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Jesuit student Rogers scores perfect 36 on ACT


William “Caleb” Rogers, a Jesuit senior scored a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT. Less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT – nearly 2.1 million of 2016 graduates – earns the top score. He is the son of Paul and Perry Rogers of New Orleans and a member of Jesuit’s competitive club teams, Quiz Bowl and Academic Games, and is also involved in Junior Sodality and the Student Council. President of the Spanish Club, he also serves as co-captain of the Ultimate Frisbee Club and member of the Disc Golf Club. The composite score is the average of the four subset scores in English, mathematics, reading and science.

Dominican students participate in NBA All-Stars Day of Service Junior Journalism Program



St. Mary’s Dominican High School students Brogan Hausknecht, Madeline Puente, Jailyn Heisser, Stephanie Mayer, Lauren Nguyen, Morgan Forshag and Claire Dinwiddie participated in the Feb. 17 National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Stars Day of Service Junior Journalism Program.

They were among 12 local students selected to serve as credentialed media for the NBA Day of Service at William Hart Elementary School in Gretna where NBA players and coaches joined 500 volunteers to build a playground in partnership with KaBOOM! In 2008, the NBA started Day of Service in New Orleans was started in response to Hurricane Katrina.

The students were assigned story ideas, photo assignments and conducted interviews with NBA players and Commissioner Adam Silver. Stories and photos were published on JRNOLA –http://jrnola.com/category/nbacares/.

"This program gave our students real world experience as reporters.  In that pressured environment, they wrote wonderful news stories.  I am so proud of them,” said Kristin Thomas, English teacher and STAR newspaper adviser at St. Mary's Dominican where these students are on staff.

Three Dominican students competed at French Convention in Lafayette


St. Mary’s Dominican High School French Club moderator Joan Rupp with club members Andrea Garces, Jessica Wallesverd and Emilie Wensel.


Garces, Wallesverd and Wensel competed at the French Convention in Lafayette hosted by Association Louisianaise des Clubes Francaises des Ecoles Secondaires (ALCFES). Wensel took second place in the spelling bee, and Garces received a scholarship to study in Mons, Belgium, this summer.

ALCFES is an association of high schools in Louisiana dedicated to the education, preservation and calibration of French in the state. The association works closely with Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), the office of Franco Affaires for the State of Louisiana. to work toward the creation of an eco-system that permits the development of French in the economic, educational, cultural and professional sectors and in which Louisiana’s French and Creole speakers are valorized in their cultural and linguistic identity.