Ms. Shea Moreau (’15) returned to DHS for Club Induction Day. During her time at Dominican, Ms. Moreau served as E-Board Vice-President, Student Preacher, reporter for The Star and more. Committed to “journey toward greatness,” Ms. Moreau shared her experiences at both Dominican and LSU. This following is her speech to the DHS student body:
Father Andrew, a priest at Christ the King parish church on the LSU campus, once said during a homily, “We are not meant to live comfortably, but to live greatly.”
After hearing this, I began to think about how I could pursue a greater purpose in my own life. I realized that Dominican was the first step in my ability to try to live greatly. I ran for class coordinator eighth grade year and did not get it, but I swear it’s because the girl who won did this amazingly fierce roar, and I just could not compete with that. I tried again, and I was elected 8F class representative. Not only was I given the opportunity to get involved in student council, but I was able to start my journey towards greatness.
I started to become a figure that not only relayed
information from the meetings during homeroom, but I became approachable,
empathetic and a leader. I then went on to be class coordinator and finished my
Dominican career on E-Board as the Vice-President.
I used my position on Student Council to not only say
announcements every morning but also to step in when someone needed a friend. Student
Council gave me the opportunity to take that step towards greatness.
In May, I graduated from LSU, and I can’t think of an organization
that I wasn’t a part of. I was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, and I was the
Vice-President of the Panhellenic Council who oversaw all thirteen sororities
campus. Additionally, I was on student government, I coordinated events with
the nursing home through the speech pathology organization, well, the list goes
on. Now that I am in graduate school, juggling cadaver lab, neuroscience and six
patients a week.
I learned that Dominican is the reason I am successful.
Dominican is the reason that I’m still taking steps towards greatness. Student Council
was the first step in teaching me how to juggle real life. I am able to handle
a large caseload because of Dominican.
In graduate school, I work with stroke patients who
can no longer communicate with their families. I work with children with a
variety of disabilities whose parents feel helpless because they can’t
communicate with their child. I work with children with dyslexia who get
bullied by their peers for being “dumb,” again. Again, the list goes on.
I chose this career because I am able to help others
every day. My career doesn’t only challenge my mind; it challenges my heart.
Dominican, specifically Student Council, taught me that I have the qualities to
do this job well. I am timely, I am organized, and, most importantly, I care.
I’m helping change lives for the better.
Dominican, you all have the same opportunity presented
to you right now. Use this time to be the woman your classmates can look up to
and confide in. Forego the comforts of the world and take on the challenge of achieving
Reading recommendations for the bibliophile in all of us
Storm of the Century by Stephen King
Like many of Steven King’s novels, this is not one for the
faint of heart. Storm of the Century is a horror novel written by Steven
King. King originally wrote Storm of the Century as a screenplay for a
television miniseries of the title. The novel is set in the fictional town of
Little Tall Island, Maine during one of the most catastrophic blizzards the
town had ever seen.
During the storm, a man with supernatural powers visits the
town. The people of the town face multiple tragedies before they are faced with
an ultimatum. King does an excellent job blending the supernatural with raw
human emotion. He makes you ask, “Would you give up your most precious possession
for the good of the whole?”
As an author, King has always captivated me. His ability to
capture and execute the psychological horror genre on film and on paper has
made him an icon. This novel will literally send chills down your spine. King
does an amazing job of making his reader question his or her own morale.
As the people of the town are faced with a choice, you are also faced with a dilemma. Would you sacrifice your emotions for the good of another or would you remain stubborn in your way
Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything In Between by Lauren Graham
Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything In Between by Lauren Graham
Talking As Fast As I Can is an autobiography by Lauren Graham that chronicles her life from her childhood, to her career as an actress, to what it was like returning to her beloved role as Lorelai Gilmore. Like the title promises, the book gives an insight into the events of her life and everything in between, and it truly feels as if you’re talking to an old friend.
The book is a New York Times bestseller, and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. It was funny, witty, lovable, and very entertaining, and if you are an avid Gilmore Girls fan like me, it’s honestly a must. Also, if you are a fan of the show, the autobiography is full of stories about what it was like to film the show, what it was like to work with the talented and colorful cast, and which moments and scenes were the most fun to shoot.
It also contains multiple diary entries that Lauren wrote when she recently returned to the show in the Netflix reboot, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The entries include pictures and commentary on the days she spent back on set, reconnecting with fellow cast members, and the celebrity guests who made appearances in the new series. It feels as if you’re experiencing the new show right there with her, and I loved it.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is an amazing historical fiction novel about Nazi-occupied France. It follows the lives of two sisters, whose parents are dead. One sister, Vianne Rossignol Mauriac, is more traditional and stricter than her sister, but still helps the French Resistance Movement and helps Jewish children escape persecution. The other sister, Isabelle Rossignol, more directly helps the French Resistance Movement in a wide variety of ways. Isabelle starts by handing out anti-Nazi propaganda in the streets of a quaint French village but quickly helps out in larger way. Its point of view is that of an old woman recounting the events of her life, most specifically the war, but we do not find out which sister is the narrator is until the very end of the book.
