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The 4H Club spent this past year focusing on exploring science concepts in fun, new ways, interacting with professionals in the various science fields, and giving back to the community through fundraising for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. They have also focused on our community by studying conservation of our wetlands which they explored further during a field trip to the Louisiana University Marine Consortium. They have studied biology through anatomy by dissection of brains and hearts, pheromone influence on behavior, and plant growth as well as projectile design and motion with rocketry.

Moderators: Leanna Cupit

2017-2018 Officers:

  • President – Will Lot

Members of the Art Club experiment with different media to create art. Specific activities include designing and painting the backdrops for homecoming pictures and setting up the annual Art Show. In addition, the Art Club designs and paints the graph for the Mothers’ Club Car Raffle revenue. The Art Club’s service project is filling Easter baskets for needy children in the community.

Eligible: Catholic High School students in grades 8-12.

Moderators: Edith Thornton

2017-2018 Officers:

  • President – Andrew Shea
  • Vice President – Charlie Landry
  • Secretary – Joseph Thompson
  • Historian – Jared Eaglin
  • Lead Designer – Mason Fry

B.A.D.D. (Bears Against Destructive Decisions) is an organization of students who want to encourage their peers to make good decisions regarding underage alcohol and illegal drug use. To begin the year, the B.A.D.D. members attend the I-CARE Team-Spirit Leadership Conference where they exchange ideas with other public and private high school students who share the same mission. At Catholic High School, they coordinate Red Ribbon Week (alcohol awareness week) activities. In conjunction with the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program, the B.A.D.D. members make anti-drug/alcohol presentations to various middle schools in the Baton Rouge area.

Moderator: Lisa Summerville and Melanie Williams

2017-2018 Officers:

TBA

Each year the Marching Band attends the Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands State Championships. Additionally, the band and choir combine to present a month of Christmas concerts. The band also performs at the Catholic High School and St. Joseph’s Academy Open Houses and football games while the Bruin Brass perform at basketball games. The concert ensembles and the Jazz Band perform at various concerts and festivals throughout the school year, including all district and state large ensemble assessments.

Catholic High School Band Director – Mark Messina

Assistant Band Director – Kaia Lo

Moderators: Scott Manning ’01, Suzanne Williams, Gerren Porch, Patrick Dulaney and Marianne Wascom

2018-2019 Officers:

  • Drum Major – Sayer Sauviac
  • President – Allen Duggar
  • Vice President – Eden Landry
  • Secretary – Francis Dinh

Bruin Fight Song

Come on and fight, all you Bruins, and triumph on the field!

Big Bruin cohorts are cheering, for the Bears will never yield.

Hey! Hey!

This day we’re all out for vict’ry no matter the cost

‘Cause we’ll fight forever ’til the last white line is crossed.

Bear Bots is a year-round competitive robotics team with a concentration on smaller robots. Our 8th grade competes with Lego Mindstorms, while the high school students compete with Parallax Boe-Bots and VEX EDR robots. Students work in teams to design, build and program robots to achieve goals set out for each competition. The robots are programmed to sense the environment and react to various stimuli.

Catholic High School hosts three RARC Robotics Competitions open to grades 3-12 throughout the year. These competitions are sponsored by NICERC, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center. Participation from public and private schools increased from 11 teams to 30 teams in just one year. CHS placed first in all three high school competitions. The 8th grade placed first in two of the middle school competitions.

Moderator: Sheri Schoonmaker and Jill Robinson

2018-2019 Officers:

  • President – Kevin Oubre
  • Vice President – Daniel Meche
  • Historian – A.J. Montagnino
  • Technology – Christian Thompson

The Bear Metal Robotics Team competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition, designing and building robots that compete against one another. The competition combines the practical applications of science and technology with the fun and intense energy of a championship sporting event. Bear Metal is in its fourth year.

