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Academy Arts Center and Batchelor Terrace Tickets: $55 Enjoy a night of celebrating St. Joseph’s Academy with live and silent auctions, food and drinks and music by the Baton Rouge Jazz Ensemble. There will be an after party at Blend downtown beginning at 10:30 p.m. rɚsŘǼŘ_ǋ¯ʪsǼÞOĨsǼǣOŘEsƼȖǋOÌǣs_ŸŘĶÞŘsǼ www.sjasoiree.org. Please contact Megan St. Germain at email@example.com or (225) 388-2270 for more information.
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In This Issue CONNECTIONS Winter 2017
From the President.....................................................................4 SJA Community...........................................................................6 Alumnae News...........................................................................18 Alums Today...............................................................................19 Annual Fund...............................................................................23 Planned Giving...........................................................................24 On Campus................................................................................25 Tribute Donations.....................................................................30 Transitions...................................................................................33
On the Cover: The St. Joseph’s Academy Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three new members on Saturday, ®sEǋȖǋɴˠˠʳÝŘ_ȖOǼÞŸŘOĶǣǣŎsŎEsǋǣǋsɚŸĶĶsɴEĶĶOŸOÌDǋsŘ_ĵsDĶŘOʰǣŸ¯ǼEĶĶƼĶɴsǋǢǼOÞ Alford Casey ’89 and gymnast Ana Wiggins Barras ’03. See page 6 for details.
Connections is published four times per year by the St. Joseph’s Academy Communications and Mission _ɚŘOsŎsŘǼŸ¯ʩOsǣʳÝǼÞǣ_ÞǣǼǋÞEȖǼs_¯ǋssŸ¯OÌǋ¶sǼŸĶȖŎŘsʰƼǋsŘǼǣŘ_¯ǋÞsŘ_ǣŸ¯ǼÌsO_sŎɴʳ 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.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt Communications Director Jennifer Menville Fontaine Assistant Communications Director Erin Barrilleaux Albarado Media Coordinator Holly Sonnier Graphic Designer Meg Gerald Mission Advancement Director Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ Mission Advancement Associate Director Katie Jeter Mission Advancement Assistant Director-Alumnae and Constituent Relations Donna Blanc Mission Advancement Assistant Shannon Landry Mission Advancement Support Megan St. Germain Mission Advancement Assistant
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From the President
Let Peace Begin with Me At mass on New Year’s Day, we ended the Eucharistic celebration by singing Let There Be Peace on Earth. The song is a beautiful ǋsʪsOǼÞŸŘŸ¯ŸȖǋǋŸĶsÞŘĶÞ¯sŘ_ŸȖǋOĶĶǼŸɠĶĨ ǼŸ¶sǼÌsǋÞŘµŸ_˅ǣĶŸɚsʳÝǋsŎsŎEsǋǣÞŘ¶ÞŘ¶ this song as we processed out of Sacred Heart Church as the graduates of the SJA class of 1969. We were asked then, as we are asked now, to be peacemakers and to love and serve one another. How do we take each moment and live each moment in peace?
Jan Rhorer Breen ’69
“Let there be peace on Earth And let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth The peace that was meant to be. With God as our Father Brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother ÝŘƼsǋ¯sOǼÌǋŎŸŘɴʳ Let peace begin with me Let this be the moment now. ɟÞǼÌsɚsǋɴǣǼsƼÝǼĨs Let this be my solemn vow. To take each moment And live each moment With peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth, And let it begin with me.” Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller
Prayer. Prayer reconnects us with inherent values and leads us beyond mind, words and ideas to become one with God. Prayer is where we experience God every day. As St. Paul said, “Pray always. Pray unceasingly.” Prayer helps us ǣssɠÌǼÞǣŘ_ÌsĶƼǣȖǣʩŘ_¶ŸŸ_Řsǣǣʰ¯ŸǋǼÌs foundation of prayer is love. As we pray, God surrounds us. As St. Patrick said, God beneath you God in front of you God behind you God above you God within you Feeling God’s presence through prayer is an awareness of enjoying the now, the moment in time and living that moment in peace. Gratitude. There are so many reasons to ¶ÞɚsǼÌŘĨǣǣɠsɠĶĨɠÞǼÌŸȖǋEǋŸǼÌsǋʳÝǼÞǣ important for us to remember the good things of life and to see them as God’s blessings. God wants us to use our gifts and to do the best with what we have been given. With every step ɴŸȖǼĨsʰȖǣsɴŸȖǋ¶Þ¯ǼǣǼŸÌsĶƼŸǼÌsǋǣʳÝǼŎɴ be the gift to teach, to console, to encourage, to heal, to bring humor to the day. Recognize your gifts and use them to serve others, and you will bring peace on your journey.
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Trust.Ý¯ɠsOŘĶsǋŘǼŸǼǋȖǣǼµŸ_ʰɠsǼÌsŘ learn to trust ourselves. Trust that God has a path for you and will never leave you on your journey. He is there through the joys and sorrows of life and wants you to walk with others in every step you take. He is there to guide you, to protect you. For peace, there must be trust in God. Love. Bring love to others through a word, a touch, a smile, a prayer. God loves you and has given you the gift to love others. Love is sŘ_ĶsǣǣĶɴĶÞɚsŘ_ĶɠɴǣʪŸɠÞŘ¶ʰ¶ÞɚÞŘ¶ĶÞ¯s and peace to others. Every day and in every ɠɴʰɠsŎȖǣǼOÌŸŸǣsǼŸĶÞɚsÞŘĶŸɚsʳÝŘɠÌǼsɚsǋ you do, remember that Christ is calling you to the service of love: the love of God and of your ŘsÞ¶ÌEŸǋʳɟÞǼÌĶŸɚsʰŸŘsʩŘ_ǣĠŸɴʰ¯ȖĶʩĶĶŎsŘǼ and peace.
Forgive. God continually forgives us, and we must accept His forgiveness as we also forgive others. As Pope Francis said, “The Lord never ǼÞǋsǣŸ¯¯Ÿǋ¶ÞɚÞŘ¶ʳÝǼÞǣɠsɠÌŸǼÞǋsŸ¯ǣĨÞŘ¶¯Ÿǋ forgiveness.” We should never lose hope, for God gives us His grace if we keep asking. Let us ask for grace not to tire of asking forgiveness. With forgiveness, we can walk together, one in God’s love. We have been called to bring peace on this earth. We can only bring peace and harmony to our world if we live a life of love and forgiveness, a life of service to our brother, a ĶÞ¯sǼÌǼÞǣʩĶĶs_ɠÞǼÌǼǋȖǣǼŘ_Ƽǋɴsǋʳǣɠs begin the new year, take each moment and live each moment with the love and gifts God has bestowed on you. Always remember that peace begins with you.
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SJA TO HOST ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY Brenda LeBlanc, Staci Alford Casey ’89 and Ana Wiggins Barras ’03 will be inducted into the St. Joseph’s Academy Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 11. Also honored will be ǣǼǼsʩŘĶÞǣǼǼsŎǣŘ_ÞŘ_ÞɚÞ_ȖĶǣ¯ǋŸŎˡ˟˟˟ through 2005.
Brenda LeBlanc coached the St. Joseph’s Academy volleyball ǼsŎǼŸʩɚs^ÞɚÞǣÞŸŘÝǣǼǼsOÌŎƼÞŸŘǣÌÞƼǣÞŘˠˢɴsǋǣʳ Her Redstickers won the 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 state titles. Her 2002 team posted a perfect 43-0 record, becoming one of the few teams in Louisiana high school volleyball history to go undefeated.
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.
During the span of winning an unprecedented four OŸŘǣsOȖǼÞɚs^ÞɚÞǣÞŸŘÝǣǼǼsOÌŎƼÞŸŘǣÌÞƼǣʰDǋsŘ_˅ǣ ǼsŎǣÌ_OŸŎEÞŘs_ǋsOŸǋ_Ÿ¯ˠ˥ˤ˚˨ʳÝŘˠˢɴsǋǣǼǼÌs program’s helm, Brenda’s Redstickers lost three district games.
Reservation deadline is February 1, 2017. For additional information, contact Shannon Landry at (225) 388-2336.
Prior to SJA, Brenda helped start the volleyball program at Class B Episcopal School of Acadiana (ESA) in Cade. After one season as assistant coach, she was named head coach Ř_ɠŸȖĶ_ɠÞŘǣsɚsŘOŸŘǣsOȖǼÞɚs^ÞɚÞǣÞŸŘÝəǣǼǼsǼÞǼĶsǣ¯ǋŸŎ 1987 to 1993. ESA would go on to win a national high school record 16 state volleyball titles in a row. ÝŘˠ˨˨ˣʰDǋsŘ_ǋsƼĶOs_ǼÌsĶs¶sŘ_ǋɴDǋEǋōOōŘȖǣ as SJA’s head volleyball coach. (Barbara is a 1996 Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame inductee and a member of the 2015 SJA Athletic Hall of Fame induction class.) Within four years, Brenda led the Redstickers to a state OÌŎƼÞŸŘǣÌÞƼʳÝǼɠǣǢğ˅ǣʩǋǣǼǣǼǼsǼÞǼĶsǣÞŘOsˠ˨˧˥ʳ
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Over the course of her 24-year coaching career, Brenda’s ǼsŎǣŎ_sˠˤǼǋÞƼǣǼŸǼÌsǣǼǼsʩŘĶǣʰɠÞŘŘÞŘ¶ˠˡʳǢÌs posted an overall record of 786-188. She was inducted into ǼÌsĵŸȖÞǣÞŘəŸĶĶsɴEĶĶNŸOÌsǣËĶĶŸ¯®ŎsÞŘˠ˨˨˥Ř_ was named the National High School Federation’s Coach Ÿ¯ǼÌsɳsǋÞŘˡ˟˟ˤʳǢÌsɠǣǼÌsʩǋǣǼÞŘ_ȖOǼssÞŘǼŸrǢ˅ǣ Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013, and she was inducted into the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. Brenda has dedicated a lifetime to the sport of volleyball. From a standout career at Lafayette’s Northside High School, including being a member of the 1977 state championship team, to being a four-year letter winner and All-Metro Conference selection at Tulane University, she excelled on the court. She graduated from Tulane in 1981 as its all-time leading offensive player. Her understanding of the game as a participant on the highest level translated to a stellar coaching career. 1/23/17 2:42 PM
Following her retirement from coaching in 2007, Brenda has remained committed to volleyball, always willing to share the knowledge she gained over 33 years in the sport, dating back to the eighth grade. She is a ¯ŸǋŎsǋƼǋsǣÞ_sŘǼŸ¯ǼÌsĵŸȖÞǣÞŘəŸĶĶsɴEĶĶNŸOÌsǣ Association and helped guide the positive growth of the sport in Louisiana. She has shared her talents with countless individuals, instilling knowledge of the game in many young coaches. Brenda runs volleyball camps and clinics and coaches ǼÌsəŸĶĶsɴEĶĶDǼŸŘǊŸȖ¶sOĶȖEƼǋŸ¶ǋŎʳǢÌs˅ǣɠÞ_sĶɴ known as a competitive coach who teaches game skills and team strategies. Just as importantly, she instills in her players a love of and respect for the game and great sportsmanship. Brenda has been a member of the SJA health and physical education department for 22 years and currently serves as chairwoman. She is married to sportswriter, author and television producer/host Lee Feinswog. They share their Baton Rouge home with their two dogs and a cat.
Staci Alford Casey, Class of 1989 Staci Alford Casey began her fastpitch softball career in 1979 at the age of 8. At the end of her ʩǋǣǼǣsǣŸŘʰĶĶŎsŎEsǋǣŸ¯ǼÌsǼsŎɠsǋsOĶĶs_ to a makeshift audition on the mound. The team’s coaches needed to determine if any of the little girls had pitching potential, as their starter was graduating to a higher age division. When it was her turn, Staci threw two strikes and one “almost strike,” and the pitching job was hers. ËsǋʩǋǣǼɴsǋǣǣǼǋǼÞŘ¶ƼÞǼOÌsǋɠǣŘ˅Ǽǣsǣɴ as her audition, and Staci struggled. But she was _sǼsǋŎÞŘs_ǼŸǣȖOOss_Ř_sɚsŘǼȖĶĶɴʪŸȖǋÞǣÌs_ʳ ǢÌsɠǣŘŎs_ōəƻŸ¯ǼÌsDŸEɟǼĨÞŘǣ Memorial Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1983. Her summer league teams won numerous state and regional titles and made three trips to the American Softball Association National Fastpitch Tournament (1983, 1986 and 1987). At St. Joseph’s Academy, Staci was a three-year starting pitcher and led the Redstickers to district crowns in 1988 and 1989. She was named to the ĶĶ˚^ÞǣǼǋÞOǼǻsŎǣǣŸƼÌŸŎŸǋsŘ_^ÞǣǼǋÞOǼōəƻ as a junior and senior. As a senior, she pitched three perfect games and four other no hitters, striking out 164 batters in 160 innings en route to a 0.40 ERA. She capped her senior year being voted the State Times Prep Performer of the Year for fastpitch softball. continued
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Staci’s pitching success continued at Notre Dame, where she was a four-year starter. She was known for having one of the best changeups in the country. Her repertoire of off-speech pitches was made all the more dangerous by uncanny control. ǣ¯ǋsǣÌŎŘʰǣÌsƼÞǼOÌs_ǼÌsʩǋǣǼŘŸÌÞǼǼsǋÞŘŗŸǼǋs^ŎsǣŸ¯ǼEĶĶ history. During her career, she threw 15 shutouts with 369 strikeouts, leading the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in strikeouts per game for three consecutive years. Twice she was named to the ĶĶ˚NŸŘ¯sǋsŘOsǻsŎʰ¶ǋŘsǋÞŘ¶ʩǋǣǼ˚ǼsŎÌŸŘŸǋǣÞŘˠ˨˨ˡɠÞǼÌŘ impressive .99 ERA. As a senior in 1993, serving as co-captain of the softball team, she was ǣsOŸŘ_ÞŘǼÌsŘǼÞŸŘÞŘǣɚsǣʳǢÌsÌ_ˠʳˣˢrǊʰʩɚsǣɚsǣŘ_ˤ˦ strikeouts. ǢǼOÞĶs_ǼÌsÝǋÞǣÌǼŸōNNOÌŎƼÞŸŘǣÌÞƼǣÞŘǼÌǋssŸ¯Ìsǋ¯ŸȖǋɴsǋǣʳ Her career record was 47-26. She was a four-year Notre Dame Monogram winner and graduated in 1993 as one of the most _sOŸǋǼs_ǣŸ¯ǼEĶĶƼÞǼOÌsǋǣÞŘŗŸǼǋs^ŎsÌÞǣǼŸǋɴʳÝŘ_ss_ʰǣÌsǣǼÞĶĶ holds the school record for walks allowed per seven innings (0.81). Staci earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. She would later return to college at Louisiana State University to earn credits needed to enroll in dental school. She graduated from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans in 2001. Today, Staci lives in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Matt, an attorney, and their children, 8-year-old twins Ellen and Charlie. Her mother, Pattie, and her brother, Kevin (Catholic High School class of 1999), still live in Baton Rouge. Her father, Charles, whom she lost this summer to Alzheimer’s disease, played a critical role in her success. When Staci didn’t have a game or a team practice, she and her dad could be found in the backyard, practicing softball.
