The Episcopal community was busy all summer long. Here are highlights from the break:
Head of School Hugh McIntosh shared Episcopal success stories and stats with his Academic Points series. Highlights of the series include:
We’re Number One!
According to the 2019 Best Schools in America rankings released by Niche, Episcopal is the top ranked private high school in the Baton Rouge area. The annual rankings are based on public data and student and parent reviews.
Knights in the News
Four seniors spent two weeks at pre-college musical theater intensives at three of the nation’s top musical theater schools. Maggie Ewing and Ethan Wax trained at the University of Hartford and Ethan Massengale attended an intensive at Florida State University. In addition, Kate Oliver received a scholarship to attend an intensive at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Read the Advocate article here.
Senior Cruz Crawford was one of 1,000 attendees selected to the West Point Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) in June. More than 5,000 students nationwide applied to the SLE, which offers outstanding high school students the opportunity to experience life at West Point. The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers and lives. Read the Advocate article here.
Senior Wilson Russ was one of two Louisiana Boys State attendees selected to represent the state at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. Last school year, he also had the opportunity to serve as a Senate Page in the United States Senate. Read the Advocate article here.
This spring, sixth grader Sophia Macias, who is an avid golfer, launched her own non-profit - No Worries Just Birdies. Her goal is to raise funds to support local schools. This summer she successfully organized her first charity golf tournament and plans to host a basketball tournament next year. Read the Livingston Parish News article here.
Episcopal alumni are making a difference and taking on new adventures.
Class of 2016 graduate Emory Ellis spent her summer in the Harvard Forest through Harvard University as a part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates. Emory, who is the daughter of Episcopal graduate Randi Simoneaux Ellis ʼ90, led an independent study on forest nutrients. Read more about Emory's experience here.
Class of 2018 graduate Jack Melton presented his honors thesis “Collective Resilience: Preparing Communities to Help Themselves in the Wake of a Large Scale Disaster” at the 2018 State of the Coast Conference. Melton was the only high school student to be invited to participate in the event, which features policy makers, environmental scientists, government agencies, economists and others working on issues regarding coastal restoration and protection. Read the Advocate article here.
Members of the Class of 2018 briefly returned to campus before departing for college. The former students participated in the annual yearbook signing celebration in the Alumni House.
Teachers and staff were busy with professional development. To prepare for a new school year, teachers participated in everything from responsive classroom training to AP Institute for Statistics training. School librarians Tiffany Whitehead and Catherine Word presented at the American Library Association conference and a contingent of staff went to Boston to learn more about NuVu.
Educator Ros Won was highlighted in Nat Damon’s book Time to Teach Time to Reach. In the book, Damon explores the impact of the teacher/student connection. He interviewed educators from across the country, including Ros who shared insights gained from her 17 years of teaching. You can read more about relational teaching and watch Ros’ student handshake video here.
Upper School students were on campus prepping for their future. Seniors participated in college admissions essay writing workshops. This year’s LAUNCH participants worked on first drafts as they gear up for February presentations. Look for more on LAUNCH throughout the year as we follow students through this exciting process.
Congratulations to Episcopal Cross Country Coach Claney Duplechin! Coach Dupe was named the 2018 National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year! Coach Dupe has had tremendous success as the Knights Cross Country Coach, leading his teams to 22 consecutive state titles. Throughout his career he has earned additional honors including Cross Country Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the Gill Athletics National Boys Track & Field Coach of the Year award. Read the Advocate article here.
The Knights participated in summer league play as they geared up for a new season of high school athletics. Despite the break, teams took part in camps and strength and conditioning workouts. You can read more here.
Summer camps kept students active, entertained and learning throughout the break. From sports camps to Lower School theme camps and Middle School study skills sessions, there was something for everyone.