Episcopal was delighted to welcome distinguished alum, Caroline Fayard on campus Tuesday, September 6th. Caroline was Valedictorian of the class of 1986. She graduated from Dartmouth College with honors and went on to earn her law degree from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors and winning multiple awards. Caroline is currently running for the United States Senate.
She began her visit with a group of juniors and seniors interested in politics; three of whom are writing their thesis on government and politics. Caroline explained the path that led her to running for the United States Senate and her desire to be a strong voice for Louisiana. Caroline and the students discussed the importance of improving the education system in Louisiana and ensuring we have a first-class higher education program in the state. In light of the recent flood, she and the students talked about programs the government has available to help get Louisiana back on its feet and the need to have a strong voice in Washington fighting for the needs of Louisianans.
Caroline also attended Edwin Way’s AP Government and Politics class where she discussed this year's election process. She highlighted the ways elections can differ in a presidential year. This year’s Louisiana Senate race is unique in that there are twenty-four candidates running for the open seat. The class talked about the ways the presidential election may impact voter turnout and the pick of the next US Senator from Louisiana.
Caroline ended her visit addressing the high school students at the first upper school assembly in the VPAC. She commended the students on their efforts and compassion during the recent flooding and reminisced about her days at Episcopal, emphasizing that her experiences shaped her into the person she is today. The core values she developed and the friendships formed here were lasting and the strong community sustains her still.
When asked about her visit to Episcopal Caroline said:
"It was a pleasure and an honor to be back home at Episcopal last week, and to have the opportunity to talk with leaders of tomorrow about this year's senate race. My years at EHS helped shape the woman I am today. I loved getting back in the classroom, and having the chance to teach the students how the process works and how their critical thinking skills can serve them in looking at the race. I'm grateful for the time I got to spend with the students. Thanks to everyone who made it possible."