Four Upper School Episcopal students recently attended the Annual Louisiana Junior Classical League Convention. The students were coached and lead by Episocopal’s JCL sponsor and Latin/Spanish teacher, Micheal Posey.
The Upper Latin certamen team (think quiz-bowl for the Classically-minded) was captained by 10th grader, Abhay Basireddy and included fellow, 10th grader, Madi Bell. Certamen teams usually field teams of four players. Even against those odds, Basireddy and Bell placed 3rd in the state for Upper Latin Certamen. Episcopal’s small delegation also placed 3rd in the Ludi Spirit Contest during Friday’s opening assembly.
At the LJCL Convention, students participated in academic, creative and graphic arts contests as well as seminars, workshops, a Roman banquet, dance and karaoke. The students also captured the following individual awards:
Abhay Basireddy: Latin III
1st place: Latin Derivatives
1st place: Latin Grammar
1st place: Latin Mottoes, Phrases and Abbreviations
1st place: Latin Reading Comprehension
2nd place: Latin Vocabulary
3rd place: Upper Level Certamen
4th place: Roman Life and Customs
5th place: Latin III: Latin Sight Reading
5th place: Marathon (Olympika)
7th place: Academic Sweepstakes (all levels!)
Madi Bell: Latin IV
3rd place: Upper Level Certamen
4th place: Latin vocabulary
4th place: Latin Reading Comprehension
5th place: Latin Grammar
5th place: Academic Decathlon
Justin Dynes: Latin III
3rd place: Latin Grammar
2nd place: Latin Reading Comprehension
Arya Patel: Latin III
1st place: Map (Creative)
2nd place: Ink (Creative)
3rd place: Latin Vocabulary
3rd place: Latin Reading Comprehension
3rd place: Latin Derivatives
Episcopal African Heritage Club
Congratulations to four members of the Episcopal African Heritage Club! A team of students including Madi Bell, Zykia Howard, Justin Thompson and Serena Thompson recently placed first in the 25th Annual Collegiate Black History Quiz Bowl hosted by the Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agriculture.
River Road Chapter of National Charity League
The Episcopal robotics team had a great showing at the recent Rock City Regional competition in Little Rock. Students did a great job of scouting the competition and making improvements to the robot with each match. The group performed well in qualifying matches and was even chosen by another team to be a part of an alliance in the quarterfinals.
District Literary Rally Winners
Congratulations to Katie Knight! Katie earned second place in the Literary Rally's art competition. Her piece, entitled Hand with Ice Cube, received recognition in Category III 2D Color: Drawing, Print-Making, Photography and Digital Art. The art exhibit is a district only event unique to the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally.
Congratulations to the Episcopal District Literary Rally winners!
Students qualifying for District and State and earning a Southeastern Scholarship are:
Ajit Alapati – Principles of Business
Abhay Basireddy – Advanced Math – Pre Calculus
Clay Burton – Calculus I
James Christian – Advanced Math – Functions and Statistics
Eugene Jiang – Algebra II
Celia Kiesel - Civics
Joy Lee – Biology I
Carter McLean – Spanish II
Alex Nelson - Chemistry
Adam Reid - Physics
Bethany Reid – Spanish IV
Justin Thompson – French III
Gracie Veillon – Calculus II
National Essay Contest Winner
Episcopal's gold and blue mock trial teams faced tough competition at the recent regional mock trial event. Congratulations on a great showing! Read more about the event here.
National Classical Etymology Exam
Eight students from Episcopal recently earned recognition on the National Classical Etymology Exam (NCEE). Congratulations to the following students:
The NCEE, which was administered in October by the National Junior Classical League, is based on English vocabulary words that are derived from Latin and Greek with an emphasis on academic and SAT vocabulary words. The contest measures a student’s mastery of Latin and Greek derivatives.
Upper School students recently hosted the sixth annual LAUNCH Day to celebrate learning. The student presentations were entertaining and impressive. Visit the LAUNCH webpage to watch the student presentations.
Field House Fever is catching as real vertical progress gets underway on the new Episcopal athletic field house! To learn more about this new 23,000 square foot facility, click here or contact Spirit • Mind • Body Capital Campaign Director Mellie Bailey at 225-755-2687 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also watch a video of the foundation being poured and download the field house brochure by clicking here.
