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THE MAGAZINE FOR ST. THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL | SUMMER 2016

A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH EXPERIENCE PAGE 5 ACADEMICS 2.0 PAGE 8 DOUG & DANNY’S TOP 10 LIST PAGE 22 ST M C O UG A RS . N E T

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Chancellor Reverend Michael J. Russo Principal Richard Lavergne Asst. Principal of Administration Kelley Leger Asst. Principal of Instruction Denise Breaux Dean of Students Richard Lane Director of Advancement Anne Pitre Athletic Director Kim Broussard Religion Administrator Jeffery Cormier Communications Michelle Curtis Admissions Natalie Broussard ‘00 Alumni Danny Broussard Photo Credits Jay Faugot Michelle Curtis STM Students Copy Editing Belinda Edwards Layout & Design Hailey Curtis ‘12

OURMISSION St. Thomas More Catholic High School educates students to be seekers of truth, individuals of character and “God’s servant first.”

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Inside FOREVERMORE 5 A Diamond in the Rough Experience 7 Our Year of Mercy

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8 Academics 2.0 9 In the Classroom 11 Gotta Have More Cowbell 13 We Got Spirit Yes! We Do!

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14 Champions at Heart 18 Writing Your Story 21 Alumni in the News

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22 Doug & Danny’s Top 10 List 24 Alumni Events 29 One Family One Mission 32 Here’s What’s New

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ABOUT THE COVER: Angela Riehl, STM Art teacher was commissioned to paint this picture as a Christmas gift for Father Russo from the St. Thomas More faculty, staff and students.

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A REFLECTION FROM OUR CHANCELOR By Rev. Michael J. Russo This second year as Chancellor has been another year of good and exciting activity for the school. Even with efforts to be at the school once a week and to attend various sporting and other extra-curricular activities of the students, much of a Chancellor’s role at Catholic schools is “behind the scenes” – making sure that diocesan protocol and documents, and communication and approval from the Board of Pastors, is “up and running” smoothly. This is particularly the case now at STM with the implementation of the Master Site Plan – a series of construction projects that will occur over the next years. The new softball field, the tennis courts, the expanded parking lot are all a reality because of the “behind the scenes” work in getting such projects approved and implemented. And, there is much more on deck in the months to follow. It’s all good! Another important decision this past year was going to the President/Principal leadership model for next academic year. This was highly recommended to me by the Diocesan Superintendant of Schools, Mrs. Anna Larriviere. This new model will help run the school smoothly and efficiently, particularly with the added responsibility of overseeing construction. Mr. Richard Lavergne and Mrs. Kelley Leger will make a dynamic duo. The decision was well received by the faculty. In addition to the restructuring of the administrative team with the Principal/President model, and the “behind the scenes” work for construction projects, it was important to me to continue efforts to make our Catholic identity strong and our weekly school Masses a priority. A new sound system in the mall area (which was funded by the Board of Pastors), as well as a new set of statues erected in the Mall (donated by generous parents and friends) helped to serve the above purpose. If you have not been to the school in a while, stop by to see the difference in the look. As one teacher recently said to me: “I’m looking forward to the future. There are good vibes. God is smiling. The Holy Spirit is moving….” My sentiments exactly! Thanks to all who helped to make this second year so enriching and rewarding for me. It is a great privilege to serve at STM, and a fulfilling part of my ministry as a priest.

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Father Michael Russo poses wearing his Top Cat Medal and holding his Christmas gift from the St. Thomas More faculty, staff and students. Father Russo was recognized as our 2016 Honorary Top Cat. He was selected from our faculty and staff as an outstanding inspirational individual – one who gives willingly to STM with a positive attitude and is considerate to faculty, staff, and students. Father Russo has made an impact on St. Thomas More and lives our mission every day…a seeker of truth, an individual of character and God’s Servant First.

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PRINCIPAL/PRESIDENT MODEL Effective July 1, 2016, St. Thomas More will move to a president/principal model. Chancellor Michael Russo, along with the St. Thomas More Board of Pastors are pleased to announce Mr. Richard Lavergne as President and Mrs. Kelley Leger as Principal. The president/principal model is a model common to Catholic schools in many parts of the country. It is a powerful model which functions around two leadership profiles: the president, who focuses on Catholic identity, community relations, strategic planning, and all business matters, including development, budgeting, and facility, and the principal, who works under the president, and focuses on Catholic faith formation, academic growth, teaching, learning, and best practices.

As a premiere 21st century Catholic high school, we are committed to empowering students with the knowledge, dispositions, and skills needed to succeed and lead in our global society, while centered in a strong Catholic faith.

St. Thomas More has a rich tradition of academic excellence, while answering God’s call to be servant leaders. Our school’s results have been a direct result of the hard work, dedication, and partnerships that exist between school staff, parents, community members, and most importantly, the students. This change in our model of governance provides consistency in leadership and will continue to foster our school mission, while allowing greater focus on our school and community as a whole. It is also important to note that this change will have no effect on the school’s fiscal budget.

REMEMBERING OUR MISSION AND OUR IDENTITY What makes St. Thomas More “Catholic”? Is it that the school is owned by twelve local church parishes, and ultimately the Diocese of Lafayette? Well... yes! Is it that each student must have four years of religion classes? Well... yes! Is it that there is the celebration of weekly Mass and numerous faith- filled activities organized by a fantastic campus ministry team? Well...yes! But behind each “yes” is a person – Jesus Christ! He must be the reason for this school, the unseen ever present teacher in its classes, the model of its faculty and the inspiration of its students. This is what sets St. Thomas More apart. This is what makes St. Thomas More different. We can say the name of Jesus out loud, and we can say it over and over again. Rev. Michael Russo Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church

Rev. Chester Arceneaux Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Rev. Howard Blessing Holy Cross Catholic Church

Rev. Gilbert Dutel St. Edmond’s Catholic Church

Rev. Thomas James St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Rev. Steve LeBlanc St. Pius X Catholic Church

Rev. Jason Mouton St. Anne’s Catholic Church

Rev. William Schambough St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Rev. Bryce Sibley Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church

Rev. Harold Trahan St. Mary Mother of the Church

Rev. O. Joseph Breaux Chaplain St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More is served by 12 owner pastors and our chaplain. Not pictured: Rev. Michael Delcambre, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Rev. Daniel Edwards, St. Jules Catholic Church

