The Catholic Commentator

Ascension Catholic High School Alumni Association recently named its 2015 Alumnus of the Year and Hall of Distinction inductees.

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Ascension Catholic High School alums recently recognized in a special ceremony by the school’s alumni association are, seated from left, Michelle Pizzolato Blanchard, Mary Graffeo Bergeron, Sandy Truxillo Mattingly and Karen Loup Petranick; back row, Mark Dubreuil, Darrell Ourso, Daniel Mattingly, Paul Amedee and Major Benjamin Landry. Photo provided by Lauren Walker | Ascension Catholic School


Daniel Mattingly, a 1980 graduate of Ascension Catholic, was named the 2015 Alumnus of the Year.

Mattingly was chosen based on his integrity, family values and Christian standards as reflected in his Catholic school education.

He is a community, church and school volunteer and works as an agricultural land manager. The LSU graduate, who has extensive experience in the sugar industry, was inducted into the alumni association’s Hall of Distinction in 2011.

In addition to Mattingly, other graduates of the Donaldsonville diocesan high school were honored. Eight men and women were inducted into the group’s Hall of Distinction and were selected for demonstrating significant accomplishments in their chosen professions and for faithfully living the teachings and values of their Catholic education.

They are Mary Graffeo Bergeron, a 1968 graduate and 34-year educator at Ascension Catholic School; Mark Dubreuil, a 1979 graduate and a maintenance superintendent with CF Industries in Donaldsonville; and Karen Loup Petranick, a 1981 graduate, home health care nurse, and a current resident of Omaha, Nebraska.

Other inductees include two graduates of the Class of 1982: Sandra Truxillo Mattingly, an office administrator; and Darrell Ourso, a financial consultant and former Louisiana state representative; Paul Amedee, a 1984 graduate and an environmental health and safety professional; Michelle Pizzolato Blanchard, a 1990 graduate and an award-winning teacher; and certified registered nurse anesthetist Major Benjamin Landry, a 1993 graduate, member of the United States Air Force Reserves, and a resident of Conroe, Texas.

Each graduate honored received a special medallion.

Since 1994, the Ascension Catholic High School Alumni Association has honored selected graduates by inducting them into the group’s annual Hall of Distinction. Through the years, several business and community leaders have been recognized including 1972 graduate Father Phil Spano, 1989 graduate Father Matthew Dupre, 1967 federal judge the Honorable Sarah S. Vance, and 1940 graduate E. J. Ourso, philanthropist and benefactor of LSU’s School of Business.