Catholic Schools Week Highlight Reel – VIDEO

Catholic Schools Week Highlight Reel – VIDEO

As Catholic Schools Week concludes, we remain grateful for your support and confidence in the only Catholic high school in our Diocese and St. Louis Catholic’s mission to Honor & Praise God … In All Ways.

This week we’ve provided our students and community with incredible spiritual experiences that only St. Louis Catholic can offer (Did you catch our faculty jam session Thursday? Click here to see the Facebook Live stream!). Most notable were Wednesday’s Hard as Nails assemblies and family event where our students truly connected, offered up their challenges and saw that God’s approval is all they need in life.

As we celebrate our school’s 50th anniversary and continue to grow for the future, staying true to our pillars of wonder, identity, community and service, we thank you for recognizing the amazing value of education at St. Louis Catholic High School!  CLICK HERE (or on the image above) to watch our 2-minute highlight reel from the week.

St. Louis Catholic FBLA Places in 77 Events at District Conference

St. Louis Catholic FBLA Places in 77 Events at District Conference

More than 700 students in District V traveled to McNeese on Jan. 22 to compete at the district conference, including 72 St. Louis Catholic FBLA members, to compete in business and business-related events.

Saints students placed in 77 events, including nine first place-winning events, 36 superior ratings, and 32 excellent ratings. All first place and superior ratings will be advancing to state competition on March 29-31, 2020, at the Lafayette Cajun Dome Convention Center.

St. Louis Catholic competitors advancing to state are as follows.  Click here for all Saints’ results.

Advertising – Christian Wise – Superior
Agribusiness – Lucas Manuel – Superior
Banking & Financial Systems – Ava LaCombe – Superior
Banking & Financial Systems – Emma McCall – Superior
Business Calculations – Gabrielle Kuehn- Superior
Business Communication – Caroline Obluda – WINNER
Business Communication – Vean Rademeyer – Superior
Business Ethics – Cailyn Jones – Superior
Business Ethics – Gabrielle Karam – Superior
Business Ethics – James Brandon – Superior
Business Ethics – Madison Bebee – Superior
Business Ethics – Presley Gilbert – Superior
Business Ethics – Saizar Berlanga – Superior
Business Law – Eden Moreno – Superior
Client Service – Anaiya Turner – Superior
Client Service – Joseph Belcher – Superior
Computer Applications – Peter Obluda – WINNER
Current Events – Jake Hanks Team – WINNER
Current Events – Lucas Manuel – WINNER
Current Events – Vean Rademeyer – WINNER
Cyber Security – Jace Peloquin – WINNER
Cyber Security – Joshua France – Superior
Economics – Nicholas Ughovwa – Superior
Emerging Business Issues – Chaise Sutherland – WINNER
Emerging Business Issues – Karli Peshoff – WINNER
Emerging Business Issues – Megan Ughovwa – WINNER
Entrepreneurship – Jonah Reggie – Superior
Entrepreneurship – Joseph Belcher – Superior
Entrepreneurship – Lexie Miller – Superior
Global Business – Caroline Obluda – Superior
Global Business – Claire Brescher – Superior
Global Business – Colby Piatt – Superior
Global Business – Jace Peloquin – Superior
Global Business – McKenzie LeDuff – Superior
Healthcare Administration – Claire Brescher – WINNER
Healthcare Administration – Eden Moreno – Superior
Healthcare Administration – Mary Dempsey – Superior
Hospitality Management – Celia Villaume – Superior
Hospitality Management – Juliana Broussard – Superior
Hospitality Management – Kourtney Pitre – Superior
Insurance and Risk Management – Carson Mixon – Superior
Introduction to Business – Jalen Guidry – Superior
Introduction to Business Communication – Jennifer Lytle – Superior
Introduction to Business Communication – Kaia Austin – Superior
Introduction to FBLA – Chaise Sutherland – WINNER
Introduction to Information Technology – Callen Hale – Superior
Introduction to Information Technology – Jake Smith – Superior
Introduction to Information Technology – Peter Obluda – WINNER
Introduction to Public Speaking – Gavin Phillips – Superior
Journalism – Karina Cotten – Superior
Marketing – Adyn Gaughan – Superior
Marketing – Emma-B. Faul – Superior
Marketing – Jalen Guidry – Superior
Marketing – J-Allen Manuel – Superior
Marketing – Landon Cooley – Superior
Marketing – Nicholas Ughovwa – Superior
Ms. Future Business Leader – Emma-B. Faul – WINNER
Organizational Leadership – Jonah Reggie – Superior
Organizational Leadership – Molly Inman – Superior
Personal Finance – Aidan O’Neal – Superior
Personal Finance – Jake Hanks – Superior
Personal Finance – J-Allen Manuel – Superior
Political Science – Carson Mixon – Superior
Political Science – Will Canup – Superior
Sports and Entertainment Management – Jules Hardy – Superior
Sports and Entertainment Management – Stephen Kershaw – Superior
Sports and Entertainment Management – Xander Kihlken – Superior

