A PUBLICATION FOR ALUMNAE, PARENTS AND FRIENDS
Save the date and dust off your dancing shoes for
SJA’s SoirÉE Rocking through the Decades. Saturday, March 10, 2018 Join the SJA community for a night of silent and live auctions, raffles, great food and drinks and live music by AFTER 8. If you are interested in sponsoring the Soirée, please contact Meg Gerald at email@example.com or (225) 388-2254.
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From the President
Annual Fund On the Cover:
The St. Joseph’s Academy Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three new members on Saturday, February 24. Our 2018 induction class members are swim coach Nan Murtagh, basketball player Lori Nero ’98 and distinguished volunteer Mike Lamana. See page 6 for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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
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From the President A NEW BEGINNING
The Advent season is a blessing to us. It is a time of giving light to our hearts and a time of waiting and watching for Christ and the peace He brings to our lives. It is a time of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. During this season, we welcome Christ among us and let Him guide us on our journey. Our journey continues as we prepare during Lent for the Easter celebration. The Lenten journey is a time of hope, a time to receive love, to deepen love, to grow in love and to give love. We often discover how extraordinary our lives are as we ask for God’s mercy, receive God’s grace and encounter God’s work.
we pray, speak to God like we would to a friend, and open our heart. Prayer is about our relationship with God and our conversation with Him every day. God is a trusted friend who understands our feelings, thoughts and fears. Take time in prayer to listen in silence with God. He will always be there for you and will guide you on your journey. There is always hope on our journey. It is hope that will give us joy and surround us in peace. Hope is a humble virtue that is with us in life’s darkest moments and is there to lift us up. Pope Francis reminds us that hope is one of the three theological virtues, along with faith and love. And it is hope that keeps us going when love seems to fail. It is hope that keeps us afloat during life’s struggles and disappointments. The thread of hope is strong and resilient throughout our lives with the grace of God’s merciful love.
We experience in Lent a new beginning and a path to conversion. We are asked to return to God with all our hearts and to deepen our spiritual life. We grow in wisdom, maturity and grace as we let go of all impediments on our journey towards a life filled with God’s love. As St. Teresa of Avila said, “We find God in ourselves, and we find ourselves in God.”
God is merciful, loving and fills us with goodness. God gives us what we search for, opening doors and discovering opportunities. God’s mercy is forever, and He will always be with us. As God is merciful, He asks us to be merciful to others. As we transform the words into action, we are asked to do something kind for another today; to say a prayer of thanksgiving; to live in the spirit of Jesus; to perform works of mercy.
As we turn to the Lenten season, let us remember Pope Francis’ hopes for us as we transform our lives on this journey. He asks us to reflect in prayer, to open our hearts to hope, to be merciful to others and to feel the joy of the Risen Christ.
During the Lenten season, we are asked to open ourselves to feel the joy of new life. Pope Francis reminds us that our joy in the Risen Christ calls us to quiet love and service. It is a time to live in the present with gratitude and grace.
Pope Francis believes that prayer changes our hearts and makes us understand who God really is. When
May this Easter be filled with the joy of the Spirit, a life of hope, daily prayer and God’s merciful love.
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SAVE THE DATE Thursday, April 12, 2018
Kick off SJA’s 150th Anniversary Celebration with
6 to 8 p.m.
At the home of May Wong Tape ’84
Wednesday, June 6, through Saturday, June 16, 2018
Lyon, Paris and LePuy, the birthplace of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1650 Estimated cost: $3,500 (plus airfare) For more information, please contact Alumnae Director Katie Jeter at (225) 388-2244 or email@example.com. DEADLINE TO REGISTER: APRIL 6, 2018
For more information, contact Alumnae Director Katie Jeter at (225) 388-2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Challenge DaY ALUM VIEWING PARTY
RE DS TI CK ER S
705 East Boyd Drive Baton Rouge
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018 Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
For more details or to RSVP, contact Alumnae Director Katie Jeter ’04 at (225) 388-2244 or email@example.com. No current SJA students, please.
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SJA Community SJA TO INDUCT THREE NEW MEMBERS INTO THE A T H L E T I C H A L L O F FA M E Nan Murtagh, Lori Nero ’98 and Mike Lamana will be inducted in the St. Joseph’s Academy Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 24. Also honored will be state finalist teams and individuals from 2006 and 2007. The induction ceremony will be held in the SJA Activity Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at www.sjahalloffame.org or by sending a check, payable to the SJA Athletic Hall of Fame, to 3015 Broussard Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Reservation deadline is February 9. For additional information, please contact Wendy Coniglio at (225) 388-2336.
In her 25 years as head swim coach at St. Joseph’s Academy, Nan Murtagh led her teams to 14 city championships and five state titles (1994, 1996, 2002, 2003 and 2005). In addition to her teams’ successes in the water, Nan was the driving force behind the program’s remarkable growth in popularity. When Nan assumed the reins of the team in 1984 as a first-year social studies teacher fresh out of Louisiana State University, there were only a handful of swimmers to coach. Indeed, the entire Capital City Swim League was so small that every school with a team practiced at the same time. “There were a couple of us on deck coaching the whole group,” Nan recalled. Within a handful of years, Nan’s teams numbered between 80 and 100 swimmers. Three years into her coaching career, SJA won its first city championship; in 1994, the swimmers placed their first state championship trophy in the Academy’s trophy case. Much of her teams’ success can be attributed to the family atmosphere which surrounded the program. Over the years, Nan developed close relationships with every one of
her swimmers, making sure each knew they were important to her and their teammates. “The expectation was always that we were a family who was there for each other in all aspects of life, not just in the pool,” she said. “Every member of the team needed to feel important and necessary, whether she was a state champion swimmer – and we’ve been blessed with many of those – or not. Every swimmer was an essential team member.” To ensure her swimmers knew how special they were to her, Nan gave each a nickname. She even called her teams her “Angels” rather than referring to them as the school’s official mascot of the Redstickers. Galvanized, team members and their followers would arrive at swim meets en masse, carrying signs and decked out in Nan’s favorite color of pink. “One of the greatest compliments we ever received was from another coach at a state swim meet, who commented on our team’s spirit, cohesion and genuine love for each other,” Nan said. “He was wondering how to make that happen for his team. That’s not something you can make happen. The swimmers did that themselves, and it became a habit and tradition over the years. The older swimmers passed on the traditions and work ethic to the new swimmers, and it took on a life of its own. It was what we did and how we did it.”
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After a 25-year career, Nan retired from coaching in 2009. She also reduced her teaching duties to become a member of the school’s Mission Advancement Office and to assist Athletic Director Dorinda Beaumont. Away from school, she has also completed six mini-triathlons and seven half-marathons. Nan remains a passionate supporter of the swim team and her successor, Becca Barber Gilbert, a 2008 Academy graduate and four-year swim team member. “Becca used to tell me that when she grew up, she was going to come back and take my job,” Nan said. “I guess that’s the ultimate compliment, having someone want to continue what we created. And she certainly did just that.” Under Becca’s guidance, the swim team has captured an historic seven consecutive Division I state championships. No one could be prouder than the Angels’ former coach. “The fact that Becca came up through the SJA swim team system and is continuing our traditions and excellence but also creating new traditions is humbling and touching,” Nan said.
Nan received numerous awards during her coaching career, including being named the National Federation of High School Coaches Association South Sectional Coach of the Year (2004), the Capital Area Swim League Coach of the Year (2002), the ESPN.com Coach of the Week (September 6, 2000) and the Louisiana High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year (1993). The city of Baton Rouge declared November 19, 2006, as Nan Murtagh Day. Yet Nan dismisses individual accolades, giving credit to the swimmers she coached over the years. “Coaching was a blessing,” she said. “It was never a job. It was something that I was honored and privileged to be a part of and share in.” Nan is married to Johnny Morgan, a 1979 graduate of Catholic High School. Their son, Zachary Morgan, is a freshman at CHS, and nephew Christian Roubique, an LSU graduate, will join the military this year. Nan’s closeknit family includes her parents, brothers, sisters, in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.
L I Z N Z I G S SUMMER at Sja
Girls in grades 4 through 8 will enjoy an exciting array of enrichment opportunities in academics, athletics, and the arts during Sizzling Summer 2018. Plans are now under way for a fun-filled summer program at SJA’s beautiful, safe campus. Campers gain self-esteem and selfconfidence while building new skills and forming friendships. Look for registration details in the coming weeks.
LORI NERO ’98 Lori Nero, a 1998 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, was named to the Class 5A All-State girls basketball team three consecutive years by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association. The 6-foot-2 Redsticker averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game, connecting on 70 percent of field goal attempts over her four-year career. Twice Lori was named Honorable Mention All-American by USA Today and as a senior was chosen to play in the Louisiana State All-Star Game. Named District 5-5A MVP three times, Lori was SJA’s Athlete of the Year as a senior and the Advocate’s 1998 Star of Stars for Girls Basketball. She finished her high school career with 2,478 points. Lori went to Auburn University on a basketball scholarship. She played three seasons, earning third-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as a junior. That year, she started 28 of 29 games and ranked second on the team in scoring (12.4 points per game) and rebounding (6.4 per game). After the birth of her daughter, Legend, Lori transferred to the University of Louisville in 2001. During her senior season, she averaged 17.4 points per game, grabbed 9.3 rebounds per game and shot .533 from the field. She recorded seven double-doubles, including one against then #2-ranked LSU, and led the Cardinals in blocked shots. In 2003, Lori was drafted in the second round by the WNBA’s Houston Comets. When she was released on the final day of tryouts, Houston coach Van Chancellor advised her to go overseas to gain experience and invited her to return to the Comets for tryouts the following year. Her first stop was Greece, where she averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the field. In 2004-2005, she played for Motzkin/Haifa in Israel, averaging 15.4 points and 8 rebounds per game. She connected on 56 percent of her shots from the field. In 2005-2006, Lori would lead Motzkin/Haifa to the semifinal round of the Israeli cup and an eventual league runner-up finish. In 2006-2007, Lori played in Ruzomberok, Slovakia, averaging 13.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting 60.6 percent from the field. She returned to Greece for the 2007-2008 season and played in Burgas, Bulgaria, in 2009 before ending her career in Spain in 2010. “The experience of living and traveling around Europe was an adventure,” Lori said. “I enjoyed it so much that I never returned to Houston for that tryout. Living in other countries taught me that I am stronger than I thought I was and that I can adapt to different circumstances. It taught me better
communication and survival skills. And I was able to experience and appreciate the beauties of other cultures and environments.” After retiring in 2010, Lori returned home to Baton Rouge, where she began a career in law enforcement. The characteristics which led to a stellar athletic career are serving Lori well in this new chapter of life. “I enjoy being on a squad because it’s the same as being on a team,” she said. “We all have a common goal, and we work towards that goal every day. The greatest challenge is helping provide a solution/comfort to someone having a very bad, weak or devastating moment. Like I did as an athlete, I have to make split-second decisions based on the information at hand, decisions that hopefully have the best outcome for everyone involved.” Lori is also a member of the semi-pro Louisiana Bayou Angels, part of a developmental league for athletes aspiring to play professional basketball. While her professional playing days are over, Lori said she still enjoys
the competition. “I continue to play because of my love for the game,” she said. Having played basketball for nearly 30 years, Lori has a lifetime of precious memories. What she most enjoyed were the comradery, the competition, the challenges and accomplishments. “Basketball is hard yet so much fun,” she said. “I liken it to a game of chess where you make a move, the opponent makes a move and then you have to counteract. Basketball makes you accept the good and bad. It forces you to work through mistakes and find ways around obstacles. “When I look back over my career, there are so many moments that remain special,” Lori added. “Perhaps most important was the gift of building lifelong friendships with people from all walks of life.” Lori’s parents are Lloyd and Mary Nero. Her sister, Sherri Nero-Joubert, is a 2001 Academy graduate. Daughter Legend is now 16 years of age.
