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BEAR FACTS II

September 2009 Volume 28, No. 1

Together Again...

In This Issue:

Parents Annual Appeal Kicks Off,

Page 4

Alumni Homecoming Tailgate Set for

September 18, Page 5

Jack Beven ‘79 Forecasts Weather,

Page 8

74th Men’s Club Barbecue a Huge

Success, page 10 - 11

10th Annual Taste Fair Set for

November 8, Page 14

Jumonville ‘10 State Representative at

Boys Nation, Page 16

Open House Set for November 12,

Page 17

CHS - Serving the Baton Rouge Area Since 1894


In the News

’50s

Charles Comeaux Jr. ’54 received the Life

Membership Award from the Society of

Louisiana CPAs, presented to members with an

extensive record of achievement to benefit the

future of CPAs throughout Louisiana.

Dr. Richard Landry ’56 and his wife Christina are

the owners of the Steel Magnolia House, a bed and

breakfast in Natchitoches, La. where some of the

movie “Steel Magnolias” was filmed.

Roger del Rio ’58 and his wife

Jerry celebrated their 50th wedding

anniversary on July 3 with a party

hosted by their children and

spouses. They eloped and were

married July 7, 1959.

| Roger del Rio ’58 John Schneider ’66 was

promoted to the position

of Airport Operations Officer after one

year of employment with the Salt Lake

City Department of Airports.

’70s

Stan Heine ’73, president of Louisiana Electric

Co. in Baton Rouge, has been selected as the

chairman of the Southern States Apprenticeship

Labor/Management Council. The council

recognizes the promotion and the value of

apprenticeship in the construction industry.

John Marino ’78 is a realtor

with the real estate firm

RE/MAX of Baton Rouge. He

has been a top real estate

producer for the past 18

years.

Oscar Cruz ‘79 was

| John Marino ’78

appointed to the Anwar

Shah Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at St. Louis

University. Professors appointed are recognized as

the University’s finest scholars.

Kevin Rivault ’81 has been appointed by Governor

Bobby Jindal to the Advisory Committee of

Perfusion. Rivault is the co-owner of

Louisiana Perfusion Services in Lafayette

and was nominated by the Louisiana

Perfusion Society to serve as a licensed

perfusionist.

William Baird ’87 was named by Ochsner Health

System as the 2008 Physician of the Year in the

Baton Rouge Region. Baird has been employed

with Ochsner since 2002 and is the lead physician

in the Prairieville office. This was the second time

he was nominated for this honor.

| Scott Hensgens ’89

’60s

’80s

Scott Hensgens ’89 has been

named managing partner of

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson.

Hensgens, who has been with the

firm since 1997, will serve as CEO of

the firm and

oversee its

management

and business

operations.

Chris Doerner ’94 graduated

from North Carolina State

University in May with

a Bachelor of Science in | Chris Doerner ’94

’90s

Environmental Technology and a minor in

Environmental Toxicology.

Justin Mascaro ’94 has been named

creative director for K-fx2 Inc., a

conceptual design studio. He previously served as

lead designer.

Dr. Brett Cordes ’95 has

completed his residency

in Ear, Nose, Throat, Head

and Neck Surgery at Baylor

College of Medicine. He is

now practicing at the Center

for ENT in Houston, Tex.

Michael Buchert ’95 is | Dr. Brett Cordes ’95

co-owner of The Rum

House, a new restaurant serving Caribbean food,

which he and his partner opened in New Orleans.

The first-time restaurant owners were featured on

an episode of David Adjey’s TV show, “Restaurant

101,” on Food Network Canada.

Kelly Ponder ’96 is co-owner of The Rum House,

a new restaurant serving Caribbean food, which

he and his partner opened in New Orleans. The

first time restaurant owners were featured on an

episode of David Adjey’s TV show, “Restaurant

101,” on Food Network Canada.

| Dr. Justin

Bonaventure ’00

Dr. Justin

Bonaventure ’00

graduated from

LSU Health Sciences Center in

New Orleans with a Doctorate

of Dental Surgery. He is

practicing with Dr. Michael

Montalbano Jr. ’70.

Father Paul Gros ’00

graduated summa cum

laude from Notre Dame Seminary with a Master

of Divinity on May 20, 2009, and was ordained

to the Sacred Order of the

Priesthood of Jesus Christ by

Bishop Robert Muench. His

first assignment will be as

Parochial Vicar at Immaculate

Conception Church in Denham

Springs.

Grant Guillot ’01 graduated

magna cum laude from the

’00s

| Father Paul Gros

’00

CHS Graduates in LSU Tiger Band

Timothy Kwan ‘06

Adam Landry ‘06

Matthew Menard ‘06

Kyle Vallot ‘06

Allen Beal ‘07

Bryce Bourque ‘07

Aaron Caffarel ‘08

Chris Demas ‘08

Michael Tullier ‘08

Brian Catanzaro ‘09

Nick Corripio ‘09

Nathaniel Lacombe ‘09

Paul M. Hebert Law Center

in May 2009. He is a

member of the Order of

Coif and the Louisiana Law

Review. Guillot published

an article, “Trespassing

through Cyberspace: Should

Wireless Piggybacking

Constitute a Crime or Tort

| Grant Guillot ’01

under Louisiana Law?” He

is serving a one-year appointment as law clerk to

Chief Justice Catherine D. “Kitty” Kimball at the

Louisiana Supreme Court.

Ben Anderson ’01 graduated magna cum laude

with a Juris Doctor from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert

Law Center. He was a member of the Louisiana

Law Review and will be working for Kean, Miller,

Hawthorne, D’Armond, McCowan & Jarman LLP in

Baton Rouge in the area of corporate litigation.

Jason Determann ’01 graduated from the LSU

Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He began

his residency in Orthopedics at the University of

Alabama at Birmingham.

Dale Landry ‘01 graduated from the LSU Health

Sciences Center in New Orleans. He began his

residency in Orthopedics at LSU in New Orleans.

Stephen Sanches ’01 graduated from the LSU

Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He began

his residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in

New Orleans.

Jimmy Vermaelen ’01 graduated from the LSU

Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He began

his residency in Internal Medicine at Earl K. Long in

Baton Rouge.

| Eric Massey ’01

Eric Massey ’01 graduated

from LSU Health Sciences

Center in Shreveport where

he received his Doctorate of

Medicine. He is doing his

residency at West Virginia

University School of Medicine

in Morgantown, W. Va. in

Anesthesiology.

BEAR FACTS II

Bear Facts II is published quarterly by

the Office of Public Relations.

Jan R. Breen, editor

Jennifer J. Knight, assistant editor

Contributors:

Margie Alexander

Angie Allen

David Butler ’77

Barbara Camp

Hal Dupuy ’73

Glen Randow

Debbie Thomas

Joni Owens

We welcome the submission of material for

possible publication. Mailing address:

855 Hearthstone Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

www.catholichigh.org

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In the News

Michael Von Gruben ’02 has been elected as

vice-president of the Senior Class at the LSU Health

Sciences Center School of Dentistry in New Orleans.

He completed a pediatric dentistry externship

with LSU’s pediatric dentist program at Children’s

Hospital in New Orleans.

Ryan Meyer ’04 graduated

from LSU’s College of

Engineering with a B.S. in

Mechanical Engineering. He

accepted the position of Field

Engineer with Band W Fluid

Dynamics in Houston, Tex.

| Ryan Meyer ’04

Ben Bradley ’05 graduated

from Tulane University summa cum laude with a

B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology. He has accepted

a fully funded position at Tulane University School

of Medicine where he will be earning a medical

degree and research doctorate.

Remy Cossé ’05 graduated from the University of

Chicago with a B.S. in mathematics and a minor in

creative writing.

ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS. Members of the 2009-2010 Catholic High School Alumni Association

Board of Directors are first row (l to r) Scott Ritter ’93, Brian Hightower ’97, Monty Buckles ’93, Billy

Bourdier ’55 and Denny Vicknair ‘63. Second row (l to r) are Mark Emonet ’87, Ken Litz ’75, Luke Myers

’97 and Sam Losavio ‘66. Third row (l to r) Randy Guillaume ’97, Steve Maher ’94, Michael Acaldo

’85, Jim Richard ’74, Chris Jones ’95 and Craig Broome ‘93. Fourth row (l to r) Patrick Roquemore

’84; Adam Serrano ’97; Edward Sutton ‘93; Jake Berret ’84; Eddie Samson ’66; David Broussard

’55; Barbara Camp, alumni events coordinator; and Glen Randow, director of alumni relations.

Eric Couper ’05 graduated magna cum laude with

a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in cognitive

studies from Tulane’s Honor College. He was

recognized as one of the “Tulane 34” for exemplary

leadership, service, and academic excellence.

He was accepted into the Janus Honors Society

for leadership, scholarship, honor, service and

commitment to the college. In addition, Eric was

awarded the Edward Ambrose Bechtel Medal for

the senior who has made the most significant

contribution to the extracurricular life at Tulane.

Eric will continue his studies at Columbia University

working toward a Master’s in international

development practice.

Alumni Gather for Reunions

2nd Lt. Sean Gahagan ’05 graduated from the U.S.

