Congratulations to senior Emily Collier who signed her commitment letter to study and play soccer for the University of Portland Pilots! Friends, family, staff members, and coaches gathered together to celebrate this wonderful achievement. Congratulations, Emily!
Congratulations to Jordan Satterfield for being named Distinguished Young Woman of Salem. Jordan participated at the Distinguished Young Women at-large program on May 6, 2018 at the Salem First Baptist Church. Jordan has qualified to compete at the State Program at Chemeketa Community College on August 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm. In preparation for the state program, Jordan will enjoy a week of leadership training and public service with the other state participants. Good luck, Jordan!
Blanchet's Mid High G.O.S.P.E.L. club hosted a 'Spring Fling' dance at Lancaster Village Retirement Community. The seniors and students had a great time together. Special thanks to Advisor Mrs. Armstrong, the GOSPEL students, D.J. Blanchet Alum Michael Trevino and all of the wonderful residents and staff of Lancaster Village who made this event such a wonderful success!
Congratulations to junior Grace Cooper. She is being honored for a story she entered into Salem Public Library Teen Short Story competition. Grace will be reading her story, "Time Enough" at the library on May 24th the event is from 6:30-8 in the Anderson Rooms! We're so proud of you Grace!
Sophomore Savannah Barchus has been nominated for the Statesman Journal's Athlete of the Week. The pitcher/utility player swung a hot bat last week. In three games, Barchus was 7 for 10 with three doubles, and on the hill she recorded 10 strikeouts on April 30 at Colton.
Follow the link below to vote for Savannah! Voting is open until Thursday, May 10 at 12:00 p.m. Go, Cavs!
Congratulations to Aneesh Namburi who was honored today as Blanchet's Optimist Youth of the Year by the Optimist Club of Salem. Aneesh is an all-around great student with positive attitude and servants heart! Aneesh served as Blanchet's DECA chapter president and attended DECA National's in Atlanta, Georgia. Aneesh spear headed our schools food drive with all proceeds going towards the Marion Polk Food Share as a founding-member of the Students for Change club. He has been named Valedictorian and along with his impressive grades and activities has earned acceptance into colleges like Villanova, Tulane, Purdue, Texas, and UCONN. In addition to graduating from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership program, Aneesh also participates in varsity basketball and golf. Congratulations Aneesh.
Congratulations to Blanchet junior Jason Liu for winning his 3rd consecutive OSAA 1st place award for Solo Music-Tuba!!! We’re so proud of you, Jason!
DECA Nationals 2018 is a wrap. 19,000 students, Competitions, Six Flags, Andy Grammer, bus lines and pin trading. Our Blanchet students were great ambassadors for Oregon.
Congratulations to Blanchet senior Nathan Clifton for being recognized today at Optimist Club of Salem luncheon. Nathan was recognized for his academic achievement as well as his leadership!
On Saturday April 14, the Blanchet High School Science Olympiad team competed in the Oregon Science Olympiad state competition. Sixteen teams from around the state competed this year. Eleven of the sixteen teams in the competition were from 5A or 6A schools. Blanchet’s 5 team members (full teams have 15 members) competed 13 of the 21 events, the Blanchet High School team finished a very respectable 10th in the competition. Blanchet was the only non 5A – 6A team to earn medals (top 3 finish) at the event.
The 2018 high school team was composed of Caroline Ditzler, Madolyn Kelm, Aneesh Namburi, Nikhil Namburi, and Greg Ruef. All five competitors earned a top three medal in at least one of their events. We had top ten finishes in the following events; Rocks and Minerals, Experimental Design, Forensics, Helicopters, and Herpetology. We had 5 events that placed in the top 5. Aneesh Namburi and Nikhil Namburi were 5th place in the Thermodynamics event and Aneesh Namburi and Greg Rueg took 4th place in the Write It Do It event. Caroline Ditzler and Madolyn Kelm took the Bronze Medal (3rd) in the Towers event. Aneesh Namburi and Nikhil Namburi earned a Silver Medal (2nd) in the Hovercraft event. Aneesh Namburi and Greg Ruef won the Gold Medal (1st) in the Mousetrap Car event. This is the third year in a row that Aneesh and Greg have won the car event at the state competition.
We also had four sixth grade students compete for the first time at the Mid-High level. The members of the Mid-High team were, Denavae Randall, Rieve Randall, Tanveer Singh, and Carson Wise. Each student competed in two events at the competition. They got good experience, learned what the Science Olympiad competition is like, and most importantly they had fun competing and are already talking about next year.
The team’s coach Mr. Shultz is very proud of the team’s performance on Saturday and very appreciative of the parents who came to the competition to support their students. He is especially appreciative of Krishna Namburi for all of her assistance in helping to prepare students for the competition.
