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In the News

Rob’s Makin’ Music

Jesuit Drama alum Rob Habel (The Princess Bride, Aladdin, The Laramie Project, Move!, Sweeney Todd, Hamlet) and fellow JHS alum Pat Sweeney’s band Petaluma is getting some well-deserved buzz these days.

Check out the links below to hear their music and to hear them interviewed by Beth Ruyak on the Capital Public Radio program “Insight.”

Congrats, guys!

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Robert Lopez-Garcia ‘99
Rest in Peace

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Please share your prayers and good thoughts for Robert Mario “Bobby” Lopez-Garcia Jr. ’99 who passed away July 17. A vigil in memory of Bobby will be held on Wednesday, July 26 at 6:45 p.m. at St. Mary Cemetery & Funeral Center. On Thursday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m., we will honor Bobby’s entrance into Heaven at All Hallows Catholic Church. For full obituary, & service details please go to:

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Archangels of Justice!
Joe Rost '05

Joe Rost ‘05 is involved in a very special project with a duo known as the Archangels of Justice (AOJ) and their mission is to investigate misclassified murders and police misconduct by examining all details of the of the case (think: Serial and Making a Murder). Though the subject matter can be difficult to digest, the goal is to bring justice to the families and loved ones of the deceased and they are using podcasts as their medium to tell these untold stories.

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Wedding Bells & I Do’s!
Chase '12 & Taylor Contreras

Chase Contreras ’12 married Taylor Lanier on July 2, 2017, at La Cuesta Ranch in San Luis Obispo.  Chase and Taylor are both graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and are serving their first base assignment at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Chase’s groomsmen were his long-time K-12 friends from St. James-Davis and Jesuit:  (Left to right):  Nick Buccola ‘12, Riley Humphrey, Andrew Mar ‘12, Logan James ‘12, Groom – Chase Contreras ’12, Ben Corfee ‘12, Patrick Barrientes, Tyler Sousa.

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Joesph Lammerding ‘74
Rest in Peace

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Please share your prayers and good thoughts for Joseph Lammerding ’74.  A Memorial Mass will take place on his birthday, August 5, 2017, at 11am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. For full obituary & service details:

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Break A Leg Jon Wagner ‘97

New York bound? Catch Jon Wagner ’97 in the role of Dewey in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newest musical, based on the film of the same name!  For more details:


Chris Gets Ugly

Buy your tickets now to see Chris Sullivan ‘98 as Marvel Comic’s villain “Taserface” in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Check out Chris on the official Marvel site, as well as his interviews with Pop Sugar and Access Hollywood.

Congrats, Chris!


Riley’s Possessed

This spring, Riley O’Toole ‘10 (Three Musketeers, Frogs) stars as Jason/Tyrone in Hand to God, Robert Askins’ Tony nominated “Best Play” at the Salt Lake Acting Company.

This wild comedy “explores ideas of faith, morality and human nature with the help of a hand puppet named Tyrone.”

Break a leg, Riley!


Chris Wraps It Up

Congrats to Chris Sullivan ‘98 on his fantastically successful run in Season 1 of the hit NBC show This Is Us.

We can’t wait for Season 2!


John’s Called to Broadway

Jesuit Drama alum John Sanders ‘95 (Macbeth, Ten November, My Fair Lady) has a featured role in the American premiere of Groundhog Day: The Musical, a London import based on the popular film of the same name.

In a recent interview, John reflects on his time in Jesuit Drama:


Jon’s Rockin’ Out

Jon Wagner ‘97 is back on Broadway having recently returned to the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit School of Rock.

Way to go, Jon!


Andrew’s Dreamin’

See Andrew Perez ‘05 as Pedro, the barber, in the classic musical Man of La Mancha at A Noise Within.

Break a leg, Drew!


JR’s Being Funny

Drama alum JR De Guzman ‘04 (Batboy) just landed an NBC deal for his stand up comedy.

Check out what he’s been up to by reading the Sac Bee article “No joke: He’s about to see his career go big” here.


Scott’s at the CMT helm

Congratulations to Jesuit Drama alum Scott Klier ‘89 who was just named Producing Artistic Director of California Musical Theatre (CMT), one of the area’s largest non-profit arts organizations that produces the Broadway Series and Music Circus.