Military Academy at West Point on May 23 with a

B.S. in physics honors and a

minor in terrorism studies. He

was commissioned as a second

lieutenant in the U.S. Army

within the Military Intelligence

branch and will report to Fort

Benning, Ga.

| 2nd Lt. Sean

Gahagan ’05

Kevin Hanegan ’05

graduated from LSU with a B.S. in civil engineering.

He will pursue a Master’s

in coastal engineering at Delft University of

Technology in the Netherlands.

Ben McArdle ’05 graduated

from LSU College of Civil

Engineering with magna cum

laude honors. He is working

for the Shaw Group in Baton

Rouge.

Travis Meyer ’06, a fourth

| Ben McArdle ’05

year senior at Louisiana

State University, was accepted into LSU’s School of

Veterinary Medicine.

(Top left) CLASS OF 1969. Class of 1969

were (l to r) Joel Braud, Dennis Lewis,

Clyde Casselberry and Mike Proctor.

(Top right) CLASS OF 1979. Class of

1979 were (l to r) Mark Ashby, Philip

D’Antoni, Miles Williams, Father

Mark Beard and Danny Atkinson.

(Bottom left) CLASS OF 1989. Celebrating

their 20th reunion were (l to r) Philip

Armentor, Nelson Sanchez, Dan Lafayette,

Scott Chenevert and Leo Abel.

(Bottom right) CLASS OF 1999. Class of

1999 were (l to r) Jeremy Fisher, Austin

Richardson and Jarrod Messina.

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Annual Appeal

Parents Annual Giving Event Kicks Off

Eighth and Ninth Grade Parents Gather for Informational Meeting

By Joni Owens

Parents of all incoming 8th

and 9th grade students were

required to attend one of two

presentations titled “Mission vs.

Market” in the CHS Union on

Sunday, August 30 or Tuesday,

September 1. The purpose of

the presentations was to inform

parents of the reason behind

and the importance of our

Parents Annual Giving Event

(PAGE) program. The content

of the presentation focused on

the commitment that CHS has

made to sustain Gospel values

in an ever-changing world.

“The ‘mandatory meeting’

model began in 2008 and

resulted in the most successful

PAGE campaign in the school’s

history. Because of the level

of support received, we were

able to limit tuition increases

for the 2009-2010 school year,

significantly increase money

PAGE CHAIRCOUPLE. Serving as the 2009-2010 PAGE Chaircouple are

(bottom row, l to r) Judith and Joe Kelly, parents of (back row, l to r) Graves

‘10 and Knox ‘08.

budgeted for faculty in-service

training, increase the budget

for instructional technology

by more than 40 percent and

increase faculty and staff

compensation and benefits,”

commented Gene Tullier, CHS

president.

PAGE is an opportunity for

parents to invest and partner in

their son’s education on a taxdeductible

basis. As with all

Brothers of the Sacred Heart

Schools, CHS strives to remain

cost-accessible to as many

families as possible. PAGE gifts

go directly into the school’s

operational budget and are

used to fund many aspects of

the school’s daily operation,

including teachers’ salaries.

The chaircouple for the

2009-10 PAGE program is

Joe and Judith Kelly, parents

of Knox ’08 and Graves ‘10.

Also serving on the PAGE

Leadership Team are Russel

and Valerie Primeaux, senior

class coordinators; Gary and

Debbie Littlefield, junior

class coordinators; Andy ’82

and Suzie Adler, sophomore

class coordinators; Scott and

Kim Elston, freshman class

coordinators; and John and

Kathleen Lovretich, 8th grade

class coordinators.

For more information,

parents can contact the CHS

Office of Advancement at (225)

389-0978.

PAGE Meetings

(Top left) CLASS COORDINATORS. (l to r) CHS

President Gene Tullier and CHS Advancement

Director Hal Dupuy ‘73 thank 8th grade

coordinators Dr. John and Kathleen Lovretich

for their help with the PAGE meeting.

(Top right) PARENTS. Gathered before the PAGE

meeting were CHS parents (from left) Lisa and

Alan Porche, Kerrie Davis and Kathy McManus.

(Bottom left) PACKETS. Karen and

Arnold Schexnayder pick up their

packet from Andy Adler ‘82.

(Bottom right) WELCOME. Gene Tullier (right)

welcomes George Balhoff to the PAGE meeting.

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Homecoming

Alumni Homecoming Tailgate Set for September 18

Presentation of CHS Alumni on LSU Baseball Championship Teams

By Barbara Camp

The Alumni Association

would like to invite all CHS

family and friends to attend

the Seventh Annual Alumni

Homecoming Tailgate Party

on Friday, September 18, 2009

on the east side of Memorial

Stadium from 5 - 6:30 p.m. as

the Bears face the St. Thomas

More Cougars of Lafayette.

Come early to the big

orange tent to meet classmates

and enjoy free jambalaya by

Pete Hymel.

At 6:50 p.m. there will be a

special recognition on the field

of the Catholic High baseball

alumni who played on the six

LSU championship baseball

teams. CHS holds the distinct

honor of having one or more

players on each of the LSU

national championship teams.

Players to be recognized

are Bhrett McCabe ’90, 1991 and

1993 teams; Kevin Ainsworth

’92, 1993 team; Jesse Daigle

’89, 1993 team; Tim Lanier ’92,

1993 and 1996 teams; Brian

Daugherty ’92, 1993, 1996 and

1997 teams; Patrick Coogan

Faculty Alumni

’93, 1996 and 1997 teams; Chris

Demouy ’93, 1996 and 1997

teams; Dan Guillory ’94, 1996

and 1997 teams; Keith Polozola

’92, 1996 and 1997 teams; Kurt

Ainsworth ’96, 1997 team;

Jamin Garidel ’96, 1997 and

2000 teams; Antoine Simon

’95, 1997 and 2000 teams; Victor

Brumfield Jr. ’98, 2000 team;

Brad David ’98, 2000 team; and

Austin Nola ’08, 2009 team.

The Alumni Tailgate cochairmen

are Bill Bourdier ’55

and Denny Vicknair ’63. Game

tickets may be purchased in

advance at the CHS bookstore

for $5 or at the gate for $7.

For more information

contact the Office of Alumni

Relations at (225) 383-0459 or

e-mail chsalum@catholichigh.

org.

(Top) FAMILY AND FRIENDS. (l to r)

Drew Samson ’01, Michael Murphy

’98, Jesse Samson ’03, Keith Rumfola

’01, Ben Thibodeaux ’08 and

John Samson reunite at the 2008

homecoming tailgate party.

(Bottom) TAILGATE. Alumni and

friends gather for jambalaya at the

2008 Homecoming Tailgate.

FACULTY ALUMNI. Catholic High School currently has 21 former students on

faculty and staff. Pictured here are front row (l to r) Brian Hightower ‘97 and

Patrick McClain ‘04. Second row (l to r) Pete Boudreaux ‘59, Scott Losavio ‘95,

Keith Rumfola ‘01 and J.P. Kelly ‘92. Third row (l to r) Jeffrey Hotard ‘85, Scott

Manning ‘01, Jeff Nola ‘94, Chad Dupuy ‘00 and Hal Dupuy ‘73. Fourth row (l to

r) Patrick Dulaney ‘92, Craig Saylor ‘98, Doug Logsdon ‘02, Jay Butcher ‘81 and

Drew Losavio ‘98. Not pictured are Tommy Prochaska ‘92, Tim Chustz ‘92, Taylor

Murphy ‘00, Steve Talamo ‘84 and Ralph Stephens ‘73.

Wedding Bells

Stacia R. Bordelon and Hugo N. Andricain ’89…Holly Katherine

Edwards Crowe and Christopher Robert Doerner ’94…

Katherine Ann Melton and Christopher Matthew Macaluso

’94…Erin Christine Bardwell and Mathieu Kramer Irby ‘97…

Sindie Denise Secosky and Daniel Joseph Burton ’98…Sekeyta

Gerald and Darryl C. Hall ’98…Claire Renee Zimmerman and

Allen Taylor Jackson ’98…Holly Elizabeth Hebert and Nicholas

Joseph Campesi ’99…Kourtney Layne D’Antoni and Kevin

Anthony Rogers ’99…Emily Elizabeth Miller and Jeremy

Stephen Speeg ’99…Lindsey Jaye Thompson and Justin Keith

Bonaventure ’00…Lynsie Merelle Pousson and Scott Matthew

Pendarvis ’00…Sara Elizabeth Moore and Garet Joseph Rembert

’00…Brooke Nicole Turnage and John Brent Rhodes Jr. ’00…

Lacie Michelle Mitchell and Matthew Gerard Robichaux ’00…

Amanda Michelle Boudreaux and George Dunbar Bensabat II

’01…Kristen Leigh Mannino and Lance Christopher Broussard

’01…Lauren Renee Chatelain and Brent William Golleher ’01…

Rachel Maria Robert and Chase Anthony Menard ’01…Kali

Marie Adams and Steven Lawrence Aucoin ’02…Elizabeth Ann

Hebert and Sean Andrew Hebert ’02…Laura Ann Nixon and

Charles Robert Fahey ’03…Samantha Kathleen Mizell and Jesse

M. Samson ’03…Danielle Marie Clary and Michael Dunaway

Alch ’04…Brittany Bringhurst and Devin Michael Boudreaux

’04...Kelley Jean Brooks and Bradlee John Simoneaux ‘04.

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Scholarship

Katherine “Kit” Stuart Hall Memorial Scholarship Established

By Hal Dupuy ‘73

The family of Kit Hall

has recently established a

scholarship in her memory.

