Think of Your Community During Homecoming Week

Think of Your Community During Homecoming Week

October 14, 2021-Think of Your Community During Homecoming Week: Officer Sarah Stubbs

Friday night football games, the band playing, cash registers ringing up cases of toilet paper… These are all sounds we relate to when we think of homecoming week. Your high school days are some of the best days of your life up to this point, and to ensure that all the memories are good, there are a few things I would like for you to think about.

Think of your community during homecoming week as you decide whose house to roll and what pranks you are going to do. Do the homeowners enjoy the tradition of homecoming celebration with toilet paper, or will it upset them? What are you going to do at the homes, is it appropriate and legal? Damaging or vandalizing someone’s property is a criminal act and you can face criminal charges. Will the homeowners think you are someone who is trying to break into their residence? This can have devastating consequences for everyone if they decide to take matters into their own hands.

Drive safely! I have seen students in my own neighborhood almost get into an accident because they were driving without their headlights on and not paying attention. Drinking and driving is never okay, nor is having someone who is intoxicated riding with you, we have seen many accidents caused by an intoxicated passenger who has distracted the driver or tried to have “fun” by grabbing the steering wheel.

In the past there have been some poor decisions made by students in our parish. Those decisions caused them to have criminal charges filed against them. I believe in the students here at St. Louis Catholic High School and know you will not repeat the mistakes others have made. Instead, you will learn from them and do better. I want all of you to have a wonderful and safe homecoming week.

 

Snares in School English Writing Project with Mr. Thompson

Snares in School English Writing Project with Mr. Thompson

What are possible snares in school and how to avoid them? Last week, sophomore’s from English II interviewed two figures in their life to get relevant answers to this pressing high school question.

The first person interviewed was St. Augustine. The Sophomores were able to ‘interview’ the Saint through his book The Confessions, which they read during the first nine weeks. St. Augustine brings up many issues, or snares, which he battled with during his time in school such as peer-pressure, lust, lies, misguided ambition, worldly attractions, and fleeing from God. The sophomores chose one of Augustine’s snares and found answers to how he was harmed by it and how to avoid it through the Saint’s own writings.

The students then interviewed a parent or adult role model about the same topic and presented their findings in an article. They learned some basic journalism criteria in order to put their thoughts together and compare the two interviewees.

Several student article examples are presented here below. The students did a very good job with the assignment and have a bright year ahead!

 

 

Snares of School Student Example

A smart, popular student who is top of his class hates school and wonders how good something full of snares and traps is for him. Many years later, a young smart girl struggles with her schoolwork, getting caught in one of these snares. Both students are from completely different time periods, yet the traps are both relevant currently.

Augustine was born in 354 AD on November 13 and was top of his class in school. Even with his amazing grades and dedication to it, he hated it. He knew that it was full of traps; one that he got caught in was popularity. He had lied into popularity. “The less honest I was, the more famous I should be… I was a leader in the school of rhetoric and I enjoyed this high station” (page 40 Augustine, Confessions). He claimed he was arrogant and full of himself during this time. It wasn’t until he read a book by Cicero that his mindset differed. “I had come to a book of Cicero …I changed the direction of my mind, altered my prayers… and gave me a new purpose and ambition”(pages 40-41 Augustine, Confessions). He was disgusted by himself after this, and he wanted to be a better person, so he turned to God. He became much wiser and recognized his faults and the trap he fell into.

(Name of adult) was born in Jennings, Louisiana. She was a straight A student and is the oldest of the kids in her family. She was usually amazing at getting things done, but one time she waited until the last minute to complete a project. “I would have to stay up all night trying to finish it …then I would make a bad grade on it because I didn’t have the right materials and I failed the project” (Interview). She had completed the writing portion of the project but did not have a poster to glue it to. Her teacher was very strict and failed her because of it. “I had made all A’s up till that point!” (Interview). When asked how to avoid this, she said to do it a few days beforehand. “[Prepare] for bad things to happen …don’t wait until the last minute!”(Interview). Doing this would lessen stress and keep you prepared for the unexpected.

Snares in School Student Example

What is a snare? Most importantly, why is it so hard to break free? Saint Augustine knew these traps well and fell into them quite often. From swollen arrogance to malignant companionship, he always seemed to get tricked at the worst of times. But he is not the only one who has fallen into these acts, everyone seems to be victims of snares.

