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Information for the week of October 15

Farewell, First Quarter!  We hardly knew ye...


"First Down."  Members of the Corps of Cadets render assistance to the officiating crew in signaling our team's progress on the gridiron.  While some of the freshmen appear unclear on the concept, we're certain they'll catch on, eventually,.


The Week's Uniform Schedule 

     Allow us to direct you to THE authoritative spot for finding out about the week's uniforms: School calendar


     TWAB shall no longer carry uniform info for the upcoming week.  The upside is that the school website calendar details the daily uniform through the month of September!


     Here is a link to information on the components of each uniform: uniforms

The Week's Dining Highlights:

Monday           Chicken Parmesan; Shells

Tuesday          Breakfast:  Faculty/Student Breakfast Social

                         Lunch:  Taco Tuesday

Wednesday     Breakfast:  Omelette Bar

                         Lunch:  Chicken Nuggets

Thursday         Hamburger & French Fries

Friday              Dining Facility is Closed


We have our queen!  Congratulations to Meagan Marks '19, who was introduced as our homecoming queen during halftime of the football game.  As Meagan is the sponsor of Maj. Phillip Carreras, we believe that makes Phil eligible for some fancy title.  We'll leave it to those experts on royalty to determine just what it is.

From School Administration



Tuesday October 16th

     Faculty and Student End of Quarter Breakfast Social, during Event Period


Wednesday October 17th

     College Night Program, 7 p.m.


Thursday October 18th

     Freshmen Orientation at 7:40 a.m.

     Corps Formation at 8:30 a.m.

     End of First Quarter


Friday October 19th

     No School for Students

     Day of Recollection for Faculty and Staff



When we pass and review, we really PASS AND REVIEW.  The Corps was crisp and precise as it marched through Bobby Ross Stadium to the delight of the assembled masses.

Save the Date:  Mother & Son Mass and Dinner


     Invitation for the Mother Son Mass and Dinner:

     Saturday, November 3 at 5 p.m.

     Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. followed by a delicious dinner in the dining hall.  Come and enjoy a worry-free evening with your son, other Cadets and their mothers.  Jessie Jane Duff will be our guest speaker.  Tickets for the dinner and program are $20 per person.  You can sign up via a link we'll be emailing on Monday, or you may send a check made payable to Benedictine College Prep to the front office.  Please note "mother/son dinner" in the memo.


     This is a tradition that should not be missed.

Polish those Interview Skills


     Cadets are invited to participate in a seminar on effective interviewing, on Wednesday, October 24, during  the Event Period (9:29 – 10:16 a.m.).  The session is designed to improve performance in both college admission interviews and job interviews.   Topics will include "Gaining the Interviewer's Perspective," "Adopting a Conversational Style" and "Opening and Closing an Interview Session Effectively."

     The seminar shall be conducted, in conjunction with the BCP guidance department, by Mr. Mike  Forster, Benedictine's director of communications.  While working as a senior manager at Philip Morris and as a director at Capital One, Mr. Forster conducted hundreds of employment interviews.  As a newspaper reporter and editor, he conducted thousands of interviews in support of articles he wrote.

     Attendance is voluntary, but is strongly encouraged for those who plan to apply to colleges that conduct interviews as part of their admissions process and for those who may be seeking part-time or summer employment.  It is limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors.



Ice, Ice, Baby!  Jake Honsharuk and Stephen Rios pose in front of the masterpiece of ice sculpting that graced the Class of 2019 Homecoming Tent.  All of the classes had magnificent spreads for their Cadets.  Thank you, parents!


Faith-Based News


      Attention Parents of Cadets, we would like to invite you to join us to pray with opportunities every day of the week after school!  Parents, students, and teachers are invited and welcomed to pray the rosary each day at the conclusion of afternoon formation, beginning at 3:40PM in the chapel.  Even those students who have team practices can join us and make their practices on time. 

     We will also be praying together on the First Friday of the month after the 7 a.m. Mass in the chapel.  Of course, please join us for Mass any day of the week at 7 a.m., as well!  Drop off your student early and come pray as a family!  A family that prays together stays together. 

     If you have any questions, please reach out to Lisa Yost at faithinactionlisa@gmail.com.  St Benedict, pray for us! 




"United we stand."  Game captains (left to right) Charlie Garbett, Cole Simon, Kyle Miller and D'Andre Tobias lock arms as they head to the center of the field for the pre-game activities.

Call for volunteers:  Help stock the teachers' lounge!


Dear Benedictine Family and Friends,


     Please consider donating a bit of your time toward a noble cause:  stocking the teachers' lounge with goodies.


     The stocking takes place on the first Monday of each month. The point of contact is Tracey Dudley.


     Thank you in advance for your time!




 Thank you for your support of our Cadets (and their teachers)!



Some run, some rest.  There's always a mix of activities during Freshman Orientation.  Actually, the young men on the right were preparing to knock out some sit-ups.


Raffle Status


     The Sophomores are leading the pack with the most tickets sold, followed closely by the Freshman.

     We will be raffling off a JPL Pulse 3 Speaker on Monday, Oct. 15 for those who turn in their SOLD tickets by Friday, Oct. 12.

     Happy Selling!





Veni, Vidi, Vici.  Ms. Lonergan's Latin class had an opportunity to show off its dramatic chops while acting out a play in the school auditorium. It was a toga-mandatory event, though laurel-wreath headgear was optional.

Guidance News and Information


Juniors and Junior Parents - College Information Session Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.

