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									                                                                                                      Volume 32, Number 2

The Magazine of Jesuit High School in New Orleans • Winter 2004-2005

                                                                                                   Inside this Issue:
                                                                                                           Thanksgiving Drive

                                                                                   Swimming, Wrestling, and Cross Country:
                                                                                                            State Champs!

                                                                                    Alumnus Interview: F. Winter Trapolin ’31

                                                                                                          Alma Mater Awards

                                                                                                            Blue Jay Archives

                                                                                              Guest Author: Jason Brown ’02

                                                                                                        Winter Sports Report

                                                                         The end of fall and beginning of winter is
                                                                         a special time at Carrollton and Banks.
                                                                         A time when our students generously fill Thanksgiving
                                                                         baskets. A time when State Championships are
                                                                         competed for and sometimes won. A time when the
                                                                         pace quickens and achieving goals is not so easy.
From left: F. Winter Trapolin ’31; Jesuit’s annual Thanksgiving Drive;   But then success is seldom achieved without hard
Cross Country runners Adam Tosh ’06, Brett Guidry ’06, and Kyle          work. It’s a special time. A time when Blue Jay Spirit
Breaux ’05; swimmer Cory Bender ’06                                      stands tall.
                                                                                             Volume 32, Number 2

INSIDE                    4
                              JAYNotes                                                                             Winter
                                1     The President’s Message from Fr. Anthony McGinn, S.J. focuses                Jaynotes, the magazine for and
                                      on underage drinking.                                                        about alumni, parents, and students
                                                                                                                   of Jesuit High School in New
                                2     Four Blue Jay moms honored with Alma Mater Awards                            Orleans, is published quarterly by
                                                                                                                   the Development and Alumni Affairs
                                3     A new feature, “From the Jays’ Nest,” is all-alumni.                         office. A special Graduation issue is
                                                                                                                   also published in July. Opinions
                                4     Guest Author Jason Brown ’02 feels fine.                                     expressed in Jaynotes are those of
                                5     Annus Mirabilis, also a new feature, explores the Blue Jay Archives.         the individual author.

                                6     Fr. Norman O’Neal, S.J., writes about “The Life of St. Ignatius of                          President
                                      Loyola.”                                                                           Fr. Anthony McGinn, S.J. ’66

8       Interview with an alumnus: F. Winter Trapolin ’31                                                                Director of Development and
                                                                                                                               Public Relations
11      Alumnus Roger Schroeder’s “A Boyfriend for Christmas” hits the air.                                                   Pierre DeGruy ’69
12      Where Y’at— Keeping Track of Alumni                                                                                    Jaynotes Editor
                                                                                                                                Mat Grau ’68
14      Thanksgiving Drive 2004: “From thy Bounty”
                                                                    25                                                    Director of Alumni Affairs
17      Jesuit Football on the Radio…and Internet
                                                                                                                         Director of Special Projects
18      The Principal’s Corner by Mike Giambelluca                                                                       Bro. William Dardis, S.J. ’58

19      Jesuit’s Pro-Life Club visits our nation’s capital.                                                              Coordinator of Development
                                                                                                                              & Alumni Affairs
20      Swimming and Cross Country: State Champions!                                                                           Melinda Rogers
22      The Big Sounds of the Blue Jay Band                                                                                Administrative Assistant
                                                                                                                                Traci Arnold
23      Blue Jay Football: Undefeated District Champs
                                                                                                                               Design & Layout
24      Blue Jay Basketball: Setting a Record
                                                                                                                                  Design III
25      Blue Jay Wrestling: State Champions!
28      Bib List—Blue Jays with Babies                                                                                             Brennan’s

Inside Back Cover In Memoriam—a compilation of those                                                                             Photography
in the Jesuit community who have recently died.                                                                    John Raney, Mike Barberito Photography
                                                                                                                    Chris Barberito ’08, David Castillo ’06,
                                                                                                                    Nick de la Rua ’06, Paul Fitzmorris ’06

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           As a part of an ongoing campaign against underage drinking, Jesuit      to give up the carefree days of the col-
           sponsors a town hall meeting for parents every year a few weeks         lege bar scene. He is less
           before Mardi Gras. This year Jim Letten, the U.S. Attorney for the      likely to graduate from college in four
           Eastern District of Louisiana, and other law enforcement officials      years. The alcohol dependence that
           spoke. I have summarized my introductory remarks here.                  begins in early adolescence increases
               I began by asking the parents to think about what their high        the likelihood that the person will
           school aged son was doing at Mardi Gras ten years ago. Then I           continue to self-medicate and not
           asked them to imagine what he will be doing at Mardi Gras ten           develop the personal character that is
           years in the future.                                                    needed to face obstacles and chal-
               Parents at Mardi Gras take certain precautions to provide for       lenges. It will thus prolong one’s ado-
           the health and safety of their six-year olds. They should be no less    lescence and dependence on one’s
           concerned about the health and safety of their sixteen-year olds.       parents.
           Parents face a challenge. They have to balance giving their sons an          I asked the parents to envision their sons at age 26. Will they
           appropriate level of independence and exercising their responsibility   still be in school taking courses to complete their bachelor’s
           to supervise them.                                                      degrees? The fascination of college students with excessive alcohol
               Some of our students will binge drink for the first time at         consumption diminishes their motivation and leads to poor aca-
           Mardi Gras. They and their parents need to know that the early          demic performance. Adolescence is prolonged because alcohol has
           onset of alcohol consumption is closely related to development of       become such a good friend. Adolescence is extended because on
           alcohol dependence and alcohol addiction.                               the front end children are starting to take their first drinks much
               Heavy alcohol consumption by young people can inhibit the           too early. Many develop alcohol dependence making it more diffi-
           development of the brain leading to memory loss and a decline in        cult to complete developmental tasks on time and thus continuing
           learning skills. Every week 31% of high school students binge           dependence on their parents.
           drink. Forty percent of all young people who start drinking before           Our campaign against underage drinking has raised awareness
           age 15 will develop alcohol dependence. The conjunction of these        for parents. We hope that our parents will continue to
           three facts spells disaster for many young people.                      support each other in providing the age-appropriate limitations on
               If alcohol dependence begins in early adolescence, there is a       their children so that they can grow into manhood and
           strong likelihood that adolescence will be prolonged into the next      independence in a happy, healthy, and constructive manner.
           decade. An alcohol dependent college student is unlikely to want
                                                                                                                           Anthony McGinn, S.J. ’66

LEF Campaign Pledges

                                         LEF: Making a Difference for Blue Jays
            (total pledged)
                                         The 2004-05 LEF Campaign jumped off to a great start with 3,319 alumni pledging
                                         more than $705,000 as of January 21. The spring phone campaign is right around the corner—
                          $713,000        March 7, 8, & 9—and class captains and volunteers are needed to come together and call their
                          (pledged as     procrastinating classmates.
                          of Feb. 11)          Chaired this year by Rene Alvarez ’83, LEF began with letters and pledge cards mailed to alumni,
                                          followed by a fall phone campaign that took place over eight nights in St. Ignatius Hall. More than 200
                                          alumni volunteered their time to reach out to fellow classmates on behalf of their Alma Mater.

                                               Two nights were particularly difficult for the volunteers—immediately after phoning began on one
                                          night, a power outage in the neighborhood plunged St. Ignatius Hall into darkness. However, our volunteers
                                          persevered by candlelight and were rewarded with $37,000 in pledges. Additionally, the last evening of the
                                          campaign fell on Election Day, so it was difficult to pull people away from the political coverage, even
                                          though we had a huge 60-inch TV in St. Ignatius Hall just for the junkies.
                The LEF pledge cards were redesigned this year making online pledging easier and it seems to be working well. Last year, only 32
           pledges were received online. Through the first six months of the 2004-05 drive, more than 200 alumni have pledged online. It’s easy—
           just go to and click on the LEF pledge link. Pledges made during the current campaign must be paid by June
           30, 2005.
                It’s that connection that has helped keep Jesuit…Jesuit— the school open to all qualified young men regardless of their financial
           situation. The phone campaign in spring 2005 will take place March 7, 8, and 9. Jesuit needs additional class captains to work the phones
           and contact alumni. If you are interested in applying for this unique, exciting, and rewarding position (meals and refreshments are great
           fringe benefits), contact the Development Office at 483-3813 and we’ll thank you profusely after signing you up.
                Last year’s LEF campaign generated $815,979.66 in pledges from 4,002 alumni. When the campaign ended June 30, 2004,
           $751,645.32 had been paid to the school.
                Jesuit thanks all alumni who volunteer their time and also to those whose gift helps make a difference to the Blue Jays now attending.
                                                                                                                                 Winter 2004 • 2005       1
    Alma Mater Awards
    Bestowed on Four Blue Jay Moms
    The Alma Mater Awards are presented annually to Blue Jay mothers who have given their time
    and talents unselfishly for the betterment of Jesuit High School. Ann W. Colfr y, Jeanne Dufour,
    Debbie B. Junot, and Gail T. Veters were recipients of this year’s Alma Mater Awards and were
    honored at a luncheon held
    November 17, 2004.

    Ann W. Colfry
    Ann has volunteered, chaired, and co-
    chaired numerous committees while her son
    was at Jesuit. You could find Ann assisting
    with the telephone duties at the front desk
    of the guidance office. She has co-chaired
    the Alma Mater Awards luncheon and
    served as its fashion show coordinator.
    Additionally, Ann was on the auction com-
    mittee for four years and served as captain
    of that committee. At the Bazaar, she co-
    chaired the frozen food booth for two years
    and the beverage booth for two years. She
    was in charge of the Christmas greens for          Fr. McGinn presented the Alma Mater Award to (from left) Gail Veters, Ann
    the Christmas Boutique. Ann was a leader           Colfry, Jeanne Dufour, and Debbie Junot. The four were honored for their
    and worker for all seasons at Jesuit. Her          service to Jesuit High School.
    husband, Alfred, is a member of the Class
    of 1963 and their son, John, graduated in

    Jeanne Dufour                                                        Gail T. Veters
    Jeanne is described by her friends as a “woman for others.” She      During the 70s and 80s, Gail spent many hours volunteering at
    has demonstrated this generosity of spirit all during her son’s      Jesuit. A friend said her blue Jesuit apron became quite worn
    years at Jesuit, and beyond, donating her time as a wrestling        during those years. She could be found creating arts and crafts
    mom and co-chairing the greens booth at the Christmas Bazaar,        for the Christmas Boutique, serving at PAG breakfasts, new par-
    the snowball booth, and the faculty and staff luncheons. Jeanne      ents orientation parties, the Baccalaureate Mass reception, and
    has also co-chaired the auction and Celebration, the patron party    the Christmas and Spring Bazaars. Her favorite task, which she
    and the alma mater awards committee. Jeanne, whose son Paul          did for more than ten years at the Spring Bazaar, was helping
    graduated in 1998, continues to be involved at Jesuit —look for      small children at the Kiddie Korral. Today, you can find Gail still
    her at the Bazaar’s snowball booth in 2005!                          helping to address invitations and stuffing envelopes for events at
                                                                         Jesuit. Gail’s family is Blue and White through and through—
    Debbie B. Junot                                                      husband Fritz graduated in 1955, son Patrick in 1979, and son
    Debbie’s friends call her the ultimate Blue Jay volunteer. She has   Rickey in 1985. Gail now looks forward to attending Mass and
    chaired and co-chaired committees at the Blue Jay Bazaar, the        breakfast on Grandparents Day with Patrick’s sons, Christopher
    Christmas Boutique, the Celebration Auction committee, the           ’07 and Ryan ’09.
    Open House, the Mother’s Coffee, and the PAG drive. She has
    helped with the soccer and cross-country programs. A single
    mom working two jobs, Debbie was able to find time to help
    while her son Jeff was a student. She has continued to work at
    the Christmas Boutique and Spring Bazaar since Jeff ’s graduation
    in 1999.
2   JAYNotes

From the
Jays’ NEST
Rara avis…It must be a mere coinci-
dence that Buddy Diliberto graduat-
                                                                                        At the L.A. Reunion were Dean Cochran ’87, with
ed from Jesuit High School in 1948,
around the same time that idiolect                                                      his wife, Brandi, and Tommy Bourgeois ’70, with
began to be included in our collegiate                                                  his wife, Ann.
dictionaries. Buddy D., his moniker                                                     Buddy D. hits the deck after taking a “punch”
for many years, possessed an idiolect                                                   from Emile Bordenave ’48 during rehearsal for the
like no other in the world of sports                                                    Philelectic play “Who Ride on White Horses.”
broadcasting. His untimely death in
                                                                                        The photo was originally published in the April 5,
early January triggered a trip to our
morgue, that is, archives, which are a                                                  1948 edition of the Blue Jay.
rich depository of Jesuit history,
memorabilia, and reams of significant
trivia. Where else could we discover                                                   Schroeder ’74 is a lawyer-screenwriter who wrote “A
that Bernard, as he was known then,                                                    Boyfriend for Christmas” which aired on the Hallmark
led a relatively quiet life while a stu-                                               cable channel (read The Times-Picayune article about
dent at Jesuit? Sure, he was a member                                                  Schroeder on page 11). His brother, James Schroeder
of the Philelectic Society and had                                                     ’84 is also a lawyer. Sean Stratton ’83 works in film
small parts in some plays. He played                                                   post production for Universal Studios. Jim Reeves IV
junior varsity baseball. He was president of his sophomore class and     ’82 is with the Screen Actors Guild. Nate Frizzell, Jr. ’00 is an
secretary of his senior class. But who would have thought that           actor. Grahme Perez ’88 is a filmmaker. Michael Lange ’66 is
Bernard would become Buddy D., the legendary sports broadcaster          director of communications for the Los Angeles Times. John
who taught the “Aints” how to lose graciously by wearing                 Mouledoux ’73 is director of institutional communications for
Schwegmann’s grocery bags over their heads? He once professed to         UCLA. After 2-3 hours of conversing about all things Jesuit, it’s
have a great interest in writing and sports but, as a student, was not   always interesting to gauge the reaction of the ladies, especially the
a reporter or editor with the Blue Jay. Buddy D. did not experience      ones who up until that night had never been exposed to Blue Jay
lapsus linguae when he told a reporter for the Blue Jay in 1982 that     Spirit. One fiancé, who shall remain nameless, was overwhelmed by
his Jesuit years were formative in pushing him toward a career in        the “Jesuit Open House” video that was shown following dinner. “I
journalism. “The Latin and Greek courses I took helped my mind           had no idea Jesuit is so special,” she said, tears welling in her eyes.
to function much sharper when I went to college,” he said. Then          Her future husband, who also shall remain anonymous, sheepishly
Buddy D. dispensed this timeless bit of advice to Blue Jays some 23      replied, “I tried to tell you, but it was hard to describe.” If you, too,
years ago: “If you are not 100% sure of what lifetime career you         want to get the woman in your life emotional, send the alumni office
would like to pursue, don’t worry…Apply yourself, read a lot, and        $10 and we’ll mail you the “Jesuit Open House” video on DVD.
take a lot of English courses. English courses are very important             Blue Jay Kudos…Actor Jay Thomas ’66 could not attend the
because they prepare you in many other areas. I, myself, didn’t real-    L.A. reunion because he’s busy working in New York at Sirius
ize the importance of English and writing courses when in high           Satellite Radio, where he has a daily (1-4 p.m. CST) talk program on
school. But I now see how very necessary they really were.”              Channel 148. If you could only have heard what he said the other
      Come Together—The L.A. Reunion…It sure was a blast getting         day about Mother’s Restaurant… Grant Estrade ’98, who owns
together with other alumni in the Los Angeles area. The reunion in       Laughing Buddha Nursery, and musician Ian Neville ’00 were two
January attracted some 40 alumni, including several wives, fiancés,      Blue Jays honored on the “40 Under 40” list published by Gambit
and girlfriends to Maggiano’s, an Italian bistro near Sunset Strip.      Weekly… Juan Barona ’82 was presented with the Golden Patron
                                                                         award by ago in memory of their deceased
Many of our alumni are working in the entertainment Several years Meals on Wheels for his many years of devoted service to
Tommy Bourgeois ’70 is the senior director of program classmate, Michael Moran, hot meal each the Class ofthan
                                                                         the organization that serves one members of day to more 1992
for CBS and UPN, two networks owned by Viacom. Tommy’s wife,
                                                                          Friends of Michael Moran Foundation. ’78, Louisiana’s lieu-
                                                             founded the 1,000 homebound elders… Mitch Landrieu Mike died in January
Ann Toler, is a producer for “Designer’s Challenge,” a program seen      tenant governor, was a more than two years.
                                                             1999 after battling leukemia for recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s
on HGTV. Dean Cochran ’87 is an actor (check out dean-                   A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award…Dr. Frank Philip Incaprera
                                                                From     beginning                        the foundation has been His wife, Brandi, is a former Miss USA and a model the ’44 will bethe purpose of 23, 2005 with the Spirit ofto honor
                                                                                         honored April                                    Charity
on “The Price is Right” (check out RogerMichael Moran through the financial support of St. Jude Children’s
                                                                                                                           continued on Page 26
                                                             Research Hospital in Memphis and those Jesuit students unable to pay
                                                                                                                          Winter 2004 • 2005 3

                                              Jason Brown '02, currently a junior Foundation Fellow at the University of
                                              Georgia at Athens, is pursuing dual degrees in biology and political sci-
                                              ence. He plans to attend medical school and obtain a medical doctorate
                                              and a masters of public health with a concentration in health policy and
                                                 Jason’s travels with the Foundation Fellows have taken him to four con-
                                              tinents, and he plans to add a fifth this summer. In addition to conquer-
                                              ing Kilimanjaro while in Tanzania, Jason studied Swahili and tropical
                                              biology. His Tanzanian travels took him from spotting the Great Migration
                                              in the plains of the Serengeti to swimming in the Indian Ocean off the
                                              coast of Zanzibar.

