David Morton

David Morton

Principal and President

In 2001 Mr. Morton was appointed by Archbishop Eusebius Beltran as the twelfth Principal of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. David has two children and three grandchildren. His son Zack is a 1998 graduate of McGuinness.

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(405) 842-6638 (school)

Irish Eyes Blog

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you survived all the storms that hit the city last night! We certainly need the rain! We did practice our tornado drill routine last week. If you are unaware, the ground level in the main school wing is a tornado shelter. We can place the entire student body as well as teachers and staff members in the area without any problem. I pray that we only have to practice drills and never experience the real thing.
This is prom week! “Monte Carlo” will be held at the UCO Ballroom from 8:30 – 11:00 pm Saturday night. A huge “Big Thanks” is extended to the junior class and their sponsor Mrs. Genieve Pezalski for all their work on this years event. A wonderful evening is in store for all.
Each year the prom is fun, festive, but an uneasy night for me! I pray that all of our students attending have a wonderful time! The prom is, however, one of those evenings where joy can turn into tragedy. I am thankful for the many parents who open their homes for post prom parties. Our students are eager to spend time with their friends and doing so in a safe, chaperoned setting provides the best opportunity for our students to make good decisions.
Senior parents, graduation tickets and information will be sent to your homes this week. There are several events leading up to graduation including baccalaureate, Senior Farewell Assembly and graduation. I will be discussing with the senior class, dress, arrival time, and any additional requirements for each of these events. Please keep in mind there is an all night graduation party sponsored and hosted by senior parents the night of graduation. The post graduation party will be held in the gym. For more information on the senior party, please contact Dana Hill at ronaldana@cox.net.
It was great to see so many of our parents and students at the DanceVisions concert “A Place We Call Home” Friday and Saturday evening. The two night event attracted over 1300 guests. “Hats Off” to all our our senior DanceVisions performers! They are Sammy Boren, Sarah Jane Brooks, Allison Cook, Grace Duginski, Sydney Dye, Lilly Forth, Elaina Noll, and Alison Van Horn. I also want to give special thanks to Technical Director Matt Avra, IT Network Director Justin Tyler Moore and especially DanceVisions and Dance Instructor Brandi Kelly for the tremendous work they do preparing our students for this performance.
While the dance performance was occurring, our Speech and Debate team was at the University of Oklahoma participating in the Class 5A Speech and Debate Championship Tournament. The team captured the State Runner-Up trophy while crowning 4 individual state champions. They were Evan Clear – Oratory &Humorous Interp, Madison Hart – Dramatic Interp, and Kate McConnell & Chris Labarthe – Humorous Duet. Additional finalists include: Chris Allen, Isabella Curling, Carly Downey, Anne-Marie Hagen, Wendell Hixson, Cheyenne Martin, and Lucas Schrantz. Awesome Season Irish! Congratulations is extended to the entire team and Speech and Debate coach Ryan Swartz for all of their success.
As we continue to celebrate Easter, I hope you reflect on Pope Francis’ call to Mercy. Each of us has made mistakes in our lives. Do we, however, possess a forgiving heart and reach out to those who we have wronged or wronged us? I pray that each of us learn from Christ’s teachings, and in the spirit of Pope Francis’ call to Mercy, reach out and heal those relationships that have been broken.
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Yours in Christ,

David Morton
Principal

A Big Irish Congratulations Goes To…
unnamed-7the 2015-16 Chi Rhoan newspaper staff for receiving Highest Honors and being named All Oklahoman at the Oklahoma Scholastic Media State Competition held at the University of Oklahoma April 4th.  Individual winners were juniors Caroline Dykstra, 2nd place in Mini Feature and Honorable Mention in News Story; Addie Martinez, 2nd place in News, Inside Spread Design,and Sports Feature; Beth Sine, Honorable Mention in Opinion Column; and CharlotteEdmonds, 3rd place in Mini Feature and Honorable Mention in Feature; sophomore Ben Miller, 3rd place in Mini Feature, and Honorable Mention in Feature.

The 2015 yearbook TheChi Rho with the theme of “IRISH, The New Generation” received Highest Honors and a Gold Medal from New York’s Columbia University Scholastic Press Association and Highest Honors from Oklahoma Scholastic Media Association.

