Standing left to right: Joe Doerr, Vinh Tran, and Conor Dalton. Sitting left to right: John Steele (first runner-up), Will Hintz (winner), and Noah Williams (second runner-up).
Congratulations to the 2017 Senior Speech Competition Winner, Will Hintz. He will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. John Steele was first runner-up and will receive a $500 college scholarship. Noah Williams was second runner-up and received a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card.
Congratulations to the McQuaid Speech & Debate team which placed first in the Greater Rochester area for the 2016-2017 season. Senior Joshua Beckles was selected by all the area coaches to receive the Coaches' Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding performance as well as commitment and dedication to Speech & Debate.
Additionally, the following students will be representing McQuaid at the National Catholic Forensic League's National championship in Louisville, KY, over Memorial Day weekend:
Daniel Backus '20, Xavier Brown '20, Payton Petkus '20, Ben Buyer '19, Kidane Malik '19, George Rogalskyj '18, Joshua Beckles '17, Nicholas Cottrell '17, Kyle Gateson '17, Max Heisig '17, Will Hintz '17, and Louis Laniak '17.
Congratulations to the McQuaid Jesuit IgKnighters FIRST robotics team who won the FIRST Entrepreneurship Award at the Finger Lakes Regional tournament at RIT held March 15-18. FIRST Robotics focuses on engaging high school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies but also includes a business element in which members produce a plan in support of the team’s long-term strategy. It includes marketing initiatives and materials, community outreach programs, and a multi-year financial plan. The award is given to the robotics team who best develops a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives. Click here to view the team's business plan.
This year’s objective, called FIRST “Steamworks,” involved picking up large gears, delivering them to an ‘airship,’ and shooting larch whiffle balls into a goal. Teams were given six weeks to design, build, and program their robot.
The Finger Lakes Regional tournament featured 50 teams from the Northeast United States and Canada.
The team is generously supported by McQuaid Jesuit, Xylem, and Xerox, as well as several anonymous donors. The team is the inspiration behind the new Wegman Family Science and Technology Center, a new building to promote Science and Technology learning at McQuaid.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a global organization that promotes interest in STEM. There are more than 6,000 high school teams spread across North America, Europe, and Asia who compete in regional events and a World Championship. FIRST also has other programs to inspire 4th through 12th grade students.
Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., serves as McQuaid Jesuit's keynote speaker during its second annual Xavier Day which was celebrated Friday, March 3. The day was originally scheduled for December but due to unforseen circumstances had to be rescheduled.
Fr. Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, a gang rehabilitation center in Los Angeles. He also is the author of the New York Times best-seller, "Tattoos on the Heart." In preparation for his visit, students read his book. Fr. Boyle's talk to the McQuaid Jesuit community focused on helping those who live on the margins.
Following the keynote address, students participated in 37 different breakout sessions were given by leaders in organizations and presenters from across the Rochester area who are engaged in work on the frontiers of kinship, compassion, and understanding.
