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Ten years of cheering, ten years of pink face paint and ten years of raising money for breast cancer awareness. Dominican volleyball celebrates a decade of hosting the annual Pink Game.
Flooding the gym with pink, the student body, parents, faculty and alumnae gathered on Oct. 16 in the Siena Center in support of the fight against breast cancer. Three competitive games, juicy burgers, delicious hot dogs, and auction items for sale raised school spirit while fundraising for breast cancer patients.
The eighth grade, JV and varsity teams played tough matches against Archbishop Chapelle during the Pink Game series. JV was victorious, while eighth grade and varsity fought close matches but ultimately fell to the Chipmunks after five games. Though the games were not all in the “W” category, the fundraising effort was a real winner. This year, Dominican raised $13,503 that will be sent to the Tulane Cancer Center for breast cancer patients.
“It’s so exciting to be able to use a sport I love to change people’s lives,” said Mrs. Jessica Chatellier, head volleyball coach.
The fundraising effort is a vital piece of the Pink Game tradition. To raise money to fight breast cancer and raise awareness, DHS stages auctions and raffles. Tables lined the Siena Center atrium with baskets full of prizes which were raffled off during the game. Businesses such as Kendra Scott, Lululemon and Starbucks contributed to the cause.
Raising over $70,000 in the last decade, Dominican has been the top donor among the 7 schools participating in the Pink Game Fundraiser.
“My favorite part about this event is knowing I’m part of community full of women who are raising awareness for women,” said Mrs. Chatellier. “Everyone in that gym is connected to breast cancer in some way.”
However, the Pink Game wasn’t the only news-worthy happening this season. Mrs. Chatellier celebrated her 300th win in her coaching career on Sept. 6 in a match against Academy of the Sacred Heart.
Alongside Mrs. Chatellier throughout her victories has been Mrs. Ashlee Juhas (’04), assistant coach. In Mrs. Chatellier’s first Dominican win in 2003 – also against Sacred Heart – Mrs. Juhas was a senior on the team coached.
Dominican also celebrated senior Elise Cresson being named to the LHSAA All Academic Composite Team. Students receiving this honor must have at least 4.0 GPA for 6 semesters and have been an athlete for at least 3 years. She was honored at the Division I state final match on Nov. 10 at the Pontchartrain Center.
“I’m very honored to be named to the team,” said Cresson. “I’m very humbled that my coaches thought so highly of me that they nominated me.”
Cresson also appreciates the importance of breast cancer awareness. “The Pink Game is about so much more than volleyball,” said Cresson. “It’s about our entire school community coming together to give hope to those who are bravely fighting breast cancer.”
Splash! The swimmers dive into the clean, blue water, and the smell of chlorine fills the air. Their adrenaline kicking in, they swim faster and faster. They hear the excitement and rumble from the crowd and their teammates cheering them on. This is the moment they have been preparing for since the first week of school.
With this solid yet slippery preparation, Dominican’s Swim Team took fourth place in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Meet Oct. 26-27 at UNO’s Aquatic Center.
Earlier in October, Dominican placed second in the Stand Up to Cancer meet held at UNO to support breast cancer awareness. Hitting the wall first in the Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke was junior Rileigh Centanni with a time of 1:14.66.
Rileigh shares pool time not only with her teammates but with her twin sister, Reese. This duo has been on the Dominican Swim Team since they were in eighth grade. “I like having my sister on the team,” said Reese. “It motivates me and makes for great competition.”
Previously in September competitions, Dominican dominated the pool at another meet where the team faced Archbishop Chapelle High School and Ursuline Academy. Dominican took first place in all events but one. Freshman Emma Sullivan took first in the Girls 50 Yard Freestyle. Senior Gabrielle Duhe finished first in the Girls 200 Yard Freestyle. In the Girls 500 Yard Freestyle, three girls made the top three under the metro qualifying time of 6:27.00: freshman Catherine Kernion, eighth grader Allyson Johnson and freshman Olivia Cassreino.
“It’s really cool when I finish with my teammates,” said Kernion, “because even though I swim individually, I love my team and want everyone to do well!”
September continued to be successful for Dominican because many team members have already qualified to reach for the wall at the state meet in November. Those who have already qualified for state include seniors Emma MacMahon, Hannah Morris, Gabrielle Duhe; juniors Morgan Gunnels, Reese Centanni, Rileigh Centanni; and freshmen Kernionualifi Cassreino and Sullivan.
