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APRIL 2017
THE END AND THE BEGINNING 

     This is a great time of year. As educators, teachers and administrators know that we rarely see the fruits of our labor, but this time of year offers a small glimpse into what lies ahead for our students, especially for the Class of 2017. College acceptances come in by the hundreds, scholarships are announced, and choices are made.  All these things also remind us that the school year is drawing to a close.

     The end of the year also means that some wonderful events are about to happen. Please mark your calendars for the 37th Annual Bishop Kelley Auction on Saturday, April 22; the Honors Assembly on Thursday, May 11; the De La Salle Mass on Monday, May 15; and graduation on Saturday, May 20.  Each of these events is an opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of our students and to thank God for all He's given us.

     Yet, while the school year is ending, a new era for Bishop Kelley is about to begin. In the next few days we're going to share some exciting news about our new principal. He is a native Tulsan and an experienced educator, and starting July 1st, he will be joining the Bishop Kelley community as our newest administrator. Stay tuned for more details! 

     Finally, let’s remember that we are in the last week of the season of Lent. Easter is on the horizon which means we are about to enter the holiest days of the year. I pray that these days will be a time of growth in faith as we celebrate the death, and very soon, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 
In Christ,


 
Rev. Brian O'Brien
President
 

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

BOYS SOCCER RANKED 22ND IN THE NATION

The boys soccer team is currently ranked 22 in the nation by USA Today. Bishop Kelley was recently victorious over Union, who is ranked third nationally. 

SPEECH AND DEBATE PLACES 2ND AT REGIONALS

Two Bishop Kelley students came home the champions of their respective categories: Danny Warwick (Dramatic Interpretation) and Samara Cain (Poetry). Marina Nguyen took 2nd place in the Prose competition. Numerous other students placed and qualified for state.

BOYS TENNIS WINS CLAREMORE CLASSIC


In early March, the BK boys tennis team won the Claremore Classic. This included two doubles victories. 

FRESHMEN VARSITY TENNIS PLAYERS WIN JENKS INVITATIONAL


Freshmen Bailey Wollmerhauser and Lainey Lehman won their first matches as varsity tennis players.

MOCK TRIAL TAKES 6TH PLACE AT STATE


The BK mock trial team made it to the semifinals of the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition. They were one of only eight teams statewide to make it to the semifinals. 

GOLF TEAMS WIN LOCAL TOURNAMENTS


The boys golf team won the McAlester Invitational in late march, at which sophomore Davis Woodliff shot his second 68 of the season.
The girls team also won a tournament in mid-March. Mika Ramos placed first in the Skiatook Tournament with a 73 and the team won overall.

MATH TEAM WINS UNIVERSITY OF TULSA MATH FEST

 
The Tulsa Mat Fest, hosted by the University of Tulsa, was won by the Bishop Kelley math team. In addition to the overall win, Bishop Kelley won "Best Group", consisting of Joseph Mellor, Alex Baumgartner and Jacob Regan, and "Runner Up Best Individual", Joseph Mellor.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

BASKETBALL PLAYERS INTERVIEWED BY VYPE MAGAZINE

Juniors Ryan Gendron and Zach Coffman were recently interviewed by VYPE Editor Brad Heath about their season highlights, fun with teammates and life at Bishop Kelley.

SOPHOMORE BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD


Sadie Boos broke the school shot put record with a distance of 36' 7''.

ALEX WEBBER SERVES AS PAGE FOR SENATOR


Senior Alex Webber served as a page for Senator Marty Quinn during the opening session of the Oklahoma legislature. In his role, he worked in the Senate Chamber every day during session and took part in the Senate Page Mock Legislature. Alex was also present for Governor Mary Fallin's State of the State address.

TWO BK ACADEMIC BOWL MEMBERS CHOSEN FOR ALL-STATE

After their fourth consecutive state championship, seniors Devin Raine and Joseph Mellor have been chosen for the all-state academic bowl team. They will join their Bishop Kelley teammates in New Orleans to compete in the first leg of the national competition next month.

EMILY KEELE HEADED TO NATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION


Coming from a pool of more than 500 competitors, freshman Emily Keele will participate in the April finals of the Youth America Grand Prix, the largest ballet competition in the world. 

WRESTLER MATT SMITH PLACES 7TH IN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Soon after taking home a state championship, Senior Matt Smith placed 7th in the 195 lb. weight class of the National wrestling championships. This win also earned him All American honors. 
 