The bats are swinging as baseball season heats up. This year’s group of seniors, Cruz Crawford, Harper Doerr, Aaron Root and Takumi Takei and the rest of the team are excited to move toward tournament season. The Knights are currently 8-2 and will host Riverside next weekend on Friday, March 22nd at 5 pm and Saturday, March 23rd at 11 am. Look for this to be an exciting contest.
Don't miss the upcoming game between the Episcopal Knights and Metairie Park Country Day at Tulane's Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
Softball season is underway with numerous opportunities to catch the girls in action. This year’s team is led by senior Kate Oliver and a multitude of juniors. Make plans to enjoy a weekend of softball as the team hosts the Episcopal round robin tomorrow with games at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 28th at 5 pm when the girls host Dunham.
Track and Field
Track and Field action moves outdoors for spring competition. The Episcopal indoor boys team already earned the state championship title and the outdoor group hopes to do the same. The group is led by seniors Trevor Babcock, Louie Ballard, Austin Broussard, Clay Burton, Bryce DeBourg, Brandan Garrido, Raymond Gould, Todd McInnis, Graham Perkins, Davis Singletary, Kirk Singletary, David Whitehurst and Greyson Yorek. The girls team has also had a tremendous year and they hope to continue that success outdoors. The girls are led by seniors Mary Katherine Bolton, Adele Broussard, Madeline Dansky, Caitlin Davis, Riely Heaslip, Claire Hook, Jenny Stauss and Mary Katherine Underwood. After hosting and both teams winning the Episcopal Relays this week, the teams will be in action again on Friday, March 22nd at the West Feliciana Relays and then again on Thursday, March 28th at the Alan Brown Invitational at Broadmoor High School. The state championship meet is set for Friday, May 3rd at LSU.
Metro competition is in full swing. Junior Joe Patterson and freshman Boyd Owens are already having a great season. Look for more from them and the rest of the team as they work toward the Metro Tournament on Tuesday, April 9th in Zachary and the district meet in Lafayette.
The girls golf team is also having a strong season. Senior Riely Heaslip and junior Caroline Glynn are off to an impressive start. Look for them to have a great showing at the Metro Tournament on Monday, April 15th in Zachary.
Mark your calendar for exciting tennis action on Monday, March 18th as Episcopal hosts Dunham. Later that same week the Knights will also host Central on Wednesday, March 20th. Look for seniors James Bruno, Grant Cretin, Ethan Gettys, Carter Rigby, Edward Staib and Emily White on the court as they work toward the LHSAA Regional Tournament. It gets underway on Wednesday, April 17th right here in Baton Rouge, LA. The LHSAA State Tennis Tournament will be on Tuesday, April 23rd.
Congratulations again to our winter sports athletes!
Way says approximately 15,000 US students take the AP Comparative Government and Politics course each year. During the semester, students participate in debates on a range of current topics such as Brexit or the Putin regime in Russia. Way says many Episcopal students are well traveled, which enables them to pull from their personal experiences regarding many of the locations being examined. As a teacher, Way also brings much to the course having lived in China, West Africa, Egypt and Denmark.
Dr. Kuhn says courses such as the AP comparative government course, travel opportunities or even opportunities to learn from local experts are all valuable ways to strengthen a student’s overall education. “This type of learning helps us look at the map differently,” she says. “If you hear an international news story you have context and you’re invested in the outcomes. This gets you beyond the sound bite.”
Whether it’s spending two weeks with a host family in Spain, bracing for the chill of Quebec or watching championship tango dancers, Episcopal students have numerous opportunities to learn more about their world. These opportunities will help them become the next generation of empathetic, innovative global leaders.
This will be the fourth time that Little Shop of Horrors hits the Episcopal stage. Gagliano feels the importance of tradition as she flips through an original copy of former theater director Danny Tiberghein’s 1998 script notes and revisions. Members of former productions even have children in the 2019 rendition. While Little Shop of Horrors is a show filled with tradition (the Tiberghein version began its run on April 2nd just as today’s version does) it is also a show of firsts.
“It’s not going to be the Little Shop you’ve seen,” says Gagliano.
