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A 1964 Bishop Dunne Varsity Jacket was donated to the school and is ready for display for Homecoming 2015 on October 2, 2015. Deputy Sheriff Don George has a big job with hours that change from day to day, but what doesn’t change is his love for Bishop Dunne. Sheriff George donated his 51- year old letterman's jacket along with some other BD memorabilia, to the school. He graduated in 1965, and will be among his classmates at their 50th Class Reunion on October 2, 2015 at Bishop Dunne. Festivities begin at 6:30 with Kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Bishop Dunne’s Class of ’65 Ready to Celebrate 50 Years!

The first graduating class of Bishop Dunne High School will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Suzanne Murphy Ferguson is a member of that class, and says, “We’ve always been close knit!” As the first graduating class of Bishop Dunne High School, she says, “That in itself has always carried a sense of pride among the alumni. There is a lot of history between us.” Although she attended St. Cecilia’s, she’s quick to note that her class of ’65 came from parishes all over Dallas when they started at Bishop Dunne as 13-year-olds.

She and her classmates started to get together for dinner after their 20th reunion, about 30 years ago. As the number of attendees at each annual successive dinner grew, it became hard to find a place to meet, so the group began gathering at each other’s homes. Her graduating class had about 200 in it, one of the largest graduating classes at Bishop Dunne.
 
In the last decade, her class of ’65 has come together twice a year. This fall, as the class gathers for their 50 year reunion, the plans include: a “Lost in the 60’s Tonight” Friday night theme, with music from the decade piped into the library which will be decorated for the evening. The class will be out on the field and introduced prior to kick-off of the football game, and then classmates are free to cheer on their team or enjoy the party inside.
 
Festivities continue on Saturday night at Campisi’s downtown, where the class will enjoy a delicious Italian dinner. A Mass, possibly celebrated by classmate Monsignor Larry Prichard, is also tentatively scheduled.

 To find out more about the reunion contact her: suzanne_grammy@verizon.net or call:  469 831 5200​.

 

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The Bishop Dunne Varsity Falcon football team graduated 18 seniors last spring, but the 2015 team is stronger than ever thanks to hard work and good coaching. The team plays in the "Lone Star Classic" in DeSoto's Eagle Stadium at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015. The Falcon's first home game is Friday, September 18. Gloria Nieto Photo.

Bishop Dunne Falcon Football Team Ready to "Protect the Crown"

The 2014 TAPPS 5A Football State Champion come into the 2015 season hungry to defend their title and to “protect the crown,” which is the motto of the upcoming season.

The Falcons graduated many key players from last years state championship team, but head coach Michael Johnson and team leaders are optimistic that the young talent is ready to lead the team to another successful and victorious season. Thirteen of 18 seniors on the team were offered scholarships, with full four year offers going to Darrion Daniels at Oklahoma State; Adrian "A.D." Miller at Oklahoma University; Micah Simon at Brigham Young University; and Dailen Sutton at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Recent graduates of Bishop Dunne who are currently playing college football include:

Alex Norman, class of 2012, at the University of Texas in Austin

Ishmael Wilson, class of 2013, played at Texas A&M freshman year and transferred to Baylor last year

Jovan Pruitt, class of 2014, signed with Arkansas, now at Trinity Valley CC

Nick Watkins, class of 2014, at Notre Dame

Payton Hendrix Class of 2014, at Texas Tech

The Falcons begin their season Friday, August 28, 2015, with an away game at Dallas Christian with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.  The team will play in the Lone Star Classic on Saturday, September 12th in DeSoto at Eagle Stadium with a 3:00 p.m. kick off. The first home game for the Falcons will be Friday, September 25, 2015, versus district opponent John Paul II High School. Homecoming is October 2, 2015 against Fort Worth Nolan.

Visit DunneSports.com and follow @DunneSports on Twitter to keep up with the 2015 Falcon Football team.

To learn more about Bishop Dunne see the school's website: www.bdcs.org.

BISHOP DUNNE FALCONS

2015 VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Date

Day

Time

Opponent

Location

8/14

Friday

6:00 p.m.

Parish Episcopal/North Dallas - Scrimmage

Bishop Dunne

8/21

Friday

7:00 p.m.

Evangel Christian - Scrimmage

Bishop Dunne

8/28

Friday

7:30 p.m.

Dallas Christian

Dallas Christian

9/4

 

 

Bye

 

9/12

Saturday

3:00 p.m.

Episcopal (Bellaire, TX) Lone Star Classic

Eagle Stadium (Desoto H.S.)

9/18

Friday

7:30 p.m.

Dallas Roosevelt

Bishop Dunne

9/25

Friday

7:30 p.m.

John Paul II*

Bishop Dunne

10/2

Friday

7:30 p.m.