    Conquering Kilimanjaro:
    Mission Accomplished                                                                                                             Jason Brown in ’02
    In the jungles of Ecuador, the sun was mystic, shrouded by fog. In          and a few friends of mine, I give a knowing glance to the sky, realiz-
    Prague, it reflected in a wash of colors readily visible from the           ing what it was that has just helped me, realizing why it is that I am
    Charles Bridge. On the roof of Africa, it begins to rise, but I hardly      here. I feel my family. I feel my friends. I feel AMDG.
    notice it. Appreciating aesthetics is not necessarily at the forefront of       The sunrise is brilliant, as it reflects off the glaciers crowning the
    my mind as I pass through waves of consciousness on the side of a           sleeping volcano. Its brilliance, however, wanes in comparison to the
    dormant volcano.                                                            feeling I have just had at Gilman’s Point—the feeling that has car-
         It’s –5°F, and I am seeing snow for only the third time in my          ried me the final hour and a half to Uhuru Peak. I am at over
    life. The wind is battering me, and my face is turning blue, a conse-       19,000 feet, a few thousand feet from the “Death Zone” in which
    quence of climbing all night without a balaclava. My vision blurred,        the human brain can spontaneously shut down. The wind is blowing
    200m away from my intended target, I sit at Gilman’s Point realiz-          at over 30mph, my toes are almost frostbitten, and dehydration is
    ing my water supply is frozen solid, and I am out of food. It’s about       beginning to kick in, but strangely, as the Beatles sang…I feel fine.
    5:00 a.m. I should have stayed in bed.
         I have been climbing for over four days now. I’ve never done
    anything like this, and it hits me: maybe I should have done more
    over the past few months to train than running six miles a week on
    an indoor track and taking Flintstone vitamins with my morning
    cereal. My body convulses in agreement as I breathe deeply but can
    feel no air enter my lungs, a testament to how thin the air really is. I
    feel more acutely aware of it than my fellow climbers, as I was born
    in the Crescent City, where the air is so thick one can almost see it.
    I don’t trust air I can’t see.
         Do I go on? The guides aren’t so sure, but they wait to pass
    judgement. Meanwhile, I pass out again, for the third time. Despite
    my lack of climbing prowess and obvious current medical peril, I
    am apparently making a better showing than many of the group.
    The guides are forcing seven of the eighteen climbers to go down.
    Among those seven are a few veterans of the Appalachian Trail and a
    few varsity athletes. That's how it is on Mt. Kilimanjaro in northern
    Tanzania—sometimes rhyme and reason flee and companions
         I clutch the cross I received at a Kairos retreat during my junior
    year. I look up to the sky, eek out a prayer, and suddenly become
    very relaxed. I can breathe properly again! My legs are regaining sen-
    sation, and my lungs are no longer pounding as though I have just
    run a marathon. Standing up, much to the amazement of the guides
4   JAYNotes
ANNUS MIRABILIS                                                                                                                   ALUMNI

 Editor’s Note: With this issue, Jaynotes begins a regular feature that focuses on some bit of
 nostalgia discovered “under the stairwell” in our dusty “Blue Jay Archives.” The following ar ticle
 about the impor tance of Latin was published more than 55 years ago, on Feb. 10, 1949, in the
 Blue Jay student newspaper and, undoubtedly, drew a few hoots from the students. The unsigned
 ar ticle may have been the work of the newspaper’s editor, Milton “Mickey” Toppino ’49, who died
 June 13, 2004. The “Blue Jay Archives” sheds light on this ar ticle for all alumni and current stu-
 dents who find themselves wondering why Latin is a cornerstone of a Jesuit education.

 WHAT SHALL WE SAY                                                         ABOUT               LATIN?

                 here is no success for a man who does not believe in       growing of teeth impractical for chewing apples.
                  his work. A football player who does not believe in            We realize, of course, that Latin is not the only subject that
                  football will win few laurels on the gridiron. A          will sharpen the blade of our mind. Mathematics in all its forms
                  musician who does not believe in music will win           is almost as keen a whetstone for the blade. Why, then, do we not
                  little acclaim in the world of melody and harmony.        increase the number of math courses and drop the Latin courses
                  A painter who does not believe in painting will           altogether? Surely there are less complaints about math than
 achieve little or nothing with brush and canvas. Belief in one’s           about Latin. The reason we do not increase math at the expense
 work is the only force that will catapult man over the obstacles           of Latin is because we are men. We are not numbers or fractions
 that stand in the way of achievement.                                      or angles, but we are men of western civilization, men with imagi-
      The semester marks tell us that there are a great number of           nations, ideals, aspirations, and emotions.
 Blue Jays who do not believe in their work. Since Latin seems to
 be the general bugbear of the student body, the Blue Jay staff             LATIN’S PART         IN   WESTERN CULTURE
 decided to perform for Latin the primary duty of a newspaper—                   Latin literature, not math, will give us what we need as men
 to enlighten, and not to echo, public opinion.                             of western civilization. For genuine western culture is an heir to
                                                                                                      the Hebrews and the Greeks, whose
 FIRST    TO   BE, THEN        TO   DO                                                                resources were pooled in Rome and hand-
      The aim of Jesuit education is not so                                                           ed down to us through the Latin speaking
 much to teach us to do something; it is                                                              authors of classical Rome and the Latin
 rather to make us be something. Jesuit                                                               speaking Fathers of the Church. The
 educators know that if we are men of keen                                                            English language, which we speak, is over
 intellects, we will do things that are keen                                                          60% Latin, and the languages of other
 and intelligent.                                                                                     peoples of western civilization, French,
      We see little Latin in the life of an engineer, or a chemist, or      Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian, are Latin itself in
 a lawyer, or an historian, or an artist. The trouble with most of us       dialect form.
 is that we pay too much attention to the bread that is to be sliced             To read Latin literature is to drink of the source of the
 and not enough to the knife that is to do the cutting. We forget           noblest thoughts and aspirations that have gone into the molding
 that before we can cut the bread of an engineer, of a lawyer, or           of our western culture. The reading of Latin literature, by devel-
 what have you, we must have sharpened the dull blade that is to            oping our imaginations and nourishing our thoughts, will keep us
 do the cutting.                                                            persons in a world which is about to disown our past and to pro-
      Our Latin course looks to the blade. By its insistence on             claim us machines. The directed perusal of Latin literature will
 accuracy and precision as to declension, gender, number, and case          develop the genuine natural man upon which alone God deigns
 for every noun, and to conjugation, voice, mood, tense, person,            to bestow His super nature.
 and number for every verb, by its insistence on fidelity in render-
 ing Latin idiom into corresponding English idiom, it develops              GRAMMAR          AND      BELIEF
 habit of mental alertness and dispatch that help us to be men of                However, no one will ever read Latin literature with satisfac-
 acute intellectual power.                                                  tion unless he first attacks Latin grammar with belief—belief in
                                                                            the work he is about to do. The obstacles are far too many to
 HOW PRACTICAL IS LATIN?                                                    overcome without the impetus that belief alone can give us.
       Our Latin course seeks to put teeth in the knives that will                 Believe in Latin, Blue Jays. It is your toughest job, but it is the
 slice our bread in later life. For that reason, it is a mark of stupid-    blade-sharpener without which there is but jagged bread-cutting, and
 ity to claim that Latin is impractical. It is just as stupid as saying     it is the civilization-tongue without which there is but the mumbling
 that the development of muscles is impractical for fighting, or the        and sputtering of machines.
                                                                                                                              Winter 2004 • 2005         5
        The Life of Saint
                                                                                                            By REV. NORMAN O’NEAL, S.J.

                                     Fr. Norman O'Neal has served at Jesuit High School for a long time, 43 years to be exact. Most
                                     alumni know Fr. O'Neal as a science teacher. Retired from the classroom for several years, Fr.
                                     O'Neal now serves as the Alumni Chaplain. As such, he often is the main celebrant at reunion
                                     Masses and weddings; and each year he offers alumni the opportunity to experience the Spiritual
                                     Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.
                                         Several years ago Fr. O'Neal put down on paper the story of his order’s founder, St. Ignatius.
                                     This booklet has proved helpful to many people who wished to know more about this man whose
                                     life continues to influence people today. Over the next several issues of Jaynotes, Fr. O’Neal’s
                                     story of St. Ignatius will be serialized. But if you need the whole story all at once, contact the Jesuit
                                     Provincial Office for information on receiving a booklet. The office phone numbers are (504) 827-
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    Early Life of Saint Ignatius
        Inigo de Loyola was born in 1491 in Azpeitia in the Basque
    province of Guipuzcoa in northern Spain. He was the youngest of
    thirteen children. At the age of about sixteen years, he was sent to
    serve as a page to Juan Velazquez, the treasurer of the kingdom of
    Castile. As a member of the Velazquez household, he was fre-
    quently at court and developed a taste for all it presented, especial-
    ly the ladies. He was much addicted to gambling, very con-
    tentious, and not above engaging in swordplay on occasion. In
    fact, in a dispute between the Loyolas and another family, Ignatius
    and his brother plus some relatives ambushed at night some cler-
    ics who were members of the other family. Ignatius had to flee the
    town. When finally brought to justice, he claimed clerical immu-
    nity using the defense that he had received the tonsure as a boy and
    was therefore exempt from civil prosecution. The defense was spe-
    cious because Ignatius had for years gone about in the dress of a
    fighting man, wearing a coat of mail and breastplate, and carrying
    a sword and other sorts of arms, certainly not the garb normally
    worn by a cleric. The case dragged on for weeks, but the Loyolas
    were apparently powerful. Probably through the influence of
    higher-ups, the case against Ignatius was dropped.
        Eventually he found himself at the age of 30 in May of 1521 as
    an officer defending the fortress of the town of Pamplona against
    the French, who claimed the territory as their own against Spain.
    The Spaniards were terribly outnumbered and the commander of
    the Spanish forces wanted to surrender, but Ignatius convinced
    him to fight on for the honor of Spain, if not for victory. During
    the battle a cannon ball struck Ignatius, wounding one leg and
    breaking the other. Because they admired his courage, the French
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Ignatius of Loyola
soldiers carried him back to recuperate at his home, the castle of                                         from his old ways, he was still
Loyola, rather than to prison.                                                                             seriously lacking in the true spir-
    His leg was set but did not heal, so it was necessary to break it                                      it of charity and Christian
again and reset it, all without anesthesia. Ignatius grew worse and                                        understanding, as illustrated by
was finally told by the doctors that he should prepare for death.                                          an encounter he had with a
    On the feast of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29), he took an                                            Moor on his way. The Moor
unexpected turn for the better. The leg healed, but when it did the                                        and he came together on the
bone protruded below the knee and one leg was shorter than the                                             road, both riding mules, and
other. This was unacceptable to Ignatius, who considered it a fate                                         they began to debate religious
worse than death not to be able to wear long, tight fitting boots                                          matters. The Moor claimed that
and hose of the courtier. Therefore, he ordered the doctors to saw                                         the Blessed Virgin was not a vir-
off the offending knob of bone and lengthen the leg by systemat-                                            gin in her life after Christ was
ic stretching. Again all of this was done without anesthesia.                                               born. Ignatius took this to be
Unfortunately, this was not a successful procedure. All his life he                                         such an insult that he was in a
walked with a limp because one leg was shorter than the other.          He was much                         dilemma as to what to do. They
                                                                                                            came to a fork in the road, and
Conversion of St. Ignatius                                                                                  Ignatius decided that he would
    During the long weeks of his recuperation, he was extremely         addicted to                         let circumstances direct his
bored and asked for some romance novels to pass the time.                                                   course of action. The Moor
Luckily there were none in the castle of Loyola; but there was a                                            went down one fork. Ignatius
copy of the life of Christ and a book on the saints. Desperate,         gambling, very                      let the reigns of his mule drop.
Ignatius began to read them. The more he read, the more he con-                                             If his mule followed the Moor,
sidered the exploits of the saints worth imitating. However, at the                                         he would kill him. If the mule
same time he continued to have daydreams of fame and glory,             contentious, and                    took the other fork, he would let
along with fantasies of winning the love of a certain noble lady of                                         the Moor live. Fortunately for
the court, the identity of whom we never have discovered but who                                            the Moor, Ignatius’ mule was
seems to have been of royal blood. He noticed, however, that after      not above engaging                  more charitable than its rider
reading and thinking of the saints and Christ he was at peace and                                           and took the opposite fork from
satisfied. Yet when he finished his long daydreams of his noble                                             the Moor.
lady, he would feel restless and unsatisfied. Not only was this expe-   in swordplay                            He proceeded to the
rience the beginning of his conversion, it was also the beginning of                                        Benedictine shrine of Our Lady
spiritual discernment, or discernment of spirits, which is associat-                                        of Montserrat, made a general
ed with Ignatius and described in his Spiritual Exercises.              on occasion.                        confession, and knelt all night
    The Exercises recognize that not only the intellect but also the                                        in vigil before Our Lady’s altar,
emotions and feelings can help us come to a knowledge of the                                                following the rites of chivalry.
action of the Spirit in our lives. Eventually, completely converted                                         He left his sword and knife at
from his old desires and plans of romance and worldly conquests                                             the altar, went out and gave
and recovered from his wounds enough to travel, he left the castle      away all of his fine clothes to a poor man and dressed himself in
in March of 1522.                                                       rough clothes with sandals and a staff.
    He had decided that he wanted to go to Jerusalem to live where
our Lord had spent his life on earth. As a first step he began his                     In the next Jaynotes: “The Experience at Manresa”
journey to Barcelona. Though he had been converted completely                                                    and “The Return to School”
                                                                                                                      Winter 2004 • 2005         7

    Winter Trapolin ’31 Recalls
    His Days at Jesuits
    Several significant events took place in 1927. Charles Lindbergh made the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight; the
    first feature-length talking movie hit the screen, The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson; and the public got to see the first all-
    electronic television. And in New Orleans, a young boy by the name of F. Winter Trapolin entered the halls of the “new”
    Jesuit High School on Carrollton Avenue for the first time. During Winter’s years at Jesuit, penicillin
    would be discovered, Mickey Mouse would appear on screen for the first time, the planet Pluto
    would be discovered, and the nation would experience the Great Depression. Seventy-seven
    years later that young man, accompanied by his grandson Bill Couret ’90, sat down in the
    Alumni Office to reminisce about his years at “Jesuits” and much more.

    Jaynotes: Let’s go back to the time before you were a student at Jesuit. Tell me about
    where you grew up and what brought you to Jesuit High School.
    Winter Trapolin: That’s a good story. I grew up uptown. We lived next door to Our Lady of Lourdes
    Church. In fact, when we moved there, the church wasn’t there yet. I can remember when they built
    the church they had an alcove up there ready for the statue of the Virgin Mary. While that building was
    going up, some of us neighborhood kids went in, and I climbed the scaffolding and got up in the alcove
    and gave my blessing to all of my friends down below. So you see I have a terrible background. So that’s
    where I started.
         I went to public elementary school, and I graduated in January because the public schools had a
    two-semester year. Jesuits started in September, but I graduated in January and for that reason I could-
    n’t go to Jesuits where my mother wanted me to go. So I went to Boys High and never played hooky.
    In my half-year there, the only thing I passed was gymnasium. I even had the French professor’s
    fiancé coaching me and I still failed.
         Now, this is important, this is my background. My mother wanted me to go to Jesuits,
    and in September I had to go, but I had no preparation for it, I didn’t belong here. I
    don’t understand how I even got out of elementary school. So I come to Jesuits,
    scared to death. The first year I had real struggles. I didn’t know how to study. And it
    was a real torture—I studied at least 2 1/2 hours every night for the four years that I
    was here.
         But in that first year I did learn how to study. I passed everything my first year                    Winter Trapolin’s senior photo in the
    except Latin.
                                                                                                               1931 Jesuit yearbook
         And so Fr. Fox coached me all during the summer. I passed it, and then I
    passed Latin for the next three years. So I feel very indebted to Fr. Fox.
         In my second year, a scholastic by the name of Mr. MacAfee, S.J., was in
    charge of the Philelectic Society. He talked me into trying out for it. I didn’t even
    know what they did.
         But this guy said I ought to join it. He was my homeroom teacher, so I
    joined it.                                                                                                 vacant. The whole school assembled in
         And that year I got into the school play. I had a medium-sized part. And this                         that front of the school building. Every
    gave me great help because I found I was competing against the other students at                           morning announcements were made.
    Jesuit High School. I got the part. I did well in the part. This profoundly affected                       There was no amplifying system, so all the
    me in that I realized I could compete with this class of people, with these students,                      speakers had to be good yellers (laughs)
    and do well.                                                                                               and some people actually gave up. They
         So Fr. Fox, who taught me Latin and coached me Latin in the summer, and Mr.                           couldn’t yell loud enough so after that
    MacAfee, who got me into dramatics and the Philelectic Society—I pray for them every                       they tried to appoint people who could
    morning and every night because they changed my whole life. They both had a profound                       talk loud. We had lunch in the wing on
    effect on my whole life. Think about what I told you about what I was before I came here--and here I       the uptown side of the school.
    am completely at home after two years. I belong here. I know what I’m doing. I can compete with these      J: Was there Penance Hall back
    people.                                                                                                    then?
    J: Did you find yourself sitting around students who were different from you, who were                     WT: I went to Penance Hall very often
    from different backgrounds?                                                                                in my first year. We usually had to write
    WT: I was so different. I was impressed with how smart the other students were. They didn’t seem to        a page out of the dictionary, putting in
    have the fears that I had when I started. But after two years, I was totally relaxed.                      all of the punctuation. I didn't under-
                                                                                                               stand that, so it took me a while just to
    J: What was a typical day like at Jesuit? How did you begin the day? How long were the                     understand what I was writing. I went to
    classes? Did you have recess? Lunch?                                                                       Penance Hall for daydreaming, not pay-
    WT: We began with assembly. At that time the basement on the Carrollton Avenue side was completely         ing attention.

