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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.

Bear Facts is published biannually by Catholic High School’s Office of Communications. Richard Beaugh, Editor Justin Mascaro ’94, Assistant Editor Contributors: Margie Alexander David Butler ’77 Jane Dunn Lisa Harvey Brian Hightower ’97 Jenny Ridge Jeffrey Roedel Jamie Segar ’90 Gene Tullier Aimee Turner Submissions: We welcome the submission of material for possible publication based on the discretion of the editor. Catholic High School 855 Hearthstone Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70806

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President’s Update Principal’s Update


ON CAMPUS Senior Retreats STREAM Curriculum Academic Convocation Fall Sports Convocation Athletic Accomplishments CHS Snapshots



BEAR NATION Founder’s Banquet - Hall of Fame Outstanding Graduate National Merit Finalists Advanced Placement Scholars


ALUMNI Alumni in the News Alumni Socials Alumni Board Alumni Giving Champions, Tigers and Bears Archives



ADVANCEMENT The Fund for Catholic High School Will Steele Scholarship Planned Giving Grants Advancing the Mission Update Capital Campaign Donors








I never planned to be a teacher, and though I have always been a practicing Catholic who attended Catholic schools, it never occurred to me that I would make a career working in one. My first job was working in Indochinese refugee resettlement. After three years, I was looking for a change. Unexpectedly, a friend who was trying to hire a religion teacher shortly before school opened for the year asked me to consider teaching. I decided to try it—for a year. That was in 1978. For the subsequent 42 years, I have taught religion and English, and served in administration at Brothers of the Sacred Heart schools. The fact is that Brothers of the Sacred Heart schools, and indeed all Catholic schools, are different. Clearly focused on cultivating faith in Jesus Christ, Catholic schools: • Emphasize education of the whole person • Welcome all into caring school communities sustained by the witness of faith-filled teachers • Promote a Catholic worldview that respects all and serves those in need, and • Strive for excellence and accessibility for all. Because they are different, Catholic schools make a huge and positive difference in the lives of young people. There is the academic difference: Catholic school students consistently score higher than public school students on advanced assessment tests, and are more likely to graduate from high school and college. There is also the “character” difference: Catholic school students are more committed to service as adults, and are more inclined to be respectful and tolerant of diverse views. Recent research has shown that, among other reasons, parents choose Catholic schools because of the strong moral values they promote and their emphasis on nurturing compassion and kindness. Our church and our society both benefit greatly from the formative education experience students receive in Catholic schools.

On a daily basis, I see the difference that Catholic education makes in the lives of young people at Catholic High School. I see it in students’ academic achievement, their understanding of community, their acceptance of diversity, their commitment to excellence, and in their sincere participation in liturgies, retreats, and service opportunities. I know from experience that the CHS environment, rich in these qualities, predisposes young people to continue their faith development throughout their lives. That kind of environment does not happen by accident. It is the result of the strong founding tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, the hard work and witness of our lay men, women, and brothers who work as partners in mission (more than 40% of whom have worked 10 years or more at CHS), the sacrifice of parents who choose CHS for their sons, and the generosity of thousands of donors who support the CHS mission financially. The career path that brought me to CHS was certainly unexpected. However, it has been a privilege and a blessing. The opportunity of a CHS education is no less a blessing for the 1,122 current students, and the tens of thousands of future students whose academic achievement, character formation, and faith development will be carefully nurtured at CHS by generous, dedicated, and faith-filled men, women, and brothers working in partnership. Recently as we celebrated Catholic Schools Week from January 26 through February 1, our school community, along with the entire Diocese of Baton Rouge, gave thanks for the gift that Catholic schools have been and continue to be.

- Gerald E. Tullier

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PRINCIPAL’S UPDATE The first semester of the 2019-2020 school year was filled with tremendous success as the accomplishments of our students and faculty demonstrated their commitment to excellence in every endeavor. Early in the school year we held our Fall Academic Convocation to recognize students’ diligence in the classroom, those students with exceptional grade point averages, and our National Merit students. Over 380 students were recognized for their academic excellence. Our clubs have been active, participating in service opportunities and representing CHS proudly in various tournaments and competitions. Our fall athletic programs had outstanding seasons with Cross Country and Swimming winning state titles, and our football team returning to the state championship game for the 4th time in five years, finishing as state-runner up. I am so proud of all of the accomplishments of our students and faculty for using their talents to represent CHS so well!


The first semester was also filled with celebration as the entire school community commemorated the 125th anniversary of the founding of Catholic High School. In addition, both students and faculty have watched with excitement the progress of the new Student Center. It has truly been a first semester of accomplishments.

Most notably, on November 11, the entire faculty and staff of CHS were presented with Partners in Mission, the new document from the School Leadership Conference of the United States Province of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. This document articulates the educational philosophy of the Brothers and is designed to serve as a “guide for all partners in mission within the school community, BEAR FACTS MAGAZINE

especially teachers, staff, administrators, and other governance boards of schools operated in the charism of Father Coindre and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart” (Partners in Mission, 5). The presentation of this document was an important day in the life of CHS as the faculty and staff began the process of incorporating the wisdom of Partners in Mission into their daily work with our students. I am proud that two CHS administrators, President Gene Tullier and Assistant Principal for Discipline Tom Eldringhoff, were contributing authors of the document, with Gene Tullier serving as the primary author. Partners in Mission will serve as a guiding inspiration for everyone working in the Brothers’ schools who have dedicated their lives to the young people we serve. 3


- Lisa D. Harvey



Jackson Bordelon, Mr. Doug Logsdon, Anthony Tempanaro, Chandler Gibson, Memo Cordon, Nicholas Jakuback

Senior Retreats Last fall, seniors participated in their annual overnight retreat, the highlight of their spiritual development at Catholic High School. The program began with students and their families celebrating mass in the CHS gym before the seniors were divided into five small groups. Each group traveled to a different retreat site to reflect on the relationships in their lives - with God, friends and family. This year’s sites included Rosaryville Spirit Life Center in Ponchatoula, Camp Abbey in Covington, Manresa House of Retreats in Convent, the Wesley Center in Woolworth and St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, MS. The seniors were incredibly blessed to have many faculty, staff, parents, Brothers, priests and CHS alumni as part of the leadership teams that guided each group

Mike Hoppe, Stewart Roeling, Philip Gordon, Esten Fuselier, Ebenezer Aggrey, Br. Dwight Kenney

during the retreat. All in all, 36 alumni from six decades and nine Brothers of the Sacred Heart rooted the retreat experience in the charism of the Brothers and the traditions of CHS. When it was over, students returned with a sense of gratitude for having the time to get to know one another better, to step away from their busy lives and to consider the magnitude of the plan God is laying out for them. Their openness to all the activities - talks, small groups, recreation time, a Reconciliation service - played a major role in the retreat’s success. The CHS class of 2020 came away from the retreat with a deeper awareness of their love for one another and a desire to grow into the young men God is calling each of them to be.

Br. Bill Cawley, Br. James Burns, Br. Cliff King, Br. Bob Croteau, Br. Roger LeMoyne,

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Catholic High School offers a summer program for students that are interested in academics, the arts and athletics. Students as young as five years old can experience the excitement of the CHS summer program. The age and grade level listed for each course indicates the student’s August 2020 status. Students should only enroll in ONE Strength and Speed course. If planning to participate in multiple sports, enroll for the sport that occurs first in the year.

Registration Procedures Incoming CHS families should follow instructions provided in their acceptance packet for school registration before registering for summer courses. Please select t-shirt size carefully. Your child will be issued the size selected. Exchanges are not guaranteed. If registering within a week of a course’s start date, size availability is not guaranteed. Summer courses fill up quickly, so please complete the online registration as soon as possible. A $25 administrative fee will be assessed on registrations received within a week of a course’s start date.





The CHS STREAM Dream Is Now A Reality In the spring of 2016, Catholic High School had a STREAM dream – to develop a curriculum that would take the standard STEM approach (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and raise it to the next level by developing and incorporating relevant religion and art classes into the course selection. The objective was to provide students with a holistic, hands-on learning approach to the skills and fields of engineering. Nearly four years later, that dream has become a reality and an important tool in equipping CHS students with the knowledge and skill sets to be successful in college and beyond. Implemented in the 2017-2018 school year, the CHS STREAM program is a four-year series of elective classes designed to work in tandem with CHS’s college preparatory curriculum. “Without trying to interrupt the curriculum as it is, we wanted to develop a sequence of courses that examine how multiple disciplines worked together in the field of engineering,” said Jared Cavalier, CHS academic assistant principal. Students who complete the STREAM program credit requirements receive a special certificate at graduation. Beginning with the ninth grade year, the school developed an Introduction to Engineering Design class with a companion Media Arts I class. These two classes work together to give students a basic overview of the engineering process and focus on planning and design. As part of the requirements, students must create an engineering sketch book for their projects. “Engineers need to be well-rounded,” noted Cavalier. “They need to be able to research, write, and draw – there is an element of art in everything they design.” After completing the introductory courses, students who want to continue the specialized track have the option to take more advanced classes as sophomores. The Principles of Engineering course is a survey class designed to introduce students to the different areas of engineering. It builds on the previous concepts of planning and design, but incorporates a more hands-on project based approach. Students work with levers and pulleys, build a small-scale working elevator and even design a robot. Because of the foundation laid in the

freshman year, students have a better sense of how to design and approach these kind of projects. “Students have a broader prospective of what they are trying to achieve – a bigger picture of how to approach the problem, and that influences the design and construction process of the potential solution,” said Cavalier. As juniors, students begin to select specific areas of engineering based on their interests and goals. The Civil Engineering and Architecture class challenges students with real-world problems and encourages them to create viable solutions. Students design and build model homes, focusing on areas of energy efficiency and sustainable construction materials. They also tackle larger problems like drainage and responsible community planning. In addition, students learn the techniques and skills involved in land surveying through hands-on surveying projects around campus.

Aerospace Engineering is another class option during the junior year. Exploring the concepts of engineering and physics behind flight, students design and build rockets as well as balsa wood airplanes. Using the classroom’s wind tunnel, students tweak their designs for better results. “They put the planes in the wind tunnel and blow smoke over it to look at the aerodynamics of the design,” noted Cavalier. “From there, they can determine which airfoil design has the best lift and make the proper adjustments.” The senior year of the CHS STREAM program culminates with a capstone class designed to utilize the skills and concepts learned from previous courses. Modeled after LSU’s senior level engineering class, Engineering Design and Development, is an honors course that begins by highlighting the different engineering disciplines and the challenges professionals face in each of those fields. Then, breaking into small groups of

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4-6 students, each group identifies a problem in the area of engineering that interests it, and creates a solution for that problem. Eli Bacilla, the course’s instructor, guides the students through the process. “Students spend the majority of the course going through the engineering design process – starting with concept generation, brainstorming, cost analysis and finally developing their device in the embodiment design phase,” said Bacilla. To assist them with the project, students learn how to use real-world engineering tools such as decision matrices, Pugh Charts, Gantt Charts and CAD modeling. In addition to the engineering skills students learn through these projects, they also learn to develop life-skills. “Students have to develop communication skills through team work and presentations, as well as learn how to prepare technical reports and project notebooks,” noted Bacilla. One of the goals of the CHS STREAM program is to incorporate the disciplines of art and religion to enhance the traditional STEM approach. As a result, the school developed Faith, Science and Humanity – a religion companion class to Engineering Design and Development. In this course, seniors are introduced to the concept of ethical engineering and social justice. “We want our

students to understand and realize how their talents can be used to renew God’s creation and not just to make money,” said Cavalier. “We want them to see the bigger picture. We want to instill a mindset that will guide them in identifying problems and creating solutions for the greater good of society and mankind.” While the STREAM program is still relatively young, there is no denying its popularity and success. This year, 27 members of the Class of 2020 have completed the program requirements and will receive the CHS STREAM Certificate at graduation. Currently, there are approximately 290 students across the grade levels who are enrolled in engineering classes, and nearly 65% of this year’s freshman class took the Introduction to Engineering course. With these numbers, the school is excited about the future of the program. “We are certainly headed in the right direction with this program. As the fields of engineering evolve, we will continue to develop and improve the STREAM program to ensure our students are learning and applying the concepts and skills needed to be competitive in this industry,” concluded Cavalier.