Ana Wiggins Barras, Class of 2003 Ana Wiggins Barras fell in love with gymnastics at the age of 5. So enamored of the sport was the youngster that when she wasn’t at the gym, she was walking on her hands throughout her house. Ana began her competitive gymnastics career at the age of 8 and would compete at the club level throughout her high school years. An outstanding athlete, she also swam in the Baton Rouge summer league during her elementary through high school years and ran track in middle school. Ana entered St. Joseph’s Academy excited to participate in high school athletics. Like many high schools at the time, SJA didn’t have a gymnastics team, so Ana joined the swim team and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. But juggling swimming, year-round club gymnastics and schoolwork proved daunting, and Ana knew it was time to choose the one sport on which she’d focus. Given her passion for gymnastics, the decision was easy. During a physical education class early in her sophomore year, Ana was approached by her teacher, Brenda LeBlanc, who was also the coach of SJA’s volleyball team. Brenda noticed Ana’s athleticism and asked if she had any interest in volleyball. Ana politely responded that gymnastics was her one-and-only sport.
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High School Athletic Association sanctioned girls’ gymnastics, and the thought of representing one’s high school was intriguing. Following the state meet in the spring of 2002, Ana’s club teammates couldn’t stop talking about how much fun they’d had. Ana decided to explore the possibility of establishing a gymnastics team at SJA. Since approaching Ana about her interest in volleyball, Coach LeBlanc had kept up with her gymnastics career, never missing an opportunity to ask how she’d Ƽsǋ¯ŸǋŎs_ÞŘÌsǋŎŸǣǼǋsOsŘǼŎssǼʳÝǼɠǣŸŘĶɴŘǼȖǋĶ that Ana would turn to Brenda for help.
Entering Louisiana State University, Ana left her competitive gymnastics career behind. But her coaching OǋssǋɠǣĠȖǣǼEs¶ÞŘŘÞŘ¶ʳÝŘˡ˟˟˧ʰŘǋsǼȖǋŘs_ǼŸ SJA as the assistant gymnastics coach and took over as Ìs_OŸOÌÞŘˡ˟˟˨ʳÝŘÌsǋǼÌǋssɴsǋǣǣÌs_OŸOÌʰ Ana’s Redstickers captured two LHSAA State Gymnastics Championships. Today, Ana is a physical therapist assistant. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Walker with their children, daughter Hadley, 3, and son Beau, 1. Ana has two stepchildren: Blaine, 16, and Abby, 12.
Before her senior year, Ana met with Brenda to ask if she would be willing to serve as the sponsor for a new gymnastics team. Ana had already talked to her club coach, Robbie Banta, who was on board to coach her as a competitor in the LHSAA state meet. Brenda agreed and approached the school’s administration on Ana’s behalf. Within days, Ana was ǼÌs¯ŸȖŘ_ÞŘ¶ŎsŎEsǋŸ¯Ǣğ˅ǣʩǋǣǼ¶ɴŎŘǣǼÞOǣǼsŎʳ Two Academy freshmen, Sarah Bankhead and Kaki Whitty, who were members of Ana’s club team, joined as well. Entering the 2003 LHSAA gymnastics meet, Ana remembers knowing nothing about protocol or procedures. But the Redstickers competed to the best of their abilities and, despite not having enough ¶ɴŎŘǣǼǣǼŸɚÞs¯ŸǋǼsŎǼÞǼĶsʰʩŘÞǣÌs_ǣsOŸŘ_ÞŘ their division.
Save the Date SUMMER 2018 Help us kick off our 150th anniversary celebration by traveling to where it all began. Make plans now to travel with us to LePuy, France, the birthplace of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1650. We will also visit Lyon, Paris and the wine country. More information coming soon! Please contact Alumnae Director Katie Jeter ’04 at email@example.com
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SJA Remembers Beloved Science Teacher Sister Ursula Harelson Sister Ursula Harelson, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph for 71 years, passed away at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, on December 13, 2016, at the age of 88. Sr. Ursula was born in Baton Rouge, one of six children of the late Andrew Leo and Mary Zilma Edmonston Harelson. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1945. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans that year and professed perpetual vows in 1950. She attended Loyola University and earned a bachelor of science degree in education in 1960 with minors in math and chemistry. She attended Union College in New York on an NSF grant in 1968-1970 and earned a master’s in mathematics with a minor in chemistry in 1973. She attended numerous workshops and conventions to further her professional growth in theology and science. Sr. Ursula began teaching primary grades at Our Lady of the Rosary School in New Orleans in 1947. She continued teaching at the elementary level at St. Joseph Parochial in Baton Rouge and at St. Rose in New Orleans. From 1960 to 1965, she taught at St. Joseph Academy in Bay St. Louis, followed by three years at SJA in Baton Rouge and four years at SJA New Orleans. From 1972 to 1976, she taught and was the coordinator at Catholic High of Pointe Coupee. Her last teaching assignment was at SJA from 1976 to 2007. She was named Outstanding Chemistry Teacher of the Region in 1990 and was honored as a distinguished graduate of her alma mater in 1994 and 2001. After retiring in 2007, Sr. Ursula worked as a volunteer in SJA’s Archives. She moved to Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita, Kansas, in 2013. She is survived by her sister, Rita Harelson Garon, SJA class of 1942, and her brother, Andrew Leo Harelson. She was preceded in death by her sister, Hazel Harelson Kleinpeter, SJA class of 1935, and brothers William John and Eddie Harelson. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Erin O. Harelson and Katherine N. Harelson and a host of loving nieces and nephews. Nieces who are graduates of SJA include Carolyn Kleinpeter Morris ’61, Shirley Kleinpeter
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Roubique ’62, Marilyn Garon Dooley ’66, Kaye Kleinpeter Brignac ’67, Marjorie Harelson Windham ’67, Janice Harelson Troxclair ’68, Barbara Kleinpeter Chenevert ’69, Dottie Harelson Territo ’71, Bonnie Harelson Ryland ’72, Linda Garon Davis ’72, Louise Harelson Haydel ’73, Catherine Harelson Palermo ’75, Elaine Garon Hopkins ’76, Faye Harelson ’79 and Peggy Harelson Daigle ’81. Known for her sense of humor, unending patience and dedication to helping her students grow, Sr. ȕǋǣȖĶɠǣĶǣŸʩɮǼȖǋsǼǢğǣƼŸǋǼÞŘ¶sɚsŘǼǣʳ Each year, the SJA athletic department honors Sr. Ursula by bestowing The Sister Ursula Harelson Award upon an outstanding senior student-athlete ɠÌŸÞǣÌǋ_˚ɠŸǋĨÞŘ¶ʰǣsĶʪsǣǣʰOŸŎƼsǼÞǼÞɚsɴsǼ humble. For years, Sr. Ursula was stationed at the far end of the stage at SJA’s commencement exercises, where she would move the tassel from the right to the left side of each graduate’s cap. She sent the graduates off with a smile, warm embrace and words of compassion. Members of the SJA community shared their remembrances of Sr. Ursula with us. Some of these remarks follow.
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SJA Community Ellen Broering ’06: “She made a lasting impression ŸŘŎɴĶÞ¯sÞŘǼÌsǼɠŸɴsǋǣŸ¯OÌsŎÞǣǼǋɴÝǼŸŸĨǼ ǢğʳÝɠǣƼǋsǼǼɴǇȖÞsǼÞŘÌsǋOĶǣǣʰǼǋɴÞŘ¶ǼŸŎĨs the grades and absolutely determined to learn and love chemistry as much as my father did, who had passed away the year before. Sr. Ursula was so ǣÌǋƼŘ_ǣŸĨÞŘ_ʰŘ_ɴsǼÝɠǣĶɠɴǣŘsǋɚŸȖǣǣ she would circle the room, waiting to see at what lab bench she’d stop walking, place her hand on ǼÌsEsŘOÌǼŸƼŘ_ǼÌsŘǣĨÌsǋǇȖsǣǼÞŸŘʳÝ_ǋs_s_ ǼÌŸǣsŸŘs˚ŸŘ˚ŸŘsǆ˓ǣʰEȖǼŘŸɠÝǋsĶÞʊsǼÌsɴ were the mark of a great teacher: one who could ŎĨsǣǼȖ_sŘǼǣÞŘɚŸĶɚs_ÞŘOĶǣǣŘ_OŸŘʩ_sŘǼÞŘ their knowledge. She would say, ‘You can’t just memorize chemistry; you have to make it make sense to you.’ ˆÝɠǋŸǼsÌsǋĶsǼǼsǋǋsOsŘǼĶɴʰŸŘɠÌÞŎʰ¯Ǽsǋ seeing a Facebook post about SJA students visiting ɟÞOÌÞǼÞŘǼÌsǣȖŎŎsǋŸ¯ˡ˟ˠ˥ʳÝ_ŸŘ˅ǼĨŘŸɠÞ¯ǣÌs sɚsǋǋsOsÞɚs_ǼÌsĶsǼǼsǋʰEȖǼÝǼŸŸĨǼÌsOÌŘOsǼŸ ǼÌŘĨÌsǋʰˠ˟ɴsǋǣĶǼsǋʰǼsĶĶÌsǋǼÌǼÝŎʩŘÞǣÌÞŘ¶ ŎɴƻÌʳ^ʳÞŘOÌsŎÞǣǼǋɴǼÌÞǣɴsǋŘ_ǼŸǣɴǼÌǼÝ ÌŸƼsŸŘs_ɴÝOŘŎĨsǣȖOÌĶǣǼÞŘ¶ÞŎƼǋsǣǣÞŸŘ on my chemistry students.” Megan Thibodeaux Borens, MD ’05: “All of my time spent at SJA has shaped me into the woman ǼÌǼÝŎǼŸ_ɴʳËŸɠsɚsǋʰÝOǋs_ÞǼǢǋʳȕǋǣȖĶɠÞǼÌ instilling in me the science education that helped me through undergrad and medical school, which ÌǣȖĶǼÞŎǼsĶɴĶs_ŎsǼŸEsǼÌsƼÌɴǣÞOÞŘÝŎ ǼŸ_ɴʳÝɠÞĶĶĶɠɴǣOÌsǋÞǣÌŎɴǼÞŎsǣƼsŘǼÞŘÌsǋ chemistry class and will forever be grateful for everything she taught me.” Michelle Barclay ’86: “Sister Ursula was my favorite teacher at SJA, and she achieved this honor despite teaching my least favorite class. NÌsŎÞǣǼǋɴɠǣŘsɚsǋǣǼǋsŘ¶ǼÌ¯ŸǋŎsʰEȖǼÝĶŸɚs_ Sister Ursula. She prepared me for college and was a great support to me personally, as well. Sending love and prayers to all who are grieving her loss. She will live fondly in my memories for the rest of my life. What a great lady and role model.”
