News Archive


  • July

    Friar Starts Non-Profit to Help the Homeless

    BL Junior Armando Parrish, Angelico House, is living the mission of Bishop Lynch High School’s Dominican heritage of service. Armando felt called to serve the homeless in Dallas earlier this year, and he answered that call in a big way.Armando’s work with the homeless was inspired by a man named Lorenzo who has lived under a bridge in Dallas for more than 20 years. Armando wanted to help, and he wanted to help by finding a long-term housing solution for Lorenzo and other homeless people in the city. Armando started a GoFundMe to help Lorenzo with basic needs. He has since developed a more comprehensive plan to help the homeless with permanent housing, job skills training in IT and other higher-paying jobs, mentoring, and job placement services. Armando is partnering with homeless recovery centers to identify individuals who are ready for the program.Project Lorenzo has applied for 501(c)3 status, and the organization’s first 5K/Fun Run fundraiser is set for Nov. 27 at Breckinridge Park in Richardson.Armando has a big heart and big plans for Project Lorenzo. He wants to channel helping others into his life’s work, and he has advice for his fellow high schoolers.“Don’t wait. Be an agent of change today,” said Armando.Visit to learn more.
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  • May

    Andy Zihlman Inducted into TABC Hall of Fame

    As Bishop Lynch High School’s head women’s basketball coach for 45 years, Andy Zihlman has had a career filled with state championship wins, coaching awards and student-athletes who have gone on to play at the collegiate level. Coach Zihlman received the ultimate career coaching achievement on May 21, 2022, when he was inducted into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Hall of Fame at a ceremony in San Antonio.

    More than 65 Bishop Lynch High School administrators, colleagues, former players, family, and friends attended Coach Zihlman’s induction ceremony where he thanked his family and the BL community in his acceptance speech.

    “This is a special honor and recognition I’m very proud of as most inductees are from public schools. To represent Bishop Lynch and private schools is truly an honor. I am so thankful to Bishop Lynch for this special weekend, but most thankful to God for guiding me this whole time. My wife Teena and my children Coleen, Caroline and Kurt have been the best supporters and I’m blessed to have such a wonderful family. I also am grateful to my players and former players who have blessed me with wonderful experiences and love,” said Coach Zihlman.

    Congratulations, Coach Zihlman!
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  • Students Selected for BL’s First Hope Squad

    Bishop Lynch High School is bringing the Hope Squad to campus. Created in 1999, Hope Squad is a school-based, peer-to-peer suicide prevention program. This program is currently running in over 35 states and in Canada, and in over 1,200 schools. It is classmates helping classmates in need. Squad members are trained by an advisor to watch for at-risk students, provide comfort, identify suicide warning signs, refer concerns, and seek help from adults. The program reduces youth suicide through education, training and peer intervention.

    In May, BL students were asked to nominate themselves or fellow classmates to be a part of the suicide prevention program. Catherine Brockette, a counselor in the BL guidance department, is the lead advisor for BL’s Hope Squad, and she said the student nomination response was overwhelming.

    “Bishop Lynch has such a caring community of students, and I wish we could have accepted every nominee. I am excited to kick off our Hope Squad training and this wonderful peer-to-peer program in the fall,” said Mrs. Brockette.

    Congratulations to the following students who will serve on the 2022-2023 Hope Squad:

    Seniors (Class of 2023)
    Alese Banks
    Kevin Daniel
    Matt Hain
    Katie Hernandez
    Monica Killough
    Nicole Liwanag
    Armando Parrish
    Isaias Regalado
    Samantha Smith
    Quynh Tran
    Terrance Thomas

    Juniors (Class of 2024)
    Christian Breazeale
    Jeffrey Jordan
    Adriana Medina
    Jodie Orogun
    Vash Santos
    Meredith Scheel
    Gianna Taylor
    Abby Toscano

    Sophomores (Class of 2025)
    Bethzy Aguilar
    Emma Mullman
    Megan Rebuck
    Chime Nwanyanwu
    Pearce Roberts

    Staffulty Advisors
    Catherine Brockette – Lead Advisor
    Tom Trautman – Advisor
    Katie Dorsey - Advisor
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  • BL Delegation Represents School at NCEA Convention

