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It was with great pleasure that Bishop Lynch High School welcomed our distinguished guests this morning, gathering in honor of Veterans Day. Today, as a school-community, the student-body, alumni, parents, faculty and staff took a moment to pause and honor those men and women who have so selflessly served in our armed forces.

When Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner” almost 200 years ago, he called America “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  Those words are as true today as they were then. Throughout our Nation’s history, American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have bravely answered the call to defend our freedom, to aid our friends and allies, and to turn back aggressors.

It was a privilege to say “thank you” to all of America’s Veterans, to let them know they are appreciated for their selfless service.  The price of freedom is high, we cannot afford to forget those willing to pay it.

The service members honored today came from all walks of life, but they shared several fundamental qualities. The truest to us is that of our Bishop Lynch sense of community. Veterans Day speaker David Luther, BL Class of 2005, has gone above and beyond the calling that any of us are challenged to. He, like his fellow service members possesses courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity – all the qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one’s self.

On behalf of the Bishop Lynch Student Council and Heroes of the Heart club, special appreciation is extended to speaker, Mr. DJ Luther, BL President Ed Leyden, Principal Mrs. Evelyn Grubbs, Hillary Cox and the Sage Staff, Mrs. Kathy Leos and the Bishop Lynch Choirs, Mr. Mickey Owens and the Bishop Lynch Band and all of the Faculty and Staff in attendance today. And, most importantly, thank you to all of our Veterans; those who were able to attend today and those who could not. We are truly honored by your service to our country.

 

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Congratulations to the Bishop Lynch Lady Friar Volleyball team for winning their THIRD consecutive TAPPS 5A State Championship this past weekend, defeating cross-town rivals Ursuline Academy in four sets!

The Time Warner Players of the game were seniors Sofia Schleppenbach and Haley Puddy who both led the team on offense. Setters senior Morgan Reed and sophomore Callie Williams distributed the ball meticulously to the dominating offense, and proved to be power-houses behind the serving line as well.  On the back row, juniors Danielle Nevitt and Francesca Goncalves played a solid passing game, and led the Lady Friars in digs. In the Friday semi-final match, the Lady Friars beat Antonian Prep in three convincing straight sets and freshman Madi Tyus led the offensive attack.

Four Lady Friars were selected for the State All-Tournament team: seniors Haley Puddy and Morgan Reed and juniors Catherine Balido and Francesca Goncalves.

The sheer drive and determination this team displayed throughout the season was truly unique, and something most teams strive for! Some credit the “cone of positivity” which escorted the team throughout the season, but who can truly be sure!!

Bishop Lynch High School congratulates our incredible student-athletes, coaches, parents and fans, and we look forward to next year when the Lady Friars set their sights on a “4-peat!”

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The cast and crew of Bishop Lynch High School's Blackfriars Guild are putting the finishing touches on this year's fall play, "THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES!" The Hound of the Baskervilles, written by Tim Kelly and based on the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is Sherlock Holmes' most spine-chilling mystery placed in a modern setting with suspense, humor and terror.

Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts. Who wrote the letter that summoned the hound? Is Sir Henry's romance with the lovely Kathy doomed? Is the supernatural at work?

You'll find out the answers when the show opens next Wednesday, November 12th at 7:30 pm and runs through Sunday, November 23rd (2:00 pm matinee.

All performances will take place in the Blackbox Theatre. Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early. Tickets are $10 per person and are on sale now: https://www.bishoplynch.org/BlackfriarsFallPlay.

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The Bishop Lynch Lady Friar Volleyball team came out determined and focused this weekend, resulting in two, three-game match wins in the TAPPS 5A Super Regional Tournament. The victories qualified the team for the state tournament next weekend, November 7-8 … the seventh consecutive appearance for the Lady Friar Volleyball program!

Bishop Lynch soundly defeated both of their opponents, overpowering Beaumont Kelly on Friday, October 31 – 25-1, 25-9, 25-15 and St. Anthony (San Antonio) on Saturday, November 1 – 25-4, 25-12, 25-11. On offense, outstanding performances came from junior Francesca Goncalves, freshman Madison Tyus and senior Haley Puddy, who lead the team on kills. Goncalves also led the team on serving with an impressive 17 service aces. Running the offense and assisting their hitters were setters senior Morgan Reed and sophomore Callie Williams who garnered a combined 59 assists.

