“A NOVEL IDEA” – ‘Saints Read’ event connects students, faculty, parents

“A NOVEL IDEA” – ‘Saints Read’ event connects students, faculty, parents

St. Louis Catholic High School has launched its inaugural “Saints Read” event, a campus-wide common reading program to connect students, faculty and parents around a single novel. The book chosen is “Breaking Free” by Caleb Monroe, a published author and chemistry teacher at the school.

“Breaking free” is the third book in Monroe’s “Wind’s Cry” series. It’s a fantasy story about a boy who witnessed his parent’s murder and then develops severe agoraphobia. After living as a recluse for 10 years, he befriends a mystical creature who helps him overcome his fears.

Monroe said the book’s over-arching theme is to not “let your past define you.”

Melanie LeJeune, the school’s librarian and technology coach, said “Saints Read” is designed to “reinvigorate that joy for reading.”

Studies show that the number of books students read declines from third grade to high school, possibly due to increasing homework and required reading assignments, she said.

With a bite-sized reading schedule spanning six weeks and a final celebration with the author, Monroe said “Saints Read” is an obstaclefree way to get families and students communicating.

“You can’t ‘fail’ this assignment,” Monroe said. “Even if you only read part of the book, maybe hearing about it at the celebration will inspire them to read on.”

Juliet Riviere, a ninth-grader and library advisory board member, said she’s looking forward to participating in the event because it’s different than the traditional ways students interact.

“It’s a way to make school less digital,” she said.

LeJeune said the “face-to-face connections” between students, faculty and families were purposefully built into the program, a vision that Monroe said is in-line with the school’s mission.

“If we say we’re here to love your children and make them better human beings, then giving them opportunities for personal time with their parents goes a long way,” LeJeune said.

“Breaking Free” is written for young adults but will appeal to older audiences as well, making it ideal for family discussion.

“Like the ‘Harry Potter’ series, no matter what age you read it you’ll find different and increasingly deeper meanings to the text,” he said.

Monroe said his writing comes from a life-long love of story telling that began with his father’s love of comic books.

“I never wanted to be a writer, but I’ve always had ideas,” he said. “But one day, I had a story and I just wanted to tell it so I sat down and did it.”

While he believes sharing his works with his students will encourage them to write, he ultimately hopes it will push them to pursue whatever grabs their interest.

“Any passion, whether it be sports, band or any number of things, it would be great to see them go forward with that no matter the outcome.”

For more information on “Saints Read,” visit www.slchs.org/saints-read/.

Click here for the original story from the American Press.

Great Day for Saints Basketball: Girls Advance to Division II Title Game in Epic Fashion

Great Day for Saints Basketball: Girls Advance to Division II Title Game in Epic Fashion

The St. Louis Catholic Lady Saints are headed to the Division II championship game following late-game heroics from freshman Myca Trail. The guard split defenders and made a layup following a pass from a slashing Torey Washington to retake the lead with 0.4 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Lady Saints downed University Lab 87-86 at the Rapides Parish Coliseum.

The win sends the Lady Saints to their first title game since 2009 – against No. 1 Lee Magnet Friday at 2 p.m.  The Patriots eliminated No. 4 Ursuline easily, 79-61, following the Lady Saints’ thrilling victory.

“I talked to the kids about what got us here. Our saying for the year was ‘we dictate what we want to do,” St. Louis Catholic coach Tony Johnson said, via KPLC. “At first, [University Lab was] dictating what we were doing, but when we started playing our style of basketball— that’s when the game started to change.”

Students watch eagerly as the Lady Saints completed their overtime comeback Tuesday afternoon vs. University Lab.

The Lady Cubs controlled the contest for most of the game and led the Lady Saints 61-48 heading into the fourth quarter.  St. Louis Catholic trailed by as many as 15 points in the game.

But the Lady Saints would double-up U-High in the final period and take their first lead since early in the fourth quarter. Trail sank two clutch free throws to send the game into overtime tied at 74-all.

Despite an impressive effort from U-High’s Kennedy Paul (36 points, 17 rebounds) scoring with just seconds remaining, St. Louis Catholic answered with Trail’s last-second bucket to win.

Trail led the Lady Saints with 26 points and 12 rebounds. ULL signee Alexandria Goodly added 21 points and Anaiya Turner put up 22 points in the victory as well.  Read The Advocate‘s game story.

In boys basketball news, the No. 10-seeded Saints eliminated No. 7 E.D. White on the road Tuesday night, 48-45, in regional action. That game also featured a fourth-quarter comeback by St. Louis Catholic.  View the full boys’ bracket.

