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Reflections on the 2014/2015 School Year
6/10/2015 12:13:50 PM
Dear Holy Cross Family,
Each May as I reflect on the achievements of the year in review, there are so many success stories that I find it difficult to highlight just a few. The 2014-15 academic year has been an exceptionally successful one for students and faculty alike, and I am particularly proud of the accomplishments of our graduating seniors.
The Class of 2015 has distinguished itself in part due to their academic rigor, but also through the assistance of our college counselor, Mrs. Raynette Lumas. This class of 132 seniors received in excess of $8 million in scholarships, many from out-of-state colleges and universities. While many of our students traditionally choose Louisiana schools, this year's class received scholarship awards from 35 colleges and universities including Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, University of Alabama, and Penn State to name a few. Mrs. Lumas has been dedicated to assisting junior and senior year students with every aspect of selecting the best college for each individual student. She arranged college campus visits, and brought in admissions counselors from schools throughout the United States to visit our campus. This has proven to be a tremendously positive experience for our young men.
Our Debate Team enjoyed another successful year. While the team captured a number of overall titles including the City Championship for the second consecutive year, it was also a year of individual success and recognition. Isaiah Hough '15 and Sean Doody '17 won state championships in their respective events while Daniel Williams '15 won four major national tournaments and is currently ranked number one in Dramatic Interpretation in the United States. Coach Byron Arthur '83 was awarded the 2014 National Speech and Debate Association Director's Commendation, the 2014 National Speech and Debate Association Diamond Coaching Recognition Award, the 2015 New York City Invitational Coaching Award, and the 2015 Judy Hadley Award for Excellence in Coaching. Dr. Joseph H. Murry, Jr. was named the National Speech and Debate Association Principal of the Year.
Coach Dale Turner's Robotics Team had an outstanding year. In the BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) competition in New Orleans, the team won the 1st Place Robot Award, and the 3rd Place BEST Award at the regional competition at Auburn University. At the VEX Robotics high school local competition our team won the LSU and ULL Championship. At the state competition in Lafayette, LA the "A Team" won the 1st Place Robot and Robot Skills Programming Awards, and the "B Team" won the 1st Place Robot and Excellence Awards; and at the Worlds competition in Louisville, KY the "A Team" placed 64th and the "B Team" placed 50th.
At the VEXIQ Robotics middle school state competition in Lafayette, LA the team won 1st Place Robot Skills Programming and 1st Place Robot Driver Skills. The team placed 77th at the Worlds competition in Louisville. The high school team won 1st Place at the Mini-Urban Challenge in Lafayette and placed in the Top 12 at the nationals in Tampa, FL.
Many noteworthy faculty accolades include:
• The Holy Cross Drama Department, under the direction of Ms. Maria Baisier, has been invited for a second consecutive year to participate in the American High School Theatre Festival.
• Dr. Warren Bernard has been chosen as an awardee for the 2015 Teacher Awards program by the American Petroleum Institute.
• Mrs. Kelly Clark earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching Secondary English.
• Ms. Megan Dwyer and Mr. Mike Urbaszewski were awarded certificates for having exceptional bands by the District 6 Band Directors Association.
• Dr. Tim Kettenring '77, Ms. Sue Ellen Lyons, and Dr. Katherine Schilling were invited by Notre Dame University South Bend to participate in the Church Institute Science and Religion Seminar.
• Dr. Kettenring also was invited to participate in the Eileen Ludwig Greenland National Bearing Witness™ Summer Institute, in Washington, DC for the study of the Holocaust.
• Ms. Sue Ellen Lyons is co-author of the "Earth Hazards" chapter of the Teacher-Friendly Guide to the South Central United States, a book recently published by the Paleontological Research Institute of the Museum of the Earth.
• Dr. Katherine Schilling was named a Cox4 Teacher of the Week. She also was accepted to the 2014 and 2015 Ochsner BESTScience! Program at LSU Health Sciences Center.
• Mr. Andrew Watley has earned a double masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Behavioral Counseling.
Congratulations to these dedicated women and men who have worked tirelessly to accomplish success within and outside the Holy Class classrooms.
In the spring we went through the rigorous process of re-accreditation. This year for the first time, the middle school and high school were assessed independently. The results for overall score, teaching and learning impact, leadership capacity, and resource utilization concluded both high school and middle school scores were considerably higher than the network average. Both teams found Holy Cross faith, tradition, and mission clear and evident in the classrooms and among all Holy Cross constituency. The external review teams recommend to the AdvancED accreditation commission that Holy Cross School earn the distinction of accreditation for a five-year term. I am extremely grateful to the entire Holy Cross community for the time and teamwork involved in this effort.
