News from Pius X High School

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St. Nick at Night event offers fun opportunity for families

As people started to file into the commons at Pius X, there was one thing everyone had in mind. They were ready to celebrate St. Nick during the Foundation Department’s annual St. Nick at Night event. The celebration started at 5:30 pm right on the dot and it started fast.

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St. Nick at Night event offers fun opportunity for families

As people started to file into the commons at Pius X, there was one thing everyone had in mind. They were ready to celebrate St. Nick during the Foundation Department’s annual St. Nick at Night event. The celebration started at 5:30 pm right on the dot and it started fast.

Guidance Office hosting scholarship social through Thursday

The Pius X guidance office is hosting their annual Scholarship Social event December 3-5. Each day, seniors can go down to the Mother Teresa Conference Room and learn information about scholarships they’re eligible for, how to apply for them, and enter their names for prizes. Senior Han Tran attended the

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At this bazaar, you’ll find deals, excitement and Spanish language

Spanish IV students were in shopping mode at their in-class bazaar. They could only speak Spanish when negotiating a price for various and random items their classmates tried to sell. This bazaar was a high-energy, bustling center for goods where the best deals were in the eye of the beholder.

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Stock Market Challenge allows students to apply classroom lessons

About 60 Pius X students participated in Tuesday’s Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge on Innovation Campus at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Their goal was to work in teams to invest in a fictional stock market, using tips, news and their own hunches and strategies to accumulate the largest

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Playing games as a learning exercise in Psychology class

To complete the unit on learning, Psychology students spent half of a class period playing with games and memory toys.  Play is powerful for children, It’s actually the key to learning. Researchers and educators across the world have found that play can help enrich learning and develop key skills such

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Fall 2019 Student-Athlete Recognition

Fall 2019 Student-Athlete Recognition Ceremony Eleven student-athletes recognized for committing to play a sport in college Eleven student-athletes from Pius X High School were recognized on November 13 for having committed and signed to play a sport in college. A similar event is held in the spring months. Abbie Christensen

Mock trial team advances to Districts

The Pius X mock trial Team One competed against York in Districts at the Lancaster County courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 12. This was the first time a Pius X team has advanced to Districts since 2016. The team consisted of seniors Anna Schmit, Christopher Sullivan-Diaz, Dahrin Hernandez and Cathy Shasserre

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All Souls Mass Photo Gallery

On Monday, Nov. 4, we held our annual All Souls Mass for the families of our deceased Alumni of Cathedral and Pius X High School, and the special intentions of our students, faculty and staff.

Pius X students step up for blood drive

On November 6, Pius X had their annual blood drive for Nebraska Community Blood Bank. Student Council sponsor Susan Kelly, who oversaw the blood drive, said, “The people at the blood bank gave us a goal and Pius X students filled the slots.” This year, Pius X had 60 students

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Adame honored for research, selected for world youth event

Jesse Adame, a junior, conducted research and wrote a paper about food sustainability and then competed with students from all over Nebraska and was chosen as one of 6 Nebraska delegates to attend the Youth Institute at the World Food Prize. What was your biggest takeaway from the Global Youth

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Timmerman wins student pro-life essay contest

Tess Timmerman, a student at Pius X High School, has been named the winner of a state essay contest for ninth-grade students. She won the 2019 Nebraska State Pro Life Essay Contest sponsored by the Nebraska Knights of Columbus State Council and the Culture of Life Foundation of Nebraska. Below

Culinary challenge adds extra ingredient to food prep lesson

In Culinary Arts, students are working on ‘food preparation,’ so to liven up the unit on eggs, teacher Amy Shonka created a culinary competition – Deviled Egg Duals – in which each student team selected their own deviled egg recipe to prepare for four faculty/staff judges: Shelly Pick, Caycee Hays,

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2019 yearbook earns state’s top honor

The 2019 Yearbook has been awarded a Cornhusker Award from the Nebraska High School Press Association. This is the highest award for a high school publication on the state level. “The students put in a ton of work to make the book new and fresh, and it was noticed by

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Class of 2019 students match school’s best ACT score

Pius X High School students in the Class of 2019 matched the school’s all-time highest ACT composite score, in a report released Wednesday. The scores reflect the students’ achievements in the curriculum-based assessment. This year’s composite score of 24.8 matches that of two years ago, and is part of a

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Girls golf takes 4th place at state

The State Golf Championships are in the books with the Pius X girls team finishing in 4th place in Class A! Two student-athletes earned medals: freshman Nicole Kolbas finished with the silver medal, and senior Lauren Carr finished tenth. Congrats! #piusproud

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Pius X names Corey Gray as new head coach of Swimming & Diving

