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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Happy Tuesday Everyone! Hope you enjoyed the long weekend, or at least your students did. We were pleased to host the Archdiocesan Spring Inservice on Monday. Grade school and high school teachers were able to attend a variety of workshops designed to enhance instruction in the classroom.
Thirty-five or our junior and senior girls attended the KAIROS retreat this past weekend. I am always so proud of our students who make the retreat, but also our retreat leaders, who invest over 80 hours in preparation for the event. Once again, I strongly encourage all of our students to attend a KAIROS retreat before they graduate.
Last Friday evening we celebrated senior night for our boys and girls basketball teams and players. Senior players and their parents were honored prior to the tip off of the boys game. Senior girls honored were Anne Marie Engel, Abby Rideout and Tori Shanbour. Managers were Aidan Horner, Ryan Mai-Do, Chika Nwanebu, Conner Murphy, and Elizabeth Woods. Senior boys honored were Brandon Combs and Brian Donovan. Managers were Hayden Zehrung, Kim Hagan, Haven Kostiuk, and Andrew Goss. Also honored were the senior members of the Pom and Cheer squads. Those recognized were Jill Hilton, Pom and Addy Bell, Cheer. Missing was cheerleader Tillie Allen, who was at the KAIROS retreat. The evening also included a tribute to long time trainer David Ruhl, who was recognized for 30 years of service to Bishop McGuinness. It was great to see the gym packed with students, family and friends for both games.The play for both teams did not disappoint! The girls fell behind quickly to the Class 6A Putnam City North Panthers. Finding themselves in a 20 point deficit early in the 3rd quarter, the girls fought back and closed the gap to 4 before falling 49-40. The boys game, on the other hand, remained close with no one getting more than 5 points ahead. With seconds remaining, senior Brian Donovan drained a 3 point shot securing a 53-32 victory for the Irish! Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Midwest City to take on the highly ranked Bombers.
Wrestling took center stage Wednesday night as we honored our senior wrestlers. They are Nate Connelly, Jared Gibson, Brice Kelly, Elijah Noley, Zach Straughn, and Joe Wiewel. The team was impressive in their 53-15 victory over Capitol Hill. The boys are set to compete in the Class 5A Regional Tournament this weekend at Western Heights High School. Returning state qualifiers Nate Connelly and Zach Straughn will lead the team into the state competition.
Good luck to the Swim team who will be in action this weekend at the state meet in Jenks. The championships will be televised on Cox Cable and live streamed on coxhshub.com on Saturday, February 20th.
Congratulations to the Irish Forensic Speech and DebateTeam on their success this weekend at the Salina Central TOC Bid Invitational in Kansas! McGuinness advanced 11 events to the semi-final round and 10 of 11 to the finals. The Irish finished 3rd out of over 40 participating schools! Special congratulations is extended to junior Cheyenne Martin who was Tournament Champion in both Oratory and Humorous Interpretation, and junior Madison Hart who was the Tournament Champion in Dramatic Interpretation! Additional finalists include senior Evan Clear and sophomore Isabella Curling.
I also want to congratulate Matthew Nguyen who sang in the mixed choir at the High School Honors Choir Concert this past weekend at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Matthew was selected from thousands of candidates. Congratulations also go out to Maren Anderson who was selected as the February Student of the Month last week during the Ash Wednesday All School Mass.
Also, there will be no late start next Wednesday, Feb. 17. The juniors will be on retreat at Camp OLOG and the sophomores will be taking a practice ACT exam. Following the test, the class will participate in a college seminar held on campus.
Registration for incoming freshman who want to enroll for the 2016-17 school year begins next week. Enrollment night is determined by the first letter of your last name: Monday, Feb. 22 (A-G); Tuesday, Feb. 23. (H-N); and Monday, Feb. 29 (O-Z). Times are 6:00 – 8:00 pm each night.
Jesus, during His short time on earth made it very clear who He was and what His purpose was. Lent is a time to reconnect with the role Jesus plays in our life. We certainly talk to our students about not putting Jesus on a shelf and bringing him out only for special occasions. Ash Wednesday was celebrated in our school last week. In his homily, Father Carson Krittenbrink addressed the meaning of the ashes and the symbolic 40 days referenced in the Bible. Lent also is a time of sacrifice. Following Mass, the spiritual leadership class encouraged everyone to make contributions to Catholic Relief Services. CRS is instrumental in bringing food and personal items to those living in impoverished conditions around the world. Please ask your student about their Rice Bowl and the daily contribution they are making.
Have a great week everyone!
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Yours in Christ,