St. Michael High School was honored to have eighteen second generation Warriors in the graduating class of 2023. Click HERE to see all of the pictures of our Second Generation Warriors from the 2023 Baccalaureate Mass.
Andre’ Ricau Bankston and son, Cooper Bankston
Breanne Campagna Curtis and son, Jackson Landry
Will and Eliska Addison Dumas and daughter Lily Dumas
Jason Englert and daughter, Hannah Englert
Annie Comeaux Flatau and daughter CeAnna Flatau
Sarah Gillis and son, Bryson Cannatella
Heather Langlois and daughter, Zoe Capello
Pamela Fleming McLaughlin and daughter, Sydnie McLaughlin
Mary Bahlinger McLellan and son, Cade McLellan
Shane Ortego and daughter, Ella Ortego
Donald and Kelly Gibbs Phillips and daughter, Ava Phillips
Lauren Pichoff and son, Jackson Cambre
Robbie Sheridan Pitre and son, Brennan Pitre
John Raymond and son, Thomas Raymond
Erik and Michelle Creel Smith and daughter, Beverly Smith
Dal Waguespack and daughter, Blythe Waguespack
Brittany Berry Watkins and daughter, Elise Watkins
Patrick and Blair Lee Yarborough and son, Clayton Yarborough
Thank you for continuing the Warrior Legacy.
2023 Warrior Awards Dinner
Congratulations to our honorees who were presented with awards at the 2023 Warrior Awards Dinner at Ruffino's on May 23rd. We are so thankful for each of our honorees for their service and commitment to St. Michael High School.
Myra Patureau-Wall of Honor Inductee
Myra has dedicated more than 40 years to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, 11 of which were at St. Michael High School. From 2000-2011, Myra served as the Principal and Assistant Principal at St. Michael and was instrumental in advancing many of our athletic facilities as well as implemented our 1:1 computer program for students. Through the years, Myra has served on many boards and organizations including the National Catholic Educators Association and the Diocesan Principals Association. She currently resides in Baton Rouge and is serving as a realtor for Edie Sotor Realty, LLC.
Chris Keagle-Wall of Honor Inductee
As a graduate of the Class of 2004, Chris Keagle was a multi-sport student athlete during his time at St. Michael. His success as a Warrior carried on to his college years where he became a four-year letterman and two-time, first team All-WAC punter at Louisiana Tech University. Following his time at Tech, Chris took a position at Washington State University as a graduate assistant coach. He now resides in Louisiana with his three children and is an HRIS software account executive for Paylocity.
Maddie Newchurch Button-Alumni of the Year
Maddie was a member of the graduating class of 2016 and has continued to remain involved in St. Michael High School since graduation. As a proud alumna, she understands the importance of giving back to her alma mater. Maddie can be seen throughout the year at various school events such as student retreats, athletic events, and the March for Life. Maddie resides in Baton Rouge with her husband and currently works at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital as registered nurse.
Courtney Moore-Warrior Sword Award
or the past ten years, Courtney has generously volunteered her services to many programs at St. Michael High School. As an active member of the Warrior Club, Courtney has held many positions on the board and various athletic committees. Courtney lives in Louisiana with her husband and three daughters and is the co-owner and business manager of Integrity Controls and Instrumentation.
As St. Michael Warriors, students are called to Seek the Truth, Live the Faith, and Serve like Christ. Each year, there are students who go above and beyond the call to serve like Christ in both our school and our local community. We would like to recognize those students who have responded to this call to by completing above the minimum requirement of service hours for the 2022-2023 school year.
