St. Joseph's School
Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Emily Waddell - North Oaks Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Emily Waddell (SJS Class of 2012)!

Emily has been named the North Oaks Sports Medicine Student-Athlete of the Month. She is a junior at Ponchatoula High School.

Pictured from left are North Oaks Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt, PHS Volleyball Coach Lauren Long, Emily Waddell, and North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Johnathan Gant.

Emily is the daughter of George and Toni Waddell.

2014 Honor Grads

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School
30+ ACT
Eric Alphonso (SJS 2011)
Clayton D'Antoni (SJS 2011)

Catherine McRae (SJS 2012)
Abigail vonAlmen (SJS 2012)

Ponchatoula High School -
Summa Cum Laude
Colleen Atkins

Magna Cum Laude
Aaron Basso
Elizabeth Ford
Austin Henderson
Jake Kraft
Alex LeSaicherre
Brody Pinion
Timothy Poche'

Cum Laude
Haley Davis
Callie Fulmer
Harmony Hermida
Leah Lambert
Calyn Landaiche
Adam Poche'

28+ ACT
Katie Bougere
Timothy Poche

Ricky Henry - North Oaks Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to St. Thomas Aquinas High School senior Ricky Henry (SJS Class of 2011) on being named North Oaks Health Systems "Student-Athlete of the Month". 

He is a four-year member of the football team and lettered for three years. Ricky is also a member of the Beta Club. He enjoys offshore fishing, snow and water skiing, restoring antique cars, and his recent medical mission trip in Central America. Ricky is also a rider in the Krewe of Bacchus. He plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe and major in Pharmacy. 

Ricky is the son of Donna Henry and of Dr. Rick and Debbie Henry.

ACT 30+

Congratulations to Abigail vonAlmen, SJS Class of 2011. St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School Principal José Becerra recognizes senior Abigail von Almen for her composite score of 31 on the ACT College Placement Test. The Veritas ACT 30+ Award at STA is given to all students who receive a composite score of 30 or above on the ACT. Abigail is the daughter of Bivin von Almen of Ponchatoula.

Austin Henderson - Mr. PHS

Congratulations to Austin Henderson (SJS 2011) who was voted Mr. Ponchatoula High School 2014!

2013-2014 Distingishued Graduate

St. Joseph Catholic School is excited to announce Mrs. Ashley Dugas Notariano as our 2014 Distinguished Graduate. 

Mrs. Notariano is a 1988 graduate of SJS and has taken a position as part of the faculty this school year. 

Mrs. "Note", as she is fondly known, has 16 years of teaching experience, a master's degree from Southeastern, and is nationally board certified. 

She and her husband Stephen have two children, Stephen and Christopher. She is the daughter of Louis and Catherine Dugas.

Tangi Celebs

Congratulations to three alumni who were featured in the latest issue of Tangi Lifestyles

Jeff LeSaicherre’s law firm is the cover story. Jeff has two children at St. Joseph and is a member of the St. Joseph School Advisory Board. 

Rachel Bougere Arteaga is joining Jeff at his law firm. She is also a lawyer and working towards her CPA certification. 

Dr. April Austin Sandifer is an OB/GYN who has an excellent article on vaccinations. 

We are pleased to see the SJS graduates having such success.

Luke Bleakley - North Oaks Athlete of the Month

From left are St. Thomas Head Baseball Coach B.J. Corr, North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt, student-athlete Luke Bleakley, North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Vanessa Taromina and St. Thomas Head Football Coach John White.

North Oaks Sports Medicine is shining the spotlight on Luke Bleakley (SJS 2010) and Krystal Waddell (SJS 2011) as "Student-Athletes of the Month" for September.

St. Thomas Aquinas High School senior Luke Bleakley is a member of both the football and baseball teams. He is the leading receiver for the school with 18 receptions for 380 yards and 9 touchdowns. He is an honor student, and a student leader who was selected as a student ambassador. He is a member of National Honor Society and Beta Club, and has been instrumental in organizing the school’s Campus Ministry’s Light Team.

Krystal Waddell - North Oaks Athlete of the Month

From left are North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt, student-athlete Krystal Waddell, Cheerleading Sponsor Elizabeth Vineyard and Principal Danny Strickland.

