Congratulations to the ESA artists recognized at the LSU Statewide High School Exhibition! ESA Visual Arts took home three of the six awards given to students: Malaika Subramanian (ceramics) placed 2nd, and Matthew Romig (glass beads) and Will Bako (video) received honorable mentions. The Visual Arts department received special recognition for Best Overall Showing. Thanks to teachers Amie Rogers, Elise Sonnier, ‘98, and Jennifer Graycheck, ‘01, for leading this exceptional program!
At Wednesday's NHS banquet, the newest members of the Areté chapter of the National Honor Society were inducted: Ethan Boagni, Cassie Bowers, Will Bako, Isabelle Bethelot, Ben Bordes, Katy Broussard, Stella Falterman, Riley Hulin, Sarah Humble, Divya Kasarla, Emil Meyer, McKenna Miller, Rylie Miniex, Emily Minvielle, Collin Pooler, Ava Allam, Hayden Boagni, Matthew Bush, Emme Clement, Corbitt Driskell, Moiz Fazal, Arden Frantzen, Estelle Godeaux, Christian Herpin, Peter Kaiser, Mai Landry, Luke LeGoullon, Aline Malek, Thomas Rhymes, Matthew Romig, Maggie Shuffler, Grant Suire, Haley Waddell, and Ian Waskom. Membership in NHS is offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors who maintain a grade point average of at least 3.50 and, in the opinion of the faculty, have exhibited leadership, strength of character, and service to the community. Congratulations to all of ESA's NHS members!
Congratulations to the newly inducted members of the National Junior Honor Society: eighth graders Luke Huffman, Lucy John, Irene Kaiser, Madeleine Martin, Elizabeth Muldowny, Lily Ouellet, Stephen Rhymes, Maryn Roberts, Max Ross, and Atley Troxclair; and seventh graders Allison Aucoin, Anna Breaux, Martin Davidson, Reese Foret, Henry Fuller, Jacques Gachassin, Hélène Godeaux, Briley Herpin, Hayden Ladner, Zach Lawrence, Parker Leger, Evan Lipari, Claire Lisecki, Sidney Loughlin, Zoya Subramanian, and Alex Trahan!
Juniors and seniors witnessed the final piece of Sudden Impact - the mock trial. The program, which encourages making good choices while behind the wheel, begins in sophomore year with a visit to the hospital to learn about the ramifications of a traumatic accident. It continues with a mock crash and mock trial for juniors and seniors. Thanks to the team of volunteers - emergency personnel, law enforcement officers, legal staff, students, parents and teachers - who provided this year's simulation for ESA students!
Thanks to all of the students who represented ESA at District Rally at UL. Placing in the top four and advancing to State were: Lucas Blanchard, Advanced Math/Functions and Statistics - 4th; Anil Cacodcar, Pre-Calculus - 1st; Charles Blem, Algebra I - 3rd; Sarah Humble, Biology II - 2nd; Luke LeGoullon, Calculus I - 1st; Jake Sledge, Calculus II - 1st; Emme Clement, English II - 1st; Katie Clement, English IV - 1st; Environmental Science, Nathan Mouton - 1st; French I, Lily Ouellet - 1st; Ayden Brown, French II - 1st; Ravi Baker, French III - 1st; Haley Waddell, Spanish I - 1st; Ben Bordes, Spanish II - 2nd; Matthew Gary, Spanish III - 1st; Leah Gerard, Spanish IV - 1st; Katie Osborne, Video Production - Excellent; ESA Drama (above, receiving feedback from the judges) - Excellent; Madi Stelly, Painting - 1st; Jaya Kasturi, Photography - 1st; Makayla Vallery, Sculpture - 1st; Maggie Menard, Sculpture - 3rd. Congratulations!
In preparation for Read Across America week, Lower School students and teachers dressed as their favorite book characters. Librarian Emily Lyles, who dressed as Max from Where the Wild Things Are, spoke in chapel about what reading means to her, and asked teachers and students to share how reading has made a difference to them. Next week, guests readers will visit each classroom as the celebration of reading continues! More photos on ESA's Facebook page.
ESA's middle school MATHCOUNTS team took first place in the regional competition held at UL-Lafayette last Friday. The team of Ravi Baker, Charles Blem, Owen Broussard, and Arun Cacodcar will compete in the state competition later this spring. Individually, Ravi placed first, and Charles finished second. Congratulations!
Works by ESA artists submitted for District Rally will be on exhibition Tuesday through Saturday at UL's Fletcher Hall, room 207. An opening reception will be held on February 19th at 6:00pm, with awards announced at the Literary Rally on February 23rd. ESA artists with submitted works include Makayla Vallery, Maggie Menard, Angela Frey, Jaya Kasturi (photograph shown), Madi Stelly and Katie Osborne. Congratulations to these artists chosen to represent ESA!
ESA swept the Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition at the ACA this weekend. Ian Faul finished 1st, Harper Gunn 2nd, and Tori Wilson 3rd. All will be competing at the State competition in Baton Rouge on March 9th for a chance to go to Washington DC for the National competition. Congratulations, Ian, Harper, and Tori!
Members of the Tinker Lab cluster will partner with No Waste Lafayette to host a Fix It Café at the Lafayette Campus on February 23rd from 9:00am to noon. The Fix It Café is a pop-up meeting place where community members can gather, bringing items in need of repair to be assessed and worked on by experienced volunteer fixers. There will be several repair stations set up in the ESA Lower School Enrichment Center. Fixers will be on hand to assess and fix bicycles, furniture, ceramics, electronics, small appliances, dull knives, clothing, textiles, and jewelry.
Congratulations to the ESA senior athletes who committed to play on National Signing Day, February 6th. Cassie Bowers, left, will play soccer for Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Hailie and Kailie Williams, center, will join the volleyball team at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. And Reuben Egan will play basketball for Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York.