The St. Teresa of Calcutta Christian Service Award recipient has also been named. This award is presented to a student who has embodied the call to serve like Christ throughout their high school career. They do not just serve to meet requirements but do so out of love for their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Our award recipient this year stands out for having a true heart for service and for her work in the humble spirit of Mother Teresa. She daily sees the needs of others and has a history of meaningful service to church, school, and community, even in the midst of Covid restrictions. This year she stands out for being one of the first students to spearhead a program in conjunction with her senior social justice project and the first student to bring visits and activities back to nursing home patients after long shutdowns. Her program, Friends Across the Ages, brought the presence of young people back to a local nursing home. This program not only encouraged her peers to return to nursing home ministry, but she also met the physical and spiritual needs of elderly residents through planning and coordinating visits that included hands on and interactive activities, music, the presence of Deacon Michael, and a planned Bible study for residents. Her work is outstanding and serves as an inspiration. We are proud to present the St. Teresa of Calcutta Christian Service Award to Makayla Bonanno.
The Bronze Award is presented to students who have completed 10 or more hours over the requirement. The Bronze Award recipients are:
Jacob Arton, Ashton Aucoin, Jeanne Bailey, Brett Bencaz, Hayden Bessonette, Angelina Betbeze, Kennedi Blair, Evan Broussard, Elizabeth Brumfield, Isabella Bull, Christopher Campbell, Luke Campbell, Macy Collins, Liam Cunningham, Tyson Daigle, Abigail DeAngelo, Natalie Do, Nicholas Drez, Gabriella Ducharme, Quin Dukaric, Carys Durnin, Canon Edgecombe, Kendyl Edwards, Brenna Fisher, John Fitzmorris, Braeden Fox, Blaise Fox, Ashlyn Gitz, Ashlynn Harper, Connor Harris, Angelle Higgins, Kaylee Holmes, Aiden Horton, Ashlynn Howell, Hayden Knapps, Brynnan Kuber, Ainsley Lagarde, Gavin Landry, Abby Lanoux, Makayla Laudun, Anna LeBlanc, Henna Lee, Hays Marrioneaux, Gage McDaniel, Evan McNabb, Anna Medine, Aiden Medine, Joshua Miller, William Mondello, Derrick Morris, Owen Naquin, Kenneth Nguyen, Tu-Quyen Nguyen, Quynh Nhi Nguyen, Ryan Noel, Kylie Ostrander, Ashlyn Peters, Andrew Phillips, Olivia Pinell, Brynne Rabalais, Thomas Raymond, Conor Reynolds, Ashton Richardson, Colleen Roberts, Blaine Rodrigue, Audrey Rudge, Nathan Saylor, Taylor Smith, Vincent Sotor, Jansen Stevens, Kaylin Taffaro, Meredith Taliaferro, Dylan Tate, Alex Thibodeaux, Brady Thornhill, Calder Tram, Sammy Tramonte, Ricardo Verduzco, Samantha Vicknair, Alex Vidaurre, Katherine Vu, Alexis Wagner, Blythe Waguespack, Aubrey Waguespack, Andrew Watts, Evelyn White, Kristian Wilson, Allyson Zylicz
The Silver Award is presented to students who have completed 25 or more hours over the requirement. The Silver Award recipients are:
Ella Adcock, Cooper Bankston, Nicole Benigno, Joshua Bertrand, Robin Billings, Canyon Blank, Makayla Bonanno, Matthew Bonnecaze, Jackson Boudreaux, Adison Bourg, Kameron Bowie, Emily Breaux, Grant Brouillette, Madeline Brown, Sean Brown, Makenzie Clark, Chloe Clement, Emma Collett, Marguerite Collier, Lauren Crow, Kate DeAngelo, Ryleigh Dedon, Angelique Deville, Audrey Doming, Rylie Evans, Sayla Fogos, Jordan Fox, Harrison Fruge, Jillian Gallinaro, Abigail Guidry, Jude Hardie, Cameron Hart, Khy Harvey, Jacob Jean, Benjamin Jones, Kaiden Klock, Emily Larzelere, Annabelle Lejeune, Daniel Manchester, Ashlynn McVea, Lucas Miller, Collin Millet, Ella Ortego, Isabella Ortiz, Mia Scott, Kyla Sutton, Nicholas Taffaro, Gracie Thomas, Vivian Truong, Ryan Verinder, Riley Williams, Avery Williamson, Madyson Yoder