Fort Worth Nolan* (HOMECOMING)

Bishop Dunne

10/9

Friday

7:30 p.m.

Plano Prestonwood*

Prestonwood

10/16

Friday

7:30 p.m.

Argyle Liberty*

Bishop Dunne

10/23

Friday

7:30p.m.

Bishop Lynch *

Bishop Lynch

10/30

Friday

7:30p.m.

Midland Christian*

Midland Christian

11/6

Friday

7:30 p.m.

TCA*

Bishop Dunne

11/13

Friday

TBA

Regionals Playoffs

TBA

11/20

Friday

TBA

Quarter Finals Playoffs

TBA

11/27

Friday

TBA

Semi Finals

TBA

12/4

Friday

TBA

State Game

Corsicana

* Denotes District games.   BOLD denotes home games.

President - Mrs. Kate Dailey

Athletic Director – Kenneth Davis

Head Coach – Michael Johnson

Assistant Coaches -Myron Hawthorne, Delone Williams, John Johnson, Walter Johnson, Robert Brodner, Chris Walton, Rodney Hawkins, Chadwic Morris

9th/JV FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Date

Day

Time

Opponent

Location

8/14

Friday

6:00 p.m.

Parish Episcopal/North Dallas-Scrimmage

Bishop Dunne

8/21

Friday

7:00 p.m.

Evangel Christian - Scrimmage

Bishop Dunne

8/27

Thursday

7:30 p.m.

Dallas Christian

Dallas Christian

9/3

 

 

Bye

 

9/10

Thursday

6:00 p.m.

Dallas Madison 

Bishop Dunne

9/17

Thursday

6:00 p.m.

Dallas Roosevelt

TBA

9/24

Thursday

6:00 p.m.

John Paul II*

JPII

10/1

Thursday

6:00 p.m.

Fort Worth Nolan*

Nolan

10/8

Thursday

6:00 p.m.

Plano Prestonwood*

Bishop Dunne

10/15

Thursday

6:00 p.m.

Argyle Liberty*

Liberty

10/22

Thursday

6:00 p.m.

Bishop Lynch*

Bishop Dunne

10/29

 

 

Bye

 

11/5

Thursday

6:00 p.m.

TCA*

TCA

* Denotes District games.   BOLD denotes home games.

Head Coach – Rodney Hawkins

Asst. Coach- Chadwic Morris

Revised 8/10/15 

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The 2015-16 school year is about to begin at Bishop Dunne Catholic School with a "Welcome Back Families" event on campus Friday, August 7, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Classes for all students begin Thursday August 13. The school earned an A+ rating in a new national survey.

Bishop Dunne Welcomes New Faculty to the Campus with a Fun Family Event August 7

A “Welcome Back” family picnic and Media Day will be this Friday, August 7th at the school from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A craft fair will be featured in the gym, along with Laser Tag, food and drinks for sale and a scrimmage of the varsity football team.

Ten new teachers will be walking the halls of Bishop Dunne Catholic School as it begins its school year with classes for all grades on August 13th

Most of the instructors have vast experience teaching in their fields, while a few are beginning their teaching career.

Ms. Clare Daly has a bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Dallas and is teaching English.

Brenda Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in translation and interpretation from Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru, and a Master of Arts degree in French from UTA and is teaching French and Spanish.

Cindy Elwood has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The University of Dallas, and a master’s degree in mathematics curriculum and instruction from Dallas Baptist University and is teaching algebra.

Joe Gentry has a bachelor's degree in math from Ouachita Baptist University, a master’s degree in engineering from Washington University, and is an adjunct professor of math. He is teaching upper level math in the high school.

John Groden is an ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) teacher and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Notre Dame and is teaching world geography and theology. In addition, he’ll be working with the swim team as a coach.

Donovan Kelly is also an ACE teacher and has a bachelor’s degree of English and Economics with a concentration in Spanish from The University of Notre Dame and is teaching Spanish and theology. In addition, he’ll be coaching basketball.

Susan Matassa has a bachelor’s degree in English from Auburn University and a master’s degree in theological studies from Boston College and will be teaching theology in the high school.

Kate Modrovsky has a bachelor’s degree in sports management from St. John’s University and an MBA from UTA and will be teaching sports management. She led the softball team to the playoffs last year in her first year as head coach.

Kristen Sustaita has a bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Michigan and a master’s degree in writing from DePaul University and is teaching English.

Erica Sweeny has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in the art of teaching from the University of Southern California and is teaching middle school English. She’s formerly taught in the Czech Republic.

The “Welcome Back” family picnic and Media Day on Friday begins at 6:30 p.m. Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, cool drinks, a Cake Walk and plenty of games and fun for all is scheduled. 

