BT Theatrical Alliance presents FIGMENTS

Blessed Trinity Theatrical Alliance presents “Figments” by Billy St. John Rick Jacobs is a playwright with a wild imagination—perhaps too wild! As he attempts to overcome a massive case of writer’s block, the audience sees four figments of his imagination play out the opening scene of his next murder mystery. He—and they—are …

Culture & Compassion

By: Maddie Sokol Staff Writer This Summer, Blessed Trinity senior, Claudia Mitchell found a place that left a mark on her heart. This place was El Salvador. Around February, Claudia decided with her life-teen leader and life-teen friends, from St. Ann’s Catholic Church, to go on a mission trip to …

Join The BT Fine Arts Association

The Blessed Trinity Fine Arts Association is a group of dedicated parents, faculty and staff with a common goal to support and promote the BTHS Arts community through volunteerism and financial support.  Funds generated through our memberships and events are used to enrich the Fine Arts Department through curriculum enrichments, …

Welcome Mr. Marks

By: Maxwell Gruver Staff Writer Blessed Trinity’s new principal, Mr. Brian Marks, was a middle school teacher in New York before he became an administrator. He taught social sciences up north, and decided to get his master’s in education administration. “We did history, geography, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and then …

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BT Theatrical Alliance presents FIGMENTS

Posted by: pdever August 25, 2016 Featured Items, The Arts
Date: 9/9/2016 Time: 7:30 PM Location: Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

Date: 9/9/2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

Blessed Trinity Theatrical Alliance presents “Figments” by Billy St. John

Rick Jacobs is a playwright with a wild imagination—perhaps too wild! As he attempts to overcome a massive case of writer’s block, the audience sees four figments of his imagination play out the opening scene of his next murder mystery. He—and they—are interrupted by the arrival of his neighbor, Loni, with whom Rick is secretly, and helplessly, in love.  The source of Rick’s trouble with women, his domineering mother, arrives on the scene (along with her imagined double) carrying a burial urn with Mr. Jacobs’ ashes inside. Pop pops in and out of Rick’s thoughts (wearing a life-size urn) to comment on his life with Mama and on the hereafter. Even the image of Rick’s former ladylove, Sarah, comes around to encourage him to cut the old apron strings. As Rick’s thoughts bounce between his frustrating love life and his play, the real people and the figments of Rick’s imagination clash riotously with the fictional characters in his play.

If you’ve ever wondered what goes through a playwright’s mind, this farcical comedy reveals all—hilariously.

Figments Cast List:

Rick – Jacob Franke

Loni – Teresa Bascle

Mama – Grace Jones

Matt – Andrew Hawkins

Rick 2 – Sean Doherty

Loni 2 – Aline O’Neill

Mama 2 – Carolyn Shipley

Matt 2 – Luis Jimenez

Sarah – Elizabeth Sheldon

Veronica – Maggie O’Neill

Winston – Thomas Leach

David – Jack Wallace

Louise – Hunter Lanius

Pop – Jack Birth

Tickets are $10 each and available at the ticket window one hour before the performance at the door. If you are a Fine Arts Association Member, admission may be included. For more information, please see the Fine Arts page on the BT Website or the recent Titan Press article about how to join the BTFAA. We would love to have you!

Culture & Compassion

Posted by: pdever August 22, 2016 Campus Ministry, Featured Items, One of Our Own
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“Compassion is at the heart of every little thing we do. It is the dearest quality we possess, yet all too often it can be cast aside with consequences too tragic to speak of. To lose our compassion, we lose what it is to be human.”- unknown

By: Maddie Sokol
Staff Writer

This Summer, Blessed Trinity senior, Claudia Mitchell found a place that left a mark on her heart. This place was El Salvador.

Around February, Claudia decided with her life-teen leader and life-teen friends, from St. Ann’s Catholic Church, to go on a mission trip to El Salvador. She described the feeling as a yearning call.  “I felt that God was calling me to help others in different countries,” she said.

Although she was excited, she knew that the requirements to go and the protocol to come back was going to be a little complicated with the Zika virus spreading and usual safety issues, but that didn’t change Claudia’s decision.

While Claudia was there, the sleeping conditions were much different from her normal day-to-day ones. “At the house we stayed at there was no air conditioning and we slept in bunk beds. We each brought around three fans to put on our beds to keep us from sweating. We had to keep mosquito nets over our beds,” Claudia said.