Because No. 15 Parkview Baptist upset No. 2 Loyola Prep, 46-43, the Saints will host Parkview Baptist on Friday at 7 p.m. in Krajicek Gym in the quarterfinals.  The winner will earn a spot in Marsh Madness at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.  Admission to Krajicek Gym is $10 for adults and $7 for students.

Saints Shine in District V Vocal Solo and Ensemble Festival

Saints Shine in District V Vocal Solo and Ensemble Festival
Congratulations to the St. Louis Catholic choir and director Colette Tanner for an outstanding performance at the 2019 LMEA District V Vocal Solo and Ensemble Assessment Feb. 23 at Sulphur High School!  All seven Saints soloists received Superior ratings.  See full results below:
Ensemble 1 (Mary Sat A-Rockin’) SUPERIOR
Duet 1 (Skye Boat Song) EXCELLENT
Duet 2 (All Through the Night) SUPERIOR
Duet 3 (Cindy) SUPERIOR
Duet 4 (Homeward Bound) EXCELLENT
Duet 5 (Poor Wayfaring Stranger) SUPERIOR
Ensemble Members: Ana-Claire Perkins, Jillian Sedano, Melissa Vo, Mazie Marceaux, Soleigha Mouton, Benjamin Tanner, Christian Wise, J-Allen Manuel, Hannah Hancock, Olivia Rupert, Lauren Godeaux
Solo 1: Christian Wise – SUPERIOR
Solo 2: Ana-Claire Perkins – SUPERIOR
Solo 3: Olivia Rupert – SUPERIOR
Solo 4: Jillian Sedano – SUPERIOR
Solo 5: J-Allen Manuel – SUPERIOR
Solo 6: Lauren Godeaux – SUPERIOR
Solo 7: Soleigha Mouton – SUPERIOR

Lady Saints Basketball Reaches State Tournament for First Time Since 2009

Lady Saints Basketball Reaches State Tournament for First Time Since 2009

Photos courtesy of Liz Mueller

After a convincing 69-38 victory against Cabrini in the quarterfinals Thursday, St. Louis Catholic is headed to Alexandria next week for the Division II state basketball semifinals – their first trip since they lost in the state championship game 10 years ago.

Senior Alexandria Goodly led the No. 2 Lady Saints (29-6) with 18 points, Torey Washington scored 14 points, and Anaiya Turner added 12 points (all from 3-point range) as they beat No. 7 Cabrini by 30 points for the second time this season.

St. Louis Catholic will face No. 3 University Lab Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 11:30 a.m.  Admission at Rapides Parish Coliseum is $13.

University edged No. 6 Loyola Prep 67-55 in the quarterfinals.  View the full bracket here.

“The first quarter, we knew we wanted to come out and play real fast at the beginning,” Lady Saints coach Tony Johnson told The American Press after Thursday’s win.  “We wanted to make them think they were out of the ball game from the beginning, and I believe we did that.  We have some special kids on this team and they love playing together.”

Click here to watch highlights from KPLC (at the 1:55 mark in the video).

Basketball Playoff Update: Lady Saints Advance; Saints Seeded No. 10

Basketball Playoff Update: Lady Saints Advance; Saints Seeded No. 10

The LHSAA basketball playoffs are in full swing, and both the St. Louis Catholic Saints and Lady Saints are in action.

The Lady Saints, seeded No. 2 in Division II, breezed past No. 18 De La Salle 100-27 in the regional round Monday and will host No. 7 Cabrini Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. with a spot in the state semifinals in Alexandria on the line.  View the full girls bracket here.

Meanwhile the Saints begin their Division II playoffs on the road as the No. 10 seed at No. 7 E.D. White on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m.  View the full boys bracket here.

Saints Read! – Join St. Louis Catholic in Reading Breaking Free by Caleb Monroe

Saints Read! – Join St. Louis Catholic in Reading Breaking Free by Caleb Monroe

“Saints Read!” is our first attempt at St. Louis Catholic to facilitate a campus-wide common reading program designed to connect students, faculty/staff and parents around a single book – Breaking Free, by Saints chemistry teacher Caleb Monroe.  Want to participate?  Let us know by filling out the form here.  The first 5 students to participate will receive a free autographed copy of Breaking Free.

The Landry Library at St. Louis Catholic has two copies of Breaking Free to check out, or you can purchase the book at this link.  Follow our librarian Melanie LeJeune’s recommended reading schedule below, and join our school community for a “book-end party” with Mr. Monroe on Wednesday, April 3, before or after school.


Week of February 18 (this week): Chapters 1-3

Week of February 25: Chapters 4-6

Week of March 4: Chapters 7-11

Week of March 11: Chapters 12-14

Week of March 18: Chapters 15-17

Week of March 25: Chapters 18-20

Book End Party April 3: 7:20 a.m. or 2:40 p.m.