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J: What about Fr. Roy? Do you remember Fr. Roy?
WT: I remember Fr. Roy very well. We were all somewhat afraid of him. He was our principal.
     But Fr. Roy is a pleasant memory…NOW. At the time, this was serious. It was either my second year or
my third year. The classroom teacher got a message and he had to leave the class. As soon as he went out the
door, we did things we wanted to do. I’m playing handball with a tennis ball in the classroom against the
wall. I had to reach for this one and up it went and knocked the head of the corpus on the crucifix off.
Good God…this is terrifying! So I went over and picked up the head, and I reached up and got the cross
off. I was chewing gum, which is also something I shouldn’t have been doing—so I take the gum and I put
it on the corpus and put the head on and put it back on the wall before the teacher got back!
     That’s not the end of the story though. I’m sitting in class day after day and I’m looking up at that
crucifix and I know it’s a blessed object and I’m embarrassed. I damaged that crucifix. It really became a
terrible distraction. I kept looking up there, forgetting to participate in the class. Finally, I couldn’t stand it
any longer, and I said I’m going to take the consequences. Scared to death, I go down to the office of the
principal, Fr. Roy. We were all afraid of him. I don’t remember him smiling much. I went to his office and
told him the whole story. I offered to pay for the replacement crucifix, but I told him I’d like to have the
old one because I thought I could repair it. He agreed and he charged me whatever it was and gave me the
old crucifix. I did repair it. And today it’s in my bedroom.
     Fr. Roy did not punish me. I think he was kind of shocked at the story this young student had revealed
to him.
J: Perhaps he saw the trait of honesty in this young man.
WT: …and I was willing to pay for what I did. But I was very embarrassed for what I had done. He didn’t
crack a smile when I told him my story, and up to this day I just wonder if someone had told me something
like that, would I have been able to listen and not have a smile on my face.
J: Tell me about spirituality at the school when you were here.
WT: We went to Mass every month. When I first came here, we went sometimes to the Jesuits' Church on
Baronne Street, and sometimes I know there was Mass in the lobby of a bank downtown. And then toward
the end I think it was all at St. Anthony on Canal Street. We would walk over. And the retreat program had
a profound effect on me because I didn’t have much religion before I got here. After I graduated from
Loyola, I started going to Manresa each year. For fifty years I was a retreat captain of one of the retreat
groups. And this started here at Jesuit. The retreat movement was so terribly important to me.
J: Tell me about Doc Erskine. I’ve heard the story that he went to Notre Dame to speak with                           “Scared to death,
Coach Knute Rockne about the importance of athletics in an academic institution. Do you
remember his doing that and coming back and talking to the students?                                                  I go down to the
WT: I remember that I was very impressed with who he was and what he was talking about. It all had to do
with leadership, personal responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, being a member of the team,
helping one another. He had a very strong effect on the student body. Doc Erskine was good teacher, too.
                                                                                                                      office of the
He taught us physics. I thought he was one of the better teachers.
J: So he was a motivator?                                                                                             principal, Fr. Roy.
WT: He made things practical. He talked about physical things happening the way they did because of the
physics involved, the properties of whatever we were talking about. It made me think things out. I remem-             We were all afraid
ber that when I went into the Navy it was one of the things that I used when I saw things I didn’t like. I
didn’t like the way certain equipment was used. That was the reason for most of my inventions, just being
inquisitive, not being satisfied with what I saw.                                                                     of him. I don’t
J: Can you mention a few of your inventions?
F: Most of them were in gunnery. I had one in flying, and I had one with a bomb sight. We were using the
                                                                                                                      remember him
Norden bomb sight that we’d gotten from the English and we had a formula on how to fly the aircraft in
preparation for dropping the bomb. And my invention had to do with the passage of the plane and the                   smiling much.
sighting of the object in order to put in a direction for when the bomb should drop.
J: …sounds important.                                                                                                 I went to his office
WT: The Navy patented it. But guess what, I’m on active duty at the time. I can’t make a dime out of it!
Not even 5 cents.
J: Do you remember any standout football players?
                                                                                                                      and told him the
WT: The best one was Tom Daigle. Tom Daigle was twenty, and just before we were due to play Warren
Easton, which was a big game for us, Tom Daigle gets to be twenty-one and he’s not eligible.
                                                                                                                      whole story.”
                                                                                                                            Winter 2004 • 2005   9
F. W I N T E R T R A P O L I N ’ 3 1

                                                                                  This photo is from the 1931 yearbook and features Trapolin
                                                                                  (bottom row, middle) on the Rifle Team.

                                                                                  a scoreboard up there and they were getting a signal from the field of a
                                                                                  game some place up north. But the signal was abbreviated, so the guy
                                                                                  who’s listening knew what to say. He would elaborate on it. … and Joe is
                                                                                  now up to bat and his record is so-and-so. And oh, he swung at the first
                                                                                  one and he missed it.” He was just making it up from the signals that he
                                                                                  got. Maybe a thousand people were out there two thousand
                                                                                  people. And that’s what they were hearing…that manufactured story
                                                                                  about the game.
                                                                                  J: You’ve lived a long life, 92 years to be exact. What changes
                                                                                  have you seen in society during your lifetime that have
   J: What was spirit like at the school? We hear the phrase                      impressed you the most?
   “Blue Jay Spirit.” Back then did you guys use the phrase “Blue                 WT: The things that have bothered me have been the things I see on tele-
   Jay Spirit”?                                                                   vision with the women with breasts almost poppin’ out of what they have
   WT: Yes. It was very important and very obvious. I don’t ever remember                            on and the conversation that I hear on radio—some-
   having any student criticizing the faculty, the staff, school                                     times blasphemous. It’s just surprising to me that
   policy…never in the four years I was here.                                                         there is this sort of thing.
   Never heard a student criticizing what was                                                           J: What about on the positive side? What
   going on in the school. Now that develops                                                            changes have you seen that you would con-
   school spirit. And a pride in the school. And it                                                      sider to be good changes?
   was based on not criticizing and feeling ill about
   what was going on. So we were proud about                                                             WT: Integration. I was very involved with integra-
   Jesuits. And that spilled over into everything. I                                                     tion. It was a difficult situation to be speaking in
   never missed a ball game. In the stands it was                                                        the south of the rights of black people. I had some
   deafening, when we were doing well and quiet                                                           real problems with people who disagreed with
   when we weren’t. But mostly we were doing well.                                                         me. Eventually we had integration, and black
                                                                                                           people have been accepted and I see them at all
   J: You mentioned earlier that you were                                                                  levels in Louisiana. In New Orleans we have a
   involved in the Philelectic Society. Were                                                                black mayor of the city who is doing a good job,
   you involved in any other extracurriculars?                                                              very much respected. Now this is complete
   WT: I was very active on the campus after my first                                                        opposite from the way it was when I was work-
   year. I can remember that in my third year they                                                           ing on integration. I saw some ugliness.
   assigned me a good part in the play, but I wasn’t                                                         J: How were you involved in the Civil
   doing as well as I wanted to in my classes because I                                                      Rights Movement?
   was so busy doing other things, important things, so
   I didn’t go into the play because I wanted to spend                                                         WT: It started at Loyola. Fr. Louis Toomey
   more time on my lessons. I was very active.                                                                 came there to talk about integration. He
                                                                                                                encouraged us to be active on the campus. I
   J: What other activities were you involved in?                                                               became friendly with him and he’s the one
   WT: In my fourth year I was very active in the Blue                                         who got me started with integration and respect for black
   Jay Cadets. Jesuits sent a big group of people to the                          people. I introduced it to organizations which then adopted it.
   first class that was held for the Citizens Military Training Camps in          J: Have you followed your Alma Mater, Jesuit High School,
   Louisiana. And so when those people came back from the camp, the               through the years? Have you kept up with it?
   Jesuits started the Blue Jay Cadets. And I ended up the president of it.
   The whole country had CMTC. Older teenagers went to a camp for a               WT: Always. Always read the sports page and check on what’s going on.
   month and learned how to drill. I remember shooting a machine gun.             I’m very proud to have been at Jesuit. I can’t help but be interested in
   I won a prize in that…rifles. I was on the Rifle Team. We sent a team to       what happens here. I think Fr. McGinn has done a fantastic job, and I’m
   some national meet. And that’s about what we did. Drilled and gun              glad to see the Jesuit order has left him here to continue working. When I
   practice.                                                                      was here, the longest a Jesuit could stay was six years.
   J: You attended Jesuit during the Great Depression. What was                   J: So thinking back on it, how do you think Jesuit prepared you
   that like for you, your family, other students and families, and               for college and for life?
   for Jesuit High School?                                                        WT: I feel deeply in debt to Jesuit for getting me started on the right
   WT: The Depression was the reason they took me. My parents could               track; teaching me how to think and how to study. I know it had an
   afford the whole tuition. So they took this miserable guy and let him be a     effect on my whole life. I’m very thankful for that. I feel that Jesuit gave
   student. I am totally convinced that the condition that I was in before I      me sound religious principles that guided me my whole life and meant
   came to Jesuits, being so poor in ability, that if I were running the school   happiness for me because I was friendly with God. And that’s important.
   I would not have accepted me. This was an impossible situation. I consider     It made me a better husband, it made me a better father, it prepared me
   it a miracle what Jesuit did for me in that first year.                        for my many civic activities, and it made me a success in business. It
                                                                                  qualified me for the promotions that I made in the military, and it cer-
   J: What was the main form of entertainment when you were in                    tainly had something to do with my biography, which is now printed in
   high school?                                                                   Who’s Who in the World. And when I compare that with what I was before
   WT: Radio was a big thing. We had no television. After Loyola, I remem-        I came to Jesuit, what a difference. I became a successful, happy man,
   ber going past the Times-Picayune building and they had a platform with        contributing to the whole world.

10 JAYNotes

Hallmark Channel Airs Alumnus Roger Schroeder’s
A Boyfriend for Christmas
(Editor’s note: This article is reprinted with permission of The Times-Picayune. It was written by TV
columnist Dave Walker and was published on November 26, 2004.)

Here’s a story sure to warm the heart of every aging unproduced screenwriter
currently hammering away at a spec script.

Roger Schroeder ’74 grew up in a large Lake Vista family knowing he’d someday               “But nothing's actually gotten made.”
write for movies or TV.                                                                        Until now.
  Kathy Stevens, a classmate of Schroeder at St. Pius X School, remembers how he'd             Schroeder’s first produced screenplay, “A Boyfriend for
write dialogue for recess productions using characters from popular TV series of the day.   Christmas,” starring Kelli Williams (“The Practice”), Patrick
  “He would write out scripts,” she said. “Things like ‘Lost in Space.’ ”                   Muldoon (“Starship Troopers”) and Charles Durning
  Schroeder worked on the newspaper and yearbook staffs at Jesuit High School and           (“Tootsie”), premiered on the Hallmark cable network on
participated in drama productions at Mount Carmel Academy.                                  November 27, 2004.
  From there he moved on to the University of Southern California, taking screen-              Entertainment Weekly gives it a B-minus.
writing classes as a journalism major, then to USC's law school, then to the Peter             Anybody who knows Schroeder’s story would give it an A
Stark Producing Program in the USC School of Cinema-Television, an intensive two-           for effort.
year program designed to groom Hollywood executives.                                           “I always knew, from the time I was 8 years old, that I
  Settling into an entertainment-law practice, Schroeder kept writing, though not           wanted to write for film and television,” he said. “I’ve been
with heat-seeking success.                                                                  writing all along.
  “Screenplays I had written went through various development situations,” he said.            “I just never gave up.”
                                                                                               Now in his 40s, Schroeder is decades older than
                                                                                            Hollywood’s preferred break-in age for writers.
                                                                                               Yet he held fast to the notion that creativity knows no expi-
Career Shadowing Program Links                                                              ration date.
                                                                                               “I think the most important thing is the script or the
Seniors with Alumni                                                                         story,” he said. “If you have a good script or a good story,
                                                                                            that’s ultimately what’s going to interest somebody.
                                                                                               “I just kept thinking, I know if I have a good script and a
Jesuit High School’s Guidance Department is initiating a Career Shadowing                   good story, I think that’s going to carry the day, so I just
Program to be offered to select seniors with genuine interest in possible careers.          focused on that.”
The intent of the program is to provide the seniors with the opportunity to be                 In “A Boyfriend for Christmas,” Santa Claus (Durning)
with our alumni in their business environment and to observe, first-hand, the               makes little Holly Grant (Williams) a promise (Muldoon)
realities of that business. Interested seniors would sign a contract of commitment          that doesn't come true until she's a grown-up lawyer.
                                                                                               “I was trying to think, what would be a good commercial
of participation for five workdays to be completed during the weeks between
                                                                                            idea?” Schroeder said. “What’s something I could write that
final exams and graduation, this year May 9-13 or May 16-20.                                people could immediately ‘get’?
     The school is looking for alumni/professionals who are willing to offer this              “I came up with an idea of a single woman who gets a
worthwhile experience to a senior exploring specific career paths. If you are inter-        boyfriend for Christmas.”
ested in participating in this program by allowing a mature, committed senior to               Hallmark got it, immediately.
“shadow” you, please contact Aurora Daigle, Director of Guidance, at                           Schroeder, who teaches law part time at the University of
483-3828 no later than March 15. Photocopy the form below and mail it to                    California at Los Angeles, said his “Boyfriend for Christmas”
Ms. Daigle, Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119.                      highlights so far have been telling his mother on Mother’s
                                                                                            Day that his script had been bought, a screening of the film
                                                                                            for his Peter Stark Program classmates, and his first visit to the
Name:                                                                                       film’s Los Angeles set.
Profession:                                                                                    There, director Kevin Connor showed him around.
Business Address:                                                                              “They were shooting an outdoor scene on a Christmas tree
                                                                                            lot, and everybody's working and all these trucks were there,
Business Phone:                                                                             and Kevin said to me, ‘Look at all these people working on
e-mail Address:                                                                             this project. They’re all working because of your idea,’ ”
Best way and time to contact me:                                                            Schroeder said.
                                                                                               “It was fantastic to be there and watch the words I had
__ I am interested in participating in Jesuit High School’s Career Shadowing Program.       written come to life.”
__ May 9-13, 2005
__ May 16-20, 2005                                                                          Photo at top: Roger Schroeder ’74 (left) and Jim Reeves
                                                                                            ’82 at the recent L.A. Jays Reunion
                                                                                                                                 Winter 2004 • 2005        11
W H E R E Y ’ AT

