Issued on behalf of the Alumni Association
Thu, Apr. 18, 2013 – [OLLU] – by Patricia Constantin, Our Lady of the Lake University
SAN ANTONIO (April 17, 2013) — Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) honored and recognized the accomplishments of student athletes throughout the 2012-2013 season during its second annual Big Blue All-Sports Athletic Banquet. The event was held in the Mabee Gymnasium and was emceed by Jay Tope, who will return next season to assume his duties as the Voice of the Saints.
The evening began with an invocation by OLLU President Sister Jane Ann Slater, CDP, PhD. Following dinner, a video recapping the seasons of all sports followed. Michael Thompson, who provides play-by-play announcing of basketball and volleyball games for OLLU, produced the video.
Vice President for Student Life and Athletic Director Jack Hank gave an overview of the seasons and thanked parents, coaches, students and staff for their dedication throughout the year. Each head coach presented various individual awards to their team-members.
The University instituted the first-ever Top Saint Awards this year. The head coaches of each team nominated one player who excelled in academics, athletics and community service as a member of his or her team in 2012-2013. The names and accomplishments of the nominees were then sent to the selection committee for voting of the Top Big Blue Saint Award.
The nominees included: Cross-Country’s Laura Echeverria; Men’s Basketball’s Juan “Eddie” Ortiz; Women’s Basketball’s Nashae Owens; Golf’s Aaron Flores; Men’s Soccer’s Martin Hansson; Women’s Soccer’s Nikole Gase; Softball’s Kailyn Miller; Men’s Tennis’ Matt Ellis (pictured at left); Women’s Tennis’ Leslie Cooper; and Volleyball’s Desirea Aguilar.
The recipient of 2012-2013 Big Blue Top Saint as chosen by the committee was Aaron Flores. Flores was selected based on:
- Community Service: two-year volunteer participant in Patriot All-America Invitational. He was especially invited to participate in the tournament, whose profits benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation that provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. He also volunteers as assistant coach at Holy Cross High School guiding the team to a championship season.
- Athletic Accomplishments: All-Conference First-Team, Conference Tournament Runner-Up, NAIA National Tournament – 7th Place, NAIA All-Tournament Team, NAIA All-America Honorable Mention Team, GCAA NAIA PING All-America 3rd Team, Conference Scholar Athlete, Top Medalist in San Antonio Shootout
- Academics: 4.0 GPA in fall 2012 and spring 2012.
Holy Cross of San Antonio wishes to congratulate incoming freshman Jay Nava for his tremendous accomplishments in Youth Track and Field. Jay was named a South Texas Star by the San Antonio Express News.
Below is the “Rundown” written by the Express News.
Rundown: Nava, an eighth-grader at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, set the “A” boys discus record (132 feet, 53/4 inches) at the Archdiocesan Interscholastic Athletic League (AIAL) meet on April 15. The previous mark was 122-5 set in 2002. Nava also took second place in the shot put and anchored the Chargers’ 800-meter relay team to victory.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2013
(San Antonio, Texas) Holy Cross of San Antonio’s senior, Bianca Rosas, is named the Gates Millennium Scholar 2013. Out of 54,000 applicants, she is one of 1,000 talented students nationwide selected for this distinguished and highly competitive scholarship which will cover her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Ms. Rosas is the third recipient in the history of Holy Cross to be named a Gates Millennium Scholar.
“I want to major in Biology, because I hope to eventually earn my medical degree,” said Bianca Rosas, Gates Millennium Scholar 2013. “I plan on attending St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.”
“When I introduce myself, I say, ‘Hi, my name is Bianca Rosas, and one day I’m going to change the world,’” said Ms. Rosas. “The work I did in raising funds to feed the Uganda orphaned children is only the beginning for me. I want to help people and change the world for the better.”
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The GMS provides scholars with personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.
“Holy Cross prides itself in creating opportunities for our students,” Mr. Henry Galindo, Principal. “The Gates Millennium Scholarship is highly competitive and Ms. Rosas has proven that she can meet the challenge. She’s got a bright future ahead of her.”
“She’s an intelligent and committed student who will go far in life,” said Brother Stanley Culotta, C.S.C., M.D., President. “Ms. Rosas exemplifies the values and principles of the Holy Cross tradition both academically and spiritually.”
“I’m really grateful to Holy Cross for educating me not just in my regular core subjects but also educating me in my faith,” said Ms. Rosas. “I really have learned a lot from Holy Cross and from my teachers. The amount of respect each person has for one another is admirable. I owe it to Holy Cross for always encouraging me to do more community service and especially to be a leader in my school and in my community. All of it has helped me to get the Gates Millennium Scholarship. I’m grateful to Rev. Wood, the school’s counselor, for always pushing me to reach higher.”
Bianca Rosas Bio:
- Second out of 66 seniors, Class of 2013
- Scheduled to graduate from Holy Cross of San Antonio on May 22, 2013
- Member of the Holy Cross Student Knight Ambassador 2012-2013
- Member of the National Honor Society
- Serves as Altar Server Director at Parish and School
- Involved with the Uganda U-Knight Project
- Served as Teen Director for Teen ACTS
- Daughter of Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Carmen Rosas
Holy Cross of San Antonio is an independent Catholic co-educational middle and high school. The Brothers of Holy Cross founded the school in 1957 steeped in tradition and education. Holy Cross serves as the only co-educational college preparatory school centrally located in San Antonio’s Westside. Based on the principles of the Brothers of Holy Cross, the school’s educational mission helps break the cycle of poverty and opens doors to higher education. For more information, visit www.HolyCross-SA.com or call 210.433.9395.
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There will be a TABC Certification class on campus on Saturday, May 4th from 9am-12pm. It is open to the public and the cost will be $25 for a group of up to 20. If the group is larger than 20 the cost drops to $20.
The President of St. Mary’s University, Mr. Thomas M. Mengler, J.D., hosted the Holy Cross Student Knight Ambassadors on Wed., April 17 at the AT&T Technology Center for a Meet & Greet Dinner with his President’s Ambassadors.
Joining the Holy Cross Ambassadors were Ms. Elizabeth Eguia-Garcia, Vice President of Advancement & Public Relations at Holy Cross, Brother Stanley Culotta, C.S.C., M.D., President of Holy Cross, Mrs. Leticia Ramirez, Assistant Director of Stewardship at St. Mary’s University and Brother Dennis Bautista, S.M. Mrs. Ramirez is the St. Mary’s President’s Ambassadors Moderator and Program Administrator along with Brother Dennis who serves as the Marianist Moderator. Mrs. Ramirez also co-sponsors the Holy Cross Student Knight Ambassador Program along with Ms. Eguia-Garcia.