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The Bishop Dunne Girls Varsity Basketball team had three starting freshman on it at the end of the season - a lot like the NCAA Championship team from Duke. Basketball summer camps at Bishop Dunne will be held for both boys and girls this year with former champion Charles Stoker leading the drills. See www.bdcs.org for more info.

Bishop Dunne Welcomes National Basketball Champion Charles Stoker to Summer Basketball Camp

 

As a three-time state and national champion, Charles “Stoke” Stoker incorporates his experience and winning pedigree into his skills development training to motivate today's athletes. Stoke is not only committed to developing basketball skills, but life skills as well.

Born and raised in DeSoto, “Stoke” attended Desoto High School. He played for the Texas State Champion Desoto High School squad as a prepster.

He graduated from Desoto High as the school's leading rebounder as well as being the first player to start on Varsity all four years. He was named to the All State Tournament team as a senior and was a three-time All-District pick and earned Defensive Player of the Year accolades.

After graduating from Desoto, Stoke attended Paris Junior College to explore more college opportunities by improving and enhancing his basketball skills. At PJC, he played for the 2004-2005 National Champion Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. He was named Region XIV Co- Defensive Player of the Year two consecutive years at Paris.

After graduating with his Associate's Degree, Charles attended Central Missouri State (now UCM) where he saw action of play in both his junior and senior year. At CMSU, he played for the 2006-2007 Final Four Finalist Team, Regular Season Champs, Conference Champs, and Regional Champs.

Despite battling through injuries, Stoke was a very solid, smart basketball player and was an outstanding offensive rebounder. He was an opportunistic scorer and was looked upon as a leader and "glue guy" on the team.

After graduating with honors earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management, Charles chose law enforcement as his professional career path. He is currently Deputy Sheriff where his duties are serving as a warrant investigator. He has been on the force for six years. He is also very active in his church (Community Missionary Baptist Church). He loves spending time with family, his son, Ashton and wife, Lonice Stoker.

NIKE BOYS’ BASKETBALL BISHOP DUNNE - JULY 6 - JULY. 10, 2015

NIKE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL BISHOP DUNNE - AUGUST 3 – AUGUST 7, 2015

The week-long camps are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  $235

For additional camp information and dates, see the school’s website: www.bdcs.org or for the basketball camps call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP.

The school is hosting “An Evening with Legends,” at AT&T Cowboys Stadium on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 featuring Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, “Mean” Joe Green, and Drew Pearson hosted by John Wooten and Pettis Norman. Tickets to the event are available on the school’s website or by contact Lydia Torrez at ltorrez@bdcs.org or 469-291-1775.

 

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PHOTO: L – R : Sophomore Heath Kuykendall, Theater teacher Nicholas Brandt, sophomore Jack Gibson, senior Luke Schlenker and sophomore Clara Avila in rehearsal for Friday night’s premier of “Is He Dead?” a play by Mark Twain.

Bishop Dunne Theater Department Inaugural Full Length Play slated for Friday and Saturday

Senior Luke Schlenker and sophomore Jack Gibson will play the leads in the spring play Is He Dead? at Bishop Dunne Catholic School on Friday and Saturday night, April 10 and 11, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold at the door. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

“It’s a fun and entertaining farce – we’re just putting on a show that the audience will laugh and love and forget about their concerns that day,” said Nicholas Brandt, Theater Production teacher and the show’s producer. Fourteen members of the student body are in the cast and another five are in the crew.

The story is written by Mark Twain and is a tale of deception, hijinks, cross-dressing, mistaken identities and “good tomfoolery,” according to the show’s producer, and “is a play for all ages. Families are encouraged to bring their kids and grandparents!”

The new Milam J. Joseph Auditorium was completely renovated and opened a year ago. Monsignor Joseph is the former President of The University of Dallas and a big supporter of the arts and of Bishop Dunne.

Auditions were held in January and rehearsals have been ongoing for four months. Brandt is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame where he received a degree in film, television and theater in 2012. He joined the Bishop Dunne faculty last fall as the theater and speech teacher and part of the campus ministry team.

For more information on Bishop Dunne see the school’s website: www.bdcs.org or contact Nicholas Brandt for tickets at nbrandt@bdcs.org.

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Senior Sophia Rana and sophomore Jack Gibson acted in a duet last fall during a variety revue at Bishop Dunne. The school's first play in the newly renovated theater will be this Friday and Saturday night, 7:00 p.m. curtain time.

