St. Mary’s Academic Awards Ceremony

St. Mary’s Catholic School recently had their Academic Awards ceremony for the 2020-21 school year for students in first through eleventh grades.  Congratulations to the following students for their academic achievements this school year!

Woodman of the World Award

The Woodman of the World Award is given each year to an outstanding student in American History.  This award is not only for having a high grade point average, but also for demonstrating the ability to understand and appreciate the value of the study of history. 

The recipient of this years’ Woodman of the World Award is Sheridan Pesnell.

Catholic Daughters Awards

The local chapter of the Catholic Daughters hosts a contest every year for students who compete in five different areas. These areas are art, computer art, poetry, essay, and photography. The students who place first in the local competition go on to compete at the state and national level. The following students received the Catholic Daughters Award:

Division I – Grades 4 and 5
Art – 1st  Caroline Johnson (3rd at state level)  2nd  Kevin Albert    3rd  Elijah Huynh
Computer Art – 1st Amelia Picou (1st at state level) 2nd Winn Cedars  3rd Caitlynn Hernandez
Essay –   1st Chloe Methvin     2nd Sophia Pleasant      3rd Ady Rhodes
Poetry – 1st Emiry Jeane  2nd  Ava Knapp  3rd Landri Ezernack

Division II – Grades 6, 7 and 8
Art – 1st Ainsley Armstrong  2nd Destanee Stewart  3rd Joseph Sklar
Poetry – 1st Jenna Sklar   2nd Cameron Ball   3rd Luc Cross
Photography – 1st Molly Smith

Division III – Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
Art – 1st Camille Ball  (1st at state level)   2nd Ethan Busby    3rd Emma Stewart
Poetry – 1st John Henry Ingrish   2nd Triston Mitchell  3rd Cameron Bienvenu
Essay – 1st Lily Anna Sklar (1st at state level)  2nd Anne Michelle Long    3rd Sophia Hogg
Photography – 1st Anna McClung (1st at state level)  2nd Anne Michelle Long

Academic Subject Awards 

The academic subject awards are chosen by the teachers and are given to the student who demonstrates high academic achievement in the subject, as well as great interest and potential in the subject area. The following students were recognized for ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies:

1st grade:
ELA –  Carter Hough
Math –  Jax Errington
Science –  Lila Campbell
Social Studies – Jaxson Norsworthy

2nd grade:
ELA – Heath Methvin 
Math – Oliver Picou
Science – Sam Dean
Social Studies – Hadley Mayeaux

3rd grade:
ELA –Weston LeGrande
Math – Lacey Boyd
Science –Corbyn Gandy
Social Studies – Holt Cedars

4th grade:
ELA – Sydney  Culotta
Math – Aaron Campbell
Science – Amilia Picou
Social Studies – Sophia Pleasant

5th grade:
ELA – Ava Knapp
Math – Fisher York
Science – Merritt Vandersteen
Social Studies – Gannon Sheffield

6th grade:
ELA – John Paul Thibodaux
Math – Preston Tilley
Science – Abram Nichols
Social Studies – Carter Burks

7th grade:
ELA – Lila Lewis
Math – Jenna Sklar
Science – Justin Vienne
Social Studies – Tucker Johnson

8th grade:
ELA – Emma Blanchard
Math – Ainsley Armstrong
Science – Georgia Kate Philen
Social Studies – Peter Kautz

9th grade:
ELA – Anna Thibodaux
Math – Colton Cross
Science – Sophia Hogg
History – Preston Martinez

10th grade:
ELA – DJ Rager-Ridley
Math –  Anne Michelle Long
Science – Adam Parker
History – Trent Middendorf

11th grade:
ELA – Lily Anna Sklar        
Math –  Emma Broadway
Science – John Henry Ingrish
History – Cal Sukerek

Tiger Integrity Awards

St. Mary’s recognizes students who have continually represented values that the school was founded upon, and who represent the mission of the school. The Tiger Integrity award is an honor given to St. Mary’s students that exhibit a compilation of many honorable and outstanding traits.  This honor is bestowed upon one student in grades first through eleventh.  The recipients of this award are students that show great school pride and spirit.  They are honest and helpful to others and are well liked by their classmates. These tigers possess a quality of humble respect for others, and value the religious aspect of a St. Mary’s education.  The following students received the Tiger Integrity Award:

1st grade – Jax Errington
2nd grade – Hudson Harrington
3rd grade – Paisley Rae Tilley
4th grade – Emiry Jeane
5th grade – Tenley Thornton
6th grade – Lindsey Stewart
7th grade – Grace Wren
8th grade – Addison Evans
9th grade – Colton Cross
10th grade – Trent Middendorf
11th grade – Anna Kate Jackson

Bishop Martin Awards

The Natchitoches Diocese was created in 1852.  Augustus Marie Martin was consecrated as the first Bishop in October of 1853.  During his 22nd year tenure he established a seminary to train native clergy, founded numerous missions, and erected a cathedral (our own Immaculate Conception). He guided the diocese during the Civil War and struggled for many years with failing health. When he died at the age of 72, he was buried next to the altar inside of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church. 

In keeping with the spirit of the first bishop, the Bishop Martin award of St. Mary’s is awarded to a student that has consistently maintained the mission of St. Mary’s. The students that receive this award have led by example, attempted to maintain and exhibit Catholic Christian values, and have taken advantage of the religious foundation offered at St. Mary’s to reach their full potential spiritually, academically, and physically. This award is one of the highest honors a St. Mary’s student can receive. The following students received the Bishop Martin Award:

1st grade – Hendrix Harrington
2nd grade – Branch Smith
3rd grade – Aaron Blanchard
4th grade – Ady Rhodes
5th grade – Emme Errington
6th grade – Luc Cross
7th grade – Jackson Godfrey
8th grade – Anderson Kelly
9th grade – Gabby Godfrey
10th grade – Mason McCart
11th grade – Emma Broadway

Beta Club Awards

Anna Kate Jackson was recognized as the recently elected President of Louisiana State Beta for the 2021-2022 academic year.  She will run for National Beta Club president at the national convention in Orlando, Florida this summer.

The St. Mary’s Beta Club placed second in the skit competition at the state convention for their skit “Lights, Camera, Jackson”.  This skit was in support of Anna Kate’s campaign for president.  Members of the club will perform a skit in Orlando as Anna Kate makes her run for national president.

Clary Smiley was also recognized for placing third in the Division 1 onsite art competition.  She will also compete in the onsite competition at the national convention this summer in Orlando.

St. Mary’s is a Catholic, co-educational college preparatory school that educates students from preschool through twelfth grade.  It is a ministry of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church.  


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