Donor Gives Nearly $2 Million to Fund Up to 400 Scholarships in the Diocese

Donor Gives Nearly $2 Million to Fund Up to 400 Scholarships in the Diocese

DONOR GIVES NEARLY $2 MILLION TO FUND UP TO 400 SCHOLARSHIPS

AT DIOCESE OF LAKE CHARLES SCHOOLS

Deadline to apply is April 15

 

Lake Charles, La (March 12, 2021) – Up to nearly 400 students will have an opportunity to earn scholarships to attend Catholic schools this Fall within the Diocese of Lake Charles, thanks to the generosity of a patron giving a $1.8 million donation. The family, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the generous gift through ACE Scholarships, which provides children of low-income families access to quality education through its scholarship program.

“This incredible gift to our community comes at a time when Southwest Louisiana families are most profoundly in need, and this patron’s investment in their future is evidence of deep faith in the educational excellence of our diocesan schools,” said Bishop Glen John Provost. “Because of this generosity, families unable to afford Catholic school will find the assistance they need to make the best choice for their children. We urge families considering our Catholic schools to seek us out and seize this blessed opportunity.”

Students in grades K-8 receive up to $4,200 and students entering grades 9-12 receive up to $4,500 toward tuition. Families interested in applying for tuition assistance through ACE Scholarships must apply for enrollment at their school of choice and apply separately for a scholarship through ACE at https://www.acescholarships.org/become-a-scholar/louisiana/.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship for the 2021-22 academic school year is April 15, 2021.

“The gift of a quality education is a precious thing,” said ACE Scholarships President Arthur Dupré, “and this private donor’s desire to help Lake Charles and all the surrounding communities in Southwest Louisiana by investing in educational opportunity – particularly via the Diocese – will directly transform so many children’s lives. This donation is a testament to Bishop Provost’s leadership in ensuring academic excellence, and we at ACE Scholarships are proud to partner with the Diocese to open new doors for these families and these children. We look forward to helping enrich these young minds through a solid education and empowering them with access to the schools of their dreams.”

To qualify for an ACE Scholarship, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Your child must be a resident of Louisiana.
  2. Your family income is less than the amount listed in the chart (See link above).
  3. One of the following statements must be true:
    1. Your child attended a Louisiana public school during the 2020-2021 school year.
    2. Your child participated in the Louisiana Scholarship Program/Tuition Donation Credit Program during the 2020-21 school year.
    3. Your child will be attending kindergarten for the first time during the 2021-22 school year.

For more information, please contact the Office of Catholic Schools (337-376-0603 ext. 400).

Lady Saints Win State & Celebration

Lady Saints Win State & Celebration

Congratulations to the  Lady Saints basketball team who defeated Liberty Magnet 50-41 to earn the second state title – and first since 1989 – in program history. Sophomore guard Paris Guillory was named the game’s outstanding player. Guillory also earned first team all-district honors, along with junior Myca Trail, who was selected as the league’s most valuable player. Junior Raven Guillory was voted to the second team, while juniors Tia Reder, Mackenzie Williams and sophomore Gabbie Link earned honorable mentions. Coach Tony Johnson was selected as the district coach of the year for the third consecutive season.

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The Lady Saints Basketball Team has organized a parade to celebrate the recent win of their State Title as well as the acccomplishments of our athetics department Wednesday, March 17th at 5:30pm. Sports Groups, Clubs & Organizations from St. Louis Catholic High School as well as our 5 Partner Schools are invited to participate. The parade will follow the same route as our homecoming parade beginning on the corner of 9th & Bank streets. Participants should line up by 5pm on 9th street along the soccer field facing East. There is no cost to particpate. For any questions please contact Rico Guillory 337-540-2719

Around Athletics

Around Athletics

Girls Basketball

The Lady Saints defeated 4th seeded St. Thomas More Tuesday night to earn their third consecutive state finals berth. Coach Johnson and his top-seeded team will once again battle Liberty (formerly Lee) Magnet for the title Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the University Center on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyNew.asp?EventID=316068#.YEEqj45KiUm or tickets will be available at the door for $13.

