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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, February 23, 2018

RHS INTRODUCES CLASS OF 2018 VALEDICTORIAN & SALUTATORIAN

Th valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2018

After our all school liturgy on Ash Wednesday, the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2018 were announced. Ben Asdell, son of Drs. Steven and Tessa Asdell is the valedictorian. He is a graduate of St. Barnabas Catholic Grade School. His plans are to study aerospace engineering, and he will make his college selection later this spring. The salutatorian for the Class of 2018 is Collin Prince, a graduate of Ss. Francis & Clare Catholic School. He is the son of Mark and Jan Prince. His plans are to major in engineering and minor in finance. He is currently considering his college admissions options for next year.

Congratulations to both Ben and Collin as well as to their families and grade schools!

HELP US SAY THANKS TO DONNA SMITH - RETIRING AFTER 46 YEARS!

Donna Smith has been the face of Roncalli High School for these past 46 years serving as our school secretary for nearly half a century. In addition to her role as school secretary, Donna also served as cheerleading moderator for years and has been a long time member of the Friday night ticket takers staff at RHS athletic events!!! Her infectious smile and pleasant personality have touched the lives of thousands of RHS students, teacher/staff, parents and guests!

We are inviting all in the Roncalli Family to join us in thanking Donna for her years of exemplary service. There are a couple of ways available to folks to say thanks!

A retirement reception will be held in the RHS Media Center on Friday, March 9, from 3:15 - 5:00 PM. All are welcome. If you are not able to join us at the retirement reception, you may send cards to Donna at Roncalli (3300 Prague Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46227).

Please join us in a prayer of thanksgiving for Donna and her wonderful service to Roncalli as well as asking God to bless her with many years of good health and much happiness in her retirement.

WATCH REBEL RHAPSODY IN ACTION!

Roncalli's mixed Show Choir, Rebel Rhapsody, is in the midst of their competition season. These students along with their teachers and choreographer have worked super hard putting together this year's show. You can watch Rebel Rhapsody in action by clicking on the link below:

https://youtu.be/sX9XmZFRpp8

BEGINNING CHOIR ENSEMBLES CONCERT TO BENEFIT LENTEN ALMSGIVING

The Beginning Women's and Beginning Mixed choirs will perform a free concert on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium. While there is no charge for this concert, donations will be accepted to benefit the Lenten Almsgiving project, Hope for Tomorrow. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30. Come out and listen to some great music while supporting a worthwhile cause!

RHS WRESTLERS SET NEW SCHOOL RECORDS

Congratulations to Coach Wade McClurg and the RHS wrestling program as they had a record breaking day at the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals last weekend at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The program had four wrestlers earn medalist status and earned a team point total of 49 points, both of which are new school records. Special congratulations to our four state finalist wrestlers - Sam Hansen (state runner-up); Alec Viduya (fourth place); Brayden Lowery, Elijah Mahan (fifth place). Great job fellas and great Rebel wrestlers!

Sam Hansen Alec Viduya Blake LoweryElijah Mahan

RHS SWIMMERS EXCEL AT SECTIONALS

Congratulations to RHS Curtis Cox and the Rebels swimming and diving team on their fantastic performance at last Saturday's IHSAA Sectional finals. A tremendous number of our Rebel swimmers turned in lifetime best performances in the Sectional. A special congratulations to the following young men who moved into the Top Ten fastest times in the history of our school in their respective events: 200 Medley Relay (Jack Bauer, Blake Ludge, Gabe Buening, Derek Elam) 9th place; Jack Bauer (200 IM) - 2nd fastest; Jack Bauer (100 Breast) - improved on his own school record by one second; Derek Elam (100 backstroke) - 6th fastest; Jack Bauer (season points) - 7th; Jack Bauer (career points) - 3rd.

RHS MOCK TRIAL TEAM ADVANCES TO STATE

Congratulations to RHS Mock Trial coach Beth Reel and all three of our 2013 RHS Mock Trial teams on their performances in last Saturday's Mock Trial Regionals!! Special congratulations goes out to our "Mocked and Loaded" team which advanced to the 2018 Mock Trial State Finals. The team includes Elizabeth Woodruff, Meghan Looney, Natalie Fikes, Grace Murphy, Cameron Irwin, Liam Collier, Nicholas Plahitko and Dave Schrader.

Mock Trial

Special congratulations as well to the following students who earned individual awards for their performance in last Saturday's Regional: Most Effective Attorney Award - Miriam Maddox, Grace Plahitko, Dave Schrader; Most Effective Witness Award - Ashlyn Streicher, Grace Vavra, Grace Murphy, Meghan Looney.

Great job Rebels!

CONGRATULATIONS RHS CHORAL & PIANO ISSMA GOLD MEDALISTS!!!