Corey Gray is the new Swimming & Diving Coach at Pius X High School. Tim Aylward, Pius X Athletic Director, announced the hiring after a team meeting on Thursday. “I’m excited to have Corey take the head swimming coaching position, and he is a good fit to keep the program

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Students compete in Stock Market Challenge

What do Sunbucks, Apollo Athletics, and Orange, Inc. all have in common? They are fictional companies in the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge. Students from Alex Hain’s Academic Decathlon class and Ryan Psota’s Economics class participated in the fifth annual

Memory game psychology class

Playing games as a learning exercise in Psychology class

To complete the unit on learning, Psychology students spent half of a class period playing with games and memory toys.  Play is powerful for children, It’s actually the key to learning. Researchers and educators across the world have found that

fall 2019 student recognition signing

Fall 2019 Student-Athlete Recognition

Fall 2019 Student-Athlete Recognition Ceremony Eleven student-athletes recognized for committing to play a sport in college Eleven student-athletes from Pius X High School were recognized on November 13 for having committed and signed to play a sport in college. A

Mock trial team advances to Districts

The Pius X mock trial Team One competed against York in Districts at the Lancaster County courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 12. This was the first time a Pius X team has advanced to Districts since 2016. The team consisted of

Medical job shadowing helps students consider potential careers

Two Pius X students took part in a medical job shadowing experience to provide insight into a possible future career. Seniors Jacylan Doering and Maddie Birch answered questions about their experiences. Where did you have your shadowing experience? Jacylan: My

all souls mass

All Souls Mass Photo Gallery

On Monday, Nov. 4, we held our annual All Souls Mass for the families of our deceased Alumni of Cathedral and Pius X High School, and the special intentions of our students, faculty and staff.

Pius X students step up for blood drive

On November 6, Pius X had their annual blood drive for Nebraska Community Blood Bank. Student Council sponsor Susan Kelly, who oversaw the blood drive, said, “The people at the blood bank gave us a goal and Pius X students

Fourteen students earn medals in AcaDeca scrimmage

The Pius X Academic Decathlon team participated in November Academic Decathlon Scrimmage held at Gross High School. The fields tested were Art History, Language & Literature, and Math. Thirty-four Pius students participated. Super Quiz: GOLD-Clare Oldenburg, Ben Blankeau, Ashton Ivanov, Marcos Oyler, Garrett

Tess Timmerman

Timmerman wins student pro-life essay contest

Tess Timmerman, a student at Pius X High School, has been named the winner of a state essay contest for ninth-grade students. She won the 2019 Nebraska State Pro Life Essay Contest sponsored by the Nebraska Knights of Columbus State

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2019 yearbook earns state’s top honor

The 2019 Yearbook has been awarded a Cornhusker Award from the Nebraska High School Press Association. This is the highest award for a high school publication on the state level. “The students put in a ton of work to make

New Library Books!

New books are arriving on the shelves daily. Visit the library often to check out new titles! The following new releases were recommended by Pius X students and faculty:

graduation cap throwing

Class of 2019 students match school’s best ACT score

Pius X High School students in the Class of 2019 matched the school’s all-time highest ACT composite score, in a report released Wednesday. The scores reflect the students’ achievements in the curriculum-based assessment. This year’s composite score of 24.8 matches

girls golf

Girls golf takes 4th place at state

The State Golf Championships are in the books with the Pius X girls team finishing in 4th place in Class A! Two student-athletes earned medals: freshman Nicole Kolbas finished with the silver medal, and senior Lauren Carr finished tenth. Congrats!

Teens’ Top Ten

The Young Adult Library Services Association holds an annual competition to determine the best YA Literature published in the prior year. The book nominees are determined by teams of high school students throughout the country who read and review Advance

Speech and Debate program earns national honor

The Pius X High School speech and debate team has earned membership in a prestigious club. The National Speech & Debate Association (National Forensic League) has given the program membership into its 100 Club. The association said this accomplishment demonstrates

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Junior Retreat Day 2019

Our Junior Retreat Day was all about service and reflection in our community. The Class of 2021 spread throughout the community, including Calvary Cemetery, Food Fort and Sunken Gardens. Latest Stories

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AcaDeca Trip to NYC

Aca Deca took their annual fall trip to New York City to further study their theme of “In Sickness and In Health.” In just five days the students did the following activities: Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, toured The Cloisters,

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Restore brings Pius X community together in prayer

The Pius X Campus Ministry team arranges praise and worship events called Restore. These exhibitions provide Pius X students the experience of hearing fellow students’ testimonies and adoration and confessions in a community setting. Restore is held the first Wednesday