Her group built houses for single moms who could not afford to buy their own. During this time, she said she met children of all ages, “and became friends with adults who lived around the worksite.”

Claudia describes the living conditions as a big difference from those who live in America. She said she saw people living in one-story houses made of either brick or wood. “They used tin as a roof. All houses were surrounded by barbed wire because others would try to break into houses or stores to get whatever they could to either eat or sell for money,” Claudia elaborated.

As Claudia was finishing up her last few days in El Salvador, she visited orphanages, where she met a nun that described some of the difficulties she has run into while taking care of the orphans, “she said the orphanage rarely got donations of money so the nuns have to earn money by themselves. This one particular nun told me how one time she went to go buy food and as she got in her taxi with the groceries a teenager robbed her taking the food and her wallet,” said Claudia.

Going to El Salvador for the first time, she noticed the differences between American culture and Salvadoran culture. She states that each country is different and El Salvador is full of dancing and colorful festivals. “The women wear these gorgeous dresses of vibrant colors. I always thought that El Salvador was going to be just a poverty-stricken country with low-spirited people, but I was completely wrong. The people don’t think of themselves as less fortunate. Every little thing they have makes them happy,” said Claudia.

Claudia’s experience has changed her perspective on the way she views different countries and cultures, but also a change in the way she views her life. Going to a country where most of the citizens are impoverished, Claudia reflects upon her own welfare and concludes, “El Salvador opened my eyes and I realized that it is not the materialistic things, it is the little things in life are what make you the happiest.”

Join The BT Fine Arts Association

Posted by: pdever August 22, 2016 Featured Items, The Arts

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The Blessed Trinity Fine Arts Association is a group of dedicated parents, faculty and staff with a common goal to support and promote the BTHS Arts community through volunteerism and financial support.  Funds generated through our memberships and events are used to enrich the Fine Arts Department through curriculum enrichments, instruments, special guests, sets & technical equipment, artwork display, and student summer scholarships. We graciously thank all of our past members and encourage you to join us again as we strive to enhance the Arts at Blessed Trinity.

The BTFAA board meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel board room. There are currently a few board positions available and we can always use volunteers before and during the performances. If you have any interest in taking a more active role, please contact Sharon Mueller, Head of Fine Arts Department, at Smueller@btcatholic.org or Board President, Carlene Weis at dcweis@comcast.net. All parents of visual & performing arts students are most welcome to attend our next open meeting to be held on Wednesday, September 7th.

To join our membership, you can join online by clicking on the link “Become a Fine Arts Member” from the Fine Arts page. You may also download and print a membership form from the top of the Fine Arts web page and send your completed form and check to the school’s front office. Please join at whatever level you feel comfortable. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the allowed law.

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

Archangel: $500+

Gold Season Pass for your immediate family (parents and siblings) plus 2 additional tickets to attend all Fine Arts events.

Name prominently listed in all production programs and on the BT website.

Reserved seating for all Fine Arts events.

Angel: $250-499

Gold Season pass for your immediate family (parents and siblings) to attend all BT Fine Arts Events.

Prominent listing of your family’s name in all production programs and on the BT website.

Priority seating and early admission for all Fine Arts events.

Patron: $125-249

Four individual passes to any combination of BT Fine Arts events.

Name listed in all production programs and on the BT website.

Sponsor: $50-124

Two passes to any BT Fine Arts event.

Name listed in all production programs and on the BT website.

NEW! Alumni Parent: $25

Two passes to any Fine Arts event

Other Donations: $1-49

Name listed in all production programs and on the BT website.

Welcome Mr. Marks

Posted by: pdever August 18, 2016 Around BT, Featured Items

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By: Maxwell Gruver
Staff Writer

Blessed Trinity’s new principal, Mr. Brian Marks, was a middle school teacher in New York before he became an administrator. He taught social sciences up north, and decided to get his master’s in education administration. “We did history, geography, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and then I also taught a couple of sections of English,” said Mr. Marks.

After getting his master’s, he moved down south. He was a part of the business world for a couple of years, and then used his degree to become BT’s assistant principal in 2001. “I loved the business world as far as communication with other adults, the finance. I loved all of that, but I always had a passion to coach and teach,” said Mr. Marks on why he wanted to become an administrator, “When I got a coaching opportunity, I kind of dabbled in that and said ‘okay now I want to get into education.’ I would love a combination of the corporate world and educating, working with young people with making good decisions, and it hit me that school administration would be the best of both worlds.”