Lindsay Key ’05: “Of course, every Academy girl will always have the very special memory of Sr. Ursula moving our tassels and giving us a hug at graduation. ÝǋsŎsŎEsǋ¶ŸÞŘ¶ǼŸ¶ǋ_ȖǼÞŸŘǣEs¯ŸǋsŎɴŸɠŘŘ_ thinking what a unique tradition and being excited ɠÌsŘÞǼɠǣŎɴǼȖǋŘʳÝǼǋsĶĶɴɠǣǼÌsƼsǋ¯sOǼǣsŘ_ÞŘ¶ off. Sr. Ursula will be missed dearly in the hearts of all the alumnae, parents and friends she touched over the years. But we can also take comfort in the fact that she will be watching over us always and saying ‘Go Stickers’ up in heaven.” Anne Becker Yeargain ’45: ˆǢÌsŘ_ÝǋŸ_sǼÌs Highland Road school bus together for many years as OĶǣǣŎǼsǣʳǢÌsɠǣŸŘsŸ¯ǼÌsǣɠssǼsǣǼ¶ÞǋĶǣÝÌɚs ever known, so surely she was a wonderful teacher and example.” Nicole Brandt Rayner ’84: ˆÝĶŸɚs_ÌsǋǣŸŎȖOÌʳ What a fantastic teacher. All my friends remember her ¯ŸŘ_ĶɴʳǢÌsÌ_ǼsǋǋÞʩOǣsŘǣsŸ¯ÌȖŎŸǋŘ_ǋsĶ¶Þ¯Ǽ ÞŘǼsOÌÞŘ¶_Þ¯ʩOȖĶǼOŸŘOsƼǼǣʳˇ Brenda LeBlanc, SJA Health and Physical Education OÌÞǋŘ_¯ŸǋŎsǋɚŸĶĶsɴEĶĶOŸOÌʲˆɟÌsǋsɚsǋÝɠŸȖĶ_ see Sister Ursula, she made me feel like she had no other purpose other than standing there just to say hello to me. One of her many special gifts was making ŸǼÌsǋǣ¯ssĶǣƼsOÞĶʳÝOŘ˅Ǽ_sǣOǋÞEsǼÌsĶsɚsĶŸ¯ƼsOs and calm that would come over me in her presence.” Sissy Wall Stephens ’80:ˆÝÌɚsǣȖOÌ¶ǋsǼŎsŎŸǋÞsǣ of her. She was such a good teacher and always made me and all of my classmates work to our utmost ƼŸǼsŘǼÞĶʳÝɠǣƼǋÞɚÞĶs¶s_ǼŸ¶sǼǼŸĨŘŸɠÌsǋǣŘ _ȖĶǼɠÌsŘǊĶƼÌŘ_ÝȖǣs_ǼŸÌsĶƼɠÞǼÌǼÌsǣsŘÞŸǋ retreats when she was the retreat leader at the Holy Ǌs_ssŎsǋǋsǼǋsǼǣÞǼsʳÝǣǼÞĶĶǋsŎsŎEsǋ_ȖǋÞŘ¶ŸŘs of the reconciliation services when it was very quiet, and Ursula wanted to whisper something to Ralph. Ralph got on his knees to hear her. Suddenly there was an outburst of giggles from all of the girls as they realized that Ralph, on his knees, was the same height as Ursula. Ralph and Ursula started laughing, as well. ǊĶƼÌǣÞ_ʰ˄Ř_ĶǼÌŸȖ¶ÌǣÌsɠǣǣǼĶĶǣÝɠǣŸŘ ŎɴĨŘssǣʰÝǣǼÞĶĶĶŸŸĨs_ȖƼǼŸÌsǋʳ˅ˇ
Sister Ursula taught chemistry at SJA for more than 30 years
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Lori Harper, SJA Science Department chair: “Catholic education has been a thread ɠŸɚsŘǼÌǋŸȖ¶ÌŎɴĶÞ¯s¯ŸǋǣĶŸŘ¶ǣÝOŘ ǋsŎsŎEsǋʳÝ_Þ_Ř˅ǼsɮƼsǋÞsŘOsŎɴ¯ÞǼÌǣ ¯ȖĶĶɴǣÝ_ŸŘŸɠȖŘǼÞĶOŸŎÞŘ¶ǼŸǢğŘ_ watching people live their faith day to day. Ý¯ssĶĶÞĨsŸɚsǋǼÌŸǣssǋĶɴɴsǋǣʰÝ¶ǋ_ȖĶĶɴ experienced a ‘revelation of faith.’ After being Ìsǋs¯ŸǋɠÌÞĶsʰÝEs¶ŘǼŸǋsĶÞʊsǼÌǼǼÌs Sisters really lived their faith. They did not just preach or give lip service or recite a ĶŸǼŸ¯ƼǋɴsǋǣʳÝOŸȖĶ_ǣssÞǼÞŘǼÌsɠɴǼÌsɴ interacted with the students, with each other and with us. No one did that more beautifully than Sister Ursula. Sister Ursula opened my eyes to what it means to be Christ-like. To watch her speak to a student, smiling and holding her hand, no matter the content of the conversation, was to watch faith in action. ÝǼɠǣǼǋȖĶɴÞŘǣƼÞǋÞŘ¶ʳǻÌs¶ĶÞŘǼÞŘÌsǋsɴsǣɠǣ like a spark of eternal hope and happiness. She was full of love and grace always. Sr. Ursula deepened my faith on a daily basis by living hers.” Sarah Beth Couvillon Ennis ’89: “Junior year at SJA found me intimidated and confused by the material in chemistry class. Sister Ursula offered to tutor me during lunch break, and she was very patient and willing to go over ǼÌsŎǼsǋÞĶɠÞǼÌŎsȖŘǼÞĶ˄Ý¶ŸǼÞǼʳ˅ɟÌǼÌ_ been an incomprehensible mystery stayed an incomprehensible mystery, but the difference ɠǣÝŘŸɠǣɠǼÌǼOÌsŎÞǣǼǋɴÞǣǼÌsĶƼÌEsǼ which enables us to make sense of the natural world and of creation itself, from the heart of an atom out to distances which can only be measured in light years. ˆÝǣǼÞĶĶǣǼǋȖ¶¶Ķs_ʰEȖǼÌɚÞŘ¶¯ĶĶsŘÞŘ ĶŸɚsɠÞǼÌOÌsŎÞǣǼǋɴʰÝǣȖOOss_s_ÞŘ ǢÞǣǼsǋȕǋǣȖĶ˅ǣOĶǣǣsǣʳÝɠsŘǼŸŘǼŸǣǼȖ_ɴ chemical engineering at LSU and worked as a professional environmental engineer for about a dozen years before ‘retiring’ and moving on to other pursuits. And all EsOȖǣsǢÞǣǼsǋȕǋǣȖĶŎ_s_Þ¯ʩOȖĶǼǣȖEĠsOǼ manageable." Margaret Landry Pernici ’01: “Honestly, she ɠǣǼÌsEsǣǼǼsOÌsǋÝÌ_ʳÝ¯ŸŘ_ĶɴǋsŎsŎEsǋ her telling me to ‘either use my brain or jump out the window.’ She was the perfect teacher ǼŸŎŸǼÞɚǼsŎsǼŸ_ŸEsǼǼsǋʳÝɠǣǼsǋǋÞEĶɴ shy back then, so she called on me constantly and made me stay for a minute after class to
OÌǼɠÞǼÌÌsǋʳ¯ǼsǋOĶǣǣŸŘs_ɴʰǣÌsǼŸĶ_ŎsÝɠǣÌsǋŎŸǣǼ ¯ǋȖǣǼǋǼÞŘ¶ǣǼȖ_sŘǼEsOȖǣsÝɠǣǼŸŸǣŎǋǼ¯ŸǋǼÌs¶ǋ_sǣ ǣÌs¶ɚsŎsʳÝÌɚsĶɠɴǣǋsŎsŎEsǋs_ǼÌǼŘ_ǼÌsǼÞŎs ǣÌsÞŘɚsǣǼs_ÞŘŎsʳÝǼŎŸǼÞɚǼs_ŎsǼŸ_ŸEsǼǼsǋʰɠsĶĶǼÌǋŸȖ¶Ì OŸĶĶs¶sŘ_ŎɴʩǋǣǼƼǋŸ¯sǣǣÞŸŘĶĠŸEÞŘɟǣÌÞŘ¶ǼŸŘʰ^ʳNʳˇ Linda Messina, SJA Science Fair Coordinator: “Sister Ursula ɠǣǼÌsŎŸǣǼĨÞŘ_ʰ¶ÞɚÞŘ¶ʰǣsĶʪsǣǣʰ_s_ÞOǼs_ʰƼǼÞsŘǼʰ¯ÞǼÌ¯ȖĶ ƼsǋǣŸŘǼÌǼÝÌɚssɚsǋĨŘŸɠŘʳǢÌsɠǣŎɴŎsŘǼŸǋʰOŸŘ¯sǣǣŸǋʰ best friend and mother all in one. She was such an inspiration and role model to me. She was a great educator who loved her students and prepared them for academic and personal success simply by being herself. ˆÝɠsŘǼǼŸÌsǋǼŸɠǋ_ǼÌssŘ_Ÿ¯ŎɴʩǋǣǼǣsŎsǣǼsǋŸ¯ǼsOÌÞŘ¶ Ř_ǼŸĶ_ÌsǋǼÌǼÝ¯sĶǼǣÌsŘss_s_ǼŸʩŘ_ǋsƼĶOsŎsŘǼ¯Ÿǋ Ŏs¯ŸǋǼÌsǣsOŸŘ_ǣsŎsǣǼsǋʳǢÌsǣĨs_ʰ˄ɟÌɴʷ˅ÝǼŸĶ_ÌsǋǼÌǼÝ was not very good at teaching and did not want to let the girls _ŸɠŘʰǼŸɠÌÞOÌǣÌsǋsƼĶÞs_ʰ˄ɳŸȖOŘŘŸǼEsǼÌǼE_ʳ˅ÝǋsƼĶÞs_ʰ ˄ŷÌʰɴsǣÝŎʳ˅ǢÌsɠǣŸ¯¯ǣsOŸŘ_ƼsǋÞŸ_ʰŘ_ÝɠǣǼsOÌÞŘ¶ chemistry at that time. She came to my class every single day the rest of the year and would interject little explanations when they were needed. She taught me to relate high-level ÞŘ¯ŸǋŎǼÞŸŘǼŸɴŸȖŘ¶ǣǼȖ_sŘǼǣʳÝŎɠÌŸÝŎǼŸ_ɴÞŘĶǋ¶s part due to Sister Ursula. She invested herself in me and in countless other students and teachers. We all have a small part of her in us.” Memorial donations may be made to the Sister Ursula Harelson Science Fund. To make an online donation, please visit www.sjabr.org. Click the “Support SJA” icon on the footer of the homepage. Click the red “Give Now” bar. Choose the amount of your gift, and click the arrow by the Donation ^sǣÞ¶ŘǼÞŸŘʩsĶ_ǼŸǣsĶsOǼǼÌsǢÞǣǼsǋȕǋǣȖĶËǋsĶǣŸŘ˓ǢÞǣǼsǋ Jean Fryoux Science Fund. Alternatively, you may mail a donation to St. Joseph’s Academy at 3015 Broussard Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Please include “Sister Ursula Harelson Science Fund” on the memo line of your check.
Sister Ursula would send forth SJA graduates with the moving of the tassel and a warm embrace.
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Monsignor William L. Greene Scholarship Established “Uncle Bill and Aunt Rosalia were very close to the Sisters,” said their niece, Susan Greene McCall. “The siblings were raised in the shadow of the Convent.” Father Greene received his master of arts from Notre Dame Seminary and was ordained a priest on June 3, 1950, at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans by Bishop L. Abel Caillouet, the same priest who baptized him and gave him his First Communion. He served at St. Joseph Cathedral and Our Lady of Mercy and was then the founding pastor of St. Pius X Parish from 1963 to 1970, pastor of St. Thomas More from 1970 to 1990 and pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in St. Francisville and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Jackson, Louisiana. Father William Greene poses with former SJA President Sister Adele Lambert at a book signing in Mother Alice Hall.
The Monsignor William L. Greene Scholarship has been established in the St. Joseph’s Academy Foundation to provide tuition assistance to deserving young women and their families. Father Greene passed away on October 17, 2016, three days after celebrating his 91st birthday. He was preceded in death by his ƼǋsŘǼǣʰǊŸEsǋǼƻȖĶµǋssŘsŘ_r¯ʩsËÞOĨŎŘ Greene; his brothers Paul, Hickman, Roy and ǣǼÌŸŘµǋssŘsʱÌÞǣǣÞǣǼsǋǣǊŸǣĶÞr¯ʩsµǋssŘsʰ SJA class of 1928, and Stelle Greene Cogan, SJA class of 1931; and nephew David Greene. He is survived by one brother, Frank Greene; nephews John Cogan, Dr. Bobby Greene and Dr. Ned Greene; and nieces Trimi McRea, Susan McCall and Barbara Morrison. For more than 50 years, Father Greene’s mother maintained a steadfast dedication to the Sisters of St. Joseph and shared an especially deep friendship with Mother Alice. ÝŘǼÞŎsɠÌsŘǼÌsǢÞǣǼsǋǣ_Þ_Ř˅Ǽ_ǋÞɚsʰr¯ʩs would run errands; plan and prepare feast day celebrations; transport the Sisters to doctor’s appointments; and grocery shop for Sister Agatha. More times than not, Father Greene, ǼÌsɴŸȖŘ¶sǣǼŸ¯r¯ʩs˅ǣŘÞŘsOÌÞĶ_ǋsŘʰŘ_ÌÞǣ sister Rosalia were in the car.
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Upon his retirement, Father Greene purchased his family’s home across the street from Mother Alice Hall on Kleinert Avenue. He continued to say mass for the Sisters and served as St. Joseph’s Academy’s chaplain for several years. “Because he considered the Sisters his best friends, it was very important for Uncle Bill to leave a legacy at St. Joseph’s Academy,” Susan said. “The scholarship in his name is a wonderful tribute to those lifelong friendships.” Father Greene authored several books and enjoyed his extensive travels to conduct research.
Susan Greene McCall, center, recently signed papers establishing the Monsignor William L. Greene Scholarship at St. Joseph’s Academy. Pictured with her are Sister Joan Laplace and President Jan Rhorer Breen.
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SJA Breaks Ground on Academy Student Center St. Joseph’s Academy gathered as a school community on the morning of November 16 for the groundbreaking and blessing of the site on which the new Academy Student Center will be built. Construction will begin in late January and is anticipated to be completed by August of 2018 for the start of the year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of SJA’s founding by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1868.
“Our health and wellness curriculum, as well as our interscholastic and intramural athletic programs, are a vital complement to our strong academic and religious OȖǋǋÞOȖĶʳǻÌsO_sŎɴǢǼȖ_sŘǼNsŘǼsǋɠÞĶĶEsŘsʩǼǼÌs young women of SJA by providing a wonderful space for personal growth and a holistic education.”
The Academy Student Center is being built on the corner of Broussard and Parker streets near the current Activity Center. The 23,000-square foot facility will ƼǋŸɚÞ_s__ÞǼÞŸŘĶŸƼƼŸǋǼȖŘÞǼÞsǣ¯ŸǋʩǼŘsǣǣʰɠsĶĶŘsǣǣ and health-related education for all SJA students. Additionally, SJA student-athletes will compete in a state-of-the-art complex, and the Academy will be afforded much-needed space to celebrate masses and other school events with extended families, grandparents and friends.
The Academy’s current strategic plan, launched in 2013, called for the assessment of school facilities to ensure a top-quality educational environment for the young women of SJA. Students, parents, alumnae, faculty/staff and friends were asked to provide feedback. Across the board, constituents weighed in on the need for a facility to ensure the continuation of the Academy’s outstanding athletic program as well as to further the wellbeing of each student through exercise, conditioning and learning opportunities focused on healthy lifestyles. Additionally, survey and focus-group respondents underlined the need for adequate space for school-wide gatherings.
The new facility will include a multipurpose gymnasium, ʩǼŘsǣǣǋŸŸŎʰƼÌɴǣÞOĶǼÌsǋƼɴˀÌɴ_ǋŸǼÌsǋƼɴǋsʰ sports medicine classroom, Hall of Fame gallery, locker rooms, concession area and lobby space featuring the history of SJA and its athletic program as well as interactive screen walls. The gymnasium will meet LHSAA requirements to enable SJA to host basketball and volleyball playoffs as well as support other SJA athletic teams and educational needs. An exterior Plaza of Champions will pay tribute to SJA’s state championship teams. “The Academy Student Center continues our vision of balance among the three pillars of our mission statement,” SJA President Jan Rhorer Breen said.
Project architect is GraceHebert Architects. Contractor is ōÞĶǼŸŘğʳɟŸŎOĨÝŘOʳ
When the Activity Center was built 30 years ago, the SJA student body numbered 600. Today, there are 1,075 young women at the Academy. The new facility will Ìɚsˠʰ˟ˤ˟ʩɮs_EĶsOÌsǋǣsǼǣŘ_ŎŸɚsEĶsǣsǼÞŘ¶ for approximately 750 to enable 1,750 people to come together for school functions and athletic events. The Activity Center will continue to be used for health and physical education classes, intramural athletic events, athletic team practices, alumnae events and other purposes. Private donations will pay for the cost of building the Academy Student Center.
Participating in the turning of the dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Academy Student Center were, from left, David Hebert of GraceHebert Architects, Principal Dr. Michele Lambert, President Jan Rhorer Breen, Congregation of St. Joseph President Sister Nancy Conway, SJA Board of Directors Chairman Sam Territo, Health & Physical Department Chair 14 1 4Education S SJA JA C Connections onnection s Brenda LeBlanc and Student Body President Cora Barhorst.
