Our week-long Homecoming celebration included STUCO's dress-up days, an alumni panel in chapel in Cade, a bonfire, tailgating, soccer games, a pep rally, the Homecoming basketball game - a Falcon victory - and Winter Formal for upper school students. On the Lafayette Campus, lower school students and teachers celebrated with an ESA history scavenger hunt, a mix-it-up read-alound that allowed them to return to previous years' classrooms to share stories, and a day to wear t-shirts that featured ESA spirit or things about which they are passionate. Thanks to STUCO, cheerleaders, drunmline, ESA music, and the faculty members who helped to put it all together!
The Lafayette Campus' Let Grow project was recently featured on KATC's Cool Schools segment. For the December project, teachers did not assign homework. Instead they challenged students to complete tasks they haven't already tried, such as caring for pets, helping with dinner, and making their own lunches. View the segment on KATC.com.
Since Thanksgiving, instead of homework Lower School students have been completing independent tasks, such as feeding pets, folding clothes, and cooking meals for their families. Students are encouraged to choose tasks they haven't done yet but feel ready to do. When a task is complete, the child who did it makes an oak leaf, writes his or her name on it, and brings it to school to put on the tree in the Enrichment Center. Each grade level has been challenged to complete 40 tasks. Looks like they are well on their way!
ESA's Youth Legislature team attended the program's annual conference in Baton Rouge last weekend. In the mock legislative session, students were able to present and debate bills, vote, and more - all in the House and Senate chambers of the State Capitol. A bill written by Anil Cacodcar and Tate Broussard was chosen by secret ballot, a bill by Lauren Gachassin passed the House, and a bill by Corbitt Driskell was passed into law. Other students served as justices and lobbyists. Four ESA students ran for office to serve at next year's conference, and their campaigns were successful: House Floor Leader - Anil Cacodcar; President of the Senate - Corbitt Driskell; Chief Supreme Court Justice - Bridger McCasland; and Governor - Grant Suire. Congratulations to ESA's Youth Leg team: Grant Suire, Maudry Anne Nichols, Lauren Gachassin, Corbitt Driskell, Makenna Cullen, Tate Broussard, Jaya Kasturi, Bridger McCasland, Peter Kaiser, Anil Cacodcar, and Amelia Leroux!
Lower School students, family members, and teachers celebrated Christmas with a service of Lessons and Carols, an Episcopal and an ESA tradition. Each class created artwork that was projected on the screen as they performed. Each art piece was inspired by the class' carol and by the work of artist Mary Blair.
Eighth graders in Dr. Andrew Armond's Intro to Religion classes have been studying church architecture by designing their own structures in Minecraft. Following guidelines based on common architectural elements found in different types of churches, the students are collaborating in small groups, as well as sharing a Minecraft realm so they can explore each other's churches. In addition to designing his own Minecraft structure, Dr. Armond summarized his All-School Thanksgiving Eucharist sermon for the National Association of Episcopal School's blog.
The Community Service Club introduced this year's Adopt-a-Grand program in chapel in Cade on Wednesday. The club will host a holiday party at the School Days Apartments in New Iberia, a facility for elderly residents. Advisories adopted residents to provide gifts such as blankets, slippers, perfume and treats. Next week's Jammies for Grammies day on the Cade and Lafayette Campuses will provide funds for the party.
ESA's Girls Swim team took 5th place and the Boys team finished 6th at the State meet in Sulphur this week! With just ten swimmers, ESA competed against much bigger teams in the 27-team meet. All swims, individual and relays, scored points for the Falcons. Congratulations to individual State champions Michael dela Rosa (100 breast) and Regan Manning (500 free), who both set school records in their first place finishes. Other top three finishes include: boys 200 medley (Nick LaGraize, Michael dela Rosa, Curtis Hidalgo, Anil Cacodcar), 3rd; Elena Alvarado, 2nd in 200 IM and 3rd in 100 breast; Michael dela Rosa, 2nd in 200 IM; Regan Manning, 2nd in 100 fly (school record); boys 200 free relay (Curtis Hidalgo, Nick LaGraize, Anil Cacodcar, Michael dela Rosa), 3rd; girls 200 free relay (Elena Alvarado, Lily Pillaro, Malaika Subramanian, Regan Manning), 4th and school record. Congratulations, Falcons!