ESA Lower School students joined more than 500,000 students around the world for Global Play Day, an event designed to bring awareness to the fact that children need unstructured, self-directed play in order to fully develop into healthy, happy people. On the Lafayette campus, students built forts, played tag, created with art supplies, visited new (or old) classrooms, and made new friends.
ESA Girls and Boys Soccer won their first playoff games Tuesday night. The girls defeated Episcopal of Baton Rouge 3-0, and the boys beat Houma Christian 9-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. On Monday, the girls will travel to Catholic High for a 6:30pm game, while the boys will take on St. Thomas Aquinas at home at 6:00pm. Admission is $8. Good luck, Falcons!
A troupe of ESA Lower School students performed at the LEF Teacher Awards ceremony last week. The group, consisting of 3rd-5th graders, sang two American folk songs, then performed two traditional Acadian dances while singing the accompanying songs. Thanks to French teacher Harriet Castille and music teacher Rusty Roden for working with the students to learn the songs and dances!
ESA Quiz Bowl hosted 32 teams from 19 schools at the annual Cade Cane Classic. Congratulations to the ESA team of Anil Cacodcar, Joshua Feist, Jake Sledge and Grant Suire, who finished second in the tournament. Jake Sledge was the fifth highest individual scorer of the day. Thank you to quiz bowl coordinator Ashley Dugas and the team of volunteer moderators, scorekeepers, runners, breakfast and lunch helpers, and everyone else who made the event run smoothly!
ESA Soccer celebrated Senior Night! Thanks to seniors Ella Frantzen, Cassie Bowers, Anna LeGoullon, and Samantha Withers, as well as Sloane Brasseaux, Jude Miller, Parrish Anderson, Ethan Boagni, Tommy Burns, Nathan Mouton, Will Cowan, and Landon Chrysler for leading the boys and girls teams this season! Entering the playoffs, both teams have byes in the first round, with the girls seeded second and the boys seeded first. Good luck, Falcons! And congratulations to ESA Soccer players Parrish Anderson, Nathan Mouton, and Cassie Bowers, named to the 2019 All-Star teams!
ESA held its second annual schoolwide Poetry Out Loud competition in chapel Wednesday. In English classes last fall, upper school students memorized and recited poems as part of a program created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The schoolwide competitors - Ian Faul, '22, William Lemoine, '20, Emme Clement, '21, Tori Wilson, '22, Jeanne Myers, '22, Kathryn Dressel, '21, and Harper Gunn, '20 - were chosen to recite poems in chapel. Ian (1st), Tori (2nd), and Harper (3rd) will advance to regional competition at the ACA. View a video of the chapel at vimeo.com/esacadiana.
A video created by ExLabs student Riley Hulin, '20, about the freshman physical science boat project is now featured on the National Association of Independent School's Inspiration Lab site! You can also view it on ESA's Vimeo channel.
Works by six ESA artists have been selected for the LSU School of Art's 5th Annual Statewide Juried High School Exhibition. Congratulations to Matthew Romig, '21, glass beads (shown); Malaika Subramanian, '21, ceramics; Makenna Cullen, '21, photography; Angelica Llopis, '20, ceramics; Isabelle Berthelot, '20, video; and Will Bako, '20, video! Will's "One at at Time" and Isabelle's "Out of Body" can be seen at vimeo.com/esacadiana. The exhibition will be held February 18–March 16, at the Foster Gallery on the LSU campus, and winners will be announced at a closing reception for the artists on March 16th.
Freshmen in Physical Science were challenged to create towers using spaghetti and hot glue that could support the weight of buckets filled with water. Mr. Gould and Mr. Jones tested the towers Wednesday. View a video of one of the tests on ESA's Facebook page.
First graders are continuing the service project and social studies lesson they began last semester. Surprised by how much money they raised through their cookie sale, the students have been working to decide what to do with the funds. This week, they worked with fourth graders to write persuasive essays. The fourth graders helped the younger students put their journal entries and thoughts into opinion essays, and through the process, discovered the importance of building rapport, elaborating ideas and listening attentively. The next day, the first grade students argued their cases to their classmates, then voted on two different packages to help people through Heifer International. The students chose sending a girl to school and providing communities with clean, healthy water, as well as supporting other projects. The final package included something that each student had argued for, so all of them were happy!
First graders in Mrs. Joanne's class took over the Lafayette Campus kitchens to bake more than 1,000 cookies as part of a service project that grew out of a social studies lesson. During their study of cultural anthropology, the first graders watched a video about children in a Tongan village in Africa, and were moved by the differences between their own comfortable lives and the lives of the children they saw. They decided to host a cookie sale to send a girl to school through Heifer International. With a goal of $275, the class raised more than $700. This semester, they will hold discussions to decide which additional projects to support. View KATC's story on the cookie project here!
Students and teachers on both campuses wore jammies Friday to support the Community Service Club's project to provide a Christmas party and gifts for the elderly residents of the Schooldays Apartments in New Iberia, a ministry of Solomon House. The Jammies for Grammies day was a not-so-free dress day, and raised plenty of funds for a wonderful celebration. Thanks for your generosity!
The class of 2023 visited Avery Island last week to help with coastal restoration efforts there. The eighth grade class planted 550 nuttall oak seedlings grown from seed by last year's eighth grade class. Seen here, the orange and pink flags mark the newly planted trees. The mature tress will also serve as a food source for Louisiana black bears. As part of the LSU Coastal Roots program, each year the eighth grade class plants and nurtures seedlings on the Cade campus for the next year's eighth graders to plant. In Louisiana, 50 schools from 21 parishes participate in the Coastal Roots program, a seedling nursery program for habitat restoration. ESA has been involved with these coastal restoration efforts since 2015.
