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    Opinion: We Should Not Open Up Jesuit

    A few months ago, I would have agreed that school should be back in session. This opinion was not backed by any research but simply a selfish musing. School has been closed since March 2020 and we have now endured almost nine months of quarantine and isolation. While I would love to return to school to see my peers and be able to participate in typical senior year activities, I know it is not safe.

    With COVID-19 spreading so rapidly, the idea of returning to school is in the far future. While masks, home room lunch periods, and health screenings are necessary precautions, they would only limit the spread.

    The requirement for students to wear a mask at all times may be helpful, however, there is no guarantee that masks will in fact stay intact through the school day. Students will need to remove their masks to eat and drink and often masks are removed in restroom settings. Teachers cannot be watching students at all times and we do not have the resources to ensure that masks stay on during school hours.

    However, even if students keep their masks on at all times, studies show that masks are not 100% effective. In an article published by Stephanie Pappias titled “Do face masks really reduce coronavirus spread?” the effectiveness of different kinds of mask is explained.

    “CDC also does not recommend surgical masks for the general public. These masks don’t seal against the face but do include non-woven polypropylene layers that are moisture resistant. In a surgical mask, about 70% of the outside air moves through the mask and about 30% travels around the sides,” Pappias wrote. “That leaves fabric masks, which currently are recommended for general use by the CDC. Fabric masks also allow air in around the sides, but lack non-woven, moisture-repelling layers. They impede only about 2% of airflow in.”

    No matter what mask is worn, there is always some airflow that is let in. As Stephanine Pappias explains, you may be at a lower risk depending on which mask you choose to wear, but the underlying fact is that masks do not work all of the time. The only method that is proven to be 100% effective is to stay at home.

    Masks are to be used as an add on for safety. It is a common misconception that masks are the only precaution that people must take. Stephanie Pappias elaborates on this.

    “‘Putting a face mask on does not mean that you stop the other practices’” Pappias wrote quoting Assistant Director of Public Health in the Office for Science and Technology Policy May C. Chu.  “‘It does not mean you get closer to people, it does not mean you don’t have to wash your hands as often and you can touch your face. All of that still is in place, this is just an add-on.’”

    At school it will be difficult to maintain a reliable distance from every student or faculty member that you will pass through the day. As May C. Chu stated, it is not enough to just wear a mask, you must still maintain social distances.

    In an ideal world, masks always work. Even so, students are still at risk once they leave school and are exposed to those who are not following CDC protocol. While you may think that you are interacting only with your “bubble,” your bubble is often larger than you think. If even one person interacts with someone without their mask who is not in your bubble, they could risk contracting and spreading the virus.

    There is also a large opinion that even though we are not able to go back to school that we should be able to participate in sports. In my opinion, we should focus on getting back to school first. With constant motion (and in some cases physical contact) it is easy for masks to slip while in close proximity, not to mention athletes need to lower their mask to drink water. In the event that an athletes mask does slip while they are infected with the virus, they could spread it to their whole team, who will then likely spread it even further. This fact is evidenced by the numerous college football games that have been cancelled due to COVID-19.  While I am disappointed to potentially be missing my track season, as I am sure many other students are, it is too risky to even practice.

    Of course, I realize that the greater majority of high school students are young, healthy, and will not be deeply impacted by the virus. This is not the reason to take precautions. Many students live with or frequently come in contact with those who are at high risk. I visit my grandparents often and know because they are compromised, I need to be extra careful. Even if you don’t, someone you come in contact with might so it is important to always be cautious.

    The only way it is safe to return to school, sports, and all other activities is when there is an effective vaccine that is easily accessible. Without one, an airborne virus is too difficult to contain with a group of people as large as a high school. I know that everyone wants to return to school, but right now, it is not safe.

     

    Sources:

    Live Science

    Pro-Con Opinions: Should we go back to school?

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    Photo by MChe Lee on Unsplash

    Gwynne Olson and Anton Baricevic offer opposing opinions about whether or not Jesuit should return to school?

    Sader Lights drive thru December 12th at 6pm

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    Seniors Anna Dellit, Owen Mackin and Cole Huesby help set up Sader Lights. Photo Curtsey of Gwynne Olson

    On Saturday December 12th Student Government will be holding “Sader Lights” on campus. Sader Lights is a collection of beautiful lights, similar to the Oregon Zoo’s “Zoo Lights,” that decorate the courtyard and Mary’s Way.

     

    Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Sader Lights will be a little different this year. Instead of lining Mary’s Way, lights cover the Tennis Courts, The Flag Pole, Desmet parking lot, and all empty spaces in between. 

     

    After being cleared and sanitized, students set to work decorating the campus. Senior Maiti Teklemariam explained how students were able to come on campus. 

     

    “In Student Government, we have been working hard on this event for weeks to make this event student interactive and have an amazing final product,” Teklemariam said. “To align with CDC guidelines, students were only allowed to be on campus for two hours and we could only have a small group. After we found a group of volunteers, we had them come to campus on separate days because of time constraints. After they were screened by a faculty member, they were free to decorate safely amoung their peers.”

     

    You will be able to drop off non-perishable foods for the Food Drive, collect your Food Drive shirt (if you qualify for one), get a candy cane from Santa Clarke and enjoy a beautiful path of Christmas lights. 

     

    Thanks to the hard work of all the students that came and helped decorate, the Jesuit campus is beautiful. Come with your family and/or quarantine buddy on Saturday to experience the now drive through Sader Lights. The event starts at 6pm and runs till 8pm. 

     

    Make sure to check them out and come back to Jesuit Chronicle website next week to see a fun video of the setup and event. 

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    Gwynne Olson, Executive Editor-at-Large and Social Media Executive

    Gwynne Olson is a junior staff writer for the Jesuit Chronicle. Gwynne is the youngest of two. Brooke, her older sister, is a recent graduate from the...