Those who have qualified to compete in the state meet have also qualified to swim for DHS in the Metro Meet on Saturday, October 27. They will race along with their teammates who have also qualified for metro: eighth graders Johnson and Brooke DiMaggio; and sophomore Audrey Wild.
“Qualifying is what the season is all about,” said swim moderator Ms. Erin Baker. “We swim with the intent of qualifying.”
Duhe, who shares the role of captain along with Morris and McMahon, is proud to be a part of the Dominican Swim Team. “They keep me happy,” said Duhe. “At practice and at the meets, being with the team motivates me and makes me a better swimmer.”
DHS swimmers will compete in the State Meet on Nov. 17 in Sulfur, LA.
Sore calves and sweaty shirts. Overwhelming feelings of exhaustion along with the desire to drink twenty Gatorades at once. These are all side effects of running several miles. These are all too familiar to the runners on Dominican’s Cross Country team.
Dominican’s Cross Country runners have been hard at work preparing for their season by training since early this summer.
Their strenuous preparations paid off at the Christian Brothers Invitational in Abita Springs on Sep. 15 when Dominican placed third overall. Freshman Kelsey Major placed third in the girls’ varsity race with a time of 19:14.44.
“It was only our second race this season,” said coach Ms. Ashlyn Ciolino (’07). “The girls ran well. We had a few personal records, but it’s still early in the season and there’s room to improve.”
Later on in September, at the St. Joseph’s Academy Invitational in Baton Rouge, Dominican’s top seven varsity runners placed fifth with Molly Alexander and Sophie Dauterive beating their personal records of 21:02 and 21:04, respectively.
To prepare for the season, the team began practicing in early June. Rising at 6 AM during summer vacation, they trained at the Lakefront to improve upon their speed and stamina.
“During practices, we run shorter distances in less time to work on increasing our speed,” said senior Lizzy Bourg, co-captain of the varsity team.
Runners also have individual workouts tailored to each of their needs in athletic PE class. This regimen helps them improve upon their own personal weaknesses and help heal any injuries they may have.
“The difficult practices and workouts are worth it in the long run because they help our performance at meets,” said junior Erin Sequeira.
The training is not the only thing that has helped the runners improve this season. “The team chemistry is very strong among our girls,” said coach Mrs. Nicky Wood. “They’ve all helped each other mature and appreciate that the hard work they put in helps them succeed.”
The varsity team is motivated to achieve their personal and team goals of placing high in the state meet. “The team is strong this year,” said Bourg. “Our goal is to get on the infield at state, and with the way our team has been working together, we are hopeful to bring a win home for Dominican this season.”
After four years, members of the class of 2019 passed the torch, or rather, the candle, to their little sisters, the class of 2023.
Seniors inducted the eighth grade into Dominican High School on Sept. 20 in the Sister Ambrose Reggio Gym. At the New Student Induction, eighth graders became part of the Dominican legacy through a traditional candle ceremony with their senior big sisters. Inductees also received a Veritas shield pin and a Dominican pennant to reflect their newly-inducted status.
New Student Induction is a celebration of new students and the beginning of their journey through DHS. Welcoming 204 new eighth graders, 17 new freshmen, and 2 transfer students into the Dominican community, this year’s ceremony did not disappoint.
Senior big sisters led their Dominican little sisters through their first school ceremony, and for some Dominicanites, the experience was a family affair.
During the induction ceremony, seven members of the senior class passed the candle to their Dominican little sisters as well as their biological sisters. Senior Savannah Bay shared this year’s induction with not just one, but two sisters, twins Emma and Isabella Bay. For Savannah, induction was an emotional experience.
“After living with them my whole life and watching them grow up, it’s kind of surreal to watch them enter Dominican,” said Bay. “Seeing them every day and getting to help them through the same things I’ve gone through over the years has bonded us in a completely different way.”
Passing their flames, seniors shared a unique induction experience with their sisters. For senior Kayla and eighth grader Emma Cook, induction united them in the Dominican heritage.
“I really liked passing the candle and that I got to do it with my real sister,” said Emma.
The family legacy associated with induction is clear, and for DHS, it means welcoming the next generation of “believing thinkers and thinking believers” into the Dominican family. Induction also allowed alumnae to share the tradition with the next generation of their daughters or granddaughters.