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team downed 11 seed Thomas Jefferson Monday night to earn a trip to Friday’s quarterfinal round. Junior Bryson Hardy led the way with 19 points. Coach Guillory and his team will travel to face third-seeded Liberty Magnet in Baton Rouge at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 and only available for purchase online at http://libertymagnet.ticketleap.com/liberty-magnet-boys-basketball-vs-st-louis-catholic/     .

Wrestling

The Saints wrestling team posted several strong performances in last weekend’s state meet in Baton Rouge. Coach Gage’s squad placed fifth as a team, led by two individual state champions: sophomore Luke Caballero at 106 pounds and freshman Hank Hebert at 113. Also earning spots on the podium were senior John Reina (2nd), sophomore Hank Milligan (3rd), freshman Graham Montet (5th) and junior Daniel Thomas (6th).

Powerlifting

Five Saints powerlifters advanced through last week’s regionals to qualify for the upcoming state championship meet in Monroe. Seniors Molly Inman, Stephen Kershaw and Connor Mills, junior Cody LeBato and sophomore Sam Slade will all make the trip to compete at the University of Louisiana-Monroe on March 18-19.

Track & Field

The Saints track & field teams opened their outdoor season at Wednesday’s Brusly Invitational. The girls dominated the meet, outpointing second-place Scotlandville by a 122-86 score. The boys, limited by injuries, placed fifth. Event winners for the Saints were: Wesley Maze (100 meters), Josh Orsot (400 meters), Mason Abshire (pole vault), Kenzie Touchet (100 hurdles & 300 hurdles), Maci Fontenot (high jump), Ali Myers (pole vault), Mary Claire Groves, Mary Dempsey, Ella Segura and Mia Medlin (4 x 800 relay).

Golf

Saints golfers will open their season Saturday at the Basile Invitational at Koasati Pines Golf Club in Kinder. Representing the boys will be sophomores Ross Anderson and George Trappey and freshmen Cameron Langley, Jonathan Perry and Collin Achee’. Playing for the girls will be junior Ann-Margaret Rosteet.

Tackling Life’s Most Profound Questions in Theology

Tackling Life’s Most Profound Questions in Theology

As our four pillars here at St Louis Catholic High School suggest, we as humans are complex

beings who constantly seek truth, beauty, and goodness. Our Junior Theology students have

been tackling life’s most profound questions and seeing the truth, beauty and goodness in

ourselves and others through the topics of morality and the sacraments. Junior Allie McCall

says, “We are currently examining the sixth commandment, and how we should keep ourselves

accountable to have a fruitful and happy marriage in the future, if that is the vocation to which

we are being called.” The criteria for Christ's love which is free, total, faithful and fruitful is

echoed in the marriage vows at a Marriage:"'Have you come here to enter into marriage

without coercion, freely and wholeheartedly?Are you prepared to love and honor each other for

as long as you both shall live?Are you prepared to accept children lovingly from God?' In

summary – are you making a complete gift of yourself to one another?"

 

According to our Theology Teachers, “Students have been studying the

Church's Teachings about human sexuality as laid out in Saint Paul VI’s Encyclical Humanae

Vitae. Humanae Vitae lays out the roadmap for authentic and complete love in juxtaposition to

the incomplete picture of love presented by the cultural movement of the "Sexual Revolution".

Christ through His bodily Incarnation has given Himself to His bride, the Church, and in doing so

has provided the criteria for authentic love. Christ's love for His bride is free, total, fruitful, and

faithful (FTFF) and we as created in His Image are called to live the same. This is integrally part

of our vocation to sanctity and crucial to Christ's command to "love thy neighbor", of whom our

first 'neighbor' is the family.”

 

The beauty of this Church teaching is not lost on our Juniors. They are truly grateful for the

truth and beauty of this teaching on human sexuality. Junior Anna Guidry is one such student.

She states, “In religion class, we have back and forth interactive conversations

and ask questions about our morals that we are unsure about. Our teachers are so passionate

about what they teach, and  genuinely want their students to get something out of the class

and realize their worth. I like how this class is relevant to me because we learn more about

ourselves and real life versus memorizing definitions and taking tests all the time. His class

prepares you for reality by putting your morality and faith in check.”

Passionate teachers who help students fall in love with their faith, that is what makes St Louis

home.