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The Academy Student Center will be dedicated on the first day of the 2018-2019 academic year. This special day marks the kickoff of the year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of SJA’s founding by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1868.

Connections is published four times per year by the St. Joseph’s Academy Communications and Mission Advancement offices. It is distributed free of charge to alumnae, parents and friends of the Academy. Alumnae news, story ideas, photographs and address changes should be sent to Connections, 3015 Broussard Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70808-1198 or Call (225) 388-2258. Because of space limitations, we reserve the right to edit submitted news.

Communications Director Assistant Communications Director Media Coordinator Graphic Designer Mission Advancement Director Mission Advancement Associate Director Mission Advancement Assistant DirectorAlumnae and Constituent Relations Jennifer Knight Mission Advancement Assistant DirectorEvents Donna Blanc Mission Advancement Database Manager Wendy Coniglio Mission Advancement Database Assistant

Mindy Brodhead Averitt Jennifer Menville Fontaine Erin Barrilleaux Albarado Holly Sonnier Meg Gerald Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ Katie Jeter Valenciano

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FROM THE PRESIDENT EMBRACING CHANGE AS PART OF LIFE Editor’s note: The following is Jan Rhorer Breen’s sending forth message delivered on May 20 at the conclusion of the SJA class of 2018’s commencement exercises. As you have heard this afternoon, words are powerful tools. They call us to action, they offer us hope and they articulate how we are feeling. Words also communicate a message, and my message this afternoon begins with one word: Change. We know that change is a part of life and that you are embarking on a journey of change. Change is a path to wholeness. It is growing, discovering, discerning, listening, teaching, serving and entrusting these changes to God. Trappist Monk Thomas Merton said, “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and changes offered by the present moment and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” How can you embrace the many changes that are in your future? l. Remember you are an SJA woman. You hold a rare combination of personal characteristics, intellectual commitment, a purposeful vision that comes from God’s presence in your life and a desire to make meaningful contributions to the world. Hold on to the memories that draw forth and enhance your goodness, and let these memories fill you with hope. You embody sanctity, joy and action. These traits will guide you in the many changes to come. 2. Listen to your inner voice. God is always speaking to you. Eliminate the noise in your life that drowns out God’s voice. You have one of the greatest challenges today with all the noise of social media, technology and the continuous “plugged in” world we live in. And the noise will become even louder in the next four years, in the many changes you will experience. I urge you to take time to lower the volume of noise so you can listen to God and hear Him helping you along your journey. As Pope

Francis said, “There is a spark of divine light in each of us.” Listen and that light will lead your way through change. 3. Understand the meaning of success. True success is peace with God and becoming the person God intended you to be. It has been said that what is meant for you will never miss you, and what misses you was never meant for you. You have the tools to change the world. It is your time to be that change. And I believe women will lead the way and redefine what true success means in this ever-changing world. To become the person you were created to be is what matters and is the only true and lasting meaning of success. Discover your unique abilities and offer them to the world. In the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph along with your family and faculty of SJA, you have been given the tools to change the world. Set the world ablaze, and with change, make a difference in the lives of others. 4. Carefully consider each choice you make. You will be faced with many choices every day. Pause and ask yourself if the choice brings value to your life and brings you closer to God. God will always be there to help you discern each opportunity. You only have to ask Him and He will be with you every step of the way showing you compassion, kindness and love. Recognize and embrace the good that happens every day in your life. Today is an end, and today is a beginning. You leave as Women for Others who walk together in hope, who celebrate the gifts of each other, who live serving the dear neighbor, who know the importance of forgiving, who welcome differences and who strive to bring peace and hope to the world. How do you embrace change? Trust that God is with you every day. Remember that you cannot change one moment of the past, so grasp the present moment and change the future. Remain constant and true to yourself, your beliefs and to the values you embody as SJA women. We are defined not by our wins or losses but by our simple contributions to others. You leave holding all that is possible. Class of 2018, be the change that the world needs.

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SJA COMMUNIT Y SJA T O C O M M E M OR A T E 1 5 0 TH ANN I V ER S AR Y W I T H Y E A R - L O NG CEL EB RA T I ON Beginning on the first day of the 2018-2019 academic year and continuing through May of 2019, St. Joseph’s Academy will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1868 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The year gets under way on August 8 with a backto-school prayer service and the grand opening and dedication of the new Academy Student Center. Additional plans for the year include the creation of a commemorative garden featuring the original gate from SJA’s location on the corner of Fourth and Florida streets in downtown Baton Rouge; the publication of a coffee table history book; a 150th Anniversary Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral; a Sisters of St. Joseph Day of Service; and a speakers’ series, featuring Academy alumna, bestselling author and outspoken opponent of the death penalty Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ; bestselling author Laura Schroff; Olympic gold-medal gymnast and motivational speaker Mary Lou Retton; nationally known speaker and bestselling author Dr. Allen Hunt; and the famous ‘Odd Couple’ of American politics, James Carville and Mary Matalin. The celebration will culminate on April 27, 2019, with a black-tie gala at Raising Cane’s River Center. Journalist and author Cokie Roberts will be among the honored guests. The milestone anniversary will also be infused into all school activities, including masses, prayer services, athletic events and assemblies, the Sticker Stampede 10K, 5K and Fun Runs, The Soirée, SJA Tennis Classic, Sticker Scramble golf tournament and alumnae reunions, among other events.

The Academy Student Center lobby features a pictorial history of SJA and interactive kiosks with the histories of the Sisters of St. Joseph and SJA athletics.

Bob and Nell McAnelly pose with SJA Athletic Director Dorinda Beaumont at the Sip & See of the Academy Student Center on July 17.

Suzie Toups Adler, a member of the Academy class of 1985, is chairing the anniversary celebration planning committee. She and her committee have been working for nearly two years to create a year’s worth of activities to celebrate Baton Rouge’s oldest high school and one of the largest all-girls’ high schools in the United States. Continued Wendy and Michael Lutgring pose in front of the Lutgring Family concessions area in the new Academy Student Center during the July 17 Sip & See. 5 | S J A C O N N E C T I O N S Summer 2018

“The 150th anniversary of St. Joseph’s Academy is a celebration for all who have been touched by the work of the Sisters of St. Joseph, both inside and outside the magnificent halls of SJA,” Suzie said. “As chair of the 150th anniversary year, it is my task to properly celebrate and give thanks for all that is SJA. We can never forget the sacrifices of the past as we look back with grateful hearts. We will always celebrate the gift that is our present and strive to live each day with awareness of our blessings. And finally, we embrace the future with excitement as we continue our legacy.” Suzie said she is especially excited about the coffee table book currently being written. SJA’s rich and storied history will unfold on its pages, unveiling littleknown facts as well as the compelling stories of those who have made SJA a pillar of excellence in the Baton Rouge community. The book will include the names of every graduate, beginning with Josephine Bahlinger in 1877 through the graduating class of 2019. The book will be unveiled at the black-tie gala as a gift to all those purchasing a ticket. “Every aspect of the history of SJA will be touched on: the diverse population, interesting historical facts, the ‘boys of SJA,’ children who lived in the home, students who were part of critical changes in our history, as well as alumnae, parents and community members,” Suzie said.

CA L E N DA R O F E V E N T S AUGUST 8, 2018: •

Senior Sunrise

Back-to-School Prayer Service

Dedication of Academy Student Center

Legacy Mass and Reception

Sisters’ Day of Service for all members of the SJA

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OCTOBER 6, 2018: community

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Open House

150th Anniversary Mass

Baton Rouge Redsticker Social

The Soirée

The first day of school at St. Joseph’s Academy

OCTOBER 21, 2018:

OCTOBER 24, 2018:

NOVEMBER 1, 2018:

NOVEMBER 4, 2018: (November 4, 1868)

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Sticker Stampede 10K, 5K and Fun Runs

SJA Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Give Day

Challenge Day

Sticker Scramble Golf Tournament

The Gala

FEBRUARY 16, 2019: Josephine Bahlinger, class of 1877, is the Academy’s first graduate.

MARCH 19, 2019:

MARCH 22, 2019: APRIL 1, 2019:

APRIL 29, 2019: SJA’s most recent graduates celebrate at the end of commencement exercises with the traditional cap toss. Nearly 92 percent of the class of 2018 earned $31.3 million in scholarship awards.

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SJ A B E GI N S AN N IVER SARY YEA R WITH TRIP TO FRANC E A group of St. Joseph’s Academy alumnae and friends traveled to France – the birthplace of the Sisters of St. Joseph – for a 10-day experience that served as the official start of the year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of SJA’s founding by the Sisters in 1868. From June 6 to 16, the travelers toured Lyon, Paris and LePuy, soaking in the sights, sounds and culture of the beautiful French countryside. Trip highlights included a welcome reception, tour of the Basilica of NotreDame de Fourviere, wine-and-food tastings and a visit to the Croix-Rousse in Lyon, where the group saw the district of silk workers and merchants and wandered the alleyways. In LePuy, the group visited Notre Dame du Puy-en-Velay, then on to the St. Joseph International Center, a collaborative effort of Sisters of St. Joseph from around the world to welcome pilgrims and share the history and mission of the Congregation. The group enjoyed free time to wander the village, then made its way to the town of St. Etienne, where Mother St. John Fontbonne lived and refounded the order in 1807 after the French Revolution. In Paris, the group enjoyed a dinner cruise along the River Seine, seeing the Louvre and Notre Dame, among other historic landmarks. The following morning, the group toured the historic

monuments of Paris. For the next two days, travelers were able to explore the city independently or take in churches and cathedrals as well as a full-day excursion to Normandy, seeing the beaches and battlefield sites and paying tribute to fallen soldiers at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Sister Joan Laplace, associate director of SJA’s Mission Advancement department, said the trip was an unforgettable experience. “I am so grateful to have had this opportunity with SJA family,” she said. “I enjoyed LePuy, where we visited the CSJ roots; Lyon, both an ancient and yet up-to-date city; and Paris – c’est magnifique,” she said. “My optional trip to Normandy and Omaha Beach was moving beyond words. And travelling with alums from the 1960s to 2015 was so refreshing. Besides loving France itself, I think I came home with ‘new eyes’ that help me appreciate my own country in a new light.” Sharon Ourso Kleinpeter ’67 said friendships were forged, memories were made and cultural understanding expanded during the excursion. “From ages 18 to 80, from retirees, administrators, young professionals, corporate executives, high school and college students, mothers, daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, this diverse group grew in respect and appreciation for each other during Continued

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Group members visited Mont Saint-Michel, an island commune located just off the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches.

