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This Kindergartner Is Heading To College!

See how uls lives by its motto, "total effort in every endeavor" and sets itself apart from the very first carpool drop-off to the walk across the stage at graduation.

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There Every Step of the Way

Mission Statement: The mission of the University Laboratory

School Foundation is to nurture and build relationships with parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends, to provide resources and funding to foster excellence at the University Laboratory School.

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EDITORIAL STAFF Adrienne Gale Communications Manager Cory Leonard Graphic Design and Digital Manager


Victoria Allen, Megan Bourgeois, Aimée Frierson, Emily Ritchart, Ashley Motsinger, Sara Exner Whittaker ’00


Charles McKenzie ’82 Immediate Past Chair Elizabeth Fitzgerald Cub Club Liaison Amy Groves Lowe ’88 General Counsel Andy Martin Athletic Liaison Frank Rusciano Faculty Liaison Myra Broussard Faculty Liaison Mila T. Sexton, CFRE Senior Director of Development Amy B. Westbrook, Ph.D. Interim Superintendent

UNIVERSITY LABORATORY SCHOOL FOUNDATION STAFF Mila T. Sexton, CFRE Senior Director of Development Megan Bourgeois Associate Director of Community Engagement Aimée Frierson Associate Director of Annual Giving and Membership Brooke Rust Development Services Coordinator TO SHARE FEEDBACK, PLEASE CONTACT: Adrienne Gale, Communications Manager


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Edmund Giering, Chair Candace Kouns, Vice Chair Michael Breard, Secretary Peter Kopfinger, Treasurer Emelie Alton Andy Blumberg ’98 Annette Droddy René Firesheets Stuart Gilly ’98 Mark Goodson Jan Purdin Groves Kelli Jones Andi Kirkpatrick Mimi Singer Lee Kim Hunter Reed Ben Ross Tracy Rutledge ’95


04 Dear Cubs,


For the past 15 years, I’ve been a member of the University Laboratory School family as a parent and have seen the school from that perspective. Now, as the Interim Superintendent, I am seeing the school from a new vantage point. This new view has allowed me to see and analyze all of the wonderful talent and resources enjoyed by our school. It has also allowed me to assess the strengths and areas of needed improvement. Over my career in education at the school, district, state, and national level, I have enjoyed being a part of many educational advancements. However, the greatest advancements for any school are always strategic and specific to the uniqueness of the school and its community. To begin, what I believe as a parent and an educator is that every student is a valued member of our school community. At ULS, I am looking for rigor, relevance, and relationships. I am looking for content and care in equal measures. I am looking for curriculum taught with consideration and effective strategies that lead us toward excellence. My favorite part of each day is walking throughout the school to say good morning to our faculty, staff, and students as they enter the campus to begin their day. I receive a variety of greetings in return–some bright-eyed and cheery, some sleepy and groggy, some shy, some chatty, some swaggy - but as each crosses the threshold, they become part of a community who as individuals are rich and diverse in talents and backgrounds. With braids and bows and bleached tops and blue dye, too, they are a unique group that makes us strong and blessed. As the demonstration school at Louisiana’s flagship university, ULS has always and continues to set the bar for best practices in education. Moving forward, we will refer to the scholastic research to strengthen even further our cycle of best practices in all areas - instruction, wholistic development of the child, fiscal management, and overall accountability. True to the school’s longstanding mission of “total effort in every endeavor,” our goal under my leadership will be to serve every student by providing an exemplary educational experience from the first day of kindergarten through graduation and every moment in between, so that each child in our care discovers and meets his or her full potential. I am honored to serve the Cub family as University Laboratory School’s Interim Superintendent. Because strong families make great schools, I look forward to what lies ahead for our school and our children as we partner on their behalf. Sincerely,

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Amy Barham Westbrook, Ph.D. University Laboratory School Interim Superintendent




Year after year, for more than 100 years, the Cub community has been steadfast in our commitment to each other and to total effort in every endeavor. That spirit shines even more brightly during periods of transition, as this year has been. Importantly, we welcomed Dr. Amy Westbrook, one of our very own parents, as interim superintendent. True to our nature, the Cub family stepped forward to support her in this crucial role, to which she brings a unique depth and breadth of expertise. On a personal note, in preparing to celebrate our seniors’ transition to college, a milestone we mark each year, graduation holds special meaning for my family because my younger child is part of the graduating class. This May, I will have celebrated the graduation of 1,666 cubs. As both a U-High parent and part of the ULS Foundation team, it has been my privilege to have a firsthand view of our school’s growth and change for the past 17 years. Consistently, those transitions have been grounded by the unbreakable bond of our families, alumni, faculty and staff—united by our commitment to each other and our beloved school. In fact, it is often after graduation that our Cubs truly reflect on the role U-High had in their lives. If these halls could talk, they would share memories of passions ignited, ideas sparked, imaginations set free, and friendships forged. These are the life changing moments that inspire the work of the ULS Foundation. As always, our doors are open to every Cub who walks our halls now or fondly recalls doing so decades ago. Sincerely,

Mila Sexton, CFRE Senior Director of Development University Laboratory School Foundation



A Bountiful


The Environmental Club enjoyed the fruits of their agricultural efforts at the end of the fall semester as they harvested arugula, kale and basil grown in hydroponic racks located within their classroom. While the students took home some of their yield, they also provided the faculty and staff with fresh bagged veggies and fun recipe ideas!

AHOJ (HELLO) FROM PRAGUE! ULS sophomores Riley Rosenfeld and Sydney Joy Schneckenburger, along with Instructor Karen Holden, spent their spring break in Prague with students from around the world for a program of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS). Part of the International Baccalaureate Program, this CAS trip provided an opportunity for the students to meet and work together with students of many nationalities and to participate in dynamic volunteer challenges with local charities. Rosenfeld and Schneckenburger cooked for and sold magazines to support a homeless shelter, participated in organic farming and more! They also had time to explore the Golden City of Prague, set on the River Vitava.

pasta with ricotta, chili & herbs serves 4 / prep time 15 mins / total time 20 mins


Recipe provided by Francisca Adjei, mother of Stephen '20 and Samuel '24.

1 lb. spiral or penne pasta 3 T olive oil 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 t very finely chopped chili 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves shredded 1/2 cup fresh oregano leaves roughly chopped 6 1/2 oz ricotta cheese, cut into small cubes

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INSTRUCTIONS Add the pasta to a large pot of rapidly boiling water. Cook until al dente. Drain and return to pot. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a non-stick, heavy-based frying pan. Add garlic and chili to the frying pan and stir for 1 minute over low heat. Pour contents of pan over pasta and herbs. Add the cubes of ricotta to pasta and serve immediately.

Nationally Recognized Poet Inspires

Creative Writing Students

2018-2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Donney Rose provided 13 poetry workshops this spring to Instructor Tamara Empson's 10th-12th grade Creative Writing class. Rose, a poet, teaching artist and community activist, has 12 years of classroom instruction experience. His work as a performance poet and writer has been featured in a variety of publications, including Atlanta Black Star, Blavity, Button Poetry, All Def Digital, Slam Find, [225] Magazine, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, Mocking Heart Review, University of New Orleans’ Bayou Magazine and Nicholls State University's Gris-Gris literary journal.