Bishop Dunne Theater Department Inaugural Full Length Play slated for Friday and Saturday

Senior Luke Schlenker and sophomore Jack Gibson will play the leads in the spring play Is He Dead? at Bishop Dunne Catholic School on Friday and Saturday night, April 10 and 11, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold at the door. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

“It’s a fun and entertaining farce – we’re just putting on a show that the audience will laugh and love and forget about their concerns that day,” said Nicholas Brandt, Theater Production teacher and the show’s producer. Fourteen members of the student body are in the cast and another five are in the crew.

The story is written by Mark Twain and is a tale of deception, hijinks, cross-dressing, mistaken identities and “good tomfoolery,” according to the show’s producer, and “is a play for all ages. Families are encouraged to bring their kids and grandparents!”

The new Milam J. Joseph Auditorium was completely renovated and opened a year ago. Monsignor Joseph is the former President of The University of Dallas and a big supporter of the arts and of Bishop Dunne.

Auditions were held in January and rehearsals have been ongoing for four months. Brandt is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame where he received a degree in film, television and theater in 2012. He joined the Bishop Dunne faculty last fall as the theater and speech teacher and part of the campus ministry team.

For more information on Bishop Dunne see the school’s website: www.bdcs.org or contact Nicholas Brandt for tickets at nbrandt@bdcs.org.

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WFAA's nationally recognized sportscaster Dale Hansen interviewed Bishop Dunne Senior Jared Alex last month in the TV studio for his weekly Scholar - Athlete honor. Jared was nominated by a parent at Bishop Dunne who was aware of his high GPA and hundreds of hours of service to the Dallas community.

Bishop Dunne Senior is Dale Hansen’s Scholar – Athlete of the Week

Jared Michael Alex has big shoes to fill. Fortunately, he has size 15 feet.

“My father has size 13 feet, so he wear my old shoes some times,” he admits with a shy laugh.

As defensive back for the Falcons this year, he replaced Nick Watkins, who received a scholarship to The University of Notre Dame and played there this fall as a true freshman.  

In the first football game of the year, the Falcons won 51-0, “But they kept running the ball to the other side of the field,” Jared said. “So I basically got to watch a lot of plays.” The team went on to a winning season, and a State Championship.  At 6’3” and 185 pounds, Jared is intimidating on the football field – which could explain the opposing team throwing to the opposite side of the field. Only two players on the team are taller than he is, A.D. Miller, headed to OU this fall, and Darrien Daniels, going to OSU, both on full scholarships. “He’s a smart guy,” Daniels says of his teammate, “and really sarcastic.”

That sarcasm isn’t evident in class. With a 4.21 current average, Jared is better known for thinking critically and working hard. He’s been accepted to “basically every school I applied to, including Rice last week,” he said with a shy smile. He’s won a full scholarship to one of the toughest schools in the nation: The Colorado School of Mines.

Keisha Brown, Bishop Dunne’s college counselor for almost a decade, said she is aware of only one other student at Dunne accepted there. “Sebastian Saldivar was from the class of 2011, and I thought he would go there, but he ended up attending Harvard instead.”

Jared came to Bishop Dunne from Merrywood, with classmates C.J. Ramsey, Lily Guy, Sofia Rana, and De’Stini Henderson. “I was a little bit afraid of the bigger school,” he admits now, “but with friends around me, it didn’t scare me for long.”

In fact, he now puts other younger potential students – and their parents – at ease, working as a Bishop Dunne Student Ambassador. With many AP courses on his transcripts, it seems automatic that he’d be in the National Honor Society, and he is, and was elected Vice President for his senior year.

His favorite teacher in 7th grade was Sister Carol George. “She was so funny and so clear in her teaching that I learned to love math.” He’s hard pressed to pick a favorite teacher this year, but admits, “Mr. Braun is also pretty funny and an excellent AP Calculus BC teacher.”

This semester he’s taking four AP classes: AP BC Calculus, AP Economics, AP Physics and AP Government.

He attributes the good teaching of Mr. Halevy in Human Geography Class to the “4” he earned on the AP test, and admits that he passed all the rest with a “3” which means he has college credit in World History, US History, English and Calculus AB. He also is receiving dual credit in English and Calculus this year.  Jared was one of three students who spoke at Mr. Halevy’s celebration of life on December 4, 2014.

Jared was a hero this past summer, working as a life guard at a local pool. Twice he had to jump in and pull struggling swimmers out of the deep end. “It’s an adrenaline rush, after, when you realize what could have happened,” he says simply. “I’m just glad I was there and could do my job.”