The group visited the inspiring D-Day beaches and battlefields in Normandy

A group of Academy alumnae and friends traveled to France in June. The 10-day journey served as the official kickoff of the Academy’s year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of its founding by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Pictured at the airport prior to departure are (back row) Tiffany Hopper, Linda Thompson, Layne Salvant ’06, Dana Guitreau Favaro ’78, Brenda Cross, Loretta Jeter, Molly Vincent (SJA-St. Louis class of 2020), Leigh Harris, Juliet Alford, Jeanne Grass LaRose ’71, Sister Joan Laplace, Jan Rhorer Breen ’69, (front row) Kaci Favaro ’16, Sharon Ourso Kleinpeter ’67, Katie Jeter Valenciano ’04, Helen Alford ’18 and Mary Alice Guitreau.

the 10-day trip,” she said. “Visiting LePuy, where the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph was born, touched me to the core. Walking the streets of this ancient city, I felt deep roots grounding me through the years of my training and education by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Through presentations at the St. Joseph International Center, we understood more completely the Sisters’ commitment to serve the dear neighbor. “Paris was everything and more than you read about,” Kleinpeter continued. “The building of enormous churches and palaces without modern tools and technology is incomprehensible. The numerous museums full of famous and diverse art are a testament to the talents of so many and those who have committed to preserve them. In Normandy, we knew we were standing on hallowed ground when we walked on Omaha Beach and prayed at the American Cemetery. Truly a trip of a lifetime.” Jeanne Grass LaRose ’72 said the opportunity to bond with her fellow travelers was priceless. “Although a lot of us did not know one another before the trip, we were all there for a common goal, and we shared in the spirit of SJA,” she said. “In this way, we were able to become instant friends.”

NEW SCHOLA RSHIP ESTA B LI S H E D IN SJA FOUNDA TION The Deryl McGrew Hamilton Endowed Scholarship was established on May 30 by her husband, John C. Hamilton Sr., in her memory. Mrs. Hamilton attended St. Joseph’s Academy in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Daughter L’shele Hamilton is a 1982 graduate.

Deryl McGrew Hamilton

It is intended that this scholarship will benefit deserving young women who have a financial need, a commitment to a Christian education and show the potential to make a difference in the lives of others.

John, L’shele and Deryl Hamilton

“The alumnae trip to France was the perfect way to kick off our yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph’s Academy,” said SJA Alumnae Director Katie Jeter Valenciano ’04. “It was so special seeing the birthplace of the Sisters with fellow alumnae, and sharing that experience with Sister Joan is a memory I will always cherish.”

John C. Hamilton, center, signs papers establishing the Deryl McGrew Hamilton Endowed Scholarship at St. Joseph’s Academy. Looking on are SJA President Jan Rhorer Breen and Mission Advancement Associate Director Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ.

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S JA CE L E B R ATES 1868 DINNER, OUTSTA NDING A LU M N A E F OR 20 18 The St. Joseph’s Academy Board of Directors hosted The 1868 Dinner on April 26 to celebrate the successes of the 2017-2018 academic year. Held at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, the event honored Donor Society members, families and individuals establishing scholarships in the past year, those who served in volunteer leadership capacities and SJA’s Outstanding Alumnae for 2018: Kristy Roubique, class of 1976, and Dr. Liz Dauzat Seiter, class of 1979.

Prior and current Outstanding Alumnae honorees pose for a group photograph prior to The 1868 Dinner. They are (front row, from left) Patsy Lambert Brignac ’51, Sister Adele Lambert ’54, Barbara McManus ’66, Karen Thomas Darnall ’70, Lorna Bourg ’60, 2018 honorees Kristy Roubique ’76 and Liz Dauzat Seiter ’79, Sister Lucy Silvio ’59, Karen Williams Lewis ’71, Grace Guttner Anderson ’69, Alice Dugas Greer ’66, (back row) Sister Kathleen Pittman '54, Andrea Clesi McMakin ’74, Lisa Westmoreland Collier ’81, Kathy Daigre Meares ’64, Tara Nolan Messenger ’70, Dorothy May McCaughey ’64, Jan Rhorer Breen ’69, Ann Felice Fourrier ’69, Kay Jolly Hoffpauir ’69, May Wong Tape ’84, Mary T Heffron deBrueys ’72 and Dr. Roberta Carona Vicari ’74.

Enjoying The 1868 Dinner are, from left, Principal Stacia B. Andricain, President Jan Rhorer Breen ’69, Outstanding Alumnae honorees Dr. Liz Dauzat Seiter ’79 and Kristy Roubique ’76 and Board of Directors Chair Sam Territo.

Tom and Anne Meek are congratulated by President Jan Rhorer Breen as new members of the Father Jean-Pierre Médaille Society. This society recognizes individuals who have given $100,000 or more to St. Joseph’s Academy over their lifetimes.

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Wade Labat, husband of the late Jacqueline Billeaudeau Labat ’64, is recognized by Sister Joan Laplace. A scholarship was established in Jackie’s name following her death in February. Jackie was a member of the SJA faculty for 47 years and most recently served as associate principal.

L E GA CY F AMIL IES EN JOY G RA DUA TION 201 8 Numerous members of the class of 2018 celebrated their graduation on May 20 with their mothers and/or grandmothers who are also graduates of St. Joseph’s Academy. Commencement was held at the Raising Cane’s River Center. Sarah Audiffred ’18 and her mother, Tracy Nelson Audiffred ’85. Sarah’s grandmother, Yvonne Heine Nelson, is a 1955 graduate.

Delaney Baronet ’18 and her mother, Lauren Westmoreland Baronet ’83.

Audrey Barton ’18 and her mother, Sheri Hebert Barton ’86. Audrey’s grandmother, Gail Delouise Hebert, is a 1964 graduate.

Lucy Benjamin ’18 and her mother, Nancy Wingerter Benjamin ’87.

Carson Brooks ’18 and her mother, Jana Broussard Brooks ’93.

Lorrel Brown ’18 and her mother, Shani Bundy Brown ’87.

Paige Cooper ’18 and her grandmother, Helen Colomb Cooper ’55.

Megan David ’18, her mother, Kirsten Brenner David ’85, and grandmother Carolyn Acosta White ’62.

Sophie DeOliveira ’18 and her mother, Tracy Germany DeOliveira ’92.

Carley Dugas ’18 and her mother, Gina Antie Dugas ’84..

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Hannah Grace Babin ’18 and her mother, Susannah DeNicola Babin ’85.

Jennifer Bennett ’18, her mother, Debbie Boudreaux Bennett ’87, and grandmother Patricia Duncan Boudreaux ’59.

Caroline Cotten ’18 and her grandmother, Connie Rosso Cotten ’54.

Anna Falgout ’18 and her mother, Nancy Barber Shelton ’83.

Catherine Fuller ’18 and her mother, Christine Alvarez Fuller ’87.

Mia Goodson ’18 and her grandmother, Carleen Giambrone Goodson ’70.

Claire Harrington ’18 and her grandmother, Fran Fetzer Harvey ’76. Claire’s great-grandmother, Nell Gauthier Fetzer, is a 1947 graduate.

Alexandra Hinkle ’18 and her mother, Jeannemarie Drane Hinkle ’86.

Lilli Kearns ’18 and her mother, Kelli Knight ’87. Lilli’s great-grandmother, the late Rita Pairque Knight, was a 1943 graduate.

Abigail Kennedy ’18 and her grandmother, Charlene Comeaux Kennedy ’55.

Camille Lanata ’18, her mother, Christine Holliday Lanata ’83, and grandmother Estelle Borne Holliday ’59.

Meredith Landry ’18 and her grandmother, Patricia Danna Carona ’58. Meredith’s mother, Debbie Carona Landry, is a 1978 graduate.

Adelisca LeBlanc ’18 and her mother, Bridget Gooch LeBlanc ’80.

Emily Lenox ’18 and her mother, Evelyn Barber Lenox ’80.

Emily Matthews ’18 and her grandmother, Mary Beth Schneider Matthews ’60.

Anna Mayeaux ’18 and her mother, Elizabeth Meek Mayeaux ’83.

Blaire Fontenot ’18 and her mother, Christine Landaiche Fontenot ’94.

Claire-Scott Lynch ’18 and her mother, Michelle Benoit Lynch ’8787

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Colleen Lovretich ’18 and her mother, Kathleen Alley Lovretich ’77.

Mikaela Medica ’18 and her mother, Lori Quartararo Medica ’87.

Mary Scott Pourciau ’18, her mother, Anne-Scott Bahlinger Pourciau ’88, and grandmother Claire Wilson Bahlinger ’53.

Outstanding Alumnae CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2019

Outstanding Alumnae exemplify integrity, moral character, love of God and service to humanity. Honorees embody the ideals of sanctity, joy and action.

Sydney Trainor ’18 and her mother, Ginger Yoder Dodd ’88.

Nomination forms are located on the SJA website: under the Alumnae portal or contact Alumnae Director Katie Jeter Valenciano at 225.388.2244 or Deadline September 1

Calling all Baton Rouge-area Alumnae

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Caroline Walters ’18 and her mother, Terri Roberts Walters ’91.