Moderator: Vic Caffarel and Bill Devillier

2017-2018 Officers:

  • President – Steven Vince
  • Vice President – Mike Sills
  • Mechanical Division Captain – Douglas Saucier
  • Electrical Division Captain – Nic Castel
  • Programming Division Captain – Stephen Wolf
  • Pneumatic Division Captain – Hunter Ivey
  • Safety Captain – Joey Bosers

Students on this year’s Bearly Published staff are busy balancing service, production and fun. The staff produces six to seven issues of the newspaper each year. As part of a partnership between their club and Southdowns Elementary School, Bearly Published staff members participate in two service projects with the school’s students, including a fall fest and field day.

Eligible: CHS students in grades 8-12.

Moderators: Casey O’Banion

2018-2019 Officers:

Editor – D.J. Butler

For more than 60 years the Bruin has kept a record of the people and events at Catholic High School. Now, unlike 60 years ago, the yearbook is done completely online. Over the past decade the staff’s hard work has earned several awards for layout, photography and feature stories at the Louisiana Scholastic Press Association Convention at LSU. Students also collected supplies and created Easter baskets for Catholic Charities. With an enthusiasm for all things orange and black, the Bruin staff continues to step up to the challenge of preserving the school’s legacy.

Eligible: CHS students in grades 10-12.

Moderators: Claudia Rumfola and Margaret Smith

2017-2018 Officers:

  • Co-Editors – Dalton Major, Kevin McDonald and Marc Taylor

The Bruin Broadcast Network is a student-run, live internet stream that will periodically stream various Catholic High School student activities, including athletic events, choir events, band events and student-run news broadcasts. To stay updated with upcoming live events, be sure to follow us on Twitter @bruinbroadcast.

Bruin Broadcast Network

Moderator: Jared Cavalier, Jay Butcher and Jarrod Quebodeaux

2017-2018 Officers:

  • President – Alex Pryor
  • Vice President – Stafford Johnson
  • Public Relations – Mack Kemper
  • Co-Equipment Managers – Hilton Eymard and Joseph Womack

The Bruinettes act as the auxiliary to the Marching Band at festivals and contests. The auxiliary creates the story behind the music through the use of color and dance. The Bruinettes also perform at the CHS and SJA Open Houses, football games, basketball games and pep rallies. The Bruinettes along with the band, have marched down Main Street USA in Disney World and in the Le Krewe D’Etat parade in New Orleans.

Moderators: Marianne Wascom and Jaime Olinde

Captains – Addison Bruce, Catherine Couvillion and Maddie Mistretta

The Cheerleaders are a spirit squad whose members are Catholic High School and St. Joseph’s Academy students. Leading the fans in cheers at football and basketball games, they build excitement and add enjoyment to the games. They also cheer at other school events including Bear Camp and Open House. In the spring, they sponsor a cheerleading clinic for young girls. The cheerleaders also participates in a number of service activities such as the Brother Eldon 5K and Big Buddy Burger Bash.

Eligible: Catholic High School and St. Joseph’s Academy students in grades 11-12.

Moderators: Jennifer Thibodeaux and Erin Hart

Captain – Hannah Roppolo
Co-Captain – Hunter Antie

The Chess Club gives Catholic High students and faculty an opportunity to play friendly games of chess in a low-stress environment. Students use this ancient game to build skills that are relevant in the classroom and life. The club meets in the library after school on several days throughout the week.

The Chess Club hopes to compete in several tournaments in Baton Rouge and around the state this year. If you are interested in honing your skills or just learning an entertaining, new strategic game, come to the library to check, mate.

Students of all levels are welcome to join. “Come follow me, and I will make you a Fischer of men…”

Moderator: Casey O’Banion

The choir continues its excellence as evidence by the number of All-State Choir participants and the number of students selected to the District Honor Choir and the Louisiana Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Honor Choir. The chorus has consistently won the Sweepstakes trophies in the state and district choral festivals and they perform at various functions at Catholic High School, St. Joseph’s Academy and within the community. The choir has been invited to participate in Disney’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot and has performed numerous times in the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City under the direction of world renowned choral conductors. The group was also invited in 2015 to sing in Rome at the Sistine Chapel.

