Audition for St. Louis Catholic Show Choir!

Audition for St. Louis Catholic Show Choir!

Auditions for the 2020-2021 St. Louis Catholic Show Choir will be held on Thursday, May 7, via Google Meet. If your student would like to audition, please submit the following info to Director Brett Cooley and Ms. Orgeron by Monday, May 4, to receive an individual audition time:

Name:
Email:
Mobile #:
Graduation Year:
Auditioning for: (vocals, guitar, etc…)
Other activities: (sports, cheer, Sweethearts, job…)

AP and Dual Enrollment Exam Updates – Spring 2020

AP and Dual Enrollment Exam Updates – Spring 2020

**This link was included in Halo Notes April 23 & 30, 2020.  Click HERE for more Academic Updates.**

Please note the following AP® Exam updates for Spring 2020:

  • CollegeBoard is offering at-home, online testing ONLY; see information regarding the 45-minute, free-response question test structure here. Note the significant consequences associated with fraudulent behavior or plagiarism (cheating).
  • Exams will NOW be OPTIONAL.
  • Exam reimbursement will be processed towards the end of June after all exam results are recorded.
  • See the test schedule and course-specific requirements here. Plan to test during the primary testing window from May 11 to May 22.  Late-testing is reserved for emergencies and should be communicated to administration immediately.
  • Take this survey indicating your plans to take the AP® Exams.
  • Fill out this form by April 24 if you need assistance with technology and/or connectivity access.
  • Classroom teachers will be communicating more specific testing administration, format, structure, and preparation information to you.

Dual Enrollment Updates (revised April 30, 2020)

Please note the following final exam test dates and grade deadlines for Spring 2020:

  • Buller will administer the Statistics 231 and Math 175 final exams remotely on May 1 at 4 p.m.
  • Austin’s Art 251 students have completed their final exam assignment.
  • Matzenbacher will administer the Psychology 101 final exam remotely on May 5 at noon.
  • Father Long will require a final paper for Religion 201 due May 6.
  • All SLCHS final exam grades should be available by May 8 and recorded in McNeese’s system by May 11.

Please note the procedures to enroll in the SLCHS Dual Enrollment program for 2020-2021 school year.  Note McNeese’s adjusted guidelines for Summer/Fall 2020 enrollment in response to the Department of Education’s score recommendations:

  • Research your planned degree program at your future college to make sure our course offerings meet your needs.
  • Apply online through McNeese here. The scores embedded here are prior to Coronavirus; refer to the new score requirements under “Admission Requirements – Summer/Fall 2020 with Covid-19 Updates” here.  Students no longer need to meet the composite score requirement.
  • Complete the new Course Enrollment Request Form available May 2020. McNeese will continue to accept the previous form until the new form is available.
  • Send ACT scores to McNeese. The next National ACT dates as of now are June 13 and July 18.  All applicants who registered for the April 4 McNeese ACT test site were rolled to the June 13 ACT; that testing date is full.  Students can test at other Calcasieu Parish sites including LaGrange, Sam Houston, and Sulphur High School on June 13.  McNees and Sulphur High are available for July 18 testing.
  • See the new Accuplacer Testing Requirements here. Accuplacer costs $10; students can request their scores to be sent to other universities.
  • Expect to pay $300 per course plus additional lab fees at the start of the school year. Art 251 lab fees are $10, and all math courses included a $50 lab fee.  These fees are subject to change based on semester course needs.

St. Louis Catholic Track & Field Senior Luke Benoit Signs with ULL Ragin’ Cajuns

St. Louis Catholic Track & Field Senior Luke Benoit Signs with ULL Ragin’ Cajuns

As St. Louis Catholic seniors prepare to take their next steps into the world, track and field athlete Luke Benoit has signed his letter of intent with the University of Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns.

Benoit said he can’t wait to continue the momentum of this season at St. Louis Catholic, though it was cut short due to COVID-19, in college in Lafayette.  For instance, the Saints’ 4×400 indoor relay team on which Benoit ran was runner-up to Northwest in the LHSAA indoor state finals by a mere 0.11 seconds.