The Katherine “Kit” Stuart

Hall Memorial Scholarship

has been established to

honor her firm commitment

to Catholic education and

forever memorialize her strong

Katherine “Kit” Stuart

Hall

connections to the Catholic

High School community.

Kit’s unexpected death in

the summer of 2008 was felt

not only in the communities

of the schools where she and

her children attended, but

by everyone who had the

pleasure of knowing her. Kit

was known for her deep faith,

her dedication to family and

for work with youth at St.

Aloysius, St. Joseph’s Academy

and Catholic High.

“Although she was taken

before we were ready, we were

and will always be blessed

with the happiness, humor

and enjoyment of life that she

shared with all while she was

with us, and we know her spirit

will support us and gives us

joy as we continue our journey

through life,” stated Kit’s

husband, Jim Hall.

In addition to her husband

Jim, Kit is survived by her

son Stuart ’07; her daughter

Katherine, a 2009 SJA grad;

and her youngest son Barrett

’13, who started Catholic High

in August. In addition, her

brother, Rob Stuart ’74, and

two nephews, Robert ’02 and

Philip ’07, are also CHS alums.

If anyone is interested in

donating to this scholarship

or honoring a loved one by

establishing an endowed

scholarship or endowment,

contact CHS Director of

Advancement Hal Dupuy ’73

at (225) 389-0978 or hdupuy@

catholichigh.org.

Endowed Scholarships

An endowed scholarship is a permanent fund established so

that the corpus cannot be touched and the interest earned on the

fund is used to provide need-based tuition assistance for students

at Catholic High School. A named scholarship is fully endowed

when it reaches a total of $40,000. Scholarships are found in the

following categories: Individual, Couples, Class, Family, Religious,

Group and Business.

Individual Scholarships

The following individual scholarships are presently set up at Catholic High:

The Brian Agujar ‘95 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The D. Jensen Holliday ‘58 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Louis L. Arceneaux Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Patrick B. Kennedy ‘52 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Eugene F. Bologna Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Pete Kleinpeter ‘29 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Joseph Bologna Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Lt. M. Scott Lamana ‘88 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Benjamin C. Brown ’99 Memorial Scholarship

The Rick H. Lea ‘77 Scholarship

The Pete Burge Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Anita Stauffer McIlhenny Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Neil Carmena, M.D. Class of 1949 Endowed Scholarship The Byron Muller Monroe ‘91 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Jules A. Carville, Jr. ’27 Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Pam Sloan Muscarello Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The C.C. “Chuck” Dabadie ‘65 Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Edwin J. Newchurch Academic Scholarship

The Thomas M. DeBlanc, Jr. ‘87 Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Doc Nolan Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Philip A. Deffina Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Philomena Palermo Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Steven Wayne Deumite ‘79 Memorial Scholarship

The Claude J. “Pat” Patin, M.D. Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Clyde P. Didier ‘39 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Sharon Mayne Patton Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Michael S. DiVincenti, Sr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Brent David Pecue ‘80 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The James A. Durand, Jr. M.D. ‘29 Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Alfred Adrian Persac, Jr. ‘16 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The F. Wayne Frey ‘71 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Edward H. Rhorer Memorial Scholarship

The James P. "Jay" Giblin II '95 Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Jordan T. "Jordy" Rourke '06 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The John M. Green, M.D. Scholarship

The JoAnna Angela Sevin Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Katherine “Kit” Stuart Hall Memorial Scholarship

The Betty Ann Smothers Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The James Patrick Hannie Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Joseph W. Starring, Jr. ‘48 Endowed Scholarship

The Norman C. Heffron Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Rivers P. "Tres" Wall III ‘86 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Joshua M. Hoffpauir ‘98 Memorial Endowed Scholarship The Milton J. Womack Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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Web site

Online Communication Includes Updated Web site and Facebook Page

By Jennifer J. Knight

With the launch of the 2009-

2010 school year, Catholic High

also launched new and updated

forms of communication.

During the summer

months, the current CHS Web

site, www.catholichigh.org,

experienced an upgrade not

only to features such as the

online calendar and photo

galleries, but also an updated

look. The goals of the upgrade

were to enhance our userfriendly

features and to provide

a more visually appealing Web

By Jan R. Breen

Ms. Robin Deck, American

history teacher, was selected to

participate in the Presidential

Academy for American History

and Civics held July 12-29,

2009. Fifty teachers, one from

each state, were selected for the

program.

The Presidential Academy

is a study of the three pivotal

turning points in American

history memorialized by the

Declaration of Independence,

the Gettysburg Address and

the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Participants spent five days

in Philadelphia, six days in

Gettysburg and five days in

Washington, D.C. studying

the American Revolution and

Founding, the Civil War and

the Civil Rights Movement.

Deck studied the ideas

and arguments that shaped

these American epochs, the

documents that made history

and the places history was

made.

Faculty in the program

included professors among

the finest scholars of American

history and government and

included two Pulitzer Prizewinning

authors.

“The Presidential

Academy was an opportunity

for me to learn additional

site.

The CHS online calendar

offers new tools for navigating,

including additional categories,

a new search feature and

additional view options. The

new calendar also gives users

the ability to have reminders of

events e-mailed to themselves.

Another

online

communication that Catholic

High has added is an official

Catholic High School Facebook

page. The official CHS

Facebook page can be accessed

by clicking on the link posted

CHS Teacher Attends Presidential

Academy for American History and Civics

Catholic High American history

teacher Robin Deck (right) speaks

with Presidential Academy Instructor

Juan Williams, senior correspondent

for National Public Radio and

political analyst for Fox News

Channel.

ways to incorporate important

documents in my American

history classes,” commented

Deck.

“I can give students a

greater understanding of the

rich heritage of each document

and the events that shaped the

creation of the documents,"

added Deck.

Deck is on her eighth year

of teaching American history

and fourth year teaching AP

American history. She has a B.S.

degree in secondary education

and has worked towards a

master’s in American history.

She is also a grader for AP U.S.

history exams.

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at the bottom

of the CHS

Homepage.

By becoming

a “fan” of

Catholic High

on Facebook,

users will

receive the

most updated

and current

events and

news items as

well as connect

with over 1,300

current CHS

Facebook fans.

Everyone in the Catholic

High community is invited

to become a fan, including

alumni, parents, students and

friends of Catholic High.

In addition to the

newest forms of online

communication, Catholic High

continues to communicate with

over 6,000 online users

through Connections,

Catholic High’s

weekly e-newsletter.

Connections is sent

each Tuesday with

news and features

highlighting students’

accomplishments

and upcoming CHS

community events.

The purpose of this

publication is to share

more news with the

community that may

not be seen in other

printed publications, such as

Bear Facts II and Bearly Published.

If you are interested in

receiving Connections, visit

the CHS Web site, www.

catholichigh.org, or e-mail

Jennifer Knight at jknight@

catholichigh.org.

Coming Soon!

Alumni Online Community

Log on and connect with over 9,000 of your fellow

Catholic High Alumni.

Features will include:

• Ability to update and maintain your contact information.

• Ability to send messages to other alums and establish

discussions.

• Ability to post news, such as prayer requests, job postings,

résumés, photos and reunions.


By Glen Randow

“Hey Jack, What is the

weather forecast today?”

Catholic High graduate

Jack Beven ’79 has heard that

request since he was a second

grader at St. Aloysius and

camper at Beau Bois. It would

be a question that would not

only lead to a career in weather

forecasting but also to a career

that would save thousands of

lives.

Coach Pete Boudreaux ‘59

recalls as a camper with Jack at

Beau Bois that Jack was asked

about the weather every day

as he stepped on the bus. As

expected, Jack had the forecast

and the staff at Beau Bois

knew how to plan their day of

activities.

A 1979

graduate

of Catholic

High, Jack

had always

had a

fascination

with weather

and how it

affected our

daily lives.

During

the 1979

class reunion, one of Jack’s

classmates recalled how Jack

walked out of class and gazed

into the sky and reported that

snow would be falling soon.

As many classmates chuckled

of such a forecast and went on

to the next class, they found

within an hour the skies were

filled with snow flakes.

Currently Jack is a

Hurricane Specialist with the

National Hurricane Center in

Miami, Florida.

Prior to his assignment

at the Hurricane Center, Jack

began his education at Catholic

High under the tutelage of the

late Brother Gordian Udinsky,

SC and Chemistry Teacher Al

Heine.

“Brother Gordian and Mr.

Heine were very influential

Alumni Feature

Jack Beven ‘79 Has Forecast Weather Since His Childhood

HURRICANE CENTER. Jack Beven ‘79 (right) is interviewed by Julie Martin,

reporter for the Weather Channel, in the National Hurricane Center in Miami,

Fla.

in guiding me in my early

knowledge of earth and

space science and the role

that chemistry played in our

weather. Basically they got me

kick started as a freshman and it

continued

“Brother Gordian and Mr. Heine

were very influential in guiding

me in my early knowledge

of earth and space science

into

physics

and

chemistry

class.

They

really

got my

scientific

creativity

going.

Another

influence was living in Baton

and the role that chemistry

played in our weather.”

Rouge. As you well know,

Louisiana has a little bit of

everything when it comes to

weather,” commented Beven.