MIKE LAMANA Each year for the past 28 years, Mike Lamana can be found in the kitchen at St. Joseph’s Academy on a spring evening in Lent, organizing and heading up a loyal team of volunteers for the SJA Athletic Department’s annual Seafood Supper. This event provides critical funding each year for major purchases outside of the Athletic Department’s budget. Mike and his crew, many of whom have been involved since the very first Seafood Supper, have spearheaded the tremendous growth of the fundraiser, which has benefited Academy student-athletes in countless ways. Mike was drawn to volunteer service at SJA because his daughter, Dani, was active in athletics. “We have always been supportive of our children, so it was natural to become involved,” Mike said. In 1989, then-Athletic Director Kathy Saichuk was looking for a way to raise needed funds for her department. Granted permission by the administration to host a dinner, Kathy sought out Mike, who was known for his volunteer service at Catholic High School. Mike is a lifetime member of the CHS Men’s Club and has served on its executive board since 1989. “When 9 | S J A C O N N E C T I O N S Winter 2018
Kathy started talking about a benefit dinner for the athletic department, I wanted to be a part of this worthwhile event,” Mike said. A 1964 graduate of Catholic High School who was recognized as a Bruin Man of the Year, Mike was a four-year member of the Bears’ track and field team. He was named CHS’ Most Valuable Player in Field Events following the 1964 season, in which he participated in the state track and field championship as a shot putter. Indeed, he held the CHS shot put record for 10 years. Mike helped coach field events at SJA from 1989 through 1997 and officiated SJA and CHS track meets. He has also served as a volunteer with Junior Olympics, as a track coach for St. Aloysius and as a basketball coach for the CYO and BREC. As such, he knows the importance of supplemental funds for athletics. “School budgets are tight, especially when it comes to their athletic departments, so fundraising events play a key role in making purchases possible,” Mike said. “Seafood Supper has been important to me because it helps support SJA athletics and the school overall. With Seafood Supper monies, athletic department administrators over the years have been able to buy new uniforms, video equipment, travel bags and other items, ensuring that SJA athletes are on equal footing with other high schools. “It’s very gratifying to look back over the years and know that the hard work and time of all the volunteers have made this event so successful,” Mike added.
In addition to SJA and CHS, a number of organizations are near and dear to his heart, including St. Aloysius School and Church and the Knights of Columbus. Also benefitting from his time and talents over the years are the USS Kidd, LSU Burden Rural Life Museum and the local Freedom Walk across America to honor military veterans and the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011. His son, Lt. Michael “Scotty” Lamana, USN, died on 9/11 during the attack on the Pentagon. Mike also serves as a Eucharistic minister for the homebound in St. Aloysius Parish. Mike was named SJA’s Mother Seton Award winner in 1996 and St. Aloysius’ Mother Seton Award winner in 2010 for outstanding volunteer service and selfless dedication in his home, school and church community. He was inducted into the CHS Hall of Fame in 2013. “I have been very blessed in my life, with a wonderful family and great friends, and I feel the need to give back and repay what has been given to me,” Mike said. Mike is married to Wanda M. Lamana. They have two daughters, Andi Lamana Chatelain (married to Jude Chatelain) and Dani Lamana, a 1992 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy. They have three grandsons, Brandon, Michael and Joseph Chatelain, and an adopted daughter, Arlene Molliere.
For Mike, the most enjoyable part of the yearly undertaking is the people he shares it with. “There are so many supportive workers, from the SJA coaches, staff and parents to our Catholic Men’s Club members, who give so much to this night,” Mike said. “The comradery that is built and maintained by sharing in a common activity has led to many lasting friendships.” A 1969 graduate of Northeast University School of Pharmacy, Mike spent 48 years as a pharmacist, retiring on June 3, 2017. He worked 24 years with Kmart Pharmacy and 20 years as a pharmacy manager for Albertson’s, serving as pharmacy manager for 15 years. He’s also been involved in the real estate business and his family’s property rental management company. But his most rewarding and enjoyable “job,” he said, is volunteering.
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S J A PA R T N E R S W I T H C R I S T O R E Y St. Joseph’s Academy has established a partnership with Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School, which opened in August of 2016 to offer a Catholic education to young people of limited economic means. Funded in part by a Generous Promises Grant from the Congregation of St. Joseph and supported by the volunteer efforts of SJA faculty and students, the partnership provides an after-school enrichment program for 9th and 10th grade students from Cristo Rey. Once a week, they visit the SJA campus to learn sewing and cooking skills and to be exposed to cutting-edge technology in the Andrea Clesi McMakin ’74 STEM Lab. In the spirit and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, SJA volunteers embrace the importance of relationships with “the dear neighbor,” expressing God’s love and answering the call to service within the context of the broader community, said Lori Harper, a member of SJA’s science department and a Cristo Rey project volunteer. “It has long been my passion to share the gifts we take for granted with those who might not have the same opportunities and blessings,” she said. “Our students at SJA are able to offer the Cristo Rey students their time and talents and, in return, the Cristo Rey students bring their own experiences and gifts to our girls. It is a wonderful experience for all involved. Our students look forward to this gathering every week, and I am so proud of our girls for this outreach work.” Claire Losavio Willis is the principal at Cristo Rey Baton Rouge. She’s also a 1999 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy. “As an SJA alumna, I am thrilled to see the St. Joseph’s community open its doors and resources to the Cristo Rey family,” she said. “Innovative learning and experiences should not be limited to only those with access, and this collaboration provides that for our students and our faculty members who have accompanied the students each week. The SJA students and teachers have a vast wealth of knowledge and resources that many of our students haven’t yet had the opportunity to access, so this collaboration is an amazing experience for them academically and socially. Our students benefit from seeing that there are young people just like them who are dedicating their time to sharing their knowledge and experiences with others.” Eric Ristroph, a member of the SJA technology staff, is the project’s lead teacher in the STEM Lab. Thus far, Cristo Rey students have learned basic 3D modeling, laser cutting and circuit building and will soon tackle programming.
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Sewing is among the activities enjoyed by Cristo Rey students.
Cristo Rey students are learning cooking skills in SJA’s culinary arts kitchen.
Cristo Rey students are enjoying cutting-edge technology in the Andrea Clesi McMakin ’74 STEM Lab.
“My goal is to provide them with the tools necessary to take advantage of the technical resources available in the STEM Lab, then give them both the freedom and responsibility for creating personal projects to solve problems,” he said. “My students should have a basic understanding of a number of STEM processes and can find areas of specialization that interest them.” Junior Grace Richardson helps teach STEM skills to the visiting students. She said she is especially impressed with their enthusiasm for learning. “It is apparent that they truly enjoy what we’re doing in the lab,” she said. “Their ability to learn new skills in a new environment so quickly is truly amazing. This kind of partnership is really important because many students may never have the opportunity to work in a space like our STEM Lab. We should always do whatever we can as a school community to help those less fortunate than we are.” John Richardson is SJA’s co-director of technology. He said the partnership between the two schools is a blessing for all involved. “This opportunity to serve the dear neighbor has again allowed our students to share their love of STEM with students who may not encounter this technology in their daily educational experience,” he said. “The students from Cristo Rey embraced these new technologies from the very first session and come back each week with more interest and enthusiasm than the week before. As we have been fortunate to have built such an amazing space for STEM enrichment, it is only natural for us to share it with others in our community.” Amy Neck is a member of SJA’s Family and Consumer Science department. She teaches sewing to the Cristo Rey students. “The experience has been fulfilling and rewarding,” she said. “I love providing young people with the knowledge of a lifetime skill. Knowing how to sew is so practical, and not every school has a room full of sewing
machines like we do at SJA. The Cristo Rey students always come in upbeat and eager to learn, and my students can’t wait to work with the girls each week. The relationships that are developing are priceless.” Senior Ana Block is among the SJA students helping to teach the Cristo Rey students to sew. “I love seeing them with smiles on their faces and one-of-a-kind scrunchies in their hair,” she said. “This collaboration teaches us, as St. Joseph’s Academy students, the value of our God-given talents and emphasizes the importance of using them to benefit others in the community. Although it would seem that I am the teacher and the Cristo Rey students are the learners, these are actually mutually beneficial relationships. When teaching them the importance of a seam allowance, they teach me the importance of gratitude for the little things in everyday life.” Cristo Rey students are learning to cook in SJA’s culinary arts kitchen under the tutelage of SJA cooking instructor Yvette Aillet. Junior Sydney McPherson is among the student volunteers. She said she especially enjoys the stress-free atmosphere that permeates the weekly cooking sessions. “I know that on Wednesdays, I can relax and enjoy the time we spend together,” she said. “Plus, I love food. But more importantly, we know that as Christians, it’s our job to help others.” Senior Infiniti Rogers said the experience of working with the Cristo Rey students has been truly meaningful. “It’s helped me learn more about myself than I thought I knew,” she said. “It’s helped me to appreciate cooking more, not only with my SJA friends, but with friends I didn’t know I’d have. Although I am older than they are, it’s fun helping them cook because they look up to me as a big sister, and that is so rewarding.”