“Induction is this formal process of bringing a new student into the Dominican community, so for families that are multi-generational, new members being inducted into the community seals the bond in a sense,” said Mrs. Jill Cabes (’87), Vice-President, Dominican Catholic Identity.
As always, New Student Induction highlighted the traditions and legacy of the Dominican sisterhood. For all those becoming part of the legacy, induction welcomes them into the Dominican sisterhood. For biological sisters, the passing of the candles roots them in Veritas, providing them with a Dominican bond that surpasses family ties.
The bus packed with 23 girls made its way down the interstate. The girls sat with their friends and talked about how excited they were to finally go to a college campus. During the ride, they dreamed of university life and what it would be like. They would soon find out when they heard the words they had been waiting to hear: “Okay guys we’re almost there.”
In June, students from St. Mary’s Dominican High School traveled on the week-long Summer College Tour. The students, accompanied by guidance counselor Mrs. Dawn Frick and Dean of Student Services Mrs. Katey Alexander (’91) took a bus trip across the country to visit the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, St. Louis University, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, Washington University, University of Tulsa, Southern Methodist University and Rice University.
Dominican hosts the Summer College Tour to give sophomores, juniors and seniors a chance to visit colleges outside of Louisiana. College counselor Mrs. Wendy Grubb looks at the schools that Dominican girls are applying to and then chooses the destinations, according to Mrs. Frick.
The students were glad they signed up. According to junior Joy Richardson, the tour gave her a better idea of the type of school and environment she is looking for. Richardson said the tour opened her up to new experiences and a chance to meet new friends. Additionally, she said that she grew closer to the friends she already had. “I never had a perspective on college before. I never wanted to talk about it,” said Richardson. “Now all I want to talk about is college.”
The same thing goes for junior Pelarr Edwards. “It gave me a more realistic view of college and taught me what I like and what I dislike in a college,” said Edwards. “I would recommend going on this trip because it’s a chance to see colleges outside of Louisiana and see what college fits you.”
Sophomores Kaylee Gele’ and Madison Gauthier agree that the tour taught them the importance of community and environment when looking into colleges. Gauthier said it taught her what to look for and how to investigate internships that the college can offer related to different majors. Gele’ recommends the tour to other students because “if you’re worried, it’ll help you envision what college actually is and help decide what college is right for you.”
Even the moderators learned something new about college from this tour. Mrs. Alexander went into this trip thinking every college would be the same but soon changed her mind once the trip was over. “I realized that even though every college essentially offers the same thing, each one has something that makes it unique,” said Mrs. Alexander.
Universities that the group loved included Rhodes College in Memphis and Loyola University in Chicago. Rhodes was a group favorite with everyone saying that they loved the community feel and that it reminded them of Dominican. Loyola University in Chicago was another favorite because of the campus on the lake, the curriculum offered and the community. “That’s a school I can see Dominicans girls going to. That’s a college our girls would be comfortable attending,” said Mrs. Frick.
In between college visits, the group also toured different areas along the route. Favorite activities ranged from the visit to Six Flags in St. Louis to touring the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in Memphis.
Before they knew it, the college tour was over, and it was time to go home. The bus packed with 23 girls made its way down the interstate, this time on the way back to Louisiana. The girls sat with their friends and talked about how excited they were for college. On the journey home, they dreamed of going to college and reminisced about their memories on the universities’ campuses. The end of their college trip meant the beginning of their college journey.
Some rings are new. Some are rings old. And the legacy continues with a new class of Dominican seniors.
On September 7, the Dominican class of 2019 continued the tradition of Ring Day, which includes Ring Mass and running down the St. Mary’s Hall. The annual celebration began in the Sister Ambrose Reggio Gym with Fr. John Restrepo, O.P., celebrating Mass and blessing the rings.
As they do each year, the class’s coordinators shared their memories of eighth through twelfth grades. Past coordinators Dina Alawamleh, Maggie Latham, Cappy Elvir, Chloe Whitcomb and senior coordinator Camryn Wisniewski spoke of important moments during their tenures.
Of course, the highlight of the Ring Mass was receiving the coveted senior ring. Receiving her Dominican senior ring represents something different to every senior. “It’s a symbol of sisterhood,” said senior Ashley Miles.
