St. Louis Catholic Soccer Teams Earn First-Round Byes in Playoffs; Doubleheader Set for Feb. 5

St. Louis Catholic Soccer Teams Earn First-Round Byes in Playoffs; Doubleheader Set for Feb. 5

2019 Division III soccer playoff brackets were unveiled this week, and the St. Louis Catholic Saints & Lady Saints both earned automatic berths into the regional round.

The Lady Saints are seeded No. 5 overall and will play Tuesday, Feb. 5, against No. 21 West Feliciana at 5 p.m.  View the full girls bracket.

The Saints are seeded No. 1 overall and will also play Tuesday, Feb. 5, against No. 16 DeRidder at 7 p.m.  View the full boys bracket.

Congratulations to the following St. Louis Catholic soccer players who earned spots on the West All-Star team in the LHSCA East-West All-Star games set for Saturday, Feb. 23:

Madalyn Howard (Defender) and Olivia Broussard (Forward)

Chris Zareck (Midfielder/Forward) and Matthew Dufrene (Forward)

Injury Gives Alexandria Goodly Chance to Grow Game

Injury Gives Alexandria Goodly Chance to Grow Game

After a year on the sideline due to a knee injury, Alexandria Goodly has returned to form, leading the St. Louis Catholic Saints to a 21-6 record, including seven consecutive wins in District 4-3A play.

Goodly, a senior and Louisiana-Lafayette signee, is leading the Saints at both ends of the floor, averaging 20.2 points and 6.0 steals per game.

She said the season spent off the court was horrible.

“I don’t wish it on an anyone; it wasn’t any fun at all,” she said. “You have to watch everything go down and can’t participate in anything. I had to stay vocal and stay positive, cheer the team on when we were down.”

Goodly said one benefit was getting a different perspective of the game while watching from the bench.

“You see the game in a whole new light, in ways you haven’t seen before,” she said. “You see things you can do in different situations.”

Goodly needed little time to regain her form, scoring 33 points in a win over DeRidder in the seventh game of the season. She scored 17 points in the fourth quarter of that game, demanding the ball from head coach Tony Johnson.

“I feel I am back to my normal self,” she said. “From the first few days to now, I feel way better.”

Goodly said she is more concerned with the team’s well-being as she attempts to lead the Saints to their first state tournament appearance since 2009.

“I feel we have been successful so far,” she said. “Our chemistry is good, we play well together. I don’t have any sisters, so that is how I look at my teammates. I try to stay positive so they will too, try to be a leader by example. We have been executing very well and I think we are on the right track to win a state championship.”

Johnson said Goodly’s will to win — and work — is unmatched.

“Hard work, determination and willingness to do anything to get better — she has those things,” he said. “That’s what I want the younger girls to learn from her. They are following suit because they look up to her. They see something that she does and they do it, because they know it is right. That’s why she is labeled as one of the best girls to come through here.

“If she felt she didn’t do something right, the next day she is going to be the first one in the gym and the last one to leave. She is going to make sure she gets it right before she leaves.”

Johnson said Goodly learned to be dominant on both ends of the court after coming in as a scorer.

“She came in as a freshman and kind of still had that middle-school mentality,” he said. “We had to work with her and make her understand that in high school there are girls just as good as her or even better.

“She had some problems adjusting to the competition level, but about halfway through her freshman year, she started to understand how to play the game and execute. She got better on the defensive end. When she first got here, she didn’t want to do anything with defense. She just wanted the ball.”

Johnson said the year off the court was not a waste because Goodly spent it bettering her understanding of the game.

“She became a coach,” he said. “Now she is seeing the floor a lot better now than before. She learned how I see things from the sideline, and now she is taking that to the court and dictating things on the floor. She has come back and is having an excellent year.”

Goodly said the game of basketball has helped her grow as a person.

“I always looked up to my coaches,” she said. “They played a big part in who I am today as a person. They taught me a lot of life lessons, mostly outside of basketball. They taught me how to do the right things.”

See the original article in the American Press published Jan. 25, 2019.

Alivia Mudd Crowned Miss Cameron Parish

Alivia Mudd Crowned Miss Cameron Parish

St. Louis Catholic junior Alivia Mudd was crowned Miss Cameron Parish as part of the recent Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival that recognizes the industries and fur-bearing parishes of Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Cameron.

Mudd’s job as ambassador of Cameron Parish will be to promote Cameron Parish and all the rich tourism opportunities therein, doing so both in the state and as a representative at the Maryland Outdoor Festival in February. As part of her prize package, she received a fur vest and a $1,500 scholarship.