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 a 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 .


St. Louis Catholic Presents FAME JR. – FOX29 Morning Show

St. Louis Catholic Presents FAME JR. – FOX29 Morning Show

St. Louis Catholic High School is proud to present Fame JR., a full-scale production at ACTS Theatre Saturday, Feb. 15 (6:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Feb. 16 (2 p.m.).  Click here to view co-director Tricia Barrow and student actors Coleman Zeringue, Molli Miller, Neely Khan and Ana-Claire Perkins on the Fox29 Morning Show discussing preparations for the production!

Tickets are limited, so click here to get your tickets today!

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of SWLA.

St. Louis Catholic Senior Olivia Rupert to Perform at Carnegie Hall

St. Louis Catholic Senior Olivia Rupert to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Olivia Rupert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Lake Charles, LA – Jan. 27, 2020 – Olivia Rupert, a senior at St. Louis Catholic High School, has been selected for the 2020 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.   She will perform soprano next week with the National High School Honors Treble Choir. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Rupert auditioned for the Honors Performance Series this past summer and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording.

She has studied music for seven years and sings in her church band in addition to the St. Louis Catholic Concert Choir.  Rupert has achieved district choir honors for three years, LMEA women’s all-state choir as a junior, and she also will be playing a lead role as Miss Sherman in St. Louis Catholic’s upcoming production of FAME JR. in February.

Rupert said the audition for Carnegie Hall was a difficult but rewarding process.

“I was unsure about auditioning for this program, but I thought to myself I’d never know if I didn’t try,” Rupert said.  “For my audition I had to pick a song from Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics, Twenty-Four Italian Songs & Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. I spent several weeks practicing my piece, and (Choir Director Colette Bulber Tanner) took time out of her summer and met with me several times to help me learn the music and record it. I thought that my audition was rough and wasn’t the best because it was recorded on my phone, but Mrs. Tanner was really encouraging throughout the whole process.”

Rupert will join performers from students from 47 United States, Guam, several provinces of Canada, Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Qatar and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

“I am looking forward to meeting other people who share in the same interests and talents as me and to seeing the city of New York,” Rupert said.  “This will be the farthest I have ever been from Lake Charles!  I’m going to start college at McNeese next year … I will always keep singing in my life in some way.”

The finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Finalists and get a taste of New York City. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance and an Honors Instrumental Performance, will take place Sunday, February 2, and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased through the Carnegie Hall box office.

“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” said Matt Castrina, Vice President for the Honors Performance Series. “We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected over 600 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget.”

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization. Learn more at and


Click here to read The American Press’ feature on Olivia from the Jan. 29 edition.

Catholic Schools Week Events at St. Louis Catholic High School

Catholic Schools Week Events at St. Louis Catholic High School

St. Louis Catholic High School is proud to celebrate its 50-year legacy of Catholic education in Lake Charles, including Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2020, as we reflect on our four pillars of wonder, community, service and identity.  We have many events planned for our school, including Hard as Nails Ministries speaking on campus Jan. 29 for the “You’re Amazing Experience.”  We hope to see you at 6 p.m. Wednesday night to hear from speaker Justin Fatica about God’s favor in your life!

We will also offer Adoration on Friday, Jan. 31, open to all St. Louis Catholic students, parents, teachers and alumni in the Multimedia Room (Mrs. Lavine’s class, Room 40).  Sign up here.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Wear your school uniform to your church parish and share your photos with us! Post your pictures to Instagram using the hashtags #CSW20 & #wearesaints

Monday, January 27, 2020 – “Go Nuts” for #CSW20!