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A Diamond-in-the-Rough Experience By Tre’ Guidry ‘16 In late January, 28 STM students, along with 256 other students and parents from the Acadiana area, participated in the National March for Life in Washington D.C. Hundreds of thousands of people from different faiths and walks of life marched for one purpose: the dignity of all life. Campus Minister Lance Strother calls the Right to Life March “a diamond-in-the-rough experience.” He explains, “A lot of the trips that appeal to young people, even if they aren’t attracted to the faith element, will bring that spark into a young person’s life. That diamond, or that experience, allows students not only to deepen their faith but stand up for what is true, and when a student finds that diamond, lives are saved. That’s what makes this trip so special.” This year’s march was a little different from marches in the past because of a snowstorm that blanketed the capitol during the time of the trip. Snowstorm Jonas caused the city to close, including the Metro, for the first time in over 40 years. However, students from STM, Teurlings, St. Mary’s, and Holy Savior Menard did not let the snow hinder their mission of “protecting life at all stages.” Straight from the airport, we went to the Holocaust Museum. One purpose of this trip was to reveal the horrors of death and the impact it can cause, not only on the individual but on an entire group of people. People like me who are strongly pro-life know that we can’t be bystanders and watch our brothers and sisters die because of “choice” and “inconvenience.” We embrace life in all stages from conception until natural death—and not just for the unborn. On our way to the hotel the first night, the roads began to freeze, causing the bus to be trapped on the ice for over

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two hours. While trapped on the bus, we huddled together and shared stories with one another. “It was in that moment, all of us cramped in the back of a bus stuck on the side of the road, that I truly realized what it meant to be pro-life,” said former president of Cougars for Life Brennan Higginbotham (‘16). She went on to explain that she would not have endured a blizzard for any other cause. It was her love for unborn babies and their mothers that motivated her to take steps in the ice and walk for life. The day before the march, our group went to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to celebrate the Vigil Mass for the march. The church was full of people from all over the nation and the world; the actual Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, along with hundreds of bishops, priests, and deacons from all over the world. Jesuits joined hands with Lutherans and Jews joined hands with Orthodox Christians. It was a true sign of unity to preserve the dignity of life. Friday was the day of the march, and as it began, the snow started to fall heavier and heavier until the roads iced over, causing the march to be more difficult than expected. “Marching for life during a blizzard this year gives credence to our cause, and we will not stop protesting the atrocity that plagues our country,” said Father Neil Pettit, a young priest who accompanied our group. He explained that marching for life in the blizzard showed our devotion to the cause even in the face of hardship. “Walking on the march, I felt God was leading us,” said Adrian Cao (‘19).

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The day after the march, our plans changed because the entire city was still shut down by the storm. Because we couldn’t do our scheduled sightseeing, we developed a nasty case of cabin fever. As a remedy, after a quick trip to the cafeteria and about twenty lunch trays later, STM students, parents, and even clergy members were sliding down the “slopes” of Washington DC. Snowball fights followed with the leader of the opposing side to the students, Father Russo, charged with accuracy and swift strength, pelting targeted students in the face with piles of snow. Because of the weather, our four-day trip turned into a six-day trip. Most were ready to come home and return to their normal lives and catch up on their work and studies. However, everyone came back with a renewed respect for life after marching with so many like-minded people.

“It was in that moment, all of us cramped in the back of a bus stuck on the side of the road, that I truly realized what it meant to be pro-life,” - Former president of Cougars for Life, Brennan Higginbotham

Tre’ Guidry was awarded first place in the 2016 Louisiana Right to Life Pro-Life Oratory contest. Tre’ will represent the Lafayette Diocese at the state level of competition.

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Our Year of Mercy By Rosalind Robertson ‘03, Service Coordinator

On December 8, 2015, Pope Francis opened an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. He tells us, “In mercy, we find proof of how God loves us... day after day, touched by His compassion, we also can become compassionate towards others.” At STM, this Year of Mercy is quite evident as our students dedicated 10,261 hours to serving people in the Lafayette community and beyond. Throughout the year, students and faculty members volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and Restore. Habitat for Humanity helps to aid families in poor living situations and enables the families to gain control of their futures. Our students have been an integral part of Habitat’s work in our community. During the Canstruction project benefitting St. Joseph Diner, our students created artistic sculptures out of canned food items. The sculptures were judged in various visual art categories, and then the cans were donated to the diner. This year, the donation totaled 10,760 cans, and students continued to serve at the diner throughout the school year. Every Tuesday, STM students spend time tutoring their young friends at Holy Family Catholic School. They meet with their

elderly friends at the nursing home to visit, sing songs, dance, and create arts and crafts. The students have loved getting to know new friends both old and young as they develop beautiful relationships and gain wisdom from new perspectives. On Thursdays, senior campus ministers bring Eucharist to the sick at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. They feel blessed to be able to bring Christ to the sick and dying when they need Him the most. During the Christmas season, students prepare for Advent by collecting household items for the Rehousing Happy Homes Program for Catholic Services of Acadiana. The household items go to homeless families who are moving into forever homes. Over Easter vacation, 110 student, parent, and teacher volunteers traveled to Puerto Rico for a mission to serve the poor and needy. Throughout the school year the students of STM have many opportunities to serve those in need, and the student body never fails to rise to the occasion. Our students learn to be the hands and feet of Christ through service to the Lafayette community and beyond. STM students love Christ, and that love is reflected in their service to others.