Some seniors receiving rings were part of a legacy of Dominican High School, which means their family members are DHS alumnae. For example, the Alexander family has a legacy that has spanned for four generations. Senior Annie – a fourth generation Dominicanite – comes from a long line of Dominican graduates including her great grandmother Mrs. Katherine “Kitty” Raphiel McKay (’37); grandmother Mrs. Kay Fitzmorris McKay (’62); mother Mrs. Katey Fitzmorris Alexander (’91), Dean of Students Services; and her sister Ms. Kate Alexander (’17).
Annie now wears the ring worn by her mother, Mrs. Alexander. Annie said she loves that wearing her ring has brought her closer to her mom. “It’s important to me because it reminds me of my family and all the good memories I’ve had at Dominican,” Annie said. “It reminds me of all my accomplishments and that this is just the beginning of the next chapter in my life.”
Following Mass, seniors with new and legacy rings alike rushed to St. Mary’s Hall for the celebratory run. Waiting to turn rings, Dominican students, spend-a-day students and teachers lined the hallways to experience this Ring Day tradition. The anticipation became more palpable as the sounds of the swishing white gowns and the stomping of the seniors grew closer.
“It was so surreal. In the moment, I couldn’t even believe it was happening. It didn’t hit me until afterwards,” said Miles. “It was like a dream in a way.”
While the girls with the legacy rings were running down the hallways, they couldn’t help but to think about their mothers or grandmothers doing the same thing years ago with the same ring.
“Legacy…I can pass it down to generations and carry on that whole legacy that Dominican is about,” said senior Savannah Rouzan.
New to the tradition, eighth grader Adele Talbot and Sophia Martin described their first Ring Day with excitement. Talbot described Ring Day as a thrilling and interesting day that was “really new for me and it was really different.”
“In just a couple of years,” Martin proudly said, ”that’s going to be me.”
The woman behind the SynDaver isn’t Ms. Guitroz. It’s Barbie! Ms. Guitroz is an avid collector of special edition Barbie dolls. Her collection began fifteen years ago with a set of Barbie dolls inspired by her favorite movie, Gone with the Wind. Her collection includes dolls from famous movies and TV shows such as That’s So Raven and I Love Lucy.
Her two favorite dolls are her special 40th Anniversary Barbie that was made in 1999, the year her daughter Anya was born, and her sorority’s specially-made Alpha Kappa Alpha doll that was created to commemorate the first all-black sorority in the United States.
“I’ve always loved dolls ever since I was little,” says Guitroz. “I love the stories behind them and the people they represent.”
Not only is Mrs. Kirkwood a math teacher, she also has a hidden talent. She can name all the presidents of the United States in under 25 seconds. She learned how to do this impressive talent in the 5th grade through a song. She can name them all with their first and last names. She used to recite this fascinating skill to her past classes.
Dominican welcomes a new cast member to the stage, Mr. Hahne, as he performs in his new roles as French and religion teacher. Behind the scenes, however, Mr. Hahne is passionate about all things theater. He is a member of the ensemble of The Music Man at Rivertown Theaters for Performing Arts and has performed in musicals throughout high school and college.
In addition, he takes gymnastics classes, dance classes and voice lessons to help strengthen his skills for theater. “I enjoy having an outlet for my creative energy,” Mr. Hahne.
Believe it or not, Sister Pam had a career before settling in to Room 109 at Dominican. A former teacher and a rock enthusiast, Sister Pam Weathersby, M.S.C., loves all things science. For 40 years, Sister Pam was a science teacher in the Archdiocese of New Orleans school system. She taught biology, microbiology, earth science and physical science. In fact, rocks of the earth are some her favorite things. “Rocks remind me that we are still on the brink of creation,” said Sister Pam.
The maintainance staff’s Mr. Kwantrell has a hidden talent of his own: he plays the saxophone like no one else. Mr. Kwantrell Rideau been playing saxophone since he was eight years old. He fell in love with instrument because of its smooth, flowing sound. He keeps up with playing as a hobby and in a jazz group. His favorite genres to play are traditional jazz, blues and contemporary jazz. He said he especially loves to play in Mardi Gras Second Lines. “I’ve always enjoyed the sound of the saxophone, ever since I first started playing,” said Mr. Kwantrell.