    Podcast: Quarantine Studies in CROATIA

     

    About the Writer
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    Gwynne Olson, Executive Editor-at-Large and Social Media Executive

    Gwynne Olson is a junior staff writer for the Jesuit Chronicle. Gwynne is the youngest of two. Brooke, her older sister, is a recent graduate from the...

    Freshman Day Retreat in Person

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    Freshman Gather on Cronin Field to Participate in Day Retreat. Photo Curtsey Gwynne Olson

    On October 19, the freshman class participated in the Freshman Day Retreat in person. The retreat took place over three separate sessions where students, organized by their home room teacher, arrived at various times throughout the day. Because of COVID restrictions, the retreat could not take place in the Smith Gym like it typically would but instead on Cronin Field. 

     

    Months of planning were put into making the Freshman Day Retreat. Campus Minister Don Clarke along with the assistance of English teacher Konrad Reinhardt planned, altered, and insured the retreat followed CDC guidelines frequently. 

     

    Retreats at Jesuit are always student led. Those who have experienced the retreat before are too pass their wisdom on to those students who have not. For this retreat, seniors were the student leads. 

     

    “It works better when it is student led,” Mr. Reinhardt said. “Especially a senior to a freshman because you are their finish line. You are what they want to be when they are done with their four years here.”

     

    On the day of the retreat, students arrived one group at a time where they checked in at their specific gate, had their temperature taken, given hand sanitizer, and finally instructed to sit in their assigned area. This was the first time the freshman had been on campus at the same time and, for some, the first time ever seeing their classmates outside of a screen. 

     

    “I knew a couple of people coming into Jesuit but my home room was full of unfamiliar faces,” freshman Avery Fritz said. “It was super cool to be able to actually be able to interact with my classmates even though we could not be super close. It just made me excited for when I will get to go back to school”. 

     

    The retreat held as many of the same activities as possible from the following years, though many were not within the COVID-19 restrictions. Students learned new songs, participated in Bible trivia, listened to choir singing, and of course, participated in the infamous Rock Paper Scissors tournament. 

     

    “I still remember the Rock Paper Scissors tournament from my freshman year,” senior lead KJ Tinsley said. “It was such a fun way to bring us together as a class and I could tell it was doing the same thing with this class, no matter how different it was”.

     

    The final part of the retreat was student talks and interaction. Each small group consisted of two senior leads along with a home room class of freshman. The small group started off with a couple ice breakers such as “what is your favorite comfort food,” following with senior talks. The first talk given surrounded friendships, specifically detailing friendships during quarantine. Students were then given questions of interpretation to discuss with a classmate and eventually share with the group. Freshman got to know new classmates while getting advice from their two senior leads. 

     

    “As much as I loved the Rock Paper Scissors tournament, my favorite part of the retreat was definitely the senior talks,” Fritz said. “It was cool to hear about their lives when they were freshmen, it made high school seem a whole lot less scary”. 

     

    This retreat could not have been done without Mr. Reinhardt and especially Mr. Clarke. Over the last weeks, Mr. Clarke has been fine tuning this retreat so everyone who wanted to participate would be able too. 

     

    “Overall I think the retreat was a success,” Mr. Reinhardt said. “ I texted a couple of the freshman parents just saying ‘how did they come home?’ And they said they came home with smiles on their faces”.

    About the Writer
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    Gwynne Olson, Executive Editor-at-Large and Social Media Executive

    Gwynne Olson is a junior staff writer for the Jesuit Chronicle. Gwynne is the youngest of two. Brooke, her older sister, is a recent graduate from the...

    Godspell and Freshman Ensemble Rehearse in Person

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    Elaine Kloser

    Students Rehearse Godspell on Campus. Photo Curtsey of Ms. Kloser

    This October the cast of Godspell and the Freshman Ensemble has been lucky enough to rehearse in person on campus. The plays were originally imagined to be completely virtual. Meetings surrounding the plays, auditions, and even the first couple of rehearsals were virtual. However, after discussing with the administration, the drama program has recently been granted access to rehearse in person. Drama teacher Elaine Kloser explained how the drama program is able to meet.

    “Small cohorts of the cast of Godspell and the Freshman Ensemble are able to hold rehearsal at school now a few times a week,” Ms. Kloser said. “t’s been nice to have such lovely fall weather lately because the groups can meet outside, and the administration has put up some tents in the Hayes Plaza, so even when the weather changes, we will still be able to meet outside!”

    Cohorts of students vary from around eight-to-nine kids on campus at a time. Performers, as well as tech theatre students gather together to rehearse and work  on technical elements. Although the numbers are small, the drama program enforces strict rules regarding masks and social distancing.

    “I overall think rehearsals have been going great,” Senior Mackenzie Jaimes said.  “They are pretty much the same as last year except for our warmup games and the fact that we need to sing in masks at all times.”

    Rehearsing during COVID-19 is drastically different than rehearsing during the normal school year.

    “It’s definitely been so much different from past years,” Jaimes said. “In our warmup games we cannot touch at all so games like tag, which are super fun, are out. It’s also really hard to see where we need to be placed on the stage.  Being so far from each other is definitely a challenge.”

    Mackenzie is lucky enough to have her ensemble to perform in person. The other ensembles will also be performing, but in a mix of pre-recorded videos and virtual appearances. The hope is that soon all ensembles will be able to perform on stage together, but for now, it’s amazing that they can even meet in person during these challenging times.

    While Godspell is a very important play, it is not the only one being performed this year. The Freshman Ensemble is also rehearsing for a digital performance.

    “The freshmen ensemble has created a safe place where I’m free to express myself through acting,” freshman Isabel Diab said. “Each rehearsal has taught me so much about drama, and I’ve been able to form some amazing relationships through this experience”.

    During the pandemic, it has been hard to make new connections with other students, especially for the freshman who have not met most of their classmates. In a time where it is very difficult for groups to congregate together, it is amazing that drama students have the opportunity to rehearse in person and create new relationships.

