Bolles retires baseball star DJ Stewart’s number 1 jersey
D.J. Stewart figured there would be some emotions when he arrived at the Bolles School campus to have his number retired at Hugh Donovan Field, but he wasn’t prepared for the wave of nostalgia that hit him as he took the microphone from baseball coach Mike Boswell.
Davis Ellis honored as All-Star Athlete
Davis Ellis is a senior at The Bolles School where he is the captain of the football team and is on the basketball and track teams. Davis is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has over 120 hours of community service working with young athletes as a Grit Summer Camp counselor and a Bolles Football Camp counselor. Davis currently has 4.2 GPA and is currently committed to play football at the University of Pennsylvania and will attend the Wharton School of Business.
Jacksonville private schools roll out reopening plans, others still working
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bishop Kenny High School, a private Catholic high school in Jacksonville, plans to require all students and teachers to wear masks when social distancing isn’t possible, according to a plan released by the school Friday. The Bolles School, another large private school in Jacksonville, said Monday it is working on a reopening plan and hopes to release it sometime this week. Episcopal School of Jacksonville sent out an updated version of its reopening plan on Wednesday. Parents and guardians will be asked to monitor their student’s temperature daily before arriving on campus. Classroom desks will be placed in a way to maximize social distancing.
Jacksonville private school students are sharing experiences with racism on Instagram
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Students and alumni of color are posting about their experiences with racism at three elite private schools in the Jacksonville area. Students, faculty and alumni are posting their stories anonymously under Instagram accounts labeled BlackatBolles, BlackatBishopKenny and BlackatEpiscopal. The principal of Bishop Kenny High School said he’s disheartened, but he’s listening. Moderators for the account Black at Bolles said they have received more than 250 responses from black students, alumni, faculty and other students of color who say they were victims of racism while attending the school. “The school does not do enough to educate students and faculty on micro-aggressions and diversity,” the Bishop Kenny moderator said.
High schooler organizes pop-up drive-in theater at Town Center to raise money for children’s hospital
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Looking for a safe way to raise money to support healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Adarsh Aratikatla along with classmate Javier Neret came up with the idea of using a drive-in movie theater to help Wolfson Children’s Hospital. After months of planning, Aratikatla, an incoming senior at the Bolles School and co-founder of the Wolfson Children’s Hospital Club, is planning to host the first movie showing in an empty parking lot at The Markets at Town Center. “I think this will be a fun event where people can bring their families and also you can watch a movie. None of the movie theaters are open right now so it’ll be a fun experience.”The group plans to show “Back to the Future” to about 60 people who donated nearly $800 to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The group plans to show classic movies like “Goonies” and “Ferris Buller’s Day Off.”The group is not selling tickets for the events, but they are asking for free-will donations.
National signing period begins for area high school athletes
(Bolles School, Contributed photo)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - National signing day is here for most high school athletes across the country. Athletes signing college basketball letters of intent can sign between Wednesday and Nov. 20. Flagler Palm Coast: Nathan Farrell, Iowa (men's track and field); Mary Pickett, Jacksonville University (women's soccer); Ashley Puentes, Valdosta State (women's soccer). Mandarin: Logan Gonzales, Jacksonville University (women's soccer); Aaliyah Monds, Tennessee State University (softball). Nease: Jack Carver, Jacksonville University (baseball); Mackenzie Hochrieter, Coker University (women's soccer); Logan Nicholson, New Hampshire (women's soccer); Matthew Pounder, Jacksonville University (men's lacrosse).
Local students read poem, sing for veterans at flag ceremony
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Bolles School students honored veterans today at their morning flag ceremony. The lower school kids sang God Bless America and read a poem. ADORABLE! The Bolles School students honored veterans today at their morning flag ceremony! The lower school kids sang God Bless America and read a poem. pic.twitter.com/aibOcj00A3 News4JAX (@wjxt4) November 11, 2019Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Ex-Bolles students facing explosives charges get probation
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two former Bolles School students, originally charged with conspiracy to make, possess, place or discharge a destructive device, will avoid jail time after pleading guilty Thursday to lesser charges. Grant Shirley and Matthew Guey were sentenced to probation after entering guilty pleas to misdemeanor charges of interfering with a school function. They were ordered to have no unsupervised internet access, to stay away from firearms and are banned from all Bolles School campuses. The pair were first taken to a mental health facility under Florida's Baker Act before being turned over to law enforcement. Bolles School issued a statement Thursday afternoon on the former students.
Club seats for Publix Bold City Showcase sell out quickly
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Club seats for this weekend's Publix Bold City Showcase, a full day of high school football at the Bolles School, have already sold out. But general admission tickets are still available. Fans quickly snatched up all 300 tickets for club seats, which are located between the 45-yard lines and include access to an air-conditioned VIP area, as well as food and drink. General admission tickets are still available for $10 each. All three games will be televised live on WJXT and broadcast on the radio on 1010 XL and 92.5 FM.