    Bishop Lynch High School sent a delegation of administrators, faculty and staff to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention in New Orleans last week. Three members of the BL contingent – Shannon Byrne, learning specialist; Rachele Piazza, director of teaching and learning; and Amy Wheeler, social studies department chair – presented a session about Bishop Lynch’s first year with Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The session showcased how BL transitioned to a UDL mindset and included examples to adjust lessons and activities to align with the UDL framework.BL President Chris Rebuck and BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley also attended the NCEA Convention where they were able to meet with other Catholic school administrators from across the country, attend professional development sessions on Catholic school leadership and explore hundreds of vendor resources in the exhibit hall.“Many of the NCEA sessions focused on how to establish a culture of belonging on campus. I was happy to note that Bishop Lynch High School is leading the way in this regard,” said Dr. Riley.In addition, BL students and sisters Riley and Bella Sauter were recognized in the convention program. The girls received the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award earlier this year for their community service commitment to founding Feed the People.The 2023 NCEA Convention will be hosted by the Diocese of Dallas at the Irving Convention Center in April and all Bishop Lynch faculty will be in attendance for this preeminent national Catholic education conference.
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  • Class of 2022 Celebrates College Declaration Day and Other Senior Events

    Bishop Lynch High School held College Declaration Day on May 2. Seniors wore a shirt representing the college or university they will be attending in the fall. In all, the Bishop Lynch Class of 2022 will be attending 81 unique colleges and universities in 25 states and the United Kingdom. Plus, this class of graduating seniors has earned more than $26.5 million in college scholarships! Congratulations to our soon-to-be graduates.As members of the Class of 2022 finish their time on campus as BL students this week, they have participated in several traditional senior events like shirt signing and skirt decoration. Senior Sunset was held on May 4 and included dinner provided by the BL Alumni Association, a movie, karaoke, and a bounce house. Next week, the Class of 2022 will take part in milestone events like Senior Dinner, Honors Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass, culminating with graduation on Sunday, May 15 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.Stay tuned to Bishop Lynch High School’s social media accounts for photos of the senior celebrations.
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  • Doing Good: Student Leadership Class Spotlight

    Bishop Lynch High School has a semester student leadership class that juniors and seniors apply to join. This semester, Tom Trautman is teaching the course and he has brought a new emphasis on community service to the class. The course’s newest assignment had students develop and implement a community service project – and the project must be sponsored and sustainable by a club or organization on campus.Lilli Poff is a BL junior, and she teamed with classmate Barron Cate to start a charitable drive for the St. Patrick Refugee Outreach Program. They identified the program’s need for donated laundry detergent and toilet paper, and they proposed their service project as an initiative for the National Honor Society. The National Honor Society agreed, and the drive was held April 21-May 2. In all, the students collected 815 rolls of toilet paper and 7,795 fluid ounces of laundry detergent which totaled more than $2,700.Juliette Langlinais and Meredith Morel have a love for animals, and they translated that into a charitable drive for East Lake Pet Orphanage. The two students partnered with the wrestling team to sponsor a pet supply drive that brought in approximately 200 items including dog bowls, towels, blankets, toys, food, and crates.Mr. Trautman has been impressed with the student leadership class and the students’ creativity, initiative and passion for their projects.“The student leadership class jumped at the chance to put their leadership skills to work in helping others. From identifying needs and partnering with organizations to promoting their projects and handling the distribution of donated goods, I am proud of the students’ hard work,” said Mr. Trautman.Other student projects include the following service initiatives:Feed Lake Highlands DriveKevin DanielTravis FinleyHope Squad Hope SpotKate FielderCaroline BayeuthFeminine Product DriveKelly DoLucia ColindresEast Lake Pet Orphanage DriveMeredith MorelJuliette LanglinaisVolleyBrawl 4x4 TourneyLeah OyewoleBri MerkledoveCorina DavilaCaps for CancerNicole LiwanagHalle TovarGarland Book DriveMadeline HernandezWipes and Diapers DriveJP SavantHayden BauerSkills, Drills and Snacks Basketball ClinicJP ManeyCole MilkreitFree Softball ClinicKaitlyn EdgarMya DunnSPCA Blanket DriveLola DyeSamantha SmithThe student leadership class is also working on a video project that highlights the student life at Bishop Lynch, including academia, arts, athletics, and clubs.
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  • Friar Senior Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

    When Amy Gibson, Class of 2022, signed up to join Best Buddies at Bishop Lynch High School during Club Fair her freshman year, she joined because of the mission and opportunities the organization provides to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since then, Amy has flexed her leadership both through the BL Best Buddies Chapter and in the entire North Texas region, and her work has helped her earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award.Amy started the North Texas Student Advisory Board to connect student leaders from Best Buddies chapters around North Texas to create and implement initiatives that will benefit Best Buddies chapters across the region. The advisory board serves as a resource for chapters to help bridge the gap between the student experience and staff perspective at Best Buddies. This is the first student advisory board for the Best Buddies organization, and Amy has now chaired it for three years.Amy said she is forever thankful for the opportunity to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award because of the leadership experience and the people she has met.“I have grown through the ranks with the BL Best Buddies Chapter, and my experience collaborating with other Best Buddies student leaders prepared me for my current role as the chapter president for Best Buddies. Without my decision to work with the Best Buddies organization to earn my Gold Award, I would not have had the confidence to reach out for all these opportunities. For that, I am very grateful,” said Amy.Congratulations, Amy!
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  • March