His job on Easter Sunday was easy: sit back and watch himself on Dale Hansen’s Scholar Athlete of the Week highlight. Nominated by Bishop Dunne parent Pam Jones, mother of sophomore Lauren Jones and Caitlyn Jones, Class of 2014, Jared said he was honored to be chosen by the exuberant sportscaster. Was he nervous? “A little bit – but he’s so funny, he put me right at ease.”

He and Caitlyn became friends four years ago when Jared served 100 hours as a freshman in a city program, helping out at a local clinic with his older sister Jorden, now attending the University of Missouri, and Caitlyn, now attending Oklahoma University. The Youth Volunteer Corps was a great way for him to spend a summer and he was happy to lead the NHS students to other service sites last year and this fall.

WFAA Channel 8 and Dale Hansen showcase North Texas high school seniors who have excelled in academics and athletics, as well as contribute to making their community a better place to live. Dale has been recognizing area athletes for over 20 years and Jared was thrilled to be chosen as this week's Scholar Athlete, with the interview aired on Easter Sunday night after the news, on Dale Hansen's Sports Special.

On a typical Sunday, Jared attends Oak Cliff Bible Church with his parents, and prays for his older sister Jorden attending one of the many colleges where he was accepted.

His father worked as Assistant District Attorney of Dallas for years under Craig Watkins, prosecuting some high profile animal cruelty cases, and Jared says of his father, “I admire him greatly, but he’s downright scary in a court room. I look at this giant man making a case against a criminal and I think, ‘that tough guy is not my dad.’ He’s really very good at what he does. “

But it’s his mother, Bonnie, who runs circles around them both. “If I were ever in a car wreck, she would know about it before I would. She’s so organized and pro-active. She knows more school gossip than I do.” His parents met when his father was in a gap year between college and law school, and then within the first two years of their marriage, they had Jorden and Jared. “I know it wasn’t easy on my father to be studying for the bar exam with two little kids in the apartment,” Jared remembers. “I give credit to my parents for working hard through that and getting us to where we are now.”

Jared is willing to follow their example and work hard, as he studies to become a mechanical engineer. Would law school be in his future too? “No way,” he says, “I’m not interested in that arena or politics. I’d rather create things to help others, than do it in a courtroom.”

Prom is next on his agenda, and Jared is looking forward to it, and then graduation in May. The sky is the limit for this Falcon. Time will fly by fast - and Jared will soon head north to a new venture in Colorado – and beyond.

For more information on Bishop Dunne see the school’s website: www.bdcs.org or dunnesports.com. The school is hosting “An Evening with Legends,” at AT&T Cowboys Stadium on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 featuring Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, “Mean” Joe Green, and Drew Pearson hosted by John Wooten and Pettis Norman. Tickets to the event are available on the school’s website or by contact Lydia Torrez at ltorrez@bdcs.org or 469-291-1775.

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Bishop Dunne's 2014 Homecoming Court.

Bishop Dunne's Homecoming Queen Competing for a National Crown!

Glory Omorowa, Bishop Dunne Homecoming queen for the 2014 season, has two opportunities to potentially win or place in a national competition that highlights the accomplishments of high school homecoming queens across the nation.

Glory will be competing in the America's Homecoming Queen Pageant on April 12, 2015 to be held at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport Marriott 8440 Freeport Pkwy Irving, TX 75063. The competition is by invitation only, and homecoming queens have to apply and be accepted to compete based on their leadership skills, scholarship, service and personality. A panel of judges will choose the winner.

Glory has an opportunity to represent Bishop Dunne on a state level, and receive a college scholarship. Should she win at the state level, she'll move on to compete at the national competition to be held this July in Tennessee.

America's Homecoming Queen Competition began in 1981, and there are two parts to the event. The second competition is done by a voting audience. Anyone who wants to vote for Glory can do so by making a $1 donation per vote, and the funds go to scholarships to be awarded to the winners. Last year Cathryn Leigh Ellis, Miss Kentucky, won this honor, and the first runner up was Miss Texas Samantha McHenry.

If selected as our state's homecoming queen, Glory will receive a trip to the National competition for the chance of being selected the 2015 "America's Homecoming Queen." All travel expenses and hotel accommodations are paid for by the competition. In addition, all state winners who compete in the National Selection will receive a cash tuition scholarship to be paid to the school of their choice by America's Homecoming Queen, Inc. The amount of the scholarship will be determined by how each state's representative places in the National Selection. These scholarships may be used for trade schools as well as colleges and universities.