Lafayette Education Foundation representatives visited the Lafayette Campus Thursday to pin the teachers who have been nominated for LEF's 2020 Teacher Awards. Congratulations to Beverly Burgin (science and math), Barbie Hedge (PK4), Julie Miller (PK4), Sandy Thompson (Kindergarten), and Elizabeth Pham (Learning Center)! Out of all of the Lafayette Parish nominees, sixteen will be chosen as finalists, and all will be honored at a ceremony on January 29th.
ESA is listed in Newsweek's Top 500 STEM High Schools in America! Ranked #307 overall and #109 among private schools across the nation, ESA is also ranked as the top STEM high school in Lafayette and fourth in Louisiana. From PK3 through 12th grade, ESA teachers provide plenty of opportunities for hands-on STEM learning. See just a few examples on ESA's Facebook page.
Boys and Girls Cross Country brought home ESA's 86th and 87th State titles! The boys' team won its sixth State championship in a row, and senior Oliver Nickel won his second individual cross country State championship in a row, followed by Christian Herpin, 4th place; Tate Broussard, 10th; Charlie Blanchard, 11th; Ian Waskom, 12th; Greer Hernandez, 16th; and Adam Sabbaghian, 19th. ESA's top five runners scored just 39 points for the team win (points are calculated by adding the team's top five places, so lower is better). An average time of 17:50 puts ESA boys in second place in the All-State competition, which ranks all teams competing in Classes C, B, 1A, and 2A. ESA girls won their fourth State Championship in five years. They put five runners in the top ten and scored only 28 points to win the title. Running for the Falcons: Aline Malek, 2nd place; Ellianna DesOrmeaux, 4th; Briley Herpin, 5th; Taylor Guillotte, 8th; Ava Grace Hebert, 9th; Minnie Blanchard, 20th; and Ellie Bollich, 28th. The girls also placed second in the All-State competition, with an average time of 20:37. They ranked 6th across all classes - C through 5A - and were selected as a top ten team in the coaches' poll. Congratulations, Falcons!
Henry Shuffler, '20, has signed a letter of intent to pitch for the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Henry is the second baseball player in ESA history to commit to a Division I school. Be sure to watch him and his teammates play on the basketball court this winter and the baseball diamond in the spring. Congratulations, Henry!
At last Saturday's Top 24, Regan Manning, '22, swam the 500 Free in 5:23.42 - a personal best time and new school record. The girls 200 free relay team set a new school record of 1:58.31. And Regan, Michael dela Rosa, '20, and Elena Alvarado, '23, made the All-Star team. On Wednesday and Thursday, November 20 and 21, ESA Swimming will compete in the State meet in Sulphur. Good luck, Falcons!
Congratulations to ESA Quiz Bowl's A team - first place in UL-Lafayette's Matthew Hayes Invitational! The tournament is named after an ESA alumnus from the Class of 2001 who started UL's Club for Academic Competition to compete in intercollegiate quiz bowl competitions. Matt is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Computer Science at Xavier University of Louisiana. He's also a favorite moderator at ESA's annual tournament.
Chaplain Dr. Andrew Armond will celebrate his ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons on December 14th at 11:00am at St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria. Dr. Armond will be ordained as a transitional deacon. All deacons are clergy in the Church, meaning that they play a specific role within the life of the Church and are under Holy Orders. But there are two types of deacons. Vocational (or perpetual) deacons are ordained to that ministry and serve as deacons throughout their vocational lives. Transitional deacons are ordained as a further step toward the priesthood. They serve in the deacon’s role for six months to one year and then are ordained as priests. Dr. Armond will be ordained as a transitional deacon in December and as a priest at some point in 2020.
Congratulations to this year's Canterbury Tales competition winners, seniors Rylie Miniex and Harper Gunn! Each year, students studying Chaucer are challenged to memorize and recite the prologue to The Canterbury Tales. Those with the best pronunciation and presentation are invited to compete in chapel before a panel of expert judges. All of the 2019 performers were fantastic. View a video of the winning performance on ESA's Facebook page.