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    Give To Lincoln Day 2016

    Donate now through May 26

    Your donation to Pius X through Give To Lincoln Day (click here to donate online) will claim a share of a $300,000 challenge match pool of funds from the Lincoln Community Foundation and the Give To Lincoln Day sponsors.

    “I am a senior but far from ready to say farewell to Pius X,” Isabel wrote. “It is an understatement to say I was nervous upon entering Pius X as a freshman. The Pius family welcomed me into their arms and gave me an experience I will never forget. The teachers are one of my favorite things about Pius X. They really connect with students and try their hardest to do more than just teach lessons. They are people who share our struggles and show understanding to each of us.”

    The exceptional Christ-centered education at Pius X begins with teachers who invest their hearts and lives into the students entrusted to their care. This student-teacher relationship is an important factor that inspires our young adults to become the people for which God created them.

    Your help is needed to retain our best teachers, recruit additional high-quality faculty, and create a learning environment which can accommodate our ever-increasing enrollment.

    As educational excellence continues to burst from the campus of Pius X High School, one of our top strategic plan goals is create a wage structure that fairly compensates our teachers. The overall goal is to bring teacher salaries to 90% aggregate of Lincoln Public Schools. Your gift will move us closer to reaching the goal.

    More students and faculty shared the classrooms of Pius X in the 2015-2016 school year than ever before in our 60 year history. And next year Pius X’s enrollment is expected to surpass 1,270 students.

    Along with raising teacher salaries, your donation will create a dedicated space for our teachers who are also new mothers and will allow for portable classrooms to be purchased and furnished. The portable classrooms are a vital step in the process to elevate classroom overcrowding and reduce the number of teachers displaced from their classrooms throughout the school day.

    The opportunity to secure amazing teachers and offer a high-quality education to the young people in and around Lincoln continues to bear fruit in the academic success of Pius X graduates. The Class of 2015 earned an average score of 24.3 on the ACT exam. Our students continued the tradition of academic excellence in 2016 with approximately 20% of our most recent graduates scoring a 30 or higher on the ACT, including two perfect scores.

    The generosity exhibited by our parents, alumni, and extended community during previous GTLDs began supporting our push to raise teacher salaries while also remodeling and improving science labs, bathrooms, and the performing arts center. Your tax-deductible gift of any size - $10 or $10,000 - will help us claim a portion of the matching challenge funds and together our community will help Pius X ensure that we adequately compensate our outstanding teachers while continuing to recruit and retain high quality teachers for the future.

    Check donations must be made out to the Lincoln Community Foundation with Pius X Foundation listed in the memo line. We must receive all checks at Pius X by 3 p.m. on Thurs., May 26th to qualify for a share of the matching gift fund. Simply mail your check to 6000 A St., Lincoln, NE 68510; hand-deliver your check to Pius X; or call us and we can pick-up your check from your home or business.

    Any questions should be directed to the Pius X Foundation at 402-488-1046.

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    AP Bio Takes Field Trip to the Omaha Zoo

    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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    Family Establishes Scholarship

    The Pius X Foundation is honored to be the beneficiary of a $10,000 gift to establish an endowed scholarship in memory of Dianne Sizemore. Dianne passed away December 31, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

    Established by her husband Jim and daughters Julie and Annie, the scholarship will provide tuition assistance to a Pius X student that demonstrates the values of kindness to all, humility, and great perseverance – all qualities that emulated Dianne. In addition to being involved in parish life (GodTeens, Pro-Life groups, CCD, etc.) and having a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above, students applying for the scholarship will write a brief essay explaining how he/she has demonstrated kindness and generosity, and how a strong prayer life has carried him/her through a challenging time.

    “Dianne taught us now to find joy and happiness by caring for others with Christ’s love,” commented Jim. “We pray this scholarship will inspire young adults to embrace Dianne’s angelic journey, always sharing how Christ loves us and wants us to share kindness, hope, joy, and happiness.”

    Dianne Marie Sizemore celebrated life on earth from October 13, 1958 until December 31, 2015. She was born in Berlin, Wis., and grew up in Grand Island, Neb., where she graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic High School. Dianne attended the University of Nebraska where she met her future husband Jim. They have two daughters, Julie Marie and Annie Leigh. Both were born in Lincoln, attended Catholic grade school, and graduated from Pius X High School. 

    During the last seven years Dianne’s extraordinary journey as an ordinary Catholic was especially inspirational.  Through her own pain and suffering she set a powerful example for others, showed generosity, displayed her Catholic faith, and supported the people and causes important to her. Her cancer journey inspired many who witnessed her resolve to celebrate each day as a miracle.

    “Dianne changed sadness to joy by reminding us of our faith and Christ’s love,” Jim shared in a biography outlining Dianne’s life. “She often reminded us to share joy and happiness and not sympathy and grief.  Dianne loved life.” 