2019-2020 CHS STREAM Electives 9th Grade – Introduction to Engineering Design, Media Arts I, Art I and Choir 10th Grade – Principles of Engineering, Media Arts II and III, Band, Choir, Art I and II, Advanced Technical Drafting, Independent Study A+ Certification, Independent Study Computer Science, Computer Science I and II, Computer Architecture and Web Mastering 11th Grade – Principles of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture Honors, Media Arts II and III, Art III, Band, Choir, Advanced Technical Drafting, Independent Study A+ Certification, Independent Study Computer Science, Computer Science I and II, Computer Architecture Web Mastering and Architectural Drafting 12th Grade – Principles of Engineering, Engineering Design, Civil Engineering and Architecture Honors, Engineering Design and Development Honors, Media Arts II and III, Faith, Science and Humanity, Band, Choir, Advanced Technical Drafting, Independent Study A+ Certification, Independent Study Computer Science, Computer Science I and II, Computer Architecture Web Mastering and Architectural Drafting

2019-2020 Engineering Design and Development Group Projects Biodegradable water bottles created using compressed paper and beeswax Alternator powered electric-go-kart with regenerative braking Earthquake force dispersion model using bearings and lubricating fluid Solar-powered refrigerant ice chest with Bluetooth speakers Automated take-out delivery drone for food and beverages Modular streamlined wind tunnel for aerodynamic testing in classrooms and personal use




ON CAMPUS Back row, left to right: Mason Nyboer, Mitchell Gillem, Stewart Black, Sean Dunn, Owen Simon, Blake Cook Front row, left to right: Hayden Shaheen, Emory Duggar, Brian Hibbard, Jackson Thomas, LC Benjamin

2019 Fall Sports Convocation Congratulations to all of the CHS athletes who participated in fall sports. Thank you for sharing your talents and time with the CHS community. 2019 Fall Sports Convocation Major Award Winners Football Winners

Swimming Winners

Cross Country Winners

• Team Captain – Connor Finucane

• Most Improved – Stewart Black

• Coach’s Award – Sean Dunn

• Team Captain – Jackson Thomas

• Coach’s Award – Mason Nyboer

• Outstanding Runner – Owen Simon

• Team Captain – Brian Hibbard

• Most Valuable Swimmer – Mitchell

• “Orange Wave” Award – Blake Cook

• Team Captain – Hayden Shaheen


• Special Teams Award – Emory Duggar • “Golden Grizzly” Award – L.C.

Benjamin (The Steve Deumite Memorial Award)

• “Gayle Hatch” Strength Athlete Award – Brian Hibbard


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Coach Gabe Fertitta, Connor Finucane (with J.P. Kelly)

Back: Ben Langley, Sean Dunn, Harrison Thomas, Matthew Hubbell Front: Zachary Morgan, Owen Simon, Blake Cook, Joseph Ellis, Christopher Cuntz

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Back row, left to right: Andrew Whitehead, Lance Landry, Jefferson Koonce, Elliot Fontenot, Nick Fanguy, Jackson Bell, Jack Matthews, James Douet, Thomas Hertel, Hays Burns, Tucker Poret, Broderick Wong Front row, left to right: Cole Weidman, Christian Thompson, Nicholas Schmitt, Mason Nyboer, Jacob Nguyen, Will Miles, Benjamin Mayeux, Christian Vidrine

2019 Academic Convocation Catholic High School celebrated the academic excellence of 387 students at the Academic Convocation on Monday, September 30, 2019. First honors certificates and pins were given to students who have maintained a cumulative 3.5 grade point average, and highest honors certificates and pins were given to students who have maintained a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. Special awards were also given to Nationally Recognized students and AP Scholars. Additionally students were honored for achievements on the National Latin Exam, at State Rally, and as members of the AICS team.

Brent David Pecue ’80 Memorial Scholarship, and Joshua Langlois received the Jordan T. “Jordy” Rourke ’06 Memorial Scholarship. The recipient of the F. Wayne Frey ’71 and Marjorie “Grammy” Frey Memorial Endowed Scholarship was Joshua Dunbar. The Brother Adrian Gaudin, S.C. Scribe Memorial Endowed Scholarship, established by the Gaudin Family, was awarded to Christopher Purnell.

Twelve seniors were recognized for having a 4.0 cumulative GPA. Those recognized were Daniel Barfield, Chris Branstetter, Hays Burns, Roberto Carreras, Nicholas Fanguy, Landon Godso, Tommy Hertel, Gregory Juge, Joshua Langlois, Macullen Mire, Tucker Poret, and Reese Williams.

Ten students were honored for earning the Summa Cum Laude certificate and gold medal for the National Latin Exam. Those students were Anthony Chiasson, Luke Dardis, Walter Herasymiuk, Thomas Hertel, Alexander Lauve, André Miller, Kyle Oubre, Joseph Robin, Christian Thompson, and George Wilson. Ebenezer Aggrey, George Dial, and Solomon Singleton received the


Lisa Harvey and Christy Kessler award 9th grader Luke Losavio, while Scott Manning calls names in background.



Left to right: George Dial, Ebenezer Aggrey, Solomon Singleton, Joshua Dunbar, Christopher Purnell, Joshua Langlois



2019-2020 | FALL SPORTS

FOOTBALL SEASON RECORD: 12-1 District Champions LHSAA State Runner-Up Metro and District Coach of the Year – Gabe Fertitta

SWIMMING SEASON RECORD: 6-0 City Champions LHSAA State Champions City and State Coach of the Year – Doug Logsdon

CROSS COUNTRY SEASON RECORD: 7-0 State, Regional and City Champions Metro and State Coach of the Year – Pete Boudreaux ’59

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PETE BOUDREAUX ’59 2020 Louisiana Track & Field Coaches Association


Congratulations to longtime CHS coach and faculty member Pete Boudreaux ’59, for being honored with the 2020 Louisiana Track & Field Coaches Association Tom Nolan Distinguished Coach Award. During his tenure at CHS, Pete has won 51 state championships. Pete, congratulations to you and your family, and thank you for everything you do for Catholic High School.



ON CAMPUS Congratulations to CHS Grizzly Greats Athletic Hall of Famer and longtime assistant track and field coach Don Hood. Don has been selected by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) as a finalist for the 2020 NHSACA National Assistant Coach of the Year in the sport of Track and Field. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Lincoln Station Great Hall in Lincoln, NE, on the evening of July 23, 2020. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in nineteen recognized sports categories. Coach Hood was nominated for this national honor by the Louisiana High School Coaches Association. This selection

was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching, using sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978. The state of Louisiana has six finalists: Wayne Stein (St. Charles Catholic-Baseball); Don Hood (Catholic High SchoolBoys Assistant); David Malone (Vandebilt Catholic-Girls Cross Country); Amy Pitre (St. Amant-Softball); Kevin Nee (Baton Rouge High-Gymnastics); April Hagadone (Mount CarmelVolleyball).

WRESTLING Coach Tommy Prochaska ’92, a Career Milestone of 350 A big Bear Congratulations to Coach Tommy Prochaska, for achieving the career milestone of 350 wins this past season. During his tenure as CHS wrestling coach, Prochaska’s teams have earned 2-State Championships (2008 & 2010), 1-State Runner-up Title (2012) and 19 City Championships. Twice, Prochaska has been named the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Louisiana Coach of The Year.

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Football Bears Up The Ante In 2020 Campaign The Catholic High School Football Program released its schedule for the 2020 season. Comprised of 10 regular season games, the Bears will face some familiar and not so familiar opponents. The Bears open the 2020 campaign on the road playing crosstown rival Parkview Baptist before hosting nationally ranked IMG Academy out of Bradenton, FL, in week two. This will make the first time IMG has played a high school football game in the state of Louisiana. “In keeping with our vision for the program, we wanted to continue giving our young men the opportunities to compete at the highest level,” said CHS Head Football Coach Gabe Fertitta. “IMG Academy is one of the top prep programs in the country, and it will be an incredible opportunity and test for our players.”

In week three, the Bears host the 2018 Division II State Champion University High and round out the pre-district schedule with contests against 2019 Class 4A State Champion Edna Karr and 2019 Division II State Champion St. Thomas More. As the Bears begin district play, they will be defending their 2019 District 5-5A Championship with matchups against East Ascension, McKinley, St. Amant, Woodlawn and Dutchtown. “We look forward to testing ourselves again this year with one of the toughest schedules in the state of Louisiana,” noted Fertitta.







Congratulations to Henry Walsh ’20 and George Wilson ’21 for making the High School Symphonic Band, Ryan Cedel ’23 for making the High School Concert Band and Ryan Alexander ’24 for making the Middle School Concert Band.

The CHS and SJA Spanish Clubs joined together and learned how to prepare paella, gazpacho, tortilla de patata and crema de limón.

Congratulations to CHS senior, Victor Nguyen, for being selected as the school winner in the Fireside Catholic Publishing Essay Contest.

Catholic High National Honor Society members went toy shopping to help fill the Toys for Tots collection boxes. Funds used to purchase the toys were from Student Council and National Honor Society.

Congratulations to CHS Seniors Joel Keller and Stewart Roeling for being appointed to the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.

The Bruin staff attended the Louisiana Scholastic Press Association conference at LSU hosted by the Manship School of Mass Communication. Students had several breakout sessions on various topics in media and publications. The 2018-19 yearbook, Some Things Never Change, received several awards including a second place trophy for Best Overall Yearbook.

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a quick look at some pretty cool things happening on and off campus

The CHS Media clubs recently visited Southdowns Elementary for Fall Fest, a day of fun and entertainment for everyone.

The CHS Bear Bots Robotics club placed first and third out of 18 teams in the high school division of the RARC - 1 Competition. First place team - Benjamin Mayeux, Jacob Nguyen and Alex Rodriguez. Third place team - Joseph Peak, Andrew Miletello, Matthew Olinde, William Kessler, Dylan Smith, Luke Guidry and Sahej Dhillon.

A number of students participated in the Louisiana All-State Honor Choir. This is the highest award and accomplishment for choir students in our state. CHS/SJA had a record number of students make the choir.

More than 1,000 guests attended CHS’ 33rd annual open house. Prospective students and parents had the opportunity to tour the campus, meet CHS faculty and students, and experience firsthand what makes Catholic High School so special.



More than 40 CHS Spanish Club, French Club, Junior Classical League and National Honor Society members participated in a service project at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Shout out to CHS Mu Alpha Theta for raising $200 for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank by hosting a district tournament for several area schools.



