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Bishop Dunne's Stephen Guerrero is the Catholic Diocese of Dallas Teacher of the Year, awarded the honor last Friday at the Annual Diocesan Educators' Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel downtown. Guerrero also coaches wrestling and cross country after school, and won Coach of the Year for Cross Country in 2014. He has two masters' degrees, his second was earned in Educational Leadership from Notre Dame.

Bishop Dunne’s Stephen Guerrero Is the Diocesan Teacher of the Year

At the fourth Annual Dallas Diocesan Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet on Friday night at the downtown Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Bishop Dunne’s Assistant Principal, teacher, and coach Stephen Guerrero won the coveted “Teacher of the Year” award. This is the third win in four years for Bishop Dunne Catholic School. Mr. Brad Baker, a GIS instructor and coach of the archery team won in 2012, and Jim Martin, senior theology teacher and campus minister won in 2013.

Guerrero has devoted two decades to Catholic Education, 18 of them at Bishop Dunne. He was chosen Coach of the Year for his successful cross country program in 2014.

A recent graduate of the Notre Dame’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership program for principals, Stephen encourages his students by admitting he never thought he’d get to go to his dream school, the University of Notre Dame.

Much like the beloved character in the movie, Rudy, Guerrero always wanted to attend The University of Notre Dame, but was not accepted in his senior year of high school, most likely because of the university’s low acceptance rate. Last year 17,000 high school seniors applied for 1,985 places in the freshman class.

Born in Garland and raised in Dallas and Louisiana, Stephen is a graduate of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, an all-boy school, which he transferred into from Bishop Lynch when his father, working for the Food and Drug Administration, was reassigned. “Both my sisters graduated from Lynch,” he says, “but when the time came, I was okay with learning from the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.”

He went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas and a Master’s degree in Science from East Texas State University, then began teaching and coaching at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Garland, while also coaching part-time at Jesuit. He became Athletic Director of Good Shepherd and later Mary Immaculate Catholic School. He was hired at Bishop Dunne 18 years ago and has been teaching and coaching there ever since.

A running enthusiast, Coach Guerrero first started when he was about 10, in the 5th grade. His older sister Gloria was a runner, and so he ran with her and his father, who was coaching his sister. He ran in the parochial league in the Dallas Diocese, and was part of the Bishop Lynch District Champs in 1981 and 1982. He continues to run marathons, completing his 20th on November 7, the Moab Marathon, the toughest in his life.

He also wrestled both his freshman and sophomore years, in the 98 pound weight class, “although I only weighed about 77 pounds my freshman year, and a whopping 92 pounds my sophomore year,” Guerrero remembers with a laugh.

When his father was transferred to Louisiana, Stephen found himself at a new high school, Brother Martin, where he planned to continue in his two sports, running and wrestling.

But in the first day of wrestling practice, he was lifted up and landed hard – and felt a tingling sensation throughout his whole body. “Sort of like pins and needles,” he explained, “and my neck was really stiff.”

He went home that day and iced his injury, but woke up the next morning still feeling stiff all over. He attended practice for two more days until he woke up Friday and told his father he couldn’t move his neck at all. That’s when he went to the doctor’s office and learned that he had popped the #2 vertebra in his neck. He’d been literally walking around – and going to practice – with a broken neck.

Stephen knew he was in serious condition when he saw his mother’s face grow pale. The doctor immediately had him admitted into the hospital, and put in a halo brace. Had his vertebra moved another inch, his spinal cord would have been severed, paralyzing him from the neck down.

But the thick muscles in his neck had held the bone in place when it popped in practice. Being told he has a thick neck or “no neck” isn’t an insult to Coach Guerrero, because in his case, as he says, “it literally saved my life.”

The first seven vertebrae support the spinal cord and also our auto neuro systems – including those important things that we don’t think about: your heart beating, breathing.

“I was in the hospital for about a week,” Guerrero remembers, “but after I was in the halo for one day, the next day my vertebra was magically back in place. I was told I could live a normal life, but one bad move could result in my back breaking again, so my only option was surgery.” Guerrero agreed to have some bone from his hip fused to his first and second vertebra, stabilizing the one that had popped during wrestling practice, so now he has five vertebrae and one really big one, instead of the usual seven.

Following the surgery, he had to wear a halo brace for six months at his new school, Brother Martin, for his first semester. “I was very nerdy,” he says, “and very stinky – because I couldn’t take that thing off. I had to wash with it on, which meant a sponge bath, not a shower.” By June he was out of the halo and into a mini halo – one he could take off to shower.

His wrestling days over, Guerrero continued to run, most recently completing his 20th on November 7, the Moab Marathon, the toughest in his life, with an old friend from Bishop Lynch.  He trains by running with his cross country team members Monday through Fridays, and doing longer runs on Sundays.

He’s very proud of his cross country team’s district championship last year. Stephen explains: “Cross country is truly a team sport. You want a lower score, not a higher score, in this sport. For instance, the first runner across the finish line gets one point. The next gets two. If you only have four runners – you need five – you can’t win. So our ‘fifth man’ is just as important as our fastest runners.”

His fastest runners broke their own personal records at the district meet last year, as did the fifth man, Scott Harris. Jarod Moser came in second, Josh Benavides 7th, Jeffrey Hunter 11th and Alejandro Flores 12th. Once the scores were added up, Dunne runners took first place, winning the district meet for the first time in a decade. 2001 was the last championship year. Coach Guerrero is quick to point out, “It’s a team sport, and it’s not about an individual.” But a lot of individuals made this team a winner. The team has grown to 28 members, and a lot of that has to do with the leadership.

