Saints Qualify for National FBLA Competition in 7 Events

Saints Qualify for National FBLA Competition in 7 Events

Congratulations to the following St. Louis Catholic students who placed in the state Top 10 at the 2019 FBLA State Leadership Conference this week in Lafayette, including seven events that qualified for national competition.
Full results are listed below – Any event placing in first, second, third or fourth place (results underlined) qualifies for the FBLA national competition this summer in San Antonio, Texas.

Event: Name(s), Ranking
Agribusiness: Lucas Manuel  Fifth Place
Broadcast Journalism: Genesis Bass, Tia Reder, and Shelby Willis  Seventh Place
Business Communication: Katie McCall  Second Place
Business Ethics: J. R. Brandon, Jaden Gallien, and Torey Washington  Sixth Place
Computer Problem Solving: Peter Obluda  Second Place
Current Events (State only event): Jake Hanks, Lucas Manuel, and Vean Rademeyer  Third Place
Cyber Security: Peter Obluda  Second Place
Cyber Security: Jace Peloquin  Fifth Place
Global Business: Landon Cooley and Jace Peloquin  Ninth Place
Help Desk: J. R. Brandon  Fifth Place
Help Desk: Juliana Broussard  *First Place*
Hospitality Management: Mary Dempsey, Caroline Obluda and Celia Villaume  Eighth Place
Insurance & Risk Management: Will Gage  Second Place
Introduction to Business Presentation: Sydney Manuel and Darren Metoyer  Eighth Place
Management Decision Making: Landon Cooley, Celia Villaume and Emma Faul  *First Place*
Ms. Future Business Leader (Ms. FBLA): Emma Faul  Seventh Place
Organizational Leadership: Caroline Obluda  Second Place
Public Service Announcement: Amya Allison, Mikayla Ned and Keajhanea Edwards  Seventh Place
Publication Design: Jorden Robinson, Anaiya Turner and Torey Washington  Fifth Place
Richard D. Clanton Award: Juliana Broussard  Ninth Place
Securities & Investments: Mary Dempsey  Tenth Place
Who’s Who in FBLA: Juliana Broussard  Sixth Place
Word Processing: Saizar Berlanga  Ninth Place

Volleyball Tryouts Are May 7-9; Tryout Clinic Dates Available

Volleyball Tryouts Are May 7-9; Tryout Clinic Dates Available

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 St. Louis Catholic volleyball team will be May 7-9 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Krajicek Gym.  Coach Elizabeth Thompson and the staff will offer tryout clinics from 3:30-5 p.m. on April 29, April 30 and May 1 for prospective players to meet the coaches, see the facilities and prepare for the tryouts.  Please note – the tryout clinics cost $15 per session and do not guarantee a spot on next year’s team.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact ethompson@slchs.org.  *Wear athletic clothes and shoes! (Knee pads & volleyball shoes are optional.)*

Lady Saints Basketball Coach Tony Johnson, Players Receive Postseason Honors

Lady Saints Basketball Coach Tony Johnson, Players Receive Postseason Honors

Congratulations again to the St. Louis Catholic girls basketball team, which finished the 2018-19 season as Division II state runner-up in March and earned several postseason honors this week.  Special recognition goes to coach Tony Johnson, who was named District 4-3A Coach of the Year, and senior guard Alexandria Goodly, who was named District 4-3A Most Valuable Player.  A full list of Lady Saints honorees is below:

First-team All-District 4-3A  – Alexandria Goodly and Anaiya Turner

Second-team All-District 4-3A – Aaliyah Williams and Myca Trail

Honorable Mention – Torey Washington

All-Defensive First-Team – Anaiya Turner and Maggie Bruchhaus

District 4-3A MVP – Alexandria Goodly

Coach of the Year – Tony Johnson

St. Louis Catholic Cracks Top 10 in 11 Categories at FBLA State Conference

St. Louis Catholic Cracks Top 10 in 11 Categories at FBLA State Conference

Congratulations to the following St. Louis Catholic students who have advanced to the top 10 at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Conference in Lafayette!