BECCA NILES, TRIO NAMED FINALIST IN TULSA YOUNG CHAMBER ARTISTS COMPETITION

Sophomore Becca Niles competed in the Tulsa Young Chamber Artists Competition in late March, presented by Chamber Music Tulsa. Alongside her trio, she was named a winning finalist.

ABSTRACT SCIENCE SERIES ON DISPLAY IN STC

Bishop Kelley art students were instructed to choose a scientific subject as inspiration for a work of art. The final products are mesmerizing and thematically diverse, varying from dragonfly wings to schizophrenic brain cells. The Abstract Science Series is currently on display in the halls of the STC. Art teacher Anna Kallstrom directed this project and hopes that future students can display work here as well.

SPRING 2017 SPORTS SCHEDULE

Winter sports are winding down and spring sports are beginning this March at Bishop Kelley.
Check the links below for the 2016-17 varsity schedules.

BOYS
Soccer
Tennis
Golf
Track & Field
Baseball
GIRLS
Soccer
Tennis
Golf
Track & Field
 

REMAINING ACT/SAT TEST DATES
FOR 2016-2017


 
 
ACT TEST DATES REGISTRATION DEADLINE
April 8, 2017 (at BK) March 3 2017
June 10, 2017
 
May 5, 2017
 
SAT TEST DATES REGISTRATION DEADLINE
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017
 

APRIL 19 IS TEST DAY FOR JUNIORS

On April 19th, Bishop Kelley will be administering the ACT with Writing to all juniors. This ACT is referred to as a State/District test.  What is most important for you is that this test is an official ACT that colleges and universities will use for admission and scholarship. Juniors will complete the registration process in school and there is no cost to students.  

Bishop Kelley is a national test center so we will be administering the April 8th ACT. Juniors may register for this test but registration occurs at the ACT web site and there is a cost.  If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Lawler (mlawler@bishopkelley.org or 918-627-3390 ext 117) in the Guidance office.

KELLEYWOOD - LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION

It’s April and it’s time for the Auction.  Kelleywood – Lights, Camera, Auction, the 37th Annual Bishop Kelley Auction is Saturday, April 22nd from 6-11 p.m. at Bishop Kelley. The many opportunities to shop and donate are listed below. Proceeds from Kelleywood will go to tuition assistance and the purchase of Google Chromebooks for all Bishop Kelley students. Make your patron or individual reservations here. The VIP Patron Party will take place on April 6th, so make your patron reservation before then. Thank you for your generous support of Bishop Kelley!

 

Shop on the BK website beginning April 3rd at 8:00 a.m.

Best of the Best
One-hundred $100 tickets will be sold.  The winner, drawn just before the Live Auction, gets their choice of a Live Auction item from a select list.  You could win a Live Auction package ranging in value from $2,100 to $6,000 for your $100 ticket!  Buy your tickets online here April 3 – April 22 at noon or at the Auction - if there are any left.  You do not need to be present at the Auction to win.     

Romancing the Stone - Bruce G. Weber Raffle
Buy as many $25 raffle tickets as you like for a chance to win a stunning Ippolita necklace and earring set from Bruce G. Weber.  Buy your raffle tickets online here beginning April 3 – April 22 at noon or at the Auction. You do not need to be present at the Auction to win.

Top Gun
Spend the afternoon at the Ritchie Coop in Sapulpa and practice your aim on the skeet range.  Lock and load, shoot guns, enjoy cigars and libations, and feast on a steak dinner. Tom and Ryan Ritchie will be your hosts for this unique experience scheduled for Friday May 5, 2017 from 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. Price per person is $250.  Limited to twelve people.  First twelve that sign up are in.  Must be at least 21 years old to participate. Directions and details will be provided by the hosts to the buyers prior to the event.
Donors:  Mary and Tom Ritchie, Kara and Ryan Ritchie

Spain Trip
Join Father O’Brien and Father Gonzalez for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Spain, May 28 - June 6, 2018.  Details coming soon.

BKbay      
Shop till you drop, online that is. Over 300 items including: fly fishing equipment, jewelry,
original  artwork, gift certificates for orthodontic treatments, restaurants, fitness studios, and
retail stores plus the always-favorite reserved seats at BK graduation, reserved top of the U
parking spots and reserved seats for the 2018 musical. So much to bid on!  Shop here beginning
Monday, April 10 through Sunday, April 23 at 9:00 p.m.    

 

Shop at the Auction April 22

Romancing the Stone - Bruce G. Weber
$25 raffle tickets to win a stunning Ippolita necklace and earring set.   

Wine Pull
Enjoy the surprise of finding out which bottle of wine you win each time you play.  $25 per “pull”.  

