RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - March 18, 2021

2021 VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

Val and Sal

Congratulations to the 2021 Valedictorian Rachel Hahn and Salutatorian Lauren Prather! Rachel graduated from St. Jude Catholic School and is the daughter of Julie and Patric Hahn. Lauren graduated from Saints Francis & Clare and is the daughter of Kelly and Joseph Prather.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES INFORMATION

Senior Mass - Friday, April 30
Seniors Last Day of School - Friday, May 14
Senior Picnic - Monday, May 17
Senior Prom - Wednesday, May 19
Baccalaureate - Friday, May 21, 6:00 PM
Graduation - Saturday, May 22, 9:00 AM

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EXAM WEEK INFORMATION

  • Monday, May 17 (Exams in periods 1, 3, 5); dismissal at 12:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 18 (Exams in periods 2, 4, 6); dismissal at 12:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 19 (Exams in periods 7, 8); dismissal at 11:05 AM

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BLOOD AND CANNED FOOD DRIVE SUCCESS

Blood Drive and Canned Food

Thanks so much for your support these past two weeks during our blood and canned food drives. Through your generosity, we've saved a lot of lives and fed a lot of families. Here are the final stats:

Blood Drive

  • 40 whole blood units
  • 6 double red cell units
  • Remember that every unit of blood donated has the potential to save 3 lives. That's 156 lives!

Canned Food Drive

  • 3,113 food items donated
  • $29,611 donated
  • 70% of students and staff participated
  • The freshmen class had the highest participation rate of 75%
  • The pantries that will benefit include St. Vincent de Paul, David Moore Food Pantry, Hunger, Inc., Catholic Charities, and the St. Anthony & Holy Trinity Food Pantry.

Thanks again for making this year's drives so successful!

ARCHERY 10TH IN STATE

Archery Team

Left to right: Calli Clowers, Chiara Schilten, Isaac Kappes and Jake Kappes

Archery Team

Glenn Rooney and Easton Clowers

Last weekend, the Roncalli Archery team competed in the 2021 National Archery School Program Indiana State Competition. The Royals placed 10th in the State! The team scored an all time high of 3245. Leading the way was senior Hayden Willis with a personal high score of 285. Junior Isaac Kappes was second on the team with a score of 279. Senior Callie Clowers was awarded an Indiana NASP Scholarship. After a great showing this season and at the state competition, the Royals move onto Nationals in May. Due to Covid, this will be a virtual tournament this year.

BISCHOFF Named to ALL-STAR TEAM

Madelyn Bischoff

Senior Madelyn Bischoff has been selected as one of 14 players for the 2021 IndyStar Indiana Girls Basketball All-Star team. Those chosen to the team will play in three games in June – one exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars, as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.

Bischoff is Roncalli’s sixth girls basketball Indiana All-Star. Bischoff finished her Roncalli career with 1,532 points, ranking third on the program’s career scoring list. She owns the program record for most 3-pointers made in a season (182) and most points in a postseason game (39). This past season, she averaged 21.4 points per game in helping lead Roncalli to a 20-5 record and its first girls basketball sectional title since 2016.

“Our program is completely ecstatic for Maddie,” said head coach Tim Gray. “This is a testament to her hard work, time and the effort she put forth to challenge herself and improve her game. We also hope this provides an inspiration to the girls playing in our program and to those future Roncalli Royals to set high goals and have the discipline and work ethic to reach them.”

FEBRUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Studente of the Month

On Monday, our Students of the Month for February were honored at a special lunch and presentation to recognize their extraordinary efforts in the following areas: Business and Technology, Communications, English, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education, Industrial Technology, Math, Science, Social Studies, STARS Program, Theology and World Languages. Congratulations to the February Students of the Month: (listed in alphabetical order) Lindsey Benson, Jacob Cromer, Awi Dim, Ava Durrett, Rachel Hahn, Abbey Hofmann, Max Mandel, Liam Moore, Brady Neu, Jax Quebe, Van Sickle and Lili Wisler. (not pictured above: Max Mandel)

ESPORTS

ESPORTS League

Over 40 Royals competed in the High School Esports League's Winter Challenge. During the challenge, the Roncalli Royals competed against hundreds of students across the country in a specific video game. Here are the national rankings for the Winter Challenge for the top performing Royals:

  • #39 - Chess - freshman Evan Nalley
  • #55 - Rocket League - junior Braeden Cooper, freshmen Keifer Lawry and Edher Tapia
  • #101 - Super Smash Bros - junior Ethan Gorski

Roncalli is becoming the NBA 2K21 hotspot of the country with the following students and their ranking for this game:

  • #9 - junior Carlos Garcia
  • #10 - junior Andy Hernandez
  • #11 - sophomore Gavin Ferris
  • #13 - junior Josh Pimentel
  • #14 - senior Nolan White

Good luck to all our Royals competing in the Spring Major from now through the month of May!