Bring a jar of peanut butter for Catholic Charities, and wear your spirit shirt & jeans with closed-toe shoes. *Items will be collected first period*

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – Food Trucks at Lunch

Kona Ice ($3, $4 or $5) & Casa Manana ($5 for Firecrackers or Quesadillas). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Catholic Charities to feed those in need.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – Hard as Nails Assemblies

Special schedule: Seniors attend Mass at the Cathedral.Hard as Nails/Justin Fatica presents two 2-hour seminars for our students!

    9-11 a.m. Grades 9-11; 12:45-2:45 p.m. Grade 12

Then … Come to St. Louis Catholic at 6 p.m. for a can’t-miss family event with Hard as Nails focusing on God’s favor in your life!

Thursday, January 30, 2020 – Celebrate Our Catholic Identity

Coffee & Hot Chocolate for Students in the Commons Before School

Watch for something special in your inbox from your Saint!

Faculty “jam” session in the Commons at lunch- watch on Facebook Live!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Sign Up for Adoration in the Multimedia Room (Mrs. Lavine’s Class) – All are welcome!

Click here to view the Jan. 23 edition of Halo Notes, which contains a digital flyer of these #CSW20 events.

St. Louis Catholic 2020-2021 Cheer Tryouts Start March 18, 2020

St. Louis Catholic 2020-2021 Cheer Tryouts Start March 18, 2020

Save the Date for St. Louis Catholic Saints Cheerleading Tryouts for the 2020-2021 school year – March 18-20, 2020!

Tryouts are open to any rising freshman, sophomore, junior or senior at St. Louis Catholic High School.  For rising freshmen, click here to enroll at SLCHS for the 2020-2021 school year before tryouts!

All aspiring cheerleaders MUST have their Participation Agreement, report card, physical, and the SLCHS Cheerleading Constitution signed by the parent and student on the first day of tryout week.  Other required documents in the tryout packet are medical history and LHSAA athletic participation form.

Required skill at tryouts is a standing back handspring.  Click here to view a detailed tryout schedule, or see below:

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18th, 2020 — Mandatory: Learn tryout material, SLCHS Krajicek Gym 5pm – 6:30pm
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 19th, 2020 — Mandatory: Material review, SLCHS Krajicek Gym 5pm – 6:30 pm
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 20th, 2020 — Mandatory: Final Cheer Tryouts, SLCHS Krajicek Gym 4:30pm warm-ups
    begin and tryouts begin at 5pm *Must wear white sports bra, white tank, black shorts, White
    crew socks, & white bow with high/tight ponytail*


    • MONDAY, MARCH 23rd —
      • 2020 Mandatory Previous cheerleader uniform confirmations 5:00pm-5:30pm in the cheer room
      • Mandatory parent meeting, SLCHS cheer room at 5:30pm
      • Pre-owned uniform sales – We will be in the cheer room from 6:30pm – 7:30pm following the meeting for anyone wanting to buy pre-owned uniforms
    • TUESDAY, MARCH 24th, 2020 — Varsity uniform fitting with Varsity Representative in the cheer room at 6:30pm.
    • THURSDAY, MARCH 26th, 2020 — Start of mandatory spring practice 4:15pm-5:30pm
    • Stunt Clinic– SLCHS, April 4th, 2020 (10:00am-12:00pm)
    • Summer Camp – Destin, Fla., June 15th-19th, 2020

Please contact Coach Elaina Kilpatrick at with any questions prior to tryouts!

LeJeune, Villaume Travel to Microsoft Underground Learning Summit

LeJeune, Villaume Travel to Microsoft Underground Learning Summit

From January 9-10, 2020, St. Louis Catholic faculty members Melanie LeJeune and Mary Villaume attended the Microsoft Underground Learning Summit in Redmond, Wash., and represented their cohort in the Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert (MIE) Boom activity.

The Microsoft Education Underground Summit is an opportunity for 250 U.S. MIE Experts and Showcase School leaders to come together for two days of learning with like-minded educators from across the country.  Throughout the two days, attendees like LeJeune and Villaume learned from each other as well as ed tech experts during learning breakouts and had the opportunity to explore some of the unique environments where technologies are being created and developed.