Congratulations, Alivia, on this exciting honor!

Important School Uniform Message from Southern Drifter: New Orders Due Feb. 8

Important School Uniform Message from Southern Drifter: New Orders Due Feb. 8

DON’T FORGET!  The Southern Drifter ordering process for the 2019-2020 school year will take place NOW until Friday, Feb. 8.  To ensure your child has new St. Louis Catholic High School uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year, please make every effort to pre-order items now.  This is the only way to get a guaranteed uniform by the start of the new school year via Southern Drifter.  Parents will only be required to pay half down at the time of the order and can make payments throughout the year.  Your balance will be due at pickup in June 2019.

We understand your child may grow between now and then, and we account for that growth.  When you come in to pick up orders in June, your child can try on all uniform pieces and leave with items that fit.  If there are items in June you no longer need or want, you will be given a full refund for any and all items.  Your child will be guaranteed a fitting uniform if you make the February order date listed above.  Please contact us by phone or stop by Southern Drifter any time for more information

Location: Prien Lake Mall

Contact: LeAnne Buff, Owner

Cell #: 337-936-0104

Store #: 337-602-6668

St. Louis Catholic FBLA Qualifies 41 Events for State Competition

St. Louis Catholic FBLA Qualifies 41 Events for State Competition

St. Louis Catholic High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) had a banner day at the District V Leadership Conference at McNeese State on Jan. 23, 2019.  St. Louis Catholic was noted as the highest-placing school in the district after earning 74 event placements, including 41 qualifying for state competition in March.

FBLA is the high school division of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc.  FBLA helps high school students prepare for careers in business through academic competitions, leadership development and educational programs.  A total of 69 St. Louis Catholic students competed Wednesday among the field of 650 registered competitors at McNeese in a variety of business-related events, bringing home 31 Excellent ratings, 27 Superior ratings and 10 first-place prizes.

Congratulations to all the participants and club moderator Ashley Lavine, and good luck to our Saints who will represent St. Louis Catholic and District V at the FBLA State Leadership Conference March 24-26!  Students who scored first place and superior qualified for the state competition (full results are below).  Click here for PDF form.

Advertising:  Presley Gilbert–Superior; Isabel David – Excellent; Alivia Mudd – Excellent

Agribusiness:  Lucas Manuel-Superior

Banking and Financial Systems:  Genesis Bass, Tia Reder, and Shelby Willis-Superior
Presley Gilbert, Gabrielle Kuehn – Excellent

Broadcast Journalism:  Genesis Bass, Tia Reder and Shelby Willis-FIRST PLACE

Business Calculations:  Gabrielle Kuehn-Superior; Adam Courville–Superior; Katie McCall-Superior

Business Communications:  Katie McCall-Superior; Elise Bourque–Superior; Taylor Brandon-Excellent

Business Ethics:   J. R. Brandon, Jaden Gallien, and Cailyn Jones-Superior

Business Law:  Taylor Brandon–Superior; Josh Orsot-Excellent

Client Service:  Aaliyah Williams-Superior; McKenzie LeDuff-Excellent

Computer Applications:  Kristen Goodly–Excellent

Computer Problem Solving:  Peter Obluda-FIRST PLACE; Jake Hanks–Superior; Tyler August-Excellent

Current Events:  Jake Hanks, Vean Rademeyer and Lucas Manuel-FIRST PLACE

Cyber Security:  Jace Peloquin–FIRST PLACE; Peter Obluda-Excellent

 Economics:  Adam Courville-Excellent

Entrepreneurship:  Juliana Broussard, Xander Kilhken, and Jacob Rhodes-Excellent

Global Business:  Landon Cooley, Brenon Nash, and Jace Peloquin–Superior; Camille Brescher, Haley Curol – Excellent

Healthcare Administration: Claire Brescher-Superior; Eden Moreno–Excellent

Help Desk: J. R. Brandon–FIRST PLACE; Juliana Broussard-Superior

Hospitality Management: Madison Brinkman, Caroline Obluda, and Celia Villaume-FIRST PLACE; Eden Moreno and Anaiya Turner-Excellent

Impromptu Speaking:  Alivia Mudd-Excellent

Insurance and Risk Management:  Andrew Castle-Superior; Elise Bourque-Excellent

Introduction to Business:  Camille Brescher-Superior; Karina Cotten-Superior

Introduction to Business Communication:  Vean Rademeyer-Superior; Torey Washington-Excellent

Introduction to Business Procedures:  Stephen Kershaw-Superior; Molly Inman-Excellent

