BK Connection February 2015
Play for Chase
Teachers of the
Diocese of Tulsa
1,711 - That's the number of
items BK students brought in to
donate to Catholic Charities and
Hoops for Hope! 40 pairs of
socks; 274 scarves; 244 packages of baby wipes; 82 coats; 57
baby clothes; 302 hats; 196
blankets; 431 pairs of gloves;
and 85 packages of diapers.
Thank you to our students and
their families for their amazing
Bishop Kelley is proud to be hosting a "Play for Chase" heart screening February 25, 2015 in the Small
Gym. The screening will be held all day from 9:00am-4:00pm. All students, ages 14-24, are encouraged
to participate in the screening, with an emphasis on all student athletes. For more information or to
schedule an appointment, contact Tierney Dower, RN, School Nurse at [email protected]
► BK Robotics Team at
competition in Muskogee last
month. They were finalists for
the Design Award and the
Innovate Award. They won the
Think Award, were finalists in
the robot competition, and won
the Inspire Award. The Inspire
Award is the highest award
given at the competition (for
performance in all categories).
Bishop Kelley welcomed Brother Larry
Schatz, FSC, Visitor of the Midwest
District of the Christian Brothers on
January 26. Brother Larry visited with
Fr. O'Brien and spent time with our
Campus Ministry Department as well as,
with Brother Chris and Brother Richard.
A Music Fest and a foodie feast is in store at Kelley Palooza, the 35th Annual Bishop Kelley Auction.
Enjoy food trucks, live music including the Bishop Kelley Jazz Choir, a Live
and Silent Auction and a sit-down dinner in the gala tent.
Some of the fabulous Live and Silent Auction items are:
One week at a gorgeous home on the island of Exuma in the Bahamas
Philtower Dinner Experience for twelve
Nascar Style Racing Party for twenty at JRP Speedway
NYC weekend including two courtside tickets to the U.S. Open Tennis
Tournament in September
One week at a beautiful Durango home
Become immortal and be a Character in a 2016 novel by New York
Times bestselling author, Dorothea Benton Frank.
Priests’ Dinner for 10
Trips include: Dallas Cowboys Game, bow hunting, Canebrake Spa,
Grand Lake weekend, Fly Fishing, and more…………
Go here today to make your Patron or Individual reservations for Kelley Palooza on Friday, April 11, 2015. Patrons will be invited to a
Patron Party at Lucky’s that you won’t want to miss so make your
patron reservation today!
Emily Meador and
Gillian Jenkins are
members of the
Emily is a threeyear member of
Fr. O'Brien, Mr. Oberste, and Theology
teacher, Tim Wymore, lead a group to the
annual March for Life in Washington, DC
this past month. The students had a great
time and loved seeing all the sights!
BK Basketball player, Josh Limes, was named one of the best
in the state in this year's All-World Basketball Contest. The
Tulsa World sports staff has named candidates for Mr. and
Ms. Outside and Mr. and Ms. Inside and now, they want fans
to vote. Please help us spread the word so everyone can
vote Josh as the best of the best! Go to
www.OKPrepsExtra.com and click on the top banner to vote
now. Everyone can vote as many times as they want until 3
p.m. March 4.
Parent Teacher Organization
Daniel Calvin is a member of the BK Soccer and Cr oss Countr y teams. He has
been in both Honors Spanish and and Honors math.
Daniel is a member of St. Bernard’s youth group.
Outside of school, he enjoys playing soccer with his friends. He also has a part-time
job at Hideaway Pizza.
His favorite thing about Bishop Kelley is, “the amazing teachers.”
Upon graduation, Daniel plans to attend the University of Arkansas. He wants to become a mechanical engineer and someday, work in the automobile industry.
Kaitlyn Edmondson is a member of the BK Cr oss Countr y and Soccer teams.
She also participates in Student Council, Link Crew, Senior Class Board, Intramural
Sports and serves as a Comet Ambassador. Kaitlyn is also in the National Honor Society.
Currently, she is taking AP environmental science and AP literature.
Kaitlyn attends Quest at Christ the King, and is a parishioner at St. Benedict’s.
Outside of school, she loves to play soccer and run.
