2019-2020 Begins with Freshman Fun Day

2019-2020 Begins with Freshman Fun Day

Freshman Fun Day is an annual tradition that ushers in a new school year at St. Louis Catholic, and the Class of 2023 gathered on campus for the first time as Saints students Monday, July 29, 2019.  Saints Ambassadors and Student Council members led the freshmen in school tours, games in Krajicek Gym, an introduction to Campus Ministry & spirituality in high school, and a pizza lunch to conclude the afternoon.

Please note – all new & transfer students must attend Tablet Training Tuesday, July 30, and Wednesday, July 31!  Students with last names A-L report from 8:00-11:30 a.m., and last names M-Z report from noon-3:30 p.m. on both days.  Librarian & Technology Coach Melanie LeJeune will also conduct a Parent Tech Training Wednesday at two different times – 11-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m. in the Cafeteria for any Saints parents interested in learning more about the technology their students use at St. Louis Catholic.

Orientation for all students is Thursday, Aug. 1.  Juniors and seniors report from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., then freshmen and sophomores report from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For photos of Freshman Fun Day, please see below.  We can’t wait to welcome all 141 freshmen and our entire Saints family back to school on Aug. 12!

Campus Ministry & Office of Student Life Offer Evening of Friendship and Adoration

Campus Ministry & Office of Student Life Offer Evening of Friendship and Adoration
St. Louis Catholic students who are looking for an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with their peers while serving as a role model for others are invited to join us at “Let the Children Come to Me” sponsored by St. Charles Retreat Center on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  
 
To Register:
  • Contact Mia Orgeron, Director of Student Life, at morgeron@slchs.org or 436-7275 ext. 227.
Key Details:
  • Meet at St. Louis Catholic July 30 at 4:30 p.m. 
  • We will caravan to Boombox (formally Pops & Rockets) for fellowship and fun before driving to St. Charles Retreat Center in Moss Bluff. 
  • Wear Saints spirit attire (NO SHORTS PLEASE).

What Will Your Role Be?

  • Students will help with younger students and have the opportunity to reflect before the Blessed Sacrament.

Adison Giambrone Hired as St. Louis Catholic Head Softball Coach

Adison Giambrone Hired as St. Louis Catholic Head Softball Coach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 23, 2019 – St. Louis Catholic High School announced the hiring of Adison Giambrone as softball coach. Giambrone arrives after graduating from McNeese State University with a master’s degree in business administration in December 2018 and starring on the Cowgirls’ volleyball team since 2014.

Softball has also been a major part of Giambrone’s life, as she played competitively beginning at age 4.  After graduating from McNeese, the native of Richmond, Texas, remained in Lake Charles, happy with the city’s size and culture, and knew she wanted to work in education as both of her parents did.

“I am so excited to be a part of the St. Louis Catholic family.  It’s super special for kids and faculty to have the opportunity to be a part of this community,” Giambrone said.  “I want them to be proud of the softball program at St. Louis Catholic and proud to wear the St. Louis Catholic name across their chest during games and practices outside of school.  I hope to make the school known for softball and make the kids proud to play.”

St. Louis Catholic Athletic Director Pat Neck said Giambrone will be an asset to the Lady Saints both on and off the field.  She will also teach environmental science classes.

“We are very excited to have Adison join us at St. Louis Catholic,” Neck said.  “She is eager to grow our softball program, and her enthusiasm for working with young people will serve her well in the classroom and on the field.”

At McNeese Giambrone surpassed 1,000 career digs as a volleyball senior in 2017, when she made the transition to setter.  At Foster High School in Richmond, she was second on the team in digs, first-team all-district and first-team Academic All-State.

Giambrone now will lead a St. Louis Catholic softball team that has won 16 district championships in its history.  In 2019 the Lady Saints finished 12-12 (5-1 District 4-3A), and Giambrone said she hopes to solidify the team into a perennial contender for state championships.

“I’ve always loved softball deeply, and I’m really looking forward to developing the program even further and hopefully getting us to a place where we can go to state,” Giambrone said.  “We’ll get there.”

Back to Nature – St. Louis Catholic Students Hike the Wind River Range in Wyoming

Back to Nature – St. Louis Catholic Students Hike the Wind River Range in Wyoming

The Lake Charles American Press recently profiled St. Louis Catholic’s summer COR Expedition in which Mia Orgeron and 11 students – Madison Brinkman, Emma Faul, Caroline Obluda, Mary Dempsey, Sophia Tassin, Abigail Fontenot, John Patrick Broussard, Aaron Orgeron, Carson Mixon, Joseph Belcher and Luke Ledet – embarked on a life-changing adventure.  Read on for the full story:

Eleven students from St. Louis Catholic High School recently traveled to the back country of Wyoming for a seven-day wilderness expedition in Lander, Wyoming. Led by COR Expeditions missionaries, an outreach of Wyoming Catholic College, the team hiked the Wind River Range carrying 45-70 pound backpacks, free of any of the conveniences of modern technology.

Mia Orgeron, SLCHS director of student life, accompanied the team and said the simplicity of nature allowed each team member to see a side of themselves often hidden behind the bustle of everyday life. “The noise and distractions that we have here kind of take away from who we are as people and what our identity is. It creates kind of a mask that we put on for society.”

Each day consisted of physically mapping out the day’s trek, hiking, making camp, cooking meals, campfire and daily “Kairos” time, private spiritual reflection. Hiking anywhere between four and 12 miles a day depending on the altitude, Orgeron said the team learned the true meaning of authentic community.

“They formed community in such a short amount of time because of the no distractions. Like, this is my true authentic self: I have dirt under my finger nails. I haven’t showered in seven days. No pretense.”

Vulnerability was another lesson learned during the trip as each member had to rely on other teammates for even their simplest of needs like food, shelter and even going to the bathroom, as no one was to be left alone in the wild. “The whole purpose of the trip was to develop leadership qualities and to find out who we are as students and how we can take that back to St. Louis, into our community and into our world,” Orgeron said.

Madison Brinkman, senior, said COR Expedition was the first experience that actually required minute by minute application of the truths being taught. “Other camps or retreats talk about trust and communication, but at COR, you have no choice but to put them in action. Being in the middle of nowhere, all you have is the person next to you, so it teaches you how to lean on one another to survive.”

The team’s survival included packing all of their necessities in rainy, mosquito filled and sometimes snowy conditions and even a bear sighting that required them to tear down camp and move to a new location one night. Such uncertainty and lack of comfort in the wild produced significant internal growth, however, Brinkman said.

“It was all uncomfortable; but at the same time, it was the most amazing experience ever. I now know, going into the future, that it’s okay to feel awkward or out of your element. Most of the time it’s better than okay because it means that you’re growing, learning something you didn’t know before.”

St. Louis Catholic FBLA Attends National Leadership Conference

St. Louis Catholic FBLA Attends National Leadership Conference

More than 9,500 of America’s best and brightest high school students – including three from St. Louis Catholic – traveled to San Antonio, Texas, for the annual Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference. Participants from the U.S. and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their network and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events.

St. Louis Catholic delegates who attended the conference were senior Juliana Broussard, junior Xander Kihlken and sophomore Peter Obluda. Broussard competed in the Help Desk category, and Obluda competed in Computer Problem Solving. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited information exhibit hall, voted for the Southern Region Vice President and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.

Also before the conference, Broussard, Kihlken and Obluda attended Institute for Leaders, a two-day seminar focused on leadership experience for local chapter officers and members. The training conference prepares student leaders and members to assume their elected responsibilities and develop valuable life skills.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. FBLA-PBL’s mission is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.