7th grade Science Instructor Catherine Cummins, Ph.D., was recognized at a luncheon for LSU employees marking their 25th and 50th year of service to the university. Dr. Cummins joined LSU in 1982 as a teaching assistant while working on her master's degree in Zoology and Physiology. Dr. Cummins went on to earn her doctorate degree in 1992 and was hired by the LSU College of Education as a clinical professor. In 2003, Dr. Cummins joined the ULS faculty. She currently holds the Elena and Albert Leblanc Endowed Professorship and is a past recipient of LSU TAF Teacher of the Year Award.

Alice In Wonderland Jr.

Thrills Audiences with Fun & Adventure

This year’s elementary musical presentation of Alice In Wonderland Jr. thrilled young and old alike with a daring and adventurous voyage down a rabbit hole filled with talented student actors bringing to life reimagined roles of the classics favorite characters. The full cast included nearly 90 ULS elementary students in lead and supporting roles. Elementary Choral Instructor Margaret Fowler directed the production, and ULS parents Stephanie McCandless and Theresa Whitaker provided choreography. Special thanks to the following parents and volunteers: Costumes -Karla King; Set Design -Lacie Templet; Sound and Lights: Susannah and Stewart Craig, Andy Lancaster, Cole Clarke; and Light Designer -Kenny Mayfield.

LSU Board of Supervisors Visits the Lab School

The LSU Board of Supervisors visited the ULS campus April 26. Members toured the school, enjoyed refreshments provided by the ULS Foundation and even took part in a quick game of basketball while walking through the Pennington McKernan Gymnasium. "There were so many compliments about the school, the students, the accomplishments, the programs of study and the general overall impression," noted ULS Interim Superintendent Amy Westbrook of the Supervisors' comments during the visit.



In 2018, the ULS Foundation Board of Directors created two distinct Arts related allocations. The first, the Collaborative Arts Allocation, supports opportunities within U-High that fall outside the scope of general operational cost. Its primary purpose is to offset costs associated with curriculum based travel for student groups and faculty sponsors, performances and competitions within the Arts Department. Through the collaborative effort, the Foundation matches dollar for dollar, up to $10,000, of net proceeds raised through student led event based arts productions during each school year. The second, the Arts Allocation, was created to set aside 10 percent of Annual Appeal funds to establish a base of available and predictable funding for general costs associated with equipment, uniforms or supplies. 5 percent has been provided every subsequent year. In addition to these allocations, the ULS Foundation continues to fund faculty funding requests for additional art related needs. To date, more than $124,000 has been dedicated to Fine Arts just this school year.


This school year, Annual Appeal funds provided nearly $19,000 for audio visual needs for the theater.

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Nearly $25,000 in Annual Appeal dollars went to providing the ULS band with instruments this past year alone.

The Choral Department was provided $3,500 for choir dresses and sheet music.

More than $12,000 was dedicated to the purchase of a kiln, screen printing press and graphic design iPad Pros.

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Gerald Furr Memorial Golf Classic

The Gerald Furr Memorial Golf Classic, hosted annually by the ULS Foundation in honor of the former UHS basketball coach, raised nearly $30,000 this year to benefit the school's athletic programs. Twentyfive teams participated in this year’s tournament.


Bill Mathews Dugout Naming and Cub Club Dad's Tailgate

Cub Club hosted a Dads' Tailgate on March 26 prior to the UHS v. Catholic High baseball game. Katherine Mathews Landry ’99 chaired the event, and Jeremy Landry and Deep South Crane provided catering. On the same evening, the ULS Foundation hosted family and friends of Coach Bill Mathews ’65 as part of a dedication ceremony naming the Cub Complex Baseball Stadium’s home side dugout in his honor. Also, a Coach Bill Mathews ’65 Baseball Scholarship has been endowed and will now be awarded annually. The first recipient of the scholarship, Grant Bonnette ’18, was presented with the award at the dedication ceremony.


Incoming Kindergarten Parents Wine and Cheese The ULS Foundation hosted incoming kindergarten parents at a wine and cheese reception in April. Parents were able to meet kindergarten enrichment teachers, connect with fellow incoming parents and visit classrooms featuring examples of the elementary enrichment program’s immersive activities in which students will participate in the upcoming year.

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Giving Day

The Cub Community rose to the challenge of Giving Day in the fiercest way! Not only did ULS place first in highest number of donors of all colleges on the LSU campus, but the school also placed third overall in highest number of donors, behind the LSU Alumni Association and Tiger Athletic Foundation.

269 Cub donors raised


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Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony

The ULS Foundation hosted the second annual Senior Induction Ceremony on May 10. As part of the induction, each member of the Class of 2020 was presented with a pin to be worn at commencement in May 2020. Students and their parents also enjoyed a dinner and were formally introduced as seniors for the 2019-2020 school year by Interim Superintendent Amy Westbrook and Dean of Students Matt Picou. The ceremony was held at the LSU Student Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom.


Senior Walk-out and Alumni Crawfish Boil

The graduating class of 2019 walked through the halls of U-High for the last time as students on Friday, May 10. Kindergarten through 11th grade students, faculty, staff and senior family members cheered and congratulated the soon-to-be alumni as they exited the school. After the walk-out, the seniors gathered in the Pennington McKernan Gymnasium where the ULS Foundation hosted a crawfish boil in their honor. Crawfish were catered by Mitch Hopkins’08 of Crawfish on the Geaux. The seniors were also treated to snowballs.


Fifth Grade

Crossing Over Ceremony


Grandparents and Grandfriends Day

ULS celebrated its 18th annual Grandparents and Grandfriends Day on May 21. The theme of this year’s program was The Greatest Show on Earth, featuring songs from the hit movie The Greatest Showman. More than 1,200 grandparents filled the Pennington McKernan Gymnasium to enjoy K-4th grade vocal performances directed by elementary choir instructor Margaret Fowler and instrumental pieces by 5th grade students directed by band instructor Annette West. This year’s Grandparents Day event committee included Lacie Templet, costumes; Ashley Stringfellow, volunteers; and Anne Underwood, refreshments.


ULS Elementary Division hosted its third annual 5th grade Crossing Over ceremony to commemorate the students' promotion to middle school. Fifth grade exemplar students were recognized for each subject area, and student of the year nominees for 2018 passed on their gold stoles to 2019 student of the year nominees as they were announced. ULS fifth grade student of the year William May delivered the Benediction, while Elementary Principal Myra Broussard served as mistress of ceremonies.


inspire ULS Students built clay ovens from scratch to enable households to cook for the entire family.


UNFORGETTABLE Dominican Republic Service Trip

Fifteen ULS high school students, along with instructors Jennifer Bevill and Aimee Welch-James, recently traveled to the most rural community in the Dominican Republic as part of a service learning experience. While there, the students and teachers - by hand from start to finish - built ecological ovens made of clay to enable households to cook in large

pots for the entire family. The students also assisted local farmers by cleaning fields and planting trees to protect the environment. In their free time, the group was able to attend an event honoring the Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina, visit historical sites, white water raft and snorkel.