October 24, 2018 5:30-8 p.m. Come meet and mingle with your fellow Baton Rouge-area alums Enjoy campus tours and a cocktail reception




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A C A D E MY R ESTR U C T URES A DM INISTRA TIV E TEA M St. Joseph’s Academy has restructured its administrative team. Aubrey DeJohn is the school’s dean of academics, Dr. Jason Hanks is the dean of curriculum and instruction and Erika Angarita is the dean of women. “Collaboration within an administrative team is so important,” Principal Stacia B. Andricain said in making the announcement of the changes. “Though the deans will all be learning new roles next year, we are excited about the dynamic and working with the faculty and staff to continue the tradition of excellence in our school.” DeJohn became SJA’s dean of women in September, replacing Andricain, who was named principal when Dr. Michele Lambert left to pursue other interests. Moving into the role of dean of academics will enable DeJohn to oversee the school’s faculty and to implement academic policies. “I am looking forward to transitioning into working more in the area of academics,” she said. “I am excited to take on more of a role with teachers, as well. As a classroom teacher at SJA for more than a decade, I feel I have the necessary qualities to work with other teachers to enhance the classroom experience. Of course, my favorite part of the day will continue to be working with the students. They are my passion and the reason we all do what we do every day.” Dr. Hanks has served as dean of academics since June of 2015. The role of dean of curriculum and instruction is a new one at SJA. Job responsibilities include the ongoing planning, implementation, development and evaluation of the

school’s curriculum. “I am looking forward to having more time for classroom observations as well as time to work with the faculty to begin to horizontally and vertically align the curriculum,” Dr. Hanks said. “My dissertation was on using data to inform decision making. I have used this information and skill set to improve test scores and college readiness at several other schools. I look forward to having the time to use data to help SJA improve academically and continuing to work with all stakeholders to move our exceptional program to even higher levels.” Angarita is new to the administrative team. She has taught Spanish at SJA for five years and has 11 years of experience as a classroom teacher. She holds a bachelor of arts from Western Michigan University in Spanish literature and a master’s from New York University in foreign language education. As dean of women, Angarita will be responsible for discipline and co-curricular activities. “I am looking forward to working with faculty and staff in a new position,” Angarita said. “The position of dean of women will give me the opportunity to pursue my passion. While I love being a teacher, I believe that moving to administration is the next step in my journey here at SJA. I will work with a group of similarly minded teachers who put a lot of effort into their teaching and genuinely care about their students. I am excited to work with professionals I can learn from, and I know they will push me to take on new and challenging opportunities.”

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A L U M S T O D AY A L U M N A AU T H O R S BOOK A BOUT BA LA NCING PR O F ESSIO N AL SU C C ESS A ND FA M ILY Mary Carroll Geary enjoyed a long and successful career as a clinical nurse and hospital executive in Florida and California. She served as president of her own healthcare consulting firm for 14 years. She currently serves as vice chair of the board of trustees at St. Francis Medical Center, an inner-city Catholic hospital in Trenton, New Jersey, which provides healthcare services to the poor. She is also president of the alumnae association of the Yale School of Nursing, from which she earned her master’s in psychiatric nursing. She and her husband raised two daughters, both of whom are now married with children of their own. As a successful professional, loving mother and devoted wife, Mary was frequently disturbed that the dialogue in books and magazines and among women she knew implied that combining high professional achievement with family life was impossible. She wanted to understand what works for women who successfully balance professional achievement, marriage and motherhood in a full and fulfilling life. Thus, her first book, Possibilities: Insights and Wisdom from Women Who Combined Marriage, Motherhood and High Professional Achievement, was born. Mary, a 1966 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, interviewed 36 highly accomplished women to discover their keys to success. “I wanted to share the answers with younger women, and I wanted to frame the book in a way that fostered conversation about options rather than providing recipes and preaching from the older generation,” Mary said. It took more than three years to find and interview women Mary felt were representative of the breadth of the American female population. Criteria were women 55 years of age and older with at least one marriage of 20 years and at least one child by birth or adoption. Careers spanned the fields of law, government, business and entrepreneurship, academia, healthcare and the arts. The women reside in 10 states; 22 percent were immigrants, and 20 percent were minorities. “Interestingly, although all the women were highly successful

professionally, only a few came from affluent backgrounds,” Mary said. “Most grew up middle class or working class. Some of the highest educational achievers (19 percent) were those who grew up in poverty. Their stories are beautiful examples of the American dream.” The stories of these women illustrate that there is more than one way to balance work and family. The idea that there is one path which you either follow or fail is simply not true, Mary said. Although the book is deliberately not a how-to manual, its stories provide specific ideas of what works for these women and, Mary said, will spur creative thinking by those working to find their own ways to build a full-life mix. Mary provided what she calls “The Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom” from the women included in her book: 1. Being a strong, independent person is important. You can’t count on others to take care of you. 2. In order for marriage to work between two professional people, having an egalitarian foundation is key. That does not mean a rigid 50-50 division of everything. 3. Serendipity and unanticipated opportunity were surprising drivers of accomplishment for many women. Take opportunities when you find them. 4. Blending work and family life is a process that involves constantly shifting demands and the need for flexibility. 5. Being willing to take risks, setting an agenda and having a future orientation are key builders of success. 6. When you need something that does not exist, find a way to build or create it. 7. Life is going to intervene in spite of your plans, and we have to find ways to be flexible and deal with it. 8. Traditional role expectations exist, and you must find a way to deal with them along the way. 9. Positive and negative role models can be useful. 10. Check your assumptions: Things are not always what they seem. Mary said writing has been an important part of her professional life, and she gives credit to the education in literature and writing she received at SJA. She was a writer for Student Prints and served as literary editor of the yearbook. Sister Joan Laplace was Mary’s English teacher during her senior year, “and I have fond memories of sharpening my writing skills in her class, particularly working on satirical pieces.”

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Today, Mary enjoys reading, cooking and entertaining. She travels several times a year to visit her daughters and their families. Anne lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, and Catherine lives in Portland, Oregon. Mary’s husband, Patrick, is a professor of medieval history at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He graduated from Catholic High in 1966. “As my husband nears retirement, we are trying to figure out what our life re-design will look like in the next chapter,” she said. “I would be remiss not to mention Vivien, our 80-pound golden retriever, who is a great companion who manages to do something every day to make me laugh.” Mary welcomes comments and dialogue. She can be reached at

Cordially invites our legacy mothers and

grandmothers and their SJA students to


Sunday, August 19, 2018 Mass at 9 a.m. in the Chapel at St. Joseph’s Academy

Brunch immediately following in Mother Alice Hall

RSVP by August 14 to or (225) 388-2244 As a senior at St. Joseph’s Academy, Mary Carroll Geary served as literary editor of the yearbook. She was asked to pose in her cap and gown for a photograph to be used as a page divider in the edition. Today, the picture is part of a collage of historic photographs which hangs in the library. “Imagine my surprise to come back to school two years ago for a reunion after many years away and finding my 17-year-old self on the wall,” Mary says.

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Lasharndra “Sharn” Lotten Barbarin, a 1991 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, is the chief executive officer of Medical City Lewisville, a Level III Trauma Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As such, she has direct administrative responsibility for all aspects of financial operations, the quality program and service agenda for the 186-bed facility with a combined case revenue of $130 million. Sharn graduated in 1995 from Louisiana State University with a bachelor of science in psychology and in 1997 from the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine with a master of health administration degree. She said that serving as a hospital CEO is truly rewarding. “My mission is my commitment to the care and improvement of human life,” she said. “I have the honor of serving patients and our community during their moments of celebration as they welcome new loved ones into their families as well as during moments of fear and loss. It is a true gift to share these moments with the families of our community.”

Prior to assuming the CEO position at Medical City Lewisville in 2015, Sharn served as chief operating officer/ethics and compliance officer at Medical City Arlington (Texas) for four years. Prior to that, she held the same position at Medical City McKinney (Texas) from 2002 until 2011. Being an administrative leader in the healthcare industry is enriched by seeing lives saved by the quality care provided to patients, she said. “This is only possible due to partnerships with specialty and subspecialty experts – physicians, nurses, techs, pharmacists and directors – and the launch of advancements in technology, research and innovation,” Sharn said. “I am uncompromising in being my community’s healthcare destination for excellence.” Sharn said she embraces the challenges of her position as her key responsibilities: “staying ahead of the everchanging landscape of healthcare trends, innovation and policies; ensuring that I’ve

done enough to serve the underserved; and maintaining perpetual readiness to serve the community during any disaster, natural or otherwise.” Looking back fondly at her years as a St. Joseph’s Academy student, Sharn said her teachers fostered her foundation of faith and commitment to excellence and her spirit of service, traits which strongly parallel with the tenets of healthcare. “SJA also cultivated my personal strength and belief that my career options were limitless,” Sharn said. “As a freshman, Sister Felix Loup defined the expectation of academic excellence for me. Mrs. Druci Balkom encouraged my exploration through literature, while Mrs. Ellen Lee and Mrs. Nan Murtagh celebrated my individuality and sense of self. Madame Jacqueline Labat modeled grace, dignity and service. Mrs. Linda Harvison – Harvee – nurtured my leadership skills and served as my greatest mentor and source of inspiration.” At SJA, Sharn was president of the student body and a member of the Catholic High School Bruinettes. She was also involved in the Latin Club, SJA/CHS Choir and the National Honor Society. “Each of these organizations taught me teamwork, selflessness, values and commitment,” she said. Sharn also points to the faith-filled home in which she grew up and credits her family’s strength and value system for her success. “My father taught me the value of a strong work ethic and of being faith led,” she said. “My mother instilled in me a sense of purpose and the imperative of academic excellence. My brother, a Catholic High School football player and class of 1994 graduate, sparked both my protective and my competitive spirit. My cousin, Trymica Lotten Charles, SJA class of 1992, modeled selflessness and humility." Today, Sharn is married to her college sweetheart, Reginald, and they have two sons, Courtland (15) and Brice (13). “They are the love of my life,” she said. “My husband and I strive to instill these same core values in our sons’ lives.” In her spare time, Sharn loves traveling with her family and cheering for her sons at their basketball and football games.