Their cohort consisted of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.  LeJeune, St. Louis Catholic’s Library Media Specialist, and Villaume, Latin Teacher and Instructional Coach, presented to attendees on “Why Free Choice Reading Matters:  Connecting Readers to Their Books.”

Freshman Kyndal Kohnke Earns Honorable Mention in NGPF PAYBACK Challenge

Freshman Kyndal Kohnke Earns Honorable Mention in NGPF PAYBACK Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jan. 16, 2020Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a nonprofit committed to ensuring that all students leave high school with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex financial world, is pleased to announce 94 students from across the nation have received an Honorable Mention Award in their third annual PAYBACK Challenge, including St. Louis Catholic freshman Kyndal Kohnke.

Over 900 students from across the United States submitted essays earlier last fall. After playing the award-winning college finance game, PAYBACK, students wrote a 250-word essay answering one of these questions:

Write a letter to your future self that you will open after your freshman year of college, reminding you of the key skills you will need to thrive during your college years.


How could you use the online game, PAYBACK, to have a conversation with your parent/guardian about paying for college?

Kyndal Kohnke

St. Louis Catholic Personal Finance teacher Ashley Lavine nominated Kohnke’s essay to her future self, and the essays were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Provides a complete and clear answer to the question
  • Indicates an understanding of key concepts learned by playing the game PAYBACK
  • Articulates thoughts in a creative manner

“Some major points of my essay were to spend my money wisely and to save money, while still having fun in college,” Kohnke said. “I talked about how every decision I make now and in college will greatly impact my future. Overall, my essay was focused on remembering to watch my money spending in college so that I can benefit in life after college.”

Here’s the complete list of winners by state.  Kohnke and the rest of the Honorable Mention winners will receive a $500 award from NGPF to be used for educational purposes.

“To even receive Honorable Mention for this essay is an amazing honor that I am very grateful for,” Kohnke said.  “It shows me that I can do anything I put my mind to and that hard work does not go unnoticed.  I am so thankful for Mrs. Lavine choosing my essay to be entered into this competition and ultimately being the one who taught me so much of what was written in my essay.  Placing Honorable Mention in this contest is something that I will remember for the rest of my life and will benefit me greatly in the future.”

About Next Gen Personal Finance:
Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), has become the “one-stop shop” for more than 25,000 financial educators looking for high-quality, engaging curriculum to equip students with the financial skills they need to thrive in their future. NGPF now reaches over sixty five percent (65%) of U.S. high school students who attend a school where a teacher is using their curriculum. NGPF has been recognized by Common Sense Education as a “Top Website for Teachers to Find Lesson Plans.”

PAYBACK Fast Facts:
Created by McKinney, digital agency based in Durham, North Carolina, in collaboration with Next Gen Personal Finance

  • Featured in NY Times and recipient of Webby Awards for best Social Impact game and best Education game categories
  • Over 1.2 million game plays since launch in fall of 2017
  • Student engagement based on average length of game: 16.0 minutes

Computer Science Discoveries Students Create Personal Websites

Computer Science Discoveries Students Create Personal Websites

Students in St. Louis Catholic’s Computer Science Discoveries class recently created personal websites.  They learned to structure and style their pages using HTML and CSS.

Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course developed by for 9th and 10th grades that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.

Click below to view Mrs. Melanie LeJeune’s students’ websites:


Click below to view Mrs. Ashley Lavine’s students’ websites:







Saints Wrestling Hosts Senior Night Jan. 15

Saints Wrestling Hosts Senior Night Jan. 15
St. Louis Catholic’s wrestling team dominated Barbe, 66-16, to start the new decade 2020 and followed up with a third-place finish at the Brusly Invitational.  Next up is Senior Night – Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. in Krajicek Gym, as the community celebrates the wrestling careers of seniors Joseph Belcher, JP Broussard, Keyshawn Jones, Bud McMichael and Alex Yokubaitis.
Yokubaitis, an Oklahoma State signee, earned another Outstanding Wrestler honor at Brusly this past weekend, finishing first place individually along with McMichael.  The Saints’ second-place finishers at Brusly were Jones and juniors John Reina and Kemal Robertson, while junior Patrick Collins earned a third-place finish, and Broussard placed fourth.
St. Louis Catholic hosts Rayne on Wednesday night in their last local match of the season.  Several more tournaments follow before the Saints depart for the state wrestling tournament in Shreveport Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.  Click here to view the schedule.