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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 Matthew Herold ’22

Jesuit football pulls off win despite the loss of their starting quarterback

On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Jesuit High School Sacramento football team extended its winning streak to three in a 49-7 win against Pleasant Grove High School. 

Despite the lopsided win, Jesuit Varsity Football Scout and Film Coordinator Coach Jonathan Isaac remained grounded when assessing the team’s performance.

“We played relatively well,” Coach Isaac said. “Still a lot of sloppiness to clean up in terms of penalties and execution, but overall a solid effort.”

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 Cole Beckman ’22

Jesuit defeats Christian Brothers 44-0, in the biggest shutout in Holy Bowl history

Last Saturday’s football game was the 50th anniversary Holy Bowl, and it will go down as the highest scoring shutout in Holy Bowl history with Jesuit High School Sacramento defeating the Christian Brothers High School by a score of 44-0.

Jesuit’s offense gained what turned out to be unstoppable momentum after Jackson Hagopian’s ’22 pick-six in the first quarter making the score 20-0. 

“We played phenomenal[ly],” said running-back Kai Santos ’22. “We did what we were supposed to do and we executed the plays well.”.

Plank Article Cole Beckman ’22

Jesuit football prepares to face Christian Brothers in the 50th annual Holy Bowl

In the most anticipated game of the season, the Jesuit High School Sacramento Marauders will face the Christian Brothers High School Falcons this Saturday, Sept. 11th, at Hughes Stadium in the 50th Annual Holy Bowl. 

The Marauders have dominated the Holy Bowl since 1993 with a record of 26-3

After facing a tough loss to Folsom High School, Jesuit hopes to have mended the small gaps in their game that Folsom exposed. Head Varsity Football Coach Marlon Blanton anticipates his team will continue its improvement. 

Plank Article Marcos Lopez ’23 Lucas Rucker '24

Jesuit football defeats Granite Bay coming off of a tough loss

In their second game of the season, Jesuit High School Sacramento’s varsity football team notched a win against Granite Bay High School with the final score of 28-14 on Friday, Sept. 3rd. 

Jesuit handed GBHS their first loss, after starting the season undefeated (2-0). A key performance by Jesuit quarterback Preston Vukovich ’22 had a lot to do with Jesuit’s much-needed victory. He threw for 88 yards on a 63 percent completion rate, in addition to throwing two touchdown passes. 

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 Andrew Maulino ’24

Jesuit football suffers disappointing loss against Folsom High School but looks forward to next game against Granite Bay

After lots of rescheduling and hoping for good air quality, the Jesuit High School Sacramento Marauders and Folsom High School Bulldogs were finally able to play against each other to open the football season on Monday, Aug. 30.

The game ended with the Marauders losing by a landslide in a 7-56 loss against the Bulldogs. Jesuit lost 3 fumbles which was a leading factor in the lopsided defeat.

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 Nick Ferguson ’22 Andrew Maulino ’24

Jesuit football hopes to set the tone with a win in their season opener against Folsom

Update: Due to poor air quality in Folsom, the varsity football game has been moved to Jesuit at 4:30 p.m. and we have adjusted the story to mention that.

On Friday, Aug. 27, at 4:30 p.m. the Jesuit High School varsity football team will be facing a tough opponent as their season opener is against the Folsom High School Bulldogs at Jesuit. 

Due to COVID-19, these two teams were not able to play against each other last year. The last time Jesuit faced the Bulldogs was in August of 2019, losing with a score of 12-52.

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.