Bishop Dunne’s first day of school for grades 6 – 9 and transfer students attending 10 – 12 grades is August 12. The first day of class for the entire school is August 13.

Middle School Mini Night is August 25th and High School Mini School Night is September 1st.

 

For more information on Bishop Dunne see the school’s website at: www.bdcs.org

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Alesia Johnson, far right, with her "Seven Year Advantage" classmates, all of whom attended Bishop Dunne Catholic School from 6th through 12th grade.

Bishop Dunne’s Seven Year Advantage: College Acceptance, Scholarships

Alesia Johnson came to Bishop Dunne from Fellowship Christian School in Oak Cliff, one of the first 6th grade students to attend the newly-formed grade at Bishop Dunne. On May 22, 2015, she graduated with her senior class, including a dozen students who also became Falcons, back in the fall of 2008.

“The Seven Year Advantage” is what these students experienced, and as a result, Alesia and her classmates are all well prepared for college.

Alesia had her choice of four schools, all of which accepted her: Spellman, Baylor, St. John’s in New York, and Iowa State.

Active in after school activities, including cheerleading, track, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club, and being a founding member of the “Sounds of Bishop Dunne” Gospel Choir, Alesia said she had a secret when she first arrived at Bishop Dunne.

“My father was the Dean of Students, and when people asked me, I’d pretend he wasn’t!” she admits with a laugh now. “So whenever I was called down to the dean’s office, the kids were like, ‘Oh, she’s in trouble again!’ But I never was. My dad just had to talk to me about something.”

Before long she realized the gig was up – her classmates could see the resemblance between the two - and hear it. Her father, Walter Johnson, was a professional singer before becoming the Dean of Students at Dunne, where he graduated from in 1981. Alesia, like her father, has an accomplished singing voice, and a smile that can light up a room. Her mother, Lisa, also sings, “And she says that’s where I get my good voice from!” Alesia said with a laugh. In fact, her parents met in church choir. “The Sounds of Bishop Dunne” Gospel Choir is what Alesia says she’s most proud of in her high school career. That – and her good GPA: she completed her career with a perfect 4.0.

That high average put Alesia in the top ten percent of her senior class. Her classmates aren’t surprised. Most of her best friends at Bishop Dunne are also in the top ten, including Salutatorian Le’Bria Ware and the #3 student in the senior class, Jared Alex, both of whom are headed to college on scholarships.

A member of the track team all seven years, Alesia ran the 400 meter and 200 meter races and the 4x400 relay. She was also in the National Art Society for all four years in high school, following her membership in the Junior National Honor Society, and was a member of the African-American Awareness Club, the Student Council, Bishop Dunne Ambassadors, and FBLA. At graduation, she was awarded the Golden Falcon for Art, the highest honor bestowed by the faculty on the student who exemplifies the best in a particular area of study.

Her track coach, Isaac Bell says, “She is one of the most respectful, confident, and genuine students that I have been around.”

Alesia is also an avid community volunteer, having served at Genesis Women’s Shelter, the American Heart Association, North Texas Food Bank, Hearts and Hammers, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic School, and Mark Twain Elementary.

Her course load was impressive: she took seven AP classes including Language and Composition, U.S. History, World History, Government, Economics, Statistics, and Studio Art and seven pre-AP courses. “My hardest year was senior year, when I had five AP classes,” she said, “and I enjoyed AP Government the most! But all my classes – and teachers – were great.”
 
Alesia’s ultimate goal is to become a teacher, and she plans to be as inspiring as those she took classes from at Bishop Dunne. But, unlike her father, she doesn’t plan to return to her alma mater. She explains, “I just really love little kids.” She may have a  special place in her heart for elementary school because she met one of her best friends of her class of 2015 there, Travis Cook,  in the second grade. He’s headed to Texas Lutheran University on a scholar-athlete scholarship for football. But Alesia is also the oldest of three, and she admits she’s enjoyed growing up with two little brothers, Walter and Nicholas, both of whom attend Bishop Dunne.

Alesia is just one of the success stories at Bishop Dunne. The first group of 6th graders to matriculate up through graduation, a top ten percent student, well prepared for college, and life beyond. She’s proof there is a “Seven Year Advantage” to beginning her college career at age eleven.

Eleven of the twelve students who began their Bishop Dunne experience together in 6th grade have already determined where they will study this fall, with eight accepted to multiple colleges, and offered full or multiple merit scholarships; six of the twelve received a Golden Falcon award for excellence in a particular area of study or club, chosen by the faculty as the best among their peers.

