St. Louis Catholic Virtual Art Show

St. Louis Catholic Virtual Art Show

St. Louis Catholic’s annual Fine Arts Showcase sadly was cancelled due to COVID-19, but as the 2019-2020 school year winds to a close, we continue to adapt and showcase our students’ work virtually.

Watch an epic Nose Flute performance by our Media Arts students, and click here to view recreations of famous paintings by the Photography II class.  Did you miss our Photography I students’ Final Show?  Click here.

St. Louis Catholic FBLA Earns 9 First-Place Winners at 2020 State Conference

St. Louis Catholic FBLA Earns 9 First-Place Winners at 2020 State Conference

St. Louis Catholic FBLA members competed in the first ever virtual Louisiana FBLA State Conference from April 29 to May 6, and the Saints had nine state champions who placed first in their events.

Throughout the virtual conference, students submitted projects and presentations for judging, interviews were conducted via Zoom technology and students took their written objective test using an online testing system. Students were given one hour to complete the 100-question test. The conference concluded with a voting session for the 2020-2021 state officer elections.

On Tuesday, May 12, a pre-recorded award session was held and distributed for students to watch online.

St. Louis Catholic FBLA also took home four state chapter awards.  State champions will receive a $50 cash award and a state plaque.  All top ten winners will receive state certificates.

“This was a great learning experience for all,” said Ashley Lavine, SLCHS FBLA Adviser.  “Our students were resilient with balancing FBLA interviews, projects, and written tests (some competing in multiple events) while continuing their studies with remote learning and preparing for AP exams.  I am so proud of our students.”

There are 20 St. Louis Catholic members who qualified in 19 events for the National Leadership Experience, which also will be held virtually in June, Lavine said.

“I truly believe FBLA is an added layer of a student’s academic growth,” Lavine said.  “It is an organization that facilitates the transition from school to work. FBLA guides our students with creating a portfolio of credentials during all four years of high school – strengthening the confidence in themselves and their work, networking opportunities (and) gaining a competitive edge.”

ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL STATE CONFERENCE RESULTS:

Event / Name / Ranking (first place winners in bold)
Advertising / Christian Wise / Third
Business Communication / Caroline Obluda / First
Business Communication / Vean Rademeyer / Tenth
Business Ethics / Madison Bebee, James Brandon, and Saizar Berlanga / Tenth
Computer Applications / Peter Obluda / First
Computer Game & Simulation Programming / Andrew Landry / First
Current Events & General Information / Jake Hanks, Lucas Manuel, and Vean Rademeyer / Fifth
Cyber Security / Joshua France / Fourth
Cyber Security / Jace Peloquin / Second
E-Business / Jonah Reggie / First
Electronic Career Portfolio / Juliana Broussard / Second
Emerging Business Issues / Karli Peshoff, Chaise Sutherland, and Megan Ughovwa / Second
Global Business / Claire Brescher and Caroline Obluda / Fourth
Global Business / Jace Peloquin / Second
Graphic Design / Jade Briley, Joseph Belcher, and Christian Wise / First
Health Care Administration / Claire Brescher / Ninth
Hospitality Management / Juliana Broussard and Celia Villaume / First
Insurance and Risk Management / Carson Mixon / Eighth
Introduction to Business / Jalen Guidry / Seventh
Introduction to Business Communication / Kaia Austin / Second
Introduction to Business Presentation / Kristen Goodly / Third
Introduction to FBLA / Chaise Sutherland / Eighth
Introduction to Information Technology / Jake Smith / Eighth
Introduction to Information Technology / Peter Obluda / First
Introduction to Information Technology / Callen Hale / Sixth
Journalism / Karina Cotten / Eighth
Marketing / Emma Faul, Landon Cooley, and J-Allen Manuel / Fifth
Ms. Future Business Leader / Emma Faul / Fourth
Organizational Leadership / Molly Inman / First
Personal Finance / J-Allen Manuel / First
Personal Finance / Aidan O’Neal / Seventh
Political Science / Carson Mixon / Ninth
Richard D. Clanton Memorial Award / Juliana Broussard / Fourth
Sports & Entertainment Management / Xander Kihlken, Stephen Kershaw, and Jules Hardy / Fifth
Who’s Who in Louisiana FBLA / Juliana Broussard / Fourth