“I promised myself that I would be involved as an administrator, so I told Mr. Moore that I wanted to coach and not just be an administrator so that I could get involved with the students.” Mr. Moore was the first principal in Blessed Trinity history.

Mr. Marks has a love for sports, and in high school he played basketball and baseball. “I was the captain of my high school basketball team. I played basketball and baseball all four years,” said Mr. Marks. He was a guard in basketball, and he was a pitcher in baseball. “I haven’t thought about it really thoroughly,” Mr. Marks said about helping coach basketball again, “Obviously it is a big job being the principal of Blessed Trinity. I feel great with one of my former players and assistant coaches in Coach Hughes taking over for me. I feel he is doing a great job with the program, and it is in a great place. If I got settled in, I would never say never. If I feel like in a few years that I can help in some way, and, of course, if coach wanted me to help, I would love to be on his staff.”

If Mr. Marks could have dinner with any three people in the world, dead or alive, he would eat with his parents, Pope John Paul II, and Mother Theresa. He would eat with these people because of the wisdom that they could impart on him.

Mr. Marks wants BT students to know that he is here for them, and that he is a principal who loves school, young people their age, and wants school to not just be the platform for college and a great degree but also help generate memories. “I’m a strong communicator, and I’m open to listening to their ideas,” Mr. Marks said, “I want them to feel like walking into the doors at Blessed Trinity every day is great, and I want to make it a great experience for them.”

2017 Yearbooks On Sale Now

Posted by: pdever August 16, 2016 Featured Items
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Our yearbook staff is already hard at work creating the 2017 yearbook, and we want everyone who desires to purchase a yearbook to do so. Any family can purchase a yearbook by following these directions:
1. Visit JostensYearbooks.com.
2. Use the Get Started Now search tool to locate Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, GA.
3. Click on the Yearbook image among the collage of images.
4. Select your desired level of customization.
5. Enter your son or daughter’s name as the recipient of the yearbook.
6. Finalize the purchase with the payment options of your choice.
Any yearbook you purchase is shipped to the school in early May and distributed to your son or daughter during their lunch period. If you have any questions or concerns about how to purchase a yearbook, you can contact yearbook adviser Brian O’Connor at boconnor@btcatholic.org. If you need to speak with a Jostens representative about your yearbook purchase, you can contact Jostens at 1-877-767-5217.

BT Wrestlers visit Virginia Tech

Posted by: pdever August 8, 2016 Featured Items, Sports Center
Front Row: Noah '17, Joey '17, Patrick '20, Kevin '20, Nicholas '19, Alex '19 Second Row: James '18, Luke '19, Aaron '20, Ian '17, Andrew '19, Nick '20 Third Row: Nick '20, John '17, Ian '18, Jacob '18, Coach Contratto, Stephen '18 Back Row: Coach Hollers, Raleigh '18, Jack '20, Coach Piper, Jack '19 Not Pictured: Coach Barden (he took the picture)

Front Row: Noah ’17, Joey ’17, Patrick ’20, Kevin ’20, Nicholas ’19, Alex ’19
Second Row: James ’18, Luke ’19, Aaron ’20, Ian ’17, Andrew ’19, Nick ’20
Third Row: Nick ’20, John ’17, Ian ’18, Jacob ’18, Coach Contratto, Stephen ’18
Back Row: Coach Hollers, Raleigh ’18, Jack ’20, Coach Piper, Jack ’19
Not Pictured: Coach Barden (he took the picture)

 

The wrestling program traveled to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA for wrestling camp in mid July.  Coach Barden commented that he was extremely proud of the turn out for the camp.  He took 20 wrestlers and three coaches to the camp.  What made this an outstanding wrestling camp was that every class was well represented.  The wrestling program took four seniors, five juniors, five sophomores, and six incoming freshmen.  Coach Barden was pleasantly surprised that so many incoming freshmen attended summer camp.  He said, “that is the most freshmen that I have ever taken to a summer camp since I have been at Blessed Trinity”. Jack a rising sophomore commented, “Attending the Virginia Tech camp was a fun and educational experience. The coaches were good at teaching the moves step by step, but they also provided one on one instruction to help those who were having trouble. They also promoted customizing each move to one’s best strength and ability.  The slow increase in difficulty each session allowed a build up of conditioning and acclimation so that wrestlers would not be worn out but would allow the most efficient use of time. Overall, I feel Virginia Tech has provided a great experience for me both as a wrestler and an athlete.”