Seven Year Advantage 2015 graduates include:


Luke Athens - University of Oklahoma, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Alabama, University of Houston, Oklahoma State University, University of Arkansas, and University of Kansas

Abigail Austin - University of Iowa, Baylor University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Southern Methodist University, and University of North Texas

Alejandro Flores - Richland College
 
Jake Gardner - Golden Falcon for Technology; Magna Cum Laude, Brookhaven College

Alesia Johnson – Golden Falcon for Art; Iowa State University, Spelman College, and Baylor University, St. John’s University, and Cynthia A. Allen Memorial Scholarship

Liliane Montano - Baylor University
 
Jarod Moser - Marcus Somerstein Scholarship; Karen Collins Award; Dorothy M. Moser Award; Seton Hall College, NJ.
 
Abbey Patrick – Golden Falcon for Child Development; University of Iowa, Texas A&M University, Baylor University, and St. John’s University

Alex Ray – Golden Falcon for Campus Ministry; Mountain View College
 
Catherine Sellers – Golden Falcon for Spirit; Baylor University and Texas Christian University

Micah Simon - Golden Falcon for Best Male Athlete, Brigham Young University (full athletic scholarship)
 
Will Adams – Still deciding what college he’ll be attending this fall
 

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Ten Bishop Dunne students and their teacher-chaperons pause to take a group photo at DFW airport early this morning. The group is headed to Nicaragua for a week of service.

Over a Decade of Mission Trips Teaches “Life Lessons”

Bishop Dunne students leave for Nicaragua for a week of Service.

Ten Bishop Dunne students and their five faculty chaperons are headed to a week of service in Nicaragua. Bishop Dunne Catholic School began the Mission trips over a decade ago, and the other Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Dallas send ten students each to join them, for a total of 40 students and 16 adult chaperons working together. Including travel, the group will be gone for a total of 10 days. Each student is responsible for raising the funds necessary to make the trip.

This is the third year the group will work in Nicaragua, opting to skip their traditional site, Honduras, due to the ongoing unrest in that country.

Chef Cameron Burkhardt went on the first trip to Nicaragua three years ago, and said it was his first time for an international mission trip and his first one with Bishop Dunne. “It was an amazing experience. It was awesome to be welcomed into the lives of the local people and to be working alongside them towards a common goal.”

Burkhardt added that, “Our students were great; they never complained. They continually strived to make the most out of their day in any way they could, whether it was interacting with the children, or swinging a pickaxe.”

Burkhardt also swung a pickaxe, used a shovel and on Day Four, Saturday, ended up back working in his natural habitat as a Chef. “Two job sites were combined, so we took extra plaintains, beans and rice to that site with the additional people so the locals wouldn’t have to provide for all of us. Ms. Torres explained that I was the chef at Bishop Dunne and I was happy to help cook and serve the food.” He worked alongside Gertrudys, the lady at Santa Clara who was in charge of feeding the workers at her site. “She was in her 70’s – and had a lot of energy. She was like everyone’s grandmother, very lovey-dovey.  I hope to be like her one day.”

Calculus teacher Kevin Braun was returning for his third mission trip that first year in Nicaragua. He admitted, “Our group left Dallas to bring a message of God’s love and our Church’s unity to the people of Nicaragua. Instead, through their cheerful attitude to work, overflowing love and acceptance of us, and an optimistic outlook towards the future, our hosts were missionaries to us.”

The Mission trip is one of many different trips Bishop Dunne Catholic School offers to its students. A trip to London is already in the works for Spring Break 2016.

Thirty Bishop Dunne students will be joining theater teacher Nicholas Brandt, along with Ms. Christine Voigt and Ms. Robbie Zeske, on a trip to London during spring break next March, 2016.
 
The group will leave DFW airport on March 5, 2016, and arrive at Heathrow airport on March 6, 2016 after a nine hour flight. They will stay at a hotel in London and then tour the many visual arts, music, and performing arts venues in London, in addition to seeing the major sites of London including: Big Ben, the Globe Theater, and Windsor Castle.
 
Mr. Brandt studied for a semester in London in 2011, and stayed there to work for a summer, so says, “I lived there for half a year and grew to love the place. It became my second home. In my six months there I saw 44 different plays. It was possible to do because I had a ‘young person’s’ (student) discount so I could see West End and National theater plays on discount.”
 
He also went to ten different museums. “Most of them are free. And I saw between ten to twelve music performances.  I’m excited to share my knowledge and experience of London with a group of students and expand their cultural horizons. I hope this trip will help to broaden their minds, and experience some wonder, and “aha” moments. Maybe some of them will say, ‘Hey, this theater thing is something I want to pursue.’ Or at least keep appreciating the arts,” he says with a smile.
 
The trip is open to all Bishop Dunne students in grades 9th through 12. Just ten spots are open, and the trip will be capped at 30. The group returns on March 12, 2016, so it’s a week-long, Saturday-to-Saturday trip.
 