Moderators: Stephen Galliano and Katie Potts

2018-2019 Officers:

  • Co-Presidents – Lyndon Wilbert and Kate Stanford
  • Co-Secretaries – Ned Mayeaux and Annie Blanchard
  • Treasurer – Tucker Poret

The Catholic High School/ St. Joseph’s Academy Drama Club members share their talents both on and off stage. In addition to committing countless hours to their productions in the fall and spring, Drama Club members serve the community by adopting families at Christmas and helping to host the Catholic High School Talent Show benefitting charity.

Eligible: Catholic High School/St. Joseph’s Academy students in grades 8-12.

Moderators: Judy Chapoy, Chris Redden and Steve Galliano – Production Music Director

2018-2019 Officers:

  • President – Ainsley Shulte
  • Technical Coordinator – Emma Durnin
  • Recruitment Coordinator/SJA – Brooke Bell
  • Recruitment Coordinator/CHS – Ben James
  • Educational Coordinator – Charles Landry
  • Communications Coordinator – Kate Landry
  • ITS Coordinator – Nicole Mann

Each year, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes holds a spirited X-Box NCAA Football Tournament, where trophies are given to the Champion and Runner-Up. Throughout the fall, members participate in “Pick the Score” contests involving LSU Football Games. During the year, the club collects donations from its members at each meeting for the St. Vincent De Paul Pharmacy. They also participate in an annual Car Wash each spring to benefit a member of the Baton Rouge community in need. The FCA closes out the school year with its annual Crawfish Boil in April.

Eligible: Catholic High School students grades 8-12.

Moderators: Dale K. Weiner and Caleb Williamson

2017-2018 Captains:

  •  President – Grant Segar
  • Senior Officer – Alex Black
  • Senior Officer – Paul Brown
  • Junior Officer – Yusuff Atkins
  • Junior Officer – Landry Kerth
  • Junior Officer – Harper Massey
  • Junior Officer – Jude Papillion
  • Junior Officer – Sayer Sauviac
  • Sophomore Officer – Beau Baca

The French Club annually attends the state convention, ALCFES, rotating its sites in Lafayette, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, where they tour the French area of the city, have a historical scavenger hunt and eat at the French Market. The club’s service projects include the Hunger Walk and the Brother Eldon 5K run. During the year members participate in cheese tasting, chocolate tasting, CHS/SJA King Cake party and pastry tasting meetings.

Eligible: Catholic High School students grades 8-12.

Moderators: Lyn Holden and Margarita Ramos-Grasa

2018-2019 Officers:

  • President – Paul Balhoff
  • Vice President – Evan Daigrepont
  • Secretary – Beau Brown
  • Treasurer – Kylle Poiencot
  • Historian – Jack Fuselier
  • Senior Advisor – Kyle Becnel
  • Senior Advisor – Garrett Tassin

Several times a month, students from different corners of the campus gather to fight evildoers of this world and worlds unknown. The Games Club members enter to match wits in a series of strategic thinking and concentration games as well as video games. These warriors come and go from week to week, but there is a strong camaraderie felt by all.

Eligible: Catholic High School students in grades 8-12.

Moderator: Chris Redden

2017-2018 Officers:

  • President – Noah Davis
  • Vice President – Evan Goldsmith

Intramural sports enable Catholic High students, faculty and staff members to participate in single, dual and team sport activities. Intramurals promote wellness and provide opportunities for enjoyable activity and fellowship, while offering a constructive outlet for improved usage of leisure time.

