Congratulations to the members of the Arrupe Club on organizing a successful Girls Polo Drive both at the end of last school year and in July. As a result of their hard work, they sold 516 gently used polos to incoming freshman girls, giving them a new home and helping to keep additional clothing waste out of landfills. View photos of the Arrupe Club members hard at work. Way to go, Raiders!
USA Lacrosse announced its list of the top high school athletes for the 2021-22 season. Congratulations to the four members of the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team on earning All-American and All-Academic distinctions. George Bowdouris '22, Fletcher Sullivan '23 and Logan White '22 each received All-American honors, recognizing the best in the nation in skills, techniques, game sense and sportsmanship. Teammate Blake Bateman '22 was selected to the All-Academic list in acknowledgment of his exemplary skills and high academic achievement in the classroom. We are proud of you, Raiders! View the full list of 2022 USA Boys Lacrosse honorees
Congratulations to London Bachelet '22 and Elsa Pater '22 of the Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team on earning All-American and All-Academic honors for the 2021-22 season. Bachelet earned All-American honors which recognize her as one of the nation's best players in skill, technique and sportsmanship. She and her teammate Pater also earned All-Academic distinctions for both their impressive skills and performance on the field and also for their outstanding academic achievement in the classroom. Way to go, Raiders! View the full list of 2022 USA Girls Lacrosse honorees
Congratulations to the members of the Boys and Girls Swim & Dive Teams on earning ranks on the Colorado National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) All-American and Academic All-American lists for 2021-22. NISCA recognizes the top 100 verified times from across the country that achieve a certain standard time or score in each event as All-Americans. The Boys Swim & Dive Team received three relay and one individual All-American honor, and the Girls Swim & Dive Team took home two relay and three individual honors. Nine senior Raiders were selected to the NISCA Academic All-American list by maintaining a 3.75-grade point average after seven semesters. Great job, Raiders! View the full NISCA Girls Swim & Dive All-American list View the full NISCA Boys Swim & Dive All-American list View the list of Academic All-Americans in The Sentinel
Great Raider Wendell "Butch" Lewis '06 shared his experience of navigating the opportunities offered to him as an athlete with attendees at the Strike Zone Academy football camp. One of the most sought-after prep football players in the country, Lewis went to USC where he played offensive lineman and was named to the 2007 Freshman All-American second team. From experience, Lewis knows how short an NFL career can be and wants to stress to the camp attendees the importance of earning a college degree and taking advantage of the opportunities presented to prep athletes.
In a special ceremony in The Z Theatre on Tuesday, July 12, Dallas Macias '22 was presented the Freddie Steinmark Award by Sammy, Freddie's brother, and Dan Watkins, president of the Colorado High School Coaches Association. In front of his family, friends and baseball and football coaches and teammates, Dallas received the award, which honors the memory Steinmark and is given to the top male and female athletes in the state who best exemplify hard work, outstanding athleticism and high character both on and off the field, with the humble grace he is known for. Read full coverage in The Sentinel
Three members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club represented Regis Jesuit at the National Conference in Chicago the week of the 4th of July. Claire Crowley '24 competed in healthcare administration, Colorado State Champ Colin Dwyer '24 in financial math, and Drew Dougherty '24 in introduction to business concepts. They represented Regis Jesuit with grace and class and got to enjoy some of the sights and and food in the Windy City too. Well done, Raiders!
Great Raider Stephanie DePrez '07, who currently lives and works in Germany, penned a reflection about learning an eye-opening lesson on patriotism after hosting refugees from Ukraine on her sofa bed.
A Lesson in Patriotism from Ukrainian Refugees By Stephanie DePrez | Grotto Network The first thing you need to know about war is that it is random. War happens in bedrooms and schools. War happens at grocery stores and train stations. War happens in your apartment, at your aunt’s house, in your cousin’s garden. In the middle of March, two weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, war was not happening in Putin’s living room. It was happening in mine. Read the full article on Grotto's website
Congratulations to Dallas Macias '22 and Isaac Wachsmann '22 of the Boys Varsity Baseball Team on earning CHSAA 5A All-State distinctions for the 2021-22 season. Starting shortstop Macias was selected to First Team, while outfielder Wachsmann garnered Second Team distinctions. Way to go, Raiders! Read more on CHSAANow.com
Congratulations to the four Raiders who were selected to the 2022 CHSAA 5A All-State Girls Lacrosse Teams honoring the best of the best in the sport. Elsa Pater '22, Paris Corporon '22 and Brynne Dixon '22 were selected to Second Team, and London Bachelet '22 earned Honorable Mention distinctions. We are proud of you, Raiders! Read more on CHSAANow
Congratulations to Tristan Christofferson '22 and Logan Henry '23 of the Boys Varsity Volleyball Team on earning Honorable Mention honors for the Class 5A All-State Team. Great season, Raiders! View the full All-State Teams on CHSAANow
Congratulations to 2022 State Champ Fabiola Belibi '22 and teammate Sophia Dicosola '22 of the Girls Track & Field Team on earning yearend distinctions for the 2021-22 season. Belibi was selected to First Team All-State for her outstanding performance in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles as well as First Team All-Aurora for these events as well as the long jump. Dicosola earned Honorable Mention honors on the 2022 Sentinel Colorado All-Aurora Team for her performance in the high jump. Excellent job, Raiders!
Congratulations to the members of the Girls Golf Team on their selection to the 2022 Sentinel Colorado All-Aurora Golf Team. Ella Denslow '23 was selected to the First Team, while teammates Georgia Meysman-Sharpe '23, Caitlin Neumann '23 and Audrey Whitmore '25 each earned Honorable Mention honors. We are proud of you, Raiders! View the full All-Aurora Team in The Sentinel
The 2021-22 State Champion Boys Swim & Dive Team cap off this year's season by nearly sweeping all First Team spots and earning a multitude of Second Team and Honorable Mention honors on the 2022 Sentinel Colorado All-Aurora Boys Swim Team. You make us proud, Raiders! View the full article in The Sentinel
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Tennis Team on sweeping all spots on Sentinel Colorado's 2022 All-Aurora Girls Tennis Team, with all singles and doubles pairs earning spots on the First Team. Way to go, Raiders!
Congratulations to Great Raiders Missy Franklin '13 and Fran Belibi '19 on being recognized as two of the top most influential women in Colorado sports history. Honoring the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, The Denver Post ranked the top 50 female athletes in Colorado based on the combination of their athletic achievement and impact on women’s athletics. Franklin, topping the chart in second place, is a five-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming and former world record holder in the 200-meter backstroke. Belibi, placing 10th, is going into her senior year at Stanford, where she earned the national NCAA Women's Basketball Championship title in 2021 and continues to dominate on the court. You make us proud, Great Raiders! Read more in The Denver Post
Congratulations to the members of the Varsity Girls Soccer Team on their selection to the All-Continental League Teams for the 2022 season as voted on by league coaches. Kate Dunne '22, Anna Lantz '22 and Adeleine Walick '24 each earned First Team distinctions, while teammates Emma Dickinson '22, Alexis Meyer '24 and Julia Tierney '23 were selected to the Second Team. Way to go, Raiders!
Each year, the Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) awards the prestigious Freddie Steinmark Award to the top male and female athletes in the state who best exemplifies hard work, outstanding athleticism and high character both on and off the field. Congratulations to the 2022 award winner, Dallas Macias '22, of the Varsity Football and Baseball Teams. Read more about the 2022 award recipients
Congratulations to Great Raider Marquelle Dent '12 who was announced as an assistant coach for the Women's Basketball program at the University of Denver in May, after moving from a coaching position at the University of Northern Colorado. A strong player for the Raiders during high school, Dent took her prowess to the University of Wyoming where she was a standout player and earned a degree in communications. Read more on the DU website
You would never know that somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 bees now call the roof of the Boys Division building home and that is by design. "We wanted to mitigate any possibility of people on campus being stung," says new RJ alum Brodie Halker '22 of Rolling Hill Bees. In August 2021, as he began his senior year, Halker proposed that school leaders consider adding honey bee hives to our expansive campus.
Leadership agreed that the addition would be in sound alignment with the Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preference of Caring for Our Common Home and entered into a partnership with Rolling Hill Bees to place hives atop one of the campus buildings. Two RJ-branded hives were installed in late April and a May inspection revealed that what Halker describes as "docile" and "well-mannered" bees (of course they are!) are thriving.