Please read the Sacramento Bee announcement that’s linked below.

Also, check out the CMT website.


Matt’s Doing “Live Radio”

Congratulations to Matt Huffman ‘93 on making his Lincoln Center debut this month!

From the Lincoln Center website:


John’s on Broadway

John Sanders ‘95 is currently on Broadway in the smash hit musical “Matila” playing “Mr. Wormwood,” Matilda’s father, a used car salesman with a few scruples loose.

Click below to visit the Broadway site.

Break a leg, John!


Brian’s on Tour
See Brian Rivera '94 in "The King and I"

Click below for more information.

Congratulations, Brian!


Jeff Levering ‘01 joins Brewers in play-by-play, new media role
Will Broadcast Select Games and Provide Content for and Social Channels

Story courtesy of – Photo from & the Pawtucket Red Sox

Press Release | January 22, 2015

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Jeff Levering will join the organization as the newest member of the Brewers radio broadcast team. Levering will serve as a play-by-play broadcaster on select road games on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, as well as provide content for the Brewers online, social and new media channels.


Jon’s on Broadway
Andrew Lloyd Webber's "School of Rock"

Jon Wagner ‘97 is making his Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation of the film School of Rock.

In addition to being in the adult ensemble, he is understudying the lead role, the role of the unconventional teacher played by Jack Black in the film of the same name.

To find out more about the show, please click the link below.

Congratulations, Jon!  Here’s to years and years of hard work and faith…not to mention wonderful talent!


Rogers Honored as Student Entrepreneur
Posted 10.23.15

ANDREW ROGERS ’12 was a finalist for the Silicone Prairie News SPA Student Entrepreneur award in recognition of his creation of JayClean. Partnering with Creighton University and Max-I Walker in Omaha Nebraska, JayClean provides dry cleaning services to University students, faculty, and staff. Creating a unique opportunity for students to learn outside of the traditional classroom environment JayClean is managed and operated by students at Creighton University and seeks to promote future entrepreneurial businesses at Creighton University.


JHS Rugby Alums Play for USA Eagles
July 2015

Great to see JHS Alums Louis Stanfill ‘03, Eric Fry ’05 and Blaine Scully ‘06 featured on the USA Rugby mobile app leading up to the Pacific Nations Cup match against Japan. The USA Eagles practiced at JHS this week, prior to their match at Bonney Field this Friday, July 24, 2015. For more details:


Greg’s Selling Cars & Improv-ing
Jesuit Drama alum Greg Sabin hones his comic & improv craft

You may recognize the face:  it’s “Newton Carruthers,” fictional, local television spokesperson, performed by Jesuit Drama alum and improv talent Greg Sabin.

Check out Greg’s act at the Sacramento Comedy Spot where he has performed and taught since 2003!  (Click on the link below…)


Turner Sparks ‘00 Comedy Comes to NYC!

Turner Spark ’00 Comedy Comes to New York!  Turner, who lives Suzhou, China, started his comedy career in 2009 by founding Mainland China’s first standup comedy group – “Stand Up China” and has won international comedy competitions all over the world.  Before taking the stage in 2009, Sparks founded Mainland China’s first American ice cream truck when he brought New Jersey’s “Mister Softee” trucks to China.  Turner will be bringing his comedy to the Big Apple in late May.  New York dates and locations are:  Wed, May 27 –  Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W.


Brian’s on Broadway
Brian Rivera in Lincoln Center's "The King & I"

The Sacramento Bee interviewed Brian Rivera about his role in Lincoln Center’s The King & I:

Rivera got hooked on theater after seeing a Jesuit High production of “Into the Woods.”

“I was completely amazed by their production and so I started trying out for the shows,” Rivera said by telephone from the Mime Troupe’s San Francisco office.


Welcome Back Mike Wood '99

After a comprehensive national search, it is my pleasure to announce that John Michael Wood ’99 has accepted my invitation to serve as Jesuit High School’s next principal beginning July 1, 2015.