Saint Augustine, being a follower, seemed to take the image of his companions quite often, even if it was not the best choice. “The less honest I was, the more famous I would be” (Augustine). He was so worried about being accepted that he did not realize the snares that he had gotten himself into, which was extreme arrogance. Augustine also really loved the feeling of being the smartest one in the room and it consumed his thoughts. “My conceit was repelled by their simplicity, and I had not the mind to penetrate into their depths” (Augustine). He had the mindset of being too intelligent for scripture and God. He was so consumed by self-importance that God was no longer on his mind, only the thought of his colleagues.

Snares are not only in Augustine, but they are also in everyone. (Interviewee) struggled with procrastination throughout her high school years at Sam Houston. She regrets this extremely, “Not learning enough about a certain topic because I kept putting it off” (Interview). She missed out on learning experiences that could have helped her become smarter and more mature. But in the present day, she is a very organized and self-disciplined person, getting multiple things done in very short amounts of time. “Now I feel like I’m more of a productive person” (Interview). Having a set schedule as an adult helped her get out the tricks that were put onto her in her teen years.

Student Example Article

Is surrendering to the inevitable, peer pressure, something you struggle with? It is a challenge many teenagers tend to face when and it only gets worse with age. We may start off with something as innocent as being influenced in sitting with another group of kids at the lunch table and slowing turning into being offered a type of drug. Everyone has a conscience, but whether it is guilty or not is one’s own problem. Often, we do not think of the future consequences of our actions, resulting in a series of punishments, depending on how grave the act is in the first place. All negative consequences could potentially be avoided, but unfortunately, the need of acceptance trumps that of moral values within some people.

St. Augustine, known for being one of the best and intellectual philosophers of our faith, started off on the rough side of life. One of the worst acts a Catholic person can commit is when he/she clearly knows what they are doing is wrong, does not care about it, and proceeds to receive the Eucharist. In the wise words of Augustine, “he carried out an act worth of the acts of death”, meaning to have received the Eucharist in the state of mortal sin. His friends were a big contribution to this grave problem. St. Augustine would often not participate in the act when the friends were committing it, but he is in the wrong by association. They seemed to always make fun of newcomers. In the exact words of Augustine, “Yet I was much in their company and much ashamed of the sense of shame that kept me from being like them”. In the beginning Augustine claims, “”…I was in love with love and from the very depth of my need hated myself for not more keenly feeling the need”. This meant he was he is hungry for the food that is incorruptible and can’t have; and he is wrong about the wrong kind of love, a poisonous love.

For my interview it felt only fitting that I use someone who is the biggest example of Christ in my life, my father. Many know that coming to love Christ and know him, most likely did start with a positive beginning. My father was the typical “party boy” and player of his time. With maturity, many consequences, and the help of God, he managed to overcome these temptations to sin. My dad says, “I began to always hangout with the older kids at school, and they were always up to no good.” Like Augustine, he knew he probably shouldn’t be with them. The consequences that came for him when falling into this trap, played a big part in his conversion; “My parents started to get very upset because I would always be partying and lying where I was going, so they lost trust in me”. Consequences do not always have to be negative, and one of those “good consequences” was that he learned, “Avoid the people that you know will do you more harm than encourage the great purpose God has for you”. By the Grace of God, he realized change had to happen in his life in, order to be the person God called him to be.

Weather Alert- August 26, 2021

Weather Alert- August 26, 2021
8/26/21
St. Louis Catholic Community,
With the uncertainty of the approaching storm, St. Louis Catholic High School will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 27th to allow staff and families the necessary time for storm preparations. Let’s join in prayer for safety and peace during this time. The Saints football team will still play tomorrow evening. Further information will be sent as it becomes available.
In Christ,
Mia Touchet

The Choice is Up to Us~ Father Whitney Miller

The Choice is Up to Us~ Father Whitney Miller

Most of us living in Southwest Louisiana these days have much to be stressed and anxious about.  Alcohol sales, prescription medications and vaping shops are all on the increase and yet many still feel worried, frustrated, with a certain justification for anger, meanness, and irritability. We are reminded by the holy and patient lives of many of the saints we celebrate here on our campus that for those of us who believe, who are people of faith, it can be heaven all the way to heaven or hell all the way to hell. The choice is up to us.