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ACADEMY STUDENT CENTER TO BE HUB OF SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Construction continues on the Academy Student Center, the newest addition to the St. Joseph’s Academy campus. The 23,000-square-foot facility is being built on the corner of Broussard and Parker streets and is set to be dedicated in August 2018 to mark the start of SJA’s yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of its founding. Once open for business, the Academy Student Center will be the center of school activities, with ample space for masses, prayer services, guest speakers and other events which families will be able to attend along with students. The Student Center will also be the site of pep rallies and regional athletic events, along with Career Day, the annual Soirée, Freshman Grandparents Day, the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and other activities. When the current Activity Center was built 30 years ago, the SJA student body numbered 600. Today, the student population is 1,066. The Activity Center will continue to be used for health and physical education classes, intramural athletic events, athletic team practices and other purposes. Among the features of the new center are a multipurpose gymnasium with seating for 1,800 people, a fitness room, physical therapy/ hydrotherapy area, sports medicine classroom, locker rooms, concessions area and lobby space featuring the history of SJA and its athletic program and the Sisters of St. Joseph through interactive screen walls. Health classrooms will promote a healthy lifestyle in each and every young woman at St. Joseph’s Academy. An exterior Plaza of Champions will pay tribute to SJA’s state championship teams. There are several naming opportunities still available. For more information about the Academy Student Center or how you can partner with St. Joseph’s Academy in this endeavor, please visit www.academystudentcenter.org. To schedule an appointment to discuss your gift, please contact Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald at (225) 388-2254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A N N U A L T R I P T O WA S H I N G T O N , D. C . , C E L E B R A T E S 35 Y E A R S At the 1981 National Council of Social Studies conference in New Orleans, St. Joseph’s Academy faculty members Linda Fryoux Harvison and Sister Wanda James met the operators of a familyowned tour company specializing in student trips to Washington, D.C. Intrigued, Linda and Sister Wanda decided to contract with the company and take 20 students, grades 9-12, to the nation’s capital during Mardi Gras week of 1982. Thirty-five years later, the Washington, D.C., trip continues, though it now takes place during the week of Thanksgiving and is open to just juniors from SJA and, since 1985, Catholic High School. More than 3,900 students and 100 chaperones have been a part of this time-honored tradition. Linda, who would become SJA’s principal in 2004, said the trip is a deeply meaningful experience. She served as a chaperone for 32 years before retiring from the Academy in 2015. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the trek, Linda and her granddaughter, Lucy Claire, accompanied the 180 SJA and CHS juniors who participated in this year’s adventure. “It was a joy to once again share our nation’s capital with fine young Americans,” Linda said. “Thirty-five years ago, we thought, ‘We’ll enjoy this one trip.’ I never imagined that the day would come when we would be traveling with the children of our early participants. This year, on the last day of our trip, we were approaching the Capitol and the sun was reflecting off its top. I asked the students to look out the window. I told them that this is why I, and so many others, have made this trip: because we live in the best country in the world, and no matter what issues we face, I always want SJA/CHS to see the city and be proud to call the United States home.”
SJA staff member Nan Murtagh took Sister Wanda’s place as a chaperone in year two. She has now been a part of 29 trips and never tires of the journey. She especially enjoys the travelers’ reaction to being immersed in the history of their country. “Junior year is when our students study so much about our history in English and American history classes,” Nan said. “By going on this trip, they see history come alive. I love to see them make the connection between what they are seeing and what they have studied. It makes it all more meaningful and understandable. What a student experiences at any of the sites that we visit reinforces what they have learned. It gives them a deeper appreciation for our country and the sacrifices that men and women before us have made that allow us to live in our great nation.” Faculty members Aimee Cronan ’96 and Liz Fontenot now serve as trip organizers, along with CHS faculty members Drew Losavio and Tracy Ducote. They proudly carry on the tradition begun in 1982. “The only thing that really changes from year to year is the group of kids,” Aimee said. “The chaperones who do this year after year view it as a new experience each time, seeing D.C. through the eyes of the new batch of kids. That’s what makes this a success: It’s always new and fresh for all of us.” To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the St. Joseph’s Academy/ Catholic High School trip to Washington, D.C., trip founder Linda Fryoux Harvison gathered “second generation” participants for a picture. Included in the photograph were students whose parents went on the trip during their high school years as well as current chaperones who also made the trip as students. Pictured are (back row, left to right) chaperones Chad Dupuy, Drew Losavio, Megan St. Germain ’11, Erin Eckert McLean ’83, Scott Losavio, (middle row) Garrett Gamble (son of Rachel Fawley Gamble ’90), Nan Murtagh, Linda Fryoux Harvison ’66, Eli Barbin (son of Laura Ardilla Barbin ’88), Harrison Say (son of Suzette Rome Say ’86), Daniel McLean (son of Erin Eckert McLean ’83) and (front row) juniors Mary Morgan Sutton (daughter of Linsey Morgan Sutton ’96), Madeline Ballew (daughter of Claire Vermaelen ’98), Anna Bowden (daughter of CHS graduate Sid Bowden) and Emily Martin (daughter of Ellen Chagnard Robinson ’93).
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The St. Joseph’s Academy Mothers’ Club hosted its annual fall luncheon on November 2. This year’s event was held at the home of Katherine and Cale Smith. Monte Brown, Mothers’ Club president, welcomed the large group of SJA moms and thanked them for their support of the Mothers’ Club and St. Joseph’s Academy. She introduced the luncheon’s co-chairs, Angie Broyles and Stacy Hebert, and thanked Katherine Smith for opening her home for this year’s gathering. Principal Stacia Andricain offered a prayer. The beautiful weather enabled guests to enjoy lunch outdoors. Catered by Ingle Eats, the luncheon featured vegetarian lasagna, salad and bread. Desserts were provided by Bridget Leblanc. Door prizes were provided by the SJA Sticker Shop and So-ho Salon.
Enjoying the Mothers’ Club Fall Luncheon on November 2 were (front row, left to right) hostess Katherine Smith, Alumnae Director and Mothers’ Club moderator Katie Jeter Valenciano, Mothers’ Club President Monte Brown, Luncheon Co-Chair and Mothers’ Club Secretary Stacy Hebert, (top row) Luncheon Chair Angie Broyles, Mothers’ Club Past President Gina Contini, Mother-Daughter Brunch Chair Jennifer Jones, Mothers’ Club Vice President Aimee Walker and Sticker Shop Chair Gretchen Campesi.
ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY
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D A D S ’ C L U B , A T H L E T I C D E PA R T M E N T HOST STICKER SCRAMBLE The St. Joseph’s Academy Athletic Department and Dads’ Club joined forces to host the seventh-annual SJA Sticker Scramble on October 27 at Copper Mill Golf Club. Fourteen teams enjoyed lunch, a four-person scramble, dinner and prizes. First place gross went to the team of Jeff Routier, Chris Copeland, Gil Brassard and Ian McKnight. First place net finishers were Anna Heine, Brandon Ginn, DJ Johnson and Jake Cavana. Second place gross was the team of Matt Smith, Al Moreau, Mark Matthews and Michael Beckers. Second place net went to Erin Henley, Blake Watts, Del Godso and Travis Ponson. Closest to the pin was Anna Heine. Hitting the straightest drive was Randall Heine, and the longest drive winner was Michael Beckers. Serving on the tournament planning committee were Randall Heine, Ron McDaniel, Warren Davis, Dorinda Beaumont and Meg Gerald. Major sponsors for this year’s Sticker Scramble were Investar Bank, Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic and MAPP Construction. Corporate sponsor was Big River Glass.
Prize sponsors were Breck’s Bistro and Pasta Bar, Marucci Sports, SJA Sticker Shop, Brown & Root Industrial Services, Copper Mill Golf Club, DiGiulio Brothers Italian Café, Paul Bologna Fine Wines, Rodney Heine, Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant, El Paso Mexican Grill, Los Reyes Mexican Grill, Mike Anderson’s Seafood, La Carreta, TJ Ribs, Acme Oyster House, Tio Javi’s Fresh Mex Bar & Grill, Portobello’s Grill, Red Zeppelin Pizza, Curbside Burgers, Bistro Italia, Carter Plantation, Casa La Vida and Cox Communications. Food sponsors were Brew-Bacher’s and Walk-On’s Catering. Beverage sponsors were Calandro’s Supermarket and Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Hole sponsors were Action Therapy & Wellness, Advantous Consulting LLC, Alpha Media and Public Relations, Bofinger’s Tree Service, Brown & Root Industrial Services, Cajun Industries LLC, GMFS Mortgage, John Hendry Insurance Agency, Kean Miller LLP, Lake After Hours, Raymond James, Red Stick Travel, SOS Med Supply and Todd Caruso Attorney. In-kind sponsors were Carter Plantation, Copper Mill Golf Club, L’auberge, Marucci Sports and Moreau Physical Therapy. Making donations to the tournament were The Baton Rouge Clinic, Marc Couvillion and Tommy Doiron. The SJA Athletic Department and Dads’ Club teamed up to host the 2017 Sticker Scramble at Copper Mill Golf Club. The event raised nearly $8,500. Pictured here is the team of Del Godso, Erin Henley, Travis Ponson and Tyler Stockwell.
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’50 ANNA ARBOUR HANEGAN and William B. Hanegan Jr. celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in September.
’00 BLAIR LOUSTEAU is a family nurse practitioner in Baton Rouge. She graduated with honors in 2011 from Loyola University New Orleans with her master’s of science degree in family nurse practitioner.
’02 RACHEL HANEY is the new chief communications officer for the City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge. She will manage a comprehensive and proactive communication strategy for the city. She is a graduate of LSU’s Manship School, where she earned a bachelor of arts in mass communication with an emphasis in public relations. Previously, Rachel worked for Robin & Associates, a government relations firm specializing in healthcare, infrastructure and public utilities. She also directed public relations and social media for the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. She handled media relations for Greater New Orleans Inc., the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and the Let’s Be Totally Clear Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living in Louisiana.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2018 St. Joseph’s Academy
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CLASS
’66 SUZANNE DAY BASSETT received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Louisiana Montessori Association’s luncheon on August 26. Suzanne is the headmistress of La Printaniere Montessori School in Baton Rouge. She was recognized for many years of selfless dedication to Montessori education. She is pictured here with Jonathan Wolff, founder and director of Learning for Life and Montessori Leadership.