2019 CHS Hall of Fame Catholic High School welcomed Brother Chris Sweeney, S.C. ’84 into the CHS Hall of Fame on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The CHS Hall of Fame Induction and Thirty-Fifth Annual Founders Banquet was held at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center in downtown Baton Rouge. Membership in the Catholic High School Hall of Fame honors any person, living or dead, who has demonstrated outstanding ability, leadership,

character, heroism, dedication and patriotism, and whose life and accomplishments can be an inspiration to the students of Catholic High School. CHS also honored the new individuals who have attained the status as a CHS Perpetual Founder as of June 30, 2019. They are men and women who have donated $100,000 or more to Catholic

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High School during their lifetime. Those recognized as a Perpetual Founder were Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Barnidge, Mr. and Mrs. Randolph J. Bonnecaze ’65, Col. James F. Coerver ’46, Ferdinand J. Guerin Jr. and Audrey Ann Guerin Living Trust, Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Kirby ’80, Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Moran ’86, Mr. and Mrs. Chris C. Valluzzo ’87 and Mr. and Mrs. Patrick C. Valluzzo ’99.

Brandon Fremin ’92 Recognized As Catholic High School’s Distinguished Graduate CHS alumnus Brandon Fremin ’92 was honored by the Diocese of Baton Rouge as Catholic High School’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Graduate during its annual Distinguished Graduate Awards Dinner on Jan. 27, at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. Fremin, who is currently serving as the United States District Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, has committed his entire professional life to protecting and serving his community. Through service in the United States Marine Corps and his years as a career prosecutor,


Brandon has worked tirelessly to protect the vulnerable and defend our state and nation from violent crimes such as terrorism and human trafficking. “The value of my Catholic education is immeasurable. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to attend Catholic High School – an institution nationally recognized for academic excellence, but more importantly, for the faith-based values it instilled in me and countless young men in our community.” -Brandon Fremin ’92


Congratulations to five Catholic High School seniors who have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists for 2020. Nicholas Fanguy, Elliot Fontenot, Jefferson Koonce, Joshua Langlois and Stewart Roeling were selected from a nationwide pool of 16,000 Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. As National Merit Scholarship Finalists, these talented young men have the opportunity to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million to be awarded later this spring. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.


Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2020. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored merit scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored merit scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. National Merit Scholarship winners for 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. Congratulations to these outstanding young men and good luck!




Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars The Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides students with the opportunity to take college-level courses while in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement or both with successful performance on the AP Exams.

Joseph Alexander

Grant Alumbaugh

Hunter Antie

Eli Barbin

Daniel Barfield

Thomas Baxter

Kyle Becnel

Jackson Bell

Luke Bella

Everett Bonner

Joshua Boudreaux

Hays Burns

Luke Cockfield

Sebastian Cordova

Christopher Cronin

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Marie Carmody and Stephen Alexander, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Kitzia and David Baxter, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Janet and Dr. Ron Boudreaux, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Terri and Edward Alumbaugh, is attending the University of Alabama.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Rita and Gerald Becnel, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Melissa and Robert Burns Jr., is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Crystal and Brad Antie ’91, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Stacie and Johnny Bell, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Honor, son of Alicia and Joshua Cockfield, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Laura and Paul Barbin ’88, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar with Honor, son of Cheryl and Dr. Tim Bella ’79, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Aimee Cramer and Alex Cordova Cervera, is attending Louisiana State University.

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AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Nan and Tim Barfield ’82, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Allyson and Dr. Everett Bonner Jr., is attending Georgetown University.

AP Scholar with Honor, son of Mary and Stephen Cronin ’86, is attending Louisiana State University.

Ross DeNicola

Jack Dial

Francis Doan

Hunter Doiron

James Douet

Allen Duggar

Nicholas Fanguy

Elliot Fontenot

Jack Fuselier

Garrett Gamble

Lance Gaupp

Jakob Greer

Spencer Heitman

Tommy Hertel

Joel Keller

AP Scholar, son of Lana and Ross DeNicola III ’83, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Francine Dial and Dr. Daniel Dial ’85, is attending the University of Alabama.

National AP Scholar/AP Scholar with AP Scholar, son of Marissa and Keith Distinction, son of Meg and Chuck Duggar Fanguy, is a senior at Catholic High Jr., is attending the College of Charleston. School.

AP Scholar, son of Laura and John Gaupp, is attending Northwestern University.

AP Scholar, son of Renee and Jonathan Greer ’88, is attending Rhodes College.

AP Scholar, son of Mong and Dung Doan, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Myrtis and Dr. David Fontenot, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Terri and Timothy Heitman, is attending the University of Mississippi.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Sharon and Kevin Doiron, is attending Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Meg Mahoney and Mark Fuselier ’90, is attending Texas A&M University.

AP Scholar, son of Jennifer and David Hertel, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Karen DouetWannamaker and John Douet, is a junior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Rachel and Dr. Kevin Gamble, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar with Honor, son of Annadora and Jeffrey Keller, is a senior at Catholic High School.


Sean Kennedy

AP Scholar with Honor, son of Julie and Sean Kennedy Sr., is attending Texas A&M University.

Landry Kerth

AP Scholar, son of Amber and David Kerth, is attending Louisiana State University.

Jefferson Koonce

AP Scholar, son of Edy and Jeff Koonce, is a senior at Catholic High School.


James Lalonde

AP Scholar, son of Dr. Elise and Dr. Jimmy Lalonde, is attending Furman University.


Charles Landry

AP Scholar, son of Lynne and Edward Landry, is attending Louisiana State University.

Lance Landry

Nicholas Landry

Joshua Langlois

Reece Lantz

Jacob LeBlanc

Jack Lieux

Jacob Limbocker

Carson Mack

Harper Massey

Jack Matthews

Benjamin Mayeaux

Joseph Mengis

William Miles

Daylen Morris

Brennan Mouton

Jacob Nguyen

Charles Nolan

Mason Nyboer

Kevin Oubre

Joshua Pforr

AP Scholar, son of Nikkie and Joe Landry III, is a junior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Lea Ann and Dr. Richard Lieux Jr. ’79, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Mitsie and Johnathan Mayeaux ’95, is a junior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Dana and Vincent Nguyen, is a junior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Shannon and Kevin Landry, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Honor, son of Linda and Jeff Limbocker, is attending the University of Alabama.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Stacey and Joe Mengis ’84, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Elizabeth and Norman Nolan ’92, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Michelle and Jeffrey Langlois, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Gaylynne and Harold Mack, is attending Tulane University.

AP Scholar, son of Christie and Shawn Miles, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Kelly and Dr. John Nyboer, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Melissa and Barry Lantz, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Julia and Matt Massey, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Angela Franklin and Ryan Morris, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Honor, son of Maureen and Edgar Oubre, is attending Louisiana Tech University.


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AP Scholar with Honor, son of Stephanie and Gary LeBlanc, is a junior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Anne and Fred Matthews Jr. ’86, is a junior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Melissa and Ben Mouton, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar with Honor, son of Kristen and Scott Pforr, is attending Louisiana State University.

Tucker Poret

Nicholas Robert

Stewart Roeling

Sayer Sauviac

Nicholas Schmitt

Andrew Shea

Marshall St. Amant

Garrett Tassin

Christian Thompson

Philip Tullier

Christian Vidrine

Cole Weidman

Andrew Whitehead

Lyndon Wilbert

Jack Wilfert

AP Scholar, son of Laura and Bradley Poret, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Susan and Dr. Daniel Shea, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Alicia and Kirk Vidrine, is a senior at Catholic High School.

National AP Scholar/AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Cheryl and Jude Robert Sr., is attending Texas A&M University.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Ann and Van Roeling, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Honor, son of Gabriella AP Scholar with Distinction, son of and Dr. Marshall St. Amant, is attending Stacy and Kevin Tassin, is attending the University of Mississippi. the University of Southern Mississippi.

AP Scholar, son of Dara and Wade Weidman, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar, son of Kate and Russell Whitehead, is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Denise and Craig Sauviac, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Michelle and Chad Thompson, is a junior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Honor, son of Letreta and Leslie Wilbert ’73, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Krista and the late Lewis Schmitt Jr., is a senior at Catholic High School.

AP Scholar with Honor, son of Renee and Patrick Tullier ’75, is attending Louisiana State University.

AP Scholar, son of Carol and Robert Wilfert, is attending Louisiana State University.

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AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Sharon and Paul Wilkins, is attending the University of Georgia.

Logan Wingerter

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Dr. Susan David and David Wingerter, is attending Tulane University.

Broderick Wong

AP Scholar, son of Amber and Randy Wong, is a junior at Catholic High School.

Daniel Woodruff

AP Scholar with Distinction, son of Dr. Donna Perrault and Michael Woodruff, is attending Emory University.





The Fund for Catholic High School 2019-2020 It’s Not Too Late to Make a Gift. Help us close The GAP! Did you know that your support of The Fund for Catholic High School, the school’s annual fund, benefits each and every student at CHS? Consistent with the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, no student pays the full cost of a CHS education, and no family is turned away due to inability to pay. Support of The Fund enables us to meet our greatest operational needs. Gifts to The Fund help support initiatives such as security upgrades, facility improvements, need-based tuition assistance, technology, faculty development, fine arts, Campus Ministry, extracurricular programs, as well as overall operations of the school. Therefore, for CHS to maintain excellence at the Blue-Ribbon level, we need your help.

“The gratitude we have for our donors through their philanthropic support of The Fund for CHS cannot be overstated. Giving at any level makes an immediate impact, and we encourage all parents, alumni and friends to donate and support the life-changing experiences for our students.” ~ Jamie Segar ’90, Director of Advancement

Help us close The Gap this year of $2,135 per student. The Gap reflects the amount between tuition and the actual cost of educating each student. We ask for you to please partner with us by giving The Gap or an amount that is appropriate for your family. Every gift makes a difference no matter the size. For more information on giving or to make a gift, please visit our website at catholichigh.org/ giving. *Gifts of $2,000 or above qualify as Founders Society level giving. As a benefit, members will receive an invitation to our annual CHS Founders Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony this December 2020.

To those of you who have already given, thank you very much for your support. For those who have not yet participated, please prayerfully consider making a gift by June 30, 2020. as of 2/17/2020

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James Mancuso ’94, Randy Cresap ’94, Will Steele ’94, Pete Boudreaux ’59

A Legacy to Remember WILL STEELE ’94 SCHOLARSHIP We often imagine the way in which unexpected tragedies can wreak havoc in our lives. Serious illness is a prime example of such unforeseen chaos, creating a situation in which we must watch loved ones suffer and struggle. Yet, there are those in our community that serve as inspiration for how such disasters of life can be seen from a much different perspective.

