Well the first semester of the school year is over and winter sports are in full swing. Football made it to the playoffs but had an early departure. Cross Country had personal bests and a couple of great performances in several races. Golf had a run at the state but fell short. Now I have to say the highlight of the fall was the intramurals, to see the participation of students and faculty support of their students was phenomenal.
The School administrators declared Tuesday January 20th as a school holiday to mark the achievement of our FUTBOL (Soccer) team by winning the State Championship, Monday, February 2, 2015 will also be a school holiday thanks to our parents who reached 95% in Parent Participation in the Annual Fund drive !! Parents, thank you for your support and for all you do for CBHS! GO BROTHERS!
Now other things cool that happened over the first semester included Five students from Brothers on Stage competing in the Tennessee Theatre Association One Act competition this past October against 14 other schools from across the state. Jahdiel Graham received the MVP Award for Love and How to Cure It, Congratulations to teacher Kyle Schnack, Madison Alexander, Jahdiel Graham, Diego Garcia, Luca Conti, and Luisa Schroth for your work! The play was good.
Three students from Brothers of Faith Men’s Chorus made it into the highly competitive and prestigious All State TN Honor Choir. At the All State Competition, sophomore Spencer Germany made 3rd Chair Tenor II, Trevor Brown, sophomore, made 1st Chair Bass I, and senior Christopher Williams made 1st Chair Tenor I.
Cole Perry designed a chalkboard mural that covers the north wall in the Children’s Room at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. For these and other charity actions, he received the Keeper of the Dream Award Dec. 2, in conjunction with the National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards. Also, Senior Jake Fleming received an American flag from the U.S. Navy that was flown on the USS Constitution in his honor for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
The CBHS band played in several venues including the Memphis Holiday parade the weekend of the 6th in downtown Memphis. Four baseball players committed to play ball after graduation from CBHS: James Muse (pitcher, University of Memphis), Colin Kilgore (pitcher, University of Memphis), Walker Grisanti (catcher/outfielder, Vanderbilt University), and Jeff Goodwin (outfielder, Christian Brothers University).
Brother Joel or better said, Brother Joel William McGraw, for the past 50 years has shined as an example of humility and hope to Christian Brothers High School and the greater Memphis community. He graduated from CBHS in 1963 and has taught at CBHS in the 47 of the 50 years that he has served as a Christian Brother. He received a very well deserved Celebration of his 50 years of service.
The Beginning of the winter sports had the basketball team undefeated in 11 games (now 23-0), the points leaders are William Douglas 11 PPG, Shun Alexander 10.2 PPG, & Undra Wilson 7.5 PPG. Shun Alexander also leds the team in rebounds with 7.2 rebounds PG and playmaker Undra Wilson averaged 4.9 Assists PG. The JV ended 8-0 (now 11-0) and the freshmen at 5-1 (now 12-2). Charlie Crone led the way in scoring while Zach Hamlet led in rebounding and assists.
The wrestling team continued their dominance against area teams in the first four tournaments of the season and traveled to Hawaii at the end of 2014. Did you know? that they haven’t lost to a local team since Jan. 15, 2005, a streak of 128 straight victories. The Bowling team was third in the global standings with a 8-5 record. Freshman Kyle Frasure led the Brothers bowlers with a 203 average and in December ranked third in the overall standings. Currently they are at state.
At the end of the semester in the Brothers Cup the Abban House is leading the way with the Schneider House second and the Bernardine house third all very close. Brothers on Stage had two great performances Love and How to Cure It and most recently She Loves Me. They both were very entertaining. Hey by the way here comes spring!