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  • volume 18 spring 2015 www.piusx.netPIUSConnections

    A publication for Alumni,

    Parents & Friends of Pius X High School

  • contents

    Pius X High School 6000 A Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68510 402.488.0931 402.488.1061 fax www.piusx.net

    Chief Administrative Officer Rev. James J. Meysenburg

    Principal Tom Korta

    Assistant Principal Greg Lesiak

    Guidance Director Jan Frayser

    Pius X Foundation 402.488.1046 402.488.1061 fax

    Director of Development Michelle Birkel

    Foundation Staff Deb Hoge Amy Riley PJ Book Mary Crook

    BOLT Director Deb Schulte

    Pius X Alumni ~ Cathedral High Alumni 402.488.0931 402.488.1061 fax

    Alumni Director Kristin (Edwards) Heath 91

    Pius Connections - Deb Hoge, Editor Published semi-annually for alumni, parents and friends of Pius X High School. If you would like additional copies or to be removed from our mailing list, please call 402-488-1046 or e-mail deb.hoge@piusx.net.

    Current Enrollment 1,210 Catholic: 98% Other: 2%

    Mission Statement Restore All Things in Christ

    To enrich the mind, heart, and soul of each student through a Christ-centered Catholic environment that provides academic excellence and preparation to achieve a meaningful, faith-filled life.

    Thank YouSpecial thanks to the talented photographers of the 2014-15 Pius X Yearbook staff who contribute to this publication: Sponsor Sandi Sullivan, Katherine Benal, James Brown, Madeleine Elwell, Morgan Felber, Elizabeth Foley, Noah Kapustka, Chloe Kreikemeier, Jacob Kreikemeier, Makayla Krings, Katherine Messineo, Anthony Nguyen, Morgan Noel, Rylie OMeara, Whitney Tran, Kyra Werner, and Kally Werning.

    We extend a grateful thank you to Jacob North Companies for their generous donation toward this publication.

    Change of AddressTo notify the school/Foundation of address changes or personal updates, please fill out the on-line form at www.piusx.net, under the Alumni drop-down or contact the Foundation at 402-488-1046.

    pius valuesAlumni Ordained to Priesthood ................... 9Catholic Schools Week Procession ............... 9

    academic successStudents Earn Top Scholarships .................... 9Kruse Earns 36 on ACT ............................... 9

    athletic highlightsBaseball Team Repeats ................................ 10Girls Basketball Wins State Championship ................................... 10Letters of Intent ......................................... 10

    pius essentialsStudents Shine in Performing Arts .............. 11

    empowering studentsJunior Achievement Scholarships Earned .... 12

    building a strong foundationFriends of Pius X Appreciation Reception and Athletic Hall of Fame ................................. 13Cathedral Alumna Blesses Pius X ............... 14Gifts Allow Pius X Reward Teachers; Build Usage of Strengths ............................ 15Scholarships Ensure Catholic Education for All ......................... 1630 Is Not Enough - BOLT 2015 ................ 31

    alumni todayBits & Pieces .............................................. 20A Family Legacy ......................................... 22All Honor Year Reunion ............................. 26In Remembrance ........................................ 27Births ......................................................... 29Marriages ................................................... 30

    featuresPius X Brothers are taking it to the streets - and your TV - to save souls ............4The Ambassadors Within ..................................................................................6Academic Decathlon Claims Second at Nationals ..............................................9Pius X Students Win First Ever Smart Tomorrow Contest ...............................12Pius X Alumnus Shares Experiences, Speaks at National Honor Society ..........19

    volume 18 spring 2015 www.piusx.net

    PIUSConnections

    A publication for Alumni,

    Parents & Friends of Pius X High School

    On the cover - Pius X students excelled academically and through many extra-curricular activities throughout the school year while keeping Christ at the center of their lives. Highlights of the year included State Championships by many teams, including girls baseketball. Senior Maddie Simon was named the Gatorade Nebraska Girls Basketball Player of the Year, and choir students successfully performed a Madrigal Dinner. The Aca Deca team placed second in division two at Nationals with Philip Hanigan placing 11th overall. Congratulations to all Pius X students on an outstanding year.