William “Will” Steele III ’94 was the picture of health before his cancer diagnosis in 2010. An avid runner, Will was a member of the cross country team atBy Catholic High School, Bill and Cynthia Steele was recruited to run at Christian Brothers University, and was a fixture at the CHS Brother Eldon 5K. “He must have run about 1,000 miles every summer while he was at Catholic High,” his father, Bill Steele, recalls. “He ran all over Baton Rouge.” Even as an adult, Will continued to enjoy running, taking on as much as eight miles a day. Needless to say, it came as a complete shock when Will faced a diagnosis of a Desmoplastic Round Cell tumor at the age of 33. While living in Dallas, Will began complaining of a sore neck. A round of tests revealed a worst-case scenario: terminal cancer. After a valiant battle, Will passed away at 36 in 2012. Of course, the experience of illness and death was

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incredibly difficult for Will and his family. At one point, as the disease progressed, Will shared with his mother, Cynthia, that the most difficult part was leaving everyone and everything that he loved. However, Will’s story is not one of tragedy but one of triumph through courage and trust.

friends and family. But, at the center of the tragedy, Will retained the steadiness he had developed throughout life. “He never stopped trying, never stopped pushing, no matter what,” Bill Steele remembers. “He didn’t waiver.” The two values that drove Will during this incredibly difficult time were courage and trust.

Will Steele’s time at Catholic High School was formative in his life. As the school does with so many students, the care, concern, and education provided by the Brothers and faculty at CHS helped Will in the complicated transition from childhood to adulthood. Those at CHS often refer to the school as a sanctuary, and that description matches Will’s experience. He was happy there and was inspired by the positive environment. In particular, cross-country Coach Pete Boudreaux ’59, a highly influential figure in the lives of students at CHS for over fifty years, helped encourage Will to grow and mature into a well-rounded young man, garnering accolades in cross country and earning the honor of Eagle Scout. The foundation provided by CHS was instrumental in Will’s young life. His father, Bill, explains, “Most kids leave high school and they tend to falter, but CHS sticks with kids when they leave. They stay steady.”

Will’s brave outlook during his illness was an inspiration at the time and his fortitude continued to inspire those he knew well. After his diagnosis, his father suggested that he quit his job and move his family back to Louisiana, but Will refused. He knew that his actions would demonstrate values to others, especially his children. He wanted them to see that even in such dire circumstances, it is vital to keep working, to keep living and pushing. To help Will fulfill his wish to live a full life, his parents moved to Frisco during the last year of his life to help Will manage his treatments. “Will never complained and he accepted his illness as God’s will for him. He lived each day to the fullest until God called him home,” his mother Cynthia recalls. And, so, throughout his illness—constant medical appointments, debilitating treatments, invasive surgeries—Will did what he always had in school, in running, in business and he stayed the course and he stayed optimistic. He spent time with family, he continued going to church, and he worked until the month before he passed away. Will demonstrated that courage is not some macho stunt. He showed that courage is facing down a terrifying fate like cancer while still seeking a full life.

This steadiness defined Will’s life after CHS. At Christian Brothers University in Memphis, he continued his running career where he became a respected member of the cross-country team. Upon graduation in 1998, Will returned to Baton Rouge where he built a business in repairing and selling vending machine parts. He discovered a room full of damaged machine parts and saw opportunity; what began as a shortterm way to earn some money ended up a fullfledged business with over twenty-five employees. He married Kerri in 2002 and they soon became parents to daughter Page. Soon thereafter, Will decided to leverage his love of computers into a career change. In 2005, shortly after the birth of his second daughter, Emma, Will moved to Frisco, TX with his young family to work in IT at a Dallas company. In Texas, he and Kerri had one more child, William L. Steele IV, whom they fondly nicknamed Liam. Life was steady and enjoyable for the Steele family. It’s easy to imagine that this stability was shattered by his cancer diagnosis. Of course, the news was like a wrecking-ball, bringing life to a halt and distressing BEAR FACTS MAGAZINE

Will’s courage was based in large part on his strong faith, and his trust in God made up the other half of the equation. While many in similar circumstances blame God or fall away from faith in a disillusionment, Will turned to faith as a source of strength. Because of his deep trust in God, Will never feared death. “He had all the faith in the world,” Bill recalls. “He trusted that everything would be okay, that he’d see his loved ones again.” Bill admits that he and other family members weren’t always as able to be so trusting, often questioning and worrying about spiritual matters. Yet, Will’s example inspired them all to see God’s plan alive around them. Will’s children saw their father fight through his illness with strength and dignity. That example also impacted the lives of other young people in Will’s life like nieces and nephews and even kids in the neighborhood. His father, Bill, was moved by his son’s strength as well. One difficult reality Will had to overcome was his inability to run anymore while sick. So, his father Bill took on running so his son might WINTER 2020


ADVANCE ME NT experience it vicariously through him. Bill even undertook an astounding 345-mile walk from Baton Rouge to Houston to support his son and raise awareness about Will’s plight. Bill told Will’s story to many people along his journey, sharing his inspiration and strength with others who were going through difficult struggles. Will’s attitude, defined by courage and trust, inspired others to see a light in the darkness. His mother, Cynthia, notes, “Will was blessed with the courage to live like he was dying and then trusted in God’s promise of everlasting life.” When Will passed away on Christmas Eve in 2012, Bill remembers how beautiful the sunrise was. After such a difficult time, Will’s inspiration led Bill to see God even in the toughest circumstances. “What Will demonstrated is that cancer can be an awakening,” says Bill. “We take life for granted day-today, but when cancer jumps up in your face, you change and think of other things.” Will showed that illness reveals what matters most by changing priorities from worldly pursuits and material possessions to a focus on loved ones and faith, that what matters most is not our physical state but our spiritual well-being. His strength was a living embodiment of this approach to life. The way Will lived—and the way he died—was a comfort to those around him and a testament to the gifts God provided him. In the wake of this tragedy and the ensuing beauty inspired by Will, his parents seek to continue spreading the word and the impact of Will’s life. Primarily, Bill and Cynthia have graciously donated to the Advancing the Mission Capital Campaign’s new Student Center. When his mother learned of the plans for Mission Pillars representing the core values of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, the pillar representing Courage and Trust spoke to her; she thought that there was no more fitting tribute to Will’s life. These two qualities— courage and trust—were such an integral part of Will’s life

philosophy. The two concepts, emphasized by Brothers of the Sacred Heart founder, Father André Coindre, speaks to Will’s courage during his illness and the trust he and his family put in God during that struggle. This demonstrates a profound alignment between Will’s life and the teachings of the Brothers that were so influential in his life. Consequently, the pillar will serve as a touching memorial to Will. In addition, Bill and Cynthia have recently established a scholarship in Will’s honor at Catholic High School. During the last days of Will’s life, there were moments to discuss how life might go on without Will. Will and his mother discussed how other students at CHS might benefit from his journey. Will expressed that he would love to leave a legacy scholarship for future students needing financial assistance. He wanted this to enable more young men to attend CHS, especially those who are unable to afford it due to the financial strain created by an illness. Therefore, Bill and Cynthia hope this scholarship will help people remember Will, his indomitable spirit, his amazing life, and his tremendous inspiration. They also hope this scholarship will financially benefit other CHS students in the same way the school helped form Will’s values. Bill and Cynthia hope to draw interest from others who are inspired by Will’s story to build the potential for this scholarship and its impact in forming young men to trust in God’s plan for their lives and give them the courage to persevere through difficulty.

Anyone interested in more information about the scholarship is encouraged to contact CHS Director of Advancement Jamie Segar ’90 at 225-239-7032 or jsegar@catholichigh.org.

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Catholic High School Recipient of Grants Catholic High School has been the recipient of two grants this school year. The first is from the E.J. and Marjory B. Ourso Family Foundation. The Ourso Family Foundation was founded in 1996 by Mr. and Mrs. Ourso. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide philanthropic support for South Louisiana, which has been good to the family over generations. This grant will be used for access controls for the last two security gates installed on campus and for equipment and supplies for the Science Department. The equipment includes a CNC Machine, two 3D printers, 20 microscopes and the supplies include sensors, launchers, beakers, carts, and photogates. Mr. Ourso was born June 16, 1923, in Donaldsonville, LA. He graduated from Catholic High of Donaldsonville, a school run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart from December 1886 to May of 1968, in 1940. He began his entrepreneurial venture in 1936, at the age of 13. The first products he sold were scrap paper, iron and wire. Mr. Ourso married Marjory in 1947. They had five children. Mr. Ourso passed away on December 18, 2005, in New Orleans and Mrs. Ourso passed on May 13, 2001. He established Security Industrial Insurance in 1948. In the decades that followed, he was involved in building his company. He made acquisitions, averaging at least one a year and sometimes more. His business was sold in 1996. The Oursos donated millions to local charities over the years. The Foundation’s office is located in Donaldsonville and Mr. Jesse Arboneaux is President and CEO. Mr. Arboneaux described Mr. Ourso as “a very generous man with a special affinity toward the religious.” The second grant was received from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation. This award was given for the Operating Funds of the school for this fiscal year.

philanthropic support especially in the areas of arts and humanities, community development and public safety, disaster resilience, emotional and social learning, human services, medical and mental health, and the environment. In the 1920s, Claude B. “Doc” Pennington worked as a laborer in Louisiana’s emerging oil and gas industry. He eventually practiced the profession of his father optometry - but once his father died, Doc Pennington returned to the field he loved. In the 1950s, he bought Mount Pleasant Plantation located on 2,000 acres on the Mississippi River bank in northern East Baton Rouge Parish. In 1975, Chevron discovered a rich mineral layer three miles underground. Mount Pleasant was located right above an untapped stretch of oil that spanned through South Louisiana. Mr. Pennington approached Chevron about drilling on his land, but the company declined. He contacted Amoco, which saw promise in the prospect, and in 1977 drilled a well near the Georgia Pacific paper mill, north of the plantation. The well struck one of the largest oil and gas finds in Louisiana history. Mr. Pennington and his wife, Irene Wells Pennington, shared their success with the communities that had been an important part of their lives. We are extremely grateful for the grants from the Ourso Foundation and the Pennington Foundation. Philanthropy has played a huge part in the development and restoring of special programs at CHS. Among these have been technology, the complete renovation of the gym floor, new band uniforms, science department equipment, devices for the STREAM program, the Capital Campaign, and security of the campus.

