yard medley relay. Emma Weber '22 claimed individual State titles in both the 200 IM and the 100-yard breaststroke, where she also set a new State record with a time of 59.93 seconds! Great work in the water, team! View results in The Sentinel View highlights on 9NEWS
Congratulations to Alexis Segura '24 on competing in the first-ever Girls Wrestling State Championship on Thursday, March 11. Segura took second place in the 118-pound weight class. We are proud to have such a strong showing in only the second year of the Girls Wrestling program and first year as a fully-sanctioned CHSAA sport!
Isabella Realmuto '22 will care for and serve her local community through her recent appointment by the Greenwood Village City Council as the Youth At-Large member on the Parks, Trails, and Recreation Commission. The commission reviews park and trail acquisition and development plans, recreation policies and other duties and functions designated by City Council. Way to go, Isabella!
Historically, a highlight for many students in their senior year at Regis Jesuit is the opportunity to participate in a service immersion trip. Traveling to places like New Orleans, Belize, Alaska or the U.S./Mexico border, students both learn about and experience the culture and often hardships of the people they encounter. Due to current health and safety restrictions around COVID-19, the trips scheduled for spring and summer had to be canceled. In lieu of these traditional immersion offerings, the Ignatian Service Office has offered six local mini-immersions experiences for seniors.
Great Raider Reagan Todd's '14 strong Catholic faith continues to steer his life choices and career in Minor League baseball with the Colorado Rockies and his startup business, Todd Urich Recruiting, which helps high school student-athletes choose the right college. Following a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018 with his family, prayer and spirituality have been his guide, centering his life around his love of God. He remains open to where life may take him, keeping faith and family as his priorities. Read the full interview in The National Catholic Register
Great Raider Klint Kubiak '05 has been named as the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, following in his father's, Gary Kubiak, footsteps. The elder Kubiak retired from the position last month. Klint played football for Regis Jesuit and Colorado State University before beginning his coaching career that has spanned both the collegiate and professional levels. Read the full article from The Sentinel Read more in the Minneapolis Star Tribune
Congratulations to Great Raider Erika Rasmussen's '16 on the recent publication of her article "Searching for Beauty—and God—in the Age of Instagram" in the March issue of America Magazine, The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture. She is currently midyear in her 11-month long fellowship at America Media in New York and continues to broaden her horizons and take on new challenges in the development of her literary skills writing for Catholic media. In December, Erika worked as a film production assistant for a recent documentary that spotlights a lay Catholic woman who runs St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Albany, New York. To learn more, you can watch the full documentary here.
Congratulations to Armando Duarte '21 and Great Raider, Ethan Sevier-Barrios '20 who have been selected as 2021 Chick Evans Scholarship Award recipients. This prestigious scholarship is awarded annually to student-golf caddies who have proven to embody the four criteria of the scholarship: a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. Colorado award recipients will attend the University of Colorado-Boulder in the fall of 2021 and will receive a full housing and tuition college grant of $120,000 over four years.
Throughout her high school basketball career, Avery VanSickle '21 has battled through adversity, suffering from various illnesses and injuries—bouts with mono, being hospitalized with kidney stones, suffering from lingering back injury pain. Most recently, she had knee surgery to remove a bone spur and repair a partially torn knee ligament. However, the hardest challenge came during her junior year when her father, Bryan, was diagnosed and treated for Stage 4 melanoma. Friends, teammates and classmates all rallied to support Avery and her family, and her dad is now in remission.
Congratulations to Caroline '22 and Jack '22Kessenich who have recently been named Students of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for 2021. The Student(s) of the Year is awarded annually to the candidate or co-candidates in each community who raise the most funds during the seven-week-long competition. Caroline and Jack led 'Team CUREsaders' in honor of their late father, David, setting a personal fundraising goal of $122,000 to commemorate the day their father lost his battle with multiple myeloma on January 22, 2020. Their dedication, hard work and strong fundraising efforts helped them not only reach, but well exceed their goal. They raised an amazing total of $155,074 and are now eligible to win the national title.
Great Raider Klay Kubiak '07 has moved from head varsity football coach at Strake Jesuit High School in Houston, Texas to become the new defensive quality control coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He joins his brothers, Klein and Klint '05 and father, Gary, who all have made careers working in the National Football League. Read the full story in HSFA
Back in October 2020, Ellie Jotte '23 experienced several symptoms related to a COVID-19 infection, including a sore throat, runny nose and a loss of smell. Four months later, she has yet to fully regain her sense of smell. Ellie's mother, Sonia, began researching and seeking out treatments to help Ellie recover. Hoping to retrigger her brain to recognize certain smells, Ellie has committed to smell essential oils daily, similar to a study now being conducted at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Their new "olfaction training" clinic studies children and teens, ages five and older, who have a similar loss of smell. Participants are asked to smell four essential oils twice per day for three months in an effort to assist them to regain their sense of smell. While Ellie is not enrolled in this clinic, she believes that through repeated exposure to certain odors, she can increase her sensitivity and retrain her nose to communicate with her brain. She hopes her efforts will serve to help others as well experiencing similar lingering effects from the virus. Read the full article in The Colorado Sun
The Mock Trial A team won the Arapahoe County Regional Tournament for the fourth year in a row, earning them a spot in the State Tournament on March 11 and 12. Conducted by the Colorado Bar Association, competitions this year are taking place on Zoom, emulating the current way many actual trials are being held during the pandemic. Congratulations to our eight Raiders and best of luck at State!