I rather like the traditional story that comes to us from the peoples of ancient Japan in which a powerful samurai approached a peaceful monk in his monastery.  He ordered the monk in a booming voice, “Monk, teach me about heaven and hell.” The monk sized him up and looked him over and finally said, “Teach you about heaven and hell? I couldn’t teach you anything!  You’re filthy, you smell, your sword is rusty…you are a disgrace to the samurai!” Filled with rage, the warrior drew his sword and was readying to strike the monk down dead.  Quietly, the monk said, “That’s hell.”  The samurai was taken aback, stopping in his tracks.  Realizing that this little monk was willing even to sacrifice his life to teach him the meaning of hell, he slowly began lowering his sword and was filled with an overwhelming sense of peace. Whereupon the monk said softly, “That’s heaven.”

We follow in the footsteps of a crucified Christ, who on Calvary hung between two thieves, both having experienced the same walk of degradation, shame and suffering.  One hurled insult of disbelief and resentment at Jesus, dying in cruelty. The other sought a peace at the last with forgiveness in his heart.  It was the second one that day who entered paradise and discovered the meaning of heaven. Such is our challenge in these communal days of “less than perfect” surroundings and frequently inadequate situations. I find inspiration in the life of a saint of our times who certainly knew what it was like to find the peace of heaven in the midst of a hellish environment; namely St. Theresa of Calcutta who once wrote, “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.  If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.  If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.  If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.  The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.  Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.  Give your best anyway.  For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.”

St. Louis, King of France, pray for us!

 

For More Information About Counseling Services:

Fr. Whitney Miller, Ph.D., LPC, currently serves as Director of Diocesan Counseling Services with his office located here at St. Louis Catholic High School across the boardwalk from the Guidance Counseling offices for the school. He is available for counseling and spiritual direction for our students, faculty and families. For students to schedule an appointment with him, they simply have to obtain a consent form from the Guidance Counseling Office, have a parent or guardian complete the form, return it to the Guidance Department, who will then forward it to Fr. Whitney and an appointment will be scheduled. Faculty and families of St. Louis High students, can contact Fr. Whitney directly at 436-7275, ext. 231 or fatherwhitney@slchs.org.

New Saints Faculty

New Saints Faculty

August 5, 2021: St. Louis Catholic High School 

We are excited to announce the addition of twelve new and three returning faculty members to
the SLCHS community! They participated in three days of training last week with Melanie
Lejeune, Emily Pettaway, and department chairs, and they are eager to work with our students
and staff.

1. Shawn Baggett, our new Geometry teacher, has over 30 years of experience. She was
classroom teacher, assistant principal, and most recently, the principal at Merryville
High School. Mrs. Baggett is excited to be back in the classroom and share her love of
math.

2. John Dugas is the new English II Advanced and English III teacher. He comes to SLCHS
from S.J. Welsh. He has a B.A. in English with a concentration in Secondary Education.Mr. Dugas is excited to share his love of English and literature with his students.

3. John Souder moved to Lake Charles in 2009 to work as a chemical engineer at PPG. He
entered formation for the diocese for several years before “discerning out” to further
discern God’s call for him. He is now in residence at the Cathedral as he hopes to reenter formation next year. He was raised near Knoxville, TN and has five siblings. His
hobbies include cooking, gardening, and reading.

4. Alex Kjellsten, SLCHS alum and former Athletic Director at ICCS, will be joining the
Social Studies and Athletic Departments. Coach Kjellsten is looking forward to a
successful year in World Geography, and he is excited about returning to his alma mater
as an assistant coach for football and soccer.

5. Michael Abshire-We welcome Mike Abshire to the St. Louis Catholic community! Coach Abshire is a seasoned teacher and coach, with over 30 years of teaching experience,  17 of those in Special Education. As the Transitions teacher and an assistant football and baseball coach, Coach Abshire looks forward to working with many of our students.

6. Brock Matherne joins us as the Head Football Coach from Cecilia High School. He has a
B.S. from Troy University and has coached football for nine years. Coach Matherne is
excited about leading the Saints to victory this fall.

