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Inside Stories Hannan Hosts LASC Junior Service Project

In This Issue:

Hall of Fame Inductees

Curriculum Corner

Alumni News


The Hannan Way ... A Semesterly News Magazine for and about the Archbishop Hannan High School Community

On The Cover Olivia Deffes and Blake Powers lead LASC hosts in the opening number of the 67th annual LASC convention.

Table of Contents ... Class of 2017 Facts.......................................................... 3 Curriculum Corner .......................................................... 4 Students Experience a Myriad of Academic Success.... 6 Alums Display Servant Leadership ................................ 8 Students Win Verizon App Challenge............................ 11 Hannan Hosts LASC....................................................... 12 New Hall of Fame Inductees Honored .......................... 16 Crimson and Navy Gala ................................................. 18 Student Activities .......................................................... 20

Publication Information Edited by Nancy Baird and Sara Chauppette Pictures by Jill Hogan Contributions to Archbishop Hannan High School are tax deductible under Section (501) (c) (3) of the U.S. Tax Code. Copyright 2017 Archbishop Hannan High School - All rights reserved

Athletic Recap ............................................................... 25 Ozanam Inn Service Trip ............................................... 28 “Into the Woods” Spring Musical ................................. 30

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Class of 2017 Facts

• 102 graduates

• 100% have been accepted to college

• 40% of this class has been accepted to out-of-state universities

• 98% accepted to a 4-year university, 2% accepted to a 2-year college

• So far the class has been awarded $8 million dollars in scholarship

• 2 National Merit Finalists

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Curriculum Corner By Dr. Donalyn Hassenboehler, Academic Dean/Assistant Principal

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY (PLTW)

This year Archbishop Hannan High School added the first two courses of Project Lead the Way, arguably the most highly regarded of all the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs in the country: Introduction to Engineering Design, taught by Mr. John Thacker, and Principals of Biomedical Science, taught by Mrs. Tammy Petit. Both programs require a significant financial investment of materials, equipment, space, and personnel; however, Project Lead the Way is a nationally-recognized provider of transformative and innovative STEM programs. Hannan strongly believes that by providing students with early hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math, they develop confidence in seeking solutions to new problems and discover how to become effective problem solvers in and out of the classroom.

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“Biomedics is a really immersive class that

Students opt into each strand as one elective

I have enjoyed a lot. I like the content of the

each year from 9th to 12th grades. PLTW

class, and it really intrigues me. This class has

Engineering includes the following courses per

propelled me to want to pursue a career in the

year: Introduction to Engineering Design (9th

medical field.”

Grade), Principles of Engineering (10th Grade), Computer Science and Software Engineering (11th Grade), and Engineering Design and

To keep our students competitive in the highly

Development (12th Grade-Capstone Course).

technological future, Hannan offers a wide

PLTW Bio-Medical Engineering provides the

range of STEM-focused coursework: PLTW

following continuum of courses: Principles of

Engineering, PLTW Bio-Medical Engineering,

Biomedical Science (9th Grade), Human Body

Robotics, Video Production and Design, Coding

Systems (10th Grade), Medical Interventions

and Programming, Web Design, Accelerated

(11th Grade), and Biomedical Invention

Mathematics Courses, and Accelerated Science

(Capstone Course – 12th Grade).

Courses. Next year the eighth graders will enjoy a semester of PLTW Gateway Introduction to Engineering alternating with a semester of

Mr. Thacker and his students have just

Introduction to Music.

completed a project in Introduction to Engineering Design which was segmented into three phases, each building on the former. The students designed and built their own wooden 3-D puzzle, which looks somewhat like a rubix cube when assembled. They then used CAD, a computer software program, to convert their puzzle design into an electronic model. This electronic design can then be printed with a 3D printer for consumer production.

There is a year-long search for a fictitious murderer in the first 9th grade Biomedical course, using all the tools of biomedics to investigate the crime scene. Justin Mouledous, a student in the class this year offered the following observation:

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Archbishop Hannan High School Students Experience a Myriad of Academic Success By Nancy Baird, Assistant Principal

Archbishop Hannan High School students have experienced much academic success this year. In addition to our National Merit Finalists, Maddie Foley and Kedrick Hebert, and our AP Scholars with Honors and Distinction, a myriad of other students excelled throughout the year.