    “Come November, we will be sure to share with the Jesuit Community the way in which we will be presenting Godspell,” Ms. Kloser said.  “If none of the metrics for the State of Oregon change between now and then, at least we know that Jesuit students will be able to watch Godspell in recorded format.  We think that whatever way our audience is able to view it that they will find much relevance to the world around them in the songs and parables!  Our goal is to keep Art and Hope alive during this uncertain time!”

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    Gwynne Olson, Executive Editor-at-Large and Social Media Executive

    Gwynne Olson is a junior staff writer for the Jesuit Chronicle. Gwynne is the youngest of two. Brooke, her older sister, is a recent graduate from the...

    CCA Walks for Joy

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    Senior Roxana Abtin Enjoying the CCA Walks For Joy with her Dog. Photo Curtsey Roxana Abtin

    Jesuit and the Children’s Cancer Association have been partners for 22 years. It all started at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital 27 years ago when two young girls named Melissa Zimel ‘01 and Alexandra Ellis shared a room. Sadly, only one of the two girls survived their battle with cancer; Alexandra passed away at the young age of five. Her mother, Regina, was inspired to start a charity in her memory to help young cancer patients live a more joyful life through friendship, joy and music. This was the beginning of the Alexandra Ellis Memorial Children’s Cancer Association(AEMCCA). 

     

    When Melissa entered Jesuit High School in 1997 as a freshman, she knocked on Academic Vice Principal Paul Hogan’s door and told him about the wondrous things the AEMCCA  had done for her and other children, hoping Mr. Hogan could instigate Jesuit support for the organization. He did. The school, along with the leadership of Melissa, organized the first Fat Daddy Ball rock concerts at the Crystal Ballroom, in support of what was soon  the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). 

     

    Four years later, Jesuit decided that throwing rock concerts so close to graduation was a bit much for students, so they participated in the first ever Walk for Joy. The Walk for Joy is a fundraiser in which the six Portland Catholic schools, Jesuit, Central Catholic, De La Salle North Catholic, Valley Catholic, La Salle, and Saint Mary’s Academy, walk together to raise money, show support, and spread awareness for CCA. While the CCA Walk currently operates smoothly, the first walks were not as glamorous. 

     

    The first Jesuit-only walk was a 19-mile trek, which was difficult for many participants. For the next ten years the walk became the last six miles of the Portland Marathon route.  

     

    The latest version of the  Walk for Joy began when four sophomores, Ruby Gray ‘17, Tim Haarmaan ‘17, Carli Wood ‘17, and McCall Phillips ‘17 came to Principal Paul Hogan’s office in hopes of expanding the walk to incorporate rival school Central Catholic. The walk served as a branch to bring the schools together outside of athletic and academic rivalries while raising money to support CCA.

     

    As the Walk continued over the years, it evolved. Instead of just two schools participating, all six of the Catholic schools walked together in 2017 and congregated for a Mass at Sellwood Park.

     

    The Walk for Joy became a huge success over the years, raising money and creating new relationships between schools.

     

    Sadly, due to Covid-19 and social distancing restrictions, the Walk for Joy was forced to become all-virtual. Meetings started in late May to discuss planning the Walk and how it could carry on in the age of COVID.

     

    The final plan was for a student-led Coffeehouse to take place completely virtual on the night of September 26th, and the following morning of the 27th would be Mass hosted by Central Catholic, with all six schools attending. Immediately following the mass, students and their families were encouraged to go outside and do their own, now called “Walks for Joy,” while dressed in purple and sharing their photos via social media. 

     

    The excitement surrounding the Walks for Joy spread during the second week of school. Each school created a “hype” video to be played during a virtual assembly to excite students and introduce a more serious message from CCA founder, Regina Elis.  In addition, on Monday, September 14, Jesuit held its annual brown bag meeting over zoom led by senior student lead Gwynne Olson. The meeting was a success, teaching almost 100 students how to create fundraising pages, and reach out to donors. 

     

    Within two weeks, not only did Jesuit reach the goal of 10,000 dollars, but surpassed it by over 5,000 dollars. So far, the schools raised almost 50,000 dollars. 

     

    The Coffeehouse included performances by the students of all six schools. The Jesuit emcees of the night were senior Alannah Connolly and senior Mackenzie Jamies and student performers included senior Gregor McKelligon, and junior Denyse Gallardo. Supporting the musicians were technicians senior Grace Sopko and senior Luke Motschenbacher. Overall, the students were a hit, but they were not the only music performers invited to play that night. After the event, the world renowned Lumineers performed some of their hit songs. 

     

    The next morning students woke up early for 10 a.m. Mass. With speakers from all six of the schools, a beautiful service was produced. The Mass was presided by Fr. David Shaw from Central Catholic and Fr. Pat Couture from Jesuit, with student reflections by junior Mary Lou Lux from Valley Catholic, Gwynne Olson from Jesuit, and junior Emma Watson from Central Catholic. The service was concluded with a reflection from Regina Ellis. 

     

    Following Mass, students were encouraged to go out and walk with their families. Though the walk was significantly different from past walks, it was still greatly embraced by many students. 

     

    “I loved the CCA Walk for Joy the previous years I participated because I got to walk with my classmates,” senior Roxana Abtin explained. “However, this year I really enjoyed being able to walk with my family.”

     

    Looking back, the weekend was a complete success. Students were as involved this year as they have been in the previous years and had an amazing time. This weekend seemed impossible when planning began in April but ended up being amazing thanks to everyone who pitched in. 

     

    “CCA, like a lot of charities, is hurting in the age of COVID-19 because they do most of their fundraising at events.” Principal Hogan said. “ My view was that things went astonishingly well. We could very well have just said,’Yeah, you know what, this is not going to work this year. We can’t gather everyone in the Saint Mary’s gym.how are we going to have a Mass?’ In the end, I’m super grateful that students did not give up on it and I am so proud of our Catholic school student leaders!”