7. Caitlin McCormick is passionate about science and is the founder of a scientific literary
initiative, CM Loves Science. Ms. McCormick has a Bachelors and Masters of Science
from Tulane University, developed curriculum at the Audubon Zoo, and taught at the
Dunham School in Baton Rouge. She will be teaching Biology I and Environmental
Science along with working with the girls’ soccer team.

8. Kacy Aycock is the new Counselor for last names A-J. She previously worked at Vinton
Middle School, and she is eager to work with our students in planning their postsecondary endeavors.

9. Hannah Guth, our English I teacher, is the former youth minister at OLQH Church. She
has a B.A. in Theology from the University of Dallas, and she is currently pursuing her
Master’s in Education from McNeese. Ms. Guth is looking forward to sharing her love of
literature with students while infusing our Catholic identity into the curriculum.

10. Jack Vanchiere will be joining us part-time in the English Department. A SLCHS grad,
Jack will be teaching the Dual Enrollment English 101 & 102 classes on campus while
also teaching at McNeese.

11. Erica Barrios will be teaching Spanish I and II. Senora Barrios joins us from ICCS and
has worked closely with our Spanish teachers to ensure alignment of curriculum. As a
mother of two SLCHS students, she is looking forward to seeing her daughters on
campus.

Returning new:
12. Darren Alcock, a math professor at McNeese, will be returning as a part-time teacher this
year to teach Algebra III. Mr. Alcock is excited to be back at SLCHS and is looking
forward to the upcoming year.

13. Kevin Lambert will join us as a permanent member of our faculty. He will continue
teaching Advanced Math, and he will be adding AP World History to his schedule. Mr.
Lambert is excited to continue his journey as a math teacher, and he is ready for the
challenge of World History after his AP Summer Institute training with Rice University.

14. Casey Thompson will be returning to SLCHS after a hiatus of nine years at home with
her children. She will be teaching English I Advanced, and her children, James & Millie,
are excited to have their mom on campus.

Three Saints Seniors Accepted to Seminary for Diocese of Lake Charles

Three Saints Seniors Accepted to Seminary for Diocese of Lake Charles
Three St. Louis Seniors Accepted to Seminary for Diocese of Lake Charles
By Pamela Seal
Diocese of Lake Charles
Three new seminarians for the Diocese of Lake Charles have been accepted by Bishop Glen John Provost, according to the Office of Vocations.
Michael DesOrmeaux, Julian Jones, and Liam Leonard — all from the St. Louis Catholic High School Class of 2021 — will begin their studies at St. Joseph Seminary College in Saint Benedict near Covington in the fall. With the new additions, this brings the total to eight men in various stages of formation for the priesthood in the diocese.
Michael is the 18-year-old son of David and Courtney DesOrmeaux of Moss Bluff, and his home parish is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Lake Charles. He is the oldest of five children.
Julian, a parishioner of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, is the 18-year-old son of Dawn Walker of Lake Charles and the late Shannon Brown.
Liam is the 17-year-old son of Kevin and Cathy Leonard of Sulphur, and his home parish is Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church. He is the youngest of three children.
God’s call to the priesthood for each of these young men became obvious to them in various ways.
“There were a lot of times in my life when things were hard or didn’t seem like it would have a good outlook,” said Liam. “Priests showed me how to rely on God. I want to be that person for others.” Liam credits Father D.B. Thompson with being an influence on his decision to apply for seminary entrance.
“Just before Hurricane Laura, I was helping Father Thompson down in Creole,” he recalled. “I had been thinking about the priesthood for a while, but seeing him down in that community helping others, he had sort of a oneness with the people that really opened my heart up to the idea.”
Julian grew up serving the church and was always aware of how happy priests are. He said he wanted to experience that kind of happiness. It was his sophomore year in high school when he felt the tug on his heart to discern the priesthood.
“I had the same dream twice where I was celebrating Mass as a priest,” he remembers. “When I shared the dream with Father (Sam) Orsot, he told me that I should take that as a sign from God that He is calling me to be a priest. Then one day during Mass, I saw myself on the altar as a priest. I thought I was seeing things, but I took that also as a sign from God.”
Michael knew he would only be happy doing God’s will. It was something his parents instilled in him throughout his life. “I always had a general openness to whatever God’s will was for me, but it wasn’t until I made the St. Ben’s Come and See Vocation Discernment Weekend during my sophomore year when I was convinced of what God was asking of me,” he said. “While I was there, I felt a deep peace overwhelm me, deeper than anything I had ever known before. Since then, priesthood has been my focus.”
Liam enjoys reading, spending time with family, and learning to play the piano. He said he would do more fishing if he was any good at it. His favorite saint is Blessed Karl of Austria. “We live in an era where leaders don’t often stand for Christian values. We also live in an era where we have a decline of father figures. Blessed Karl is an excellent example of both,” said Liam. “We need leaders like him in our times.”
A few of Julian’s favorite pastimes are photography, listening to music, and being with his friends and family. His favorite saint is St. Sebastian. “In high school and middle school, I played a variety of sports,” he said. “My grandmother, Sandra Jones, told me I should pray to St. Sebastian because he is the patron saint of athletes. Over the years, I have grown to admire him.”
Michael enjoys reading and spending time with friends. He especially loves theology, which is one reason he is drawn to St. Thomas Aquinas as his favorite saint. “He was brilliant. To see this tremendous voice of reason and see him articulate theology so well is wonderful.”
Seminarians continuing in their formation to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lake Charles are Josh Page from Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, Sulphur; Treville Belcher, Garrett Broussard, and Hunter LaRocca, all from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Lake Charles; and Philip Seilhan, from Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Jennings. Their summer parish assignments are: Page and Seilhan — Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; Belcher — Our Lady Help of Christians; Broussard — St. Pius X Catholic Church in Ragley; and LaRocca — Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.
Anyone interested in a vocation to the priesthood is encouraged to contact Father Jeffrey Starkovich, Vocation Director, at jeffrey.starkovich@lcdiocese.org.