The Little Shop of Horrors cast is a mix of new Episcopal actors and longtime student thespians. Gagliano is excited that the production has attracted new students and says it’s very special to watch these students interact with members of the class of 2019. These seniors have worked with Gagliano since their first musical theater experience in eighth grade. Now as they approach their final curtain call, some are looking forward to continuing their musical theater studies at the university level. The Little Shop of Horrors experience allows them to mentor their fellow actors in a fun and memorable way before they launch into the next phase of life.
Episcopal theater productions typically feature an impressive set that immerses audiences in the magic of the story, thanks to the talents and skills of Lighting Director and Set Designer Louis Gagliano. Think back to the Jungle Book Junior tree house and that giant snake. Little Shop of Horrors promises more of the same with an impressive version of the plant, Audrey II. The greenery will even come alive with a student puppeteer and student vocals.
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Saad Ali - Sophomore
Austin Broussard - Senior
Mason LaFerney - Senior
Alyssa Macaluso - Senior
Morgan Patty - Senior
Ashley Solomon - Senior
Wilson Russ - Senior
Lauren Bothwick Hoff - Senior
Tess Cunningham - Senior
Meghan MacMillan - Senior
Grace Marionneaux - Sophomore
Ben Naquin - Sophomore
Douglas Robins - Senior
Soledad Robins - Freshman
“Pouring the foundation is a significant step in the construction process,” says Facilities Director John Kojis. “This eliminates the potential for rain delays going forward.” During next week’s Mardi Gras break, another major milestone will occur as steel beams arrive on campus. These beams will support a facility that will feature sport locker rooms, coaches’ suites, a sports medicine and training room, classrooms, flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces and an enhanced concessions area.
“We are thrilled to see this dream become a reality for our students, coaches and the greater Episcopal community,” says Athletic Director Randy Richard. “We are confident that this facility will have a tremendous impact on our community for decades to come.”
Now is the time for members of the Episcopal community to be a part of that impact. “There are numerous naming opportunities still available,” says Capital Campaign Director Mellie Bailey. “This is a perfect opportunity to honor a past, present or future athlete. Gift options include everything from personalized locker plaques to naming the collaboration spaces, one of the multi-use classrooms or even the Coaches Porch.” Bailey says the design for naming opportunities on the field-side terrace is also in the final stages for anyone who wants to leave their mark near the field.
To learn more about available naming opportunities, check out the Spirit • Mind • Body website here or download the field house brochure that was mailed out in November.
Watch the video below to see the foundation for the new Episcopal athletic field house being poured. For more information on how you can be a part of this historic project, click here or contact Campaign Director Mellie Bailey at email@example.com or (225) 755-2687.
Last year during this LAUNCH recap article, I talked about the tireless work that goes into these types of presentations that each student faced with relentless practice and perseverance. It made me uncomfortable to think that their audience only saw just one piece, the final piece, of what was a long journey of preparation. And because Episcopal’s mission promotes process and product, valuing the entirety of the learning journey, it bothered me to know that the audience could never really appreciate the failures and struggles and twists and turns each student made as they prepared.
The final product can mask that whole messy story, and this year I also realized that part of that story is the community built, the relationships strengthened, the character developed. And I think every teacher and coach can appreciate this. While final assessments, products and performances are valued greatly, the learning often runs deeper, so much deeper than we see at the end of the unit or test, and students bring their entire experience, not just the final experience, to their future work. As we stood laughing together, the positivity was contagious. I realized that the students’ success might be measured by their performance on LAUNCH but their learning could also be measured by the growth shown, obstacles overcome and camaraderie nurtured.
Maya Angelou said, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The information and content may fade from the audience’s mind in the weeks or months following this most recent LAUNCH, but what we hope lingers are feelings of curiosity and inspiration, bravery and joy. My own students will, eventually, forget their talking points and scripts, but I’m certain they will remember the feeling they had when they connected with their audience, when they realized that taking that risk and being vulnerable is okay here. It is safe to be yourself, to share your ideas, and to encourage others to do the same.
Ashley Solomon’s final line of her LAUNCH presentation said: “...nothing, absolutely nothing, can replace feeling loved and cared for.” Each year when LAUNCH ends, what’s left behind are feelings of support and love--the most powerful ways to encourage thriving and learning ambitiously and fearlessly.