    Quick to volunteer when asked, Dianne always said yes. She dedicated her life to helping others find Christ’s love, and believed Christ guided her to be a servant for others without fanfare. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and GodTeens were two examples of her infinite kindness and how her enduring love provided inspiration to embrace your God-given talents. Dianne shared many years granting wishes. She loved bringing great happiness through a wish and she mourned with the family when a child passed away. Dianne proudly celebrated her GodTeen kids’ achievements, always serving as their biggest cheerleader.

    Dianne also shared her many talents at Blessed Sacrament Church. She led the Home and School Association, many fund raisers, and weekly bingo. At Pius X she volunteered for BOLT and led the auction team for several years. Dianne’s other favorite pastime involved sitting in the bleachers cheering for the Thunderbolts, especially her nephew and niece, or any student she was privileged to meet.

    Dianne provided a blueprint for a life of happiness by always sharing love for others. She especially loved helping children and young adults. Her favorite random act of kindness included volunteering at Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach and the People’s City Mission, as well as collecting for the needy. Dianne always shied away from recognition, preferring to focus on people in need. 

    If you would like to donate to this scholarship or another existing scholarship, or establish a new endowed scholarship or endowed fund, please contact Michelle Birkel at the Pius X Foundation at 402-488-1046. You may also donate directly to an existing scholarship by sending a check to the Pius X Foundation at 6000 A Street, Lincoln, NE  68510 or by donating safely and securely on-line at www.piusx.net.

    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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    Students Honored at Athletic Signing Ceremony

    On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Pius X High School honored 17 Class of 2016 student-athletes who have chosen to participate in collegiate athletics and activities. Students from nine sports and activities signed their letters of intent during the ceremony held at 11:30 a.m.in the school's Performing Arts Center and in front of fellow students, coaches, faculty/staff, family members, and guests.

    Ethan Andersen

    Parents – Steve & Lisa Andersen
    Collegiate Sport – Football
    College Choice – Nebraska Wesleyan University – Lincoln, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    Division – NCAA Division III
    Area of Study – Business
    Honors

    • 3 year Varsity letter winner
    • Pius X Record Holder in various football categories
    • 3.6 GPA

    Jakob Andreasen

    Parents – Tim & Janel Andreasen
    Collegiate Sport – Football
    College Choice – Nebraska Wesleyan University – Lincoln, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    Division – NCAA Division III
    Area of Study – Physics
    Honors

    • 2 year Varsity letter winner
    • Class B All-State – 2015

    Taylor Angele

    Parents – Jim & Julie Angele
    Collegiate Sport – Football
    College Choice – University of Nebraska-Kearney – Kearney, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
    Division – NCAA Division II
    Area of Study – Pre-Physical Therapy
    Honors

    • Started 21 Consecutive Games as a Junior & Senior on offense
    • All-City
    • Class B All-State Honorable Mention
    • Academic All-State Football
    • Academic All-State Track & Field
    • National Honor Society
    • Loper Excellence Scholarship

    Olivia Appleget

    Parents – Andy & Carin Appleget
    Collegiate Sport – Swimming & Diving
    College Choice – University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Lincoln, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Big Ten Conference
    Division – NCAA Division I
    Area of Study – Pre-Law
    Honors

    • 4 year Varsity letter winner
    • 3-time Nebraska State Swimming & Diving Championships qualifier
    • 11-time Top 8 medalist – Nebraska State Swimming & Diving Championships
    • 2-time Pius X Team Captain
    • Sectional and National Team Member
    • National Honor Society
    • Pius X Honor Roll
    • 3.98 GPA

    Ellie Beiermann

    Collegiate Sport – Cross Country / Track & Field
    Parents – Tom & Pam Beiermann
    College Choice – Nebraska Wesleyan University – Lincoln, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    Division – NCAA Division III
    Area of Study – Exercise Science
    Honors

    • 4 year Varsity letter winner – Cross Country
    • 4 year Varsity letter winner – Track & Field
    • Academic All-State – Cross Country
    • Academic All-State – Track & Field
    • Super State Team – Cross Country
    • All-State Team – Cross Country
    • All-City – Cross Country
    • State Champion Team – Cross Country – 2013, 2014
    • State Runner-Up Team – Cross Country – 2012
    • National Honors Society
    • Pius X Gold Honor Roll – 4 years

    Skyler Clough

    Parents – Sean Clough & and late Betty Clough
    Collegiate Sport – Swimming & Diving
    College Choice – College of St. Benedict – St. Joseph, Minnesota
    Conference Affiliation – Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    Division – NCAA Division III
    Area of Study – Accounting & Finance
    Honors

