SLCHS Good News

May 2016

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Congratulations, Class of 2016!

The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles, was the key speaker at the 2016 Commencement Exercises of St. Louis Catholic High School seniors on Tuesday, May 17. Bishop Provost also presented the St. Louis Award to two graduates, Fallon Nixon and Aaron Baca. The St. Louis Award is given each year at graduation to a male and female senior student voted outstanding Christian student by their peers and approved by members of the faculty. The awards, made possible through the auspices of the Serra Club of Lake Charles, are presented to students who have shown the following characteristics: Love of God and Neighbor, Strong Moral Character, Desire to Serve Community, Courage to Stand up for Christian Principles, a Daily Christian Lifestyle, and Proper Use of God-Given gifts. There were 29 Honor Graduates in the Class of 2016, including Valedictorian, Austin Crawford and Salutatorian, Amanda Husein. The 2016 SLCHS graduates were offered a total of $4,150,069 in scholarships which does not include the Louisiana TOPS scholarships awarded in June.

Teacher of the Year 2016

Mrs. Linda Gail Shumaker

Is hereby recognized and duly honored as an educator of excellence at St. Louis Catholic High School. She has demonstrated dedication to her content, her students and the school community, having answered Christ’s call to serve.

Given this the 17th day of May in the year of 2016

at the St. Louis Catholic High School Commencement Ceremony by Deacon Christopher Fontenot, Principal SLCHS on behalf of the Faculty, Staff and School Community.

(Photo credit, Mr. Morris LeBleu)

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Baccalaureate Mass

Tech Hours

  • SLCHS faculty earned 907.5 hours in technology professional development for the 2015-16 school year!
  • Coach Wren earned 1st place honors with 48.5 hours.
  • Coach Larsen earned 2nd place honors with 45.5 hours.

by Mrs. Melanie LeJeune

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Awards Day - May 19, 2016

Procession of Lights: The ceremony of lights has traditionally been the senior way of passing on tokens of loyalty, scholarship, leadership and Christian community to the next class. This ceremony was held at Seniors Honors Night. The juniors who participated in the Ceremony of Lights to represent the Class of 2017:

  • Loyalty: Cameron Fontenot and Jasmine Weber
  • Scholarship: Samuel Bruchhaus and Madeline Lechtenberg
  • Leadership: George Villaume and Madeline Stine
  • Christian Community: Noah McNally and Ashlyn Theriot
  • Readers: Andie Ottenweller and Gregory LaBorde

Perfect Attendance:

  • 9th grade - Tanner Foreman

Student of the Month:

9th Grade: Jackson Leach, Grace Richert, Mary McDaniel, Lane Stine, Meredith Owen, Travis Hinton, Lucia Riviere, Sam Bass, Hannah Lamendola, Santiago Meneses, and Darby Gabbert

10th Grade: Jack Clement, India Appleton, John Noble, Claire Adams, Luke Ieyoub, Olivia Meche, Blake Granger, Amy Angelle, Grant Cholley, Sydney Duplechain, Austin Wade, Kelsie Cooley

11th Grade: Jarrod Jennies, Emily Hedlesky, Noah McNally, Julie Mere, Gabe Bourgeois, Emily Dempsey, Trey Ferguson, Kennedy Darbonne, Alex Ieyoub, Jaina Ange, Cooper Mayo, Alex Ellis

Outstanding Liturgical Choir Members: Jillian Primeaux and T-Beau Faul

FBLA: Frederick Dempsey will be competing and representing SLCHS as well as Louisiana at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Computer Problem Solving.

2016-2017 FBLA Executive Team:

President - Frederick Dempsey

VP of Membership - Emily Dempsey

VP of Community Service - Everlynn Truong

VP of Public Relations - Jim Vanchiere

Secretary - Elise Bourque

Treasurer - Katherine Booth

Parliamentarian - Max Dempsey

Historian - Tamara Palms

MSU Regional Math Awards:

  • Members of the Level 12 team who placed 3rd: Sam Bruchhaus
  • Member of the Level 10 team who placed 3rd: Sam Boullt, Jack Clement and John Noble

National Latin Exam: Will Upshaw received a certificate of Honorable Merit Magna Cum Laude for his outstanding performance on the National Latin Exam.