Harold F. Dittmann, Sr. ’43 trained for six             Kenneth Williams ’75 was recently promoted           operation of WLAE-TV, the official television
months at Fort Bragg, N.C. just three days after        to associate professor with tenure in the School     station of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
graduation. He spent the following three years in       of Music at Ohio State University. He has pre-       During the past year, Pat also was elected to
the U.S. Infantry and was among the first to            sented scholarly papers on cross-cultural training   serve on the board of regents for Our Lady of
land on Normandy. He was the assistant                  of piano teachers for the European Piano             Holy Cross College.
Catholic Chaplain and battlefield medic. He was         Teachers Association in Budapest and the             George Kingsmill ’80 lives in New Albany,
involved in five major battles, wounded twice,          International Society for Music Education in         Ohio with his wife Katherine and their children
and honored with the Bronze Star twice. In              Stavanger, Norway. He publishes frequently in        Kate (see Bib List), Anna-Kennon (7), and
1945 he attended Loyola University New                  music journals, and received the “Article of the     Dustin (16). George is currently the vice-presi-
Orleans to earn a degree in psychology and then         Year Award” from the Music Teachers National         dent of stores and operations for Limited Too, a
he went to Tulane Medical where he graduated            Association for an article in American Music         New Albany-based clothing store that targets
as a clinical psychologist and biofeedback thera-       Teacher. He is currently serving a two-year term     “tween” girls with 575 locations.
pist. Harold survived cancer surgery and is now         on the board of directors for the Music Teachers
classified as cured. He retired after 33 years of       National Association. During the summers he          Nicholas A. Sensley ’80, MBA, is the owner
practice. “The rest is up to God,” says Harold.         teaches piano at the Interlochen Center for the      and chief solutions officer of Cross-Sector
                                                        Arts near Traverse City, Michigan. His wife,         Solutions, LLC, an international consulting firm
Earl Higgins ’59 retired in 2002 after 26-plus                                                               that facilitates problem-solving processes to the
years as assistant director of staff attorneys at the   Hild Peersen, is a professional clarinetist; and
                                                        they enjoy performing music for piano and clar-      benefit of communities around the world.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He
is also a retired commander, U.S. Naval Reserve.        inet. They live in Columbus, Ohio.                   John E. Paisant, Jr. ’81 opened his own
In addition to being a freelance writer, Earl is a      Gregory Roberts ’77 is in his fifth year as          Lakefront restaurant, Pontchartrain Point Café
part-time National Park Service ranger in the           dean of students at Bishop Brady High School,        (located where the old West End Café used to
Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National         in Concord, NH. He took over as head varsity         be). Pontchartrain Point Café opened in
Historical Park near Marrero and Crown Point.           football coach for the Brady Giants this fall and    December 2004 and John says that many Blue
                                                        led Brady to its first undefeated regular season     Jay alumni are regulars. Prior to venturing out
Tom Kitchen ’65 was recently named chief                                                                     on his own, John spent 13 years at Semolina’s
financial officer and executive vice-president of       (9-0). His oldest son, Erik, is a sophomore engi-
                                                        neering student at Virginia Tech and a member        where he last served as chief operations officer.
Stewart Enterprises, Inc., the Metairie based
funeral services provider. Kitchen joined the           of the lacrosse team. His daughter, Jessica, is a    Gregory P. Maurin ’83 teaches theology at
company's board of directors in February 2004           sophomore at Brady and helped the girls lacrosse     Jesuit High School in Tampa and also serves as
and will continue to serve as a board member.           team to an undefeated state championship sea-        assistant coach for the cross country team,
Tom comes to Stewart from Equitas Capital               son; she is an All-American cheerleader and par-     which won its third state title this year. He has
Advisors, LLC where he served as an investment          ticipated at the BCS Championship game at the        completed ten marathons, and recently finished
management consultant. During a 25-year career          Orange Bowl this past January.                       the Philadelphia Marathon in 3 hours and 15
with Avondale Industries, he served at various          Scott Mattson ’78 has been promoted to               minutes—averaging 7:27 per mile for the 26.2
times as chief financial officer, president, and        major in the Wyoming Air National Guard,             mile distance. He is now qualified to run in the
board member. Tom also volunteers as chairman           serving as inspector general for 153 aircraft        prestigious Boston Marathon in April 2005.
of the President’s Advisory Council of Jesuit           wing; Scott is also finishing his seventh year of    Pablo E. Carrillo ’87 is on the staff of U.S.
High School. He and his wife Connie live in             teaching junior high school.                         Sen. John McCain and has recently worked on
Lakeview.                                               John Meyer ’78 was named assistant chief of          several high profile Congressional issues, includ-
Ashton J. Ryan, Jr. ’65 has been appointed to           staff for information architecture for the Naval     ing the 2005 defense authorization bill.
the board of directors of Stewart Enterprises.          Meteorology and Oceanography Command,                John B. Maitrejean II ’91 recently left the
Ryan serves as president and chief executive offi-      headquartered at Stennis Space Center, MS. He        Navy after serving nine years as an aviator, com-
cer of Firstrust Corp. and its lead bank sub-           received a BS in Computer Science from the           pleting his last tour at the Pentagon in
sidiary, First Bank and Trust.                          College of Mechanical Engineering at Tulane          Washington, D.C. John is currently pursuing
Bruce M. Guenin ’66 is working at Sun                   University and an MS in National Resourcing          his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management,
Microsystems in San Diego. He leads a team              Strategies from the National Defense University      Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
involved with the exploration of hardware archi-        in Washington, DC. In this new position, he is       After graduation, he will be pursuing a career in
tectures in the design of a supercomputer,              responsible for all matters relating to              marketing and business development. John can
which, if built, would be the most powerful one         Information Architecture—including gover-            be reached at jmaitrejean2006@kellogg.north-
to date. The core technology exploited in these         nance, data, applications, and infrastructure—
designs, developed by Sun Labs, received the            for the global operational Naval METOC com-          Sean Higgins ’92 graduated from Oglethorpe
Wall Street Journal’s 2004 Technology                   mand. He married the girl he dated at the Jesuit     University and now lives in New Boston, New
Innovation Award. Bruce is also an associate edi-       Military Ball in his sophomore year and has          Hampshire, where he displays “Live Free or Die”
tor of a technical trade publication, and the           three children, ages 21, 15 and 6, as well as a      on his truck’s license plates. He works for
chairman of an electronics industry standards           new granddaughter, born November 17, 2004.           Toadstool Books. His wife, Julie, has New
committee. He and his wife, Anita, are enjoying         Patrick J. Veters ’79 with his wife, Susie, are      Hampshire plates on her car that are personal-
San Diego very much. The weather and wide               the proud parents of two Blue Jays, namely           ized with “Where Y’at”—and she’s not even
range of activities are unbeatable. Bruce has           Christopher, a sophomore, and Ryan, a prefresh-      from New Orleans!
spent a fair amount of time sailing, and still          man. A third son, Michael, is in 5th grade at St.    Mark B. Heim ’94 is a sports copy editor for
enjoys playing classical guitar. His son, John,         Dominic's. Christopher and Ryan are fourth           the Mobile News Register, and his wife, Amy, is
graduated from the University of Virginia last          generation Blue Jays. Pat and Susie both serve       principal of St. Vincent dePaul School in West
year and is gainfully employed as a computer            on the board of directors of Willwoods               Mobile.
professional by the university.                         Community, which oversees the operation of           Etienne R. Sabate ’94, a captain in the U.S.
Henri M. Louapre ’69 has been named chair-              Malta Park, Malta Square, and Malta Court, all       Army Artillery, has been given the command to
man of the board for Loubat Equipment                   of which provide assisted living residences for      “stand up” a new battery under re-organization
Company. He has served as president since               the elderly in the New Orleans area. The             plans of the Third Infantry Division. His new
1994.                                                   Willwoods Community board also oversees the
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                                                        WHERE Y’AT, MAN?
unit has been field tested in California,
Louisiana, and at its base in Fort Stewart, GA,         LET US KNOW AT JESUIT HIGH.
near Savannah, for return to Iraq in 2005.              You enjoy reading about fellow Blue Jay alumni. They enjoy reading about you.
Alex Schott ’94 received his master’s in film           Take a couple of minutes to tell them WHERE Y’AT, MAN!
from Chapman University in 2002. In                     Mail to Jaynotes, Alumni Office, Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119
December 2004, he was appointed director of             or email to
the governor’s office of film and television devel-
opment. He currently resides in Metairie with
his wife, Kelly.                                        Name
Tevis B. Vandergriff IV ’94 reports that his            Class
rugby club just completed the first 8-0 record in
Division I Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union            Phone (day)
history. The Charlotte Rugby Football Club’s            Phone (evening)
average margin of victory was 30 points. Tevis
reports, “For any ruggers out there, this tight-        FAX
head prop will see you on the pitch. Finally, to
my fellow Blue Jays, especially my ’94 class-           E-mail
mates, I hope all is well and please let me know
if anyone is in or will be in the Charlotte area.       Address
My email is Cheers!”                  City                                                    State               Zip
Marcus Scott ’95 recently moved to the
Houston area where he serves as the director of         News about yourself (or other grads); please limit your entry to 100 words:
operations at an inner city charter school. He
earned a masters degree in organizational man-
agement in April ’04 from the University of
Matthew Higgins ’96 graduated from UNO,
followed the lead of his patron saint, and is now
a tax officer with the Louisiana State
Department of Revenue and Taxation in New
Greg Wilde ’96 recently married Dr. Jennifer
Genuard. The ceremony was held at
Georgetown University. Blue Jays Brian Usher
’97, Lee Kwan ’96, Taylor Norton ’98, Mike
Paulhus ’96, Steve Serio ’96, and Mark Wilde
’98 were in attendance. The newlyweds are
completing their residencies at Christiana
Medical Facility in Wilmington, Delaware.
Stewart R. Shields ’97 works at Planning
Associates of Louisiana, LLC Mass Mutual
Financial Group in Financial Services where he        Orleans and is working as a manager for            journalism and political science and will gradu-
provides small business owners with financial         Reginelli’s Pizzeria in Kenner.                    ate in May 2005.
solutions. He also authored and published a           Christian Higgins ’00 graduated from the           Brad Borne ’03 is attending college at Spring
book, The Genesis War: First Prophecy. He mar-        University of Florida in May 2004 and is teach-    Hill in Mobile. Presently he is a sophomore and
ried July 10, 2004 and now lives in Mandeville.       ing English to bored, uncooperative French high    is studying psychology, with a minor in film.
Eric Cusimano ’97 is currently vice-president         school students in Rouen, Normandy, France.        Kevin Bray ’04 has received the National
of creative development for Maxso                     Justin Kurtz ’00 graduated in May 2004 from        Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Frank J.
Entertainment Group, a production company             the College of Charleston in South Carolina.       Corsaro Scholarship. Bray attends the University
that revolves around the LiL Maxso Brand. In          He completed his Bachelor of Humanities and        of Florida and is majoring in biomedical engi-
case you’re wondering, LiL Maxso is six-years-        Social Sciences degree in English and his          neering. Scholarship winners are selected on aca-
old and is billed as the world’s youngest rapper.     Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre (scenic         demic merit.
Eric also has been doing some session guitar          design.) He is currently a student at the
work—his “real passion”—for Virgin Records.           Culinary Institute of America, “the world’s pre-
Ryan J. Morehead ’98 graduated with a BBA             mier culinary college,” earning his degree in      Please remember
in banking and finance from Mississippi State in      baking and pastry arts.
May 2002. He received his MBA from UNO in             Robert J. Conrad III ’00 graduated from
                                                                                                         Jesuit High School in
May 2004. He recently married Jessica Fontenot
of Lake Charles. Ryan enjoys refereeing high
                                                      Washington and Lee University in June 2004.
                                                      He works in D.C. as an analyst for New Media
                                                                                                         your will. Call 504-
school and college basketball games and umpir-
ing high school and college baseball games.
                                                      Strategies, an online marketing firm.
                                                      Chris Zainey ’01 was selected as a Senior
                                                                                                         483-3813 for more
Emile Louapre ’99 graduated from the
University of Colorado in 2003 in Political
                                                      Class Favorite at the University of Mississippi.
                                                      He was also named to Who’s Who in America’s
                                                                                                         information about
Science. He has recently moved back to New            Colleges and Universities. Chris is majoring in    Planned Giving.
                                                                                                                              Winter 2004 • 2005       13

   Thanksgiving Drive 2004
   “From thy bounty…”
   In a school of many great traditions, one of Jesuit’s greatest traditions is the
   annual Thanksgiving Drive. For at least seven decades, Jesuit students have been
   providing needy families of New Orleans with a basket of food at Thanksgiving.
   What began as an event sponsored by the school’s Sodality now is overseen by the
   Service Projects Director and is homeroom based. Every student, every Blue Jay
   participates in the drive.

   Current Service Projects Director, Helen Brewer, guided
   this year’s Blue Jays through all aspects of this “great
   endeavor,” as she refers to the drive. The Jesuit High School
   family fed 546 families, the most ever. Each of Jesuit's forty-eight
   homerooms adopted at least seven families; two homerooms provid-
   ed for ten families. Others participate, too. The secretarial staff, the
   administrative team, the librarians, the student council, the CLC,
   and the Key Club all adopted families. Even a few individual teach-
   ers and their families adopted families.
        And then there’s the
   Class of 1983. All they do is
   provide turkeys for all but 25
   families. Brennan’s                                                             One of Jesuit’s teachers stopped at
   Restaurant provides 25 extra-                                               Robert’s grocery on his way home to pur-
   large turkeys for the larger                                                chase some items for the house. He spotted
   families being fed. The Class                                               one of his students and his father filling up
   of ’83 also provides all the                                                a cart with all the ingredients of a Thanks-
   food items for 175 families,                                                giving basket, including a turkey. The teacher
   food items which Jesuit’s                                                   knew they had already delivered a basket to
   Alumni Association organizes,                                               a family. When this teacher questioned the
   packages, and delivers.                                                    student, he found out that while delivering
        As early as August, Brewer begins receiving letters from families     a basket to a family the student and his father
   requesting a basket. After the drive the homerooms fill out evalua-        had met a neighbor whose basket had not
   tion forms on each family thus providing important information as          been delivered. The neighbor would soon receive a Thanksgiving
   to the families’ neediness. An important element of the drive              basket due to the generosity of the student and his father.
   remains that students actually deliver the baskets to the families so           Another recipient of a Thanksgiving basket called a homeroom
   they see what they are doing, why they are doing it, and for whom          teacher to express her gratitude and speak about the young man
   they are doing it. Ryan Cabos ’09 of Homeroom 807 had this very            who delivered her basket. During a conversation with the student
   experience. “We delivered food to a family with eight children. The        and his father, she mentioned that her family has problems during
   bedroom was in the kitchen. Beds were next to the stove.                   the winter because their gas heaters are not connected and she has
   Delivering the food felt good. They needed it.”                            difficulties getting them connected. The cold weather is a problem
        For many members of the Jesuit family, the day before                 for her family. Some time later the young man and his father
   Thanksgiving simply is the best day of the year. And that day begins       returned with, not one, but two electric heaters.
   early. Marc and Darlene Robert, parents of alumnus Marc ’04,                    Blue Jay Spirit is alive and well.
   open their Canal Street grocery at 5 a.m.—at their expense—so that
   students can purchase the perishable items to fill out their baskets,      The Thanksgiving drive unfolds in phases, beginning with, of
                                                                              course, fundraising efforts in the various homerooms. On the day
   and at a discounted price. While shopping, the students get to enjoy       itself, students gather at Robert’s Market. In the second photo
   a hot breakfast compliments of the Robert family.                          from the left, senior Ernesto Posedas weighs a couple of heads of
        Then it’s back to school for the prayer service and delivery of       lettuce while (top photo) English teacher Gale Alexander supervises
   the baskets.                                                               grocery buying with her seniors, from left, Matthew Farmer, Leo
                                                                              Lasecki, Bryan Hayes, Sean Brennan, Alex Wheatley, and Eric
        In the midst of the delivery of the Thanksgiving baskets, there       Simmons; in middle photo, Paul Fitzmorris ’06 and Jason Papale
   are stories, many I’m sure we don’t even know about. But we do             ’06 carry groceries up the steps to a waiting family. Photo at right:
   know about two of this year's stories.                                     (l-r) David Castillo ’06, John Love ’08, Bola Akingbola ’06.

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David Martin ’83 Kicks Off 2004
Thanksgiving Drive
Each year a member of the Class of 1983 launches the
annual Thanksgiving Drive by addressing the student
body at morning assembly. What follows is David
Martin’s address to the students given on November 15, 2004.

Good morning. I’m here today to talk about the annual Thanksgiving drive. And, you
know, it’s a great time of year to celebrate. We’ve got an awesome football team to cele-
brate, and we’re coming into the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Holiday parties
are coming up shortly, and it’s the right time to celebrate with family and friends. And
to be honest, everyone here deserves to celebrate. Everyone here has and is working hard,
whether you are a student, faculty, coach, scholastic, brother, priest, or lay person.
Everyone here works hard and deserves to set aside some time to celebrate.
     There are some, though, who don’t have a lot to celebrate at this time of year. Some
people are at home right now trying to decide whether they are going to pay the electric
bill, buy medicine, or buy groceries. There are many less fortunate than ourselves.
     While no one’s life or situation is perfect, all of us here have much to be thankful
for—thankful for our families, our friends, teachers, coaches, the hot lunch or dinner we
will have today. Many people right here in our city, right here in this neighborhood need
our help today and many other days throughout the year.
     This year we will touch over 500 families for Thanksgiving. That is no small task,
and that is something that each of you should take pride in. This could not happen with-
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                      Janet Tedesco Recognizes the Quiet
                      Heroes Among Us
                      Before the students hit the streets of New Orleans to
                      deliver food to needy families, they assemble in the
                      Chapel of the North American Martyrs for a prayer service.
                      During this service a teacher clarifies for the students the
                      purpose of the Thanksgiving Drive. This year math teacher
                      Janet Tedesco inspired the Blue Jays by sharing a family
In our family we had a Thanksgiving tradition. Every year, each of us would spend the
days before the holidays making a list of the people in our lives who had had a positive
influence on us, people we considered heroes. Then, at the Thanksgiving meal we would
give thanks for each of these people by name. When I was asked to speak today, I decid-
ed to share the tradition with you.
     The first and most enduring are my parents. Even as they approach the end of their
time with me, I find that they are people to whom I look as examples for guidance and
direction. My husband and children are heroes in my eyes. Each of them has accom-
plished so much with the talents that God has granted them.
     Like most of you, I would list people such as Christopher Reeves and Lance
Armstrong because they have been positive role models for so many. But, they are larger
than life—not quite “real” people. Most of the people that I am truly thankful for in my
daily life are people in the chapel today—the “quiet” heroes.
     Each of my fellow teachers is an inspiration to me for one reason or another: their
service to their students; their unselfish giving of time to help each other as well as their
students; their willingness to answer the call to help with time, money, and possessions,
never seeking or wanting reward or recognition, not seeing what they do as anything spe-
cial or different.
     • the priests who have dedicated their lives in service to others and who are role
        models of behavior and devotion to God.
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                                                                 Winter 2004 • 2005       15

