Congratulations to Shelby Halfman who has been selected Statesman Journal Athlete of the Week in a readers poll.
The senior setter/outside hitter had 15 assists, six aces and three blocks in a 3-0 victory at Scio.
Mid high soccer and football took to the fields on Monday, to begin the fall season. Go Cavs!
This past Monday, High School sports kicked off with our first official practices of the year. We are looking forward to a fun and competative fall season! Go Cavs!
Senior Nikhil Namburi has been selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 20-27.
Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. Namburi was elected Mayor of his city at Oregon Boys State, which had roughly 50 participants. Additionally, he served as District Representative and Party Leader in the House of Representatives. Namburi will be joined by Mathew Frischman of North Bend High School in representing Oregon at Boys Nation.
Namburi co-founded a community service club, Students for Change, and serves as co-president. He has served on the student body council and as a campus ambassador. He has participated in basketball, golf, Science Olympiad, DECA, speech and debate, outdoor club, Salem Leadership Youth and Friends of Benedictine. He has been DECA state president, chapter president, four-time state champion, seven-time international qualifier and two-time international medalist. At the Oregon State Science Olympiad, he has been four-time state champion and nine-time state medalist, including 17 top-5 finishes. He is a member of National Honor Society. A resident of Keizer, Namburi hopes to attend Stanford University and pursue a career in artificial intelligence.
About Boys Nation:
During their eight days at Boys Nation, 98 senators (two from each state with the exception of Hawaii) will learn from a hands-on approach how the U.S. Senate and the federal government function. Young men are divided into two political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, each of which conducts a party convention, sets a platform and nominates members for elected offices, including Boys Nation president, vice president and party leaders. Each senator will also write, introduce and debate a bill of his choosing before an appropriate Senate committee, and if successful at that level the legislation will be voted on by the whole Senate. Bills passing the Senate are later signed or vetoed by the Boys Nation president.
The young men will also have an opportunity to tour the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Korean War Memorial. They will also present a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, see the Iwo Jima Memorial and visit Capitol Hill for meetings with their state’s U.S. senators. They may have the opportunity to visit the Pentagon and the White House as well. In addition, delegates will attend a dinner at a nearby Legion post hosted by National Commander Denise Rohan of Wisconsin.
This year’s crop of Boys Nation senators represent the finest of nearly 20,000 incoming seniors who attended the 49 annual Boys State programs. Famous Boys Nation alumni include former President Bill Clinton, actor Donal Logue, Govs. Chris Christie and Scott Walker, and Sens. Mike Lee and Tom Cotton. Notable Boys State alumni include Tom Brokaw, Michael Jordan, Rush Limbaugh, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Neil Armstrong, Roger Ebert and Justice Samuel Alito.
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 the Girls Track and Field Team for winning the 3A State Championship! A first in the program's history. Individual achievements include:
1st - Emily Collier - 800 meter run
1st - Trinity Phipps - 100 meter hurdles
2nd - 4x100 relay (Sophia Heyman, Ana Coronado, Kayla Greenwood, Bailey Hittner)
2nd - Sophia Heyman - triple jump
3rd - Trinity Phipps - triple jump
3rd - Kalea Salang - Discus
5th - Shelby Gwyn - Pole Vault
6th - Kalea Salang - shot put
6th - 4x400 relay (Sophia Heyman, Ana Coronado, Sarah Diaz Fregoso, Emily Collier)
7th - Trinity Phipps - 300 meter hurdles
7th - Ana Coronado - 400 meters
8th - Bailey Hittner - 200 meters
Thomas Smith - 1st in Pole Vault
Brenden Tobias - 8th Discus
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!
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.
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.