St. Louis Catholic Girls Basketball Seeded No. 2 After District Championship Season

St. Louis Catholic Girls Basketball Seeded No. 2 After District Championship Season

The St. Louis Catholic Lady Saints will begin their run to the state basketball tournament on Monday, Feb. 18, in Krajicek Gym at 6 p.m. after completing a historic regular season that included the team’s first-ever 12-0 record in district play.

Led by ULL signee Alexandria Goodly, the Lady Saints (27-6) took home the District 4-3A championship and have won 11 straight games heading into the postseason as the No. 2 seed in Division II.  They will take on No. 18 De La Salle in the regional round Monday.  Click here to view the full bracket.

St. Louis Catholic Choir Students, Teacher Colette Tanner Honored at District Performance

St. Louis Catholic Choir Students, Teacher Colette Tanner Honored at District Performance
Seven St. Louis Catholic students auditioned and were selected to represent the school at the District V Vocal Music Teachers Association Honor Chorus. Their performance was Feb. 2 at the F. G. Bulber Auditorium at McNeese State University.  Congratulations to seniors Lauren Godeaux and Benjamin Tanner, juniors J-Allen Manuel and Olivia Rupert, sophomores Lay’Sha Turner and Christian Wise, and freshman Juliet Riviere!

Saints Choral Director Colette Tanner also was named VMTA Teacher of the Year for the region of Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff David, Beauregard, Allen & Vernon parishes.  Congratulations!

Lauren Godeaux

Benjamin Tanner

J-Allen Manuel

Olivia Rupert

Lay’Sha Turner

Christian Wise

Juliet Riviere

St. Louis Catholic Girls Soccer Upsets Hannan in Quarterfinals

St. Louis Catholic Girls Soccer Upsets Hannan in Quarterfinals

For the second consecutive season, the Hannan girls soccer team saw its season come to an end at the hands of the St. Louis Catholic Saints.

No. 5 St. Louis Catholic defeated No. 4 Hannan 2-1 in overtime Monday night in Covington in a LHSAA Division III quarterfinal, advancing to the state semifinals against No. 1 Vandebilt Catholic, who eliminated No. 9 Erath 7-0 Monday.  UPDATE: The Lady Saints will face Vandebilt Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Tied after 80 minutes of regulation, St. Louis wasted little time regaining the lead when senior Olivia Broussard snuck a shot past a diving Mikayla Boyer in goal to make it 2-1 Saints.

In a rematch of a 2018 quarterfinal, when St. Louis topped Hannan 7-1 in Lake Charles, the Saints (18-6-1) scored quickly when sophomore Ashleigh Tassin knocked in a deflection in the right corner of the net past Boyer in the eighth minute to make it 1-0.

The champions of Division III, District 6, Hannan (16-6-2) had three major chances to score in the first half. In the second minute, junior Emily Barre’s shot was just wide and Chloe Guerrin had a point-blank shot in the 20th minute. Barre had another chance to tie the match in stoppage time, but her shot hit the right post and stayed out of the net.

Barre finally broke through in the 59th minute, driving nearly half the length of field herself and blasting a cross shot that found the back of the net to tie the match at 1.

Read more from The New Orleans Advocate.

Saints Wrestling State Runner-up, Cheerleading Competition Victory Highlight Weekend

Saints Wrestling State Runner-up, Cheerleading Competition Victory Highlight Weekend

The Saints wrestling season finished strong as Division III state runner-ups in Bossier City, and the Saints cheerleading team added a second national championship to its 2018-19 season, taking home first place in the Worldwide Spirit Association competition in New Orleans.  Those were just two highlights of the weekend in St. Louis Catholic athletics.

The cheerleaders also won No. 1 in stunt building.  Junior wrestler Alex Yokubaitis won his third state title as the top seed at 120 pounds after winning at 113 last year and 106 as a freshman as the Saints finished behind fellow Southwest Louisiana school Basile in the Division III tournament.  Click here for more results.

The Sweethearts dance team also did well in their San Antonio competition Feb. 8-9, capturing first place in Modern Dance, second place in Kick, Lyrical & Pom Dance as well as winning the Judge’s Award.

Congratulations to the Saints soccer team on an incredibly hard-fought season, as they lost at home in the Division III quarterfinals to Vandebilt Catholic on Saturday, 1-0.  The No. 5 Lady Saints knocked off No. 4 Archbishop Hannan Monday night to advance to the state semifinals with a 2-1 overtime victory.

Girls basketball playoff brackets are out, and the Lady Saints are seeded No. 2 in Division II.  They await the winner of No. 15 Academy of our Lady and No. 18 De La Salle on Monday, Feb. 18.  And cheer on the boys basketball team as they celebrate Senior Night Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. vs. South Beauregard.