Moderator: Cathy Robichaux (Director) and Shelley Reinecke

Catholic High School intramural sports include

  • 8th and 9th Grade Basketball
  • 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Basketball
  • Co-Ed Volleyball
  • Flag Football
  • Dodge Ball
  • Bowling

The Junior Classical League encourages an interest in and an appreciation of Latin and classical antiquity. Members participate in several notable events such as the Catholic High School Latin Prayer and Carol Service, LJCL Fall Forum, and a laser tag fundraiser. Committed to service, JCL also participated in two service projects: Bowl for Hope and the St. Jude Walk. Members of JCL attended State Convention in March and several members will attend National Convention this summer at Emory University in Atlanta.

Eligible: Catholic High School students in grades 8-12 currently enrolled in Latin or students who have completed Latin II.

Moderators: Graham Waddill and Ryan Carruth

2017-2018 Officers:

  • President – Marshall St. Amant
  • VP of Publicity – Hunter Doiron
  • VP of Spirit and Olympika – Jakob Greer
  • VP of Certamen and Academics – Philip Tullier
  • Historians – Francis Dinh and Sebastian Cordova
  • Editor – Joseph Mengis
  • Technology Coordinator – Noah Davis

JCL Creed:

We the members of the Junior Classical League,

covenant to hand on the torch of classical civilization in the modern world.

We believe an acquaintance with the civilization of Greece and Rome will help us

understand and appraise this world of today,

Which is indebted to the ancient civilization

in its government and laws, literature, language and arts.

We affirm the JCL experience develops responsibility,

fosters brotherhood, promotes enthusiasm, encourages competition,

inspires dedication and enriches our total growth.

Every Tuesday and Thursday the Martial Arts Club meets immediately after school. They gather to develop a full range of self-defense techniques covering strikes, throws, takedowns, chokes, joint locks and situational personal defenses. In addition to self-defense, the club spars, practices yoga and meditative breathing procedures. The goal is to utilize these skills in developing the students as more complete individuals harnessing their natural mental abilities to improve focus, concentration, discipline and self-confidence. The club competes in the Annual Han Mu Do Invitational Tournament.

Moderator: Mr. Tim Chustz

In the Fall, Catholic High School Mu Alpha Theta students host the Junior High Math Tournament, which draws over 300 students from local Catholic elementary schools. In the spring, Mu Alpha Theta members host the Annual High School Math Tournament. The club also attended numerous tournaments during the year culminating with its participation in State Convention in April.

Eligible: Catholic High School students in honors-level or advanced mathematics classes.

Moderators: Peggy Patout and Nancy Patout

2018-2019 Officers:

  • President – Grant Alumbaugh
  • Vice President – Hunter Dorion
  • State Vice President – Nicholas Fanguy
  • Treasurer – Sebastian Cordova
  • Sgt. at Arms – Christopher Cronin
  • Secretary – Karsten Brown
  • Tournament Chair – Danile Barfield

The National Honor Society has spearheaded the CHS Christmas Toy Drive for the past several years by gathering and purchasing toys for underprivileged children. They also provided workers for the CHS Habitat Build, acted as ushers for various CHS events throughout the school year and served as tutors for students who need additional academic help. NHS has contributed financially to their annual philanthropies which have included Cystic Fibrosis, Podcasts for Peace (Nicaragua), Warrick Dunn Charities, Red Sweater Project (Africa), Baton Rouge Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Boys Hope and Literacy Awareness.

Eligible: Juniors and seniors with a 3.8 weighted cumulative GPA are invited to membership.

Moderators: Willie Stephenson and Sherry Brouillette

2018-2019 Officers:

  • President – Jack Fuselier
  • Vice President – David Culotta
  • Secretary – Christopher Cronin
  • Treasurer – Joseph Mengis

The Catholic High Patriots Club is a service club dedicated to appreciating our veterans and celebrating America. We want to use the Catholic High spirit to spread patriotism in our school, faith, and city communities while also giving members ample service hour opportunities.. The Patriots Club is one of the first and only school organizations of this nature in the entire country. The Patriots Club plans multiple events and service projects throughout the year including a 9/11 Prayer Service for Peace, Veterans Day Appreciation Dinner, Operation Gratitude collection for our deployed troops, and talks from World War Two vets among other things.