’81 ANNE WEBRE HINDRICHS has been named executive director of the McMains Children’s Developmental Center in Baton Rouge. She began her career there in 1988 as a social worker.
Join us for the Induction Ceremony on ’00 LETRECE R. GRIFFIN recently completed her first book, The Write Way: A 21Day Interactive Journey to Self-Love and Awareness. The book, a devotional and journal, is available through online outlets where books are sold. The book utilizes Biblical principles and personal experiences to highlight the importance of valuing and loving yourself in an effort to live your best life. Letrece is the executive producer of Melanin3 Media which recently aired a documentary project at the main branch of the Baton Rouge library. Shades of Her: A Commentary on Colorism encourages women of all skin tones to embrace and love their skin and works to break down stereotypes while promoting racial healing. 17 | S J A C O N N E C T I O N S Winter 2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018 6:30 p.m. SJA Activity Center Also honoring state finalist teams from 2006 and 2007
NAN MURTAGH Swim Coach
LORI NERO ’98 Basketball
MIKE LAMANA Contributor/ Distinguished Volunteer
’06 REBECCA C. DAY, DDS completed her degree in biological sciences with minors in sociology and chemistry at Louisiana State University. She earned her DDS degree in New Orleans at LSU School of Dentistry, where she was awarded membership to the C. Edmund Kells Honor Society and the Theta Kappa Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. She served one year as secretary/treasurer and one year as vice president of her dental class. She then moved to New York City for three years to further her education in dentistry, completing a one-year general practice residency at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx and a two-year pediatric dental residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Harlem. She served as the chief resident in her final year of pediatric dental residency and completed a research project during her time in New York. Rebecca has participated in several philanthropic activities, including a dental mission trip to the Dominican Republic and a Dental Head Start Program in the Bronx. She joined Associates in Pediatric Dentistry in Baton Rouge in June as a full-time pediatric dentist. Rebecca enjoys hanging out with her dog, fishing with her family, exercising and attending LSU and Saints football games with friends. She is excited to be back in her hometown to serve the Baton Rouge community.
’08 TORREY FOURRIER graduated in May from LSU Health Science Center at Shreveport with a degree as a doctor of medicine. She is currently living in Winston Salem, North Carolina, pursuing a residency in otolaryngology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
’08 MAIA (ELIZABETH) KEY WEARY is a
licensed certified public accountant. She has been promoted to senior internal auditor at Pinnacle Entertainment in Baton Rouge.
’11 SAMANTHA GUIDRY graduated in May
’15 MADISON DAIGLE, a junior at Texas State University, has been named to the All-Sun Belt Conference First Team in volleyball. Madison was the top allaround player in the Sun Belt this season as the only player in the league to be ranked in the top 10 in four statistical categories. She was second in aces (0.31), fifth in blocks (1.08) and 10th in kills (2.87). She was also second in hitting percentage (.377). Madison led Texas State in scoring during conference play with 197 points. She added 34 digs and seven assists.
from Louisiana State University with a master’s of science degree in kinesiology. She was recently hired as the full-time athletic trainer at The Dunham School in Baton Rouge.
’14 Kendall Gaudin graduated summa cum laude in December from Louisiana State University with a bachelor of science in Biochemistry. At graduation, she was awarded the University Medal given to students graduating with a 4.0 grade point average or better. While at LSU, she was involved with Geaux Big Baton Rouge, LSU’s largest annual day of service, serving as associate director for the last two years. As a Flagship Scholar, she was a research assistant and participated in the study of the biogeography of small mammals using their DNA. During her sophomore summer, she studied abroad in Greece and backpacked through Italy. During the summer of her junior year, she backpacked through England, Ireland and Scotland. In June, she will marry Patrick Holden, a 2014 graduate of Catholic High School, and will begin medical school at the LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans in August.
’16 JENNY GAUTIER was named Outstanding Freshman Woman of the Year for 2017 at Southeastern Louisiana University. Jenny is active in numerous campus activities and service opportunities while maintaining excellent grades.
G R A D UAT E H O N O R E D A S H O M E T OW N H E RO Michele Ashmore LeBouef, a 2005 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and current head volleyball coach and physical education teacher at Central High School in Baton Rouge, was one of five coaches nominated for the Hometown Heroes Award presented by Quicken Loans. The national award “recognizes the finest coaches in the country who make an impact in the community by changing high school-age athletes’ lives for the better,” according to the presenter’s website. Michele finished second in the nationwide voting, just 1,300 votes out of first place. “I am humbled and honored,” she said. “I don’t know that there are words to truly explain how it felt learning about the Hometown Heroes Award. To know that the nominations came from former players confirmed that I was in the right profession and that I am doing right by the players. I want more than anything for these girls to know that I care and that I know they have the ability to be successful. This nomination proved to me that the message is being heard and understood.” Michele was a four-time All-State selection as a member of the SJA volleyball team. She led the Redstickers to four consecutive state championships. The 2002 team posted a perfect 43-0 record, one of the few teams in Louisiana high school volleyball history to go undefeated. In the aftermath of the historic August 2016 floods which devastated the Central area, Michele kept close tabs on her volleyball players as their families struggled to gut and clean their houses and salvage what belongings they could. The volleyball season was just under way, but with schools closed throughout the region, practices and games were cancelled while the collective focus of flood victims was on rebuilding their lives. “It was by far one of the most challenging times in my coaching career,” Michele said. “My priority was helping my girls and the community as much as possible. We had a team meeting, and it was a unanimous vote to get back to practice and begin the season. Getting back in the gym was a welcome distraction for many of my girls; I know it was for me.” The team would go on to post a 28-12 record, including a perfect 9-0 in district play. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the state volleyball playoffs, falling to #11 Cabrini 3-2. “The team was incredible and never skipped a beat,” Michele said. “It really opened my eyes as to how resilient kids can be.”
Michele grew up the oldest child of volleyball coaching parents. As an infant, Michele could be found in a pack-and-play behind the scorer’s table at the match her parents were coaching. “I started coaching with my dad at St. Thomas More while I was in high school,” Michele remembered. “I loved every minute. I don’t know how much value I added to the coaching staff, but he always made me feel as though I was a part of decision making in both practices and matches. It’s been 15 years, and I’ve coached in some capacity ever since. I didn’t know I would be a teacher/coach, but I knew I wanted to be involved in the sport in some way.” Michele credits retired SJA volleyball coach Brenda LeBlanc with ultimately guiding her career path. After graduating from SJA, Michele went to Auburn University on a volleyball scholarship, but a serious back injury ended her playing career. “When I was competing, my future career was not really on my mind; I just wanted to play at the highest level,” Michele said. “When I got hurt, I had to change mindsets. I remember sitting with Coach LeBlanc during a summer camp, and she asked me, ‘So, what now? You have to do something with all of your knowledge of the game.’ That question made me decide, for sure, that coaching was what I wanted to do.” Michele transferred to LSU in the fall of 2006 and graduated in 2009 with a degree in psychology. She was offered a teaching position at St. Thomas More in Baton Rouge the following fall. She fell in love with teaching and enrolled in the alternate certification program at Southeastern Louisiana University, finishing in 2012. She earned her master’s in educational leadership from Arkansas State University in December 2016. As a teacher, Michele said she most enjoys the light-bulb moments. As a coach, she loves motivating her players to excel. But most of all, she enjoys getting to know the girls and building relationships. “I want them to love the game as much as I love the game, and the best part for me is watching them fall in love with the sport,” she said. Michele and her husband, Ryan, have a 3-year-old daughter, Tegan, and are expecting their second daughter in March.
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Michele Ashmore LeBouef ’05 and her Central Wildcats volleyball team.
A L U M N A D E S I G N S S J A’ S S O F T B A L L U N I F O R M S As a former high school and college volleyball player, St. Joseph’s Academy graduate Emma Hiller loves competitive athletics. As an artist, she loves the creative field of apparel design. When she graduated from Louisiana State University in May with a bachelor of science in textiles, apparel and merchandising, she landed her dream job as the apparel designer at Baton Rouge-based Marucci Sports. Marucci is the number-one supplier of wooden baseball bats in Major League Baseball. Since its founding in 2004, the company has expanded its product line to include athletic equipment, clothing and apparel.
Emma came up with several initial designs, all very different. She said one had a technical look as tribute to SJA’s cuttingedge approach to technology in the classroom. Another was classic, with a vintage look, inspired by the school’s rich history and traditions. “After I sketched those on Illustrator, I sent them to Coach Beaumont to look at,” Emma explained. “Then we got feedback, tweaked the designs and sent them back. Once the artwork was approved, the illustration was sent to the manufacturer.” “We love what she has designed,” Dorinda said, adding that the new uniforms will be unveiled this spring.
“I had done a lot of athletic clothes and athleisure wear for my degree at LSU,” Emma said. “I also played beach volleyball all four years at LSU, so the athletic, team environment was very well suited to me. I’ve always had art as a hobby, so Marucci was the perfect opportunity to do both.”
As an athlete, Emma knows the importance of a great-looking uniform. “Feeling good in your uniform is part of that pre-game ritual that so many athletes go through,” she said. “When you feel good, it’s one less distraction. If you’re out there thinking about how you look or the way your uniform feels, then your head isn’t in the game.”
When SJA’s athletic director, Dorinda Beaumont, decided to redesign the school’s softball uniforms, there was no doubt who she wanted on the job. “It was a no-brainer,” Dorinda said. “Emma knows our look, colors, history and traditions. She definitely knows ‘the SJA way.’ ”
In her spare time, Emma enjoys sketching, making garments for herself and her friends and working out. She also coaches a club volleyball team. “I really just like to stay busy, whether I’m doing something with my hands, outdoors with my dog or in the gym,” she said.
Emma earned four varsity letters as a member of the SJA volleyball team. Her younger sister, Tess, is an Academy senior and also a member of the volleyball team. “I definitely wanted to personally design the softball uniforms since SJA is my alma mater and I’ve always loved the SJA community,” Emma said. “It was a special thing to do, as not many team uniforms get to be inspired and created by someone who is so familiar with the school community.”
Emma credits SJA with empowering her to follow her dreams. She said the foundation she gained at the Academy molded her into a free-thinking, independent woman. “I believe that it gave me the courage to not only study for a career in fashion, which many people perceive as risky, but also to pursue college athletics,” she said. “Everyone I met at SJA, from coaches and teachers to administrators and my friends, was so supportive and encouraging. Ultimately, I think that allowed me to go for it in college, and with some hard work, I landed my dream job.”
