St. Mary’s student wins at State Literary Rally

St. Mary’s freshman Cameron Ball and his teacher, Mrs. Elise Laroux.

Cameron Ball, a freshman at St. Mary’s Catholic School, came home a winner from the State Literary Rally hosted by LSU in Baton Rouge.

Cameron’s pathway to state honors began in the District 5 high school literary rally, competing in Health, at Northwestern State University in February. After all entrants completed a topic-specific standardized test, he placed first.  That finish qualified him to participate at the state level.

At Baton Rouge, the district Health qualifiers were given another topic-specific standardized test, this one more challenging, in the Louisiana High School State Rally earlier this spring. Cameron again came away with the top score and won the competition.

Cameron is the son of Dr. and Mrs. William A. Ball, Jr.  He has attended St. Mary’s since pre-3 and has been a straight “A” student every year.  He is the brother of Camille Ball, a graduate of the Class of 2022 from St. Mary’s, who is a freshman at Centenary College of Louisiana. 

Cameron was inducted into the first class of Junior Beta Club in 2022.  Cameron is an active member in Student Council and has served as an alter server at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church.  He is also on the Golf Team and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Cameron was also nominated for a positive referral for kindness this year as well. 

Cameron was nominated to participate in Health by his teacher, Mrs. Elise Laroux, who said he was an obvious selection.

“He excelled in health and was very invested in every topic from medical professions to disease, causes, and treatments.  He was my top student in Health and has a passion to learn. He is also interested in possibly being a forensic pathologist one day.” 

Mrs. Laroux serves as a mentor to Cameron, along with many other St. Mary’s students. She was so excited in his success that she even hosted a party in the class to let him know how excited and proud she was about him placing first in the state. 

Cameron is looking forward to his summer while continuing to advance his skills in robotics and golf, along with traveling and spending time with family and friends.