Even as classes were winding down for the 2021-22 school year, opportunities to innovate were still being presented to students for applied learning. A new 3D printer that uses clay to create was brought online for use by students in ceramics classes. According to Fine Arts & Media Technology department chair and ceramics teacher, Stephanie Dimmer, adding this tool expands opportunities for students on multiple levels. "The 3D printer allows our students to work with CAD software and create tangible results, while also allowing them the freedom to make mistakes as the material is recyclable," she notes, adding, "We can expand our students' understanding of production versus the hand-made, and the avenues in which they overlap with industry. Excitement [around that] sparks conversation around the possibilities beyond the application in the classroom setting, including addressing the problems they see in our world like homelessness or lack of water."
Congratulations to Dallas Macias '22 of the Boys Varsity Baseball Team on being selected as the Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year for 2021-22. Macias led the team with a .551 batting average, .632 on-base percentage and a 1.01 slugging percentage. He also was the team leader in hits, runs scored and doubles for the season. For more than 30 years, the Gatorade Player of the Year program has recognized the nation’s most elite high school student-athletes, including past winners such as Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach, Jayson Tatum, Elena Delle Donne and numerous other sports icons. This prestigious title is based not only on outstanding athletic excellence but also on high academic achievement and exemplary character. All state winners are in the running to be selected for the Gatorade National Player of the Year title to be announced later in June. Way to go, Dallas - we are proud of you! Learn more and view all state winners Read more at CHSAANow.com
The Broadway League awarded Great Raider Jeff Hovorka ’82 its 2022 Touring Broadway Award for Outstanding Achievement in Road Marketing & Press. Hovorka has worked at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for 28 years in their Broadway and Cabaret Divisions. His efforts in local marketing and advertising campaigns have expanded the profile and strength of Broadway shows that travel to Denver. Read the full story on the DCPA website
Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team on capping off a spectacular 2021-22 season earning a plethora of post-season honors. Selected as 2021-22 All-Americans, George Bowdouris '22, Fletcher Sullivan '23 and Logan White '22 were each also selected to the All-State and All-Conference First Teams along with teammates Charlie Denlinger '22 and Spencer Day '23. In addition, sophomores Connor Nesbitt '24 and Gordon Reynolds '24 earned First Team All-Conference distinctions, while teammate and Academic All-American Blake Bateman '22 received All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. Another 12 players earned All-Conference Second Team or Honorable Mention honors for the season. Way to go, Raiders!
Congratulations to Head Coach Charles Rutenbeck and the Girls Golf Team on their 11th place finish at the 2022 Class 5A State Golf Tournament held May 31-June 1 at The Olde Course at Loveland. Ella Denslow '23 had a strong performance and led the team finishing in a tie for the 36th spot. Following close behind in 45th was Audrey Whitmore '25 who had a great first season with the team and the lowest score of the tournament, shooting an 87 on day two. Teammates Caitlin Neumann '23 and Georgia Meysman-Sharpe '23 also played well and placed 48th and 62nd respectively. Excellent job, Raiders. View final tournament scores in The Sentinel Read a tournament recap in The Sentinel
Despite a strong and consistent offense throughout the game, including a late two-run homer by Isaac Waschmann '22 in the seventh inning, the top-seeded Raiders ended their bid in the 2021-22 Class 5A State Championship series with a disappointing 10-6 loss to seventh-seeded Cherokee Trail on Saturday, May 28 at All City Stadium. Errors early in the game allowed the Cougars to get a large 10-2 lead after the third inning. The Raiders mounted a strong comeback, aided by three scoreless innings by senior pitcher Nate McHugh '22, but were unable to gain the lead. The team lost to Douglas County 5-4 in the first game of the tournament but came back to beat Valor Christian 4-1 in their second game before being eliminated in the series by Cherokee Trail. Congratulations to Head Coach Matt Darr and the Boys Varsity Baseball Team on an impressive season, finishing with an overall record of 23-5. We are proud of you! Read a recap of the game in The Sentinel
Congratulations to newly-minted Great Raider Elijah Hawkins '22 on being awarded the Delta Eta Boulé Foundation Scholarship. Awarded by the foundation of the Denver chapter of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, America's oldest black Greek-lettered organization for successful Black male professionals, the scholarship recognizes high school students who have overcome significant obstacles to achieve academic success and demonstrate strong character and leadership. Elijah will use his scholarship at Grand Canyon University. Well, done!
Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Baseball Team on garnering their Regional title on home turf on Sunday, May 22. The Raiders earned an 8-3 win against Bear Creek in their first game. They then went on to win the Championship game against the Horizon Hawks by a score of 4-0. The team advances to the Final 8 round of the 2021-22 CHSAA 5A Baseball Championships happening this Friday and Saturday, May 27-28. Come out and cheer on the team as they take on No. 8 Douglas County on Friday, May 27 at 9:00 am at All City Stadium in Denver. The winner of that game will play again at 2:00 pm that afternoon. Let's go, Raiders! View full Regional results on CHSAANow View the official CHSAA Class 5A State Championship brackets
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Track & Field Team on their seventh-place team finish at the 2021-22 5A State Championship Meet at Jeffco Stadium on May 19-22, 2022. A special shoutout to the two-time State Champion for 2022, Fabiola Belibi '22, who swept the hurdle events, placing first in both the 100m and 300m hurdles. In addition, she finished second in the long jump and took third place in the 4x400 relay along with teammates, Harper Bradley '23, Hunter McGowan '24 and Catherine Stava '24. Excellent performance, Raiders! Read more about Belibi's top finishes on CHSSANow View official results at CHSAANow.com
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Golf Team of Ella Denslow '23, Georgia Meysman-Sharpe '23, Caitlin Neumann '23 and Audrey Whitmore '25 on their outstanding performance at the 5A Regional Tournament held on Monday, May 23. All four players have qualified to compete in the two-day State Championship tournament scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31-June 1, at the Olde Course at Loveland. We are cheering for your, Raiders!
Congratulations to the members of the Boys Varsity Track & Field Team who competed in the 2021-22 CHSAA 5A Championships at Jeffco Stadium on May 19-22, 2022. Despite a weather delay and unseasonable cold temperatures for late May, the Raiders competed hard and placed in four events. Way to go, Team!
Great Raider Micah Flores '12 was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 14 by Archbishop Samuel Aquila at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. He has been assigned to serve at Most Precious Blood Parish. Blessings as Fr. Micah begins his ministry to the people of MPB.
Congratulations to Andres Osuna '22 and Liam Wood '22 who have each been selected as a winner of the National Merit $2500 Scholarship. They were selected for this award from among other National Merit Finalists in the state of Colorado, which also included Abbott Howe '22, Chiara Lopach '22 and Declan Newell '22 from Regis Jesuit. Way to go!
Congratulations to No. 1 ranked Boys Varsity Lacrosse on their decisive 11-6 victory on Saturday, May 14 over No. 17 Denver East in Round Two of the 2022 CHSAA 5A Boys Lacrosse State Playoffs. The Raiders gear up to take on No. 8 Kent Denver at home this Wednesday, May 18, at 7:00 pm in Lou Kellogg Stadium. Keep it up, Raiders! View the full tournament brackets on CHSAANow
The Raiders did it again! For the 23rd time in school history, the Boys Varsity Swim & Dive Team took home the championship title on Saturday, May 14 at the Class 5A Boys Swimming State Meet at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center. With strong event showings from the entire roster, the team finished with an overall score of 467, comfortably beating longtime rivals and two-time defending State Champion Cherry Creek by a total of 64 points. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Gio Aguirre '22, Mack Dugan '22, Ronan Krauss '23 and Hawkins Wendt '23 celebrated their first-place win and State title. In addition, the Raiders took second place in the 100-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle relay, and placed third in the 200-yard medley relay and 100-yard backstroke. Head Coach Nick Frasersmith earned his third State Championship with the team and was selected as the 5A Coach of the Year. Excellent performance, Raiders. We are proud of you! Read more in The Sentinel View complete tournament results on CHSAANow.com View event highlights on 9NEWS
On May 12, while the seniors were having graduation rehearsal, the freshmen were engaged in another tradition for Regis Jesuit: Cannonball Day! Designed both to commemorate the beginning of St. Ignatius' conversion—being struck in the leg by a cannonball on May 20, 1521 during the Battle of Pamplona between the Spanish and the French which led to a lengthy convalescence and spiritual transformation—and the end of the students' first year in high school.
In a last-second 11-10 upset loss on Friday, May 13 to No. 4 Cherry Creek, the No. 5 Girls Lacrosse Team ended their run in the Quarterfinal round of the 2021-22 CHSAA Class 5A Girls Lacrosse State Championships tournament. The Raiders held a 7-6 lead at the end of the first half, but after an incredible back-and-forth battle in the second, were just one point down from forcing the game into overtime. Congratulations on an incredible season. We are proud of you!