Introduction to FBLA:  Saizar Berlanga-Superior; 
Haley Curol-Excellent

Introduction to Financial Math:  Jake Smith-Excellent

Introduction to Information Technology:  Karina Cotten-FIRST PLACE; Stephen Kershaw-Superior

Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure:  Pierce Bilbo–Excellent; Stephen Kershaw-Excellent

Introduction to Public Speaking:  Darren Metoyer–FIRST PLACE; Kylie Hebert–Excellent

Job Interview:  Sam Drouilhet-Superior

Journalism:  Keajhanea Edwards–Excellent

Management Decision Making:  Madison Brinkman, Landon Cooley, and Celia Villaume–FIRST PLACE

 Marketing:  Kylie Hebert and Nick Ughovwa-Superior

Mr. Future Business Leader:  Julian Jones-Superior

Ms. Future Business Leader:  Emma Faul-FIRST PLACE

Organizational Leadership:   Caroline Obluda-FIRST PLACE; Josh Orsot-Excellent; Lauryn Sweet-Excellent

Personal Finance:  Molly Inman-Superior; Caron Mixon-Superior

Political Science: Claire Brescher–Superior; Jaden Gallien– Superior

Public SpeakingZachary Benoit-Excellent

Securities and Investments:  Mary Dempsey-Superior

Sports and Entertainment Management:  Jules Hardy, Xander Kihlken and Carson Mixon– Superior;
Sam Drouilhet, Jaleel Goodwin and Jack Slade-Excellent

Word Processing:  Saizar Berlanga–FIRST PLACE; Kristen Goodly-Excellent

Saints Soccer Coach Jason Oertling Wins 600th Career Game

Saints Soccer Coach Jason Oertling Wins 600th Career Game

St. Louis Catholic soccer coach Jason Oertling achieved a personal milestone Tuesday night when the Saints shut out Menard, 5-0, in Lake Charles.  The victory was the 600th of Oertling’s 26-year coaching career – all at his alma mater St. Louis Catholic.

“This is a special group,” Oertling told the American Press. “This was our best performance of the year.  We have played a lot of great competition and have not been able to put everything together all at once.  This game, everything we have worked on all season long came together.  They know it is that time of the season with the playoffs coming up.”

Oertling added the players’ attitude keeps coaching fun.

“I’m still enjoying it,” he said. “I know I have been around for a very long time; I started young.  These kids are so fun to work with.  It is so enjoyable when you have kids who work like they do … I know it is a personal accomplishment, but to me 600 wins represents the fact that I have been around a group of kids that have been able to get 600 wins.  I don’t look at it as a personal accomplishment as much as an honor that I have been around the kids the whole time.  I have said all year long how special the program is, boys and girls.  This may be a coaching accomplishment, but I feel so fortunate to be around a group of kids like this.”

Click here to watch KPLC’s coverage of Oertling’s 600th win.

Step by Step Re-Enrollment Guide

Step by Step Re-Enrollment Guide

Note to St. Louis Catholic Parents: If you have questions about re-enrollment, please contact Director of Admissions Heather Ieyoub at hieyoub@slchs.org or 436.7275 Ext. 244.  If you would like one-on-one help, you can set up a time with her.

In order to complete our online re-enrollment process, you will access ParentsWeb through your existing login. Each parent must have their own personal login– regardless if you are in the same or different households. If you do not have a login, please follow the Instructions for Creating a ParentsWeb Login listed below.

Instructions for Creating a ParentsWeb Login

  • Please go to www.slchs.org
  • Select RenWeb at the top left corner of the page
  • After the RenWeb ParentsWeb Login screen opens, please select Create New ParentsWeb Account.
  • Enter SLC-LA into the District Code field.
  • Enter in the Email field your email address as provided in your application to the school.
  • Click the Create Account button.
  • You will receive an email from RenWeb Customer Support containing a link that will allow you to create your username and password.  For security purposes the link will remain active for 6 hours.
  • Please click on the link.  A Change/Create Password screen will open.  You may use the default username provided, or create a new username.  Then type in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field.
  • Click on the Save Username and/or Password button.
  • Close the window.
  • Log into ParentsWeb as instructed above.

Now it’s time to re-enroll:

  • After logging in to your Parents Web account, click on the apply/enroll tab found on the left hand side of the page
  • A drop down menu will appear; click enrollment/reenrollment
  • A pop-up blocker may prevent the page from opening.  Allow it by clicking in the top right hand corner of your browser.  
  • Our Online Enrollment system will open with a link to the enrollment packet for {StudentFirstName}.
  • The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • Your information will be saved if you need to quit and come back later.