Following high school, Jack

completed his undergraduate

degree at LSU in physics and

continued his post-graduate

work at Florida State University,

earning a master’s and Ph.D

in meteorology. While at FSU

Jack received an internship at

the National Hurricane Center

and in 1993 became a forecaster

in the Tropical Satellite and

Forecast Unit. In 1998, he

earned the position of Lead

Marine and Aviation Forecaster

which he currently holds today.

Jack has written and presented

numerous articles on hurricane

and tropical cyclone activity.

In his role as hurricane

specialist, Jack is responsible for

forecasting, evaluating the data

being received from satellite

and aviation observations,

educating the meteorology

community, and studying the

history of previous storms.

Jack is aware of how

important forecasting is in our

lives.

“When you compare wind

velocity, water surge, and

overall power of a storm, the

two storms which hit Galveston

in 1900 and 2006 illustrate to

us how forecasting can save

lives. The early forecast during

Ike allowed for the early

withdrawal of residents and

vacationers from the Island

whereas the The Great Storm

of 1900 in Galveston was a

total disaster. The residents and

vacationers on the island never

knew what was coming and

between 6,000 and 8,000 people

lost their lives,” commented

Beven.

“Another storm of

significance was Hurricane

Katrina. Early warnings

allowed for over 80 percent

of the population to leave the

Gulf Coast area and prevented

a significant loss of life. The

science of forecasting and

meteorology is ever changing

and expanding its knowledge

to better serve mankind,”

added Beven.

When not at the Hurricane

Center, Jack’s favorite pastimes

are bowling and touring major

league baseball facilities. His

love of baseball began when

he was the “official” score

keeper for the Baton Rouge

CYO baseball leagues. During

his post-graduate days at FSU,

he was the starting pitcher on

the slow pitch softball team.

Beven is also an avid reader

of mysteries, movies such as

the Star Wars trilogy, James

Bond, Lord of the Rings and the

television series of Star Trek.

Yes, he is a “Trekee.” Also

of great interest to Jack is the

study of World War II and how

weather impacted the war.

Jack continues to play

an important role in helping

save lives by providing early

warnings of dangerous storms.

We are glad that his time at

CHS helped guide him to a

career that helps so many.

ALUM VISIT. Eric

Hart ’02 (right)

stopped by CHS to

visit with faculty

including Alumni

Director Glen

Randow (left). Hart

has returned from

a tour in Iraq and

will be moving

to St. Augustine,

Fla. He will work

on his certification

in education to

become a teacher

and in December

will marry. Hart

serves in the Army

Reserves.

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Alumni Remembered

Benjamin C. Brown ‘99 Memorial Scholarship Established

By Hal Dupuy ‘73

The Benjamin C. Brown

‘99 Memorial Scholarship has

been established in memory of

Brown by his co-workers from

Postlethwaite & Netterville

to honor Ben’s love and

commitment to Catholic High

School.

Ben passed away on July

29, 2009, but

not before

making

a lasting

impression

on the lives

of so many

people in

the Baton

Rouge

community

and

beyond.

At Catholic High, Ben was

the valedictorian of his class and

a National Merit Semifinalist.

Upon his graduation from

CHS, he received the Tulane

University Dean’s Honor

Scholarship and in 2003 he

earned a degree in mechanical

engineering. He also served as

the “Riptide” mascot for three

years. He then received his

By Jan R. Breen

Catholic High mourns the

death of Gordon Pugh, a 1954

graduate and member of the

CHS Hall of Fame.

Pugh was dedicated to

serving Catholic High School

and his community. He was a

master’s degree in business

administration from the LSU

E.J. Ourso College of Business

in 2006. Since that time he had

become a Certified Internal

Auditor and was pursuing

classes to sit for the CPA exam.

“Ben served as the Bearly

Published editor for the 1998-

1999 school year. He was an

outstanding

editor who

brought

“We will always treasure Ben

and his contributions as a

student and as an alumnus.

He leaves a legacy of love,

commitment and service to our

school that is very special.”

Gordon Pugh ‘54

Public Relations.

his creative

talents to

the table

along

with his

enthusiasm

and love

for CHS,”

said Jan

Breen, CHS

Director of

“He especially liked to

write his column, Thumbs

Up, which highlighted a great

moment, club, or tradition at

Catholic High. The newspaper

won numerous awards that

year, and Ben’s leadership

contributed to these accolades.”

“We will always treasure

volunteer and a leader for many

civic, legal, professional and

religious organizations in the

Baton Rouge area. He enhanced

the lives of many through his

service on numerous boards

including our Lady of the

Lake Foundation, National

Conference of Christians

and Jews, Baton Rouge Area

Chamber of Commerce, Baton

Rouge Area Foundation and

Council for a Better Louisiana,

to name a few.

In 1991, Gordon was

appointed to the Board of

Directors for the Catholic High

School Foundation. He assisted

in all fundraising activities,

investments, administration

and distribution of the

Foundation’s funds.

Gordon was a lawyer in the

Ben and his contributions as

a student and as an alumnus.

He leaves a legacy of love,

commitment and service to

our school that is very special,”

added Breen.

Glen Randow, the CHS

director of Alumni Relations

commented, “Ben was

passionate about Catholic High

and his work with the Alumni

Association. As a member

of the Alumni Board, he

generated numerous projects

to strengthen CHS in the

Baton Rouge community and

tirelessly worked to support

the mission set forth by the

Brothers of the Sacred Heart.”

Ben is survived by his

wife, Ragan Greer Brown, with

whom he recently celebrated

his first wedding anniversary.

He is also survived by his

parents, Dr. and Mrs. Joseph

W. Brown III, a brother Jay,

sister Jennifer, his in-laws Mr.

and Mrs. Russell Greer and

brother-in-law, Ryan Greer.

The mass celebrating Ben’s life

was conducted by close family

friend Father Michael Alello

’98. Concelebrating the mass

was Father Paul Gros ’00 and

Catholic High Mourns the Death of Gordon Pugh ‘54

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firm of Breazeale, Sachse and

Wilson and was married to the

former Camilla Rachal. Their

three sons, Gordon ‘85, Francis

Sprague II ‘86 and William

Tison ‘88 were all graduates

of Catholic High School and

their daughter Camilla Rachal

is a graduate of St. Joseph’s

Academy.

Gordon was inducted into

the Catholic High School Hall

of Fame in 1997 because of his

outstanding ability, leadership,

character, heroism, dedication

and patriotism. His genuine

concern and dedication to

bettering the quality of life for

all is an outstanding example of

his calling to serve others.

Brother Francis David, SC,

president of Catholic High in

1997, inducted Gordon into the

Benjamin C. Brown ‘99

assisting them was Deacon Jodi

Moscona. Ben’s love for Ragan,

his family and friends, Catholic

High and tailgating at LSU

football games was expressed

beautifully in eulogies by Matt

Moscona ’00 and Michael

Schwartzenburg ’00.

If anyone is interested in

donating to this scholarship

or honoring a loved one by

establishing an endowed

scholarship or endowment,

contact CHS Director of

Advancement Hal Dupuy ’73

at (225) 389-0978 or hdupuy@

catholichigh.org.

CHS Hall of Fame.

“Gordon Pugh was truly a

gift to all those who knew him

– his family, his friends and

acquaintances, his colleagues

in the legal profession, and the

countless others who at one

time or another were fortunate

to have crossed paths with

him. I knew him as a man

who always thought of others

first and through whom the

Lord worked in wonderful

ways. His kindness, his care,

and his concern for others were

traits of his that made me very

proud that Gordon was a CHS

alumnus,” commented Brother

Francis.

We thank Gordon Pugh for

his service to our community

and to Catholic High School.


Twelve hundred steaks

were served at the annual

Catholic High Men’s Club Stag

Barbecue held August 15 on the

school campus.

Men’s Club Barbecue

Over 1,200 Steaks Served at the 74th Annua

Marvin Borgmeyer,

immediate past president of

the Men’s Club, served as chair.

More than 85 volunteers helped

with the Barbecue.

“The Men’s Club was very

pleased with the response to

our new format and change of

time for the Barbecue. People

responded very positively, and

we look forward to making

next year’s 75th the best ever,”

commented Borgmeyer.

LeClercq Bozeman ‘42,

living in Cary, Illinois, was

COOKING CREW. Members of the cooking crew at the Barbecue included (l

to r) Rick Larrivire, Nelson Sanchez ’89, Brian Connolly ’89, Rick Donaldson

’89, Todd Alley ’89, David Heroman ’89, Hugo Andricain ’89, Buddy Halbert,

Norman Duhon ’89, Junior Politz, Bryan Bass ’87, Harry Burton, Kyle

Huffstickler ’85, Pete Hymel, and Jason Hymel ’00. Seated is Sam Bass.

Mark Verbois ‘74

(left) and Bobby

LeBlanc ‘76 visit

during the Men’s

Club Barbecue.

L. J. Dantin (left) prepares the salad for the Barbecue as Mike Lamana ‘64

looks on.

Enjoying the evening at the Men’s Club Barbecue were (l to r) Fred Heroman

‘36, Al Heroman ’45, Brother Eldon Crifasi, SC ’39 and Billy Heroman ’40.

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(L to r) Paul Whatley, Mike Whatley ’71, Stephen Whatley and David Whatley

’74 enjoy the steaks at the Barbecue.


Men’s Club Barbecue

l Catholic High Men’s Club Stag Barbecue

recognized for attending his

63rd consecutive Men’s Club

Barbecue.