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The Pennington Foundation was established in 1982. Their giving is focused in the Greater Baton Rouge area and surrounding parishes. The Foundation provides




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Ad Venture Silk Screen Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Aertker III ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Aguilar Mr. and Mrs. Ralph F. Alexander Mr. and Mrs. Justin Alford Sr. ’89 Mr. and Mrs. Brent Alonzo Mr. Gregory M. Anding ’88 Anonymous Donors Mr. and Mrs. Major L. Applewhite ’97 Mr. and Mrs. James G. Arbour ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Melvin P. Argrave III ’86 Mr. David H. Arrighi Sr. ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Don R. Aubin ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Christian P. Aucoin ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Dane Babin Mr. and Mrs. George P. Balhoff Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Balhoff ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Eric C. Balkom ’78 Bank of America Dr. Louis R. Barfield ’89 and Dr. Lauren M. Barfield Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Barfield Jr. ’82 Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Barnidge Mr. and Mrs. Brad Bass Baton Rouge Area Foundation Mr. and Mrs. W. Bryan Beale Mr. and Mrs. Richard Beaugh Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Bell Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Drake Bellanger Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Berret III ’84 Mr. and Mrs. James E. Berrigan Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joey Bielkiewicz Mr. and Mrs. J. O’Connor Blakeney ’71 Dr. and Mrs. G. Michael Blanchard Jr. ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Greg Bodin Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Bogan ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Bogan III ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Phil Bohan Mr. and Mrs. David J. Boneno ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Bonine Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Randolph J. Bonnecaze ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E. Borgmeyer Mr. and Mrs. Matt E. Borgmeyer ’99 Mr. and Mrs. J. Pierre Boudreaux Sr. ’59 Mr. and Ms. Michael Boudreaux Mr. and Mrs. Brennan Bourg Sr. Mr. and Mrs. James Bourgeois Dr. and Mrs. Michael Bourgeois Mr. and Mrs. C. Hewes Bowden ’94 Dr. and Mrs. Gregory A. Brandao ’73 Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Branstetter Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Branstetter III ’89 Dr. and Mrs. Jeryl Breaux Dr. and Mrs. B. Joseph Brooks Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Steven H. Brooksher Sr. ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Brouillette Dr. and Mrs. Adam J. Broussard ’01 Dr. and Mrs. Cleve Brown Mr. and Mrs. Burton Brumfield Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Burmaster Mr. Jarrell P. Butcher ’81 Mr. and Mrs. David T. Butler Jr. ’77 Ms. Diane Bynum Mr. and Mrs. J. Victor Caffarel III Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cain Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Larry N. Camp Mr. and Mrs. Brad Campesi Mr. and Mrs. David C. Cangelosi ’73 Ms. Kariya A. Canizaro Dr. and Mrs. Mark A. Carleton ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Carruth Dr. and Mrs. Phillippe Carter Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cascio III Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. Cascio ’03 Mr. and Mrs. Jason R. Cashio ’91 Mr. and Mrs. Jared Cavalier Mr. and Mrs. Dean P. Cazenave Mr. and Mrs. Beau A. Champion ’01

Mr. and Mrs. André Chapoy CHS Alumni Office CHS Foundation CHS Mothers’ Club Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Chustz ’96 Chustz Electric, L.L.C. Mr. and Mrs. G. Blane Clark Jr. ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Clements Jr. ’73 The Coca-Cola Company Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Cockerham ’74 Col. James F. Coerver ’46 Mr. and Mrs. Matt R. Cohn ’96 Mr. and Mrs. Maurice J. Coleman ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Chase Comeaux Commerce Title and Abstract Company Dr. and Mrs. R. Mark Conger Mr. and Mrs. Jarrod J. Coniglio ConocoPhillips Company Ms. Fiona Conroy Mr. Robert Conroy Dr. and Mrs. James C. Cook Jr. ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Bernardo M. Corripio ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Jose Costela Mr. and Mrs. G. Matthew Cotton Mr. and Mrs. Michael Crawford Mr. and Mrs. Chris Crifasi Brother Eldon Crifasi, SC ’39 Mrs. Eva W. Crochet Mr. and Mrs. S. Dale Cronin ’86 Dr. and Mrs. Brad A. Culotta ’99 Mr. C.Patrick and Dr. Maria Cecilia Cuntz Mr. and Mrs. Robert Daigrepont Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Be Dang Mr. and Mrs. Thuan Dang Mr. and Mrs. John L. Daniel Jr. ’73 Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard David Jr. ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Christopher L. Davis Mr. Sanders P. Davis ’10 Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. DeBosier ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Austen M. Delahaye ’92 Dr. and Mrs. Donald H. DeLatin ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Ross J. DeNicola III ’83 Mr. John J. Devlin III Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Dille ’87 Mr. Ben S. DiPalma ’00 and Dr. Erin DiPalma Mr. and Mrs. M. David DiVincenti Sr. ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. DiVincenti Jr. ’73 Mr. and Mrs. James P. Doré Ms. Tracy Ducote Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers Ms. Erin Duffy Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Duggar Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick F. Dulaney ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Dunn Mr. Chad A. Dupuy ’00 Mr. and Mrs. Harold D. Dupuy ’73 Dr. and Mrs. Michael S. Durel Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Eldringhoff Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Elliott Mr. and Mrs. Mark T. Emonet ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Christopher M. Emory ’84 Mr. Steven Engborg Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Esnard ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Eymard Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Falgout Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Faulk III Mr. and Mrs. David A. Faulk ’88 Mr. and Mrs. John H. Faulk ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Ferachi ’84 Ms. Suzy Ferachi Mr. Vincent A. Ferachi Jr. ’54 + Ferdinand J. Guerin, Jr. and Audrey Ann Guerin Living Trust Mr. and Mrs. Gabe Fertitta Mr. and Mrs. Gregory D. Flores Mr. and Mrs. Brant Fox Mr. and Mrs. Philip Fox

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Mr. and Mrs. Perry Franklin Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Frey Fringe Benefit Administrators, Ltd. Mr. and Mrs. James T. Furrate ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Gaffney Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Galante Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Galliano Mr. and Mrs. P. William Ganley Mr. and Mrs. Randy Godso Mr. Craig Gonzales and Dr. Melissa Aldy Judge and Mrs. Douglas M. Gonzales Sr. ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Gary Graphia Mr. and Mrs. Milton Graugnard Ms. Amanda Graves Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Greer Jr. Greg Flores Construction, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Gremillion Mr. and Mrs. Ernest A. Gremillion ’54 Mr. L. Mark Gremillion + Dr. Joseph Griffin and Dr. Ewelina Griffin Ms. Donna Grodner Col. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Guillory ’66 Mr. Daniel G. Gunn ’16 Mr. and Mrs. Philip T. Hackney ’88 Dr. and Mrs. William A. Hadlock Mr. and Mrs. David Hansen Lt. Col. and Mrs. Stephen H. Harmon Jr. ’58 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Harmon Jr. ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Deuce Harrison Ms. Erin Hart Mr. and Mrs. Ted W. Harvey Mr. and Mrs. Nick P. Hebert Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Hebert Jr. ’64 Brother Ray Hebert, SC Capt. and Mrs. John S. Heffron, USN ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Stan I. Heine ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Eric Held Mr. and Mrs. Gary Henton Sr. Ms. Nancy P. Herin Mr. Brian W. Hightower ’97 Mr. and Mrs. John Hightower Brother Ronald Hingle, SC Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Hingle Mr. and Mrs. Blake A. Hodges ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Herschel D. Hoffpauir Capt. and Mrs. Brandon D. Holden ’96 Mr. Carl Hollier Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Hollis Mr. and Mrs. John Holloway Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne G. Honore ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Hood Mr. and Mrs. H. Guy Hopkins III ’76 Mr. and Mrs. E. John Hornsby Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Hosea Mr. and Mrs. James S. Hotard Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey D. Hotard ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Jason Howell Mr. and Mrs. Jordan P. Hultberg Jr. ’04 Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Hunt Intel Corporation Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation Jacob M. Richard Memorial Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John F. Jakuback Governor and Mrs. Bobby Jindal Mr. and Mrs. Girvus Johnson III Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. James W. Jolly Jr. ’75 Mr. and Mrs. J. Gerard Jolly ’70 Mr. and Mrs. P. Scott Jolly ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Christopher K. Jones ’95 Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Jones Jr. ’99 Mr. Jerry Jones and Mrs. Lyn Holden Mrs. Julie Jones Joseph C. Termini Estate JPMorgan Chase Foundation - Matching Gift Program

Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Jumonville Mr. and Mrs. Francis C. Jumonville Jr. ’73 Mr. and Mrs. P. Dan Jumonville Mr. and Mrs. Frederic W. Kearny Jr. ’74 Mr. and Mrs. James P. Kelly ’92 Mr. and Mrs. William H. Kessler III Mr. Albert D. Kidd ’43 + Brother Clifford King, SC Mr. and Mrs. Rodney King Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Kirby ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Karl Kleinpeter ’84 Dr. Shawn Kleinpeter Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Koonce Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kurzweg Mr. and Mrs. Timothy LaBauve Mr. and Mrs. John LaCour ’81 Mr. and Mrs. C J. Laird Dr. James and Dr. Elise Lalonde Mr. Brennan C. Lambert ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Lamy III ’78 Mr. and Mrs. J. Bradley Lanehart ’72 Mr. and Mrs. Scott B. Lanehart ’95 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Laney Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Lauve Mr. and Mrs. Khiem V. Le Mr. and Mrs. Duane LeBlanc Mr. Lyle J. LeBlanc ’90 Mr. and Mrs. J. Chadwick Lemoine ’92 Mr. Sanford P. Lemoine Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William L. Lemoine ’63 Mrs. Susan Lindsey Mr. and Mrs. Douglas R. Logsdon ’02 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lopinto Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Keith G. Lorio ’86 Mr. Robert J. Lorio ’66 Mr. Drew E. Losavio ’98 Mr. and Mrs. Scott M. Losavio ’95 Mr. Stephen C. Losavio Sr. ’73 The Catherine L. & Edward A. Lozick Foundation LPL Financial Mr. and Mrs. Adam MacDowell Mr. and Mrs. Stephen S. Madaffari Dr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Maher Mr. and Mrs. P. David Malatesta ’63 Dr. John Maloney and Mrs. Beverly Hodges Mr. and Mrs. M. Scott Manning ’01 Mr. and Mrs. Sean Marcantel Mr. Mark Martin Mr. and Mrs. Craig Maxson Mr. and Mrs. Brian May Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mayeaux Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor B. Mayeux ’07 Mr. Evan McAleer Col. and Mrs. John H. McArdle ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Jordan C. McClay ’09 Mrs. Julia B. McGuire Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. McGuire III ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Jess L. McHugh ’73 Ms. Gina McKnight Mr. and Mrs. Don J. McLean Jr. The Medtronic Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John T. Meek II ’87 Dr. and Mrs. Tom J. Meek Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Melancon Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Melancon Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Mengis ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Mengis ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel L. Messenger ’82 Mr. Bradley J. Messina and Mrs. Elisa Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Mark M. Messina Mr. and Mrs. Blake Metz Brother Michael Migacz, SC Mr. and Mrs. Gerald G. Millard ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Miller ’96 Mr. and Mrs. G. Rolfe Miller Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Miller Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Minvielle Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Moak ’88 Mr and Mrs. Patrick Mockler Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moniotte Mr. and Mrs. John C. Monroe Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Moran ’86 Mr. and Mrs. John P. Morgan ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Morgan

Dr. and Mrs. Michael G. Morgan Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC Mr. and Mrs. Matthew G. Moscona ’00 Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Mouton Mr. and Mrs. Brett J. Murray ’06 Mr. Milton E. Naylor Mr. and Mrs. Douglas J. Nelson ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Neucere Jr. New York Life Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Thi Nguyen Mr. and Mrs. Gainer Nissen Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jules J. Noel III Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Nola ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Norton Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Noto Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Scott Nyboer Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Olinde ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Olivier ’96 Mr. and Mrs. Raph Y. O’Neill ’84 Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Orlesh Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Otterstetter Mr. and Mrs. Darrell P. Ourso Mr. Michael W. Ourso ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Hays D. Owen Mr. and Mrs. Jude J. Palombo ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Mark Panepinto ’73 Mr. Darrel Papillion Mr. Jude Papillion ’19 Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Patout Jr. Ms. Nancy Patout Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Peak Dr. and Mrs. Scott M. Pecue ’79 Mr. and Mrs. James J. Peeler Jr. ’76 PepsiCo Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Brannon C. Perilloux ’87 Mr. John H. Perkins + Mr. and Mrs. John W. Perry Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Cu Pham Mr. and Mrs. Thu X. Pham Mr. and Mrs. Luke Piontek Mr. and Mrs. F. Jay Poché Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Polito The T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Primeaux ’07 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Prochaska ’92 Dr. and Mrs. William Pryor Mrs. Camilla R. Pugh Mr. and Mrs. Hugh W. Raetzsch Mr. and Mrs. Glen Randow Raymond James Mr. Christopher Redden Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Reinecke Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Reinholtz Mr. Ben Relle Dr. and Mrs. Kent M. Rhodes Mr. and Mrs. P. Ragan Richard Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Richards Mr. and Mrs. Parry H. Richardson Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Riche Jr. ’88 Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Riché Mr. and Mrs. William Ridge Ms. Jewell C. Riecke Ritter Maher Architects Mr. and Mrs. Cooper S. Roberts Ms. Catherine C. Robichaux Ms. Jill Robinson Dr. and Mrs. Ricardo J. Rodriguez Mr. and Mrs. Neil Romaine Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Ross Mr. and Mrs. Michael O. Rourke Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Rousseau Mr. and Mrs. Keith A. Rumfola ’01 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rusk Mr. and Mrs. Bennett C. Saia ’90 Mr. and Mrs. M. Wesley Salmon ’91 Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Sanchez Jr. ’61 Dr. Taylor W. Sanders ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey R. Say Dr. and Mrs. G. Douglas Say Mr. and Mrs. Eric Schoonmaker Scott Hollingsworth Equipment Company, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. L. James Segar III ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Jason Serpas Mr. Adam M. Serrano ’97