RHS was well represented at last Saturday's ISSMA Choral & Piano Solo State Finals competition!! Special congratulations to the following Rebel singers who earned Gold in Group I on their solo performance last Saturday - Natalie Stigall, Allie Pena, Breanna Jaffe, Emily Wray, Grace George, Katie Minton, Lilly Secrest, Maggie Schoening, Sam Gosser, Adam Wolf and Chris Figueroa. Special congratulations as well to Luke Dow who earned a Gold rating in Group I for his piano solo.

Gold rating in Group I at state is the highest accomplishment a choral member or piano player can earn in the state of Indiana's state ISSMA wide competition!

RHS JAZZ BAND SIZZLES AT JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jazz Band

Congratulations to Kathy Peach and the 2018 RHS Jazz Band as they earned a Division 1 rating (highest rating possible) at last Saturday's Indiana State University's Jazz Festival. Special congratulations go out to Michael Shirley as his performance earned him the Outstanding Guitar Soloist award!! Great job Rebels!

RHS TABLETOP GAME CLUB AT ALTENHEIM

Tabletop Game Club at Altenheim

Thank you to members of the RHS Tabletop Game club who last Saturday spent the afternoon playing board games with residents at The Altenheim Senior Living Community!! The picture above shows some of the members strategizing in their game with the residents. Thanks as well to RHS English teacher and Tabletop Game Club moderator, Corinne Owens. Great job Rebels!!

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CASH BASH & RAFFLE - SATURDAY NIGHT

The Roncalli Athletic Boosters Club is super excited about the new format to be used for this year's Reverse Raffle as it will now be a "Cash Bash Raffle" with many more opportunities for ticket holders to win cash and to stay in the running for the final cash prize of $2500.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 24 and plan to join us for the Athletic Boosters "Cash Bash Raffle." It promises to be an evening of great fun and lots of opportunities for winning.

Click on the link below to access a flyer that has full details on the evening including how to purchase tickets! Don't miss this event this year as the athletic boosters are promising a fun-filled, cash filled evening!

View Cash Bash Raffle Flyer

SENIOR RETREAT NEXT WEEK

Our sixth senior retreat of the school year will be held next Tuesday evening through Friday at the Benedict Inn in Beech Grove. Please keep these 40 seniors and the retreat team in your prayers next week.

FINANCIAL AID FORMS FOR 2018-2019 NOW AVAILABLE - DUE NEXT WEEK (MARCH 1)

Financial aid forms for the 2018-2019 school year are now available ONLINE ONLY. You can access the link at: www.roncalli.org/admissions/tuition-information for the online application.

Please contact Mrs. Denise Cook in the Business Office if you have questions. She can be reached at 317-787-8277 ext:278 or dcook@roncalli.org.

All financial aid forms must be completed by March 1.

SPRING PLAY TICKETS

Tickets for the play, "Alice in Wonderland" are now available. With this production, we will implement a new ticketing system. The new system, Booktix, will allow us to sell tickets online right up until the start of each show. In addition, you will now be able to choose your own seat! Tickets can be purchased at roncalli.booktix.com. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for Roncalli students and children 14 years old and younger. Remember to print off your tickets and bring them with you to the show. Tickets will be scanned at the entrance to the auditorium. VIP card holders will need to contact Miki Lewinski at mlewinsk@roncalli.org or 317-787-8277 Ext. 249 for your promo code to access your free tickets.

Dates for this year's Spring Play are March 15-17 with 7 PM performances each evening in addition to a 2:00 PM matinee on Saturday.

PLACE YOUR BETS! RUN FOR THE ROSES REBELATION HIGH STAKES PLACE

Rebelation High Stakes Raffle tickets cost $100 each and can be purchased with cash or check. Just download the betting form at www.roncalli.org/rebelation and send it in.

Early Bird drawings worth $500 will be held on March 16, 2018—so act now! (note: Early Bird winner will be entered back into the raffle for the Grand Prize drawing).

There will only be 500 tickets sold—so we like your odds! Winning tickets for the $10,000* Grand Prize through 3rd place will be drawn live at Rebelation on April 28, 2018. You need not be present to win.

For more information and a complete list of rules, please visit www.roncalli.org/rebelation.

All proceeds benefit Roncalli families in need of tuition assistance.

  • $10,000 Grand Prize*
  • $2,500 2nd Place*
  • $1,000 3rd Place*
  • $500 Early Bird Prize

*Based on selling 500 tickets. Payout will be based on a percentage of tickets sold. Grand prize= 20%, 2nd Place=5%, 3rd Place=2%

PARENTS INVITED TO "PIZZA WITH THE PRINCIPAL"

Parents of RHS students are invited to join RHS Principal, Chuck Weisenbach, for an informal "Pizza with the Principal" question and answer session that will be held on four different evenings in the coming weeks. These sessions will be limited to 14-16 parents, which provides you with a wonderful forum to seek answers to your questions or inquire about issues pertinent to you and your family. The sessions will run from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the Main Office conference room and will include pizza, soft drinks and coffee. They will be held on the evenings of February 28, March 6, 12 and 22.