“Our coaches are terrific. Kevin Braun, Chris McClellan, Jacob Benavides—who helped us out last summer and is now running at UT Permian Basin—and  Robbie Zeske. We had at least two coaches at every practice every day – we all work together. It’s been great,” says Guerrero.

“Coach Guerrero taught us that it’s the little things that make a difference,” acknowledged senior Madison Haynes, her first year as the manager of the team in 2014. “We unload and load the bus and clean it top to bottom before we leave it. He says picking up trash and motivating our teammates, everything counts. His speech after the district win was awesome.  He told us that all the things we do starts a chain reaction, and even though we won, to remain humble. He’s the most inspiring, energetic, family man.”

According to his colleagues, coworkers, and students, Coach Guerrero could not be more deserving of this distinction, as congratulations continue to pour in for yet another honor, Diocesan Teacher of the Year. 

For more information on Bishop Dunne’s track team see: www.Dunnesports.com. For information on the school see the school’s website: www.bdcs.org. To congratulate Steve Guerrero, contact him at sguerrero@bdcs.org

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Bishop Dunne Freshman wins $1,000 Scholarship to Summer Institute at Prestigious Washington University

Two months ago freshman Kazai Kiara Drew was looking for internships, and asked her teacher, Ms. Popeil-Ilevia about it.

“She emailed me some links to summer programs, and my mother and I looked through them. We did a little research about the schedules and requirements, and I applied on-line to the Washington University program.” Kazai said the application was just one page. “It was really simple. At the end was an essay, just a paragraph, so I did that. About a week later I heard I was accepted! I was happy - but it’s expensive. So we applied for a scholarship, and I got a $1,000 one.”

Her mother, Froswa’ Booker-Drew, who is of French descent and grew up in Louisiana, and her father Charles, originally from Colorado, are happy to see their only child heading off to learn about her future career.

Kazai (“Ka-ZAY”) came to Bishop Dunne last year for 8th grade from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Grand Prairie, where she attended in the 7th grade, but her name comes from Japan. She is named after her father’s mother, her grandmother Kazue, “But people pronounced it ‘Ku-Zu’ so when I was born, my parents changed the spelling of it to make it easier to pronounce for our American culture.”

Born in Texas, Kazai says after college she’d love to live and work in New York City. “I also want to go to college there, at NYU, to study photojournalism.”

The two week workshop begins in late June and goes into early July. “I’ve never been to St. Louis,” Kazai says, “I’m trying not to be nervous about it.”

Kazai will turn 15 in August, so this will be her first trip on her own. Her mother and grandmother will fly up with her to see where she’ll be staying for two weeks, and then she’ll be left to learn all she can.

Washington University's Summer Communications Institute is part of the over a century-and-a-half-old institute that began in 1853, when prominent St. Louis merchant Wayman Crow and his pastor, William Greenleaf Eliot Jr., were concerned about the lack of institutions of higher learning in the growing Midwest. The two worked together to create the university for the waves of immigrants that flooded into St. Louis in the 1840’s and 1850’s, boosting the population of the young city. With these newcomers came a pressing need for education — both industrial training and basic general courses — conducted outside of normal working hours. So the first educational step of the young Washington University was to establish an evening program on October 22, 1854.

Over the succeeding decades, the continuing education program underwent many changes. The university flourished at its location in downtown St. Louis for its first 50 years, growing from an evening program to an institution offering a full slate of scientific, liberal arts and classical course offerings. In time, schools of law and fine arts were added. In 1891, the school acquired the St. Louis Medical College to form a medical department, which merged with the Missouri Medical College in 1899.

In 1891, Robert S. Brookings was named to the board of the growing university. Brookings later became president of the board, and was instrumental in the construction of the new campus as well as the transformation of the medical school. In the spring of 1892, Brookings and several other board members were appointed to a special real estate committee charged with finding a new site for the university. The following year, the committee decided on a hilltop location west of the city. The site plan was developed in 1895 by Frederick Law Olmsted and that is where Kazai will be learning about how to improve her writing skills, so she can pursue her career as a photo journalist.

Ultimately, after college, Kazai would like to work for an on-line publication, and she’d love to cover pop culture or global conflicts – even politics.

After taking Intro to Art – a prerequisite for Photography - Kazai can move into the course and begin her photojournalism portfolio. In the meantime, her favorite class is English, and her hardest is Latin. “It helps out – to know the basic language – just about every language stems from Latin.” She also played middle school volleyball last year, but concentrated on her classes and grades this year. She hopes to run track and take Yoga next year.

The happy owner of two dogs, Sunshine and Lady, a Jack Russell Terrier mix and a Terrier – Schnauzer mix, Kazai has had them since the fifth grade, but she’s willing to leave them for a bit to fly off to St. Louis to begin her future career. “This internship is going to be an experience – and I’m looking forward to it – very much!”

Bishop Dunne has a number of summer camps on its school campus at 3900 Rugged Drive in Oak Cliff, from stregthening your academics to strength training. For more information see the school's website: www.bdcs.org or contact Tim Hall at thall@bdcs.org. 

 

PHOTO: Freshman Kazai Drew at Easter

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Bishop Dunne's Russian Olympiad Team had an outstanding performance in Houston on April 18. Freshman David Andrews got an ovation for his outstanding score.

