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Class highlights, Valedic tor ian and S alutator ian, pg. 10

CHS to induc t four new members at induc tion banquet, pg. 14

The B ogan Family Endowed S cholarship, pg. 16

AMETUR COR JESU Loved be the heart of Jesus

Founded in 1894 by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Catholic High School is an all-male college preparatory institution serving young men in grades 8 - 12.

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Gerald E. Tullier CHS President AT THE GRADUATION ceremony for the CHS class of 2016, I addressed our new graduates with these comments: Here we are at the very end of your high school experience. No more homework, at least until college. No longer will Mr. Hightower tell you that you need a haircut. Well, honestly, I can’t promise he won’t say it, but at least now you don’t have to listen. However, before all of you head off into the different directions of your future lives, let’s reflect on what your high school experience has been. Here is what you told me about your experience: •

Your high school experience was not perfect, but it was good, actually very, very good! You had disagreements with teachers, you complained about rules and had disputes with classmates. However, to a person, you said your overall experience was quite positive and you came to appreciate it.

You are united as a class. You used words like “great friends” and “brotherhood” to describe your classmates. Your senior retreat played a large role in solidifying that unity.

You like and respect your teachers. You said, “They really care, are very accepting and they want to help.”

You have changed and matured. Time and again you said you are more focused, more accepting and have learned to collaborate.

Every one of you said that you grew through powerful service experiences. Service opportunities got you out of your comfort zones and helped you understand the challenges that many face.

Finally, you are ready to move on. Of course, your life paths are still unknown. However, I speak for all in expressing our confidence that you will do great things and will become great men.

As was the case with your Catholic High School experience, I also promise you that your future will not be perfect. You will be tested. You will experience frustrations and disappointments. You will suffer loss and at times may not even see a way to move forward. In those times, I encourage you to take comfort in St. Paul’s words in the second reading from mass today: We even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts. In closing, I encourage you to reflect on your Catholic High School experience as an example of how the love of God has been poured out into your hearts, especially through the love of your teachers and classmates. You have heard us say it before, but it is really true. “We see our school as successful, if students graduate with a strong belief that God loves them.” I know that Catholic High School has succeeded with the Class of 2016. Congratulations, graduates. But remember, “It’s More Than 4. It’s a Lifetime!” You are always welcome at Catholic High School and we hope you come back often.

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PRINCIPAL’S UPDATE ONCE THE REGULAR school year ends, I often hear the comment, “I’m sure everyone is glad it’s summer so that life at Catholic High can slow down.” The truth is that life at Catholic High School never slows down, including summertime. Summer at CHS began with more than 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students attending more than 70 different classes and camps. During the first week of June, 29 Catholic High students and 22 St. Joseph’s Academy students, along with 18 chaperones, attended the Catholic Leadership Encounter (CLE) in Estes Park, Colorado. This program empowers students to be servant leaders in their own school communities as role models for their peers. Led by Catholic High religion teacher and coach Charles Jumonville, CLE is a profound formation experience for both students and chaperones.

this summer. The Cyber Discovery program is a week-long competition designed to explore issues related to cyber security. The experience includes discussion sessions, and hands-on engineering and computer science labs that allow students to learn leadership, teamwork and fundamental 21st century skills. Those are just a few of the great summer programs available to the students of Catholic High School, and hopefully future students as well. At nearly any time of the day or night, you can see students and faculty on our campus taking advantage of the many holistic experiences available during the summer. We truly never close and what a blessing to all who are a part of the Catholic High community. Ametur Cor Jesu. Loved be the heart of Jesus.

Four different mission trips were scheduled this summer. Eight students went to Klagetoh, Arizona, to work with the Navajo community at the Brothers of the Sacred Heart mission at St. Anne’s. Thirty students traveled to Labadieville, Louisiana, to work with Father Michael Alello ’98 at St. Philomena church parish, performing much needed service in the local community. Fifteen students traveled to Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, New Hampshire, a Brothers of the Sacred Heart school, to join with students from other Brothers’ schools around the country performing service in that local community. This is the third year that Brothers’ schools have joined to have a mission trip together, with the first two taking place in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The results have been tremendous for our students as they experience solidarity with other students in Brothers’ schools. Lastly, 12 students will travel to Nicaragua in late July to perform much needed service for a local orphanage. For several years, Catholic High has competed at Cyber Discovery 1.0 and 2.0 in Ruston, Louisiana, with two different groups. The first group of students placed first overall in the 1.0 competition. The 2.0 competition is scheduled later


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2016 Honors Convocation PARKES PELTIER WINDER was named Outstanding Graduate of the Class of 2016 at the annual Catholic High School Honors Convocation on May 20, 2016. Recognized as National Merit Finalists were Brennan Patrick Burke, Davis Joseph Polito, Joseph Daniel Stassi, Dylan Earl Thompson, David Paul Toups and Parkes Peltier Winder. Receiving the Principal’s Award for a 4.0 grade point average were Walter Anthony Joseph Bueche, Roman Bernardo Corripio, Joshua Alexander Duke, Carson Montgomery Piontek, Brady William Sartain, Parker Alexander Sulik, Parkes Peltier Winder and Joshua Ethan Worley. Colin Murray Bone was named Student Athlete; André Cary Aguillard received the Service Award; and Jeffrey Joseph Kelley was the American Legion Award recipient. Carson Montgomery Piontek was named the class Salutatorian and Parkes Peltier Winder was named the Valedictorian. Extracurricular award winners were Art Club – Brent Joseph Helouin; Bearly Published – Jace Matthew LeJeune; Bruin – Peyton Todd Cooley; Drama Club – Vincent Joseph Bianca; Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Blair Patrick Bogan; French Club – Chase Christian Brouillette; Junior Classical League – André Cary Aguillard; Mu Alpha Theta – David Paul Toups;

National Honor Society – Joseph Daniel Stassi; Photography Club – Logan Scott Dugas; Spanish Club – Jordi Enrique Osuna; Speech and Debate – John Denham Bennett; Student Ambassador – Ryan Patrick Trahan; Student Council – William Arthur Lee; Ultimate – Kenneth Tullio Hingle; and Youth and Government – Charles Brennan Major. Academic award winners included Art – Michael Morgan Hubbell; Band – Roman Bernardo Corripio; Business/Computer Science – Joshua Alexander Duke; Choir – Samuel Phillip Lovretich; English – Parkes Peltier Winder; French – Joshua Ethan Worley; H&PE – Clinton Joseph Craig; Latin – Roman Bernardo Corripio; Math – Joshua Ethan Worley; Religion – Jeffrey Joseph Kelley; Science – Joshua Alexander Duke; Social Studies – Parkes Peltier Winder; and Spanish – Parkes Peltier Winder. Twelve members from the Class of 2016 were named CHS Men of the Year. They are André Cary Aguillard, Chase Christian Brouillette, Michael Ronnie Delatte, Denver Ross Denison, Brendan Fisher Hardin, Brian Joseph Herry, Jenaro Rasheed James II, Jeffrey Joseph Kelley, Robert Paul Sciambra, Joseph Nicholas Sotile, David Paul Toups and Parkes Peltier Winder.

(L to R) Jeffrey Joseph Kelley ’16, American Legion Award; Carson Montgomery Piontek ’16, Salutatorian; Parkes Peltier Winder ’16, Valedictorian and Outstanding Graduate; Colin Murray Bone ’16, Student Athlete Award; André Cary Aguillard ’16, Service Award.

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Things That Count ONE. Rising sophomore Francis Dinh received Honorable Mention in the 2016 Jostens Photography Contest. Dinh’s photo was selected out of approximately 5,000 entries from across the country.


TWO. The CHS/SJA Schola Cantorum and the Wind Ensemble earned straight superiors in every category at the LMEA State Choral and Band Festival which is the highest honor concert musicians in this state can receive.


THREE. Forty-seven Latin students won awards for their outstanding performance on the 2016 National Latin Exam in March. FOUR. Rising sophomore Philip Tullier achieved a perfect score on the 2016 National Latin Exam.

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FIVE. Mike Delatte ‘16 received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. SIX. CHS Multimedia students placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Protect My Ride video contest. SEVEN. Rising senior Ben Frick, the 2016 Teens Speak Up! Advocate, met with Louisiana Senators Steve Cassidy and David Vitter, and Congressman Garret Graves’90 in Washington D.C. to advocate for policies to improve funding for epilepsy programs and research. EIGHT. Chase Brouillette ’16 received the second place scholarship award of $3,000 at the State Finals for the Catholic Youth Leadership Award. NINE. The CHS FCA club presented a check for $1,500 to Devon Gales, a Southern University Football Player who was critically injured. TEN. CHS won the 12th Annual Challenge Day against St. Joseph’s Academy. As part of the Challenge, the two schools collected 112,967 pounds of food that was donated to the Baton Rouge Food Bank.