    • 4 year Varsity letter winner
    • 4 year Nebraska State Swimming & Diving Championships qualifier – 200 free, 500 free, 400 free relay
    • Nebraska State Swimming & Diving Championships – 200 Free 15th Place – 2014
    • Nebraska State Swimming & Diving Championships – 400 Free Relay 13th Place – 2013
    • Nebraska State Swimming & Diving Championships – 400 Free Relay 8th Place – 2014
    • Nebraska State Swimming & Diving Championships – 400 Free Relay 6th Place – 2015
    • Nebraska State Swimming & Diving Championships – 400 Free Relay 2nd Place – 2016

    Logan Deahn

    Parents – Randy & Brenda Deahn
    Collegiate Sport – Dance
    College Choice – Midland University – Fremont, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Great Plains Athletic Conference
    Division – NAIA
    Area of Study – Elementary Education
    Honors

    • 4 year Varsity letter winner
    • Team Captain
    • 2nd Place Senior Solo – Nationals – Branson, Missouri
    • All-American – Universal Dance Association
    • Universal Dance Association Staff – 2016

    Micah Hoage

    Parents – Josh & Paula Hoage
    Collegiate Sport – Baseball
    College Choice – Nebraska Wesleyan University – Lincoln, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    Division – NCAA Division III
    Area of Study – Business
    Honors

    • 3 year Varsity letter winner
    • Class B State Baseball Champion – 2014, 2015
    • District Champion – Union Bank
    • District & State Champion – Sandhills Publishing
    • Pius X Gold Honor Roll

    Alex Kerr

    Parents – Joe & Deb Kerr
    Collegiate Sport – Wrestling
    College Choice – Nebraska Wesleyan University – Lincoln, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    Division – NCAA Division III
    Area of Study – Mathematics
    Honors

    • 4 year Varsity letter winner – Wrestling, Track & Field
    • 3 year Varsity letter winner – Football
    • 3-time Nebraska State Wrestling Championships qualifier
    • Nebraska State Wrestling Championships – 2nd Place – 2014, 2016
    • Nebraska State Wrestling Championships – 6th Place – 2015
    • Class B Football All-State Honorable Mention – 2014, 2015
    • NSAA Academic All-State – Wrestling – 2015, 2016
    • NSAA Academic All-State – Football – 2015
    • NSAA Academic All-State – Track & Field – 2015
    • Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State – Football, Wrestling, Track & Field
    • Nebraska Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-State

    Nate Krick

    Parents – Dan & Susan Krick
    Collegiate Sport – Cross Country / Track & Field
    College Choice – Nebraska Wesleyan University – Lincoln, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    Division – NCAA Division III
    Area of Study – Psychology
    Honors

    • Varsity letter winner – Cross Country
    • Varsity letter winner – Track & Field
    • National Honor Society
    • 4.0 GPA

     

    Audrey Kuehn

    Parents – Joe & Charity Kuehn
    Collegiate Sport – Golf
    College Choice – Nebraska Wesleyan University – Lincoln, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    Division – NCAA Division III
    Area of Study – Social Work with a minor in Psychology
    Honors

    • 3 year Varsity letter winner
    • Team Captain
    • State Golf Championships Qualifier – 2013, 2014, 2015
    • 3.5 GPA
    • Pius X Green Honor
    • Pius X Student Body Vice-President
    • Black & Gold Scholarship
    • NWU Achievement Scholarship
    • Writer’s Recognition Scholarship

    Kristen Machacek

    Parents – Rod & Jill Machacek
    Collegiate Sport – Bowling
    College Choice – Newman University – Wichita, Kansas
    Conference Affiliation – Heartland Athletic Conference
    Division – NAIA
    Area of Study – Pre-Pharmacy
    Honors

    • 4 year Varsity letter winner
    • 4-time State All-Tournament Team – 2013 & 2014 (Class A), 2015 & 2016 (Class B)
    • 2-time District All-Tournament Team – 2015 & 2016 (Class B)
    • 4-time District Team Champion
    • Class A State Tournament Runner-Up – 2013
    • Class B State Tournament Champion – 2015, 2016
    • National Honor Society
    • Pius X Honor Roll
    • 4.0 GPA

    Megan Quigley

    Parents – Sean & Elizabeth Quigley
    Collegiate Sport – Track & Field
    College Choice – Benedictine College – Atchison, Kansas
    Conference Affiliation – Heart of America Athletic Conference
    Division – NAIA
    Area of Study – Major in Business Management, Minor in Entrepreneurship
    Honors

    • 3 year Varsity letter winner – Track & Field
    • Pius X School Record Holder – 4 x 100 Relay
    • Nebraska State Track & Field Championship qualifier – 2014, 2015
    • State Basketball Champion - 2015
    • Pius X Green Honor Roll

    Courtney Ramaekers

    Parents – Randy & Cara Ramaekers
    Collegiate Sport – Soccer
    College Choice – Doane University – Crete, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Great Plains Athletic Conference
    Division – NAIA
    Area of Study – Elementary Education
    Honors