Since its inception 33 years ago, America's Homecoming Queen, Inc., has awarded over $500,000 in cash tuition scholarships, plus over $1,000,000 in travel and awards.

To vote for Glory, see this link:

http://www.americashomecomingqueen.com/index.cfm/state-queens/texas-glory-omorowa-bishop-dunne-high-school/

 

More About our Homecoming Queen of 2014

Glory Imuetinyanosa Omorowa has such a long middle name she will spell it for you if you ask. "It's Nigerian, and translates to 'Faith,'" she explains, so she usually just tells people that it's her middle name. Her grandparents were born in Nigeria, as was her mother Ruth, Aunt Peace and Uncle Osagie, but both her younger Uncle Jimmy, and Glory, were born in America.

Glory has grown up in a faith-filled family, but couldn't quite believe her classmates would choose her to be honored at the Homecoming game a week ago. "I just didn't think I was popular enough," says the outgoing senior.

Glory attended Clay Academy on the campus of The Potter's House Church until 7th grade. "The school sort of ends at that point, and I knew a lot of friends were looking at Bishop Dunne for 8th grade and high school," she recalls. But Glory lives within walking distance of Bishop Lynch, so she shadowed there also. "It just wasn't warn and cheerful like Bishop Dunne," she remembers. She felt right at home in the halls here however and knew this was the school for her. Her uncle works close by, so he drives her to school. "I have two uncles whom I'm close to, Osagie and Jimmy, younger brothers of my mother, and my Aunty Peace. I'm blessed to have them in my life," says Glory.

She admits her first day at Dunne was a bit scary, saying, "I was so nervous. I'm naturally an outgoing person. I was lost in the hallways the first few days, and wanted to cry." But she was surrounded by friends from Clay Academy and made new ones. "And I had great teachers. Mr. Hall and Ms. Doan made me feel so special. I just felt a lot of love throughout the school. No reason to cry!" she exclaims.

But if you saw her at half-time of the homecoming game, when her name was called, the tears started flowing. Her Uncle Jimmy escorted her onto the field with her mother, and he was so excited he picked her up to hug her. "It was pretty funny," relates Glory, "he just jumped up and down and then grabbed me and picked me up."

Glory is used to being picked up – and cheering up others. At the Homecoming pep rally last fall her escort, Darrien Daniels, decided to carry her out to the adoring crowd. He was chosen moments later as the Homecoming King. With 33 college offers, and as a leader of the Falcons' undefeated football team, it seemed he was a shoo-in for the honor. He and Glory are friends, and he was her date for the dance the following night.

Glory has been dancing since she was four years old. She joined the Falconettes in her sophomore year, and is the Social Officer this year. She's also a member of the African American Awareness Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Sounds of Bishop Dunne Choir. She's been in the choir since the 8thgrade and in all three clubs for all four years of high school. In addition to that involvement, she's a monthly volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House and a regular volunteer at Buckner Children's Home. "We're there to entertain the kids, do skits, and spread the Gospel," she explains.

Glory is an active member of her church's Youth Leadership, and credits God and her single mother with her success. Glory traveled to South Africa with her church when she was in the 6th grade to attend T.D. Jake's "Megafest," and see a school built by another woman known for her success, Oprah Winfrey. "It was an awesome experience, seeing South Africa and touring her boarding school for girls," Glory remembers.

Would she want to emulate Oprah and be a talk show host? "No way!" Glory laughs, "I'm much better behind the scenes, supporting others."

Her Falconette squad has been supporting the football team this season in a big way, with longer and more intricate dances. "We were so excited for Ms. Culton last year when she had twins," Glory says, "and we were blessed to have Ms. Norman step in as our moderator to help us." The squad traveled to Hawaii for competition last semester and competed again in a large TAPPS event in January.

Glory has one more big decision to make: she's been accepted to both UTSA and the University of Houston, and is weighing her options. "I'd like to attend the University of Texas in San Antonio if I had my choice," she says, awaiting word regarding scholarships to both schools. With a 3.5 average, she is excited to attend college in the fall. Her plan is to earn a degree in a field where she can help people. "I love math, science, and history, she says. Mr. Meza's Economics class was my favorite last semester."

Like her mother Ruth, a counselor at Metrocare and owner of her private practice, Glory hopes to help others in the mental health field. Until that day, she'll be performing on the football field with her Falconette squad, smiling and dancing in sync with her drill teammates, cheerfully performing for the Falcon crowd, dazzling the audience with a glorious smile.