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, eleven Bishop Dunne students competed in the Russian Olympiad in Houston. Every one of them came away a winner. Three earned the “Gold Medal” status, the highest award level. Mrs. Iryna Dovzhanska, Bishop Dunne’s Russian teacher, said, “We experienced an amazing moment watching all the attendees acknowledge our freshman David Andrews with an ovation for his outstanding score. Bishop Dunne is now known statewide as a school that produces champions!” 

 

The competition is held annually. Dovzhanska, English and Russian Teacher at Bishop Dunne since 1999 - 15 years - teaches 17 students in three different levels of the language. She’s especially proud of her students this year, and their results at the competition.

 

Ms. Dovzhanska, a native of Ukraine, teaches levels one through three of Russian at the school, and level four on line. “I would love to have more students,” she says, “and hope to take the classes to Russia one day soon.” A trip she planned is on hold due to the unrest in the country right now, but Ms. Dovzhanska has great hopes that one day soon she can take all her Bishop Dunne Falcons to see the Russian culture first-hand, and possibly compete in the country’s high school Russian language Olympiad.

 

Over 100 Texas students were at the competition last weekend. Students came from schools in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio to test their Russian-speaking skills. This is the second year that Bishop Dunne has gone to the competition, following last year’s event held at UT in Austin.

 

Gold Medalist freshman David Andrews said, "The Russian competition in Houston allowed me to interact with other people who study or already speak Russian and to enjoy an unforgettable moment of winning gold medal."

 

Fellow freshman and gold medalist Catherine Day said, "Through studying Russian and competing in the Russian Olympiad, I have been able to broaden my perception of the world and open various college scholarship opportunities."

 

Junior Ekaterina Boucher said, "Guest speakers from the Russian Consulate and interpreters from NASA at the Russian Olympiad have given me inspiration and insight for exciting career paths." Adopted from Russia as a baby, she’s grown up as an English-speaking American, but is glad to learn the language of her birth country.

 

Ultimately, these Texas students could compete in a different arena thousands of miles away as

the countrywide final for the Russian Language and Literature Olympiad was held at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Chisinau two weeks ago. A total of 70 students from Moldovan schools took part in the competition.

 

According to Valentin Rybitsky, head of the Rossotrudnichestvo office in Moldova, the youth of his country are interested in the study of the Russian language, and he says, “In the future a good command of the language of Pushkin and Tolstoy could turn out to be useful for all of these young people, particularly if they choose to go into diplomacy or business.” Rybitsky is also confident that the Russian language will also be of use to those who will engage in science or cultural studies.

 

All of the participants of the Olympiad received collections of Russian literature as a gift while the winners of the contest received monetary prizes as well. The Olympiad was organized by the Moldovan Society of Russian Language and Literature Teachers (MOPRYAL), Russian Center of Science and Culture, Ministry of Education, Ion Creangă Pedagogical State University and Russian Community of Moldova.

 

Maybe one day soon, the Bishop Dunne Russian language team can fly there to compete. For now, from Houston, the Falcons’ individual results are:

 

First Year Russian Language Student Winners at Level 1:

 

David Andrews, 9th Grade – gold medal: David had the highest possible score in every category -100.

Abraham Ramirez, 9th Grade – silver medal

Grant Barksdale, 7th Grade – silver medal

 

Second Year Russian Language Students, Level 2:

 

Kassandra Kiespert, 10th Grade – gold medal
              

Robert Voigt, 9th Grade – honorable mention

 

Third Year Russian Language Students, Level 3:

 

Katie Boucher, 11th Grade – gold medal
             

Catherine Day, 9th Grade – gold medal
             

Edye Gonzales, 9th Grade  – silver medal
             

Lily Connally, 12th Grade – bronze medal
             

Andres Galdamez, 9th Grade – honorable mention

 

Fourth Year Russian Language Student - Level 4:

 

Vasyl Ploskanych, 9th Grade – silver medal

 

More Champions will be at "An Evening with Legends Dinner" this Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Former Dallas Cowboys Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly and Drew Pearson will be in attendance to discuss their favorite championship memories. The event will raise money for tuition assistance scholarships for deserving Bishop Dunne students. For more information and for tickets see the school's website: www.bdcs.org or contact Lydia Torrez at ltorrez@bdcs.org.


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Senior Adobe Yua enjoyed his Senior Prom last Saturday night at the "W" hotel, and is known in the halls of Bishop Dunne as a friendly student with a big smile. Up at dawn every day for the last three years, he's looking forward to working hard in college to make his parents and Aunt Anita proud.

Adobe Emmanuel Yua has been sleeping in this semester.
 
Last semester he was up at 5:30 a.m. to leave his home by 6:40 a.m. to catch the bus from St. Monica’s to arrive at Bishop Dunne Catholic School by 7:50 a.m. He took the late bus back at 6:00 p.m., arriving home by 7:30 p.m. A determined young man, he works hard in class and on the athletic field to be the best he can be.
 
A member of both the varsity football and soccer teams, his soccer team went to the district playoffs, but lost in Brownsville. His Falcon football team did a bit better – it won the TAPPS Division 1 5-A State Championship, for the first time since 1990. “That was a lot of fun,” he admits with a smile.
 
And now with those seasons behind him, in his last month of his last semester of this, his senior year, he’s sleeping in until 6:00 a.m.
 
