St. Louis Catholic Show Choir Performs “Here Comes the Sun” Amid COVID-19

St. Louis Catholic Show Choir Performs “Here Comes the Sun” Amid COVID-19

Nothing lifts our spirits like the St. Louis Catholic Show Choir on just any day, but what about when times are tough and unpredictable like these?

Click HERE (or click the image) to watch the Saints Show Choir members using their amazing individual talents to perform “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles in a mash-up video compiled by Director Brett Cooley.  This video reminds us that THE SUN indeed will come out again, as our Saints “march on” creating beauty in a world yearning for hope!

COVID-19 Solidarity – Go Saints Forever!

COVID-19 Solidarity – Go Saints Forever!

St. Louis Catholic Photography Teacher Liz Mueller ’84 compiled a video montage of the 2019-2020 school year in pictures to show faculty & staff solidarity with our students during this time of remote learning due to the Coronavirus.

Click HERE to view the video, set to “When the Saints Go Marching In.”  We love and miss our students so much as we constantly pray for our state and country’s healing from the pandemic.  Honor and Praise God … In All Ways!  #saintsmarchon

St. Louis Catholic Art Students Paint Portraits for Nigerian Children with Memory Project

St. Louis Catholic Art Students Paint Portraits for Nigerian Children with Memory Project
St. Louis Catholic’s Art II Students participated in the Memory Project  for the third year in a row, painting extremely impoverished children in Nigeria.  Students learned about the culture, geography and politics all contributing to their displacement, and worked for almost a month practicing and painting a final draft of each student’s “child.”  They knew them by name and talked about them like they are friends!
Click HERE to watch the video of the children receiving the portraits!  (WARNING – Tissues may be needed!)
Here’s the e-mail the class received after delivering our portraits to the kids:
Dear Ms. Robertson and Artists,
 
I’m so pleased to let you know that the portraits you created were delivered to the children in Nigeria, and they absolutely loved them!  As you will see in the following video, the children were so excited to receive your artwork and very touched by your efforts.  They fully understood that creating the portraits was a way to show them how much you care about their well-being and their future.
 
Your students may be interested to know that they were joined in this effort by over three thousand young artists.  Therefore, rather than focusing on any portraits individually, the purpose of this video is to share the collective joy and excitement of all the children together.  We hope you enjoy it!
Thank you for helping us build international friendship through the arts.  It is our true privilege to do this work with you, and we very much hope to have that privilege again.
 
Gratefully,
 
The Memory Project Team
Our students truly shared in the joy of knowing we touched another person’s life through simply using our time and talents.  It was an invaluable experience for all.  Click HERE to view all the final portraits!

AP Government & Politics Class Holds Super Tuesday Viewing Party

AP Government & Politics Class Holds Super Tuesday Viewing Party

As the U.S. gears up for a Presidential election this year, St. Louis Catholic’s AP Government & Politics class held a “Super Tuesday” viewing party March 3.

Mrs. Barbara Dupont’s class gathered together in the school’s Landry Library to watch results of states’ primary elections on varying television networks and wrote reflections on their experience.  Sophomore Brennan Welsh said the class has enhanced his interest in politics.

“Because a class like AP Government exists where we get to experience events like debates, elections and Super Tuesday, our generation will be more appreciative and have a better understanding of what our ancestors fought for to preserve this country,” Welsh said.

Junior Kate Kolessar said being politically informed at events like Super Tuesday, when 14 states and one U.S. territory held nominating contests to award 1,357 delegates in the Democratic Presidential Primary, helps Americans like her make informed votes.  Jules LeJeune added that AP Government at SLCHS helps students discover who they are politically.

“Super Tuesday was a great way for us to discover more about what we do, do not and will never support,” LeJeune said.  “The best part about AP Government is that it will never be biased toward one party or toward independents.  The environment is all about changing perspective, which goes hand in hand with one of St. Louis Catholic’s major themes this year.”

Sophomore Savanna Goss said she’s learned a great deal after just a few months in AP Government & Politics at St. Louis Catholic.

“By participating in various activities, including baking a federalism cake and having a Super Tuesday party at school, I have grown in my knowledge of how our government works and how much of the government’s ability to run comes from the people,” Goss said.

Morning Speaker Series Highlights Why St. Louis Catholic is Special

Morning Speaker Series Highlights Why St. Louis Catholic is Special

It’s no secret that St. Louis Catholic High School is a special place.  You could even say it’s magical.

Wednesday’s speaker series across campus drove that home for students and faculty alike, as several alumni and teachers led morning seminars on a variety of topics including service and faith, real strength, divine pursuit, self-love, relationships, and two women’s only sessions (on confidence – hosted by Math Teacher Rebecca Manns, and Woman 360 – hosted by New Life Counseling).  A group of Saints teachers (Mary Villaume, Kathy Owen, Matt Fontenot, Josh Thompson & Katie Fournet) also hosted a panel called “Ask Me (Almost) Anything” in the Commons.

Nicole Miller ’88, wife of Saints Media Arts teacher Robbie Austin ’90, and former Mayor Randy Roach co-hosted the Service & Faith session, called “Faith Acts.”  Miller said it was a profound topic to discuss with the students of her alma mater.