SPEECH TEAM STATE RESULTS

Genna Sever

Genna Sever

Hayden Bean

Hayden Bean

Annemarie Bryans

Annemarie Bryans

Julia Blandford

Julia Blandford

The Roncalli Royals Speech Team finished out their competition season last weekend at the State meet. Roncalli is proud to congratulate the following Royals on their hard work and achievement:

  • Seniors Genna Sever and Hayden Bean - TOP 12 in the state for duo interpretation
  • Senior Genna Sever - TOP 12 in the state for Prose interpretation
  • Junior Annemarie Bryans - TOP 12 in the state for Dramatic Interpretation
  • Juniors Annemarie Bryans and Julia Blandford - SIXTH IN THE STATE in Original Performance

We look forward to the Speech Team showcase on April 19th.

APRIL 5 - ENRICHMENT DAY

NO SCHOOL/NO INSTRUCTION

Roncalli High School has announced that Monday, April 5 (Easter Monday), which was originally scheduled to be a snow make-up day, will now be an "Enrichment Day" for students and teachers. There will be no school/no instruction on this day. We feel this is best for our students, faculty and staff given the extraordinary efforts they have made throughout this entire school year. Please contact principal, Chuck Weisenbach with any questions.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Will Beikes

Congratulations to senior Will Beikes, boys volleyball, who was recognized as the Above and Beyond Player of the Week by coach John Kesterson and Jersey Mike’s Subs!

JUNIOR ROYAL THEATRE CAMP

Theatre Camp

We are proud to announce the 15th annual Junior Royal Theatre Camp! This camp is designed for your child to have a hands-on, multi-faceted theatre experience. Campers will enjoy making new friends as they build performance skills and learn self-confidence, teamwork, and theatre abilities. Campers will be exposed to many different aspects of theatre such as drama, voice, dance, and more.

Camp will meet July 5-July 23. Camp will meet from 8:30-12:30, Monday-Friday. Registration for camp began March 2. Camp will have a limited enrollment, on a first come, first serve basis. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit required at the time of registration.

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SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION

Roncalli High School will again offer many different sport camps this summer for elementary age student athletes currently in grades K-8. These camps are conducted by members of the Roncalli coaching staff and serve to provide fundamental instruction in each sport as well as a wonderful opportunity to have fun in a friendly and nourishing environment.

CAMPS for BOYS

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Lacrosse

CAMPS for GIRLS

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Gymnastics
  • Cheerleading
  • Lacrosse

CO-ED CAMPS

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Speed Development

Registration began March 1, 2021. We encourage you to please register online. We communicate camp updates via text and email. Your contact information is obtained via our online registration form. The cost for each camp/online registration is $50 per camper/per session. Information/Online Registration is available on the Roncalli High School website: www.roncalli.org/camps.

Please note: Walk up registration fee - $55 per camp

For more information, please call the athletic office at Roncalli High School (317-788-4094 or 317-787-8277 ext. 263).

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Service

This past weekend, six members of the Girls Lacrosse team participated in a service project at Beggars for the Poor. In addition, another eight members of the Lacrosse team spent four hours serving clients in need of help at St. Vincent dePaul.

Thanks to the following ladies who gave up their Saturday morning in service to others: Ronnie Phillips, Lucy Houser, Claire Pittman, Lilian Iman, Lindsey Benson, Catherine Pittman, Paige Gibbs, Katherine Bellew, Megan Comer, Hannah Cushing, Rachel Hahn, Katie Comer, Katie Walesky and Mia Niezgodski.

Great Job, Royals!!

FAMILY SPONSOR - CELEBRATION RONCALLI

New, exciting opportunities coming to this year's Celebration Roncalli! Support needs based tuition assistance by becoming a "Family Sponsor!" Be one of only 50 to receive a handmade custom Roncalli charcuterie board, created by RHS Industrial Arts students. Your board will be delivered with a variety of delightful items just in time for the Celebration Roncalli event on Saturday, April 24! Become a Family Sponsor and get yours at roncalli.org/celebration.

WIN $10,000!

Celebrate Roncalli Raffle

Celebration Roncalli High Stakes Raffle tickets cost $100 each and can be purchased with cash or check. Just download the betting form at roncalli.org/celebration and send it in. Or Purchase with cash or check in the Roncalli Advancement Office. Contact Jeen Endris or Gary Armbruster to get yours today!