Earth Club Ambassador Award: Emily Dempsey and Madeline Lechtenberg

Key Club Outstanding Member Award: Alex Ellis

District and State Literary Rally Awards were presented (winners listed in previous newsletters)

Mayor's Community Commitment Award: Bailey Galicia, Charles Vanchiere, and T-Beau Faul

Bausch & Lomb Award has been presented since 1933 to honor outstanding high school science and math students. This year's recipient is Noah McNally.

George Eastman Young Leaders Award is given to recognize outstanding academic achievement, extensive involvement in extracurricular activities, and strong leadership experience at school and in the community. This year's recipient is Samuel Bruchhaus.

Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award was named in honor of two pioneers of social justice and recognizes commitment ot understanding and addressing difficult social issues. This year's recipient is Emily Hedlesky.

The Xerox Award is given to a junior who exhibits a strong interest and high level of achievement in innovation and/or information technology. This year's recipient is Alec Reddoch.

The Tulane University Book Award recognizes high school juniors in Louisiana who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, leadership, and public service. It is given to one outstanding student in every high school in Louisiana by Tulane. This year's recipient is Grace Owen.

Outstanding Achievement: These students are ranked in the top of their class.

  • 9th grade: Benard Chatters, Samuel Boullt, Lauren Godeaux, Julia Istre, Jillian Primeaux, Andrew Castle
  • 10th grade: Timothy Curol, John Noble, Cara Hanks, Brionna Allison, Emeline Watson
  • 11th grade: Samuel Bruchhaus, Madeline Lechtenberg, Alec Reddoch, Andie Ottenweller, Noah McNally

Each year, the St. Louis Award is given to the outstanding male and female student as chosen by members of their class and approved by the administration and members of the faculty. The winners are chosen based on the following criteria: Love of God and neighbor; Strong moral character; Desire to serve the community; Courage to stand up for Christian principles, A daily Christian lifestyle; Proper use of God-given talents.

9th grade: Natalie Theriot and Michael Aleshire

10th grade: Lauren Reyes and John Noble

11th grade: Jaina Ange and Andre Ange

Classroom/Academic News

Quizlet Live brings reviewing to Life!

I observed Quizlet Live during Mrs. Foreman's classes a couple of weeks ago. Quizlet Live and "Brain Breaks" made the 90 minutes go by fast. I overheard one student say, "I've never been so excited about learning." The excitement has been contagious and other teachers are using Quizlet Live.

What's so special about Quizlet Live?

  • Teachers can use any Quizlet set to start a game.
  • Students are randomly assigned to a team & sit together.
  • Teams are given 12 questions at a time from the Quizlet set and move closer to the finish line with each correct answer. Incorrect answers move the team away from the finish line.
  • Everyone on the team must contribute, but teams can be shuffled at the teacher's discretion.
  • It promotes accuracy over speed as vocabulary is reinforced.

by Mrs. Melanie LeJeune

Food Imposters - Final Exam Results for Seniors in Food Services

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On Friday, May 6 th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lake Charles – Boston Academy Auditorium, the St. Louis Concert Choir presented their 2016 Spring Concert and Awards. After the performance, which included music from the Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, Small Ensemble, and soloists, students were awarded various certificates, medals, patches, trophies and plaques earned throughout the year.

The Concert Choir earned a performance plaque at the District V Choral Festival this past March as well as a sweepstakes trophy from the State/Regional Choral Festival in April. The performance plaque represents a superior rating in concert, and the sweepstakes trophy was earned by rating superior in both concert and sight reading.

Senior, Mary Jenkins, received the Choir’s highest award that evening, the Outstanding Chorister. This award is presented to the singer whom the choir students feel was the most valuable member and the one who demonstrated the most ideal example as a choral musician. Mary received a trophy, and her name inscribed on a plaque which stays in the Choir Room. Her name joins the names of other St. Louis Outstanding Choristers from the past 38 years.

