Congratulations to the ESA Soccer players named to the Division IV District 3 All-District teams! Boys first team: Jack Guidry, Ian Allam, Adam Sabbaghian, and Christian Herpin; second team: Collin Pooler, Sawyer Gibbs, and Evan Lipari. Adam Sabbaghian was named Offensive Most Valuable Player and Coach Adam Glover was named Coach of the Year! Girls first team: Aline Malek, Tayler Guillotte, and Arden Frantzen. Second team: Maddie Breaux, Christiaan Thibodeaux, and Piper Leger. Way to go, Falcons!
The ExLabs creative communications class met to discuss and review assigned films, as well as critique the evolution of their own personal scripts. For a special treat, students spent the first hour of class with Lucas Ridley, a forestry major from Sewanee who turned professional animator and filmmaker after falling in love with the medium. He has worked on films such as Disney's Aladdin, Transformers: The Last Knight, Avengers: Infinity War, Lego films, and more. Lucas entertained ExLabs students with insights as a professional in the industry, and with how his journey has been a challenging and rewarding climb to success. Check out his website to see more of his work: lucasridley.com.
Congratulations to the 2020 members of ESA's chapter of the CumLaude Society: seniors Robert Rhymes, Michael dela Rosa, Hannah Kitakule, Kate Kaufman, Emily Minvielle, and, not pictured, Keegan Riley, Amaryllis Wiltz, and Ruthie Reaux. ESA is one of four schools in Louisiana to be a part of the CumLaude Society, a program for independent schools modeled after Phi Beta Kappa. These students are at the top of their graduating class, and have maintained superior academic performance in a challenging and rigorous high school curriculum.
At the UL Lafayette Rally Visual Arts competition, Emma Cascio (above) placed first in the sculpture category and received Best in Show! Other ESA artists were honored at LSU's 6th Annual Juried High School Exhibition. Over 400 submissions were reviewed this year, and just over 70 pieces were exhibited. Eight works by ESA artists were on display, and ESA took home three of the five awards given at the closing ceremony. Honorable mention went to Isabelle Berthelot for her 40 Moons Tapestry and to Jaya Kasturi for her photograph, Neal. Madi Stelly received third place for her watercolor and gouache painting, Bottles. Congratulations to all of the students and to the ESA Visual Arts Department!
Ophthalmologist Anu Gupta Desai,'98, a PK3 parent, spoke to the PK3 children about their sense of sight. The students have been learning about the five senses, and this week they focused on senses of sight and touch. Dr. Desai brought lots of models for the children to examine. They were able to ask questions and and to learn new information about how important eyes are. They even made their own model eyes out of paper plates and construction paper. Thank you, Dr. Desai!
Charles Blem, Ariana Felton, and Tori Wilson represented ESA at the state level Poetry Out Loud competition, where Tori placed third overall. Congratulations to all three students for outstanding performances!
Works by ESA students were on display in the UL Rally Visual Arts exhibit at Fletcher Hall Gallery located near Girard Park last week. The ESA submissions include pieces by Kate Kaufman, '20, Divya Kasarla, '20, Emma Cascio, '21, Isabelle Berthelot, '20, Jaya Kasturi, '21, and a video by Kyla Greenstein, '21. More photos on ESA's Facebook page. Saturday was also the last day of the LSU School of Art’s 6th Annual Statewide Juried High School Exhibition. Eight works by ESA artists were on display, and ESA took home three of the five awards given at the closing ceremony. Honorable mention went to Isabelle Berthelot for her 40 Moons Tapestry and to Jaya Kasturi for her photograph, Neal. Madi Stelly received third place for her watercolor and gouache painting, Bottles. Congratulations to our ESA artists!
Lower School students and teachers welcomed the Tibetan monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery this week. The children not only enjoyed watching them create the beautiful sand mandala. They also asked countless questions, shared center time and lunches with the guests, and joined them in practicing meditation. At the end of the week, the monks swept the sand and poured it into the river as a symbol of impermanence. We thank them for sharing their culture and their message of compassion and kindness with us.
A cross-curricular project based on the book A Long Walk to Water has given seventh graders the opportunity to explore the geography, history, and science of east-central Africa and to examine the issue of water scarcity from several different angles. Teachers Christina Hidalgo, Susan Doré, and Missy Gates helped the students forge connections through reading, writing, hands-on experiments, research, presentations, and discussions. Read about the many aspects of the project here.
Eight works by five ESA artists have been selected for the LSU School of Art’s 6th Annual Statewide Juried High School Exhibition. The works are on display now through March 7th at the Foster Gallery on the LSU campus, open Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 2:00 to 6:00pm. Winners in various categories will be announced at a closing reception on March 7th from 1:00 to 3:00pm. The show highlights the best work of high school artists from throughout Louisiana. Congratulations to Jaya Kasturi, '21, Collin Pooler, '20, Madi Stelly, '20, Christiaan Thibodeaux, '20 (sculpture above), and Isabelle Berthelot, '20! Photos of artwork on ESA's Facebook page, and Isabelle's video on ESA's Vimeo channel.
At Senior Night for ESA Basketball and ESA Cheerleaders, the teams celebrated Ben Bordes, Oliver Nickel, Jackson Spoon, Henry Shuffler, Matthew Hebert, Lawrence Bourgeois (video coordinator), Emily Olivier (manager), Ruthie Reaux (cheer captain), Harper Gunn (cheer captain), Piper Naudin, Riley Hulin, Isabelle Berthelot, and Ana Huval.
Courir des Faucons, the Lower School's prairie-style Mardi Gras celebration, started with PK3 and 3rd grade students visiting classrooms to entertain and beg for food that will be donated to Solomon House. Then everyone enjoyed gumbo, chicken games, and a fais-do-do with music and dancing.
ESA's Model UN team of ten upper-school students attended the Model United Nations conference in Baton Rouge. Hosted by the Louisiana YMCA, the conference asks students to research, write, and debate UN resolutions on behalf of different nations. This year, several ESA resolutions passed, and Anil Cacodcar received the conference’s highest honor, the Monice Oliphant Award, given to one student participant who "encourages and fosters leadership through service, fellowship, responsibility, and respect for oneself and others among all participants." Anil also won awards for outstanding datasheet, outstanding resolution, and outstanding delegate in his committee. Congratulations to Anil and the ESA team!
Several fourth grade students video-conferenced with their pen pals, who live in Jakarta, Indonesia. The ESA students introduced the season of Mardi Gras and explained the shirts they made for the Courir des Faucons. It was the first time the students were able to chat with their pen pals face-to-face.
First graders in Mrs. Joanne Broussard's class discussed poverty as part of their focus on cultural anthropology. The students brainstormed about how to help those less fortunate, and decided to hold a lemonade sale to raise funds to send much-needed socks to children in an orphanage in Ghana. The first graders appreciated the support from lower school students at Friday's sale!
After several weather delays, Boys Soccer finally celebrated Senior Night. Thanks to senior leaders Ben Bordes, Vern Guidry, Collin Pooler, and Keegan Riley. With an 8-0 win over Covenant Christian in their first playoff game, the boys move on to the quarterfinals. They'll take on Christ Episcopal in Covington Tuesday at 5:30pm. Admission is $7. Good luck, Falcons!