The Lower School held its annual Lessons and Carols service in the Henton Chapel in Cade last Sunday. Thank you to all of the teachers who worked with musicians and actors, designed and folded programs, and adjusted costumes for this spirit-filled service!
Third grade teacher Leslie Tidwell and kindergarten teacher Sandra Thompson have been honored with nominations for the Lafayette Education Foundation's Teacher Awards. LEF representatives visited the Lafayette Campus Wednesday to "pin" these two teachers, who were nominated by parents and students through letters to the organization. Congratulations, Mrs. Sandy and Mrs. Leslie!
Eighth graders celebrated the end of National Novel Writing Month with a pizza party. Throughout November, all 56 members of Mr. Fuller’s English class penned their own novels. Since October, the class has been studying the elements of writing a compelling narrative, including character, plot, conflict, setting, mood, and dialogue. ESA’s eighth graders have participated in this challenging and reward program for the past seven years. Congratulations, Class of 2023!
ESA's Upper School Youth Legislature team visited the Capitol last weekend to participate in the YMCA Youth Legislature Conference. On Friday, Bridger McCasland and Amelia Leroux became Supreme Court Justices. Grant Suire had his bill moved out of committee and presented on the Senate floor, then addressed his colleagues in opposition to a bill. Corbitt Driskell was in session as a Senator. Anil Cacodcar was selected as a lobbyist, and challenged a bill that has been passed before the state Supreme Court. Great work by this ten-person team!
ESA Cross Country was highlighted on KLFY's "Beyond the Jersey" feature Thursday night. View the segmentto hear from Coach Laura Magann and some of the runners about what makes the team so successful. Congratulations, Falcons!
Fourth graders explored architecture this week with the help of some local experts. Lafayette architect Maureen Dugas Foster encouraged the students to notice architectural features and materials visible at the Hilliard University Art Museum. The students viewed architectural drawings, models and photographs of several A. Hays Town buildings exhibited at the museum. Then, using cardboard, they constructed original designs and represented them in elevation drawings. Following the Hilliard visit, Geoff Gjertson, architecture professor at UL, gave the group a tour of the Beausoleil House, the award-winning solar home designed and constructed in 2009 for the DOE Solar Decathlon. Students were most interested in the energy saving design choices and materials.
Complete results are in from the State Swim Meet. Individual medalists include: Elena Alvarado: 1st, 100 Breast and 3rd, 200 IM; Regan Manning: 2nd, 100 Free and 3rd, 500 Free; Michael delaRosa: 2nd, 100 Breast and 2nd, 200IM; Ryan Rhoades: 1st, 100 Breast; and Izzy Sabbaghian: 2nd, 200 Free. Congratulations, Falcons!
PK3 students enjoyed a wonderful Friendsgiving celebration with their 2nd grade reading buddies. The gathering was planned and set up entirely by the PK3 students. Throughout the process, they worked on important literacy and math skills such as print concepts, measurement, and one-on-one correspondence in a way that was authentic and meaningful. The children created the invitations for the event, painted and set up the table décor, made the place cards for each guest, followed recipes to prepare the food, and worked together to set the tables. In preparing for their friends, the PK3 students also learned about the characteristics of a good host or hostess, such as how to greet your guests, showing guests to their tables, and helping them feel comfortable and welcome to the party. All of their efforts created a fun and memorable gathering!
ESA Swimming competed in the State meet, and came home with two individual State Championships - Elena Alvarado and Ryan Rhoades both won in the 100 breaststroke! New school records set at State: Izzy Sabbaghian - 50 free and 100 free, Regan Manning - 500 free, and Ryan Rhoades - 100 breaststroke. Congratulations, Falcons!
Taylore Louviere, '19, has committed to play beach volleyball at Carson-Newman University in Tennessee. Taylore and Hailie Williams have been named to the All-District first team. Kailie Williams and Madyson McBroom made second team, and Peyton Stokely received honorable mention. Congratulations, Falcons!
ESA Boys' Cross Country won their fifth State Championship in a row, and Girls finished second in the State meet in Natchitoches on November 12th. Boys Class B State Champions: Oliver Nickel - 1st; Jackson Spoon - 3rd; Will Lemoine - 6th; Christian Herpin - 7th; Sloane Brasseaux - 10th; Tate Broussard - 15th; and Keegan Riley - 29th. Girls Class B State Runners-Up: Sam Withers - 2nd; Aline Malek- 3rd; Taylor Guillotte- 7th; Ava Grace Hebert - 11th; Maddie Breaux - 13th; Piper Leger - 18th; and Arden Frantzen - 30th. LHSAA has new meet-day All State Awards for teams and runners competing in Classes C through 2A. All State Honors for the fastest team average time of the day across all divisions: ESA boys - 1st place, ESA girls - 2nd. All State Honors for Top 10 individual times of the day: Oliver Nickel - 2nd; Jackson Spoon - 4th; Samantha Withers - 4th; and Aline Malek - 5th. Congratulations, Falcons!
Members of the Class of 2019 Patrick Gilfoil, Madeline Turner, Katie Clement, and Jake Sledge competed in the annual contest to recite the prologue to Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Each year, all members of the class memorize and recite the prologue in the original Middle English, and the top performers from senior English classes compete in chapel. A panel of judges selects the winner based on presentation, pronunciation, and understanding of the language. Congratulations to this year's winner, Madeline Turner! View a video of the performances on ESA's vimeo channel.
Thanks to all of the fans who supported ESA Volleyball this year! The team's 2018 season ended with a hard-fought loss to Central Catholic in the quarterfinals of the State tournament Thursday. We're so proud of the way these Falcons represented ESA!