     

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    Gwynne Olson, Executive Editor-at-Large and Social Media Executive

    Gwynne Olson is a junior staff writer for the Jesuit Chronicle. Gwynne is the youngest of two. Brooke, her older sister, is a recent graduate from the...

    How quarantine impacts mental health

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    People need people. This is a phrase that has been carried through centuries and surely still rings true today. 

     

    It has been proven that people who experience loneliness and disconnection are more likely to develop signs of anxiety and/or depression. In a New York Times article highlighting the importance of human connection, personal health columnist Jane E Brody wrote “People who are chronically lacking in social contact are more likely to experience elevated levels of stress and inflammation” (www.nytimes.com).

     

    The isolation imposed due to quarantine has left people feeling that they have no control over the situation; they feel cut off from the world. Though many are surrounded by family members during this time, the sense of isolation and cabin fever can be powerful. That being said, humans’ mental health, especially teenagers, cannot be impacted well due to quarantine and isolation. 

     

    In what can be thought of “normal times,” statistics show that  20 percent of teens experience signs of depression and 25 percent experience signs of anxiety before they reach adulthood. With numbers that have increased rapidly, research everywhere says there is no single cause for what teens are experiencing. Although some indicators include bullying, high expectations, substance abuse, or lack of confidence. Teenagers already have so much stress that fills their lives with sports, grades, and expectations, and generally social interaction is a good release. 

     

    Due to quarantine, these social interactions have been cut down to the bare minimum with limited outlets and opportunities to find a safe haven. 

     

    “I still talk to my friends over FaceTime and Snapchat and other things like that,” an anonymous student said. “But it’s not the same as communicating with someone in person. Honestly, I feel like I need genuine human interaction or it really just doesn’t count. Over the phone is just so impersonal.”

     

    While talking over the phone is fulfilling for some students, for others it simply is not enough. Without true human contact, many students have had trouble maintaining good mental health while keeping social distances. 

     

    “For a while school was a place that I dreaded going because I felt so lonely,” an anonymous student confessed. “However as time went on it became the only place where I really wanted to be. Having to stay cooped up in my house has been bringing back that lonely feeling that I used to feel at school.”

     

    School has been a place, for some students, that brings a great deal of stress into their lives. However, without the added social interactions that come with being a student, many yearn to go back. 

     

    There is not a singular solution that can benefit every teen who has experienced depression and anxiety, however, there are many things that can be done to help during these unprecedented times. 

     

    First, it is important to establish a routine. Having a structured plan can minimize the feeling of being out of control or the feeling of directionlessness. Planning out activities to keep busy will put the mind at ease; it is important to stay active. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can be triggers for depression.

     

    “Maintain a regular schedule, including wake and sleep times,” Jesuit  counselor Michelle Strear said. “Schedule in time to socialize, to be active/exercise, and other things you enjoy.”

     

    Second, it is important to communicate with others. Though it may not be the same communicating over a screen versus in person, it is important that you try and maintain those relationships for two main reasons. First of all it gives you some form of human contact that you need, because after all people really do need people. And second, quarantine will not last forever and you will need those friendships once social distancing is lifted.

     

    It is also important that you communicate how you are feeling and resist keeping your feelings bottled up. Talk to your friends, parents, siblings, school counselors, or one of the many teen hotlines for those feeling depressed or anxious.

     

    Finally, remember the reason that we are complying with quarantine. It is not a punishment, but a precaution to avoid spreading a virus that has caused thousands of deaths. Keep yourself informed but not overwhelmed. Many people can feel stressed if they feel they do not have access to information about their surroundings. Make sure you know enough to be satisfied but not stressed. 

     

     Remember that by complying to quarantine you are saving lives and it will be over soon. Stay true to yourself and never lose sight of your future ahead. 

     

    “It was really hard at first, being by myself everyday,”an anonymous student said. “But it’s gotten a lot easier now that I have become more optimistic. I know that this will clear up someday so I might as well try some new things and enjoy some ‘me time’ until that day comes!”

     

    Trevor Hotline for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386 | thetrevorproject.org

    Suicide Prevention (United States): 1-800-273-TALK (8255) | suicidepreventionlifeline.org

    Youth Hotline: 1-877-968-8491 | oregonyouthline.org or text “teen2teen” to 839863 

    About the Writer
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    Gwynne Olson, Executive Editor-at-Large and Social Media Executive

    Gwynne Olson is a junior staff writer for the Jesuit Chronicle. Gwynne is the youngest of two. Brooke, her older sister, is a recent graduate from the...

    Spring break plans cancelled due to COVID-19

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    Due to the Caronavirus spreading so rapidly many spring break travels have been cancelled or postponed due to either travel restrictions or self quarantine. 

     

    For those planning on traveling internationally, those plans are to be put on hold. All travel to or from China, Iran, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK or Ireland has been banned. All US citizens who have visited one of these high risk areas for enhanced screening after reentering the US.

     

    Unless your family is prepared to remain outside the US for an extended period of time, your trip might as well be cancelled. 

     

    As for travel within the US, the biggest restriction is self quarantine rather than actual travel restrictions. Mandated social distancing has been enforced along with proactive monitoring for signs of ill passengers has been implemented in many states. 

     

    On March 16th, Governor Kate Brown announced that seated dining is banned along with gatherings of more than twenty five people.With the amount of restrictions in place, most people have been finding it easier and less stressful to either travel within Oregon, or just stay at home. 

     

    This was very frustrating to many students.

     

    ““I understand how important it is to keep everyone healthy, especially my grandparents who I was going to stay with in Hawaii,” junior Damon Grim explained. “It’s still so frustrating to get spring break canceled. I had been looking forward to this trip with my grandparents all year.”

     

    However, some disregarded suggestions to self quarantine and went on their vacations anyways. 