Highlighting Students, Clubs & Activities



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Spring 2016 Athletic Accomplishments BASEBALL

State Semifinalists Class 5A, District 5 Champions


State Championships - Fourth Place Division I, Region II Champions Division I, District 3 Champions


State Playoff Appearance


Class 5A, District 5 State Champions Class 5A, Region II Champions Class 5A, District Champions


Division I State Runners-Up Division I Singles State Champion - Nick Watson


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Southeastern Louisiana University Alex Bertrand, the 2016 5-5A District Champion in javelin, signed a national letter of intent with Southeastern Louisiana University. Bertrand, the 2015 5A State Champion in javelin, finished the 2016 season first at the Class 5A, Region II meet and second at State in javelin.



David Toups Spring Hill College

Distance runner David Toups, the 2015 indoor state champion in the 1600 meters, signed on to compete in both cross country and track for Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Toups, a long time cog in Coach Boudreaux’s multi-sport distance machine, finished third in the 5-5A Region II meet and sixth at State in the 1600 meters race.




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Faculty focus Mark Primeaux ’07 Social Studies Department

Psychology, Psychology AP, Schola Cantorum Moderator of Cycling and Show Choir

“TEACHING AT MY alma mater is like seeing the other side of a magic trick. You figure it all out – in a good way of course.” Mark Primeaux, a graduate of the CHS Class of 2007, began his teaching career at CHS in 2013 after graduating from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in social studies education and a minor in music. Like many, he had a preconceived idea of what teaching would be like. “As a kid in high school, you don’t really understand the ‘bigger picture’ your teachers try to instill in you constantly. When you’re older and you see it from a different perspective, you suddenly realize what they meant all along.” “A ‘bigger picture’ I try to impress upon my students is to be critical consumers of information. We live in a world where many of our questions can be answered in an instant with a click of a mouse, but not all information we receive is factual. I want to teach my students to use critical thinking skills in discerning what’s credible and what’s not. They should form their own opinions based on those skills and what they believe to be true.”

An avid triathlete, Primeaux began taking triathlon racing seriously while attending college. Just one race shy of reaching professional status, Primeaux had a decision to make. He had to choose between competing as a professional triathlete, or begin a career in teaching. Needless to say, Primeaux chose teaching and is currently one of 25 faculty alumni at CHS. Although Primeaux is running a different race as a teacher, he still enjoys biking, swimming and running. He also has a great love for music and performance. While a student at CHS, Primeaux sang in the choir and performed on stage in various school musicals. Today, he serves as the assistant choir director for the CHS/SJA Schola Cantorum and is the lead singer of a band outside of Catholic High, BEAUCOUP BOOGIE.

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Class of 2016 * André Cary Aguillard º Michael Paul Annaloro Kade Saurage Ashy º Jason Blaine Attuso Jr. Jared Michael Barrilleaux Andrew Michael Barrios º Spencer Jeffrey Baudier Jonathan Karl Bernard Alex John Bertrand º Vincent Joseph Bianca Blair Patrick Bogan Connor James Bollich Colin Murray Bone º William Jacob Borne Connor Hiram Bowen Wayles Baker Bradley III Matthew Charles Bremer º David Ian Brian Austin Michael Brock * Nicholas Asher Brooksher * Chase Christian Brouillette º Thomas Joseph Broussard Bailey Heck Brown Matthew James Browning º Walter Anthony Joseph Bueche * Brennan Patrick Burke Caleb William Burruss

º Connor Lewis Burruss º George Gregory Caballero II Logan Michael Caillouet º Patrick Ross Leslie Campesi Samuel Paul Cancienne Jr. Richard Nikolas Carley John Nicholas Carville º Christopher Michael Castel º Arthur Jules Chassaignac º Samuel Harper Chastain Brandon Jude Chatelain Tanner Paul Chauncy º Miles Christopher Coleman Grant Michael Conway º Peyton Todd Cooley Philip Andrew Core * Roman Bernardo Corripio Clinton Joseph Craig Cameron Ross Crochet * Michael Salvatore Culotta Benjamin Blake Curtis Nicholas Cole Danna Nicholas Walter Davies Michael Ronnie Delatte * Denver Ross Denison Brennon Kole Denny º Nigel Jarrod Despinasse

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* John Joseph Donner Drake Stephen Dugas * Joshua Alexander Duke Phillip Duffy Duncan III Joshua Charles Dupuis º Christian Brian Dyess Raphael Barney Eaglin II Eric Blaine Edmonson Jr. Kenneth Paul Edwards º Brandon Jerrel Fairbanks º Brian Christopher Fairbanks Keegan Thomas Ferachi º Kennedy Charles Ferachi º Benjamin Thomas Ferrell Jr. º Michael David Knotts Focht Brett Nicholas Fontaine Jason William Francioni º Toliver Stevenson Freeman º Jonathan Michael Fresina º Joseph Patrick Gaudin Preston Joseph Gautreau Jorge Getz-Garcia º Jack Winston Godbery William Montgomery Grammer Michael Breton Green Daniel John Guilbeau * Daniel Grant Gunn

º Academic Program Scholar

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* William Benjamin Hackney Lawrence Victor Hamilton III * Brendan Fisher Hardin Daniel Robert Heltz º Brian Joseph Herry * Kenneth Tullio Hingle º Benjamin Charbonnet Holden Frank Graham Holloway Jacob Adam Honore º Michael Morgan Hubbell Grayson Thomas Hunt Parker James Hunt Charles Colt Reese Hurst º Jenaro Rasheed James II Ryan Michael Jeanfreau Demeco Dekel Johnson Tarick Darius Johnson Rajbir Kapany º Brenner Charles Keaton Chandler Patrick Kelleher * Jeffrey Joseph Kelley º Nicholas Drew Kellner * Hudson Brandt Kirkpatrick Bryce Lawrence Kleinpeter Bailey Christopher Landry * Patrick Joseph Landry * Christopher Ray LeBlanc º Conner Todd LeBlanc º Ethan Joseph LeBleu Brendan James LeDuff Robert Evans Lee º William Arthur Lee Jace Matthew LeJeune Kole James Lemoine Ross Lucien Lemoine Stephen Marshall Lemoine Brent Michael Logarbo º Samuel Phillip Lovretich º Charles Brennan Major * Blake Joseph Mancuso º Mason Randall Mann º Brian Andrew Manthei Jackson Werner Marcin * William Neal Mathews º Miles Louis McLindon Justin Mont McNeely Jr. º Tom Joffre Meek III Andrew Boyd Melancon Andrew Blake Messina Sean Riley Methvin

Austin Patrick Michiels º Matthew Paul Miller º Matthew Masaaki Miyagi Brian Thomas Montagnino Matthew Joseph Morales º Benjamin Robert Morgan Martin Tate Morris º John Sylvester Morvant IV Edward Louis Mouk Najib Robert Moukarzel * Nathan Peter Musso Ray James Nebel Jr. Benjamin Jacob Noto Austin James Odom Grant Fulton Odom * Jordi Enrique Osuna Taylor Paul Pastorek Tyrone Ledell Payne º Stewart Brannon Perilloux * Carson Montgomery Piontek º Jeffrey Valdemar Poché Jr. * Davis Joseph Polito Patrick Joseph Popadic Henry Gaither Pope * Brett Matthew Prejean º Chase Hugh Priest Brian Matthew Quartano º Alexander Brian Quebedeaux * Kevin Nicholas Quebedeaux Grant Nicholas Rembert Payton Douglas Reynolds Luke Latour Richardson Frederick Colin Robinson º Pablo Andres Rosas º Matthew Robert Ruiz º Brandon Michael Ruth Ronnie Deshun Sanfie Jr. º Joshua Allen Sardisco * Brady William Sartain Val Joseph Saurage Jr. * Grant Joseph Sceroler º Robert Paul Sciambra Peter Joseph Sclafani IV Mark Jacob Shaheen Gwynn Lance Shamlin III Demarcus Charles Shepherd º Robert Davis Shill º Eric Richard Simpson Joseph Braeden Smith º Josh Harris Smith