Cub Ca re Team

Wo r k i n g B e h i n d t h e S c e n e s

Amidst the continual hubbub of a school year, as ULS families balance academics and extracurriculars, Cubs sometimes encounter challenging times when additional support can ease the impact of a crisis. Queue Cub Club’s Care Team, which mobilizes to offer compassion and basic needs. From delivering meals to taking on responsibilities that will

alleviate stress for families in crisis, the Care Team works quickly and quietly behind the scenes, demonstrating that “total effort in every endeavor” extends to support of each other during not just joyous times, but also difficult ones. Care Team leader Kelly Wood can be reached at



15 ULS seniors will soon be moving on to college and many of them will be living on their own for the first time. To help them prepare, High School Instructor and Activity Director Jennifer Bevill recently coordinated “Adulting Day.” Throughout the day, students participated in life skill sessions including ABC’s of automobiles (changing tires and jump starting a car), Staying Safe, Freshman Finances, Circumventing a Clothing Crisis (basic sewing and clothing care), Surviving and Thriving through Freshman Year and Avoiding the Freshman Fifteen.

First Grader Featured on Largest Donation Ever

WAFB's Hand It On Series First grader Olivia Anderson was featured in January on WAFB’s Hand It On series for her commitment to serving others within the Baton Rouge community. Olivia and her parents often discuss the idea of giving. As a result, this Christmas, Olivia decided to give away blankets to the homeless and others in need. Using social media to fund-raise, Olivia earned $700, enough to purchase three carts of blankets. Olivia donated the blankets to Iris House, an agency that serves people fleeing domestic violence. Olivia was awarded $300 and in turn donated the money to the ULS American Heart Association fund-raiser.

to Shepherd's Food Pantry The elementary Junior Beta Club hosted a school wide Day of Giving on Dec. 5, collecting 778 bags of non-perishable holiday food items totaling 7,031 pounds –the most ever provided in a single donation to The Shepherd’s Market Client Choice Food Pantry. The donation was more than enough to feed 500 families expected for the organization’s turkey give away. The Middle School Student Council hosted T-shirts for Turkeys where students donated $2 to The Shepherd’s Market to wear a t-shirt to school, adding $344 to the donations. Friends and families donated $530 to the Market, totaling $877 in monetary donations.


create The 2019 Cubs Got Talent competition featured 17 acts including singers, dancers, comedians, magicians and more. Freshman Lillian Gales placed first overall with her performance of “Rise Up”by Andra Day. A duet performance of “For Good”from the Broadway musical Wicked by 7th graders Molly Bush and Cassie Robbins earned second place, and senior Fielding Woolf snagged third place and Instagram fan favorite with his piano performance of "Easy (Like Sunday Morning)"by Lionel Richie.

First Ever Elementary SweetheART Dance Solidifies$1500 a Third Place Nets forNational AHA Ranking for ULS in 2019 Kids Heart Challenge Solidifies a Third Place National Ranking for ULS in 2019 Kids Heart Challenge

The final 2019 ULS American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge event, a SweetheART dance, propelled elementary Cubs to a new state record for funds raised in one year$65,190. Students and their sweetheARTS attended the dance by purchasing art from the Elementary Art Show or donating $10 to the AHA. More than 130 pieces of art were sold. The total in funds raised solidified ULS's spot as the number one Kids Heart Challenge school in the state of Louisiana and third in the nation.

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17 The 2019 Middle and High School musical, Into the Woods Jr. -an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning production -featured more than 50 student thespians playing the roles of classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale characters. ULS Choir Director Dana Lux noted in the show's playbill that Into the Woods Jr. is "a show about struggle, personal choice and finding yourself." Special thanks to the many volunteers who assisted with this year's production.



When I grow up, I want to be. . .

ULS kindergarten students culminated their study of occupations with the school's first ever Career Premiere program. After weeks of exploring various jobs by visiting work sites and hearing presentations within the classrooms from artists, business professionals, construction managers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, publishers and more, students decided what they would like to be when they grow up, researched the occupation thoroughly and created presentations, complete with costumes, to share with classmates and parents.

Students Use Technology to Study LSU Lakes Environmental Systems dual enrollment students are now using state-of-the-art handheld probes to study water quality at the LSU Lake. In January, students used the new instruments to determine dissolved oxygen, pH, total solids and temperature as part of their ongoing investigations.“The students were amazed that the probe uses Bluetooth to get the data directly to our tablets and hand-held devices,� said Instructor Steve Babcock.

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Middle School Students Visit

Panama through Exchange Program Eighth graders participating in the ULS and Metropolitan School of Panama exchange program visited the Central American country in March. While there, they toured the Panama Discovery Center and Tower and the Museo de Canal, went fishing on Lake Gatun (part of the Panama Canal) and spent time relaxing at Buenaventura beach. They also visited Guna Yala, a province of indigenous tribes, where they learned artisan skills and engaged with local students.

Is the next Lego movie director a ULS second grader? Second grade students are the newest experts in a technique known as Stop Motion Animation. As part of a cross-curriculum project involving the core subjects as well as art, technology and music classes, the students produced, created and directed their own movies, which included original scores.




William May



William May has been named 2018-2019 ULS fifth grade student of the year. May (pictured with his parents John and Meg May) was selected from among eight school level fifth grade student of the year nominees, including Ethan McGlynn, Andrew Beasley, Nikolas Popov, Madelyn Bruni, Emily Shearer, Lucy Thomas and Sofia Zhu. May will now participate in interviews for the Louisiana Student of the Year competition sponsored by the Department of Education.


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The middle school MathCounts club placed third in the Louisiana State MathCounts competition in March. Competitors included 7th graders Kathy Hu, Jennifer Lin and Zoe Stein and 8th grader Alex Wu. Wu also won first place overall, beating 93 other individual participants. As a result, he received scholarships to LA Tech and LSU and competed on the Louisiana team for the MathCounts national competition in Orlando, Florida.

Porter Named National Merit Scholar

Jane Shelby Porter, a 2019 ULS International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate, has earned National Merit Finalist status. More than 1.6 million students from across the U.S. participate in testing for the National Merit program each year with only 15,000 earning National Merit Finalist status.

Cashe Scores a Perfect 36 on ACT

ULS junior and International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate Isabelle Cashe earned a perfect 36 on the ACT. Around two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In 2018, only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top score.

Soileau Named a Louisiana Young Hero

Sophomore Nalon Soileau has been selected as a 2019 Young Hero by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge. Criteria for the award include excellence in academics and public service, overcoming adversity and/or inspiring others through deeds and strength of character.

Middle and High School Student Council Earns LASC Gold Council Award

ULS middle and high school Student Council members attended the Louisiana Association of Student Council convention in January where the high school group won the Gold Council Award for the eighth time in as many years.