Guided by the mission of our beloved founder, Blessed Basile Moreau, C.S.C., I remain inspired by our faculty who not only instruct our students in academics, but more importantly, instill in them the need to be people of value. We have been greatly blessed with another year in Holy Cross history.
Charles J. DiGange '64
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Summer Reading Information
5/27/2015 12:37:44 AM
Dear Parents and Students,
The summer reading list has been posted on the 2015-2016 School Information page. Click the links below to access the page. If you have any questions about summer reading, please write to Mrs. Hrapmann at email@example.com or Ms. Chabreck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Chris Hall '13 Named LSU's Drum Captain
6/24/2015 1:56:21 PM
Congratulations to HC alumnus Chris Delano Hall Jr. on being named a LSU Tiger Drum Line Captain for this year!! Your HC Family is very proud of you! Looking forward to seeing you in action.
Dr. Joseph H. Murry, Jr., National Speech and Debate Association Principal of the Year
6/22/2015 5:46:39 PM
Last week at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament, Dr. Joseph H. Murry, Jr. received the Principal of the Year Award at the Donus Roberts Diamond Recognition Ceremony. Dr. Murry was recognized for his ardent support of Debate and Speech at Holy Cross as well as his contributions to the profession. Speaking to a group of corporate representatives at a luncheon held on the final day of the competition, Dr. Murry shared the Holy Cross story with individuals from across the nation. Congratulations Doc on an honor well-deserved!
Holy Cross Man Visits Camp Pelican
6/21/2015 8:10:53 PM
This past summer, the Holy Cross Man visited Camp Pelican to help bring smiles to the campers of camp Pelican. Camp Pelican is a joint venture between the Louisiana Pulmonary Disease Camp Incorporated and the Louisiana Lions League for Crippled Children. It is a week-long overnight resident camp for children with pulmonary disorders, such as but not limited to, severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, tracheotomy and ventilator assisted children. These children would not be able to attend regular summer camp programs due to their extensive medical needs.
Thank you to Fr. Tony Ricard of St. Augustine School, Mr. Andrew Lopez (alum of HC), and everyone for their involvement in Camp Pelican.
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To visit the website for Camp Pelican click here
Student Council Get Ready for the 2015/16 School Year in Austin, Texas
6/21/2015 1:58:11 PM
Every year, the newly inducted student council heads to St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas for four days to take part in the congregation's HCC4SL trip (Holy Cross Conference for Student Leaders). The conference is attended by other Holy Cross schools from around the country:
St. Francis Mountain View (Hayward, California)
Notre Dame Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles, California)
Moreau High School (San Francisco, California)
Holy Cross San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas)
Holy Cross New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana)
The conference allows the students to come together to learn from one another, become closer as a family, to serve alongside each other, and to prepare themselves to lead their individual schools.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the conference.
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Daniel Williams '15 Wins National Championship in Dramatic Interpretation
6/21/2015 12:39:53 PM
Daniel Williams won first place out of 244 competitors at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament held in Dallas, Texas this past week. Williams, who has been ranked first in the United States for most of the school year received the Lanny and BJ Naeglin Award in Dramatic Interpretation. While the overall champion is determined by cumulative ranks in 13 rounds of competition, Daniel also won a Bama Bowl presented by the University of Alabama for the individual who gives the best performance in the final round. Congratulations to Daniel and his coaches for a tremendous showing!
HC Students Win 1st Place in Solar Day Competition
6/16/2015 7:54:01 AM
Congratulations to recent graduates of the class of 2015, Marloes Booker, Ross Tedesco and Landan Seguin. They entered the annual Solar Day competition on June 14, 2015 at UNO and won 1st place. The competition was held in conjunction with the Photovoltaic Division of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Booker, Tedesco and Seguin, designed a solar cell powered water pump that automatically senses moisture in the soil and can turn on a pump to water the garden.
Holy Cross School Students Play at Carnegie Hall
6/15/2015 9:39:29 AM
Holy Cross students, Maxwell Arceneaux '18 and Matthew Chauvin '17 are members of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra - GNOYO.
In celebration of its 20th season, GNOYO will be going on an East Coast Tour at the June, performing concerts in five cities: Charlotte, NC, Williamsburg, VA, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, and ending in New York City with a performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, June 28 , 2015. Chauvin and Arceneaux are excited to be part of an outstanding youth group with such an exceptional reputation in music education and performance.
In preparation to kick off their tour, GNOYO will be performing two upcoming concerts:
Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Mandeville High School
Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Trinity Episcopal, Jackson Avenue
GNOYO has been recognized both locally and nationally for its commitment to music education and provides young musicians the opportunity to participate in a high-quality full orchestra program. Participants significantly improve individual performance and ensemble skills, while developing professional attitudes and discipline, which empower them to take initiative in their schools and community and to pursue individual and team excellence in all life endeavors.
