10 Apr 2016

Senior Chase Brouillette is Awarded Second Place at Catholic Youth Leadership Award State Finals

CHS senior Chase Brouillette received the second place scholarship award of $3,000 at the State Finals for the Catholic Youth Leadership Award (CYLA) on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

A total of $25,000 in scholarships was awarded Sunday by the Knights of Columbus (KC) Louisiana State Society at the State Finals for the CYLA.  Fourteen outstanding Catholic youth from across the seven Catholic Dioceses of Louisiana competed for the two 1st place scholarships of $4,000 at the competition held at St. Josephí´s Academy in Baton Rouge, LA. 

These young men and women were judged based on spiritual, academic, athletic, community and social activities during their four years of high school. They began the competition by submitting an 8 page application to a local KC council in January.  Each KC council selected a top boy and girl applicant to send to the Diocesan level competition during February. Brouillette was among six other CHS seniors to be selected by the Knights of Columbus at their church parishes as council winners. At this level, a panel of diocesan area KC judges reviewed and scored applicants from among hundreds of applications. Brouillette, from the Most Blessed Sacrament parish, was selected as a Diocesan Finalist and went on to represent the Diocese of Baton Rouge at State Finals.

The final round consisted of a separate panel of KC State Judges, including two past CYLA winners, who are tasked with reviewing the applications of these 14 outstanding finalists in March prior to the State Finals event in April.  The finalists met the Judges for two rounds of interviews at the State Finals Sunday.  After the judges submitted their interview scores and the results were tabulated, all present were treated to a lunch prepared and served by Most Blessed Sacrament KC Council 10455.

The CYLA program began in 1959 by the Louisiana Society Knights Columbus to recognize outstanding Catholic senior boys.  In 1971, the scholarship program began including outstanding Catholic senior girls.