Kate Rush, our 8th grade Student of the Year, was also honored as the Archdiocesan Student of the Year and the Nonpublic Student of the Year. Scoring a perfect “36” on the reading and English sections of the ACT, having a lead role in our play, “Into the Woods” and serving as the 8th grade student council president made her first year as a Hawk a very successful one.

Michael Verges, junior, attended the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference last summer as a sophomore and recently received a scholarship to attend again this summer. He has developed several APPs that have caught the attention of Apple and will be working, learning, and practicing his skills again this year.

Fourteen students placed in the Top Five at District Literary Rally. The students included: Aubrey Bethay, Biology I; Kathlyn Dannewald, World History; Danai Fury, Psychology;

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Benjamin Hundley, Geometry; Isabella Jarrell, English II; Camille Jordan, English III; Tyler Lane, Computer Science; Brice Lanier, Sociology; Olivia Maurer, Psychology; Madelyn Morel, Journalism I; Albert Pappalardo, Sociology; Ryne Passauer, World History; Kate Rush, English I; and Bowman Talbot, Fine Arts Survey. In addition, Olivia Maurer placed 1st in Division II in psychology at the state rally and Kate Rush placed 1st in Division II and was named the Overall winner, with a perfect score, in English I.

Congrats to the following AP Calculus students for participating in LSU AP Calculus Day: Lena Decker, Andrew Englande, Kedrick Hebert, Andrew Maurice, Lindsay Osbon, Sal Pappalardo, Brandon Royal, Karl Schreiner, and Michael Verges. Congrats to Andrew Maurice who had the 3rd highest score amongst the 300 participants!

And finally, congratulations to all Hannan Hawks who strive for academic excellence every day! We had a great year academically and know the sky’s the limit for next year!

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In a Display of Servant Leadership, Alums Return to Finish What They Started By Nancy Baird, Assistant Principal There are many ways to define a leader… from someone who knows how to get things done-- to someone who can inspire others to be their best selves. Some leaders are known by that one great quality that defines them, and others are known to have a few great qualities. A servant leader—one that embodies a myriad of leadership qualities—is very rare. However, it is not rare for Archbishop Hannan High School. In fact, we have three of them. Three very special alumni authentic leaders who have shown all of the students of Archbishop Hannan High School the true meaning of servant leadership. One of the most important qualities of an authentic leader is the ability to see ideas and projects through to the end. And that’s exactly what Alyssa Dowell (’15), James Estopinal, Jr. (’16), and Maddy Mares (’16) have done. Even though they now spend their days and nights at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Louisiana State University (LSU), and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), the first three weeks of January this year were spent taking lead roles with the Archbishop

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Hannan Student Council as they prepared to host the Louisiana Association of Student Council’s annual convention.

Archbishop Hannan began the long arduous process of getting involved in LASC in January of 2013 when Rebecca Sigler (’13) and moderator Charles Baird decided that the club needed to take a leadership role in the state organization. At that time, Hannan was new to LASC and no one in the state was familiar with the small school who was running for office. As the school grew, so did their desire to become leaders at the state level. Not to be easily discouraged, Hannan’s student council ran again when Shelby Rase (’14) was president in 2014 and when Alyssa Dowell (’15) was president in 2015, but had no luck. At the end of that conference, however, Alyssa Dowell, the outgoing president, and James Estopinal, the newly elected student council president, decided they had enough and poured all their efforts into running again in January of 2016. This time, they were successful with their candidate, Abby Anger, a sophomore at the time.

The amazing thing about this election was that not only did they win a position as a state officer, but the state office they were elected to was Secretary/Convention Host School. Archbishop Hannan High School, virtually unknown just three years ago, would now host the 2017 LASC state convention. Quite a big undertaking for a school new to an officer position.

Well, anyone familiar with Archbishop Hannan High School knows that the school loves challenges. Moderators Charles Baird and Jamie Alonzo-Watts recruited assistants Rouge Helmer, Laura Rudiger, and Laura Lowe and the entire council began working on the convention in July of 2016. However, they soon discovered that putting on a state convention is an enormous task made more difficult by the fact that they are also classroom teachers. And that’s where our alumni servant leaders came in to save the day.