Adobe’s big smile belies the fact that he comes from a troubled country. Nigeria has been in the news a lot recently, from the kidnapping of 276 girls last April to the senseless killing of innocent lives throughout the country. His mother, concerned for his safety, sent both Adobe and his older brother, Terfa, to America a little over two years ago to live with her sister, Anita. Terfa, Bishop Dunne Class of 2014, is now attending The University of Dallas on a full four-year Paul Wood Scholarship, named after Deacon Paul Wood, also a Bishop Dunne and University of Dallas graduate. Adobe’s aunt attends Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship on Sundays, and when she asked about bringing her nephews to America to attend high school, someone there told her that a “great school is just up the road, Bishop Dunne.”
 
“We applied to Bishop Dunne and the day after we were accepted, we were on a plane to Dallas,” Adobe says. What he didn’t know was that he wouldn’t see his parents for the next 30 months. He hopes his mother will make it to his graduation on May 22, 2015. A journalist, she could see that their country was headed in a dangerous direction. Last year, in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, more than 40 insurgents and four soldiers died in clashes between Nigerian troops and Islamists near the scene where scores of abducted girls are believed to be held in the north of the country. “The capture of a number of terrorists believed to be the ringleaders of those operating around Alagarmo sparked off a major fight on the outskirts of Bulanbuli, Borno State,” defense spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said in a statement.
 
Nigeria and the world marked the first anniversary of Boko Haram's abduction of the schoolgirls on April 14, 2015, with protest marches, candlelit vigils, and pledges of solidarity. But as the teenagers entered their second year of captivity at the hands of the Islamist militants, Nigeria's incoming president said he could give no guarantees about their safe return. Campaigners also used the focus on the anniversary to highlight the situation in the girls' hometown should they be released, cataloguing the devastation wreaked by six years of conflict.
 
Muhammadu Buhari, who defeated President Goodluck Jonathan in elections two weeks ago, said there was a need for "honesty,” with nothing seen or heard from the students since last May. "We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown. As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them," he said in a statement. Candlelight vigils, rallies, and prayers were held from Nigeria to New Zealand to Paris to mark one year since the girls were kidnapped, while others commemorated the missing students and demanded their safe return with #BringBackOurGirls messages. In America, the Empire State Building was lit with purple and red for the missing girls.
 
That abduction of the girls during a physics exam came hours after the deadliest attack yet in Nigeria’s capital — a bomb blast at a crowded bus station that killed at least 75 people. The capital is where Adoba and his family lived. Now fear of school has become ingrained in northern Nigeria. According to an Amnesty International report, over 70 teachers and more than 100 school children have lost their lives. In neighboring Yobe, which has been in a state of emergency for nearly two years, more than 200 schools have been destroyed. In Borno more than 800 classrooms have been burned down.
 
But in Oak Cliff, Adobe has been learning in a quiet, beautiful setting, in a school with gleaming floors and a newly renovated campus, surrounded by green grass and courtyards where flowers bloom and a statue of Mary watches over students in the library through a glass wall where sunshine streams in all day long.
 
Adobe has been spending long days studying and competing in sports, and hopes to attend Texas Tech in the fall. St. Edward’s has offered him a small scholarship, but he wants to pay his way through college if he can, to take the financial burden off his parents and aunt. He understands the sacrifices they have made to keep him safe, and he wants to do all he can to excel. He has been supported by his family at Bishop Dunne, and says that even though he arrived mid-semester his sophomore year, he was accepted right away. He enjoyed the retreats he’s been on each year, but says, “I think the senior retreat was best, because I got to talk to more people.”
 
Was the transition tough, coming to a new country and a new school almost overnight? “I think school is easier here, because Bishop Dunne has better teachers,” he said with a smile.
 
History teacher Mark Clifford says, “Adobe’s really a quiet kid, with great potential. He’s earned a lot of respect from his peers. And he has the most creative handwriting I’ve ever seen - it’s a script that is very unique, almost artistic.”
 
Adobe’s favorite class this year is English with Ms. Maclin, and his toughest is pre-calculus with Mr. Braun. But he’s willing to work hard in all his classes, to get into a good college and make his parents and his Aunt Anita, an engineer, proud. He plans to follow in her footsteps, and major in engineering. He’s not sure if he’ll graduate with a computer engineering or a petroleum engineering degree, but if it’s the latter, he may not stay in America.
 
Adobe may go back. “There’s a lot of oil there. And not all of Nigeria is dangerous. In the south it’s pretty safe,” he explains.
 
After three years of 13-hour days, Adobe looks ahead to four more years of study, and an  uncertain future – but one in which he’ll be well-equipped to excel, whatever path he chooses. This Falcon from Nigeria is ready to soar.
 
“Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and  to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
 

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Heisman Trophy winner and Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach graced the cover of TIME magazine, LIFE magazine and Boy's LIfe, to name a few. He is one of four NFL legends who will be featured at the "Evening with Legends Dinner" April 29th at AT&T Cowboys' Stadium.

NFL Legends Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Drew Pearson, “Mean” Joe Greene to Reminisce to Raise Funds for Oak Cliff’s Bishop Dunne

An Evening with Legends Dinner at AT&T Cowboy’s Stadium on April 29, 2015, will raise money for scholarships for deserving students to receive a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education at Bishop Dunne Catholic School. 