The Girls Varsity Soccer Team suffered a disappointing season-ending loss on Friday, May 13 in Round Two of the 2021-22 CHSAA 5A Girls Soccer State Playoffs. The No. 18 Raiders played well throughout the game, holding No. 1 Valor Christian to a 1-1 tie until the end of regulation, forcing the game into overtime. After two scoreless OT periods, the Eagles came out on top, scoring 5-3 in a shootout. Congratulations on a great season, Raiders!
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Tennis Team on their ninth-place finish at the 2021-22 Class 5A Girls Tennis State Tournament, held May 12-14 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. The Raiders had all of their singles and doubles teams qualify for State. The No. 1 Doubles Team of Mary Clare Watts '24 and Lucy Filippini '24 advanced to the semifinal round, while all three singles players won their first-round matches to compete in the quarterfinals. The 2D, 3D and 4D pairs also competed in the first round of the playoffs. Great season, Raiders!
Great Raider Dr. Kaitlyn Culliton '07, an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M International University, teaches the Multicultural Children’s Literature course at the university. As part of the curriculum, students wrote multicultural books in support of the TAMIU Border Literature Project, an organization that aims to support early childhood literacy by increasing access to diverse children’s literature and educating and promoting multicultural authors. Her students authored, illustrated and published more than 100 books to help tutor local elementary school students who are struggling with reading and writing.
Coming off a dominating 19-4 win on Wednesday, May 11, against Palmer Ridge in the first round of the CHSAA 5A State Playoffs, No. 5 Girls Varsity Lacrosse advances to the Quarterfinals and will take on the No. 4 Cherry Creek Bruins TONIGHT, May 13, at 6:00 pm in the Stutler Bowl. Good luck, Raiders! View the full tournament bracket at CHSAANow
Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team on earning the highest seed in the CHSAA 5A State Playoff bracket. Undefeated in league play and holding a 13-2 overall record, the Raiders earned a bye in the first round. They look to play their first game in round two of the playoffs tomorrow, May 14 against Denver East game at 12:30 pm in Lou Kellogg Stadium. Let's go Raiders, we are cheering for you! View the full tournament bracket on CHSAANow
Coming off a strong regular season where the Raiders finished with a 6-1 overall record, the Boys Varsity Swim & Dive Team is gearing up to compete in the 2021-22 CHSAA 5A State Championships today and tomorrow, May 13 and 14, at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center (VMAC) in Thornton. To view psych sheets, ticketing and parking information, please visit CHSAANow.com. We are cheering for you, Raiders! View the official State Meet schedule
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team on earning the No. 5 spot in the CHSAA Class 5A State Playoff bracket. The Raiders look to take on No. 12 Palmer Ridge tonight, May 11, at 6:00 pm at home in Lou Kellogg Stadium in the first round of playoffs. Good luck and play hard, Raiders! View the full tournament bracket on CHSAANow
Congratulations to the 12 RJ seniors who have been recognized as National Merit Commended Scholars for the 2021-22 school year. Caroline Adams '22, Alejandro Casillas '22, Tristan Christofferson '22, Samuel Istvan '22, Greta Leege '22, Lily O’Shaughnessy '22, Jack Quinn '22, Isaac Rechtin '22, Sophia Tognetti '22, Elias Vickers '22, Colby Whitehouse '22 and Katherine Zerefos '22 each received a Letter of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise based on their impressive performance on the PSAT/NMSQT exam. We are proud of you!
Congratulations to the members of RJ Media on winning a total of 15 awards from the Colorado Student Media Association for their amazing work during the 2021-22 school year. A special congratulation to Serena Nguyen '22 on being awarded the Colorado Designer of the Year! Reilly Wible '22 earns special recognition for taking first place in the Sports Reaction Photo category. You make us proud, Raiders!
The Girls Varsity Tennis Team will begin their 2021-22 Class 5A State bid tomorrow, May 12, at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. Good luck to our singles and doubles teams competing in the tournament! View complete tournament brackets on CHSAANow
The Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team's impressive gameplay and 7-0 league record have launched them to the top of the Class 5A leaderboard. Come cheer on the Raiders in the final regular-season game versus Cherry Creek TOMORROW, May 7, at 6:00 pm at Stutler Bowl Stadium. Play hard, Raiders! View the Boys Lacrosse rankings on CHSAANow.com
Congratulations to Head Coach Anthony Mattacchione and the Boys Varsity Rugby team on winning back-to-back CIRA State Championships. Despite narrowly losing to Monarch High School 10-7 in the final game, the Raiders' point advantage throughout the season put them on top. After a very defensive half from both sides, and with RJ being down a player due to penalties late in the game, the Raiders mounted an attack and kept Monarch from gaining a point advantage, ultimately earning the league win and the State Title. We are proud of you, Raiders!
After falling to the No.1 Cherry Creek Bruins in a hard-fought five-game matchup, the eighth-seeded Raiders went on to defeat No. 5 Cherokee Trail in the Class 5A consolation bracket after five sets to continue in their State bid. Come out and cheer on the Raiders TONIGHT at 7:00 pm at Overland High School. Let's go, Raiders! View the 2022 CHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championship bracket
Our seniors have been hard at work presenting their final Capstone Projects over the last few weeks. A graduation requirement, this project is a reflection on the characteristics of the Jesuit Graduate at Graduation and represents the culmination of student growth during their years at Regis Jesuit in a tangible form. Capstones are being proudly displayed in both the Boys and Girls Tradition Halls. You can view highlights of the 2022 Senior Capstones here. Congratulations to all the seniors on a job well done!
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Tennis Team who won their Regional tournament held at City Park on May 5 and 6. All seven team positions qualified to compete at the State Tournament scheduled for next week, May 12-14. Good luck, Raiders. We are cheering for you!
In the final week of April, Regis Jesuit students, faculty and staff participated in the school's second annual Wish Week, helping to bring the wish of Pippa, a four-year-old girl who is fighting cancer, to fruition through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Organized by the Servant Leadership Class, RJ hosted a Walt Disney-themed weeklong celebration including dress-down days, penny wars (won by the freshman class), discounts at local restaurants and a fun auction of prizes offered by faculty and staff. The community came together for a closing ceremony on Friday, April 29 in the Guy Gibbs '47 Gym where Pippa and her brother Conrad were victorious in the Big Wheel Relay! With some Disney Magic and some assistance from her princess squad, Pippa was able to cross the finish line ahead of the RJ student body. Her prize – the opportunity to shave Coach Mattacchione’s head with the help of Lucille Orona ‘22 and Deagan Sarty ‘25.
Congratulations to the No. 10 seeded Boys Varsity Volleyball Team on their clutch defeat over No. 7 Thornton High School in the fifth and final set in the first round of Regionals on Friday, April 29. With this big win, they advance to the State Tournament scheduled for May 5-7 at Overland High School to take on No. 2 Bear Creek. Keep it up, Raiders! Read more in The Sentinel
With their recent 44-19 victory over Palmer High School, the Varsity Boys Rugby team celebrated its sixth consecutive win and is undefeated in the Colorado Interscholastic Rugby Association (CIRA) League. Currently holding a 6-2 overall record, the team was dealt two early-season non-league losses but has continued not only to dominate in the league but win by big margins. The Boys Rugby program has continued to grow both in popularity and talent over the last several years, and Coach Mattacchione attributes having multi-sport athletes and strong leadership as some of the keys to the team's overall strength and success. Raider fans have an opportunity to cheer on the team at their final league match-up against Monarch High School tomorrow, April 30, at 11:00 am at William Turf Field in Superior. Keep it up, Raiders! Read more in the Goff Rugby Report
The Boys Varsity Volleyball Team had a strong regular season, finishing third in the Continental League with a 10-4 record. The team competes in the Regional competition tonight, April 29, at 7:00 pm at Thornton High School. Come out and support your Raiders! Tickets are $9.00 for adults and $8.00 for students and seniors. Bring it, Raiders! We are cheering for you.
Congratulations to our students who have been recognized with departmental and Loyola Leadership awards, as well as the major senior awards as voted on by the faculty and members of the Class of 2022. The students who received these awards were recognized during the Senior Award Ceremony last evening, April 28. View the full list of award recipients here. We are proud of the accomplishments of all of our students.
Congratulations to our four student-athletes who signed their letters of intent on Tuesday, April 26. To see where they are headed, view the event slideshow highlighting their respective sport and where they are headed next fall. In addition to these four, we learned that Bryce Venrick '22 has signed to play soccer at Baldwin Wallace University. With this final group of signees, there are 37 members of the Class of 2022 who will compete in their respective sports at the collegiate level. Best wishes to these student-athletes as they take their game to the next level!