Additional awards voted on by the students were “Thank You Notes”, special recognition awards honoring a positive impact on the Choir. These were presented to Lauren Edwards and Michael Aleshire. Choral Excellence medals were earned by Brianna Broussard, Lauren Godeaux, and Emily Snider, and the Director’s Award was shared by Dasia May and Andi Buisson.

Concert Choir is a class (not an extracurricular activity) open to all students at St. Louis for multiple years. Students receive one credit for the class with the option of an Honors credit in their 3rd and 4th years. Former students from the Choir program at St. Louis have gone on to teach and perform music, sing in college, church and community choirs, and earn choral scholarships toward their education. Come next fall and be a part of the TRADITION!

by Mrs. Pam LeBlanc (Ms. Gabe)

Pictures: SLCHS Yearbook

Academic Excellence

Noah McNally, a junior at SLC, is one of 18 students selected to participate in the prestigious Notre Dame University Study Abroad program in Rome, Italy this summer. Click the link here to read all about what an exciting adventure awaits him as he lives in , studies, and explores the Eternal City. College credit is just another benefit of this course for him. Congratulations to Noah!

by Mrs. Claudia Brunot

Spanish Immersion

El jueves 5 de mayo yo y mis compañeros fueron a Taquería de Victoria. El restaurante era pequeño y naranja. Ordené una fajita de res. El servicio fue maravilloso. La comida fue deliciosa.

Translation: On May 5th, my classmates and I went to Victoria's Taquería. The restaurant was small and orange. I ordered beef fajitas. The service was wonderful. The food was delicious.

-Written by Sydney Duplechin

Art I Fun

Art I gets some fresh air while painting with chalk pastels in a cubist manner and then gets to study proportion while casting each other's faces!

by Mrs. Stephanie Robertson

Take a Veteran to School Day

Take a Veteran to School Day is a program developed to link veterans with students nationwide. Since 2007 thousands of schools nationwide have participated in Take a Veteran to School Day. These events provide a way for students to learn more about history and about the experiences of veterans from all backgrounds and walks of life. Inviting veterans to share their stories connects generations while helping our young people learn about the past.

Calcasieu Parish is fortunate to have volunteers from the local Marine Corps League Detachment #535. In conjunction with lessons on Vietnam, two volunteers spoke to the students in Mrs. Kirkendall’s American History classes.

Thank you to Sgt. Daniel Didelot (1965 graduate of Landry High) and Sgt. Bobby Hill.

by Mrs. Monica Kirkendall

Vocational Field Trip

The Transitions Class enjoyed a tour of Sowela Technical Community College on May 12. Mr. Joseph Lavergne, admissions director, showed us many of the departments Sowela has to offer, including aviation maintenance technology and the culinary school. Mr. Jerome Gueringer, aviation instructor, allowed us to get in an airplane and a helicopter. He also taught us how to control the flight simulator and how engines work! We appreciate their time and sharing wonderful information about Sowela.

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

The comedic play The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon by Don Zolidis, performed by the Speech IV Drama Class on Friday afternoon, May 13, was a success and delighted those in attendance. The students played multiple roles, engaged in quick wardrobe changes, and proffered their lines with sharp wit and timing. The focus of fourth quarter studies was comedy, so fittingly the presentation followed what they learned during their studies. From the selection of the play, to the cutting of the lines, to the character selection, the students were in charge. They blocked their movements, tweaked each other’s performances, and supported each other in pulling off an entertaining performance. Watch for future dramatic performances! Even better, join in.

by Mrs. Barbara Dupont

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Pen Pals

St. Louis Catholic High School has adopted two international students through the UNBOUND program. One of our students lives in Peru and the other is from India. The Transitions Class and Campus Ministry students have been responsible for sponsoring a school-wide free dress day to raise donations to aid our two new friends across the world. We have also been surrounding them and their families in prayer. We have received a letter and drawing from Sabita who is from India (see picture) and the Transitions class wrote a letter back to her. Our plans are to continue our connections with our two new saints throughout the following years. Thank you for your support of this wonderful project!
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Beautiful Creations in Ms. Patina's Clothing & Textiles Class

Biology Spiny Dogfish Shark Dissection

In order to obtain a better understanding of the digestive system, students in Biology performed a dissection on a Spiny Dogfish Shark (Squalus acanthius). Students identified various organs and explained their function. In addition, students identified aspects of shark/fish external anatomy.

by Mrs. Pleasant

Sports/Extra-Curricular News

SLC Boys' Basketball attend 11:30 Mass at St. Margaret's on May 1, 2016

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Athletes Sign with Colleges

  • Da'Sha Pitre signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Xavier.
  • Colin Kramer signed with Spring Hill to play baseball.