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36) feed the hungry • give drink to the thirsty • clothe the naked • visit the imprisoned • visit the sick • shelter the homeless • bury the dead

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Academics 2.0 By Jill Doise ‘94

The landscape of technology is constantly evolving. Every day, we are bombarded with new updates, new tools, new devices. At STM, we are working to make sure that our students are comfortable with new and constantly evolving technology, so that they can, most importantly, find new ways of thinking for themselves. Many of our departments use programs that provide our students with opportunities to practice skills, receive feedback, and work at their own pace. In English, students practice writing in Criterion, and the program generates specific feedback based on the work they produce. Math students are assigned problems in MathXL, a program utilized in many university courses. Teachers can assign specific work to students based on their needs, and students have access to built-in examples worked through step-by-step. This year, two new programs became popular campus-wide. Office Mix, a plug-in for Microsoft PowerPoint, allows teachers to record lessons and to embed links to websites as well as questions to aid in student understanding. Students can also create their own “mixes” as a way of demonstrating and sharing what they have learned. Additionally, through OneNote Classroom Notebook, teachers have been able to access at any time their students’ individual work to see where they may need guidance and further support. St. Thomas More students, however, are not simply learning to use technology that will aid them in their day-to-day lives during high school. Our students are working hands-on with programs they will utilize in their future careers. The Fine Arts Department integrates technology that professional artists use; more significantly, students will utilize many of these same programs if pursuing careers in fields such as architecture, engineering, and marketing. In Mr. Johnstone’s Advanced Theater class, all students learn how to use the 3D design program SketchUp, and by the end of the year, they are each designing an individually conceived project and physically bringing it to life. In Mrs. Thibodeaux’s and Mrs. Riehl’s art courses, students regularly use Adobe Photoshop as a way to problem solve as well as a way of layering media together to create unique projects. At STM, the 1:1 laptop program plays a significant role in our students’ current and future academic success. Our graduates are familiar with Moodle, a popular LMS used by colleges and universities. Our kids don’t just use Google to, well, to “google”; they collaborate with their peers and instructors. They customize their Internet browsing with add-ons which help them translate, define, and save a world of information. Indeed, our kids are not simply learning how to use technology—they are learning how using technology can help them become more independent and critical thinkers.

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In the Classroom

Fujitsu Visits STM

By Robin Herrington, Helpdesk Director As we wrap up this school year, it is hard not to notice how smooth, yet innovative our 1:1 tablet program is going. On April 12th we had the pleasure of welcoming three Fujitsu employees from Tokyo, Japan, who work for the product design team. The purpose of their visit was to see how American schools use the tablets, so they could incorporate what they learned into their computer models for the year 2018 and later. I had the pleasure of meeting one of them in January at Fujitsu’s American headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. As I spoke about our technology program, I knew that the only way for people to fully understand what we did here was to actually come on our campus. It was evident that technology is truly integrated in our classrooms, because every classroom we entered was utilizing a different aspect of our program, without having prior notice of the visit. During the tour around campus, we visited multiple classrooms where we saw David Thompson’s Algebra II class collaborate on math problems in their shared OneNote notebooks. In Kim Thibodeaux’s Art II honors, students were using Adobe Photoshop to synthesize two master artist’s styles. We witnessed the dissecting of animals in Dr. Richard’s anatomy class where they followed videos and webinars online. These are just a few examples of what the Japanese visitors experienced during their time on campus. We were one of two school in the United States that were selected for this visit. We are excited to be an integral part of the design of Fujitsu’s future products.

Technology on Campus By Rebecca Artall ‘16

This was a year of firsts for the technology department: the first switch to new laptops after four years, the first technology fair, the first Makerspace projects, and the first time STM students presented at a technology conference. We found ourselves exploring new territory, connecting other areas of the school from art to engineering, and expanding our understanding of the role technology plays in our lives. This year marked the introduction of new units as well as the beginnings of a Makerspace, an area designed to allow imaginative thought and promote creation of anything and everything from 3D printed drones to quilts. Our Makerspace is located on the second floor of the library and currently contains two 3D printers as well as an Oculus Rift, but we hope to continue to develop the space as we encourage teachers to utilize it in their lessons. The Makerspace lent itself to our first technology fair which showcased the different areas of interest students explored throughout the year. One of the most exciting projects was a virtual reality game coded by senior David Fontenot in Computer Science II that visitors could play using the Oculus Rift. But the fair also included a remote-control ghost, a bike run by an electric motor, a demonstration of Minecraft in the classroom, as well as an LED umbrella, hair accessories, and goggles, all of which are the work of students. Several Help Desk employees gathered inspiration for the technology fair at the Baton Rouge Maker Faire where junior Max Mariano displayed his project Floppy Music alongside fire displays, virtual reality demos, sewing, bee keeping, and a remote-control R2D2. Our experience in Baton Rouge reminded us that while technology is continuously modernizing, sometimes looking back with new perspective can create something entirely unexpected, as Max proved when he used old floppy disc readers to play music. Understanding that students are a resource when it comes to technology, the department also utilized several Help Desk employees in presenting at the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE) conference. As the student affinity for technology increases, the concept of students teaching teachers is becoming more necessary, and Help Desk employees are developing that skill both inside and outside the STM community. Our year of firsts reminded us that as technology continues to grow, we will continue to expand and explore, always reaching for our next “first.”

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Engineering Class By Andrew Ferguson ‘17

I remember my first day of engineering class. I walked in and nervously took a seat next to one of my friends. I glanced up at the screen, which read “What is engineering?” and immediately thought “What have I gotten myself into this time?” Little did I know, that definition would soon become one of my favorite aspects of my favorite class because of what it meant for me as a student. I didn’t really know what to expect from the course. At the time, I had only vaguely guessed that I would be interested in engineering because of my aptitude for science and math. I had no idea what a mechanical engineer really did. I didn’t know the difference between a civil engineer and an architect. I didn’t even know how to correctly wire a simple DC circuit. However, as our definition of engineering unfolded throughout the week, I began to believe that I could learn any of these things that I wanted to. I understood that the class and engineering itself could be anything I wanted it to be. Our class definition of engineering ended up being “the practice of generating and proposing new and innovative ideas and working with materials in order to create or improve solutions to problems in the world.” And through this class, I have been able to do just that while discovering and pursuing my own interests. For me, this is in the realm of mechanical engineering. Over the past year, I have worked on more hands-on projects than I have in my entire life. I built a friction-drive motorcycle and a solar powered oven, and I have countless designs waiting to be created. I was even able to learn about other disciplines of engineering by seeing the work of my classmates and learning about their projects. As I worked on the design, wiring, and construction of a remote-controlled cougar to promote school spirit, I observed my classmates designing a water purification device to send on the school’s mission trip to Haiti this summer. Because of this course, I was able to dive into the massive spectrum of engineering and enjoyed every minute of it. One final aspect of the engineering course is that it helped me to plan for my future. Before this class, I had no idea if I even wanted to look into engineering, and if I did, I had not a clue which type I would like. Through my experiences in this class, I was able to discover in myself a love for mechanical and electrical engineering and have since been able to make much more solid plans for the future. This year in engineering was one of the best I ever spent, and I will miss it dearly.