"Through him we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Romans 5:2

 To vote for Glory, see this link:

http://www.americashomecomingqueen.com/index.cfm/state-queens/texas-glory-omorowa-bishop-dunne-high-school/

For more information on the school, see the school's website: www.bdcs.org or www.Dunnesports.com.

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Bishop Dunne students joined Mothers Opposing Bullying at their annual walk including: (back row) Campus Minister Nick Brandt, Aylin Hernandez, David Briseño, Julia Santos, Victoria Goldsmith, David Lane; (front row): Keaton Van Beveren, Annemarie Carranza, Calli Lynch, Madolyn Childs, Abbey Patrick, Krystal Garcia, Yasmine Jackson, LeBria Ware.

Bishop Dunne Students Join Walk Against Bullying March 28th

Fifteen Bishop Dunne Catholic School representatives joined Mothers Opposing Bullying (M.O.B.) for Walk-A-Thon 2015 on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the beautiful Anderson Booner Park off Park Central and 635 in north Dallas. Walkers helped M.O.B. raise funds to support its establishment of a National Bullying Hotline while walking in the sunshine.

Walkers came from all corners of Dallas to support the foundation which is launching a national hotline for children who suffer from bullying. Along with youth from all over the city, eleven students and four adult chaperones from Bishop Dunne enjoyed their morning walking while standing up against bullying.

Belinda Ramsey, former Miss Texas United America 2006, is the founder of the Dallas-based non-profit, which unites mothers to work together against bullying. This is the second consecutive year Bishop Dunne has supported the walk.

Ellsworth Hercules, spokesman for the foundation, said that research shows that each day over 800,000 students are bullied nation-wide, and over 160,000 skip school to avoid the threat.

Keaton Van Beveren, moderator of the Bishop Dunne Service Club said, “It was a BEAUTIFUL day and while we were given lots of options, we chose the 10k, so we walked the second furthest!” Walkers could choose from different distances including 1-, 2-, 5-, 10- and 14-kilometer divisions in walking and running.

Sophomore Julia Santos said she has “never walked that far” but thought it sounded like a good event to support. “There’s no bullying here, but I wanted to serve others.” She came to Bishop Dunne from Mount Saint Michaels and even though Bishop Dunne is a bigger school, Julia said she has always felt right at home.

7th grader Calli Lynch came to Bishop Dunne from the Harmony School on Camp Wisdom Road and said, “I love it here! I’ve never felt bullied, but I wanted to help others.” A softball player, she attends Rock Harvest Calvary Baptist Church in Cedar Hill and said the walk was easy for her.

Junior David Lane thought the walk would be fun. “Ms. Van Beveren came to my Advisory and talked about the walk, and I figured it sounded like fun so I’d do it.” David came to Bishop Dunne from Holy Trinity Catholic School near downtown, and said the 10k distance was easy for him, since he plays soccer. Has he ever felt bullied at Bishop Dunne? “No way,” he said, “No fear here.” In fact, the biggest man on campus is in his Yearbook Class, Darrion Daniels. “He’s cool – very funny,” said David of his giant classmate, headed to Oklahoma State University this fall on a football scholarship. Would David walk in the anti-bullying event again next year? “Sure! I’d be happy to. It was fun.”

For more information see: www.mothersopposingbullying.org and www.bdhs.org

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In addition to being captain of the Bishop Dunne Falconettes drill team, Alissa Anderson is also a poet. She advanced in both the Prose and Poetry categories in the TAPPS State Academic Competition held this past week in Waco.

Bishop Dunne Students Excel in TAPPS State Academic Competition

Dunne Students Compete in TAPPS State Academic Competition, Advance in Prose, Poetry

"One of the most fun things I've ever done, and I'm super excited for next year," is how one first-time participant described this year's TAPPS Academic competition.

Junior Hank Blackburn was one of two Bishop Dunne students who competed in two different events. He came to Dunne in the 6th grade from St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School and first got into the TAPPS competition last year as a sophomore to compete in the Social Studies category.

"Mr. Kistner recommended Jane Kelleher and me, but I couldn't do it at the last minute for various reasons. I decided that I really wanted to try again this year and make it an obligation, and, well, did it!" says Hank enthusiastically.

About his preparation, Hank said, "I focused on two speech competitions this year and Current Events as my only written test. I didn't place in the speaking competitions, but I really just wanted to do this to allow myself to speak publicly with more confidence. I like reading the news, so Current Events was an obvious choice. I earned seventh place - they go up to eighth - out of maybe 30 or 40 people, so that was a really cool feeling."