     

    “My family was planning on going to Palm Springs anyways and we decided it was still worth it to go to the sun,” junior Maria Breault said. “It’s just so quiet here. My family goes to Palm Springs a bit and I have never seen it so void of people.” 

     

    With Coronavirus being so new, many people are not sure how to react. Many people are taking it very seriously and staying in door while others and taking advantage of no school and exploring nature. To learn more about COVID-19 go check out articles by senior Shawna Muckle or junior Rosa Madden that discuss the recent outbreak. 

     

    Stay safe and have a good spring break! 

    About the Writer
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    Gwynne Olson, Executive Editor-at-Large and Social Media Executive

    Gwynne Olson is a junior staff writer for the Jesuit Chronicle. Gwynne is the youngest of two. Brooke, her older sister, is a recent graduate from the...

    Mock trial competes in state competition

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    Mock Trial team competes at state. Photo courtesy of Lane Laurent

    Recently the mock trial team competed in the state competition. 

     

    Jesuit has a strong mock trial team consisting of almost all seniors and two juniors. Tryouts were held in November and students were placed on one of four different teams. The top team, or gold team, was confident they would have a good season. 

     

    “I was confident that we would have two really strong teams that could compete well this year and that is what we had,” coach Dr. Exley said. “We had a really strong and experienced gold team and our black team, the second team, was also pretty strong and had potential to make it to state.” 

     

    In a mock trial competition, each team is issued the same case and has months to prepare an argument for either side. Three witness statements are given each side and the case is supposedly written so each side has an equal chance of winning. Witnesses must memorize the information in their statements, lawyers must figure out ways to get in evidence complying with the Federal Rules of evidence, and openers and closers must memorize five minute long statements proving their argument. 

     

    When competition day arrives, all teams assemble at a courthouse and are given their matchup there. Teams go head on and are scored both individually out of ten and by ballots.

     

    “So how ballots work is in each trial there are 3 judges: the presiding judge, someone who judges the attorneys, and someone who judges the witnesses,” senior Grace Hershey explained. “The witness and attorney’s judges sit in the jury box. Each of the three judges have a ballot that they fill out and it’s basically a vote for one of the teams,” 

     

    Ballots are given to the teams who have the best witnesses, lawyers, and overall court preparation. In the end the team with the most ballots wins the case. Individual points generally decide tiebreakers. 

     

    Mock trial had a very successful regional competition taking eight ballots out of nine ballots securing their place at State. The black team just barely missed state losing by ten points in a three way tie. 

     

    There was not a lot of time between regionals and state so the team put in many hours in preparation for the competition. 

     

    “For the last 5 weeks of the season, we did daily doubles practices in preparation for regionals and state, and that hard work definitely paid off,” Hershey explained. “We went against some pretty tough teams, but we held our own. Overall I am really proud of how my team did this season.” 

    About the Writer
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    Gwynne Olson, Executive Editor-at-Large and Social Media Executive

    Gwynne Olson is a junior staff writer for the Jesuit Chronicle. Gwynne is the youngest of two. Brooke, her older sister, is a recent graduate from the...

    Catlin Gabel Scandal influences policy changes

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    Four decades of sexual abuse at Caitlin Gabel have been recently alleged by alumni.  

    5 former Catlin Gabel students came forward with accounts of previous sexual abuse from their teachers, primarily through their middle school years. These 5 accounts elicited the reveal of potentially hundreds of more victims, exposing four decades of sexual abuse in the school (OregonLive). 

    While policies regarding teacher-student relationships were already in effect at Jesuit, the events at Catlin Gabel reinforced Jesuit’s concern about the ever-changing ways teachers and students communicate. 

    Vice Principal Ms. Tormala has been working with other administrators on the communication policies at Jesuit, working to keep faculty and students safe. 

    “We were already reviewing our protection policies and our communication policies before anything went down with Catlin Gabel,” Ms. Tormala said. “But, the fact that everything happened at Catlin Gabel did of course give us a real life example of what could go wrong. Because of that, that helped us be more specific and more clear in what we wanted to make sure we were doing with our policies to try to prevent something like that from happening.”

    Prior to the Catlin scandal, reviewing communication policies was standard procedure to keep members of the community safe.

    “There are a lot of schools across the country that have dealt with similar types of situations, Catlin is certainly not the first nor the last,” Ms. Tormala said. “There are a lot of things coming out across the country from other schools about things that happened 10,15, even 20 years ago, and because of the way our culture has shifted and the way that people are more willing to speak up, and then willing to talk about what happened when they were younger, more and more of these situations are coming to light.”

    Many of the policies involve creating safe spaces for teachers and students to communicate, such as ensuring all faculty and students communicate in a public setting or with additional people in the room. Face-to-face communication policies have remained similar for many years, but communication surrounding technology has evolved significantly.

    “When we’re dealing with online communication, which of course has changed a lot over the last 10 years, that was something we needed to really pay a lot more attention to,” Ms. Tormala said. “Probably the most significant change you will see in the policy has to do with texting, for instance, between students and teachers. So instead of people having each other’s personal phone numbers, and that opening a door for potential further conversations that maybe shouldn’t happen, we’re looking into other tools.”

    New policies have been set into place to restrict outside relationships. The administration has been working to find new tools to use for conversation between coaches, tutors, small group leaders, etc.

    “The change in policy, as of March first, was if you are texting with students you must use a school approved app so there is a record of it,” Mr. Hogan explained. “ So we are moving to an app called Remind where you actually cannot see the students phone number.”

    Similar to restrictions and moderation with communication, new policies have been added regarding relationships after graduation. Law requires that a student must be 18 or older before any kind of intimate or sexual relationship can take place. However, this leaves a loophole for teachers and students to legally have some kind of intimate or sexual relationship. 

