The Plank - Student Life

Plank Article Luke Kriss ’23

Review: ‘Uncharted’ Underwhelms Expectations

On Feb. 18, 2022, “Uncharted” was released in theaters. The film stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan, and Sophia Taylor Ali as Chloe Frazer. It opened to overwhelmingly negative critical reviews, and underwhelming box office results, making only 51 million dollars in its opening weekend and one of very few movies to make less than a 1 thousand dollar-per-theater average.

Plank Article Nick Venegas ’22

‘The Stanley Parable’ re-released with hours of new content

Developed by Crows Crows Crows, the critically acclaimed video game, “The Stanley Parable,” originally launched in 2013. Lauded for its wit, humor, and commentary about the nature of choice in video games, “The Stanley Parable” has now been re-released in 2022 with hours of new content under the moniker “The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe.”

Plank Article Nick Venegas ’22

Christian Covert ’22; revitalizing school spirit

For the last four years, Christian Covert ’22 has immersed himself in all aspects of campus life at Jesuit High School Sacramento. He is known as a dedicated varsity rugby player and exuberant classmate, but his most notable involvement is being the Student Executive Council Vice President.

Plank Article Klarenz Basco ’22 Kevin Mun ’22

Jesuit students represent the school in Washington D.C. at Ignatian Family Teach-in

Jesuit High School Sacramento students took a trip to Washington D.C. for the annual Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice that took place at the Washington Hilton Hotel throughout the weekend of Nov. 6. 

The group of nine students made the 2,500 mile trip with the objective of increasing their understanding of justice while also perpetuating it. While on the trip, the students visited historical museums, took part in a night protest, and spent time at the National Mall.

Plank Article Cole Beckman ’22 Oliver Leinberger ’23

Ms. Windi Mitchell Returns to Jesuit as a Theology and World Religions Teacher

Ms. Windi Mitchell is not new to the faculty at Jesuit High School Sacramento, she previously worked at Jesuit in 2017-2019 before returning to Jesuit for the 2021-22 school year. Ms. Mitchell has a lengthy history of working with Jesuit institutions as a coordinator for Service and Justice, a theology teacher, and a Jesuit volunteer. 

Plank Article Marcos Lopez ’23

Jesuit works to make freshman transition smooth despite COVID-19 challenges

Making the transition from middle school to high school has always been an integral part of a student’s growth. Jesuit High School Sacramento goes to great lengths to make this transition for freshmen as easy as possible. 

Coming off of a year that saw a global pandemic limit campus and community life, Dean LaRoddric Theodule is looking to improve and reinvigorate the campus, starting with the freshmen. Dean Theodule explains how the Freshman Retreat was an integral part of the freshmen’s development at Jesuit. 

Plank Article Matthew Herold ’22

Veterans Appreciation Club Gives Back to Vets in our Community

The Veterans Appreciation Club is one of the several new clubs this year at Jesuit High School Sacramento.

The club was founded by William Ruggles ’22 to focus attention on veterans in our community and to donate needed goods to local military hospitals. William was inspired to start a club focused on giving back to veterans because of his own family’s military history, which goes back several generations.

Plank Article Oliver Leinberger ’23

Jesuit technology team and buildings and grounds crews played a major role in stopping the floods

An intense storm brought power outages, flooding, and the cancellation of classes on Monday, Oct. 25 at Jesuit High School Sacramento. Through a lot of hard work and dedication from Jesuit’s Technology Office and our Buildings and Ground crews, the school was able to invite students back to campus the next day. 

Many staff members, one being Plant Manager Paul Speers, played a major role in stopping the floods and finding a way to turn the power back on. He explains what happened when the issue started and what they did to fix it. 

Plank Article Samuel Gosal ’22 Braden Acosta ’24

Ms. Hilary Ahl uses her expertise to help Jesuit students in the Academic Support Center

The newest addition to the Jesuit High School Sacramento Academic Support Center this year is Ms. Hilary Ahl, the new Assistant of the Academic Support Center. 

Before coming to Jesuit, Ms. Ahl had her own tutoring business where she helped students of all ages in math, science, and SAT prep. She found it very satisfying to see growth in students from not being well organized to finding a focus. 

Plank Article Oliver Leinberger ’23

Jesuit works to give students opportunities to build community

After being unable to fully come back to campus during the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19, students at Jesuit High School Sacramento returned this year to fully in-person activities with an eager desire to come together and grow the relationships they have formed in the Jesuit community. 

As students adjust to in-person learning and activities this school year, one of the most important aspects Jesuit has been focusing on is building community and coming together to form new relationships.

Plank Article Andrew Maulino ’24 Lucas Rucker '24

The North American Martyrs embody the spirit of being a “Man for Others”

Oct. 19, marked the celebration of the Feast of the North American Martyrs. These patron saints of Jesuit High School Sacramento serve an important role in our community, to Jesuits, and to Catholics everywhere.

The group consists of eight saints: Saint René Goupil, Saint Isaac Jogues, Saint Jean de Lalande, Saint Antoine Daniel, Saint Jean de Brébeuf, Saint Noël Chabanel, Saint Charles Garnier, and Saint Gabriel Lalemant. These saints were all French Jesuits who died on a mission to North America in the 1600s. 

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.