There will only be 350 tickets sold! Winning tickets for the $10,000* Grand Prize through 3rd place will be announced during Celebration Roncalli on April 24, 2021.

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

All proceeds benefit Roncalli families in need of tuition assistance.

  • $10,000 Grand Prize*
  • $2,000 2nd Place
  • $500 3rd Place
  • $500 Early Bird Prize - CONGRATULATIONS Joanne Banta!

*Based on selling 350 tickets. Payout will be based on a percentage of tickets sold. Grand prize= 20%, 2nd Place=5%, 3rd Place=1%

If you’re not familiar with Celebration Roncalli, please click here to FAQs about the event.

Make a tax-deductible donation to our silent and live auctions. We are in need of the following items: vacation rentals, tickets to local sporting events like Indy 500, Colts, Pacers, Notre Dame, IU, Purdue and Butler, behind the scenes experiences, home improvement services, gift cards, etc.

If you can help or have an item to donate, please email Jeen Endris.

TRANSPORTATION REQUEST

A student needs a ride from Roncalli to OLG after school each day.

CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

We prayerfully ask that you consider a gift to this year's Circle of Faith campaign.

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2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR IMMUNIZATIONS

A los padres/tutores: Vacunas para el año escolar 2021-22

Vacunas para el año escolar 2021-22

The Indiana State Department of Health and Department of Education has mandatory immunizations for every student enrolled in an Indiana school. Roncalli High School must follow these requirements to stay in compliance; even if a physicians’ immunization and dosing schedules show more flexibility.

Immunization requirements for 2021-22 require all high school students to have 2 Hepatitis A vaccines, administered a minimum 6 months apart.

Also 2 Meningitis MCV4 vaccines are required for Class of 2022 prior to the start of their senior year.

If your child has not received these, please make arrangements to get these vaccines and forward proof of immunization. County Health Departments can assist with these vaccinations.

Documentation needs to be sent to the Guidance Office: fax 317-788-2282 or email jdias@roncalli.org.

Click the link below to see all required vaccinations for the 2021-22 school year.

2021-22 Requirements

GREETINGS FROM GUIDANCE

Guidance Blast

Please see the RHS Guidance Blast for These Important Updates

  • Seniors: NEW Graduation Details on the "Graduation Information: Class of 2021" tab
  • Seniors: Enter Scholarships into Naviance!
  • Freshmen/Sophomores: Scheduling Appointments
  • Media Production Summer Program
  • Support Your Student's Brain

SPRING BREAK & MORATORIUM WEEK 2021

Spring Break began with the dismissal of school at 2:30 PM today, March 18. School will resume at 7:15 AM on Monday, March 29.

To maintain the integrity of the school calendar and instructional time, Roncalli does not allow a family to extend Spring Break by leaving early or returning late without a significant academic penalty. For full details on the policy, please click on the link at the end of the newsletter. Thank you to our parents who have given us tremendous support of this policy through the years.

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Additionally, as a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Roncalli High School must adhere to the moratorium week requirements set forth by the association. The 2021 Moratorium Week for the summer of 2021 will be from June 28 - July 5. At Roncalli this means there will be no open gym/no open facilities, no practices, games, rehearsals, etc. There are to be no student activities at all during this week.

SACRED HEART STATIONS OF THE CROSS

This year Sacred Heart is using “Praying with St. John XXIII” adapted by Bill Huebsch for stations of the cross.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
1530 Union Street,
Indianapolis 46225

  • Praying the Stations with St. John XXIII
  • Featuring meditation, prayer and song
  • 6:30 PM every Friday of Lent: February 19 through March 26

The essence of Pope John XXIII’s ministry is that we are immersed in the dying and rising of Christ. This message is certainly timely with the current turmoil in our society. Based on extensive scholarship and prayerful study, the fourteen Stations of the Cross have been faithfully adapted to the message and teaching of John XXIII. Each traditional prayer will be combined with video, music and reflections on John XXIII’s life that resonates in our modern world. Please join us as we seek to grow in Christ's gift of salvation. Masks and social distancing required.

CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Bruce Banta, husband of Joanne (Lippert) Banta R'60, father of Jill Smith R'88 and Rochelle Tedder R'85, and grandfather of Brandon Banta R'10. May God comfort his family and give them peace.
  • For the repose of the soul of Seamus DiGiusto, son of Chris R'96 and Julie (Lynch) DiGiusto R'96, junior at Scecina Memorial, who died last week. May God comfort his family during this difficult time.
  • For Father Steve Giannini of SSFC who is recovering from surgery. May God provide him healing and a quick recovery!
  • 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 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 Roncalli 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.

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