Moderator: Jarrod Quebodeaux

2017-2018 Officers:

  • President – Evan Dille
  • Vice President – Paul Cassisa
  • Secretary – Jacob Rhodes
  • Public Relations – Ryan Aultman

Photography Club members meet every Monday after school to plan picture-taking assignments for the week. They share their talents by taking pictures of all student activities and events for school publications and publicity items. After school, students crop and correct their digital pictures on computers in the lab before they are printed for display on school bulletin boards and showcases. Also, the club posts photos online, making them available for viewing and purchase. For their service project, members go to Southdowns School and help with several of their student events each year. Part of the Photo Club’s service to Southdowns includes taking and printing photos of these events for the school. One of the major fundraisers is Grandparents Day where the club takes photos of grandsons with their grandparents and sell them online to help purchase new equipment.

Eligible: Catholic High School students in grades 8-12.

Moderators: Brad Messina and Adriane Metz

Purchase photos from Photography Club

Password: chsbears

2018-2019 Officers:

  • Presidents – Francis Dinh
  • Vice President – Logan Wingerter
  • Secretary – Hilton Eymard

Do you enjoy competition, trivia, and working as a team? Then the Quiz Bowl is right for you! Quiz Bowl allows students to come together for tournament-style play of answering trivia questions as a team, allowing them to develop their knowledge, as well as leadership and teamwork skills. Quiz Bowl members also get to participate in Quiz Bowl tournaments against other schools, with our 2017-2018 team even progressing all the way to the National High School Quiz Bowl Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia.

Eligible: Catholic High students in Grades 8-12

Moderator:  Suzanne Williams

The Respect Life Club, led by Student Ministers, seeks to promote and advocate that life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death. With guest speakers and service projects, the members actively raise awareness of pro-life issues to the school and community. The club encourages students to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C., with their parish communities and represents CHS at the Louisiana March here in Baton Rouge. Students participate in the diocesan wide campaign “40 Days for Life” by praying in front of the Delta Clinic to end abortion. Students also visit Angola prison, a local hospice facility and the Women’s New Life Center.

Moderators: Pegeen Romero and Jami Hayes

2017-2018 Executive Officers:

Ryan Aultman, Joshua Campesi, Jacques Gaspard, Rees Romero and Eli Weathers

The CHS/SJA Show Choir is an audition-only music group composed of SJA and CHS students who perform pop music repertoire. The group prepares two performances a year for the school community as well as performances throughout the Baton Rouge community. The group is composed of instrumental musicians as well as vocalists. Students in the group learn what is needed to prepare, produce, and perform an exceptional musical show. Members also learn the skills necessary for live music production and recording.

Eligible: Open to any student at CHS or SJA pending auditions in the fall and spring.

Moderators:

CHS – Gerren Porch and Katie Potts

2017-2018 Officers:

  • Co-Presidents – Hannah Militello and Everett Bonner
  • Vice President – Kate Stanford
  • Secretary/Treasurer – James Lalonde

The purpose of Spanish Club is to provide opportunities outside of the classroom for those interested in the Spanish language and culture, participate in activities and meet other students. Additionally, the club honors the importance of helping the community by participating in service projects as Bowl for Hope and The Hunger Walk. By joining the Spanish Club, you can celebrate Hispanic holidays, learn about different customs, and experience the food, music and art of Spanish-speaking countries.

Eligible: Catholic High School Students grades 8-12

Moderators: Susana Costela and Keith Annabella Rawls

2018-2019 Officers:

  • President – Patrick Lemoine
  • Vice President – Scotty Black
  • Co-Secretaries – Ross DeNicola and Ian McLean
  • Treasurer – Hunter Antie
  • Historian – London Drummond

This year, Speech and Debate finished the transition to Mock Trial. The Mock Trial teams worked with volunteer attorney coaches preparing a fictional case to try at the District Tournament sponsored by the Louisiana Bar Association. The club participates in Bowl for Hope and the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk as their service projects.