The Gold Award is presented to students who have completed 50 or more hours over the requirement. The Gold Award recipients are:
Lee Balart, Ava Barnett, Rebecca Dardis, Rachel Dardis, Cara Delacruz, Hannah Englert, Annemarie Froeba, Isabel Froeba, Megyn Gauthier, Will Godberry, Mary Katherine Gravois, Faith Gremillion, Chloe Hall, Riley Harshbarger, Sophia Jean, Lucy Kyle, Addison Latona, Luke Leger, Lucas LeJeune, Briar Lott, Caroline Lucas, Grace McGibboney, Anh-Tu Nguyen, Trieu Nguyen, Emily Ponson, Victoria Provost, Catherine Sanchez, Stephen Sclafani, Olivia Thibodeaux, Allison Turner, Allie Waguespack, Elise Watkins, Addison Watkins
St. Michael High School would like to Congratulate Mrs. Patty Fell on her retirement after 36 years of service as a Warrior! From teaching clothing & textiles, food & nutrition, child development, and adult responsibilities to coaching the flag and powerlifting teams for many years, there is not much on which Mrs. Fell has not left her mark.
One of the biggest staples that Mrs. Fell has brought to St. Michael is her annual fashion show with her clothing and textiles students. She will host her last show on Friday, April 28th, 2023 in the St. Michael Multipurpose Gym where her students will showcase their talents and skills that they learned in her class. Although we are incredibly sad to see her go, we are so excited for her to start enjoying her retirement. Congratulations Mrs. Fell and thank you for touching so many lives during your many years as a Warrior!
Let's give a big Warrior Congratulations to this year's Mother Seton Award Recipient, Megan Grippi!
In 1986, the Diocesan Home and School Association established the Mother Seton Award to honor those individuals who have shared their gifts through exemplary service to school. Megan currently serves as secretary for our Home and School Association and plays an integral role with many of the organization's events: Shadow Days, Tuition Raffle, Parent Boot Camp, Used Uniform Sale, and the Wine and Cheese Parent Welcome. In addition to sharing her talents with the Home and School Association, Megan assists with the March for Life and the Pro-Vita dinners, and decorating lockers for our football team.
Congratulations Megan and thank you for all that you do for St. Michael!
Congratulations to the St. Michael Boys Powerlifting team for winning the 2023 Louisiana State Championship.
The 2023 LHSAA State Powerlifting Championships were held at the Louisiana of Louisiana at Lafayette on March 25, 2023. This year's team is the first powerlifting team in the school’s history to win the state championship with a winning score of 44 Points. See below for the individual placements.
114 wt class Sammy Tramonte 1st – 7pt
123 wt class Hadly carter 2nd -5pt
132 wt class Richard dang 4th- 3pt
148 wt class Calder tram 3rd-4pt
148 wt class Grayson Aguillard 6th-1pt
165 wt class Andy Thai 3rd-4pt
165 wt class Peyton Scott 6th-1pt
181 wt class Gavin Knapps 2nd-5pt
198 wt class Matthew Beall 5th-2pt
220 wt class Bennett Blank 2nd-5pt
242 wt class Emilio Perez 1st-7pt
The Warriors broke 11 school records in the squat, bench or deadlift divisions.
Click HERE to check out some pictures from this year's event!
Thank you to all of those who made our first Taste of Warrior Tailgate event a success! We had a blast tasting yummy food from some of the best restaurants in Baton Rouge, listening to live music performed by Werewolf, bidding on auction items, and most importantly- supporting St. Michael High School!
Congrats to City Pork’s pork and grits for being named “Best Dish.”
Special thanks to our vendors and sponsors for helping make this event possible for us!
