Local Jesuit school representatives met with U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D- CA) at her District Office in San Jose on October 7. Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University, Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School, and Sacred Heart Nativity Schools joined in solidarity to encourage Rep. Lofgren to continue her efforts in asking for immigration policies that honor the human dignity and family unity of migrants, especially asylum-seekers.
A total of 19 Bellarmine seniors were named among the 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. Those students are: Aditya Behal, Arnav Bhau , Anson Bridges, Tarun Chiruvolu, Akshaj Dwivedula, Justin Garlepp, James Garrow, John Gnibus, Jacob Gonzalez, Aditya Gupta, Yun Jae Kim, Anuj Kothari, Sherwin Lai, Marcus Ma, Tanay Menezes, Matthew Nazai, Shaan Patel, Matthew Phan, and Jay Vishwarupe.
During break on September 20, many Bellarmine students, faculty, and staff marched in solidarity with others throughout the world calling for the need for all to Care for Our Common Home, one of four Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP) outlined by Society of Jesus Fr. General Arturo Sosa, S.J. Through this UAP, we are called to “collaborate, with Gospel depth, for the protection and renewal of God’s Creation.”
Bellarmine's varsity football team posted an impressive home opener on Friday night, defeating the Crushers of Napa's Vintage High School 21-13 in front of an excited crowd of students and parents.
Bellarmine’s Department of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosted the inaugural Unity Picnic on September 8. The goal of the on-campus event, with support from the Bellarmine Mothers’ Guild Community Engagement Team and the school’s Unity Council, was to bring the Bellarmine community together to celebrate the rich diversity of our school and encourage families to engage in the various cultural events we present each year. Thanks to all the many participants who attended and who brought such wonderful and tasty multicultural meals for all to enjoy.
What’s Cooking? In addition to great meals, special initiatives have been prepared recently in the Bellarmine kitchen. While “going green” in the dining areas for some may refer to consuming more vegetables, it also speaks to the school’s efforts to be mindful of sustainability. That mission is evident in such implementations as using biodegradable napkins and serving utensils and offering cage-free eggs and free-range chicken. Fair Trade coffee is being served, with coffee grounds and other food waste being used in the Bellarmine Garden for composting and fertilizing.
Bellarmine's cross country team opened the season on Saturday at the Lowell Invitational in impressive fashion, placing first in the Varsity, Junior-Varsity, and Sophomore races, and 2nd in the Freshman race.
Adapted by Helen Edmundson from the Whitbread Award-winning novel by Jamila Gavin, Coram Boy is a Dickensian tale of human trafficking, and the salvation of music and faith. In 18th-century England, a slave-trader takes advantage of impoverished parents and young mothers facing unwanted pregnancies. Meanwhile, orphan children—at the Coram Hospital for Foundling Children—and upper-class choirboys alike struggle for the freedom to pursue their dreams, from finding families to following in the footsteps of composer George Frideric Handel.
San Jose -- Four distinguished Bellarmine College Preparatory alumni were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame at an on-campus event that included the ceremony, reception, and dinner held on August 24.
The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees are Kevin Frandsen, Class of 2000 (Athletics); Bill Del Biaggio, Jr., Class of 1958 (Business); Jim Harville, Class of 1963 (Humanities & Fine Arts); and Major General D. Scott McKean, Class of 1986 (Public Service).
San Jose -- As is tradition for Jesuit schools, Bellarmine College Preparatory began the 2019-20 school year the morning of August 19 with the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Faculty, staff, students, and the Bellarmine Jesuit community gathered for the outdoor Mass with Fr. Bob Shinney, S.J., as presider.
San Jose, CA – Sahith Kudaravalli, a junior attending Bellarmine College Preparatory, was recently named the 2019 Most Philosophical Student in America by the Kids Philosophy Slam. His was the winning essay among those submitted by more than 4,000 high school students.
Bellarmine to Honor Four Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
San Jose, CA – Bellarmine College Preparatory will recognize four distinguished alumni at its Hall of Fame ceremony the evening of August 24, 2019.
Those to be honored, and their respective categories, are: Kevin Frandsen, Class of 2000 (Athletics); Bill Del Biaggio, Jr., Class of 1958 (Business); Jim Harville, Class of 1963 (Humanities & Fine Arts); and Major General D. Scott McKean, Class of 1986 (Public Service).
Bellarmine College Preparatory held its commencement ceremony the morning of May 25. The graduation of 398 seniors followed a Baccalaureate Mass held the evening of May 23, with both events taking place on the San Jose campus of the school that has been educating young men in the Catholic Jesuit tradition since 1851. Continue Reading Here...
Nine Bells traveled to Dallas, Texas to compete in the National Speech and Debate Tournament where their combined efforts landed Bellarmine the award of School of Outstanding Distinction, which is given to the top 10 schools in the nation!
Congratulations to the following students on their achievements:
Anuj Kothari ’20 – 10th place (semifinalist)
Rev. Jerry Wade, S.J., Bellarmine chancellor and Honorary Doctor of Education degree recipient (center), with Rev. Richard Cobb, S.J., Bellarmine colleague and friend (left) and Rev. Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. (photo courtesy Santa Clara University).
Last night at Gilroy High School, under truly ideal conditions—for distance runners, anyway—the Bells had an historic night in finishing third in the CCS Track and Field finals. The third place finish was an unprecedented 10th straight finish ‘on the podium’—the top 4 teams earn a trophy and get to stand on the podium—for the Bells, and this year was a big upset as well; prior to the meet, the Bells looked to finish anywhere from 4th to 6th, so 3rd is a testament to the clutch efforts of all who participated.
On May 15th, the Bellarmine community gathered in the gym for the annual awards assembly. It provided some terrific opportunities to recognize students - especially members of the class of 2019 - who have made outstanding contributions over the course of the school year. Highlights of the assembly included a performance by the Jazz Ensemble, the song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" performed by the Fortissibro's, Bellarmine's resident acapella group, and the Salutatorian speech delivered by Ronan MacRunnels '19.
Team 254, the Cheesy Poofs, spent the days leading up to spring break participating in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship in Houston, TX. The event is the world's largest celebration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) for students, drawing 404 teams from across the United States and nine countries around the world.