St. Louis Catholic FBLA Chapter Awards:

Largest Local Chapter Membership: Fourth Place
Louisiana FBLA Foundation Award: Ninth Place
Gold Seal Chapter of Merit: Seventh Place
Local Chapter Annual Business Report: Seventh Place

4-Time State Wrestling Champion Alex Yokubaitis Earns All-American Honors

4-Time State Wrestling Champion Alex Yokubaitis Earns All-American Honors

Photos by Stephen Broussard

St. Louis Catholic senior Alex Yokubaitis has had a stellar wrestling career with the Saints, racking up four state titles under Coach Terry Gage, and he’s added another accolade to his repertoire in May.  Yokubaitis is the only wrestler from Louisiana to earn an All-American Honorable Mention by Wrestling USA.

In addition, in a separate honor, Yokubaitis was nominated for the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Presented annually to a high school senior, this award is based equally on outstanding wrestling success, scholastic achievement and citizenship or community service. Winners are chosen at the state and regional levels with the national winner traditionally named at the Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Honors Weekend each summer.

Yokubaitis is headed to Oklahoma State University in the fall to major in mechanical engineering and wrestle with arguably the top recruiting class in the country.

Yokubaitis finished 54-1 in his senior season and did not lose to a wrestler from Louisiana on his way to a fourth state individual championship.  The Saints finished third as a team in the Division III state tournament in February.

St. Louis Catholic’s Silent Film Production of “Freaks and Geeks” – Watch it HERE

St. Louis Catholic’s Silent Film Production of “Freaks and Geeks” – Watch it HERE

St. Louis Catholic’s two-episode production of “Freaks and Geeks” by the Media Arts classes was virtual (and silent film style) in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but the Saints community still gathered by their electronic devices and watched the premiere on Facebook Live and PushVenue.com Thursday, May 7.

In case you missed it, or just want to see the premiere again complete with 1980s style commercials, click below to watch!

St. Louis Catholic Class of 2020 Graduation Set for May 27 at Cougar Stadium

St. Louis Catholic Class of 2020 Graduation Set for May 27 at Cougar Stadium

Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 of St. Louis Catholic High School will take place Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. in Cougar Stadium, located at the corner of First Avenue and Fifth Street, according to the Office of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Lake Charles and St. Louis Catholic.

Plans are subject to change depending on Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ timeline for safety regulations  Specific details will be sent to graduates and their families, according to the school.

Graduation will be combined with Senior Honors Night, so it is vital for senior students to turn in the Senior Data sheet with all relevant documentation to the Counseling Office by Wednesday, May 13th, so we can honor your achievements. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

St. Louis Catholic Features 10 on American Press’ All-Decade Teams

St. Louis Catholic Features 10 on American Press’ All-Decade Teams

St. Louis Catholic had one punter, one kicker, two football defenders, two on the diamond, three basketball players, and the Big Schools Girls Basketball Coach of the Decade for a total of 10 honorees in the American Press’ All-Decade teams unveiled in spring 2020.

  • Tony Johnson was the Girls Basketball Coach of the Decade after leading the Lady Saints to consecutive appearances in the Division II championship game. Johnson led St. Louis Catholic to a 210-105 record in the decade, reaching the playoffs every season.  The Lady Saints won at least one playoff game in eight of 10 seasons with three quarterfinal finishes and two regional-round finishes. St. Louis Catholic finished the regular season at .500 or better each of the 10 seasons with five seasons of at least 23 wins.
  • Alexandria Goodly (Guard, Class of 2019) was a second-team All-Decade selection.  Known affectionately as “Bugg,” Goodly was the Southwest Louisiana MVP, District MVP and first-team all-state in 2019, as well as two-time first-time All-Southwest Louisiana (2017 & 2019).  She was also a three-time first-time all-district (2016-17, 2019) and second-team All-Southwest Louisiana as a freshman in 2016.   Now a freshman at ULL, Goodly averaged 14 ppg in 2016, 19 ppg in 2017 and 21 ppg as a senior in 2019 after returning from injury.