Mr. Brandt will begin his second year of teaching theater classes this fall, along with his duties as Co-Campus Minister. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater and Program of Liberal Studies from Notre Dame, and obtained a Master’s degree in Education in the ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) program.

For information on the London trip, contact Mr. Brandt at nbrandt@bdcs.org. To learn more about the other exciting events at Bishop Dunne, including the school's numerous summer programs and camps see the school's website: www.bdcs.org or sports site: www.Dunnesports.com.  For admission information, contact Charleen Doan at cdoan@bdcs.org. 

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Bishop Dunne 2015 Graduate Krystal Garcia proudly shows her "guns up" sign for Texas Tech, where she will be attending college on a full scholarship. The Oak Cliff resident earned over a million dollars in college scholarship offers and will head for Lubbock, Texas to attend Texas Tech this fall.

Bishop Dunne’s Million Dollar Student: Krystal Garcia of Oak Cliff

​While many of Bishop Dunne’s Class of 2015 will head off to college this fall on scholarships, one student amassed over a million dollars’ worth of offers to attend their universities: Krystal Garcia.

"Krystal is one of the most dedicated and competitive students I have seen in all my years at Bishop Dunne,” says Mr. Meza, Moderator of the Los Latinos Unidos Club. Krystal was the club’s president this year, and a member of the club all four years in high school.

Fifteen different universities and colleges offered her scholarships, including Abilene Christian, Baylor, Houston Baptist, Iowa State, St. Edward’s, St. John’s, TCU and the University of Dallas. She accepted the Terry Foundation Scholarship, which will pay all her tuition and living expenses to attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Greg Schettini, Campus Minister, math and chemistry teacher, met Krystal in her freshman year, and said of her, “Krystal is a perfectionist who allows herself to mess up and try again. When Krystal was a freshman, she told me that her goal was to get into the top 10% of her class. At the time, I saw her as a typical student who was very social, and maybe more interested in having fun than making good grades, so I asked her if she thought that was a realistic goal for her. Obviously, she was determined to prove me wrong.”
 
College Counselor Keisha Brown said of Krystal, “She was very pro-active in getting the information about the different scholarships available. If I advertised a new scholarship opportunity, Krystal was right there ready to take it.”
 
Krystal applied to every state school in Texas and was accepted to all of them. She applied for the Terry scholarship, and said, “I went to visit Texas Tech with my mom the week after prom and it was really great – I really do like it. I saw the teachers and a group of Terry scholarship winners there and saw where I’d be living, in Murray Hall.” That sealed the deal for her. “Texas Tech accepted me first, so I think it was meant to be,” she says.

She plans to study biology and go on to medical school to become a pediatrician.

She explains, “I really do love kids! I volunteer with different organizations like the Concillio. My mom and I are involved with the ‘Dream Big Project,’ which helps to get scholarships to those in the Latino community, especially first generation college students like me. I volunteered over the summer with Children’s Medical Center last year. The summer before that I went on the Bishop Dunne mission trip. After playing with the children in Honduras, I realized that people always need medicine.”

Ms. Lydia Torrez got to know Krystal on the mission trip to Nicaragua. “She was very quiet but she speaks Spanish, so was an incredible resource for us there. She was wonderful with the children, especially getting the games going. I could tell she enjoyed working with them.”
 
Her favorite teacher was on the mission trip that year. “Ms. York was my mission trip leader and I had just finished Spanish II. I’m bilingual, but I’ve never been confident in my ability to speak the language, but I was fine talking with the children. She told me how great I was doing and said, ‘You should take my pre-AP Spanish III class next year,’ which I did, and then ‘You should try in AP Spanish Language.’ I had her two years. She was really influential,” enthuses Krystal.

Another strong influence is her mother and grandmother, who are the biggest inspirations in her life. They sacrificed so much for their children, and Krystal works hard to make sure that what these women invested continues to pay dividends through her.
 
Krystal plans on attending medical school after college and then returning to Dallas to live and work. She knows when she’s at college she’ll miss her mother, Veronica, who works at the Bank of America, and her grandmother, Carmen, and grandfather, Ron, who also live with her in Oak Cliff.

But she’s ready for the next step in her life. She says, “You’re always more capable than you think. I never dreamed I’d get this scholarship. It’s amazing.”

Ms. Keisha Brown, Bishop Dunne’s College Counselor, encourages the class of 2016 to apply for as many scholarships as possible. “You only can be considered if you apply by the deadline.” She sends out weekly announcements about available scholarship opportunities. Most colleges are happy to have Bishop Dunne students apply for financial scholarships.