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Gotta HAve more cowbell By Taylor Luke ‘16

As I look back at the many lessons of St. Thomas More, I can only think of one central message to sum up the whole experience: more cowbell. While I do find myself biased by my own encounters with the iconic SNL “More Cowbell” skit, I find that any STM alum can say they found their own metaphorical “cowbell” in the halls of STM. We’ve all been empowered to add our own touch of rhythm to our passions and friendships, applying the extra effort that can only come from a true love of an activity. From the efforts of Campus Ministry to the rigorous curriculum to the fantastic arts program to the competitive sports teams, STM fosters passion in every student, empowering us all to continue to add more gusto to support our community and give glory to God. As our high school days come to a close, the uncertainty of the future is immensely daunting. Leaving behind the systematic lifestyle of high school, acclimating to new campuses, and choosing career paths will challenge us more than ever before. A steadfastness of character with a valiant set of values will help us thrive, and our experiences at STM have set us on the path to greatness. The Class of 2016’s crowning moment undeniably must be the success of Hopefest. We banded together, reached out to the needy in our community, formed friendships, challenged ourselves, and pushed past our comfort zones to earn over $120,000. Such a feat would not be possible without the motivational formation that STM provides. Since day one, we have heard the importance of being “God’s servant first,” and the strong examples within the faculty create leaders out of students. The empowering retreats, rewarding classes, and strong friendships allow the confidence of community to motivate us as our college years approach.

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In Campus Ministry we discuss “holy exhaustion”: the point when fatigue from a long day of self-sacrifice leaves one at peace. My experiences at STM have taught me to chase that state of happiness with everything I have, always looking for ways that I can push myself to give more and do more. No STM organization settles for less; together we strive for greatness, supporting each other as we all fight for a holy exhaustion of STM has taught us to add our own. “more cowbell” because

there is always STM has taught us to add “more cowbell” more life to live. because there is always - Taylor Luke more life to live. As long as we have time, there is always another person we can help, another obstacle to overcome, another hardship to endure, another celebration worth celebrating, another laugh to share, another person to hug, another lesson to learn, and another day to appreciate and we are obligated to commit to every second.

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student of the Year Taylor Luke Taylor Luke was selected as this year’s Student of the Year. Accomplished in both extracurricular activities and academics, Taylor has received subject awards each year and has been selected for literary rally placing in the top three each time and qualifying for the state rally. In addition, he is a National Merit Commended Scholar recipient. He has served as Student Council class president since freshman year and is currently the Executive Board President. He has also been on the speech and debate team all four years, qualifying for numerous state and national competitions. Taylor is also a contributing writer to Cougar Prints. Everyone has witnessed Taylor’s phenomenal performances in the academic pep rallies and his lead roles in the school musicals. Taylor’s commitments do not end with these activities. He possesses a true servant’s heart and is a member of the Campus Ministry Senior Action Leadership Team as well as an altar server at his church. Taylor volunteers to tutor in the community, serves at St. Joseph’s Diner, and visits nursing homes. He was selected as the Lafayette diocesan winner of the Student of the Year competition and is the recipient of the St. Thomas More award.

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We’ve Got Spirit Yes! We Do! By Kim Manuel, Student Activities Director

From helping to create exciting entertainment at a pep rally to getting the crowd fired up in the stadium to painting signs for the school, the four STM Spirit Squads are more than just a pretty face behind a pom pom. What fans do not see is all the work behind the scenes, most of which is never recognized or acknowledged. Varsity.com defines cheerleaders as the promoters of their schools and communities. They are key to every athletic program they support, and they create the community patriotism we call “school spirit.” Most importantly, they are leaders in our school who demonstrate athletic skills and teamwork. These hard-working team members work year-round to promote our athletic programs - making signs, baking treats, and being on every sideline. For the first time in STM history, there will be two different squads here; we have moved away from the Varsity/Junior Varsity model. The Maroon Squad, known as the Game Day squad and coached by Hailey Hanks Stevenson ‘10, will consist of ninth through twelfth graders focused on promoting spirit at games, both junior varsity and varsity. These leaders will support every sport played at STM and will participate in the pep rallies as well as special events. The Navy Squad, coached by Maria Cortez ’08, is the competition team. This squad is made up of students in grades 10-12 and will compete in UCA events, both on the state and national level. This squad will perform at pep

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rallies and will promote sports teams as well. These changes will enhance the program by giving experienced cheerleaders who are committed to the sport an outlet to excel and those who just want to cheer more time to work on being a spirit leader. The Sparklers is our dance competition team; the team competes on state and national levels and is currently the 2016 National Pom champion. STM has held a UDA National Championship title 18 times in 27 years, 12 of those years in the pom category. This team is coached by Jenny Matthews ‘95 and Kelly Gilespie ‘09. Cougar Dance, coached by Victoria Munchrath ‘11, was established in 2007 as a non-competitive team. Recently, the team began performing as entertainment at Mardi Gras balls, and it also performs at all STM spirit pep rallies. Both of these squads of dancers are committed to perfecting their dancing skills, practicing hours at school as well as studio practice on their own. They live and breathe dancing, and that commitment to perfection shows! All four spirit squads represent St. Thomas More proudly through service in our community. They begin the year together at an annual spirit squad retreat. The four squads are dedicated to making STM a place of energy, to creating memorable pep rally performances, and to building an atmosphere of spirit for every sport.

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Champions at Heart By Christine Beaullieu ‘16

Cheering for STM sports for the past four years has shown me that STM athletic teams are so much more than numbers on a scoreboard. These teams are defined by the attitudes instilled in players by their coaches, and more importantly, by a reliance on God. I watch as the football team huddles up to pray before and after every game, as the basketball players bow their heads during opening prayer, and how each team at this school has a basis in prayer. There is a common factor among STM athletes, despite which sport they play, and this constant is God. God plays a role in the attitudes of these players, and that influence is quite evident in how they play the game. STM athletes are taught to play with heart and are taught to rely on God above all else. When they succeed in doing so, they thrive. This year, STM athletics has reached new heights and attained history for our school, and this success is a result of the attitudes of the players. They depended on God and relied on one another rather than themselves. Offensive guard/tackle Payton Logan says, "This year, our team exhibited constant selflessness. We knew that to succeed we must forget about ourselves and play for one another." This sort of mentality is what I observed from our football players the entire year, and I think that it is the reason that our team had the incredible experience of making it to the championship game for the first time in school history. Hundreds of people travelled to New Orleans for the game at the Superdome, and for a cheerleader, it was an experience like no other. The stadium was massive, fans were louder than ever before, and the Chrome to the Dome spirit was overwhelming.