Martin      continued from previous page                                      Tedesco       continued from previous page
out everyone’s help. With the generosity of my ’83 classmates, you                I think, for example, of
and your parents, other alumni, and the faculty, we are able to help              • people like Coach and Mrs. Louque, Dr. Spitzfaden and Fr.
hundreds of families during the holiday season.                                      Boudreaux, who delayed much needed medical attention until a
      Why do we do it? Why do we set aside the time and money each                   time when it would be the least disruptive to their students and
year to do this? Some of you might say you do it just to get out of                  their colleagues.
class when you deliver the baskets… that’s great. I’m glad you get to             • Mr. Frederick, who has taught me loyalty and dedication by his
leave school early to either assemble or deliver the baskets.                        49 years of service to JHS often taking time from his own family
Congratulations to those of you who feel that way.                                   because of a commitment to the school,
      We, my class, do this for two reasons. The first, the obvious, is to        • Ms. Tomeny who helps the less fortunate through Habitat for
help people who need some assistance. And that is a great thing. But                 Humanity
the second reason, I believe, is even better. The second reason is so that        • Mr. Cohen, who has quietly helped almost every faculty mem-
you, as students, can see and think about how a simple Thanksgiving                  ber at some time, no matter what the personal sacrifice.
basket can positively impact someone’s life.                                      Although almost every teacher here could be singled out and
      My wish is that by doing this maybe one of the classes here, or         thanked for acts of kindness, devotion, dedication, and caring, the
maybe just one of you will continue this tradition. Let’s face it. At         people who are at the top of my list are not my fellow teachers but
some point my class and I will be too old and too senile to continue          you, the students. Each and everyday I am energized and inspired
this. We will need some other group to pass the torch to. Who will it         by the quiet heroes among you. To name a few:
be? Will it be the seniors? Will it be the prefreshmen? Will it be one of
the classes in-between?                                                           • Jeremy Chenier, who can make the most difficult day easier
      As Christians we are called to give. We are called to give back to             with his smile and cheery hello.
the community. Each of you has a unique and wonderful opportunity                 • Monty Montaldo, who inspires everyone who knows him as he
to touch someone’s life that truly needs help and make his or her day                goes through his day without a complaint or a request for
just a little bit better. What a powerful thing. To be able to have a pos-           special consideration even though he has to be drained by his
itive impact on someone else’s life even if it is just for a day.                    health issues.
      Yes, I’ve heard some of the feedback. Some of the baskets get deliv-        • Eric Cusimano, who shows up for football practice everyday
ered to houses that have nicer things than you or I have in our homes.               and gives his all wherever it is needed, even filming a game
Some people take the baskets without offering a simple “thank you.”                  while in uniform because that is what Coach needed him to do.
Others expect to receive the baskets without exemplifying any grati-              • Matt Druen, who missed his girlfriend’s homecoming dance
tude. That’s OK. Don’t expect any gratitude. Don’t expect a “thank                   because of his commitment to the students on the 9th Grade
you.” Don’t judge whether or not you think that a particular person is               Night of Reflection. He realized that his ability to affect the
deserving. That is not our job.                                                      lives of young students was more important than one date.
      Our job is to serve as Christ served…blindly and with humility. If          • people like Michael Krouse, Andy Lade, and the rest of the
half of the recipients were not truly needy…No, if two-thirds weren’t                Squires and Key Clubbers who give countless hours to raise
really needy… No, if only one person on the list were truly in need,                 money and help people less fortunate than they are.
would this still be a worthy cause? The answer is absolutely yes. Even if
through all of these efforts just one person needed our help it would             • Chris Combes, Brent Gruber, and the rest of the backstage crew
still be worth all of the time, effort, and energy. All just to make a dif-          of the Phils who work tirelessly but for the most part are not
ference in one person’s life. Obviously, I exaggerate, but you get my                known. They help make the production a success even though
point.                                                                               they do not get the glory.
      Today, I challenge each of you that has the good fortune of deliv-          • Kaled Mustafa, Stephen Salassi, and the other members of
ering these baskets to look each person in the eye as you make your                  ROTC who get the thankless tasks associated with almost every
deliveries. Look them in the eye and remember their face. Don’t do                   event at school, including parking cars in the rain and cold.
this just to take pity on them. Don’t do it just to make yourself realize         • Grey Elerson, who saw a need—cleaning the trophies in all of
how lucky you are in relation to them. Don’t do it just to have a face               the trophy cases—got a team together and got the job done.
to assign prejudices or stereotypes to. Do this and remember their faces          • Brett Bodin and each band and chorus member--they are
because none of us knows what the face of Christ will look like today.               constantly being asked to perform for this event or that event.
And none of us knows what the face of Christ will look like tomorrow.             And, especially at this time of year, I am thankful for each and
      My hope is that in years to come you will remember some of those        every one of you who participated in some way with the Thanksgiving
faces and remember some of the lives that you have touched, and the           food drive. Your generous donations of food and money, your arrival at
life you made just a little bit better even if it was just for a day. And     Robert’s at 6 o’clock this morning, your willingness to delay your
that a class, a group of you, some of you, or just one of you will hear       Thanksgiving vacation to deliver food to the families. This is the stuff
the call of service and will help carry this torch into the future.           of quiet heroism. In the eyes of the many people that will be fed today,
      God bless all of you and happy holidays.                                you are heroes. You, the students, are what make this day a success
                                                   David Martin ’83           and I am very proud of you—proud of each and every one of the quiet
                                                                              heroes in this chapel today—heroes named and unnamed.

                                                                                                                   Janet Tedesco/math teacher
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                                              BLUE JAY FOOTBALL
                 On the Air…and On the Net
Indeed, Jesuit football was on the air                                                                successfully used this service for its final
again this season. And, once again, Jesuit                                                            game and found that 1,395 fans around
fans around the world could access the                                                                the world listened to the game via the
broadcast via the Internet. Danny                                                                     Internet. This figure ranked the one
Riehm ’00 once again handled the play-                                                                Jesuit football game 27th out of the
by-play. Jude Young ’95 joined the                                                                    seventy-seven organizations using
broadcast team as the analyst and color                                                               Broadcast Monsters during November—
commentator. Jude brought to the team                                                                 and several of those organizations
some radio experience as he already hosts                                                             streamed two, three, or even four
a weekly fantasy football program.                                                                    programs.
Danny, of course, honed his announcing                                                                    The day of 34,000 fans attending a
skills as the voice of the Jays over the past                                                         regular season prep football game may
four years, actually beginning as the side-                                                           be “history”; but with the fans at the
line reporter for the original announcer.      Blue Jay announcers Danny Riehm ’00 (left)             game, the radio listeners, and the
      Broadcasting a game is no small pro- and Jude Young ’95 enjoy calling the action.               online “streamers,” Jesuit football may
duction. First, airtime has to be found,                                                              just have that many followers for each
sometimes a tricky proposition. Listeners may have noticed that no     of its games next season.
single station was the “home” of Jesuit football. In fact, three dif-        Several Jays wrote in with their reaction to the broadcasts:
ferent stations carried the four broadcasts. The week before a game,
Jesuit's Director of Development and Public Relations,                 “This is awesome. Got some other Jesuit guys in Atlanta that I will pass
Pierre DeGruy ’69, would search for available airtime. Because         this on to.”
of commitments to carry other programming, the same station was                                                    Beau Higgins ’85
                                                                                                                   Atlanta, GA
not always available. For instance, WTIX-AM was available for
Friday night games but not Saturday games because of its commit-       “Thanks for the notice (about the broadcast). Dallas Jesuit is doing the
                                                                       same thing at the same time. The results are highly popular, even better
ment to broadcast Tulane football games. On the other hand,            when we win.”
BizRadio WGSO was available for Saturday games, but not Friday                                                     Fr. Phil Postell, S.J. ’56
night games. And for the playoff game against East St. John, only                                                  President, Jesuit College Prep
Slidell station WSLA was available. Add to this equation the need                                                  Dallas, TX
for a station that streams its broadcasts over the Internet, and the   “I have been following the team’s season from over here in the Dallas
web becomes quite tangled. But DeGruy came through, putting            area. Congratulations are in order for Coach Eumont and the team.
four of the final five games on the air.                               Going undefeated during regular season is a significant accomplishment.
      While DeGruy was working his magic to find airtime and get       It is hard for me to believe that I was a freshman at Jesuit the last time we
                                                                       went undefeated. I wish that I could be at Tad Gormley Friday night to
the message out to alumni around the world, his office-mate, Mat       help cheer the Blue Jays to victory.”
Grau ’68, Jesuit’s Alumni Director, was organizing all the                                                         Gary Bougere ’66
wrap-around material for Danny and Jude. Pre-game and halftime                                                     Dallas, TX
guests had to be recruited, questions had to be created, and back-     “I’m listening from Bangkok, Thailand. I’m here traveling on business.
ground information had to be researched. Then reports of school        The broadcasts are great.”
events-—such as alumni reunions, Homecoming events, and Open                                                       Al Esparza ’80
House—had to be put down on paper for Danny and Jude to                                                            Bangkok, Thailand
“advertise” during the broadcast.                                      “This is outrageously great. I even got a Holy Cross guy (another
      And, of course, Danny and Jude had their work to do:             Nawlins expatriate who lives and breathes for the old days in our old
researching the Jays’ opponent, updating statistics, and sharpening    home town) to listen in. We need more of this. Want a stronger alumni
their knowledge of the prep football scene in the city and even the    association? Broadcast ALL the sports….It gives us that instant tie back
                                                                       to the old alma mater….This is how Notre Dame hangs their centuries-
state.                                                                 old alums together….My father broadcast Notre Dame football on net-
      The result was quite a professional production. And one that     work radio for 16 years. Before his death, Fr. Edmond Joyce (VP of ND
will only improve with age. Next year look for—really, listen for-     Athletics for centuries) was quoted as saying that the network radio cov-
—-increased statistics coverage during the game due to the addi-       erage of ND’s football games was the single most important communica-
tion of student statisticians. And look for enhanced streaming         tions tool Notre Dame had for gluing the alumni and the subway alumni
                                                                       together—NATIONWIDE! And gaining their unending support for
service provided by Broadcast Monsters, a national service that        what has become the second most endowed university in the world.”
provides for broadcasts via the Internet regardless of the station                                                 Russ Wester ’65
carrying the game or even if the game is being broadcast. Jesuit                                                   Baltimore, MD
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P R I N C I PA L ’ S C O R N E R

                                   Reflections on the Faculty Retreat
                                   “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:1-11)

                                   In this Biblical quote, we hear Jesus telling       laughter, Fr. Corcoran often laced his talks with humorous stories of his
                                   Simon Peter and others to cast their nets into      experiences in Siberia, especially stories of his interactions with some of the
                                   the water one more time even though Simon           older people in Siberia, interactions that he had with them using his “near-
                                   and his companions had caught nothing after         ly” fluent Russian.
                                   fishing all night long. Trusting in Jesus,               Perhaps my favorite talk of Fr. Corcoran centered on the need for us to
                                   Simon and his helpers did as they were told         give thanks to God for the many blessings that we have as educators at Jesuit.
                                   and were rewarded with an unimaginable              Some of the questions on which he encouraged us to reflect included the fol-
catch of fish. This Biblical passage was the cornerstone of our faculty retreat        lowing: “What are three moments/occurrences of this past semester for which
January 3-4 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center across the lake in              I am most thankful? Which of my colleagues at Jesuit has taught me some-
Robert, Louisiana.                                                                     thing about being a better educator? If I found out that, for some reason, I
     Fr. Tony Corcoran, S.J. was our retreat director. Fr. Corcoran taught at          could no longer teach, what would I miss most about my work? Do I thank
Jesuit High School in the early 1990s and has been living and ministering in           God for the colleagues with whom I work?” Fr. Corcoran’s last question in
Siberia for several years. Time and time again throughout the retreat, Fr.             this session hit home the hardest—specifically, “When was the last time that
Corcoran would come back to this quote from Jesus. In doing so, he was chal-           I thanked God explicitly for my vocation to teach?”
lenging us as educators at Jesuit to trust that God has special work to do with             Our time together on the retreat was a special time for us. As I reflect on
our students through us. And, like Simon, it is only in having faith in God that       the experiences provided to us and as I try to keep alive what I gained from
we come to know and really believe that we have a specific role everyday here          the retreat, I will attempt to remember Fr. Corcoran’s words during one of his
at Jesuit High School in bringing our students closer to God.                          sermons. He said, “Jesus asked Simon to put out into deep water and let
     Over the course of two days, and in addition to the obvious time needed           down his nets for a catch. In the same way, Jesus is asking you, as educators
for eating, relaxing, and sleeping, our retreat included Fr. Corcoran’s insight-       at Jesuit High School, to put out into deep water everyday with your stu-
ful and moving talks, group discussions, a four-person panel presentation              dents. It is in the everyday tasks that you will find the opportunities to let
offering perspectives on the role of Jesuit High School in the lives of students,      down your nets for a catch of your students. You only have to stay awake to
time for reflection, and, most importantly, opportunities for reconciliation           these opportunities and trust in God. Ultimately, you are the best gospels
and celebration of the Eucharist. Further, always a man to know the value of           your students will know.”                               Mike Giambelluca ’82


Life Experiences of ’88 Alumnus Reduced to Three Lessons
Morning assembly is an occasion for students to pray, to hear about the day’s          Anything. If you set your mind to it and work
activities, to recognize achievements, and to support those Blue Jays preparing        hard.
for various events. Also, it is a time to hear from men who once stood where               The key is working hard. You don’t have to be
today’s Jays now stand. At morning assembly on November 19, 2004, Sean                 brilliant. And you don't have to be the most talent-
Doles ’88 addressed the student body at. Sean recently published the novella           ed.You just have to have a dream and dedicate your life to work to make it happen.
Saving Mr. Bingle.                                                                         At Jesuit, I learned that it doesn't matter if you’re rich or poor, short or tall,
    When Mr. (Mat) Grau ’68 first asked me to come speak here today, I got             black or white, fat or skinny, a genius or dyslexic. We all have 24 hours in a day.
excited thinking about all the wise things I wanted to say, all these thoughts         Nobody gets an extra hour. We can all go to the library and read a book. We all
accumulated over the 16 years since I graduated.                                       have dreams.
    Then I realized there was no way I’d ever get the speech down to four min-             Jesuit taught me to aim high. Dream big. Go for it. If I can do it, you can too.
utes, and I was told that “Top” [Abshire, Disciplinarian] was going to give me the         I keep these glasses around as a reminder of that [pulls glasses from pocket and
hook if I ran one second long.                                                         puts on]. These are the same glasses I wore when I was a pre-freshman. When I
    So I’ve narrowed 16 years of life experience down to these three lessons, things   first came to Jesuit, I was a short, pudgy, buck-toothed, braces-wearing, four-
I wish someone had told me when I was your age about your time here at Jesuit.         eyed, middle-class kid from the wrong side of the Industrial Canal…and I had to
    Number 1: If you get a PH because you forgot your nametag, remember, it’s          ride the bus. Straight up, I was a freakin’ dork.
not about the nametag. It’s about teaching you to pay attention to detail day after        But I still remember my first day here. I was standing out in the courtyard,
day after day.                                                                         right by that tree in fact, and Father McGinn walked up to me and said, “Good
    Today, it’s a nametag—twenty years from now, let’s suppose you’re a surgeon,       morning, Sean, welcome to Jesuit.” I looked around thinking he must have been
it’ll be a sponge that you forgot to remove from your patient’s stomach before         talking to somebody else. How’d he know who I was? Remember, this was my
sewing him up—just imagine that lawsuit.                                               first day. I wasn’t quick enough to realize he was reading my nametag.
    Or suppose you’re a lawyer and you overlook a key piece of evidence, a key             But it wasn’t just what he said. It was the way he said it. It was my first clue
detail, that causes you to lose your case; maybe that mistake would send an inno-      about what it meant to be a part of the Jesuit family.
cent man to prison.                                                                        I might have been a nobody that day, but I was in. I made it. I was here. And
    Okay, maybe that’s a bit overdramatic, but the good news is—today, it’s just a     that meant I was free to dream.
nametag.                                                                                   That’s the most important lesson I learned. That I could do anything.
    Lesson 2: Khaki uniforms and black oxfords are not Mr. Giambelluca’s way of            But between the dream and its realization is the work. Hard work. Dedication.
humiliating you by making you look fashionably challenged. They're a way of            Commitment. And lots of things you may not understand and things you may
taking the focus off what’s on the outside so that you can cultivate what really       not want to do. Like listening to boring speeches at morning assembly. And wear-
matters —what’s on the inside—the heart and the mind.                                  ing khaki uniforms. And nametags.
    Lesson 3: The third lesson I learned is that you can do anything. Really.              Thank you for having me.                                       Sean Doles ’88

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Jesuit Pro-Lifers
March in D.C.
Some of the 54 Jesuit students
in the Pro-Life Club and their
chaperones braved the snowy
weather in our nation’s capital.
The Jesuit group was among the
thousands of people in the Pro-
Life movement who descended
on Capitol Hill for the 31st
anniversary of the U.S. Supreme
Court’s infamous decision in Roe
v Wade. The Jays participated in
the annual March For Life, a
peaceable assembly up
Constitution Avenue to petition
the government for a redress of
grievance. They also privately
met with Supreme Court
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia
and one of Louisiana’s U.S.
Senators, David Vitter.