Would he recommend TAPPS competition to his classmates? He responds, "This was my first time competing. I loved it!"

Hank divulged one aspect of the competition he didn't see coming, explaining, "The speech competition was kind of intense. Andy and I have never done anything like this before, and it turns out Andy almost made it to finals. A lot of these kids were aiming for the National Forensics League speech competition, a HUGE national speech competition, and only viewed this TAPPS event as a weekend endeavor to practice. It was a little humbling, to say the least - so obviously placing, even if it was just seventh, felt really sweet."

Hank plans to compete next year, "without question!” He says he’ll do Current Events again and aim for the top four spots and also try persuasive speaking, when students have only 30 minutes to prepare a quick speech on a random topic.

He explained that "Oratory," where the competitors prepare a speech, months in advance, wasn't necessarily that exciting. He adds, "I'm normally a planner, but the thing that makes or breaks your score is your performance, not your topic. I technically can't talk about the topics themselves, but Andy and I went in ready to persuade people of these cool social reform ideas we came up with."

In addition to Hank placing seventh in Current Events, Jane Kelleher placed seventh in Social Studies.
 
Alissa Anderson advanced to finals for both Prose and Poetry and placed sixth and fifth, respectively. Maria Nieto and Sai Lammata also advanced to compete in poetry semifinals.
 
Amanda York, Moderator for the competition, said, "While we have a few returning competitors, a lot of kids are new to TAPPS this year. Just being here represents a great deal of work that they've invested. The students are learning by experience and are already getting excited for next year."

2015 Bishop Dunne TAPPS Academic Team:

Destiney Kelly – Ready Writing
Jane Kelleher – Ready Writing, Number Sense, Calculator, Advanced Math
Paige Campbell – Ready Writing
Alesia Johnson – Prose Interpretation
Alissa Anderson – Prose Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation
Hank Blackburn – Persuasive Speaking, Original Oratory, and Current Events
Andy Rubarth – Persuasive Speaking, Original Oratory, and Current Events
Joseph Buford - Spelling
Saipriya Lammata – Spelling, Poetry Interpretation
Samantha Blake - Spelling
Jared Alex – Number Sense, Calculator, Advanced Math
Tremayne Bell – Number Sense, Mathematics
Sesalee Harris - Calculator, Advanced Math
Hailey Kriska – Social Studies
Daisy DelaRosa - Spanish
Aubrey Oliver – Duet Acting
Avery Oliver – Duet Acting
Maria Nieto – Poetry Interpretation

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L-R: Sophomores Michael Wolcott, Brandon Zamorano, Haley Park and Paola Rodriguez relax after a day of service in and around Kiest Park where the entire sophomore class picked up litter, pulled weeds and planted flowers throughout the day.

100 Bishop Dunne Sophomores Serve South Dallas

"Sophomore Day of Service" Monday a continuation of a year of service performed by the students of Bishop Dunne Catholic School.

The entire Bishop Dunne sophomore class spent Monday, March 23, 2015, serving the community by working in and around the Kiest Park area, just up from Bishop Dunne on Rugged Drive.
 
Like the freshman class before them last fall, the sophomore class walked from Bishop Dunne to Kiest Park to work in and around the area. The students and their group leaders spent five hours picking up litter along the Kiest Park Circular Trail – which is two miles long – and along the north and south sides of Kiest Boulevard from Hampton Road to Rugged Drive, and along Kiestwood Trail south to Five Mile Creek.
 
Next, the class members spread fertilizer spikes around 32 Little Gem Magnolia trees in the Kiest Memorial Garden, mulched the trees there, and added some plants in the Rose Garden. Weeding of the Frog Garden and planting new Yuccas rounded out their service hours, upon which the students walked back to Bishop Dunne for some team building games.
 
Campus Minister Greg Schettini said the day went well, adding, “The beautiful sunny weather was a big help! And the sophomores worked hard.”
 
Sophomore Haley Park has been at Bishop Dunne since the 6th grade, since she came here from Immaculate Conception in Grand Prairie. She said of the day of service, “It was a good day – really fun - because we were united as a class. I learned that when we work as a team we can truly accomplish a lot!”
 
Classmate Brandon Zamorano, a graduate of St. Luke’s in Irving before attending Bishop Dunne as a freshman said, “I thought it was a good day overall. I don’t mind picking up trash to make the world a better place. It was good to be a part of something bigger than just myself.”