These three committed alumni leaders rushed to school and took leadership roles in making all of the last minute preparations needed for an event of this size. Alyssa handled the administrative end of the convention which included preparing for the advisor lunches, dinners, and activities, and coordinated the registration paperwork, bags, t-shirts, and badges. Her organizational skills streamlined this process

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and made registration the smoothest ever. James took care of the student activities including the rides, games, blacklight dance, and all the student food for Sunday lunch and dinner. In addition, he coordinated the design of the logo for the event. His extraordinary leadership skills “calmed the masses” as nerves began to show towards the end of the preparations. Maddy took on the role of choreographer and prepared our entire student council (75 students) for their opening production, and assisted Alyssa and James with anything else that needed to get done. The LASC choreographer was in awe with what Maddy had accomplished by having our students performance-ready. She remarked that never before had her job been easier.

All three of these awesome alumni leaders spent many years on Archbishop Hannan’s student council and grew under the leadership of student council moderator Charles Baird. Baird stated, “These three were like life preservers – they were here for us from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM and every time we needed something or were about to lose it, they were there for us. They not only provided an exemplar for our current student council officers but were part of the equation that made the 67th Annual LASC Convention a huge success.”

Jamie Alonzo-Watts, a first year student council advisor added, “These three students created the path that lead us to hosting this state convention, and they showed me the dedication and commitment that our student council and this association breeds. They showed all of our students the true meaning of coming home and living out the Hannan Way.”

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Hannan Eighth Graders Win Verizon App Challenge By Kim Bartlett The 8th grade team at Archbishop Hannan High School recently won “Best in State” in the Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge. Their App concept was voted the best among all the middle school entries in Louisiana. The contest received over 1800 submissions.

Team members included 8th graders Nicolos Gagliano, Daniel Lowentritt, Alston Snow, Cole Bartlett, Kate Rush, Zoe Eymad, and Logan Jeansonne. As the winners the team received $5,000 and tablets for every team member. These dedicated students gave up lunch periods and after school time to work together as they were challenged with designing a mobile app geared to solving a problem in their community. The Hannan Winning App is called “Study Buddy”! Its goal is to help students organize their time based on their academic and extracurricular schedules. What is unique about this App is that it not only organizes study time but it also suggests methods of study based on the individual student’s learning style. The team’s aim was to help younger students to make an easier transition to high school by giving them an App that acted as a “personal assistant”.

As their moderator, I am so proud of the hard work and dedication that this young team put in during the research and implementation of project. I am most impressed with the way they were able to work together and enjoyed watching them as they gained an understanding of the value of working in a group. They saw in their meetings and discussions the value of different perspectives, constructive deliberation, questioning, and

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What It Took for Hannan to Host the 67th Annual LASC Convention: A First Hand Account By Charles Baird, Director of Student Activities After attending my first LASC Convention in 2010 I said to myself, “We can do this at Hannan.” The dream finally came true in January of 2016 when it was announced that Abby Anger and Archbishop Hannan High School would host the convention in 2017. It took many years of hard work, determination, and perseverance to get this far. This was a monumental task because not only were we the smallest school to ever host, we were the first school on the Northshore to do so as well. It was obvious that we would need a team of students, colleagues, and parents to make this happen. After returning home from LASC in Pineville, Louisiana, in January 2016 we began preparations for “YOUR TICKET TO LEAD,” the convention to be held at Hannan. Jamie Alonzo-Watts (co-advisor) & I began brainstorming how we needed to go above and beyond to WOW the students and advisors for the upcoming convention. Ms. Alonzo-Watts planned the decorations for the hallways, the gym, the quad, and the cafeteria. I took on the logistics, major activities, food, and with the help of Ms. Rouge Helmer, the paperwork to make the registration process not only look great but be user-friendly for all involved. Also recruited was Mrs. Laura Rudiger, who assisted in running the Saturday afternoon contests, and Ms. Laura Lowe, who put away her calculator and utilized her talents of baking her way into people’s hearts with the hospitality room. Throughout the end of the 2016 school year miscellaneous items began arriving and reality set in: this was real and was really happening. Excitement spread throughout the student council members.