     Please mark Wednesday, October 17, on your calendar for a College Information Session in the second-floor lecture hall at 7 p.m.  Mrs. Metcalfe will review college planning pointers and answer questions about standardized testing, college funding, college visits, internships and extracurricular experiences.  This session is intended as a roadmap for navigating issues and questions likely to arise junior year, with an eye toward how to best position students for success in their senior year. Juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.


 Upcoming College Visits for Students

     Listed below is a schedule of colleges planning to visit Benedictine in the coming months.  Most visits will take place in the guidance office conference room or a conference room on the second floor during an event period.  If scheduled during a class, students must obtain their teacher's permission in advance to attend. This list will be supplemented as new visits are scheduled. Please encourage your sons to attend several of these sessions to learn more about the college application process and individual schools.         


William and Mary University                   Monday, October 15th                9:30 a.m.
Roanoke College                                    Monday, October 15th                2:00 p.m. (during seventh period)
Catholic University                                 Tuesday, October 16th               9:45 a.m.
Hampden-Sydney                                  Tuesday, October 16th                1:00 p.m. (during sixth period)
Longwood                                               Wednesday, October 17th           9:30 a.m.

St. Vincent's College                               Monday, October 22                   1:15 p.m. (during sixth period)

VCU                                                        Tuesday, October 23rd                9:30 a.m.
Widener University                                 Monday, October 29th                 9:30 a.m.
University of Tennessee                         Monday, October 29th                11:50 a.m. (during lunch periods)

Mount St. Mary's                                     Monday, October 29th                 2:00 p.m. (during seventh period)

Randolph-Macon College                           Tuesday, October 30th                9:30 a.m.
University of Delaware                           Monday, November 5th                9:30 a.m.
St. Bonaventure University                    Thursday, November 8th              2:00 p.m. (during seventh period)


Transcript Requests

     Please provide two weeks' notice for the Guidance Department to process your transcript and recommendation requests.  Forms to request this are available from Mrs. Metcalfe.


FAFSA/Financial Aid

     All students and parents planning to apply for financial aid through the FAFSA website should plan to do so as soon as possible.  The website opened for business on October 1.  The earlier an application is completed, the better the chances that funds will be available to qualified applicants.



Scholarships/Leadership Opportunities

     Early action is also recommended for scholarship applications.  The websites of target colleges should be reviewed early as many scholarships share the same deadlines as the admissions decisions, and a number of them have deadlines that are even earlier.  For an overview of many scholarship opportunities and strategies, see https://grasp4va.org/ or  https://grasp4va.org/scholarships

     While many of the GRASP resources reference outside scholarships with later deadlines, it is helpful to plan for opportunities that may fit later and explore what is available now, including the following:


  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Contest – This scholarship is intended to reward good citizens.  It is open to all seniors with the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.  It requires completing an application, submitting a transcript and two recommendations, as well as writing a timed essay.  Winners at the state level may receive $250, at the regional level $500, and at the national level, $5,000.  Applications for this contest may be obtained in the guidance office, but must be completed no later than October 19th.
  • Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar – This opportunity is available only to sophomores and involves participating in 3-4 days of interactive leadership training, meeting state leaders, and experiencing life on a university campus at the State Leadership Seminar.  The seminar occurs from May 31-June 2, 2019, at JMU but applications for this are being reviewed now.  To apply for this seminar as a fully funded participant, see Mrs. Metcalfe.  Applications are due by November 30.  For more information about the program and other HOBY opportunities, see http://hoby.org/.

 Other Helpful Websites & Scholarship Search Tools



www.VaWizard.org – Resource for careers, colleges, and financial aid.


www.fastweb.com – Free scholarship search


www.finaid.org – Free school scholarship search


www.studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php - Scholarships w/ varying deadlines & criteria


http://www.collegegrant.net/virginia/   - Free scholarship/grant search


http://www.scholarshipguidance.com/ - Free scholarship search


https://www.collegegreenlight.com/ - Free scholarship search for first generation students or underrepresented students


http://www.studentscholarships.org/ - scholarship and career search


https://www.hacu.net/hacu/Scholarships.asp - scholarship opportunities for Hispanic students




"I can't believe my ears!  You LIKE Orientation?" Major Alex Donnini finds that rare freshman--the one who admits he enjoys Thursday mornings on the Parade Deck.  (Deep down inside, they all do!)

Adult Pottery Classes:


     Benedictine offers six-week adult pottery classes to build community and allow the adults to experience the cadets incredible art facilities. Classes are for any level of artist- from beginner to advanced. Classes will be held in the ceramics lab on Benedictine campus.


     We will be making ceramic Christmas presents.  First week, we will start with ornaments. I will teach a new technique for clear glass because they will not be glaze fired, only bisque fired. I will supply the ribbons for hanging.

     Second week, I will demonstrate on marbling the clay on the pottery wheel.  The brown speckled and the white stoneware to create a marbled serving bowl.


      Dates: October 24th

            November 7, 14 and 28

            December 5 and 12

     Time: 7pm-9pm


     Cost: $220.00


     Please email me directly if you are interested and I can give you greater detail on all information.


     Thank you! Sincerely,

      Beth Scolaro


     Email address: scolaroart@gmail.com

     Phone: 804-475-4207 (call or text)



"Let's get goin' while the goin' is good."  Frankie Boehling (right) and Sean McGranahan head for home ahead of Thursday's foul weather (and ahead of seventh period--note clock).  Tropical Storm Michael shut down Benedictine on Friday, as well. 

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