This year's Polar Plunge was another incredible success thanks to all who took the plunge and donated to Special Olympics Colorado! On Saturday, April 2, the sun and warmer weather greeted more than 300 RJ students and faculty who braved the frigid waters of the Aurora Reservoir. In addition, Raider teams helped to raise an impressive $39,000 for SOCO's programming - the second consecutive year Regis Jesuit was the top fundraising team for this event. Way to be with and for Others, Raiders!
Congratulations to the Girls and Boys Track & Field Teams on placing third and tenth respectively at the Dakota Ridge Invitational held at Jeffco Stadium on Saturday, April 23. Fabiola Belibi '22 outperformed her opponents taking first place in both the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump. Way to go, Raiders! Read more in The Sentinel
Congratulations on the Boys Swim & Dive Team's outstanding performance at the John Strain Invitational on April 22 and 23 at Cherry Creek High School. The Raiders' Team A came in second overall with a score of 931.5, just points behind perennial rival Cherry Creek. Team B placed 13th at the event. Congrats to Gio Aguirre '22 on garnering three of the four first-place awards earned in the 100 Freestyle and the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays; the latter two placements were earned with teammates Ronan Krauss '23, Mack Dugan '22, Truman Inglis '23 and Hawkins Wendt '23. Inglis also placed first in the 500 Freestyle. Outstanding job, Raiders! Read more in The Sentinel
On Saturday, April 23, members of the Regis Jesuit Robotics Team volunteered their time at Bishop Elementary School in Englewood for the Colorado FIRST LEGO League Explore Festival; a day of hands-on programming designed to inspire, excite and introduce children ages 6 to 10 to the wonders of science, technology and engineering. Club members presented to League Explore Kids and coaches about their participation in the FIRST Robotics Competition program and proudly demonstrated the team's robot. The audience was thrilled to see such creativity and ingenuity and were wowed by the robot's impressive skills in shooting baskets. The Explorers were especially excited at taking turns operating the robot! We are proud of our students for sharing their joy and passion for robotics and providing inspiration to a future generation of researchers, scientists and engineers.
In support of Earth Day, nearly 30 Raiders, including members of the Environmental and Arrupe Clubs along with a few of their parents, spent several hours of their Sunday, April 24 learning about and then helping to clean up the South Platte River. The monthly event is sponsored by the Patagonia store downtown in cooperation with Denver Parks and Rec and Environment Colorado. Though the weather was chilly and the work wet and dirty, the students were all smiles knowing that they were helping to Care for our Common Home as we are called to do both by Pope Francis in Laudato Si' and through the Jesuits' Universal Apostolic Preferences. Way to show us how to be stewards of these precious resources, Raiders!
The Raiders are known for their strong at-bats and their midday game against Eaglescrest on Thursday, April 21 proved no different. Currently ranked No. 2 in the standings, the Varsity Baseball Team blasted 16 hits including homers from Dallas Macias '22, Finn O'Connor '22 and Andrew Bell '24, earning a decisive 15-1, five-inning victory over the Raptors. With this win, the team matched their season-high in runs scored, won their fifth straight game and improved to 12-2 on the season. Way to dominate, Raiders! Read the full article in The Sentinel
Each month, moderators of RJ clubs and activities have the opportunity to nominate students for the great work they do outside of the classroom. For the months of March and April, we would like to recognize Ryan Beatty '22, Fantasy Lit Club; Rachel Cooper '24, FBLA; Claire Crowley '24, FBLA; Drew Dougherty '24, FBLA; Colin Dwyer '24, FBLA; Kaeden Ellman '25, FBLA; Karina Gasparyan '23, Mu Alpha Theta; Lauryn Glenn '22, DAG; Serena Nguyen '22, Yearbook; Emma Nicotra '24, World Affairs Challenge; Isabella Realmulto '22, Servant Leadership; Sofia Rivera '24, Spanish Honors Society; Ruth Saba '25, Student Athletic Training; Lauren Schraeder '22, Servant Leadership; Aidan Sim '22, Robotics; Sam Walters '22, FBLA; Reilly Wible '22, Servant Leadership; Matthew Wisneski '22, Fantasy Lit Club. Congratulations to our March/April Activities Students of the Month. Great job, Raiders!
Great Raider Dan Ficke '05 has been named the new Men's Basketball Coach for Metro State University. He is stepping up to the Roadrunners' helm after three seasons as head coach of the Division II Belmont Abbey team in North Carolina where he led the team to three national tournament appearances and two Conference Carolinas Tournament championships. Congratulations, Coach, and welcome home! Read the full story on the MSU website
Congratulations to the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club, which sent 37 students to compete at the State Leadership Conference on April 18-20. The Raiders had an impressive showing with 19 students placing in the top ten this year - more than any previous year! Out of these top-ten finishers, six qualified for the 2022 FBLA National Leadership Conference taking place this June. A special congratulation goes to State Champion Colin Dwyer '24 on his first-place finish in the Introduction to Financial Math category! We are proud of you, Raiders!
After a tough loss to Legend High School in their last matchup, the Varsity Girls Soccer Team bounced back to defeat Highlands Ranch by a score of 2-0 on Thursday, April 21. Solid goaltending from both Kira Cattand ‘22 and Jana Cattand ‘22 as well as goals from Lexi Meyer ‘24 and Anna Lantz ‘22, both assisted by Adi Walick ‘24, helped the Raiders secure the win and advance to 7-4 on the season. Way to go, Raiders!
Congratulations to the members of RJ Media for earning top honors at the 2021-22 JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention on April 7-9 in Los Angeles. On top of the eleven individual honors awarded, RJTV placed sixth in the Best of Show category for Broadcast News Programming. The Concordia Yearbook was also recognized as a National Pacemaker Award Finalist, the association’s preeminent award recognizing the best of the best. Outstanding work, RJ Media! View a complete list of winners on the NSPA website
The RJ Drama Club will present its final show of the year, a student-directed production of Fuddy Meers, at 7:00 pm in The Z Theatre next Wednesday, May 11, and at 4:00 pm next Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13. Attendance is free and all are welcome to attend!
This year's Diversity Day took place on March 8, 2022. Students Lyric Swift '23 and Reza Moaddeli '23 share their reflections on their experiences from this year and the importance of this annual event.
Diversity Day has got to be one of the peak Regis Jesuit experiences and is a day that we look forward to as soon as the school year begins. It is an amazing experience where we all come together as one community to learn about new things. It is a day that is not just for the student body, but also for the faculty to gain a new and fresh perspective by hearing the stories that people are willing to share with us. Though both juniors, we had slightly different experiences this year as one of us was purely a participant and one was a workshop presenter. Both experiences offered us opportunities to grow.
Christina Ortiz | Director of the Ignatian Immersion & Solidarity Program
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, this spring Regis Jesuit again sent our juniors and seniors into the community to engage in Immersion Experiences (formerly known as Service Projects) around the metro Denver area as part of the school's Ignatian Immersion & Solidarity Program (IIS), which is supported by an endowed fund begun with last year's LARK paddle raiser. Program Director Christina Ortiz shares this reflection on changes to the program and the insights and impacts these experiences held.
During Junior-Senior Immersions, I found myself on the phone with one of the directors at Chelsea Place, a memory care facility that was hosting junior volunteers at the time. We were discussing logistics, but before I got off the phone she said, “I want you to know that your students are doing amazing here. The staff has been taken aback by all of them, in particular one of your junior boys. For the last few days, we have found him just sitting with one of our nonverbal residents, holding her hand. When we asked him if she was talking at all, he smiled and told us, ‘We communicate in different ways.’ It is quite the sight to see a teenage boy—one who looks like he is probably on the football team—sitting in silence with one of our elders, just holding hands.”
The RJ Drama Club performed eight runs, including one performance by the understudies, of its musical, Little Shop of Horrors, over two weekends in late March and early April to packed houses and rave reviews. The production offered lots of laughs, several surprises and presented members of the cast, crew and pit band the opportunity to shine. Read more to see why this production of Little Shop was truly special.
Congratulations to the Boys Swim & Dive Team which continues to dominate in the pool and hold steady in the top spot in the CHSAA Class 5A rankings at the midway point of the season. The Raiders currently lead the pack in six events; 100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 200 Individual Medley, 200 Medley Relay, and both the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relay. Way to go, Raiders! Save the date to come out and cheer on the Raiders at the upcoming 5A State Championship Meet held at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center on May 13-14. View team rankings on CHSAAnow.com View the CHSSA 5A Swimming and Diving Top 20 Rankings
Congratulations to the RJ Coding Club on their second-place finish at the Programming Competition held at the Colorado School of Mines on April 9. The club, moderated by Fine Arts & Media Technology teacher Mark Heidenry, was reinstated in the 2021-22 school year due to a renewed interest by students. In addition to their impressive finish among Colorado teams in their first year as a club, the Advanced Division Team of Alex Casillas '22, Max Ficco '24, Oliver Howe '24 and Dean Miller '24 placed fourth in the nation. Teammates Diego Gutierrez-Raghunath '25, Xander Hung '24, Grant Rechtin '24 and Nicholas Turner '25 took fifth place in the Beginner Division. Outstanding job, Raiders!