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By the summer the 69 student council officers were off and running with building the decorations to create a 4D amusement park feel throughout the entire school, which meant decorating every hallway. While the student council officers continued with all the usual daily activities such as the pep rallies, and celebrations that occur throughout the school year, they also had to juggle their time and energy with the preparation of the upcoming convention. We extended student council by adding an LASC Board of students who would focus strictly on preparation and execution of the convention. We also decided to showcase our school, so we invited our choir to perform the National Anthem on opening night, the Blackfriars to perform “Into the Woods” on Sunday afternoon, and our fabulous singing duo of Justin Mouledous and Julia Ernst to perform a special duet. When school began in August, so did the Monday night meetings that went from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm for 22 weeks not counting the endless hours spent after school, holidays, and even on weekends. These Monday meetings continued until convention week in January. Then the week of January 9th arrived and the tension and excitement was ready to explode for the students, as well as for us. Luckily we had three alumni return to help keep our heads above water when it came time to put the finishing touches on all aspects of the convention. You can read about them in the Alumni Spotlight article. The gym was transformed into a big top auditorium and tents were added throughout the quad. Games and amusement rides appeared as the event drew nearer. Finally, on Friday evening, the student council invited family, friends, and faculty to a showcase of their opening production number. Our moment to shine was here. The next three days would not have been possible without the help of the parents, the students, facutly and staff who all volunteered showcasing why we always say “Hannan is Home!” Saturday’s registration kicked off as 1,200 students and advisors from around the state of Louisiana arrived to an amusement park atmosphere. As they checked in, they were in awe as they walked through the “clown mouth” and black-light corridor then headed down the hallway which contained decorations, hot air balloons, posters and photography. This corridor led them outside into the courtyard which was filled with games, rides, and our dad’s club food truck. While many students participated in the contests held on Satur-

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day, others were enjoying the rides, food, and games. This was one of the first times in history that the students did not leave the host school and stayed until the games and rides actually stopped. Upon their return back to campus for the opening general session, student visitors were greeted by the Hawk Band and our student council officers welcoming them with chants and cheers which really added to the excitement. The opening production consisted of all our student council officers, and included performances by the Beatles, dancers, and singers which was mimicked off of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Except our lyrics were changed to meet our theme, “Can’t Stop the Leading.” Everyone, including the special guests, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Dr. Jan Lancaster, and Mr. Trey Folse, were delighted and amazed as the 1,200 visitors packed into the Big Top gymnasium. The state candidate schools performed skits to show why their fellow delegates should vote for them on Monday morning, and all were inspired by the motivational speaker, Scott Backovich. Day One was a HUGE success. Sunday began with both a Catholic Mass and non-denominational services held at Coquille after which all students headed back to school for the second general session. During this session Father Charles Latour and President Michael Messina gave a welcoming address to the visiting delegates. This was followed by another motivational speaker, Mr. Eddie Slowikowski, and then the recognition of all 9 district presidents and their advisors. Immediately following, the advisors left for their luncheon at Tchefuncte Country Club while the 1,000 students remained behind for student led exchanges, lunch, and then hands-on service projects to benefit local organizations such as Safe Harbor, House of Serenity and Forest Manor. That evening, in the third general session, the LASC charity check was presented to our very own Isabella Summersgill and her organization, “Cleft for a Cause.” The gift of $73,000 was the largest donation collected in the 67 years of the organization’s history. During this time all middle and high school contest winners were recognized from Saturday’s contests. The advisors returned to our school for the business portion of the convention, along with annual paperwork, followed by a gourmet meal from Di Christina’s and door prizes under the Little Top Tent in the courtyard. Meanwhile the students gathered at Coquille for their annual dinner dance which this time consisted of a three gymnasium masterpiece. In one gym the students ate dinner hosted by Canes, the second gym was filled with large inflatables, and the third gym was the Wacky Funhouse Black-Light dance. Day two was an even BIGGER HIT!

Monday, our final day, began with a special tribute that was presented by Theresa Smith to honor Martin Luther King followed by the parliamentarian session in which the House of Delegates voted on the new state officer schools. Around 10:30 AM our student council officers and volunteers were recognized in front of the entire delegation at which time they received a big round of applause for a spectacular convention.

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Our students were exhausted from their non-stop enthusiastic work but also from the countless hours they spent at school for those three days. This was a first for extracurriculars in that the entire student council walked out into the courtyard ringing the victory bell for pulling off the largest event in the history of Hannan. Immediately following we broke down all the decorations throughout the campus while the new state board officers and advisors held their meeting in the library. We had lunch together in the cafeteria as a newly bonded family and everyone was ranting and raving about the numerous compliments given by visiting adults and students alike. The weekend was one of the most memorable and incredible experiences of one’s lifetime. We are very thankful for all the faculty, staff, students, and parents that volunteered. For weeks following, we received numerous emails and “thank you” notes from schools, both old and new members mentioning how we took it to a whole new level with decorations and activities. I would like to give a big shout out to Abby Anger who was the face of our school this past year as the first State officer Secretary Convention Host, Nathan Estopinal who was elected in office as the new District II President, and to Michael Messina, the student body president and the crutch that both Jamie and I relied on more often than once over the weekend. We would also like to recognize Michael’s executive board sidekicks Carlie Dowell, Olivia Maurer, Craig Schexnaydre, Isabel Bolner, and Isabella Summersgill. This would never have been possible without the help from the co-advisors Jamie Alonzo-Watts, Ms. Rouge Helmer, Ms. Laura Lowe, and Mrs. Laura Rudiger. Hannan showed that we may be small in size yet we truly are large in spirit. Coming together as a family provided a sense of The Hannan Way for all visitors. This is what it truly means to be a Hannan Hawk.