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º Brandon Kyle Snyder º Ivan Anthony Songné * Joseph Nicholas Sotile Landon Bryant St. Angelo * Joseph Daniel Stassi Nathan James Stephens º Patrick James Stephens William Thomas Stout º Nicholas James Strate º Parker Alexander Sulik Jesse Wood Theriot º Mark Alexander Thibodeaux º Trevor Wyatt Thibodeaux Jack Peyton Thomas * Dylan Earl Thompson Grant Joseph Thompson º Brent Anthony Torres * David Paul Toups Rhett O’Gwynn Townsend Ryan Patrick Trahan º Michael Paul Tramonte Jr. º Eric Nguyen Tran Richard Tran Ethan Michael Treigle * Brennan Kade Triche * Devin Matthew Tullier º Joshua Matthew Tuminello º Peter Raoul Tumminello º Carlos Antonio Turner III º Nicholas Paul Uzee Marcus Stephen Vasquez * Connor Hilton Waits John Christian Walker Tyler Joseph Wallis º John Forrest Ward IV Tristan James Welch Tyler Michael Werner º William Arthur Whitehead III Taylor Joseph Wigley Bailey Blaine Sayer Wilburn º Tristan Dee Williams º Grant Joseph Wills Connor Scott Wilson Jacob Marshall Wilson Kevin Lamar Wilson Jr. Mason Glenn Wilson * Parkes Peltier Winder John Curtis Wood IV * Joshua Ethan Worley Adam Whitfield Yarbro

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Offered Admission to 100 colleges and universities Earned $21,030,038 (excluding TOPS) in scholarship offers (received by May 11, 2016) Accumulated more than 19,920 hours of community service Golden Achievement Award for 661 credit hours at LSU Spring Testing Averaged 25.2 on the ACT with 100 percent of class taking the test


Student spotlight Parkes Peltier Winder Class of 2016 Valedictorian

GPA 4.0 (unweighted), 4.52 (weighted) EXTRACURRICULAR Student Council (secretary as a junior, president as a senior), Honor Board (secretary as a junior, president as a senior), Choir (co-secretary as a senior), Spanish Club, Drama Club, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society ATHLETICS Track and Field (freshman through junior year) SENIOR YEAR ACCOLADES Class of 2016 Valedictorian, Outstanding Graduate, National Merit Finalist, Honors Program Scholar, Advanced Placement Scholar, Principal’s Award, Academic Award in English, Academic Award in Social Studies, Academic Award in Spanish, 2016 CHS Man of the Year COLLEGE University of Texas

Student spotlight Carson Montgomery Piontek

Class of 2016 Salutatorian

GPA 4.0 (unweighted), 4.52 (weighted) EXTRACURRICULAR Band (marching, pep, jazz and brass quintet), Junior Classical League (editor as a junior, technology coordinator as a senior), National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, St. Aloysius Youth Group (youth leadership team member) SENIOR YEAR ACCOLADES Class of 2016 Salutatorian, Principal’s Award, National Merit Commended, Honors Program Scholar COLLEGE Tulane University



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Grizzly Greats

Athletic Hall of Fame THIS YEAR, the Catholic High School Grizzly Greats Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members into its ranks. The late Warren Virgets ’48, Dr. Michael Blanchard ’90, Wesley Salmon ’91 and Jonathan Pixley ’92 will be introduced as the newest members on Friday, Aug. 12, at a banquet held at De La Ronde Hall in Baton Rouge. A 1948 graduate of Catholic High, the late Mr. Warren Nicholas Virgets was a three-sport standout earning varsity letters in baseball, football and basketball. As a member of the Catholic High School varsity football team his junior and senior Warren Virgets ’48 years, Virgets lead the Bears in receiving yards and was selected to the All-City football team both in 1946 and 1947. His performance on the field in 1947 further garnered selection to the All-State team, and he was invited to play in the Louisiana High School All-Star game. Virgets was also a member of the Catholic High School basketball team that earned a City Runner-Up and an appearance in the State Semifinals during the 19471948 season. Following his career at Catholic High School, he accepted a scholarship offer from Louisiana State University to play football and led LSU in receiving yards in 1950 and

1951. He also held the LSU record for most receiving yards and most receiving touchdowns in a game for 17 years. His accomplishments in football at LSU earned him a spot on the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference team, an AllAmerican Honorable Mention and an invitation to the BlueGray College All-Star game in 1951. Despite having numerous invitations to play professional football, Virgets chose to enter the Air Force after college where he earned the rank of second lieutenant. Away from the field of play, Virgets served the Catholic High School community, both as a student and alumnus, in various capacities. As a student, he was a member of the Senior Sodality Organization – a Catholic fraternal organization dedicated to service – and attended a Student Military Training Camp which would aid in his military career some years later. As an alumnus, Virgets was a member of the CHS Men’s Club and was elected Men’s Club President in 1978. Virgets celebrated 58 years of marriage with Sonya Leblanc Virgets before his passing in 2013. Virgets’ Catholic High School legacy includes his brother, three sons and five grandsons; all graduates of Catholic High School.

Dr. Michael Blanchard ’90

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Dr. Michael Blanchard graduated from Catholic High School in 1990


following a high school career replete with both athletic and academic accomplishments. A four-year member of both the football and track and field teams, Blanchard earned varsity letters in 1987-1988, 1988-1989 and 1989-1990. At his senior year Honors Convocation, Blanchard was named Student

Green Wave football team between 1991-1993. Wesley came back to his alma mater as head coach of the CHS freshman football team where he compiled a record of 87-12 through the course of 13 years. Salmon and his wife, Jen Woods Salmon, have two children: Grace (14) and Michael (12).

Athlete of the Year, a Catholic High School Man of the Year, Co-Valedictorian and the Outstanding Graduate of the 1990 class. Blanchard attended Louisiana State University where he was a member of the football team. At LSU, he was named to the SEC Honor Roll four times between 1991 and 1994, second team Academic All-American in 1993, and First Team Academic All-American in 1994. In 1994, Blanchard was also named the Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Following his college football career, Blanchard attended medical school at Louisiana State University and now practices as an orthopedist in Baton Rouge. Blanchard and his wife, Tricia, have three children: Annie (14), Joey (12) and Tommy (11). A 1991 graduate, Wesley Salmon was a stand-out athlete in football, track and field, and weightlifting during his tenure at Catholic High School. As a member of the CHS football team, Salmon was a twoyear letterman and Wesley Salmon ’91

helped lead the Bears’ football program to

its first playoff win in nine years in 1989. As a senior, Salmon led the Bears to a State Runner-Up finish, compiling an overall record of 13-2 and winning the District Championship. That year, he was named to the All-District, All-Metro and All-State teams and was awarded Best Offensive Linemen at the CHS Sports Convocation. Salmon also won District, Regional and State team championships as a member of the Catholic High School track and field team in 1991. At the Catholic High School Honors Convocation in 1991, Salmon was named the Student Athlete of the Year and a CHS Man of the Year. Due to his football accomplishments, Salmon earned an athletic scholarship to Tulane University where he was a member of the

Jonathan Pixley was a starter and three-year varsity letterman for the Catholic High School basketball team before graduating from CHS in 1992. Under his leadership, the 1991-1992 CHS basketball team finished the regular season 29-0 winning Jonathan Pixley ’92 the District title and making a run to the Final Four. Pixley earned All-District, All-Parish and All-State honors in 1992 and received an athletic scholarship to play basketball for Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. While at Samford, he was named to the Freshman All-Conference team in 1994, the AllConference team in 1995 and first team All-Conference in 1996 and 1997. At the close of his collegiate career, Pixley was the all-time leader in three-point field goals made, third in field goal percentage and sixth in total scoring in the TransAmerican Athletic Conference. Pixley was invited to try out for the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers in 1997 just prior to suffering a career-ending knee injury. He is the current head basketball coach for the Dunham School where he has won four district titles and complied more than 300 wins. Pixley and his wife, Donna, live in Baton Rouge and have two daughters: Hannah (14) and Caylin (10). The CHS Grizzly Greats Hall of Fame honors any person who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the athletic program, selfless sacrifice of time and effort, leadership and whose actions portray characteristics which further the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and whose life and accomplishments can be an inspiration to the athletes of Catholic High.