Junior Politz, who oversees

the cooking crew, hasn’t missed

a Barbecue in 30 years.

“It’s a great time to get

everyone together and the

proceeds from the Barbecue

help to educate our young

men,” commented Politz.

Officers of the Men’s

Club include Scott Pecue ’79,

president; Russell Politz ’86,

vice president; David Clements,

secretary; and Kevin Brian ’86,

treasurer. Faculty moderators

are Assistant Principal Jason

Hanks and Business/Computer

Education teacher Jared Cavalier.

Preparing steaks for the Barbecue were (l to r) Trey Argrave ‘86, Dwayne

Labatut, Russell Politz ’86 and Jimmy Boyce.

Men’s Club Barbecue Chair Marvin Borgmeyer (left) and Ric Bassett (right)

welcome LeClercq Bozeman ’42 (center) who has attended 63 consecutive

Men’s Club Barbecues.

Attending the Barbecue were (from left) Father Mike Alello ’98, CHS Faculty

Member Scott Manning ’01 and Adam Arceneaux ‘01.

Eric Morvant ’09 (left) and his father Billy Morvant (right) visit with Brother

Ray Hebert, SC.

Paul Cashio (left) and Denny Vicknair ’63 (right) welcome the first attendees

from the Class of 2009 to the Barbecue – Ben Guarisco and Kyle Deville.

(L to r) CHS Assistant Principal J.P. Kelly ‘92 joins Kevin Ainsworth ‘92 and

CHS Faculty member Brian Hightower ’97.

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Archives

CHS Archives Receives Several Items of Interest

By Margie Alexander

The summer has come

and gone for most of us – the

students have completed the

first month of the 2009-2010

school year. That great sound

of the Catholic High band

is heard around the campus

after school. Football players

practice in preparation of a

promising season and our

alumni and friends continue

to keep our Archives furnished

with memorabilia from the

past.

The latest items we have

received include a program

for the dedication of the three

units of the Catholic High

School for Boys comprising

school, gymnasium and

Brothers’ residence located on

North Street at the north end

of Church Street. The event

was held October 6, 1929.

The program was donated

by Clifford Normand Jr. ‘59

son of Clifford Normand ’29.

Another item of interest that

Mr. Normand donated is a

Pepsi-Cola hardboard poster of

the 1958 football schedule.

The next items, donated

by Father Henry Vavasseur

’50, are an 8th grade promotion

certificate and honor roll

certificates for all school years

from 1941-1942 through 1945-

1946. Father Vavasseur, who

recently retired, served as

pastor of Holy Family Parish in

Port Allen, La.

Gayle Hatch ’57 donated

a copy of the CD and official

program showcasing the 2008

Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

of the Louisiana Sports Hall of

Fame held June 21, 2008 at the

Natchitoches Events Center in

Natchitoches, La. Hatch was

the first Hall of Fame member

ever to be inducted from the

world of weightlifting and

strength training. He has

been elected to 10 other halls

of fame and among his many

As of August 20, 2009, the following alumni and friends of CHS have

died since the last issue of Bear Facts II. Please remember them and

their families in your prayers.

Sister Mary Rose (Madeline)

Amorello, C.S.J.

Robert Fredrick Arbour ‘55

Brian Douglas Betts

Ronald Francis Borne ‘52

Ernestine Baugh Bourgeois

Irene Breland-Kruse

Benjamin Carey Brown ‘99

Harold Kendall Cotten

Ray O. Couvillon ‘44

Robert M. “Big Daddy” Culver

Jr.

Dr. Carl Dicharry ‘39

Simon Peter Elliser

Michael Desire Falgout

William L. Fremin ‘57

Michael W. Gaydos

George Gustave Griffon Jr.

Jean M. Haydel

John Robert Hebert

Marina Vargas Hennessey

Eloise Heroman Hochenedel

Frances Paula Holliday

Sidney Joseph “S.J.” Hotard III

In Memoriam

Mary Ellen Troxclair Kestler

Joseph H. LoBianco ‘41

Woodrow A. Mansur Jr. ‘69

A. Keith Marchand

Fabian Lawrence “Larry”

Martinez Jr. ‘54

Morris Paul Moran

Dr. Richard Albert Morvant Sr.

Susan Van Hees Murphy

Joseph R. “Bubba” Politz ‘52

Frances Lorene Spaht Pollard

Thomas M. “Tommy” Pomes

‘77

Theresa Ann Pourciau

Gordon Alexander Pugh Sr. ‘54

Jan Navarre Ringswald

Thomas “Buddy” Robichaux

‘43

Norman Rogge, S.J. ‘42

Elizabeth Marsden Sightler

Kitty Teepell

Clara Caballero Triche

Francille Greer Weible

PAINTING. Ed Picou ’49 (right) donates the print of St. Vincent’s Academy

that belonged to his father, Edward B. Picou Sr. ’26 to the CHS Archives.

Accepting the donation is Brother Eldon Crifasi, SC ‘39 (left).

accomplishments, Hatch

coached the 2004 U.S. Olympic

weightlifting team.

Meg Capdeville, daughter

of J. B. Heroman, a graduate of

1929, donated many

newspaper

articles

from the

late ’20s

in which

her

dad was

mentioned.

Heroman

played center on the

football team, which at that

time was referred to as the St.

Vincent’s “Saints” as well as

the “Bears.” Other articles

mentioned the baseball and

basketball teams of those years.

She also donated a photograph

of the 1929 football team.

The Archives was the

recipient of a framed print of St.

Vincent’s Academy. Ed Pecue

Jr., a graduate of 1949, donated

the print in memory

of his dad,

Ed Pecue

‘26. The

print of St.

Vincent’s

was from

his father’s

office.

We cherish

these memoirs

that so many have

chosen to share

with Catholic High.

If you wish to donate to the

Catholic High School Archives

please call Margie Alexander

at (225) 381-9114 or e-mail

at malexander@catholichigh.

org.

25th Annual Hall of Fame Induction

and Founders Banquet

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Invitations will be mailed to all donors who contributed

$1,000 or more from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.

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Alumni

Third Annual CHS Alumni Fishing Rodeo Draws 350 Anglers

By Glen Randow

The Third Annual CHS

Alumni Fishing Rodeo was

held June 26-27, 2009 in Port

Fourchon, Louisiana. Prior

to the two days of fishing,

a Captain’s Meeting and

Registration Event for all

anglers was held in the CHS

Union. Throughout the evening

guests were treated to delicious

pastalaya prepared by Mike

Matthews ’91, a member of this

year’s fishing rodeo committee.

Two days of fishing and

great Louisiana cuisine from

Fritz Carville ’95 and the

crew from Catering Cajun of

Louisiana attracted 350 CHS

alumni and friends.

In addition to Louisiana

being represented at the rodeo,

alumni anglers also came from

Texas, Missouri, Mississippi

and Arkansas.

The 2009 tournament

committee was chaired by

Jim Richard ’74. Committee

members were Jimmy Prescott

’97, Daniel Loup ’97, Randy

Richard ’97, Brad Tuminello

’81, Mike Matthews ’91, Camp

Matens ’60, Rob Hebert ’98,

Justin Suchy ’00, Dale Mouch

’92, Carter Fourrier ’92 and

John Ballance.

We would like to thank

the many sponsors, alumni

and friends of CHS who

participated this year! Do not

forget to mark your calendar

for the Fourth Annual CHS

Alumni Fishing Rodeo to be

held June 25-26, 2010.

In only its third year of

the event, the fishing rodeo

was able to achieve its goal of

establishing a fully endowed

scholarship. Tournament

results are posted at www.

catholichigh.org/alumni.

Special Thanks To Our Fishing Rodeo Sponsors

Division Sponsors

Catering Cajun of Louisiana

McDonald's Valluzzo Management

Jules Madere Creative Jewelers

Golden Bear Sponsors

Awning World

West Marine Products, Inc.

Faulk & Meek General Contractors, LLC

Southern Packaging, Inc.

Louis Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Little Village

Jay Giblin Foundation

VooDoo BBQ of Hammond

Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

Lindsey's Spacewalk and Amusements

Grizzly Sponsors

Milton J. Womack, Inc.

Mark Matthews AIA Architect, LLC

Cabela's Trophy Properties

Bowie Outfitters

Providence Engineering and Environmental Group, LLC

Block Construction, LLC

Fourrier Agency, Inc.

Charles Carter Construction Co.

Idocs Next Copy, LLC

Tiger Shredding and Recycling, LLC

Engensus Engineering & Consulting

B & B Cabinets

Sign Express

Forethought Consulting, Inc.

Bruin Sponsors

Plant Security, Inc.

John Ballance Photography

E-Discovery

Ryan P. Perry D.D.S. '95

(Top) CATCH. Displaying their catch at the Third Annual Fishing Rodeo were

front row (l to r) Ransome Pipes ’08, Henry Laville ’09, Chris Valluzzo ’87,

Jean-Pierre Boulanger ’08 and Duke Laville ‘80. Back row were (l to r) John

Valluzzo ’78, Randy Pipes and Burden Edmonds.

(Second from top) ANGLERS. Anglers participating in the fishing rodeo were

(l to r) Louis DeJohn ‘66, Bill Baird ‘87, John Meek ‘87, Tom Meek, Drew

Clement and Paul Burns.

