St. Luke's Alumni News

Edition I - June 14, 2019

We are excited to bring our first edition of St. Luke's Alumni News. Our alumni are as important to who we are as our current families. We invite our alumni to update us on the great work they are doing in school, throughout the community, and at any stage in their life.

Do you have any alumni news to share? We'd love to hear from you! Please send your story, along with current contact information to

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Congratulations Class of 2019!

Our former 8th grade Sharks have left their mark here at St. Luke's and we are a better community because of their presence. Each student leaves embodying the following qualities that make up the portrait of a St. Luke's graduate:

  • Critical Thinkers
  • Inquisitive and Creative Learners
  • Effective Communicators
  • Servant Leaders
  • Respectful Community Members
  • Team Players

The connection of our students through cross-grade level partnerships and whole-school initiatives leaves alumni with a community where they are truly known and loved. The connection that these students have made is what continues to make St. Luke's such a special place. To the Graduates of 2019, we are so proud of you and look forward to following your future success!

Inspiration Award

The Inspiration Award is presented to a student who inspires others through their attitude and strong work ethic. This student demonstrates respect and kindness for others. Especially meaningful, fellow students nominate the student they believe most clearly exemplifies these qualities. This year's Inspiration Award was given to Samuel Smith.

Head of School Award

The Head of School award is presented to an all-around outstanding student who demonstrates excellence in academics and citizenship. This year's Head of School Award was given to Amanda Gildersleeve.


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National Merit Scholars

Approximately 16,000 seniors nationwide qualified as a National Merit Semifinalist. Representing less than 1% of high school seniors, Semifinalists include the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Two senior St. Luke’s alumni attending Catholic High School qualified as Semifinalists: Isaak Dawson and Allen Duggar.

The remaining two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® qualify for National Merit Commended Honors. Four senior St. Luke’s alumni attending Episcopal High School qualified as National Merit Commended Scholars: Trevor Babcock, Clay Burton, Taner Morgan, and Graham Perkins.

College Bound:

Trevor Babcock - LSU Honors

Clay Burton - Texas A&M Honors

Isaak Dawson - Rochester Institute of Technology

Allen Duggar - College of Charleston

Taner Morgan - LSU Honors

Graham Perkins - LSU

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Trevor Babcock

Trevor Babcock (St. Luke’s Class of 2015) just graduated from Episcopal High School. Trevor received The President’s Alumni Scholars Award, granting him a full ride to Louisiana State University Honors College where he will study Psychology. This award is given to only ten entering freshmen, and he is considered to be in the Top 20 of the incoming Class of 2023.

In addition, Trevor was awarded the Stamps Scholarship. This elite award, given to only ten entering freshmen, offers a full cost of attendance for four years, as well as an unprecedented level of funding for enrichment experiences. Stamps Scholars are directed to resources that will help cultivate each scholar's intellectual distinction, initiative, and commitment to service, leadership, global knowledge, and career exploration.

Mary Grace Beck

Mary Grace Beck (St. Luke’s Class of 2015) just graduated from Episcopal High School. Mary Grace also received The President’s Alumni Scholars Award, granting her a full ride to Louisiana State University Honors College where she will study Biology. This award is given to only ten entering freshmen, and she is considered to be in the Top 20 of the incoming Class of 2023. Mary Grace feels so blessed, excited and humbled by it all.

Isabelle Brown

Isabelle Brown (St. Luke’s Class of 2016) is a former star Shark athlete. Isabelle’s success has stayed with her throughout her high school years. After an incredible season last year, Isabelle was recognized as the Star of Stars for cross country at The Advocate’s Star of Stars Celebration on May 20, 2019. For the past 34 years, The Advocate has honored high school athletes from across the Baton Rouge metro area as Star of Stars for their excellence in individual sports. These athletes are selected as the best in their sports for the 2018-2019 school year based on all-district, all-metro and all-state honors, performances at regional and state competitions, along with recommendations of area coaches. Read more here.