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A legacy for life

The Bogan Family Endowed Scholarship By Jeff Roedel

A STRONG BREEZE glances off the sheen of a cherry red fire engine, and just as Robert Bogan Jr. ’43 leans back in his chair to take in the weather of a mild March evening, a sharp alarm rings out. “Bringgggg! Bringgggg!” echoes loudly through the station, and despite his 89 years, Bogan’s thin frame bolts to attention. “Let’s go! Let’s go!” he shouts with a sly smirk and the remnant muscle memory of a much younger man who was often drafted into volunteer service to help quell the feral flames. “My daddy was fire chief for 46 years,” Bogan recalls, “and we had an interesting life with daddy being in the fire business.” Indeed, the station he’s sitting in on Government Street still bears the family name, as does the Robert A. Bogan Baton Rouge Fire Museum inside the historic downtown building that now houses the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. The other men gathered at the station claim this name, too. They are Bogan’s sons and grandsons, and they are here to talk about the endowed scholarship their patriarch has established for the high school they all share in common. While he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and conducted a long career in insurance, the fullness of Bogan’s life has, to a large degree, been defined by two venerable institutions: the Baton Rouge Fire Department and Catholic High School. “It’s something I wanted to do for a long time,” Bogan says of the new scholarship. “[Catholic High faculty] instill in you a lot of good values—not only religious, but in education. I think so much of the catholic education. It is second to none.” In the 2015-16 academic year alone, the school has awarded nearly $775,000 in need-based tuition assistance thanks to its endowment program. Administrators say Bogan’s gift, along

with the many endowed scholarships throughout the years, has strengthened the mission of Catholic High School. For Bogan, the love of CHS has extended beyond his own glory days at the school in the pre-war era to become an experience he has celebrated and shared with the generations that have followed. He views this new scholarship as an extension of this gifting to his family and a chance to grant those who might not otherwise be able to afford it the opportunity to share in that legacy, too. Each time a son or grandson has walked across the stage and received a diploma from Catholic High School, Bogan has been overcome with pride and appreciation. What does that feel like? “Like my job is finished,” he says, tearing up a bit, but with a smile. Before he gets too emotional, he lets a little more of that dry sense of humor fly. “And now I can cut them loose,” he adds with a laugh. With confidence, Bogan describes a CHS education as being a “cut above” the rest. For example, grandson Robert Bogan IV ’04 counts the unique and challenging classes at CHS as the fuel that ignited his passion for the engineering field. “They instilled in us critical thinking,” Robert says. Now designing roadways and infrastructure with a local civil engineering firm, he was able to take architectural classes and design projects while in high school. “The fellas I went to school with turned out to be great fellas and intellectual people,” Bogan says. “ That’s what I wanted for my sons and grandsons, for them to be intellectual. And I think they got more than that at Catholic High School.”

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PHOTO BY TIM MUELLER. (l to r) Nick Bogan ’05, Robert Bogan IV ’04, Robert Bogan Jr. ’43, Pat Bogan ’78, Blair Bogan ’16 and Bob Bogan ’73.

Bogan’s long-time desire to give financially to his alma mater always returns to the idea of quality and an impact that lasts. Last fall, grandson Blair Bogan ’16 won a state title in football under coach Dale Weiner—whom he calls his greatest mentor— and Blair calls his family’s lineage at the school and their bond over it a very special thing. “At Catholic, you learn so much in the classroom, out of the classroom and on the field,” Blair says. “And you have brothers for life.” Growing up, Robert Bogan IV recalls weekend fishing adventures with his grandfather that would always end the same way, with the elder Bogan instructing the youngsters to clean the boat. Top to bottom. “He’s very education and discipline oriented,” Robert Bogan IV says. “Once I got to high school at Catholic, I saw where he got those values from, and that’s definitely been passed along. Cleaning that boat was hard work—all Sunday—but I appreciate it more now that I’m older.” Three generations of Bogans agree that the rigorous atmosphere of the school, inspired by the bedrock Biblical principals of its founding religious body, the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, feels

now like a crucible that helped forge them as men. “They didn’t put up with any foolishness,” Pat Bogan ’78 says of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. “They were strict, but they were also your friends. You got a good education in humanity.” Pat’s son Blair says he knows the lessons he learned at Catholic will carry him well into the future. As for Robert Bogan Jr., the impact on his life is obvious in his continued admiration for his alma mater and in the respect and love the younger men of his family show him, though he has to have a laugh now as he thinks back on the discipline he received on occasion at CHS. As he does, he tugs at the cartilage on his right ear, and recalls that the teachers used to grab hold of it if he was caught doing something he wasn’t supposed to do. He chuckles.


VIDEO “That’s why this ear’s longer than the other!” For more information on how you can establish an endowed scholarship in honor or in memory of a loved one, please contact Director of Advancement Jamie Segar ’90 at




THANK YOU to everyone – parents, alumni and friends – who have contributed to The 20152016 Fund for Catholic High School – YOU ARE ALL IN! Gifts to the annual fund provide the school with current operating budget support beyond tuition, making an immediate impact on the school and the students. Tuition provides approximately 76 percent of the budget. Other resources, including gifts to The Fund, provide the remaining 24 percent of the budget. These funds are vital to keep tuition affordable while providing educational excellence anchored in exemplary faculty and staff – reinforcing the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and CHS. High participation in fundraising is powerful proof of an institution’s significance and importance to the community it serves—and is the cornerstone to fundraising success.

Alumni Phone-A-Thon (l to r) Kyle Jackson ’07, Tim Losavio ’07 and Ben Adams ’07.

Participation of the basic segments of CHS constituents are as follows: •

58 percent of parents,

65 percent of the faculty and staff,

15 percent of alumni and

16 percent of friends

have partnered with CHS through their support of The Fund. In the spring, the Office of Advancement and the Office of Alumni Relations recruited class callers to gather in the Union for fellowship and to reach out to fellow classmates for their participation in support of The Fund. More than 75 alumni answered the call to make the calls!

Alumni Phone-A-Thon (l to r) CHS President Gene Tullier, PAGE 31 Chaircouple Mari and Vince Tumminello, and CHS Director of Advancement Jamie Segar ’90.

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CHS Corporate Partners Program When you become a Corporate Partner, your company will directly support and help fund expanded opportunities for our students. From technology enhancements to need-based tuition assistance, your partnership will play a vital role in the celebration and recognition associated with the success of our students. SHARE IN THE SUCCESS - BECOME A CORPORATE PARTNER TODAY!

As a Corporate Partner, here is what you will receive: • • • • • • •

Radio Broadcast Package Bruin Broadcast Network Commercial Public Address Announcements Digital Scoreboard Signage Baseball Outfield Signage Game Day Passes (4) Sideline Recognition Banners



For more information Contact Jamie Segar ’90 Director of Advancement 225.389.0978





WILLIAM “BILLY” HEROMAN SR. was inducted into the 2016 Baton Rouge Business Report Hall of Fame and was recognized at a banquet presented by the Baton Rouge Business Report and Junior Achievement of Greater Baton Rouge and Acadiana. Heroman has served on dozens of boards, received multiple awards—including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his military service—and created a retail legacy for his family.

JAY HARMON, an American history teacher at Houston Christian High School, was one of eight American history teachers and textbook writers who visited Korea and had an opportunity to better understand Korean history. Harmon and two other history teachers from Texas were invited to speak during an interview with The Korea Times at the Press Center in central Seoul on April 27, 2016.


MICHAEL BEYCHOK is a business partner at Ourso Beychok, Inc. – a Baton Rouge-based Democratic direct mail and political consulting firm. The firm received several awards at the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Pollie Awards Ceremony held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1986 30 YEAR REUNION DATES: Friday, July 15, 2016 Saturday, July 16, 2016 for details

1988 TREY OURSO was named by The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), at their Pollie Awards in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the 2015 Campaign Strategist of the Year for his work with Gumbo PAC. Ourso’s political consulting firm, Ourso Beychok, Inc., also won several Pollie awards at the AAPC award ceremony.


DATES: Friday, July 15, 2016 Saturday, July 16, 2016 for details


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JERRY VON GRUBEN, with his wife Cristy Von Gruben, attorney at law, established the Von Gruben Law



Firm in which he is the owner, president and partner. The Von Gruben Law Firm represents and serves the areas of Ft. Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, Florida.

HARRY “CHIP” ROBERT and his father are the new co-owners of Mike Anderson’s Seafood Restaurant. The Roberts, who for 30 years have owned and operated the Mike Anderson’s restaurant in Gonzales, are buying an equity stake in the restaurant chain, which has three locations in Baton Rouge, Central and the New Orleans Riverwalk. Robert will help run all three locations.

JASON WAGGENSPACK has partnered with St. Bernard resident, attorney Sydney Torres III, to create The Ranch film studios in Chalmette. The state-of-the-art complex provides one of the largest film production facilities in Louisiana. Waggenspack’s recent projects include “Terminator: Genysis,” “Deepwater Horizon” and “Daddy’s Home.”

1991 BIRTH RYAN JUMONVILLE, son Ethan Christopher

WARREN KRON was promoted to manager of the Geographic Information System for the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge. Kron held a similar position with the City Parish Planning Commission prior to his promotion. 