Krystal’s list below is an example of what is available:

Abilene Christian University - $60,000

Baylor University - $56,000

Coe College - $80,000

College of St. Mary - $56,000

Houston Baptist University - $70,000

Iowa State University - $38,000

St. Catherine's University Presidential Scholarship - $84,000

St. Catherine's University Venture Scholarship - $20,000

St. Edward's University President's Merit Scholarship - $72,000

St. John's University - $95,000

Terry Foundation Scholarship (full ride) - $88,800

Texas Christian University Founders Scholarship - $40,000

Texas Tech University Presidential Scholarship - $12,000

University of Dallas Paul Wood Scholarship (full tuition award) - $133,440

University of Dallas President's Scholarship - $88,000

University of Houston Academic Excellence Scholarship - $18,000

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor - $20,000

Total Awarded - $1,031,240

 

For more information on Bishop Dunne Cathoic School see the school's website at www.bdcs.org. Bishop Dunne has a number of summer camps for both athletics and academics. Contact Tim Hall for information on the academic camps: thall@bdcs.org. To learn more about sports at Bishop Dunne see: www.Dunnesports.com. 

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Congratulations go to team members (l-r) Ethan De la Garza, Chance Mulligan, Ben Cores, Angelo Bianco, along with their Coach Stephen Guerrero, for their Championship game Monday. The team tied for first place.

Bishop Dunne Middle School Golf Team in Championship

Monday June 8 was another great day for Bishop Dunne’s middle school athletics!

“Congratulations go to our middle school golf team,” Middle School Athletic Director Stephen Guerrero said. “In the DPL city championship tournament Monday at Sherrill Park in Richardson they tied for 1st place shooting a 10 under par (60).”

To break the tie the teams went to the number one handicap hole. The "sudden death" end to the season was close.

“We shot a five and St. Monica shot a four on that hole, making them city champs, and so Bishop Dunne took 2nd place.”

Coach Guerrero is proud of the team and says, “These four 8th graders are ready for Bishop Dunne high school golf with Coach Tom Perez and Coach Kevin Braun.”

Congratulations go to team members Ethan De la Garza, Chance Mulligan, Ben Cores, and Angelo Bianco.

Five  Bishop Dunne Middle School teams made it to the championship games in their sport this past academic year: first was the championship game in football last fall, then the championship game in boys basketball in the winter, then winning the DPL track championship in May, and last week the middle school co-ed soccer team competed in the championship, losing a tough game 0 - 2.

Coach Guerrero is thrilled with his Middle School athletes and encourages them all to "Have a great summer! See you in August."

Bishop Dunne has a number of summer sports and academic camps. For more information see the school's website: www.bdcs.org or www.Dunnesports.com. For academic camps, contact Tim Hall at thall@bdcs.org. For more information on Bishop Dunne Middle School sports contact coach Guerrero at sguerrero@bdcs.org. For information regarding admission to the middle school or high school, contact Charleen Doan at cdoan@bdcs.org or call 469-291-1768.

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The Bishop Dunne Middle School Soccer team will be playing in the DPL Championship game on Thursday June 4 at 6:00 p.m. The Middle School football and basketball teams also made it to the championship games, and the Middle School Track team won the championship this year.

Bishop Dunne Falcons in Middle School DPL Soccer Championship Game

“The middle school athletes at Bishop Dunne Catholic School keep on impressing us,” says Middle School Athletic Director Stephen Guerrero. “First the championship game in football last fall, then the championship game in basketball, then a DPL track championship, and now they are in the DPL soccer championship game.”

The Bishop Dunne 7th/8th varsity team beat St. Patrick’s on Tuesday, 4-0. The next day the team beat St. Pius in the penalty kick round after the teams tied at 1 - 1. 

The team is now in the DPL championship game to be played Friday, June 4th, 6 p. m. against the team from St. Monica's at the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Coach Guerrero says, “Come out and support them if you can. It would be great to have a big crowd supporting them!” 

For more information about Bishop Dunne's athletic teams see the school's website: www.bdcs.org or www.DunneSports.com or contact Coach Guerrero for information on Middle School sports, sguerrero@bdcs.org 

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Congratulations go to Bishop Dunne's salutatorian, Le’ Bria Ware, for her GPA of 4.33, and valedictorian, Justin Mills, for his GPA of 4.36. Justin will be attending The University of Texas at Dallas and Le’Bria will be attending Texas A&M University.

2015 Salutatorian Can Sing, Dance, Serve Others

Le’Bria Ware was surprised to learn she was near the top of her class. “I never really thought about it,” she said, “I was just doing my best in my courses.”
 
Always “doing her best” is what most of her teachers and friends would say about her. Her good friend, Alesia Johnson, found out that Le’Bria could sing, and suggested she join her in a new choir forming at the school. “There were four or five of us in 6th grade who got together to sing,” Alesia remembers, “but it kind of fell apart, and we didn’t resume singing until our freshman year.”
 