Check out photos of the event: Science Olympiad 2018 - Album
Sophomore Savannah Barchus has been nominated for the Statesman Journal's Athlete of the Week. The pitcher/utility player recorded 15 strikeouts and went 3 for 3 at the plate in an 11-5 win over Regis on April 2.
Follow the link below to vote for Savannah! Voting is open until Thursday, April 12 at 12:00 p.m. Go, Cavs!
Blanchet Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, Derek Imig, recently returned from Columbus, Ohio where he received the National High School Assistant Coach of the Year award from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Here are a few photos from his trip. Congratulations, Derek!
Left to Right: Johnnie Harris, associate head coach, Mississippi State University; Shaina Afoa, associate head coach, University of Alaska Anchorage; Oliva Lett, head coach, Millikin University; Jana Pearson, assistant coach, Vanguard University; Alex Furr, assistant coach, New Mexico Junior College; Derek Imig, assistant coach, Blanchet Catholic School
* The presenter with Derek is: Danielle Donehew, executive director, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Blanchet Catholic School was named the 2018 Shoe Battle of the Schools Champions at today's Tuesday Time assembly. Thank you to Mrs. Bashaw and her Leadership class for organizing the shoe drive. And, thank you to all who donated, partnered with us, and helped deliver all the shoes. Blanchet collected 1,462 pairs of shoes to help homeless youth in our area.
Check out this video to find out more: https://youtu.be/RaIIxcktetc
Grant Hopkin was instrumental in leading the Blanchet baseball team to an early season win.
The junior pitcher/outfielder struck out 11 and allowed three hits over 6.1 innings in the Cavaliers 2-0 victory at Harrisburg on March 19. He also had four stolen bases.
Hopkin was voted athlete of the week by a poll of readers. He will be the subject of a future Two-Minute Drill video and will be honored at the June 4 Mid-Valley Sports Awards at the Salem Convention Center.
Blanchet Catholic School is proud to announce that junior, Nikhil Namburi, has accomplished rare academic achievements that rank him in the top .1% students in the country. He earned perfect scores of 1520/1520 on the 2017 PSAT, 36/36 on the ACT and a near perfect score of 1570/1600 on the SAT.
Namburi’s PSAT accomplishment qualifies him to become a National Merit Scholarship finalist, a prestigious designation that less than 1% of the 1.6 million students who take the test earn. Since 1998, twenty-nine Blanchet students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship organization, eleven as finalists. This special accomplishment is just the latest in Nikhil’s outstanding academic achievements, which also includes maintaining a weighted GPA of 4.2. Nikhil attributes much of his academic success to his 5th grade teacher at Sonshine School, Ms. Tanya Benson.
Nikhil is a well-rounded student who is active in a variety of activities including, Salem Chamber of Commerce Leadership Youth, DECA, Science Olympiad, student council, basketball, golf and Students for Change, a Blanchet service club a couple of other students and he started in 2016. Most recently, he was elected by his peers throughout Oregon to be the 2018-19 Oregon DECA Student Marketing Association President. He will be attending the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, GA this April to compete in one of his qualifying events and attend leadership workshops to prepare for his new role as Oregon DECA’s President.
As special as Namburi’s accomplishments are, they have not come without some challenges. When he was four years old, it was discovered that he had a cyst on his brain and had to go through emergency surgery to alleviate dangerous swelling and constriction of spinal fluid flow to and from his brain. Initially, the prognosis regarding his academic and physical outcomes was uncertain. He still endures chronic fatigue and headaches due to this condition, but through proper medical interventions and family and community support, Nikhil has learned to manage the residual symptoms.
Looking ahead to senior year, Nikhil will soon begin the process of university visits and applications as he starts making goals for his life after high school graduation, which he thinks will include studying computer science with an emphasis on artificial intelligence. “Nikhil is a great kid--super organized and energetic,” said Dean of Students, Mr. Robin Smith. Nikhil’s teachers, friends and family truly celebrate this exciting time with him and we look forward to watching him enter his final year at Blanchet as a strong leader and role model in our school and community.
Congratulations to Jose Rios (7th grade) for qualifying to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee. The Oregon State Bee will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018.
One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic Bee Championship, which will be held May 20-23 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Good luck, Jose! We're proud of you!
This past week Blanchet Catholic School received confirmation of a $325,000 grant from the Epping Family Foundation. For more than 20 years, the Epping Family Foundation has played a significant role in the success of Blanchet by supporting facility upgrades, such as the new security door system, various academic and co-curricular programs, and investing in the development of our STEM program.
The annual grants provided by the Epping Family Foundation demonstrate their commitment to the continued success of Blanchet and are critical to the continued growth of our entire program. This year’s grant will have an immediate impact on Blanchet for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.