Top Gun
Sign up for the skeet shooting and steak dinner at the Ritchie Coop on May 5th.

Dollar Dash
Be ready to run!  This game kicks off the after dinner fun and gets everyone on their feet.    

Silent Auction
Over 25 packages including The Cameraman - a GoPro Camera, Family Vacation - an Ozark Mountain Getaway, and Pitch Perfect 1 and 2 – tickets to the Tim McGraw Faith Hill concert at the BOK. Visit here to learn about all of the packages.

Live Auction    
Twelve fabulous packages to bid on. These packages include: Hooray for Holy-wood – a beautiful wood bowl carved by Bishop Konderla, La La Land – an LA trip to the AMAs, Men in Black – the Priests’ Dinner for ten, and Dancing With the Stars – two tickets to the DWTS semifinals. Visit here to learn about all of the packages.

Fund a Need 
Opportunity to donate directly to Kelleywood.  No shopping involved, just giving directly to support the two projects that this year’s Auction proceeds are going to; tuition assistance and 900 Google Chromebooks.       

ANNUAL BISHOP KELLEY EASTER EGG HUNT


Join us for the Annual Bishop Kelley Easter Egg Hunt!

Saturday, April 8th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is free, but please RSVP to alumni@bishopkelley.org.

Park in the main parking lot in front of the cafeteria and hop over to the Chapel area for the hunt.

Donations support the BK State Championship Academic Bowl Team's trip to Nationals.

BISHOP KONDERLA CELEBRATES MASS IN SPANISH AT BISHOP KELLEY

Bishop Konderla visited our campus on Tuesday, March 28th. He led Mass in Spanish and delivered a message on the rewards of learning new languages. Additionally, the Bishop visited multiple theology classes taught by Mrs. Bender. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students!

STUDENTS VISIT ROME WITH FATHER O'BRIEN


     Twenty students spent spring break in Italy with Father O'Brien, Director of Campus Ministry Jerri Berna and Claire Spears, '10. While most of the trip was spent in Rome, visits to Assisi and Nettuno (home of St. Maria Goretti) were also on the itinerary.
 
     This was an amazing opportunity for our students to not only grow their cultural awareness, but to grow spiritually.“It was such a great experience to go on this trip with a priest,” said Matthew Williams. “You learn all of the history through the eyes of the Catholic church.”
 
     Carmen Williams enjoyed her visits to the Vatican. “We saw the Pope really close. Father said that’s the closest he’s ever been to him.”
 
     According to Ally Stuckey, they attended Mass regularly in various basilicas. “Having Mass almost every day in Italy was a great way to bond with Father O’Brien.”
 
     One of the highlights of the trip was visiting the Generalate of the Christian Brothers. This is the resting place of St. John Baptist De La Salle, and a reliquary holding his bones could be seen in the chapel.

MISSION TRIP IN MEMPHIS

     Campus Minister Sarah Dicks and teacher Kyle Garesche led seven students on a mission trip to Memphis this spring break. They served at various organizations, including Manna House, Dorothy Day House and Ava Maria Home.

     According to Sarah Dicks, "Manna House serves homeless people three days a week, giving them hot coffee, a shower and chance to fellowship with other homeless. Dorothy Day House keeps homeless families together, while most other shelters are single-sex. At Ava Maria Home, we socialized with elderly women suffering from Dementia and painted their fingernails."

     Students also took advantage of educational opportunities with visits to the Civil Rights Museum, located in the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and the Christian Brothers University, where they celebrated Mass with the brothers.

     "It was an eye-opening experience to interact with the people that we did," said Harrison Tapper. Another student, Allie McMurry, agreed and added that "you will feel more fulfilled and content with the work that you do than if you went to the beach for spring break."

     Sarah Dicks was very proud of her students. "I was impressed that they could do such heartbreaking work with such joy. They treated the people with such dignity."

BISHOP KELLEY STUDENTS GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITY, LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL



March was a month filled with outreach opportunities for Bishop Kelley students. Service projects included traditions such as "Night of 1,000 PB&Js" and a trip to the food bank. However, a few opportunities gave our students a chance to interact with the global community. Some students assisted in repackaging cookies for Kairos Prison Ministry International. One of the most recent opportunities available to our students was to welcome Burmese refugees to Tulsa alongside Catholic Charities.

FATHER O'BRIEN CELEBRATES MASS
WITH FINAL FOUR COACHES

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     Hundreds of college coaches attend the Final Four each year which is held in conjunction with their annual coaches’ convention.  And thanks to Bishop Kelley President, Father Brian O’Brien, those coaches who are Catholic have an extra option for Sunday Mass.