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Sharn Barbarin in her cap and gown

GR A D UAT E H EL P S L IG HT LA NDM A RK EXHIBIT A T TH E ME T Amanda Arikol, a 2006 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, is an architectural lighting designer with Tillotson Design Associates in Manhattan. She is part of the team charged with lighting the acclaimed Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibit at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Among the featured items are papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been outside of The Vatican. Tillotson Design Associates worked closely with the architecture team from Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute to bring the exhibit to life. “This particular project was a challenge for our lighting team not only because of the truncated timeline, but also the sensitive nature of the garments we were lighting,” Amanda said. “There was a constant balance we had to strike between making garments stand out and shine among the surrounding exhibits and adhering to stringent conservation standards. Working with the Met curation team on this unique project was an incredible learning experience for me.” Amanda said that being part of the exhibit was an honor. The importance and magnitude of the pieces on display made the experience truly memorable, she said. “It was very humbling to influence how such significant and spectacular artifacts are experienced by those who view them,” she said. “I also had the unique opportunity to work with many of my coworkers during

the final installation and focusing of the project. It was an all-hands-on-deck mentality, with designers coming to help focus the lighting in a shared effort to bring our design to fruition.” Amanda graduated from LSU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in interior design, but it was her time spent as a summer intern at a lighting design firm that piqued her interest in the industry. “I was drawn to the problem-solving aspect of my everyday work,” she said. “Designing with light is as much scientific as it is aesthetic, and that balance is a perfect fit for the way I view design.” As an architectural lighting designer, Amanda works to create an environment that meets the needs of her clients and end-users while also creating a meaningful aesthetic. She focuses on how light responds to various environments and conditions, how sunlight affects spaces and how fixtures and technologies can help achieve lighting goals. “We sometimes spend months collaborating with clients to develop a lighting strategy and concept which will complement their architectural vision, and then we work with them throughout the project to make it a reality,” she said. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys the never-ending opportunities for exploration that New York City has to offer. Weekends often include exploring new neighborhoods, stopping into jazz clubs and going for runs through Central Park. She also loves finding a spot in a favorite nook of the city and sketching the surrounding scenery.

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination will be on exhibit through October 8.

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ALUMNAE NEWS ’61 CAROLYN KLEINPETER MORRIS is the 2018 recipient of the St. Elizabeth Foundation Pam Kinamore Award. Created in 2003 in memory of adoptive parent Pam Kinamore, the award recognizes an outstanding supporter of and advocate for adoption. Carolyn has been at St. Elizabeth Foundation since 2009, working with women in crisis, facilitating the hospital experience for birth mothers and adoptive parents and doing bookkeeping for the foundation. She is also an active participant in the ministry at St. Joseph Cathedral, is a member of Friends of the Capitol Park Museum and the State Museum Board of Directors and is a regent of the Vieux Carré Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She and Buddy Morris have been married for 54 years and have five children and three grandchildren. Daughters Angela Morris Dockum ’86 and Coleen Morris Van De Car ’88 are graduates of SJA.

’92 LORI RIVET has been promoted to executive vice president and deputy general counsel at Primerica Inc. in Duluth, Georgia. Lori graduated from Louisiana State University in 1996 and LSU Law School in 1999.

’95 SHAWN MEARES BAKELMAN is a licensed professional counselor intern with Stonebriar Counseling Associates in Plano, Texas. She is a United States Marine Corps veteran with eight years of decorated service, including two combat tours. She graduated from Liberty University in May with a master’s degree in professional counseling. She completed her MBA at Texas Women’s University and has a bachelor of science in business and accounting from Hawaii Pacific University. She is a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator, completed sexual assault training through the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center and is experienced in Trauma-Focused CBT. Shawn enjoys camping with her husband and children, playing sports, volunteering in student ministry at her church, doing missionary work locally and abroad and learning to play musical instruments.

’98 REBECCA CARRIERE CHRISTOFFERSON, an assistant professor at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, is the 2018 recipient of the school’s Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence. Additionally, Rebecca was selected as a speaker for the 2018 TEDxLSU, discussing the need to take an environmentalist’s approach to public health in our own yards, neighborhoods and communities. ’99 ASHLEY ALLEN BAGGETT is a professor at North Dakota State University. Her book, Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans: Gender, Race and Reform, 1840 to 1900, was published by the University Press of Mississippi in October of 2017. ’00 LAUREN BEIELER MCINTYRE is a second-year graduate school student at The Catholic University of America pursuing a master’s degree to obtain her pediatric nurse practitioner with a dual concentration in primary and acute care. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. She also volunteers at Birthright of Woodbridge, an interfaith nonprofit organization that provides clothes, supplies, emotional support and community referrals for women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy. The organization strives for these women to choose life. Lauren and her husband, Graham McIntyre Jr., live in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

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’04 AMY BURFORD was named Math Teacher of the Year at Holley Navarre Intermediate School and Intermediate Math Teacher of the Year for Santa Rosa County. She teaches fourth grade. She has been recognized three times by the state of Florida as a High Impact Teacher based on student performance on the Florida Standards Assessments.

’04 AMANDA ROME, ’06 ABBY MOODY AND ’01 RACHEL ROME graduated from LSU Health Sciences Center in the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia program with doctor of nursing practice degrees.

’05 JESSICA WEIMER O’CONNOR (left) recently designed the cover of Breaking Vases, a book authored by executive coach Dima Ghawi (right). Jessica is a prospect management analyst for the LSU Foundation, providing concierge support services for frontline fundraisers. Jessica met Dima when she led a presentation at the LSU Foundation. Dima subsequently asked Jessica to work with her to develop the cover, pre-release materials and other marketing for her memoir. Jessica graduated from LSU in 2009 with a degree in advertising and worked in communications and marketing for 12 years before joining the LSU Foundation team. ’08 KATHERINE BLACKBURN is the department manager of the electrical engineering group at G.E.C. Inc. in Baton Rouge. She is a professional engineer currently licensed in four states. She graduated in May from LSU’s MBA program, and she and her husband are expecting their first child in October. Katherine serves as a mentor for local high school and college students and recently spoke at an event for young girls hosted by Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome.

’08 AMANDA SANDIFER is an associate dentist at Hood Dental Care in Denham Springs and Watson, Louisiana. She graduated from Rhodes College in 2012 with a bachelor of science in biology. She graduated from the LSU School of Dentistry with a doctor of dental surgery degree in May 2016. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She married Matthew Conine in June of 2013. ’08 HAILEY TARLETON YASLIK graduated from American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine in April. She was a course tutor and held numerous leadership positions, including president of the American Medical Student Association chapter and executive board member of Alpha Omega Phi Honor and Service Society. She was a founding member of the Integrative Medicine Series, a large panel discussion held every year with the goal of bridging the gap between the basic science studies and social aspects of clinical medicine. She created a series of course study guides used by first- and second-year students. Hailey earned her bachelor of science in biological sciences from LSU, where she was a member of Delta Zeta sorority. She recently married Dr. Christopher Yaslik, also a 2018 graduate of AUC. Both are internal medicine residents at Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

’09 ERIN ARCENEAUX, ’10 CAMILLE ELEAZAR BERRY AND ’10 SHELBY CARBO graduated from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in May with their doctorates of audiology.

’09 KATIE MORGANTI is a dermatology resident at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Katie earned her undergraduate degree in English literature from LSU in 2013 and graduated from the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport in 2017. She spent her intern year at the Brookwood Baptist Health System Medical Centers in Birmingham before returning to Louisiana to begin her dermatology residency. Upon completion of her residency in 2021, Katie is considering a pediatric dermatology fellowship to further specialize her training.

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’10 LUCIE CALDERON is the winner of the 2018 Gold Humanism Honor Society’s Humanism in Medicine Essay Contest. Lucie is a member of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine class of 2019.

’10 AINSLEY FAGAN graduated from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in May. For the 2017-2018 year, she served as the editor in chief of the Loyola Maritime Law Journal, earning the 2018 Jordan McFaull Award for her work and for expanding the journal into aviation and space law. She was a member of Loyola’s National Trial Advocacy Team and served on the board in 2017-2018. She was an honor board justice all three years of law school. She also received the 2018 Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award for her pro bono work with the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and her volunteer work with Crescent City Café, which serves homeless and low-income members of the community. She plans to relocate to Lafayette in August after taking the bar to work as a law clerk for the Honorable James Doherty in the 27th Judicial District Court.

’12 SARA ELLIS is the strike division officer on the USS Jason Dunham out of Norfolk, Virginia. Next year, she will attend Nuclear Power School to be trained in nuclear engineering. In April of 2017, she interviewed for the U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program and was accepted as a nuclear surface warfare officer. In December of 2018, she graduated from LSU with a degree in mechanical engineering and two minors in nuclear power engineering and business administration. She commissioned from Officer Candidate School in April, holding the billet of regimental commander. ’12 CAROLINE MORGANTI has been hired by IBM as a cognitive software developer at the Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. Caroline earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Prior to beginning her employment with IBM, Caroline is spending five months in Israel as a volunteer with HaShomer HaTzair. Her volunteer activities include teaching art to Israeli and Palestinian primary school children at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School and computer programming to Palestinian middle school students in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa.

’11 AMANDA FERGUSON earned her master of arts in teaching (secondary mathematics) from LSU in May. As an undergraduate, she was an LSU Ambassador and a member of Delta Gamma sorority. As a graduate school student, she served as a graduate assistant at University Laboratory School.

’12 KELSEY TOMB CARTER graduated magna cum laude from Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy in May. She is employed at McDonald Pharmacy in Jackson, Louisiana.

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’13 MOLLY MAGILL graduated from LSU in December and now works as an internal audit analyst at AIG in Houston.

’13 ALISON MELANCON graduated from LSU in May with an architectural degree and accepted a job with Mougeot Architecture in Baton Rouge.