Second graders hosted a Market Day on Thursday. Students experienced the dynamics of supply and demand by marketing original goods and services to fifth graders, who each had a budget of $5 in "money" to purchase items of their choice. Goods and services for sale included Foosball games, fidget spinners, paper airplanes, hair braiding, handmade notebooks, massages, joke books, harmonicas, bath salts, and hand painting.
A group of sophomore volunteers led fourth and fifth graders through a Hunger Banquet on Tuesday. After an introduction to food scarcity issues, the younger students were divided into upper, middle and lower income groups, with different meals for each group. The simulation and presentation helped them to understand the challenges of poverty around the world. Ellen Nora, executive director of Solomon House, spoke about her organization's efforts to help disadvantaged residents of Iberia Parish, and thanked the ESA students for their support. The Lafayette Campus is holding a food drive for Solomon House now through November 15th.
The Class of 2022 joined the ranks of ESA students and alumni who have faced the challenge of the ninth grade Physical Science Refrigerator Boat Regatta. Equipped with a cardboard appliance box, caulk, duct tape, plastic ties, paint and a couple of weeks to work, each group of students crafted a boat designed to carry one passenger through a course at Spanish Lake, and to allow the paddler to pick a pumpkin up out of the water along the way. They also predicted the draft when loaded according to Archimedes' Principle.
ESA Swimming competed in the Top 24 meet last Saturday. Ryan Rhoades, '20, set a new school record of 1:01.27 in the 100m breaststroke. He's also The Advertser's High Achiever of the Week! The team will compete in the State tournament next Wednesday and Thursday, November 14 and 15. Good luck, Falcons!
ESA Swimming placed second overall in District competition this week. The boys' team placed second and the girls third. ESA's All-District swimmers are Michael dela Rosa, Ryan Rhoades, Izzy Sabbagghian, Elena Alvarado, and Regan Manning. At the Top 24 meet on Saturday, Ryan Rhoades, '20, set a new school record of 1:01:27 in the 100m breaststroke. On to State on November 14th-15th!
ESA Swimmers are breaking school records and setting personal bests! Support the team for Senior Night and District competition on Monday, October 29th, at the Robichaux Center pool starting at 5:15. Izzy Sabbaghian and Katie Osborne will be our Senior honorees. Go Falcons!
The Class of 2023 has returned from their adventures in the mountains of North Carolina. After five days of backpacking and bit of rock climbing, they rafted on the Nantahala River and braved the cold of Sliding Rock. Welcome home, eighth graders!
ESA Volleyball celebrateed Senior Night for Hailie Williams, Ellie Broussard, Kailie Williams, and Taylore Louviere on Tuesday. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, ESA will host the Spooktacular tournament, a fantastic event with decorations, costumes, and this year, a performance by ESA musicians. Congratulations to Hailie Williams (#17), who was chosen to play on the West team in the 2018 East vs. West All-Star Volleyball Game on Saturday, November 17th in New Orleans! And to Taylore Louviere (#4), who was in the KATC Senior Spotlight! There are just a few more chances to see the team at home - including this weekend during the Spooktacular tournament and next Wednesday, October 31st, in the bi-district playoff match. Good luck, Falcons!
Civics teacher Dr. Kristin Tassin received a "Teaching Tolerance" Diverse Democracy Grant for a project focused on voter registration and increased voter turnout. Students developed "get out the vote" efforts and voter registration drives at Albertson's in Broussard and at the Ain't No Shade in Cade meet. They will share their experiences with the Cade campus community later this year. More on KATC.
The ESA Music Club performed at Solomon House's “Top Chef with a Twist” fundraiser, and the Community Service Club created a sculpture of cans donated by ESA families for the event. Solomon House is an outreach mission of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in New Iberia, and provides food and financial aid to hundreds of residents of Iberia Parish. Thanks to ESA students and families for supporting this great organization!
Fourth and fifth grade students are participating in the Global Read Aloud by reading Amal Unbound, a novel about a young girl forced into indentured servitude in Pakistan. Guest speaker Faryal Atif taught students about the culture of her native Pakistan. They were able to enjoy a taste of chai, folk music and henna, while comparing and contrasting the book and the information provided by Faryal.
ESA Cross Country hosted the Ain't No Shade in Cade meet on October 6th, with varsity girls finishing 4th, varsity boys placing 3rd, and middle school girls and boys both taking 1st. ESA's All-Acadiana runners, determined by placement at the meet, are Oliver Nickel, Jackson Spoon, Christian Herpin, Aline Malek, and Samantha Withers.
Sophomores traveled to Dauphin Island, Alabama, for a marine biology experience. Through research and field work, they learned about the plants and animals in the estuary and spent time in both the salt marsh and the maritime forest. In the evenings, they took their studies into the lab for further exploration.
Congratulations to the ESA students who placed in Louisiana Writes, a writing contest for students from K to 12th grade in Louisiana schools: Annalise Fitzgerald, K – 2nd Non-Fiction, 1st Place; Camille Cromwell, K – 2 Fiction, 1st Place; Sharon Lazarus, K – 2 Fiction, 2nd Place; Turner Gachassin, 3rd – 4th Fiction, 3rd Place; Jackson Blem, 3rd – 4th Poetry, 2nd Place; Jillian Kennedy, 4th – 6th Jr. French Poetry 2nd Place; and Grace Pellegrin, 5th – 6th Poetry, 3rd Place! The students will be honored at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge on November 10th.
ESA Quiz Bowl began a year of competition at the Xavier tournament in New Orleans last weekend. The JV team reached the semifinals in their division, while the varsity team placed 5th in their division and qualified for nationals in Chicago. Way to go, Falcons!