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Hannan Celebrates Athletes with Hall of Fame Banquet By Craig Fiedler, Director of Institutional Advancement On February 9th, 2017 we honored the first inductees to the Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2016. The Hall was founded this year to recognize the outstanding achievement of our alumni and to pay thanks to their commitment in establishing Hannan’s reputation in the first years of the school. In opening the evening, Athletic Director Joe Hines emphasized the inductees role saying, “We honor these athletes tonight, not only for their skills and success, but because the embodied the Hannan Way on the court, the field, in every athletic event.” He continued, “Just as important, they continue to embody the Hannan way today in every aspect of their lives.”

Principal, Fr. Charles Latour then spoke about the recipients’ contributions to Hannan and the impact they have on the school today: “Our roots do indeed grow deep. They anchor us; they nourish us and push us forward to today. The success of our student athletes today was paved by the standards each of you set and upheld when you wore the crimson and navy.” In closing, Fr.

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Charles thanked the inductees for their significant contributions, congratulated them on their honor, and then introduced founding principal, John Serio.

Mr. Serio was principal of Archbishop Hannan High School from 1987 until 2005. In his opening comments he reflected the early formation of the high school and recalled that, after completing a demographic study, the Archdiocese did not recommend a Catholic high school in Meraux. Nevertheless, with the leadership of Mr. Serio, the support of Archbishop Hannan, and the community, the school was founded and opened its doors in August of 1987. Mr. Serio stressed that the success of the school was not necessarily his leadership or the faculty/staff, but rather the people and families of St. Bernard Parish. What would later be coined “The Hannan Way,” Serio stated that the school’s success was in the relationships built among students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community. These relationships became essential building blocks for student enrollment, academic advancement, and athletic progress.

Preceding his opening comments, Mr. Serio introduced each of the seven Hall of Fame inductees. Of the graduating class of 1992: Shannon Brown Darsam, Angelo Lauro, Charlie Natividad, Kim Miller Palazzalo, and Rick Stephenson. And of the class of 1994: Shannon Hergert Boyne and Fred Schule. Upon reception of their award, each of the recipients shared personal stories about their time at Hannan and also about what it meant to them to have received the honor of induction.

Many thanks to the alumni, family, and friends who attended the evening, to Tchefuncta Country Club for providing such a wonderful atmosphere and dining experience, and to John Serio and Brad Humphries for speaking and being present for the ceremony.

Lastly, congratulations to each of our Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. You have truly set an example for our future recipients and continue to live lives that honor your formation at Archbishop Hannan High School. We are here today, as a Hannan family, because of your commitment and dedication to “The Hannan Way.”

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25th Anniversary Crimson and Navy Gala –Our Roots Grow Deep By Craig Fiedler, Director of Institutional Advancement On March 25th, we celebrated the 25th year anniversary of the Crimson and Navy Gala - an annual event that traditionally provides great entertainment and significant financial support to the school. What a night to remember!

As an integral part of the evening, we honored five individuals with the Philip M. Hannan Legacy Award. Recipients of this award have displayed an unwavering commitment to the mission of Archbishop Hannan High School by selflessly sacrificing their time to help coordinate the Crimson and Navy Gala over the 25 years of its existence. The reason the gala continues to succeed today is because they each helped establish a framework for which the event could smoothly function.

The Gala provides funding to support the school’s educational programs. Proceeds help fund everything from financial aid and scholarships to building improvements and construction projects. Not only does this annual event provided the school with financial stability, but each year it offers guests the opportunity to experience what makes the Archbishop Hannan family one of a kind.