Safe Teen New Orleans: A Resource                                                          Students Travel to Atlanta
for Parents                                                                                to View Art
Have you accessed the Jesuit High School web site                                          Jesuit High School teacher Meg Feinman organized and
(, noticed the link “Safe Teen New Orleans,”                            directed the second annual Fine Arts Trip, which took place
and wondered what it referred to? STNO is several things.                                  following December’s exams. This year the group traveled to the
     First, STNO is parents. It is a coalition of parents from high schools across         Atlanta Botanical Gardens to see the “Chihuly in the Garden”
the metro area concerned about the safety of teenagers, particularly relating to
                                                                                           glass exhibit and to the High Museum of Art to see “Van Gogh to
alcohol and drug use, driving, violence, and sexual activity.
     Second, STNO is information. It is a resource whereby parents might                   Mondrian.” The latter was a presentation from the Kroller-Muller
become informed about relevant laws, the city’s curfew, medical research, and              Museum of the Netherlands which featured a rare view of this
professional advice concerning problems our youth are encountering.                        extraordinary Dutch collection of modern art. Forty juniors and
     Third, STNO is communication. It is a system of accessing up-to-date                  seniors made the trip with Ms. Feinman, accompanied by teach-
information about issues and events involving our sons and daughters in the                ers Mike Prados ’83, Harry Clark ’59, Mary Ann Cordova, and
very “open” teen culture of the metro New Orleans area.                                    Yvonne Somers. In addition to the exhibits, the group also toured
     The main vehicle of communicating this important information to parents is            CNN’s studios and had dinners at Dave & Busters and ESPN
the organization’s web site— Visitors to the web                Zone. Several Atlanta alumni joined the group for dinner and fun
site will find reprints of relevant articles from such periodicals as the Wall Street      at Dave & Busters: Greg Prados ’88 (Mike’s brother), Danny
Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and our own Times-Picayune. On the site, parents             Hubbell ’85 with Jeanne Dardis (Bro. Dardis’s niece), David
have the opportunity to read an interview with Dr. Scott Schwartzwelder, Ph.D.,            Andignac ’88, and Bernard Fromherz ’96.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Duke University Medical Center. One
practical feature of the web site is the listing of alternatives to the annual ritual of
Spring Break.                                                                              Teachers Tedesco and Cox
     Safe Teen New Orleans is the brainchild of one parent who lives along the
uptown Mardi Gras parade route and has first-hand knowledge of what is going               Awarded Grant
on with teens as young as 13 and 14 years of age: public intoxication, smoking,
                                                                                           Math teachers Janet Tedesco and Stephanie Cox, who also
drugs, public urination, alcohol poisoning, and sexual activity. That parent is
                                                                                           teaches computer science, snagged a Best Buy Teaching
Christina Fay, mother of current or former students at Ben Franklin and Country
Day. Three years ago Ms. Fay summoned representatives of the parent associa-               Award. The program rewards schools in recognition of programs
tions of the various high schools in the area—private, public, Catholic,                   or projects that integrate interactive technology into the cur-
Independent—to a meeting to discuss the problem and map out a strategy to                  riculum and make learning fun for students. Jesuit was awarded
attack it. From that initial meeting, Safe Teen New Orleans was born.                      a $2500 grant for Ms. Tedesco and Ms. Cox’s proposal to use
     From the beginning, Jesuit High School has been involved in the organiza-             digital cameras interactively in geometry classes. Sharon
tion as the school seeks to absorb any resources that might assist its parents in          Hewlett, Jesuit's technology coordinator, assisted the two
the development of their children.                                                         teachers in submitting their proposal.
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Two years ago Jesuit’s swimming team was tied with Acadia High                      tion, it was obvious that this meet would be between Catholic
School’s volleyball team for most consecutive State Championships                   High of Baton Rouge and Jesuit. The Jays’ results at the State
in LHSAA history. Last year when Acadia’s volleyball team lost and Jesuit’s         Meet are as follows:
swimming team won at the State Meet, the record belonged to the Blue Jays.
This past fall the 2004 Jesuit Swimming Team extended the streak to 18 when         200 Medley Relay      4th place              1:40.74
they once again captured the State Title.                                                                 Sean Gipson            Back
   This incredible streak of championships started in 1988 when many of the                               Wayne Pierce           Breast
swimmers on today’s team were not even born. Since then, the Jays have won                                John Tortorich         Fly
every District, City, and State Championship…18 legendary years! The most                                 Aaron Ranson           Free
impressive aspect of this run has been that each team in these 18 years has been
unique. And, again, this year’s team proved no exception. Early in the year         200 Free 4th          Michael Heier          1:48.75
another coach referred to this team as “Robert Casey and a bunch of no-names.”         5th                Ryan Hathaway          1:49.66
Well, here are the State Champion “no-names.”                                          7th                Michael Grennan        1:51.89
                                                                                       8th                Cullen Wheatley        1:53.72
Seniors            Juniors              Sophomores           Freshmen
Jeremy Call        Cor y Bender         Kyle Bradford        Napoleon Beniot        200 IM 2nd            Robert Casey           1:56.49 AAC
Rober t Casey*     C. Chamberlain       Michael Collins      A. Bevinetto
Sean Gipson        Jeff Ganucheau       Matt Gassan          Chris Brodt
                                                                                       4th                John Tortorich         2:01.42
Michael Heier      Michael Grennan      Ian Hoerner          F. DeBraum                5th                Alden Settoon          2:02.37
Matt Juge          Ryan Hathaway        G. Malbrough         Brandon Har vey           8th                Brandon Harvey         2:07.77
Brian LeBon        Matthew Hobbs        Mar tin Roth         Jay McKinnie
Wayne Pierce       Cullen Wheatley      Santi Rodriguez      John Tor torich
Aaron Ranson                            Chris Staudinger                            50 Free 1st           Aaron Ranson           22.38
Alden Settoon*                                                                         3rd                Alex Wheatley          22.74
Alex Wheatley                                                                          5th                Cory Bender            22.92
* captains
                                                                                       7th                Sean Gipson            23.43
    This was a team, with each swimmer contributing to this victorious season.
                                                                                    100 Fly 2nd           John Tortorich         52.93
This was not a Jesuit team loaded with Division I prospects and super-stars;
                                                                                       4th                Cameron Chamberlain54.44
rather, this was a team in which every swimmer realized his role and executed it
                                                                                       5th                Garrett Malbrough  55.28
to the best of his ability.                                                            12th               Jeremy Call        57.10
    The dual meets began in September with the Jays traveling to south
Louisiana to swim against Vandebilt Catholic High School. After defeating           100 Free 1st          Robert Casey           47.99
Vandebilt, the Jays traveled Uptown to defeat the Greenies of Newman. Due to           4th                Alden Settoon          49.18
Hurricane Ivan, the team lost almost a week of practice and was forced to              6th                Alex Wheatley          50.03
rearrange the dual meet schedule. The next meet matched the Jays against Br.           7th                Cullen Wheatley        50.93
Martin, which was defeated by a Jesuit team that was starting to swim well. The
last dual meet of the season featured Rummel, which had a strong team this          500 Free 2nd          Ryan Hathaway          4:58.76
year. But the men in blue and white prevailed to end the season with a perfect         3rd                Michael Grennan        5:01.08
dual meet record.                                                                      5th                Michael Heier          5:03.36
    Then the second season began. The District Meet proved to be a measuring           14th               Chris Brodt            5:19.17
tool of where the Jays were in preparation for the State Meet. At this point in
the season the times from this meet can be a great indicator of how well the men    200 Free Relay        1st Place              1:28.41
will swim at State. The team swam well in the first of the “big three” (District,                         Cameron Chamberlain
City, and State), defeating the opposition with many of the Jays swimming their                           Aaron Ranson
best times to date.                                                                                       Robert Casey
    The Metro Championships, known to the older swimmers as “City,” turned                                Alden Settoon
out to be the fastest meet of the year up to this point. The Metro Meet allows
schools from all different divisions to compete against one another, which is       100 Back 4th          Sean Gipson            56.26
unique because in district and state the competition is limited to divisional          5th                Garrett Malbrough  56.63
opponents. The team won the meet to extend its city/metro winning streak to            9th                Cameron Chamberlain59.49
22 consecutive years. Incredibly, the Jesuit Swimming Team has won this meet
every year since 1984.                                                              100 Breast 8th        Wayne Pierce           1:04.24
    Again this year the State Championship meet was held at the Kiefer                 9th                Michael Collins        1:04.92
Lakefront Arena. The meet featured over 500 swimmers, all competing to be the          13th               Chris Staudinger       1:06.94
best in Division I. After looking over the heat sheets for the two-day competi-        15th               Napoleon Benoit        1:07.93
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    CROSS COUNTRY                                                                                          J E S U I T T O D AY

The 400 Free Relay team was so excited about swimming the race
that a false start prevented the team from scoring the winning relay
and an All-American Consideration time.
    The results clearly show the true team effort, with nearly every
swimmer on this 2004 State Championship Team contributing to the
victory. The team won the meet by 60 points, scoring over 400
points. Both coaches, Bret Hanemann ’85 and Billy Newport, were
pleasantly surprised at just how well this team swam at State. Coach
Newport observed, “This team really buckled down after the hurri-
cane, training with intensity and conviction. I think that’s why we
swam so well.”
    So well, in fact, that
it reaped yet another                                                             Blue Jay runners on the Cross Country team are all smiles as
State Championship—                                                               they pose with the State Championship trophy, their
                                                                                  second in a row. Kneeling (l-r): Adam Tosh ’06, Cullen Doody
18 in a row.                                                                      ’08, and Chad Guidry ’08. Standing (l-r): Greg Stokes ’05
                                                                                  (manager), Casey McMann ’07, Coach Rodney Louque, Brett
                                                                                  Guidry ’06, Brett McMann ’05, Kyle Breaux ’05, Cory Guidry
                                                                                  ’08, Coach Peter Kernion ’90, Kenny Ehrhardt ’07, Ernie
                                                                                  Svenson ’06, and Michael Krouse ’05 (manager).

                                                                                  Swimming Team (left) celebrates 18 State Championships
                                                                                  in a row.

Cross Country Team Repeats as State Champions
This year’s cross country team wanted to prove that last year’s state championship was
no fluke. They wanted to establish the cross country program as an elite program with
expectations of a reasonable shot at State each year, much like the wrestling and swimming          1st     Brett Guidry ’06         15:27
programs. They wanted to win State. Again.                                                          4th     Brett McMann ’05         16:10
    And that’s exactly what the Blue Jay runners did in Natchitoches on November 16 as the          6th     Adam Tosh ’06            16:22
                                                                                                    7th     Cory Guidry ’08          16:24
team scored 41 points to second place Br. Martin’s 49 points. In a solid team effort, the Jays
                                                                                                    8th     Cullen Doody ’08         16:24
placed six runners in the top twenty and three of those in the top ten. Junior Brett Guidry,        9th     Kyle Breaux ’05          16:25
last year’s individual champion, again led the Jays finishing 2nd overall this year. Brett was      10th    Ernie Svenson ’06        16:38
one of only three runners to break 16 minutes, clocking in at 15:52 over the 3.1 mile
course. For the second year in a row, senior Brett McMann finished in the top ten, this time
coming in 7th. Junior Adam Tosh was Jesuit’s other top ten runner, finishing 9th.
    “This year’s team had very high expectations of what they should do this season,” says
Coach Peter Kernion ’90. “Their youth and inexperience showed early in the season, but              2nd      Brett Guidry ’06        15:52
they developed and matured quickly.”                                                                7th      Brett McMann ’05        16:26
    Coach Kernion characterizes this year’s team as hard working and determined. “This              9th      Adam Tosh ’06           16:34
year’s team was very aware of carrying on a winning tradition that was started last year. They      11th     Cory Guidry ’08         16:41
                                                                                                    12th     Kyle Breaux ’05         16:46
didn’t want to mess things up.” And, of course, they didn’t.
                                                                                                    17th     Kenny Ehrhardt ’07      16:59
    The Blue Jay runners earned the trip to the State Meet by winning the District                  48th     Cullen Doody ’08        17:48
Championship. In the District Meet the team placed all seven runners in the top ten. Brett
Guidry won the meet with a time of 15:27.
    The future looks bright for the Jays as an already young varsity squad will be replenished
with runners from the District Champion JV team and the Junior High team which fin-                 Recognition
ished 2nd in district.                                                                              Brett Guidry ’06       All   State and All Metro
    Looking to the future, Coach Kernion says, “There is no reason why we can’t continue            Brett McMann ’05       All   State and All Metro
to be a top team in the state.” So look for the Jays to be competing for the State                  Adam Tosh ’06          All   State
Championship again next year.                                                                       Cory Guidry ’08        All   State
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                                                                                                       Taylor Fogleman with Coach Mitch Chapoton ’87
                                                                                                       Taylor Fogleman
                                                                                                       Signs National Letter
   Blue Jay Band Spreads the                                                                           To Play Tennis for Tar
   Jesuit Sound                                                                                        Heels
                                                                                                       Jesuit High School senior Taylor Fogleman
   The Blue Jay Band began its 2004-2005 year with a weeklong band camp at Nicholls                    signed a national letter of intent to attend
   State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. During the camp the band members and the                  the University of North Carolina on a tennis
   Jayettes practiced each day from 8 a.m.–11 p.m. preparing their field show for the upcoming         scholarship. Fogleman is one of the top
   football season and the much-anticipated District VI Marching Festival. This year’s field show      ranked players in the country this year in his
   music consisted of selections taken from “Illuminations,” the music of Walt Disney World            age grouping.
   Epcot Center’s Laser and Firework spectacular.                                                           Fogleman has been named 5A Metro
         With over 50 sets of high intensity movement, the show was both musically and drill-          Player of the Year for the past two years
   wise perhaps the most ambitious field show ever attempted by a Jesuit band. The band and            while leading the Jesuit tennis team to three
   the Jayettes performed this show in pieces throughout the football season, in its entirety at the   of its last six state championships. He has
   Central Lafourche Marching Festival, and finally at the District VI Marching Festival held at       received the All-Metro 5A Academic-Athletic
   East Jefferson Stadium on November 1. Both the band and the Jayettes received “Excellent”
                                                                                                       Award the past three years.
   ratings. Drum Major Ryan O’Malley ’05, received a “Superior” rating and was selected as the
   top drum major at the festival.
         As the marching season came to a close, the band prepared for its annual Christmas
   Concert, which has become a highlight of the year with performances by the Chorus, Concert          In-Line Hockey Team
   Band, and Jazz Band. It even snowed in the auditorium! This year also featured a Brass
   Quintet organized by five talented Blue Jays. An audience of more than 500 family members           Captures
   and friends enjoyed the music, the snow, and the post-concert reception.
         This year the band also produced a number of District and All-State Honor Band partici-       Championship
   pants. Being selected to perform with these ensembles is quite an honor. Ryan Bautista,             Jesuit’s In-Line Hockey team recently took
   Robert Perez, and William Smith were selected to perform with the Junior High Honor Band.           first place at Airline Skate Center.
   Diego Aviles, Christian Bautista, Justice Buras, David Castillo, Greg Dinnell, Christian
   Gonzalez, and Ed Seyler were selected to perform with the Senior High Honor Band. Bautista
   and Gonzalez were selected to perform with the Honor Jazz Band. Selected to perform with            Bottom row (l-r): Daniel DeVun ’08, Clark
   the prestigious All-State Honor Band were Buras and Bautista. “The students’ long hours of          Alsfeld ’05, Brandon Hicks ’06, Graham
   preparation eventually ended with a rigorous and difficult audition process,” said band direc-      Schaefer ’07, Mac Alsfeld ’06; Top row (l-r):
   tor Joe Caluda ’79.                                                                                 Coach Pete Matthews, Tyler Schaefer ’06,
                                                                                                       Kevin Leger ’08, Vinnie Barletta ’08, Ryan
         As 2005 began, the band prepared for the upcoming concert season, basketball games,           Renda ’08, Andrew Wiltz ’06, Justin LeGros
   Mardi Gras parades, a performance at Walt Disney World, the Philelectic Society’s spring            ’06, Asst. Coach Clay LeGros
   musical, a Jazz Band performance at Celebration and the Bazaar, and the Spring Concert at
   the end of the school year.
         But this full slate of activities does not end there. Beginning in June, the band will pre-
   pare to host the students and faculty of the Clavius Gymnasium in Bamberg, Germany, in the
   first half of the internationally known exchange program between the two schools. Our band
   members will travel to Bamberg in July 2006 for the second half of the exchange playing con-
   certs and touring both Germany and Austria.
         Caluda, assistant band director Jason Giaccone, and the band members work hard all year
   not only on their own activities but also supporting many other groups on campus. The band
   does a great job representing Jesuit High School, so cheer them on as they come marching
   down the street playing that Blue Jay Sound and spreading the “Blue Jay Spirit” across the city.

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                                                                                                 Five Seniors
                                                                                                 Sign to Play
                                                                                                 College Football
                                                                                                 Five seniors on this year’s District Champion
                                                                                                 football team signed letters of intent to
                                                                                                 continue their careers at the collegiate level.


Successful Season Ends in
State Playoffs
“Fun!” That’s how Coach Vic Eumont describes the 2004 football season.
“When the coaches and the players work as hard as they did this year and you achieve as
much success as we did, that adds up to fun. We were in every game, even the last game,”
Coach Eumont observes with a certain humility.
     Coach, you weren’t just “in” every game; you won every game, except the last one.
Indeed, the Jays were “in” that state quarterfinal game against East St. John and its Mr.
Everything player, Ryan Perrilloux. Not until the Wildcats stopped the Jays with just min-
                                                                                                 Coach Vic Eumont with five Blue Jay signees,
utes remaining in the game, did plans to play another week cease. And with that loss, the        from left, Philip Blancher and Terrence Ibert
work “perfect” was erased as a prefix to the team’s record as the Jays finished 10-1.            (Delta State University, Cleveland, MS);
     Jesuit entered the season picked to finish fourth in the six-team Catholic League. Most     Eric Block (University of Illinois); Anthony
prognosticators focused on the fact that Jesuit had many holes to fill. Coach Eumont does        Scelfo (Tulane University); and, James Truxillo
not disagree with that assessment. “Losing Coach (Mark) Songy was big,” he points out.           (University of Louisiana at Monroe).
“And then we had to replace several players on the offensive line. We ended up starting three
sophomores on offense and one on defense.”
     Still, traits that would serve the team well were instilled in the summer camp, most
notably a solid work ethic, a true team effort, and the leadership of the seniors on the team,
a leadership Coach Eumont describes as “action” leadership, not “speech” leadership.
                                                                                                 Nationally Ranked
     These traits spawned early season victories that fostered a determination to continue the
success. With each pre-district game, the team’s confidence grew, and the team entered
                                                                                                 Quiz Bowlers First in
league play primed for success. “Winning the Catholic League is remarkable,” Coach
Eumont observes. “Going undefeated in this tough league is just incredible and surprising.”
The last time Jesuit’s football team finished its regular season undefeated was in 1962.         In December both the varsity Quiz Bowl
     The success of the season provides Coach Eumont’s perspective on this year’s team and       team and the junior varsity Quiz Bowl team
his three previous Jesuit teams. “You know, I saw in this team the same thing I saw in the       competed in the semi-annual Knowledge
Jesuit teams I lined up against (as a Holy Cross Tiger) in the early 60s: overachievement.       Master Open tournament. The varsity team,
And that would be the distinguishing trait of the Jesuit teams over my four years here.”
                                                                                                 captained by senior Robert Mattamal, took
     Coach Eumont notes that his Jesuit teams remind him of the teams of the college mili-
                                                                                                 first place in the state and scored in the
tary academies. “You know what you are going up against when you play a military acade-
                                                                                                 top 10% of the 881 schools participating
my: a team that is usually undersized and not as talented but tough, well-disciplined, well-
executing, and prepared.” One might add “well-coached” to that list.                             nationally.
     “We have a lot of great kids on this team,” Coach Eumont says, “kids who are ‘A’ students        For the seventeenth time in the last 20
in the classroom and ‘A’ students in the gym and on the field.”                                  semesters of this competition, the junior var-
                                                                                                 sity team of 9th graders Patrick Madore, Ed
    Philip Blancher         All-District, All-City                                               Seyler, Eric Begoun, and Taylor Martina (cap-
    Eric Block              All-State, All-District, All-Metro, All-City                         tain) and 8th graders Chris Reuter, Nicholas
    Stephen Carriere        All-District, All-City                                               Chedid, and Kanwal Matharu took first place
    Johnny Giavotella       All-District, All-Metro, All-City                                    in the state. In addition, the team took first
    Terrence Ibert          All-District, All-City                                               place nationally out of a field of 151 schools
                                                                                                 beating their nearest opponent by more than
    Kyle Kruse              All-District, All-City                                               50 points. This is the first time in the history
    Anthony Scelfo          Offensive Player-of-the-Year (City), All-District, All-City          of this tournament that a school has won
    James Truxillo          All-District, All-Metro, All-City                                    first place national honors three times in a
    Coach Vic Eumont        Coach-of-the-Year (District and City)                                row.