     Attending the men’s Final Four is a long-standing tradition for Father O’Brien and his dad as Father played basketball for Kingwood High School in a community on the northern edge of Houston.  Due to a request by University of Michigan head men’s basketball coach, John Beilein who is a Catholic, Father O’Brien now offers Mass for coaches attending the convention and Final Four.  Father O’Brien previously said Mass for coaches at the 2015 Final Four in Indianapolis and in 2016 in his hometown of Houston.

     About 40 people attended the April 2nd Sunday morning Mass, including former BK family  Lawrence (Bubba) and Tina Cunningham along with their son Matthew who is a Bishop Kelley graduate.  Bubba currently serves as Director of Athletics for the University of North Carolina which will play Gonzaga University April 3rd for the men’s basketball national championship in Phoenix, AZ.  Previously, Cunningham was the A.D. at the University of Tulsa.

     Pictured above: Father O’Brien with Matthew Cunningham, ‘10 and Father O’Brien with John Beilein.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE

2017 ANGELO PRASSA
MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 2017 Angelo Prassa Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Please mark your calendar and plan to support BK students. Watch your email this summer for details or contact Katherine Devonshire at kdevonshire@bishopkelley.org.

SPIRIT STORE HOURS

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The Spirit Store will be open during lunch hours from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The store is located in the BK Cafeteria.
 
Email spiritstore@bishopkelley.org or call 918.627.3390. Thank you for supporting Bishop Kelley with your purchase. Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and
American Express are accepted.

APRIL BOY AND GIRL OF THE MONTH

          

Congratulations to JACK GODFREY and KATHERINE SOULÉ!

Jack is a member of the Jazz Choir and has performed in several musicals. He's a member of Link Crew, Search, Kairos, National Honors Society and Student Council. Some of his recent accomplishments include a 4.6 GPA and solo in the school musical Singin' in the Rain. He will be attending OSU in the fall and is considering a major in the sciences field. 

Katherine is also a member of the Jazz Choir and has performed in several musicals.  She’s a member of Link Crew, Comet Ambassadors, the National Honor Society, Search, and played soccer for BK during her freshman and sophomore years. Katherine plans to major in music at the University of Oklahoma, specializing in vocal performance.  She was awarded a music scholarship and the President's Community Scholar Award.  In addition, she was recently named All-State in Choir and also qualified for state choir with her solo.  

 

FEBRUARY TEACHER OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to MATT ANDREWS!

Matt is a teacher in the Business and Computers department.
He also is an assistant coach for football and wrestling.
PTO POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Are you interested in becoming more involved with PTO?  We are in the process of searching for committee chairpersons and committee members for the next school year. Contact Laryn Moore at jmoore8702@aol.com or Kathy Sands at lukent007@yahoo.com if you are interested in filling a PTO position. We meet every other month and our committees don’t require a lot of work. Please join us to share your ideas!

Thank you to Janet Pynn (Spiritual Development Committee)  for coordinating our Lenten Retreat.  It was a wonderful day.  Your time and effort in caring for our spiritual development is greatly appreciated.

Another HUGE “thank you” goes out to our Staff Appreciation Committee (Celeste Cole and Christen Miles) for coordinating all the enjoyable monthly luncheons for our faculty and staff.  We also appreciate the parents who have assisted with the luncheons by sending food.  These luncheons would not be possible without your donations of food and time.  On April 20, Freshman Parents will be asked to assist this committee with the luncheon.  Be on the lookout for information on how to volunteer, or contact one of the committee members.

Please visit the BK website for an updated list of Class Club events.  Our Club Chairpersons and their committees have many activities scheduled.  These events are a great way to meet and get connected with other BK parents.

Our final meeting for the school year is Tuesday, May 2nd at 10:45 for a brief meeting and a luncheon to celebrate our outgoing & new officers and committee members. Please join us!

Thank you for your continued support of Bishop Kelley PTO.

Happy Spring,

Kathy Sands
CLUB '19 LUNCH

April 20th at Noon
Johnny Carino's - 41st and Sheridan

CLUB '20 LUNCH

April 20th at Noon
Charleston's - 3726 S. Peoria

BK COMET SIGHTINGS
 
Former mayor Dewey Bartlett '67 is working to preserve Tulsa's photographic history. Read more about his work in this Tulsa World article.

Forest Gandall '14 won $500 by making a half court shot at the OSU-KU basketball game.

Ryann Alonso '14 is one of two University of Arkansas students named a finalist for the Truman Scholarship.