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Join me in thanking Ms. Rita Dauterive, Mr. Paul LaCour, Mrs. Joel Forget, Mrs. Tonya Booksh, and Ms. Stephanie LeBouef who are the first recipients of the Philip M. Hannan Legacy Award - it has been my pleasure to work with each of you. The talent that you have shared with the Hannan community is tremendous. Thank you also to your families who allowed you to spend many days and nights here at the school!

Proceeds from the 2017 Crimson and Navy Gala hit $97,597! Thank you to all of our guests and sponsors - because of your financial support we can offer excellent academic and extracurricular programs for our students. A huge thank you to our faculty and staff volunteers and especially our parent volunteers who start planning and preparations in August! Specifically, I’d like to mention the efforts of Jeanne Caillouet, Rita Dauterive, Erin Deen, Paul Fortier, Janine Hundley, Tammy Keppel, Paul LaCour, Stephanie LeBouef, Christie Mangipano, Tonja McDonald, Denise Messina, Kim Palazzalo, Shari Purvis, Lisa Simons, and Lisa Zoller.

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Hannan Brings Fun and Charity to Spring Semester By Charles Baird, Director of Student Activities The winter sport pep rally on February 3 was a battle-of-the-sexes black light celebration. Student Body President Michael Messina explains, “We wanted to do something different than the typical grade competitions. Carlie Dowell suggested the boys vs. girls theme at one of our meetings and the idea took off from there.” Girls dressed in pink while boys dressed in blue and the students sat at opposite sides of the gym. In the end, the girls won the pep rally. In February, Nathan Estopinal attended the LASC Board meeting as the District II President at Captain Shreve High School planning for LASC 2018. The Krewe of Hannan Dance on February 4 was a time for students to wear their favorite masks and help their grade earn spirit points. The sophomores won in part by strategically handing out masks to other sophomore students at the door. The Krewe of Hannan Court, selected by Hannan faculty and staff, included freshmen Nicholas Beattie and Allison Anger, sophomores Philip Pazos and Kathlyn Dannewald, juniors Michael Verges and Kaitlyn Allen, and seniors Peyton Balisteri and Aldyn Ewing. At the end of February, students participated in Spirit Week. This year’s theme was “Hannan’s Got Game.” Monday was “The Game of Life” and was a day for seniors to come dressed as their intended professions.

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All students were allowed to participate in the rest of the week’s theme days. Tuesday was “Cranium” and many students came dressed as nerds. Wednesday was “Twister” and students and faculty wore their colorful Spirit Week shirts. “Bingo” day on Thursday called for students to dress as elderly people—many students sported gray hair, walkers, and pajamas. The week culminated with “Candyland” Friday in which students dressed as their favorite candies. Some students opted for a play on words. For example, students dressed as nurses and ranchers to represent “Lifesavers” and “Jolly Ranchers.” One of the highlights of Spirit Week was Olympic Night on Wednesday, February 22. Students, faculty, and alumni gathered to compete against each other in a variety of games including Hungry Hippos, Limbo, and Human Pyramid. The sophomores won the night’s festivities. This spirit week was the first time that charity was incorporated into the event. Students donated money and pet items, including bedding and newspapers. $350 was raised for the Southern Animal Foundation. In March, Charles Baird, Abby Anger, and Nathan Estopinal attended the SASC planning board meeting at Ocoee High School in Orlando, Florida as the SASC Parliamentarian School. These two students are the SASC parliamentarians and this is the first time Hannan students have held a regional office. Michael Messina and Sydney Bagby hosted the last pep rally of the year on March 17. The St. Patrick’s-themed pep rally celebrated spring sports. In the end, the freshmen won the spirit stick. Mr. Anger and Mr. Rodriguez dressed as leprechauns, danced, and threw candy into the crowds. Juniors and seniors attended prom on Saturday, April 1 at the Abita Quail Farm. The theme of the prom was “A Sweet Southern Night.” Highlights of the dance included a photo booth from 8:3010:30 and the announcement of prom court. This year’s members of the court were Junior girls Abigail Anger, Carlie Dowell, and

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Olivia Maurer and Junior boys Christopher

This spring has been a busy time for the National

Rabensteiner, Logan Durey, and Michael

Honor Society! The highlight of the spring

Messina. Maurer and Messina won princess

semester was the induction of new members.

and prince, respectively. Senior girls were Sonni

In January, potential new members received

Oswald, Miranda Kramer, and Camille Bechac,

applications, and 42 students were selected

and Senior boys were Brock Schultis, David

for membership. In order to qualify to apply,

Witte, and Blake Powers. Powers and Bechac

students needed to have a 3.75 GPA and be at

were crowned King and Queen, respectively.

least a sophomore. These 42 candidates were

On April 28, Hannan hosted “Hawk-a-Palooza” from 12pm-3pm for students. This year, the celebration extended into the evening with “Hawk-a-Palooza Plus.” Students, parents, faculty, and alumni enjoyed food, drinks, rides, and live music by GROOVY 7 from 6pm-10pm!

