The Blue Jay

The Blue Jay Senior Edition Full of Success Stories, Senior Quotes, and Life-Long Memories 

What’s Inside:

  • Mr. McGannon Retires After 42 Years of Dragon Slaying
  • Student Council President Blaine Loupe named Blue Jay of the Year
  • Senior Hobie Hotard Sets State Tennis Record
  • Senior Photos and Quotes
  • and much more...


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The Blue Jay Vol. 85, No. 9




The Blue Jay Prints Final Regular Issue of the 2012 - 2013
School Year

What’s Inside:

  • World Youth Day Rio
  • Jesuit Mourns Loss of English Teacher Mr. Jeff Wilson ’91 
  • Ledet Wins Bowling Top Honors
  • Teacher Feature: Mr. Wahl
  • Best of the School Year
  • Lacrosse Wins State
  • The Taste Buds Review: Cowbell
  • and much more...


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The Blue Jay Vol. 85, No. 8




March Issue of The Blue Jay Chronicles Big Changes: New Principal and Pope

What’s Inside:

  • Mr. Peter Kernion ’90 Announced as New Principal
  • Pope Francis Becomes First Jesuit to Serve as Pope
  • Preview of Philelectic Society’s Spring Production, The Producers
  • Soccer Team Takes 12th State Championship
  • Teacher Profile: Mr. Norm Stafford
  • and much more...

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The Blue Jay Vol. 85, No.



The Blue Jay Newspaper Earns Honors from Silver Scribe Competition

The Blue Jay Wins Honorable Mention

Several students recently received awards for their work on Jesuit’s student newspaper, The Blue Jay. From left are: senior Zach Lannes, junior Jack Caliva, senior Nick Rosato, senior Peyton Fine, and senior Jonathan Llovet.

The boys from The Blue Jay did a fantastic job on Saturday, February 23 at the annual Tom Bell Silver Scribe Competition, sponsored by the New Orleans Press Club and Loyola University’s School of Mass Communications.

Among previously published submissions, senior Peyton Fine won first place for best sports story for his coverage of the American Legion World Series championship. Peyton also won third place in the features category for his profile of Mr. Edgar "Dooky" Chase, III of the Class of 1967, Jesuit’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year.

Junior Jack Caliva won third place in the news category for his coverage of Jesuit’s participation in the annual Pro-Life March in Washington, D.C.

Senior Jonathan Llovet won the first place prize for editorial/opinion writing for his moving piece on the impact of bullying.

In the live competitions, senior Zach Lannes won first place in editorial writing and third place in photography. Jack Caliva scored third place in the critical review category. Senior Nick Rosato won second place in critical review and third place in news writing.

In strong competition against schools with major journalism programs, The Blue Jay received an overall honorable mention rating.

The annual Silver Scribe competition is sponsored by Loyola University and the Press Club of New Orleans. In addition to the competition, the students were able to work with local professionals from print, television, and Internet media sites, to gain insight and advice about their work.

Mardi Gras Issue of The Blue Jay Has a Little Bit of Everything: Student Activitism, Seasonal Revelry, Great Food, Sports, and More!

What’s Inside:

  • Blue Jays March for Life
  • Special Mardi Gras Section
  • Teacher Feature: Mrs. Bondi
  • Review: Taste Buds Visit Dat Dog
  • Sports Feature: Basketball, Soccer, and Wrestling

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The Blue Jay Vol. 85, No. 6



The Blue Jay 
Prints Last Issue of 2012, Overflowing with Campus News and Student Opinions

What’s Inside:

  • Principal Michael Giambelluca named President of Creighton Prep
  • Blue Jays Give Back with Thanksgiving Drive
  • Swimmers Reclaim State Championship
  • Football Season Wrapup
  • Features: Senior Corey James
  • Soccer Season Kicks Off
  • Cross Country Season Wrapup
  • Teacher Feature: Mr. Wagner
  • Opinions: Christmas Lights Rules
  • Opinions: Game and Restaurant Reviews

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The Blue Jay Vol. 85, No.



Hot Off the Press: Presidential Blue Jay Newspaper Debuts on Election Day

What’s Inside:

  • School-wide straw vote, Jesuit Presidential Forum, and other Election 2012 coverage
  • Alumnus of the Year,
    Dookie Chase ’67
  • Homecoming Week 


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The Blue Jay Vol. 85, No. 4



The October Issue of The Blue Jay Takes a Look at Roussel Building Upgrades, Student Life, and Athletics

Hot off the press, the October issue of The Blue Jay showcases the variety of Jesuit student life — with articles covering everything from athletics to school improvements to what to expect at the annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park.

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Second Issue Focuses on Jesuit’s Many Clubs and Organizations

The Blue Jay recently published its second issue of the school year, spotlighting the more than 50 clubs and organizations that students can join at Jesuit.  

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Blue Jay Clubs and Organizations


The Blue Jay Publishes First Issue of 2012 - 2013 School Year

The Blue Jay recently published the first issue of the newspaper for the 2012 - 2013 school year.