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To date, the following individuals or groups have committed to partnering with St. Joseph’s Academy in the building of the Academy Student Center: Bone and Joint Clinic of Baton Rouge: Sports medicine classroom and training facility Will, Beth, Billy and Andrew Pecue in honor of Will’s mother, Danni Bourgeois Pecue ’58: History of SJA and interactive screen wall Kim and Mark Morgan: Sports history interactive screen Jan Breen, Rachel Everaard and Leah Houk in memory of Sam Breen: Concession area McDonald’s and Coca-Cola Bottling of Baton Rouge: Scoreboards The Womack Family: Breezeway between gyms ōǋÞˆǊsˇŘ_^ɚÞ_^ÞəÞŘOsŘǼÞʲǊŸŸ¯ǼŸƼOǋŸǣǣsǣ Additional naming and funding opportunities are available. Please contact Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald at (225) 388-2254 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www. academystudentcenter.org.
Fund the Fitness Center Cardio Equipment (4) Tread Mills: $6,000 each (4) Ellipticals: $4,500 each (4) Spin Bikes: $1,000 each Weights (4) Squat: $350 each (4) Bench Press Racks: $200 each (2) Leg Extension/Leg Curl Machines: $325 each (4) Leg Press Machines: $1,400 each (3) Lat/Row Machines $1,700 each (4) 20 lb. Bar: $100 each (4) 30 lb. Bar: $150 each (4) 45 lb. Bar: $225 each (2) Dumbbell Racks: $350 each (4) Pairs Pulling Stands: $250 each (1) Olympic Bar Holder: $125 each (1) Plate Holder: $125 each əǋÞs_^ȖŎEEsĶĶǣŘ_ƻĶǼsɟsÞ¶ÌǼǣʲ̱ˡʰˤ˟˟ (6) Stability Balls: $100 each Bosu Balls with Rack: $2,000 (12) Medicine Balls: $70 each (1) Medicine Ball Rack: $500
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SJA accepts National Blue Ribbon Schools Award in Washington, D.C. St. Joseph’s Academy was among just 50 private and 279 public schools from across the United States to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2016. SJA representatives President Jan Rhorer Breen, Principal Dr. Michele Lambert and Communications Director Mindy Brodhead Averitt traveled to Washington, D.C., for this year’s awards ceremony on November 7 and 8. ÝŘ__ÞǼÞŸŘǼŸOOsƼǼÞŘ¶ǼÌsÞǋɠǋ_ǣʰÌŸŘŸǋssǣÌsǋ_ from U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., educational researcher Russell Quaglia, 2014 National Principal of the Year Sheila Harrity and 2014 National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb. Participants also shared practices and learned valuable strategies by attending various breakout sessions. National Blue Ribbon Schools are on education’s cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices from professional learning communities. Schools are nominated by their respective state departments of education and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may be nominated as Exemplary High Performing (among the top schools in a state) or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing. SJA was honored in the former category.
Three additional Baton Rouge schools joined St. Joseph’s Academy as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016: St. George School, St. Thomas More Catholic School and Madison Preparatory Academy. Representatives of the four schools traveled to Washington, D.C., to be recognized on November 8 by the U.S. Department of Education. Pictured left to right 1 are Brodhead Averitt, 16 S SJA JA Connections 16 1 66 Mindy A Connecti Connectio ons St. Joseph’s Academy communications director; Jack Nelson, St. George School
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U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, commended d d SJA’ SJA’s achievement. “As a recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award, St. Joseph’s Academy has successfully demonstrated academic excellence in standardized test scores, curriculum, technology, instruction methods, professional development and school leadership,” Dr. Cassidy said. “The administration, faculty, staff, students and parents have earned this standard of academic sɮOsĶĶsŘOsʰŘ_ÝŎƼǋŸȖ_ǼŸǋsƼǋsǣsŘǼs_ȖOǼÞŸŘĶ institutions such as St. Joseph’s Academy.”
Receiving the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools award from program director Aba S. Kumi, second from left, are St. Joseph’s Academy representatives Dr. Michele Lambert, principal; Jan Rhorer Breen, president; and Mindy Brodhead Averitt, communications director.
principal; Angele Fontenot, St. George assistant principal; Ashley McDaniel, St. Thomas More Catholic School assistant principal; Dr. Receiving Receivin ng the 2016 201 20 16 National Natio iona al Blue Ribbon Rib bbo bon Schools Sccho hool ols award ols aw a war ard Judy Armstrong, St. Thomas More principal; Evelyn Pazdera, Madison from m program pro ogram director dir irec ecto tor Aba Ab ba S. Kumi, i,, second se eccond on o nd from from fr om left, lef e t,, Preparatory Academy founding teacher; Alisa Welsh, Madison Prep are St. Jo oseph’s Acade emy my rrepresentatives epre esent nttat atiiv ivess D r M r. iche ic he h ele e Joseph’s Academy Dr. Michele principal; Dr. Michele Lambert, SJA principal; Jan Rhorer Breen, SJA Lamb m ert, principal; mb principal; Jan Ja an Rhorer Rhorer er Breen, Breen,, president; pres essid ide ent; en t and and d Lambert, president; and Dujan Johnson, Madison Prep CEO. Dr. Armstrong, a M Mi nd n dy Brodhead Bro od od dhead Averitt, Av ve eri ritt ttt, communications co omm munica ations nss director. direc irrec ecto to or. r Mindy former administrator at SJA, was one of seven recipients of the 2016 Terrel H. Bell award for outstanding leadership.
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Alumnae Association Hosts 6th Annual Sticker Stampede The sixth-annual Sticker Stampede 5K and Fun Runs, hosted by the St. Joseph’s Academy Alumnae Association on December 4, enjoyed great success. Braving rainy weather, more than 100 runners participated in the sɚsŘǼʰɠÌÞOÌEsŘsʩǼǣǼÌsǢğĶȖŎŘsǢOÌŸĶǋǣÌÞƼʳǻÌs scholarship provides need-based tuition assistance to deserving students and their families. ǻÌsǋOsɠǣƼǋsǣsŘǼs_EɴəǋǣÞǼɴǢƼŸǋǼǣŘ_ɟŸŎŘ˅ǣ Center for Wellness. The morning began with mass celebrated by Father Brad Doyle in the Chapel at SJA. Runners and visitors enjoyed a Christmas Marketplace throughout the morning, featuring a number of local vendors. Karen Edward Styron ’01 served as chairwoman of the Sticker Stampede planning committee. Timing sponsor for this year’s run was MAPP Construction. Gold-level sponsors were Baton Rouge Duplicating Products; The Celtic Group; and BlueCross Blue Shield of Louisiana. Red-level sponsors were
DȖEEĶsǣŘ_ǢȖ_ǣNǋɠǣÌʱNĠȖŘÝŘ_ȖǣǼǋÞsǣʱƻǋŸɚŸǣǼʰǢĶǼsǋʰ Harper & Alford LLC; Wardlaw & Lasseigne, LLC; Reiter Marshall: State Farm; and Dr. Greg Gelpi, MD, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. White-level sponsors were Himmel’s Architectural Door & Ëǋ_ɠǋsÝŘOʳʱħDNŸŸĨɟs__ÞŘ¶ǣʱōǋɴǢȖsǢǼ¶sǣʰNƻʱ PAX LLC; The Pediatric Clinic, Dr. George Schwartzenburg, Dr. Laura Boudreaux and Dr. Stephen Sanches. Major in-kind sponsors were Coca Cola; Smoothie King; Raising NŘs˅ǣʱDEɴDŸŸǼNŎƼʱŘ_NsĶsEǋÞǼɴǻÌsǼsǋǣʳŷ¯ʩOÞĶ signage partner was Rebel Graphix. Other contributors were the Baton Rouge Police Department; Calandro’s; Community Coffee; East Baton Rouge Parish EMS; Jimmy John’s; New York Bagel; SAGE Catering; Zippy’s; Rotolo’s Pizzaria; The Gregory; Louisiana Lagniappe; Zip Zam BBQ; The Louisiana Marathon; Benny’s Car Wash; Capital City Produce; and Steve Williams.
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’89 JULIE CHRISTINE ALLEN ’89 Julie Christine Allen, a registered nurse with the Surgical Specialty Center of Baton Rouge, adopted Jack Thomas JiaHua Allen from China in July. The process involved 13 months of paperwork, appointments, waiting and prayers. Julie and her mother traveled to China on July 7 and spent ǼɠŸɠssĨǣʩŘĶÞʊÞŘ¶ǼÌs_ŸƼǼÞŸŘʳğȖĶÞs reports that Jack has now experienced the beach in Alabama and the snowy mountains of Colorado; jambalaya, beignets Ř_OǋɠʩǣÌsǼŸȖ¯¯ssʱƼĶɴÞŘ¶ɠǣÌEŸǋ_ǼǼÌs®sǣǼÞɚĶ_sǣ Acadiens; and tailgating at LSU football games. “Jack is now a son, ŘsƼÌsɠʰ¶ǋŘ_ǣŸŘŘ_OŸȖǣÞŘʰˇğȖĶÞsǣɴǣʳˆ®ŎÞĶɴÞǣEĶsǣǣÞŘ¶ʰŘ_Ý thank God every day for bringing us together.”
’10 Lauren Lenox graduated from LSU with a master’s in liberal arts with a concentration in marketing. She recently completed a second year of graduate assistantship for LSU athletics.
˅ˠˠrĶÞǣsEǣÌÞǋsʰŘŸɠĨŘŸɠŘǣǢÞǣǼsǋōǋɴµĶŸǋɴŸ¯rǼsǋŘĶĵÞ¯sʰǼŸŸĨÌsǋʩǋǣǼɚŸɠǣɠÞǼÌǼÌs ǢsǋɚŘǼǣŸ¯ǼÌsĵŸǋ_Ř_ǼÌsəÞǋ¶ÞŘŸ¯ōǼsǋŸŘŗŸɚsŎEsǋˠʳǻÌsǢsǋɚŘǼǣŸ¯ǼÌsĵŸǋ_ʰĶǣŸ ĨŘŸɠŘǣǢsǋɚÞ_ŸǋǣʰǋsƼǋǼŸ¯ǼÌsǊsĶÞ¶ÞŸȖǣ®ŎÞĶɴŸ¯ǼÌsÝŘOǋŘǼsɟŸǋ_ɠÌŸǣsOÌǋÞǣŎ is evangelization of the culture through missionary life. The Sisters take the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, as well as a fourth vow of Marian Slavery, entrusting themselves sŘǼÞǋsĶɴǼŸǼÌsDĶsǣǣs_əÞǋ¶ÞŘōǋɴʳrĶÞǣsɠǣŎsŎEsǋŸ¯ǼÌsǢğ¶ŸĶ¯ǼsŎʰǢǼȖ_sŘǼNŸȖŘOÞĶ and Student Ministry and was known for making birthday cakes for students and faculty. At LSU, she was involved in many ministries at Christ the King Church and was a member Ÿ¯ǼÌs^ÞŸOsǣŘɳŸȖǼÌǊsǼǋsǼǻsŎʳÝŘǼÌsǣȖŎŎsǋŸ¯ˡ˟ˠˢʰǣÌsƼǋǼÞOÞƼǼs_ÞŘˠˡ˚ɠssĨʰ cross-country pro-life walk. While attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., she was ÞŘǼǋŸ_ȖOs_ǼŸǼÌsǢsǋɚÞ_ŸǋǣʳÝŘğȖŘsŸ¯ˡ˟ˠˣʰrĶÞǣsɠǣOOsƼǼs_ǣƼŸǣǼȖĶŘǼŘ_ŎŸɚs_ to the Novitiate in Maryland to begin her formation. Sister Eternal Life recently moved to the convent in Washington, D.C., where she will continue her theological studies for two more ɴsǋǣŘ_ǼÌsŘǣƼsŘ_ǼÌÞǋ_ɴsǋÞŘÝǼĶɴʳǢÌsɠÞĶĶǼÌsŘEs¶ÞŘŎÞǣǣÞŸŘĶÞ¯sÞŘŸŘsŸ¯ǼÌsˢˠ OŸȖŘǼǋÞsǣɠÌsǋsǼÌsǢsǋɚÞ_ŸǋǣǋsĶŸOǼs_ʳ¯ǼsǋǣsɚsŘɴsǋǣʰǢÞǣǼsǋɠÞĶĶǼĨsÌsǋʩŘĶɚŸɠǣʳ
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’12 Emma Annelise Devillier received special recognition during LSU’s summer commencement on August 5 as the only graduate of the LSU Honors College. Only one percent of LSU students graduate with such honors. She earned a bachelor of science in physics and will begin her graduate studies in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, this fall. She has been accepted into the University of ɟǼsǋĶŸŸ˅ǣÝŘǣǼÞǼȖǼsŸ¯ǆȖŘǼȖŎNŸŎƼȖǼÞŘ¶Ř_ɠǣ awarded a full tuition waiver. She was also awarded the prestigious Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Fellowship for Quantum Studies.
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’16 TAYLOR DOTTLEY ’16 Taylor Dottley was awarded a President’s Alumni Scholarship as one of ĵǢȕ˅ǣǼŸƼˠ˟sŘǼsǋÞŘ¶ʩǋǣǼ˚ year students. Taylor is a computer science major. She was among the honorees at the LSU Alumni Association Scholars Banquet in November.
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Paula Pennington de la Bretonne to be Honored as SJA's Distinguished Graduate for 2017
Paula Pennington de la Bretonne
Paula Pennington de la Bretonne, a 1971 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, will be among the Catholic school graduates honored at the 2017 Distinguished Graduates Awards Dinner, hosted by the Catholic Schools ŷ¯ʩOsŸ¯ǼÌs^ÞŸOsǣs of Baton Rouge. The celebration will be held Monday, January 30, at The Renaissance.