Mr. and Mrs. George Shaheen Jr. Dr. Sean E. Shannon ’89 and Dr. Amie B. Shannon Dr. and Mrs. Carlton H. Sheely II Shell Oil Company Foundation Sigma Engineers & Constructors, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Silvio ’61 Dr. B. Diane Sistrunk Mr. and Mrs. Cale P. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Smith Mr. and Mrs. David B. Smith ’01 Mr. Jerry Smith Ms. Kathie Smith Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Smith Mr. and Mrs. Matthew D. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Stuart G. Sonnier ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Mark B. Spring Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Brandon S. St. Amant ’94 Mr. and Mrs. Kenny St. Romain Star Service, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John A. Stassi II Mr. and Mrs. William L. Steele II Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Stephens ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Willie M. Stephenson Mr. Chuck Streets Dr. Leonard J. Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. Ernest F. Summerville Jr. Mr. and Mrs. W. Martin Svendson ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Eugene C. Sykes Jr. ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Steven G. Talamo ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Tanner Jr. Mr. Myron J. Tassin Jr. ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Adam T. Tate ’95 Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Terito Jr. Ms. Emilie Terracina Textron, Inc. Matching Gift Program The Estate of Lawrence Delaune Mr. and Mrs. John M. Thibodeaux Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Lyman E. Thornton III Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thurmand Mr. and Mrs. Roland M. Toups Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Toups ’84 Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Tujague Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. Tullier Mr. and Mrs. Patrick G. Tullier ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tully Mr. and Mrs. Carlos A. Turner Jr. Mr. John G. Turner ’78 and Mr. Jerry G. Fischer Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Underwood ’97 Union Pacific Fund For Effective Government UnitedHealth Group Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Valluzzo Mr. and Mrs. Chris C. Valluzzo ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick C. Valluzzo ’99 Dr. and Mrs. Richard R. Vath Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy M. Vidrine Mr. and Mrs. Duc Vo Mr. and Mrs. Graham Waddill Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Waguespack Mr. and Mrs. Mackie E. Wall III ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Walters Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Walters ’91 Mr. and Mrs. John W. Warrington ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wascom WCA Tree Farm, L.L.C. Mr. and Mrs. August J. Webber III ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Dale K. Weiner Mr. and Mrs. P. Sean Wendell Brother Xavier Werneth, SC Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Weston Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. Whatley ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Williams Mr. and Mrs. Miles B. Williams Sr. ’79 Williams Community Relations-Matching Gifts Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Williamson Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Winston Jr. Milton J. Womack Foundation Fund




in the news as of January 2020



STEPHEN HOLLIDAY ’84 accepted an appointment as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Intermodal Freight Transport for the term - June 18, 2019 - April 14, 2022. He will serve and provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation, and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions.

FRANZ BORGHARDT ’97, Geaux Rouge founder and owner of The Borghardt Law Firm is capping off the year with the launching of a new downtown Baton Rouge radio show at Talk 107.3, which has long been his goal. The weekly Geaux Rouge Show will air starting on January 4, 2020 on Saturdays at 12:00 pm and will showcase the best parts of Baton Rouge-- leaders and entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and the culinary folks that make Baton Rouge outstanding. The Geaux Rouge show has been featured for the last month on Talk 107.3 social media as a weekly podcast.

1991 RYAN D. “JUME” JUMONVILLE ’91 made a record donation to Warrick Dunn Charities in July. The multi-million dollar donation is the largest gift in the 22-year history of the non-profit and will make 100 families across the United States first-time homeowners. To date, Warrick Dunn `93 and WDC have worked with 170 families to provide them with a first-time, permanent home.

2003 RAOUL MANALAC ’03 married Allison Krouse SJA ’03 on June 28, 2019.

2004 DR. JOHN WILKINSON ’04 recently completed his Orthopaedic Hand

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Surgery Fellowship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and has returned to the Baton Rouge area to start his practice. He has joined the Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic (BROC) and will be seeing patients in their Zachary office. Prior to John’s hand fellowship, he completed his undergraduate education at LSU and medical school training at LSU-School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Wilkinson then completed his orthopaedic training at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

2005 AUSTIN DOIRON ’05 has a new position as Beverage Manager for Alys Beach located on beautiful scenic highway 30-A. Zachary “Zack” Alan Pino was born October 10, 2018 to BLAKE ’05 and Erica Pino.


2006 LEE BARBAY ’06 and his wife, Jordan, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Sonny Grace Barbay, on September 26, 2019.


SHANE FIRMIN ’06 is engaged to Caitlin Cunningham. This engagement took place on November 2, 2019. BYRON WASHINGTON ’06 was appointed as a member of the Historic Preservation Commission in September of 2019. He was also selected as one of Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) 30 Fellows selected to participate in the 15th cohort of the Delta Leadership Institute. They will join fellows from the seven other Delta states to participate in the 10-month DLI Executive Academy to help further their skills in community leadership, policy development, and regional collaboration to drive economic growth across the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions.

2007 JOSHUA BROOKS ’07 received a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Environmental Science from Louisiana State University. He is a Senior Associate with Sasaki in Boston, MA where he practices landscape architecture and urban design. KYLE FREE ’07 and his wife, Kaitlyn, welcomed their son, Grayson Joseph Free on June 9, 2019.


Hey Bears!

2010 JORDAN V. PINO, PH.D. ’10 graduated in August 2019 from The Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in Geography with a focus in Data Science and predictive analytics. He recently accepted a position as a Data Scientist at Athenium Analytics in Washington, D.C. developing predictive models for the insurance, finance, and construction industries.


What’s Your News? Marriages, Births, Promotions, Graduations, Accolades, Relocations, Highlights, Photographs

Keep your classmates updated on what you’re up to! If you want your news published in the next issue of Bear Facts, contact Jenny Ridge at jridge@catholichigh.org or go online at

THOMAS CULOTTA ’13 graduated from LSU in December 2018 with a Master’s Degree in Digital Media. He is working for Microsoft as a Software Engineer.


2D LIEUTENANT AUSTIN STARKS ’13 graduated from United States Air Force Combat Systems Officer training on August 2, 2019, in Pensacola, Florida. Austin will be reporting to SeymourJohnson AFB in North Carolina to begin training as a Weapons System Officer on the F-15E Strike Eagle.

Newly commissioned Army 2nd LIEUTENANT MARK PRIMEAUX ’07 and Army Veteran Coach Pete Boudreaux ’59 exchange salutes as part of Lt. Primeaux’s “First Salute” at Fort Benning, Georgia.






On September 25, the CHS Office of Alumni Relations hosted a Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Social. Alumni enjoyed a reception at the DC residence of Tres Bernhard `94 and then were treated to a private night tour of the US Capitol led by two sitting CHS Alumni Congressmen – Jeff Fortenberry `78 (NE) and Garret Graves `90 (LA). The group enjoyed a discussion on the House floor with special guest, House Minority Whip, Congressman Steve Scalise (LA).

Thank you to all who attended – “It’s More Than Four, It’s a Lifetime!”

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HOUSTON BEARS! CHS hosted an Alumni Social for the Houston Area Bears on October 17 at the home of Robyn and Pete Underwood `97. Aaron Gendron `96 donated beverages and Billy Aguillard `70 and Floyd Landry `70 prepared seafood gumbo for the crowd of more than 30 Alumni. Harold Rabalais `48 was the oldest grad in

attendance and Brett Vidrine `15 was the youngest. Brian Hightower `97 and Jamie Segar `90 updated the crowd on the recent successes of the student body and invited all in attendance to support The Fund for Catholic High School and Advancing the Mission, the capital campaign for the new student center.


On January 23, 2020, the CHS Alumni Association hosted a social for New Orleans area alumni at Red Dog Diner. A great time was had by all. A number of young alumni attended including, Brennan Lambert ’18, Jude Papillion ’19, Payton Alexander ’17, Grant Segar ’18, and Landon Boeneke ’18.

Want to host a CHS Social in your area? Contact Director of Alumni Relations, Brian W. Hightower ’97 at bhightower@catholichigh.org | 225.239.7028 BEAR FACTS MAGAZINE




Board of Directors 2019-2020 First Row Left to right - Justin Mannino ’06; Buddy Webre ’53; Joey Coco ’95; Monty Buckles ’93; Steven Cheatham ’97; Matt Lane ’93; Brian W. Hightower ’97, Director of Alumni Relations; Jenny Ridge, Associate Director of Alumni Relations

2nd Row - Davis Prescott ’01; Ken Litz ’75; Dale LeBlanc ’95; Tim Welborn ’92; Kyle Jackson ’07, President Elect; Kyle Smith ’95, President; Cameron Hunt ’12

3rd Row - George Bonfanti ’63; Michael Brassett ’01; Steve Berthelot ’92; Scott Lanehart ’95; Louis Angelloz ’11; Nick Miller ’07; Billy Aguillard ’70; William Gauthier ’12

Not pictured: Jake Berret ’84, Andy Boniol `96, Don Contine ’67, Brandon Kelly ’00, John Paul Luckett ’81 and Michael Wong ’01.

Catholic High School Alumni Association and OLOL Blood Donor Center Blood Drive Wednesday, April 7 7:30 am – 3:30 pm CHS Wrestling Room

All visitors go to the front of the line. Parking available in the Claycut Drive lot.

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student center project including: union, campus ministry center, classrooms, social space, teacher workcenter central mechanical plant student pavilion to learn more:

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire ’17

Edwards-Helaire was born and raised in Baton Rouge and attended Catholic High School. He became the first freshman under then head coach Dale Weiner’s 29 year tenure, to play on the varsity football team. As a senior, Edwards-Helaire rushed 58 times for 496 yards and 10 touchdowns. Clyde was named the MVP of the 5A State Championship game, after catching eight passes for 161 yards and rushing for 88 yards as well as a touchdown in the Bears 31-28 win over Archbishop Rummel High School. In his junior season at LSU, he was named First team All-SEC and a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award as the most versatile player in college football. He also led the SEC in rushing TDs (16) and finished number two in the league in rushing yards. Clyde was named LSU’s MVP at the team’s award banquet.









Congratulations to CHS alumni and LSU Tigers Clyde Edwards-Helaire ’17, Aaron Moffitt ’17, Jared Small ’17, Preston Stafford ’18 and Brandon Hubicz ’19 for winning the 2019-2020 College Football National Championship! We are CATHOLIC PROUD!