On defense, the Lady Friars were equally as sound, resulting in notable showings from junior Francesca Goncalves, freshman Madison Tyus and junior Danielle Nevitt. Supporting the efforts of the back-row defense was senior Sofia Schleppenbach who created a huge presence at the net leading the team in blocks.

The Lady Friars will play at Corsicana High School on Friday, November 7 at 3:00 pm versus the Apaches of San Antonio Antonian for the state semi-final match. Come support your Lady Friars on their quest for their third consecutive TAPPS 5A State Championship!

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In a game that saw more bizarre football than all the other games combined this season, the Bishop Lynch Friars were able to pour on the points and take down TCA, 62-49 on Senior Night at Roffino Stadium.  Perhaps it was Halloween night that put the odd vibe in the air, but something was amiss early Friday when there were two touchdowns scored before the 9:00 mark of the 1st Quarter. In all, the first frame saw six touchdowns and only the Friars electing to take the end of the quarter with the ball prevented a seventh.

Offensively, the Friars continued to roll on as the area's leading ground unit, rushing for 460 yards on the ground vs the Trojans.  Senior RB Rawleigh Williams III ran for 322 yards and five TDs, while Junior QB Tristan Smith added 63 yards and three TDs.  Sophomore RB Jermaine Mask, the heir-apparent to Williams III, ran for 57 yards on 12 carries as well. Smith managed a great game as well, completing seven of eight passes for 73 yards, and one TD to senior WR Joseph Gannon.  Senior WR Nick Martinez had five more tough receptions as well.

This was the highest scoring output for the Friars since 2007, when the Friars defeated JPII, 83-0.

On the defensive side of the ball, Junior Gabe Brace set a school record for total sacks in a season, breaking the record held by former Friar Dion Chidozie in 2008, who went on to play at Texas Tech University.  Junior Titus Beacham added another interception to his team-leading total, returning it 31 yards to put the Friars in position to score another touchdown.  All told, the Friars won their sixth game of the year, which is twice as many games as they won last year.

Next Friday, the Football team closes out its regular season against Plano Prestonwood next Friday in Plano.  The game is set to kick-off at 7:30 pm from Lion Stadium

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Thirty-six members of the Bishop Lynch High School A Cappella Choir auditioned for selection to the Texas Private Schools All-Region Choir and All-Region Treble Choir. A total of 750+ audition recordings were submitted to the three Regions in Texas with approximately 300 from the Dallas Region. The auditions were the culmination of months of hard work and preparation by the students and Choir Director, Mrs. Kathy Leos.

Congratulations to the BL Choir students named to the Texas Private Schools All-Region Treble Choir: Taylor Holder, Maris Huff, Isabel Mack, Marie Phillips, Samantha Stowell and Natalya Sharifie.

In addition, the following Choir students were selected as members as the Private Schools All-Region Choir for 2014-2015: Amanda Buendia, Angelica Doherty, Veronica Donjuan, Jack Eppard, Travis Fulkerson (1st alternate, Bass Section), Rachel Krause, Clare Kuhlmann, Alice Maguire, Nicole Phillips, Emily Sabetti, Iris Salunga, Alvin Santos and Jackie Tuason.

Congratulations to all these outstanding students and to Choir Director Mrs. Kathy Leos!

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The Bishop Lynch faculty and staff were quite fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome Archbishop Miller, from the Archdiocese of Vancouver, to campus last week. Archbishop Michael Miller made a special trip to Bishop Lynch prior to his engagement as Keynote Speaker at the Catholic Ministries Conference, to speak on The Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools. He reminded the faculty and staff of the importance of their vocation, as witnesses to Christ and the gospel, and the direct effect their influence has on the Bishop Lynch students’ growth - both spiritually and mentally.

In the words of Pope Benedict XVI:

“The central figure in the work of educating, and especially in education in the faith, which is the summit of the person’s formation and is his or her most appropriate horizon, is specifically the form of witness. This witness becomes a proper reference point to the extent that the person can account for the hope that nourishes his life and is personally involved in the truth that he proposes.”

To read more about Archbishop Miller, please visit the Archdiocese of Vancouver website or The Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools.