A Senior Year Like No Other

A Senior Year Like No Other

By Pamela Seal 
Diocese of Lake Charles  

Graduation for the St. Louis Catholic High Class of 2021 on Tuesday, May 18, was about more than diplomas, awards, and scholarships. It was also the culmination of perseverance and faith during a senior year like no other.  

On Aug. 27, 2020, which was supposed to be the first day of classes for the new school year, Hurricane Laura destroyed the Bank Street school with 150-mph winds. Little did the seniors know their junior year — which ended abruptly because of COVID-19 — would be the last time they would ever walk the halls of St. Louis High.  

“When I found out about our school, my heart just dropped,” said Caroline Broussard. “I immediately started crying as I was looking at the photos on Facebook and texting all my friends.”  

The St. Louis Catholic High School Class of 2021 celebrates
at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony in the
Burton Coliseum on Tuesday, May 18.
(Photo credit: Morris LeBleu / Diocese of Lake Charles)

Jaide Navarre said she was terrified when she learned of the destruction. After the news sunk in, she quickly shifted gears to organize a cleanup crew. “I was on the phone for about 12 hours calling teachers, friends, and people that needed help,” she said. “We all got together. It was very bonding and didn’t seem as tragic as I thought it would be in the end.”  

Terry Sherman attended public elementary and junior high schools prior to starting at St. Louis his freshman year. “When I got there, they treated me like family,” he said. “After I heard the school was destroyed, I thought, where am I going to go now? No one will ever treat me as good as they did at St. Louis.”  

Within six weeks of Laura making landfall, Hurricane Delta slammed the already crippled region on Oct. 9. Less than two weeks later, students finally started the school year at a temporary campus set up on the school’s football field. Bishop Glen John Provost praised Principal Mia Touchet, the staff, teachers, and advisory board for making it possible for students to return so quickly after back-to-back hurricanes.  

“Even though we weren’t using the original school, just pulling up in the same parking lot and being next to the school was comforting,” said Caroline.  

A big part of high school are the memories, and the seniors were determined to adapt to the hand dealt by Mother Nature.  

“Homecoming was weird, but we made it work,” Caroline recalled. “We hosted it at the Lake Charles Country Club’s tennis courts so that it was outside and would be COVID friendly. Instead of having Twerp Week, we decided to have Scholar Week celebrating academics complete with a Scholar Week Court and pep rally.”  