Robinson'56 is the Embodiment of

Total Effort In Every Endeavor written by Adrienne Gale

Johnny Robinson ’56 is the living embodiment of University Laboratory School’s motto “total effort in every endeavor.” An athletic legend and a community change maker, Robinson enjoyed national recognition for his life’s work this year with two distinguished honors – induction into the Professional Football Hall of Fame and selection as the recipient of the 2019 PwC Doak Walker Legends Award, presented to former NCAA football players who have demonstrated a record of leadership and good citizenship throughout their lives. While at U-High, Robinson was an all-state football, tennis and basketball

sports is }Playing a brotherhood that you will always carry with you… the locker room creates a bond for life.” Johnny Robinson, Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee #326


player and a national boys junior tennis champion along with his older brother Tommy. Upon his graduation, he committed to play football and tennis at LSU where his father Dub Robinson was the long-time tennis coach. An integral part of LSU’s 1958 national title team, Robinson also won the SEC tennis championship in singles and the SEC doubles championship, again with his brother, while at LSU. Robinson was the first-round draft selection of both the AFL’s Dallas Texans and the NFL’s Detroit Lions in 1960. He signed with the Texans and remained with the team even as they moved to Kansas City to become the Chiefs. Throughout his 12 seasons, he helped his team earn four division titles, played in three AFL championship game victories and started in Super Bowl I and Super Bowl IV during which he competed with three broken ribs but still managed to record a fumble recovery and an interception that galvanized the Chiefs' 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Robinson was named All-AFL for five seasons beginning in 1965, All-Pro in 1969 and All-NFL in 1970. He was voted an AFL All-Star and All Pro selection seven times. He was the only player in history to lead both the AFL and NFL in interceptions, and prior to being selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was named an AFL AllTime Team member, Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Combined AFL/NFL All-Decade Team 1960s and was selected to the University Laboratory School Athletic Hall of Fame. After retiring from the NFL, Robinson enjoyed a productive career as a stockbroker. Then, in 1980 he became

an associate pastor of a local church and learned the plight of a young boy that was in juvenile prison. A judge granted the boy’s custody to him. At that moment he knew he had found his true calling. In short order, he opened the Johnny Robinson Home for Boys as an alternative for abused, neglected and troubled youth. For the past 39 years, Robinson has overseen what has grown to a seven-building campus featuring an indoor gym, a cafeteria and an educational building. Robinson joins an impressive list of past Doak Walker Legend recipients, including most recently Johnny Majors, Herschel Walker, Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson. “Mentors like coaches J.Q. Long and Vane Wilson played a big part (in my life), along with lifelong friends such as George O’Neal, Prince Young and Jimmy Field. U-High is where I planted the seeds for success, and I will never forget that. University High equipped me for success in life,” said Robinson.


UHS Running Back Michael Hollins wins Warrick Dunn Award

Mike Hollins has been named the 2018 Warrick Dunn WAFB Sportsline Player of the Year. The Virginia signee capped a stellar four-year career rushing for 1,645 yards and scoring 33 touchdowns. This marks the second time a UHS athlete received the Warrick Dunn Award and the first time in the award's history that two athletes from one school have earned the achievement. Running back Nick Brossette was presented the award in 2015.

Boys' Soccer Wins LHSAA State Championship

Andy Martin Selected as New UHS Head Football Coach Andy Martin has been named head football coach for UHS. Martin has served as associate coach and defensive coordinator for the Cubs for the past nine years and played an integral role in three state championships during that time. “I’m honored to have been selected as the head football coach for the Cubs and look forward to putting my stamp on this solid program,” said Martin, who will also continue as U-High’s associate athletic director.

For the first time in program history, the UHS boys' soccer team won the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Division III title game. The Cubs ended the season with 21 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties and as district as well as state champions. This is the 16th time boys' soccer has earned the title of district champions and the third time competing in the state championship under Head Coach Chris Mitchell's 19-year tenure.


There Every Step of the Way


Sara Exner Whittaker (’00) and Ashley Motsinger (incoming parent)

he continuity of our K-12 experience is one of the many hallmarks that sets ULS apart. With each step our students take, from a first carpool drop-off to the toss of a mortar board at commencement, ULS Foundation Annual Appeal gifts support them. As our new graduates head out beyond our halls, we celebrate your role in making their journeys memorable and preparing them for success through whichever door opens next.

Lilly credits the school’s commitment to instilling excellent literacy skills with making her a stronger, more confident student. She remembers fondly bringing home readers from the Literary Assistance Library, which is funded by the Annual Appeal.

As Lilly entered middle school, Annual Appeal support enhanced her ability to understand new concepts in math classes, where she had access to graphing calculators, mobile laptop carts, and ActivBoards.

Lilly Bourgeois as a new Cub

In biology class, Lilly didn’t simply read about living organisms. Rather, thanks to the support of Annual Appeal donors, she was able to explore natural science beyond the page by using advanced mechanical microscopes and lamps.

Elective classes were an opportunity for Lilly to dive into her interests and build upon her coursework through experiential learning. In her yearbook and multimedia classes, her and her classmates’ ideas came to life with the most up-to-date technology and equipment at their fingertips.

Lilly today, Class of 2019

For every one of our 1,424 students, there is a story like Lilly’s—of opportunities made possible and experiences enriched by the generosity of every one of our 904 Annual Appeal donors.


Liberal Arts

Faculty Development

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Speaker Series

Campus Pride

Student Curriculum-based Travel Assistance


A COMMUNITY SCHOOL written by Sara Exner Whittaker '00

Total Effort

Nathan Roberts, Ph.D., JD Dean of the UL Lafayette College of Education UHS Class of 1980


}The best teacher

has supreme faith in the improvability of the human race, limitless optimism, and confidence in the ultimate triumph of truth and righteousness.


A quote from his grandfather, E. B. “Ted� Robert, serves as daily inspiration for Dr. Nathan Roberts

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Dr. Roberts touring the ULL campus with a future Rajun' Cajun, his granddaughter.


A little less than 60 miles southwest of the LSU Laboratory School, a U-High alumnus is bringing a lifetime of experience to an exciting new project: restarting a long-shuttered laboratory school near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s campus. Nathan Roberts, Ph.D., JD, is dean of the UL Lafayette College of Education, a 1980 graduate of ULS, and an avid believer in the importance of laboratory schools. Roberts sees laboratory schools as changemakers and proving grounds for innovative teaching methods that elevate the K-12 experience for both students and teachers. Pointing to the Louisiana Legislature’s unanimous approval of the proposed tuition funding model and parents’ and teachers’ eagerness to apply, Roberts contended, “That’s the reputation of a lab school. Everyone wants to be a part of it.” In considering the role of a lab school in the broader community, Roberts envisions forming a “community school” where teachers team with sister schools. Research projects originating from the school will happen in tandem with sister schools, yielding more powerful results by extending findings to include 1,500 students throughout the region. Similarly, teachers from sister schools will do short-term sabbaticals at the lab school. He explained, “We will bring our sister schools in to learn it first, then they go back to their district to teach the other people in their district.” Roberts’s commitment to transforming education runs generations deep. His maternal grandfather, the late E. B. “Ted” Robert, was dean of the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education from 1940-64 and made several ULS renovations possible, including the auditorium, named in his honor. Robert’s impact on the college also lives on through an eponymous endowed professorship held by the dean. It was established by Roberts’s mother, the late Helen Robert Roberts, 17 years ago in memory of her father. Three generations of Robert’s family have graduated from ULS so far, including Roberts and all three of his siblings. For Roberts, who “walked across the street” to earn his bachelor’s degree, Juris Doctor, and Doctor of Philosophy from LSU, an academic experience that started as a first-grader at ULS (before the school offered kindergarten) would span 25 years on campus. While commuting from Lafayette, La., to Baton Rouge to earn his Ph.D., Roberts found