ƻȖĶÞǣŸŘsŸ¯ǼÌǋssǼǋȖǣǼssǣŸ¯ǼÌsÝǋsŘsŘ_NʳDʳƻsŘŘÞŘ¶ǼŸŘ Foundation and a full-time community activist and volunteer. Her leadership in the philanthropic community is attributed to the generosity of her grandparents, who started the foundation in 1982 to improve the quality of life of individuals in southern Louisiana. Paula has guided the foundation from providing small grants to a few organizations to one of the largest and most strategic grant makers in Louisiana. Her dedication to the expansion of arts and culture in the community is unparalleled. Among her focuses is the development of the Pennington Great Performers in Concert series through support of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Through the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Paula has also brought notable talents to the area, including Broadway legend Debbie Allen and one of the world’s top trumpeters, Wynton Marsalis, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Paula’s passion for tennis motivated her to stage tennis exhibitions with top professional players for various causes. Over ǼÌsɴsǋǣʰǣÌsOǋsǼs_^ȖsĶȕŘ_sǋǼÌsŷĨǣǼŸEsŘsʩǼÌȖǋǋÞOŘs and disaster relief in the community and most recently, Smash ËÞǼǣʰƼǋŸ˚OsĶsEǋÞǼɴǼsŘŘÞǣsɚsŘǼEsŘsʩǼǼÞŘ¶ǼÌsrĶǼŸŘğŸÌŘ Ý^Ǣ®ŸȖŘ_ǼÞŸŘŘ_ĶŸOĶOŸŎŎȖŘÞǼɴËÝəŘ_Ý^ǢƼǋŸ¶ǋŎǣʳ Paula’s passion also extends into the dancing community, where she has spent two years with the Big Buddy Program bringing professional dancers to the Dancing with the Stars Baton Rouge event. ÝŘ__ÞǼÞŸŘǼŸÌsǋɠŸǋĨɠÞǼÌǼÌs¯ŸȖŘ_ǼÞŸŘʰƻȖĶÌǣǣsǋɚs_ ŸŘŘȖŎsǋŸȖǣEŸǋ_ǣŸ¯ŘŸŘƼǋŸʩǼŸǋ¶ŘÞʊǼÞŸŘǣŘ_ÌǣEssŘ
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an integral part of growing organizations like the Louisiana Arts and Science Center, Baton Rouge Symphony, Capital Area United Way and the YMCA. Her most committed volunteerism has been as chairperson of the Medical Foundation of the Pennington Biomedical Center, her family’s most treasured philanthropy. ÝŘˡ˟˟˥ʰƻȖĶɠǣǋsOŸ¶ŘÞʊs_ǣĵŸȖÞǣÞŘËsǋŸÞŘsEɴ ĵŸȖÞǣÞŘǣǣŸOÞǼÞŸŘŸ¯ŗŸŘƼǋŸʩǼǣŘ_ɠǣɠǋ_s_ǼÌs Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award by 100 Black Men for her OŸŎŎÞǼŎsŘǼǼŸOŸŎŎȖŘÞǼɴǣsǋɚÞOsʳÝŘˡ˟˟˨ʰƻȖĶǋsOsÞɚs_ ǼÌsəŸĶȖŘǼssǋOǼÞɚÞǣǼɠǋ_¯ǋŸŎǼÌsDǼŸŘǊŸȖ¶sǢƼssOÌ and Hearing Foundation. Paula earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University and began her career as a labor and delivery nurse at Woman’s Hospital, where she taught Lamaze and prenatal classes. Though Paula’s commitment to the community is unparalleled, her most treasured time has been spent raising her six children, most of whom have also pursued OǋssǋǣÞŘǼÌsÌsĶƼÞŘ¶ƼǋŸ¯sǣǣÞŸŘʳƻȖĶ˅ǣʩǋǣǼƼǋÞŸǋÞǼɴ has always been her family, a value instilled in her by her parents, Peggy Pennington Cole and the late C.B. Pennington Jr. Paula is married to Dr. Jack de la Bretonne and resides in Baton Rouge. Between the two of them, they delight in eight children and 13 grandchildren.
ǢərǻËr^ǻrʲ Sisters' Service Day Sunday, March 19 Congregation of St. Joseph Service Day for Baton Rouge All Alumnae, Students, Sisters, Associates and Friends of SJA ÝŘɚÞǼs_ǼŸƻǋǼÞOÞƼǼs Look for more information via email and on SJA’s social media accounts. The CSJ Service Day for Baton Rouge honors the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Congregation of St. Joseph, when seven formerly independent congregations of Winter 2017 19 Sisters of St. Joseph came together as one.
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Graduate Excelling in Field of Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services ǣʩǋsʩ¶ÌǼsǋƼǋŎs_ÞOǣǣÞǣǼŘǼOÌÞs¯ʰōÞǣÌǣsǋɚsǣǣǼÌsÌs_Ÿ¯ǼÌs _sƼǋǼŎsŘǼ˅ǣrōǢ_ÞɚÞǣÞŸŘʰËÝƻOŸŎƼĶÞŘOsŸ¯ʩOsǋŘ_Ķs_ǼǋÞŘÞŘ¶ Ÿ¯ʩOsǋʳɟÞǼÌÞŘǼÌsʩǋs_sƼǋǼŎsŘǼʰÌsǋ_ȖǼÞsǣÞŘOĶȖ_sʩǋsʩ¶ÌǼÞŘ¶Ř__ɴ˚ǼŸ˚ day administrative duties. ǣŎsŎEsǋŸ¯ǼÌsµǋssŘōŸȖŘǼÞŘNÝǢōǻsŎʰǣÌsǋsǣƼŸŘ_ǣǼŸŘɴĶɠ sŘ¯ŸǋOsŎsŘǼʰʩǋsŸǋrōǢ_sƼǋǼŎsŘǼɠÞǼÌÞŘǼÌsǣǼǼsŸ¯əsǋŎŸŘǼʰƼǋŸɚÞ_ÞŘ¶ ƼssǋǣȖƼƼŸǋǼŘ_ǣsǋɚÞOs_ȖǋÞŘ¶OǋÞǼÞOĶÞŘOÞ_sŘǼǣǼǋsǣǣ_sEǋÞsʩŘ¶ǣʳǻÌs ǼsŎ˅ǣƼȖǋƼŸǣsÞǣǼŸŎÞŘÞŎÞʊs_Ŏ¶sǼŸǼÌsŎsŘǼĶɠsĶĶEsÞŘ¶Ÿ¯ʩǋǣǼ responders.
Misha McNabb Misha McNabb, a 1994 graduate of St. ğŸǣsƼÌ˅ǣO_sŎɴʰÞǣʩŘ_ÞŘ¶ǣȖOOsǣǣÞŘ ǼÌsŎĶs˚_ŸŎÞŘǼs_ʩsĶ_Ÿ¯ʩǋsʩ¶ÌǼÞŘ¶ and emergency medical services. Misha was recently named to the position of ʩǋsʩ¶ÌǼsǋƼǋŎs_ÞOǣǣÞǣǼŘǼOÌÞs¯ Ÿ¯ǼÌsɟŸŸ_ǣǼŸOĨʰəsǋŎŸŘǼʰ®ÞǋsˀrōǢ Department. She is also a member of ǼÌsµǋssŘōŸȖŘǼÞŘNǋÞǼÞOĶÝŘOÞ_sŘǼ ǢǼǋsǣǣōŘ¶sŎsŘǼʹNÝǢōʺǻsŎŘ_ ɚŸĶȖŘǼssǋʩǋsʩ¶ÌǼsǋƼǋŎs_ÞO¯ŸǋǼÌs ĵȖ_ĶŸɠʰəsǋŎŸŘǼʰ®Þǋs^sƼǋǼŎsŘǼʳ ǻÌsÝŘǼsǋŘǼÞŸŘĶǣǣŸOÞǼÞŸŘŸ¯ Women in Fire and Emergency Services estimates that fewer than 11,000 women in the United States are career ʩǋsŘ_rōǢƼǋŸɚÞ_sǋǣʳŘŸǼÌsǋˣ˟ʰ˟˟˟ women serve in the volunteer, paidon-call, part-time and seasonal sectors Ÿ¯ǼÌsʩsĶ_ʳōÞǣÌÞǣǼÌsŸŘĶɴOǋssǋ ¯sŎĶsOÌÞs¯ʩǋsŸ¯ʩOsǋÞŘǼÌsŗsɠ England region and the only female paramedic in her department’s service ǋsʳˆÝŘǼÌs¶ǋŘ_ǣOÌsŎsŸ¯ɠŸŎsŘ ÞŘǼÌsɠŸǋĨ¯ŸǋOsÞŘǼÌÞǣƼǋǼÞOȖĶǋʩsĶ_ʰ ǼÌsǋsÞǣǣÞ¶ŘÞʩOŘǼ¶sŘ_sǋEǋǋÞsǋʰˇ she said.
ˆÝOÌŸǣsǼÌÞǣOǋssǋEsOȖǣsÝɠŘǼs_ǼŸ¶ÞɚsEOĨǼŸŎɴOŸŎŎȖŘÞǼɴŘ_ǼŸ ŎĨs_Þ¯¯sǋsŘOsʰˇōÞǣÌǣÞ_ʳˆÝŎEĶsǣǣs_ǼŸÌɚsÌ_ǼÌssɮƼsǋÞsŘOsʰ ǼǋÞŘÞŘ¶ʰs_ȖOǼÞŸŘŘ_ǣĨÞĶĶǼŸEsŸ¯¯sǋs_ƼŸǣÞǼÞŸŘɠÌsǋsÝOŘǣssǼÌs OÌŘ¶sǣǼÌǼÝŎOƼEĶsŸ¯ŎĨÞŘ¶ÞŘŎɴOŸŎŎȖŘÞǼɴŘ_ÞŘǼÌsʩsĶ_Ÿ¯ʩǋs service and EMS.” Prior to being named to her current position, Misha was a veteran paramedic with EMS of East Baton Rouge Parish. She also served as a catheterization lab paramedic/cardiovascular tech at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. ōÞǣÌÞǣŎsŎEsǋŸ¯ǼÌsÝŘǼsǋŘǼÞŸŘĶǣǣŸOÞǼÞŸŘŸ¯ɟŸŎsŘÞŘ®Þǋs Ř_rŎsǋ¶sŘOɴǢsǋɚÞOsǣʰǼÌsəsǋŎŸŘǼŎEȖĶŘOsǣǣŸOÞǼÞŸŘʰŗǼÞŸŘĶ Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, New England Fire Chiefs’ ǣǣŸOÞǼÞŸŘŘ_əsǋŎŸŘǼǢǼǼs®Þǋs®Þ¶ÌǼsǋǣ˅ǣǣŸOÞǼÞŸŘʳ ɟÌÞĶsʩǋsʩ¶ÌǼÞŘ¶Ř_rōǢOǋssǋǣǋsŸ¯ǼsŘ¶ĶŎŸǋÞʊs_ÞŘŎŸɚÞsǣŘ_ television programs, Misha calls that characterization “grossly exaggerated.” The most rewarding aspects of her job are the camaraderie and true sense Ÿ¯¯ŎÞĶɴǼÌǼʩǋǣǼǋsǣƼŸŘ_sǋǣǣÌǋsʳˆɟsɠŸǋĨÞŘȖŘOŸŘǼǋŸĶĶs_sŘɚÞǋŸŘŎsŘǼǣ 100 percent of the time,” she said. “We have personalities that are immortal when the tones drop and the lights come on. We regard each other and the communities we serve with the utmost respect. We have a job because someone out there is having a really bad day. We respond with the sole intention of doing what we can to make it better.” Misha traces her desire to make a difference in her community to her years ǼǼÌsO_sŎɴʳˆǢğǣǼǋÞɚsǣǼŸƼǋŸɚÞ_sĶs_sǋǣŸ¯ǼÌs¯ȖǼȖǋsʰˇǣÌsǣÞ_ʳˆÝ˅Ŏ living proof that they succeeded again. SJA didn’t necessarily encourage ŎsǼŸƼȖǋǣȖsOǋssǋÞŘŎŘ˅ǣɠŸǋĶ_ʱǋǼÌsǋʰÞǼɠǣǼÌsOŸǋsɚĶȖsǣǼÌǼÝ ĶsǋŘs_ǼǢğǼÌǼŎ_sŎsEsĶÞsɚsÝOŸȖĶ__ŸŘ_ǣȖOOss_ǼɠÌǼsɚsǋÝ ɠŘǼs_ǼŸʳÝǼĠȖǣǼǣŸÌƼƼsŘs_ǼÌǼÝ¶ǋsɠȖƼǼŸEsʩǋsʩ¶ÌǼsǋƼǋŎs_ÞOʳˇ
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ALumnae gather for reunion celebrations
Graduates from the 1950s gathered in Mother Alice Hall on December 14 for this year’s 1950s Decade Luncheon. Alumnae who graduated between 1950 and 1959 enjoyed a ladies’ Christmas luncheon, visiting with classmates and fellow decade graduates and being updated on recent changes to campus. The event was hosted by the St. Joseph’s Academy Alumnae Association.
Members of the St. Joseph’s Academy class of 2016 convened on campus on December 16 for their Six-Month Reunion. SJA’s most recent graduates enjoyed a pizza lunch, picking up their senior-year yearbooks and visiting with each other and members of the faculty and staff.
Save the Date NEW ORLEANS ALUM REUNION Wednesday, May 3, 2017
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Alumnae living in the Washington, D.C., area enjoyed a Blue Ribbon Happy Hour on ŗŸɚsŎEsǋ˦ǼǼÌsÌŸŎsŸ¯əÞǼĵsɚǼÞŘŸƻ¶ŘŘÞ˅˨ˢʳǻÌs¶ǋ_ȖǼsǣɚÞǣÞǼs_ɠÞǼÌsOÌ other as well as SJA representatives who were in the nation’s capital to accept SJA’s fourth National Blue Ribbon Schools award. They were SJA President Jan Rhorer Breen 2017 ’69, Principal Winter 21 Dr. Michele Lambert and Communications Director Mindy Brodhead Averitt. 1/23/17 2:43 PM
Bar Louie in Fort Worth was the gathering spot for Academy graduates living in the area. They met on January 16 for a happy hour reunion and to visit with former Principal Linda Harvison ’66, Dean of Women Stacia Andricain, Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald and Alumnae Director Katie Jeter ’04.
Dallas-area alumnae met at Bar Louie at The Shops at Park Lane for a reunion and happy hour on January 17. Representing SJA were former Principal Linda Harvison ’66, Dean of Women Stacia Andricain, Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald and Alumnae Director Katie Jeter ’04.
Alumnae living in the Shreveport area gathered for a reunion and lunch at Bistro Byronz on January 18. They enjoyed catching up with each other and visiting with former Principal Linda Harvison ’66, Dean of Women Stacia Andricain, Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald and Alumnae Director Katie Jeter ’04..