1997 RANDY RICHARD will become Episcopal High School’s athletic director in July 2016. Richard just completed his 13th year as a teacher/coach at EHS and his fourth year as dean of students. During Richard’s tenure at EHS, he has served as a physical education instructor, physical education department chair and an assistant coach in football, boys and girls track, boys and girls golf, and weightlifting.


KURT AINSWORTH, co-founder and CEO of Marucci Sports, received the honor of Marucci Sports being named the 2016 Company of the Year (fewer than 100 employees) by the Baton Rouge Business Report. The business, started in 2004 in Ainsworth’s backyard, now employs up to 90 people and occupies nine buildings off McCann Drive in Baton Rouge.

1996 20 YEAR REUNION DATES: Friday, July 15, 2016 Saturday, July 16, 2016 for details

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1998 JORDAN DUPUY was named by Northwestern State University as the new head basketball coach for the Lady Demons. Dupuy spent the last eight seasons as associate head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi.

in concert with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra as principal oboe. Welch also serves as solo English horn for the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra.

being located in the wrong area leading to severe epileptic-type seizures.

1999 BIRTH BRYAN JEANSONNE was re-elected to serve on the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee, the governing body of the Republican Party of Louisiana. Jeansonne was also re-elected chairman of the East Baton Rouge Parish Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Jeansonne is a partner in Dore Jeansonne Law Firm and Lakeland Title.

Tracy and MATTHEW BORGMEYER, daughter Avery Kate

2002 DR. ERIC SANCHEZ will be completing his residency in plastic surgery and starting his practice in Baton Rouge in July 2016. Sanchez will be joining Dr. John Williams at the Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge. 

BIRTH Heather and BRADLEY HARRIS, son Colby Falcon

2000 MARRIAGE DR. O’NEIL PARENTON III and Stephanie Renee Fife

2001 BIRTH Ashley and DAVID MULLINS II, daughter Graham Leigh

DR. TORRENCE WELCH has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and works as an engineering consultant in the area of injury biomechanics. Welch is an accomplished musician and performed

CHRISTIAN MERRITT ’01 graduated in May from Southeastern Louisiana University with a major in general studies and two minors in history and political science at the age of 32. Merritt was featured in an article in the Huffington Post, “Most Don’t Make It, But That’s Not My Story,” about his life-long battle with Grey Matter Heterotopia (GMH), a rare neurological disorder that is characterized by the parts of the brain

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DR. MICHAEL VON GRUBEN has received the Best Children’s Dentist award on the Northshore area of Louisiana. Von Gruben was voted as the best children’s dentist by Northshore Parents/Parents Prefer residents on the Northshore.



Yanzi and EVAN VILLARRUBIA, son Jackson Villarrubia

Jenny and JACOB DUGAS, son Landry Thomas

2009 MARRIAGE HAYDEN DUMESTRE and Michelle Genevieve Whitney




DANIEL NELSON graduated from LSU Shreveport Medical School and has finished his residency in ophthalmology. In 2015, Nelson joined the physicians at Eye Medical Center and currently resides in Baton Rouge, with his wife Sarah and their three children.

JORDAN PINO graduated with a master’s degree in physical geography (climatology) from Louisiana State University. Pino is attending Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, in pursuit of a Ph.D. in geography (climatology) and hopes to enter either the private or academic field upon completion of his Ph.D.


BIRTH Amy and MICHAEL BORGMEYER, daughter Claire Elizabeth


2007 MARRIAGE RYAN FERGUSON and Erin Gauthier

JEREMIAH MOUTON was hired by Campus Federal Credit Union as the branch manager at its Perkins location. Mouton will manage internal operations, oversee personnel and grow retail relationships.

C.J. SOLAR released his debut Nashville EP on iTunes, “Hard One to Turn Down.” An accomplished singer, guitarist and song writer, Solar moved to Nashville in 2010, and while attending Belmont University, signed a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music, founded by Brad Paisley and Chris DuBois.

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graduates awarded membership into The William Wallace Peery Society, which honors graduates who have distinguished themselves academically through GPA and an honors thesis. Sloas is attending Boston University and working on his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.

PATRICK BUTLER received his B.A. in business management and marketing from Spring Hill College in May 2016.

2012 SEAN SAXON graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and Spanish from Tulane University in May 2015. Saxon was named a Tulane 34 Award winner, a university-wide honor given to 34 graduates for exemplary leadership, service and academic excellence. In addition, Saxon received the Edward Ambrose Bechtel Medal which is awarded to the senior man in the liberal arts and sciences department who made the most significant contributions to the extracurricular life of the college. Saxon is currently teaching English in Madrid, Spain, at a Brothers of the Sacred Heart institution.

TERRY “T.J.” CARTER earned his Bachelor of Arts in sociology in May 2016 from LSU. Carter will be working with the LA Healthcare Connections.

AUSTIN WALKER, finance senior and president of the Student Finance Association at LSU, received certification as an LSU Distinguished Communicator. Walker is one of only three students in the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business to receive this honor during this award period. LSU Distinguished Communicators is a unique academic excellence program where students work to refine their communication skills that will enable them to excel in their chosen profession. 

RYAN FRICK, a mechanical engineering major at Louisiana Tech University, and his teammate, Rhodes Moran ’13, earned first place honors at the university’s TOP DAWG New Venture Championship for their easy-to-use device (the EZ Read Monitoring System) that wirelessly transmits water level data to customers.  The team also won the Innovation Enterprise Fund award given for entrepreneurial spirit. 

CHRISTOPHER SLOAS earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Tulane University in May 2015. Sloas was one of ten

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2013 RHODES MORAN, a mechanical engineering major at Louisiana Tech University, and his teammate, Ryan Frick ’12, earned first place honors at the university’s TOP DAWG New Venture Championship for their easyto-use device (the EZ Read Monitoring System) that wirelessly transmits water level data to customers. The team also won the Innovation Enterprise Fund award given for entrepreneurial spirit. 


MACK SOLAR was accepted to LSU Veterinary School and has just completed his junior year at LSU, majoring in animal science. Solar was accepted early to the Veterinary School’s 3+1 program and will begin in fall 2016.

2015 JOSH BISHOP was a member of the Georgia Tech School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering’s ChemE-Car team which won the 2016 AIChE Southern Regional Chem-E-Car competition. The team made history by completing the first-ever perfect run by hitting the required distance of travel of exactly 63 feet.

GRANT ROTHERMEL, a freshman studying voice in the school of music at Loyola University, was selected to Loyola’s prestigious Chamber Choir. The Loyola choir has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in NYC this fall.



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Second Generation Legacies Incoming 8th and 9th Graders

Michael Alley Sr. ’89, Michael Alley ’20 Michael Amorello ’82, Brennan Amorello ’20 Brad Antie ’91, Logan Antie ’20 William Ashby Sr. ’91, Will Ashby ’20 Marion Bahlinger ’42, Jack Surek ’20 Dr. Timothy Bella ’79, Luke Bella ’20 Thomas Besselman Jr. ’91, Thomas Besselman III ’20 Christopher Blackstone ’95, Cole Blackstone ’20 Milton Broussard Sr. ’53 †, Alex Broussard ’20 Ray Bourgeois Jr. ’90, Ray Bourgeois III ’20 Dr. Robert Branstetter III ’89, Chris Branstetter ’20 Craig Broome ’93, Blake and Connor Broome ’20 Dr. Jamie Broussard ’90, Brant Broussard ’20 John Burk ’59, Reed Stewart ’20 Erik Burns ’86, Brandon Burns ’20 Leonard Cardenas III ’80, Cade Cardenas ’20 Randy Cashio ’62, Beau McCrary ’20

Colin Clary ’03, Cade Clary ’21 David Crump ’82, David and Daniel Crump ’20 Ross DeNicola III ’83, Ryan DeNicola ’21 Robert DeSilva Jr. ’84, Nathan DeSilva ’20 Dr. Daniel Dial ’85, George Dial ’20 Robert Dille ’87, Luke Dille ’20 Lee Erie ’75, Wyatt Erie ’20 Craig Gannuch ’87, Justin Gannuch ’20 Carl Gibson ’82, Chandler Gibson ’20 Dr. Stephen Gordon ’81, Philip Gordon ’20 John Douglas Grand ’63, Chris Grand ’20 Jonathan Greer ’88, Rhett Greer ’21 Guy Isaac Gremillion ’54, Jackson Gremillion ’21 Thomas Groves ’87, Charlie Groves ’20 Stephen Hebert ’88, Charlie Hebert ’20 Michael Hoppe Sr. ’86, Mike Hoppe Jr. ’20 Clarke Huges Jr. ’64, Beau Brown ’20