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                                                                                   Senior Jayson Lavie (left) is enjoying an outstanding
                                                                                   season. The 6'5" center averages 10 points and
                                                                                   seven rebounds per game.

                                                                                   BLUE JAY BASKETBALL
                                                                                   Happy New Year:
                                                                                   Roundballers Set School Record
                                                                                   for Most Wins Before January 1
                                                                                   The basketball team has gotten off to a solid
                                                                                   start this season. In fact, by January 1st the team had
                                                                                   more victories than any other basketball team in the
                                                                                   school’s history. Currently the team is 24–9 overall and
                                                                                   4–2 in district with a championship in the Jesuit
                                                                                   Invitational and a second place finish in the prestigious
                                                                                   CYO Tournament. Also, the team reached the semi-finals
                                                                                   in two other tournaments.
                                                                                        After opening the season with a loss to Warren
                                                                                   Easton and a win against Chalmette, the team went on to
                                                                                   win three straight in capturing the Jesuit Invitational
                                                                                   Tournament. Along the way, the team would defeat John
JESUIT BLUE JAY BASEBALL SCHEDULE 2005                                             McDonogh 66-53, St. Stanislaus 38-36 and highly
                                                                                   respected Hahnville 52 to 47. Named to the All-
DATE            OPPONENT                               SITE             TIME       Tournament team was junior Michael Boyd, who scored
Feb. 19/Sat     West Jeff Jamboree–Ehret               WJ               9:30 AM    14 points in the championship game. Senior Jayson Lavie
Feb. 19/Sat     West Jeff Jamboree–West Jeff           WJ               11:00 AM   was named the tournament MVP.
Feb. 21/Mon     *Acadiana                              Kirsch-Rooney    4:45 PM         After defeating Fortier, the roundballers would move
Feb. 23/Wed     *Shaw Tourney–Higgins                  KR               4:45 PM    on to the CYO Tournament. After tournament victories
Feb. 25/Fri     Shaw Tourney–Curtis                    Zephyr Field     3:30 PM    over Rummel, Abramson, Kennedy, and Shaw, the Jays
Feb. 26/Sat     Shaw Tourney–McDonogh                  Shaw             9:30 AM    would lose to Br. Martin in the Championship Game.
Feb. 27/Sun     Shaw Tourney–Chalmette                 Shaw             12:30 PM   Nick Darensburg was named to the All-Tournament
Mar. 1/Wed      *Ehret                                 KR               4:45 PM    team.
Mar. 3/Thurs    SRUA Tourney--Central Lafourche        UNO              7:30 PM         After defeating DeLaSalle, the team played in the
Mar. 4/Fri      SRUA Tourney–Fontainebleau             KR               4:00 PM    Newman Tournament in which they defeated East
Mar. 5/Sat      SRUA Tourney–Chalmette                 KR               10:00 AM   Jefferson and West Monroe before losing in the semi-
Mar. 10/Thurs   Jay Patterson Tourney–St. Amant        St. Amant        7:00 PM    finals. Darensburg made the All-Tournament team.
Mar. 11/Fri     Jay Patterson Tourney–Catholic         St. Amant        4:00 PM         After taking a break for exams, the hoopsters would
Mar. 12/Sat     Jay Patterson Tourney–East Ascension   East Ascension   7:00 PM    win four in a row against West Jefferson, St. Stanislaus,
Mar. 12/Sat     Jay Patterson Tourney–Destrehan        East Ascension   7:00 PM    Episcopal of Baton Rouge, and Country Day before los-
Mar. 15/Tues    De La Salle                            KR               7:00 PM    ing to nationally ranked Northside of Lafayette in the
Mar. 17/Thurs   N.O. Zephyrs Tourney–Hahnville         Zephyr Field     4:00 PM    semi-finals of the Country Day Tournament. Lavie was
Mar. 18/Fri     N.O. ZephyrsTourney–Hahnville          Zephyr Field     7:30 PM    named to the All-Tournament team.
Mar. 19/Sat     N.O. Zephyrs Tourney–Hahnville         Zephyr Field     2:30 PM         During the Christmas holidays, the basketball team
Mar. 23/Wed     *Shaw                                  KR               7:15 PM    traveled to Huntsville, Alabama to play in the popular
Mar. 24/Thurs   *Christian Bros. (Memphis)             KR               11:00 AM   Huntsville Times Classic. After a disappointing loss to
Mar. 26/Sat     *Rummel                                KR               3:00 PM    the second ranked team in Alabama, the Jays would run
Mar. 29/Tues    Brother Martin                         KR               7:15 PM    off three in a row. Once again, Lavie would be named to
Apr. 1/Fri      St. Augustine                          Barrow           6:00 PM    the All-Tournament team.
Apr. 2/Sat      *Lowell (San Fran.)                    Miley            12:00 PM        By the end of December, the basketball team had
Apr. 3/Sun      *Holy Cross                            KR               2:00 PM    accumulated 19 wins, the most wins prior to January 1st
Apr. 6/Wed      Rummel                                 Miley            7:00 PM    by any Jesuit team. Leading scorers for the Jays have been
Apr. 9/Sat      *Rummel                                KR               7:30 PM    Darensburg, averaging 12.7 points per game, and Lavie
Apr. 12/Tues    *Br. Martin                            KR               7:15 PM    with 10.1 points per game. Lavie has averaged 7.8
Apr. 15/Fri     Br. Martin                             KR               7:15 PM    rebounds per game to lead the team in that category, and
Apr. 17/Sun     Holy Cross                             Holy Cross       1:00 PM    Alan Elmer leads the team in assists with 2.4 per game.
Apr. 19/Tues    *Holy Cross                            KR               4:30 PM         In district play the Jays are 5-2 with victories over St.
Apr. 22/Fri     Shaw                                   Shaw             4:00 PM    Augustine (twice), Holy Cross (twice) and Shaw. The
Apr. 24/Sun     *Shaw                                  Miley            1:00 PM    team’s starting lineup consists of three seniors—
Apr. 26/Tues    *St. Augustine                         Miley            7:00 PM    Darensburg, Elmer, and Lavie—junior Mike Boyd, and
Apr. 28/Thurs   St. Augustine                          Barrow           5:00 PM    freshman Jamaan Kenner. Coming in off the bench are
                                                                                   seniors Todd Javery, Todd Jones, Tommy Maestri, and
* denotes home game                                                                juniors Ricky Coffey and Craig Schnell.
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                                                                                                                      J E S U I T T O D AY

District Champs Focus on State
The focus of this year’s soccer team was established exactly one year ago. When the
whistle blew ending the 2004 State Championship match—dashing the Jays’ hope for a State Champion-
ship—the underclassmen knew then what had to be done: a sharper focus and no let-downs. Each game
during the 2005 season would have to be a State Championship match. Each game would have to be
played as if it were the final game of the season. No letdowns.
      So far this season that focus has held true to form as the
Jays have not lost a match through 27 games. Two reasons
for this success would have to be balance and depth. In fact,                                                          BLUE JAY GOLF
at times Coach Hubie Collins has sent an entirely new com-
plement of players onto the field for the second half of play.
Pre-district play saw the Jays go undefeated in the Northside
                                                                                                                       Strong Fall Finish
Tournament in Lafayette, the Viking Cup Tournament in                                                                  Encourages Blue Jay Golfers
Dallas, and the Lake Charles Showcase. The tough, rigorous
schedule prepared Coach Collins’s team well for district play.                                                         The Blue Jay golfers closed the fall
      In district the marquee game ended up being the second                                                           season with a great win in the Cox
Brother Martin match played under the lights at Tad                                                                    Communications Classic at Ormond
Gormley on January 26. Determined to force a tie for the                                                               Country Club. The Jays shot 155–297=452
district lead with a win over the Jays, the Crusaders jumped                                                           finishing ahead of Brother Martin and
out to a 2-0 lead in the first half. Then it was soul-searching                                                        Hahnville, last year’s 5A State Champs and
time, time to refocus, time to do what had to be done to get                                                           runners-up. The Blue Jays were led individu-
back in the game. In the second half the Blue Jays went on            Stephen Duncan ’07 helps anchor the              ally by junior Ryan Peters and sophomore
the attack, outshooting the Crusaders 15-7 with two of those          Jays’ defense.                                   Scott Lawless who finished first and second,
shots finding the net, one by junior Andrew Cambus in the                                                              respectively. The win capped a fall season
63rd minute and the second by senior Reece Thomas within the last minute of regulation.                                with some highs and lows. The Jays started
      After two 10-minute overtime periods, the stage was set for some dramatics. In the penalty kick phase of         out the year with a win over Holy Cross,
overtime, senior Wayne Pierce’s shot into the left side of the goal put the Jays up 4-3. Brother Martin’s only         followed by disappointing losses to Shaw and
hope was to nail its final penalty kick. But senior goalkeeper Scott Rosman had something else in mind.                Rummel. The team recovered with wins over
Rosman lunged to his right and awkwardly deflected the line-drive kick off his legs. The game was over. The            Brother Martin and St. Paul to push their
Catholic League Championship belonged to the Jays. The undefeated season was intact.                                   record to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in district.
      This Blue Jay team, ranked 1st in Region II and 3rd in the nation in the National Soccer Coaches                 The Blue Jay golfers look to a competitive
Association of America/Adidas rankings, is focused once again on its ultimate goal: State!                             spring season and a chance at their first state
(Editor’s Note: Jaynotes was already in production as the Jays defeated Acadiana to advance to the semi-finals.        title in five years.
Look for more soccer in our next issue.)

                                                   BLUE JAY WRESTLING
                                                   Winning District a Warm-up to Capturing State Title
                                                   Six Grapplers Win State Championships
                                                     The goals for the 2004-2005 season are not much different from what they were during last
                                                     year’s state championship season: to have 14 state champions (one in each weight class) and to improve
                                                     national rankings. Beginning in March, the Jays started preparing to achieve these goals through rigorous summer
                                                     workouts. Summer training included not only a rigorous training schedule of weight lifting and technique for
Coach Mark Strickland with victorious                 freestyle and folkstyle but also numerous camps including the Granby School of Wrestling and various national
senior Paul Hebbler                                   competitions such as the Cincinnati Nationals, the NHSCA nationals in Virginia, and the USA Wrestling Junior
                                                      Nationals in North Dakota.
     This summer commitment served as a perfect prelude to the season. During preseason weightlifting and conditioning sessions, seniors Daniel Re, Cory
Burks, Paul Hebbler, and Roger Irion emerged as captains of a team which features ten seniors and many experienced underclassmen. These seniors have been
a major reason for the Blue Jays’ successes against out-of-state teams at highly touted national competitions such as the Tiger Holiday Classic in North
Carolina, the Grapevine Duals in Texas, and the Virginia Duals.
     In-state, the Jays have established themselves as Louisiana’s top team by defeating rivals Br. Martin and Rummel in dual meet and tournament competition.
In the District Championship tournament, nine of the 12 Blue Jays in the finals won their weight classes, catapulting the Jesuit team to the championship. District
Champions in their respective weight classes are junior Philip Mahne (103), senior Daniel Re (112), junior Brad Gruetzke (119), senior Cameron Loebig (130),
junior Pat Braud (135), senior Paul Hebbler (152), senior Roger Irion (160), junior Michael Bosetta (189), and senior Douglas Smith (215).
     Under the direction of head coach Mark Strickland and assistants Jonathan Orillion ’01, Mark Delesdernier ’99, Carlos Bertot ’86, and newcomer
Preston Picus, the Jays are poised to repeat as state champions this year and to continue their success through the development of Jesuit’s underclassmen and
junior high wrestlers, both of which have had highly successful seasons. To continue development, the wrestling team is fortunate to have great parental sup-
port and involvement, which ensures that the Jays will be competitive not just this year but far into the future.
     (Editor’s Note: Jaynotes was already in production when the wrestling team won State. Look for more wrestling in our next issue.)
                                                                                                                                        Winter 2004 • 2005 25
                      Fr. Merlin Mulvihill Memorial Race

                      Blue Jay Family Classic                                                                        From the

                      5K Road Race & 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run                                                             Jays’ NEST continued from Page 3
                      Sunday, March 20, 2005                                                                         Award…Mike Rodrigue ’71, who dabbles in
                                                                                                                     insurance but is better known as the owner of world-
Schedule              8:00   AM   Mass   9:00   AM   1 Mile Fun Walk/Run                9:30     AM    5K Run/Walk
                                                                                                                     famous Acme Oyster House, was not expecting any-
                                                                                                                     thing but a decent meal when he attended an event
Course                Banks and Solomon Streets—start & finish at Jesuit High School                                 hosted by the National Restaurant Association.
Eligibility           Open to ALL runners, joggers and walkers of any age. Runners may                               Instead, Mike was overwhelmed when the group
                      participate in both races, but receive an award in only one. Participants
                                                                                                                     bestowed him with the 2005 Cornerstone
                      must notify officials, as to which event they are to be qualified.
                                                                                                                     Humanitarian of the Year award for his numerous
Refreshments Blue Runner Red Beans, Coke, Powerade, water, beer, and bananas                                         philanthropic endeavors throughout the community
T-Shirts              High quality 100% cotton, silk screened T-shirts to each registrant                            (which certainly includes his generosity to Jesuit over
Awards                Awards to the first overall 5K and 1Mile Fun Run Winners                                       the years). What made it really special for Mike was
                                                                                                                     that his mom attended and saw it all happen…Dr.
Divisions             Awards to Male and Female—1st, 2nd, and 3rd places                                             Robert Stuart ’66 was one of 20 cyclists with a
                                                                                                                     strong cancer connection named to the 2004 Bristol-
Men                                                     Women                                                        Myers Squib Tour of Hope national team. A hematol-
0-6           13-15     30-36      50-59                0-6   13-15                  30-36           50-59           ogist/oncologist, cancer researcher, cancer survivor,
7-9           16-22     37-42      60-69                7-9   16-22                  37-42           60-69
10-12         23-29     43-49      70 & Up              10-12         23-29          43-49           70 & Up
                                                                                                                     and caregiver to his wife Charlene during her treat-
                                                                                                                     ment for acute leukemia, Rob had the thrill of riding
Jesuit Plaques First Place Senior, Junior, Sophomore, Freshman and Pre-Freshman,                                     alongside six-time Tour de France winner Lance
               Jesuit faculty member, Jesuit alumni                                                                  Armstrong in the Tour of Hope’s national ride from
                                                                                                                     Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. Using a team relay
Registration          Online (, by mail, or in person. Registration forms
                                                                                                                     format, the riders covered 3,500 miles in eight days,
                        may be obtained at Jesuit High School Switchboard (Banks Street
                      Entrance), Phidippides Metairie Store (5501 Veterans Blvd.)                                    speaking at rallies along the way to raise awareness of
                                                                                                                     cancer clinical trials. Says Rob: “I rode in honor of all
Fees                  $10 pre-registration, $15 day of race                                                          my patients, especially my wife Charlene whose life
Shirts Pick-up Day of race at Jesuit High School at check-in area                                                    was saved by a clinical trial.” Rob is currently a pro-
Information           Eric Stuart 472-5033, Frank Misuraca 486-6631,                                                 fessor of medicine at the Medical University of South
                      Chuck & Allison Talley 83-2200                                                                 Carolina in Charleston… Will Clark ’82 and the
                                                                                                                     late Pat Screen ’61 were recently inducted into
Produced By           Eric Stuart and The Crescent City Track Club
                                                                                                                     the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame spon-
                                                                                                                     sored by the Nokia Sugar Bowl. The Hall of Fame
                                                                                                                     pays homage to outstanding athletes with plaques
Send Check To: Blue Jay Family Classic, Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks Street,                                       that adorn the walls of the plaza level of the
               New Orleans, LA 70119
                                                                                                                     Superdome. Let it also be noted that “The Thrill”
Name____________________________________________________ Sex ____ Age ___________                                    will be at Jesuit on April 15 to help dedicate the field
                                                                                                                     behind the school that bears his name…The Nokia
Address_______________________________________________________________Zip_____________                               Sugar Bowl also honored Jason Thompson ’04 as
                                                                                                                     one of this area’s scholar athletes and Times-Picayune
Telephone ____________________________________ Homeroom ___________________________
                                                                                                                     sports editor Peter Finney ’45 who received the
School ___________________________________________________________ Incoming Student ❏                                Distinguished American Award…And speaking of
                                                                                                                     baseball, the late Larry Gilbert ’32, who played for
Race In Which You Plan To Run __________ 5K __________ 1 Mile                                                        and then managed the New Orleans Pelicans, was
                                                                                                                     honored posthumously as one of five inaugural
                                                                                                                     members of the Greater New Orleans Baseball Hall
  Shir t Size:            ____ YM ____ YL                                                                            of Fame.
                                                                                                                          Loyal Sons Acclaim Thee…It must be Tuesday
  ____ S       ____ M     ____ L     ____ XL
                                                                                                                     because Hank Ecuyer ’51 can be found volunteer-
                                                                                                                     ing in Jesuit’s development and alumni offices.
In consideration of this entr y, I, the undersigned to be legally bound hereby for myself, my heirs,                 Hank, who is retired from Bell South Corp., thor-
executors, and administrators, waive and release all rights and claims for damages I may have                        oughly enjoys giving back to his Alma Mater.
against Jesuit High School, Crescent City Track Club, the City of New Orleans, and all other par-                    Performing even a mundane task like straightening
ties associated with this event and their representatives, successors and assigns for any and all
injuries suffered by me in this event. I attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficient-             out Brother Dardis’ ’58 ancient files is accom-
ly trained for the competition of this event. Fur ther, I hereby grant full permission to any and all                plished with gusto and a smile. Hank’s volunteer
foregoing to use photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this                    work at Jesuit, which also extends to calling his class-
event for any purpose whatsoever.
                                                                                                                     mates during LEF, is an inspiration and much
Date___________________Signature _____________________________________________________                               admired and appreciated by all.
                                                     (Parent’s signature if registrant is a minor)

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                                                                                            J E S U I T T O D AY

                                                                 The Philelectic Society of Jesuit High School
                                                                   Proudly presents its spring production of

                                                           Singin’ in the Rain
                                                                     April 1, 2, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m.
                                                                         April 3 at 2:00 p.m.
                                                                        Jesuit High School Auditorium

                                                                          $14 reserved seating
                                                                 $12 general admission • $5 JHS students

                                                              For reservations, email:
                                                         Tickets will be on sale at the Jesuit Bazaar and March 28-April 8
                                                               in the side lobby of the auditorium during lunch and
                                                           immediately after school. Tickets may also be purchased at
                                                                  the door 30 minutes before each performance.