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Emma Hiller ’13, second from right, poses with models from her senior LSU fashion show, including her sister, Tess Hiller, far right, a current SJA senior.
L A U R A G A T Z D E AV E R S T O B E H O N O R E D P O S T H U M O U S LY A S S J A’ S D I S T I N G U I S H E D G R A D U A T E Laura Gatz Deavers, a 1966 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, will be among the Catholic school graduates honored at the 2018 Distinguished Graduates Awards Dinner, hosted by the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The celebration will be held Monday, January 29, at The Renaissance Hotel. Laura was the editor of The Catholic Commentator in Baton Rouge for 30 years. She died on September 13 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 69. Following are excerpts from the article which appeared in the September 29, 2017, issue of The Commentator.
Archbishop Hughes said he admired the courage and faith Deavers displayed after the loss of her husband and in the raising and educating of her daughter, Margaret. Much more than a newspaper editor, however, Deavers will also be remembered for her charitable and caring nature, so evident in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when she welcomed the family of Clarion Herald editor Peter Finney into her home. Months later, she opened her doors to Morris LeBleu, communications director for the Diocese of Lake Charles, in the wake of Hurricane Rita. She also provided temporary offices for the Clarion Herald and LeBleu at the Catholic Life Center. Remarkably, even as she was entering into the final stages of her life, she reached out once again to LeBleu and his family as Hurricane Harvey bore down on Lake Charles. “The depth of Laura’s faith revealed itself in her final adventure in life,” Archbishop Hughes said, revealing that following her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, the two began to engage in periodic phone conversations.
Longtime Commentator Editor Remembered By Richard Meek Longtime Catholic Commentator editor Laura Gatz Deavers is being remembered for her dedication to her family, to her community and, perhaps most importantly, how she exemplified her deep commitment to her Catholic faith. Archbishop Alfred F. Hughes, retired archbishop for the Archdiocese of New Orleans who served as bishop in the Diocese of Baton Rouge from 1993 to 2001, celebrated a funeral Mass for Deavers at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge on Sept. 16. “She lived her faith with conviction and fidelity,” Archbishop Hughes said in his eulogy. “Laura Deavers applied her Catholic faith to everything she did,” Bishop Robert W. Muench said in a statement. “She was a superb editor of The Catholic Commentator and a highly qualified journalist and photographer who showed her love for the people of the Diocese of Baton Rouge by telling their stories so that all who read the paper might find deeper meaning in their lives. She was a model for all who aspire to excellence in life and in their chosen vocations. She was dearly loved and will be dearly missed.” Deavers, a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and LSU, was hired by Bishop Stanley J. Ott and then-vicar general Father John Carville to become editor of The Catholic Commentator. Father Carville said Deavers was hired because of the managerial skills she displayed in a previous position as well as her background in technology and print. Father Carville noted the diocese was facing several challenges at the time of her hiring but was able to use the paper as a tool of unification. Deavers changed the paper’s content to focus more on local content, bringing to life the people in the pews.
“Laura approached her final journey, again, as a true adventure,” he said. “She found new ways to listen to the Word of God, approach the mystery of redemption in daily Mass and then, as strength ebbed away, to make acts of faith, hope, love, contrition and abandonment.” He said their last conversation was on September 10, when they made plans for his visit the following Saturday. “Neither of us anticipated at that time it would be for her funeral,” Archbishop Hughes said. Deavers’ early career as editor of several publications took her to many cities, including Atlanta, New York and Dallas, where she met her husband. She and Bob were married in 1977 and returned to Baton Rouge to make their home. Following her 30 years as editor of The Catholic Commentator, Deavers retired and continued to enjoy her involvement and service in many civic and cultural organizations, her travels and her loyal support of LSU sports. Deavers was also active in the Rotary Club and a Master Gardener. Deavers is survived by her daughter Ann Margaret Deavers and partners Lee and Buz Norwood of Baltimore, Maryland; her sister Charlene Reis and husband John of Bethel, Connecticut; her brother Les Gatz and wife Jean of Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews, along with many wonderful friends. Laura is preceded in death by her husband Robert (Bob) Deavers and her parents Margaret and Charles Gatz.
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Members of SJA’s Mission Advancement team traveled to the Big Apple to visit with alumnae living in the New York area. The Redsticker Reunion was held at the home of Laureen Callo ’83 on November 6. Representing SJA were Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald and Alumnae Director Katie Jeter Valenciano ’04.
Alumnae living in the Atlanta area gathered on January 16 at Gordon Biersch in Buckhead. Representing SJA were Mission Advancement Associate Director Sister Joan Laplace and Alumnae Director Katie Jeter Valenciano ’04.
Graduates from the 1950s convened in Mother Alice Hall on December 14 for a ladies’ Christmas luncheon. Hosted by the St. Joseph’s Academy Alumnae Association, this year’s festive gathering brought together alumnae who graduated between 1950 and 1959.
SJA hosted the annual Six-Month Reunion for its most recent graduates. Members of the class of 2017 gathered on campus on December 19 for a pizza lunch and to pick up their senior-year yearbooks. They enjoyed visiting with one another and members of the administration, faculty and staff.
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PA R T I C I PA T I O N I S K E Y T O T H E S U C C E S S O F T H E 2017 - 20 1 8 A N N U A L F U N D Every day, we cross the thresholds of countless doors. Doors to our home; doors to shops; doors to offices. Behind each door is a new adventure, a new path to pursue. For nearly 150 years, St. Joseph’s Academy has been preparing young women to open doors and cross thresholds as responsible and unifying members of the world community. Your support of the SJA Annual Fund is key to helping our students enter doors full of opportunities that stretch their minds and imaginations so they may develop confidence and new abilities. To uphold the mission of St. Joseph’s Academy, we rely on the generosity of our donors. Alumnae, parents and friends, like you, can impact the lives of students with a gift to the SJA Annual Fund. Each gift helps enrich our programs, including academics, arts, technology, athletics, campus ministry and facilities. Your gift makes an immediate difference in the day-to-day lives of students. Thank you for continuing to support our work, which is driven by the spirit and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Please consider a gift that will send a message of support to families and young women who choose St. Joseph’s Academy for an education that truly prepares our young women for a world of possibilities. Together we can ensure that the tradition of a St. Joseph’s Academy education remains strong and continues well beyond 150 years. As of December 2017, the 2017-2018 SJA Annual Fund has reached 75.8 percent of its goal. Our goal is $535,000. The current total is $405,401. We are well on our way!
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Make your donation today by visiting our website at www.sjabr.org/ giving, or send a check to the SJA Foundation, 3015 Broussard Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Please direct questions to Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald at (225) 388-2254 or email@example.com. As always, thank you for your support.
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A FEW SIMPLE SENTENCES CAN GO A LONG WAY By including a charitable gift, called a bequest, in your will or living trust, you can make a plan to support St. Joseph’s Academy after your lifetime and after you have used your assets to support yourself and your loved ones. Other advantages of bequests: • Easy. A few sentences in your will or living trust complete the gift. • Revocable. Until your will or trust goes into effect, you are free to alter your plans. • Versatile. You can bequeath an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate to St. Joseph’s Academy. If you are interested in giving to St. Joseph’s Academy through a bequest, you need official bequest language. We strongly recommend that you speak to a qualified legal and financial advisor in preparation of your will. Share the sample bequest language for St. Joseph’s Academy with your advisor: “I, (name), of (city, state, zip code) give, devise and bequeath to St. Joseph’s Academy (written amount or percentage of the estate) for its unrestricted use and purpose.” We understand this is a private and personal matter, but if you would be willing to kindly let us know of your plans to remember St. Joseph’s Academy in your will, it would be greatly appreciated. Doing so allows us to thank you and recognize you as a member of The Legacy Society. Your name will appear in recognition materials, with your permission, and you will be an honored guest at special events. If you have any questions about including us in your will or living trust, please contact Sister Joan Laplace at (225) 388-2220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The swim team won its seventh consecutive state championship in spite of not winning a single individual event. This year’s team also captured an 18th consecutive Capital City Swim League crown.
With two state championships and a runnerup finish, St. Joseph’s Academy’s fall sports teams enjoyed tremendous success in 2017. The cross country team is the Class 5A state champions for the second year in a row and for the third time in four years. The Redstickers scored 35 points in the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA state cross country meet to finish well ahead of runnerup Mandeville with 85 points. There were 28 complete teams and 156 finishers in the November 14 meet at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Junior Lauren Hendry won the individual state championship in a time of 18:19.8, an SJA school record for the state meet. She is SJA’s first individual state champion since Wren Eversberg Eagleton finished first in 1988. All seven of SJA’s runners, including four freshmen, finished in the top 16. Order of finish and times are as follows: freshman Sophie Martin, 5th place, 19:09.9; sophomore Isabelle Brown, 6th place, 19:11.7; senior Jennifer Bennett, 11th place, 19:48.8; freshman Anna Camille Eagleton, 12th place, 19:50.0; freshman Kate Ritchie, 14th place, 19:56.7; and freshman Jane Laville, 16th place, 19:57.8.
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The volleyball team poses with the runner-up trophy following the hard-fought championship match versus Mt. Carmel Academy. The Redstickers ended the season with a 30-14 record.
Head coach Mark LaHaye said it was a dominating performance. “This was without a doubt our best performance ever at the state meet,” he said. “Not only did we finish with our entire team in the top 16, our top seven actually finished ahead of the third runner from second-place Mandeville and ahead of the second runner from third-place Dominican. We crushed the competition today.” The swim team captured its seventh consecutive Division I-Class 5A state championship, scoring 320 points to finish ahead of Mt. Carmel (281), Mandeville (239), Northshore (182) and Baton Rouge Magnet (164) in the 20-team field. The Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA state swim meet was held November 17 and 18 at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur. The Redstickers captured the Division I crown in spite of not winning an individual event. The team relied on balance and depth, according to head coach Becca Gilbert. “Heart and determination are what come to mind when thinking about this swim team,” she said. “There were doubts throughout the season that we would be able to take state this year. It took the entire team to pull off this win, and I could not be more proud to say that I am an SJA angel.”
Members of the cross country team react to the announcement that they had captured the 2017 state championship. The state championship was the icing on the cake of an undefeated season. The young team finished 12-0 on the year.