    “This was one thing that Catlin really taught us that we had never really thought about,” Mr. Hogan elaborated, “So our policy now says you cannot date or be in a romantic or sexual relationship with a student until they are 21. If the school learns of such a relationship before 21 this employee would be terminated. That is just our policy, state law says 18. This is the kind of thing that should be unspoken, it should be obvious.”

    While the administration strives to protect both faculty and students, they also work to maintain the close-knit sense of community within Jesuit, working to create a safe and comfortable environment for all parties involved. 

    “So we’re looking for ways to make sure we can still preserve relationships and preserve community but keep everyone on both sides of the equation safe and in a good place,” Ms. Tormala said. 

     

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    Joe Vranizan’s Journey in Lacrosse

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    Junior  Joe Vranizan is a recent commit to the Georgetown University for Lacrosse. This was not an easy feat to accomplish. It required much hard work, dedication and persistence.

    In January of last year when Joe was playing in a club Lacrosse game when his career was put off track. Vranizan was tripped and sent flying towards the grass. As he fell he stuck his right arm down to soften the fall.

    “I rolled over my right side and felt the biggest pop of my life,” said Vranizan, “ It sounded to me like a firework went off and I rolled over and saw my arm bending in a different way than it should have been.”

    With the impact of the fall his right elbow was so severely dislocated that it was fractured. Joe was rushed to the hospital but it was clear that he would be out for a while.

    “I still have a flash memory of me screaming and looking at my arm bending outwards insteads of inwards,” Vranizan recalled.

    Vranizan was crushed he would be missing out on the beginning of his sophomore season, but it would not be the end of his Lacrosse career. After his surgery he spent time in rehab. At first they focused on simple movements such as straightening his arm, but soon he was back to passing and catching. His injury was in 2019 and by spring break he was back and playing.

    That summer Vranizan spent countless hours in the gym and on the field building up his strength and confidence. He was getting some quality college looks but his dream school turned into Georgetown. It took a couple tournaments of the coaches watching him but his dream became true when Georgetown made him an offer in January. He was ecstatic.

    “I committed almost instantly and with the season almost upon me I am more than ready,” Vranizan said.

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    Kobe Bryant: Killed in Helicopter Accident

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    On January 26, the basketball world’s heart was broken when a helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California and ended the life of Laker Kobe Bryant. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and 41 year-old father of four, was headed to the Mamba Sports Academy at the time of the tragedy. Bryant truly was a legend. He joined the NBA straight from high school and was immediately seen as a game changing player. Originally drafted to the Charlotte Hornets, Bryant was traded right away to the Lakers in 1996. It was there that Bryant would begin to obtain his Mamba mentality.

    From the start of his NBA career, Bryant showed his potential to excel. During his second season as a Laker he was voted to play in the 1998 NBA all star game, being the youngest ever to do so at age of 19.
    With star player Shaquille O’Neal, the Lakers swept two NBA championships. Shaq was a force and together they were unstoppable.

    Although the Lakers struggled a bit with the loss of star player Shaquille O’Neal in 2004, Bryant was there to pick up the slack. It was clear this was officially his team and he soon proved that. Bryant scored eighty one points against Toronto, the second highest scoring mark in NBA history. He led the league in scoring that year and the next.
    Bryant not only led his team to five NBA championships, but was also named MVP in 2008, led the Olympic basketball team to two gold medals, and surpassed NBA verteran all star Micheal Jordan on the NBA scoring list in December 2014.

    Bryant’s basketball career ended with continuous injuries that became too hard to maintain. He went out with a bang scoring sixty points in his final game in 2016. Kobe Bryant was a great player who never cheated the game nor cheated his fans, played through injuries and has five rings to prove his greatness.

    Though Bryant is best known for his basketball success, he was so much more than just a player on a court. Off the court Kobe was a poet, a coach, businessman and most importantly, a husband and father.
    Upon retirement, Bryant presented a poem entitled “Dear Basketball” as a tribute to the game. He sought to turn his poem into a short film and with the help of Disney this was achieved. The result was a beautifully rendered 5 minute and 20 second short film that won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2018.

    It did not matter that Kobe was no longer was a player on the court. He made countless appearances at Laker games where he mentored player like Lebron James who soon became a close personal friend. He also shared his love of the game with his kids and family. Kobe was an amazing coach and he taught his kids and their friends growing up. At first it was just a bit of fun, but soon it became something bigger.
    In 2018 Bryant announced his partnership with a multi-sport training facility that he rebranded into Mamba Sports. The goal was to educate and empower the next generation of kids through sports. Kobe loved working with kids and teaching them basketball, especially his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

    Gigi, as her father called her, was a female version of Kobe. They shared a special bond, always attached at the hip. She was Mambasita and he was Mamba.

    Gianna would carry on the Bryant basketball legacy. She was a rising star playing for Mamba Sports, she quickly became noticeably one of the best players on the court. Her plan was to continue basketball at Connecticut than eventually the WNBA.

    Tragically, Gianna was among the nine passengers who went down on January 26th.
    Among Kobe and Gigi were seven other passengers.

    The Altobeli’s: John (56), Keri (46), and Alyssa(14). Alyssa was a teammate of Giana’s and an amazing player. Her father John, head baseball coach for Orange Coast College, and her mother were on their way to see Alyssa play.

    Christina Mauser, (38), was the top assistant coach of the Mamba girls basketball team. Mauser was a mother of three.

    Ara Zobayan, (50), was Bryant’s private pilot. He was the only man Kobe ever trusted to fly him.

    And finally, mother and daughter Sarah, (45), and Peyton Chester, (13). Peyton was a teammate of Gianna and Alyssa.

    Poor visibility due to fog and the lack of a recommended safety device on the helicopter both played a part in the unfortunate crash. There was nothing anyone could have done to help.