(Above left) WEIGH-IN. Weighing in during the tournament were (l to r)

Blaine Bergeron ’94 and Kenny Saucier.

(Above right) DINNER. Enjoying dinner following the weigh-in were (l to r)

Paul D’Agostino ‘84, Ray Banker ‘84 and Chuck Saia ‘84.

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Tenth Annual Taste Fair Set for November 8

By Barbara Camp

The Tenth Annual Catholic

High School Alumni Taste

Fair will be held on Sunday,

November 8, 2009, in the CHS

Gymnasium. Restaurants,

caterers and distributors in and

around the Baton Rouge area

have been invited to come and

showcase samples of their finest

food. Last year, CHS welcomed

700 guests to the Taste Fair.

Drawings for door prizes

consisting of cash and gift

baskets will take place during

the event. Winners must be

present at the time of the

drawing.

Tickets are $35 per person

and will go on sale beginning

Monday, October 5. Tickets

may also be purchased online

at that time.

Proceeds from the event

will benefit alumni activities on

campus as well as help fund the

Alumni Association Endowed

Ring Donations

Scholarship.

The chairman of this year’s

event is Randy Guillaume ’97.

Members of the Alumni Board

of Directors will be assisting

with the event along with Dr.

James Hannie, Glen Randow,

director of alumni relations and

Barbara Camp, alumni events

coordinator.

If you are interested in

participating as a restaurant,

corporate sponsor or volunteer,

please contact the CHS Office of

Alumni Relations at (225) 383-

0459 or chsalum@catholichigh.

org as soon as possible.

(Top) TASTE FAIR. During the 2008

Taste Fair, Buddy Webre ’53 (right)

enjoys a sampling from Roberto’s

River Road Restaurant.

(Bottom) ENJOYING. Vince Miranda

(right) samples delicious seafood

provided by Heads & Tails at the

2008 Taste Fair.

Alumni

(Top) CLASS OF 1999. Surrounded by classmates during the Class of

1999’s 10 Year Reunion, Frank Meyers ‘99 (fourth from right) donates his

class ring to CHS Alumni Director Glen Randow (fourth from left). Pictured

with Meyers and Randow were (front row, l to r) Shaun Lato ‘99, Brian

Newman ‘09, Randow, Meyers ‘99, Brad Bourgeois ‘99 and Brad Culotta

‘99. Back row (l to r) were Jeremy Cronan ‘99, CHS English Teacher Mitch

Billings and Matthew Graham ‘99.

(Bottom left) CLASS OF 1979. Philip D’Antoni ’79 (center) presents his

class ring to CHS Advancement Director Hal Dupuy ’73 (left) and CHS

Director of Alumni Relations Glen Randow.

(Bottom right) CLASS OF 1929. Phillip Ledig ’71 (left) presented his

father’s 1929 Catholic High ring to David Beach ‘96 (right).

Donations made but not pictured are Jerry Marino ‘52 and Lance Blanchard

‘99.

Ring Donations Still Needed

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By Joni Owens

The CHS Office of

Advancement is gearing up for

a major push in alumni giving

for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

In previous years, the

annual fund appeal to alumni

and friends has been made in

or around April, leaving only

three months to collect gifts

before June 30. For that reason,

the 2009-10 appeal will be

moved to the fall of 2009.

“By backing up the date,

we are hoping that those

donors who prefer to make

their donations at the end of the

calendar year for tax purposes

are more likely to remember

CHS with a gift. In addition,

the longer time frame of the

campaign allows for additional

follow-up, which strengthens

the possibility of reaching our

alumni participation goal,”

commented Hal Dupuy ’73,

director of advancement.

Over the past three years,

CHS alumni giving has not

exceeded 10 percent. It is the

goal of the Advancement Team

to reach 20 percent of alumni

Advancing the Mission

Advancement Team Gearing up for 2009-10 Annual Appeal

Alumni Participation Goal Set at 20 Percent

giving this year through the

earlier appeal and follow-up

process.

“All CHS alumni and

friends will be asked to partner

in the mission of the school

by making a donation within

this fiscal year. No gift is too

small and all contributions are

Alumni & Friends

Annual Fund Appeal

Fall 2009

greatly appreciated. The most

important thing is to participate.

Donors can be confident that

we will allocate the resources

made available to us to most

effectively continue the mission

of CHS in accordance with the

tradition of the Brothers of the

Sacred Heart,” commented

Percentage of Alumni Giving

These percentages represent the number of alumni

who gave to CHS within the last three fiscal years,

among those living at that time.

2006-07 9.69%

2007-08 7.52%

2008-09 7.98%

New Donor Levels Established

Gene Tullier, president of CHS.

Alumni and friends

can expect to receive more

information regarding the

annual fund in the upcoming

months. For more information,

contact Dupuy at (225) 389-0978

or hdupuy@catholichigh.org.

Giving Opportunities

Alumni Annual Fund

Campus Fund

Designated

Friends Annual Fund

Memorial

Parents Annual Fund

Planned Giving

Scholarships/Endowments

Methods of Giving

Appreciated Securities

Cash/Check

Credit Card

Direct Debit

In-Kind

Matching Gifts

Pledge

In an effort to further define and properly thank our

donors for their generosity, the CHS Advancement

Office has created new donor levels to be used starting

this fiscal year. CHS Director of Advancement Hal

Dupuy ’73 stated “I feel that these new levels are a

better way to say thank you to those parents, alumni and

friends who share their financial blessings with Catholic

High.”

Gifts of $1 to $999 provide tangible evidence of the

donor’s belief in the CHS mission and of their desire to

further it.

Gifts of $1,000 to $9,999 exhibit a partnership with the

school and provide resources essential to the day-to-day

continuation of our school’s mission.

Gifts of $10,000 to $49,999 help promote the initiation

of programs and services and display a high level of trust in

the effectiveness of our school’s mission.

Gifts of $50,000 and above serve to create a permanent

legacy assuring that the tradition of the Brothers of the

Sacred Heart and the mission of our school will perpetually

reflect the charism by which both were founded.

CHS Donor Levels

$1 - $499 Believer

$500 - $999 Investor

$1,000 - $2,499 Founder

$2,500 - $4,999 Leader

$5,000 - $9,999 Partner

$10,000 - $24,999 Guardian

$25,000 - $49,999 Trustee

$50,000 - $99,999 Legacy

$100,000 + Perpetual Founder

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Ben Jumonville ‘10 Selected To Attend Boys Nation

By Jan R. Breen

At Louisiana Boys State,

Catholic High Senior Ben

Jumonville ‘10 was selected

as one of two delegates to

represent Louisiana at Boys

Nation in Washington, D.C.

Ben Jumonville ‘10

Brother Xavier Werneth, SC

Appointed to Diocesan Board

By Jan R. Breen

Catholic High Faculty

Member Brother Xavier

Werneth, SC has been

appointed by Bishop Robert W.

Muench to the Diocesan School

Board for a three-year term.

Brother Xavier currently

teaches honors English at CHS

and supervises instruction

of teachers. He is a former

principal of E.D. White Catholic

School in Thibodaux. While

in Thibodaux, Brother Xavier

Around Campus

from July 16-27.

Jumonville joined students

from around the country and

participated in discussing

legislation and current bills.

He also had the opportunity

to meet President Obama,

Congressmen, and to visit the

U.S. State Department.

“The atmosphere at Boys

Nation provided an inside

look at our government. It was

interesting to see how the Boys

Nation Senate was a microcosm

of the United States Senate. It

was apparent that the 98 high

school seniors who attended

Boys Nation are going to be

the movers and shakers of

our future. I was extremely

honored to be one of the 98

students selected out of the

more than 20,000 students who

served on the first Diocesan

School Board for the Houma-

Thibodaux diocese. He was

the founder and first president

of that diocese’s Principals’

Association.

Brother Xavier served as

provincial of the Brothers of

the Sacred Heart from 1982-

1988. He also was elected to the

General Council of the Brothers

and served in Rome from

1988-1994.

attend Boys States throughout

the country,” commented

Jumonville.

Jumonville was one of six

seniors from Catholic High who

attended Boys State. Others

included Andrew Carmichael,

Jae Labat, John Paul Luckett,

Simon Cassel and Chris Focht.

Luckett was selected State

Attorney General.

“Upon going to Boys State,

I was ready to be immersed in

local politics and government.

As the week went on and I

became close with other Boys

State delegates, I realized that

this was an extraordinary group

Faculty Celebrations

of people. With that in mind, it

is a real honor to be chosen to

represent not only Louisiana

but also the 400 other 'citizens

of Boys State' at Boys Nation,”

commented Jumonville.

Jumonville is serving as

president of Hi-Y and as a

member of the Executive Board

of the Student Council. He

is a member of the National

Honor Society, Mu Alpha

Theta, Student Ministry and the

wrestling team.

A graduate of St. Aloysius

Elementary School, Jumonville

is the son of Charles and Wendy

Jumonville.

FACULTY RECOGNITION. CHS President Gerald Tullier (far left) and CHS

Principal Brother Barry Landry, SC (far right) congratulate faculty and staff

members on their years of service. Honored on August 5, 2009 were (l to r)

Joni Owens, 10 years; Barbara Camp, 10 years; Steve Talamo ‘84, 25 years;

Edith Thornton, 20 years; and Claudia Maxson, 10 years.

