Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Jones
As a first-year teacher, Ms. Kayla Jones has submersed herself in the Bishop Noll community. Jones teaches theatre, advanced theatre, speech, and film study. She also runs the drama club and is the director of the school productions. Jones loves theatre and is excited to share her passion with her students. She says her favorite part is being able to witness her students grow and explore theatre in different aspects.
“My favorite part about teaching here at BNI is honestly the students,” said Jones. “This building is full of so many different types of energies, personalities, cultures, and backgrounds that make every single student here so unique. It is wonderful to be able to teach and thrive in such a diverse environment with students sincerely passionate about whatever it is they do, be that sports, theatre, or different clubs.”
Bishop Noll is very fortunate to have Ms. Jones as a part of the faculty and an extracurricular club sponsor.
Student Spotlight: Noah Reid
“State champion” is one of several titles that sophomore Noah Reid carries. Reid is one of the many star players on the boys’ soccer team.
“My favorite part of playing soccer is being a part of an awesome team and representing Bishop Noll,” Reid said. “Our team is more like a family, and we are all brothers. We have each others’ backs on and off the field. The support we receive from the parents, the alumni, and our fellow students is awesome. We also manage to get Chick-fil-a when traveling home from games.”
Reid came to Noll because his brother was going to be a senior when he was an incoming freshman. He wanted to experience all the greatness at BNI that his brother talked about. With the STEM program, he felt like Bishop Noll was going to be a strong fit for him. Along with being in soccer, Reid also plays basketball. Aside from athletics, he is in Biology club, Intercessory Prayer Group, RICHER program, and campus ministry. Reid’s favorite part of being a Warrior is the family aspect. He realizes that once a Warrior graduates, the pride and spirit is among them, and he is excited to experience that same feeling in 2021. To say the least, Reid is a well-rounded student who fits all the aspects of mind, body, and soul that make Bishop Noll what it is today.
What’s coming up?
The Bishop Noll Drama Department is proud to announce their fall play: Almost Maine. Performance dates are November 16, 17, 18 at 7:30pm. Student admission is $5 and adults are $8.
“Playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Carianai’s Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost—not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness—experience the life-altering power of the human heart,” states the school’s description for the play. “Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis (the northern lights) and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love and relationships. A true romantic-comedy with a touch of bitter-sweet.”
The cast and crew are made up of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The play is made up of several short plays, so the theatre department was able to cast several lead characters per scene. The theatre department has worked extremely hard these past few months and is excited to share the show with the community.
The Bishop Noll Athletic Department had another successful fall sports season. The Girls’ Golf team placed 8th overall at sectionals. Boys’ Tennis won their 4th consecutive sectional title against East Chicago Central. Boys’ JV football had a season full of rebuilding and took home a few wins.
The Girls’ Soccer team fell short of the sectional title in the championship game against undefeated Wheeler, but overall had a great season with a new coaching staff. In Cross Country, sophomore Mary Buksa and senior Julianne Hoff both qualified for regionals under the coaching of former BNI graduate and new head coach, Sal Cordova. The Girls’ Volleyball team took home the conference title.
New head coach and former Noll graduate Quinn Cloghessy led the Boys’ Soccer team to its first ever state appearance and came out victorious. The Boys’ Soccer team took home the conference title and their 2nd consecutive sectional title against Griffith with a score of 4-0. At the regional final, the boys were able to persevere through all the injuries and take home their 2nd consecutive regional title with a score of 3-2 against West Noble. Noll took home the semi-state title with a score of 3-2 in a late comeback against Concordia Lutheran. At the Indiana 2A State final, BNI was able to top Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter with a score of 1-0. Along with the sports team, the BNI Athletic Council is back for the second year in a row.
The athletic council is headed up by athletic director Brandi Krolak and is made up of BNI athletes of all seasons. This year’s goal is to raise enough money to be a partner in the Special Olympics program. The Warriors overall had an incredible season and are ready for the winter sports season.