    NBA players and fans of Bryant worldwide have given respect to one of the all-time greats that formed the game of basketball as we know it today. During several NBA games, players took a 24-second shot clock violation followed by an eight second backcourt violation in memory of the two numbers that Bryant wore during his career. Fans all over have been wearing their Laker gear, the colors purple and gold, or wearing 24 or 8 to show their respect. Jesuit held a “Kobe” day on February 14, many students helped commemorate Kobe’s life by wearing purple and gold and participating in the activities.

    The world mourned the death of Kobe, Gianna, and the seven other passengers who were aboard the helicopter. These nine will forever be missed and never forgotten.

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      Senior Isabella Wallace recently signed to swim at Northwestern University. Isabella swims for the Mac Club year round and competes on the Jesuit women’s swim team.

      Isabella started recreational swimming when she was five-years-old at Grant pool and began competing for the Portland Aquatic Club when she turned seven.Soon, it was hard to keep Isabella out of the water, swimming was her passion. 

      “I just love the sport so much,” Wallace said. “It definitely has given me key values I can use in life like dedication and determination.”

      During middle school Isabella earned  numerous first place ribbons and qualified for Zones, a national meet in Hawaii. However, it was not until high school that Isabella really excelled.

      “Over the last year she  has gotten a lot better,” sophomore teammate Matthias Kreutzer said. “She went from not having Junior National cuts to getting Junior National cuts and being the top girl on our club team and top swimmer in the state over the past year.”

      Isabella competed in the state swim meet this year winning the 100 free, placing fifth in the 100 back, winning the 200 individual medley relay, placing second in the 200 free, and helping secure the state championship for the women’s team.

       Isabella’s goal was always to compete in college. She had been talking to various schools but it was not until she got the official offer from Northwestern that she knew exactly where she wanted to go.

      “I’m just so glad and grateful that I get to go to a school that is amazing academically and athletically. I know it will push me to be the best student and swimmer. Go cats!” Wallace said.

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      Soccer and Volleyball: back-to-back titles

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      by Gwynne Olson

       

      State championships are a big deal at any school, as they reflect a

      team’s skill and dedication. While back-to back state championships are not unheard of at Jesuit, they certainly are not common. Recently, two Jesuit teams have won back-to-back state championships: women’s volleyball and women’s soccer.

      The women’s soccer team is known for being premier, but their three consecutive state championships are not just from luck. Every day this season, this team worked hard and pushed each other to get better. With some significant players graduating last year, the team knew this season would be different.

      “Coming into the season we were pretty confident we could do really well,” head coach Steve Fennah said. “But we knew it was a new team, with new personalities, and new leadership roles. So, there was a great deal of apprehension but also a great deal of confidence that the new players would step up and get things done.”

      The women’s soccer team had a flawless season winning nineteen of their twenty games, their only non-win a tie 0-0 with West Salem. The team scored a tremendous one hundred and six goals, letting in only six.

      In the state championship game, the women’s team faced Mountainside, a team who they had previously beaten 6-1.

      “Going into a third state championship game was very exciting but at the same time a little nerve racking. We knew that mountainside was a very good team, and that they were going to give us a tough fight,” junior Maddy Koleno said. “As a team we had worked so hard the whole season, and knew if we left everything out on that field at the end of the game we would come home with the win.”

      Mountainside came out strong, nearly scoring three times. But Jesuit brought the heat and they brought senior Callan Harrington.

      Callan Harrington, a University of Washington commit, is a striker and one of the star players on the team. Coming into the game, Harrington had scored a total of 53 goals during her high school season and would score another two in this championship game.These two goals not only greatly contributed to another state championship but also claimed a new state record for Harrington. The record of most goals scored during a high school season was set in 1990 by Tiffany Milbert and Harrington passed it by one goal

      Sophomore Taylor Krueger scored another goal, assisted by Harrington, making the final score 3-0 with a victory for the Crusaders.

      “It’s always a great feeling winning a state championship,” coach Fennah said. “People always ask the question ‘does it diminish with time?’ and no it doesn’t. It’s always a new season with new players and new faces, so it is always satisfying when things come together.”

      In the last three years, the Jesuit women’s soccer team holds a 58-0-1 record, having only tied a single game. For the second year in a row, the team has been recognized as the number one women’s soccer program in the nation.

      The women’s soccer team was not the only team to bring home a back-to-back state championship this year. The women’s volleyball team also came together and claimed a title against Central Catholic.

      This year was supposed to be a rebuilding year. The women’s volleyball team dominated last year. With a winning streak of 25-0, they were tournament champions, league champions, and state champions. With a starting lineup consisting of six seniors, the loss was very impactful.

      The team did not let their loss shake them. They may have had almost completely new faces on the court, but their work ethic stayed the same.

      “During this season it was really fun to see all of the younger players step into these big roles and have such a big impact,” junior setter Alison Buccholz said. “Finishing the season by winning a state championship really proved to ourselves that our hard work paid off and proved everyone who doubted us wrong.”

      Going into the state tournament there was no one favored team. Jesuit would face teams they had lost to in the past such as West Linn. Head coach Theresa Zimmerlee wasn’t deterred.

      “I always think we can win, it’s just something you have to believe,” Coach Zimmerlee said.

      The championship game against Central Catholic was a nail-biter. The Crusaders took the first set 25-21 but Central came right back winning the second set 26-24. The next two sets were just as close ending in 27-25 Jesuit and 25-23 Central. Central may have fought hard, but we fought harder winning the final set 15-13!

      Four players from the women’s volleyball team were selected as all state players. Junior outside hitter Maddy Dowdal and sophomore libero Maisie Alexander were selected to be on the second all tournament

      team. Junior setter Alison Buccholz and sophomore middle hitter Tess

      Masingale were selected to be on the first all tournament team. Tess

      Masingale was also selected as the state championship game MVP with

      16 kills.

       “I believe you get about 2 weeks to enjoys a state championship, then you begin work for the next season,”  coach Zimmerlee said, “ There are some pretty good teams for next year’s competition. That’s the exciting part, there are no guarantees and you always have to put in the work if you want to be on top”.