Ms. Ford loves baking honey buns as much as she loves teaching Hamlet. She began baking when she was a student at LSU, but she does remember baking with her mom when she was little. Her bookshelves are full of cookbooks even though she’s not the best at following the recipes. Because Ms. Ford lives a vegan lifestyle, she said her biggest challenge is to modify recipes to make them vegan.
“My Instagram is all food,” said Ms. Ford. “My favorite recipe I’ve made has to be the Classic Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.”
While Coach Ciolino spends most of her time teaching P.E. in the SARG or coaching the Stunnah Runnahs of the Dominican Cross Country Team, woodwork is something that she also enjoys. Ms. Ciolino first discovered her love for building things when, at age 12, she built a wooden halfpipe with her cousins for skateboarding.
She calls this event her “intro to woodwork,” and since then, she has built many different things, including a door for her house, shelving, and even a trophy for the Cross Country team after a race win. “I’ve come a long way. I don’t make as many mistakes anymore,” said Ms. Ciolino.
Sr. Angeline has a knack for bringing an African violet plant back. She has such as green thumb that she has a nursery for sick violets in the in the back of the library. Those African violet plants displayed in the library have all been brought back to health by Sr. Angeline.
She said she waters them once a week, removes the dead flowers and leaves, “and I talk to them nicely.” She loves seeing them grow and has some at her house. “I liked watching the flowers grow and sometimes the plants would grow shoots. So I learned how to transplant the shoots,” said Sr. Angeline.
Mr. Foss’s hidden talent, besides being a physics aficionado, is that he devloped a method to his “frog tie Friday” madness. Mr. Foss has a specific algorithm for organizing his outfits for the week.
The system begins with the shoes (either black or brown), then follows with the pants, shirt and, of course, the tie. Each week, he alternates a few color choices of articles of clothing, which then establishes his ensemble for the day. “If it’s the right time and the right day, then it’ll be a Frog Tie Friday!” said Mr. Foss.
She’s a master of Scripture, student council and of marital arts. Ms. Bordelon practices the art of Krav Maga at Triumph Self Defense School. She’s been attending classes 2-3 times each week since October. “I wanted to learn self-defense,” said Ms. Bordelon. “It is good practice being assertive, and I love the community there!”
Mrs. Frick has always been an animal lover. Even though her mother wasn’t fond of animals, Mrs. Frick had two dogs during her childhood years. When she became an adult, she had several pets which were a part of her family.
After those beloved pets died, she knew she didn’t want to deal with that pain again, so she and her family started fostering dogs. Her latest and greatest endeavor was fostering three puppies this past summer.
“And the boy loved the tree…….very much. And the tree was happy.”
― Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree
After the long summer break, DHS students were eager to start their new classes and return to their second home on Walmsley Ave. However, students noticed that one special part of Dominican was missing. The iconic water oak tree, which has been shading Dominican students for decades, was put to rest. Because it was stricken with fungi and disease, the beloved tree had to be taken down.
Even though many mourn the loss of this tree, the removal was in the best interest of the Dominican community, according to Mrs. Catherine Thomson, Vice President, Finance/CF. The administration called a tree surgeon to examine the sick tree, and it was indeed rotting from the inside out, dropping large branches one by one. “It was a sad day,” said Mrs. Thomson. “Many friendships were made under that tree.”
For years, students made many memories under this tree: gathering for lunch, studying during free period and talking with friends after school. “After school I’d sit under the tree and do homework,” said senior class coordinator Camryn Wizniewski. “It was a peaceful and beautiful spot where I could relax.”
Even in class, the tree played a role. “The tree was home to our end-of-the-year Spanish fiesta, where we feasted on chips and guac and delicious Spanish cuisine,” said junior Tai Sutherland. “It was a great area to spend time with my classmates.”
The tree was popular spot to take pictures on many Dominican occasions. “My favorite memory of the tree was on the first day of eighth grade,” said senior Alexandra Minnard. “It was under this tree on orientation day where I met many good friends.” Each Dominican student associates the tree with a specific memory she holds close to her heart.
Current students and alumnae alike mourn the passing of the tree. “It was such a beautiful tree, and it represented the history of DHS,” said Ms. Kathryn Engro (’15). “I cannot even picture campus without the tree there, and I know the first time I see it gone, I will get a little choked up.”
According to Mrs. Thomson, the school is unable to plant another tree in the area where the water oak had been because of the existing fungi. However, plans are in the works to implement another source of shade for students.