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’13 AMANDA WILLIAMS is a business analyst for Airgas, an Air Liquide company, in Houston, Texas. She received the Values in Action for Our Associates Award in March. This national award is given to an employee who is committed to the success of his or her co-workers. ’14 RACHEL CLAIRE FENNER was accorded Wofford College’s highest academic honor when she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in May. She is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. Additionally, Rachel received the W. Ray Leonard Award, the departmental award for biology. Academic major awards are made by the faculty to seniors recommended by the major departments on the basis of academic achievement, character and intellectual promise. ’15 ELYSE THORNHILL, a rising senior on the LSU softball team, has been named to the 2018 SEC Community Service Team for the second consecutive year. Elyse leads the team in community service hours, volunteering her time with numerous organizations in the Baton Rouge community. During the fall, she donated many of her service hours to the Friends of Animals animal shelter. After Hurricane Harvey, she helped with relief efforts. She also gives tours at the Knock Knock Children’s Museum. Other organizations which benefit from Elyse’s efforts are LSU’s Move-In Day, Halloween BooZar, Thanksgiving with the Tigers, Sylvia’s Toys for Children, the annual Teal Walk and LSU’s Geaux Play event. ’16 ROWAN E. BAIRD has been selected as a member of the Ole Miss Orientation Leader Team for 2018. Orientation leaders are current undergraduate students at the University of Mississippi selected through a competitive application process and trained as campus experts to assist incoming students, parents and transfer students with their transition to college. Rowan is a junior studying mechanical engineering. She is a member of the Ole Miss equestrian team and a fitness instructor at the University of Mississippi Campus Rec Center.




SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018 10K, 5K, Half-Mile and One-Mile Fun Runs Join us for a morning of family fun as we honor our veterans Presented by Varsity Sports

Registration opens August 6

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A LU M N AE GAT H ER TO CELEBRA TE REUNIONS Members of SJA’s 70-, 75- and 80year reunion classes enjoyed lunch in SJA’s Mother Alice Hall on July 12.

Classes of 1938, 1943 and 1948 Class of 1948 members in attendance were (seated) Virginia Coerver Bolin, Sister Carolyn Brady, Adele Kennedy Langlois, Jackie Guidry O’Quinn, (standing) Pat Kleinpeter Odom, Gloria LeBlanc Cristina and Catherine Eaton Devries.

1938, 1943 and 1948 Pictured are 75-year graduates Sister Kathleen Babin, Anna Mae Cascio LaPorte, Sister Mildred Guillot and Maralyn Braud Cambre.

1938, 1943 and 1948 Stella Maranto Fritcher, class of 1938, celebrated her 80-year reunion. She is pictured with her daughter, Carolyn Combs.

Class of 1958 SJA’s 60-year graduates enjoyed a reunion luncheon on July 13 in Mother Alice Hall on campus.

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Class of 1988

Members of the class of 1978 gathered at TimeOut Lounge on July 14 to celebrate their 40-year reunion with members of the Catholic High School class of 1978.

Among the weekend’s 30-year reunion festivities for the class of 1988 was a gathering with Catholic High 1988 graduates at The Trademark.

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Class of 1993 The class of 1993 gathered at Kalurah Street Grill on July 14 to celebrate their 25-year reunion with their counterparts from Catholic High School.

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A large group of 1998 graduates met at Cecelia Creole Bistro on July 13 for a girls’ night out celebration of their 20-year reunion.

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Celebrating their 10-year reunion at Cane Land Distilling Company were members of the SJA class of 2008.

On May 9, SJA graduates living in the New Orleans area gathered at the home of Addie Melshimer Imseis ’94 for an evening of food, fellowship and fun. They also enjoyed visiting with SJA administrators, faculty and staff, including Brenda LeBlanc, Jill Abadie, Linda Messina, Katie Jeter Valenciano, Linda Thompson, Rebecca Stagg, Stacia Andricain, Jan Rhorer Breen, Dorinda Beaumont and Glynis Davis.

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Family Day at SJA Principal Stacia Andricain, center, poses with class of 2008 members Breanna Paul and Monique Douglas, holding daughter Maisyn.

Milestone graduates and their families enjoyed spending time on campus on July 14 for Family Day at SJA. Guests enjoyed a jambalaya lunch, live music, activities for the children and campus tours. Among the families in attendance were Becky Uffman Eldredge, class of 1998. She is pictured with her husband, Chris, and children Abby, Mary and Brady.

Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ, associate director of SJA’s Mission Advancement Office, poses with members of the class of 1978. They were students when she served as principal. They are, from left, Lauren Mitchell Fabre ’78, Toni White Douglas ’78 and Ann McLindon ’78.

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ANNUAL FUND T HE A N N U AL F U ND 2 0 1 7-201 8 IN REV IEW Thank you for your gifts to the St. Joseph’s Academy Annual Fund in 2017-2018. The combined gifts of more than 1,900 alumnae, parents, grandparents, parents of graduates, faculty, staff and friends enabled us to raise a total of $515,500 by the end of our fiscal year on June 30. With your contribution, you provided funding for academic, athletic and co-curricular programs as well as opportunities for faith development. You promoted professional development

for faculty and staff members, supplied needed resources for updating classrooms, added a new laser printer for the STEM lab and much-needed parking. The entire campus benefited from your gifts. And so we again say, “Thank you.” Your gift to the Annual Fund is indeed making a difference in the lives of our students and for our future.



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A CAD EMY T O L AU N CH 201 8-201 9 A NNUA L FUND Our 150-year history has been written by each person who has walked our halls. The tradition of excellence is the same today as it was in the past, a tradition that has been made possible by generous parents, alumnae, grandparents, parents of graduates and community friends. The future of this legacy of excellence depends on you, as well. In the coming weeks, St. Joseph’s Academy will launch the 2018-2019 Annual Fund appeal. We will be reaching out to you, our community, and asking you to give back to our beloved SJA. This is a critical piece of fundraising for SJA. The Annual Fund helps provide funds for our operating budget, which in turn keeps tuition down. And that allows St. Joseph’s Academy to continue living the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph in making a Catholic education accessible to anyone wishing to have one. Every day at SJA, we are blessed by the generosity of our community. Every day, your gift touches the lives of our students in very tangible ways. In the classroom, in the hallways, on the stage, on the court or field and in our Chapel, these remarkable young women are learning, growing spiritually and contributing to our community, thanks to you. When your SJA Annual Fund envelope arrives in the mail or you pick up your commitment form at Back-to-School night, please take a moment to reflect on what St. Joseph’s Academy means to you. Then ask yourself how you can impact the life of another SJA student. Can you contribute the equivalent of a latte each week? Can you give an hour’s wages or maybe a day’s? Can you make a leadership gift that will dramatically impact the future of the 1,100-plus young women who will walk our halls this year? This year, as we celebrate our past, will you help shape our future? If each member of the St. Joseph’s Academy community makes their best gift to the SJA Annual fund, there’s no doubt that our tradition of excellence will continue for another 150 years.




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T H U R S D A Y, O C T O B E R 2 5 , 2 0 1 8 Rehearsal, Dinner and Cocktails at CHS Registration opens July 16.

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PL ANNED GIVING T HE L EGAC Y SO C IE T Y Over the years, many wonderfully generous individuals have included St. Joseph’s Academy in their estate planning. Some have been motivated by an appreciation for what the school has done for them or their children. Some chose to honor a teacher, a Sister of St. Joseph or a person who helped guide them at an important point in their life. The Legacy Society was established to recognize these generous alumnae, parents and friends of SJA for their commitment to and support of our mission. The Legacy Society allows us to recognize our legacy donors during their lifetime. Unfortunately, many of our generous supporters have never notified the

school of their intentions. We would be humbled and honored to welcome you into The Legacy Society if you have or would like to • Provide for St. Joseph’s Academy in your will or trust. • Designate SJA as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan, savings bond, bank account or life insurance policy. • Name St. Joseph’s Academy as a beneficiary of a planned gift. To be added to the membership of The Legacy Society, please contact Sister Joan Laplace in the Mission Advancement office at or (225) 388-2220. Or you can clip and mail the form below to her attention at SJA.

Leaving a Legacy at St. Joseph’s Academy I am/We are pleased to inform you that I/we (check all that apply): Have already included St. Joseph’s Academy in my/our estate plans. Am/are considering a planned gift to St. Joseph’s Academy.

Would like a personal call or visit to discuss a planned gift. Would like to receive information about how to include SJA in a will.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Name(s): ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ City: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ State: ____________________________________________________________Zip :_________________________________________ Phone: ________________________________Email: __________________________________________________________________ St. Joseph’s Academy, 3015 Broussard Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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ON CAMPUS S JA WI N S C H AL L ENGE DA Y 201 8 St. Joseph’s Academy is the winner of the 2018 Challenge Day competition, beating Catholic High School 10-9. The event, hosted by the Student Councils of both schools, took place this year on April 20 in the CHS gym. The Redstickers captured the Memory, Ping Pong Transfer, PVC Pass and Spirit events, while the Bears won Cup Stacking, Uniform Swap, Basketball Shootout and Egg Toss. Both schools won two points in the Challenge Day Food Drive competition for surpassing their goal of 35 pounds of nonperishable food items collected per student. The food drive, which benefits the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, resulted in more than 67,000 pounds of food being collected. Senior Barbara Flandez was a coach for the Ping Pong Transfer team. “Challenge Day was hands-down the best and most rewarding event of my senior year,” she said. “The amount of joy and anxiety I felt throughout the event itself is indescribable. I will never forget how every single one of my Sticker sisters came together in order to achieve something we all wanted. This was the perfect reward we needed to boost the morale throughout our school community, and I am more than thankful that I was able to be a part of this celebration.”

The Redstickers brought home the Challenge Day 2018 trophy following their big win on April 20.

Senior Gabbie Taylor was a member of the Ping Pong Transfer team. She said Challenge Day was an exhilarating experience she will never forget. “Student Council and the athletes worked so hard to prepare for this event, and the outcome truly showed how much it meant to us,” she said. “This win was an indescribable feeling that you just had to be in that huge huddle around the trophy with your Sticker sisters to feel. Go Stickers!” Alumnae, parents and friends enjoyed the action at the Challenge Day live-feed viewing party at Bogie’s. Others watched from their computers, smart phones and TVs. The video streaming was the work of Media Coordinator Erin Albarado, faculty member Sara Rounds and their student-run SJABR TV organization.

