Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School

Alumni Newsletter

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Featured Alumni: Marshall Simien III

Marshall Simien III, EDS Class of 2009, is readying himself for graduation this spring from LSU. Come May, he will enter the world with a degree in computer engineering and in true EDS fashion he could not be more prepared. But before we look forward, we must look back.

After graduating from EDS, Marshall attended St. Louis Catholic High School where he served as the drum major in the marching band for all four years. He was also recognized as an all-state saxophonist. Upon enrolling at LSU he continued with his music and was a member of LSU's Golden Band from Tigerland.

He has already accepted a position with Maverick Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company. Fortune Magazine recently ranked Maverick as one of the country's top "50 Best Workplaces for Flexibility." The Silicon Review Magazine recognized Maverick in 2016 as one of the “50 Best Companies to Watch.” Its parent company, Rockwell Automation, is a Fortune 500 industrial automation leader. Marshall will work at Maverick Technologies’ Chicago, Illinois office. Marshall’s focus will be the design and manufacture of automated systems and robotics.

Advancing the Vision Update

We are more than halfway to our goal!

Through Phase 1 of the Soaring to New Heights Capital Campaign, and the hard work of the Board of Trustees and EDS staff, $4.9 million of the $7 million goal has been gifted and pledged toward the building fund thus far. Recently, an anonymous donor came forward with a $1 million challenge gift, in an effort to inspire and encourage the EDS community to come together to make this dream a reality. This challenge gift opportunity will take us dramatically forward. Thus, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Advancing the Vision, Phase 2 of the south campus capital campaign. Our goal for Advancing the Vision is $1.1 million. Further, we have set a Vision Goal of an additional $1.7 million to fund construction of an Academic Learning Commons on the south campus.

The Projects

Middle School and High School Facilities – $2.9 Million

On the new south campus, EDS plans to house grades 7th through 12th. This will free up classroom space on the north campus, allowing the lower school to triple section each grade. This will increase enrollment that will filter up to the high school. The new facilities will also be designed to embrace 21st century learning and teaching. The new building will include:

· 6 core classrooms

· 2 STEAM labs

· 1 band instructional space

· 1 choral instructional space

Campus Life Center and Gymnasium – $4.1 Million

A full size competition gymnasium will eliminate the need to travel to other schools for practices and will advance the success of our athletic programs. The gym will house volleyball and basketball courts, two potential classrooms, and seating for students, parents, and guests.

Vision Goal, Academic Learning Commons – $1.7 Million

The Commons area is truly the heart of the school. This setting facilitates self-directed and small group work. This flexible instructional space will be configured for project based learning, presentations, workshops and research. It will be ideal for 21st century, student-centered learning. The Commons will also provide a place for gathering throughout the day in a welcoming, comfortable setting.

Alumni on Campus

Alumni News

    • Rett Evans (EDS 2012), made the Dean's list at Arizona State University. He is majoring in environmental sustainability.

    • Cecile Girard and Bela Syed, both EDS Class of 2014, have been named 2018 National Merit Semifinalists. These high school seniors will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. What an amazing accomplishment! We are so proud of you!

    • Erika Evans (EDS 2010), is a third year psychology student at UT Austin. She can also be heard playing keyboards in her band The Halfways. They recently released their first studio album, In the Interim.

    • Caroline Martin (EDS 2009), just finished her first year at LSU's school of veterinary medicine.

    • Camille Gunderson (EDS 1995) announced her engagement this past August. She and her fiance will wed in New Orleans this January.

    • Emily Martin (EDS 2016) just finished her freshman year at Barbe and got accepted to LSMSA in Natchitoches.

    • Lizzy Portie (EDS 2011), a junior at Baylor, was recently elected Vice President of her sorority Zeta Tau Alpha. She also has an internship in HR at Air Liquide in Houston this summer!

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