                                                       BLUE JAY BAZAAR

     Jesuit High School Alumni Association
             invites all Jesuit alumni
                     to attend

               The 4th Annual
            Commencement Luncheon

 Honoring the Class of 2005
         Guest speaker: Peter Finney ’45
       In memoriam Buddy Diliberto ’48
                                                       Need a Raffle Ticket?
             Friday, April 29, 2005                    The grand prize is $5,000 and the drawing will be pulled by Father
                                                       McGinn at 6:30 p.m. on March 20th, 2005. If you live out of town and
                  11:30 a.m.                           would like to purchase tickets ($1.00 per chance), please send your
                                                       checks to Jesuit High School, Attn: Grand Raffle, 4133 Banks Street,
     Fairmont Hotel International Ballroom             New Orleans, LA 70119. We will be happy to fill out the tickets for you.
         Invitations to be mailed in March             Address __________________________________ City, State, Zip ________________________
$25 each                       Reservations Required
                                                       # of Tickets ($1 per ticket/$10 per book ____________________________________
                                                                                                                Winter 2004 • 2005 27

Dr. and Mrs. Frank L. Herbert ’43 on the
birth of their first great-grandchild, a boy, Ryan
Ellis Beasley, July 16, 2004
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Herbert ’46 on the
birth of their first great-grandchild, a girl,
Charlotte Grace Barron, December 12, 2003.
Charlotte is the great-niece of Gregory F.
Herbert ’78, Lawrence G. Herbert ’81 and
Gerald E. Herbert ’82.
Col. and Mrs. Anthony J. Bonfanti ’56 on
the birth of their grandson, Anthony Quin
Sirmon, September 22, 2004
                                                     the birth of their daughter, Kate McGee,
                                                     December 11, 2004. Kate is the granddaughter
                                                     of Hon. Arthur G. Kingsmill ’53.
                                                     Mr. and Mrs. James M. Gatti ’81 on the
                                                     birth of their son, James Mark, Jr., December 29,
                                                     2004. James is the grandson of John M. Gatti,
                                                     Sr. ’51, the nephew of John M. Gatti ’76, and
                                                     the stepbrother of Sean M. Robicheaux ’09.
                                                     Mr. and Mrs. David C. Ingles ’84 on the
                                                     birth of their son, Matthew William, October
                                                     30, 2004. Matthew is the nephew of Luis I.
                                                     Ingles ’83 and Richard P. Ingles ‘89.
                                                                                                           of Farris A. Fife ’92. (See Farris A. Fife ’92
                                                                                                           below. Both Fife brothers welcomed their new-
                                                                                                           borns on the same day, just hours apart!)
                                                                                                           Mr. and Mrs. P. Stephen Lundgren ’88 on
                                                                                                           the birth of their daughter, Abigail (Abby)
                                                                                                           Elizabeth, September 28, 2004
                                                                                                           Mr. and Mrs. Gregory P. Nolan ’91 on the
                                                                                                           birth of their son, James Michael, September 24,
                                                                                                           2004. James is the grandson of Michael E.
                                                                                                           Nolan ’63 and Donald F. McClure ’55, and the
                                                                                                           nephew of Dr. Brian P. McClure ’91 and Adam
                                                                                                           F. Hewitt ’87.
                                                     Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Bond ’85 on the                Dr. and Dr. August J. Berner III ’92 on the
Dr. and Mrs. Edward J. Ireland ’64 on the
                                                     birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Lorraine           birth of their son, August Joseph Berner IV,
birth of their first grandson, Sean Patrick Grace,
                                                     “Betsy”, November 3, 2004. Betsy is the niece of      November 13, 2004. August is the grandson of
November 24, 2004. Sean is the nephew of
                                                     T. David Bond ’79, Troy A. Bond ’80, and Dr.          August J. Berner, Jr. ’60 and the great-grandson
Benjamin H. Ireland ’08.
                                                     Ricardo J. Rodriguez ’82.                             of the late August J. Berner, Sr. ‘34 and the late
Dr. and Mrs. Charles J. Lilly, Jr. ’64 on the                                                              Amador G. Windmeyer ’38.
birth of their fifth granddaughter, Rowan            Mr. and Mrs. Kevin O. Larmann ’86 on the              Mr. and Mrs. Farris A. Fife ’92 on the birth
Catherine, October 10, 2004. Rowan is the            birth of their son, Laurence E. Larmann II,           of their first child, a son, Isaac Mariano,
great-granddaughter of Charles O’D. Lilly ’33        October 6, 2004. Laurence is the grandson of          October 21, 2004. Isaac is the nephew of
and the great-niece of Edward J. Lilly ’67.          Laurence E. Larmann ’59.                              Dowen W. Fife, Jr. ’88. (See Dowen W. Fife, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. “Billy” Guste III ’66        Mr. and Mrs. Faris S. Al-Tikriti ’87 on the           ’88 above. Both Fife brothers welcomed their
on the birth of their grandson Patrick Kerrigan      birth of their son, Declan Sirri, March 24, 2004.     newborns on the same day, just hours apart!)
Leonard, October 23, 2004. Patrick is the great-     Declan is the nephew of Nabil S. Al-Tikriti ’84.      Mr. and Mrs. Mark B. Heim ’94 on the
grandson of Hon. William J. Guste, Jr. ’38           Mr. and Mrs. J. Elliot Prieur III ’87 on the          birth of their second son, Alex Charles,
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Long ’67 on the               birth of their daughter, Celina Dahl, August 6,       September 29, 2004. Big brother Michael David
birth of their granddaughter, Georgia Ella Gold,     2004                                                  (born 11/22/2001) is a big help with little
October 19, 2004. Georgia is the great-niece of                                                            brother. Michael is the first grandson and Alex
                                                     Dr. and Mrs. Richard C. Vanderbrook ’87               the third of Charles W. Heim, Jr. ’59, former
Dr. Daniel A. Long ’68 and Dr. James H. Long         on the birth of their daughter, Claire Morvant,
’73.                                                                                                       Jesuit teacher, coach, and Development
                                                     November 5, 2004. Claire is the granddaughter         Director.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Cognevich ’68 on             of Donald G. Ellis ’64, the great-niece of James
the birth of their son, Alexander Michael,           F. Capella ’79 and Thomas J. Capella ’83, the         Mr. and Mrs. Mark T. Milici ’94 on the
January 3, 2004                                      niece of Christopher J. Vanderbrook ’89, Donald       birth of their son, Matthew T. Milici, January
                                                     G. Ellis, Jr. ’88, Michael H. Ellis ’95, and Joseph   18, 2004. Matthew is the nephew of Brian M.
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Meyer III ’78 on the                                                                  Milici ’96.
                                                     L. Ellis ’00.
birth of their granddaughter, Kaylee Brooke,
                                                     Mr. and Mrs. Dowen W. Fife, Jr. ’88 on the            Mr. and Mrs. Tevis B. Vandergriff IV ’94
November 17, 2004. Kaylee is the great-niece of
                                                     birth of their second child, a daughter, Bayleigh     on the birth of their first child, a son, Kees
Thomas J. Meyer ’84.
                                                     Nelson, October 21, 2004. Bayleigh is the niece       Lewis, September 30, 2004. Kees is the nephew
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Kingsmill ’80 on                                                                    of Sean L. Vandergriff ’98.

                                                                         Friends of Michael Moran Foundation
                                                                         Supports St. Jude’s Hospital and Jesuit High School
                                                                         Several years ago in memory of their deceased classmate, Michael
                                                                         Moran, members of the Class of 1992 founded the Friends of Michael
                                                                         Moran Foundation. Mike died in January 1999 after battling leukemia
                                                                         for more than two years.
                                                                            From the beginning the purpose of the foundation has been to
                                                                         honor Michael Moran through the financial support of St. Jude
                                                                         Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and those Jesuit students
                                                                         unable to pay full tuition.
                                                                            The foundation’s main fund-raiser, the 4th Annual Silent Auction
                                                                         and Gala Sombreros and Salsa will be held Friday, March 4 from 8-12
                                                                         p.m. at Generations Hall. For ticket information, contact 834-1058,
                                                                         Ext. 117.
                                                                            At morning assembly on November 29, 2004, representatives of
(l-r) Fr. McGinn, Aaron Burgau, Michael Monahan,                         the Class of ’92 presented $12,000 checks to Fr. McGinn and Jim
Jonathan Weber, Jason Hemel, and Jim Barcate                             Barcate, board member of St. Jude Hospital.
28 JAYNotes
                                                                                                      IN MEMORIAM

T   Each edition of Jaynotes lists those members of the Jesuit High School
    community who have recently died. Please remember our recently deceased
    in your prayers.

    James L. Lazare ’30, Philip F. Duignan
    ’33, Charles O. Lilly ’33, Marion A.
    LaNasa, Sr. ’34, Edward B. Ferguson, Jr.
    ’35, Edwin F. Serpas, Jr. ’38, Anthony L.
                                                   Moreau, Jr. ’72, Paul V. ’59 and Louis M.
                                                   Piazza ’65, Roch P. Poelman ’74, Rhett M.
                                                   Powers ’60, Derrick F. Ransom ’86, Larry
                                                   J. ’72, the late Rev. Thomas R., S.J. ’67,
                                                                                                 Gabriel E. Salloum ’90, William J.
                                                                                                 Scheffler IV ’88

                                                                                                 GRANDMOTHER OF…
    Tortorich ’38, John B. Burguieres ’40,         and the late Richard J. Schnadelbach ’69,     Beau A. Bartholomew ’95, Shepherd A.
    Rev. John J. Cazenvette, S.J. ’40, William     Albert D. Smith III ’55, Lloyd J. Tabary II   ’88, Kristen M. ’90, and Rene V. Baumer
    P. Brown, Jr. ’41, Joseph T. Murphy ’42,       ’77, Ernest J. Triche III ’62, Paul S. Vogt   ’94, Eugene P. Becker III ’84, John A.
    William A. Clark III ’47, Buddy Diliberto      ’59, Richard E. Wentz ’80                     Bevinetto ’08, Jason E. Bothman ’96,
    ’48, Albert M. Daniel, Jr. ’50, Henry L.                                                     Adrain L. Bruneau ’90, Nelson III ’84 and
    Hood, Jr. ’52, Harry B. Mize III ’59,          BROTHER OF…                                   Brandon L. Burton ’85, Stephen J. ’88,
    William T. Burns ’60, Robert C. Lauer, Jr.     Bryan G. Alexander ’72, the late Edwin C.     Daniel J. ’89, John C. ’90, and Ryan P.
    ’86                                            Boudreaux, Jr. ’39, Jeremy G. Cox ’06,        Carr ’92, Peter M. Caruso ’81, Cameron
                                                   Frederick W. Cummings ’49, the late           M. Chamberlain ’06, Warren A., Jr. ’80,
    WIFE OF…                                       Nelson P. Dicharry ’35, Vincent F. Lauer      C. Patrick ’81, and Casey C. Cuntz ’93,
    The late C. Robert Bohn ’41, the late          ’92, Charles J. Ramirez ’48, Peter B., Jr.    Glen J. D’Arcangelo ’73, Christopher A.
    Russell L. Gildig, Sr. ’37, the late Aubrey    ’34, Ernest L. ’38, the late Malter A. ’35    DeRojas ’09, Bruce A. ’95 and Wayland A.
    L. Gouner, Sr. ’31, Michel G. Mailhes          and the late Eugene T. Salatich ’43, Joseph   Dinwiddie ’96, Todd A. ’85 and Scott S.
    ’46, the late Gerard T. McNamara ’41, the      A. Tortorich ’39                              Dittmann ’89, Price G. IV ’86, Paul E.
    late James E. Warren ’49, Mark R.                                                            ’87, and Timothy J. Dodson ’98, Kenneth
    Zeringer ’70                                   SISTER OF…                                    J. Domilise ’92, Matthew B. ’92 and
                                                   The late Wilbur C. Brummet ’40, Francis       Joshua C. Fulwiler ’03, David C. L.
    FATHER OF…                                     P., Jr. ’59 and Kevin H. Caliva ’71, James    Gibbons ’87, Reid N. Gilbert ’93,
    Alfred C. Bertrand IV ’89, William A.          C. Graves ’52, Gary S. ’79, Wayne T. ’81,     Thomas P., Jr. ’87, Mark A. ’92, and John
    Clark IV ’85, Andrew G. Daigle ’74,            and Kirk M. Lindemann ’82, the late           D. Gonsoulin ’96, William M. Heim ’04,
    Christopher C. Dey ’69, Gregory J. Favret      Ramon A. Oirol ’41                            Gregory M. Jordan ’83, Christian F.
    ’68, Arthur R. Hamburger, Jr. ’65,                                                           Kercheval ’91, Grant S. Mailhes ’08,
    Malcolm J. Himel, Jr. ’50, Peter M. Kahle,     SON OF…                                       Charles N. ’97, Stewart E. Niles III ’94,
    Jr. ’92 (stepfather), Anthony V. ’67 and       The late William S. Coci ’31, George C.       John B. Petitbon ’82, Christopher M.
    Marion A. LaNasa, Jr. ’71, James L.            Cox ’71, the late Bernard S. Diliberto, Sr.   Rholdon ’99, Paul V. ’96 and David J.
    Lazare, Jr. ’62, Charles J., Jr. ’64 and       ’27                                           Saltaformaggio ’00, Richard J., Jr. ’99,
    Edward J. Lilly ’67, Mark H. Luquette                                                        Randall J. ’02, and Robert J.
    ’76, Tomas F., Jr. ’73 and Jose F. Mauricio    DAUGHTER OF…                                  Schnadelbach ’04, Ernest K. Svenson ’06,
    ’75, Timothy P. McNamara ’59, George A.        Shepherd A. Baumer, Jr. ’88, Andre M.         Ryan J. Vega ’02, Ronald J. II ’87 and
    Moisant III ’66 (stepfather), J. Stanton ’81   Jeanfreau ’89, Donald L. Lindemann ’51        David T. Ventola ’95, Barry T. Wilson ’83,
    and Andrew T. Murray ’83, the late                                                           Joseph E. Windmeyer, Jr. ’91
    Robert L. Newman, Jr. ’54, William L.          GRANDFATHER OF…
    Phillips ’68, Phillip W. ’07 and John N.       Daniel M. Burgamy ’02, Eric J. ’95 and        GRANDDAUGHTER OF…
    Poche ’09, David A. Prentice ’70, C. Chris     Curt A. Deister ’96, Thomas J. Exnicios,      Shepherd A. Baumer, Sr. ’65
    Sarris III ’65, Lucien J. Tujague, Jr. ’76,    Jr. ’04, Lionel J. III ’83, Robert F. ’85,
    William J. Wetta, Jr. ’81                      David G. ’00, and Thomas E. Favret ’07,       GREAT-GRANDMOTHER OF…
                                                   Jeffrey A. ’90 and Christopher J.             Stephen P. Dodson ’07
    MOTHER OF…                                     Hamburger ’94, Brian P. ’04 and Ian C.
    Mark D. Abrams ’74, John J. Condy III          Hoerner ’07, Patrick A. Hyde ’83 (step-
    ’83, John H. Dalton ’61, the late Walter       grandfather), Anthony V. LaNasa, Jr. ’95,
    A. Gehrke ’60, Robert A. George ’63,           Robert T. S. Lupo ’01, Andrew M.S.
    Milton C. Lagasse, Jr. ’50, John F. Lanoue     Marquis ’08, George A. Moisant IV ’96,
    ’58, Clifford R. Larsen ’76, Michel S.         Ryan C. Orgeron ’91, Patrick M.
    Mailhes ’78, John J. Marsal ’76, James A.      Plaisance ’97, Kevin A. Rosman ’05,
Blue Jays in Disney World
The Jesuit Blue Jays marching band, led by drum major Ryan O’Malley ’05,
parades up Main Street in Disney World. The band, along with the Jayettes, visited Disney World during Mardi Gras.

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