Ruffino's Restaurant - Steaks, Seafood, Italian, Proverbial Wine Bistro, City Pork Highland at Perkins, Matherne's Market, Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux, Bistro Byronz, SoLou, Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Cuisine, Mason's Grill, Catering Cajun, LLC, Rice & Roux, Just Wingin It
Gulf Coast Bank (Bar), Shamrock Construction (Tailgate), Manda Fine Meats (Tailgate), Ascension Premier Dental(Logo), Bill Caldwell Insurance Services, Est. 2011(Logo), Coca-Cola (In-Kind), Community Coffee (In-Kind).
On Friday, September 2nd, 2022, St. Michael the Archangel High School held its annual Fall Awards Ceremony honoring our students' accomplishments from the Spring 2022 semester. Over 200 students were recognized in the ceremony for their academic and personal successes, and they truly encompass what it means to be a Warrior. These students have dedicated themselves to their studies, and through diligence and hard work, have achieved a particular goal or reached a designated standard.
Click here to access pictures taken during the ceremony.
Let's give a big Warrior congratulations to the following students on their successes:
Second Generation Scholarship (awarded to students of St. Michael Alumni who stand out academically as well as encompass what it means to be a Warrior): Ashlyn Peters, Olivia Thibodeaux, and Cade McLellan
Carley McCord Scholarship (awarded to a senior who demonstrates many of the qualities late alumna Carley McCord possessed – a deep faith, a strong work ethic, academic achievement, participation in sports and a true love of people and of life) : Meredith Taliaferro
The Woodmen of the World Award (recognizes outstanding proficiency in American History): Emma Collett
Barefoot Pedals Scholarship (awarded to a senior student who is a member of the student ministry team or band and exemplify Jeffery David Nola’s quiet leadership, spirituality, commitment to academic success and a skill in playing a musical instrument): Kaylee Holmes and Allison Turner
Robert A. Bogan Award (awarded to a St. Michael sophomore who values the gift of a Catholic education, strives for academic excellence, and lives out his/her faith in their daily lives): Avery Vavasseur
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Scholarship (awarded to a junior on the basis of scholarship, leadership and community service in honor of alumnus, Jim Broussard): Annemarie Froeba
Kay Rabalais Scholarship (awarded to a senior student based upon his/her volunteer work during the junior year and his/her academic record in honor of late alumna, Kay Rabalais): Braeden Fox
Leadership Scholarship (awarded to a student who is involved in their school community, leads by example and exhibits excellence in their daily life): Derrick Morris, Jr.
First Honors Academic Letter Recipients:
Carolina Alvarez, Nathan Beall, Evan Broussard, Madison Broussard, Drew Bruno, William Caldwell IV, Samantha Calix, Connor Cornett, Rylee Curtis, Gabrielle Distefano, Madalyn Dubnansky, Kendyl Edwards, Isabel Froeba, Jillian Gallinaro, Caroline Gremillion, Riley Harshbarger, Sophia Jean, Audrey Lanoux, Emily Larzelere, Addison Latona, Ella Lawrence, Alyse LeBlanc, Miley Macdonald, Aidan Medine, Owen Naquin, Alexander Ocmond, Kaylin Taffaro , Ada Waguespack, Evelyn White, Avery Williamson, Claire Ashford, Ava Barnett Matthew Beall, Hayden Bessonet, Emily Breaux, John Paul Breaux, Henry Breeden, Elizabeth Brumfield, Luke Campbell, Makenzie Clark, Jackson Cummings, Ronald Kien Dang, Rachel