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Jason Keller ’86, Sidney Keller ’21 Karl Kleinpeter ’84, Andrew and Kristopher Kleinpeter ’21 Floyd Landry III ’70, Lance Landry ’21 Kevin Langley ’82, Ben Langley ’21 Dr. Andrew Lauve ’60, James Lauve ’21 Gary LeBlanc ’52, Jacob LeBlanc ’21 Matthew Lindsey ’01, Caden Boudreaux ’20 Dr. John Lopoo Jr. ’88, Aaron Lopoo ’20 Cal Madere ’90, Evan Madere ’21 Carrol Marks ’94, Bradley Marks ’20 Austin Mathews ’30 †, Cade Hubbard ’20 Fred Matthews Jr. ’86, Jack Matthews ’21 Jonathan Mayeux ’95, Benjamin Mayeux ’21 Burton Meche ’90, Daniel Meche ’20 Angelo Montagnino ’59, A.J. Montagnino ’21 John Michael Mouton Sr. ’60, Josh Miletello ’20 Charles Nolan ’92, Anthony Nolan ’20

Robert Olivier ’96, Bryce Olivier ’20 Joseph Pittenger ’83, Connor Pittenger ’20 Louis Prejean Jr. ’65, Jackson Scrantz ’20 William Purnell ’86, Chris Purnell ’20 Michael Reames Jr. ’88, Grant Reames ’20 Jamie Segar ’90, Reid Segar ’20 Dr. Sean Shannon ’89, Chris Shannon ’20 Norman Ferachi ’58, Joey Sims ’21 Steven Talamo ’84, Ryan Talamo ’20 Claude Tibbetts Jr. ’87, Cody Tibbetts ’20 Stephen Toups ’84, Roland-Michael Toups ’20 Christopher Valluzzo ’87, Murphy Valluzzo ’20 William Watts Jr. ’89, Ben Watts ’21 Dennis Wax ’54 †, Jakob Wax ’20 William Wilkinson ’89, Jack Wilkinson ’21 Eugene Worley II ’90, Peyton Worley ’20



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Third Generation Legacies Incoming 8th and 9th Graders

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Daniel Atkinson Jr. ’53, Michael Atkinson ’76, Michael Atkinson ’20 Peter Bennett ’63 †, Stephen Bennett ’92, Mack Bennett ’20 Andrew Wesley Callegan ’51 †, Christopher Callegan ’84 †, Wesley Callegan ’20 Marion Cangelosi Sr. ’33 †, Marion Cangelosi Jr. ’56 †, Joey Cangelosi ’20 Alfred Carville Sr. ’30 †, Jules Noel IV ’87, Josh Noel ’20 Randy Cashio ’62, Jason Cashio ’91, Bion Cashio ’21 Carey Guglielmo Sr. ’56, Carey Guglielmo Jr. ’86, Tripp Guglielmo ’20 Martin Helouin ’39 †, Dr. Brent Helouin Sr. ’71, Martin Helouin ’20 Frank LeBlanc 1917 †, Frank LeBlanc Jr. ’47 †, Pierce LeBlanc ’20



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Fourth Generation Legacies Incoming 8th and 9th Graders

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Daniel Barfield Jr. (year unknown), Thomas Barfield Sr. ’53, Thomas Barfield Jr. ’82, Daniel Barfield ’20 Andrew Bahlinger 1912 †, Harold Bahlinger Sr. ’53, Harold Bahlinger Jr. ’82 †, Noah Bahlinger ’20 Melvin LeBlanc Jr. ’52 †, Melvin LeBlanc III ’72, Dale LeBlanc II ’95, Harris LeBlanc ’20 Roe Cangelosi ’22 †, Robert Cangelosi Sr. ’57, Randal Cangelosi ’87, Michael Cangelosi ’20



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Dr. Lucien L. Agosta John R. Alleman Russell S. Allement Donald W. Argrave Dr. John F. Balhoff Michael P. Bergeron Joseph F. Bergin Edward R. Bernhard Richard J. Berthelot Jr. Maurice Owen Blanchard Jr. † E. Clark Bode † Roy J. Boiteaux Dr. John R. Bonnette John H. Borne Richard H. Bretz Jr. Coleman D. Brown Edward D. Burke Jr. Dr. Randal C. Caffarel Richard K. Cashio † Lester O. Champagne Stephen C. Clarke Charles J. Cole III Michael F. Collignon Albin H. Collins Jr.

CLASS OF 1966 Dr. Stephen W. Constantin Donald J. Cook † Dr. Charles Edward Couvillion † William F. Danner Elvin J. Dantin Jr. Louis DeJohn Jr. Michael J. Delise Paul H. Demouy Richard E. Ellis Stephen J. Ellis Robert J. Forester Jr. Dr. D. Gerard Fourrier Michael R. Fugler Dr. Patrick J. Geary Fred J. Greer III William K. Gremillion Jr. Charles M. Griffin Jr. Col. Kenneth D. Guillory Gerald R. Haik Jude F. Hotard † Walter L. Hustmyre Timothy M. Jarreau H. William Jolly III John P. Kadair

Gabe S. Kora Jr. Dr. Frank C. Lamothe Louis Patrick Lamousin Jr. † Samuel Michael Landry † Stephen M. Lato † Clyde C. LeBlanc Jesse E. LeBlanc II William H. LeBlanc III E. Louis Lefebvre Jr. Robert J. Lorio Samuel D. Losavio John James Maginnis † Keith S. Manley Frank Anthony Marchiafava Jr. † John D. McCann Jr. Lt. Col. William A. McGrew Thomas J. McMinn Michael J. Miles Michael F. Miller Gordon R. Montagnino Gregory M. Naquin Joseph J. Noto Jr. Gregory A. Politz Steve A. Polozola Jr.

Brigham Y. Ragusa Kenneth F. Raymond Dr. John M. Reaux † Roy R. Rice Alden H. Ross Jr. S. Kenneth Rotolo Sr. Eddie Samson Michael C. Schexnayder John L. Schneider John D. Schwab Jr. Roland N. Selig Jr. David T. Simmons Jr. David V. Singer Augustin M. Smith Robert Wayne Smith Jr. † Col. Kenneth G. Teepell N. Scott Thomas Conrad Van Valkenburg † Michael P. Vicknair Brian G. Von Gruben Louis J. Voorhies III Judge Alex W. Wall Jr. Frederick L. Weimer James J. Zito † Deceased

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MEMBERS OF THE CHS Class of 1966 celebrated their 50-year reunion on April 30, 2016, sponsored by the Catholic High School Alumni Association. The class gathered at St. Joseph Cathedral to celebrate Mass prior to attending a social, dinner and program in the CHS gym. During the program, Paul Demouy ’66, Brigham Ragusa ’66, Eddie Samson ’66 and Judge Alex Wall Jr. ’66 shared stories of their time at CHS. Dinner was prepared by the CHS Men’s

Club, served by student volunteers and assisted by CHS moderators Tracy Ducote and Scott Losavio ’95. In conjunction with the Class of 1966’s 50-year reunion on April 30, CHS also honored the Classes of 1956 (60-year reunion), 1951 (65year reunion), 1946 (70-year reunion) and 1941 (75-year reunion).



CLASS OF 1956 (Front, l to r) J. Darryl Lieux, Lucas Dipuma Sr., Michael Blouin, Col. Ben Babin,

CLASS OF 1951 (L to r) Buddy LeBlanc, Russell Culotta, Ted Donaldson and Tommy Virgets.

Charles Becnel Jr. and Darryl LeBlanc. (Back, l to r) Paul Barber Sr., Harold Talbot Jr., Edward Ott, Ronald Bullion, Dr. Dominic Cangelosi and G. Corky Bryan.

CLASS OF 1946 (L to r) Daniel Jorio Jr., J. William Carmena Jr., Col. James Coerver, Wilbon

CLASS OF 1941 (L to r) Ferdinand Bello Jr. and Benjamin Crifasi Sr.

Doughty and Francis Crifasi.