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SJA Annual Fund Can Reach its Goal … With Your Help! ǻÌsˡ˟ˠˤ˚ˡ˟ˠ˥ʩǣOĶɴsǋǣɠ $523,746 in gifts from 1,678 donors to the SJA Annual Fund. The goal for 2016-2017 year is $535,000. “We are working hard to contact previous donors who have not yet made a commitment this year,” SJA President Jan Breen said. “We want to make certain the SJA Annual Fund meets its goal, as this is critical to the operating EȖ_¶sǼŸ¯ǼÌsǣOÌŸŸĶʳÝ¯ĶĶɠÌŸ¶ɚsĶǣǼɴsǋ respond at a similar if not higher level, we can achieve our objective.” SJA Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald stressed that gifts of all sizes are needed. “No gift is too small, and certainly no gift is too large,” she said. “Many individuals feel that ƼsǋÌƼǣǼÌsÞǋ¶Þ¯ǼǣǋsŘ˅ǼÞŎƼŸǋǼŘǼʳDȖǼÝǣǣȖǋs you that each gift is valued and collectively can make a tremendous difference. Overall participation by alumnae, parents and friends ÞǣɚsǋɴǣÞ¶ŘÞʩOŘǼɠÌsŘɠsǣssĨǣȖƼƼŸǋǼ¯ǋŸŎ foundations and corporations.”
The participation rate by alumnae has increased from 9 percent in 2011-2012 to 16.75 percent in 2015-16. Parents’ participation has more than _ŸȖEĶs_ʳÝŘˡ˟ˠˠʰĠȖǣǼˢ˟ƼsǋOsŘǼŸ¯ƼǋsŘǼǣ made a gift to the SJA Annual Fund. Last year, 71 percent participated. Friends participation is 11.4 percent
To date, gifts to the 20162017 Annual Fund total $354,368.95.
Alumnae Parent participation is participation is 8.14 percent 33.1 percent
The Annual Fund year closes on June 30, 2017. To make a gift today, visit the SJA website at www.sjabr.org and click the “Support SJA” icon at the footer. Or send a check to 3015 Broussard Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Ý¯ɴŸȖŘss_¯ȖǋǼÌsǋÞŘ¯ŸǋŎǼÞŸŘʰOŸŘǼOǼ Advancement Director Meg Gerald at (225) 388-2254 or email@example.com.
Girls in grades 4-8 will enjoy an exciting array of enrichment opportunities in academics, athletics and the arts during Sizzling Summer 2017. Plans are now under way for a fun-filled summer program on SJA’s beautiful, safe campus. Campers gain self-esteem and self-confidence while building new skills and forming friendships. Look for registration details in the coming months.
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The St. Joseph's Academy Legacy Society Over the years, many wonderfully generous individuals have included St. Joseph’s Academy in their estate planning. Some have been motivated by appreciation for what the school has done for them or their daughters. Some chose to honor a special teacher, Sister of St. Joseph or person who helped them at an important juncture in their life. The Legacy Society was established to recognize these generous parents, alumnae, parents of alumnae, grandparents and friends of St. Joseph’s Academy 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 ¶sŘsǋŸȖǣǣȖƼƼŸǋǼsǋǣÌɚsŘŸǼŘŸǼÞʩs_ǼÌsǣOÌŸŸĶŸ¯ǼÌsÞǋ intentions.
We would be 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; ˒_sǣÞ¶ŘǼsǢğǣǼÌsEsŘsʩOÞǋɴŸ¯ǇȖĶÞʩs_ retirement plan, savings bond, bank account or life insurance policy; or ˒ŗŎsǢǼʳğŸǣsƼÌ˅ǣO_sŎɴǣEsŘsʩOÞǋɴŸ¯ planned gift. To be added to the membership of the Legacy Society, please contact Sister Joan Laplace, associate director of Mission Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 3882220; or clip and mail the following form to her attention at St. Joseph’s Academy (3015 Broussard Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70808).
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 SJA 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 St. Joseph’s Academy in a will. Name(s): Address: Email:
Buy a Brick, Leave a Legacy Order your personalized brick today at www.sjabricks.org.
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Students Excel in STEM, Innovation & Design Competitions ǢǼȖ_sŘǼǣǼǢǼʳğŸǣsƼÌ˅ǣO_sŎɴOŸŘǼÞŘȖsǼŸEsŘsʩǼ¯ǋŸŎ two additions to the learning environment. With skills learned in the Andrea Clesi McMakin ’74 STEM Lab and the ÝŘŘŸɚǼÞŸŘŘ_^sǣÞ¶ŘĵEʰǢğǣǼȖ_sŘǼǣsŘǼsǋs_ǋsOsŘǼ competitions and brought home top honors. The STEM Lab enhances the Academy’s focus on science, ŎǼÌʰsŘ¶ÞŘssǋÞŘ¶Ř_ǼsOÌŘŸĶŸ¶ɴʰɠÌÞĶsǼÌsÝŘŘŸɚǼÞŸŘŘ_ Design Lab provides project-based learning opportunities which emphasize the 21st century skills of communication, collaboration and creativity. A team of students won the Big Pitch, a high school competition sponsored by Capital One and hosted by Junior Achievement and the American Advertising Federation of Baton Rouge. The SJA team was among seven local high school teams competing in the November 16 event, part of Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week. SJA’s team was comprised of students in Yvette Aillet’s adult responsibility class. They worked with Aillet, as well ǣÝŘŘŸɚǼÞŸŘŘ_^sǣÞ¶Ř^ÞǋsOǼŸǋDǋÞŘŘǢŸŎŎsǋǣʰ ğsŘŘÞƻsǼsǋǣŸ¯əǋǣÞǼɴǢƼŸǋǼǣʰĶōO^Ȗ¯¯Ÿ¯^ÞŘsĶĶsŘ˓ ǣǣŸOÞǼsǣ_ɚsǋǼÞǣÞŘ¶¶sŘOɴŘ_Ëɴ_sŘNĶǋĨŸ¯ÝǋŸŘǻǋÞEs Fitness to create a detailed business plan for their idea of a teen workout facility called HYPE Fitness. The team pitched their idea to a panel of four Baton Rouge business leaders, answering questions about their concept. The team started with a schoolwide survey to determine ɠÌǼǼssŘ¶s¶ÞǋĶǣɠŘǼÞŘʩǼŘsǣǣ¯OÞĶÞǼɴʳǻÌsɴOǋsǼs_ a powerpoint presentation, promotional commercial and startup business plan during the intensive seven-week process.
The winning SJA team brought home $7,500. The students now advance to the state-level competition in New Orleans in March. Up for grabs is a $10,000 grand prize. ÝŘ^sOsŎEsǋʰǢğOƼǼȖǋs_ʩǋǣǼƼĶOsÞŘǼÌsˡ˟ˠ˥ǢÌsĶĶǢǻrō Showdown. Participating students brought home a $3,500 award to enhance the school’s STEM curriculum. The contest, part of the Great Minds in STEM program, was held at the University of New Orleans. Great Minds in STEM brings high school freshmen and sophomores together with college captains who are ŎĠŸǋÞŘ¶ÞŘǢǻrōʩsĶ_ʳǢğʩsĶ_s_ǼɠŸǼsŎǣ¯ŸǋǼÌs competition, both of which worked with college students from Louisiana State University. Three of the LSU student mentors are graduates of SJA. The students competed in two challenges: building a motorized crane using limited materials and building a robot, then programming it to run through a series of mazes. One of SJA’s teams captured third place in the crane challenge. Throughout the competition, participants were judged on safety and cleanliness of their work areas and ŸǼÌsǋ¯OǼŸǋǣɠÌÞOÌOŸŎEÞŘs_¯ŸǋǼÌsʩŘĶǣOŸǋsʳ ǻŸEȖÞĶ_ŸŘǼÌsǣȖOOsǣǣsǣŸ¯ǼÌsǢǻrōŘ_ÝŘŘŸɚǼÞŸŘŘ_ Design labs, SJA applied for and was recently chosen as one of approximately 1,000 schools worldwide to implement AP Capstone, an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop skills that are critical for college success, including research, collaboration and communication. continued
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The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research. Developed On Campus in direct response to feedback from higher education ¯OȖĶǼɴŘ_OŸĶĶs¶s_ŎÞǣǣÞŸŘŸ¯ʩOsǋǣʰƻNƼǣǼŸŘs OŸŎƼĶsŎsŘǼǣǼÌsÞŘ˚_sƼǼÌʰǣȖEĠsOǼ˚ǣƼsOÞʩOǣǼȖ_ɴŸ¯ other Advanced Placement courses and exams. SJA will introduce AP Seminar in the fall of 2017. The AP Seminar course, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, equips students to look at real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Through a variety of materials, students tackle complex questions; understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints; interpret and synthesize information; and construct, communicate and defend evidence-based arguments. Students are assessed through a team project and presentation, individual project and presentation and an end-of-course written exam. ÝŘǼÌsǣȖEǣsǇȖsŘǼƻǊsǣsǋOÌOŸȖǋǣsʰǣǼȖ_sŘǼǣ design, plan and conduct a yearlong, researchbased investigation on a topic of individual interest, documenting their process with a portfolio. Students build on skills developed in the AP Seminar course by learning how to understand research methodology; employ ethical research practices; and collect, analyze and synthesize information to build, present and defend an argument. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and on four additional AP exams of their choosing will earn the ƻNƼǣǼŸŘs^ÞƼĶŸŎʳǻÌÞǣǣÞ¶ŘÞʩsǣǼÌsÞǋŸȖǼǣǼŘ_ÞŘ¶ academic achievement and attainment of collegelevel academic and research skills. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on both AP Seminar and AP Research assessments will earn the AP Seminar and ǊsǣsǋOÌNsǋǼÞʩOǼsʳ
Art Department Showcases Course Offerings The St. Joseph’s Academy Art Department hosted the inaugural Passport through the Arts art fair during lunch hours on December 1 and 2. Students visited display tables in the Academy Arts Center gallery and rotunda to learn about the wide variety of art classes offered. Students were able to ask questions of other students who had taken the courses in which they were interested. Students received a “passport,” which was stamped at each art table and entered into a drawing for Amazon gift cards. Art Department faculty member Stacy Rennhoff coordinated the two-day event. “We wanted to
promote the Art Department to current students,” she said. “Passport through the Arts enabled students to learn about each art discipline, including course structure, prerequisites and content.” Students were also able to gain a better understanding of the many courses available to them. Each table featured video, sound and/ or visual works of art. Students visited displays to learn more about AP Art History; AP Music Theory; ƻǢǼȖ_ÞŸǋǼʱǋǼÝʰÝÝʰÝÝÝ Ř_ÝəʱDŘ_ʱNÌŸÞǋʱ^ŘOsʱ Drama; FACS Sewing; FACS Nutrition; Fine Arts Survey; Media Arts; Music & Media; and Music & Technology.
“We are excited to offer this innovative program to our students,” Dr. Lambert said. “Not only does it help prepare students for college and beyond, but it aligns wonderfully with our emphasis on 21st century skills. The program also gives our teachers more leeway with curriculum choices so students can access more challenging coursework and sharpen their reading and writing skills.”
As they prepare to select courses for the 2017-2018 academic year, students participated in the inaugural Passport through the Arts to learn about the many arts electives available.
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Fall Sports Enjoy Banner Year The cross country team is the Class 5A state champion for 2016. The Redstickers scored 40 points in the Allstate ǢȖ¶ǋDŸɠĶˀĵËǢǣǼǼsOǋŸǣǣOŸȖŘǼǋɴŎssǼǼŸʩŘÞǣÌ ahead of archrival Mandeville with 44 points. ɟÞǼÌǼÌǋssǋȖŘŘsǋǣÞŘǼÌsǼŸƼˠ˟Ř_ʩɚsÞŘǼÌsǼŸƼˠˣʰ SJA captured its second state championship in three years. The meet was held November 15 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
The swim team won its sixth consecutive state championship this year.
The fall athletic season culminated with three state championship competitions in November, and St. Joseph’s O_sŎɴEǋŸȖ¶ÌǼÌŸŎsǼɠŸʩǋǣǼ˚ƼĶOsǼǋŸƼÌÞsǣŘ_ ǋȖŘŘsǋ˚ȖƼʩŘÞǣÌʳ
SJA’s seven runners placed as follows: sophomore Lauren Hendry, 4th place, 19:18.2; senior Annie Hill, 5th place, 19:20.3; junior Jennifer Bennett, 6th place, 19:24.2; senior µEEÞNÌȖɚÞŘʰˠˠǼÌƼĶOsʰˠ˨ʲˤ˧ʳˤʱ¯ǋsǣÌŎŘəÞǋ¶ÞŘÞ Dirks, 14th place, 20:19.6; sophomore Leanne Livingston, ˡ˦ǼÌƼĶOsʰˡˠʲ˟˧ʳˡʱŘ_ǣsŘÞŸǋÝǣEsĶĶħŸǼɚĶʰ˥˥ǼÌƼĶOsʰ 22:31.1. Coach Mark LaHaye expressed his immense pride in the ǼsŎ˅ǣs¯¯ŸǋǼʳˆÝǼɠǣŸȖǋEsǣǼǋOsŸ¯ǼÌsɴsǋʰˇÌsǣÞ_ʳ “We ran our race, and we ran smart. Credit to Mandeville, ɠÌŸĶǣŸǋŘ¶ǋsǼǋOsʳÝŎsɮǼǋsŎsĶɴƼǋŸȖ_Ÿ¯ǼÌÞǣ team and all they accomplished this year.”
The SJA swim team captured its sixth consecutive Division Ý˚NĶǣǣˤǣǼǼsOÌŎƼÞŸŘǣÌÞƼʰǣOŸǋÞŘ¶ˢˠˣʳˤƼŸÞŘǼǣʳǻÌs Allstate Sugarbowl/LHSAA state swim meet was held November 17-19 at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur. Senior Bethany Seagraves, named Female Swimmer of the Meet, was the only double winner in the championship. She ʩŘÞǣÌs_ʩǋǣǼÞŘǼÌsˡ˟˟˚ɴǋ_ÞŘ_ÞɚÞ_ȖĶŎs_Ķsɴʹˡʲ˟˧ʳˤˣʺŘ_ the 100-yard backstroke (56.68). Head coach Becca Barber Gilbert said the team relied on its depth to capture this year’s state title. “Starting from the very beginning of the season, this team knew it was going to be a tough one,” she said. “They took this challenge to heart Ř_ɠŸǋĨs_Ìǋ_sǋǼÌŘÝÌɚsǣssŘĶĶǣsǣŸŘʳǻÌs¶ÞǋĶǣ EǼǼĶs_¯ŸǋǼɠŸ_ɴǣ¯ǋŸŎǼÌsʩǋǣǼǋOsǼŸǼÌsɚsǋɴĶǣǼʳǻÌs atmosphere was electric, the girls swam super-fast and, in the end, it was a well-deserved win.” ğȖŘÞŸǋŘŘĶŘsĵssɠǣǢğ˅ǣŸǼÌsǋǼŸƼ˚ǼÌǋssʩŘÞǣÌsǋʰɠÞǼÌ ǼÌÞǋ_˚ƼĶOsʩŘÞǣÌÞŘǼÌsˠ˟˟˚ɴǋ_¯ǋssǣǼɴĶsʹˤˤʲˠ˟ʺʳħÞǋEɴDĶOĨ ʩŘÞǣÌs_¯ŸȖǋǼÌÞŘǼÌsˠ˟˟˚ɴǋ_EOĨǣǼǋŸĨsŘ_ʩ¯ǼÌÞŘǼÌs 500-yard freestyle.