himself drawn to “the education side of the legal practice.” He was working in the Lafayette District Attorney’s office at the time, representing the School Board. “They took me to see every school in the parish so I would understand how to represent them. With rezonings, you would see parents fighting to get their children to go to the school they wanted, because it was the future of their child.” Given this up-close look at schools in his district, coupled with his personal experience at ULS, Roberts was hooked. By chance, UL Lafayette had a short-term need for an instructor to teach school law; Roberts stepped in and never looked back, soon accepting a permanent position. Having now risen to the role of dean of the College of Education, Roberts’s daily work is focused on strengthening the education model to attract and retain great teachers and support every student in Lafayette, with a ripple effect that extends statewide. With the framework for UL Lafayette’s lab school established, financial support for the building is the only thing standing in the way, and Roberts is working to demonstrate to his community that investing in a lab school has long-term benefits for everyone. For him, there is no mission more personal or important than education. “It’s what every parent wants for their child. It’s what drives businesses to come to your area. You have great kids who can’t go to college because they didn’t have teachers who could prepare them for college. The teacher crisis is pulling the state further and further down when it needs to be the part that’s lifting us up.” Recalling his time at ULS, Roberts remembered, “I certainly had some outstanding teachers, and what I remember about the student teachers is they were pretty influential because of the skill and ability they had.” He sees that same passion reflected now in his work with educators. “When you work with teachers, they all believe they can make a difference. That’s the invigorating part.” Roberts is also motivated to positively influence the nature of the classroom experience. In planning for UL Lafayette’s lab school, he has drawn heavily on his alma mater—which he said “is one of the best schools in the state”— as a model, and hopes to replicate many of its successful programs. He explained, “We have to make teaching fun for the teacher again, as well as the student. That’s what school needs to be like.”


Griffin Lissard

brad bella memorial achievement award

Brad Bella had a great love for family, the outdoors and baseball. Brad is forever remembered for his beautiful heart, radiant smile and contagious joy. To further his memory and in support of future students, a memorial scholarship was established in Brad’s name by his family and friends. The recipient of this year’s Brad Bella Memorial Scholarship is Griffin Lissard.

Brenda Reed

Jane Shelby Porter

carolyn kent christian price rovee-collier ’59 baer ’00 memorial memorial scholarship scholarship Carolyn Kent Rovee-Collier graduated from ULS in 1959 and went on to an eminent career as a researcher in the field of infant memory. With this scholarship, Carolyn’s family thanks the school where she had her earliest educational experiences and honors her legacy as a pioneering female scientist. This year’s recipient is Brenda Reed.

Christian Price Baer, a 2000 graduate, was a 13-year senior, member of the UHS choir and was very active in the community. The Christian Price Baer Memorial Scholarship Award was established as a standing memory of Christian and all that he represented. This year’s recipient is Jane Shelby Porter.


leonard l. kilgore jr memorial scholarship The Leonard L. Kilgore, Jr, Memorial Scholarship fund was established by the family, friends, and professional associates of Dr. Kilgore who was the principal of ULS from 1965 to 1974. This year’s recipient is Maggie Miller.

Maggie Miller

scates family award honoring robert “bob” f. scates, jr

Family and friends established this award to honor Bob Scates, who truly loved athletics at ULS. Bob volunteered at many athletic events at the ticket gate. He attended the athletic games of several athletes from U-High even after their graduation and continued to follow past and current students through media outlets. This year’s recipients are two-sport athletes, Thomas Teepell II and Rohnny Haliburton.

Thomas Teepell II

Rohnny Haliburton

Colin Raby

Alyssa Fisher

Briana Mullenix

coach bill mathews ’65 cristin gill jordan irene donnelly ’08 baseball scholarship viguerie ’91memorial memorial scholarship scholarship The Coach Bill Mathews ’65 Baseball Scholarship was established this year by friends and family to honor one of U-High’s greats. This scholarship is provided to a graduating senior who has completed four years as a baseball player and exhibits admirable and unquestionable moral character both in school and in their community. This year's recipient is Colin Raby.

The Cristin Gill Viguerie ’91 Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends. Cristin began at University Laboratory School in first grade. She was part of four generations of the Gill family to receive diplomas from U-High. Her three sons, Hayden, Dylan, and Jack attend University Laboratory School. This year’s recipient is Alyssa Fisher.

This scholarship was established in Jordan’s memory in 2009 by family, friends and classmates of the Class of 2008. Jordan had a giving heart, was a great student and a friend to everyone. This year’s recipient is Briana Mullenix.

2019 Scholarship Recipients

tony fertitta’98 memorial scholarship

Tony Fertitta, was a 13-year senior, member of the Art Club, captain of the football team and a member of the class of 1998. Tony is remembered for the joy which he brought to school every day. The recipient of the Tony Fertitta Scholarship for this year is Ellie Pennington.

Ellie Pennington

yancey w. white ’80 & diane rené upp simino ’79 memorial scholarship

In 1981, the Yancey W. White Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of the 1980 graduate. Yancey played football, served on Student Council and was a member of the National Honor Society among many other activities during his time at U-High. The Diane Rene’ Upp Simino Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of the 1979 graduate. Diane was a cheerleader, member of HiY, Choir, Art and Key Clubs and National Honor Society. She was chosen as Queen of the Winter Formal as well as serving as Football Sponsor and Basketball Manager. These scholarships are presented to Mark Coppola and Sarah Tarver.

Mark Coppola

Sarah Tarver


ULSF University Laboratory School Foundation

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Cub Partner ($250-$499)

Tracie and Reginald Abraham Francisca and Stephen Adjei Lauri and Terry Alario Jill McDonald ‘95 and Jason Ayres ‘96 Steven Babcock Lauren and Lionel Bailey James Baker* Brenda and Jerry Baudin* Anna and Wendell Barnett Shannon and Felder Beacham Sarah Collins ‘02 and Daniel Bennett Barbara and Neal Berthelot* Lara and Jason Bettencourtt Michelle Bolda Cristina Sabliov and Dorin Boldor Anna Hegwood ‘97 and Jim Bollinger ‘97 Laurie and Blaise Bourgeois Judy and Bert Boyce* Jessica and Bernie Braun Nan Harman ‘78 and Roger Brinson Ashley and Frank Brost IV Myra and Burke Broussard Carole Brown Debi and Jeff Brown Louise Slack ‘71 and Michael Bruce Heather and Andy Bush Melissa and Bill Bush Kelli and Pete Bush Catherine and Dennis Butler Brittany and Joe Carvalhido Olga and Jorge Chinchilla Laura and Michael Choate Cathy and Mike Christensen Catherine Collins Susan Colvin* Stephanie and John Crawford ‘85 Kim and Jon Crawford Annadine and James Credeur* Kelli and Charles Dawson Natalie and Christopher DeAgano Leslie Decoteau ‘13 Stephanie Decoteau Paula and Jack de la Bretonne*