Paola Rodriguez summed up: “It was fun to work with my classmates!”
 
This was the third all-class service day. The combined 6th and 7th grade classes also had a service day last fall when they visited the elderly residents at St. Joseph’s in Oak Cliff, cleaning up outside the home and entertaining the residents within.
 
Barbara Barbee, long term volunteer at Kiest Park and designer of the list of tasks to do on Monday said in a letter of appreciation, “We were very pleased to welcome your sophomores and teachers and parents yesterday. We hope that your students will be regular visitors and help us as often as possible. Thank you so much for thinking of us when you looked for a project.” She added, after the service work, “I was totally kaput when I got home at 1:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon!”
                 
Mr. Schettini is pleased with the work that is getting done around the Oak Cliff neighborhoods by Bishop Dunne students. “Our motto for these service days is the hashtag ‘#Dunne4others,’ and it’s been great to see our students working side by side, making the world a better place,” he says.

For more information about the Bishop Dunne service program see the school's website: www.bdcs.org or contact Greg Schettini at gschettini@bdcs.org. The school is having its 12th Annual Bishop Dunne Golf Classic at Stevens Park Golf Course on Monday, April 6th with tee-off at 9:00 a.m. and a first-ever Legends Dinner featuring former Dallas Cowboys Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly and Drew Pearson on Wednesday April 29th at AT&T Stadium. Both events help fund tuition assistance scholarships to deserving Bishop Dunne students. For information on both events see the school's sports website: www.Dunnesports.com or contact Tamishia Moats at tmoats.bdcs.org or call 469-291-1862. For school admission information contact Charleen Doan at cdoan@bdcs.org. 

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Bishop Dunne 8th Grade Boys Basketball Team End Year in Championship Game

At 6’2”, Julius Marble looks like a junior, and plays like a senior, which is a big reason the 8th grade boys’ basketball team finished well this season. Averaging about 15 points per game, he made 16 in the second half of the championship game on March 6, 2015. “I thought we were going to win,” he acknowledged afterwards.

 
Jalen Drayden played his heart out at the 8th grade DPL Championship basketball game, and says, "We could have won – we should have won. We'd beaten St. Monica's by 15 points a few weeks earlier." His emotional play kept the team in it even as the half time score looked lopsided.
 
A rally in the second half put the Falcons ahead. But in the last few seconds of the game, Jalen, a lightning-fast point guard, fouled out. "I really stood still, to make sure that wouldn't happen, but got the foul called anyway," he explained. A graduate of St. Philip's Academy, Jaylen has been a ferocious competitor on both the football field and basketball court.
 
His teammate, Carson Horner, was on the 6th grade team, who two years earlier, made it to the playoffs. Carson's older brother, Collin, class of 2013, knows what it's like to make it to the playoffs – in football – but not advance. Carson said this time it was different. He stated, "We had a real chance to win, and I thought we would." He's determined to bring home a championship – and hopes to play on Junior Varsity for the Falcons next year, skipping right over the freshman squad.
 
Isaiah Ruffins, who came to Bishop Dunne from The Merrywood School last year, said he never gave up during the game. "I trusted my teammates to help me play my best and win the game," he said. His 12 points did help, along with his years of practice. Both he and Carson have been playing basketball since they were six years old.
 
Pierce Strong, who came to Bishop Dunne last year from the Dallas Environmental Science Academy, averages about 10 points per game and didn’t disappoint in the championship. “I definitely thought we were going to win,” he said after the game. He looks forward to four more years at Bishop Dunne with four more chances to win a basketball championship.
 
Middle School Athletic Director Stephen Guerrero was impressed with the final 39 - 37 score, exclaiming, "It was pretty amazing when they were down 12 points at halftime and took the lead in the second half, then lost by one basket - two points.” He added, “I'm looking forward to our next four years!"
 
Congratulations to the following members of the 2014-2015 Bishop Dunne 8th grade boys basketball team: 

Marquez Beason

Ben Cores

Jalen Drayden

Carson Horner

Julius Marble

Chance Mulligan

Isiah Ruffins

Pierce Strong

Cedric Wilson

A special thanks comes from the team to Coach Horner and Coach Wilson for their season of great drills and practices that all paid off in the end!

