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. 

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.

Check out the Good Morning America segment with Robin Roberts!

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.

Lady Saints Indoor Track- Back-to-Back State Champs

Lady Saints Indoor Track- Back-to-Back State Champs

The girls indoor track & field team posted a dominating performance at LSU Sunday to outpoint Episcopal 83-59 and earn their second consecutive Division II state championship. Senior Halyn Senegal led the Lady Saints, scoring 30.5 points by winning the 400 and 800 meter runs, placing second in the 60 meter dash and running the anchor leg of the 4 x 400 meter relay.

Other athletes scoring for the champion girls team were: Kenzie Touchet (3rd in 400, 3rd in 60 hurdles, 1st on 4 x 200, 1st on 4 x 400), Tia Reder (4th in long jump, 1st on 4 x 200 relay), Kassidy Richard (4th in 60 hurdles, 1st on 4 x 400 relay), Amerie Guillory (4th in shot put), Genesis Bass (1st on 4 x 200 relay), Ella Simoneaux (1st on 4 x 400 relay), Shelby Willis (1st on 4 x 200 relay), Maci Fontenot (5th in high jump), Kylie Hebert (2nd on 4 x 800 relay), Emma Karam (2nd on 4 x 800 relay), Ella Segura (2nd on 4 x 800 relay), Kendal Touchet (2nd on 4 x 800 relay), Emma Freeman (6th in shot put)

The boys team placed fifth, led by senior Josh Orsot’s 11 points. Orsot placed 2nd in the 400 meters and ran legs on the third place 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 meter relays. Also scoring for the boys were: Wesley Maze (5th in 60 meters, 3rd on 4 x 200, 3rd on 4 x 400), Jules Hardy (3rd on 4 x 200, 3rd on 4 x 400), Logan Trahan (3rd on 4 x 200, 3rd on 4 x 400).

Unlock Education: Ed Rising Regional Virtual Conference set for Friday, March 26th.

Unlock Education: Ed Rising Regional Virtual Conference set for Friday, March 26th.

The Burton College of Education would like to invite all juniors and seniors interested in the pursuing a career as a professional educator to the Unlock Education: Ed Rising Regional Virtual Conference set for Friday, March 26th.

Students do not have to be a part of the Ed Rising community to engage in the conference, only to participate in the competition.

English IV Literature & Catholic Identity

English IV Literature & Catholic Identity

English IV is currently reading excerpts from Frankenstein along with pairing excerpts from Paradise Lost. With our department aligning to our Catholic identity, both books celebrate the protagonists’ strong will to search and shape one’s identity. We, as teachers, are able to hone in on several Catholic curriculum standards such as: strengthening moral character, the importance of good vs. evil between man and the physical world, and human conditions, behaviors, and actions. John Milton’s characters from Paradise Lost are echoed in Frankenstein as God, Satan, and Adam. Students are comparing and contrasting situations in both pieces and applying situations with a true vision of our Catholic identity. One theme the students analyze is the goodness of nature and the limitations of science in relation to nature. This idea is very much present during the Romantic Literary Period of the novel’s inception; however, this is a deeply Catholic theme: the goodness of nature. Much more than a reaction to the industrialization and materialization of the day, the creation of the Monster by Frankenstein represents an adulteration of the nature of life. Life is created good by God, our Creator, and He brings forth ‘good fruit’ through His creatures. Students walked through passages in the novel that demonstrate how when life is altered by man (science in the novel), it lacks the goodness intended and present from its true Creator, God. What follows is the monster Frankenstein creates, and its life is a source of sorrow to itself and man.