Eventually “The Sounds of Bishop Dunne”--a gospel choir--took off, and Le’Bria soon found herself with six best friends.
 
In addition to choir, Le’Bria had a number of activities keeping her busy at Bishop Dunne, beginning with basketball in middle school. When she moved up to high school she concentrated on her classes until she decided to try out for the drill team at the end of her sophomore year. She made the squad, and danced with her drill team both her junior and senior years, becoming senior line officer this year. She has great memories of the Falconettes’ trip to Hawaii last year, as well as participating in the competition this year in Duncanville, and performing for the State Championship football team.
 
She admits she’s a “football junkie” and probably didn’t give her finest performance during that last game of the season, saying “I was so excited about that game, I was watching the field and missing my dance cues–but wow–what a night that was!”
    
Most salutatorians have a favorite teacher, but Le’Bria says all her teachers at Bishop Dunne were terrific, from Sister Carol in her first math class to Eleanor Graham and Brinkley Maclin in her AP English IV class. She took five AP courses this year, and said reading Crime and Punishment made AP English her toughest class. “That is a really dense, difficult book – but I understand it now,” she says, smiling.
 
With that many tough classes, you’d think Le’Bria wouldn’t have time for other activities, but the choir and the Falconettes provided her a sense of release–and joy. “Our new coach, Ms. Kelly Norman, stepped right in last year when Ms. Culton had to take it easy when she was pregnant with her twins,” Le’Bria said, “both women were such an inspiration to me.” She added, “Going to Hawaii was just amazing!” Le’Bria would like to return there one day, and take her family with her.
 
A sense of family grounds her, and while she’s serving at The Promise House, a home for runaways, she says she really understands how blessed she is. She tutors children there, from age six to seventeen, in English and math, and she sees how hard life is without loving parents and a big brother to talk to.
Accepted to all six colleges she applied to, including UT- Austin, Baylor, the University of Arkansas, St. John’s in New York and Iowa State, she plans to attend Texas A&M in the fall and study microbiology. She wants to stay in Texas to be close to her parents, Karen and Mahlon, who met in high school. She knows she got her voice from her father. “Dad could sing! That’s how my mom met him--she heard him singing,” she relates with a laugh. Her big brother Mahlon is also a Bishop Dunne graduate, class of 2011. She said following him from St. Philip’s School and Community Center made the transition from a small school to a bigger one easy.
 
Now she’s ready for a bigger stage herself. She attributes her success to the excellent education she received at Bishop Dunne, and the opportunities available to her at the school. After joining the school choir, she felt confident enough to become a member of the youth choir at her church, Freedom Missionary Baptist Church. Being a Baptist at a Catholic school was never a problem, says Le’Bria. “My seventh grade religion teacher, Mrs. Cooper, made it clear to me that we can learn from each other. I wouldn’t hesitate to tell others to attend here,” she adds.
 
She also doesn’t hesitate to try new things, and knows she can overcome adversity. “Our choir trip with the band last year to Colorado sort of cemented it for me,” she reveals. “We learned to snow ski one day, and then were in a choir competition the next day, then back on the slopes the third day. My friends in the choir and I had skied this one mountain trail all day, so we decided we should try a new route, you know, go somewhere else.” Half way up the new mountain Le’Bria began to panic. She remembers, “I was sitting on the chair lift with Danae (Jackson) and I thought, ‘we’re going to die if we keep going up!’ At the top we realized we had probably made a mistake. I can’t count the number of times I fell skiing down that mountain.” But, the girls all made it, with no injuries, and now have a hilarious story to tell.
 
That mountaintop experience was a lot like her first AP class, Human Geography with Mr. Drew Halevy. “I was a freshman, only one of a few in that class. It was hard. I thought I’d fail.  Mr. Halevy helped me, showed me how to study. I learned how to learn. I made it through,” she explains.
 
And now, along with the Valedictorian, Justin Mills, she’s ascended to the top of her class – a surprise to her, but not to those who know her. “Le’Bria’s so talented,” her good friend Alesia says. “She developed really great leadership qualities over the years here. And she’s very calm at crazy times. There are moments when I can go to her and just talk to her. She has a good head on her shoulders. I’m not surprised she’s our Salutatorian. She deserves it.”
 
A Falcon ready to graduate and become an Aggie, and then, the sky’s the limit. But skiing? “Maybe,” Le’Bria says with a smile.
 
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

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Justin Mills stands outside the Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe downtown on Thursday night, May 21, 2015 before the annual baccalaureate service. With a 4.36 cumulative GPA, Justin is the 2015 valedictorian for Bishop Dunne. He will be attending The University of Texas at Dallas to study math and plans to become a math professor.