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Quarterback William Bellamy says, “I got to be one of the four captains in the dome. Walking out of the dome tunnel and seeing all of our fans was so amazing. The crowd erupted, and the cheering was louder than ever before.” This game was riveting as the score remained close until the very end. Logan says, “The best moment I experienced on this team was sitting in the locker room with my teammates after we lost the championship. There was a moment of sadness and silence; then we realized all we accomplished. Although we fell short, we did our very best and made school history by doing so.” Another team that made it to the championship and won, not only this year but for the past four years, is the volleyball team. I have watched the camaraderie grow within this group of athletes, and I would say that they are perhaps the most talented team in our school as they have taken the state title four times in a row. Junior Sarah Trotter says, “I think a big part of our team’s success was our mindset--we went into every game knowing what we had to do, and we did just this.” This level of confidence and determination set the team apart from other schools. MVP of the championship game Avery Breaux says, “Our success as a team this year came from our good team chemistry and the will that each player had to play for each other rather than ourselves.” I find it very interesting that in each sport, across the board at STM, the same practice of selflessness was implemented. Stephen Strojny, who coaches the girls’ basketball team, attests that his players too play with selflessness. Strojny says, “Normally on a team, you're lucky if you get two or three players who truly play for everyone besides themselves. This year's

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team had 16 players who entered the gym every day with the mindset of, how can I make my teammates better today.” I cheered at many girls’ basketball games this year and watched as they all played for the betterment of one another. This year’s boys’ basketball team played with a unity that truly inspired me. Junior Nate Cox says that this is because “the team spent time together outside of practices and games. We knew each other's strengths and weaknesses on and off the court.” Their talent and ability to succeed as a team was doubted early in the season; however, they persevered. Although they suffered a tough loss in the semifinal game, they never gave up and continued to trust in God and in one another. Another team that had to persevere amid adversity was the girls’ soccer team. In the beginning of the year, the team suffered many injuries such as senior Kennedy Louviere’s torn ACL, senior Amelia Thibodeaux’s ankle surgery, and senior Kat Whitman’s sprained ankle. Coach Daniel Underwood says, “These early-season setbacks only strengthened our team, and we learned in those moments how to work together and support one another through adversity.” By leaning on one another when times became difficult and increasing their prayer life during these hard times, the team became stronger and closer than ever, eventually making it to semifinals. Boys’ soccer this year had an extraordinary season and won the championship game. MVP of the championship game Ronny Rodriguez says, “Our team worked harder than anyone else; we committed ourselves to being the best we could, which eventually meant wining the state championship.” Rodriguez and other fellow players agree that the reason they played so well, ultimately achieving the second championship title for STM soccer in school history, was their dedication to the game. A new softball field, part of a large facility expansion, was ready in time for this year’s season. The team qualified for the state tournament but lost in the quarterfinals to the number one seeded team. However, two seniors have committed to playing in college: Bailey Hemphill for University of Alabama and Whitney Romero for University of Texas at Tyler. Watching the talent within STM athletes who are my peers and my friends is simply unbelievable. With two state championship titles, the football team qualifying for the state championship for the first time in school history, and countless other victories, STM is truly blessed. The athletes serve one another, and they rely on God always.

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STM Class 4A Athletic Accomplishments

Coaches Recognition

Baseball - District Runner-up, Bi District Finalist Basketball (boys) - District Champions, State Semi-finalist Basketball (girls) - District Champions, State Quarter-finalist Cross Country (boys) - District Champions, 7th in State Cross Country (girls) - District Champions, 3rd in State Football - District Champions, State Runner-up Golf - 4th in Region, 3rd in State Lacrosse - Central District Champions Soccer (boys) - District Champions, State Champions Soccer (girls) - District Champions, State Semi-finalist Softball - District Champions, State Quarter-finalist Swimming (boys) - 3rd in District, 10th in State Swimming (girls) - District Champs, 3rd in Region, 5th in State Tennis (boys) - 8th in State Tennis (girls) - 3rd in State Track (boys) - 17th in State Track (girls) - Regional Champions, 3rd in State Volleyball - District Champions, State Champions Wrestling - 6th in State

Jessica Burke District Coach of the Year; Advocate Large School Coach of the Year; LVCA Coach of Year Jim Hightower Louisiana Hall of Fame Inductee Danny Broussard 900th career win Stephen Strojny 100th career win; 2016 Best of Preps Major Award Coach of the Year; 2016 Best of Preps Coach of the Year, basketball Kevin Castille Qualified for Olympic trials in Los Angeles Casey Friend All Acadiana Coach of the Year; All District Coach of the Year; All State Div 2 Coach of the Year; 2016 Best of Preps Coach of the Year, boys soccer Daniel Underwood All Acadiana Coach of the Year; 2016 Best of Preps Coach of the Year, girls soccer Andrea Waguespack All District Coach of the Year

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Writing Your Story By Natalie Broussard, Admissions Director

A story of generations. A legacy. Constantly changing, serving and growing. The story begins at STM where students from local communities to students from Germany, China and other countries are given opportunity in service, academics, technology, and co-curricular activities. STM offers cutting edge technology in over 100 academic courses, and pioneers virtual technologies and 3D printing in every curriculum. With over 350 service opportunities and approximately 50 different extra-curricular activities, every student is able to create an exciting and unique experience. Write your story. Prepare for the future. Become the legacy. Join the STM family.