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome made a surprise visit during the pre-Challenge Day pep rally to present the SJA Cheerleaders with a proclamation of congratulations for winning the 2018 National High School Cheerleading Championship in the Super Varsity Division.

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PH Y S I C S HON OR S PR OJ E C T AD D R ES S ES S ENS O R Y PR O CES S I NG DISORDER Students in Jacqueline Savoia’s Physics Honors classes undertook a project in the St. Joseph’s Academy Innovation and Design Lab, designing a sensory-friendly play space for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

Ethan’s play space had a “Louisiana Bayou” theme, while Jack’s space featured a “Starry Night” theme. Both were equipped with sensory-friendly materials, personalized sensory boards, a weighted sensory blanket, an essential oil diffuser, a Bluetooth speaker and other features. Ethan’s play space will go to the mother’s day out program at Jefferson Baptist, while Jack will enjoy his space at his house.

Following the Innovation and Design methodology, the students first identified a need in the local community. They then researched SPD, discovering that it is typically not recognized as a medical condition without an associated diagnosis of autism and that most insurance companies don’t cover the cost of treatment. The students also discovered that these Physics Honors students created a special play area for a children do not receive special youngster with Sensory Processing Disorder. accommodations at school unless their parents pay for them. After interviewing two local mothers whose sons have SPD, the students pitched prototypes of their projects which addressed the specific sensory needs of the disorder. Ethan Tshirky and Jack Meyer, accompanied by their moms, visited campus to see the sensory-friendly play spaces designed especially for them.

Physics Honors students researched Sensory Processing Disorder to create sensory-friendly place spaces.

Jennifer Meyer, Jack’s mother, said the students’ engagement in the project was truly remarkable. “They were genuinely concerned with researching and coming up with unique ideas that could make a real difference in the lives of children with Sensory Processing Disorder,” she said. “This disorder has greatly impacted our life, and it is something that does not get a lot of attention.” Jennifer said that Jack loved his new play space. “The girls had prepared the space for him to be calm when he entered the room by dimming the lights and turning on his favorite music,” she said. “He was delighted with all the special touches that they included. He was perfectly calm and regulated while in the space, which means it served its purpose well. It was such a pleasure to meet these students, and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of this project. The students’ interest and thoughtfulness truly touched my heart.”

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S P R IN G S P OR T S T E A M S W R AP UP S U C C E S S FU L S E A S ON S The SJA tennis team is the 2018 Division I state champion, finishing first for the second year in a row in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Tennis Tournament. The Redstickers scored 14 points to finish ahead of Mount Carmel (8), Parkway (6.5), Mandeville (6) and Denham Springs (5.5). The Division I championship was held April 23 and 24 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

S TUD ENT-ATHL ETES HONORED BY TH E AD VO CATE AS S TA R OF STARS Recent graduates Meghan Johnson and Fran Okpalobi and rising senior Lauren Hendry were among the outstanding athletes from the Baton Rouge area to be named 2018 Star of Stars in their respective sports by The Advocate. Meghan is the Star of Stars in Soccer, Fran is the Star of Stars in Volleyball and Lauren is the Star of Stars in Cross Country. In addition, Lauren was one of three finalists for Female Athlete of the Year, and the cross country team was a finalist for The Advocate’s Girls' Team of the Year.

The SJA gymnastics team finished third in the LHSAA/Sugar Bowl Girls’ State Gymnastics Meet on April 28. The gymnasts tallied 215.350 points. Caddo Magnet (222.550) won its fifth consecutive state championship, while Baton Rouge High (220.150) captured state runner-up honors. The meet was held at Baton Rouge High. With qualifiers in 10 of 18 events, the St. Joseph’s Academy track and field team scored 61 points to finish third in the Class 5A Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held May 5 at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track & Field Complex. The Redstickers’ point total was the highest in school history at the state meet. Junior Lauren Hendry won the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter runs to be named the Outstanding Girls' Performer. This year marks the fifth time in the past 11 years in which SJA has finished in the top five at the state meet.

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Fran Okpalobi (volleyball) and Lauren Hendry (cross country) were named 2018 Star of Stars in their respective sports. Lauren was also a finalist for Female Athlete of the Year.

The cross country team was a finalist for The Advocate’s Girls' Team of the Year. They are pictured at the Star of Stars celebration on May 21 with keynote speaker Marcus Spears, former LSU football star and sports media personality.

Meghan Johnson was the 2018 Star of Stars in soccer.

T R IB U T E D ON A T I ON S The following tribute donations were made between March 16 and June 30, 2018. Please remember those being honored, as well as those who honored them, in your prayers. If you wish to make a special gift in honor or memory of a family member or friend, you may do so online at www. Click the “Giving” tab at the top of the homepage, then “How to Give.” If you have questions, please call the Mission Advancement Office at (225) 388-2219. In Memory of Ms. Linda Adams Mr. and Mrs. Christopher E. Denstel

In Honor of Ms. Chloe Boudreaux ’15 Mr. and Mrs. Dan Boudreaux

In Memory of Joy Bergeron Clements ’41 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Saccaro

In Honor of Ms. Risa Boudreaux ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Dan Boudreaux

In Memory of Dr. Michael J. Coogan Mr. and Mrs. McCauley O. Bullock Jr.

In Memory of Mrs. Marguerite Beatty Bozeman ’36 Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Sticklen

In Memory of Mrs. Roxane Rodriguez Cooper ’86 Mr. and Mrs. James C. Miller Jr.

In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Buel J. Brady Mr. and Mrs. George M. Bourgeois

In Honor of Ms. Aimée Cronan ’96 Ms. Natalie Marionneaux

In Honor of Mrs. Jan Rhorer Breen ’69 and Mr. Walter Comeaux Mrs. Brenda LeBlanc and Mr. Lee Feinswog Mrs. Laurel Herrington Mr. and Mrs. Glen Randow

In Honor of Mrs. Stacia Andricain Mrs. Britton Durio Ms. Marianne Konikoff In Honor of Mrs. Erika Angarita Ms. Evelyn Clawson In Memory of John B. Atkinson Drs. Michael and Kathleen Crapanzano In Honor of Sister Jane Aucoin, CSJ ’44 Mr. and Mrs. Zach Wilson In Honor of Ms. Hannah Babin ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Babin

In Honor of Ms. Carson Brooks ’18 Ms. Elise Caruso In Honor of Ms. Emrey Broyles ’18 Dr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Broyles In Memory of Mrs. Mary Bourgeois Broyles ’63 Mr. and Mrs. McCauley O. Bullock Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Steve Fourrier Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Liles The Family of Al and Jennie Price Mrs. Camilla Pugh

In Memory of Mrs. Drusilla Balkom Tena Payton McKenzie In Memory of Mrs. Melwyn M. Barker Mr. and Mrs. Leroy P. Chenevert In Honor of Mr. Steve Barrios Ms. Peyton Williams

In Memory of Mrs. Aimee L. Brumley ’98 Ms. Lori Nero

In Honor of Ms. Phoenix Beauvais ’19 Mrs. Regina Staten In Honor of Ms. Easton Berard and Ms. Elle Berard Morgan Simoneaux Berard

In Honor of Ms. Laura Coniglio ’15 Mr. and Mrs. Jarrod Coniglio

In Memory of Ms. Katherine Counce Bowling ’74 Ms. Amy Counce

In Memory of Mrs. Joanne Brassett Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Landry

In Honor of Ms. Rachel Alonzo ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Brent M. Alonzo

In Honor of Mrs. Zoraida Berrio Ms. Gabriela Castillo

In Honor of Mrs. Evelyn Clawson ’18 Ms. Mary Edith Woosley

In Honor of Sister Carolyn Brady, CSJ ’48 Mrs. Mindy Brodhead Averitt

In Honor of Mrs. Mary Kay Alford Ms. Makenzie Morgan

In Honor of Mrs. Ann Bahlinger Bernard ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Brice

In Honor of Mrs. Carlie Boone Fallon Gerald

In Honor of Sister Judith Brun, CSJ Mrs. Anne Jeanmard In Memory of Mr. William Caballero Mr. and Mrs. Steve Fourrier In Honor of Mrs. Jerry Rhea Cangelosi ’45 Ms. Celia Cangelosi In Honor of the Class of 1969 Mr. and Mrs. James D. Mixon

In Memory of Mrs. Laura Gatz Deavers ’66 Mr. Bennie Gatz In Honor of Mrs. Aubrey DeJohn Ms. Juliana Habisreitinger In Honor of Mrs. Callie Delacroix Mrs. Anne Jeanmard In Honor of Ms. Sophie DeOliveira ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Mario C. DeOliveira In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Derozan Jr. Mrs. Kristin B. Clarkson In Honor of Mrs. Jennifer Ashworth Dinh ’94 Mr. Mark Ashworth Mr. and Mrs. Owen W. Ashworth In Memory of Mrs. Frances Salario Doyle ’51 Mr. and Mrs. James R. Kelly Jr. In Honor of Ms. Brynn Duggan ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Duggan In Honor of Mrs. Beryl Dupre Mrs. Anne Jeanmard In Memory of Mrs. Nora Eckert Mrs. Erin Eckert McLean In Honor of Ms. Savannah Esteve ’16 Mr. and Mrs. Darren Esteve In Memory of Ms. Eva Farmer Fasullo Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lundin Jr. In Honor of Sister Ileana Fernandez, CSJ Sandy and Greg Brown In Memory of Mrs. Pat Birdsong Fisher ’60 Mr. Larry Fisher

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In Honor of Ms. Alexa Garcia ’22 Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Zimmerman III

In Honor of Coach Amanda Henley Ms. Julia Dykes

In Memory of Ms. Gracie Gary Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Gary

