The Plank - Student Life

Plank Article Klarenz Basco ’22

Celebrating Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month

Beginning in 1968, Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month is a month dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the history, achievements, and culture of Hispanic people and the impact they have had on the culture of the United States. The month is celebrated each year beginning on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. 

During the month, Latinx and Hispanic students and teachers from Jesuit High School Sacramento answered and explained what the month means to them, who some of their Latinx role models are, and why they believe it is important to celebrate the month. 

Plank Article Evan Mayers ’22

Kairos 151 initiates the Kairos season

Jesuit High School Sacramento seniors are currently preparing to take part in Kairos 151, a traditional spiritual retreat held multiple times throughout the school year. 

The goal of Kairos is to bring together the seniors in a continuation of building the Brotherhood while also allowing each student the opportunity to explore their own personal relationship with God. 

Plank Article Lucas Rucker '24

Cam’s Team take the victory at Jesuit’s 3v3 Intramural Basketball Tournament

Nearly every year, Jesuit High School Sacramento hosts an intramural basketball tournament where students from all grade levels compete. With the return of in-person school, this annual event returned as well.

The event was set up by the Students Activities Office in collaboration with Student Council and took place during Community periods starting on Aug. 31 and ending on Sept. 23.

Plank Article Harley Sherman ’22 Cole Beckman ’22

Jesuit hosts successful Homecoming at Haggin Oaks

On Saturday, September 25th, 2021, Jesuit High School Sacramento’s annual Homecoming Dance took place at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. With last year’s homecoming being canceled due to COVID-19 related reasons, this homecoming was more important than usual. 

Lots of change had to occur in order to allow Jesuit’s Homecoming Dance to take place. One of the largest changes was the change in venue for the dance. 

Plank Article Matthew Herold ’22 Luke Kriss ’23

Mr. Daniel Mascarenhas: Teaching Jesuit Students on the Path to Priesthood

Mr. Daniel Mascarenhas, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic who came to Jesuit High School Sacramento this year as part of his path to priesthood. After studying philosophy at St. Louis University in Missouri, Mr. Mascarenhas was assigned to the Golden State where he had previously worked as a mechanical engineer in Silicon Valley.

Mr. Mascarenhas was born and raised in Western India where he attended a Catholic school from 1st to 10th grade. His normal routine in India does not sound much different than what students at Jesuit experience every day.

Plank Article Michael D'Incecco ’22

Do’s and Don’ts of Homecoming 2021

Homecoming Dances can be a very stressful time with trying to find someone to ask to the dance, a pair of shoes that fit, and even the best place to take pictures. 

After not having a formal dance in almost two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of the Homecoming Dance have changed. Student Activities Director Mr. Peter Ferrari, who is in charge of homecoming, describes the multiple changes. 

Plank Article Andrew Maulino ’24

Jesuit Parades Into Homecoming at Haggin Oaks

This Saturday, Sept. 25, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jesuit High School Sacramento will have their Homecoming Dance at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. The Homecoming Dance ends Spirit Week with a fiesta.

The theme for the dance is Mardi Gras. It was inspired by the recent Hurricane Ida in New Orleans and Jesuit’s call to help with disaster relief there. Student Activities Director Mr. Peter Ferrari gives his reasoning for the theme.

Plank Article Kevin Mun ’22

Jesuit Highschool prepares for 50th Reunion in Alumni Weekend

Jesuit High School Sacramento is hosting their 50th annual high school reunion within the upcoming Alumni Weekend which will take place on Sept. 24 to 26 on campus. Jesuit is welcoming the classes of 1970-1971, 1980-1981, 1990-1991, 2000-2001, and 2010-2011 to the celebration. 

The weekend is filled with six events which all aim to aid the alums in regrounding their roots here at Jesuit, including the 50th Annual Lunch Tour and the 50th Reunion dinner.

Plank Article Klarenz Basco ’22

Four Jesuit students are announced as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship is awarded to students who scored the highest in the nation and the state on their PSAT and have a history of academic excellence. 

On Sept. 15, the program announced approximately 16 thousand semifinalists across the nation, and Jesuit High School Sacramento is lucky enough to count four seniors among that group: Charlie Diaz ’22, James Irwin ’22, Mathew Mellas ’22, and Robert Lee ’22.

To become a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship is a remarkable accomplishment.

Plank Article Harley Sherman ’22

Spirit week, a tradition not forgotten

With the return of in-person school this year, some normalities have been changed, but for Jesuit High School Sacramento, tradition has not been forgotten.

Spirit Week, the week before Homecoming, has always been a school favorite with many activities and competitions creating a week of fun. With the return of fully in-person school, the student council is making sure to bring back an action packed week.

Plank Article Evan Mayers ’22

Jesuit community adjusts to in-person learning and a new bell schedule

As Jesuit High School Sacramento students poured onto campus to begin the 2021-22 school year, students returning to in-person instruction for the first time in over a year experienced many changes, which include the wearing of masks, social distancing, and plexiglass dividers. One additional change that all faculty, staff, and students alike will be adjusting to is a new bell schedule.

Plank Article Klarenz Basco ’22

Jesuit readies for the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit

On Thursday, Aug. 26, and Friday, Aug. 27 Jesuit High School Sacramento will celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit, an annual Mass celebrated across all Jesuit schools. This Liturgy will be the first time students gather together in person for Mass since schools shut down due to COVID-19 back in March 2020. 

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

A Champion’s Resolve

“Poetry is my love, my passion.” 

An unexpected response, but Elijah Beverley ’21 explains how the art form has become a deep part of who he is — a remedy from the world and a gateway to self-exploration.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In May of 1843, the first Japanese immigrated to the United States. 26 years on, in May of 1869, the transcontinental railroad was completed with the help of thousands of Chinese laborers. Thus Congress designated the month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in commemoration of those events.