The Plank - Student Life

Plank Article Gage Biery ’20

Senior Memory: Rushing the court

During my four years at Jesuit High School Sacramento, many memorable and impactful experiences will stick with me for a long time. One of the most memorable was one that happened this school year, at a basketball game, a few days after New Year’s Day.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21 Henry Krueger ’21

Jesuit adapts plans for rest of 2019-2020 school year, an overview of what’s to come

With advice from state and local health officials, President Rev. John P. McGarry, S.J. and Principal Mr. Michael Wood ’99 announced Jesuit High School Sacramento would extend online learning through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Students and parents received the news in an email on April 9.

Plank Article Matthew Marsh ’20

Taste of Success

Starting a business can be one of the most rewarding yet challenging tasks one can undertake. Students at Jesuit High School Sacramento looking to get a taste of what it takes to succeed in the business world should check out the Entrepreneurs Club.

Plank Article Nick Venegas ’22

La Raza in Los Angeles

Serving others

Last February, the Jesuit High School Sacramento La Raza Club took their annual trip to Los Angeles and embraced their Hispanic and Latino heritage by serving impoverished groups who share the same ethnic background. 

Plank Article Jason Reyna ’20

Seek Discomfort Club

Left to right: Gian Papio ’20, Nick Salonites ’20, and Grant Houle ’20

While many of the clubs at Jesuit High School are based on common interests like video games and music, the Seek Discomfort club defies the normal definition of “club.”

Plank Article Jared Agos ’21

Gym overhaul continues

View of the interior of the Fr. Barry Gymnasium at the Freshman Orientation mass for the class 2023.

Jesuit High School Sacramento students entered the Fr. Barry Gymnasium last fall to find one major change: air conditioning. This was one renovation in a $2.8 million project that will continue and conclude this summer.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

Social Justice Summit discusses economic justice

Jesuit High School Educational Technology and Information Commons Director Mr. Jordan Brown talking to students about the "Fundamentals of Economics" in the Phelan Chapel of the North American Martyrs on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

At Jesuit High School Sacramento, it’s an annual tradition to spend a week examining a social justice issue such as mental health or criminal justice. In last week’s Social Justice Summit, students heard a variety of discussions that addressed the realities of economic justice or injustice. 

Plank Article Jaiveer Gahunia ’20

Students donate 46 pints of blood in annual Blood Drive

Student Carter Wink '20 participates in Jesuit's annual Blood Drive.

The Blood Drive is Jesuit High School’s annual tradition of giving blood. This life-saving practice has been at Jesuit for more than 20 years, and its most recent entry was last Thursday, Jan. 16.

This year, Jesuit collectively donated 46 pints of blood. This number is lower than previous years, with last year’s Blood Drive collecting 70 pints of blood. 

Plank Article Matthew Marsh ’20

Renewed emphasis on the Grad at Grad

Three students smiling in formal dress  by the chapel.

For over a decade, the Examen prayer enriches each afternoon at Jesuit High School Sacramento, winding down every school day with a reflection rooted in Ignatian spirituality, but this past year the Daily Examen has seen a small change.

Plank Article Lincoln Marks ’20

Promoting our ideals

Banner on campus with statement "Developing as a leader".

Looking around the expansive campus of Jesuit High School, students might notice the new signs that decorate the campus, promoting Jesuit’s ideals and identifying specific locations. 

Plank Article Harley Sherman ’22

Glimpse of the Brotherhood

Group of young boys walking on campus and smiling.

Each year, Jesuit High School hosts several Shadow Days that allow potential Jesuit students to “shadow” a current student for a day. Prospective students get a glimpse of what life is like on campus and in the classrooms during a typical school day.

Plank Article James Fahey ’20 Jason Reyna ’20

“Mr. Worldwide”

Amongst being a world traveller and skilled mathematician, Mr. Nicholas Llanos has come to Jesuit High School to bring his active yet relaxed teaching style to the school.

After teaching Integrated Math at Grant High School, Mr. Llanos became dissatisfied with the personal interaction with the district, causing him to look for opportunities elsewhere.

Plank Article Matt Parks ’21

Student Coalition for Equity and Inclusion

Photo of one of the "we are all fellow travelers" poster in window

A major aspect of the Jesuit High School experience is learning how to be “Men For Others.” To this end, students are taught to be leaders and advocates for social justice. The Multicultural Student Union (MSU), which was started last semester to support this mission, looks to continue its work this year.