In Memory of Mrs. Amy Cutrer Heroman ’46 Ms. Amy Andrews Mrs. Holly Heroman Andrews Mrs. Alice Giambrone Madere

In Honor of Elizabeth Gaspard ’19 Mr. and Mrs. Kerry P. Gaspard In Memory of Mary Delle Bogan Gerald ’47 Mrs. Jacquee Jackson Carvin Fallon Gerald In Honor of Mrs. Meg Gerald Mr. and Mrs. Michael Duke Mr. and Mrs. Max Richards In Honor of Mrs. Linda Gonzales Ms. Anna Kathryn Gonzales In Memory of Mr. William A. Good Mr. Paul Bologna In Honor of Ms. Mia Goodson ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Joe W. Goodson In Honor of Mrs. Debbie Guidry Mrs. Anne Jeanmard In Memory of Mrs. Deryl Hamilton Mr. John Hamilton In Memory of Mary Jo Hanover Mr. and Mrs. McCauley O. Bullock Jr. In Honor of Ms. Sarah Hardin ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hardin Jr. In Honor of Mrs. Claire Harrington ’18 Mr. Scott and Dr. Laurie Harrington In Honor of Ms. Alexis Harvey ’22 Mr. and Mrs. George Walker In Honor of Ms. Kathleen Hayden Mrs. Anne Jeanmard In Memory of Mrs. Mary T Heffron The Family of Margaret Heffron In Memory of Mr. Norman Heffron The Family of Margaret Heffron In Memory of Mrs. Genevieve Hanks Heine ’44 Mr. and Mrs. Stan Heine In Honor of Ms. Annie Heitman ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Tollie D. Bordeaux In Honor of Ms. Elizabeth Helm ’17 Mr. and Mrs. Mitch P. Ewen In Memory of Mrs. Inez Gauthier Helmke ’55 and Mr. Homer Helmke Mr. and Mrs. Randy Bonnecaze In Honor of Ms. Teddy Helouin ’18 Dr. and Mrs. Brent Helouin Sr.

In Memory of Mrs. Elise Doiron Heroman ’36 Mrs. Anne Jeanmard In Memory of Mr. Fred I. Heroman Jr. Mrs. Anne Jeanmard In Honor of Ms. Macy Heroman ’18 Mr. and Mrs. David Heroman In Memory of Mrs. Mary Prosser Heroman ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Heroman In Honor of Ms. Sarah Hill ’18 Mrs. Ardella Hill and Mr. Robby Gill In Honor of Ms. Jaidyn Holland ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Holland III In Memory of Ms. Allison Honeycutt ’12 Mr. and Mrs. D. Blayne Honeycutt In Honor of Ms. Camille Hosea ’20 Anonymous In Honor of Mrs. Amy Scheurich House ’97 Ms. Molly Shepherd In Honor of Mrs. Katherine Hudson ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Hudson In Memory of Mrs. Margaret Coerver Jolly ’42 Mr. and Mrs. Jay Jolly In Honor of Ms. Abigail Kennedy ’18 Mrs. Charlene Kennedy In Memory of Mrs. Eleanor Dixon Kleinpeter ’54 Mrs. Lane Chenevert Mrs. Carolyn DePaula Mr. Leon and Dr. Donna Kleinpeter Mrs. Elaine LeBlanc Mrs. Gail Stickley Mr. and Mrs. Bret M. Talbot Mr. and Mrs. John S. Young In Honor of Ms. Sarazen Knight ’18 Mr. and Mrs. David Knight In Memory of Mrs. Faye Mix Kovich ’75 Ms. Lisa Lynch

In Memory of Jacqueline Billeaudeau Labat ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Bordelon Mr. and Mrs. Al Boudreaux Dr. Megan E. Brooks Mrs. Melissa Heck Brown Ms. Amy Cave Ms. Maryann M. Dabkowski Mr. and Mrs. Mickey DeJohn Re and David DiVincenti Mr. and Mrs. John A. Durnin III Ms. Liz Fontenot Mrs. Laurel Herrington Mrs. Anne Jeanmard Ms. Georgia Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Errol Labat Mr. Wade Labat Ms. T LaCour Mr. and Mrs. Matthew LaNasa Mrs. Brenda LeBlanc Ms. Dede LeBlanc Mrs. Evelyn Barber Lenox Mrs. Cynthia Losavio Ms. Robin Mayhall Mrs. Erin Eckert McLean Ms. Hannah Miletello Mr. and Mrs. Greg J. Miller Mr. Johnny Morgan and Mrs. Nannette Murtagh Ms. Nhan Thi Thanh Nguyen Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Payment Mrs. Stephanie Heine Potter Mrs. Camilla Pugh Dr. and Mrs. Michael L. Rolfsen SJA Mothers’ Club Mr. and Mrs. Bret M. Talbot Ms. Hilary H. Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Scott Thompson In Honor of Camille Lanata ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Lanata In Honor of Mr. Kevin Landry Ms. Madeline Thomas In Honor of Riley Landry ’20 Mr. and Mrs. Darren S. Landry In Honor of Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ Ms. Megan St. Germain Mrs. Anne Jeanmard Mr. and Mrs. Francis C. Jumonville Jr. The Vision 21 Foundation In Memory of Mr. John Laplace Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Dauzat Mrs. Alice Greer In Memory of Thomas A. LaPorte Ms. Rachel LaPorte

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In Honor of Ms. Ondrea Lavallias Fallon Gerald

In Memory of Ms. Peggy Moran Mr. and Mrs. John W. Davidson

In Honor of Caroline LeBlanc ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Scott LeBlanc

In Honor of Ms. Londyn Morse ’18 Mr. and Mrs. John Morse

In Memory of Robert E. Lee III Peachie and Phil Ragusa

In Memory of Ms. Kelly Murnane Dr. and Mrs. William H. Baird

In Honor of Mrs. Julie Wilson-Aguilar LeFebvre ’94 Mrs. Molly Mayeux

In Memory of Ms. Courtney Myshrall ’95 Mrs. Britney LeBlanc

In Memory of Mrs. Stephanie Murray Lemoine ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen N. Bone In Honor of Ms. Rhys Lopiparo ’19 Mr. and Mrs. Orazio Campagna In Memory of Sister Felix Loup, CSJ Mrs. Anne Jeanmard In Memory of Mrs. Ferne Loupe Dr. Drew Lamonica Arms Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Lamonica Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stephens In Memory of Sister Alice Marie MacMurdo, CSJ ’39 Mr. and Mrs. John Rigby In Honor of Ms. Kylie Martin ’19 Mrs. Deborah Bodin Riddle In Memory of Mr. Dale Mayeaux Mrs. Candace Tucker In Memory of Mrs. Marie Roques Mayhall ’38 Ms. Robin Mayhall In Honor of Ms. Elizabeth McCormick ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Scott McCormick In Honor of Ms. Ashley McGuire ’20 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. McGuire III In Honor of Mr. Cord McKeithen Ms. Camille Fabre In Honor of Ms. Barbara McManus ’66 Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Brice Mrs. Anne Jeanmard In Honor of Ms. Clare Meng ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Meng In Honor of Ms. Emily Michel ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Panepinto Sr. In Memory of Ms. Jacquelyn Miller Mrs. Stephanie Lepisto In Honor of Ms. Sara Manning Miller ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Ferachi Jr. In Memory of Mrs. Anna Misuraca Mr. and Mrs. Floyd L. Braud

In Memory of Mr. Dao Nguyen Mr. and Mrs. Hoa V. Vu In Memory of Ms. Penny Nichols ’64 Ms. Patricia M. West In Honor of Mr. Patrick O’Hara Mr. and Mrs. William J. Hansen Ms. Emily Rye In Memory of Mrs. Molly Delacroix Pierson Olds ’34 Mr. Creighton and Dr. Elena Miller In Memory of Mrs. Joycelyn O’Neill Mr. and Mrs. Wally McMakin In Honor of Ms. Sophie Palombo ’11 Ms. Grace Palombo In Honor of Mrs. Carol Verges Patty ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Donald Barron In Honor of Ms. Allie Peever ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd C. Peever In Honor of Ms. Anna Peever ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd C. Peever In Honor of Ms. Lanie Powell ’21 Ms. Elaine Polozola In Honor of Ms. Kylie RangeleyAllement ’20 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Allement In Honor of Mrs. Cherry Foret Riggs ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Troy E. Blanchard In Honor of Ms. Kristy Roubique ’76 Mrs. Cherie Andries Lato In Honor of Mrs. Sara Tomeny Rounds ’99 Ms. Camille Dunlap In Honor of Mrs. Leigh Grace Rouyer Ms. Mia Sylvest In Honor of Ms. Katelyn Sancho ’17 Mr. and Mrs. Ron Sancho In Honor of Ms. Lauren Sancho ’10 Mr. and Mrs. Ron Sancho In Memory of Mrs. Stephanie Schexnayder Ms. Kate Wall 33 | S J A C O N N E C T I O N S Summer 2018

In Memory of Miss Katelyn Marie Schiro The SJA Class of ’99 In Honor of Ms. Katherine Sclafani ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Sclafani III In Honor of Ms. Katherine Scully ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Scully Jr. In Honor of Mrs. Eloise Arbour Selig ’42 Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Selig In Memory of Mrs. Tammy Shore Mr. Alan Shore In Honor of Ms. Ali Stafford ’20 Anonymous donor In Honor of Ms. Marie Stagg ’02 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stagg In Memory of Mrs. Carolyn Borne Stewart ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Bryan P. Arceneaux Mr. Donald Stewart In Honor of Sister Patricia Sullivan, CSJ Sandy and Greg Brown In Honor of Mr. Jamal Tajdaran Mr. and Mrs. John C. Boyce In Honor of Ms. Amelia Talbot ’16 Ms. Natalie Toups In Memory of Ms. Kathleen Tamplain Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Schroeder In Honor of Ms. Gabrielle Taylor ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Jason D. Taylor In Honor of Miss Mona Faye Taylor Ms. Mary Elizabeth Gordon In Memory of Miss Sarah Claire Touchstone The SJA Class of ’99 In Memory of Mrs. Marie Bourg Tullier ’46 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick G. Tullier In Honor of Mrs. Katherine Jeter Valenciano ’04 Mrs. Loretta Jeter In Honor of Ms. Hannah Grace Vautrot ’19 Ms. Jennifer Vautrot In Memory of Mrs. Geraldine Levy Venincasa ’52 Mrs. Laura Venincasa-Cox