Pictured on the left: Matthew Chauvin '17
Pictured on the right: Maxwell Arceneaux '18
Holy Cross School Names DesOrmeaux '95 Head Wrestling Coach
6/11/2015 9:58:50 AM
Holy Cross School is excited to announce the return of Eric DesOrmeaux ’95, as the head coach of the 27 time Louisiana State Champion wrestling program. DesOrmeaux takes over the reins from Coach TJ Miller, who accepted an associate head wrestling coaching position at Division III Loras College in Debuque, Iowa. DesOrmeaux returns to the mat after coaching 20 individual state champions, 3 state championship teams in 2009, 2011, 2013 and was named Metro Wrestling Coach of the Year, Louisiana Coach of the year in 2009 and the 2013 NWCA Wrestling Coach of the Year for Louisiana. Coach DesOrmeaux says, “his goal and the goal of his coaching staff, is to field a team of Christian wrestlers with a singleness of purpose totally committed to propelling Holy Cross School to the highest level of LHSAA wrestling, while making an impact on the community along the way.”
DesOrmeaux’s coaching staff includes:
Hometown - DeWitt, Iowa
While wrestling for Wartburg College, Azinger was a 4 time national qualifier and 2 time all American at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He comes to HC from The University of Central Missouri where he worked as an assistant wrestling coach.
Hometown - Davenport, Iowa
During his wrestling career at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, Williams was the a 3 time all American and 2 time NCAA DIII National Champion.
Steven Klemenakis ’11, wrestled for Holy Cross and was a 2010 and 2011 Louisiana State Champion. He attended Wartburg College and graduated in 2015.
Chuck Stall, a Brother Martin class of 2002 graduate, was a 2 time Lee High Champion and 2 time State runner up.
Dennis Bush, a Brother Martin class of 1998 graduate, was a 1988 State Championship.
Greg Romano, graduated from Blair Academy and was a 4 time New Jersey Prep State Champion, 3 time National Prep finalist. He comes to HC from the University of Nebraska and the University of North Carolina.
For more information, contact Shelly Raynal at email@example.com or 504-942-1881.
HC Soccer Camp This July 13th - 17th
5/4/2015 2:26:31 PM
Holy Cross is holding their summer soccer camp July 13th-17th from 9am-12pm Monday-Friday. The camp will be held here at HC on middle school soccer field.
The camp is hosted by Coach Hayers and the rest of the HC soccer coaching staff, as well as several guest coaches from various colleges and professional teams.
To register, or for additional info, email Coach Hayers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Basketball Camp 2015
4/27/2015 10:23:58 AM
Holy Cross will be hosting their annual Holy Cross basketball camp this summer during the week of Monday July 13th - Friday July 17th from 8am-3pm. Aftercare will be provided from 3-4:45 for those interested. This camp is for boys and girls from ages 5 to 13. The camp will take place in the Holy Cross Student Center. Cost for the camp is $150 per camper ($165 with aftercare). Lunch, snacks, and drinks available for purchase daily. To register click the link below.
To register and view flyer click here
STEM CAMP 2015
4/24/2015 2:21:11 PM
Since 2005, Holy Cross has been educating young men in the field of robotics. The school’s teams have won numerous state and regional awards with BEST (Building Engineering Science and Technology) Robotics, VEX Robotics, and VEXIQ Robotics. Robotics helps the young men at Holy Cross School learn how to implement effective problem solving skills in the areas of design, computer programming, and engineering while constructing robots to compete at state, regional and world levels. Through these experiences our young men are choosing to prepare themselves for college and careers in the areas of science, mathematics, technology, and engineering.
In the summer of 2015, Holy Cross will be hosting its 5th annual STEM Camp. Participants will discover Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics during a hands-on, fun-filled adventure. During the week campers will explore MOTION through interactive projects, experiments, computer animations, multi-media presentations, and robotics! The camp will conclude with the campers demonstrating their newly acquired skills for their friends and family members.
Date: July 27 – 31, 2015
Time: 9:00 – 3:00 (Before and After Care Available)
Ages: 8 – 13 years old, Boys and Girls
Cost: $280 ($320 with before and after care)
Before & After Care: 8am – 9am & 3pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Holy Cross Primary School, 5601 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122
Register Online: www.holycrosstigers.com/stem
Are Your Children Interested in Hands-On Science Experiments?
3/25/2015 10:12:49 AM
Mrs. Hooper and Mrs. Lavender will be hosting fun-filled science labs June 29th - July 9th. Anyone interested should view the flyer for more information.
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HC Summer Art Camp
3/24/2015 2:23:44 PM
Holy Cross will hold its annual summer art camp starting in June and continuing through July. For more information view the attached flyer or email Mr. Jason DuMouchel at email@example.com
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