For the fourth time in the last five years, the #2 ranked SJA volleyball team and #1 Mount Carmel Academy went toe to toe in the final match of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA state volleyball tournament. MCA won the championship 25-14, 25-12, 21-25, 25-13. The tournament was played in the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner November 9-11. These two teams have won 13 of the past 15 Division I state championships. Head coach Sivi Miller, who has four state championships at SJA (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013), expressed pride in her team, which lost nine girls to graduation from the 2016 squad. “I’m so proud of this team and what they accomplished this season,” she said. “At the beginning of the season, I told them that if they work hard, they will accomplish great things as a team but that we needed everyone to work hard. From week to week, this team had learning curves and gained experience by playing a tough schedule. The dedication and desire from each and every player are why we were in the state finals playing against a talented Mt. Carmel team.”
Freshman Amanda Andrews led the team with a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly and a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle. She was also a member of the state champion 400 freestyle relay team and the third-place 200 medley relay team.
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SJA HOSTS INAUGURAL STUDENT FORUM St. Joseph’s Academy hosted its first Student Forum on November 16. Approximately 40 students gathered in the chapel after school to discuss if citizens are justified in protesting against racial injustice in America by kneeling during the National Anthem. Following established forum ground rules, students were invited to express their feelings and beliefs within a two-minute time frame. Audience members were then allowed to ask questions for one minute. “SJA’s inaugural forum allowed us to discuss a difficult issue in a productive way,” said Principal Stacia Andricain. “We came together to celebrate our differences of opinion and find a way to fully understand and appreciate each other’s opinions.” Andricain said SJA plans to hold more student forums in the future. Organizers were Stacia Andricain, Hugo Andricain, Dawn Burton, Karen Douet and Patrick O’Hara, who served as forum moderator.
The first Student Forum at SJA enabled participants to discuss the issue of kneeling during the National Anthem.
J O S E P H I N E B A H L I N G E R AWA R D F I N A L I S T S H O N O R E D Five incoming freshmen will receive $4,000 toward their freshman-year tuition in 2018-2019 as winners of the Josephine Bahlinger Award. The 15 finalists for the award were honored at a special breakfast celebration held January 12 on campus. The five award winners will be notified in their acceptance packet in late February.
The eighth graders, their parents and elementary school principals gathered in Mother Alice Hall, where they heard from Admissions Director Mandy Hoffman, President Jan Rhorer Breen and Principal Stacia Andricain. They also received a certificate commemorating their designation as a finalist.
The Josephine Bahlinger Award is named in honor of SJA’s first graduate, Josephine Bahlinger, class of 1877. Award criteria include outstanding academic performance, a history of standardized test scores in the 90th percentile, service to school and/or community, active participation in cocurricular activities and an exemplary conduct record.
Josephine Bahlinger Award finalists for 2018 are Evelyn Olivia Carley, Our Lady of Mercy; Constance Claire Cook, St. George; Vivian Marie Dille, St. George; Holly Grace Franzo, Parkview Baptist School; Sophia Belle Guillory, Sacred Heart; Alexis Aline Harvey, St. Thomas More; Carolyn Ann Herman, St. George; Elizabeth Blake Hester, Sacred Heart; Sarah Catherine Leake, West Feliciana Middle School; Olivia Juli'an Mack,
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Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School; Isabel Giahan Ngo, St. Thomas More; Haley Alise Pittenger, St. Aloysius; Carsyn Rene Smith, St. Alphonsus; Sarah Merritt Stenhouse, St. Aloysius; and Cecilia Elizabeth Werth, Sacred Heart.
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CLASS OF 2008: 10-YEAR REUNION Friday, July 13: SJA Class of ’08 Girls Night Out Magpie Downtown - 333 Laurel St. #110, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 7-9 p.m. | Cash bar and appetizers available for purchase upon arrival
CLASS OF 1988: 30-YEAR REUNION Friday, July 13: SJA Class of ’88 Girls Night Out Bin 77 Bistro and Side Bar - 10111 Perkins Rowe, #160, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 7 p.m. ’til | Cash bar and appetizers available for purchase upon arrival
Saturday, July 14: SJA/CHS Class of ’08 Joint Event Cane Land Distilling Company - 760 St. Phillip St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 7-10 p.m. | $65 per person includes appetizers, live music and three drink tickets (cost includes 3% credit card processing fee)
Saturday, July 14: SJA/CHS Class of ’88 Joint Event The Trademark - 326 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801 7-10 p.m. | $57 per person includes venue fees, DJ and food and a 3% processing fee. Cash bar available upon arrival
Please contact your 2008 class representative, Claire Sauls, at email@example.com for more information.
Please contact your 1988 class representative, Julie Hannie, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CLASS OF 1998: 20-YEAR REUNION Friday, July 13: SJA Class of ’98 Girls Night Out TBD 7-10 p.m. | Cost to be determined Saturday, July 14: SJA/CHS Class of ’98 Joint Event City Club of Baton Rouge - 355 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70801 7-10 p.m. | Cost to be determined Please contact your 1998 class representative, Angela DiVincenti Babin, at email@example.com for more information.
CLASS OF 1978: 40-YEAR REUNION Saturday, July 14: SJA/CHS Class of ’78 Joint Event TimeOut Lounge – 4619 Bennington Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 7 p.m. ’til | Cash bar and appetizers available for purchase upon arrival Please contact your 1978 class representative, Jeanine Parsons Allen, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. CLASS OF 1958: 60-YEAR REUNION LUNCHEON Friday, July 13, 11:30 a.m. SJA’s Mother Alice Hall - 3080 Kleinert Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
CLASS OF 1993: 25-YEAR REUNION Saturday, July 14: SJA/CHS Class of ’93 Joint Event Kalurah Street Grill - 2857 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 7-10 p.m. | Cost to be determined.
Please contact Alumnae Director Katie Jeter Valenciano ’04 at email@example.com or (225) 388-2244 for more information.
Please contact your 1993 class representative, Dawn Starns, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CLASSES OF 1938, 1943, 1948: 70-, 75-, AND 80-YEAR REUNIONS LUNCHEON Thursday, July 12, 11:30 a.m. SJA’s Mother Alice Hall - 3080 Kleinert Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 Please contact Alumnae Director Katie Jeter Valenciano ’04 at email@example.com or (225) 388-2244 for more information.
All milestone graduates and their families are invited to Family Day at SJA on Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a jambalaya lunch, live music, children's activities and campus tours. 27 | S J A C O N N E C T I O N S Winter 2018
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The following tribute donations were made between October 1 and December 30, 2017. 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. sjabr.org. Click the “Giving” tab at the top right of the homepage, then “How to Give.” In Honor of Mrs. Jill Abadie Ms. Lauren Campbell
In Honor of Ms. Jackie Charles Ms. Brailyn Bergeron
In Honor of Dr. Frances Barbera Ms. Anna Ball Ms. Ellen Herndon
In Honor of Ms. Cassandra Chatelain ’08 Mr. and Mrs. Steven P. Chatelain
In Honor of Mrs. Suzanne Day Bassett ’66 Ms. Sept Brown
In Honor of the Class of 1998 Mrs. Kathryn Mount
In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Baudoin Ms. Kate Baudoin In Honor of Mrs. Renee Frenzel Becker ’86 Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Frenzel
In Honor of Mr. Ernest Adams Ms. Claire Doucet In Honor of Mrs. Yvette Barbier Aillet ’09 Ms. Michele Calvit Ms. Adeline Holyfield
In Honor of Hensley Blackstone ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Christopher W. Blackstone
In Honor of Mrs. Erin Barrilleaux Albarado ’07 Ms. Sydney Hamilton In Honor of Ms. Emma C. Alexander Mr. and Mrs. Scott M. Alexander In Honor of Mrs. Mary Kay Alford Ms. McKenzie Knight In Honor of Mrs. Christy Anderson Ms. Mary Helen Anderson In Honor of Mrs. Stacia Andricain Ms. Lena Grace Cates Ms. Mary Madeline Gusky Ms. Katherine Hudson Ms. Caroline Elise LeBlanc Ms. Emily Lenox Ms. Angelle Waguespack In Honor of Mrs. Erika Angarita Ms. Clare Barfield Ms. Risa Boudreaux Ms. Hope Coleman Ms. Allison Contois Ms. Jeanne Contois Ms. Megan Crawford Ms. Alexa Gutowski Ms. Claire Harrington Ms. Addie Jones Ms. Claudia Pickell
In Memory of Mr. John H. Barber Mrs. Mary Barber