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inducted at the school mass on March 16th and enjoyed a ceremony with family after the mass. The club has had a strong focus on service this semester. In February, several members of the NHS visited Christwood nursing home to deliver


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Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year, $1800 was raised for the MDA and the club presented a check to local MDA representatives at a recent Monday assembly. It was the most the club has ever raised and members are very thankful to our Hawk family for their generosity! Hannan is excited to announce the beginning of a social studies honor society at the school: Rho Kappa. According to the organization, it “provides national recognition for outstanding students, and encourages an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies.” “Rho Kappa is the honor society affiliated with the National Council for the Social Studies.” 3 seniors, 13 juniors, and 13 sophomores were inducted during the Spring Awards Assembly in early May.

Our Rho Kappa is planning on taking charge of our annual Veterans Day progam, taking field trips to local points of historical interest, and having a history movie night at school several times during the year.

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The Archbishop Hannan chapter of National Spanish Honor Society enjoyed another fulfilling year of providing cultural awareness, education, and service. During the first week of November, the chapter continued its tradition of celebrating Spanish holiday, El Día de los Muertos. An educational display and altar were set up in Heritage Hall to honor ancestors and to highlight the history and traditions of this Spanish holiday. During the month of February, NSHS students put on Hannan’s first “Pulsera Sale.” Beautiful handmade bracelets and bags were sold to help sustain fair-trade employment for nearly 200 artists in Central America. Through the enthusiastic support of Hannan students and faculty, the NSHS was able to raise $1,615.00. All proceeds went to provide much-needed funds for university scholarships, secondary educational programs, health care, environmental programs, micro-loans for small businesses, and many other community projects in Nicaragua and Guatemala. In the month of March, the NSHS was honored to have on campus the Film Director, William Sabourin O’Reilly, along with his Editor, and Art Director of the documentary “CÓDIGO COLOR. MEMORIAS.” Students enjoyed a private screening of the documentary which explores the history of racism in prerevolutionary Cuba. The screening was followed by an insightful Q&A with the film’s creators. As always, National Spanish Honor Society members provide free Spanish tutoring throughout the year and encourage anyone struggling in the subject to take advantage of this valuable service.

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Athletic Recap By Joseph Hines, Athletic Director

Powerlifting The Archbishop Hannan girls Powerlifting team had an amazing year placing 2nd overall in State with 2 girls being crowned State champions, 1 runner up, and several placing top 5.

Boys Soccer This years boys soccer team had a lot of firsts. Through hard work and commitment to one another, they set a school record for wins with 12. This was also the 1st time in school history for Hannan to host a playoff game, and the team also won its 1st playoff game.

Football The Hannan Football season was highlighted by its victory over Northlake Christian. This was the first time in school history that our football program defeated them. The final score was 35-28.

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Cross Country The Hawks cross country teams had another successful year. The lady Hawks won district for the 3rd straight year and Kaitlyn Allen was the individual district champ. The Hawks won district for the 2nd straight year; Craig Schexnaydre was district runner up and Nolan Taylor was 3rd.

Bowling The Hannan men’s and women’s teams both had great seasons. Both teams improved on last year’s record and the men’s captain (Cole Cameron) made the third round of individual playoffs.

Wrestling The 2016-2017 wrestling season was a year of firsts for our program. We had our first three state place winners ever this year and the team placed top ten overall in Division Three.

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The Golf The Boys Golf Team was led by 3 seniors this year: Nick Daniel, Parker LaBorde and Blake Schultis. The Girls Golf Team was led by senior Caroline Hingle.

Swim The Archbishop Hannan High Swim Team brought home 5 bronze medals at the LHSAA State Competition.

Girls Basketball The Lady Hawks Basketball Team had its third consecutive season with at least 15 wins, advancing to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

Boys Basketball The Boys Basketball team won 22 games in a row. This included a district and Hannan Hustle championship to finish 28-3.

