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CUBESAT CLUB OUT OF THIS WORLD ​

Brophy’s CubeSat Club successfully launched and recovered a weather balloon in March that reached the edge of space. The exhilarating ascent occurred against the desert sky in Tonopah, Ariz.; the weather balloon was recovered approximately 85 miles away near Maricopa. The CubeSat crew — Alexander Motola ’25, Henry Silvernail ’27, lan Koeninger ’25, Leo Ma ’26, Lucas Vargas ’26 and Sami Shammas ’26 — was elated to capture a glimpse of the curvature of the Earth at its highest point! Making this momentous launch and recovery possible was club moderator Mr. Jason Svedin, the support of other faculty members and the Brophy Rocketry Club. Watch the CubeSat weather balloon video and catch a glimpse of where the Earth curves.

Celebrating Style and Generosity

In a dazzling display of glamour and goodwill, Brophy’s 40th Annual Fashion Show, “Brothers in Faith,” unfolded on March 1 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. Featuring more than 200 seniors from the Class of 2024 — donning various designers and Bronco Varsity Shop apparel — and the Neiman Marcus “Art of Fashion” runway show, the event turned out nearly 1,200 guests. Thank you to chairs Sarah Gallagher and Brigette Sebald and to our generous sponsors Schmidt Jewelers, The Global Ambassador, Steak 44, and Jewels and Gems. Each year, the Brophy Fashion Show raises funds for the Brophy Financial Aid Fund and celebrates the year’s senior class.

The Greatest Prom on Earth

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages… Brophy-Xavier students and their guests enjoyed an unforgettable prom this spring under the big top. The Brophy campus was transformed into a magical wonderland with Cirque du Soleil-style performers, jugglers and magicians, a dance floor DJ, carnival arcade, live music, a “Casino Royale”-style area and of course, clowns and cotton candy!

Rocketry Club Soars

In a display of ingenuity and determination, the Brophy Rocketry Club launched a colossal rocket, “Bronc,” marking a significant milestone in their pursuit of aerospace excellence. The launch took place in Aguila, a small town near Wickenburg, Ariz., as part of the April Tripoli Phoenix rocket launch event. Tripoli, a national rocketry organization, provided the platform for the ambitious endeavor with guidance from parent mentor Jonathan Cowles. Bronc, standing at an impressive 11 and a half feet tall and boasting a diameter of over a foot, soared skyward to an approximate altitude of 1,400 feet.
“I am extremely proud that Brophy has allowed the rocketry club to become one of the largest rocketry clubs in the Southwest with over 35 active members,” said Bremer Kaprosky 25, rocketry club president. Don’t miss the “lift off” video!

16 Seniors Honored as Distinguished Students

In April, Brophy proudly announced the recognition of 16 exceptional seniors as Distinguished Students for the spring semester. Selected by the school’s devoted teachers and counselors, the honored seniors earned this distinction by having showcased excellence across academics, participation in co-curricular activities, and a steadfast commitment to service, both within the Brophy community and beyond.

Pictured: Distinguished Students Zeid Arekat, Brandon Byrne, Nick Carter, Nate Chavez, Connor Furey, Sean Kennedy, Shaan Keole, Minh Luu, Eddie Martinez Estrada, Joshua Nunez Sandoval, Connor Oldani, Luke Roe, Leo Roth, Jake Schoenhals, Juan Pablo Suarez Woolcott, and Luis Villalpando.

Brophy Choir Ends on a Bomba Note

The end-of-year choir concert featured powerful performances by Brophy’s Freshman Choir, Concert Choir and Honor Chorale Members fused with a lively ensemble, Bomba Espartanos of Camelback High School. Directed by Teresa Murphy, the “Resist & Persist” choir concert was a rhythmic collaboration, complete with the beat of Puerto Rica’s Bomba percussion, had everyone singing and dancing! Bomba over to the video to feel the beat.

Speech & Debate Sweeps National Sweepstakes

The Brophy-Xavier Speech & Debate team took 1st Place in Team Sweepstakes and Debate Sweepstakes at the National Qualifier, held in March at Brophy. The team’s impressive showing marked a first win for the schools since 2015.

Under moderator Jim Welty ’14, a member of Brophy’s Social Studies department, the winning team of students comprised: Hope Smith ’24 in Dramatic Interpretation; Mahima Sanghera ’25 and Timothy Jiang ’25 in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Yug Sonawane ’27 and Ethan Han ’27 in Policy Debate; Santiago Paul ’25 and Dione Pahilan ’25 in Policy Debate; and Lucas Vargas ’26 and Elise Kindle ’24 in Informative Speaking. These Broncos and Gators will go on to participate in the National Speech & Debate Tournament this summer.

THE SOUND OF SILENCE ​

During Holy Week, Brophy’s Office of Faith & Justice (OFJ) organized a first-ever Silent Retreat on the serene banks of Oak Creek at Manresa for 12 seniors. Accompanied by the department’s spiritual directors and all the splendor of nature, it was a chance for senior class members to truly turn off the noise and enter into silence for three days to deepen their relationship with God. Aided by the exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Silent Retreat will now be available through the OFJ once each semester to seniors interested in applying.

Welcome, Class of 2028

Gorgeous skies, great discussion and good eats were had by all at Brophy’s Big Brother Welcome in April. This annual tradition to celebrate the incoming freshman class is part barbeque social, part lively student group discussion and part parent information night, all rolled into one. Attendance numbers from this year’s event speak for themselves: approximately 550 parents; 120 Big Brothers; and 320 Little Brothers, i.e., the Brophy Class of 2028!