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      What freshman can learn from seniors

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      Starting high school as a freshman has been a difficult task throughout every school everywhere. Jesuit high school is no exception. 

      Sports are big at Jesuit. With three no-cut sports, it has always been a good way to make friends. Senior Connor Kollas has played basketball and baseball during his time at Jesuit.

      “Sports at Jesuit have allowed me to meet some of my closest friends and it is a place where I can have fun and enjoy playing the sports I love,” he said “The coaches are very supportive and push the athletes to be better people on and off the field and court.”

      Sports at Jesuit are very competitive and many sports include cuts. Kids get cut from sports every year, but there are ways to still be involved. 

      “If you cannot play a sport, manage it,” JV Lacrosse team manager Ella Howe said.

      Ella has been the JV Lacrosse manager for two years and simply loves it. Managing is a great way to stay involved in the sport you love.  Talk to a coach and see if they need help managing for the coming season! 

      Sports are not the only way to get involved at Jesuit, there are so many other things at Jesuit you are able to do. The theatre program at Jesuit is phenomenal, there are countless clubs, and so many opportunities to bring yourself into the Jesuit community without sports.

      “School is not always about the sports you play. Branch out. Try something new. It’s insane the different options you will find,” Senior Grace Wetzler said.

      Sports may be your passion, and can be a great way to make friends, but there are so many other ways. This school is filled with so many unique opportunities to become involved as much as you want to be!

      Feeling like you do not fit in is a common problem through all grades, especially Freshman year. This year, it may be hard to know where you stand, but it’s important to know that everything will be okay.

      The community we have here at Jesuit is very powerful and welcoming of new students. Senior Logan Horton gave the freshman some tips from his freshman year.

       “I wish I would have known that I would be okay and have good friends by the time I was a senior,” he said, “If I could give one piece of advice is to buy into the Jesuit community as soon as you can because it’s worth it.”

       

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      GLAX Service

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      The motto of the Jesuit Women’s Lacrosse team is “Play for someone or something bigger than yourself.” This is exactly what the players and coaches in the program do.

      In 2016,  this motto began to evolve  when the team recognized themselves as “playing for Ruby Gray.” As time went on, it became more prevalent to not only play for those they know but those who are strangers to them as well. The team began to play to empower others.

      “Female empowerment is a big theme in the program,” head coach and freshman history teacher Ms. Blumhardt said. “The best way to empower yourself is to empower others.”

      The motto further evolved into action:  bringing the service aspect into the Jesuit Women’s Lacrosse program. By working with organizations, the girls are empowering themselves by playing for someone or something bigger than themselves. The team is working with organizations such as LLS, CCA and Headstrong.

      “We have always been a team who has the goal of playing with purpose, but -[this year we have really grown that goal,” senior Ella Smith said. “With season not starting until the end of February, we have already started incorporating service into our team which not only supports important causes but unites our team even more. We are very excited to continue that service and bond once the season begins.”

      During the off-season the team participated in the Alzhiemer’s walk and plans to participate in the CCA Walk for Joy. Furthermore, the team plans to donate over one hundred and twenty articles of clothing to Saint Andre’s Church.

        During the season, service will continue to play a big role in the Jesuit Women’s Lacrosse Program. Instead of typical team bonding, the girls will hold team fundraisers for Headstrong, LLS, etc. and serve at food kitchens.

      The team will also work hard to raise awareness for the Headstrong fund. Not only will they wear neon green laces and armbands to show support, but they are also participating in a match to raise money for the foundation.

      The service is not only limited to organizations and donations. The team does smaller things such as make cards for people in the community, put together gift baskets and hold free clinics for those who want to try lacrosse.

      “We like to reach out to the vulnerable in society and we like to go outside of our team and help bring the margins to the center,” Ms. Blumhardt said.

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      Mick Abel represents the US in international play

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      Mick Abel represents US in international play


      By Gwynne Olson

      This summer Mick Abel spent his time traveling the United States doing what he does best: play baseball. He played in a variety of different cities, states, and even countries competing against the best players.

       Mick’s travels began last summer when he attended the USA 17U National Team Development Program. From there he was picked to attend the 18U National Training last November and eventually to the Prospect Development Pipeline.

      The Prospect Development Pipeline takes the top 80 teens in the country to train together. Mick trained with the best players for three weeks and was picked to be in the top 40 who would compete in the High School All Star Game in Cleveland.

      From there, Mick had three weeks off before he attended Area Code Baseball in Los Angeles. Area Code Baseball is a five-day showcase where the top kids in the region are picked to play against each other. Mick was on the Northwest Region team, the Royals.

      The five-day event was cut short for Mick because after that he was bused down to San Diego for the All American Game. They trained and competed in the San Diego Padres Stadium.

      After the All American Game, Mick and the same forty kids who made the trip to Cleveland traveled back to Los Angeles for USA trials. Mick trained and played constantly for a week-and-a-half while he was evaluated.

      “There was a group of four or five guys that knew were going to make it,” Mick said. , “But when final cuts came around everyone’s knees were shaking because, you know, it’s cuts and everyone was nervous.”

      Mick was lucky enough to be selected for team USA and, with his teammates, they trained 4-to-5 more days before training with the Chinese team in Taiwan.

       In Korea, the first rounds were against South Africa, Taipei, Japan, Spain, and Panama. The team ended the round with a record of 4-to-1. They advanced to the super rounds, or the top division, where they played Canada, Korea, and Australia and won all three.

       Their previous wins put them in the Gold Medal Game against Taipei who they had recently defeated 8-to-1. The game resulted in a 2-to-1 loss.

      “The game was kind of bitter because we had beaten them in every other game we had played against them in Taiwan,” Mick said.

       As Mick returns to the states and to high school he is still unsure what his future in baseball entails. He is committed to pitch at Oregon State but there is a chance he will be drafted into the MLB draft.

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