“We celebrated Mass outdoors instead of in the school chapel,” said Terry. “They did everything they could to make some of the usual events happen for us.” The chapel and being able to eat lunch with his friends in the cafeteria were a couple of things Terry missed most about the school. “On the temporary campus, we had to eat in our classrooms, so I didn’t see a lot of my friends.”  

Caroline said one of her favorite memories of the old school was their school dances. “It was so much fun all being smooshed together in the cafeteria.”  

Even though each day was filled with uncertainty as the students navigated the unusual school year, one thing that remained constant was God’s guiding hand. 

Terry said he enjoyed going to St. Louis so much he was determined to find a way rather than switch to a school in Houston where he had evacuated.  

“I was driving from Houston to Lake Charles every day, getting up between 3-4 a.m. for about a month, because our house was destroyed,” he said. “When a couple of my friends realized what I was doing, they said there was no way they were going to let that happen. I lived with friends for about four months until FEMA finally helped my mom get a trailer and move back to Lake Charles. My friends were a huge blessing.”  

Jaide noticed how God always provided even when it was not the ideal situation. “Seeing the way everyone was able to lend a hand regardless of their own situation has been heartwarming and encouraging,” she said. “Going through this challenging time and seeing what is important has made our school overall become closer.”  

As chair of the Scholar Week committee, Caroline was tasked with planning a Twerp Week pep rally. It rained so hard the day before, plans had to be changed at the last minute. “We decided to host it on the deck and have students watch it virtually,” she recalled. “It ended up being an awesome event. We have been through so much this year, but we are thankful for the trials. I think that is God’s way of strengthening us.”  

“Even though there were a lot of struggles this year, I really did have a great senior year,” said Caroline. “I am grateful for the extra efforts to keep all of us together on the same campus. There is no way I would have had the amazing senior year I had if not for the temporary campus.”  

Jaide said she also is grateful for the way her senior year panned out. “If I could redo my senior year and have it gone down differently, I would not have it any other way,” she said. 

As for Terry, he feels like he has lived through the worst of the worst and won’t ever question what God has in store for him. “There will always be obstacles in life,” he said, giving credit to his mom for his strong faith. “I was blessed to be able to come back to St. Louis and play basketball for the Saints. You never know when something is going to be taken away from you.” 

 

FBLA SOARS AT STATE VIRTUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

FBLA SOARS AT STATE VIRTUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

St. Louis Catholic FBLA competed at the Louisiana FBLA State Virtual Conference from Wednesday, March 24-Wednesday, March 31. Students competed on the SLC campus by taking written tests, having live interviews, giving live and pre-recorded presentations and speeches. Here are this year’s stats:

  • 62 competitors
  • 4th place in Largest Chapter Membership in the state
  • 60 placements
  • 4 first place winners
  • 26 events qualify for national competition (highlighted in yellow)

Louisiana FBLA had approximately 900 competitors from 46 schools in the state

Way to go Future Business Leaders of America St. Louis Chapter!

Go Saints! We are proud of you! 🧡💙

 

