A couple of weeks ago, Coach Gill, of Benedictine College Preparatory, began to make at-home workouts for the soccer team. These workouts, however, are not being held in person, but they are merely an instructional video for each Cadet. Every week a Cadet is expected to submit his own video of himself completing the workout and, once they submit the video, Coach Gill will "shout out" the player who has done the best workout.
Recently, the yearly change of command was announced on Benedictine's Instagram for the upcoming year. During a hard time, this announcement brought joy to many Cadets and their families. A total of 39 students were included in the rotation, all of them being juniors.
Benedictine has released its 2020-2021 football schedule, and the Cadets are very fired up for the upcoming football season. The season opens up with a scrimmage on August 20, against Thomas Jefferson High School. The first official game takes place at Huguenot High School against one of Benedictine's biggest rivals, Trinity.
The Benedictine 2020-21 school year will begin after Labor Day. This delayed start is two weeks later than BCP's normal start. The Cadets are accustomed to returning to school in mid-August; however, this upcoming school year will be slightly different.
On Monday May 18, 2020, Benedictine hoisted a 15 foot tall brass cross onto the top of their new gym. This is not just any regular cross though. This new cross was designed to be a replica of the old cross that was on the old Benedictine gymnasium.
The Cadets who wish to play football have received an email from Coach Lilly giving details about physicals, needed supplies, summer workouts and the game schedule. Coach Lilly wants to start summer workouts on June 10, which is the day Governor Ralph Northam's Executive Order 55 (also known as the stay at home order) expires, but the workout schedule has yet to be decided.
The Journalism 1 class was in high gear before the coronavirus happened, but Journalism 1 is still kicking through the Zoom meeting. Mr. Forster — Journalism teacher— has been giving Cadets new ways to practice their journalism knowledge.
Ryan Tremain is Benedictine's new battalion commander. He is the highest-ranking cadet at Benedictine and will be a huge part of running the military program. "I am very excited for next year," Tremain said. "I want to work with the other new officers to tie up any loose ends and make Benedictine the best it can be."
Due to these unprecedented times of social distancing, Benedictine College Preparatory has been forced to think of ways to continue long-standing traditions within the school. The latest example of Benedictine continuing tradition during the Corona Virus era is the Academic Awards Day. Usually, awards are presented to worthy Cadets in the school auditorium during a school-wide assembly. This year, awards were presented via the Academic Awards page, found online.
Corona has stopped many activities this year, but it did not stop the Cadets from showing their high school peers, from all over Virginia, on how a good argument is constructed, during Model General Assembly. From bills proposed on stricter gun laws to assisted suicide the Cadets led the way with supporting and destroying arguments. All the while in Zoom meetings instead of in person.