Ann Deshotels* Katharine and Howard Dobson Johnathan Duncan Courtney and Ryan Edwards Shannan and John Everett ‘87 Sam and Brian Fisicaro Elizabeth and John Fitzgerald Shirley and John Flake Holly and Nikolaus Foret Grace Chen and John Fu Mary Glen and Marshall Gammon ‘90 Hillary and Eric Garner Jamie and Nicholas Gaspard Wendy and Rowdy Gaudet Anne and Ed Giering* Jacqueline Bach and Victor Gischler Mary and Will Gladney Katherine Creed ‘02 and Brooks Gold David Grand ‘97 A.C. and Leslie Grand* Reyna Grand Jayme Looper and Eric Granrud Leigh and Jason Greene Shannon and Victor Gregoire Tillie and Mike Groves* Heike Muenzberg-Gruening and Uwe Gruening Alexandra and Kristopher Grunewald ‘01 Karah and Kasey Guillory Lindsay and T.J. Guillot Heather and Bradley Harris Felicia and David Harris ‘89 M. E. and Bryan Hart Mary and Mike Hart* Jimmie Hays* Brandie and Brandon Henry Allyson Hicks ‘92 Linda Holmes* Jessica and Samuel James Brooke and Tanner Johnson Tara Grace and Chris Jones ‘02 Katherine Evans ‘73 and Cotty Jones* Dana and Jamie Jones Ryn Rutledge ‘90 and John Jones Serena and Kirk Jones ‘67 Sharee and Trey Jones Jill and Mike Kantrow ‘62* Wendy and Gary Keyser ‘61 Ashley Ward ‘73 and Loren Kleinpeter Rebecca and Micky Knighten Rachel and Brandon Kojis Anela and Edin Krivic Vicki and James Krupala Melissa and Brian Landry Trichia and Josh Landry ‘96 Elecia and Derrek Lathon Carmen and David Lavergne ’79 Kerri and Nicholas Lea Angela and Gary Leonards Kimberly and Josh LeSage Sarah and Mike Lloyd Lisa Anne and Gene Luther Tracey and Dennis MacGown* Clacy and Scott Madison Nikki and Todd Manuel

Amy and Chase McCalip Maggie and Jamal McCann Kelley and Trent McCarthy Melanie and Jim McCartt* Anne and James McElveen* Mimi Debessonet McIntosh ‘02 Amanda and Tim Messa Robin and Jason Michiels Monica and Dorel Moldovan Jessica and Todd Monroe Kristen Montgomery ‘01 Jennifer and Ryan Moon Mallory and David Morgan Sonya and Jason Morris Ashley Motsinger Sarah and Patrick Mulhearn Ginny Mumfrey Kristen and John Murphy Melissa and Hien Nguyen Pamela and Richard Nicolle* Allison Ohmstede Shelly and Gustavo Ortiz Jill and Jeremy Palmer Holly and Matthew Picou Jill Roby ‘96 and Chris Pike Susan and Charles Ray Pourciau* Tiffany and Alex Pucheu Amanda and Evan Raymond Maggie and John Richardson Rhonda and Fred Robillard* Joel Robinson Patricia and Alfred Rodrigue* Joey and Cathy Rosenfeld Beth and Kristopher Ruebsamen Elahe and Andrew Russell Elizabeth Harbour ‘96 and Tracy Rutledge ‘95 Cynthia Landry ‘94 and Shane Sandefer Mary and Scott Saporito Gretchen and Timothy Screen ‘02 April and Martin Setliff ‘00 Kristy and Dillon Shearer Nancy and Roch Shearer* Cathy Sherburn* Melissa and Bart Shirley Bridget and Johnny Shoptaugh ‘76 Wendy and Claude Simoneaux Mary Margaret and Wyn Singer Vi and Ryan Skavron Danielle and Bill Smith Tina and Thomas Smith Cindy and Perry Snyder*

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Mary Michael Lloyd ‘04 and Bowman Staples Jolen and Gary Stein Amy and Robert Stewart Ann Bowlus ‘71 and Steve Storey Alycee and Ryan Sunstrom Sandra and Jim Tenney* Victoria and Scott Terry Shannon and Kirk Thibodeaux Charlene and Daniel Thompson Kimberly and Paul Toups Tammi and Greg Town ‘05 Rebecca and Greg Trahan Sandra and Doug Traylor Anne Petrie ‘94 and Clay Underwood Jr Belinda Cambre and Jarrod Van Hoogstraten Kelly Hutson ‘87 and Kyle Viator Alicia and Randy Vick ‘85 Danielle and Andrew Vignes Errin and Matthew Viguerie Lindsay and Gregory Waddell Celeste and Bret Waguespack Colleen and Stephen Waguespack Candace and Stephen Walker ‘75 Erin and Kevin Way Lynn and Trae Welch Mary Ann and John White Brandy and Marcus Williams Katie and Trey Williams Garland and Billy Wilson Peggy Wooley Sarah and Richard Wylie Yaming Shao and George Xue Li Li and Yimin Zhu

Century Cub ($1-$249)

Shannon and Christopher Abney Jo Abraham* Rebecca Mathews ‘93 and Marc Acosta Emelie and Joe Alton Ashley Applegate Myriam and Mehdi Arabi Brittany and Brandon Arceneaux Devyani Kar and Plamen Arnaudov Melody and Ky Aryana Melissa and Nick Aucoin Elisabeth Burks ‘81 and Michael Austin Martha Avegno Suzette and Kenneth Bahlinger Berry and Kelly Balfour Amy and Bradford Banta ‘89 Shirley and Jason Barnes Cali and Adam Barrett

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of donors are Endeavor Club members,

Caroline Sexton ’08 and Michael Batsche Pamela and Stanley Baudin Tara and Emmanuel Bazille Rebecca and Jacob Behrnes Amanda and Scott Benson Jennifer Bevill Rochelle and Reed Bice* Edna and Butch Billings* Danielle and Brian Blackwood Carolyn and Edward Blackwood* Michelle and Brad Blanchard Laurie and Michael Blandino Theresa and William Blount Mittie and Michael Bolton Sara and Kevin Bongiorni Nichole Bickham ‘02 and Matt Bonilla Jamie and Clay Bourg Megan Bourgeois Katie Patterson ‘05 and Rodney Boyd Beth and James Bradshaw* Niki Manning and Chris Brandi Vickie Braud Michelle and Willis Brewer Brian Brown Sandra and Charles Brown Carri and Craig Brown Becky Beeson ‘80 and David Brown Kiara Brown LaVerne Brown* Erica Martin ’03 and Michael Brown Collete Brown ‘85 and Anthony Bruce Tiffanie and Robb Brumfield Hope and Bradburn Buras Laurel and Lance Burgos Emily and Kevin Michael Burke Panay and Jimmy Burland Kelley Heroman ‘00 and John Buzzell Virginia Hutchison ‘93 and Doug Cain Jill and Jeffrey Calloway Beverly Cangelosi* Jessica and Mark Canning Eleanor Canon Kim and Don Carr Lillian and Carl Carver Mary Oliphint ‘73 and Victor Casad Elizabeth and David Castro Jennifer and Heman Catoir* Kathryn and Timothy Chalas Virginia Stokes and James Choate Jr Jane and Mickey Christensen* Christen and Jeremy Clark Kirsten and Corey Clebert Peggy and Charles Coates ‘53