On a Saturday, March 26, Great Raiders Christina Canino Troksa ‘14 and Lauren Troksa Knapp ’12 offered a mini-mentorship series to 20 current students from both divisions. Focused on the law, the series offered sessions on different types of law, the experiences of present law school students, advice and experience sharing by practicing lawyers and the opportunity to practice some real-life cases. Great Raiders Abby Hegarty ’12 and Nick Stofa ’14 participated in the practicing lawyer panel along with Canino Troska and Troska Knapp.
Beyond providing much practical information, students in attendance also came away with a better understanding of the profession and a lot to think about! Attendee Mary Kabadi '25 said, “Attending the mini- mentorship was amazing. I had no experience or tangible idea of what the day-to-day life of a lawyer was like. It really introduced me to the profession and showed me all the possible types of law you can go into as a lawyer. The Q and A with real lawyers and law students was a phenomenal opportunity. I learned a lot and it really inspired me to do some more research into the option of becoming a lawyer in the future. I would recommend it to anyone curious about the law profession and anyone who is even considering a career in law.”
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Soccer Team on their big double-overtime win over league rival Mountain Vista, dealing them their first loss of the season. The girls played some of their best soccer of the year with goals from Sophia Armstrong '24, assisted by Lexi Meyer '24, Adi Walick '24, assisted by Julia Tierney '23, and the double-overtime game-winner from Anna Lantz '22 off a great cross by Julia Tierney '23. Way to go, Raiders!
Great Raider Ty Blach '09 celebrated a win after his Big League debut, pitching four scoreless innings of relief in the Rockies' 9-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, April 10 at Coors Field. Only giving up one hit with a walk and four strikeouts, he earned his first professional save. Blach joined a shortlist of Rockies pitchers to pitch four or more innings in relief and allow two or fewer baserunners. He also became just the seventh Rockie to record a four-inning save. Read the full story in The Denver Post
Congratulations to the Boys Track & Field Team on their impressive finish at the 2022 Aurora City Championship Track & Field Meet held on April 2, 2022, at Aurora Public Schools Stadium. The team came in fourth place overall with a team score of 73.71. A special congratulations to Lawson Douglas '24 and D'Andre Barnes '23 for taking first place in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash respectively. The members of the 4x200 relay team crossed the finish in second, while the 4x800 meter relay team placed third. Congrats, Raiders! View complete Championship results in The Sentinel
Congratulations to the Girls Track & Field Team on their strong third-place finish at the 2022 Aurora City Championship Track & Field Meet held on April 2, 2022, at Aurora Public Schools Stadium. The team had several first-place wins at the event. Congratulations to the three athletes who each took home two first-place finishes: Fabiola Belibi '22, 100-meter hurdles and long jump; Jo Collins '23, 1600-meter run and 4x800 relay; Erika Danzer '24, 3200-meter run and the 4x800 relay. Fellow teammates Evan Harlan '23 and Kylie Martin '22 also placed first in the 4x800 relay. Way to go, Raiders! View complete Championship results in The Sentinel
In late March, Georgia Meysman-Sharpe '23, her mother Johanna and art teachers Jennifer Meyerrose and Fr. Tom Rochford, SJ '64 delivered several paintings created by RJ artists to the newly-opened Rocky Mountain Refuge, a shelter providing hospice services to offer "a dignified alternative to dying alone on the street for those with terminal illness." Br. James Patrick "JP" Hall, a friar with the Brotherhood of St. Gregory, serves as the interim executive director of the organization and was seeking ways to make the center feel more welcoming. He contacted Regis Jesuit to see if our community could help and the Fine Arts department leapt at the chance to use their gifts for the greater glory of God.
Congratulations to the Robotics Team FRC 3729 who competed in the Colorado Regional Competition at the University of Denver from March 24-26. The team had its best showing in club history, finishing in 11th place out of 41 teams, and advancing to the Alliance Selection round which took place on Saturday, March 26, 2022. Though the team was knocked out of competition in the semifinals, they are already planning for the 2022-23 season. Jack Bentfield ’23 was nominated by the team mentors as a Dean's List Finalist and was selected by the Regional FIRST Committee as one of two students to represent Colorado at Nationals in Houston, Texas. Way to go, Jack, and all members of Robotics Team 3729!
Coming off the big upset win against the 2020-21 State Champs Douglas County, Colorado High School Athlete of the Week, Tristan Christofferson '22, was surprised in his math class by 9NEWS Preps Reporter Scotty Gange, who awarded him Colorado High School Athlete of the Week and adorned him with the 9NEWS Swag Chain for his dominating performance in the game. Christofferson is the first-ever boys volleyball player to ever win the award. Congratulations, Tristan! View the 9NEWS surprise visit here
Varsity Baseball has started the 2021-22 season strong, holding the top spot in the 5A CHSAA rankings. Starting shortstop, Dallas Macias '22, and outfielder, Isacc Wachsmann '22, were both recognized as players to watch in the 2022 season. The team now stands at 4-0 after beating Grandview High School 6-0 on Thursday, March 31. They look to take the win in their upcoming 'Rock the Sox' matchup against Dakota Ridge TODAY, April 1 at 4:15 pm. The team will be collecting new pairs of socks to support people in the metro area experiencing homelessness to be donated to the Samaritan House and the Denver Rescue Mission. Come cheer on the Raiders and bring a pair of new socks to support our brothers and sisters in need! View the current CHSAA State baseball rankings View the full list of Colorado players to watch in the Denver Post
The Raiders celebrated a dominating 42-7 win against rivals, the Legend Titans, on March 26. Zachary Wells '22 had a great performance going six for six on kicks, and teammate Zavier Carroll '22 was selected Man of the Match for Regis Jesuit. The Development Side also beat Legend 14-7. Good luck to the Raiders as they take on the Palmer Terrors tomorrow, April 2, at 1:00 pm in Lou Kellogg Stadium in a rematch of the CIRA state final.
The Mock Trial A team competed at the Colorado State Championship over Spring Break on March 18-19 placing seventh among all teams in Colorado. Congratulations to team members Liam Anderson '22, Taylor Cipra '22, Macklin Gifford '23, Kyra Graham '23, Heidi Haverkamp '23, Abbot Howe '22, Jordan Meriweather '22, Moira Newman '22, Feliciana Sayers '22, and Ashlyn Viereck '22 on an outstanding season. Way to go, Raiders!
In March of this year, 16 students and two adults spent a week in March in both an online immersion experience with the global UN Commission on the Status of Women network and in person with Denver-area organizations that promote and support women. The delegation participated in webinars and online presentations throughout the conference, including a direct discussion with the UN Youth Ambassador, as well as visited and learned more about several local organizations that share in the mission of promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The CHSAA 5A All-State and All-Conference Teams have been announced, and six senior Raiders garnered honors for the 2021-22 season. Congratulations to Sean Holloway '22 who was selected to First Team for both All-State and All-Conference. Second Team All-Conference honors were given to Robbie Dembeck '22 and Gage Bussey '22. Teammates Blake Bridges '22, Jake Zinno '22 and Logan Zlot '22 each earned Honorable Mention for the 5A Metro Conference. Congrats on a strong season, Raiders!
Coach Kristi Gauss and the thirteen-man Boys Varsity Volleyball Team played an impressive five-set match to secure a surprising upset for their first win of the season against the undefeated State Champions from 2020-21, Douglas County, on Wednesday, March 23. The Raiders hope to keep the momentum going as they play back-to-back games tonight and tomorrow night against Rock Canyon and Cherokee Trail. Way to go, Raiders! Read more and view game highlights on 9NEWS
With some help from her younger sister, Nicolette '24, who helped animate her video submission using skills learned at RJ, Camille Shifrin '22 secured a full-tuition scholarship for her freshman year to the College of Agricultural Sciences and National Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Camille entered the college's Changemaker Competition proposing to research a solution to the environmental problem of recycling fiberglass from wind turbines, which generally end up in landfills. UNL will provide her with resources and a research professor to help bring her idea to fruition. She has also been awarded the school's George Beadle Scholarship. Way to innovate and help us care for our common home, Camille!