Great Raider Max George '14 is one of 22 non-roster players invited to attend the Colorado Rockies 2021 Major League spring training in Scottsdale, AZ this February. This will be his first time as a prospect at a Major League spring training camp. Read the full article in The Burlington Record
Congratulations to Computer Programming students Alex Casillas '22, Oliver Howe '24, Ian Kilty '22 and Dean Miller '24 whose team finished in fourth place among Colorado teams at the Colorado School of Mines High School Programming Competition last week.
Congratulations to Avery VanSickle '21 on being nominated for the 44th annual McDonald's All-American game. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the game will not be played this year. VanSickle is the fourth nominee in the third consecutive year from the RJ Girls Basketball program, following the nominations of Jada Moore '20 in 2020 and Fran Belibi '19 and Sidney Weigand '19 in 2019. The 24 players selected for the McDonald’s All-American Game will be recognized virtually later this month. Read the full article in The Sentinel
The Girls Varsity Basketball Team, currently ranked third in the standings behind No. 1 Grandview and No. 2 Valor Christian, continues to battle and win games, inching closer to the Class 5A title. The Raiders currently hold a 7-1 overall record on the season. Read the full article in The Denver Post
The Raiders continue their winning streak and improve their overall record to 7-0 after beating Denver East on Friday, February 19 by a score of 3-1 and Dakota Ridge on Saturday, February 20 by a score of 7-1. View highlights from the Denver East game on 9NEWS
Drafted by the New York Mets in 2017, Great Raider David Peterson '14 completed his rookie pitching season in the major leagues and looks forward to taking his game to the next level in the 2021 season, securing a spot in the starting rotation. Former coaches, Steve Cavnar and Matt Darr reflect on his time as a Raider and the mental maturity that he brought to the game. Read the full article in The Denver Post
Congratulations to Benjamin Phillips '21, Kevin Reyes '21 and Alex Stevinson '21 on their selection as 2021 National Merit Scholarship award finalists. They now go on for consideration for the National Merit Scholarship.
Congratulations to the No. 4 ranked Boys Varsity Basketball Team on their big win against Douglas County on Tuesday, February 16, advancing their overall record to 7-0. "The Raiders are receiving No. 1 votes in the CHSAA poll and looked every bit like a state title contender on Tuesday night in a 77-60 win over Douglas County." noted Will Petersen of 9NEWS. View video highlights on 9NEWS
This Valentine's Day, sisters Sydney '24 and Hailey ’25 Cornell, along with their parents and younger brother Will, found a way to continue supporting those in the Denver area experiencing homelessness despite current COVID pandemic restrictions. The family typically volunteers in person at the Denver Rescue Mission, but with that not currently an option, they decided to prepare goodie bags to spread cheer and goodwill during the organization’s Spread the Warmth campaign. “We’re not able to go and serve them like we usually want to and interact with them, but we still wanted to show our support to them,” Sydney shared. The siblings filled bags with sweet treats to remind the men and women of the mission that they are not forgotten this Valentine's Day. Way to be exemplars of what it means to be Men and Women with and for Others! View the full story on CBS Denver.com
A compassionate group of RJ students, led by Olivia Baptiste '21 and the Girls Division Arrupe Club, shared Valentine's Day love with seniors at Chelsea Place, a senior living facility specializing in memory and Alzheimer's care. On Sunday, February 14, about 50 students decorated their vehicles with signs, streamers and balloons before driving them over to the facility to be part of an hour-long parade. Another dozen students bared sub-zero temperatures to remind senior residents through the windows that they are loved and missed this Valentine's Day. “We think of the residents as our friends and we have really wanted to come back to spend more time with them. We hope this car parade will show them how much we care,” said Baptiste. Many of the students had previously volunteered at Chelsea Place as part of Regis Jesuit's Service Projects and Service Learning Program before the pandemic started. See full coverage in The Sentinel See full coverage from CBS Denver.com
Congratulations to Adam Alcaraz-Mannina '21, Jose Flores '21, Luca Griego '21 and Jayce Aguilar Wynn '21 on being selected as 2021 Daniels Scholarship Program Finalists. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides four-year college scholarships for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership and commitment to serving their communities. Learn more about the scholarship program and view a full list of finalists here. The final list of scholarship recipients will be announced in March, following an interview round.