In Honor of Ms. Chloe Rose Boudreaux ’15 Ms. Risa Boudreaux In Memory of Mrs. Joanne Brassett Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Dauzat In Memory of Sister Kathleen Brogdon, CSJ ’42 Sister Frances Landry, CSJ In Honor of Mrs. Denise Dickinson Brown ’00 Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Dickinson In Honor of Ms. Olivia Brown ’16 Ms. Vivian Brown In Honor of Ms. Shani Bundy Brown ’87 Ms. Lorrel Brown In Honor of Ms. Cecilia Campesi ’20 Mr. and Mrs. Channon Campesi In Honor of Ms. Corinne Carnaggio ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Carnaggio Sr. In Honor of Mrs. Katie Casseri Ms. Mallory Casseri
In Memory of Mrs. Patricia McQuaid Coerver ’44 Ryan Wishart, LMFT PLLC In Honor of Mrs. Katie Comeaux Ms. Madeline Hamilton Ms. Kelly Clare Stephens In Honor of Ms. Meredith Conger ’10 Dr. and Mrs. R. Mark Conger In Honor of Ms. Jeanne Contois ’18 Ms. Kaylyn Petikas In Honor of Mrs. Connie Rosso Cotten ’54 Ms. Caroline Cotten In Honor of Ms. Caroline Annesley Creech ’20 Mr. and Mrs. Jason Creech In Memory of Boots and Jack Cristina Mrs. Fran Harvey In Honor of Madison Elisabeth Danos ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Monte J. Danos In Honor of Mrs. Glynis Davis Ms. Emma Allemond In Memory of Mrs. Laura Gatz Deavers ’66 Ms. Sept Brown Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Dauzat Jan Capdevielle Gravolet Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Leach Ms. Barbara McManus Mr. and Mrs. John Reis In Honor of Mrs. Aubrey DeJohn Ms. Kamryn Fouts
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In Honor of Mrs. Jennifer Ashworth Dinh ’94 Mr. and Mrs. Owen W. Ashworth
In Honor of Ms. Charlotte Anne Fuller ’21 Ms. Catherine Fuller
In Honor of Mrs. Linda Fryoux Harvison ’66 Ms. Clare Meng
In Honor of Ms. Virginia Dirks ’20 Ms. Grace Dirks
In Honor of Ms. Madelyn Ashli Fuselier ’19 Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Fuselier
In Memory of Mrs. Amy Cutrer Heroman ’46 Dr. Adam Broussard
In Honor of Mr. Steve Galliano Ms. Meredith Giles
In Honor of Ms. Claire Holder ’20 Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. Holder
In Honor of Mrs. Tina Ryan Gaudet ’85 Mr. Drew Gaudet
In Memory of Ms. Allison Honeycutt ’12 Mr. and Mrs. Mark D. Calandro Mr. and Mrs. Larry Centola Mr. and Mrs. Travis Chaney Dr. R. Clay and Heidi Gould Mr. and Mrs. D. Blayne Honeycutt Mr. Matt Moreland Mr. Richard Perque
In Honor of Ms. Melissa Dixon Ms. Kennedy Benjamin In Honor of Ms. Karen Douet Ms. Haley Blache Ms. Macy Heroman In Honor of Ms. Amanda Marie Duke ’14 Mr. and Mrs. John Duke
In Honor of Ms. Riana Gaudet ’16 Mr. Drew Gaudet
In Honor of Ms. Lauren Duke ’13 Mr. and Mrs. John Duke
In Honor of Mrs. Meg Gerald Ms. Meghan Johnson
In Honor of Mrs. Lindsay Morgan Duncan ’00 Mr. and Mrs. Mark Morgan
In Honor of Ms. Mia Goodson ’18 Mr. Joshua Campesi
In Honor of Mrs. Catherine Durnin Ms. Lauren Miller Ms. Marli Ann Snaith In Honor of Ms. Emma Durnin ’20 Ms. Madeline Territo In Honor of Ms. Anna Camille Eagleton ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Eversberg In Memory of Mr. Dominic Engolio Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Pastorek In Honor of Ms. Laura Flandez ’12 Ms. Barbara Flandez In Honor of Ms. Elizabeth Fontenot Ms. Haley Blouin Ms. Paige Cooper Ms. Eloise Day Ms. Leila Guidry Ms. Katie Jones Ms. Caroline Anne LeBlanc Ms. Olivia Prejean Ms. Rebecca Schwartzenburg Ms. Bailey Shattuck Ms. Emma Welch Ms. Grace Wolf
In Memory of Ms. Rosalia Effie Greene ’28 Ms. Cumalee Nunn Haines
In Honor of Mrs. Amy Scheurich House ’97 Ms. Hannah Grace Babin Ms. Grace Brierre Ms. Lilli Kearns Ms. Emily Michel Ms. Varland Owens Ms. Jane Avery Price Ms. Ashley Reynolds
In Memory of Monsignor William L. Greene Ms. Cumalee Nunn Haines
In Honor of Ms. Callie Renae Hunt ’16 Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Hunt
In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Craig D. Gremillion Ms. Megan Gremillion
In Honor of Mrs. Sheri Klemm Ms. Mia Goodson Ms. Coco Sweeney
In Honor of Ms. Megan Gremillion ’18 Ms. Raven Stagg
In Honor of Ms. Lisa Knotts Ms. Ann Nguyen Ms. Jade Woods
In Memory of Mrs. Kit Stuart Hall ’77 Mr. and Mrs. David M. James
In Honor of Ms. Eleanor Koonce ’16 Ms. Anna Koonce
In Honor of Dr. Jason Hanks Ms. Annaclaire Acosta Ms. Teddy Helouin
In Honor of Ms. Madison Lakvold ’18 Mr. and Mrs. David E. Lakvold
In Memory of Sister Ursula Harelson, CSJ ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Seager
In Honor of Ms. Emma Lambert ’21 Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Lambert
In Honor of Mrs. Amy Goodson Ms. Julia Goodson
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In Honor of Mr. Kevin Landry Ms. An Vu In Honor of Mrs. Nicole Delaune Lane ’96 Ms. Alex Hinkle Ms. Sophia Marchiafava
In Honor of Mrs. Mallory Morgan Ludwig ’05 Mr. and Mrs. Mark Morgan
In Honor of Mrs. Lori Quartararo Medica ’87 Ms. Mikaela Medica
In Honor of Ms. Claire Luikart ’06 Ms. Raquel Hodgeson
In Honor of Mrs. Linda Messina Ms. Abby Shortess Ms. Marigny Broussard Ms. Abby Shortess
In Memory of Ms. Josephine Martin Ms. Tara Dixon
In Honor of Lauren Laperouse ’19 Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Laperouse II In Honor of Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ Sister Sharon McCauley, CSJ Ms. Mary Ellen Orth Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Sherburne Ms. Gabbie Taylor In Memory of Mr. Thomas A. LaPorte Lynn LaPorte Samuels In Memory of Mr. Clifton Cyril Lasseigne Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Darren J. Kimball Mrs. Kim Veazey
In Honor of Ms. Caroline Matthews ’16 Ms. Emily Matthews In Honor of Emily Matthews ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Matthews Jr. In Honor of Mrs. Lisa Meek Mayeaux ’83 Ms. Anna Mayeaux In Memory of Ms. Marjorie Claire McAnelly ’95 Ms. Pat Marquette In Honor of Mrs. Sarah Elisar McCann ’08 Ms. Abby Acosta Ms. Lauren Craig Ms. Sophie DeOliveira Ms. Emily Johnson
In Honor of Ms. Ondrea Lavallias Ms. Camille Frugé In Honor of Mrs. Brenda LeBlanc Ms. Reygan Coxe In Honor of Ms. Kobi LeBlanc ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Dwight A. LeBlanc
In Honor of Mrs. Mary Hebert McCowan ’61 Mrs. Barbara Magruder
In Honor of Mr. Michael LeBlanc Ms. Lisa Taylor In Honor of Mr. Alan LeCoq Ms. Amy Brouillette
In Honor of Mrs. Lena McGee Ms. Aidan Asmus Ms. Isabel Oatley
In Honor of Ms. Betty Ledet Mr. and Mrs. Howard A. Oubre
In Honor of Mrs. Lily McGill Ms. Lara Nicholson
In Honor of Ms. Audrey Lejeune ’18 Mr. and Mrs. Sid Lejeune
In Honor of Mr. Cord McKeithen Ms. Audrey Barton Ms. Kaleigh Nguyen
In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Lenox (Evelyn Barber ’80) Ms. Emily Lenox In Honor of Ms. Abby Lorio ’19 Mrs. Amber Day In Honor of Ms. Annie Lorio ’17 Mrs. Amber Day
In Memory of Ms. Agnes McLindon Ms. Ann M. McLindon In Memory of Mr. Michael P. McLindon Ms. Ann M. McLindon
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In Honor of Ms. Amy Miller ’16 Mr. and Mrs. Eric Miller In Honor of Ms. Mary Katherine Miller ’14 Mr. and Mrs. Eric Miller In Honor of Mrs. Cheri Mock Ms. Abi Mock In Honor of Ms. Lauren Morris Ms. Claire McNeely In Honor of Ms. Dana Murray Ms. Madeline Lemoine In Memory of Ms. Courtney Myshrall ’95 Mrs. Britney Myshrall Piner In Memory of Mrs. Maybelle Couvillon Navarre ’47 Mr. and Mrs. Milton D. Todd III In Honor of Ms. Camille Nyboer ’20 Dr. and Mrs. Scott D. Nyboer In Honor of Mrs. Amy Panepinto Parker ’98 Ms. Ana Block Ms. Blaire Fontenot In Honor of Ms. Kennedy Passantino ’20 Ms. Patricia Bryant In Honor of Mrs. Emily Peavy Ms. Camille Lanata In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pecue (Danni Bourgeois ’58) Ms. Sara Shields In Honor of Ms. Allie Peever ’18 Ms. Anna Peever
In Honor of Ms. Anna Peever ’18 Ms. Allie Peever In Memory of Ms. Frances N. Politz Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Dauzat In Honor of Mrs. Cissy Donaldson Poret ’62 Mrs. Michelle Purvis In Honor of Ms. Jade Prejean Ms. Samantha Catherine Ms. Kailynn Guidry In Honor of Mrs. Jennifer Purnell Ms. Leila Purnell In Honor of Mrs. Bonnie McKowen Rader ’01 Ms. Annaclaire Acosta In Memory of Mrs. Louise Rodriguez Sylvia Rodriguez Portnoy In Honor of Mrs. Sara Tomeny Rounds ’99 Ms. Sophia Haik Ms. Madeline Ortego Ms. Grace Wilkinson In Honor of Mrs. Leigh Grace Rouyer Ms. Holly Honore Ms. Sydney Trainor
In Honor of Mr. Jamal Tajdaran Ms. Emrey Broyles Ms. Bella Canova Ms. Megan David Ms. Jane Jeha Ms. Mary Catherine Lorio Ms. Adele Poché In Honor of Ms. Nancy Taylor Ms. Lisa Taylor In Honor of Mrs. Sarah Prestridge Thompson ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Scott Thompson In Memory of Mr. James Toups Dr. Donald and Dr. Maria Haynes In Honor of Mrs. Allison Lindsay Traxler ’89 Ms. Emma Callegan In Honor of Ms. Emily Uter ’21 Mrs. Emily Wilbert In Memory of Mrs. Geraldine Levy Venincasa ’52 Laura Venincasa-Cox In Honor of Miss Catherine Weaver Mrs. Shelly Weaver
In Memory of Ms. Natasha Marie Sanford Ms. Alice Schofield
In Honor of Miss Emma Weaver Mrs. Shelly Weaver
In Memory of Mrs. Audrey McGuire Ellis Santos ’37 Mr. and Mrs. Randall J. Ellis Jr.
In Honor of Miss Gabrielle Weaver Mrs. Shelly Weaver
In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Antony N. Scardina Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Quinlan III
In Honor of Ms. Ashlyn Graves White ’88 Ms. Madelyn Graves
In Memory of Sister Camille Simoneaux, CSJ ’46 Mr. and Mrs. Carol Foreman
In Memory of Mrs. Emma Melancon White ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Mark White
In Honor of Mrs. Monique Simpson Ms. Madie Simpson
In Honor of Ms. Ashlyn Everett Womack ’16 Mr. and Mrs. Milton J. Womack Jr.