Pictured are Isabelle and guest speaker, Drew Brees.

Isabelle will be a senior at St. Joseph's Academy this fall. Her sister, Elise, will be entering the 8th grade at St. Luke's.

James Christian

James Christian (St. Luke’s Class of 2016) will be a senior at Episcopal High School next year. James was a cross country star during his time at St. Luke’s and it’s no doubt his speedy success has followed him to high school. In November of last year, he won the Class 2A boys individual title at the LHSAA cross country meet.

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As mentioned at his 8th grade graduation, "We look forward to seeing you run in life, just as you have at meets -- with your faith, passion, perseverance and servant's heart. Go, James, GO!"

In addition, James was awarded the The Princeton Alumni Association of Baton Rouge Book Award. This award is given to the member of Episcopal’s Class of 2020 who has demonstrated outstanding personal character, intellectual promise, and academic excellence as well as leadership in service work and extracurricular activities.

Gregory Cole

Gregory Cole was a member of the St. Luke’s Class of 2015. Upon his recent graduation from Catholic High School, Gregory received two incredible awards. The first was the Man of the Year Award, which is awarded to a student who has selflessly given their time and talent for the good of the school, as well as consistently maintaining a contagiously positive presence. Always with a smile and positive word, Gregory took pride in his role as a student ambassador and was always eager to represent CHS to others.

The second award was the Jacob M. Meek Memorial Scholarship Award. Jacob Meek is a CHS graduate from the Class of 2017 and on March 9 of this year, Jacob passed away as a result of an epileptic seizure. Jacob’s parents, Tiffany and John Meek, have established a scholarship in Jacob’s name that is to be awarded to a graduating senior who best reflects Jacob’s remarkable spirit and demonstrates the genuine qualities and characteristics honoring his legacy. Despite his lifelong battle with epilepsy, Jacob was determined that this debilitating disease would not stop him from accomplishing his goals and dreams. He is remembered for his courageous determination, drive, perseverance, and resiliency throughout his life.

Gregory was chosen by his classmates as the recipient of this award because of his courageous spirit and perseverance. In addition to struggling with a seizure disorder, Gregory was born with cerebral palsy and at age one, his doctors told his parents he may never walk or talk. Nothing has ever come easy for Gregory, but he has defied the odds through pure determination and hard work. In addition to these challenges throughout his life, he has had a particularly difficult senior year, managing through seizures which had become more severe, and then was forced to miss a month of school while going back and forth to the Mayo Clinic for medical tests and surgery to repair a knee injury that he sustained due to the seizures. With his can-do attitude, Gregory returned to school in a wheelchair, working hard to maintain his grades and keep up with his classwork. He has been nothing short of remarkable.

“I have never met a kinder and more caring person then Gregory Cole. I have known him since freshman year, so I have seen the struggles he has had to go through in his time at CHS. Nevertheless, he always manages to put a smile on my face every time I see him, and he has never let any of his struggles change his heartwarming personality.” - CHS Student

Gregory will attend Mississippi College this fall. His younger sisters, Ella Kate and Clara Grace, will be entering the 4th and 8th grade at St. Luke's.

Isaak Dawson

Isaak Dawson (St. Luke’s Class of 2015) was selected as a candidate for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. The program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our Nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Students can become Presidential Scholars based on three paths of accomplishment: academic achievement; artistic ability; and accomplishments in career and technical education fields. The selection of approximately 4,500 program candidates is made based on SAT and ACT scores. A review committee then evaluates those candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and an analysis of their essay. Approximately 600 candidates are named semifinalists and forwarded to the Commission for further review. In April, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all semifinalists and selects up to 161 students as U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program, held in Washington, DC.

Isaak will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall.