Coach Hollers, Coach Contratto, and Coach Piper (head Jr. Titan coach) also attended the Virginia Tech wrestling camp.
If your son is interesting in wrestling for Blessed Trinity this season please contact Coach Barden at rbarden@btcatholic.org.

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  • Summer Scholarship Recipients for Summer 2016

    Posted by: mbdever May 26, 2016

    2016FAAScholarThe Blessed Trinity Fine Arts Association allocates annual funds to be awarded for summer scholarships to students who pursue their fine arts education beyond the BT classroom and summer camp experiences.  Students are required to complete an extensive application and meet the elements of the following criteria:

    • Confirmation of good citizenship
    • Submit list of academic fine arts courses taken at BT and future coursework
    • Submit a list of the ways they have contributed to the arts (fine arts performances, visual arts shows, productions while a student at BT)
    • Submit list of fine arts events, courses and opportunities they participated that are not BT-sponsored activities
    • Submit list of volunteer service to fine arts
    • Submit official documentation from the program sponsors indicating:
    • Name of the program/event, location, date/time involvement, cost and description of activities
    • Submit SUMMARY of request and why they have chosen this particular program, how they will benefit by participating, how their experience will be shared with the BT Fine Arts Program with focus on how they will apply this experience to future goals and aspirations and college plans after graduation.

    The pool of applications is reviewed by Mrs. Susan Dorner, BT assistant principal, and  Mrs. Sharon Mueller, Fine Arts Department Chair.

    Fine Arts association President, Christine McGinnis, congratulates this year’s recipients who each earned $300 toward their summer enrichment:

    Leo Guthrie 9th – Pre-College Piano Sewanee Summer Music Fest

    Rose Sebaugh 10th  – Atlanta Academy of Ballet Dance Summer Intensive

    Abby Connolly 10th – The Art Institute of Atlanta Summer Studio

    Natalie Weis 9th – American Ballet Theatre

    Katie Buzzard 10th – The Dance Awards in Orlando

    Lili Seeterlin 9th – Steppin Out Performance  Dance Workshop

    Kenna Bouknight 11th  – American Academy of Vocal Arts Private Voice Lessons

  • Used Book Sale Information

    Posted by: mbdever May 24, 2016

    Book_2HAS has set drop-off days for books you would like to sell and sale days for the purchase of books for the next school year.

    • HAS volunteers will collect the books and create a file for the selling family.
    • Only books that will be used for the next school year will be accepted. Other books you can sell back to MBS Direct.
    • Blessed Trinity/volunteers are not responsible for any books left outside of posted drop off times, or not checked in by a book sale volunteer.
    • Please respect the established drop off dates and times. No books will be checked in during sale hours.
    • Books will be sorted by subject and grade.
    • On sale day, volunteers will assist with the purchasing process and man a check-out station.
    • Buyer will pay with cash or write a check payable to each seller from whom a book (or books) was purchased.
    • Seller’s profit checks and any unsold books can be picked up at school.

     

    Book drop-off:
    June 9, 7-9:30 am and 4-6:30 pm
    June 17, 7-9:30 am and 4-6:30 pm

    Book sales:
    June 10, 5-7 pm
    June 18, 9-11 am

    Money Pick Up Dates:
    June 18, 12-2 pm
    June 21, 7:30- 9am
    June 29, 5-6:30 pm

    Please print and review all of the documents prior to dropping off/sale/money pick-up.

    Instructions on Buying Books
    Instructions on Selling Books
    Seller Inventory Form
    Instructions on Book Tags
    Book Tags

    ISBN numbers will be on the Home page of the school’s website starting June 1.

    Students’ course lists will be included with report cards in early June.

    Incoming freshmen course lists will also be mailed in early June.

  • Blount Signs with Transylvania University

    Posted by: mbdever May 17, 2016

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    BT senior Danielle Blount, a 3-year varsity member of BT’s track and field team, has signed a letter of intent with Transylvania University. Danielle was a sprinter and participated in the long jump as a Titan.  Transylvania is located in Lexington, Kentucky.

    Photo: (back row l to r) AD Ricky Turner, Principal Frank Moore

    (Front row l to r) Calvin Blount, Danielle Blount, and Head Coach Ryan O’Sullivan

  • It’s A Hole-in-One for Joiner!!