  1. Who’s Who in FBLA                                              Julianna Broussard
  2. Ms. Future Business Leader                                Emma Faul
  3. Richard D. Clanton Memorial Award                Julianna Broussard
  4. Publication Design                                                 Torey Washington, Anaiya Turner, and Jorden Robinson
  5. Public Service Announcement                            Keajhanea Edwards, Mikayla Ned, Amya Allison
  6. Management Decision Making                           Celia Villaume, Landon Cooley, and Emma Faul
  7. Introduction to Business Presentation              Sydney Manuel, Isabel David, and Darren Metoyer
  8. Hospitality Management                                      Celia Villaume, Mary Dempsey, and Caroline Obluda
  9. Help Desk                                                                 Student A: J.R. Brandon             Student B: Julianna Broussard
  10. Global Business                                                      Landon Cooley, Jace Peloquin, and Brenon Nash
  11. Business Ethics                                                       J. R. Brandon, Jaden Gallien, and Torey Washington

Stay tuned for more news from the Awards Session March 26 as they work to qualify for national competition.

Hannah Derouen, Lady Saints softball pitcher, signs with Millsaps College

Hannah Derouen, Lady Saints softball pitcher, signs with Millsaps College

St. Louis Catholic senior pitcher Hannah Derouen signed her national letter of intent to play softball for Millsaps College on Friday.

Surrounded by her family and the Saints community, Derouen made her college decision official in a ceremony in the Commons.  She said playing softball at St. Louis Catholic has taught her life lessons of hard work and dedication that she’s ready to take to the college level.

“It’s a great, beautiful campus, I love the community they have there, and it’s not too far away from home,” Derouen said of Millsaps.

Derouen has been pitching since fourth grade, and in her final season with the Lady Saints, she said their biggest goal is to reach the 2019 state tournament in Sulphur.

“I love being in every single play, and I love being one of the leaders on the field,” she said.   “I’ve been playing with catcher Shelby (Wood) and (outfielder/middle infielder) Katelyn (Courville) since we were 10, so they’re like family to me now.  We have so many memories on the bus rides and in the locker room…we are so close on this team.”

The Lady Saints have won three straight games and sit at 8-6 on the season.  They travel to take on Barbe tonight in nondistrict action.

Blanchard, Chatters Earn LHSAA Academic All-State Honors

Blanchard, Chatters Earn LHSAA Academic All-State Honors

St. Louis Catholic boys basketball coach Rick LeBato is pictured with his 2018-19 seniors Kevin Collins, Carrington Guillory and LHSAA Academic All-State honorees Benji Chatters and Preston “Trey” Blanchard.

Not only did the St. Louis Catholic boys basketball team advance all the way to Marsh Madness to conclude the 2018-19 season, but senior captains Preston “Trey” Blanchard and Benji Chatters gave the Saints something even more to be proud of on Wednesday.

Blanchard, who transferred from Hathaway this year, and Chatters were named to the 2018-19 LHSAA Academic All-State Boys’ Basketball Composite Team, presented for exemplary academic achievement by maintaining the highest GPA among all athletes during their academic career while participating in varsity high school athletics.  St. Louis Catholic is the only school with two honorees on the list of 22 basketball players with perfect 4.0 GPAs.

“These two were our captains this year and led this group through a lot of obstacles,” said coach Rick LeBato.  “It was difficult, but they stayed positive.  Basically the core of our team came in late, so we got off to a slow start.  This group was able to turn it around; they didn’t hold their heads down.  And to make it all the way to the Final Four was a huge deal.”

Chatters said prioritizing homework and studying along with athletics has been crucial throughout his journey at St. Louis Catholic.  He and Blanchard both took inspiration for their success in school from their families, specifically their older sisters.

“A lot of people don’t think you can balance the two (sports and academics),” Blanchard said.  “But I would tell people it can be done.  It takes a lot of sacrifice; you don’t have as much free time as you want, you can’t go out on the weekends all the time, but if you want to do it, you can go out and get it.”