If there are any supplemental forms that are missing from your students file, we may contact you for them.

Again, if you have any questions about re-enrollment, please contact Heather Ieyoub.  She will be glad to sit down and walk through the process with you.

Katelyn Courville, Lady Saints softball senior, signs with Louisiana College

Katelyn Courville, Lady Saints softball senior, signs with Louisiana College

St. Louis Catholic senior outfielder/middle infielder Katelyn Courville signed her national letter of intent to play softball for Louisiana College on Friday.

Surrounded by her family and the Saints community, Courville made her college decision official in a ceremony in the Commons.

“I chose Louisiana College because I like the small classes, I like the rigor of the school – how competitive it is – and I like how the softball team is working toward getting better and competing for a NCAA championship in their division,” Courville said. “I like that I’ll be close to my family as well.”

The Lady Saints’ 2019 softball season begins in February.  Senior Madalyn Howard also signed with Louisiana College to play soccer in November.

Melanie LeJeune Wins CBS Lake Charles’ Eye on Outstanding Teachers Award

Melanie LeJeune Wins CBS Lake Charles’ Eye on Outstanding Teachers Award

St. Louis Catholic High School Librarian & Technology Coach Melanie LeJeune earned the January 2019 Eye on Outstanding Teachers Award from CBS Lake Charles for her commitment to educating students in our community.

The CBS film crew surprised LeJeune on Jan. 15 with the award.  Click here to see the footage, which will run on CBS Lake Charles throughout January.

Congratulations to Melanie on this well-deserved honor!  Here a few quick facts about her:

Hometown?  Merryville, LA – Home of the Panthers!

Favorite quote? “I am always learning, always discovering.” -Isamu Noguchi

Favorite food?  A good hamburger

Best moment at St. Louis Catholic so far?  There have been so many, but one of the great moments this year was when a slew of students came to check out books.  There’s nothing that warms a librarian’s heart more, and thanks to the English teachers offering some opportunities for free reading choice, our circulation statistics went from 31 books checked out during the 1st quarter last year to 414 books checked out during the 1st quarter this year!  Wow!
What will we most likely find you doing on a weekend?  Watching one of my favorite shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime, organizing something in my house, yoga, reading, walking my dog, napping, going to Mass with my family, and a little computer work mixed in there somewhere.

 

 

Lauren Cousté Wins 2018-2019 St. Louis Catholic Student of the Year

Lauren Cousté Wins 2018-2019 St. Louis Catholic Student of the Year

St. Louis Catholic High School is proud to announce its 2018-2019 Student of the Year honoree is senior Lauren Cousté.

The daughter of Thomas and Jennifer Cousté of Lake Charles, Lauren currently serves as Executive President of Student Council, Vice President of National Honor Society and President of Earth Club, and she is a member of Saints Ambassadors, promoting St. Louis Catholic High School at Advancement and Alumni events and in the local community.  Cousté was chosen co-captain of the Saints swim team in 2018 and captain of Southwest Louisiana Tournament Volleyball from 2016-2017.  She also has devoted many hours to volunteer projects throughout high school, including Operation Christmas Child, Children’s Art Fest, Kirkman Street Cleanup, Vacation Bible School and tutoring.

“My role as a tutor in National Honor Society as well as at the local charter school enabled me to realize my desire to help those around me, to share my own abilities with others,” Cousté said. “These experiences have not only shaped me into the person I am today, but they have cultivated crucial life skills within me.”

Cousté has a 4.4 GPA and received several academic honors in 2018, including Academic All-State from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, nomination as Louisiana Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, selection as St. Louis Catholic’s representative to the National Student Leadership Conference, and the Outstanding Academics Award from St. Louis Catholic High School.

“It is an immense honor for me to be named Student of the Year,” Cousté said.  “I love representing St. Louis Catholic in any way possible, so I am ecstatic to actually compete for my school.  St. Louis Catholic is my home, and I am honored to be able to bear my school’s name through each round of competition.”

Cousté will compete at the diocesan, regional and state levels.  The Louisiana Department of Education will announce the elementary, middle/junior high and high school Students of the Year on April 10, 2019.

The Louisiana Student of the Year Award Program was established to identify and recognize an outstanding senior who represents all students in our diocesan school system.  The criteria for selecting an outstanding student are based on academic achievement, service, character, leadership and communication skills.  Candidates for Student of the Year must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a four-point scale and submit an application portfolio.