    Posted by: mbdever May 5, 2016

    IMG955457 (1)RJoinerA hole-in-one is EVERY golfer’s dream, but most players, while they may come close, never reach that dream status. Well, this week, a BT senior did – a first in BT history!!

    Golfer Ryan Joiner, who will be hitting the links next year for the Georgia College and State University Bobcats, made the impressive ace on the 8th hole at Brookfield Country Club, Wednesday, May 4 in a state qualifying round.

    According to Golf Digest, which has been tracking data on the elusive feat for more than 60 years, and the National Hole In One Association, an amateur golfer’s chance of a hole-in-one is 12,500 to 1.

    The learn more about the probabilities of such an accomplishment, visit the National Hole In One Association’s website.

  • Titans’ Region Play. Now Off to State!

    Posted by: mbdever May 4, 2016

    SPRING-SENIOR-ATHLETESTitans are now off to state. Check the school website for dates and times so you can cheer on your favorite Titans!!

    Here is a wrap-up of this season’s Region play:

    Girls Lacrosse – The BT girls varsity lacrosse team is the 2016 Class A-5A Area 3 Winner by being undefeated in their area.  This is the 1st time in BT history that the team has won the Area title.  During the last two years, BT has made an appearance in the State Semi-Finals.   “The girls are extremely motivated this year and want to win,” said Coach Liz McFarland. “They have come together as a team and are working hard.  This is an extremely exciting time for the team and for the school.”

    Boys Lacrosse – Boys varsity lacrosse finished the regular season second in Class A-5A Region 3.  Losing only two games to area opponents, the Titans overall record was an impressive 12-5.  The highlights of the season were a big win against rival St Pius X as well as a win against area rival Cambridge.   The Titans also took their brand of lacrosse across state lines for the first time this year with a successful trip to Nashville, Tennessee, where they beat both Father Ryan and Pope John Paul II. 2016 marks the seventh straight appearance for the Titans in the playoffs. “We continue to gain strength every day,” said Coach Wellford.  “The boys are ready for the post-season.”

    Baseball – Congratulations to the varsity baseball team on winning their 5th straight Region Championship after defeating Westminster 9-3.

    Girls Golf – The girls golf team won the 4-AAA Region Championship by shooting a 254 combined score.  They played at Dogwood Country Club verses other 4-AAA region teams which include Westminster, Decatur, Cedar Grove, S. Atl, Jackson, N. Clayton and Towers.  This is the 3rd year in a row that the young ladies have won the region title.  During the 3-year repeat, they won a state title and a state runner-up title.  “We will see what happens during the 3rd year,” said Coach Tamara Chavis. “This is a great year and a great group of young ladies.  They work hard and are dedicated.  Golf is a different kind of sport.  Nothing is given to them, they have to earn their score.  I am excited to see what they have in store for our road to state!”

    Boys Golf – Kudos to the boys golf team for their Region runner-up spot when they went head-to-head with Westminster.

    Girls Tennis – Congratulations to the girls varsity tennis team as they won the Region 4-AAA Championship by defeating Westminster in a very exciting match by a score of 3 to 2.

    Boys Tennis – Congratulations to the boys varsity tennis team as they p[laced 2nd in Region losing to  Westminster .

    Girls/Boys Track  – Congratulations to the boys track team for their 3rd place Region finish and the girls track team for their Region Runner-up finish at the Region Championships.

    Girls Soccer – Job well-done to the Lady Titans soccer team on their 3rd place Region finish.

    Boys Soccer – Congratulations to the boys varsity soccer team. They defeated Westminster 1-0 on their Region Championship to secure a #1 seed in the State Tournament. Game winning goal was scored by Ben Drabik and assisted by Alex Kler.

     

     

  • Be Part of Roswell Cycling Festival

    Posted by: mbdever April 29, 2016

    bikeCelebrate this year’s Roswell Cycling Festival with an event designed for riders of all ages. From training wheels to fat tires and everything in between – come singly or with your family to this year’s Greenway Family Ride.

    Enjoy a self-paced ride beginning in Roswell’s own Big Creek Park starting at 5:30. Maps and refreshments will be provided and a raffle for a new bicycle will be held at 7:30. Everyone will get a water bottle and a chance to win a new bicycle and meet some new friends.

    Information Flyer

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