Roger Staubach is one of four Legends invited to this inaugural dinner, along with his team mates Bob Lilly and Drew Pearson. “Mean” Joe Greene rounds out the four, and co-chairs of the evening are also legends: the NFL’s John Wooten and Pettis Norman, whose grandson, Alex Norman, graduated from the Oak Cliff school in 2012 and is playing football for UT.

Charlotte Jones Anderson will be given the Heart of a Legend Award at this inaugural dinner for her work in the field of professional athletics, community service and philanthropy. Mrs. Anderson is the Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer. Anderson was appointed Chairman of the Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board in 2010 and is the first woman to ever serve in that role.

At the event Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at A&T Stadium, “Home of the Cowboys,” top Dallas area Sports Disc Jockey Craig Miller of The Ticket – and a 1983 graduate of Bishop Dunne - will moderate the evening of memories for the four football legends. Miller’s sports radio show has been ranked #1 in the Metroplex for most of the last decade. Miller has also been the Master of Ceremonies at the Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner almost every year, including last fall when the NCAA’s Vice President, Oliver Luck, father of the #1 2012 NFL Draft Pick Andrew Luck, was the keynote speaker. Both men enjoyed a Catholic education in their respective high schools, and have enjoyed professional success.

Tables for An Evening with Legends are nearly sold out at $2,500 each. The dinner includes a cocktail hour prior to the dinner and an after party with a chance to meet the legendary NFL players. A silent auction of autographed sports paraphernalia will also be on hand. 

The event will begin with a 6:00 p.m. cocktail hour, dinner at 7:00 p.m. and a "firesaide chat" format with the four NFL legends moderated by DJ Craig Miller, then an after party. 

Individual tickets are $250 and sponsorships are still available.To learn more or purchase your tickets online, please go to www.bdcs.org or www.Dunnesports.org or contact Lydia Torrez at ltorrez@bdcs.org or call 469 291 1775.

The Cowboys' very first #1 draft pick, two two-time Super Bowl Champions, a Heisman trophy winning quarterback, and a four-time Super Bowl champion who is also the star of what is considered "The best Super Bowl television commercial of all time," are among the legends:

Joe Greene

Charles Edward Greene, known as "Mean Joe" Greene, played his entire NFL career for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1981. He is considered one of the greatest defensive linemen ever and was the cornerstone of the legendary “Steel Curtain” defense which helped the Steelers to win four Super Bowls during his time on the team. His nickname, “Mean Joe Greene” came from his alma mater, the University of North Texas, where the athletic teams are nicknamed the Mean Green. In Super Bowl IX, Greene became the first player ever to record an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in a Super Bowl. He went to the Pro Bowl 10 times. After his career as a player, Mr. Greene became a CBS analyst and then an assistant NFL coach for three teams, including the Steelers, which won two more super Bowls, garnering Greene six total Super Bowl rings. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he may be best known for his Coca Cola commercial played during a break in the 1979 Super Bowl, where a boy shares a soda with him, and after drinking it in one long gulp, Joe tosses his football jersey to his young fan. Despite his Steelers beating the Cowboys in Super Bowl X in 1975, Mr. Greene has chosen to live and retire in Dallas.

Bob Lilly

Bob Lilly was the #1 draft pick of the one-year-old Dallas Cowboys back in 1961. Born in Throckmorton, Texas, his family moved to Pendleton, Oregon, for his senior year in high school where he was an Oregon All-Stater in football and basketball. Bob returned to Ft. Worth, Texas, to attend Texas Christian University on a football scholarship. As a senior at TCU in 1960, he was a member of the Kodak All-American team and with that honor came a trip to New York to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, along with a round of dinners, parties and a gift: a camera. Lilly became a photographer and spent much of his time on the sidelines photographing his teammates. Lilly was a two-time All-South West Conference pick and a consensus All-America choice at Texas Christian before the Dallas Cowboys’ selected him as their first-ever draft choice in 1961. For 14 seasons, his play on defense was so outstanding that he became popularly known as “Mr. Cowboy.” As a tackle, Lilly was a first-team All-NFL choice every year from 1964 through 1969, then again in 1971, and 1972. Lilly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, his first year of eligibility, and in 1999, Lilly was ranked number 10 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the highest-ranking defensive lineman and the highest-ranking Cowboy. He is the only Dallas Cowboy to wear #74, which is the only number unofficially retired by the team.

Drew Pearson

Two-time Super Bowl champion Drew Pearson was drafted in 1967 to play for the Baltimore Colts, despite never having played football in college. He played for three NFL teams and in five Super Bowls as a rusher, receiver, and kickoff return specialist. Mr. Pearson is best known for his playoff performance with the Dallas Cowboys in 1975, which included three touchdowns against the LA Rams in the NFL title game, which put his Cowboys into the Super Bowl, ultimately losing to Pittsburgh. In his 14 NFL seasons, Pearson rushed for 3,609 yards, caught 254 passes for 3,095 yards, returned seven punts for 40 yards, and gained 2,801 yards on kickoff returns for a total of 9,545 total yards and 33 touchdowns. He is the only player to have been coached by Don Shula, Chuck Noll, and Tom Landry, considered the three greatest coaches in NFL history, and he caught passes from three legendary quarterbacks: Johnny Unitas, Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach.