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The Editorial Board for the 2012 - 2013 school year is:

Editor-in-Chief: Peyton Fine ’13

Managing Editor: John D’Angelo ’13

Features Editor: Jack Caliva ’14

Opinions Editor: Nicholas Rosato II ’13

Chief Reporter: Quinn Stiller ’14

Photo Editor: Zach Lannes ’13

News Editor: Nick Simon ’13

Sports Editor: Jerry Spencer ’15

Layout Editor: Matthew Wolff ’13

Moderator: Theodore P. Mahne


Blue Jays "Scoop" the Competition at the Tom Bell Silver Scribe Awards

The Blue Jay Named Best High School Newspaper

Staff members of
The Blue Jay won a variety of awards at the annual Tom Bell Silver
Scribe competition at Loyola University this weekend. They were (from left)
Matthew Martin, Jack Caliva, Nicholas Caluda, Peyton Fine,
Ricky Bordelon, Brandon Slay, Alex Nay and John Lindsey.

The boys from The Blue Jay did a fantastic job on Saturday at the annual Tom Bell Silver Scribe Competition, sponsored by the New Orleans Press Club and Loyola Universitys School of Mass Communications.

In tight competition with area high school newspapers, The Blue Jay was named Best Newspaper, tying with the Lusher Post-Dilivian. Of particular note was that the Jays beat 
The Irish Eyes, Grace King’s powerhouse perennially winning paper.

Nine of our students competed in the individual writing competitions, scoring well in each one. Here were the results in each category:

Editorial Writing:     Jesuit swept the entire category! Ricky Bordelon, First;
                                  Nicholas Caluda, Second; and Jack Caliva, Third.
News Writing:          Matthew Martin, Third place; Ricky Bordelon, honorable mention.
Feature Writing:      Ricky Bordelon, Second place; Nicholas Caluda, Third.
Sports Writing:        Peyton Fine, Second place.
Column Writing:      Nicholas Caluda, First place; Peyton Fine, Second; John Lindsey,
                                  honorable mention.
Layout and Design: Matthew Martin, Second place.
Critical Review:       Alex Nay, First place.

With so many wins, Jesuit was named winner of the Silver Scribe Sweepstakes Award, as well.

The Blue Jay Writers Earn Silver Scribe Awards

Staff writers and editors of The Blue Jay competed last weekend at the 34th annual Tom Bell Silver Scribe Competition. The Blue Jay journalists joined more than 50 students from six area schools for the yearly high school journalism competition, which is sponsored by Loyola University and the Press Club of New Orleans.

Senior Evan Shea, editor-in-chief, won the first place prize in the Sports Writing category, for a piece that the judges called "heartfelt and compelling" and which showed "fresh ideas." Shea also won the second place award in Column Writing and an honorable mention in both the Feature Writing and Critical Review categories.

The Blue Jay Writers: Tyler Treuting (left),
Eric Haydel, Evan Shea, Ian deBoisblanc,
Chris Glueck, Fritz Metizinger

Senior Ian de Boisblanc took first place in Editorial Writing. The judges particularly cited his "original point of view."

In the Feature Writing category, senior Eric Haydel took second place. Haydel also scored an honorable mention for Layout and Design.

Senior Chris Glueck won the second-place photography award.

Junior Ricky Bordelon won the third-place prize in the Critical Review category.

Other Blue Jay staff writers competing included seniors Fritz Metzinger and Tyler Treuting.

The Blue Jay earned a second place rating overall in the Best Newspaper competition. The panel of judges made up of professional journalists praised The Blue Jay's mix of features and news, cited the professional, easy-to-read design of the pages and solid writing skills of its staff.

Congratulations to The Blue Jay journalists!

The Blue Jay Newspaper Earns Honors from Silver Scribe Competition

The Blue Jay newspaper won the distinction of best high school newspaper
at the 32nd annual Tom Bell Silver Scribe Journalism Competition
at Loyola University Saturday. Senior John Walsh,
Blue Jay Chief Editor,
also garnered the Silver Scribe Award at the competition. John is pictured
above with Dominic Massa ’94, who was the last Silver Scribe winner
from Jesuit. Massa is an executive producer at WWL-TV and
a member of Jesuits Alumni Steering Committee.

Read about the competition from The Times-Picayune.


2007 -2008 Editorial Board

Editor-in Chief                                  Managing Editor
           John C. Walsh '08                                Zack Poche '08             

 Features Editor                                        Sports Editor                                   Opinions Editor
 Ben Ireland '08                                      Brent Calongne '08                         Kevin Fitzgerald '08
                                                                    Evan Shea '10                            Pancho Occiano, II '08

 News Editor                                             Copy Editor                                     Technology Editor 
T.C. Wicker '08                                    Jason Graffagnino '08                         Edward Seyler '08

Chief Reporters                                       Moderator
                                      Eric Lorio '09                                     Mr. Zabrecky '99
                                   Ricky Borderlon '11

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