Valedictorian Justin Mills is a Renaissance Man

Most high school seniors can’t wait to get away from school. Justin Matthew Mills probably has spent more time than the average student completing lots of quality homework and attending every football game played during his high school career, although he’s not really into sports. “I play trombone in the band,” he explains, “so we performed at all the games. But I missed a lot of the action, because we were either preparing to go on the field for the half time show or on our third quarter break.”
 
A graduate of St. Elizabeth’s, he came to Bishop Dunne with a number of classmates, including the Oliver twins, Aubrey and Avery, Giselle Martinez, Ramses Valdez, Ashley Ortega, Josh Gleason, and Lilly Connally. He attended DeSoto private school before that, and found Bishop Dunne to be a bit bigger and more challenging, especially the 90-minute classes. But surrounded by friendly classmates and excellent teachers, he soon found his niche. Mr. Jim Martin was his favorite freshman year. By senior year, Mr. Kevin Braun was his favorite. “I had him for both AP Calculus and AP Statistics, and he’s sort of comically insane and highly entertaining.”
 
And although he played baseball and soccer in middle school, he chose to concentrate on band and academics in high school. But Swim Coach Robbie Zeske said she would have been happy to have him on her team. “He is a HECK OF A SWIMMER! He took a PE credit one summer with me during his freshman year on stroke proficiency and water safety. He was a rock star!”
 
Known more for his quiet demeanor than his athletic ability, history and government teacher Mark Clifford said, “He once dressed up like me during Spirit Week for Twin Day. This was his sophomore year. It was hilarious. I had never had a student do something like that. I have a picture I can show you!”
 
Band Director Daniel Harrelson has high praise for his trombone player: “Justin is one of the most musically talented young people that I've had the pleasure to teach.  In addition to his skills, given by God and honed through much effort, he is very humble, professional, polite, kind, and encouraging.  He will be missed in the future!”
 
Justin survived a whole year in Mrs. Graham’s and Ms. Maclin’s AP English class his senior year as the only male. “His eleven female classmates appreciated his gentlemanly demeanor and not once did we tease him-or rarely,” Ms. Graham confided. “He’s very musical, having played the piano since middle school and he has been in the band all this time.”

In his personal bio, Justin said, “When I came to Bishop Dunne as a Freshman I was a bit of a wreck. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my future and barely had any idea what to do at any given moment. But as I fleshed out some friendships and became a little more confident in myself, I quickly got into the rhythm of things. The only thing I really had that carried over from middle school was piano, which I continue to practice and enjoy.”

Justin feels Band and Archery Club were his two major interests at Dunne, besides academics. And he truly was interested in the people. “I loved it here. The diversity has been wonderful, and I don’t mean just the racial diversity, but the very different types of people here of all cultures and religions. It’s very familial. It’s been great!”

His off campus interests include the game Dungeons and Dragons; tabletop roleplaying games; video games; reading; doing math for fun; listening and creating music, “And watching comically bad films!”

He has so many good memories of high school he can’t pick out one to highlight, but says his junior retreat was something special, as was the band and choir trip to Colorado last year.  Senior year included playing at the state championship football game, where his friends on the team included Travis Cook, Micah Simon, Dailen Sutton and Jared Alex – all of whom, like Justin, will be attending college on scholarships.

Justin was aware he was among the top students in his class but was surprised that he ended up as the 2015 valedictorian. “I guess the six AP courses I took this past semester pushed me to the top,” he said, admitting he was weary from the six AP exams he recently took. He took 11 AP classes over all,  included Human Geography; World Geography; US History; Government; Microeconomics; Calculus; Statistics; Biology; Physics; English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition. Should he score well on the AP exams, he could earn college credit at his chosen school, the University of Texas at Dallas located in Richardson. His roommate is also a Falcon: Nick Magnis.

Accepted at all the colleges he applied to, he’s happy to attend a school known for an outstanding math department, which will be his major. Ultimately, he plans to be a math teacher, hopefully at the college level, but he’s not opposed to coming back to Bishop Dunne to teach. “I’ve noticed about every other teacher here is either a Dunne or Notre Dame Graduate,” he says with a smile, “and that’s not a bad thing.” His big brother Cody, Bishop Dunne class of 2013, will be a junior at UTD next year, and like Justin, was his class’s valedictorian. Justin attributes his good grades to his parents’ encouragement. His mother, Michele, is a paralegal and his father, Rick, is a comptroller for a delivery and warehouse company.

Justin hopes his future includes a family with a house and wife and kids. But for his immediate future, this summer, he may end up working at Thorntree Country Club where he’s been employed before. After twelve years of hard work in school, he admits, “I’d be happy just to sleep this summer.” His classmates and teachers will probably tell you he’s earned it.