“On the way back to our cars that day, we all said, ‘We’re gonna get ’em in outdoor, and that’s gonna motivate us,’ and then we didn’t even get to do that,” Benoit said.  “But track’s not over – there’s better competition out there that I’m gonna be facing at the next level.  I know I have to get ready and keep it going.”

Benoit said he visited ULL in November, and the school’s location and atmosphere made it appealing to the Grand Lake native.

“I wanted to get away from home, but not too far away,” he said.  “There’s always something about Lafayette; it’s bigger than Lake Charles but not too big.”

Benoit also placed 6th in the long jump (6.30m) at the indoor state finals.  Even though he and the rest of the Saints track & field team didn’t get to achieve their goals in the outdoor season, he has many fond memories of his one year at St. Louis Catholic – especially coach Johnny Giardina.

“I loved being on the 4×400 at St. Louis – I actually liked a relay for once because we had such a good team,” Benoit said.  “It was a big move for me from Grand Lake to here, especially for my senior year.  At St. Louis, people were joining track because they actually wanted to win and try, and it pushed me too.  I would have liked to have seen what we could have done.

“I wish Coach Johnny could come with me to college … There’s just something about him, how he’d chase you around the track and yell at you, it was awesome to be with him.”

St. Louis Catholic Senior Golfer McKenzie LeDuff Signs with Alabama State

St. Louis Catholic Senior Golfer McKenzie LeDuff Signs with Alabama State

St. Louis Catholic senior golfer McKenzie LeDuff had to sign her letter of intent at home this year, but she still made her commitment to Alabama State University official despite the atypical circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

LeDuff won the 2019 Division I individual girls state championship and was hoping for a chance to defend her title before the LHSAA season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.  But LeDuff said Alabama State will be “her dream school” after she got to tour the campus and meet coach Quincy Heard in February.

“One of my main goals was to find a good school that had a good golf team with a good coach,” she said.  “I wanted to go somewhere where it felt like home.  Also, Alabama State was not too far, but it’s far enough to have the experience of being on my own.  It’s not a large school, it’s a smaller school where I can still get the attention my teachers and hopefully know most of the people in my classes.”

LeDuff’s mother and grandmother were with her when she signed her letter of intent at home April 16, and they FaceTimed her grandparents from New Orleans.  So while it wasn’t the usual Saints celebration in the Commons because of the school closure, LeDuff remains grateful for all her St. Louis Catholic memories, especially under the direction of girls golf coach Sid Briscoe.

“I first met Mr. Briscoe the summer of fifth grade when I was really little,”  LeDuff said.  “He took my game from 6th-8th grade – he was my only coach, and in 8th grade I went the entire middle school season undefeated … So in between 6th-8th grade, he’s the one who really got me started and got me serious.”

4 St. Louis Catholic Seniors Named to Spring All-Academic Composite Team

4 St. Louis Catholic Seniors Named to Spring All-Academic Composite Team

Four St. Louis Catholic senior student-athletes who participate in spring sports have received recognition by the LHSAA All-Academic Program as members of the 2019-2020 Composite Team for maintaining a 4.00 unweighted GPA throughout their high school careers.

Seniors Maggie Bruchhaus (tennis), Ethan Hebert (tennis), Carson Mixon (baseball), and Sophie Stine (track & field) are receiving All-Academic Composite Team honors from the LHSAA for at least a second time this year.   To earn Composite Team honors, a student-athlete must have an unweighted 4.00 GPA and cannot even have a ‘B’ on their transcripts.  Bruchhaus (basketball), Hebert (cross country and soccer), Mixon (football) and Stine (volleyball) earned recognition for their academic and athletic achievements at prior LHSAA state events this year.

“We are very happy that these outstanding young men and women have been recognized again for their years of hard work in the classroom and in their athletic endeavors,” said St. Louis Catholic Athletic Director Pat Neck.  “We are obviously very sad that their seasons were cut short but know that they will all succeed in whatever their future plans are.”