Dardis, Grace Denison, Arthur Donaldson IV, Mary Kathryn Gravois, Audrey Hair, Caden Hannie, Katherine Klumpp, Abigail Kraemer, Hays Marionneaux, Hannah McQuiddy, Julia Miller, Lucas Miller, Abigail Morrison, Emily Naquin, Angel Ngo, Nikki Normand, Nikolas Pforr, Victoria Provost, Andrew Rhodes, Andrew Richard, Colleen Roberts, Dalton Rufini, William Simpson III, Jansen Stevens, Isabel Tram, Vivian Truong, Alexander Vidaurre, Reilly Wilks, Cooper Bankston, Isabella Bull, Macy Collins, Lauren Crow, Liam Cunningham, Richard-Tri Dang, Cara Isabelle Delacruz, Hannah Englert, Madelyn Fitch, Will Godbery, Brady Hatcher, Kaylee Holmes, Ashlynn Howell, Hayden Knapps, Jackson Landry, John Latona, Christian Martin, Miranda Martone, Anna Medine, Joshua Miller, Anh-Tu Nguyen, Austin Pearson, Olivia Pinell, Emily Ponson, Ashton Richardson, Alexander Rodriguez, Sophia Santoro, Reese Stelly, Andrew Tran, Allie Waguespack, Anna Weileman, Riley Williams, Chance Young
Chloe Hall, Grace Manuel, Katelyn O'Brien, Luke Raymond, Samuel Tramonte, Lee Balart, Blaise Fox, Annemarie Froeba, Gavin Landry, Monica Levron, Andrew Rhodes, Nicole Benigno, Bennett Blank, Emma Collett, Angelique Deville, Braeden Fox, Jordan Hannie, Jonathan Harper, Anh-Tu Nguyen, Beverly Smith, Allyson Zylicz
30+ Club (Students who score a 30 or higher on the ACT): Lee Balart and Gavin Landry
3+ Jump (Students who improved their ACT composite score by 3 or more points):
Brennan Collins, Colin Grippi, Hayden Knapps, Denora Phan, Olivia Pinell, Reese Stelly, Meredith Taliaferro, Andrew Tran, Christian Vavasseur, Anna Weileman
6+ Jump (Students who improved their ACT composite score by 6 points): Samantha Vicknair
National Honor Society Induction:
Lee Balart, Ava Barnett, Matthew Beall, Hayden Bessonet, Emily Breaux, John Paul Breaux, Elizabeth Brumfield, Mackenzie Clark, Macy Collins, Elise Cormier, Jackson Cumming, Ronald Dang, Rachel Dardis, Grace Denison, Angelique Deville, Arthur Donaldson IV, John Fitzmorris, Blaise Fox, Annemarie Froeba, Mary Kathryn Gravois, William Harrison, Kaylee Holmes, Angela Huynh, Kaiden Klock, Katherine Klumpp, Abigail Kraemer, Gavin Landry, Monica Levron, Hays Marionneaux, Miranda Martone, Hannah McQuiddy, Joshua Miller, Julia Miller, Lucas Miller, Emily Naquin, Baylie Patt, Austin Pearson, Nicholas Pforr, Victoria Provost, Andrew Rhodes, Ashton Richardson, Colleen Roberts, Sophia Santoro, Olivia Thibodeaux, Isabel Tram, Andrew Tran, Vivian Truong, Reilly Wilks
The St. Michael Warrior Awards Dinner was celebrated Wednesday night honoring three outstanding members of the Warrior community. Congratulations to Mr. James Baldridge (Warrior Sword Award), Mr. Stephen deBessonet (Wall of Honor), and Michael Schillage ‘06 (Alumni of the Year).
The St. Michael High School class of 2022 was celebrated at the annual Baccalaureate Mass on Wednesday evening. Several seniors were recognized for their academic excellence, dedication to service, and leadership over their four years as a Warrior.
The presentation of awards began with a salutatory address from the class of 2022 salutatorian, James Balart. "During the last four years, we have been given all the tools we need to face an uncertain future without fear and with a security that comes from our Catholic faith,” he shares. “The book of Joshua tells us, ‘Do not fear nor be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’ As we start a new chapter in our lives, let us remember that no matter what happens, God is with us, and we are never alone.”