North Oaks Sports Medicine is shining the spotlight on Luke Bleakley (SJS 2010) and Krystal Waddell (SJS 2011) as "Student-Athletes of the Month" for September.

Krystal Waddell, a Ponchatoula High School junior, is a cheerleader. She is also a member of Student Council, Key Club, and volunteers for Special Olympics each year. Her coach shares that she recently demonstrated her leadership abilities at a charity event on short notice by choreographing stunts, cheering, dancing and tumbling.

Homecoming Queen and Courts

Congratulations to Colleen Atkins (SJS 2010) for being crowned as Homecoming Queen 2013 for Ponchatoula High School. Colleen is the daughter of Christie and David Atkins.

Also congratulations to Calyn Landaiche (SJS 2010), a senior member of the PHS court.

We're also proud of our alumni members of the St. Thomas Aquinas High School homecoming court: Andrew Killebrew (SJS 2010), Eric Alphonso (SJS 2010), and Lauren Hebert (SJS 2012).

Girls State/Boys State & SJS

.SJS Alumni (Class of 2010) were honored at the Girls/Boys State awards ceremony at the American Legion on Thursday, September 5. The ceremony celebrated the accomplishments and offices held at State in Natchitoches, LA this past June.

Six of the seven students chosen to represent Ponchatoula at Girls/Boys State are SJS grads. The students are, from left, Alexa LeSaicherre, Aaron Basso, Austin Henderson, Timothy Poche, Jake Kraft and Colleen Atkins.. They are also all currently serving on the National Honor Society at Ponchatoula High.

We are extremely proud of these students.

Our Honor Grads

We are in need of other names to complete our list. If you know of (or are yourself), a graduate of St. Joseph Catholic School and a valedictorian, salutatorian, or summa cum laude graduate from high school, please add your name to our list by contacting

Colleen Atkins - Summa Cum Laude - Ponchatoula High School (PHS)

Scott Felder - Summa Cum Laude - PHS
Taylor Ransom - Summa Cum Laude - PHS
Luke Yokes - Summa Cum Laude - PHS
Kaitlin Farkas - Salutatorian - St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School (STA)

Maria Alphonso - Valedictorian - STA
Phillip Ernst - Valedictorian - PHS
Jake Lipps - Valedictorian - PHS
Christine Pevey - Valedictorian - PHS

Michael Davis - National Merit Scholar - STA
Katie Ryals - Salutatorian - PHS

Christopher Ekker - Valedictorian - STA
Ashton Landry - Valedictorian - PHS
Emily Pevey - Valedictorian - PHS
Cody Schmatlz - Valedictorian - PHS

Jenna Quinn - Valedictorian - PHS
Kelsey LeSaicherre - Honors Diploma - St. Joseph Academy

Chelsea Herrick - Valedictorian - PHS
Emily Nickens - Valedictorian - PHS
Theresa Pevey - Valedictorian - PHS

Logan Davis - Valedictorian - PHS
Aimee Kolwe - Valedictorian - PHS
Chad Mitchell - Valedictorian - PHS
Stephanie Stevens - Valedictorian - PHS
Meghan Zayas - Valedictorian - PHS

Ashley Herrick - Valedictorian - PHS
Leslie James - Valedictorian - PHS
Megan Roberts - Valedictorian - PHS
Jennifer Stevens - Valedictorian - PHS

Shanna Mitchell - Valedictorian - PHS

Nicole Theriot - Valedictorian - PHS

Our Past Distinguished Graduates

1996 Dr. Randolph Howes
1997 Deacon Larry Melancon
1998 Mr. Dennis James
1999 Mr. Danny Heitman
2000 Mrs. Barbara Allen
2001 Dr. Larry Ernst
2002 Mrs. Kim Zabbia
2003 Mrs. Barbara Martino
2004 Mr. Charles “Buddy” Pugh
2005 Mrs. Shirley Johnson
2006 Mrs. Ruth Ourso
2007 Mr. William Corbett
2008 Sr. Ancilla Roussel
2009 Mr. Raymond Braun
2010 Capt. Thomas Waller, Jr.
2011 Mrs. Jackie Mitchell 
2012 Representative Stephen Pugh
2013 Mrs. Courtney Hotard Roth
2014 Mrs. Ashley Dugas Notariano
2015 Mrs. Veronica Pierson

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