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Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison with UT classmate Bill Melton is surrounded by the 27 Bishop Dunne students who came to meet her at the Oak Cliff Lions Club on Wednesday, March 18th at Weiss Auditorium on the Methodist Hospital campus.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Points to Bishop Dunne Students as “Our Next Generation of Leaders” at Oak Cliff Lions Club March 18

Twenty seven Bishop Dunne juniors and seniors attended the Oak Cliff Lions Club Bill Melton Humanitarian of the Year Award ceremony to meet its 2015 recipient, Kay Bailey Hutchison, former U.S. Senator and Texas Treasurer. The first award recipient was former legendary Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry, who received it in 1978.

A true trailblazer, Ms. Hutchinson was a UT law school graduate at a time when there were no women lawyers. She became a broadcast journalist covering politics after graduating from law school when no law firms would hire her as an attorney.

Now a distinguished former senator who recently considered a run for governor, she was quick to note the dignitaries in the room and had two groups stand up. One was “the future leaders of our city, the students sitting in the back,” for which the sold out crowd of 140 people cheered, and then the veterans in the audience, with about 30 standing to be recognized. Two veterans in attendance were from WWII.

A number of former Humanitarian of the Year recipients were in attendance, among them last year’s honoree Jody Grant, who will be receiving the esteemed Linz award next month, along with his wife, for their many contributions to the Dallas community; Michael Jenkins, the 2012 recipient, the President of the Dallas Summer Musicals; and Ruben Esquivel, 2011 awardee and chair of the State Fair of Texas.

Oak Cliff Lion Bill Melton, a former Dallas County Treasurer and “The Voice of the Cowboys” for many years, introduced Ms. Hutchison, a former UT cheerleader and personal friend of his for more than 50 years.

Ms. Hutchison, honored many times throughout her career, is a member of the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, and an author of a number of books. Her speech was directed to the leaders in the room, and she said, “Good behavior is necessary to help our country move forward. We can no longer sit back and ‘not judge’ when others do something inappropriate. We must stand up for each other.”

Bishop Dunne Senior Class President Bernadette Zuniga was moved by her speech. “Senator Hutchison is a true inspiration to women in society. She inspired me to keep moving forward, and not let anyone get in my way. She made me proud to be a part of the United States of America, and I know my senior class members were so thankful to hear her speak.”

Junior Hailey Krista was wowed by the event. “The award presentation was very well run. Everyone there had high spirits, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing a significant female figure and hearing about her many accomplishments. Women have been underestimated for so long, especially in the political realm, so it was very empowering for me, personally, to see such a strong woman and hear about her achieving great success in politics. I hope to see more females following in her footsteps, taking a firm position on important issues and pursuing their goals and dreams, regardless of the trials they may face.” She added, “I absolutely loved it!”

Other attendees were equally impressed.

Senior C.J. Ramsey said, “I thought Kay Bailey Hutchison gave a great speech and I especially liked it when she asked all the men and women who had served – the veterans - to stand up and be recognized.”

Captain of the Falcons’ baseball team, senior Paul Lopez, said, “Kay Bailey Hutchison reminded us – the students – that we are the future leaders for not just Dallas, but for the nation.”

Junior Nick Cervenka said, “The talk was very educational. I saw a new side of Dallas and what others do in our community.” A student council volunteer, he elaborated, “I never realized the amount of care that went into making Dallas such a great place to live. As a kid, you sometimes don’t understand how much others do to help keep a community safe and running smoothly, but today I got a feeling of that.” Now he’s considering running for a position on the student council for his senior year.

The standing room only crowd stayed after to meet and greet the Humanitarian of the Year recipients and talk to the Bishop Dunne students who had filled three tables. The students waited patiently for a group photo after the luncheon ended, and each individually shook Ms. Hutchison’s hand and thanked her for her inspiring words. Darrion Daniels, an Oklahoma State University recruit, and A.D. Miller, an Oklahoma University recruit, took some gentle joshing from UT graduate Hutchinson. “Well - you two will be rivals next year!” she pointed out, to the delight of both athletes.

“Yes ma’am,” Darrion said with a nod.

“Not a problem,” A.D. said with a smile.

 

For more information on Bishop Dunne see the school's website: www.bdcs.org or www.Dunnesports.com. The school is hosting a Golf tournament Monday, April 6, the day after Easter, at Steven's Park Golf Course, and a Legends Dinner at AT&T Cowboy's Stadium featuring football legends Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly and "Mean" Joe Green on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Information on both events can be found on  the school's website: www.bdcs.org or www.Dunnesports.com, or by contacting Tamishia Moats at tmoats@bdcs.org or call 469-291-1862.

Judith E. Porter, M.T.S., M.B.A.

Director of Community Outreach