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:

St. Louis Catholic Basketball Collects 2019-20 Postseason Honors

St. Louis Catholic Basketball Collects 2019-20 Postseason Honors
St. Louis Catholic’s basketball teams both had incredible seasons, and they were reflected in postseason honors the teams collected from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2020.
The Saints reached the Division II semifinals this season, falling to eventual state champion St. Thomas More, after a 22-4 regular season for District 4-3A Coach of the Year Rick LeBato.  Lady Saints coach Tony Johnson also won District Coach of the Year honors after his team reached the Division II state championship for a second straight season.  Despite losing again to Lee Magnet, the Lady Saints took home another district title this year (26-3 overall) and won their first three playoff games by an average of 45.7 points.
Here are St. Louis Catholic’s LSWA postseason basketball honors:
BOYS
Honorable Mention All-State – Nic Ughovwa
District MVP – Nic Ughovwa
1st Team All-District – Nic Ughovwa
2nd Team All-District – Karlin Hardy & Colson Snider
District 4-3A Coach of the Year – Rick LeBato
GIRLS
1st Team All-State – Myca Trail
Honorable Mention All-State – Anaiya Turner
Composite Academic All-State – Maggie Bruchhaus
District MVP – Myca Trail
1st Team All-District – Myca Trail & Anaiya Turner
2nd Team All-District – Paris Guillory
District 4-3A Coach of the Year – Tony Johnson
All-Southwest Louisiana Saints (updated April 6, 2020):
BIG SCHOOLS – BOYS
FIRST TEAM
F Nic Ughovwa – Jr. – 15.0 ppg
MVP – Nic Ughovwa
Coach of the Year – Rick LeBato
SECOND TEAM
F Colson Snider – Sr. – 14.3 ppg
BIG SCHOOLS – GIRLS
FIRST TEAM
G Myca Trail – So. – 21.1 ppg
SECOND TEAM
G  Anaiya Turner – Sr. – 14.6 ppg

St. Louis Catholic Students Publish Coronavirus Edition of Trumpet Newspaper

St. Louis Catholic Students Publish Coronavirus Edition of Trumpet Newspaper

The COVID-19 pandemic can’t stifle St. Louis Catholic students’ creativity!  The Trumpet newspaper staff published a Coronavirus edition for the fourth quarter of the 2019-2020 school year, including special features on movie releases, “great reads,” social distancing, and a guide to remote learning.

Click HERE (or click the image) to read the newspaper, which is all student-generated!

St. Louis Catholic Senior Katherine Jester Wins National NHS Scholarship

St. Louis Catholic Senior Katherine Jester Wins National NHS Scholarship

Katherine Jester

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lake Charles, La. – March 31, 2020 – Katherine Jester, a senior at St. Louis Catholic High School, has earned a $3,200 scholarship from the National Honor Society, a prestigious national semifinalist award from the parent organization of NHS, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Since 1946, more than $17 million in scholarships has been awarded to outstanding NHS senior members like Jester, who applied for the award through St. Louis Catholic’s school chapter of NHS.  Jester said she is honored to receive the scholarship.

“I’ve worked very hard on my academics and extracurriculars during high school, and I did my best to reflect this effort in my scholarship application,” she said.  “It is awesome to know that my hard work has paid off and will help me financially when I get to college.”

Jester plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in chemical engineering after graduation.  Earlier this year she further showed her excellence in the classroom by earning recognition to the LHSAA Composite All-Academic soccer team for her perfect 4.0 GPA, and she also represented Southwest Louisiana on the LHSSCA West All-Star soccer team.

Jester said participating in NHS has helped her grow as a person.

“My participation in the Lucidus Chapter of the National Honor Society has … taught me the importance and value of self-accountability, time-management and service,” Jester said.  “The incredible teachers at St. Louis Catholic have provided me with a solid educational foundation that I know will serve me well in college.  Most importantly, St. Louis has provided me with friendships and a community that I know I can always turn to and will support me through college and beyond.”

For more information on the NHS Scholarship, visit https://www.nhs.us/students/the-nhs-scholarship/.