Congratulations to Michael dela Rosa, '20, and Samantha Withers, '19. Both have been The Advertiser's High Achiever of the Week! Read about Michael here and Sam here. The girls' cross country team is currently ranked in the top 10 in the state. Way to go, Falcons!
Lower School artists collaborated to create Falconwings, with each student in kindergarten through 5th grade contributing a feather. On their feathers, they wrote about what lifts them up and makes them soar. Art teacher Claire Caffery photographed each student in a favorite Falconpose!
Congratulations to senior Joshua Feist (right), named a 2018 National Merit Semifinalist! Joshua is among the top scorers on the PSAT, a test taken during junior year. He has the opportunity to become a finalist and to be awarded a National Merit Scholarship. And congratulations to Matthew Disher (left), the first member of the Class of 2019 to be accepted into college. Matthew has been offered a spot in the University of Alabama - Huntsville's Class of 2023!
Congratulations, Middle School Cross Country! Boys placed 1st and girls 2nd at the September 12th STM meet. Finishing in the top fifteen were: boys - Greer Hernandez (2nd), Will Brown (3rd), and Charles Blem (6th); girls - Briley Herpin (3rd), Ellianna DesOrmeaux (7th), Lila Pugliese (10th), Bailey Guillotte (12th), and Maryn Roberts (15th). Great job, Falcons!
ESA Swimming had their first meet of the season Tuesday night. Girls placed 2nd, boys placed 3rd, and the team placed 3rd overall. Ryan Rhoades, Elena Alvarado, Michael dela Rosa, and Izzy Sabbaghian won individual events. Thanks to grandparent Carolyn Delahoussaye for the personalized team towels!
Congratulations to the newest ESA inductees into the International Thespian Society! In the middle school: Charles Blem, Ariana Felton, Claire Garber, Camille Morvant, and Josh Mendoza, and in the upper school: Abba Ramsay, Ian Faul, Niko Pillaro, Jae Fabre, Estelle Godeaux, Corbitt Driskell, Casey Swize, Jake Sledge, and Katie Clement. The International Thespian Society is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students. The Society's mission is to honor student achievement in the theatre arts. Students earn points by participating in the school's theatre program through work on the crew, in music, or in acting for school productions. Local theatre participation also adds to their point accumulation. Break a leg, thespians!
ESA athletes have a new tool to enhance their training. Lafayette-based Unlock Training is using Sparta Science technology to test athletes to determine strengths, weaknesses, and potential injury risks. Coaches will receive a report on each athlete and advice on exercises to address imbalances. The ESA athletic department invested in the program to make the most of the time athletes spend in practices and training sessions.
Thank you to the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who represented ESA in middle school sports this year. Congratulations to the athletes honored with coaches' awards! Select Read More to view the list or awards.
Members of the Class of 2018 are in England now. They spent several days in Paris, and visited The Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, Chartres Cathedral, an immersive exhibit of Gustav Klimt at Atelier des Lumieres, Notre Dame Cathedral, and more. Before leaving France, the Seniors toured Normandy. After a ferry ride across the Channel, they stopped at Stonehenge then headed into London, where they will spend the next few days. The trip is the culmination of their liberal arts studies at ESA.
Sophomore Isabelle Berthelot's film, "The Track We're On," has been accepted to the inaugural 2018 Johns Hopkins University Film Contest and Festival. One of 30 chosen out of 250 high school entries, Isabelle's film will be screened at the historic Parkway Theatre in Baltimore (above) in late June. Isabelle has earned a trip to the festival, where she will experience screenings of student work, meet-ups between young filmmakers, and workshops with industry professionals. Congratulations, Isabelle!
Last week Mrs. Barbie's PK4 students dug clay with upper school Ceramics III students on the banks of the Vermilion River at the Lafayette campus. This week the younger students visited the Cade campus ceramics studio to craft Egyptian scarab beetles (aka dung beetles) from the clay they collected. They also enjoyed a snack of cake dung balls and a tour of the upper school art studios.
Several ESA athletes and coaches were honored as nominees at The Daily Advertiser's 2018 Sports Awards, and two received trophies at the ceremony. Congratulations to Soccer Player of the Year Parrish Anderson and High Achiever of the Year Mark Dibbs!
Congratulations to ESA's 2018 Writes of Spring winners: Annabel Clark - Kindergarten, third in fiction; JuJu Badeaux - 3rd grade, first in poetry; Clara Troyanowski - 2nd grade, second in fiction; Amelie Gomez - 3rd grade, first in fiction; Grace Pellegrin - 5th grade, third in poetry; Aiden Valois - 1st, first in fiction; and Jacob Camden - 12th grade, first in poetry!
IsabelleBerthelot's watercolor, "Old Chapel," has been selected for the 9th annual Southern Teachers Association student art calendar. Twelve pieces were chosen out of 432 submissions, and the calendar will go to over 2,000 independent schools this summer. Congratulations, Isabelle!
Fifth graders are wrapping up their week at the Teton Science Schools in Kelly, Wyoming. They have conducted field research, recorded in their journals, hiked in and enjoyed the snow, completed a service project, and observed the wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystems.
The students who attended the Youth Legislature program in Baton Rouge last week brought home several honors. A bill about bienniel boat inspections sponsored by Lily Oullet and Lucy John made it out of committee, passed through the Senate and the House, and was signed into law. Anil Cacodcar's bill on education reform was signed into law as well. Lily, Lucy, Anil, and Amelia Leroux received Hall of Fame recognition voted by the teachers of the all the schools present. Other honors included: Sergeant-at-Arms: Senate--Adam Gombos; House--Harrison Hugonin; Secretary of DOTD and Health and Welfare--Jeanne Myers; bill sponsors who debated their bills: Atley Troxclair, Lily, Lucy, Anil, and Stella Levy; committee members and those who spoke in favor of or against bills in their respective chambers: Allison Aucoin, Evie Lecky, Chaz Dyer. Thanks for representing ESA so well!