Katie Sutcliffe has served in many capacities involving writing and service learning over the last six years at Episcopal. Currently, she directs the Thesis Program, teaching both Seminar juniors and Thesis seniors, and is the co-creator of LAUNCH, Episcopal’s annual TEDx-style student-planned and executed showcase of ideas and projects. Katie’s own history involves this blend of service and writing: after graduating from a small liberal arts college in Indiana with an English degree, she moved to the Deep South with Teach For America where she taught middle school English and worked passionately on issues of educational inequity. She later earned an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh and returned to Baton Rouge where she has continued freelance writing. Katie infuses social justice initiatives into her curricula and seeks to help her students make meaningful connections with those living a different experience within our larger community. She’s passionate about character education and project-based learning, as well as research and writing that have practical implications for understanding and addressing real world challenges.
According to the US Census Bureau, 58.8% of homes in Baton Rouge are owner-occupied. Nationally, that number is 64.4%. This means many local residents don’t have that oasis to call their own. For the past 17 years, Episcopal students and faculty have been working with Habitat for Humanity of Baton Rouge to boost homeownership in the local community and help more families realize the dream of having a place to call their own.
The annual Habitat Youth Build is supported by Episcopal, Catholic High School and St. Joseph’s Academy and sponsored by the Albemarle Foundation. Lynn Clark, Habitat Executive Director, says since 2001 students and faculty have built 19 homes for area residents. “It’s amazing to witness the generosity and hard work of the students, teachers and faculty as they come together to make a difference in the life of a deserving local family,” says Clark.
“The act of building a house is both physical and metaphorical - we are not only literally raising the walls on a structure that will eventually be a house, but we are also metaphorically creating a new life, a new beginning, for someone,” says senior Alyssa Macaluso, who appreciated the opportunity to be stretched beyond her comfort zone. “I smashed more than my fair share of fingers, bent more than a few nails, but it’s an experience that I hope I have the ability to repeat again. Habitat’s an amazing opportunity, at any point - from raising the walls to putting up siding and painting. In addition, the experience of having a future homeowner work alongside you as the house comes together is both beautiful and precious.”
Aside from lessons on the proper way to frame up a window or how to cut in with a paint brush, Youth Build students are also learning what it means to help their neighbor. “These students learn firsthand about poverty, its effects, and the need for affordable housing,” says Clark. “They are uplifting our community one family at a time.”
“Working for habitat is probably one of the most demanding service projects that the Center for Service Learning sponsors,” says senior Douglas Robins. “To me, however, it is the most rewarding.” Robins recognizes the importance of creating a home for families, where they can come together, relax and escape the stresses of the day. “When we think about what a home is in this way, the work that we are doing with habitat is more than just building a place for people to sleep. We are building a set for a family to live out their lives. Like I said, Habitat is hard work. But what brought me back and what will continue to bring me back is that through building a home, I am not just building a structure, but I am building a future. A future for all the people who will lay their heads on the pillows for this family and for the families who inhabit it for years to come.”
Episcopal senior Emily White recognized the impact to the community as she arrived at the build site. “I learned that the row of houses leading up to the one we were working on were all Habitat Houses! That’s awesome,” she says. “I hope the owner of the house enjoys her home and I really want to see the finished product of this project.”
Students and faculty are able to make such an impact in just four weekends. Senior Pierson Luscy says the time spent was well worth it. “Before doing this service, I was looking for a job to attend on my weekends or as much as I could, but after going through the experiences, I dealt with, being great people and enthusiastic attitudes, I am planning on shortly to make Habitat for Humanity apart of my weekly routine” he says. “For the first time in a very long time, I felt like I did something productive.”
Seeing the students’ passion and excitement for helping a neighbor is rewarding for the Episcopal faculty and staff who volunteer their time. “In working with Habitat, I see Episcopal students at their best – compassionate, cooperative, flexible, funny,” says Writing Center Director Dr. Alan Newton. “They’re also handy with a paintbrush or a hammer.” Longtime Habitat supporter Sarah Pulliam agrees. “This is one of the most worthwhile things we do with the kids,” she says reflecting on the sense of accomplishment students and faculty feel after working a shift on site.
After the hammering and painting has stopped later this month, a Baton Rouge mom and her two daughters will have their own home. They will cook in their own kitchen. They will take pride in making the space their own. We are proud of the all of the students and volunteers who supported this effort to make their dream a reality.
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