Track & Field

Congratulations to the Women's Track & Field Team for earning the Class 3A State Runner-up trophy. Rhea Thompson earned 1st place in the discus with a throw of 136'8" and the shot put with a throw of 45'2" to break the Class 3A record. Alexis Rigmaiden earned 1st place in the javelin with a throw of 146'8", 2nd place in the shot put with a throw of 39'2", and 2nd place in the discus with a throw of 122'11".

Bailey Fruge earned 4th place in the 800m with a time of 2:28. India Appleton earned 4th place in the 2 mile with a time of 12:57 and 6th place in the 1 mile with a time of 5:47. Ellen Briley earned 5th place in the pole vault with a jump of 9'0. The 4x4 team of Kelsie Cooley, Kaylynn Hebert, Bailey Fruge, and Tabitha Sonnier finished 5th with a time of 4:20.31. Kelsie Cooley placed 6th in the 400m with a time of 1:02.47 and Kaylynn Hebert placed 6th in the 300m hurdles with a time of 51:31.

Great job on a season well done and thank you for all of the help and support.

by Coach Fagan

Brother Martin High School visits SLCHS wrestlers!!

Coach Gage and his wrestling team get first hand knowledge from Head Coach, Robert Dauterive during a two day clinic. The coaches and some former state champion team members traveled to our gym to share what makes them so successful!

Picture below: Jean Paul Pierre, Robert Dauterive (Head coach second to the left), two former wrestlers from Brother Martin who were State Champions, and Coach Gage.

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It was a tough tournament, they are young, but St. Louis Catholic High School did fantastic!

They placed 9th in Division III team points. (there were 28 Division III schools)

3rd place-220 lbs-Wyatt Mallett (Jr) Ana Kimble Mallett
5th place-138 lbs-Robert Christman (So.) Julie Christman
5th place-106 lbs-Cameron Witherwax (So.) Dawn Witherwax
6th place-126 lbs-Noah Berryhill (Fr.) Kelly Daigle Berryhill
6th place-132 lbs-Alec Verrett (Sr.) Lisa Verrett

What a season! Next year is our year! Lots of great things to happen in the off season!


With a hard fought season, the Saints baseball team finished with a 27-11 overall record. They made it to the quarter finals! Three seniors will be continuing their baseball seasons on college fields:

  • Jack Aguillard and Colin Kramer are going to Springhill.
  • Ryan Palermo is going to Rhodes College in Memphis.
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The City of Lake Charles congratulated our Girls' Tennis and Boys' Soccer Teams for their accomplishments.

St. Louis Catholic High School Swim Team is certainly building a name for themselves!

With a 1st Runner-Up finish for the Boys in the 2015-2016 3A State Championship for the second time in the programs history and the Girls history being a very dominate display of 3 Louisiana State 3A Championships and 3 3A 1st Runner-Up finishes over the last 11 years, not to mention, St. Louis won the Girls, Boys, & Overall District Championship in 2015/2016 season!

St. Louis Catholic is planning a strong run at the Boys 3A State Championship Title as well as a top placement for the Girls and expecting to win the District Title again… St. Louis Catholic is entering the 2016-2017 Season with significant momentum. The swim season starts at the beginning of the school year with the first practice in early August 2017; St. Louis is always looking to expand the Swim Team…. Any eligible students, boys or girls, interested are welcome to join. Please contact Mrs. Christian Abshire (Swim Sponsor) at for details or watch for more details at the first of the school year.

Honor & Praise God…. In All Ways!

by David Wyninger

Louisiana State High School Rodeo Finals

The Louisiana State High School Rodeo Finals will be held next week inside the air conditioned Burton Coliseum.