The cross country team won its second state title in three years.
The #2 seed volleyball team squared off in the championship match of the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl/ LHSAA state volleyball tournament against #1 Mount Carmel Academy. The Redstickers fell by the narrowest of margins 26-24, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-11. The championship match was played on November 12 in the Pontchartrain Center. continued
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ǻÌsɚŸĶĶsɴEĶĶǼsŎǼŸŸĨ˞ˠǣss_ōǼʳNǋŎsĶO_sŎɴǼŸʩɚs sets in the championship match, losing by just four points.
The Redstickers ended the season with a 38-8 record. Coach Sivi Miller said her team worked hard all season to get to the state tournament. She was especially proud of the team for the way they fought in the championship match, taking ōNǼŸʩɚsǣsǼǣŘ_ĶŸǣÞŘ¶EɴĠȖǣǼ¯ŸȖǋƼŸÞŘǼǣʳˆÝǼÌȖǋǼǣǼŸŘŸǼ end the season with a state championship when you come so close, but knowing the battle you put forth makes you realize ÌŸɠ¶ŸŸ_Ÿ¯ǼsŎɴŸȖǋsĶĶɴǋsʰˇōÞĶĶsǋǣÞ_ʳˆÝŎƼǋŸȖ_ of each and every girl representing this team because they each brought something special and important to this season. We had to work through many injuries, and even though our lineup changed throughout the season, no matter what this ǼsŎ¯Os_ʰǼÌsɴƼĶɴs_ɠÞǼÌÌsǋǼŘ__s_ÞOǼÞŸŘʳÝOŸȖĶ_Ř˅Ǽ EsŎŸǋsƼǋŸȖ_Ÿ¯Ŏɴ¶ÞǋĶǣʳÝŎƼǋŸȖ_Ÿ¯ɠÌǼɠsOÌÞsɚs_ this season as a team.”
Last call to join us for the 2017 SJA
Four St. Joseph’s Academy seniors signed national letters of intent on November 9 and will compete at the collegiate level next ɴsǋʳµEEÞNÌȖɚÞŘɠÞĶĶĠŸÞŘǼÌsOǋŸǣǣOŸȖŘǼǋɴŘ_ǼǋOĨŘ_ʩsĶ_ teams at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Corynn Major will play softball at Nicholls State University; Melanie Miller will play volleyball at the University of Southern Mississippi; and Baylie Thornhill will join the softball team at the University of South Alabama. The student-athletes are pictured here with their parents at a special ceremony in the school library.
Alumnae Trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley
March 29 - April 2, 2017 San Francisco area alumnae are invited to join us on Thursday, March 30, at the Casemore Kirkeby Gallery (time TBA). Contact Alumnae Director Katie Jeter ’04 at (225) 388-2244
ALUM VIEWING PARTY at Bogie’s 705 East Boyd Drive, Baton Rouge Friday, April 7, 2017 Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
For more details, questions or to RSVP, contact Alumnae Director Katie Jeter ’04 at (225) 388-2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Must be 21 to enter. No current SJA students, please.
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Academy Honors Josephine Bahlinger Award Finalists St. Joseph’s Academy will award $4,000 toward the ninth-grade ǼȖÞǼÞŸŘŸ¯ʩɚsÞŘOŸŎÞŘ¶¯ǋsǣÌŎsŘÞŘˡ˟ˠ˦˚ˡ˟ˠ˧ʳǻÌsˠˤʩŘĶÞǣǼǣ ¯ŸǋǼÌsŎsǋÞǼ˚Eǣs_ǼȖÞǼÞŸŘɠǋ_ʰŘŎs_ÞŘÌŸŘŸǋŸ¯Ǣğ˅ǣʩǋǣǼ graduate, Josephine Bahlinger, were honored at a special breakfast on SJA’s campus on January 6. The eighth graders, their parents and school principals heard from Director of Admissions Sheri Gillio, Principal Dr. Michele Lambert and President Jan Breen. They watched a video about ǻÌsǢǼʳğŸǣsƼÌ˅ǣO_sŎɴrɮƼsǋÞsŘOsŘ_ǋsOsÞɚs_OsǋǼÞʩOǼs OŸŎŎsŎŸǋǼÞŘ¶ǼÌsÞǋ_sǣÞ¶ŘǼÞŸŘǣʩŘĶÞǣǼʳ
ǻÌsˠˤʩŘĶÞǣǼǣ¯ŸǋǼÌsˡ˟ˠ˦ğŸǣsƼÌÞŘsDÌĶÞŘ¶sǋɠǋ_ɠsǋs honored at a January 6 breakfast at St. Joseph’s Academy.
Award criteria include outstanding academic performance, a history of standardized test scores in the 90th percentile, service to school and/or community, an exemplary conduct record and active participation in co-curricular activities. ĶĶˠˤʩŘĶÞǣǼǣɠÞĶĶǋsOsÞɚsǼÌsÞǋ¯ǋsǣÌŎŘ˚ɴsǋǋs¶ÞǣǼǋǼÞŸŘ¯ssʳǻÌs ʩɚsɠǋ_ɠÞŘŘsǋǣɠÞĶĶEsǣsĶsOǼs_¯ǋŸŎǼÌsƼŸŸĶŸ¯ʩŘĶÞǣǼǣŘ_ ɠÞĶĶEsŘŸǼÞʩs_ÞŘǼÌsÞǋOOsƼǼŘOsƼOĨsǼÞŘĶǼs®sEǋȖǋɴʳ
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Tribute Donations The following tribute donations were made between October 1 and December 31, 2016. Please remember those being honored, as well as those who honored them, in your prayers. Ý¯ɴŸȖɠÞǣÌǼŸŎĨsǣƼsOÞĶ¶Þ¯ǼÞŘÌŸŘŸǋŸǋŎsŎŸǋɴŸ¯¯ŎÞĶɴŎsŎEsǋŸ¯¯ǋÞsŘ_ʰɴŸȖŎɴ_ŸŘǼsŸŘĶÞŘsǼɠɠɠʳǣĠEǋʳŸǋ¶ʳ Click the “Giving" tab at the top of the homepage, then “Other Ways to Give.” Ý¯ɴŸȖÌɚsǇȖsǣǼÞŸŘǣʰƼĶsǣsOĶĶǼÌsōÞǣǣÞŸŘ_ɚŘOsŎsŘǼŷ¯ʩOsǼʹˡˡˤʺˢ˧˧˚ˡˡˠ˨ʳ In Honor of Mrs. Jill Abadie Ms. Grace Bordelon In Honor of Mrs. Mary Kay Alford Ms. Makenzie Morgan Ms. Jenny Windham In Honor of Mr. Hugo Andricain Ms. Ainsley Sonnier Ms. Landry West In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Andricain Sr. Hugo and Stacia Andricain In Memory of Mrs. Mary Ann Prejean Antrobus ’56 Peachie and Phil Ragusa In Memory of Mr. Peter Bahlinger Sr. ōǋʳŘ_ōǋǣʳ^ɚÞ_^ÞəÞŘOsŘǼÞ In Memory of Mrs. Drusilla Balkom Ms. Patricia Talbot In Honor of Ms. Anne Barton ’19 Mr. and Mrs. Bob Barton In Honor of Ms. Temple Beeson Ms. Olivia Myers In Honor of Ms. Gabby Bella ’17 Ms. Sydney Henry In Honor of Ms. Alyssa Bellelo ’17 Ms. Claire Gonsoulin In Honor of Ms. Callie Braud ’19 Ms. Maggie Troxell In Memory of Mr. Sam Breen Ms. Jo Dale Ales In Memory of Mrs. Camille Brouillette Ms. Camryn Brouillette
In Honor of Ms. Allison Hipwell Bruton ’95 Ms. Donyelle Ford In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Causey Ms. Meghan Causey In Honor of Classmates of 2017 Ms. Sarah Johnson
In Honor of Dr. David Fisher Ms. AnneMarie Romero In Honor of Mrs. Jen Menville Fontaine ’04 Ms. Caroline Balhoff Ms. Cora Barhorst
In Memory of Mr. Timothy M. Conley Ms. Jane Conley
In Memory of Mrs. Marie Gahagan Mrs. Dyra Culotta Hughes
In Honor of Ms. Chapman Cooper ’16 Mr. Charles and Dr. Carrie Cooper
In Honor of Mrs. Meg Gerald Ms. Gabrielle Bella
In Honor of Ms. Catherine Cox ’17 Ms. Emma Woodruff
In Memory of Mrs. Mary Delle Bogan Gerald ’47 Mr. Eugene Ponti
In Honor of Taylor Deranger ’12 Ms. Allie Deranger In Honor of Ms. Larissa Devlin ’88 Mrs. Martha Devlin In Honor of Ms. Teresa Devlin ’94 Mrs. Martha Devlin In Memory of Mr. Stewart L. Dietrich Mr. Daryl Dietrich In Memory of Mr. Joseph S. DiVincenti Mr. and Mrs. Stan Skrobialowski In Honor of Mrs. Renee Donahue Ms. Margaret Donahue In Memory of Ms. Adrianne Dorroh Mrs. Pat Fleniken Reed and Family In Honor of Ms. Elizabeth Dunlap ’11 Ms. Camille Dunlap In Honor of Ms. Shoogie Encinas ’19 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Encinas
In Honor of Ms. Rylie Brown ’19 Mr. and Mrs. Roger Boardman
In Memory of Mr. Dominic Engolio Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Pastorek
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In Honor of Mr. Michael Fels Ms. Angele Fels
In Memory of Dr. Jennifer Wray Cole ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Callander
In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Maunsell Brousseau Mrs. Estelle Tees
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In Honor of Ms. Caroline Feduccia ’20 Mr. and Mrs. Chris Feduccia
In Memory of Joseph “Oba” Gerdes Ms. Caroline Cochran In Honor of Mrs. Sheri Gillio Ms. Amelia-Ann Gillio In Honor of Linda and Joe Gonzales Ms. Anna Kathryn Gonzales In Memory of Mrs. Bonnie Granada Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Foushee In Honor of Ms. Francine Graphia ’83 Mrs. Tena McKenzie In Memory of Monsignor William L. Greene ōǋʳŘ_ōǋǣʳ^ɚÞ_^ÞəÞŘOsŘǼÞ In Honor of Ms. Aldyn Gremillion ’20 Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Gremillion In Honor of the SJA English Department Ms. Annie Lorio In Honor of Mrs. Anna Hanks Ms. Mi'Yana Solomon
In Honor of Ms. Eleanor Enright ’17 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Enright Jr.
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Tribute Donations In Memory of Sister Ursula Harelson CSJ ’45 Mr. Raymond Babin Mr. and Mrs. Randy Bonnecaze Mr. and Mrs. Pete Boudreaux Mr. and Mrs. Marion Cangelosi Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Courville Mr. and Mrs. Gerard DeRobertis Mrs. Rita Garon Mr. and Mrs. William Monroe Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Pastorek ōǋʳŘ_ōǋǣʳNÌǋĶsǣǊŸsŎsǋÝə Mrs. Jo Sevin Ms. Connie Silva Ms. Patricia Talbot Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Thibodeaux Mr. and Mrs. Charles Whitson Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Wilcox 2 anonymous donors
In Honor of Mrs. Michelle Acaldo Langlois ’89 Ms. Lexi Langlois
In Honor of Ms. Lauren Morris Ms. Nicole Crochet Ms. Kelly Pecot
In Honor of Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Sherburne Mrs. Pat Thompson
In Memory of Ms. Courtney L. Myshrall ’95 Ms. Sharon Myshrall
In Honor of Ms. Ondrea Lavallias Ms. Gabrielle Bella
In Honor of Ms. Susan Nguyen ’17 Ms. Sarah Bowden
In Memory of Mrs. Stephanie Murray Lemoine ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Anthony W. Collier
In Honor of Mrs. Alexandra Gillio Nichols ’11 Ms. Amelia-Ann Gillio
In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Livingston Ms. Abigail Livingston
In Memory of Ms. Penny L. Nichols ’64 Ms. Lurline Hamilton
In Honor of Abby Lorio ’19 Mrs. Amber Day
In Honor of Lucile and Joe O'Brien Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tate
In Honor of Mr. Glen Harvey Ms. Caroline Harvey
In Honor of Annie Lorio ’17 Mrs. Amber Day
In Memory of Mr. Paul E. O'Neill ōǋʳŘ_ōǋǣʳ^ɚÞ_^ÞəÞŘOsŘǼÞ
In Memory of Mr. Karl Harvey Mr. and Mrs. John Bateman Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Blitzer Jr. Dr. William and Mrs. Allison Cook Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cullen Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Doyle Mrs. Kay Jolly Hoffpauir Mr. and Mrs. Frank Leonard Ms. Dianne Martinez Mr. and Mrs. Taylor B. Mayeux Mrs. Ann Reilly Mr. and Mrs. Bart Thomeer ōǣʳǊOÌsĶəsǋŸŘ Dr. Juan Watkins
In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lutgring (Wendy Williams ’84) Ms. Ally Lutgring
In Honor of Mrs. Melissa Folse Oubre ’99 Mrs. Joni Folse
In Memory of Mrs. Glynn Heroman Ms. Kristy Roubique In Memory of Ms. Allison Grace Honeycutt ’12 Mr. and Mrs. Larry Centola Mr. and Mrs. Travis Chaney Mrs. Heidi Gould Mr. Matt Moreland Mr. Richard Perque
In Memory of Mrs. Georgia Faye Phillips Marcello ’47 Mrs. Tara Nolan Messenger In Memory of Mrs. Marie Roques Mayhall ’38 Ms. Robin Mayhall In Memory of Ms. Marjorie Claire McAnelly ’95 Ms. Amanda Register In Honor of Mrs. Sarah Elisar McCann ’08 Ms. Caroline Balhoff In Honor of Mrs. Mary Hebert McCowan ’61 Mr. Paul M. Hebert Jr.