- Mrs. Sarah Milko, past McQuaid Jesuit parent, from AutismUp, the leading organization in Rochester supporting those with autism spectrum disorder and their families;
- Sister Donna del Santo, from Bethany House, a Catholic Worker home providing shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness;
- Mr. Andy Carey, from the Bridge Home, Reach Shelter, and MC Collaborative, a pioneer in networking social workers in Rochester to combat homelessness;
- Ms. Jennifer Muniga of Cameron Community Ministries, an urban outreach organization based in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood in Rochester;
- Mr. Jim Morris of the Catholic Family Center, presenting on the journey of refugees in our community;
- Ms. Joy Bergfalk from Coffee Connection, which provides employment and training to women recovering from addiction;
- Mr. Rod Cox Cooper of the Class of 1985 from Community Place of Greater Rochester, a community center in NE Rochester providing a variety of social, developmental, and educational programs;
- Br. Antonios Shenoudian of the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of St. Shenouda, presenting on the persecution of the Coptic Orthodox church in history;
- Deacon Kevin Carges of Eight 4 Hope and Catholic Relief Services, who will speak about his organization’s outreach to the people of Haiti and Jamaica;
- Mr. Chris Mulroy will present on the work of Habitat for Humanity, a national organization dedicated to eliminating substandard and poverty housing;
- Mr. Nathaniel Mich from Foodlink, Rochester’s premiere distributor of food to service agencies in 10 area counties;
- Mrs. Angela Drahms & Ms. Karen Guidarelli from Hillside Children’s Center, a provider of care for youth and families with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, or life-circumstance challenges;
- Sister Grace Miller of the House of Mercy, which provides food, shelter, clothing & advocacy services to those experiencing homelessless and poverty in Rochester;
- Mr. Kelly Finnigan '88 & Mr. Sheldon Cooper, also of the House of Mercy, who will speak on chronic homelessness and the role of temporary shelters;
- Dr. Muhammad Shafiq of the Islamic Center of Rochester, who will present on the Muslim community in the greater Rochester area;
- Dr. Malia McAndrew, who comes to us from John Carroll University and its prestigious Arrupe Scholars Program, will present on her research into poverty and life on the margins. Joining Dr. McAndrew is Will DiPasquale, McQ class of 2014 and current Arrupe Scholar at JCU;
- Ms. Ann Marie Cook from Lifespan of Greater Rochester, who will speak on her organization’s work with older adults and their caregivers;
- Dr. Cheryl McKeiver, Head of School at Nativity Preparatory Academy, who will present on that incredible school’s work with underserved students;
- Mr. Jake Braithwaite of the Society of Jesus will speak about the various social ministries of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus;
- Ms. Anna Valeria-Iseman of the Open Door Mission, a Christian Rescue Mission providing for the spiritual and physical needs of the impoverished and homeless men, women and children of Rochester;
- Ms. Adrienne L. Davis from PathStone Corporation, which builds family and individual self-sufficiency by strengthening farmworker, rural, and urban communities;
- Ms. Joyce McAndrew from the Prison Ministry of Upstate New York, an organization that coordinates volunteers and outreach to inmates in local prisons;
- Ms. Jennifer Canning of the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, an interfaith organization that assists homeless families achieve sustainable independence;
- Ms. Yana Khashper from Rocovery Fitness, which builds communities of support for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction;
- Ms. Geri Dolan from the Saint’s Place Tutoring Program, which each week tutors hundreds of adult and child refugees settled in Rochester;
- Fr. Bob Kennedy of the Diocese of Rochester and the Southeast Rochester Catholic Community, who will present on the Catholic Church’s care for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters;
- Mr. James Murphy from St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, a Catholic Worker house in the South Wedge serving men and women experiencing homelessness;
- Dr. Richard E. Kreipe and Mr. Paul Clark from the Center for Youth, which provides comprehensive programs and services from prevention education to counseling to emergency shelter to youth development opportunities;
- Ms. Ruth Rappaport-Kristal of the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County, an organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
- Mr. Bill McDonald, of the United Way of Rochester, who will speak on his organization’s efforts to reduce poverty in our city;
- Ms. Jen Speorl & Ms. Mercede McNeill, of the Villa of Hope, which brings hope to youth experiencing a range of medical and behavioral challenges;
- Mrs. Hollie Harvey, Dr. Karen Dalton, and Ms. Joan McCarthy of the Women’s Care Center, which provides Rochester-area women with unplanned pregnancies with support and resources;
- Ms. Jen Kaiser from the Young Men’s Community Center, on accompanying addicts towards recovery;
- Ms. Lisa Courtney-Holmes & Ms. Connie DiFelice of our McQuaid Jesuit Parents Association “Mothers for Others” program, which sponsors regular outreach opportunities for McQuaid students and their moms.
- Ms. Elizabeth Pietropaoli, joined by McQuaid Jesuit seniors Connor Hester, Marty Petrauskas, Will Scheuerman, and Jonathan Sutton, who will recount their experience visiting the residents of the Navajo Nation in Arizona last July;
- Riley Benner '16 & Jamie McCarthy '17, who will present on the McQuaid and Holy Cross “Ballers” programs, which bring companionship through basketball to juvenile detention centers.
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