Here are some of the items covered by this grant:
- Creation of a MAKERSPACE - a Makerspace is a designated classroom on campus that will be dedicated to computer technology and computer science classes. Included in this classroom will be new computers, 3D printers, and other technology that will allow our students to explore and develop their interest and skills through classes, clubs, and other programs.
- Additional support of STEM activities - these funds will help our school offer new courses in 2018-19 such as Intro to Engineering, AP Statistics, Business/Marketing, and computer programming classes. In addition, the funding will support the expansion of our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program at the high school level and help provide essential equipment and professional development for our staff.
- Improved equipment in the Wiegand - This funding will have an immediate impact on the quality of the sound and lighting systems in our auditorium. In addition, plans are being made to renovate the storage areas offstage.
- Facility renovations - over the summer, we will continue with our recent efforts of maintenance for both the roof and the parking lot.
We are grateful for the continued support by the Epping Family Foundation and excited to see how these funds positively impact our school community.
Additional information about these items will be shared with our community as it becomes available in the coming months.
Congratulations to all the Mid High Students who participated in our Science Fair. Your hard work was obvious and many judges commented about it being some of the best work ever! 10 students are moving on to the Regional Science Fair at U of O on Saturday, they are Brooke Foresee, Brooklyn Buchheit, Adrian Bui Aji, Braedan Duffy, Kyle Fromwiller, Konstance Albright, Ellie Fromwiller, Tanveer Singh , Rieve Randall, Max Quintero, and Denavea Randall. Please keep them in your prayers and best of luck to them all!
5th Annual Blanchet Middle High Science Fair Full Results:
8th Grade Outdoor Learning Environment
- Aqua Plant s- Adrian Bayu Aji, Braeden Duffy,Seb Ramos (1st place)
- Cool Cover Crops - Renee Porter, Sam Schindler, Ben Miramon (2nd place)
- Solar Water Heaters - Aiden Ayres, Brooklyn Buchheit, Brooke Foresee (3rd place)
- The Aftermath: Effects of Ash on Water - Kyle Fromwiller and James Patrick (Honorable Mention)
7th Grade Chemistry/Earth Science
- Ice C You C - Spencer Kowalski (1st place)
- Don't Chill - Jose Rios Ortiz (2nd place)
- Feel the Burn - Neha Srinivasan (3rd place)
- Kool Mentos - Daniel Maza (Honorable Mention)
7th Grade Engineering
- How Colors Add Up - Lily Anderson (1st place)
- Take a Bow - Konstance Albright (2nd place)
- Bottle Rocket Blast Off- Milo Kingsley (3rd place)
7th Grade Physical Science
- Oh Chute - Matthew Ilg (1st place)
- Float or Don't - Gabriel Lemus (2nd place)
7th Grade Life Science
- Quack , Cluck, Chicken,Duck? - Ellie Fromwiller (1st place)
- Color and Text - Emily Palacios (2nd place)
- Don't Sweat it - Kyla Gorrono (3rd place)
- Electric Electro-lite - Evan McKane (Honorable Mention)
6th Grade Chemistry
- Water Types and pH - Raquelle Hendrix (1st place)
- Burn Baby Burn - Connor Coleman (2nd place)
- Quick Fizz - Claire Raffensperger (3rd place)
- Let it Glow -Tanveer Singh (Honorable Mention)
6th Grade Engineering
- Winging It - Ben Alley (1st place)
- Water Turbine - Rafael Rodriguez (2nd place)
- EM vs PM - Holden Prine (3rd place)
- Go Bot Go - Joshlyn Nguyen (Honorable Mention)
6th Grade Life Science
- Green Machine - Carter Mucken (1st place)
- Sweet Heat - Mya Mucken (2nd place)
- Heat to Eat - Denavae Randall (3rd place)
- Growing Gray - Vic Villegas (Honorable Mention)
6th Grade Physical Science
- Fruity Fuel - Rieve Randall (1st place)
- Speed of Silence - (2nd place)
- Whirly Weight - Audrey Day (3rd place)
- Balloon Powered Car - Ethan Nicoloff (Honorable Mention)
Blanchet juniors Tyler Pearson and Logan Abbott are attending the National Youth Leadership forum Engineering and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley this June.
Over eight days on campus of a top-ranked engineering school, high school students will be exposed to a vast array of engineering professions. Students will have hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology and even apply their new found skills to assist with achieving some of the sustainable development goals set forth by the United Nations.
Students will have a unique opportunity to gain broad exposure to the Aerospace, Biomedical, Civil and Mechanical engineering fields, as well as a more in-depth experience with the top two fields of their choice. During the program, long Capstone Impact Challenge, which was designed in collaboration with a team of professionals, they will apply engineering skills and creativity to help solve real-world problems.
Both are excited to attend this program and see what engineering opportunities are available for the future careers. Congrats Tyler and Logan!