    Pius X High School

    40.9%

    31.0%

    10.2%

    9.3%

    4.4%2.8% 1.4%

    ParishAssessmentsTuition&FeesEndowment/TrustsDonations/GrantsActivities/BOLTFundraiserEducationalTech.InitiativeOtherRevenue

    40.9%

    31.0%

    10.2%

    9.3%

    4.4%2.8% 1.4%

    ParishAssessmentsTuition&FeesEndowment/TrustsDonations/GrantsActivities/BOLTFundraiserEducationalTech.InitiativeOtherRevenueBudget

    The 2014-2015 Pius X High School budget is $6.262 million. Parish assessments are provided by the 14 parishes of the Lincoln Deanery and four parishes from outside the deanery. Parish assessments for the 2014-2015 school year make-up 40.9% of the operating budget.

    Revenue

    $2,180

    $1,525

    $1,695

    ParishSupportTuitionFundforPiusX&Otherfundraising

    Cost per Student

    Pay&Benefits,77.4%Maintenance&Operations,

    10.7%

    Instruction,10.4%

    TuitionAssistance,1.5%

    Expenses

    $2,180

    $1,525

    $1,695

    ParishSupportTuitionFundforPiusX&Otherfundraising

  • On May 17, we welcomed 269 graduates to the rank of alumni. Once again, I am amazed by our incredible students. These young men and women made up the 59th graduating class from Pius X and excelled in countless ways. Over 95% of our graduates are enrolled in higher education, over 15% have earned a 30 or higher on the ACT, and 44 students earned Regents Scholarships. Our academic decathlon team won state

    and placed 2nd at the national competition.

    Extra-curricular activities flourished as well with girls cross country, girls basketball and baseball winning state championships. Boys tennis and boys cross country teams were the state runner-up. Many of our other activities earned entrance into state tournaments as a team or with individuals. Band, drama and vocal music groups shined in all their performances.

    I also want to congratulate Jake Moore who is retiring from coaching volleyball after 25 years. He will still be teaching and will continue as assistant athletic director. This year Jake reached 700 career wins and Pius Xs 20th straight State Volleyball appearance.

    BOLT 2015, Thirty is not enough, was another joyous and successful evening. The BOLT event reached an all-time high for Pius X: a total of more than $532,000 was netted that evening. This includes $229,000 from the auction/gala event, $26,000 from direct donations to increase teacher salaries, and $25,000 matched by the Bishop Flavin Fund from the Diocesan Gospel of Joy Capital Campaign. A real highlight, particularly for me, was riding a 2014 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited Touring Motorcycle into the gymnasium for the auction! This 103 cubic inch V-twin beauty has all the bells and whistles, and sold for $18,500! A special thank you to Union Bank and Trust for donating this bikers dream.

    As if that wasnt special enough, the morning of BOLT I was contacted by an anonymous donor who committed to matching the net profit from the event. Wow! Thanks to this generous donor, Pius X received another $252,000.

    The money raised at BOLT will be used for several capital improvement projects including air-conditioning in the practice/PE gymnasium; completing the rest room renovation project; and continuing to save for large maintenance projects like field turf replacement, track resurfacing, tennis court resurfacing, and parking lot resurfacing. The $51,000 from straight donations and the Bishop Flavin Fund will go directly into teachers salaries for next year and help move Pius X toward our strategic goal of bringing our teachers salaries to an average of 90% of LPS. The $252,000 anonymous gift will be used in part for this same purpose and to forward fund our school operations. For the last four years Pius X received a $510,000 grant from an anonymous foundation to keep tuition affordable for everyone and to keep parish assessments low. While the direct grant has expired, Pius X is still committed to keeping tuition affordable for all Catholic families, parish assessments reasonable, and staff salaries just and competitive with our public school counterparts. This anonymous gift will go a long way to help us strategically continue forward with all three of these financial priorities.

    On May 28th, Pius X participated in the 4th annual Give To Lincoln Day. This one-day, city-wide philanthropic push has been very successful for Pius X, and has helped with important capital improvements. This year the funds will be used toward the three-fold commitment described in the previous paragraph. Thank you to everyone for your support, as we raised more than $225,000.

    We are also blessed because Pius X had four alumni ordained priests and two ordained deacons this month. Fathers Stephen Graeve 07, Corey Harrison 07, Ryan Kaup 06, and Chris Stoley 07 were ordained for the Diocese of Lincoln on May 23. Chris Eckrich 08 was ordained a transitional deacon for Lincoln on May 22, and Brother Innocent (Scott) Montgomery 03 was ordained a transitional deacon for the CFR Order in New York on May 18.

    Thank you for your prayers and support for Pius X High School. May your summer bring joyful times with fami

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