Congratulations to the 2022 St. Michael High School Valedictorian, Caroline Adolph, and the 2022 St. Michael High School Salutatorian, James Balart!
St. Michael High School celebrated its annual Service Mass this morning and honored students for their standardized testing achievements and excellence in service.
Several St. Michael students were inducted into the ACT 30+ club. Congratulations to the following students for achieving a composite score of 30 or higher on the ACT test: Cooper Bankston, Bennett Blank, Isabella Bull, Emma Collett, Lauren Crow, Angelique Deville, Madelyn Fitch, Braeden Fox, Will Godbery, John Latona, Christian Martin, Anh-Tu Nguyen, Ashton Richardson, Beverly Smith, Allie Waguespack, Allyson Zylicz, Blaise Fox, and Andrew Rhodes. Camille Hardee from the class of 2021 also received this honor. The ACT Achievement Award was also presented to 31 students who have improved by 3 or more points on the ACT.
Additionally, the St. Teresa of Calcutta award was presented to Julia Coffey and Nicholas Johnson. This award is presented to one male and female who have embodied the call to serve like Christ throughout their high school careers. Over 125 students were also presented with awards for going above and beyond the minimum requirement of service hours for the 2021-2022 school year.
St. Michael senior, Taylor Cuccia, officially signed with the LSU Tiger Girls dance team yesterday morning. Taylor is a member of the St. Michael track and field team, the spirit club, the ambassadors, the BETA club, and the National Honor Society. She has danced competitively for the Center Stage Performing Arts Academy for the past seven years and maintains above a 4.0 GPA.
Wax was a key leader on the St. Michael High School varsity volleyball team over the last four years, mostly playing the position of outside hitter and serving as a team captain during her senior year. She is a two-time All-District Honorable Mention player and two-time letterman. She has accumulated over 250 kills and 100 aces in just her last two years as Warrior volleyball player. She was also a 3-year member of the basketball team and a member of the track and field team during her junior year.
St. Michael juniors enjoyed a day of reflection, renewal and prayer on campus during their retreat on Tuesday. The day’s theme “serve like Christ,” allowed the soon-to-be seniors on campus to contemplate the importance of acting as role models with courage and compassion.
St. Michael senior Anthony Igiede signed his college letter of intent to play basketball for Southern Arkansas University last week. Igiede was a key leader on the St. Michael High School varsity team over the last four years, mostly playing the position of forward, although he is versatile enough to play shooting guard as well. Despite suffering an injury at the beginning of the season, he still managed to become part of the exclusive 1,000-point club this year. He is a two-time All-District player as well as an All-State Honorable Mention qualifier. He is also a frontrunner in the classroom, averaging above a 3.5 GPA over his four years as a Warrior.
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St. Michael sophomores spent a day in retreat this week at St. John the Evangelist in Plaquemine. The day’s theme of “Persevere,” inspired by Romans 12-12, speaks on preserving in prayer and focused on the charism of “fides,” or living the faith.
The St. Michael Alumni Office and Counseling Department hosted their annual career day for all students on Tuesday, March 15, for the first time since before Covid two years ago. More than 75 professional men and women attended the event, including 50 Warrior alumni. Students chose four 30-minute professional presentations to learn about different career paths and what they entail. Options ranged from business and restaurant entrepreneurship to engineering and nursing.
St. Michael High School added multimedia and broadcasting to its already well-rounded list of class electives over the 2021-2022 school year. Now in its second semester, the class is well underway with event livestreams and a preliminary YouTube broadcasting channel.
St. Michael Warriors and students from around the diocese celebrated life with several activities last week in lieu of the usual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The pro-life week began with a full overnight lock-in, “Vigil for Life” experience, on St. Michael’s campus held January 15 - 16. The event, themed “Light has Dawned,” hosted over 200 students from seven different schools, and the Mercedarian Sisters as well as the Dominican sisters who flew in from Nashville, TN. Several priests and speakers were present throughout the weekend also.