    Chandra Rideau Matthews '97

    Chandra Rideau Matthews '97 is currently the Development Director of Helping Hands for Single Moms - Dallas. She recently moved back to the Dallas area with her husband and son and is excited to be back in her hometown! 

    To learn more about Helping Hands for Single Moms or to get involved, click here.
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  • Charlie Stock '20

    In a recent forum on university-level mock trials, Charlie Stock '20 was listed as a 2022 new Top Performer. Way to go, Charlie!
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  • Lt. Christine Gargan '03

    Lt. Christine Gargan '03, who is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 2012, recently received an M.A. degree from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston. Congrats Christine!
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  • Mark Howard '85

    Mark Howard '85 has been elected to The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees. Mark is a sales management, marketing, and business development executive at Momentum Wealth Strategies. Click here to read more.  Congratulations, Mark!
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  • Megan Hertel '16

    Megan Hertel '16 graduated from the University of Florida in the spring of 2020 with a triple major which included a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies. After graduating, she took a position with the Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville, TX as a Zookeeper. Next, Megan became an Aquarist at the Caldwell Zoo in Waco, TX. After just 5 months with the Caldwell Zoo, she has been offered the position of Aquarium Manager. 

    Way to go, Megan!
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  • February

    BL Honored to Host Catholic Schools Week Poster Contest

    Poster Contest Reception Rescheduled
    Please join us for a reception honoring the Catholic Schools Week poster contest winning artists from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17 (rescheduled due to inclement weather). The event will be held in the atrium at Bishop Lynch High School. Enjoy light bites and view the poster exhibition. 

    Bishop Lynch High School is honored to host the annual Catholic Schools Week poster contest for first through eighth graders in the Diocese of Dallas. 
    Frank Brown, Bishop Lynch fine arts teacher, is the event organizer and he was very impressed with the overall artistic quality of the 2022 entries. 
    "Across the board, the entries this year are better than anything I have ever seen in the past. There have always been some great posters entered, but this year our Catholic school art departments have kicked it up a notch and taken quality, creativity and fun to a new level. It is truly an honor to be part of this city-wide celebration of who we are and what we do," said Mr. Brown.
    The contest winners' artwork is currently on display in the Bishop Lynch atrium. A reception has been planned to recognize the winning artists and their award entries. 

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  • January

    BL’s Inaugural Esports Season Yields Big Results

    The first-ever Esports teams at Bishop Lynch High School competed in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) fall season. Teams competed in League of Legends, Rocket League and Smash Brothers and performed extremely well in their inaugural season.League of Legends went undefeated 19-0 and the team was named the TAPPS Fall State Champions. Smash Ultimate was also named TAPPS Fall State Champions in their division. Rocket League placed eighth.Clayton Nester teaches in the business department, and he is the Esports moderator. He credits these dedicated students and video game enthusiasts with initiating an Esports team at Bishop Lynch that regularly practiced and played in the school library.“These students were a joy to watch compete in their leagues. Their dedication, camaraderie and skill level are very impressive,” said Mr. Nester.Please congratulate the following students on their achievements:
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  • Four Friars Participate in Prestigious Perry Initiative

    Bishop Lynch High School students Mariah Cornelio, Katelyn Edgar, Avery McKnight, and Tapasya Ranka participated in a full-day medical workshop on Dec. 11 for the Perry Initiative Program. The program hosts young women in high school that are interested in medical careers. The students performed mock orthopedic surgeries, conducted biomechanical engineering and were able to hear from women surgeons and medical students about the study, profession and life of someone pursuing medicine.
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  • Friar Choir Participates in Master Class with “Hamilton” Cast Members

    Christmas came early for Bishop Lynch High School’s Friar Choir! Last week, choir members participated in a choreography and vocal master class with Krystal Mackie and Deejay Young, two artists currently in the touring production of “Hamilton.”The choristers learned dance steps to the iconic “My Shot” hit and got vocal warm-up tips. The artists also participated in a Q&A session and shared real-world professional musical theatre experiences.A Bishop Lynch graduate living and working in New York City connected the school with this opportunity.NBC5 covered the special event. You can view their news story here.
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Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963