ESA musicians played on the Wurst Biergarten stage at Festival International Thursday afternoon for a large and enthusiastic crowd. Following the concert, an opening reception was held for a showing of ESA artists' work on display at Kelli Kaufman Studio and Gallery. The show will remain up during Festival International, 11am-3pm, and during the month of May by appointment only. Thank you to parent Kelli Kaufman for hosting the exhibit!
At the Lafayette campus, students held a Vocabulary Parade. Each volunteer designed a costume inspired by a favorite word learned this year, and the group paraded through chapel. Fourth grade teacher Coty Eastin coordinated the event to build students' excitement about learning and sharing new words, and to build their creativity skills. Favorite words included tesseract, projectile, geode, adventurous, and Ms. Coty's favorite word, librocubicularist, defined as a person who reads in bed.
Congratulations, ESA Golf! The squad finished second in the Regional tournament. Alex Billeaud and Oliver Nickel are Regionals Co-Champs! The squad will compete in the State tournament Monday and Tuesday at The Farm. Good luck, Falcons!
ESA Tennis competed in the Regional tournament Monday and Tuesday. Haley Waddell (singles) and the doubles team of Divya Kasarla and Stella Falterman reached the semifinals. Haley, Divya, Stella, and Victoria Kinsland (singles) qualified for the State tournament, as did boys' team members Tucker Arkin (singles), Daxton and Dylan Fowler (doubles), and Emil and Julien Meyer (doubles). Congratulations, Falcons!
Seventh graders spent Friday working to benefit others in the Acadiana community through a Day of Service. After studying hunger issues in different classes this year, the students spent the day volunteering at FoodNet in Lafayette, Solomon House in New Iberia, and the Iberia Boys and Girls Club. The group donated 326 pounds of food and bagged 104 bags, or 1872 pounds, of rice as part of their service. To show students how middle school service projects make a global impact, ESA is participating in the Global Youth Service Day 2018. Visit https://leadasap.ysa.org/ and scroll down to the map to find ESA's Day of Service. Thanks, Class of 2023!
Five Ph.D. candidates from the UL-Lafayette Biology department visited seventh grade science classes this week to discuss types of adaptations in the plant kingdom. The UL students tied the ESA classes' recent discussions of heredity into how plants survive in nature. Seventh graders were taught how to use line transects and quadrant sampling to study plant biodiversity. At the end of the lesson, ESA students were surprised to receive their personalized styrofoam cups that were part of the recent marine research expedition in the Gulf of Mexico. The cups were taken to 1,000 meters where they were affected by the pressure. The students were excited to see the changes that occurred. Thank you to UL-Lafayette students and faculty for continuing to connect with ESA science students!
Thanks to all who purchased items at Monday's bake sale at the Lafayette campus! Fifth grade bakers initiated the event to benefit ESA's Tates/Tutwiler Endowment Fund through their love of baking. The boys produced 13 different types of home-baked goods to sell, and generated $429.75 in donations to the endowment, which provides need-based scholarships for ESA students. Endowment namesakes Cabell Tutwiler, David Tate, and Anne Tate made a surprise appearance to personally thank the boys for their efforts.
A film created by ExLabs student Isabelle Berthelot, '20, was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Film Now Festival in Philadelphia, was screened live, and placed third in the competition. View the film on the ExLabs vimeo channel. Congratulations, Isabelle!
In science, fifth graders explored the inner workings of the musculoskeletal system by dissecting chicken wings. Students identified the bones, tendons, muscle fibers, cartilage, and types of joints after observing how they interrelate. Thank you to the parents who donated lab coats to the science department!
The Class of 2018 exhibited fine arts pieces in the Senior Art Show, an annual showcase of photography, ceramics, video, painting, drawing and mixed media pieces by the graduating seniors. Usually up for a week, the show ended early so that artists and artwork could travel to the ISAS Fine Arts Festival in Dallas. More than 40 upper schoolers and several faculty members represented ESA and spent time with students and teachers from 40 independent schools from throughout the southwest. ESA band members performed in the Coffee House and Rock Band venues Friday. Alec Sabatier, '18, performed piano solos, and Corbitt Driskell performed percussion solos on Saturday. Students displayed 2D and 3D artwork and videos for critiques. Actors performed one-acts and duos as well.
Congratulations to our newest National Honor Society inductees: Hiba Fazal, Casey Swize, Ellie Bollich, Caitlin Chen, Michael dela Rosa, Leah Gerard, Harper Gunn, Kate Kaufman, Hannah Kitakule, William Lemoine, Piper Naudin, Oliver Nickel, Ruthie Reaux, Robert Rhymes, Keegan Riley, Amaryllis Wiltz, and, welcomed as a member from her previous high school, Taylore Louviere!
The Class of 2022 visited Lake Martin Friday to help with habitat restoration efforts there. The eighth grade class planted approximately 350 bald cypress seedlings grown from seed by last year's eighth grade class. As part of the LSU Coastal Roots program, each year the eighth grade class plants and nurtures seedlings on the Cade campus for the next year's eighth graders to plant. In Louisiana, 50 schools from 21 parishes participate in the Coastal Roots program, a seedling nursery program for habitat restoration. ESA has participated since 2015. Last year's eighth graders grew an additional 350 red oak and 100 pecan seedlings that will be used by other schools participating in the Coastal Roots program this year.
A group of ESA teachers and administrators traveled to Atlanta this week for the National Association of Independent School's annual conference. ESA's presentations include: Jennifer Desormeaux Graycheck, '01, and Brett Landry, '95 (above), describing ExLabs, their creative communications class; Shannon Frugé and Paula Majeau explaining the Lower School's executive function curriculum; and Upper School Head Andy North, who is part of a group of aspiring heads from various NAIS schools, discussing long-term sustainability. Thanks for representing ESA on a national stage!