Congratulations to Mindy Jones on being named the 12th grade Diocesan Student of the Year! Mindy will represent the Diocese of Baton Rouge in the state competition for the Louisiana Student of the Year.
Lead by Head Coach Drew Hart ‘92 since 2007, the team began this season with a handful of momentous victories over some tough opponents, including a win over the U-High Cubs, a feat that has not been accomplished since 2014. Unfortunately, since the start of the 2021-22 season, the team has faced a few obstacles, including an ankle injury by leading senior and college prospect, Anthony Igiede. But there is a silver lining, according to Coach Hart, who mentions that this group possesses the highest averaged team GPA (at a 3.5) since his time as the Head Coach.
Congratulations to St. Michael High School chemistry teacher Lorenzo Foster who was named the High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year by the American Chemical Society! He will be honored at the ACS Awards Dinner later this spring in Baton Rouge. Click to read more.
St. Michael's seniors spent a day in retreat this week at Camp Living Waters in Loranger, LA. The day’s theme of “Put on Love,” inspired by Colossians 3:12-14, allowed students to dive deeply into understanding God’s love in all areas of life. Click here to read more.
Congratulations to St. Michael High School's 2021-22 Student of the Year, Mindy Jones! The SMHS Student of the Year is chosen based on academic achievement, leadership activities, and evidence of service and citizenship efforts. Mindy will now compete for the Diocesan Student of the Year, the winner of which will compete at the state level.
Senior soccer player Margaret “Maggie” Denison signed her national letter of intent with Southeastern University on Wednesday.
Originally a volleyball player in middle school, Maggie says her interest in soccer developed around 6th grade after watching her younger sister succeed in the sport. “I began playing soccer because I saw my little sister playing so well and getting a lot of attention for it. So, I joined the Baton Rouge Soccer Club and enjoyed it immediately,” she explains. “I was on the second level team for just a year before I moved to the top playing level.”
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Alumnus AJ Fletcher ‘15 reached a competitive milestone that not many athletes can attest to by joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship league in August of this year. Fletcher is hoping to have his first professional UFC fight scheduled by the end of 2021. He will compete in the Welterweight (170 lbs.) division. Click to read more about AJ's story!
St. Michael's class of 2025 spent a day in retreat last week at St. John the Evangelist Church. As freshmen, this was their first high school class retreat. The day's theme, “Becoming a Warrior for Christ,” focused on the St. Michael charisms Veritas, Fides, and Ministerium.
Two St. Michael High School seniors, James Balart and Anthony “Dawson” Latona, were named 2021-22 National Merit Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Approximately 16,000 Semifinalist high school students across the nation are announced before National Merit Scholarships are offered to Finalists. Congratulations boys!
The St. Michael class of 2025 voted on their student council representatives in August. Congratulations to Sean Brown, President; Serenity Harris, Vice President; Isabel Froeba, Secretary; and Owen Naquin, Treasurer.
This morning, students and faculty gathered to celebrate the efforts and hard work of our student body by recognizing those who have excelled in the areas of service and academics. These students have dedicated themselves to their studies, and through diligence and hard work, have achieved a particular goal or reached a designated standard. Congratulations to all our students on their hard work and perseverance during the 2020-21 school year!
Congratulations again to all our 2021 St. Michael High School graduates! Check out what our Co-Valedictorians, Charlotte Balart & Abigail McCurry, had to say about their experiences as Warriors over the last four years here!
The St. Michael High School class of 2021 was celebrated at the annual Baccalaureate Mass last week. Several students were recognized for their academic excellence, dedication to service, and leadership over their four years as Warriors.
The presentation of awards began with a salutatory address from the class of 2021's salutatorian, Emalie Manuel. "Although we did not have a 'normal' senior year, we managed to push through and maintain positive attitudes," she shares. "These past four years, we have grown in many aspects whether physically, academically, emotionally, or spiritually by growing closer to God and our faith."