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Micki and Ken Collins Jessica and Sean Connor Ann Barrow ‘75 and Grant Conway Sandra and Mark Cooper Amy and Don Coppola Arlene and Paul Coreil* Kelly and Joseph Cormier Mona and Dan Cotton* Christina and Christopher Courtney Charles Couvillion Tiffany Creel Marie and Paul Crespo Kathy and Chuck Croft* Barbara Crutchfield Nancy Lord ‘80 and Sam Cuccio Catherine Cummins Rachel and Peter Daigle Cheré and Rusty Daigle Jill Daniel Tracey and Jim Dantin Ellen and Scott Daugherty Stacie and Roger Davis William Davis Frankie and Don Paul Day Stephanie De La Cruz Dawn Burton and Zachary Derouen Marsha and Randy Domingue* Daphne and Alvin Donaldson Mary Catherine and Jason Dore Deborah Dornier Brindly and David Downs Adele and William Dufrene Erin Kelley ’65 and John DuPont Jr* Linda Easton* Merrill Faye Hines ‘61 and Bridger Eglin ‘61 Lauren and Connor Eglin Margo Eglin ‘69 Jennie Kluse and Bret Elderd Allie and Ian Elkins Tamara and Ryan Empson Lori and Claudie Fanning Dotty West ‘54 and Robert Farwell Debbie and Dave Fazekas* Beth and Blaine Fields ‘92 Kim and Mike Fleming Emily Fontenette Trisha Fos Jewel and Beau Fourrier Mandy and Drew Fourrier Margaret Fowler ‘93 Ashley and Adam Foy Shini and Joseph Francis Yvette and Bill Franques Kathryn and William Friday* Aimée Frierson Christy and John Frierson* Trent Frierson Allison and James Froelich Brandie and Ben Fromenthal Kristen and Dean Fryday Lynette Gammel Steve George ‘60* Lyndi and David Geyer Liz and Pendery Gibbens ‘50 Leigh Gilly Ellen Pressburg Gilmore ‘66 Jennifer and Tyler Ginn Mary and Louis Girlinghouse Jr Rebecca Cronin and Donald Glynn Rebecca and Benjamin Goodner Mary Lou and Mike Goodson* James Goodwin*

Melissa and Chad Grand ‘95 Carissa and Garret Graves Cynthia and John Graves* Kristen and Craig Greene Amanda and Blake Gremillion Patrice and Louis Gremillion Louis Gremillion Jr ‘14 Kristy and Morgan Gremillion Susan Gremillion Zachary Gremillion ‘18 Jessica and Andre Guilott Judy Guillot Jennifer and Michael Guillot Margo and Philip Guilott* Zviad Guruli Corinne and Larry Gussman* Mignonne White ‘81 and Bart Gutierrez Mya and Michael Gutweiler Lauren and William Haddox Lennie Hanchey* Shannon and Arthur Hannaman Abigail Hardy ‘06 Lacey and Craig Harrington Scott Harris Lane Cotton Winn and Ben Hartman Ly Vu and Toan Hau Gail Russell Hawkes ‘68 Peter Hawking Sarah and Nathan Haydel Kristin and William Hays ‘87 Melissa Hemmans-Henderson and Ron Henderson Meghan and Ross Henry Laura and Curtis Heroman ‘01 Sarah and Robert Heroman ‘00 Cindy Herring* Bunny Prosser ’71 and Bill Hines ’71* Robert Hines ‘99 Karen Holden Kathy Dry ‘85 and Chris Holliday Liz and Ivin Hood* Tanya Hooks* Whitney and Jonathan Hoover Karen and Marty Horn Ru Gao and Gang Hu Lauren Hudson Linsey and Thomas Hurst Wylene Hurst* Deana and Chad Hurt Betty Bollinger ‘59 and George Huxel Marie and Jimmy Hymel* Lee and Brad Jackson Aimee Welch and Nakisha James Alisha and Jason Jarreau Megan and Steven Jenny ‘00 Bonita Johnson LaNelle Johnson* Shelton and Ted Jones ‘89 Rebecca and Jordan Jopling Brock Kantrow Jill and Jim Kelly, Jr Kelly and William Kelly Julie and Lynn Kennedy Sarah and Isaac Khalid Leslie and Barry Kilpatrick ‘80 Nancy Lloyd ’06 and David Kilpatrick ’06 Gwendolyn and Gerald Knapp Therese Knowles Alicia and Michael Kober Faith and Raymond Kobetz Anantha Lakkakula and

Venkateswara Kommalapati Anna and Joseph Kronick Marta Fechete and Thomas Kutter Bridget and Paul Laborde Paula and Phillip Lafargue Donna and Larry Lamonte Donna and Kyle Landrem Juliane and Brandon LaTour June and George LaTour* Jessica and William Lawrence Ashley and James Leach Angie and Ed Ledo Tish and Kyle Ledoux Sandra and Robert Ledoux* Nancy and Brian Lee Kyung and Hwang Lee Ashley and Mark Lee Terry Leon Cory and Harwood Leonard Kappy and Victor Leotta Charlotte Levy ‘48 Kristy Qu and Song Lin Wendi Little Mickie Long Sheralyn and Richard Long Sue Loubiere* Crystal and Nicholas Loup Shannon and Rory Loupe Kathryn and Dustin Loveless Sheri and Stephen Loy ‘89 Xiaofen Huang and Fengyuan Lu Yao Zeng and Yixin Luo Irene and Tom Lutkewitte Dana Lux Amanda and Drew Maciasz Elizabeth and Brian Mackey Michele and Troy Macloud Chad Mahaffey Beth and Mark Mahaffey Isabel Mancilla-Ortegon Marolon Gardiner ‘74 and Barry Mangham Amy Martin Melissa and Andrew Martin Mary and David Martin Sr. ‘68

Andrew Matens Donna and Christopher Matthews Spencer Maxcy ‘98 Bobbie and Frank May Meg and John May ‘92 Amanda McAllister Allison McBride ‘14 Tarilyn and Charles McBride Valerie and Owen McConnell Anne and Ryan McConnell ‘01 Autumn and Trey McCowan Jan Reinberg ’63 and R.K. McDonald Shelly McDonald Rachel and Josh McEnany Frances McGuffey ‘59 Loren McIntyre Barbara and Bob McKeithen* Elaina and Alan McMurry ‘87 Pablo Mejia Christina and Jamar Melton Jodi and Tommy Messina Sybil and Richard Miles Connor Miller ‘11 Susan Killgore ‘65 and Jack Miller ‘64 Deanna and Don Mills* Ambior Sidney and Colin Mitchell Brianne and Todd Mixon Gloria and Alvaro Guillermo Moncada Roz and David Moore Joseph Moore Stacey and Tom Moore Julia George and Tommy Moore Dianne and Paul Moran Paisley and Justin Morgan Maryam Diaab and Damon Morton Stacy and Ben Moss ‘93 Helaine Moyse* Shelly and Matt Mullenix Kitty and Glenn Murphy* Angela Murray Catherine Smith ‘96 and William Myrick ‘96 Sri Krupa and Rajesh Narayanan Stacy and Gerald Nichols Anne and Chad Ogea Sarah and August Ohmstede Maureen and John Olinde Jenna and Jeffrey Ortego Seth Pace Rhonda and Rodney Palmisano* Kelly and Joey Papania Debra and Bruce Parker Sarah Broome ‘02 and Sie Parker Lori and Clyne Peak Joy and Dave Pennington Dora and Sean Pharis ‘90 Amy and Robert Poe Maria and Brett Poirrier Suzanne Ponder* Vasil Popov* Marie and Vosco Popov* Leslie McKenzie ‘86 and Lance Porter Cassandra and James Price* Anna Priddy Aixin Hou and Benjamin Qi Jennifer and Erik Rathcke Kyra and Robert Reed

