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Catholic High announces National Merit semifinalists

Posted January 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

Five Catholic High School in Baton Rouge seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists and 10 have received National Merit Commended honors in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Roughly 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across the nation entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The top 50,000 scorers qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship program.  

Of those 50,000 students, the top one-third (approximately 16,000) qualifies as National Merit Semifinalist. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. CHS seniors qualifying as a

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    Baseball players from Mater Dolorosa School in Independence were excited by a surprise visit from Wade Miley.  Miley played professional baseball for Arizona, Seattle, Baltimore and Boston and is now a free agent. In honor of his long-time friend, Johnnie ‘Lilman’ Santangelo, who died from brain cancer in 2016, Miley is sponsoring the Mater Dolorosa baseball team this season and will work with the team. The players were given an autographed baseball by Miley. Photo provided by Erin Mendez | Mater Dolorosa

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    He & Me Holiday Dance

    The cafeteria of St. Aloysius School in Baton Rouge was decked with Christmas cheer to host the 2017 “He & Me” Holiday Dance for the Girl Scout Community 118. More than 75 “He & Me” pairs from St. Aloysius, University Lab, Trinity, St. James and Sacred Heart schools danced the night away, made crafts, enjoyed hot cocoa, sweets and made silly memories in the photo booth. The fundraiser helps area Girl Scout troops meet their goal for Annual Family Giving. “He & Me” pairs also

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    Brody Doan, Landen Schillage, Bryce Beard and Nathan Drummond, members of the cross country team at Holy Ghost School in Hammond, were selected to the Tangipahoa All-Parish Cross Country Team for setting personal records during the season. Photo provided by Cindy Wagner | Holy Ghost School  

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    Several local veterans visited Holy Ghost School in Hammond on Oct. 3. They spoke to the school’s junior high students, sharing stories about their military experience. The veterans also answered questions from the students. Many of the seventh- and eighth-graders in attendance wanted to know what it would be like to serve their country. At the end of the visit, the veterans presented a new flag to the school. Accepting the gift is Melissa Bordelon, third from left, a teacher at the school. Also pictured

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    Threaded with Love

    The Catholic Commentator

    Samee McDaniel’s eyes didn’t twinkle in anticipation of the presents she would receive for her seventh birthday party. Instead, they surveyed what she had. Deciding, “I’m good,” her eyes lit up with joy when she was able to give rather than receive at her party through helping homeless women and children.

    Samee McDaniel used the sewing machine she received from her grandmother to make blankets for the

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    CHS students offer a family a new beginning

    The Catholic Commentator

    Derrick Gant and his two sons, A’Niaje and Chanse, emerged from a red truck and smiled broadly as they walked through a parting crowd in a red-carpet like treatment to take ownership of the Habitat for Humanity home on Mississippi Street in Baton Rouge built for them by Catholic High School students Jan. 23.

    Derrick Gant walks through the

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Youth Archived


    A wonderful surprise for students at Mater Dolorosa School in Independence happened recently when pilot Jacob Dreher, father

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