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Legacy Graduates

CLASS OF 2016 GRADUATES AND ALUMNI FATHERS Chris Abadie ’78, William Grammer ’16 Jason Attuso ’91, Jace Attuso ’16 Karl Bernard ’82, Jonathan Bernard ’16 Pat Bogan ’78, Blair Bogan ’16 Dr. Steven Brooksher Sr. ’70, Nic Brooksher ’16 Stephen Carville ’76, Nick Carville ’16 Sonny Chastain Jr. ’82, Sam Chastain ’16 Maurice Coleman ’82, Miles Coleman ’16 Bernie Corripio ’82, Roman Corripio ’16 Paul Ferachi ’84, Keegan and Kennedy Ferachi ’16 Frank Fresina ’85, Jonathan Fresina ’16

Dr. Ben Gaudin II ’80, Joseph Gaudin ’16 Philip Hackney ’88, Ben Hackney ’16 Ed Hardin Jr. ’86, Brendan Hardin ’16 Jacques Honore ’85, Jacob Honore ‘16 Danny Keaton ’86, Brenner Keaton ’16 Patrick Kelleher Jr. ’83, Chandler Kelleher ’16 André LeBleu ’82, Ethan LeBleu ’16 Bill Marcin ’83, Jackson Marcin ’16 John McLindon ’81, Miles McLindon ’16 John Meek II ’87 and Joffre Meek ’16 Peter Miller ’84, Matthew Miller ’16

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Walter Morales III ’80, Matthew Morales ’16 Dr. Brannon Perilloux ’87, Stewart Perilloux ’16 Patrick Reynolds ’87, Payton Reynolds ’16 Dr. James F. Ruiz ’74, Matthew Ruiz ’16 Ralph Stephens ’73, Nathan Stephens ’16 Patrick Tullier ’75, Devin Tullier ’16 Rick Tuminello ’82, Josh Tuminello ’16 Steve Werner ’87, Tyler Werner ’16 Daryl Williams Jr. ’92, Tristan Williams ’16 John Wood III ’92, J.C. Wood ’16


CHS Archives

Treasures of the Past

WE ARE MOST grateful for the submission of the treasures we have received over the years. Please remember that a Forever Archive gift would be for you to remember Catholic High School in your will.

For additional information, contact Margie Alexander at 225.381.9114 or

Pete Boudreaux’59 donated a tray to the Archives. Boudreaux received the award in 1959 for his outstanding track record during his senior year at Catholic. Mrs. Hilary Stephenson, daughter of Frederick J. Bahlinger Jr. ’45, donated a briefcase of mementos that Bahlinger collected through the years. Included in the collection was a copy of The Golden Bear dated May 24, 1945, programs for class reunions, rosters of classmates, receipts from restaurants, photos of the 1945 class of St. Joseph Academy and much more. Hilary’s husband, Willie Stephenson, is on the faculty of Catholic High.

Col. Kenneth D. Guillory ’66 attended the 50-Year reunion held at Catholic High School on Saturday, April 30, 2016. He donated the first gavel ever used by the Catholic High School Men’s Club that belonged to his father, Daniel Guillory. His dad was president of the club in 1965-1966.


Mrs. Anne Heroman Jeanmard, daughter of Fred I. Heroman Jr. ’36, donated his framed grammar school certificate dated June 6, 1932, and his diploma from Catholic High School dated May 29, 1936.


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GRADUATION: Photo 1 Members of the Class of 2016 who began Catholic as 8th graders and their 8th grade teachers were (front, l to r) Tristan Williams ’16, Ben Hackney ’16, Nick Davies ’16, Richard Tran’16, Jordi Osuna ’16, Brad Messina, (middle, l to r) Tommy Prochaska ’92, William Lee ’16, Mark Messina, Connor Waits ’16, Adriane Metz, Graham Waddill, Brent Torres ’16, André Aguillard ’16, Chase Brouillette ’16, Lyn Holden, Brian Manthei ’16, Katie May, John Morvant ’16, (back, l to r) Nicholas Strate ’16, Spencer Baudier ’16, Chris Dyess ’16, Brendan Hardin ’16, Roman Corripio ’16, Matthew Browning ’16, Joseph Gaudin ’16 and Sammy Culotta ’16. Not pictured were Colin Bone ’16, Patrick Landry ’16 and Andy Core ’16. Photo 2 The Class of 2016 had 13 Eagle Scouts. Those Eagle Scouts were (front, l to r) Daniel Heltz ’16, Joseph Sotile ’16, Josh Worley ’16, André Aguillard ’16, Chase Brouillette ’16, (back, l to r) Jeffrey Kelley ’16, Patrick Popadic ’16, Vincent Bianca ’16, Roman Corripio ’16 and Matthew Browning ’16. Not pictured were Joe Stassi ’16, Caleb Burruss ’16 and Connor Burruss ’16. Photo 3 Faculty members and their sons at the 120th Commencement Exercises were (l to r) Chase Brouillette ’16, Sherry Brouillette, Nathan Stephens ’16, Ralph Stephens ’73, Sam Chastain ’16 and Sonny Chastain ’82.

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The Alumni Association would like to thank the following sponsors for their participation in the 2016 Fishing Rodeo:


Title Sponsor Walk-On’s Catering Division Sponsors Cajun Industries, LLC Group Industries, LLC Southern Packaging, Inc.




Species Sponsors Angelle Materials Bateman Law Firm Bayou Tree Service, Inc. Bland & Partners, PLLC Buquet & LeBlanc, Inc. Cajun Foam Insulation Coastal Urgent Care, LLC Faulk & Meek General Contractors LLC Jay Giblin Foundation Level Construction and Development Louis Mechanical Contractors, Inc. The Foot Clinic of Baton Rouge, LLC Golden Bear Sponsors Republic National Distributing Co Stephen F. Bennett ’92 Charles Carter Construction Co. Custom Colors Feast and Flame Fourrier Agency, Inc. Simms Fishing Products, LLC

Grizzly Sponsors Awning World Bowie Outfitters Crevalle Boats H & H Lure Company John Ballance Photography Lipsey’s, Inc. Mark Matthews, AIA Architect, LLC Milton J. Womack, Inc. NOLA Lending Group, LLC Ryan P. Perry, DDS Sherwood TV & Appliances Sign Express Southern Key Systems Spillway Sportsman Star Service, Inc. Superior Bait & Tackle TSC Logistics, LLC Bruin Sponsors Ad-Venture Silk Screen Automotive Color, Inc. Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Business First Bank Cabela’s Catholic Community Radio Coastal Conservation Association of LA Evans Investment Advisors Lamar Corporation Lexington Land Development, LLC Peregrine Corporation, Terry Orillion ’77 Volland Restaurant Group

CANNED FOOD DRIVE: Photo 4 CHS teamed up with St. Joseph’s Academy to raise more than 112,000 pounds of food for the Baton Rouge Food Bank during Challenge Week. BLOOD DRIVE: Photo 5 In conjunction with Our Lady of the Lake Blood Bank, CHS hosted its annual blood drive on Friday, April 29, 2016. CHS junior Brennan Pizzolato was one of many volunteers to donate blood. BEAR FÊTE ROUND UP: Photo 6 Attending the Bear Fête Round Up hosted by the CHS Mothers’ Club were (l to r) Mary Claire Hotard, Tiffany Meek, Jenny Ridge and Brian Hightower ’97. 9TH ANNUAL FISHING RODEO: Photo 7 Brad Bourg ’91 and his son, Robert. Photo 8 (l to r) Ethan Emonet and father, Mark Emonet ’87. Photo 9 (l to r) Travis Cusimano ’04, Adam Lato ’04, Trey Cusimano ’00, John Thorning, Jeffery Hastings ’04 and Drew Mallet.




THERE ARE MANY special occasions during our lives when we choose to memorialize or honor in a special way those we hold dear. The following are acknowledged for their gifts to Catholic High School from February 13, 2016 through May 9, 2016 in honor or memory of loved ones. Please remember these alumni and friends, as well as their families, in your prayers.

Memorial Gifts Dr. Paul L. Abel II Mrs. Kathleen M. Screen and Family Dr. Antonio S. Achacoso HomeComings Financial Network, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Ruhlin ’88 Mr. Sam Bass III BASF Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Borgmeyer Ms. Kate E. Brady Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Dilmon Mr. and Mrs. Mark T. Emonet ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Steve Fourrier ’61 Mr. and Mrs. Otis S. James Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Michael Julian Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie D. Powell Mr. and Mrs. Rudy C. Valenciano Mrs. Elaine Theresa Torres Bergeron Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Brouillette Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Williams Mr. Wayne Charles Boudreaux Mr. and Mrs. James D. Nikolaus Jr. Mr. Tommy J. Breaux Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Brouillette Mr. Samson Breen Ms. Kate E. Brady Mr. and Mrs. Otis S. James Jr. Mr. Benjamin C. Brown ’99

Mrs. Audry Cashio Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. LeBlanc ’75 Mr. Thomas A. Champagne ’60

Mrs. Maxine Helouin Mrs. Margaret Jolly

Mrs. Kathleen M. Screen

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis E. Losavio ’67

Mr. Timothy Michael Conley Ms. Gwen Bizette

Mr. and Mrs. Sam D. Losavio ’66 Mr. Gordon L. Jones ’99

Mr. Peter A. Constantino ’47 Mr. and Mrs. Louis W. McHardy Sr. ’47

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Culotta Jr. ’70 Mr. Francis C. Jumonville Sr. ’39

