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Pius X High School Aca Deca team claimed 5th place in Division II at the 2016 United States Academic Decathlon was held in Anchorage, Alaska on April 28-29. The national competition is split into three divisions based on school size. This was the third consecutive trip to the National competition for the Pius X Aca Deca team after once again winning the Nebraska state competition earlier this spring.
A highlight of Pius X’s performance was the claiming three individual gold medals, including a perfect score by Catherine Kruger in the art competition. Liam Kruse received a scholarship for placing 2nd overall in the Honors category and posted the highest individual score for Pius X. Henry Jaros also received a scholarship being voted Most Valuable team member by his peers.
Individual medals earned at the National meet include: (Honors) Liam Kruse: Bronze-Economics, Silver-Music, Gold-Social Science, Bronze-Math, Silver-Literature, Silver-Science, Silver-Art; Catherine Kruger-Silver-Economics, Gold-Math, Gold-Art (perfect score); Lisa Vu-Silver-Math; (Scholastic) Henry Jaros-Bronze-Math; (Varsity) Cole Johnson-Bronze-Social Science.
The Pius X Aca Deca team is coached by Ann Kotopka, Shiela Sievert, Mary Jo Kopf, Margaret Kaiser-Woodward and Fr. Steve Mills.
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Ray Forycki, Lincoln Pius X boys’ head basketball coach, met with his players today to announce his retirement. Athletic Director Tim Aylward took the opportunity to promptly name Forycki’s replacement, Pius X assistant coach Brian Spicka.
During the last game of regular play this past season Forycki reached the milestone mark of 300 wins. Forycki became the head basketball coach at Pius X in 1994 after serving for 8 years as an assistant coach for the Thunderbolts. Earlier this spring Forycki announced his retirement from his post as a history teacher, a position he held for 30 years.
“This is the perfect time for our basketball program,” Forycki noted. “Moving forward we have as much talent and depth as we have ever had, freshman through seniors.”
Regarding the announcement Fr. Jim Meysenburg, the school’s chief administrative officer, stated: “Ray has always been one of Pius X’s best and most loved teachers and coaches. He will be truly missed in the classroom and on the court.”
The Thunderbolt basketball program had great success under Forycki’s leadership. The longtime coach retires with a career record of 301 wins and 164 loses, and earned 11 state tournament appearances, coached in four state title games, won two State Championships, and claimed the respect and admiration of hundreds of young men who played for him.
“Our youth program is flourishing and the positive commitment from our parents is as always very strong,” Forycki added. “I will miss all of the people who care so much about helping our students and athletes. I will miss the players the most. We shared a common bond and worked very hard to learn about life. Pius X was my dream job. I have been living the dream.”
Spicka began coaching at Pius X in 1999 as the assistant JV coach, and was named the freshman boys’ basketball coach the following year. He joined the Pius X faculty in 2002 to teach World History, and in 2008 was named the assistant varsity coach.
“I am very excited to be succeeding Coach Forycki as head coach of the Pius X boys’ basketball team,” Spicka said. “Ray is a great coach, mentor, and above all a tremendous person that has helped me grow as a coach and a person. I look forward to the challenges ahead with the great support of the Pius X coaches, administration, parents, and alumni.”
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Lincoln is #PiusProud.
Thanks to hundreds of parents, alumni, friends of Puis X, and the Lincoln business community Pius X finished Give To Lincoln Day in the #1 on the leaderboard!
“It is a testament to our school and our mission, and a true blessing the way our Pius X family consistently offers their generous support to preserve and enhance Pius X," Fr. Jim Meysenburg said. "I am truly grateful, as are our teachers and students. Our record enrollment and consistent performance on Give To Lincoln Day illustrates the place Pius X holds in the Lincoln community.”
Preliminary figures show that thanks to the generous outpouring of support from donors, Pius X was able to raise at least $118,000 (including both online and offline gifts). All funds received, including Pius X's portion of the $300,000 matching pool has been designated to enhance teacher salaries in an effort to retain and recruit top quality teachers, support the addition of portable classrooms to accommodate record enrollment, and to create an dedicated space for faculty and staff who are nursing mothers.
"I want to thank the Lincoln community, our Pius family, the Lincoln Community Foundation, and the Give To Lincoln Day sponsors for their generosity," stated Michelle Birkel, Pius X Director of Development. "Give To Lincoln Day is a wonderful opportunity to share information about the importance of Catholic education in Lincoln and the impact that donors can have on our young people. Their generous support of Pius X truly changes lives and creates futures."
Donations are still being accepted for this year's Give To Lincoln Day projects, as well as other needs at Pius X. Gifts can be made online at www.piusx.net (simply click the DONATE button) or on the Give To Lincoln Day website (click here to donate online). Donations may also be sent to Pius X at 6000 A St., Lincoln, NE 68510. Any questions may be directed to the Pius X Foundation at 402-488-1046.
Ranking among the top 5% of all Catholic high schools in the country, Pius X provides an affordable, Catholic education in a positive environment. As part of the Pius X family, students deepen their faith and knowledge, and have opportunities to pursue their talents and passions. With its largest enrollment ever at 1,225 students, Pius X has served the Lincoln community for 60 years and works to instill six core values - excellence, service, purpose, faith, integrity and charity - into the next generation of leaders. Learn more about Pius X High School and the Pius X Foundation at www.piusx.net or follow us at Facebook.com/RestoreAllThings and @PiusXLincoln.
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On Wed., April 27, students enrolled in AP (Advanced Placement) Biology, along with their instructor Mrs. Susan Kelly, visited the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.
As part of the animal behavior requirement for AP labs, students toured the zoo with an emphasis on the gorilla and gibbon habitat, insects in the butterfly/insect pavilion, and multiple phyla on display in the aquarium. They were also able to see the six African elephants that arrived at the zoo from Swaziland a few months ago.
With a mission of conservation, research, recreation, and education, the Omaha Zoo and Aquarium is nationally renowned for its leadership in animal conservation and research. In August of 2014, travel website TripAdvisor named Omaha’s zoo the world’s best zoo. The Henry Doorly Zoo is currently four years into a 10-year, $174 million master plan. Phase 1 of African Grasslands — the largest project in the zoo’s history at $70 million and more than 28 acres — began last spring.
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Pius X is excited to share the news that we have partnered with Propelr, a re-loadable VISA prepaid card that can be used anywhere, anytime. When you use your Propelr card at participating merchants, a percentage of the purchase amount will be donated to Pius X. Propelr works just like a debit card, but with donation percentages as high as 20%. To learn more about Propelr, watch this video!
You can sign-up today to get your Propelr card and give back to Pius X.
View the growing list of merchants here.
Propelr is an easy, convenient and effective way to fund raise for our school and/or your church. You simply load your Propelr card with any amount between $50 and $1,500 and use it anywhere. When purchasing at a wide variety of participating merchants throughout Lincoln, a portion of the purchase will go back to Pius X or your church.
Propelr has a special feature for families. Each account can have up to five cards attached to it, including a card for your spouse and/or children. Kids' cards allow you to give your child a card with a limited balance or automatic allowance and see exactly where it is spent. That way you can help them pay for things like gas and groceries and they are helping to raise money for Pius X through their everyday purchases.
Lincoln Friends - Please consider signing up today and sharing this link with your family and friends!
Additional merchants for Omaha and beyond will be coming soon, and Propelr will expand outside of Nebraska in 2016.