In chapel this week, fourth graders presented costumes that represent words they associate with ESA. Wonder, thinking outside the box, precision, Duo Days, staying in the struggle, origami, and cooperation were the words and phrases chosen by the presenters. Fourth grade teacher Coty Eastin invited all Lafayette campus students to create costumes that represent one favorite word they've learned this year. Participants will present their costumes in chapel later this spring.
The Class of 2024 spent the past three days enjoying The Discovery Program at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. Through this outdoor education program, students and faculty work together to further develop the leadership, collaboration, cooperation, and communication skills they discuss in advisory groups throughout the school year. The hands-on, outdoor experiences give students new ways to understand responsibility and to bond as a class. Thanks to the teachers who accompanied the sixth graders on this adventure!
Last weekend, ESA students participated in the French Convention in Baton Rouge. ESA won third place in the banner competition, and third place for the scrapbook. Piper Naudin (right) placed third for writing, Amaryllis Wiltz (center) placed third in singing interpretation, and Isabelle Berthelot (left) won a 5-week scholarship to study French at St. Anne in Canada. Félicitations!
Four ESA students - Luke LeGoullon, Anna LeGoullon, Joshua Feist, and Jake Sledge - participated in a Science Olympiad competition at UL-Lafayette last weekend. The students placed in six out of their seven events, and won three of the events. They had fun building a hovercraft and a Rube Goldberg device for the competition, and can't wait to compete again next year!
ESA Basketball defeated Family Christian 50-47 in Friday's quarterfinal game to advance to the State semifinals and the Top 28 in Lake Charles. The Falcons will play Jehovah Jirah Monday at 1:15pm in Burton Colisuem.
Congratulations to the cast, crew and band of Spamalot for three fantastic performances. Thanks to our ten senior leaders: Cameron Baker, Ryan Boudreaux, Ashlyn Driskell, Ben Gomez, Ann Marie Lahasky, Dylan Nails, Pablo Pellerin, Arib Qureshi, Alec Sabatier, and Leigh Stokes!
Micah Nicholas, '13, (here with cousin Jaylen Nora, '18), shared his story in chapel. Micah attended Sewanee, where he majored in psychology. He came to ESA for a summer program he heard about through the Boys and Girls Club of New Iberia, and enrolled as a freshman in the fall. Now Micah serves as Executive Director of that same Boys and Girls Club. At ESA, he learned to push himself when things aren't easy. "ESA teaches you to be comfortable with being uncomfortable," he says.
ESA Boys' Soccer is the 2018 State Champion! Congratulations to the soccer players and to Coach JB Brunet for the 5-0 victory over Northlake Christian on February 24th. Parrish Anderson has been named Division IV Most Outstanding Player. It's ESA's 82nd State Championship and the first for Boys' Soccer since 1990. Way to go, Falcons!
ESA Girls' Soccer reached the State Finals for the first time since 2004. The team fell 2-0 to Newman in the final game, held at UL's Soccer Field on February 23rd. Congratulations to the players and to Coach Stephen Devine. We're proud of you, Falcons!
All seven of ESA's semifinalists have been named National Merit Finalists. Among the top 15,000 scorers on the PSAT, National Merit Finalists are eligible for Merit Scholarship awards to help with college tuition. Congratulations to Story Frantzen, Alec Sabatier, Jacob Camden, Mark Dibbs, Abby Langford, Brian dela Rosa, and Ashlyn Driskell!
ESA artists will be represented in ceramics, painting and photography at the 2018 LSU Statewide Juried High School Exhibition. Pop culture portraits by an entire ceramics class were selected, as well as individual pieces by Stephen Donlan, Angela Frey, Kinsley Welsh, Madi Stelly (work shown), and Isabelle Berthelot. Congratulations, ESA Visual Arts!
English teacher Missy Gates was delighted to be working with 400-year-old folios as one of thirty teachers in the nation chosen for the Shakespeare Folger Institute’s Weekend Intensive in Washington, DC.
Congratulations to Ashlyn Driskell and Jacob Camden, named candidates in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the highest honors awarded to high school students! Just over four thousand candidates were selected from nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among the senior class. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program.
The Louisiana High School Track Coaches Association recognizes the Top 25 runners in the state across all divisions, and three-time State Champion Samantha Withers, '19, is on the list. Congratulations, Sam!
STUCO President Abby Langford, '18, has been named the winner of the New Iberia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Essay Contest, and a semifinalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program.
Five students - Jacob Camden, Abby Langford, Hiba Fazal, Harper Gunn and Emme Clement - represented ESA in the regional competition of Poetry Out Loud on January 13th at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Jacob and Hiba were selected to move on to the State competition.
Lower Schoolers had a pajama day! To pay for the privilege of wearing jammies, upper school community service members asked the younger students to make a small donation that will go towards providing a Christmas party and meal for elderly residents of the Schooldays Apartments in New Iberia, a ministry of Solomon House.
Congratulations to Lafayette campus science teacher Beverly Burgin, and PK4 teachers Barbie Hedge and Julie Miller! They were pinned today as nominees for the 2018 Lafayette Education Foundation's teacher awards.
Congratulations to ESA's Class B All-Academic runners: Daniel Magann, Oliver Vreeland, Alec Sabatier, Abby Langford (All-Academic across all divisions and classes), Ashlyn Driskell, Leigh Stokes, Breigh Rodriguez, and Abigail Kitakule!
This month, second graders participated in Market Day, a Lower School tradition. Students experienced the dynamics of supply and demand by marketing original goods and services to fifth graders, who each had a budget of $5 in "money" to purchase items of their choice.