Mr. Brian T. Davis ’89 Dr. and Mrs. David Assaf IV ’89

Mr. Gabriel J. Jumonville Sr. ’42 Mrs. Margaret S. Jumonville

Mr. Warner J. Delaune III ’12 Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Brouillette

Mr. Gabriel J. Jumonville Sr. ’42 Mr. Joseph Kowalczuk

Mr. Stewart L. Dietrich ’40 Mr. and Mrs. Timothy W. Dietrich

Mr. and Mrs. George W. Kowalczuk ’69 Mrs. Mary “Sis” Kowalczuk

Ms. Lucy DiVincenti Mrs. Virginia P. Fresina

Mr. and Mrs. George W. Kowalczuk ’69 Lt. M. Scott Lamana ’88

Mr. Thomas M. Duncan Jr. ’32

Mr. and Mrs. Eric J. Broussard ’88

Mr. and Mrs. Jason S. Duncan ’90 Mr. Daniel P. Esnard ’62

Mr. Jack H. Stokeld Dr. Wallace J. Landry ’31

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Esnard ’64 Mr. P. Ryan Esnard ’97

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Landry Mr. Allie A. Langlois

Mr. and Mrs. W. David Butler Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Esnard ’64

Mr. and Mrs. G. Troy Langlois ’68 Mrs. Iris W. Langlois

Mr. William S. Grass Sr. Mrs. Patricia M. Boone

Mr. and Mrs. G. Troy Langlois ’68 Mr. Francis X. Mayer

Mrs. Jodi A. Griffon

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher D. Abadie ’78

Mr. and Mrs. Otis S. James Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Stewart T. Gordon ’82

Mrs. Patricia Copponex Hannie

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Culotta Jr. ’70

Mr. and Mrs. Horace Collinsworth

Dr. and Mrs. William F. Hagemann

Mr. and Mrs. Otis S. James Jr.

Mr. Robert L. Cangelosi Jr. ’80

Mr. Burt J. Helouin ’45

Mr. Robert H. Lynch ’88

Mrs. Eleanor Carmena Joffrion Mrs. Marta H. McCarron Ms. Nancy P. Herin Mr. Daniel L. McGuire Jr. ’37

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Cangelosi Sr. ’57

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Esnard ’64

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Harry and Anne Scardina

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Faulk III

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Bateman

Mr. and Mrs. Marc Haller

Mr. Jeffrey D. Nola ’94

Mr. and Mrs. Jerome W. Scardina ’56 Mr. John A. Schneller

Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Kaufman

Mr. Shannon C. Talamo ’02 Mr. Brent D. Pecue ’80 Mrs. Patricia M. Boone

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin E. Loup Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Culotta Jr. ’70

Mr. and Mrs. Rene J. Pfefferle

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Woolfolk Ms. Rachel M. Smith

Mrs. Frankie Ramsden

Dr. Maurice Pomes Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Stephens ’73

Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Brouillette

Mr. Michael R. Ragusa ’05

Mrs. Marion Kleinpeter Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Krousel Jr.

Ms. Corine Tuminello

Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Johnson

Dr. Llewellyn A. Proctor Jr. ’73

Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Tuminello ’82

Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Saia

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Braud

Mr. Carol J. Vinning

Mrs. Rose S. Brian and Ms. Theresa Saia

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy M. Vidrine

Mr. Edward C. Sanches III

Capital Area Medical Society Alliance Mr. and Mrs. James F. De Vane Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Fielding H. Johnson Jr. ’77

Honorary Gifts Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Bahlinger Jr. ’45 Sutters Court Homeowners Association Mr. Lance J. Blanchard ’17 Mrs. Joyce Ullo Mr. J. Pierre Boudreaux Sr. ’59 Mr. and Mrs. Dale A. Willard ’69 Mr. Chase C. Brouillette ’16 Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Brouillette Mr. Michael A. Cascio III ’99

Brother Eldon Crifasi, SC ’39

Dr. and Mrs. W. Todd Monroe ’91


Mr. and Mrs. William C. Monroe

Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Hebert Jr. ’64

Mr. Aiden Robert

Mrs. Barbara H. Magruder

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher M. Robert ’03 Mr. Garret M. Tate ’17

Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. McCowan Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kitchell

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Tate Mr. James D. Tate ’19

Dr. and Mrs. Christopher M. Funes ’89 Mr. Christian P. Leger ’19

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Tate Mr. Matthew T. Tully ’19

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Leger

Dr. and Mrs. Mark J. Nicaud ’99

Ms. Sharon Tully


AS OF MAY 9, 2016, the following alumni and friends of CHS have passed away since the last issue of Bear Facts. Please remember them and their families in your prayers. Antonio S. Achacoso

Loraine Janet Bottger Dumestre

Llewellyn “Allen” Proctor, Jr. ’73

Emily Margaret O’Dwyer Alley

August Lee “Buddy” Escher

Melford Francis Rabalais

Joseph Blake Barney

Mark Ferguson ’85

Alicia Lavastida Romanach

Roy Louis Beaugh

Grace Schmidt Graugnard

Edward Conner Sanches III

Wayne Charles “Hot Dog” Boudreaux

Arthur Joseph “Mr. Art” Hannaman Jr. ’38

Ivonia Geurin Smith

Tommy J. Breaux, Sr.

Brian Patrick Harris

Sister Therese St. Pierre CJS

Peter Anthony “Pete” Constantino ’47

Margaret Rose Losavio Jolly

John Lawrence Stabiler, Jr. ’44

Dustin Michael Contine ’94

Ted R. Lieux

Edward J. Steimel

Barbara Pichnic Culotta

Elizabeth Ann Guzzino Louviere

Mirea LeJeune Tortorich

Shirley Ruth Kitto Daigle

Francis “Frank” Xavier Mayer

Carol John Vinning

Robert Joseph “Bob” deGraauw

Barry Lee Moore Sr. ’57

Mary Ellen Didier

Ann Hallis Nesbit



Sports in the By David Butler ’77 Photos adorn the back wall of the Catholic High weight room. Some are of former athletes proudly wearing their college uniforms while another section portrays Catholic High football players over the past 30 years who have earned the designation of Top Bear signifying their achieving a lofty goal in the weight room. Their photos are on permanent display in the weight room. The idea originally came to Coach Dale Weiner while attending a coaches’ clinic in Dallas in the early 80’s. Don James, the head football coach at the University of Washington, spoke about off season conditioning and their version of Top Bear. “I wanted the kids to improve and think big. This allowed the kids to set genuine goals to get bigger, stronger and faster,” said Weiner. “The Top Bear designation is a motivator and focuses the kids on an end result. What do you want to be by your senior year?” Four core lifts originally comprise the assessment — power clean, bench press, squat and incline bench press. “In 1998 we dropped the incline bench press and added the snatch, an Olympic lift,” added Weiner. “It is one of the essential athletic movements and is a multi-joint explosive lifting. It is very technical and the lifter has big responsibility to learn proper techniques.” Standards are set by position with achievement level of Top Bear; orange, white then grey. Not everyone achieves grey. Weiner recalled the program’s inception in 1987. “The guys said it

was impossible. No one is going to make it. Four guys made it the first year: Todd Hebert ’88; Greg Anding ’88; Brian Hutchinson ’88; and Steve Alch ’88. Over time the guys have gotten stronger and the standards were raised,” said Weiner. In 2014 Uriah Alexander ’15 set the all time record with 1560 pounds with an all time squat record of 675 pounds and an all time clean records of 370 pounds. That same year K. J. Wilson ’16 lifted 1480 pounds for second place all time. In achieving Top Bear, three of the four levels must be achieved as well as the total. The standard for lineman is squat 450 pounds, bench 300 pounds, clean 250 pounds and snatch 200 pounds for a total of 1200 pounds. Top Bears from last year’s state championship football team include Blair Bogan ’16, Aaron Moffitt ’17, Clyde Edwards-Helaire ’17, Braeden Smith ’16 and K.J. Wilson ’16. “It was Dale Weiner’s first year,” said Anding. “He came in motivating us and telling us to write 6AAAA District Champs on 3x5 cards and to place them on our lockers and challenging us to become Top Bears. It is hard to believe I am now doing Crossfit using the foundation I learned in the Catholic High weight room.” Jason Coffey ’93, a three-time Top Bear, commented on the Top Bear program. “Gayle Hatch and Dale Weiner were incredible attributes to my strength training at CHS and the US Naval Academy. I have very fond memories of the Top Bear Competition and lifting in our old weight room,” said Coffey.

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