Thank you to the Parsons Family for helping to arrange this wonderfully unique occasion! Pictured: Principal Evelyn Grubbs, Whitney Parsons, Archbishop Miller, Tony Parsons, Michael Parsons – Class of 2018, President Ed Leyden and Coach Ben Dasch

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On Tuesday, October 28th, the Bishop Lynch High School ART FOR CHANGE Club "carved out" a little time from their day to get into the Halloween spirit by inviting students, faculty and staff to participate in a lunchtime pumpkin decorating event!

ART FOR CHANGE is a club created by the students at Bishop Lynch to provide service to others through expressing their creativity.  The group creates art for retirement communities and children with special needs, sponsors a face painting and craft booth at The Special Olympics equestrian event in North Texas, and plans interactive projects with the students and faculty at BL. 

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The Bishop Lynch AquaFriars closed out their home season this past Saturday, October 25, against John Paul II, Fort Worth Nolan and Dallas First Baptist.

The men’s team continues to show improvement, finishing 2nd in the 4 team field.  The Friar men were led by sophomore Will Eckles, who won the 200 yard Individual Medley and finished 2nd in the 100 yard backstroke, and by freshman Paul Pierce, who won the 50 yard freestyle and finished 2nd in the 500 yard freestyle.  Eckles and Pierce got help from:

  • Sophomore Sean O’Hare, who finished 2nd in the 50 yard freestyle in a personal best time of 27.03 seconds, and who finished 3rd in the 100 yard breaststroke;
  • Freshman Patrick Kersey, who finished 3rd in the 100 yard freestyle and 4th in the 200 yard freestyle; and
  • Sophomore Eric Bray, who finished 3rd in the 200 yard freestyle and 5th in the 100 yard backstroke

Eckles, Pierce, Bray and O’Hare combined to win the 200 yard freestyle relay in a season-best time of 1 minute, 45.21 seconds.  Pierce and Eckles combined with Kersey and Sophomore Will Seidel to finish 2nd in the 400 yard freestyle relay, and Bray, O’Hare and Seidel were joined by Freshman Killian Baker to finish 2nd in the 200 yard Medley Relay.

The Lady Friars had a good meet, winning the meet with 97 points, 44 points more than runner-up Nolan, with JPII in 3rd.  The Lady Friars were led by junior Jessica Jordan, who won the 200 yard Individual Medley and the 100 yard butterfly.  Jordan got support from:

  • Senior Captain Amy Hess, who won the 200 yard freestyle and was 2nd in the 100 yard freestyle;
  • Junior Jordan Carl, who won the 500 yard freestyle and was 2nd in the 100 yard breaststroke;
  • Sophomore Bonnie Nolan, who led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 100 yard backstroke with fellow sophomores Jesseca Hageman and Niamh Tierney.  Tierney also swam a personal best time of 1 minute, 11,88 seconds in finishing 2nd in the 100 yard butterfly;
  • Senior Captain Grace Butler, who finished 2nd in both the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle;
  • Junior Shauna Seidel, who finished 2nd in the 500 yard freestyle and 3rd in the 200 yard freestyle; and
  • Senior Courtney Newman, who finished 2nd in the 200 yard Individual Medley

The Lady Friars also swept the three relays, with Newman, Carl, Jordan and Tierney winning the 200 yard Medley Relay, Butler, Carl, Nolan, and Hess joining to win the 200 yard Freestyle Relay, and Tierney, Nolan, Butler and Hess combining for victory in the 400 yard Freestyle Relay.

The AquaFriars will next be in action on Saturday, November 8 in the Cougar Classic at the Lewisville ISD Pool in The Colony.

Congratulations to this week’s Aquaman, freshman Patrick Kersey, and this week’s Aquawoman, senior Sarah Lewis.

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On Wednesday, October 22, Bishop Lynch High School Honors French III and AP/Advanced French IV took learning outside the classroom during a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art. Ms. Crawford's students were able to soak-in their surroundings, exploring the beautiful works of art - most specifically, the "Mind’s Eye: Masterworks on Paper from David to Cézanne" exhibit.

Drawn from the Dallas Museum of Art’s collection, as well as from several private collections, the exhibition features more than one hundred works on paper, many of which are rarely on view, in various media by seventy artists. Mind’s Eye offers new insights into the working methods and practices of these artists, providing an intimate view of their approach to art making while also presenting the drawings and watercolors as finished works of art in their own right. (DMA website.)