Click to read more about Johnson and Goodly.

  • Kris Albarado (Punter, Class of 2011) was a first-team All-Decade selection in football.   He holds the school St. Louis Catholic career records for punts (141) and punting yards (5,732) and earned first-team all-district and All-Southwest Louisiana three times from 2008-10.  Albarado’s season punting averages increased every season, from 40.7 yards in 2008, to 41.6 in 2009 to 45.29 in 2010, before he went on to be a three-year starter at USC.
  • Sam Bruchhaus (Defensive Line, Class of 2017) was a first-team All-Decade selection.  Bruchhaus was the District Defensive MVP in 2015, and he earned first-team all-district and All-Southwest Louisiana honors twice (2014-15).  In 2015, he recorded 77 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.  Bruchhaus is a redshirt junior linebacker at Tulane.
  • Harrison Flynt (Kicker, Class of 2012) was a first-team All-Decade selection.  Flynt holds St. Louis Catholic records for field goals in a season (11) and career (22).  He also kicked two field goals of 50+ yards.  Flynt is a two-time first-team all-district, all-state and all-Southwest Louisiana honoree.
  • Mark Johnston (Linebacker, Class of 2017) was a first-team All-Decade selection.  Johnston was a two-two All-Southwest Louisiana and first-team all-district honoree (2015-16).  He increased in tackles every season, recording 62 tackles in 2014, 82 with nine TFL in 2015, and 97 with seven TFL in 2016.

Click to read more about the Saints’ football selections.

  • Shelby Borders (Infielder, Class of 2012) was a first-team All-Decade selection in softball.  Borders played at LeTourneau University after graduation.  With the Lady Saints, she was first-team All-State in 2012, two-time All-Southwest Louisiana (2011-12) and three-time first-time All-District (2010-12).  Her season batting averages were .517 in 2010, .476 in 2011 and .526 in 2012.

Read more.

  • Collin Todd (Utility, Class of 2011) was a first-team All-Decade selection in baseball.  Todd played at McNeese after graduation.  With the Saints, he was first-team All-State and All-Southwest Louisiana in 2011, two-time first-team All-District (2010-11) and two-time second-team All-District (2008-09).  His season batting averages were .472 in 2010 and .467 in 2011.

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  •  P.J. Hardy (Guard, Class of 2016) was a first-team All-Decade selection in boys basketball.  Hardy was District MVP, Southwest Louisiana MVP and second-team all-state in 2016 for helping lead the Saints to a second straight semifinal appearance with 22.3 ppg.  In 2015 he was second-team All-Southwest Louisiana and averaged 14.6 ppg.  After graduation he went on to play collegiately at ULL.
  • Kelvin Henry (Guard, Class of 2016) was a first-team All-Decade selection in boys basketball.  Henry was two-time second-team All-Southwest Louisiana (2015-16) and earned first-team All-Southwest Louisiana and second-team all-state honors in 2014.  His season scoring averages increased every season from 15.7 ppg in 2014 to 15.9 in 2015 to 19.8 in 2016.  He played college basketball at McNeese and LSU-Shreveport after helping lead St. Louis Catholic to consecutive semifinal appearances.

Click to read more about Hardy and Henry.

Alumna Amanda Husein ’16 Named to LSU Tiger Twelve

Alumna Amanda Husein ’16 Named to LSU Tiger Twelve

Amanda Husein
SLCHS ’16

Each spring, LSU recognizes 12 outstanding seniors who contribute positively to the life of the campus and surrounding community, called the Tiger Twelve.  In keeping with the LSU Commitment to Community, these students:

  • Hold themselves to the highest standards of academic, personal, and social integrity
  • Practice justice, equality, and compassion in human relations
  • Respect the dignity of all persons and accept individual differences

The Tiger Twelve Class of 2020 includes St. Louis Catholic alumna Amanda Husein (Class of 2016).  Amanda Celina spent a portion of her time in research labs, while at LSU. Amanda has been a lab assistant in a genetics lab. Amanda was on the leadership board for Tri-Beta Biological Sciences Honors Society, Dance Marathon, Global Brigades and Students for Justice in Palestine. She was also a member of Honors College Advocates and the AED Pre-Medical Honors Society. She also studied a semester abroad in Paris, France. Outside of her LSU community, Amanda has volunteered with East Baton Rouge’s Everybody Reads Elementary School program and has volunteered in her local Emergency Room and hospice. She will be receiving a dual degree in Biological Sciences and French Studies.  After graduation Amanda plans to continue her education in medical school.