  • Quincy Mudd will compete in the barrel racing on Tuesday, May 31 and Friday, June 3.
  • Evan Darbonne will compete in the tie down roping and the team roping on Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2. All of these performances will start at 6:30pm.
  • Lance Labove will compete in the boys cutting horse contest on Monday, May 30 at 10:00am and then again at 2:00pm (same day).

Last Book Club Chat

Book Club met on May 10th to discuss Ms. Prejean's book, Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist. We enjoyed snacks and great conversation with the AUTHOR.

Calendar Corner

To access the school calendar, go to and click on "See full calendar" under "Upcoming Events." Summer Reading, AP Psychology, and AP Government assignments are also on the website.

  • June 7-9 Softball Camp
  • June 14-16 Soccer Camp
  • June 20-23 Basketball Camp
  • June 27-30 Baseball Camp
  • July 18-22 Wrestling Camp
  • July 26 Freshman Fun Day 11 am
  • July 26 Athletic Physicals - 6 pm
  • July 27 Freshman/New Student Tablet Training - 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (A-J): 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (K-Z)
  • July 28 Freshman/New Student Tablet Training - 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (A-J): 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (K-Z)
  • July 28 New Parent Tablet Training 6 pm
  • August 3 Orientation: Srs. & Jrs. 8:00-11:00 Sophs. & Fresh 1:00-3:00
  • August 17 1st Day of School

Save the Dates - SLCHS Summer Sports Youth Camps

Monday, June 6th, 9am to Thursday, June 30th, 12pm

1620 Bank Street

Lake Charles, LA

Camps will be at various dates & times during the month of June. For up-to-date information regarding summer camps (including registration forms), visit the SLCHS website under Latest News. Click HERE for a direct link.

Freshman/New Student Tablet Training

Wednesday, July 27th, 8pm

SLCHS Cafeteria

July 27th AND July 28th (BOTH Days)

  • (A-J) 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • (K-Z) 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

New Parent Tablet Training

Thursday, July 28th, 6pm

SLCHS Cafeteria

Help your student get off to a great start by learning what new parents need to know regarding our 1:1 computer initiative. You will learn the lingo (Moodle, OneNote, DyKnow) and get a brief introduction to each.

1st Annual Bishop’s Invitational Kickball Summer Classic

Saturday, Aug. 6th, 10am

Power Center Parkway

Lake Charles, LA

You and your Family are invited to the

1st Annual Bishop’s Invitational Kickball Summer Classic

Sponsored by the Serra Club of Lake Charles

Diocesan Priests (Capt., Msgr. Danny Torres)

Playing for Priests Retirement


Diocesan Seminarians (Capt. Trey Ange)

Playing for Seminarian Burse Fund

In coordination with The St Louis Foundation, St Louis Catholic High School, local Knights of Columbus and local Catholic Daughters

$10 Donation for adults, FREE for KIDS

SLC Uniform Store

Hey SLC family, do you have any SLC uniform pieces that you will not need for next year? The Transitions Class will gladly accept your donations! We wash, button, zip, fold, and sort as part of our life skills lessons. Then we sell them back to students as part of our vocational skills lessons!

Are you looking for uniform pieces for next year? The Transitions students will be happy to show you our store and ring up your purchases! We have great prices, too! Thanks for helping us grow in our learning!

by: Transitions Class


We enjoyed witnessing the 8th grade students in our feeder schools being sent on their way with mass and awards. Deacon Fontenot, Mrs. dee, Coach Johnson, Ann Vincent, Coach Oertling, Coach Cryer and Mrs. LeJeune were able to attend various school ceremonies. We wish to congratulate all those students and wish them the very best in their next step ~high school!! Know you will remain in our prayers...

by Mrs. Ann Vincent

Congratulations to our faculty and the newest members of their family this year:

  • Mrs. Morgan Miller- baby boy-Rhen
  • Mrs. Emily Pettaway- baby boy-Bond
  • Mr. Caleb Monroe-baby boy-Brady
  • Coach Luke Pousson-baby boy-Abram