Congratulations to the four Speech & Debate Team members on their success at the 50th CHSAA State Tournament held on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19 at Cherokee Trail High School. A special congratulations to Brady Oakleaf ’22 who qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament in the National Extemporaneous category. Emma Nicotra '24 and Sofia Rivera '24 were both finalists in the Congressional Debate category, and Brigid Smith '25 placed 11th in Drama. Good luck on upcoming tournaments in preparation for Nationals!
Three members of the Girls Varsity Basketball Team earned All-Continental League honors for the 2021-22 season. Congratulations to Hana Belibi '24, Madden McHugh '22 and Coryn Watts '24 on their selection to First Team. All three players were also selected to play in the fifth annual Sentinel A-Town All-Stars Girls Basketball Game. Excellent job, Raiders!
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Tennis Team on their fourth-place finish at the Western Slope Open on March 11-12. The girls outlasted the chilly temps and finished strong in their first team outing. Way to go, Raiders!
Great Raider Francesca Belibi '19 waited to showcase her dunking ability until March Madness this year. The Stanford junior blocked a shot at the three-point line before charging back down the court to throw the dunk down in the second quarter of the No. 1-ranked Cardinal win over Montana State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Belibi is the first woman to dunk in the tournament since Britney Griner did it in 2013, and only the third woman to do it in tournament history. Read full coverage in The Denver Post See the dunk on Twitter
As part of the yearlong celebration of the Ignatian Year that marks the 500th Anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion, we held a special all-school Mass on Friday, March 11 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the canonizations of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. We were pleased to welcome Fr. Bill Oulvey, SJ and Great Raider Fr. Dan Daly, SJ '77 as concelebrants for this Mass.
On March 8, 2022, we were thrilled to be able to return to hosting our annual Diversity Day Conference fully in-person after holding it completely online last year due to the pandemic. The day began with Gloria Purvis, author, commentator and podcaster for AMERICA Media, as the keynote speaker. She also spoke to a group of about 30 students at lunch and to more than 80 parents and other adults from across the metro area Catholic community in the evening, sharing her strong Catholic voice for life issues, religious liberty and racial justice with each group.
Celebrating its 18th year, this musical prayer service portrays Christ's Passion through choral selections and the Gospels. Read more for additional information on this wonderful tradition. It is a lovely way to enter into the prayerful space of Holy Week in preparation for the joy of Easter. All are welcome.
Great Raiders Eliseo Esparza '18 and Grae Patterson '18 were both selected from a select group to participate in the Colorado School of Mines episode of The College Tour, which is dropping on Amazon Prime Video in April! The show offers an inside look at around a dozen U.S. colleges and universities each season. Watch the trailer
After placing among the top schools in the region, Regis Jesuit’s Mock Trial A Team is heading to State! The A Team beat out teams from Kent Denver, Saint Mary’s Academy and Cherry Creek, among others, to earn a place at the Colorado Mock Trial State Tournament scheduled for March 18-19. Congratulations to the team on earning the Most Professional Team distinction as well as receiving three additional top recognitions at Regionals. Macklin Gifford '23, Anjali '23 Wahlstrom, Emma Ryan '25 and Manus Largan '24 were awarded Best Witness, Lina Dudgeon '23 won Best Opener and Zach Billings '24 and Maliyah Peters '24 each took home the Best Attorney award. The team looks forward to riding this triumph to State! Kudos as well to our B, C and D Teams, which all performed magnificently as well.
Congratulations to Sophia Mitsuoka '23 on being selected as one of only 100 winners nationwide for the 2022 Disney Dreamers Academy Essay Contest. As a result, she was invited to attend the Disney Dreamers Academy from March 3-6 at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida. There, Sophia took part in educational sessions, listened to guest speakers and experienced hands-on learning opportunities throughout the living classroom of the Walt Disney World® Resort. Visit the Disney Dreamers Academy webpage to learn more and to view a full list of all 2022 Disney Dreamers. Way to go, Sophia!
On Wednesday, March 2, the Raiders suffered a disappointing loss in the Class 5A State Sweet 16 matchup against the Legacy Lightning ending their run for a State Championship. On the Raiders' home court, the hard-fought battle resulted in a 51-47 loss, with the Raiders narrowly falling in the final minutes of the game. Way to play hard, Raiders - we are proud of you! Read the full article on BoCoPreps.com
Congratulations to the eight RJ Media students who garnered first-place awards at the Continental League Journalism Media Awards ceremony on February 24 at Heritage High School. We are proud of their hard work and exceptional talent!
Great Raider Dan Carr '19 has been making his presence known on the hardwood of Augustana College in Illinois. The center, who is currently a junior, was named to the First Team for the conference the Vikings compete in, leading in rebounds with more than 13 per game. Read the full article on the Augustana Athletics website
The No. 9 Raiders ended their Class 5A Continental League State bid on Tuesday, March 1 in the Sweet 16 matchup against No. 8 Chaparral High School. They fought hard and came back from a 34-14 deficit after the first half but couldn't keep the momentum going enough to pull out the win. The final score was 56-43. Under new Head Coach Jordan Kelley, the team finished 15-9 on the season. Way to go, Raiders! Read the full article in The Denver Post
Great Raider Lacey Henderson '07, who competed in the long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games, recently wrote an article for Amplitude, a magazine that provides news and information for amputees who want to live more fully. In the piece titled "The Paralympics are Having Some Growing Pains," Henderson asserts that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has some work to do on ensuring that the games they govern are truly inclusive and accessible. Read the full article on Amplitude
On the ice of the University of Denver’s Magness Arena in the Quarterfinal round of the 5A State Playoffs, the No. 2 Raiders suffered a season-ending 4-1 loss to No. 7 Fort Collins. Despite this disappointing conclusion to the season, the team finished with an impressive overall record of 15-2-2. You make us proud, Raiders! Read more in The Coloradoan
Congratulations to the three athletes who have been selected to the 2022 CHSAA Girls Swim & Dive All-State Teams. First Team honors went to Emma Weber '22 for the 100 Breastroke and Chiara Lopach '22 for diving. Second Team honors went to diver Mia Henninger '24. Great job, Raiders! View the full All-State Teams
Congratulations to the three wrestlers who competed in the Class 5A State Wrestling Tournament held on February 17-19 at Ball Arena. Garrett Reece '25, Zion Taylor '23 and Dirk Morley '23 each won in the first round. Reece and Morley went on to earn a fourth-place finish for the 126 and 220 weight classes respectively, just shy of the podium. Way to make us proud, Raiders! View tournament results in The Sentinel
Throughout the month of February, the Girl Up Club is sponsoring a drive collecting feminine products for women in the Denver area experiencing homelessness and poverty. Collection boxes are located in both the Boys and Girls Tradition Halls and the Dean's Office entrance in the Girls Division (glass box). No one should have to choose between food and tampons, yet those experiencing homelessness often do. Your donation of feminine pads and/or tampons will go a long way to supporting women in need!
Tickets are selling fast for the final three performances of RJ Drama Club's production of Little Shop of Horrors. You do not want to miss seeing Seymour and Audrey in this RJ fan-favorite musical! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5.00 for all students. The remaining shows are Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 pm. Get your tickets today at www.regisjesuit.com/boxoffice.
Congratulations to the following winners of the Spring Musical Poster Contest. Vanessa Hernandez-Leon ‘22 took first place and her winning poster design is now published on the Theatre webpage as well as the Activities tile in My RJ. Joey Paolucci ‘22 and Camila Rodriguez Yanez ‘22 took second place and third place respectively, and Ramsey May ’25 and Jacob Olesky ‘24 tied for runners-up. Great work, Raiders!
Congratulations to Juan Paredes '24 and Elise Kuhn '24 for qualifying as finalists in the University of Colorado - Denver's Colorado High School Songwriting Competition! Both Juan and Elise performed their original songs, Beautiful Soul and You Lied respectively, at the CU Denver King Center on March 11 at 3:30 pm where they each received an honorable mention. That's two consecutive years that Regis Jesuit has represented original music talent in our state. Last year, Addison Weissert '24 came in as runner-up for her song, Sticks & Stones.
Each month, moderators of RJ clubs and activities have the opportunity to nominate students for the great work they do outside of the classroom. For the months of January and February, we would like to recognize Andres Osuna '22, Cinema Club; MaryKate Berg '23, Improv Club; Lexi Reszka '22, KPop Club; Juan Paredes '24, Pit Band; Audrey Chase '22, Rowdies; Duncan McDonald '22, Cole Munro '22, Abby Northrop '22, Sabrina Vizurraga '22 and Connor Schultz '22, Special Olympics/Project Unified Club; Sofia Quintanilla '22 and Annika Parrish '22, Student Athletic Training Club. Congratulations to our January/February Activities Students of the Month. Great job, Raiders!