PXK – 1 Month Page Totals

Congratulations to our Top 10 PxK Teams! 33,687 pages – The Baking Bunch 12,481 pages – Five of Crows 11,584 pages – TBD1 9,552 pages – Team AcaDeca 8,560 pages – Moms of Boys 7,832 pages- Crazy Ducklings 6,545 pages

Feast of Saint Jerome

How should we celebrate the Feast Day of the Patron Saint of Libraries? Read Scripture! Read assiduously and learn as much as you can. Let sleep find you holding your Bible, and when your head nods, let it be resting

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Banned Books Week

Today marks the end of Banned Books Week 2019. This annual celebration calls attention to our freedom to seek information and express ideas through books. The modern, progressive function of Banned Books Week is to champion books that have been

Students and fans enjoy annual homecoming tailgate

Good food, good people and a relaxing time is how Pius X chaplain Fr. Joseph Bernardo described the Pius X tailgate. Pius X’s homecoming football game and tailgate happened last Friday with the tailgate starting at 5:30 and the game

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Foundation office moves to new space in school

The Pius X Foundation staff has moved from three offices to one office inside of Pius X High School. With the new classroom addition, the Family and Consumer Science department had new classroom space. The former FCS classroom (formerly Room

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Students geocaching in 3E Science class

Studying latitude and longitude – combined with creative lesson planning by science teacher Lori Watson – led to a geocaching activity for students in Earth, Energy and Environment.

PxK: Ten Day Page Totals

The page totals from the first 10 days of the PxK Team Reading Challenge have been calculated and the Top 10 Teams are: Baking Bunch – 5,553 pages Five of Crows – 5,471 pages Team AcaDeca – 5,225 pages All

AcaDeca students visit Joslyn

A group of Pius X Academic Decathlon students took a trip to the Joslyn art museum in Omaha last Saturday. The main reason for this Saturday morning trip was because the Joslyn holds a painting by John Singer Sargent, one

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Witt steps down as head swimming coach

Mike Witt has stepped down as the head coach of Swimming & Diving at Pius X High School to take a coaching position in Texas.  Witt coached the Thunderbolts for five years, leading the girls teams to three-straight top-three finishes,

Ames shares talents with Thunderbolt crowd

As the Friday night lights beam down on Aldrich Field and the band begins to play, there’s one performer who stands out from the rest. Maddie Ames is a junior at Pius X and began twirling at 5 years old.

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Fall Kickoff Photo Gallery

Most of these photos were taken by a Yearbook photographer, once again showing the amazing talent in front of and behind the camera!

Common reasons for students to visit the library

The school library is a vibrant, active place of learning throughout each school day. Below are great reasons to visit the library. Students are required to scan in/out with their ID cards through the library check-in system. *To READ or

Student Council preps for the new school year

Student Council members had a welcome back retreat today, even though they were rained out from their usual picnic at Holmes Lake! They welcomed the new freshmen members, distributed T shirts, shared lunch, and did some team building! Each fall

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Paul and Rosemary Reinsch

Paul and Rosemary Reinsch were honored as Distinguished Stewards in 2019 for demonstrating exemplary commitment to Pius X High School, serving as role models to our community and as leaders in fulfilling the Pius X mission, and for generously sharing

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Socha represents Archery Club at national competition

Senior Andrew Socha competed this month in Louisville, Ken., for the Pius X Archery Club. He shot a 285 in the NASP Eastern Nationals archery competition under the direction of coach Mark Stoley. Other club members competed at the state

Newest HOF class includes 4 individuals, two teams

Pius X High School will induct four individuals and two teams into its Athletics Hall of Fame this year. The induction ceremony will be this August at Pius X. The inductees include multi-sport athletes that left their mark for the

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Senior Spotlight Videos and Profiles

The Class of 2019 shares their favorite classes, activities, places on campus, and the impact Pius X had on their faith. Read about the many colleges and career paths that await.

Senior Mass Breakfast

Senior Mass & Breakfast Photo Gallery

The 2019 Senior Mass & Breakfast (at St. Joseph Catholic Church and Embassy Suites) celebrated the success of our students and the journey of faith for us all. Readers included Matthew Maguire, Abigail Mitchell and Nick Hanus. Gift Bearers were

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AcaDeca teams finishes season sixth in nation

Pius X High School’s Academic Decathlon team represented the state of Nebraska at the National Competition in Minneapolis April 25-27. The team placed 6th nationally and brought home 10 individual medals in the fields of Art History, Essay, Science, Music,

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Two Bolts earn honors at state journalism event

Senior Kate Linderman and junior Olivia Nelson took home honors at the Class A State Journalism competition in Norfolk. Linderman earned second place in Newspaper Sports Feature Writing. Linderman qualified for a story on Hayden Higgins, then had to write

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Noel wins Stu-Co’s Mr. Bolt with stand-up comedy routine

