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“They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”
Father Bill Gearheard, Chaplain
In my first full year as Holy Savior Menard's President and Chaplain, I am happy to celebrate and “SOAR” with all the Eagle family, past and present.
As we continue into the new year, I am reminded of our scripture quote for this year: Isaiah 40:31, “They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”
Wow, what a motto and a goal for this year! Together and by trusting in our Good God, we will all achieve excellence and virtue this year. We will accept our mission and make Holy Savior Menard a visible cloud of witnesses for our community and for God.
Please take a moment to review the great things happening at HSM this school year. As new milestones are achieved, please know that we are very thankful for the model and legacy left by all of our Eagle alumni.
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God bless you!
Soar, Eagles, Soar!
Lemoine and Becker Retire; Gatlin Appointed Principal; Charles Hired
We began this school year differently than any of the previous 40 years. 2019 marked the first year without Coach Becker indoctrinating our future electorate while also playing "catch" with unsuspecting students. In honor of his service and retirement, Coach Becker was celebrated at a gathering at the Alumni Center and recognized as an honorary captain at the football team's first game. Additionally, Becker was the grand marshal of HSM's first annual Homecoming Spirit Showcase.
As hard as it was to avoid, after two years at the helm, Mr. Dwayne Lemoine caught the retirement bug from Coach Becker. This January, Lemoine decided it was time to move on to greener pastures (and calmer lakes). Holy Savior Menard is extremely grateful for Mr. Lemoine's tireless dedication to the improvement of the school and its student body.
In the wake of Mr. Lemoine's announced retirement, the Diocese of Alexandria performed a nation-wide search for a new principal. After all the dust settled and interviews completed, the Diocese appointed current Assistant Principal Chris Gatlin as new principal for the 2020-2021 school year.
As his first order of business, Gatlin resigned as Head Football Coach and announced former Louisiana College Coach Justin Charles as his successor.
In addition to revolutionizing Holy Savior Menard's individual team and club fundraising into a collective effort, the Office of Institutional Advancement remains busy year-round as HSM striving to provide the standard in educational excellence. While the projects and improvements are too many to list, here are just a few highlights.
As we returned from summer break, we came back to a fully renovated gymnasium foyer, refinished bathrooms, and the beginnings of HSM's very own Hall of Fame.
Soon thereafter, we began our annual School Raffle -- which generated $53,500 in ticket sales this year! A huge part of the success of our annual raffle is the willing servants that form the Parent Teacher Club. The PTC goes above and beyond in raising almost $50.000 each year as it works closely alongside the administration, addressing the specific needs of the school.
Then, to kick off our Annual Fund, HSM hosted its Inagural Gold Night Gala. With fine food, wine pairings, live music, as well as silent and live auctions, the Gala raised more than $38,000.
Another huge addition to HSM's technology infrastructure was the renovation and complete update to our computer lab. Through the diligent efforts of our grant writers, HSM was awarded an 8(g) Grant from the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund. This grant allowed the purchase of 29 new computers. Additional work stations and a complete electrical update were provided courtesy of the A&A Club.
Office of Institutional Advancement Leads the Way
Gold Night Gala
2019 PTC Raffle was a huge success!
Gold Night Gala kicked off Annual Fund by raising $38,000
Gold Night Gala Committee
ATHLETIC SUCCESS & SIGNINGS
As the first sports in the fall, Holy Savior Menard Football and Cross Country set the tone for this year. Football advanced to the State Quarterfinals for the first time in ten years by upsetting Ascension Episcopal on the road, 28-25. Cross Country followed up by dominating its district foes en route to individual and team District Championships. The boys team was able to continue its success all the way through the state meet, finishing as State Runner-up.
Three student-athletes were selected to the LHSAA All-Academic 4.0 Scholar Team: Spencer Stelly (Swim), Anderson DeWitt (Football), and Hynson Luke (Cross Country). Additionally, Stelly was selected as a State Winner for the Wendy's High School Heisman.
So far this year, seven student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level: Olivia "OJ" Johnson, University of Memphis (Softball); Dru Scully, Louisiana College (Baseball); Kaleb Zimmerman, Louisiana College (Baseball); Austin Thiels, Louisiana College (Baseball); Cade Moreau, Louisiana College (Baseball); Emalea Futrell, Belhaven University (Soccer); Cody MIchael Crooks-Saucier, University of South Alabama (Football)
LEADERSHIP & SERVICE
Holy Savior Menard students are used to soaring, and this year is no different. Our soaring started early with Student Body President Spencer Stelly becoming National Beta Vice President. The National Beta Club is America's largest independent, non-profit, youth educational organization geared toward developing future leaders. Stelly became the first Louisiana student elected to national office by students from 26 other states. Stelly is also one of two Alexandria students honored as National Merit Semifinalists.
In addition to serving nationally, HSM students have been active locally too. Seniors Anderson DeWitt and Avery Erickson were appointed to the Inaugural Alexandria Mayor's Youth Council. In this capacity, DeWitt and Erickson provide ongoing and direct feedback on local policies that affect young people.
DeWitt, HSM high school student of the year, was also selected as the Diocese of Alexandria Student of the Year.
Along with our individual accolades, HSM continues to lead the way with its collective community service efforts. The International Culture Club had another successful food drive for the Central Louisiana Food Bank. And the Beta Club collected toys for APD's Blue LIne of Love Toy Drive.
We know we have countless Eagles doing great things. Let us know about them so we can highlight you and your accomplishments on social media and in the next edition of the Talon Talk.
KEEP US IN THE LOOP
Wallace Smith ('85) - leading the way with his annual Santa Project.
Sarah Catherine LaBorde ('16 ) - crowned LSU's Homecoming Queen.
John Leglue ('14) - moved from the National Football League Denver Broncos to the New Orleans Saints and then to the Green Bay Packers.
Ben Beard ('19) - competed with TEAM USA in the 2019 World Triathalon Grand Finale in Switzerland.
Austin Rogers ('18) - named to LSUA's Homecoming Court
PVT Michael Hawthorne ('19) - graduated Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, SC.
Gracie Reichman ('19) - named Miss Louisiana Tech.
Elizabether Godley ('04) - published first children's book, Ribbon's Traveling Castle.
Nicole Collins ('05) - filmed Maternally Yours Series in Alexanria.
David Perkins ('80) - honored as HSM Alum of the Year .
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