Louisiana FBLA Virtual State Conference Results
Largest Local Chapter Membership Fourth Place
Event Name Ranking
Advertising Jade B. Sixth
Banking & Financial Systems Shelby W. First
Business Communication J.R. B. Third
Business Communication Kaia A. Fourth
Business Ethics Nicholas U. Second
Business Law Peter O. Fourth
Business Law J.R. B. Eighth
Client Service Peter O. Second
Computer Applications Jake S. Fifth
Computer Applications Kristen G. Ninth
Computer Problem Solving Joshua F. Third
Computer Problem Solving Callen H. Ninth
Cyber Security Andrew L. Ninth
Economics Vean R. Second
Entrepreneurship Emma D., Walter R., and Darren M. Sixth
Entrepreneurship Logan B., Mika D., and Nicholas U. Seventh
Help Desk Molly I. First
Help Desk Julian J. Eighth
Hospitality Management Chaise S. Fourth
Insurance and Risk Management Kate A. Fourth
Insurance and Risk Management Myca T. Eighth
Insurance and Risk Management Silas D. Tenth
International Business Hayden J. and Holden J. Third
International Business Megan U. Fifth
Introduction to Business Mary Claire O. Sixth
Introduction to Business Presentation Matthew G. Third
Introduction to Business Procedures Reese D. Tenth
Introduction to Event Planning Asha A., Annie G., and Mary Claire O. Second
Introduction to FBLA Silas D. Fifth
Introduction to FBLA Asha A., Annie G., and Mary Claire O. Sixth
Introduction to Financial Math Katie W. Ninth
Introduction to Information Technology Malia H. Fourth
Introduction to Information Technology Kate A. Sixth
Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure Annie H. Third
Journalism Kaia A. Third
Management Decision Making Christian W. Second
Management Decision Making Mika D. Third
Marketing Sofie S. Fourth
Marketing Chaise S. Fifth
Mr. FBL Julian J. Sixth
Networking Infastructures Tyler A. Fifth
Organizational Leadership Christian W. Sixth
Personal Finance Molly I. Fifth
Personal Finance Saizar B. Seventh
Personal Finance Xander K. Tenth
Political Science Vean R. Second
Public Speaking Darren M. Fourth
Publication Design Katie R., Malia H., and Emma M. First
Securities & Investments Ailani F. Tenth
Social Media Strategies Sophie S. and Annie H. First
Sports & Entertainment Management Tyler A., Kyler C., Adyn G. Ninth
Sports & Entertainment Management Jules H., Stephen K., and Xander K. Tenth
Spreadsheet Applications Joshua F. Third
Spreadsheet Applications Saizar B. Fourth
Spreadsheet Applications Jade B. Seventh
Supply Chain Management Karli P. Fifth
Supply Chain Management Hayden J. and Holden J. Seventh
Supply Chain Management Holden J. Eighth
Word Processing Kristen G. Seventh

 

Survibin’ Senior Retreat

Survibin’ Senior Retreat

This year’s Senior Retreat theme was Survibin’. It’s what we’ve been doing this past year. Whether in the trenches or the clouds, we’ve yearned for and wondered where that Mighty Wind will carry us. Born from the discussions at a Reflection Day with Freshmen, the theme carried through Monday and Tuesday’s prayerful and playful activities. Though a different format for different times, camaraderie abounded, bringing together a resilient class. Near the Retreat’s conclusion, a string of words cinched us together, “This was a childhood dream.” Keep survive-in, vibe-in, and dream-in, you irrepressible Class of 2021.

A Retreat of Community & Faith~Junior Class

A Retreat of Community & Faith~Junior Class

Our Junior Class Retreat was a day of community and focus on our Catholic faith.  We began with mass at the Cathedral, where Father Jeff Starkovich celebrated and gave a moving homily that challenged students to pattern themselves after Christ in loving others more than love of self.  Junior Allie McCall especially was moved by the mass experience and had the following to say, “Junior retreat was very eye opening.  I learned a lot about myself and God.”  Students then were brought to Dry Creek Baptist Camp to break open the theme and begin their day of activities which ranged from shelter building to sharing our struggles with one another to patterning our lives after those who embody holiness. 

Sirach 6:14 states “Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter, he who finds one finds a treasure.”   Students were challenged to be a shelter for one another so that their burdens may be lightened.  They were also challenged in their small groups to build a shelter with limited supplies.  The shelters were weather tested for its ability to be wind and rain proof.  This activity helped Junior Thomas Watson work with his team through a given challenge despite having limited supplies.  It also moved the students to see beyond problems to be able to work within a community.  

Students also had moments of encounter with one another and shared stories from their own lives and their challenges.  When listening to and sharing struggles, students learned more empathy for their fellow classmates.  Michael Benoit stated, “The activities helped us to get to know the struggles of our classmates and be more aware of them which helped us to see that we are not alone.” Classmates were also able to connect also during free time in a fun game of Gaga Ball.  Luke Monlezun felt like it was a great time of bonding through friendly competition.  

 

The beauty of the day was embodied through the joy in students’ faces.  They truly enjoyed a day free of phones and technology and were able to connect in a meaningful way.  Anna Guidry stated it best when she said, “The Junior Retreat was so memorable.  I really like how the theme of community connected us as a class”.  This day set apart in nature enabled our Junior Saints to see God’s handiwork in one another and the beauty that each of us brings to everyday life.