After a one year hiatus, student council hosted the ‘Mr. Bolt’ competition Thursday evening, April 25. The Mr. Bolt performance night is a tradition at Pius X, allowing Pius men the opportunity to perform in a pageant-style format! Eight Pius

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Student-athletes honored at ‘signing day’ event

Spring 2019 Student-Athlete Recognition Ceremony Another 14 student-athletes from Pius X High School were honored this year for having committed and signed to play a sport in college. This is in addition to the ten student-athletes recognized last fall. Ellen

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A club, a friendship and a wagon of kindness

Students in the Landscaping Club at Pius X had met Del, a resident at Gramercy Hill Assisted Living. They had previously known Del from their time volunteering for spring and fall clean-up. Del quickly learned that these teens were quite

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Egg drops test design, strength in physics classes

It’s a glorious day for the egg drop assignment, where students in John Cox’s physics classes come up with ways to protect an egg from a fall off the east side of the football field seating area. Latest Stories

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KC museum trip benefits two school groups

A joint group of 36 students from the Academic Decathlon Program and AP Art History took a trip to Kansas City this weekend to visit Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Featured are students viewing Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, Caravaggio’s St. John

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Speech team takes second at national qualifying event

The speech team had what may be its most successful showing at the National Speech and Debate Association qualifying tournament last Saturday at Millard North. The team finished tied for second, had six students break to finals, with two qualifying

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Studying efficiency of antacids in Advance Chemistry

If your memory of chemistry class gives you heartburn, you’ll appreciate the work of these students in Jenna Shepherd’s Advanced Chemistry class. Students are using a back titration method to determine which antacids work the best, and which one is

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Students become authors, illustrators of books for ‘niños’

Spanish IV students with teachers Tracy Chapelle and Katie Hayes wrote and illustrated their own children’s books, adding fun moments in the story for audience participation. Students read their stories aloud and voted for their favorites. Drawings, graphics and even

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Swimmers, divers use HAC meet for State prep

Author: Layla Nguyen, staff writer, Xchange The Pius X swim and dive team attended the Heartland Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships in preparation for State. The conference meet offered swimmers a chance to compare their times to other schools

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Small jazz band delights Epiphany Mass crowd

Author: Layla Nguyen, staff writer, Xchange Members of the crowd clapped and cheered as junior tenor saxophone player, Domani Occansey steps in front of his music stand after the first forty-five seconds of his performance, continuing to play without looking

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Choir students take on Nashville

Author: Cayden Mitchell, Staff Writer, Xchange Students from the Pius X choir department traveled to Nashville, Tennessee on January 23-27 for the 2019 Midwinter Convention. This is an annual event held by the Barbershop Harmony Society in Nashville to keep

Reading during the Lenten season

The church calls us to grow closer to Christ during Lent through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We are also encouraged to deepen our faith and love for Christ through spiritual reading. In monastic communities, Lent is a time of dedicated,

March for Life and SEEK bring young Catholics together

Author: Chloe Barrett, Entertainment Editor, Xchange Since the beginning of the year, there have been two major opportunities for young Catholics around the world to grow in their faith: SEEK 2019 and The March for Life. Pius X students who

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AcaDeca team wins state title

Pius X won the 2019 Academic Decathlon State Championship at the University of Nebraska Omaha. The highest scoring student from Pius X was Isaac Kramer. The Super Quiz team won gold. Team members included: Thomas Kotopka, Isaac Kramer, Kolbe Villa,

2019 wrestling state qualifiers

Eight wrestlers qualify for state

Eight Thunderbolt wrestlers have qualified for this week’s state wrestling championships. The meet takes place at the CHI Center in Omaha this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The qualifiers finished fourth or better at last Saturday’s district meet in Kearney, and

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Pick honored for work with TeamMates

Shelly Pick has been honored by TeamMates with the Facilitator Award of Excellence for her role in helping students and their mentors at Pius X. Pick is a guidance counselor. TeamMates mentees and mentors meet once a week during the

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New Student Open House Photo Gallery

Tons of energy – nervous and otherwise – throughout our school tonight for our New Student Open House! Browse through our photos for a few highlights of the evening, then visit http://go.piusx.net/ChoosePiusX to learn more about our amazing school. #piusproud

Eucharistic Procession Photos and Video

Video from our Eucharistic Procession through out school earlier this week. It’s one of the most powerful moments of reverence in our school, and special thanks to Bishop Conley for joining us! Photo Gallery Latest Stories

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Dodgeball Photo Gallery – Catholic Schools Week

The dodge ball challenge is an annual feature of Catholic Schools Week at Pius X. Four teams of students play each other, with the winners meeting in the next round. The winner of that match plays against a team of