“I just love Bishop Kelley because of the atmosphere and the teachers are nice, awesome people,” said Kaitlyn.
She would like to attend either Oklahoma State University or the University of Arkansas, and wants to work with animals for a living.
Ethan Haydock is a member of Link Cr ew, National Honor Society, Kelley
Crazies, Student Council, and CORE. He has attended Search 74, 76, 77, and 79.
Ethan is also a Eucharistic Minister.
His current classes include AP statistics, AP physics, Honors calculus, and pre-AP
Ethan is a member of St. Bernard’s youth group. He participates in Quest and has
attended mission trips all four years of high school. Volunteering at Catholic Charities is also one of his favorite service opportunities.
A co-captain of the BK Tennis team, Ethan enjoys teaching tennis lessons in the
His favorite thing about Kelley is the Student Section, retreats and his friends.
Ethan plans to major in business or industrial engineering. He hopes to attend college at either North Carolina State, Purdue or the University of Oklahoma.
Renee Franchi is a member of the BK Tr ack and Field, Volleyball, and Cr oss
Country teams. She is also a trainer for the Lacrosse team. Renee is also a member
of Student Council, Link Crew and the Senior Class Board.
As a member of Christ the King youth group, she has attended several mission trips.
She participated in Search 75 and was a worker at Search 79.
Outside of school, Renee has an internship at Sky Fitness, works as a sales associate
at Dolce Vita, and lifeguards at Southern Hills Country Club during the summers.
“I love Bishop Kelley because it is a safe environment and I have made many friends
here,” says Renee. “I also like all the activities that are offered here at Kelley.”
Renee plans to attend the University of Oklahoma, majoring in criminology, with a
minor in business.
Amy Junger began working at Bishop Kelley in 2007. She
has been a leader in enhancing the BK Fine Arts
Department, which has included her growing the number
of students in her Choir program and showing successes in
her students' performances at OSSAA and Music
Her leadership has also included her assisting in
incorporating String Ensemble into the Fine Arts curriculum, adding a Theater Tech position to further provide for
student performances along with implementing funding to
enhance the STC Auditorium.
Michael Blazek began at Bishop Kelley August 2005. This
is his tenth year at BK. This year he teaches Comp IIB; Lit
IIA; Comp Practicum – Digital Media.
Complementing his role as an English Teacher, Michael
has grown BKTV (bishopkelleycomets.tv) from a Digital
Media Club, to a class which puts together a production
team that helps teach students producing, editing and
other broadcasting skills. Additionally, Michael has
played a significant role in helping enhance the school’s
"Tech Team" helping teachers in adopting the new laptops and related software programs into their day to day
Colin Manning started at Bishop Kelley in August
2007. This is his eighth year at BK. He is a 1994 Grad
from Bishop Kelley. This year he teaches: World History;
Business & Personal Law; Trial Procedure; Scholar Capstone Project; and in the summer teaches BK Summer
school in Oklahoma History and Government, State and
Mary Jo started at Bishop Kelley August 2007. This is her
eighth year at BK. This year she teaches Physics I; AP Physics
1; AP Physics 2; AP Physics C, Mechanics. Robotics Club. Her
children are Emily, who graduated from Bishop Kelley in
2014; current Junior, Zac; and Connor, a seventh grader at St.
Mary Jo has been instrumental in starting the BK Robotics
team, expanding the Robotics team - increasing the number
of participants. Specifically this year, she helped secure a gift,
which allows the BK Robotics Team to branch out and assist
other Catholic schools to start their own Robotics
► THANK YOU to everyone
who has supported our annual
fund, Believe in Kelley. To date,
we have received gifts totaling
$237,074, which is just under
60% of our goal of $400,000.
In addition to tuition assistance,
this year’s Believe in Kelley drive
will also fund campus
Believe in Kelley will fund the
following campus improvements:
New sidewalks and drainage for
existing sidewalks that will
improve safety for our students,
especially for students being
dropped off or picked up in the
senior/faculty/staff parking lot
New landscaping and irrigation
New and expanded areas for
outdoor seating and lighting
New security camera system
across campus, both indoor and
If you are interested in donating
to Believe in Kelley, visit
Every gift of any size is
welcome! The drive extends until
June 30, 2015.