WEDDINGS, BIRTHS, PASSINGS WEDDINGS In Memory of Ms. Patricia Vollman Anonymous donor In Honor of Ms. Angelle Waguespack ’18 Dr. and Mrs. Eric Waguespack In Honor of Ms. Caroline Walters ’18 Mrs. Norma Walters In Honor of Mrs. Sarah Jeansonne Wampler ’04 Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Jeansonne, Sr. Mrs. Kristen A. Pellegrin In Memory of Mrs. Bonnie Wicker Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Papaneri In Honor of Ms. Grace Wilkinson ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Horace Wilkinson V In Honor of Sister Adelaide Williamson, CSJ ’59 Mr. and Mrs. Christopher E. Cox Dr. and Mrs. Hillard M. Haik In Memory of Mrs. Rachael Lynn Willis ’00 Mrs. Tessa M. Danna In Honor of Ms. Anna Yeargain ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Yeargain

’94 Kelley Leigh Green to Logan Stelly 4/13/2018 ’00 Lauren Beieler to Graham McIntyre 5/15/2017 ’02 Sarah Currier to Mark Ori 4/14/2018 ’04 Ashley Nicole Minsky to Ryan Mitchell 5/25/2018 ’07 Alexandra Hedrick to Cody Christopher Arceneaux 3/24/2018 ’07 Kathleen Patricia Hoffman to Jacob Cohen 4/21/2018 ’08 Hailey Tarleton to Christopher Yaslik 4/6/2018 ’09 Taylor Hayden to William Chadwick 4/6/2018 ’10 Jessica L. Keppinger to Aaron Christopher Kisling 5/26/2018 ’11 Morgan Rachelle Alford to Luke Aaron Leeth 4/20/2018 ’11 Leah Aultman to Christopher Bittles 12/29/2017 ’11 Rebecca Marie LaPorte to Michael Murray 6/29/2018 ’11 Malena Catherine Moreau to Shawn Jezek 6/30/3028

BIRTHS ’03 Andrea Hoffman Fontenot: son, Augustine Thomas, born 5/7/2018 ’03 Kacie Honoré Owens: son, Wesley James, born 3/29/2018 ’04 Kelley Evans Handford: son, Wistar Reed, born 10/25/2017 ’04 Mallory Guerin Kemp: son, Lane Thomas, born 3/29/2018 ’04 Lauren Palermo Lemen: daughter, Claire Catherine, born 5/30/2018 ’04 Amy Dunaway Marshall: son, John Ellis, born 5/7/2018 ’04 Jennifer Duplechin Oberthier: son, Brooks Campbell, born 6/2/2018 ’04 Allison Burns Selig: daughter, Estelle Burns, born 4/30/2018 ’04 Erin Spencer Shedlof: daughter, Landry Irene, born 5/21/2018 34 | S J A C O N N E C T I O N S Transitions

’05 Samantha Wall Blalock: son, Charles Louis, born 4/14/2018 ’05 Allison Percy Merrick: son, Brennan James, born 4/3/2018 ’05 Carly Sylvest Sills: daughter, Blair Seymour, born 3/31/2018 ’06 Claudia Poche Frantz: son, Sawyer James, born 3/14/2018 ’06 Rebecca Brignac Williams: daughter, Camille Claire, born 3/27/2018 ’07 Mary Claire Petit: son, Theodore Michael, born 3/28/2018 ’08 Renee Lorio Adkins: daughter, Camille Elise, born 3/26/2018 ’09 Maureen Alford Murtagh: son, Joseph Daniel, born 5/6/2018


We make a sincere effort to publish any close alumnae family connections with the names of the deceased. With nearly 10,000 alumnae, please note that our database does not include all possible SJA relationships. We appreciate receiving this information from family whenever possible. Notices which appear in this issue were received by July 9, 2018. Leo Gerard Abadie Father of JoEllyn Abadie Gallmann ’72, Jean Abadie Dugas ’76 and Carolyn Abadie Landry ’85 Grandfather of Ellen Abadie Farr ’06, Kelly Abadie ’10, Katherine Dugas ’12 and Elizabeth Landry ’17

Richard Kelly Akin Grandfather of Julia Kelly Akin ’19 Fredrick Jacob Bahlinger Jr. Husband of Claire Clack Bahlinger ’51 Father of Marie Louise Bahlinger Bixler ’79 and Hilary Bahlinger Stephenson ’88 Dr. Raphael A. Baranco Sr. Brother of Patricia E. Baranco ’70 Melwyn Mary Marionneaux Barker Mother of Melwyn Barker Wendt ’73 and Nancy Barker Gunn ’76 Grandmother of Jacqueline Barker Savoia ’02 (faculty member), Mary Kathryn Wendt ’04 and Lacey Barker ’13

Alfred A. “Buck” Bayhi Father of Jane Bayhi Wood ’74 Grandfather of Jennifer Bayhi Gennaro ’02 and Adrienne Wood ’11

Grace Inez Gauthier Helmke ’55 Grandmother of Paige Adele Misuraca ’14

David John Bella Brother of Dixie Bella Szafranski ’82

Louise Margaret Landry Hill Mother of Annie Louise Hill ’17 and Juliana Landry Hill ’19

Virginia Rose Jones Booker Mother of Penelope Booker Ernst ’73 and Carolyn L. Booker ’79

Jewell Deloach Hotard Mother of Nancy Hotard Burton ’74 (dec.) and Jane Hotard LeBlanc ’77

Donald Joseph Broussard Father of Debbie Broussard Wales ’73 and Patricia Broussard George ’75

John Harvey Jackson Jr. Father of Jacquelyn Jackson Carvin ’66

William Freeman Caballero Jr. Father of Jennifer Caballero Bergeron ’97, Christy Caballero ’01 and Julie Caballero Liberto ’06 John James Capdevielle Husband of Patricia Bahlinger Capdevielle ’70 Father of Alyce Capdevielle Blackstone ’95 Grandfather of Hensley Grace Blackstone ’21 Brother of Jan Capdevielle Gravolet ’63 and Judy Capdevielle Girod ’66

Dorothy Faye Kavanaugh Great-grandmother of Laura Elizabeth Coniglio ’15

Judith E. Pecot ’56

Lena Kidder Lanclos Mother of Clotilde Lanclos Taylor ’70 Grandmother of Carleigh Elizabeth Lanclos ’09

Shirley Hannie Planas ’53

John Foye Laplace Brother of Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ

David Francis Currier Husband of Christine Bahlinger Currier ’81 Brother of Lisette Currier Burgess ’84 Father of Katherine Claire Currier ’11 and Melissa Claire Currier ’15

Robert E. Lee III Grandfather of Hanna Lee Naquin ’09 and Megan P. Lee ’13

David James Gilin Father of Alena Gilin McDuff ’81 and Margaret Mahoney ’90 Grandfather of Faith Rogers ’07, Shannon McDuff ’11, Kathryn McDuff ’12, Kelly McDuff ’15 and Grace Rogers ’16

Marie L. Orillion Mother of Valerie Orillion Baker ’60 Great-grandmother of Sydney Hodgeson ’13 and Raquel Ynes Hodgeson ’18

Robert Blake Palmintier Brother of Katherine Ellen Palmintier ’98

Dwight A. LeBlanc Father of Kobi LeBlanc Chenevert ’93 Grandfather of Kelby Charlize Jones ’22

Marian Barcelona Gant Mother of Kim Gant Shackleton ’72

Joycelyn O'Neill Grandmother of Lisa Melancon Ganucheau '85 and Nicole Melancon Fairess '87

Edmond Joseph Labat Grandfather of Michele Labat Wilks ’95 and Christine Labat ’01

Roxane Rodriguez Cooper ’86 Sister of Rachel Rodriguez Morales ’80 and Rose E. Rodriguez ’83

Beryl Schexnaildre Fourroux Grandmother of Lauren Fourroux D’Amico ’05 and Lindsey Rae Fourroux ’10

Patricia Fitzpatrick Melancon Mother of Liz Melancon ’84 and Loretta Melancon Talamo ’84 Grandmother of Megan Therese Talamo ’17

June Eggart Lepine Mother of Mary Eleanor Lepine Harris ’72 Grandmother of Kristie Harris Culpepper ’93 and Cherie Harris March ’97 Dorothy Helmstetter Lieux Mother of Jeanne Lieux Walker ’69 and Anne Lieux Burnett ’71 (dec.) Grandmother of Angelle Burnett Higbie ’94 Ferne Kemp Loupe Mother of Stephenie Loupe Teichman ’80

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Gail Pryor Grandmother of Camille Cardinale Schroeder ’11, Marit Schroeder ’13 and Caroline Groves Schroeder ’16 Dorian Boudreaux Redden ’87 Katelyn Marie Schiro Daughter of Jennifer Andries Schiro ’99 Arden Joseph Simoneaux Husband of Shirley Samson Simoneaux ’48 Father of Wendy Williams Garcia ’74 Joan Winifred Starring ’51 Carleton Merritt Sweeney Father of Suzanne Sweeney Keagle ’81 Genevieve Berryhill Toomer ’51 Mother of Nancy Toomer Smith ’88 Freddie Anna Grass Wilbert Grandmother of Caroline Wilbert Giedd ’93, Catherine Wilbert Chustz ’95, Celeste Wilbert Robin ’97, Claire Wilbert Alleman ’99, Johanna Wilbert Gaudin ’99 and Ann Jillian Wilbert ’04 Sylvia White Zimmerle '56 Sister of Sally White Crifasi '52

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