Ninth graders took part in the 16th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta this November. The goal of the project is to build a boat of corrugated cardboard large enough to carry one passenger, to predict the draft when loaded according to Archimedes’ Principle, and to successfully paddle the boat through a course at Spanish Lake.
ESA parent volunteers attorneys Richard Kennedy, '92, Stacy Kennedy, Matt Green, and Jasmine Bertrand-Vale, as well as Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber and The Honorable Charlie Fitzgerald, '92, guided second graders through mock legal trials at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.
The Class of 2021 visited Heifer Ranch in Arkansas, where they were divided into groups to inhabit the Global Village for a brief experience in poverty, scarcity and the complexities of surviving in different parts of the world.
Sophomores traveled to Dauphin Island, Alabama, for a marine biology experience. Through research and field work, they learned about the plants and animals in the estuary and spent time in both the salt marsh and the maritime forest.
The Junior class took a curricular trip to the New Orleans area, where they were introduced to the wealth of different communities and identities in Louisiana and to tie into their U.S. History and American Literature classes.
Congratulations to ESA's writers! Placing in Louisiana Writes, a writing contest for students from K to 12th grade in Louisiana schools, are K–2 Fiction, 1st Place - Ella Uebinger, 2nd Place - Camille Cromwell; 3rd-4th Fiction, 2nd Place - Roan Menard, 3rd Place - Turner Gachassin; K–3 Jr.Fr. Poetry, 2nd Place - Jillian Kennedy; and 11th–12th Poetry, 3rd Place - Story Frantzen.
Congratulations to seniors Abby Langford and Samantha Jindia! Abby has been named to the All-Academic Composite Cross Country Team, and Samantha has been named to the All-Academic Composite Volleyball Team.
Middle and Upper school actors, musicians, and crew members have been granted membership into the International Thespian Society, an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students.
The Cade campus enjoyed a special Eucharist on October 4th. Students, teachers and guests celebrated the Eucharist in Spanish as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Gracias to the Spanish Club for planning and decorating, and to all of the participants.
In Cade, the Honor Council invited new members of the community to sign the Honor Book. This tradition, begun in 2002, symbolizes the commitment by members of the ESA community to abide by the Honor Code.
Second graders became TV news meteorologists this week during a field trip to the Acadiana Open Channel studio, where they experienced behind-the-scenes activities in giving a televised weather report.
Dr. Andrew Armond, Cade Campus Chaplain, was recently named as a Postulant in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana. A postulant is one who has discerned a calling to ordained ministry and has had that calling confirmed by the Bishop.
Episcopal School of Acadiana senior Clarke Patrone has been named a Presidential Scholar by the United States Department of Education. Out of more than 3.5 million high school seniors, only 161 students were chosen from across the nation as Presidential Scholars, one of the top honors a graduating senior can receive. Clarke is one of only two from Louisiana, and will receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House ceremony in June.
The Lafayette campus welcomes students, parents, grandparents and guests to Fine Arts Night each spring. Artistic creations line the walkways and the cast of the spring musical perform numbers to preview their upcoming show. Fifth graders follow with Acadian round dances. Thanks to our artists, teachers and volunteers!
Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act staff and ESA Environmental Science students discussed the importance of barrier beach systems for both human and wildlife communities, and students were given training in how researchers trap small mammal populations in those locations for monitoring.
ESA Basketball's Top 28 run ended in the semifinals with a hard-fought 67-57 loss to #1 seed Jehovah-Jirah. A season for the record books. We're so proud of you, Falcons! Thanks for representing ESA so well!
ESA seniors Sam Hebert, Tolson Frantzen, and Clarke Patrone have been named candidates in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Over four thousand candidates were selected from nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2017.
With her first place finish at State, Samantha Withers led the Falcons to their second girls' cross country state championship in a row. And now she's The Advertiser's Female Athlete of the Week. Congratulations, Sam!
ESA’s Lower School Learning Center is making the most of a new program that uses iPads to provide a phonics program customized to each student’s needs. ESA is piloting the Hill Learning System, a new app developed by The Hill Center, a nationally recognized School and Teacher Training Center for Learning Differences, Learning Disabilities and ADHD in Durham, North Carolina.
The Discipline Council, led by Libby Menard, '17, educated the Cade community about the Code of Conduct this week. Unlike the Honor Code, there is no short, memorable phrase that sums up the Code of Conduct. The Discipline Council plans to change that this year.
Each year, the Honor Council begins the year with an educational chapel about the Honor Code and its role in the ESA community. Senior Dominic Berthelot, 2016-2017 Honor Council President, addressed the Cade campus student body Monday.
At Middle School Closing on May 31st, Middle School Head Andrea Hernandez and the middle school faculty honored 6th, 7th and 8th graders with awards and recognition. Upper School Head Andy North welcomed the Class of 2020 into the 9th grade. Congratulations!
Isabelle Berthelot, '20, has been named a winner in the Promising Young Writers Program. Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, the contest recognizes promising 8th grade writers from across the nation.
Thanks to all of the students who represented ESA at District and State Rally. While ESA competes in Division III, those students listed as overall winners took first place across all divisions. Students placing 1st-3rd in each subject in District Rally competed in State Rally. Congratulations!
The Lafayette campus welcomed students, parents, grandparents and guests to Fine Arts Night last Friday. Artistic creations lined the walkways and the cast of The Lion King, Jr. performed two numbers to preview their April 28th show. Fifth graders followed with Acadian round dances. Thanks to our artists, teachers and volunteers for a wonderful night!
Scott Ardoin, ’92, professor of school psychology in the University of Georgia College of Education’s department of educational psychology, has been making news for his work on a method that helps students and teachers reclaim the time they lose transitioning between activities.