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach is a 1963 Heisman Trophy winner and a two-time Super Bowl champion for the Dallas Cowboys. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy and honored his commitment to four years of service to the Navy before coming to the NFL. He was MVP of Super Bowl VI and ALL-NFC for five years. He had an 83.4 NFL passer rating when he retired, the best ever at the time. Married to his wife, Marianne, for 50 years, he has four grown children including a son and three daughters, one of whom was elected to the Dallas City Council: Jennifer Staubach Gates. After his NFL career, Staubach owned a successful real estate company and has been a volunteer and contributor to many Dallas non-profits, among them Catholic Charities, Children’s Cancer Fund and Genesis Women’s Shelter.

To purchase your tickets online, please go to www.bdcs.org or www.Dunnesports.org or contact Lydia Torrez at ltorrez@bdcs.org or call 469 291 1775.

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Bishop Dunne Junior Adrianna "Adri" Barnes has been having a successful season with the Falcons. She is leading her team to the district play offs later this month.

Bishop Dunne Softball Team Playing Tough, Winning!

The Bishop Dunne Softball team has won five games in their District, including beating Liberty Christian last Thursday.  The team is on a roll which began two weeks ago, with two consecutive wins: against Ursuline, the Falcons won 4 – 2; and a victory against TCA the following night began their streak.

In the Ursuline game, junior Adrianna Barnes pitched a complete game with 7 strike outs and was 4-4 at the plate including the game winning RBI. Freshman Katie Picha was also 2-4 at the plate that night. 

First year Coach Kate Modrovsky said, “I’m really excited for them! Ursuline was a HUGE win and a HUGE step in the right direction!”

Becky Sivinski, Associate Director of Girls’ Athletics, concurs: “We didn’t even have a softball team last year, so this is great that the girls are playing so well together and winning!”

The season began slowly with five rained-out cancelled games in a row, but the team is making those games up at the end of their regularly scheduled season. Away games are scheduled at three schools this week, with one home game Thursday, but rain is again forecasted.

“This week the girls will play four games in a row if they have no rainouts,” said Ms. Sivinksi. “It’s a tough schedule.”  The team’s next home game is Thursday, April 23rd against JPII. Senior night and the last home game will be Monday, April 27th against Ursuline. After that, the girls compete in the district play offs.

With just five seniors on the team, Coach Modrovsky has most of her team returning next year. She plans to build on the momentum the team has started and looks forward to district play offs. Fans can check the Tapster website for the games and times as they become available. For more information on the team see the school's website: www.bdcs.org or www.Dunnesports.com or contact Coach Modrovsky at kmodrovsky@bdcs.org. 

Bishop Dunne is hosting "An Evening with Legends Dinner" on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at AT&T's Cowboys Stadium with honored guests Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly and "Mean" Joe Greene to help raise tuition assistance funds for deserving Bishop Dunne students. See the school's website for more information and tickets: www.bdcs.org.

 

Congratulations to these 22 athletes and their coaches!

 

Head Softball Coach  

Kate Modrovsky  

Softball Coach  

Eddie Barnes  

 

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Name

Class

Position

1  

Mallory Curry  

Fr  

OF  

2  

Kathleen Marquez  

Fr  

1B  

4  

Lindamar Maldonado  

Sr  

CF  

5  

Adrianna Barnes  

Jr  

P  

7  

Meredith Curry  

Jr  

3B  

8  

Giselle Martinez  

Sr  

OF  

9  

Sydnie Sanchez  

Fr  

UTIL  

11  

Kathryn Picha  

Fr  

2B  

12  

LaDari Weisner  

Fr  

UTIL  

12  

Monica Allen  

Sr  

OF  

14  

Ailleene Sandoval  

Fr  

P  

15  

Briana Rodriguez  

Sr  

UTIL  

22  

Ashley Ortega  

Sr  

C   

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Bishop Dunne Senior De'Stini Henderson has been a state champion in track since her sophomore year. This year she hopes to win three state titles in three different races.

De’Stini Henderson Has Been Running Around a Lot.

Since her first state championship in her sophomore year, when she burst on the track scene by winning the 100, she has added two more state championships and a third place win in her junior year – when she won the 100 meter, the 4x100 relay with her teammates, and placed third in the 300. “I was reluctant to run the 300, so was surprised as anybody that I came in third,” she said.

Her 4x100 relay team was made up of freshman Cassie Garner, sophomore Ayae Williams, and juniors Sarah Massey and De’Stini – a young team that beat the veterans on the track.

Now in her senior year, De’Stini is attempting a trifecta: running for three state championships in three different races: the 100 meter, the 4x100 relay, and the 200 meter race.

A graduate of the Merrywood School, she’s been running since the 7th grade and that’s how she came to Bishop Dunne. “Track Coach Isaac Bell saw me running and said I should apply here,” says De’Stini. In her freshman year, she had an injury that required knee surgery, but she rehabbed quickly and bounced back to her surprise win at her first State Meet. Her best times include a 7.67 second 60 meter time and an 11.91 finish in the 100 meter race.

Those times resulted in scholarship offers from a number of colleges, including the University of South Florida, Alabama, LSU, Baylor, the University of Texas at San Antonio, UNT, Southern Mississippi, Boise State and Southern University in Louisiana. She committed to run for UTSA and signed her scholarship last Wednesday. Her mother Duuana and father Trent were there to celebrate with her. But De’Stini is pretty sure she got really fast by being chased by her four older brothers – two of whom are twins. “I guess I got used to them running around after me,” she says with a laugh.

“She’s the real deal,” Bishop Dunne’s Athletic Director, Kenneth Davis, says. “She’s not a talker. She lets her running speak for her. She’s like a silent assassin on the track – she just quietly zips by everybody.”