In Honor of the Sisters of St. Joseph Anne Becker Yeargain
In Honor of Ms. Hannah Womack ’13 Mr. and Mrs. Milton J. Womack Jr.
In Honor of Ms. Lark Smith ’20 Ms. Summer Smith
In Honor of Ms. Mary Katherine Womack ’19 Mr. and Mrs. Milton J. Womack Jr.
In Honor of Mrs. Rhonda Soileau Ms. Claire Soileau
In Honor of Ms. Riley Elizabeth Womack ’13 Mr. and Mrs. Milton J. Womack Jr.
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M A R R I A G E S , B I R T H S , PA S S I N G S WEDDINGS ’00 Amanda Catherine Henry to Adam Garrett Pickle 1/5/2018 ’04 Katherine Peyton Jeter to Eric Michael Valenciano 10/20/2017 ’04 Ellen Corry Sharpless to Alexander J. Nebe 11/17/2017 ’04 Emily Anne Smith to Bridger Durham 11/18/2017 ’05 Kaitlyn Brooke Guerin to Ryan Espey 11/17/2017 ’05 Christine Marie Melancon to Bradley Earnheart, 12/29/2017 ’08 Mary Alyse Gonzalez to Tee Washburn 4/21/2017 ’08 Maia Elizabeth Key to Michael Pernell Weary Jr. 9/22/2017 ’10 Camille Christ Eleazar to Jonathan Austin Berry 6/3/2017 BIRTHS ’98 Sallie C. Dupont Arnold: daughter, Virginia Elizabeth Erin, born 11/2/2017 ’98 Lauren Richard Monaghan: son, Luke James, born 5/30/2017 ’00 Megan Legendre Jenny: son, Wyatt Bruce, born 9/26/2017 ’01 Lauren Michaud Knotts: son, Charles Alfred, born 10/22/2017 ’01 Claire LeBlanc Vath: son, Benjamin Michael, born 11/20/2017 ’04 Tasha Villar Andrepont: son, Sutton Joseph, born 11/19/2017 ’04 Amanda Messer Boeneke: daughter, Audrey Elizabeth, born 1/1/2018 ’04 Farin Fabre Bolton: daughter, Eloise Olivia, born 10/11/2017 ’04 Jennifer Menville Fontaine: son, James Howell III, born 11/2/2017 ’04 Erin Berryhill Franco: son, Aidan David, born 11/14/2017 ’04 Hailie Cook Gremillion: daughter, Anne Kathleen, born 10/16/2017 ’04 Emily Songy Hightower: son, Bryan Bullock, born 10/15/2017 ’04 Stephanie Fife Parenton: daughter, Eva Katherine, born 12/28/2017 ’04 Margaret Stuart Siegler: son, Bowie Morgan, born 10/22/2017
’04 Morgan Boudreaux Thibodeaux: daughter, Millie Margaret, born 12/6/2017 ’04 Jessica Kimberly Wilkinson: son, McCrossen “Mac” Blaize, born 11/20/2017 ’05 Laura Smith Dixon: son, Jack Hamilton, born 11/19/2017 ’06 Victoria Harris Gray: son, William Forge, born 11/5/2017 ’06 Malorie Mascagni Sitar: son, William Davis, born 9/25/2017 ’08 Kaitlyn Chustz Free: daughter, Caroline Rose, born 11/10/2017 ’08 Kayla Langlois Zumo: son, Anthony Thomas, born 9/2/2017 ’10 Sarah Clement Skillern: daughter, Anne Frances, born 12/21/2017 IN MEMORIAM We make a sincere effort to publish any close alumnae family connections with the names of the deceased. With more than 9,000 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 January 5, 2018. Andrew Joseph Alessi Brother of Patricia Alessi Chaney ’69 and Christy Alessi Gremillion ’80 Reginald Thomas “Reggie” Bahlinger Brother of Sister Kathleen Bahlinger ’56, CSJ (dec.) George F. Ballard Jr. Father of Marla Ballard Fitzpatrick ’84 John Salvador Bellecci Father of Linda Bellecci Millburn ’73 and Lisa Bellecci-St. Romain ’74 Grandfather of Allison Millburn Barrilleaux ’06 and Tara Millburn Krieger ’09
Anne Worthington Elder Blythe Mother of Anne Blythe Brooks ’66 Grandmother of Kathryn Rogers Oubre ’97 Kathleen Martin Boellert ’58 Sister of Martha Martin Ourso ’58, Mary Louise Martin-Klaucke ’70 (dec.) and Susan Martin Bryson ’74 Christina Ellen Boudreaux ’07 Sister of Anne Marye Boudreaux ’03 Deacon Eugene Francis Brady Grandfather of Julie Love Taylor ’07, Mary Catherine Balhoff ’13, Mary Margaret Love ’14 and Caroline M. Balhoff ’17 Joy Fleniken Brown ’43 (alumna by choice) Patricia “Patty” McQuaid Coerver ’44 Sister of Kathleen McQuaid Walter ’40 (dec.) Henry Paul Creswell Father of Brenda Creswell O’Neal ’68 Gloria R. “Boots” Cristina Grandmother of Dawn Cristina Houston ’91 and Leslie Nicole Cristina McGuire ’01 Elma Dansereau Crockett Mother of Teri Crockett Bourdier ’77 Grandmother of Ashley Bourdier ’02 and Lauren Bourdier ’04 Mortimer Francis Currier, MD Father of Elizabeth Currier Winter ’77 June Fryoux Delaune ’41 Sister of Sister Jean Fryoux, CSJ ’38 (dec.) and Dorothy Fryoux McKinley ’38 (dec.) Mother of Jean Delaune Spain ’66 Grandmother of Jill Spain McGee ’98 Robert Lawrence diBenedetto, MD Father of Mollee diBenedetto Vicknair ’73 Grandfather of Sabrina diBenedetto Solis ’98
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Anna Le Durocher Mother of DeEtte Durocher Collett ’82 Susan Quarles Esnard Mother of Kristen Esnard Dominique ’92 Curt Eysink Father of Samantha Eysink ’11 and Addie Eysink ’15 Eleanor Coit Favrot Mother of Eleanor Favrot Stevens ’67 Grandmother of Kim Hurst Martinez ’88, Jill Hurst Mabile ’91, Jennifer E. Rhorer ’00 and Jessica M. Aucoin ’09 Great-grandmother of Madison Mabile ’21 Deryl McGrew Hamilton Mother of L’shele Hamilton ’82 Joyce Baxley Hebert Grandmother of Jennifer Hebert Fultz ’96 and Margot Hebert Barabas ’98 Amy Cutrer Heroman ’46 Mother of Nancy Heroman Plaisance ’74, Karen Heroman Broussard ’76 and Holly Heroman Andrews ’79 Grandmother of Amy M. Andrews ’06, Sarah Plaisance Brekenridge ’10 and Ashley L. Andrews ’11 John “Jack” Taylor Heroman Sr. Son of Elise Doiron Heroman ’36 (dec.) Brother of Kathy Heroman ’66 and Anne Heroman Jeanmard ’90 Father of Nora Rei Heroman ’92 Grandfather of Ariel S. Heroman ’10 Uncle of Kelley Phillips Jones ’95 and Katie Heroman Houston ’95 Edna Maxine Taylor Hicks Grandmother of Caroline E. Hicks ’10 Faye Mix Kovich ’75 Mother of Katherine Kovich Plunkett ’06 Sister of Debbie Mix Lynch ’73
Clifton Cyril Lasseigne Jr. Father of Julie Lasseigne Neupert ’75, Margaret Lasseigne Musso ’77 and Jennifer Lasseigne Batson ’82 Grandfather of Lauren E. Neupert ’03, Kathryn B. Neupert ’05, Allison R. Lasseigne ’08, Leah Neupert Bullock ’09, Emily Lasseigne Cotton ’11, Elizabeth R. Foshee ’14 and Lauren K. Foshee ’16 Kathleen Gooch LeBlanc Mother of Julie LeBlanc Bowden ’70 and Kathleen LeBlanc Grand ’77 Lena Maggio Sister of Sister Margaret Maggio, CSJ ’53 Maureen Mary McGrew ’69 Sister of Catherine McGrew Miers ’64 and Paula McGrew ’71 Agnes Helena McLindon Mother of Maureen McLindon Huguley ’76 and Ann H. McLindon ’78 Grandmother of Bonnie J. McLindon ’10 and Camille McLindon ’12 Jeanne Blanchard McManus ’52 Sister of Sister Sandra Blanchard ’54 and Ann Blanchard Deshotel ’59 Jane Porter Middleton Grandmother of Tate Hodges Middleton ’96 Mary Louise Montagnino Mother of Judy Montagnino Bongiovanni ’73 Grandmother of Amy Bongiovanni Ramagos ’99 Hugh Bland O’Connor Grandfather of Colleen O’Connor Wilbert ’99, Katherine O’Connor Lowe ’04 and Erin T. O’Connor ’06 Elma Clause Oncale Grandmother of Jennifer Hebert Fultz ’96 and Margot Hebert Barabas ’98
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Francesca Hanemann Phelps Mother of Carolyn Phelps Kergosien ’79 and Suzanne Phelps Oliphant ’83 Larry Pippins Husband of Linda Bogan Pippins ’71 Bonnie Margaret Carville Reames Mother of Jamie Reames Hardie ’96 Sister of Pat Carville Hoffman ’73 and Angela Carville Crochet ’79 Grandmother of Grace E. Reames ’16 and Olivia A. Reames ’21 Dr. Richard E. “Dickie” Robichaux Jr. Father of Emily Robichaux Guinan ’01 and Eugenie Robichaux Rogers ’05 Lewis Arthur Tambs Husband of Phyllis Greer Tambs ’69 Sherry Fritcher Thompson Daughter of Stella Maranto Fritcher ’38 Bruce St. Clair Tregre Father of Julie Tregre Cherry ’78, Patricia Tregre Deweese ’79 and Jeanne Tregre Kelly ’85 Grandfather of Kelley Rourke ’90 and Gabrielle Kelly ’15 Claire Flores Tribou Grandmother of Joanne Tribou ’13 William R. “Bill” Weatherford Father of Auburn Weatherford Brown ’89 Hildrith Zeairs “Hill” Wegener Jr. Father of Lori Harper (SJA faculty member) Grandfather of Ashley Harper ’06 (dec.)
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