Cougar Opportunities

4-H Club • Ambassadors • Art Club • Band • Baseball • Basketball • Beta Club • Bowling • Campus Ministry • Cheerleaders • Chorus • Cougar Dance • Cougar Prints • Cross Country • Drama • Fall Play • FCA • Football • French Club • Golf • Help Desk • Lacrosse • Literary Magazine • Literary Rally Team • Newspaper • National Honor Society • Options Mentor • Quiz Bowl • Robotics • Science Club • Science Olympiad • Soccer Softball • Sparklers • Speech and Debate • Student Council • Swimming • Tennis • Track and Field • Volleyball • Wrestling • Yearbook

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2016 - 2017 Application Process Thursday, October 27 Open House Placement test dates: December 3 or December10 January 6 - 12 STM guidance counselors visit feeder schools Wednesday, January 11 Parent Meeting - 6 - 7 p.m. Curriculum and scheduling for incoming 9th graders Visit www.stmcougars.net/freshmen for alternate daytime meetings Thursday, January 13 Applications available online January 17 - 19 Accepting required documents Friday, January 20 Application deadline Friday, February 17 Letters of acceptance mailed March 6 - 8 Registration Scholarship applications available once registered

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Alumni IN THE NEWs Our American Idol By Danny Broussard, Alumni Director

I remember the first time I heard MacKenzie Bourg ‘12 sing. Our team was in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, at our annual Beach Bash Basketball Tourney. He was in a hotel room, huddled with 25 of his teammates, singing and playing his guitar. I peeked in to listen and was amazed by his voice. As a coach you never really know what talents outside of basketball your players have, but on this hot day, I walked away saying this kid will make it big someday! Did I think he would make the Final Four of American Idol? No, I didn’t, but I knew he had a future in the music industry. When American Idol called to say they would be coming to Lafayette and St. Thomas More, we were excited to be able to show America how we support one of our own. With the bleachers packed, STM hosted producers of American Idol, and Mac displayed his basketball talents with a 5 on 5 exhibition game. The Cheerleaders, Sparklers and Cougar Dance team members were there to pump up the crowd, as well as students who had given up their (Good) Friday night to make signs welcoming Mac back home! The film crew was impressed with not only his basketball talents but also with the boudin we fed them after the filming. MacKenzie loved his hometown visit. "Thanks again to every single person that made my hometown visit one of the best days of my life. Seeing the support from my loved ones at STM reminded me of everything that makes it such a great place. Makes my heart happy knowing I can come home to so many loving people," he said. It was a great experience for everyone and really interesting to see behind the scenes of an American Idol production. We are so proud of Mac and look forward to seeing what the future holds for this St. Thomas More alum!

STM Retires Dohmann’s Baseball Jersey St. Thomas More Athletic Department and the STM baseball team payed tribute to Scott Dohmann ‘96, a former Cougar great by retiring his #6 baseball jersey. While at STM Scott was part of teams that were District Champs in 1995 and 1996, reaching the state finals in 1995 and state semifinals in 1996. Scott was awarded All District honors in all three seasons from 1994 - 1996 while playing shortstop each year. Dohmann walked on at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (without scholarship offers), and became a pitcher under the direction of Coach Tony Robichaux. He was then drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2000 and along Rick Furman Photography with Colorado played with the major league Kansas City Royals and 2008 Champion Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to these major league clubs, he played in the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers minor league organizations. He played professionally in USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Taiwan. Of all his accolades, his proudest achievement came right here in the hallways of St. Thomas More when he met his now wife, Tara Leigh Daigle and to be blessed with their two sons Gavin and Ezra. Tara and Scott married in 2001 and with their faith in God and the role models of their parents Chris and Yvette Dohmann and Mary and the late Carlos Daigle, have never looked back in raising a family in the religious upbringing instilled in them from their parents, and the faculty and staff here at St. Thomas More.

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Doug & Danny‘s Top 10

The More things change, The more they Stay The Same By Doug Taylor and Danny Broussard

Changes 1. Emerging traditions- In 1982 none existed. Our favorites are the Academic Pep Rally, Morestock, Veteran’s Day Mass and Grandparent’s Mass. Recently, boys wearing ties at Mass and alumni pinning ceremony. 2. The Mall qualifies for one of those Home Makeover TV shows. In 1982 an artist started a sunburst mosaic on the back wall of the sanctuary. It was not finished until several years later. The lockers were a very ugly orange to go with the matching chairs . Now we have blue lockers, beautiful large religious banners hanging from the ceiling, the finished sunburst, and six statues of saints. Very impressive. 3. Homecoming has calmed down a bit - - thank God. Those first few years were high-energy chaos during the school week with little accomplished in the classroom. No more bonfires, egg wars, roller derbies, shutting Doopsie Jr. down, or paintball fights. We do, however, miss Cookie Pollock organizing silly faculty skits. 4. One of Mr. Simon’s dreams was for STM to have a first-class band - dream accomplished! 5. Campus Ministry, Music Ministry, level of participation in retreats - tremendous growth. KAIROS is the best! 6. Options. At first, we didn’t know if it would work, but it has become one of the best moves ever. Our campus is a much better place because of the Options students. 7. Athletic facilities. Everyone has seen the Turf and the Ramp, but you need to watch a softball game in the new complex on turf from The Hill.” Ironically, the ONLY sports facility that was operational when the school opened was the tennis courts, which will be torn down this summer and new ones constructed near the softball field. 8. Academics. To think that in 1982 we did not offer any honors courses! Now we have honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment. Our first year we offered classes such as drafting and home economics. Now the focus has moved to technology. 9. Obviously the laptops - Help Desk kids and computer experts have gone from geeks to the cool ones on campus. Email, Snap chat, and Twitter have replaced passing notes. 10. First year - no alumni yet. Now we have thousands of alumni and even an alumni director.

Still the Same 1. Despite the retirement of Dr. Bollich, dedicated handbook enforcers such as Ms. Karen Minor are diligently keeping the halls free of gum, cell phones, inappropriate uniforms, and profanity. However, they do lack Bollich’s awesome way with words to define the violation. 2. Seniors still want skip days. 3. Despite all of the technology, Coach Doug Taylor still keeps an operational chalk board. Claims he will give it up when they take it from his “cold, stiff fingers.” 4. Mike Keefe, Jim Hightower, Stephanie Stevenson, Frances Angers, Terri St. Martin, Kim Broussard, Sharon Guillory, Sandra LaGrange, Rich Lane, Kim Manuel, Kim Thibodeaux, and Debbie Wetzel - all here over 20 years along with the “Fab 5.” 5. The walls, floors, parking lot, cafeteria, seven-period schedule, morning announcements. 6. Clocks still don’t work. 7. Warning to freshmen - Still no elevator to 2nd floor in the library. 8. Athletic showers still bad and seldom used. 9. Certainly faculty changes, but currently 20 alumni on staff - how awesome! 10. Still the greatest high school library ever!