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ScottWoodward ’81 Athletics Director

In April 2019, CHS alumnus Scott Woodward ’81, was named the new Athletics Director at LSU. After graduating from Catholic High School, Woodward attended LSU where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Scott served as a political consultant and legislative liaison in Baton Rouge and founded a government and public relations firm, providing strategic policy direction to Fortune 500 corporations. In 2000, he was hired by LSU Chancellor Mark Emmert to serve as the Director of External Affairs at Louisiana State University. Scott also served as the Chancellor’s Representative to the Athletic Department. Woodward held these positions until 2004, leaving for the University of Washington as Vice President of

External Affairs. In January of 2008, he was named Director of Athletics at the University of Washington and during his tenure, the Huskies won seven national championships in the sports of men’s and women’s crew, women’s cross country and softball. He left the University of Washington in January 2016, to become the Athletics Director at Texas A&M. Under his leadership, Woodward helped build the Aggies’ profile by hiring two high-profile coaches in Jimbo Fisher from Florida State to be the Aggies’ football coach in December 2017 and Buzz Williams from Virginia Tech to be Texas A&M’s new men’s basketball coach in April 2019.

WillStout ’16

Student Videographer/Video Producer CHS alumnus and LSU senior Will Stout ’16, is creating a little hype around Baton Rouge – literally! You may not know his name, but you’ve seen his work. Stout is the creative juice behind the LSU football hype videos. He began flexing his creative muscles while he was a student at Catholic High School. As a hobby, Stout began creating hype videos for the Bears. One video in particular for the Bear’s state championship game was so well done, it caught the eye of LSU’s athletic department. So much so, that

when he graduated from CHS and attended LSU, they offered him a job creating their hype videos. The videos he has created for the Tigers have become instant classics. During the period between December 8-27, when the College Football Playoff teams were announced, his videos generated 4.4 million interactions on social media, according to digital design company SkullSparks. That’s double the metric of the next-highest playoff team, Ohio State, which had 2.2 million interactions in the same span.




THE CHS SIX PACK! Congratulations to CHS alumni Brian Moscona ’99, Matt Moscona ’00, Davis Prescott ’01, Michael Shingleton ’03, Druit Gremillion Jr. ’04 and Matt Dardenne ’05 for making The Baton Rouge Business Report’s 2019 Forty Under 40 list. CATHOLIC PROUD!

Congratulations to CHS alumnus Warrick Dunn ’93, on recently being awarded the Ali Legacy Award by Sports Illustrated. Warrick continues to be a great example to others by his continued commitment to service and for reaching out with a spirit of compassion. CATHOLIC PROUD!




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SAVE THE DATE! For the 13th Annual CHS Fishing Rodeo Presented by the CHS Alumni Association

Moran’s Marina, Fourchon, LA

May 28-30

Registration open at www.catholichigh.org/alumni Thanks to our 2019 Golden Bear Sponsors: Forte and Tablada, Custom Colors, Awning World, The Foot Clinic of Baton Rouge and Premier Geotech and Testing.

CHS Golf Classic

Presented by the CHS Alumni Association

Santa Maria Golf Course Friday, October 2 Registration open at www.catholichigh.org/alumni For more information or sponsorship opportunities contact Jenny Ridge, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at jridge@catholichigh.org. BEAR FACTS MAGAZINE




Saturday, May 2, 2020 Third Generation Legacies Our previous edition of Bear Facts left off a few individuals names on our Third Generation Legacies. Below are those Bears! Lawrence Ivy Lefeaux Jr. `36, Jules Lefeaux `62 and Roman Vaccaro `23.

$13,000 RAFFLE Friday, April 3, 2020

CHS Student Union Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Drawing 7–9 p.m. | Tickets $100

Only 500 Tickets Sold! Purchase tickets online at

www.catholichigh.org Ticket required for admittance | Adults Only | Winner need not be present

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CHS Archives

Treasures of the Past A CHS Emblem Patch from Fred Heroman III Class of 1960

A grouping of photos from the collection of Meg and Rick Capdeville and the Class of 1929 Commencement Program

A Building Fund Appeal Giving Chart Donated by Darrell Ourso from the collection of Marvin Ourso ’42+ (year not available)

Two jackets from Roger R. Dornier Jr. Class of 1959

An apron used at a CHS Men’s Club Bingo game From the collection of Marvin Ourso ’42+

A copy of Bear Facts II - October 2005 and a program from the Class of 1952’s 50 Year Reunion with class photo Donated by Peggy Bahlinger Whatley


A 100 Year framed print and a 100 Year Autographed Cross Stitch Picture Donated by Mrs. Carol Bonnecaze

To donate an item from the past to the CHS Archives, contact Margie Alexander at malexander@catholichigh.org or 225.381.9114. BEAR FACTS MAGAZINE



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 October 21, 2019 through January 7, 2020 in honor or memory of loved ones. Please remember these alumni and friends, as well as their families, in your prayers.

Memorial Gifts Mr. David Assaf Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Brian E. Galante ’92

Dr. James W. Gilbert III

Dr. and Mrs. William F. Hagemann

Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Giles

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Harkins

Dr. and Mrs. Richard H. Gold

Mr. C. Andrew Jordan

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Goodwin

Dr. and Mrs. Gregory A. Brandao ’73

Mr. and Mrs. James P. Kelly

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene G. Gouaux Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark T. Emonet ’87

Ms. Letitia Kingston

Ms. Jamie Griffin

Mr. and Mrs. Rudy C. Valenciano

Mr. Lloyd Lemle

Mrs. Barbara Griffith

Mrs. Abby McCurry

Dr. and Mrs. William F. Hagemann

Mr. and Mrs. Dale M. Mouch Jr. ’92

Mr. and Mrs. Steve E. Hatcher

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Oubre

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Hellman

Mr. Jeffrey Pizzo

Dr. and Mrs. J. Kerry Howell

Mr. Paul J. Pizzo

Dr. and Mrs. James Ingram Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Pizzo

Dr. and Mrs. Ted P. Kemp

School Aids

Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Kenney

Mr. Scott Schuber

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knecht

Schwab Charitable

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lapari

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Stephens ’73

Ms. Brenda LeBoeuf

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Waguespack

Mr. and Mrs. Louis W. Leggio

Mr. Jon Ward

Ms. Margaret Liner

Mr. Jonathan Webre

Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Lipsey

Ms. Amanda Williams

Mrs. Cynthia Michael

Dr. and Mrs. David Assaf IV ’89 Mrs. Gail W. Bass

Mr. Ferdinand J. Bello Jr. ’41 Mr. Ralph F. Dupuy Sr. ’40 Mr. Thomas L. Bernard ’40 Mr. Ralph F. Dupuy Sr. ’40 Mr. J. Gerald Berret Jr. Mr. Mark Berger Mr. and Mrs. C. Clay Clifton Ms. B. Sue Loubiere Ms. Trudy Mayers Mr. and Mrs. F. C. McMains Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Perry A. Snyder Brother Donnan Berry, SC Dr. and Mrs. James C. Cook Jr. ’68 Mr. and Mrs. E. John Hornsby Jr. Mr. Bryan P. Boudet ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Benny Blanchard Mr. and Mrs. Scott E. Brady Mrs. Erin Crain Ms. Isabelle Dahlin Mr. Christopher Drewes Ms. Stephanie Drewes Mr. and Mrs. Danny P. Fawley ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Ozzie Fernandez

Dr. and Mrs. Stan Montelaro Mr. Benjamin C. Brown ’99

Mrs. Dorothy Mullins

Dr. and Mrs. William F. Hagemann

Dr. and Mrs. Peterman R. Prosser

Dr. C. V. Sanders

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Radzikowski Dr. and Mrs. Barry Rills

Dr. Joseph W. Brown III

Ms. Maxie Robichaux

Mrs. Linda Ball

Mrs. Elizabeth Scott

Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Ms. Leanne E. Scott

Dr. and Mrs. Tim A. Bella ’79

Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Shobe

Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Berry

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stich

Dr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Bombet

Dr. and Mrs. Ron Taravella

Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Braud Sr. ’59

Dr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Tribou

Mr. and Mrs. Donald T. Carmouche

Dr. and Mrs. Vincent V. Tumminello Jr.

Mr. Stanley G. Douglas

Ms. Amanda von Rosenberg

Mr. Richard A. Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Campbell III ’95

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Marks Jr.

Mr. Adrian E. Kaiser Jr. ’47

Mr. and Mrs. Faimon Roberts

Mr. and Mrs. Louis W. McHardy Sr. ’47

Ms. Sindee Roppolo Reverend Clair M. Cazayoux, SJ ’47

Mr. Thomas Santee

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Keller Jr. ’40

Dr. and Mrs. Robert V. Cazayoux ’51

Mr. L. Cary Saurage

Mr. Ralph F. Dupuy Sr. ’40

Mrs. Paula Wellons Dr. Francis T. Cazayoux ’48

Mr. Albert D. Kidd ’43

Mr. and Mrs. John B. Wintz

Dr. and Mrs. Robert V. Cazayoux ’51

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Howell Mrs. Suzanne Kidd

Mrs. Mary Helen Fossier Mr. Adrian D. Cockerham Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Cockerham ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Dudley J. Couvillon Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Bell Jr. Mr. William Cromwell Ms. Mary Lou James Mr. Frank J. Culotta Jr. ’59 Ms. Mary Lou James Mr. Victor Denicola Jr. ’67 Mr. and Mrs. E. John Hornsby Jr Mr. Denver R. Denison ’16 Schwab Charitable

Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Fossier Jr. ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Fronczek

Mr. Kevin P. Kress ’94

Schwab Charitable

Ms. Miriam Barton

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Stephens ’73

Mr. and Mrs. Emmett J. Benit Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gerard L. Benit

Ms. Julie Fresina

Mr. and Mrs. Lance Berry

Ms. Mary Lou James

Mr. and Mrs. Randolph J. Bonnecaze ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Bourgeois Sr.

Mr. Dominick R. Gannon ’51

Mr. and Mrs. Glynn Bourque

Dr. and Mrs. Robert V. Cazayoux ’51

Mr. and Mrs. V. Browning III Mr. and Mrs. J. Pat Giblin

Mr. J. Micah Gardemal ’81

Mr. and Mrs. Daryl M. Glueck

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby J. Bourque

Mrs. Kelly Guempel Ms. Katharine H. Hosty

Mrs. Cynthia P. Gonzalez

Mr. and Mrs. Hal Jackson

Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Schutte Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Eric Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jurey

Mr. Nathan J. Stephens ’16

Mrs. Susie A. Gremillion

Mr. E. Michael Willis ’11

Ms. Mary Lou James

Mrs. Janet Dietrich

Mr. E. Todd Hebert ’88

Mr. Daryl J. Dietrich

Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Branstetter Jr.

