Last week was the spring signing day ceremony. The signing day had many athletes signing in a variety of sports such as wrestling, football, and basketball. Wrestler Nick Johnson signed with Averett; basketball players Dimitri Georgiadis signed with the Citadel and Justin Brown signed with Wallace State. Football players Damon Wright signed with Christopher Newport and Andrew Mulvin signed with Hampden-Sydney. Soccer player Jonathan Vergara opted to go with Lynchburg College.All of these young men worked extremely hard to realize this moment.
It's common knowledge that Mr. Sjogren knows his way around technology and a tennis court, but not many people know that he is a superb runner. Sjogren recently competed in the Monument Avenue 10K; this was his third time competing in this famous race. Sjogren placed 83rd of 1,238 competitors in his age division (30- to 34-year olds) and placed 516th of 21,290 out of all competitors, placing him in the top 2.4 percent out of all runners!
John Colizzi has proven himself to be excellent on the track, finishing races at high speeds. Last week he showed himself proficient at slower speeds as well, winning top honors in Squad Drill. Squad Drill is a tradition held at Benedictine in which the sophomores compete in squads to see who can march the best. These brave Cadets perform a series of 48 commands in front of the entire Corps, all the sponsoring officers and all the sponsors.
This past Saturday, senior pitcher Mark Loving committed to Virginia Tech to further his baseball career. Loving transferred into Benedictine from Hargrave Military Academy prior to the start of this school year. Loving has shown leadership, as he stands out on the mound and also at the plate.
At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year Benedictine installed a new schedule that inducted an event period every day right after second block. This period is used by the school for many things. Often times this event period is used for events like Corps Mass or National Honor Society inductions, however, about two to three times a week students are free to meet up with teachers, work on schoolwork or eat breakfast.
On the day before spring break started, underclassmen and faculty at Benedictine College Preparatory watched the senior class put on a beautiful presentation. The senior class acted out the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross is a tradition that takes place every year at Benedictine. Every year, the whole school, as well as faculty and parents, file to the auditorium at the end of the school day to observe the production.
For someone who didn't even own a camera two years ago, Cadet Savion Washington certainly has learned his way around one. Washington has gone from not knowing his way around a camera to "flicking up" college basketball events at venues such as those that host Georgetown, Richmond and VCU. Additionally, he takes photos around the Benedictine community at events such as baseball games and military drills.
This past Tuesday, March 26, select Cadets were recognized for their hard work and dedication during the winter sports seasons. Each Cadet who played on a varsity or JV team received either a varsity or JV letter, or a varsity or JV pin. The pins were for returning varsity and JV players. The assembly began with the posting of the colors by the prestigious Benedictine Color Guard. After the pledge of allegiance was said, the Corps of Cadets was led in prayer by Athletic Director Ryan Hall.
This past Thursday, students who achieved first or second honor roll status received three piquant slices of Belmont Pizza for their hard work in the classroom. In order to receive this pizza, all students must have above an 80 in each of their classes and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. "To be able to receive Belmont Pizza for my hard work in the classroom is very clutch," said junior first-honors student Noah Lindsay. "The pizza was delicious and made my day better. Additionally, I thought three slices (were) not enough for the 10 weeks of effort I put in."
On Thursday March 29, Benedictine will be holding its annual Stations of the Cross performance. The Stations of the Cross is a series of images designed to depict Jesus on the day he was crucified. It shows Jesus from the time he was condemned by Pilate to the time Jesus was placed in the tomb. "I can't wait to work with my class on this production," said senior Antonio Ortiz. "It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how Jesus sacrificed himself out of love for us."