You may RSVP by calling Andi Baker in the Main Office at 787-8277 or via email at abaker@roncalli.org. Don't delay as the spots have filled up quickly in previous years.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR CURRENT RHS STUDENTS

Roncalli High School is pleased to offer several scholarships to students currently in grades 9-11 and a couple of scholarships for current seniors. The eligibility criteria and amount for each scholarship varies from $500-$1,500. Please visit our website at www.roncalli.org/admissions/scholarship-opportunities-for-students to learn more about these various scholarships to determine if your child(ren) qualifies for one or more of these scholarships. Scholarship applications must be printed from the link above. All completed applications should be returned to Mrs. Hartford, Assistant Principal, by Wednesday, March 28 no later than 3:00 p.m. The selection process for each scholarship will be determined by the selection committee of each award. The presentation of most of these scholarships will take place at the spring Academic Honors Banquet. The scholarship monies would then be applied to the 2018-2019 tuition unless this is an award for a senior. Any questions regarding RHS scholarships can be directed to Shellie Hartford, Assistant Principal, at 787-8277 Ext. 284 or shartford@roncalli.org.

Scholarship applications became available on February 1, 2018. Completed applications are due March 28, 2018.

TWO SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES

All of the changes the state has put in place with the graduation required ISTEP test for sophomores has led us to make two changes to our school calendar for April when this test is administered. Given the length of these tests and their importance to the students we feel it best to utilize a delayed start for the rest of the school on two days and use this time for administering the ISTEP test to the sophomores (and any juniors/seniors still needing to retest). Thus, the following changes have been made to the school calendar:

  • April 17 - School will start at 9:00 AM: All sophomores along with any junior or senior student needing to retake the ISTEP will report to school at the regular time of 7:30 AM.
  • April 24 - School will start at 9:30 AM: All sophomores along with any junior or senior student needing to retake the ISTEP will report to school at the regular time of 7:30 AM.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our families but we feel strongly that this not only provides our students who are testing the best environment but also provides the best use of instructional time for all other students as well.

RONCALLI LETTER JACKETS

A sales representative from Awards America will be in the main lobby on Wednesday (3/7/18) from 5-7 PM and again in the cafeteria during all lunch periods on Thursday (3/8/18) to take final orders for all students interested in purchasing a Roncalli Award Jacket this year.

This will be the last opportunity to order an Award Jacket at a less than retail price during the current school year. Payment will be required at the time of order, with checks to be made out to Roncalli High School.

Information/Price sheet may be picked up at Main Office or the Athletic Department office. Award Jacket purchase and pricing information may also be reviewed at www.roncalli.org

GROWING LEADERS - NEW REPORT DETAILS DEVASTATING EFFECTS SOCIAL MEDIA IS HAVING ON GENERATION Z

Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore

A study released in Jan 2018 by Barna Research Group reveals that Generation Z is more emotionally affected by the perils of social media than other generations who are also online. Utilizing a quantitative survey of 1,490 nationally representative students—ages 13 to 18 across the US—researchers asked students about their relationship with technology. The findings are quite revealing. When asked whether or not the following statements were true, Generation Z's responses stuck out above other generations: To read the remainder of this blog click on the link below:
https://growingleaders.com/blog/new-report-details-devastating-effects-social-media-generation-z/

PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Jack Chida, Sr. who passed away recently and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the grandfather of Natalie ('18) and Garrett ('20).
  • For God's blessings and mercy upon Archbishop Charles Thompson and his ministry in shepherding the archdiocese of Indianapolis
  • For those who struggle to find adequate food, clothing, shelter, and medical services and for those most in need of God's mercy
  • For Divine Providence upon all elected officials and judges at all levels of government
  • For all Christians, and all men and women of faith, who are facing persecution for their religious beliefs
  • For healing of body, mind and spirit for all people dealing with depression, addiction or mental health issues
  • For strength and healing for all those fighting off life threatening illness and for their families and caregivers
  • For the men and women of our armed forces and their families, especially our Roncalli High School alums who are serving in the military
  • For our RHS alums preparing for a religious vocation as a priest, religious woman or missionary
  • For vocations to the priesthood, religious life and missionary field, and that Roncalli High School and its families will provide a nurturing environment that fosters and supports these vocations

"As an historian, my admiration for him only grew as I studied our nation's religious past, and came to appreciate even more the tremendous role he played in the American evangelical movement. May the Lord that Billy Graham loved so passionately now grant him eternal rest."
Cardinal Dolan on the passing of Billy Graham

"My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world."
Billy Graham

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