Mr. Stewart L. Dietrich ’40 Mr. Daryl J. Dietrich Mr. Christopher J. Dimattia ’94 Dr. and Mrs. William J. Dimattia ’56 Mr. André P. Dugas ’95 Mr. and Mrs. Rudy C. Valenciano Mr. John B. Esnard Jr. ’58

Mrs. Marion Kleinpeter Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Kumse Mr. and Mrs. Duane LeBlanc

Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Rome ’55

Dr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Maher Mr. and Mrs. Leo R. McAloon III McCranie, Sistrunk, Anzelmo, Hardy, McDaniel & Welch LLC

Mrs. Queenie Hebert

Mr. and Mrs. Terry C. Messenger

Dr. Richard C. Hebert

Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Miller Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Miller

Mr. Burt J. Helouin ’45 Gifts received brick in memory of Mrs. Maxine Helouin

Mr. and Mrs. Jules J. Noel III Mr. and Mrs. Edward Peneguy Ms. Cynthia C. Perkins

Mr. Alfred S. Heroman Sr. ’45

Ms. Angela Petrucci

Mr. and Mrs. Craig G. Broussard

Mr. William Quinn

Mr. and Mrs. Randall J. Ellis Sr. ’65

Mr. John H. Jackson ’40

Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Ross

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Esnard ’64

Mr. and Mrs. Kyle M. Jackson ’07

Schwab Charitable

Mr. Dave DeRoner

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Rhee

Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Losavio

Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Skipper

Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Lundin Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Smith Sr. BEAR FACTS MAGAZINE



Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Stephens ’73

Mr. and Mrs. Scott B. Lanehart ’95

Mr. and Mrs. Dane T. D’Aquin ’77

Weatherford Thompson, Et. Al, PC

Lanehart, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Fourrier ’61

Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Weber

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen P. Maher ’94

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Tanner Jr.

Mr. Brian Werking and Mrs. Alicia Boomer

Mr. Ellis Maughan

Milton J. Womack Foundation Fund

Mr. and Mrs. James Maughan Mr. Guy J. Lato ’64

Mr. Pierce W. Maughan ’23

Mrs. Sharon Polito

Ms. Gina McKnight

Mr. Quentin Maughan

Mr. Dana K. Larpenteur

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mayeaux Sr. Mr. Daniel J. Lorio Jr. ’46

Mr. and Mrs. Chase M. McCalip

Mr. Anthony J. Politz Jr. ’53

Mrs. Marion Kleinpeter

Dr. and Mrs. Tom J. Meek Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Calvi

Dr. and Mrs. John K. Legleu Jr. ’67

Mr. and Mrs. Linton J. Naquin Jr.

Father Daniel P. Lemoine

Dr. and Mrs. Brannon C. Perilloux ’87

Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Nola ’62

Mr. and Mrs. Jean-Paul Perrault ’87

Ms. Catherine P Politz

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Quinlan III ’87

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Rigell

Mr. Edward C. Mansur ’36 Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Mansur ’62

Mr. and Mrs. Michael O. Rourke

Mrs. Marta H. McCarron

Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Silvio ’61

Ms. Nancy P. Herin

Mr. Wade Stephens

Mr. Patrick O. McCarron ’93

Mr. and Mrs. K. James Veazey Jr. ’86

Mr. Robert L. McCarron Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. McCarron III ’89 Mr. Jacob M. Meek ’17 Dr. and Mrs. William H. Baird ’87 Mr. and Mrs. David M. Beach ’96 Mr. and Mrs. Allen Brown

Mrs. Marion R. Melancon Mr. and Mrs. Christian P. Aucoin ’97 Mr. Peter P. Melancon Jr. ’44 Mr. and Mrs. Christian P. Aucoin ’97

Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Carville

Mr. Douglas S. Morgan ’85

Mr. and Mrs. Jude Chatelain Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark B. Spring Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. John Chustz Mrs. Katherine Coghlan

Brother Bennet Nettleton, CSC ’40

Mr. and Mrs. Dickey Curole

Mr. Ralph F. Dupuy Sr. ’40

Mr. David Day

Mr. Joseph Quartano Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Schutte Jr. Mrs. Eloise Selig Dr. and Mrs. Stewart T. Gordon ’82 Mr. John W. Starring ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Ted W. Harvey Mr. Doyle J. Suarez Jr. ’40 Mrs. Doyle Suarez Mr. Lindsey R. Thibodeaux Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Culotta Jr. ’70 Ms. Shelley Tramonte Mr. and Mrs. Steve Fourrier ’61

Mr. and Mrs. Louis DeJohn III

Mr. Mark T. Ott ’60

Mr. and Mrs. Russell L. Dupuy

Mr. and Mrs. Murray A. Forman

Mr. and Mrs. B. Peter Hirschey ’59

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Mr. Felix J. Paille ’40

Mr. Robert M. Tuminello Jr. ’71

Mr. Scott Gaudin

Mr. Ralph F. Dupuy Sr. ’40

Mrs. Cristyn Dyess

Ms. Alyssa Gautreau Mr. and Mrs. J. Pat Giblin

Mr. Taylor P. Pastorek ’16

Mr. Vincent Gilcrease

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Pastorek ’73

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Groves ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Ted W. Harvey Mr. and Mrs. Christopher K. Jones ’95 Mr. Mike Juneau Mr. and Mrs. R. Patrick Kelleher Jr. ’83 Mrs. Cheryl Kennedy

Mr. John H. Perkins Dr. and Mrs. John K. Uffman ’96

Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Boehringer Jr. ’71 Mr. Richard K. Domas ’71 Mr. Nestor J. Vicknair Jr. ’48 Mr. J. Randolph Ogden Dr. Myron A. Walker Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Myron A. Walker Jr. ’69

Mr. L. Joseph Persac Jr. ’43 Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Bacot Baton Rouge Area Foundation

A Brothers of the Sacred Heart School Since 1894

Honorary Gifts Mrs. Margie Alexander

Dr. and Mrs. David A. Hall Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Leslie Mr. Grant M. Alonzo ’17

Dr. and Mrs. Phillippe Carter

Ms. Valerie E. Mayhall

Mr. Gabriel J. Jumonville Sr. ’42

Mr. and Mrs. Milton M. Ourso Jr. ’67

Mr. John Jumonville

Mr. and Mrs. Randolph J. Bonnecaze ’65

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kitchell

Mr. and Mrs. Mark B. Spring Sr.

Dr. and Mrs. Christopher M. Funes ’89

Mr. and Mrs. Mark B. Spring Jr. ’22

Mr. and Dr. Dane P. Lambert ’04

Mr. and Mrs. Drew Gaudet


Mr. Van R. Mayhall IV ’24

Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. McCowan Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Michael G. Morgan Mr. Patrick L. Gaudet ’15

Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Mansur ’62

Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Hebert Jr. ’64

Dr. and Mrs. Christopher M. Funes ’89 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Galliano

Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Mansur ’93

Mr. Korey D. Harvey ’02

Dr. B. Diane Sistrunk Dr. and Mrs. Ronaldo Funes

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Raley

Mrs. Lisa Harvey

Mr. and Mrs. Brent Alonzo Dr. and Mrs. Gregory A. Brandao ’73

Mr. and Mrs. James Magette

Mr. and Mrs. Lionel P. Lambert

MEMORIAM AS OF JANUARY 6, 2020, 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. L. Gail Bass

Andre’ P. Dugas ’95

Mark T. Ott Sr. ’60

J. Gerald “Jerry” Berret Jr.

John B. “J.B.” Esnard Jr. ’58

Leon Joseph “Jack” Persac Jr. ’43

Kathleen B. Blanco

Mary Helen McManus Fossier

Sharon S. Polito

J. William “Bill” Brown III

Thomas Brian Gauthreaux Sr. ’60

Joseph B. Quartano

Bryan P. Boudet ’92

Sammy P. Graphia Sr. ’65

William Michael Reinhardt III ’88

Brennan E. Bujol ’14

E. Todd Hebert ’88

Ronald J. Rome Sr. ’53

Cade L. Cardenas ’20

Adrian E. Kaiser Jr. ’47

John W. Starring ’55

Wayne M. Cassano Sr. ’70

Kevin P. Kress ’94

Jose “Rick” Tarajano

Verna Mae Birckel Clouatre

Hilda S. Krousel

Lindsey Ryan Thibodeaux

Benjamin Dominic Crifasi Sr. ’41

Daniel J. Lorio Jr. ’46

Robert M. Tuminello Jr. ’71

Joseph A. “Jay” Dazzio ’55

Paul Maher Jr.

Daniel Driscoll Uter Jr. ’58

Gregory E. Dole ’85

J. H. Martin ’55

Raymond C. Vay Jr. ’47




Sports in the

BY DAVID BUTLER ’77 From 1971 to 1980 the name “Vollenweider” was synonymous with quarterback play at Catholic High School. During that ten year span, either Emmett ’74, Eddie ’78 or Tommy’81 was at the helm of the Catholic High offense for eight of those years. Emmett was the leader of the clan laying the groundwork for his brothers. Emmett took over the Bruin offense the second half of his sophomore season. In 1973 Catholic High won the 6 AAA district title advancing to the state playoffs. Emmett was recognized as second team all district. After a gap of two years, Eddie took over the 1976 Bear offense early in the season when starter Terry Daffin went down. Eddie quarterbacked the Bears to a district title and a semi-final appearance in the state playoffs. Eddie’s senior season saw the Bears win another district title and quarter-final appearance in the state playoffs.

to break down film. We lived close to St Thomas More and ran patterns on the football field learning footwork and ball position.” Eddie laughed recalling his mother: “She would bring us everywhere, but would not watch us play. Emmett got a knee injury early in his career. After that she would go to the games but would not go in the stadium. She would often listen in the car.”

Tommy noted: “I was a fifth grader when Emmett was a senior. I would throw that big high school football. My brothers paved the way for me. They were my idols and I loved to watch them play. There was a lot of togetherness.”

The very next year, Tommy’s sophomore season, he took over the offense only to be sidelined by a broken scapular. In 1980, Tommy quarterbacked the Bears to a state playoff appearance. Tommy was named twice to the All District football team finishing his career as Catholic High’s all time leading passer. He went on the play college football for Nichols State. The Vollenweider brothers’ success was not limited to football. Emmett played football, baseball and basketball, earning eight varsity letters. He was an all district outfielder. Eddie was a four-sport letterman his junior and senior years lettering in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was all state in baseball. Tommy lettered three years in baseball and football including all district and all state honors in baseball. Their brother, Timmy ’83, quarterbacked his freshman year but transitioned into basketball earning two letters. Eddie reflected on his brothers saying: “It was great having brothers to learn from. Emmett started breaking down game film and we learned about defenses and how

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“Say not, ’I am too young—nor too old!’” (cf.Jeremiah 1:4-8) The prophet Jeremiah describes his call by Yahweh to an unexpected vocation this way: The word of the LORD came to me: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” “Ah, Lord GOD!” I said, “I do not know how to speak. I am too young!” But the LORD answered me, “Do not say, ’I am too young.’ To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid…” Perhaps now more than in past years, if that conversation took place between God and a man who –for whatever reason—felt that he was being called to priesthood or religious life, the exchange might be, “Ah, Lord God! I am too OLD!” But the Lord answered, “Do not say, ’I am too old...’” In all walks of life, men (and women) are making and/or changing vocational and career decisions later in life than in the past. Statistics from the most recent study by CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Washington, D.C.) indicate that the average age of men considering a religious vocation is 30, which is significantly higher than it was 20 or more years ago. What about you? Are you as happy, fulfilled, satisfied with your life and work as you want to be? Is it possible that the Lord is inviting you to consider becoming a Brother of the Sacred Heart—even at your age?

The world may not be calling you to become a Brother of the Sacred Heart, but maybe God is! If you’re not already committed, why not consider life as a Brother of the Sacred Heart? Let’s talk. Brother Paul Montero, S.C.







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