Allen Duggar

Allen Duggar (St. Luke’s Class of 2015) just graduated from Catholic High School. After a grueling application process, Allen was chosen to represent Louisiana at the 2018-19 United States Senate Youth Program. Allen joined Louisiana senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy as one of the state’s two delegates in Washington, DC. Sponsored by The Hearst Foundations, this program provides a $10,000 scholarship for each student delegate. Read more here.

Q&A with Allen:

How did St. Luke's prepare you for high school?

The rigorous curricula at St. Luke's challenged me and forced me to grow intellectually. The effort I put in during middle school was an investment that I reaped the returns of later on.

What advice do you have for St. Luke's 8th graders as they begin high school?

Keeping up with your work will help you keep your grades up. Doing good quality work will not only get you better scores on the work itself, but it will help you score better on tests too.

What are you most looking forward to?

I'm most excited to focus on my individual interests in English and Religious Studies as I go to college. The added specialization brings added depth that I'm looking forward to exploring.

Where are you planning to attend college?

College of Charleston

Tell us about scholarships to college and other honors you have received.

I was awarded the Harry and Reba Huge Scholarship to the College of Charleston which is a full ride as well as $20,000 for studying abroad. I was a delegate at the United States Senate Youth Program which consisted of a week in DC meeting officials such as the President, Secretary of State, and both Senators Cassidy and Kennedy. I was one of the Baton Rouge Exchange Club's Youths of the Year. I am a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction.

Matthew Stigall

Matthew Stigall (St. Luke's Class of 2015) recently graduated from Catholic High School. During his senior year, Matthew earned the rank of Eagle Scout while a member of Boy Scout Troop 50, sponsored by University United Methodist Church. Matthew served the troop as Librarian, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader and Quartermaster, and earned a total of 45 merit badges. His Eagle Scout project was to convert office space into a Hospitality Pastoral Care and Counseling Room for University Baptist Church.

Matthew will attend Louisiana Tech in the fall.

Sydney Summerville

Sydney Summerville (St. Luke's Class of 2016) had quite an impressive softball season this year, as she was voted onto the 1st Team All-District, as well as the 2nd Team All-Metro Catcher. On top of that, she received the EHS Team Award for Offensive MVP with a batting average of .649 and 6 home runs for the season.

As mentioned at her 8th grade graduation, "You're a real team player, Sydney. Luckily for us, we're all on your team!"

In addition to her softball success, Sydney was the recipient of Episcopal’s Allie Miller Memorial Award. This award is designed to recognize the special qualities which Allie Miller possessed and to reward a deserving student. The recipient of this $500 scholarship must be a student in their junior year who has attended Episcopal for a minimum of three high school years, and who has distinguished herself or himself through spirit, character, influence and perseverance. Allie Miller attended Middle School and High School at Episcopal. She passed away on September 6, 2009, early in her junior year, in a tragic automobile accident. Allie is characterized by her family and friends as fun-loving, thoughtful, charismatic, and a loyal friend. She was an active, engaged young woman who participated in many activities, made friends across grade levels, and was welcoming to new students. Allie was in many ways a quintessential Episcopal student, well rounded, friendly and thoughtful.

Sydney will be a senior at Episcopal High School next year, where she will be joined by her brother Jackson, a recent 2019 St. Luke's graduate.


  • We'd like to give a huge thanks to Braden Ulmer (St. Luke's Class of 2016), for beautifully singing On Eagle's Wings at our 8th grade graduation. Braden will be a senior at Catholic High School this fall and is a member of the District Honor Choir. Braden is the brother of Bradley Ulmer, a recent 2019 St. Luke's graduate who will be attending Parkview Baptist School this fall.
  • Congratulations to Michael Heaton for graduating LSU Law School. Michael is not only a St. Luke's alum (Class of 2008), but also our former cross country and track coach!
  • Congratulations to Camille Taylor (St. Luke's Class of 2015) for early acceptance to the University of Chicago. Camille just graduated from St. Joseph's Academy. Her sister Cecile, a recent 2019 St. Luke's graduate, will also attend SJA this fall.
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