Marc LaManque '16 is one of 12 OU students to earn the President's Award for Outstanding Freshman this year.

Courtney McCorkle '15 placed third in Intermediate Over Fences in a competition with her High Point University equestrian team.

Dr. Emily Carter '04 wrote an article for the Tulsa World on the subject of flexibility, based on her experiences as both a mother and business owner. Read her article at the Tulsa World.

Sarah Reddy '04 was interviewed by the Tulsa World about the journey of launching her own law firm. Read the article here.

Jordan K. Wolfe, M.D. '04 was chosen to be Chief Resident at the Brown University Emergency Medicine residency program.

Chris Weatherl '97 is listed in Oklahoma Magazine's 40 Under 40 list of Oklahomans changing the world.
BELIEVE IN KELLEY

Thanks to our loyal donors to Believe in Kelley, we surpassed our halfway point of $250,000 at the start of the new year. Below is our plan to achieve the school’s highest-ever annual fund goal of $500,000 by June 30th, 2017.

During the final months of this school year, help celebrate milestone service dates for various long-tenured faculty and administration with a gift in their names on special dates. Of course, we welcome your gifts at any time as we work on behalf of our students for those three F’s: Furniture, Frequency (new sound systems and school-wide PA) and Financial Aid.

If you would like to honor a beloved faculty member and make a Believe in Kelley gift in their name, go to www.bishopkelley.org/give or call the Advancement Office at (918) 627-3390.


If you graduated in a year ending in 2 or 7,
2017 is your reunion year! 


Bishop Kelley's Reunion Weekend:
June 16 - 17, 2017
Formal invitation with details to follow in the Spring.
If you have any questions about your reunion,
please contact Katherine Devonshire '09,
Director of Alumni Relations,
at alumni@bishopkelley.org or 918-609-7146.
 
We're coming to Dallas!
Father O'Brien and Katherine Devonshire will be in Dallas for an Alumni Gathering on Saturday, May 13th. If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we hope to see you! Watch for details.

Let us know what's happening in your life!
With over 10,000 alumni, we want to make sure we get to share and celebrate important moments in your life.  If you have any sort of news, event, or announcement happen in your life that you want to share with your fellow alumni, please click here for your information to be included in our quarterly Alumni Updates. Contact Director of Alumni Relations, Katherine Devonshire if you have questions at kdevonshire@bishopkelley.org.


Weekly Alumni Update
Check out the BK Facebook page each Thursday for Throwback Thursday #TBT to identify alumni from yearbooks past and present. Recall fond memories and stay connected to BK. 

CAN'T AFFORD COLLEGE? YES YOU CAN!

The state of Oklahoma will help pay college tuition through Oklahoma's Promise. This program is open to students in the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade whose family income is $50,000 or less and who agree to meet certain academic requirements and conduct standards. The requirements for the Oklahoma’s Promise program are described below:
 

**Be an Oklahoma resident
**Graduate from an Oklahoma high school
**Take 17 units of high school courses and achieve at least a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. in those courses
(4 English, 3 Lab Science, 3 Math, 3 History and Citizenship, 2 Foreign Language or Computer courses, 1 additional course from those listed, and 1 Fine Arts course)
**Achieve a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 for all courses in grades 9-12
**Achieve at least a 2.5 G.P.A. in the 17 cores courses listed above
**Attend school regularly
**Do your homework
**Stay away from drugs and alcohol
**Don’t commit a crime or a delinquent act
**Apply for other financial aid during your senior year of high school

 
For more information, contact Maureen Lawler in the guidance office or go to www.okpromise.org or email okpromise@osrhe.edu.  Students may now apply on-line for the program at www.okpromise.org

2017 SENIOR CLASS LEGACY GIFT


Thus far, 37 seniors have given $2,875 to their class legacy gift this year, which will be the establishment of a flag plaza in front of the MQP main entrance (similar to the one pictured above at St. Pius X School), featuring three, lighted flag poles that will carry the U.S., the State, and the Vatican flags.

To support the Senior Class Legacy Gift, we suggest a gift of $25/year for 4 years (total of $100), with the first gift being made now. After this semester, the BK Advancement Office will send students pledge reminders in ‘18, ‘19, and ‘20.  This will insure that the students’ names will be listed in four consecutive BK Annual Reports (mailed out to 10,000 constituents) in hopes of creating a philanthropic habit toward giving back to BK.

 

Pledge forms can be filled out online or can be found in the Main Office and the Advancement Office where students can see Katherine Devonshire, Director of Alumni Relations.

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