After a bye in the first round, Boys Hockey heads into the quarterfinals of the CHSAA 5A State Tournament next Tuesday, March 1 at 5:30 pm at the University of Denver Magness Arena. They will take on the winner of the Dakota Ridge versus Castle View playoff earlier that same day. Tickets are $15 and are good for all-day admission. Buy now on GoFan. Tickets must be purchased online as there will be NO cash sales for any 5A postseason games at DU or Ball Arena. Ticket purchases also include one Colorado Avalanche game ticket for select games during the 2021-22 season. Come on out and cheer for the Raiders on the road to State! View the 5A State seedings and schedule in The Sentinel View the State Tournament bracket on CHSAANow
Congratulations to Jenna Kim ‘25, winner of the 2021-22 Regis Jesuit Concerto Competition. Jenna will play the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, in collaboration with the Regis Concert Band and String Orchestra at the Instrumental Music Concert on April 25 in The Z Theatre. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries!
Congratulations to the Girls Swim & Dive Team on their outstanding performance at the 2021-22 Class 5A Swim & Dive State Championships which took place on Wednesday, February 16 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton, CO. The Raiders placed third overall scoring 349 team points. Team leader Emma Weber '22 finished the competition as a two-time State Champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning with a time of 1:01.65. Chiara Lopach '22 took Third Place in diving, along with Mia Henninger '24 who placed eighth, and Sarah Mann '24 following in ninth. A special congratulations to diving coach Taylor Roberts who was voted 5A Coach of the Year! Way to end a great season, Raiders! Read more about the diving competition on CHSAANow.com Read more about the swim competition on CHSAANow.com View complete competition results here
On February 14, Great Raider Pam Potzer '15 visited RJ choir classes to present her perspective on music therapy and its effects on one's psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, cognitive and social wellbeing. Potzer shared her experiences helping Colorado community members who struggle with depression and anxiety, as well as victims of stroke and cognitive/emotional disabilities, through music therapy. She also outlined the path for earning an official certification for those interested in pursuing this profession. Having been a member of both Concert Band and Pit Band while she was an RJ student, Pam was excited to meet with students with a similar love for music and provide both hope and inspiration to those who are considering studying music and service in college.
Congratulations to the Chess Club Team of Colby Whitehouse ’22, Ben Holt ’22, Phineas Hagg ‘24, Ryan Calabrese ‘24 and Joe Fago ’22 on taking Second Place at the State Championship competition on February 15. A special shoutout to Colby Whitehouse who led the team with a score of 5 out of 6, and placed fifth overall. Way to go, Raiders!
The Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSAA) and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) announced that eight Colorado high school coaches have been selected as finalists for the National Coach of the Year award. Congratulations to Boys Varsity Baseball Head Coach Matt Darr on his selection for this prestigious award. His continued dedication, guidance and leadership of the Baseball Program have made him a well-deserving recipient of this honor. The 2022 winners will be announced at the National Convention in Des Moines, Iowa in June. We are rooting for you, Coach Darr!
Congratulations to the Varsity Cheer Team on their successful bid to UCA Nationals at the ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida on February 11-13. This was the first time in program history that they competed at the national level. The squad nailed a beautiful routine and gave it their all on the floor. Great job, Raiders! You make us proud.
On Friday, February 11, while half of their classmates were on retreat, the other half of the sophomore girls spent the day building kinship with our neighbors across the metro area for their Sophomore Community Day. The sophomore boys followed suit on February 18 with their own Sophomore Retreat and Community Day. Read more to find out how members of the Class of 2024 connected with the vulnerable members of our community.
Congratulations to Ellie Johnson '22 of the Field Hockey Team who has been selected as a top female athlete and 2022 Sportswoman of the Year by Sportswomen of Colorado for her contributors to girls athletics. Honorees will be recognized at the SOC's 48th annual Awards Celebration Banquet on Sunday, March 13. Way to go, Ellie! View the full list of Colorado award winners on CHSAANow.com
The Future Business Leaders of America Club had 43 students compete at the District level over the past month. At the District Leadership Conference on February 8, 29 students qualified for the State Leadership Conference scheduled for April 18-20 at the Gaylord of the Rockies. A special congratulations to the 12 students who placed first in their event. Way to go, Raiders!
Congratulations to the Girls Swim & Dive Team on their overall third-place finish at the 2022 Continental "A" League Swim Championships on February 5 at Heritage High School. The Raiders were event champions in three events. The 200-yard medley relay team of Grace Dale '22, Sophia Frei '23, Allie Sanchez '22 and Emma Weber '22 dominated their race, winning by nearly five seconds and earning automatic All-American honors. Frei also took first place in the 100-yard butterfly as well as finishing fourth in the 50 freestyle. Teammate Weber took the top spot in the 200-yard individual medley with a winning time of two minutes, 6.42 seconds. Read the full article in The Sentinel View full competition results here
Following the Varsity Boys Basketball Team's 55-36 victory over Highlands Ranch on Tuesday, February 8 in the Guys Gibbs '47 Gym, Head Coach Ken Shaw celebrated a milestone most coaches never reach—his 800th all-time win! Regis Jesuit coaches, players and parents will honor Coach Shaw and his incredible achievement at the team's "Senior Night" home game against Legend High School tonight, February 11. We are proud of and grateful to Coach Shaw for his longstanding leadership and commitment to the Boys Basketball program. No doubt he will keep the wins coming! Read the full article in The Sentinel
The Varsity Poms Team made school history by qualifying for Finals in both the Pom and Jazz categories at the 2022 UDA National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida on February 4-6. The Raiders returned home ranked 15th place in the nation in Small Varsity Pom and 20th in Small Varsity Jazz. Congratulations on an incredible season, Raiders!
Over Christmas Break, the Facilities team installed five new works of art on the wall of the main staircase of Tradition Hall in the Boys Division. Great Raider and current RJ art teacher and chaplain, Fr. Tom Rochford, SJ ‘64, conceived of the works that highlight five Jesuits and how they embody the hallmarks of the Graduate at Graduation:
Open to Growth – Servant of God Matteo Ricci, SJ
Intellectually Competent – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
Religious – Pedro Arrupe, SJ
Loving – St. Claude de la Colombière, SJ
Committed to Doing Justice – St. Alberto Hurtado, SJ
Rochford was inspired by the stained-glass windows of College Church in St. Louis, on which he co-authored a book. For these paintings, he sought to combine a portrait of each Jesuit with other elements illustrating where he worked and what he did.
Sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), Catholic Schools Week is recognized annually during the last week of January for nearly 50 years. This year, Regis Jesuit acknowledged the week by remembering the mission of Catholic education in our prayers and at First Friday Mass, sharing quotes from faculty and staff about the importance of Catholic education and sending shoutouts to our Catholic primary schools on social media, providing donuts in gratitude for our educators, and spending some time in theology classes learning about the history of Catholic education in Denver. Watch this video produced by RJTV where students and staff share the impact of Catholic education on them and read more for a list of the 28 RJ faculty and staff members celebrating milestone anniversaries of service in the Archdiocese of Denver.
In the first-ever Continental League Wrestling Championships on Saturday, January 29, three members of the Boys Wrestling Team took home League titles! Congratulations to League Champions Dirk Morley '23, Zion Taylor '23 and Garrett Reece '25 on their outstanding performances. The team also celebrated three wrestlers who placed fourth in their weight class at the tournament—Ryan Curran ’24, Daniel Lantz ’24 and Connor Mohr ’24—along with Tyler Bretoux ’22 who placed fifth. We are proud of you, Raiders!
Great Raider and Olympic Champion Missy Franklin '13 and her father Dick recently sat down with 9NEWS to help raise awareness for those suffering from kidney failure and to promote the upcoming National Organ Donor Day on Valentine's Day, February 14. Missy’s father is suffering from stage four kidney disease and is in need of a kidney transplant. He is currently on the transplant waitlist along with 1500 other Coloradoans. Devastatingly, hundreds of people die awaiting a transplant each year. To learn more about how to help and save a life, visit the American Transplant Foundation. Watch the full interview on 9NEWS
The snow and cold may have delayed the festivities for a day, but there was no stopping us from celebrating our 21 Raiders who signed their letters of intent to play at the collegiate level on the National Letter of Intent Signing Day on Thursday, February 3. Best wishes to these student-athletes as they take their game to the next level! To see where they are headed, view the event slideshow or watch the recording of the signing ceremony. Along with our students who signed back in November, we currently count 32 members of the Class of 2022 who have signed to compete in college. Way to go, Raiders!