Brother Xavier Werneth, SC teaches sophomore honors English and also is an

instructional supervisor.

FACULTY AND SONS. Three CHS

faculty members were parents

to three 2009 Catholic High

graduates. Pictured (above)

with their sons are (l to r) Alys

and son, Paul Melancon; and

Andrew Riecke with, mom,

Jewell. (Left) Kyle Achord with

son Gannon.

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Bear Connections

Alumni Reunite

(Top left) COSTA RICA. Five members of the class of 2005 traveled to Costa Rica

in June as part of a two week reunion trip. Following the alums’ graduation from

their respective universities, Ben Bradley, Remy Cossé, Eric Couper, Sean Gahagan

and Kevin Hanegan climbed Chirripó, Costa Rica’s tallest mountain.

(Top right) BASEBALL. Facing each other in the College Baseball Super Regional,

former classmates Ryan Lewis ‘08 of Rice University (left) and Austin Nola ‘08

of Louisiana State University (right) met on the field before the game with their

former coach, CHS Head Baseball Coach Kyle Achord (center).

(Bottom left) MASS. Attending an annual mass for deceased members of the CHS

class of 1961 at St. Joseph Cathedral are 1961 alums (front row, l to r) Tommy

Duncan, Edmond Labat, Daly Fleniken, Henry Silvio and Oscar Vince. Second row

(l to r) Whitney Amedee, Ed Sanchez, Cyrus Labat, Elmo Dean, Quentin Falgoust,

Nick Cicero and Arthur Orillion. Third row (l to r) John Tilton, Ronald Gibbens,

Charles Tramonte, Ray Kron, Steve Fourrier, Kraemar Diel, Father Frank Uter and

John Culmone.

Football Radio Broadcasts

Live radio broadcasts of each Catholic

High School Varsity Football game

will be available throughout the 2009

season. Catch the Bears live on WXOK

1460 AM with periodic updates on

WEMX 94.1 FM at

7:14 p.m., 7:47 p.m., 8:14 p.m.

and 8:47 p.m.

Mothers' Club To Host Parents Meeting in Prayer

Join us every third Wednesday of the month for Parents

Meeting in Prayer. Prayer will be held at noon in the

Brothers' Chapel with the Rosary recited and prayers

offered for special intentions and is open to anyone who

would like to attend.

October 21

November 18

December 16

January 20

March 17

April 21

May 19

Open House

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Tours begin at 6:00 p.m. • Last tour begins at 8:00 p.m.

Young men in grades 6 - 8 and their parents are invited to attend.

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855 Hearthstone Drive • Baton Rouge, LA 70806

A shuttle is available from St. Joseph’s Academy

Activity Center Parking Lot on Parker Street.


Bears Back on Campus

More Bear News

Students have fun at the Get Acquanted Dance.

Football season kicks off with goal for District Title.

The band entertains students at Bear Camp.

Baby Bears

Thomas Michael Moran, son of Tami and Mike Moran ’86…

Clippen James Connolly, son of Kelly and Brian Connolly ’89…

Dylan Kate Jolly, daughter of Jennifer and Michael Jolly ’92…

Molly Lloyd Mayo, daughter of Emily and Jake Mayo ‘93...

Alexander Paul Mayeux, son of Mitsie and Jonathan Mayeux

’95…Harper Layne Babin, daughter of Rhesa and Jared Babin

’98…Lane Patrick Dziuba, son of Lindsey and Jonathan Dziuba

’98…Abigail Anne “Abby” Eldredge, daughter of Becky and

Chris Eldredge ’98…John Thomas Hart, son of Mary Elizabeth

and Bryan Hart ’98…Thomas Michael Von Gruben, son of

Rachel and Michael Von Gruben ‘02.

Memorial & Honorary Gifts

There are many special occasions during our lives when we choose to memorialize or honor in a special way those we hold dear. The following

are acknowledged for their gifts to Catholic High School from May 26, 2009 through August 19, 2009 in honor or memory of loved ones. Please

remember these alumni and friends, as well as their families, in your prayers.

Memorial Gifts

Mr. Robert F. Arbour '55

Mr. and Mrs. James G. Arbour '73

Mr. Sidney V. Arbour Jr. '31

Mr. and Mrs. Durward P. Babin

Jr. '43

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney E.

Boudreaux III '55

Mr. Lee M. Cross

Ms. Maureen Feeney

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Iobst

Ms. Ella E. James

Dr. Gary P. Mayeux and

Dr. Allyson B. Mayeux

Mrs. Edward McCool

Mr. and Mrs. Louis W. McHardy

Sr. '47

Mr. and Mrs. Roland N. Selig

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Stephens '73

Mrs. Virginia Tomeny

Mr. William J. Avera Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Addison

Mrs. Joy Bani

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne A. Hussey

Mr. Ronald F. Borne '52

Mr. and Mrs. Don Stewart

Mr. John L. Brewerton Jr. '52

Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. LeBlanc '75

Sr. Kathleen Brogdon, C.S.J.

Anonymous

Mr. and Mrs. James R. Chastain

Jr. '82

Mr. Milton C. Broussard '53

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Duhe

Mr. Benjamin C. Brown '99

Mr. Randolph J. Arabie Jr. '97

Babb Construction Inc.

Mr. W. Todd Balden '98

Mr. Jon B. Barry

Mrs. Noblet Barry

Wilfred B. Barry

Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic,

LLC

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Blue Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Bombet

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin E.

Borgmeyer

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew E.

Borgmeyer '99

Mrs. Evelyn Brown

Dr. and Mrs. Redfield E. Bryan Jr. '55

Dr. and Mrs. Richard F. Burroughs

Campus Federal Credit Union

Miss Misty Causey

Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat -

Head and Neck Surgery

Drs. Thomas and Joan Cocke

Ms. Julianne Corbin

Mrs. Katherine Craig

Mr. and Mrs. James Culpepper

Noblet Danks

Sarah B. D'Autremond, M.D.

Leslie Davidson

Ms. Peggy Dean

Mr. and Mrs. Louis DeJohn Jr. '66

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Dugas

Mr. Joe Ernst

Mrs. Judi Exner-Parker

Ms. Phyllis D. Ferguson

Friends from Ponchatoula High

School Key Club

Gayle M. Sanchez, D.D.S.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Giles

Dr. and Mrs. Stewart T. Gordon '82

Mr. Matthew J. Graham '99

Mr. Ryan J. Guillory '99

Ms. Carolyn L. Guillot

Mr. David S. Hanson

Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Hartman

Mr. Brook Harvey

Dr. and Mrs. Larry Hebert

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Hellman

Mr. Edward Helsing and

Ms. Judith Helsing

Ms. Jane Henslee

William H. Hines, M.D.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Hinson

Dr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Howell

Mrs. Jessica Humphreys

InfaMedics

Dr. and Mrs. James Ingram Jr.

Ms. Jolene K. Johnson

Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Kaufman

Dr. and Mrs. Ted P. Kemp

Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Kenney

Mr. Brennan Kluka

Mr. and Mrs. G. Wayne Kuhn

Ms. Janis Landry

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lapari

Mr. Louis E. Layrisson

Ms. Brenda LeBoeuf

Ms. Vickie LeDee

Dr. and Mrs. W. Chapman Lee

Mr. Ryan LeSaicherre

Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Lipsey

LSU Career Services

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LSU Foundation

Mr. Chris Magglio

Mr. and Mrs. William Maily

Ms. Deanna Mankins

Ms. Fancy Manton

Mr. Stephen J. McGuire '01

Mr. and Mrs. Shelby McKenzie

Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Mestayer '76

Mr. John W. Milazzo Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Mills

Mr. and Mrs. Stan Montelaro

Mr. Jeremy Morgan

Neighbors of Russ and Rosslyn

Greer

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan O. Neustrom '00

Mr. Mark Newman

Ms. Melissa Peroyea

Dr. and Mrs. John Piker

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Piland

Mr. Robin Pilcher

Ms. Jill M. Purkey and

Mr. Winston Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Radzikowski

Renal Associates of Baton Rouge,

L.L.C.

Mr. and Mrs. James S. Richardson

Ms. Lynette Rodgers

Mr. and Mrs. Norman V. Ryan Jr. '99

Mr. Brody Saxon and

Dr. Ann F. Reilley

Dr. and Mrs. Clifford J.

Schwartzenburg

Mr. and Mrs. Barry C. Scott

Ms. Jeneé DeJohn Scott

Mr. William Sims

Mrs. Eleanora Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Stephens '73

Dr. and Mrs. John A. Thomas

Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Tujague

Mr. and Mrs. Jon von Rosenberg

Ms. Monica Waddell

Mrs. Jody Waggenspack

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Waller

Mr. Danny Williams

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Wills

Mrs. Henry Yennie

Mr. Edgar J. Burch '35

Mr. and Mrs. Andy G. Simon '77

Mr. Harold K. Cotten

Mr. J. R. Culotta and

Mrs. Patricia L. Mince

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Delaune Sr.