Senior Brandon Combs who was selected as the BMCHS April Student of the Month during All School Mass last week.

unnamed-8The BMCHS Junior Classical League (JCL). Bishop McGuinness had 27 Junior Classical League (JCL) delegates that won over 100 awards in various academic, artistic and athletic competitions at the 2016 OKJCL Convention held at Southmoore High School on April 1st and 2nd. JCL is the national organization for students taking Latin. Accolades include:

Three students were elected to half of the OKJCL board positions: OKJCL President, Cole Kuykendall unnamed-9junior; OKJCL 1st Vice President, Lucas Litchfield, junior; and OKJCL Communications Coordinator, Chris Labarthe, junior.

Junior Michelle Pham and freshmen Harriet Oglesby, Madi Ernst, and Evelyn Hefner took home second place in Novice (Latin I) Certamen.

Alex Pham won the Overall Latin III award, which means that he placed higher on the 9 academic tests available than any other Latin III student attending Convention.

BMCHS won first place out of 14 schools in the spirit competition.

The Boys Tennis team for defeating Christian Heritage Academy in a dual last Tuesday.  Winners were:  Bryce Buwick, Braeden unnamed-10Buchanan, Brock Buchanan, Brooks Koenig, Ryan Lundy, Will Puiggari, Ryan Baker, James Fritts, Vincent Doan. The team also played at the East vs West tournament last Friday: Winners were Bryce Buwick – 6th place; Braeden Buchanan – 7th place;Brock Buchanan & Brooks Koenig – 7th; Will Puiggari & Ryan Lundy – 5th.

Sophomore Tucker Hill who was accepted into the Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute on The Theory of Relativity. The institute is a residential program for academically talented and motivated unnamed-11high school students that provides an opportunity for students to pursue their intellectual curiosity in a single intensive-study course that covers topics not typically present it at their grade level. Congrats Tucker!

Students who were recently elected to Student Council Positions:

  • President: Charlotte Edmonds
  • Vice President: Kate Vesper (elected last year as Chair of Olympics)
  • Parliamentarian: Tucker Hill
  • Communications Coordinator: Meghan Ciupak
  • Historian: Avery Geist
  • Treasurer: Joseph McWhirter
  • Chair of Assemblies: Zach Segell
  • Chair of Fundraising: Roni Schrantz
  • Chair of Environmental Affairs: Kate McConnell
  • Chair of Olympics: Olivia Schmidt
  • Assistant Chair of Fundraising: Alex Gray
  • Senior Class President: Anna Kakish
  • Senior Class Vice President: Savannah Vogler
  • Junior Class President: Reina Ruffin
  • Junior Class Vice President: Elizabeth Woods
  • Sophomore Class President: Miranda Jelinek
  • Sophomore Class Vice President: Jude Offiah

Senior Torie Shanbour for being named to The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Honorable Mention team.

unnamed-14The Boys and Girls Soccer team for their victories over Lawton MacArthur last Friday. The girls won 4-1 while the boys posted a 2-0 shutout.

The freshman Irish Boys Golf team for placing 1st at the Del City Tournament last week!! Individually Matt Popilec finished 2nd and Ethan Dawson placed 3rd!  Other team members are Sam Osborn, Carson Tollison and Mason Kalamian.]

unnamed-13The Girls Golf team for their 2nd place finish at the El Reno Invitational on Tuesday! Olivia Schmidt lead the way with a score of 80. The team also participated in the Choctaw Invitational on Wednesday placing 9th. Olivia had the lowest score shooting a 78. Next tournament: Sapulpa 4/13/16 Sapulpa City Golf Course.

Seniors Nate Connelly and Zach Straughn for being named as Large West All State Wrestling Alternates. They are now eligible to represent McGuinness at the All Star wrestling duals later this month.

ENROLLMENT AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
unnamed-12Registration and enrollment fees and forms for the 2016 – 2017 year were due by April 1, 2016.
The Registration fee of $400 increases to $500 after May 1, 2016.  Tuition Contracts and Agreements must be received & on file before June 1, 2016.  Parish Participation Forms must be received with signature and Parish seal before the discounted tuition credit can be applied.
If you have questions about SMART Tuition, or if you have difficulty setting up your Tuition Accounts at SMART, please contact SMART at 1-888-868-8828.
For other questions about enrollment & tuition at BMCHS, contact Mary Jane Hughes/Financial Administrative Assistant, BMCHS/Business Office, at mhughes@bmchs.org or (405) 842-6638, ext. 222.