Both student athletes said they knew their basketball careers soon would end, so focusing on their academic success was a no-brainer.  Blanchard plans to study accounting in college and become a CPA, while Chatters just earned acceptance to the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s combined six-year undergraduate/medical school degree program.

“They took someone and modeled themselves after someone older than them, and the other common denominator was being unselfish and having the ability to give of themselves,” LeBato said.  “That’s rare – only a few teams can do that, and these two were definitely our leaders in that.”

Saints Host St. Louis Catholic Golf Invitational; Boys and Girls Place 2nd

Saints Host St. Louis Catholic Golf Invitational; Boys and Girls Place 2nd

The Saints golf teams hosted the 2019 St. Louis Catholic Invitational tournament at the Lake Charles Country Club on Monday and Tuesday, and both the boys and girls teams finished second in the team standings. Congratulations to all the award winners!

BOYS
TEAM (click here for full results)
1. Alexandria Senior High
2. St. Louis Catholic
3. Monsignor Kelly

INDIVIDUAL (click here for full results)
1. Brayden Wright, Sulphur
2. Karan Patel, ASH
3. Connor Welsh, St. Louis Catholic

GIRLS (click here for all results)
TEAM
1. Sulphur
2. St. Louis Catholic

INDIVIDUAL
1. Carly Whittington, Lacassine
2. McKenzie LeDuff, St. Louis Catholic

Saints Community Unites in Prayer at St. Joseph’s Altar in Landry Gym

Saints Community Unites in Prayer at St. Joseph’s Altar in Landry Gym

The St. Louis Catholic community celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph on Tuesday, March 19, with a beautiful St. Joseph’s Altar and prayer service in Landry Gym.

Thank you to families for donating items for the altar!

The morning also included a school-wide trivia contest using Kahoot in Microsoft Teams.  Students participated in their C period classrooms before the prayer service as Campus Minister Sister Maria Jose Perez read trivia questions about St. Joseph over the loudspeaker and classes submitted their responses through Microsoft Teams.

26 St. Louis Catholic Seniors Invited to McNeese’s Academic Signing Day

26 St. Louis Catholic Seniors Invited to McNeese’s Academic Signing Day

Academic Signing Day at McNeese State University is designed to showcase the highest achieving students and commemorate their academic success during their high school career.  Congratulations to the following St. Louis Catholic students, who earned invitations to this third annual invitation-only event in which students will have the opportunity to interact with their potential future classmates, meet their McNeese academic advisor, schedule classes and participate in an academic signing ceremony on Friday, March 22:

  • Preston Blanchard
  • Ethan Brouillette
  • Hannah Broussard
  • Samuel Carmont
  • Brandon Carona
  • Annie Delucca
  • Matthew Dufrene
  • Darby Gabbert
  • William Gage
  • Lauren Godeaux
  • Hannah Guillory
  • Travis Hinton
  • Mark Hoag
  • Julia Istre
  • Patrick Laborde
  • Andre Ledet
  • Carmen Lejeune
  • Ethan McCorquodale
  • Emily McGuire
  • Benjamin Neck
  • John Peloquin
  • Jacob Rhodes
  • Lucia Riviere
  • Mary-Elizabeth Rosteet
  • Natalie Theriot
  • Connor Welsh

The welcome presentation begins at 9 a.m. in Tritico Theatre in the Shearman Fine Arts Center.

“Saints Read” Update: Q&A with Author Caleb Monroe

“Saints Read” Update: Q&A with Author Caleb Monroe

St. Louis Catholic launched “Saints Read” in February to generate campus-wide enthusiasm around reading – particularly chemistry teacher Caleb Monroe’s first book Breaking Free.

Check out this quick video by Monroe and Librarian/Technology Coach Melanie LeJeune exploring the book so far, including some key questions to think about as you read.  And don’t forget – join the Saints community for a Book-End Party before or after school on April 3!