    • 3 year Varsity letter winner
    • District Champion & State Soccer Championship qualifier – 2013, 2014, 2015
    • Team Captain – Pius X High School

    Roger Sack

    Parents – Eric & Therese Sack
    Collegiate Sport – Golf
    College Choice – Doane University – Crete, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Great Plains Athletic Conference
    Division – NAIA
    Area of Study – Political Science/Pre-Law
    Honors

    • 3 year Varsity letter winner
    • Nebraska State Golf Championships Qualifier
    • Bellevue East Chieftain Invitational Individual Champion
    • Pius X Vince Aldrich Invitational Individual Champion – Firethorn Golf Course
    • Nebraska Junior Golf Tournament Individual Champion – Mahoney Golf Course
    • National Honor Society
    • Pius X Honor Roll
    • 3.87 GPA

    Spencer Scheer

    Parents – John & Sheri Scheer
    Collegiate Sport – Baseball
    College Choice – Nebraska Wesleyan University – Lincoln, Nebraska
    Conference Affiliation – Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    Division – NCAA Division III
    Area of Study – Exercise Science
    Honors

    • 2 year Varsity letter winner – Baseball, Basketball
    • 1 year Varsity letter winner – Football
    • Class B State Baseball Champion – 2015
    • State Baseball Champion – Sandhills Publishing – 2013
    • Class B Football All-State Honorable Mention
    • All-City Football – 2015
    • Pius X High School Ambassador’s Club

    Abigail Thorson

    Parents – Scott & Liz Thorson
    Collegiate Sport – Swimming & Diving
    College Choice – Augustana University – Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Conference Affiliation – Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
    Division – NCAA Division II
    Area of Study – Athletic Training & Spanish
    Honors

    • 4 year Varsity letter winner
    • 4 time Nebraska State Swimming & Diving Championships qualifier
    • Medalist at Nebraska State Swimming & Diving Championships
    • Pius X Honor Roll
    • Top 10% ACT – English, Science, Reading

    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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    Students Build Machines to Open an Umbrella

    On Wednesday, March 23, Pius X students in Accelerated Physics and AP Physics (PACE) participated in the 23rd annual Pius X Machine Contest based on the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winner whose cartoons depicted complicated machines that performed simple tasks.

    In this spirit, 15 teams of students built machines that had to, in at least 20 different steps, Open An Umbrella. The teams were judged on their ingenuity and on whether their machine successfully completed the task. The winners were: 1st place - Geesh (theme: “Sports”) Will Addy, Daniel Albin, and Nick Aldridge; 2nd place - Stupefy (theme: “Harry Potter”) Anna Boothe, Kathleen Medill; 3rd place - The Toys (theme: “Fun & Games”) David Liescheski, Daniel Robertson, Nick Scholz, Nathan Ullman; and Judges’ Choice - Orphan Tears (theme: “Singing In The Rain”) Agnes Fiedler, Fiona Fitzgerald, Rilee Sukup.

    The Accelerated Physics and AP Physics (PACE) classes are taught by Mr. Jeremy Scheffler.

    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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    Pius X Senior Named Student of the Year

    Each year, the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) recognizes a student of the year from each of Nebraska’s two NSDA districts (Nebraska is divided into two districts including schools from all classes). Senior Monica Marsolek was selected as the Nebraska South District Student of the Year. The Nebraska South District chairperson presented this award to Monica on Friday, March 18, at a school assembly. 

    The District Student of the Year award is presented to a graduating senior in each district who best represents the tenets of the Association’s Code of Honor: integrity, respect, humility, leadership, and service. Nominees must also demonstrate strong academic credentials and a commitment to the speech and debate community. Each year, six students who win the district award are selected as finalists for the William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year award.

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  • Monica Marsolek took the 3rd place medal at the Class A State Speech Tournament for Informative Speaking.

    Speech Team Places 6th at State Tournament

    A successful speech season ended with a 6th place team finish at the Class A State Tournament held at the University of Nebraska-Kearney on Wednesday, March 23. Individual medalists for Pius X included a 3rd place finish in informative speaking by Monica Marsolek and 4th and 5th place finishes, respectively, by Emily O'Gara and Olivia Pletcher in persuasive speaking.

    Pius X was represented at state by 16 students with 14 entries and were coached by Nolan DeWispelare. State qualifiers included Seniors Sean Coffey, Monica Marsolek, Sydney Mlnarik, David Tines, Juniors Victoria Anderson, Christy Heimbrecht, Kara Kuenning, Emily O’Gara, Olivia Pletcher, Sophomores Kaylee Arndt, Erin Benal, Parker Dodson, Abby Horner, Abby Nelson, Philip Turner, and Ethan Weber.

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    Propelr

    Support Pius X through everyday purchases

    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.

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