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Clayton Thompson ’00 Stephanie and Scott Thompson Sandy and Tommy Thompson* Jessica and Bo Thornhill Morgan and Jeff Tomlinson Monica and Alkis Tsolakis Lauren Lamonte ‘06 and Thomas Tyler Latasha Valenzuela-Hernandez Flora VanCara ‘58 Amy and Matt Vann Lori and Jack Vaughn Marianna Vyridi and Georgios Veronis Catherine and Chavis Verrett Janet Verrette* Deana and Larry Vicari Tara Victorin Emily Branton and Daniel Vlosky Denese, Rich and James ‘09 Vlosky* Edith and Kendrick Walker Mark Walker ‘72 Mari and Shawn Walker Shannon and Scott Walsh Cathy Walvoord* Susan Hays ‘88 and Kyle Ward Kate and Bobby Watts* Ashley Weir Danielle and Justin Welborn Jane Ann and Jasper Welch Jr ‘48 Annette and James West Bridget and Scott Wharton ‘87 Charlotte and Robert John White* Joyce and Jason Whitfield Chris Whittington Melonee Wicker Emily and John Wilbert Jr* Mia Williams Molly and Wayne Williams Jayla and Derek Wilson Susan and Jim Wilson Kelly Wolshon Shelly and Jeremiah Worthington Aileen Fang and Zhong Wu Melody and Andy Yarborough Kathleen and Rodney Zeringue* Paige and Adam Zittrauer

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1. UHS Athletics retired 2016 alumnus Wayde Sims’ #44 jersey following the Cubs home game Nov. 29. Members of Sims’ family, UHS teammates and LSU teammates were on hand to represent the beloved player who passed away in October. “Wayde was a great basketball player and a wonderful person with a fantastic spirit who was loved by so many... we are heart broken by this loss, but we will remember him fondly and carry on his spirit,” noted UHS Boys Basketball Head Coach Joe Spencer. 2. Whitney Dufrene ’08, a company member of

Doug Varone and Dancers, recently performed on Broadway in a production featuring several Tony Award winners and nominees. Whitney has been pursuing her dancing dreams in New York City for more than three years.

3. Dr. Jonathan Roberts ’81, a local internist in Baton Rouge, was appointed to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Governance Board effective July 1, 2019. His primary role will be assisting with developing policies and procedures for certifying internists and sub-specialists in internal medicine.

4. Henry Kantrow ’17 was recently featured by

the International Baccalaureate Organization's blog about how he earned his IB diploma while balancing his commitment to music. Henry now attends LSU and is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering.

5. Georgia Tsolakis ’17, a sophomore technical

theatre major at LSU, spent a month in Edinburgh, Scotland, working as principal stage manager for a performance piece, "Dream Logos," that was showcased at Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. Most recently, she cowrote and helped produce a short film that won first place at LSU’s annual “Horribly Short Film Festival.” In the fall, Georgia will participate in a National Student Exchange at Queens College in New York, taking classes as well as interning at a theatre in Manhattan.

6. Amy Groves Lowe ’88 was recently named an Alumna of Distinction for the University Laboratory School at the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education Hall of Distinction Awards Ceremony in March.

7. John Everett ’87 has been named executive

vice president and president of the Baton Rouge Market by IberiaBank. A veteran of the local banking industry, John began his career with First Commerce Corporation in New Orleans and later served as vice president of commercial lending with Whitney Bank in Baton Rouge. He joined IberiaBank in 2008 and prior to his new role in the organization served as senior vice president and commercial group manager in Baton Rouge.

8. Nick Brossette '15 recently signed with the

National Football League as a free agent with the New England Patriots. As a senior at UHS, Brossette was a four-star recruit and a top-15 running back prospect nationally. He ran for more than 2,000 yards as a junior and senior for the Cubs and set a Louisiana record with 141 touchdowns in his five years on the varsity team. (He started on the varsity team as an eighthgrader). He signed with the LSU Tigers and continued to advance his passion for football. His patience paid off in his senior year when Brossette led the Tigers with 1,039 yards and 14 touchdowns on 240 carries.

9. The Cubs will be cheering on the newest

Steeler on Sunday nights. Garrett Brumfield '14 has signed as a free agent for the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his time at UHS, Brumfield was a force to be reckoned with. As a leading senior presence for the Cubs, Brumfield anchored the offensive line and finished the season with a 13-1 record. He went on to be a four-star prospect and was named the number one offensive guard in the country. Brumfield signed with his hometown LSU Tigers and began his journey at LSU as a redshirt freshman in the 2015 season. In his junior year, he was named second-team All-SEC as voted by coaches.



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10. Abby Caffey ’15 was recently awarded a Discover grant from LSU to research the effects of concussions. Abby is studying Kinesiology and recently presented her research project at LSU Discover Day in April. Abby became interested in the brain after she was diagnosed with a rare chronic pain disorder at 16 years old.

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11. Sara Exner Whittaker ’00 was recently promoted to assistant vice president of communications and marketing with the LSU Foundation. Sara has played a vital role in crafting the LSU Foundation’s brand since she was hired in June 2010, and her leadership has resulted in several key accomplishments, including developing the newly launched Fierce for the Future Campaign brand. 12. Connor Miller ’11 married Shelby Quirk on Saturday, December 22, 2018 in Baton Rouge. They reside in Baton Rouge where Shelby is a kindergarten teacher at St. James Episcopal Day School and Connor is an operations coordinator for Star Service, Inc. 13. Warren Drake ’69 was recently named Superintendent of the Year by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet schools. MSA selects the superintendent of the year based upon the nominee’s leadership and work to develop and support magnet schools and programs. 14. Caroline Sexton Batsche ’08 and husband Michael welcomed Charles Daniel Batsche on January 18, 2019 weighing 8 lbs 8 ounces, 21 inches long. Charles joins big sister MaryMichael (3 years old). Michael is in his eighth year as project manager with Buquet & LeBlanc, Inc. Caroline will be joining Catholic High School this fall as the junior class counselor and co-moderator of the St. Joseph Academy’s Bruinettes. 15. Katherine “Coco” Keller Marcel ’09 and husband Ryan welcomed baby Keller Marie Marcel on February 2, 2019. Both physicians, Coco and Ryan recently moved back to Baton Rouge where Coco will practice medicine at the Baton Rouge Clinic, and Ryan will practice at Our Lady of the Lake and Ochsner.


16. Charles Gladney ’11 and Maggie LeBlanc ’10 were married on November 10, 2018. The couple resides in Baton Rouge where Charles is a developer for Southland Trace and Maggie is the marketing director for Geaux Logo Promotions.


17. Jordan Piazza ’06 and Jordan Emmerson ’13 were married on May 4, 2019. Piazza is co-owner of Phil’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant. Emmerson, a jewelry designer, owns Emmerson Designs.



Celebrating LEGACY Christopher ’Paul’ Phillips ’19, pictured here, joins the long legacy of his family as a fourth generation graduate of U-High. Along with his Championship ring, Paul is donning the class rings of great grandmother, Albertine Naomi Ellis ’28, grandfather, Robert D. ’Bobby’ Phillips ’56, great aunt, Helen Phillips Rankin ’65 and Paul’s father, David Phillips ’82. As a special note, Mrs. Ellis’ ring notes Demonstration High School, the founding name in 1915 for what is now University High School. Mrs. Rankin donated her and her mother’s rings to the ULS Foundation Memorabilia Collection in 2015. If you would like to donate U-High memorabilia to the ULS Foundation, please contact Megan Bourgeois at


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