“It’s come full circle for me,” she said. “Truly serving God should be a transformative experience that by immersing ourselves in an act of service, we are the ones who are changed, either in a trivial way maybe by learning to understand another culture, or in a bigger way by truly seeing Jesus in the face of someone else.  Serving should be opening yourself up to be vulnerable.”

View a photo gallery of the speaker session below.

Girls Basketball Advances to State Championship Saturday at Lee Magnet; Tickets on Sale Now!

Girls Basketball Advances to State Championship Saturday at Lee Magnet; Tickets on Sale Now!

No. 2-seed St. Louis Catholic girls basketball is back in the Division II state championship for a second straight season – a rematch at No. 1 Lee Magnet Saturday, March 7, at 4 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for the title game at St. Louis Catholic’s school office – get them while they last!  Tickets are $10 for students and adults.  *Saturday’s game will be live streamed on NFHS Network; no other live streaming is allowed by the LHSAA.*

Click here to see KPLC-TV’s highlights from the Lady Saints’ 80-46 semifinal victory against University Lab.

“They’ve come in every day and worked hard in the gym since May,” coach Tony Johnson said.  “This was one of our goals, but we’re not finished yet.  We’re going to prepare for that state championship Saturday, and we’re going to be ready for it.”

In 2019 the Lady Saints fell just short of a state title against the same Lee Magnet High School, 64-60, when the teams also the top two in Division II.  Now they’ll square off again in 2020 with another shot to bring home the championship trophy.

St. Louis Catholic Boys Basketball Quarterfinal Ticket Information; Girls Semifinals Tonight

St. Louis Catholic Boys Basketball Quarterfinal Ticket Information; Girls Semifinals Tonight

St. Louis Catholic boys basketball has advanced to the LHSAA Division II quarterfinals at Lee Magnet Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m., and tickets are on sale NOW.

Only 300 tickets are available ($8 for adults and $5 for students).  Fans can purchase tickets to Friday’s road showdown at the St. Louis Catholic front office.  The No. 5-seed Saints reached the quarterfinals by eliminating No. 12 Teurlings Catholic, 44-28, on Tuesday night at Krajicek Gym.  View the full bracket here.

Meanwhile the No. 2-seed St. Louis Catholic Lady Saints have a semifinal rematch Wednesday, March 4, at home against No. 3 University Lab.  Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. at Krajicek Gym, and tickets are $5 for students.  The winner will advance to the Division II state championship.  In 2019 the Lady Saints beat the Cubs in overtime to reach the title game.  View the girls’ bracket.

St. Louis Catholic Powerlifting Qualifies 5 Athletes for State Meet

St. Louis Catholic Powerlifting Qualifies 5 Athletes for State Meet
Five St. Louis Catholic powerlifters have qualified for the 2020 LHSAA Powerlifting State Championships after their performances in the West Regionals at Abbeville High School this past weekend.
Congratulations to juniors Molly Inman, Connor Mills and Jack Spann, sophomore Darren Metoyer and freshman Sam Slade!  Senior Emma Faul will serve as an alternate.  The state meet is March 19-20 at ULM.

Wrestler Alex Yokubaitis is KPLC’s Sportsperson of the Week

Wrestler Alex Yokubaitis is KPLC’s Sportsperson of the Week

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) – Four years— four titles.

Alex Yokubaitis’ decorated wrestling career at St. Louis Catholic came to an end with him once again winning a state championship. Despite the trophies and individual honors, he deflects the credit to everyone that has helped him along the way.

“The people that have surrounded me and made me a better wrestler, I think all of the credit should go to them,” Saints wrestler Alex Yokubaitis said of his support system. “Ever since my freshman year, I’ve had older wrestlers telling me how I can improve and my teammates wrestling with me have made me a better wrestler every day.”

With his high school career now in the rear view, he can say that he’s accomplished something that had never been done before at St. Louis Catholic.

“In the 8th grade my coach Terry Gage said that I have the potential to be a four-time state champion and at that point, I set a goal that I was going to be St. Louis’ first four-time state champion, so everything I’ve done in practice and in the season has all built up to that and accomplishing that was just incredible,” Yokubaitis admitted.

While his time as a Saints comes to a close, his story continues at the next level. Yokubaitis will wrestle at Oklahoma State where he’ll join forces with elite company. The Cowboys have landed arguably the top recruiting class in the country.

“There’s nowhere I can go but up,” Yokubaitis said of going to Oklahoma State. “I’m only going to be able to improve with the skill of the people that are going to be surrounding me and the coaching that I’m going to have. I think it’s going to up my game by so much.”

Sweethearts Dominate at Showtime International Contest

Sweethearts Dominate at Showtime International Contest

St. Louis Catholic’s Sweethearts dance line competed in the Showtime International Contest in Magnolia, Texas, this past weekend and continued their tradition of excellence by receiving several awards.

The Sweethearts received a Sweepstakes Award and the Award for Excellence for their high scores, and they placed 1st with their lyrical, jazz & modern dance routines.  They also earned the highest score of all participants in the modern category.

Their three 1st-place routines earned them a Circle of Champions Award at their annual competition. In addition to the team honors, Sweethearts Molli Miller and Hallie Marie Kleckley were named solo finalists.  Congratulations, ladies!