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Juniors Attend Service Trip to Ozanam Inn By Ryan Cosse, Director of Campus Ministry

In early April, nineteen juniors had the unique opportunity to travel to New Orleans to do a service learning project through a grant provided by the Brown Foundation. The Brown Foundation helps schools to go out and serve the community in ways that may not be otherwise possible without their support. They believe that service learning is extremely important because it allows students to connect what they are learning in the classroom to communities in need. It brings abstract issues to reality by allowing them to enter into other people’s stories firsthand.

This year our service partner was Ozanam Inn in New Orleans. Ozanam serves 500-600 homeless men, women, and children a day by cooking meals, providing counseling and legal services, teaching job and life skills, giving free medical and dental examinations, and offering a place of shelter for 96 men a night. The best part about Ozanam Inn is that it is the only completely free shelter in New Orleans for all of its services.

Our nineteen students got to experience the great things that Ozanam is doing for the homeless population of New Orleans. When we first arrived there, Shanda Smith, the volunteer coordinator for Ozanam Inn, gave us a tour of the facility and told us the history of Ozanam and how they have grown over the years. She even gave the students a quiz at the end to see if they were listening. One of the stops on the tour was going into the dorm room where all of the men sleep at night. She explained to us that the mission of Ozanam is to make every man who stays there “ feel like they are sleeping in his their own bed at night” by allowing them to shower and to put on freshly pajamas and linens on their beds. You could hear and see the love Ms. Shanda had for the men and women she helps every day.

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In the two hours we were there, the students worked on a few projects to help Ms. Shanda and the rest of the staff at Ozanam Inn. The first was helping to fold the clean sheets for the men to receive that evening; Ms. Shanda taught our students how to make “flying burritos” – the name given to these sheets after they are folded because of their long and cylindrical shape when rolled. Afterwards we helped prepare care packages and lunches for the guests of Ozanam. Through donations brought in from the entire Hannan student body, we were able to make over eighty care packages for the guests filled with toiletries, socks, and other items to make them feel more comfortable. Finally, clothed in the most fashionable hairnets and aprons, the students made almost 400 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the guests. They did all of this with a smile on their face, jamming to music, and filled with a desire to spread a little bit of love and hope however they could.

For our students, it was an eye opening and touching experience. They learned a lot from Ms. Shanda and worked very hard to do all that they could to share what they could with the guests at Ozanam. After the half day we spent there, the students were begging me to plan another trip to Ozanam so that they can do more and get a chance to spend some time with the guests. Hopefully, the bond we started with Ozanam Inn is a partnership we can continue through the years to come.

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Hannan Goes Into the Woods By Adolfo Rodriguez In what was their largest, most challenging production to date, the Archbishop Hannan Blackfriars wowed over 1100 audience member over three days in their presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s modern classic, ‘Into the Woods’. Set in the world of children’s stories and fairy tales, the musical weaves a complex story, exploring themes of moral ambiguity and the unforeseen consequences of pursuing individual desires. It does all of this, of course, while offering a fun, rousing score that highlighted so much of the talent that resides here at Archbishop Hannan High School. Over 40 students were involved in the production, which includes both on and backstage talent. In addition to being the largest play in terms of student participation during performance, ‘Into the Woods’ also featured the first set that was created by an all-student production team. Elizabeth Denham and Danai Fury, both seniors, led the team as Stage Managers and Set Designers. “This show succeeded because of Lizzie and Danai,” said Adolfo Rodriguez, the director of the play. “Their leadership, talent, and willingness to do whatever was necessary to get things done cannot be overemphasized. They exemplified what it means to be servant-leaders and I could not be prouder of them.”

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“I was so excited to share the stage with all of our new talent as well as our more established actors,” offered Camille Bechac, a 4 year veteran of the Blackfriars. “It was such an honor to participate in ‘Into the Woods’. I have no doubt that the Blackfriars are in good hands,” said Isabel Bolner, echoing the same sentiment. ‘Into the Woods’ gave opportunities for numerous underclassman to take on lead roles and those performers dazzled. The Blackfriars will offer two productions next year. In the fall, a collection of one acts and in March of 2018, they will premiere the rock musical ‘We Will Rock You’, written by Queen. “We keep getting bigger and better,” crowed Rodriguez, “and that is exciting. You won’t believe how good next season will be.”

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The Hannan Verizon App team celebrates their win

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