Congratulations to our Varsity and JV Poms Teams on their strong finishes at the UDA Rocky Mountain Dance Challenge Regional Tournament on Saturday, January 29. The Varsity Team finished second in Jazz, outscoring rivals Ponderosa and Chaparral, and took home a fourth-place finish in both Pom and Gameday. The JV squad also earned a second-place finish in Jazz and took sixth in Poms. Varsity Poms goes on to compete at the UDA National Dance Team Championship Competition in Florida this weekend. We are cheering for you, Raiders!
In a head-to-head matchup on Tuesday, February 1 at South Suburban Ice Arena, the No. 2 Raiders battled against No. 4 Valor Christian Eagles resulting in a tie in overtime. With strong and impressive in-net performances by both goalies, the teams scored only one goal each, both in the second period, preventing the other from taking the win. The Raiders move to a 13-1-2 overall record this season after back-to-back ties. In a show of good sportsmanship and camaraderie, the two powerhouse teams continued the on-ice tradition of praying together after the game. View the full article on 9NEWS
It's no surprise that Great Raider Fran Belibi '19 has partnered with mega food chain Denny's to represent their Super Slam® breakfast meal deal. Adding to her dunking success while at Regis Jesuit, the Stanford junior forward is one of only eight women to ever slam dunk in a college game and is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Basketball Champion. As part of Denny’s “Super Slam Fran” partnership, the restaurant is donating $25,000 in her name to the Women’s Sports Foundation to help elevate women in sports and enhance their commitment to supporting underrepresented athletes. Way to go, Fran! View the Denny's ad on YouTube Read more in ADWEEK Read the full article in The Denver Post
Regis Jesuit is proud to announce that Keily Cornejo '22 has received the prestigious Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. Awarded annually, this scholarship covers full tuition and housing for high-achieving caddies who meet the requirements of having a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. Colorado award recipients attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving a full housing and tuition college grant of $120,000 over four years. Way to go, Keily!
On Friday, January 21, 17 Great Raider alumni returned to their alma mater to share their experiences with current juniors as part of the bi-annual RJ Connect Alumni Mentorship Series. Coming from a variety of employment sectors, they met with the upperclassmen to share their professional journeys, passions for helping others, best practice advice and what high school experiences factored into their decision-making process in choosing their industry and/or profession.
The Varsity Hockey team enjoyed a big 2-0 win against the Cherry Creek Bruins on Friday, January 21 at the Family Sports Center. But what made this game even more special was the return of a team tradition and fan favorite. After a year's hiatus due to the pandemic, spectators got to toss hundreds of stuffed animals onto the ice following the Raiders' first goal as part of the team's ninth Teddy Bear Toss.
Congratulations to the members of the Boys Varsity Wrestling Team who placed 14th out of 76 teams at the Five Counties Tournament at Fountain Valley High School in California on January 13-16. Garrett Reece '25 and Dirk Morley '23 each earned fifth place finishes, and Garrett Padgett '22 and Zavier Carroll '22 each placed eighth in their weight classes. Way to go, Raiders!
Congratulations to the Speech & Debate Team on their Third Place finish at the Lowell Sharp Tournament last Saturday, January 15. A special congratulations to Brady Oakleaf '22 for his Championship-winning performance in the U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking category. Way to go, Raiders!
The Cadre collection organized by the President's Office and Servant Leadership class for those impacted by the recent Marshall Fire in Boulder County raised $6100—more than $1000 over the targeted $5000 goal. The funds collected will be directed to relief efforts for the families and students impacted at Holy Family High School and St. Louis Catholic Parish in Louisville. Students were rewarded for their generosity with a Raider Day today.
On January 15, several members of the RJ for Life Club, accompanied by their families and members of the faculty, joined others from around the state at the Celebrate Life Rally and March in Denver. Following Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, our students listened to several speakers and then marched with fellow attendees along the streets of Denver in support of pro-life issues. Members of the club and others will be traveling to Washington, D.C. later this spring for the national March for Life, which was postponed due to the omicron COVID surge. We are proud to see our young adults take a stand and turn their faith into action, as this generation of Regis Jesuit students continues to serve as Men and Women with and for Others representing the most vulnerable members of the human family in the journey from conception to natural death.
Nearly 100 members of the Classes of 2015, whose event was postponed a year due to COVID, and 2016 came together in December for Red & White Christmas, their five-year high school reunion. Convening at Stoney's Bar & Grill near downtown, these Great Raiders enjoyed catching up and swapping stories of their high school antics over appetizers and frosty beverages.
In early December, Regis Jesuit welcomed Fr. David Brown, SJ, an astrophysicist from the Vatican Observatory, to address students on the Catholic Church’s view of the complementarity of faith and reason. Fr. Brown shared his vocation and career as someone who is both a Catholic priest and an astrophysicist to help to make concrete the Church’s search for truth in the scientific realm through the lens of faith. He presented both at lunch in The Z and visited several classrooms.
Great Raider Missy Franklin '13, gold-medal Olympian and mental health advocate, recently gave the keynote speech at the University of Colorado’s Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. where she shared her journey through depression and anxiety and the impact that it had on her personal life, career and family. In her inspiring and honest presentation, Missy spoke of the importance of keeping balance in life, and how the domination of external pressures affected her overall performance and love for swimming and competing. Her openness about her mental health journey and her perspective on quieting external pressures and keeping a strong self-balance is an inspiration to us all. We continue to cheer, ‘Go Missy!’ Listen to the full interview and keynote on CPR News Colorado Matters
Before the start of the home game against Ralston Valley at Family Sports Center on January 7, alumni and current players from the Varsity Hockey program surprised Head Coach Dan Woodley to celebrate his impressive 300th career victory. Woodley and longtime Assistant Coach Terry Ott have been at the helm of the program together for 17 years. The coaches, including Dan's defensive assistant coach and elder son, Grant Woodley, received pucks commemorating the achievement bestowed by current and former team captains Gage Bussey '22 and former captains John Booren '08 and Jack Jordan '16. To top off a great celebration, the Raiders went on to beat Ralston Valley 6-0. With a current 10-0 overall record, the team remains ranked No. 1 by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Congratulations to Coach Woodley and the entire RJ Hockey program! Read the full article in The Sentinel
Congratulations to Head Coach Matt Darr and the Varsity Baseball Team on their invitation to play in the ninth annual 2022 National High School Invitational (NHSI) from April 6-9 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Regis Jesuit was selected as one of only 16 teams across the country—and the only one from Colorado—to compete in this elite tournament, spotlighting the best prep baseball players. The Raiders' last appearance in this tournament was in 2014. Way to go, Raiders—we are proud of you! Read the full article on USA Baseball
Over Christmas Break, coaches, athletes and family members from the Girls Basketball program participated in the Santa's Elves Holiday Giving event on December 18 at Coors Field. This event is hosted by the Denver Dream Center, which works to restore hope and share God’s love with those suffering from poverty, crime and addiction. The organization also seeks to reconnect people who have been isolated by poverty, substance abuse, gangs, imprisonment, homelessness, abuse and neglect with God and to a community of support to meet both their physical and spiritual needs.
Good luck to Soren Freund '22 at this year's National Western Stock Show taking place from January 8-23, 2022 at the Denver Coliseum. Growing up on Running Creek Ranch in Elizabeth, Soren has raised ribbon-winning goats and showed livestock competitively for more than half of his life. He was recently interviewed by FOX31 News about his hard work, love and care for his animals and his desire to win the blue ribbon at this year's event showing his Grand Champion Market Goats, Felix and Jasper. Best of luck, Soren - we are proud of you! Watch the interview on FOX31 Denver News
Over Christmas Break, Regis Jesuit students Robert Beller '22, Brady Oakleaf '22, Andres Osuna '22 and Adan Sanchez '22 made it their mission to bring holiday cheer to elderly neighbors through the Adopt-a-Senior Program. These young men volunteered their time collecting donated items from all over the U.S. and filling more than 165 gift bags with much-needed daily amenities and treats for senior residents at five local non-profit residences: Victorian House in Parker, Valley View House in Castle Rock, Cantril House in Castle Rock and Little Sisters of the Poor Mullen Home and Gardens at St. Elizabeth, both in Denver. The students experienced much joy in hand-delivering the bags, spending time with each resident and visiting face-to-face this year as in-person visits were not allowed last Christmas. What a beautiful way of sharing God's love of neighbor. We are proud of you!
Over the Christmas break, 15 members of the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team, along with Coach Flannery and several parents participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver to pay tribute to fallen soldiers and those who currently serve in the armed services. The mission of the National Wreaths Across America Day is to host ceremonies nationwide each December, including at Arlington National Cemetery and at more than 2500 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad, laying wreaths on each hero’s grave to remember those who have fallen, honor those who currently serve and their families and teach future generations about the sacrifices made to preserve our freedoms. We are proud of our students for being with and for Others and showing their gratitude to those who have given so much.
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