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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

Support St. Louis Catholic Small Businesses!

Support St. Louis Catholic Small Businesses!

Please continue to support local businesses, especially our Saints businesses!  We’ve compiled a running list for you to look at and consider during this pandemic.  They have supported St. Louis Catholic; now it’s time to show some love for them!  Please click here to view the list of local Saints businesses (in no particular order), and/or add your business if it’s not listed.

Order Your St. Louis Catholic Yearbook by April 1

Order Your St. Louis Catholic Yearbook by April 1

Saints March On, and so does the yearbook staff!  We are still committed to meeting our deadlines and making our 50th anniversary edition the best book ever.  You don’t want to forget this memorable ending to the 2019-2020 school year.

“The spectral staff has put endless hours into this 50th edition book, and this work hasn’t stopped since school is out,” said editor and senior Julia Tassin.  “We have been communicating daily and coming up with creative ideas that ensure all Saints are represented.  We all knew the 50th year would be special, but we didn’t know it would be this special.  Buy your book today!”

To guarantee a copy of the 2020 yearbook, please make your purchase by Wednesday, April 1, at Balfour.com or mail a check to St. Louis Catholic by April 5.  Forms and more information can be found here.  A list of purchasers as of March 30 can be found here.  (Pizza day will be rescheduled.)

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Thank you for your support!

Saints March on with Remote Learning

Saints March on with Remote Learning

MARCH 16 UPDATE: Click HERE to access our Remote Learning Hub with daily updates, tips and more as we march on educating our Saints!

Dear Students and Parents:

As we move from face to face instruction to remote learning, we are developing an instructional plan to best fit our school community’s needs.   This plan is a collaboration between faculty and neighboring Catholic High Schools, as well as area universities. As the plan evolves, we must remember to be flexible and supportive.  This will require problem solving and a mindset shift from all. By utilizing our technology and staff, I believe our students and school will continue to excel. Like other Catholic high schools and universities throughout the state, we are more than equipped for this type of situation and will continue instruction. The technology utilized daily at school will allow us to continue instruction. Just one more reason why SLCHS is a great school choice. What a blessing!

Key personnel will be available at St. Louis Catholic High School during this time with modified hours of operation. (March 16 UPDATE: During this time of school closure, St. Louis Catholic’s office will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

As we prepare to move to remote learning here are some basic guidelines:

    • While we’ve worked collaboratively to create a path forward, we realize that this process must be flexible and fluid.  We ask that all participants keep an open mind and communicate any concerns and ideas to best serve our students
    • Faculty and staff will continue to work. Communication via email will continue
    • Students will be given modified assignments via remote learning that will count towards Q4, final grade and competition of courses. Specific guidance will be forthcoming. Faculty and staff are working to prepare such lessons
    • Lessons will likely come in the form of “weekly assignments” and will be self-paced. Instructors will provide all necessary resources and guidance for completion of lessons
    • Instructors will closely monitor work completed and student engagement via resources and tools provided. Parents will be included in communication of weekly assignments
    • Instruction will begin later next week
    • Attendance will be taken through work completed. Most of the programs used have timestamps available
  • All nonessential extracurricular activities will either be postponed or canceled. As time passes, we will make those determinations
  • LHSAA has released a statement here and more information on athletics will be communicated as it becomes available

During this month, it will be imperative that open communication between student, parent, instructor, leadership and support staff be a priority.  Having students take ownership and responsibility for their learning will be one more step in creating independent learners and better prepare them for post-secondary work. Finally, we must stay focused on learning and not fall into the mindset of summer vacation. I suggest families set up a daily schedule, dedicating specific times for schoolwork. While the classes will not be at set times like on-campus instruction, students should continue to think of their days as if they have a set schedule.

More information will be given as the week progresses.  I thank you all for your patience and support.  We have a wonderful school community and I have no doubt that we will continue to improve and excel as the month goes on. We will continue to keep everyone informed in the week ahead.

Have a good weekend.

Blessings,

Mia Orgeron

Administrator