To be eligible for the Tiger Twelve, LSU students must:

  • Demonstrate the principles of the LSU Commitment to Community through scholarship, actions, and contributions
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Graduate in May, August or December of 2020
  • Have current full-time status at LSU (unless graduating in May 2020)
  • Be in good academic and accountability standing

Click here to read more.

Audition for St. Louis Catholic Show Choir!

Audition for St. Louis Catholic Show Choir!

Auditions for the 2020-2021 St. Louis Catholic Show Choir will be held on Thursday, May 7, via Google Meet. If your student would like to audition, please submit the following info to Director Brett Cooley and Ms. Orgeron by Monday, May 4, to receive an individual audition time:

Name:
Email:
Mobile #:
Graduation Year:
Auditioning for: (vocals, guitar, etc…)
Other activities: (sports, cheer, Sweethearts, job…)

AP and Dual Enrollment Exam Updates – Spring 2020

AP and Dual Enrollment Exam Updates – Spring 2020

**This link was included in Halo Notes April 23 & 30, 2020.  Click HERE for more Academic Updates.**

Please note the following AP® Exam updates for Spring 2020:

  • CollegeBoard is offering at-home, online testing ONLY; see information regarding the 45-minute, free-response question test structure here. Note the significant consequences associated with fraudulent behavior or plagiarism (cheating).
  • Exams will NOW be OPTIONAL.
  • Exam reimbursement will be processed towards the end of June after all exam results are recorded.
  • See the test schedule and course-specific requirements here. Plan to test during the primary testing window from May 11 to May 22.  Late-testing is reserved for emergencies and should be communicated to administration immediately.
  • Take this survey indicating your plans to take the AP® Exams.
  • Fill out this form by April 24 if you need assistance with technology and/or connectivity access.
  • Classroom teachers will be communicating more specific testing administration, format, structure, and preparation information to you.

Dual Enrollment Updates (revised April 30, 2020)

Please note the following final exam test dates and grade deadlines for Spring 2020:

  • Buller will administer the Statistics 231 and Math 175 final exams remotely on May 1 at 4 p.m.
  • Austin’s Art 251 students have completed their final exam assignment.
  • Matzenbacher will administer the Psychology 101 final exam remotely on May 5 at noon.
  • Father Long will require a final paper for Religion 201 due May 6.
  • All SLCHS final exam grades should be available by May 8 and recorded in McNeese’s system by May 11.

Please note the procedures to enroll in the SLCHS Dual Enrollment program for 2020-2021 school year.  Note McNeese’s adjusted guidelines for Summer/Fall 2020 enrollment in response to the Department of Education’s score recommendations:

  • Research your planned degree program at your future college to make sure our course offerings meet your needs.
  • Apply online through McNeese here. The scores embedded here are prior to Coronavirus; refer to the new score requirements under “Admission Requirements – Summer/Fall 2020 with Covid-19 Updates” here.  Students no longer need to meet the composite score requirement.
  • Complete the new Course Enrollment Request Form available May 2020. McNeese will continue to accept the previous form until the new form is available.
  • Send ACT scores to McNeese. The next National ACT dates as of now are June 13 and July 18.  All applicants who registered for the April 4 McNeese ACT test site were rolled to the June 13 ACT; that testing date is full.  Students can test at other Calcasieu Parish sites including LaGrange, Sam Houston, and Sulphur High School on June 13.  McNees and Sulphur High are available for July 18 testing.
  • See the new Accuplacer Testing Requirements here. Accuplacer costs $10; students can request their scores to be sent to other universities.
  • Expect to pay $300 per course plus additional lab fees at the start of the school year. Art 251 lab fees are $10, and all math courses included a $50 lab fee.  These fees are subject to change based on semester course needs.