We have learned of more of our students being involved with and some being nominated for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Students of the Year! Congratulations to candidates from Team aTAK Cancer of Taylor Landow '21, Kylar Cronin '21 and Ainsley Pitrusu '22, and Team CUREsaders of Caroline '22 and Jack '22 Kessenich who have been nominated as part of this philanthropic leadership development program for exemplary high school students, who either apply or are nominated for this honor. During the campaign, participants foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing and project management in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Teams have committed to fundraise through February 27, 2021 and raise awareness in support of the efforts of the LLS which focuses on funding cutting-edge blood cancer research, providing support for those fighting cancer and advocating for policies protecting access to lifesaving treatment.
Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, Ken Shaw, sat down with 9NEWS to share his reflections on his career and life through the game. Coach Shaw has been coaching basketball for 47 years and has 777 career wins and five State Titles. In 2017, he was inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame. He is revered at Regis Jesuit for his class, kindness and care for the players both on and off the court. Watch the full 'Be Better' interview on 9NEWS
Great Raider Christina Canino Troksa '14 responded to the needs of community members throughout Colorado by founding HumanKind, a non-profit dedicated to serving communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization offers safe, convenient and contactless services geared toward three key areas of support: food bank or grocery delivery, virtual tutoring for all ages and grade levels and elderly and isolation support services. All their services are offered free of charge, made possible through donations and partnerships with other non-profits.
Twenty-four Raiders signed their letters of intent to play at the collegiate level on Wednesday, February 3 during two back-to-back ceremonies broadcast live from The Z Theatre. Congratulations and best wishes to these student-athletes! To see where they are headed, watch the slide show and recorded livestream broadcast here.
We congratulate Maddie Proctor '21 and Amelia Marcum '21 on being named Regional Finalists for the 2020-21 Coca-Cola Scholars Program for their outstanding leadership, academic achievements and dedication to the RJ school community. Only 251 students out of more than 99,000 applicants across the country have been selected as finalists for this highly selective and competitive scholarship program. Best of luck to these great Raiders in their quest in becoming Coca-Cola Scholars and earning a chance to receive a $20,000 college scholarship.
The Varsity Hockey Team scored big in the first game of the season against Chatfield High School on Friday, January 29 with a final score of 9-1. Eight Regis Jesuit players found the net and earned their first goal of the season. Robbie Dembeck '22 was the top scorer in the game with two goals. Read the full article from The Sentinel
Congratulations to the four students who have recently been selected as semifinalists for the 2020-21 Boettcher Scholarship Program. Emma Goodwin '21 and Amy Seier '21 from the Girls Division and Keven Reyes '21 and Josemaria Azcui Gonzalez '21 from the Boys Division have been selected out of more than 1500 students in Colorado for their superior scholastic ability, evidence of leadership and involvement, service to community and school and outstanding character. This prestigious scholarship awards finalists with an undergraduate scholarship to partnering Colorado colleges and universities as well as access to campus enrichment programming and scholar grants and opportunities to attend networking and special events throughout the year. Winners will be announced later this spring. We are proud of you!
On January 29-30, a group of students joined Jesuit schools from across the world in participating in the 48th annual March for Life. This year, Jesuit students participated on campus as a retreat experience. Through this faith formation experience, RJ students learned how to represent and give voice to the vulnerable and build a culture of life at all stages and ages. Catherine Cole, theology teacher and Senior Retreat Coordinator, spoke about the experience in America magazine.
Additionally, Megan Langfield ’10, English teacher and a frequent faculty chaperone for this experience, penned a reflection on what it means to embrace a consistent ethic of life.
Regis Jesuit has been awarded the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award and recognized by the College Board for our increased level of female student engagement in the discipline of computer science. See the full list of winners for 2020. Historically, Black, Hispanic and female students have been underrepresented in computer science courses, majors and careers. We have worked to narrow that gap and offer a challenging curriculum in computer science to all RJ students and are proud of and gratified by this recognition of our efforts.
Congratulations to Ruth Woldemedhine '21 who was recently selected as a semifinalist for the 2021 Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship program. More than 5,800 applicants from across the country applied to this highly selective program. Semifinalists were selected based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence and proven leadership. Program finalists will be announced in April 2021 and will be awarded up to $40,000 annually for four years to the college of their choice. Visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website to view the full list of semifinalists.
Congratulations to the Speech & Debate team as they competed at Regis Jesuit last Saturday, January 23 in the virtual Eaglecrest-Chatfield Second Annual Never Again Tournament and to the five students who placed at this event.
Congratulations to the nine Regis Jesuit students who were selected to serve on Colorado's 2021 Make-A-Wish Youth Leadership Council (YLC). These students will help to raise awareness and create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in Colorado. Last year‘s 2020 Youth Leadership Council raised more than $33,000 in support of children in need.
Great Raider Fran Belibi '19 continues to outshine her opponents and take her dunking abilities to a new level. Read more about how she has joined a select group of female basketball players to dunk in a women's college game and how she continues to change the narrative for women's basketball. Read the full article at FANBUZZ
Newly-minted Great Raider Grace Varga '20 didn't wait to start making her mark at Creighton University. Seeing that the school had gotten rid of their recycling program in lieu of a composting program as a cost-cutting measure, she took matters into her own hands and ended up starting a renewed commitment to recycling among her fellow students.
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