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The STM Alumni Association Scholarship was established through the generosity of alumni contributions to Campaign 1982. Alumni are asked to give a least $19.82 per year with the purpose of providing a partial scholarship to the child of an STM alum. STM junior, Madison Hanks ‘17 was selected to receive the 1st annual Alumni Scholarship at Spring Awards this year. She is the daughter of Jennifer Hanks from the Class of 1994. Please help us to increase this scholarship fund by contributing a gift of at least $19.82 so we can award other students, like Madison at next year’s Spring Awards. Thank you to the following alumni who conributed in 2015 - 2016: Joshua '99 and Marietta Adams Aimee Blayne Andrepont '08 Norman '90 andVanessa Anseman III Lindsey Elizabeth Banquer '00 Claire Littlefield Bingham '92 Ross Blackstone '95 Ridge '07 and Kathleen Blanchard Emily R. Bolian '01 Natalie Molbert Broussard '02 Patrick '97 and Natalie '00 Broussard Simmons and Brooke Bruns '01 Robert Cabes, Jr. '87 Melissa Cambre '96 Robert Champagne '85 Benjamin Cooper '94 Lori Debaillon Crain '96

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ALUMNI EVENTS

New Cougar/Alumni Luncheon

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Alumni receptions The STM Alumni Association took their show on the road in March and visited Houston, Austin and Dallas. President Elect Greg Geoffroy accompanied Coach Danny on the trip and the two were very impressed with the alumni turnout, especially the Dallas chapter, since it was the first time STM hosted a gathering in that city. It was great seeing the alumni in these cities and they were excited to hear about all the improvement and changes happening at their alma-mater.

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Cougar Births John Joseph Domino born January 8, 2015 to Frank ’05 and Julia Palmintier ’05 Domino Matthew Charles Harmon born May 4, 2015 to Gregory and Kelly Creel ’05 Harmon Walker Ryan Shelton born July 12, 2015 to Christopher and Darcy Marquis ’99 Shelton Greer Elizabeth McElligott born August 4, 2015 to Bill ’06 and Mary Beth Broussard ’06 McElligott May Catherine McKnight born August 5, 2015 to William and Lane Rucks ’06 McKnight Celia Grace Billeaud born August 9, 2015 to Beaux ’03 and Heather Knight ’03 Billeaud Charlotte Ann Keaton born August 11, 2015 to Doug and Valerie Zaunbrecher ’06 Keaton Emory Elizabeth White and Ellington Kate White born August 19, 2015 to Jimmy ’03 and Elizabeth Neal ’07 White Rory Benjamin Braniff born August 20, 2015 to Kyle ’90 and Lynsey Andrus ’00 Braniff Lauren Elise Wood born September 3, 2015 to Brad and Meghan Horaist ’02 Wood Mae Margaret Broussard born September 20, 2015 to Adam and Anne Sims ’01 Broussard Juliette Marie Hutchinson born October 7, 2015 to Daniel and Mallory Comeaux ’06 Hutchinson Lucy James Tate born October 16, 2015 to John and Amy Dempsey ’93 Tate Michael James Hudson born October 20, 2015 to Walter and Amanda Andrus ’06 Hudson, Jr. Beckham Ray Brammell born November 1, 2015 to Colin and Brittany Schambough ’04 Brammell Thomas Robert Thibodeaux born November 18, 2015 to Ross and Katherine Prince ’04 Thibodeaux Evelyn Claire Ray born November 22, 2015 to Adam ’07 and Stephanie Hesse ’07 Ray Jacob Michael Pitre born January 15, 2016 to Josh ‘07 and Rachel Saboe Pitre Natalee Claire Breaux born January 19, 2016 to Stephen and Meredith Stokes ’10 Breaux Parker Dale Morgan born March 23, 2016 to Scott and Kylie Thibodeaux ’07 Morgan Catherine Claire Fontenot ’99 to Joshua Taylor Franks, May 8, 2015 Ashley Camille Delahoussaye ’00 to Montana Joseph Howell, May 15, 2015 Victoria English Lane ‘10 to Brady Spencer Thomas, May 15, 2015 Randi Lauren Bernard ’07 to Damien Scott McCormick, May 22, 2015 Lee Monique Daugherty ’03 to Colby George Williams, May 22, 2015 Livia Margaret Steen ’09 to Brett Eric Kubica, May 23, 2015 Kathleen Margaret Adley ’07 to Robert Charles Darnall ’07, May 29, 2015 Paige Angelle Broussard ’07 to Jason Olen Stinson, May 29, 2015 Lauren Anne Turner ’04 to Lance Erik Pefferkorn, May 30, 2015 Katie Marie Fontenot to Matthew David Cormier ’02, June 5, 2015 Elizabeth Brennan Diehl ’07 to Nicholas Patrick Knight ’06, June 6, 2015 Emma Louise Dietlein ’09 and Christopher Loren Faber, July 3, 2015 Leslie Terese Simoneaux ’10 to Chad Michael Becnel ’10, June 26, 2015 Mallory Danielle Dugas ’11 to Beau Brcker Domingue ‘11, July 17, 2015 Louise Phyllis McElroy ’05 to Edward Anthony Buttross ’05, August 1, 2015 Lauren Nicole Breaux ’08 to Brett Martin Baer, August 22, 2015 Aimee Mickelle Fortier ’92 to Lawrence Richard Strykowski, August 22, 2015 Hailey Elizabeth Hanks ’10 to William Francis Stevenson IV ’09, September 4, 2015 Jennifer Elise Love ’06 to Cy Paul Primeaux ’04, October 16, 2015 Lauren Maria Coleman ’02 to Andy Gary Sanders, October 17, 2015 Abbey Lynn Angelle ’05 to Michael Bolton McDermott, October 17, 2015 Britney Marie Leger ’06 to William Lee Bergeron, November 6, 2015 Alexandra Kathleen Daugherty ’06 to Gary Michael Patterson, November 7, 2015 Mary-Catherine Russo to William Howard Burch ’04, November 21, 2015 Jennifer Catherine Guillory ’08 to Jordan David Hebert, November 21, 2015 Kirby Elizabeth Sandlin ’02 to Scot Allen Schroeder, January 20, 2016 Amanda Kaye Poehler ’05 to Lee Michael Chapman ’05, April 8, 2016 Angelle Marie Trahan ’03 to Thomas Richardson Saloom ’05, April 9, 2016 Colleen Elizabeth Donohue ’07 to Khristopher Lee Foreman, April 9, 2016 Taryn Blair Breaux ’04 to Matthew Allan Schmid, April 15, 2016 Chelsea Elizabeth Harst ’08 to Todd Patrick Guidry, April 15, 2016 Melissa Katherine Frentz ’08 to Peter John Youngblood, April 16, 2016