With Regionals on April 30, 2015, and the State Track Meet on May 8 and 90, 2015, in Waco, De’Stini has a chance to become a three-time State Champion in the 100 and a two-time Champion in the 4 x 100 relay race.

And in the fall this Falcon will be soaring on the collegiate track, and maybe into the record books.

 

For more information on Bishop Dunne see the school's website: www.bdcs.org or www.dunnesports.org. The school is having "An Evening with Legends Dinner" event at AT&T Cowboys stadium on Wednesday, April 29th, featuring NFL legends Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Drew Pearson and "Mean" Joe Greene. Funds raised help provide tuition assistance to deserving Bishop Dunne students. Tickets are available on the school's website: www.bdcs.org or by contacting Lydia Torrez at ltorrez.bdcs.org. 

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Bishop Dunne Graduate, DJ Craig Miller Craig Miller of "The Ticket" Sports Radio will be the emcee for "An Evening with Legends Dinner" featuring Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Drew Pearson and "Mean" Joe Greene on April 29th at AT&T Cowboy's Stadium.

Inaugural Evening with Legends Dinner to Raise Funds for Oak Cliff’s Bishop Dunne

The Pittsburgh Steelers' "Mean" Joe Greene, and Dallas Cowboys' Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly and Drew Pearson to be featured.

 

An Evening with Legends Dinner at AT&T Cowboy’s Stadium on April 29, 2015, will raise money for scholarships for deserving students to receive a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education at Bishop Dunne Catholic School located in Oak Cliff.

 

Roger Staubach is one of four Legends invited to this inaugural dinner, along with his teammates Bob Lilly and Drew Pearson. “Mean” Joe Greene rounds out the four, and co-chairs of the evening are also legends: the NFL’s John Wooten and Pettis Norman, whose grandson, Alex Norman, graduated from Bishop Dunne in 2012 and is playing football for UT.

 

Charlotte Jones Anderson will be given the Heart of a Legend Award at this inaugural dinner for her work in the field of professional athletics, community service and philanthropy. Mrs. Anderson is the Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer. Anderson was appointed Chairman of the Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board in 2010 and is the first woman to ever serve in that role.

 

Dallas area Sports Disc Jockey Craig Miller of The Ticket  – and a 1983 graduate of Bishop Dunne - will moderate the evening of memories for the four football legends. Miller’s sports radio show has been ranked #1 in the metroplex for most of the last decade. Miller has also been the Master of Ceremonies at the Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner almost every year, including last fall when the NCAA’s Vice President, Oliver Luck, father of the #1 2012 NFL Draft Pick, Andrew Luck, was the keynote speaker. Both men benefited from a Catholic education in their respective high schools, and have since enjoyed professional success.

 

Tables for An Evening with Legends are $2,500 each. The dinner includes a cocktail hour prior to the dinner and an after party with a chance to meet the legendary NFL players. A silent auction of autographed sports paraphernalia will also be on hand.

 

Ryan Moats and his wife Tamishia are the event’s coordinators. Moats grew up in Oak Cliff, and is also a graduate from a Catholic high school. He went on to play for Louisiana Tech, and then was drafted to play in the NFL for both the Philadelphia Eagles and later the Houston Texans. The couple has been working for Bishop Dunne as part of the school’s Advancement Team, with an emphasis on raising money so more deserving students can attend the school. Nearly 50% of Bishop Dunne’s students are on tuition assistance, and virtually 100% of the school’s graduates go to college, many on merit scholarships.

 

Last fall the school’s football team won the TAPPS Division 1 -5A State Championship, and seven of the seniors on the team committed on national signing day to play college football to schools such as the Air Force Academy, The Colorado School of Mines, Oklahoma University, and Oklahoma State University.

 

“We are deeply grateful to the legends for their generous commitment to enhance our tuition assistance program at Bishop Dunne,” President Kate Dailey said. “With this dinner, more deserving students in the South Dallas area will be able to continue their education and go on to college to become successful, productive citizens.”

 

The school currently attracts more students than the scholarship budget can accommodate. With an enrollment of 600 in 6th through 12th grades, Dailey says she’d love to admit every student who applies but 100 more is her goal for next fall. Fourteen teachers on campus are graduates of The University of Notre Dame and many have earned their Master’s degrees of Education with the Alliance for Catholic Education program, or ACE.

 

While many Catholic schools across the nation are facing enrollment decline, Bishop Dunne added 40 more students last year, a number Dailey hopes to increase again this year.

 

Individual tickets are $250 and sponsorships are still available.

 

To learn more or purchase your tickets online, please go to www.bdcs.org or www.Dunnesports.org or

contact Lydia Torrez at ltorrez@bdcs.org or call 469 291 1775.

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The winning foursome at the 12th Annual Bishop Dunne Golf Classic are (left to right): Kevin Wolff, Kris Fralicks, Wes Worster and Scott Bixel.

12th Annual Bishop Dunne Golf Classic the Best One Yet!


A cloudy morning became a beautiful sunny afternoon on Monday, April 6, 2015, at Stevens Park Golf Course, where the 12th Annual Bishop Dunne Golf Classic was held.


A record group of 28 foursomes signed up to play, and all enjoyed the newly renovated course located in Oak Cliff. A 9:00 a.m. shotgun start began the tournament which included a round of golf, breakfast and lunch, Hole-in-One prize of 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage donated by Don Herring Mitsubishi in Oak Cliff, and  prizes for the top three golf teams.