Dr. C. P. Cotter

Mr. and Mrs. L. K. Siller

Dr. Carl Dicharry '39

Mr. Lynn J. Dicharry '33

Ms. Sue Dicharry

Miss Phyllis DiVincenti

Mr. and Mrs. James F. Pierson III '85

Mr. Patrick A. Doran Sr. '57

Major and Mrs. William J. Doran

III '78

Mr. Peter L. Doran '79

Major and Mrs. William J. Doran

III '78

Mr. William J. Doran Jr. '49

Major and Mrs. William J. Doran

III '78

Mr. P. Ryan Esnard '97

Mr. and Mrs. W. David Butler

Mr. Michael D. Falgout

Mr. and Mrs. Blake S. A. Hodges '83

Mr. and Mrs. Florav Fernandez

Mr. and Mrs. Richard M.

Fernandez '72

Mr. Edward H. Fetzer Jr. '74

Anonymous

Ms. Sara Carmena

Mr. Scott G. Fisackerly '79

Mr. and Mrs. Wiley B. Fisackerly '76

Memorial & Honorary Gifts

Mr. W. Wayne Gaudin Jr. '76

Mr. Chad A. Melancon '91

Mr. W. Wayne Gaudin Sr. '37

Mr. Chad A. Melancon '91

Mr. Michael W. Gaydos '56

Mr. and Mrs. Louis W. McHardy

Sr. '47

Mr. Donald F. Gerald Sr. '47

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Jackson '40

Mr. Alfred R. Guglielmo

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Dolese

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford X. Guillot '39

Mr. Denis M. Guillot '68

Mr. Fred A. Hannaman Jr. '30

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Arbour '62

Mr. and Mrs. Marion J. Bahlinger '42

Dr. C. Dennis Selig '68

Mrs. Jean M. Haydel

Dr. and Mrs. Oscar A. Cruz '79

Mr. John R. Hebert

Mr. Philip J. Muscarello Jr. '82

Mrs. Marina Hennessey

Mrs. Kathleen C. Screen

Mrs. Eloise H. Hochenedel

Mr. and Mrs. James F. Adkins

Mrs. Evelyn Brown

Mr. and Mrs. G. Lee Griffin

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Holliday '60

Mrs. Elise Lewis

Ms. Katherine S. Spaht

Dr. and Mrs. William E. Weldon

Mr. Joshua M. Hoffpauir '98

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan P. Dziuba '98

Dr. Louis O. Jeansonne III '63

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Guarino

Mr. Fielding H. Johnson '52

Anonymous

Mr. Francis C. Jumonville Sr. '39

Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel J. Jumonville

Sr. '42

Mrs. Mary Ellen Kestler

Mr. and Mrs. Otis S. James Jr.

Mr. Brandon M. Kling '98

Mr. and Mrs. James R. Davis Jr. '71

Mr. and Mrs. J. Pat Giblin

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Toups

Lt. M. Scott Lamana '88

Dr. and Mrs. James J. Hoth

Mr. and Mrs. James P. Screen III '89

Mr. Erie Landry

Mr. and Mrs. Errol E. Labat '75

Mrs. Bertha Ligon

Mr. and Mrs. W. Joe Kelly

Mr. Woodrow A. Mansur Jr. '69

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Dolese

Ms. Elisa Mata

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew P. Mata

Dr. and Mrs. Colin A. McHardy

Mr. and Mrs. Louis W. McHardy

Sr. '47

Mr. Morris P. Moran

Mr. and Mrs. Randal C. Arceneaux

Dr. Richard A. Morvant Sr.

Dr. and Mrs. Quentin D. Falgoust '61

Mr. and Mrs. Guy A. Modica Sr.

Mrs. Lenore Hahn Murray

Ms. Glenda Pond

Mr. Phil J. Muscarello Sr. '50

Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Bourgeois

Mrs. Pietra B. Brocato

Mrs. Frank A. Cangelosi

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Connolly

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Culotta Jr. '70

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan J. Dauzat

Mr. and Mrs. M. David DiVincenti

Sr. '70

Friends at the Patio

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Labauve

Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Mills Jr. '51

Mr. Philip J. Muscarello Jr. '82

Mr. and Mrs. Howard L. Reitz

Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Tujague

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony G. Zumo

Mrs. Mary A. Parker

Mr. and Mrs. Lancaster W. C.

Parker '78

Mr. Joseph R. Politz '52

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Labauve

Mr. Thomas M. Pomes, RN '77

Mrs. Josie Daniel

Ms. Theresa A. Pourciau

Mr. Philip J. Muscarello Jr. '82

Mr. Gordon A. Pugh Jr. '85

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Dolese

Mr. Gordon A. Pugh Sr. '54

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Dolese

Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Mills Jr. '51

Mr. Thomas J. Robichaux '43

Mr. and Mrs. Marion J. Bahlinger '42

Mr. Jordan T. Rourke '06

Mr. and Mrs. J. Pat Giblin

Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Saia

Dr. and Mrs. C. Verne Brian

Mrs. Betty Sightler

Mrs. V. P. Bella Jr.

Mr. B. Barrow Switzer '92

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan W. Richard '94

Mrs. Kitty H. Teepell

Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Johnson

Brother Gordian Udinsky, SC

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin D. Ashby '83

Ms. Francille G. Weible

Mr. and Mrs. Linton J. Naquin Jr.

Breakfast with Santa

and the celebration of the

Birthday of Jesus

Honorary Gifts

CHS Class of ‘71

Anonymous

Brother Francis David, SC

Mr. and Mrs. Charles N.

deGravelles, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Lundin

Sr. ‘65

Mr. Thomas C. Lundin ‘85

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Magette

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Raley

Mr. Armand J. Michaud ‘03

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Michaud

Mr. and Mrs. Clarke H. Williams ‘75

Mrs. Rosemary H. Williams

Mr. and Mrs. J. Remy Williams ‘74

Mrs. Rosemary H. Williams

Mr. Ralph N. Williams

Mrs. Rosemary H. Williams

Saturday, December 12, 2009

9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

CHS Union and Courtyard

$12 per child

Sponsored by the CHS Alumni Association

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SENIOR OLYMPICS. Brother Eldon Crifasi, SC

‘39 and his teammates won a silver medal

in the Basketball Senior Olympics in San

Francisco, Calif. in August.

By David Butler ‘77

The clamor of

weights and lifters

greeted the Open

House crowd as they

filtered through the

old weight room.

Almost as if on signal

the room quieted

as 150 pound Matt

David Butler ‘77 Bruce ‘01 slowly

approached a bar bell

with weights totaling 300 pounds. Stillness

filled the room as Bruce prepared himself

mentally and physically for the task at hand.

Confidently Bruce grabbed the weights

performing a clean and jerk lift raising the

weight overhead to the applause of the

visitors. Such was a common occurrence

during Matt Bruce’s years as a student at

Catholic High.

Bruce, currently the third strongest

American lifter pound for pound in all

classes, is headed to Seoul, South Korea this

November to compete for the United States

in the World Games. For Bruce this will be

his sixth World Games, three of which were

in junior competition. He will be competing

in the 187 pound weight class where he

routinely snatches 330 pounds and cleans

and jerks 418 pounds.

Coach Chris Carrier was the first to

recognize Bruce’s lifting ability.

“We were in 8th grade PE and were

doing a unit on strength and conditioning

sometime in December,” recalled Bruce.

“I bench pressed a little over 100 pounds,

which was in excess of my weight. Coach

Carrier immediately introduced me to

Coach Dale Weiner who then called

Olympic coach Gayle Hatch ‘57. Coach

Weiner gave me Coach Hatch’s address

and phone number. The next week I was

Sports in the Past

lifting with Coach Hatch.”

Six weeks later Bruce was

still lifting, although without

a definite purpose or goal.

At that point Hatch met with

Bruce and his father.

“Coach Hatch asked what

I was training for and whether

I wanted to play football or

any particular sport. I told

him I was not interested in a

particular sport but I enjoyed

lifting. He then told me if I

stayed committed and had

the mental toughness I would

be an Olympic weightlifter. I

looked at my dad and said I

did not have anything better to

do,” stated Bruce.

By his freshman year

Bruce had made his first

junior national team and

by his sophomore year he made his first

international team, competing head to head

against a junior team from Canada. Bruce’s

senior year in high school was highlighted

by making his first junior world team.

Bruce’s quest to make the 2008 USA

Olympic Team fell short as the USA was

only allocated three weightlifters. Bruce

was the fourth-ranked lifter and was an

alternate on the team.

Bruce graduated from LSU with a

bachelor’s degree in adapted physical

education and is working on a master’s

degree in sports management. From 2004

to 2006 he worked with Coach Weiner,

assisting him with his summer weightlifting

camp. He is employed by the Central

School District where he teaches physical

education to special needs students.

Much of Bruce’s success he attributes

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Matt Bruce ’01 competes in the weightlifting national

championships.

to Coach Hatch. With deep admiration and

respect he stated: “Coach Hatch is basically

a father figure in my life. He stepped up at

a time in my life when I needed someone.

I have looked up to him and have tried to

model my life after him. I never got into

trouble because if I did I knew he would

find out. He is the best coach in the nation

not only for the weightlifting but also the

discipline and values he teaches. He will

be much more satisfied if I am a success in

life than any weightlifting championship I

could ever win.”

Bruce’s admiration for Hatch is

mirrored by Hatch’s admiration for Bruce.

“I am so proud of Matt and what he is

doing with his life. He handles himself with

class. As a weightlifter he is very focused

and dedicated. I am an old school coach

and with Matt it is always ‘yes sir,’ ‘no sir,’

and ‘what is next,’” stated Hatch.

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