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One Family One Mission By Anne Pitre, Director of Advancement

Catholic education is a blessing, but as with many blessings, it doesn’t come without hard work and dedication. Dedication from teachers, parents, family members and friends. We recognize that for most, the cost of Catholic education is an investment and a sacrifice. The return on the investment is great. We, at St. Thomas More, work hard to be good stewards of tuition and gifts to our school. Tuition and technology fees are used strictly for the operations of St. Thomas More. The operating budget is subsidized by gifts to the school through the St. Thomas More Foundation and the Building More Annual Appeal. The salaries and benefits for our faculty and staff comprise 78% of our operations budget and remain competitive in Louisiana. Our non-operating budget is subsidized through the athletic participation fee, gifts to athletics and extracurricular and from advertising within these areas. With the state of our economy, departments have taken a 10% decrease in their budget for the 2016 - 2017 school year. We know that just as we prepare to tighten our belt, so too do our families. St. Thomas More is fortunate to be able to offer our school community financial assistance through our work-study program. This program is funded partially by the St. Thomas More Foundation.

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Scholarship awards The gifts given to the STM Foundation are placed in an endowed fund. The fund principle is never spent, it continues to earn interest which is given back to the school. There are several methods in which the funds are returned to the school: First, through a budget line item to help defray the cost of teacher salaries and benefits and second, through scholarship funds that are established by family and friends of St. Thomas More. These funds are given to the school through scholarships awarded each year to students to help defray the cost of tuition. We are proud to announce the following scholarship recipients for the 2015-2016 year.

Miles Arceneaux ‘87 Memorial Scholarship Caroline Camille Laborde ‘17

Louis A. Labbe Memorial Andrew Douglas Hughes ‘16

Zach Burch ‘02 Sportsmanship Award Drew Nicholas Gonzales ’16

Future Catholic Educator’s Award Jake Thomas Benoit ‘17

Jacob Crouch ’99 Memorial Award Evan Arthur Trahan ’16

William J. Moss Courage Award Brennan Belle Higginbotham ’16

B.H. Dehart, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Jacob Ladd Allain ’18

Austin Paul Rivault ‘16 Memorial Scholarship William Edward Delatte ‘19

Mark W. Graham ‘02 Memorial Award Ormond Butler LaSalle ‘16

St. Thomas More Alumni Association Scholarship

Harry and Jessie Greig Memorial Music Scholarship

Scott Savoy ‘88 Memorial Scholarship Joseph Anthony Mampilly ’17

Camille Elisabeth Allain ‘20 Natalie Rose Piccione ‘20 Bryce Harkrider Memorial Award Academic Support Program

Madison Ailleen Hanks ’17

Ryan Tate ‘00 Memorial Scholarship Ashton Paige Bourque ’16 Sgt. Patrick Oliver Williamson ’04 Memorial Scholarship

Josh Johns ‘01 Memorial Scholarship William Parker Pelletier, Jr. ’17

Courtney Marie Landry ’16 Non Endowed Scholarships

B. J. Jourdan ‘92 Memorial Scholarship Christopher Todd Paulson ’18

Eraste Autin ’01 Memorial Award Payton Edward Logan ‘16

Amanda Claire Judice ‘07 Memorial Scholarship Award

Anna Catherine Dartez ’17 Claire AnnMarie Latiolais ’17

Leah R. Saloom Memorial Award Bailey Marie Hemphill ‘16 Matthew Allen Gardner ‘16

Knight Family Scholarship Cameron Scott Mayard ’17

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Here’s what’s new

Gifts from parents, grandparents, alumni and our Parent Teacher Club to the Building More Annual Appeal has provided an additional parking lot to the school this year. Our work doesn’t stop there, our Advisory Council through the Strategic Plan has identified priorities for the school as it relates to curriculum and operations. Through this plan, we have established a Technology Committee, Dual Enrollment Courses, Parent Ministry Activities, and a Master Site Plan. Phase I of the Master Site Plan includes a softball complex (spring 2016), six tennis courts (fall 2016), and twelve new classrooms (fall 2017). We are definitely One Family working towards One Mission. Stay tuned to stmcougars.net - there’s more to come!

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“Catholic education is a lifelong process of human growth and development. It is more than schooling. It begins in the home, continues in the school and matures through involvement with the Christian community in the parish.” (www.ceist.ie)

recognizing outstanding leaders As part of Catholic Schools week, STM recognized Mr. Terry Tidwell as the Outstanding Educator of the Year. Coach Tidwell has dedicated his life to St. Thomas More having served for 33 years as a history teacher, football coach and track and field coach. He has touched the lives of thousands of students and athletes with his wisdom, knowledge, and teaching style. He is a fine role model, dedicated coach, and positive presence on our campus. He is an integral part of our school community and a powerful influence on our young men.

shared their time and talents supporting athletics, academics, and extracurricular activities.

Our Student of the Year is Taylor Luke featured on page 10 of this issue. St. Thomas More is proud to honor these outstanding individuals who are integral parts of the STM family.

The 2015 Outstanding Supporter is Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mahtook. The Mahtook’s have provided many years of volunteer service and leadership to our community and are commended for their part in supporting Catholic education. They have been a part of the community since their first child came to STM in 2006. They have shared their time and talents serving on boards, coordinating events, and have even invited us into their home. They are the parents of alum Robbie (’10), Andrew (’12), Michelle ‘16, current junior Madeline; and future cougar Stephen class of 2020. Mr. Mahtook served on the STM Advisory Council from 2008 -2014; serving as Vice President in 2013-2014. Mrs. Mahtook served on the PTC as the PR/Marketing Chair, Cougar Closet Chair and is serving as President-Elect. As a couple, they have

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