 

Donations from many parents of Bishop Dunne students were made into gift baskets for the silent auction, thanks to the work of Cindy Jones and the Hospitality Committee. We wish to thank all our parents, students, alumni, and faculty who played in the tournament to support Bishop Dunne students and programs.

 

The winning foursome, with a score of 54, included: Kevin Wolff, Scott Bixel, Kris Fralicks and Wes Worster.

 

Coming in second place with a score of 55 was the team of Danny Bollinger, David McGoodwin, Larry Rolle and Ivan Sparkman.

 

Coming in third place with an average score of 57 was Larry Milton, Russ Chappel and David Govea.

 

Funds from the Golf Classic help to pay tuition for deserving students at Bishop Dunne.

 

Bishop Dunne will host Legends from another sport – football – on April 29, 2015 at AT&T Cowboy’s Stadium. Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Preston Pearson and “Mean” Joe Greene will be honored with a cocktail reception, dinner and a “fireside chat” moderated by The Ticket’s popular sportscaster Craig Miller, a graduate of Bishop Dunne. Co-hosts for the evening are two more NFL Legends: John Wooten and Pettis Norman, whose grandson Alex Norman graduated from the school in 2011 and is now playing football for the University of Texas in Austin.

 

For information or to buy tickets, see the school’s website: www.bdcs.org or www.Dunnesports.com or call Lydia Torrez at 469-291-1775.

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Bishop Dunne Senior Danielle Jackson holds her Excellence in Education Award flanked by her proud parents, Pam and Terry, at the 18th Annual Awards luncheon sponsored by the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce.

Bishop Dunne Senior Danielle Jackson Receives a 2015 Excellence in Education Scholarship 

 

Bishop Dunne Senior Danielle Jackson has been awarded an Excellence in Education Scholarship from the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. The 18th Annual Luncheon was held on Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum located near Dallas Love Field. Master of Ceremonies for the event was popular K104 host DeDe McGuire. Wilton Munnings, President and COO of the Dallas Black Chamber, welcomed the 35 scholarship recipients in the audience.

 

With a 3.9 grade point average, Danielle was the first in her senior class to get accepted to college last August, the week before the first home football game. “Iowa State University has a priority list of students they want to attend, and I got in early,” Danielle explains, adding, “my parents were pretty happy.” She also applied to the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Arlington. She visited the Houston campus last year on the Houston college tour trip with her friends from Bishop Dunne.  Although Iowa State wants her, she’d prefer to stay closer to home. She’s decided to attend the University of Houston and study Bio Medical Engineering.

 

She lives in DeSoto and works in Cedar Hill and admits she has a pretty sweet job: she sells donuts at Krispy Kreme. “I used to love eating those donuts,” she says with a smile, “But after a summer working there…not so much anymore.”

 

One thing she does love is math. She says science and math are her two best subjects, and she hopes to get a degree in biomedical engineering and get a job helping others. “I’d like to make prosthetics for people who need them,” she says earnestly. Her father gave her the idea, since the industry is growing rapidly. And Danielle has spent a lot of time in local nursing homes, playing the piano for the residents.

 

In fact she can play a number of musical instruments. Danielle relates, “I was a clarinet player at my former school, but they needed a bass player for their jazz band, so the music teacher gave me a book and asked me to learn to play bass.” Basically self-taught, the clarinet and piano player learned the instrument, and as an 8th grader at Trinity Christian in Cedar Hill, she joined the high school jazz band.

 

She transferred into Bishop Dunne in her sophomore year on the advice of her parents, who wanted her to be in a more academically challenging school. “I wasn’t too happy about that at first,” she admits. Ms. Bove’s anatomy class is her toughest this year, although she’s getting an “A” in it.

 

Ms. Bove says, “Danielle is beautiful inside and out!  She is witty, smart, and a gifted athlete. I love that she comes to class eager to participate and learn.”

 

Danielle appreciates all her teachers, and looks back at her parents” push to move her to Bishop Dunne as a tough time for her. “I had to leave my friends behind, she says. But now that she’s been accepted already into college, and has received a scholarship to attend, knows that the decision was the right one.

 

Sort of like her decision to join the cross country team last year. “I wanted to join my sophomore year, but wasn’t sure who the coach was,” she explained. Her friend, Mayleen Cantu, introduced her to Coach Stephen Guerrero last year mid-season, and Danielle began running with the team. She ran fast enough to qualify for the state meet and ended up finishing in the top quarter. She continued to run in the spring with the track team and ended her year in the district meet one place away from a medal. She’s back on both teams this year, running towards her goal which is to be the best student-athlete she can be.

 

But she was also invited to use her musical talent by playing piano for the school choir. “Mr. Johnson and I were talking one day and he found out I play piano, so he asked me to play for the Gospel Choir.” Then the choir director discovered that Danielle can sing, so now she does both, playing the piano for the choir if she’s needed, but usually just singing with them.

 

Her cross country coach Stephen Guerrero says, “She’s a talented young lady: a musician, scholar, and athlete – and a pleasure to work with.” Both Coach Guerrero and Mr. Johnson were invited to be at the Scholarship Luncheon to see Danielle receive her award.

 

Looking forward to college and a career helping others, Danielle’s parents, Terry and Pam, are proud of her accomplishments. For a girl who quietly excels in many areas, this Falcon is ready to soar into a future where she can let her hard work speak for her.

 


“God will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10