To view a list of all awards, click here.
Last week, St. Michael students voted on the 2021-22 student council representatives and executive board.
The 2021-22 student body president will be Julia Clark and the student body vice president will be James Balart. Other executive senior members include Madeline de Vries as parliamentarian, Lindsey Hunt as secretary, Margaret Perrien as treasurer, Sarah Gil as historian, and Nick Johnson as chaplain.
On Monday, St. Michael juniors enjoyed a day of reflection, renewal and prayer during their annual class retreat. The day’s theme “Serve like Christ,” allowed the soon-to-be seniors on campus to contemplate the importance of acting as role models with courage and compassion.
Juniors had the chance to observe multiple speakers, work creatively, and play games. Girls and boys also had extended breakout sessions to explore calls to serve in future vocations. At the end of the day, students gathered for Eucharistic Adoration together as a class in the St. Michael gym and heard a powerful witness by Andrew Hundley from the Louisiana Parole Project.
St. Michael sophomore Anh-Tu Nguyen unveiled his remarkable artistic talents at the St. Michael art show in April. Along with his impressive drawing skills Anh-Tu is also quite the pianist, showcasing his musical talents at most St. Michael liturgies on campus. Additionally, he is a member of the creative writing club, the reading Warriors club, the BETA club, as well as student council, where he served as homeroom representative this school year. As only a sophomore, he has already enrolled in eight honors classes and boasts over a 4.5 GPA. Click to read more!
This afternoon, St. Michael senior Lance Williams signed his letter of intent to play basketball for Xavier University in New Orleans. Lance was a key leader on the St. Michael varsity team over the last three years, mostly playing the position of point guard, though he is versatile enough to play shooting guard as well. He is a three-time All-District player, and two-time Defensive MVP as well as a two-time All-State Honorable Mention qualifier and All-Metro player. One of Lance’s biggest accolades has been joining the exclusive 1,000-point club. In the history of St. Michael basketball, only 11 other players have conquered this feat.
St. Michael senior Katherine Varnado was officially accepted into the United States Naval Academy! With an acceptance rate only slightly above 8%, Katherine received an exclusive phone call from Congressman Garret Graves to inform her of the news while she was at school. Katherine is the only female in the state to be granted this honor.
She plans to major in biological engineering and assume the Officer position of a Marine (of which only 6% are women) after graduation, where she will lead and oversee operations of newly enlisted military members. She will also be a member of the Naval track and field team.
Alumnus Alex Landry ‘17 received the Agent of Change Award at the 2021 Love Purple Live Gold Award Ceremony on April 6. This accolade, which recognizes an LSU student who uses strong leadership skills to identify existing social issues and advocate for change through programs or service opportunities that educate and engage the LSU community, was presented by LSU’s Campus Life Committee.
Landry, who is also President of Alpha Epsilon Delta (LSU’s premedical honor’s society), implemented a program called “Pandemic Peers” at the start of the 2020-21 school year. The program, which partners AED upperclassmen with freshmen in the Science Residential College, is meant to help guide incoming students through the premedical process as well as give them a chance to meet new people.
Coach Zach Leger ‘03 has been named the new Head Football Coach for St. Michael the Archangel High School beginning in the 2021 season. Along with 10 years of coaching experience, Coach Leger also has extensive play time in the sport from his time as a Warrior and his time as an offensive lineman for the University of Louisiana, making him a standout choice for the position.
St. Michael Senior Captures Multiple Wrestling Championships, Prepares for U.S. Army after Graduation
St. Michael senior Shad Sheffie had never touched a wrestling mat in his life until he stepped onto St. Michael High School’s campus. Four years later he is a two-time State Champion. In the final weeks of his senior year, he is also busy preparing physically and mentally to join the 11X Infantry in the United States Army directly after graduation.