Eligible: Catholic High School students in grades 8-12.

Moderators: Casey O’ Banion and Chris Silvio

2017-2018 Officers:

  • President – Joe Noguera-Zuniga
  • Vice President – Brooks Bryant
  • Secretary – Ian Thompson
  • Service Chair – Jackson Haag

The mission of the Student Ambassadors is to serve Catholic High School in the process of recruiting of new students. The Student Ambassadors became an official club in the 2007-2008 school year. Ambassadors assist the school by playing various roles in the admissions process. Along with participating in many service projects during the year.

Eligible: Students with one year of CHS experience.

Moderators: Sherie LeBlanc, Jaime Olinde and Charles Jumonville

2018-2019 Officers:

  • President – James Lalonde
  • Co-Vice Presidents – Karsten Brown and Andrew Shea
  • Junior Advisor – Luke Bella
  • Junior Advisor – Collin Casseri
  • Junior Advisor – George Dial

Raising school spirit, planning events to involve more students, and participating in more service projects are a few of the goals of the Student Council. The year is packed with projects such as sponsoring dances, sponsoring a Glow in the Dark pep rally, and hosting “Bear Camp,” an orientation program for incoming eighth and ninth-graders on their first day of school. Other activities include the homecoming week activities and dance, as well as Student Council Week and the Catholic High School/ St. Joseph’s Academy Challenge. The council members attend district, state and regional conventions. The club was elected state parliamentarian and District III treasurer for 2013. The council also provides financial assistance for the student activities, the National Honor Society Toy Drive and the LASC state charity.

Eligible: Catholic High School students in grades 8-12. Election by class vote.

Moderators: Fiona Conroy and Drew Losavio

8-2018 Officers:

  • President – James Tate
  • Vice President – Jacob Limbocker
  • Secretary – Daniel Barfield
  • Historian/PR – Ebenezer Aggrey
  • LASC State Vice President – Ross DeNicola
  • District III Communications Director – Parker Stanford

The Catholic High School Student Ministers strive to nourish the spiritual life of the student body and shape the school culture in a positive manner. The year begins with a summer training workshop with students from Brother Martin, E.D. White, St. Stanislaus, St. Scholastica Academy and Vandebilt. Throughout the year, student ministers serve as liturgical ministers, mentors to the eighth and ninth graders through monthly meetings, ministers at school retreats and leaders of morning prayer. They meet monthly to plan upcoming events and celebrate Mass. Additionally, they staff eighth grade retreats for Catholic elementary schools.

Moderators: Patrick Dulaney, Pegeen Romero, Scott Losavio, Margo Otterstetter and Chris Wynne

The Ultimate Team is an athletic club whose members play the sport commonly known as Ultimate Frisbee. The Ultimate Team has competed against high school teams from all across the country. In the spring, the team traveled to Chattanooga, Atlanta and Greenville to compete against some of the premier high school Ultimate teams in the country. This year, the Catholic Ultimate Bears will once again host the Louisiana State Championship.

Eligible: Catholic High School students in grades 8-12.

Moderator: Taylor Messenger and Thomas Echols

2018-2019 Captains:

TBA

Catholic High School students participate in the Youth and Government Conference in mid-February held in Baton Rouge. Students attend committee meetings held at Baton Rouge Magnet High School and spend an entire day debating their bills in chamber at the Louisiana State Capitol. The club also raised funds to support the Youth in Government State Project on Autism and to support the Catholic High School Habitat for Humanity Build. Once club officer elections are completed, a dinner will be held to announce new officers.

Eligible: Catholic High School students in grades 9-12.

Moderators:  Jewell Riecke, Jarrod Quebodeaux and Chris Wynne

2018-2019 Officers:

  • President – Spencer Heitman
  • Vice President – Alan Duggar
  • Public Relations – David Culotta
  • LEG Secretary – Charles Landry
  • MUN Secretary – Jakob Greer