St. Louis Catholic to Continue Remote Learning for Remainder of 2019-2020: Statement from Office of Catholic Schools

St. Louis Catholic to Continue Remote Learning for Remainder of 2019-2020: Statement from Office of Catholic Schools

April 17, 2020 – Statement from the Office of Catholic Schools

In concurrence with the recent announcement made by Governor Edwards that school buildings are officially closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, students in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lake Charles will not be returning to their classrooms this school year. As approved by Bishop Provost and Superintendent Kimberlee Gazzolo distance learning will continue for students through Friday, May 15th. Senior students, Class of 2020 will have details provided to them regarding academics and graduation by St. Louis Catholic High School administration.

As we work to finalize details for end of the year celebrations, and for summer programs, we remain committed to our students and families and we appreciate your support during this unprecedented time. We will continue to communicate via social media, school websites and email. We thank our pastors, administrators, teachers and staff for their unwavering dedication to their students and we look forward to the time when we can be together again! We ask that you continue to pray for the sustained good health of all and for the recovery of the sick.

St. Louis Catholic’s Tony Johnson is American Press’ Girls Coach of the Decade

St. Louis Catholic’s Tony Johnson is American Press’ Girls Coach of the Decade

EDITOR’S NOTE: Second in a series of high school all-decade teams. 

Championships in the first and last year of the decade highlight the decade in big school girls basketball.

Jennings opened the decade by winning the Class 4A title with a 60-52 win over Bastrop. LaGrange closed the decade in style, earning the program’s first state title with a 46-31 win over two-time defending state champion Warren Easton in Burton Coliseum.

The only other championship for an area school came in 2017, when South Beauregard beat Albany 60-47 to claim the Class 3A title. That was the first year in which two area big schools reached the championship game, with Destrehan beating Barbe to claim the 5A championship. The feat was repeated this season with St. Louis advancing to a second consecutive Division II championship game.

The Most Valuable Player of the Decade is Barbe guard Brandi Williams, who led the Bucs during a three-year stretch when the Bucs won eight playoff games from 2016-18. The Bucs had not won a postseason game before that run of success, which included quarterfinal appearances in 2016 and 2018. Williams twice earned first-team all-state honors, averaging 16 points per game in each of her last two seasons. She recently completed her sophomore season at Louisiana-Lafayette, where she was named 2019 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the year after setting a school freshman scoring record with 384 points. As a sophomore, she averaged 12 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Coach of the Decade is St. Louis Catholic’s Tony Johnson, who has led the Saints to consecutive appearances in the Division II championship game. Johnson led St. Louis to a 2010-105 record in the decade, reaching the playoffs every season. The Saints won at least one playoff game in eight of 10 season with three quarterfinal finishes and two regional-round finishes. St. Louis finished the regular season at .500 or better each of the 10 seasons with five seasons of at least 23 wins.

Standout players on each of the three championship teams join Williams on the first team. From Jennings, it’s point guard Jalyn Johnson, who was named second-team all-state in 2011 and first team in 2012, when she was also MVP of the American Press All-Southwest Louisiana team. Johnson played college basketball at McNeese State, where she is the all-time career assists leader and led the team in assists for three consecutive seasons. She was a two-time team MVP, all-conference, and all-state honoree. Johnson led the team in scoring in the 2015-16 season (14.9 ppg) and is sixth on the career scoring list. She is also the career leader in games played (134).

South Beauregard is represented by Ashlynn Derouen, who was named first-team all-state in both the championship season of 2016-17 and her 2017-18 season, when she averaged 18 points per game as a senior. Forward Jeriah Warren, the lone active member of the team, represents the 2019-20 LaGrange title winners. Warren averaged 16.7 ppg, 8.3 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.0 blocks per game while leading the Gators to a 32-4 season.

DeRidder shooting guard and current LSU player Domonique Davis, a three-time first-team all-state selection, rounds out the first team. Davis averaged 25 points per game as a senior and was named the Class 4A state MVP. Davis appeared in 14 games at LSU this season, helping the Tigers to a 20-win season.