Jesse Dundon ‘03 is named to the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30
Dundon listed in the Marketing & Advertising category

In 2009 cofounded Hathway, an agency with 2014 revenue of $6 million that helps brands develop mobile applications and campaigns. Agency has nearly 50 employees and offices in San Luis Obispo, CA, and Tokyo. Clients include Behr Paint, Applied Materials and Transamerica. Hathway ranked No. 601 on the 2014 Inc 5000 in recognition of 791% revenue growth over a three-year period. Dundon is a member of the Cal Poly Industrial Technology Advisory Board.

View the original posting here.


Matt Cain ‘96 is named to the Silicon Valley 40 Under 40

Courtesy of Lynn Peithman Stock, Silicon Valley Business Journal

Jesuit High School set the foundation forMatt Cain’s drive for success early on. The school’s mission for students to be “A Man for Others” challenged him to a lifelong learner and leader in service to others.


An Interview with Ken O’Brien ‘78

Courtesy of  -  January 27, 2015

Ken O’Brien

We know … we know—he was selected ahead of Dan Marino in the 1983 Draft. But the greatest quarterback in New York Jets history (not named Namath) had a rifle for an arm, oodles of confidence and a couple of Pro Bowl appearances. Plus, he’s got one helluva Herschel Walker story.


Sac Bee shout-out for Jesuit Drama
2014 highlights in theater in the Sacramento region

Congrats to Jesuit Drama and Ed Trafton ‘84 for their shout-out in the Sacramento Bee’s recent “2014 highlights” article.

Read Bee theater critic Marcus Crowder’s full article which is linked below.


It’s a Fiesta for Boise State’s Thomas Sperbeck and Tanner Vallejo

Article by Joe Davidson – The Sacramento Bee

Picture by Rick Scuteri – The Associated Press

Thomas Sperbeck grew up the son of a quarterback. Then he became one, learning to be calculating and cool in pressure situations.

Tanner Vallejo was raised a linebacker in a family full of them, in attack mode in everything he did.

Now that their sophomore seasons at Boise State are complete, Sperbeck of Jesuit High School and Vallejo of Nevada Union return to class Monday riding a wave of momentum, hungry for more.


Chris Sullivan in NBC’s “Peter Pan” Live
Jesuit Drama alum in holiday broadcast

Tune in to NBC this December 4th to see alum Chris Sullivan in Peter Pan Live!

(He’s the pirate on the right; once a Marauder, always a Marauder…)

Congratulations, Chris!


See what’s next at Jesuit High School!

The grounds of Jesuit High School have changed dramatically over the past few years, with renovations and upgrades to all aspects of our facility. View this student video to see what’s next for our great campus.


Sac Bee “Performances of the Year”
Jesuit Drama alums featured in 2013 theatre wrap-up

Congratulations to Kiera Anderson (“Best Ensemble”), Connor Mickiewicz (“Best Performance,” “Best Ensemble,” “Most Satisfying [Theater Experience]“) and Andrew Perez (“Best Performance”), all of whom were prominently featured in the Sacramento Bee’s 2013 Theatre Year in Review!

Click on the link to read Bee Theatre critic Marcus Crowder’s article.


Jay Flores ‘07 to coach basketball at Cal State East Bay
Former CCAA MVP Joins Pioneer Coaching Staff

Courtesy of Cal State East Bay Pioneers

Steve Connolly, Sports Information Director

HAYWARD, Calif. — The Pioneer men’s basketball coaching staff now features three former standout point guards. Head coach Gus Argenal has announced that Jay Flores has joined Cal State East Bay as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. Flores, who played collegiately for conference rival Chico State, was the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA) Most Valuable Player as a senior in 2011-12.


General Brooks ‘76 takes command of U.S. Army Pacific
Reassignment and promotion to 4-star general occur concurrently

4-star general takes command of U.S. Army Pacific

By Audrey Mcavoy - The Associated Press

FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII — A four-star general took command of the Army in Asia and the Pacific for the first time in nearly four decades Tuesday as the military’s national security focus shifts to the region.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, 55, succeeded Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, a three-star general who retired after leading U.S. Army Pacific for the past two years.


Nilsen ‘93 finds success with a unique pairing
A Passion for Turkeys & Wakeboarding

Flip side

Courtesy of California Bountiful Magazine: July/August 2013 
Story by Ching Lee

Tim Nilsen is known to lead a double life—one as an extreme-sport athlete and one as a turkey farmer.

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