In Honor of Ms. Alyssa James ’17 Ms. Julia Dykes
In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McDowell (Kathy Baer ’78) Ms. Sarah McDowell
In Honor of Mrs. Monisa James Ms. Emma James
In Memory of Mr. Michael P. McLindon Ms. Ann M. McLindon
In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Jones Ms. Desireé Jones
In Honor of Mrs. Linda Messina Ms. Sophie Landry Ms. Noelle Shipley
In Honor of Ms. Gayle Kirwan Ms. Ally Lutgring ōǣʳÝǣEsĶĶsƻsOǇȖsǼ In Honor of Mrs. Sheri Klemm Ms. Anna Wall In Honor of Mrs. Maggie Devlin Landry ’89 Mrs. Martha Devlin
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In Honor of Mrs. Emily Peavy Ms. Reilly Helm Ms. Arianna Paine In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pecue (Danni Bourgeois ’58) Ms. Sara Shields Ms. Patricia Talbot In Honor of Sister Chris Pologa, CSJ Ms. Donyelle Ford Ms. Olivia Gales Ms. Olivia Gordon In Honor of Mr. Gregory D. Polozola Ms. Alana Polozola In Honor of Mrs. Lisa A. Polozola Ms. Alana Polozola In Honor of Mrs. Sara Tomeny Rounds ’99 Ms. Shelby LeBlanc In Honor of Ms. Marissa Rovira ’17 Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Rovira In Honor of Mrs. Carol Schexnayder Ms. Evelyn Hinojosa In Memory of Mr. John Schneller Ms. Jo Dale Ales
In Honor of Mrs. Missy Carriere Michiels ’86 Ms. Molly Michiels
In Honor of Mrs. Eloise Arbour Selig ’42 Mr. and Mrs. Dane T. D'Aquin
In Honor of Mrs. Judy Armshaw Miller ’61 Ms. Margaret Armshaw
In Honor of Mrs. Brianna Pettijohn Sommers ’06 Ms. Nicole Crochet Ms. Donyelle Ford Winter 2017 Ms. Jewel Williams
In Honor of Mrs. Sivi Miller Ms. Melanie Miller
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Tribute Donations In Honor of Ms. Megan St. Germain ’11 Ms. Cora Barhorst Ms. Gabrielle Bella
In Honor of Mr. Jamal Tajdaran Ms. Ally Lutgring
In Honor of Ms. Amelia Claire Sylvest ’18 Ms. Elizabeth Grace Sylvest
In Honor of the Taylor Family Ms. Caroline Taylor In Honor of Mrs. Angelle Terrell Ms. Juliana Habisreitinger In Memory of Mrs. Geraldine Levy Venincasa ’52 ōǣʳĵȖǋəsŘÞŘOǣ˚NŸɮŘ_ Mr. John Cox In Memory of Mrs. Emma Melancon White ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Mark White In Honor of Colleen and Jeffrey Whitten Ms. Alex Whitten In Honor of Mrs. Katy Devlin Yurk ’85 Mrs. Martha Devlin Pave the Way Brick Fund The following donors purchased an engraved brick as part of SJA’s Pave the Way brick program. The following donations were made between October 1 and December 31, 2016. Mr. and Mrs. Rick W. Bordelon Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Carnaggio Sr. Dr. and Mrs. William J. Carona (Patricia Danna ’58) Dr. and Mrs. John B. Cowan Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Gillio Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Habisreitinger Jr. Ms. Patricia Keogh Mr. and Mrs. Shaun Lato (Cherie Andries ’99) Mr. and Mrs. Mark LeBlanc Mr. and Mrs. Todd Ledet Dr. and Mrs. John O. Lovretich (Kathleen Alley ’77) Mr. and Mrs. Matt Maddox Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. McDonner Mr. Charles J. Pizzolato Jr. Dr. and Mrs. John W. Portwood Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gary Richards (Robyn Ray ’00)
REUNION WEEKEND JULY 14-15, 2017
SAVE THE DATE FOR
A DAY AT SJA For all milestone reunion years
Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Complimentary lunch, campus tours, fun and games for all!
2007: 10-YEAR REUNION July 15: Girls’ Night Out Location and Time TBA
July 16: Joint event with CHS Tin Roof Brewery | Time TBA Questions: Contact Molly Clark Mayeaux at email@example.com
1997: 20-YEAR REUNION July 15: Girls’ Night Out Location and Time TBA
July 16: Joint event with CHS Location and Time TBA Questions: Contact Angela Wolf Sheets at firstname.lastname@example.org
1987: 30-YEAR REUNION July 15: Girls’ Night Out Location and Time TBA
July 16: Joint event with CHS
1967: 50-YEAR MASS AND RECEPTION July 15: 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Chapel at SJA Reception to Follow
Location and Time TBA
1957: 60-YEAR REUNION 1977: 40-YEAR LUNCHEON July 15: REUNION 12 p.m. | SJA Dining Hall July 15: Girls’ 1937, 1942, Night Out Bin 77 | Time TBA 1947: 70-, 75July 16: Joint event AND 80-YEAR with CHS REUNION Location and Time TBA Questions: Contact Anita LUNCHEON Parsons King at Questions: Contact Beth Altazan-Dixon at Beth.Altazan-Dixon@LA.gov
July 15: 11:30 a.m. | Mother Alice Hall
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Marriages, Births, Passings Marriages ’04 Stephanie Renee Fife to Dr. ŷ˅ŗsÞĶğŸǣsƼÌƻǋsŘǼŸŘÝÝÝˣˀˠˤˀˡ˟ˠ˥ ’04 Brittney Nicole LeBlanc to Kristopher Jason May 7/9/2016 ’08 Sara Camille Schulenberg to Patrick Douglas James 11/19/2016 ’11 Taylor Elizabeth Layman to Joshua Hampton Armstreet 8/27/2016 ’12 Jennifer Ellen Adair to Thomas Martin 11/5/2016
Births ’90 Yvonne Hebert Sparling: son, David Joseph, born 5/13/2016 ’01 Danielle Graham Claudet: _Ȗ¶ÌǼsǋʰōǋɴÝŘ¶ǋÞ_NĶȖ_sǼʰEŸǋŘ 3/29/2016 ’01 Karen Edward Styron: son, Wallace Christopher, born 11/30/2016 ’01 Monica Valenciano Rogers: sons, Cole Andrew and Cameron Michael, born 12/29/2016 ’04 Claire Ourso Anding: son, Henry Michael, born 12/29/2016 ’04 Morgan Simoneaux Berard: daughter, Elle Morgan, born 11/1/2016
’05 Ashleigh Barbier St. Germain: daughter, Eloise Mae, born 11/4/2016 ’06 Rebecca Brignac Williams: son, George Stephen, born 1/24/2016
ÝŘōsŎŸǋÞŎ 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 the family whenever possible. Notices which appear in this issue were received by January 10, 2017. James “Jimmy” Allen Husband of Patricia Arboneaux Allen ’47 µǋŘ_¯ǼÌsǋŸ¯əÞǋ¶ÞŘÞĶĶsŘNĶǋÞ_˅˨ˤ and Ashley Allen Baggett ’99 Revel “Sonny” Anderson Jr. Grandfather of Kate Anderson ’02 Mary Ann Prejean Antrobus ’56 Mother of Helen Antrobus ’80 Sister of Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ ’57
’04 Kristen Johnson Pellegrin: son, John Joseph, born 12/15/2016
Russell Salvador Crapanzano, DDS Father of Cathleen Crapanzano Creed ’78, Susan Crapanzano Kalmbach ’81 and Carol Crapanzano ’85 Grandfather of Lauren Crapanzano Jumonville ’08 Carroll Guillory Davis ’65 Denver Ross Denison Brother of London Michelle Denison ’13 Grandson of Antoinette Belello Denison ’54 (dec.) Nephew of Phyllis Prejean Brouillette ’80 Ellen Webster Dragna Mother of Donna Dragna Bahlinger ’84 and Andrea Dragna ’87 Ida Mae Drago ’48 Sandra Louise Edwards Mother of Elizabeth Rhea Edwards ’14 and Claire Olivia Louise Edwards ’19
Joan McLaughlin Emerson ’73 Mother of Carmen Emerson Cosnancos ’95 Johnny I. Boudreaux Husband of Elizabeth Landry Boudreaux ’46 Sister of Kathleen McLaughlin Perilloux ’60 (dec.) and Phyllis McLaughlin (dec.) Nauman ’71 Niece of Sister Maria Rabalais ’42 Francis “Buddy” Bowers Jr.
Duane Anthony Brunet Husband of Amy Azar Brunet ’88 Father of Katherine “Katie” Brunet ’16 and Allison “Allie” Brunet ’20
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Norton T. Coco Father of Mary Alice Coco Maassen ’73 and Carolyn Coco Schwarzhoff ’80
Francis “Frank” Bergeron Father of Charlotte Bergeron ’89
Brother of Beverly “Boots” Bowers Oliphant ’04 Kelly Blackstone Love: daughter, ’61, Dorothy “Dottie” Bowers McCaughey ǊsÞ_ÝǋsŘsĵŸɚsʰEŸǋŘˠˠˀˠ˨ˀˡ˟ˠ˥ ’64 and Cheryl Bowers Zibrat ’79 ’04 Amy Dunaway Marshall: Albert E. Briede III daughter, Maris Elizabeth, born on 11/2/2016 µǋŘ_¯ǼÌsǋŸ¯ÝǋsŘsǊÞĶsɴDǋŸŸĨǣÌsǋ˅ˠˣ ’04 Aimee Dicharry Meyer: son, Hutch Joseph, born 12/30/2016
Delores “Dolly” delaHoussaye Clesi Mother of Andrea Clesi McMakin ’74 Grandmother of Emily McMakin ’98
Marie Blanchard Gahagan Grandmother of Catherine Corder ’14, Elizabeth Corder ’14, Sidney Gahagan ’17 and Anne Gahagan ’19 Jennifer B. Gauthier Mother of Claire McKay Gauthier ’16 Monsignor William L. Greene Brother of Rosalia Greene ’28 (dec.) and Stelle Greene Cogan ’31 (dec.)
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Transitions Sister Ursula Harelson, CSJ ’45 Sister of Hazel Harelson Kleinpeter ’35 (dec.) and Rita Harelson Garon ’42 Aunt of Carolyn Kleinpeter Morris ’61, Shirley Kleinpeter Roubique ’62, Marilyn Garon Dooley ’66, Kaye Kleinpeter Brignac ’67, Marjorie Harelson Windham ’67, Janice Harelson Troxclair ’68, Barbara Kleinpeter Chenevert ’69, Dottie Harelson Territo ’71, Bonnie Harelson Ryland ’72, Linda Garon Davis ’72, Louise Harelson Haydel ’73, Catherine Harelson Palermo ’75, Elaine Garon Hopkins ’76, Faye Harelson ’79 and Peggy Harelson Daigle ’81 Sylvia Anne Hernandez Jeansonne ’46 Grandmother of Stephanie Jeansonne ’02 and Kathleen Jeansonne ’10 Sister of Janet LeJeune ’53 and Sherri Olenick ’56 Glynn Richard Heroman Mother of Lou Heroman McPeek ’70 and Meg Heroman Capdevielle ’76 Grandmother of Anna Claire Capdevielle ’16 George D. Landry Jr. Husband of Shirley Bonanno Pistorius-Landry ’52 Mary Katherine “Kitty” Landry Grandmother of Colleen O’Connor Wilbert ’99, Katherine “Kaki” O’Connor Lowe ’04 and Erin O’Connor ’06 Michael Patrick McLindon Brother of Maureen McLindon Huguley ’76 and Ann McLindon ’78 Josephine “Josie” Crnjak Messenger Mother of Cynthia Messenger Palombo ’79 Grandmother of Christy Messenger 34 SJA Connections Richardson ’06, Gracie Palombo ’09 and Sophie Palombo ’11
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Stella Maranto Miceli Mother of Genevieve Miceli Nealy ’60 (dec.) and Christine Miceli Tam ’71 Sister of Mary Maranto Carlino ’39 (dec.) and Christine Maranto Timpa ’50 Grandmother of Megan Miceli Smith ’01 Kathleen Anne “Kellie” Murnane ’87 Sister of Beth Murnane’73 and Jean Murnane ’76 (dec.) Gaye Luquet Murray Mother of Katharine Anne Murray ’10 Mary Louise Scalisi Niel Grandmother of Shannon Landry (SJA staff) Great-grandmother of Sophie Emerson Landry ’17
Francis Mary Ryland Grandmother of Kim Cullen de Castro ’84 and Karen Cullen Adams ’88 Phyllis Mae Signal Shanahan Mother of Kathryn Shanahan Reiman ’69 Grandmother of Aimee Fourrier Dawes ’95 Elizabeth “Liz” Cancienne Thibodeaux ’78 Sister of Cathy Cancienne Miller ’84 Dino Edgardo Viera ®ǼÌsǋŸ¯DÞĶsɴŗÞOŸĶsəÞsǋ˅ˠ˦ Larry Jean Wilson ’60
James Francis O’Beirne Father of Jenny O’Beirne Morales ’80, Jackie O’Beirne Pastorek ’81 and Janelle O’Beirne Johnson ’83 µǋŘ_¯ǼÌsǋŸ¯ǢǋÌōŸǋĶsǣəÞǼsŘǣ ’07, Emma Johnson ’15 and Olivia Johnson ’16 Margery Ogden Johnson “Tyke” Olinde Mother of Margery Olinde Belcher ’83 Grandmother of Elizabeth Olinde ’09, Olivia Olinde ’09, Alabel Olinde ’14 and Ashley Belcher ’17 Howard Baucum “H.B.” Parker Jr. Husband of Mary Ann Collens Parker ’44 (dec.) Jimmy Rispone Brother of Kaye Rispone Lato (former SJA staff member) Uncle of Kayla Lato Kucharchuk ’03 Paula Mansur Roblin ’60 Mother of Lisa Roblin Madere ’86 Sister of Frieda Mansur Sutton ’64 (dec.) Sarah Madison Romero Mother of Mary “Britton” Romero Durio ’06
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REGISTER NOW 5TH ANNUAL SJA TENNIS CLASSIC PRESENTED BY
BATON ROUGE DUPLICATING PRODUCTS
March 10-12, 2017 Bocage Racquet Club To register, visit www.usta.com Tournament ID: 700118417
Divisions Women’s Doubles Men’s Doubles Mixed Doubles For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Alumnae Director Katie Jeter at email@example.com or (225) 388.2244. Winter 2017 35
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Parents, if your daughter no longer lives at home, please send us her __ǋsǣǣʳÝ¯ɴŸȖɠŸȖĶ_ĶÞĨsǼŸOŸŘǼÞŘȖsǼŸǋsOsÞɚsConnections, please call Katie Jeter at (225) 388-2244 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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