Making up the second team are South Beauregard guard Sissy Saucier, who earned first- and second-team all-state honors and played college basketball at LSU Eunice, St. Louis guard Alexandria Goodly, a first-team all-state selection and a freshman at ULL, Sulphur guard Hannah Cupit, the 2013 All-Southwest Louisiana MVP who went on to play at McNeese and is an assistant at Sulphur, Iota guard Maddison Gatte, a two-time second-team all-state selection who plays at Louisiana-Monroe and Westlake’s Jaden Towner, a second-team all-state honoree and 2016 All-Southwest Louisiana MVP who recently finished her career at Southern University, averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds as a senior.

St. Louis Catholic High School’s Virtual Stations of the Cross

St. Louis Catholic High School’s Virtual Stations of the Cross

As part of St. Louis Catholic High School’s Holy Week at Home in 2020, the Saints community signed up to pray Stations of the Cross and emailed their videos to the school.  Click HERE to view the complete Way of the Cross video.

Special thanks to our Campus Ministry team and the following student and family participants:

Station 1 – Aidan Primeaux

Station 2 – Michael DesOrmeaux & Family

Station 3 – Jules LeJeune

Station 4 – J.P. Broussard & Family

Station 5 – Tassin Family

Station 6 – Eden Moreno

Station 7 – Madison Brinkman & Family

Station 8 – Jillian Primeaux ’19

Station 9 – Cody Lyons

Station 10 – Kihlken Family

Station 11 – Mia Orgeron

Station 12 – Trappey Family

Station 13 – Nathaniel McNally & Family

Station 14 – Clara Lang ’18 & Maggie Lang

St. Louis Catholic Senior Javelin Star Gabe Meyer is KPLC’s Sportsperson of the Week

St. Louis Catholic Senior Javelin Star Gabe Meyer is KPLC’s Sportsperson of the Week

Senior Gabe Meyer – KPLC-TV

On April 9, 2020, St. Louis Catholic senior javelin star Gabe Meyer was featured as KPLC-TV’s Sportsperson of the Week.  Click HERE (or click the image) to view the segment.

As athletes mature, they realize there is more to sports than just physical talent.

St. Louis Catholic track and field star Gabe Meyer, said his approach to training has changed since he stepped foot on campus as a freshman.

“I think I’ve definitely learned how to push myself further and really get out of my comfort zone and strive to be the best that I can be no matter what event I’m competing in,” the senior said.

Meyer was heading towards ending his high school days with a bang. Nearly two months ago he helped make St. Louis history as the Saints won their first state championship in the indoor 4×200 relay.

“Being the first ones to be able to do that and make history my senior year is really something special,” Meyer said of winning the state title with his team. “It’s just an amazing feeling to know that all your hard work has paid off even that early in the season.”

But, it’s Meyer’s ability to throw the javelin that has helped him get national recognition. He won the Division II title as a junior and is currently ranked as the top thrower in the state and second in the nation with a distance of 185 feet and four inches.

“It’s crazy. I never would’ve thought ever in my life that I would be able to say that I was the best in the state in anything or be able to be nationally ranked,” Meyer admitted. “It’s really amazing and kind of unbelievable. It’s surreal for me.”

While Meyer won’t get the chance to win back-to-back javelin titles with the remainder of the high school sports season now canceled, he’s still keeping his sights set on continuing his career in college where he hopes to expand his game and become a decathlete.

“I’m just hoping to get any type of opportunity I can get to showcase what I have and make myself better,” added Meyer. “Ultimately my goal is to get my body into the best shape that I can and do the best I can no matter what it may be.”

St. Louis Catholic’s Holy Week at Home – Sign Up to Participate!

St. Louis Catholic’s Holy Week at Home – Sign Up to Participate!

Video from Coach Bit Thompson

During St. Louis Catholic’s Holy Week at Home, join us in reflecting on Jesus’ Passion in the Stations of the Cross.  Click HERE to sign up with your family to pray a station, and capture it on video to send to rjones@slchs.org.  Click the video image for details from Campus Minister Elizabeth “Bit” Thompson.

How to Pray the Stations

Here are more resources for a fruitful Holy Week at Home: