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Cabrini High President Ardley Hanemann to Retire
10/7/2015 7:06:12 PM
The Holy Cross family would like to congratulate the president of Cabrini High School, Mr. Ardley Hanemann, Jr. on his upcoming retirement. Mr. Ardley announced on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the school year. Mr. Hanemann has led the all-girls' Bayou St. John Catholic school since 2004, officials said. He was at the helm when Cabrini reopened swiftly after Hurricane Katrina.
Before coming to Cabrini, Hanemann worked at Jesuit High and in advertising and public relations.
The school's board is searching nationally for a new president. Hanemann said he would stay on as a consultant to run an unspecified special project and to help his replacement get settled
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Homecoming Dance Information
10/2/2015 10:43:39 AM
The Homecoming Dance will be held Saturday October 24th at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La from 8pm - 11pm. The dance is open to all 8th - 12th grade Holy Cross students and their dates. The cost of the dance is $40 per couple or $25 for an individual ticket (cash or checks made payable to Holy Cross). All tickets will be purchased in the Student Activities office starting two weeks before the dance. Students will be required to have their ticket for entrance into the dance. Any ticket lost before the dance will be the responsibility of the student. For information on the dress code policy click the link below and read the rules for semi-formal attire. Email Mr. Ferry for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Holy Cross' 2015 Homecoming Court
10/7/2015 8:09:30 AM
Congratulations to the following young ladies for being named to Holy Cross' 2015 Homecoming Court:
Pictured Top Left - Ariel Waterman
Pictured Bottom Left - Caroline Cannon
Pictured Left Center - Bailyn Bender
Pictured Right Center - Emily Battaglia
Pictured Top Right - Gabriella Ayala
Pictured Bottom Right - Haley Caluda
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Holy Cross Hall of Fame Inductees
10/6/2015 12:53:49 PM
On Friday, October 9, 2015 in a pregame ceremony at 6:30pm before the HC/Rummel football game, Holy Cross will present the inaugural members of the Holy Cross Hall of Fame. Join the HC community as we recognize these individuals for their exceptional athletic achievement, leadership and outstanding contributions these HC Men have made both on and off the field. Their diligence and hard work serve as examples to all that know them.
Congratulations to the inaugural members of the HC Hall of Fame:
Michael Calamari ’60
Lou Carboni ’68
Vic Eumont ’64
Earl Schneider ’55
Billy Truax ’60
Barry Wilson ’64
Lou Deutschman ’53
Butch Duhe ’67
Joe Heap ’51
Hank Lauricella ’48
Brother Melchior Polowy C.S.C.
Nominations and nomination packets for the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees will be available soon.
Art I Students Build Outdoor Sculptures in Timed Contest
10/6/2015 10:49:12 AM
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Saints Have a Special Honorary Captain for Their Big Game Against Dallas
10/5/2015 8:32:22 PM
Congratulations to Mrs. Shelly Raynal, Holy Cross mom and Public Relations Director, for being chosen as the New Orleans Saints Honorary Captain for last night's game against the Cowboys. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Saints chose Mrs. Raynal for her determination, courage, and strength in battling, AND BEATING, breast cancer twice. Obviously Mrs. Raynal was a good luck charm for the Saints as they took home their first win. Maybe they should have her do the coin toss every week!
On behalf of your entire Holy Cross family, we love you!
'05 Holy Cross Football Team Featured in The Press Democrat Newspaper
10/5/2015 2:29:13 PM
Three pairs of shorts, three shirts and three pairs of underwear. “That’s all I had,” said Cass Hargis. Hargis was a 17-year-old high school senior and captain of the Holy Cross High School football team in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina drowned his family home just outside of New Orleans, drowned his school in the Lower Ninth Ward and drowned just about everything he owned in this world.
So when I called Hargis in Gentilly, La., last week and told him about the deadly Valley fire in Lake County and asked if I could talk to him about recovery and rebuilding after tragedy, he paused. “We know a thing or two about that,” he said. I asked Hargis, now the baseball coach at his alma mater, if he had any advice for the students at Middletown, scores of whom lost their homes but who made their way back to school last week. He paused again. “They are not alone. At all,” he said. And then he said something else. “It gets better,” he said. “At some point, they’re going to look back at this time in life and almost be grateful. It opens your eyes, shows you what is important and what is really not.”
Hargis and his younger brother played football for Holy Cross, an all-boys Catholic school founded in 1879. After Katrina, Hargis evacuated from his Meraux home to Bossier City, 340 miles north of New Orleans, then to Dallas, then to Natchitoches, La., then to Loranger, La., where the family moored an RV and called it home for months.
But before that, Hargis had stopped in Natchitoches (think “Steel Magnolias”) and enrolled at St. Mary’s School. He even joined the football team. Then his phone rang. “When Coach Wilson called, it wasn’t, ‘Are you coming back to school?’ It was, ‘If we get a football team, are you coming?’?” Hargis said. “If we would not have had a football team, we would not have had school.” “Football is king down here,” Hargis added. “If you put a football team on the field, it showed everybody else we are still here, we are still alive.”
So for what seemed the millionth time in just weeks, Hargis packed his bags again. Ask the coach, ask the admissions director, ask the team captain at Holy Cross and they all say the same thing. If the football team had folded that season, a century-old school would have folded right along with it. “It was just to keep us in existence,” said Barry Wilson, the school’s head football coach in 2005 and now its athletic director. “The kids needed that, the competition, to play, to look forward to something other than the misery that was going on around them.”
It was the same thing I heard from Middletown High principal Bill Roderick. I called him in those frightening early days of the fire to ask him about his destroyed home, about school, about recovery. Roderick, a former football coach, kept turning the conversation to sports. Maybe it’s because I’m a sports writer, but I think it’s more likely because Roderick, like Wilson and Hargis before him, saw the lifeline sports can give kids. The lifeline sports can give a community.
When the Middletown cross country team showed up to the Viking Opener at Spring Lake Regional Park on Sept. 19, seven days after the Valley fire erupted, it was unclear what they would wear, let alone how they would run. But after the tragedy, showing up was more than half the battle.
Wilson knows that feeling well. “It’s tough, but I tell you what, playing football kept me going. It gave me something to look forward to,” he said.
By the time Wilson came up for air after Katrina, his boys — members of a team that was picked to go deep into the state playoffs in Louisiana’s largest division — were scattered to the wind: California, North Carolina, Texas and all parts of Louisiana. So he got on his phone and started to reel them back in. “I had a lot of families call and cry and say, ‘Hey coach, we’d love to come but we have to see this through,’?” Wilson recalled. “It was a difficult time. I didn’t blame anybody.”
After all, Wilson, like Roderick, couldn’t go home either. He was staying with his brother-in-law in Baton Rouge. Wilson couldn’t exactly sugarcoat his sales pitch. Holy Cross as it had been for more than a century no longer existed — six to 10 feet of muddy water had swamped the campus. So officials moved some 80 miles to the north in Baton Rouge and opened up temporary shop on a campus that ran per usual during the day and housed the Holy Cross students at night.
Football players practiced on a playground in the morning and showered at the YMCA. Those two-hour practices felt normal when the rest of the world did not, Hargis said. The school mascot became the second-string safety. The student body president became the long snapper. Hargis commuted from a loaner RV moored in Loranger, La. When the Tigers suited up against Ouachita High in Monroe, La., a month to the day after Katrina hit, the stadium was packed. The Tigers lost 27-7. But Hargis remembers the packed stands, the faces he hadn’t seen since the storm — all there to see the Tigers play. “I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it,” he said. “We didn’t win the game but just by being there, and showing up and playing people, we won.”
Holy Cross moved yet again that season, this time back to New Orleans in November where they continued to hold classes at night on another school’s campus. In the spring they moved into modular classrooms situated in the shadows of their former school. Hargis and Wilson and admissions director Brian Kitchen laugh when they talk about the craziness they went through that school year. But there is a sprinkle of awe in their voices, too. “Everybody that was at the school was going through the exact same thing,” Hargis said. “We kind of knew what everybody was going through.”
And coaches and teachers were in the same situation, facing the same day-to-day challenges. “Everybody found a way to get it done,” Wilson said. “It all started because football decided to come back.” Hargis now says the storm and the way his senior season played out were the best things that ever happened to him. The Tigers went 4-2 and lost in the first round of playoffs as a wild-card selection — a far cry from their preseason expectations. And through it all, Hargis had no home to go back to and didn’t even set foot in his old neighborhood until after the season ended.
And still, he wouldn’t change a thing. “Us bringing football back? Getting everybody back? We knew that we were going to be OK,” he said. “We knew that somehow, because of what we just did, it was going to work out.” When I talked to Roderick just after the fire, he couldn’t wait to get back to school, to get back to life, to get back to sports. He knew whom the Mustangs played next, when the next home game was scheduled. He couldn’t wait to see the Purple and Gold out on the field, making things normal for a while.
When Middletown suited up last week against Lower Lake, the emotions could have carried the day. The Mustangs won 21-0. On Friday, they beat previously unbeaten Willits 43-8. This from a team that started the season, pre-fire, 0-2.
And next Friday, for the first time since the Valley fire torched at least 1,280 homes and killed four people, the Mustangs will play a game on Bill Foltmer Field in the heart of Middletown. Just beyond the stands the scorched hills will be visible, but so too will the line drawn the night of Sept. 12, when flames burned just to the edge of the school’s athletic fields but were battled back by firefighters.
Some things can’t — won’t — be destroyed. Welcome home, Mustangs.
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Tigers Take Down the Blue Jays 28-21
10/3/2015 12:13:37 AM
Holy Cross middle linebacker Jacques Boudreaux knew what play was coming on fourth down. And he knew it was his job to stop it.
The senior led a charge of three Holy Cross linebackers on a Jesuit fourth-and-goal in the second overtime period to preserve a 28-21 victory over the Blue Jays in the 96th meeting of the Catholic League rivals at Tad Gormley Stadium on Friday night.
After the Tigers (4-1, 2-0) scored on the first play of the second overtime to take a seven-point lead, Jesuit got down to the Holy Cross 4-yard-line on fourth down. “I knew it was coming up the middle,” Boudreaux said. “It was just whether we wanted it bad or not. That’s who was going to win the game.”
Connor Prouet took the handoff and went up the middle like Boudreaux thought. He went untouched for the first 3 yards but was met by Holy Cross linebacker Jack Heidingsfelder at the 1-yard line. Boudreaux and fellow linebacker Chris Collet helped Heidingsfelder push Prouet back to save the victory. “I saw two lead backers go in the hole and then I saw him coming up with the rock,” said Boudreaux who also had a sack and a forced fumble. “Two of us went in and filled the gap and just pushed him back as hard as we can. We just gave it everything to stop him and win this football game.”
Jesuit (2-3, 0-2) twice had a chance to win the game – once in regulation and once in overtime. With nine seconds remaining, the Blue Jays missed a 21-yard field goal wide left from the right hash mark that would have given Jesuit a 17-14 victory. Then, after Prouet scored on the second play of the first overtime, Jesuit forced Holy Cross into a fourth-and-goal from the 11-yard line.
Tigers quarterback Chandler Fields saw a Jesuit rusher coming at him and made him miss and scrambled to his right. He looked and found Bret Carter in the back of the end zone to tie the game at 21. “It was pretty awesome,” Fields said. “I knew I had to make a move. I saw (Carter) get some separation in the back of the end zone so I just threw it up for him and he made a play for me.”
Holy Cross got the ball to start the second overtime and didn’t waste any time in shooting for the end zone a second time. Fields again rolled out to his right and found tight end Tyler Lamm for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Lamm caught the ball around the 3-yard line and stretched over the goal for the score to put Holy Cross up 28-21. “The end zone was the only thing on my mind,” Lamm said. “We had a big chance to score and we executed. That’s what it’s all about – making big plays at big times.”
Fields finished 9-of-14 for 110 yards and three touchdowns and was named the Great American Rivalry Series MVP. But the Tigers leaned on senior leadership in the fourth quarter to get back into the game. Senior quarterback Kyle Schexnayder led Holy Cross on an 18-play, 73-yard, nine-minute 20-second drive that was capped off by a 1-yard run by Ashton Smith with 4:28 to play. Schexnayder helped the Tigers convert five third-down conversions on the drive including a 24-yard scramble on third-and-7 from the Jesuit 45.
The Tigers attempted a field goal from the Jesuit 22 shortly after on fourth down but Jesuit was called for a personal foul on the play giving Holy Cross another chance. Smith ran the ball six times in a row before getting in on third-and-goal. Jesuit coach Mark Songy said the team was trying to score on the final drive before the missed field goal attempt but when they couldn’t, they set up for the potential game-winning kick. Now, the focus turns to digging out of an 0-2 hole in the Catholic League. “We don’t treat one game any more important than the other so that shouldn’t be a problem,” Songy said. “The next game presents its own challenge. We’ll start to deal with that tomorrow morning.”
Holy Cross will take on Rummel next week at Tad Gormley Stadium while Jesuit will play John Curtis at Joe Yennie Stadium.
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Senior Football Players Honor Faculty and Staff
10/2/2015 10:24:42 AM
Today Holy Cross continued its tradition of having the senior varsity football players honor a teacher or staff member with the honor of wearing their game day jersey. The players are asked to pick someone they feel has helped make them the Holy Cross Men they have become. Congratulations to those chosen and thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students.
Tre' Turner Honored Mrs. Cindy Bourque
Chris Bologna honored Dr. Tim Kettenring
Tracy West honored Gavin Sison honored Ms. Dixie Crayton
Alec Lafrance honored Mrs. Susan Morere
Kyle Schexnayder honored Ms. Julianne Watson
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Students Give Back by Donating Blood
10/1/2015 2:20:51 PM
Today the faculty, staff, and student body gave back to the community by donating blood for our annual blood drive in conjunction with the Ochsner Blood Bank. Thank you to everyone who donated and for making a difference.
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Quebedeaux ’16 Receives Award
10/1/2015 9:47:09 AM
Adam Quebedeaux received a special award made possible by one of our Holy Cross alums. Quebedeaux was given this award because of his consistent, hard work in the classroom and co-curricular activities. He is viewed as reliable and dependable, demonstrates qualities of a Holy Cross Man and expressed interest in engineering as a course of college study and career path. Congratulations!
4th Graders Play "CLUE" in Math
10/1/2015 9:45:24 AM
The 4th grade students went to work to find out who "committed a crime." All students were given a clue elimination sheet with locations, school tools and several teachers listed as "suspects." There were numerous math problems including word problems in which students used the math skill presented for this week. They tackled one problem at a time and worked with a partner to come up with the correct answer. With the correct answer in hand, they were given a clue to lead them to the suspect. The "who done it" was Coach Chris, with an eraser, in the Engineering Lab!
Sembera Named Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program
9/30/2015 1:02:26 PM
Holy Cross school is excited to announce that Austin G. Sembera ’16 has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. There are @ 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation that are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Sembera demonstrates outstanding potential for academic success and this recognition will broaden his educational opportunities. On behalf of Dr. Joseph Murry. Jr. and Headmaster DiGange’64, congratulations and good luck in your pursuit of academic success.
Student Standardized Testing Information
9/22/2015 8:37:42 AM
The middle school students at Holy Cross take the ACT Aspire standardized test in April. The ACT Aspire test measures growth and progress from elementary grades through high school in the context of college and career readiness. It assesses students’ knowledge and skills that are critical to ensuring all students receive the support and services necessary to help them succeed in school and life. The information and insights gained from this test will help teachers focus the curriculum to prepare students for success. Students are tested in the areas of English, math, reading, science, and direct writing through multiple question types including constructed response and selected response. This test is anchored by the capstone college readiness assessment, the ACT®.
In addition to the classroom preparations for this test, we will have Tuesday Test Prep during homeroom. The 5th, 6th and 7th graders have been assigned a Holy Cross House – Cross & Anchor, Gazebo, Grotto, Thunder, and Victory Bell. Each week the winning House will wear their House T-shirt (with school pants and shoes) on Wednesday. During Aspire Test week, the House that wins the most test prep competitions will have Breakfast with the Principal.
Students in grades 8th and 9th will take the Aspire test in April. Test prep for these students is imbedded in their core classes through various resources including their Cambridge Test prep materials.
Students in grades 10th and 11th will take the ACT test plus writing at Holy Cross on March 15, 2016. Their teachers will focus on test prep for the ACT plus writing prior to the test date. The Aspire report that is posted to your son’s Portal portfolio includes a five point range of projected ACT scores based on their performance on the 9th and 10th grade Aspire test. Our goal for your son is to reach and surpass the projected score.
In addition to the ACT Aspire tests, the 10th and 11th grade students will take the College Board PSAT test on October 28, 2015. The 10th graders take the test as practice because the junior score is the one that National Merit uses to recognize National Merit Semifinalists.
“The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.”
Students who score in the top 1% of the PSAT are recognized as National Merit Semifinalists. This designation sets them apart from other college applicants. Also, the Holy Cross Board of Directors provides free tuition for the senior year for any Holy Cross student who is named a National Merit Semifinalist by the College Board.
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