This book is simultaneously heart-wrenching and heart-warming, and I still do not think that I have gotten over it, even though I read it over the summer. It deals with love, family, work, and so much more, all set during World War II. This book would be great for anyone who has any interest in Vichy France or just wants a fantastically interesting read. (Just a warning: this novel is not a light read.)
I think that the best part about this book is that it is based on the true events of Andrée De Jongh, a heroic and courageous Belgium, who at a very young age helped the Belgium Resistance during World War II. Isabelle Rossignol’s life strays from Andrée de Jongh’s near the end of the book, but it is still a very close relation.
500 Things You Should Know About History by Belinda Gallagher
History is a lovely subject that inspires everyone. Every person has a unique time period which he or she loves to learn about. For me, that time period is the BC era of Ancient Egypt. During this era, many pharaohs reigned as gods on earth. They were worshipped by their people. The outlandish treatment of the pharaohs has always interested me. From birth to burial, pharaohs were served in unique ways. This book explains some of the traditions of the magical time period, specifically the mummification process.
This book first recounts the stories of the first mummies ever discovered, beginning with the people of South America. The book then discusses the “Ice Men” of Europe. The Ice Men are those who were mummified in ice and snow nearly 5,300 years ago. Then, part of the grand finale: the mummies of Egypt!
The story of how mummification began as a natural process and ended as a respected tradition in Egypt is incredibly interesting. Egyptians began to make artificial mummies in 3,400 BC. Before their artificial creation, people were naturally mummified when they were buried in desert sand. The book then discusses the creation of the very first Egyptian mummy, the general mummification process, and the later threat of grave robbers.
I have cherished this book since childhood. I learned many interesting facts that I am still able to recall. Most of these facts are unforgettable, like how a deceased pharaoh’s brain exited through the nostril before his body was dried, wrapped in linen, decorated with valuable items, and placed in a gold sarcophagus.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Over the summer and back in middle school, I read The Outsiders. While this is an old book, the legacy of it lives on. The plot of this novel is the main character Ponyboy getting into big trouble with the law which in turn causes his journey of self-realization to end. Honestly, if this book does not move readers to tears, they are not fully reading this book.
The underlying themes include friendship, family, and loyalty. Lately, these themes have been an important topic in my life; therefore, I have leaned towards a book involving them. The book follows a group of young boys orphaned by a traumatic event and they rely on each other. No matter the trouble one member got into, the group helped each other out.
They call themselves the Greasers because they have slick long hair styles with grease and do not follow rules set for anyone. On the West side of town, the group is called the Socs, and they are arch rivals of the Greasers. Throughout the war between the two gangs, the book follows the struggle of the boys within one side.
The book is exciting, fun, and a page-turner. It makes you feel good inside reading about people who rely on each other no matter what.
“I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die.” John 11:25A, 26
The foyer of the Gayle and Tom Benson Technology Complex includes the St. Albert the Great Atrium. Its modern design and large space gives students a place to gather before or during the school day.
On March 15, news spread throughout New Orleans that devastated the entire city. Mr. Tom Benson, renowned philanthropist and sports franchise owner, died at the age of ninety years old. Despite the heartbreaking loss his wife, Mrs. Gayle Benson, and the rest of New Orleans must endure, Mr. Benson left a legacy behind worth celebrating.
Mr. Benson was most famously known as the owner of New Orleans’ beloved Saints and Pelicans teams. However, as many locals know, Mr. Benson’s ownership of those teams was just a part of his gift to our city. His extensive list of philanthropic contributions has enhanced the lives of millions, ranging from the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner Hospital to the Gayle and Tom Benson Science and Technology Complex here at Dominican.
The dedication of the Gayle and Tom Benson Science and Technology Complex was a memorable day for all Dominicans. Mr. and Mrs. Benson joined the on-campus celebration on April 22, 2016, to usher in the physical symbol of STREAMTM, bringing together Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math at Dominican. The two-story, 16,940 square foot science and technology complex ascended over campus, and the Dominican shield beamed on its tower, marking the birth of a new initiative.
Thanks to the Bensons’ generous donation, Dominican students study sciences in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. In addition, they have a place to reflect and find down-time in the Peace Garden, nestled outside of the Technology Center.
Students gather in the Technology Center during the school day to study. The Gayle and Tom Benson Technology Complex contains a Technology and Learning Center on the first floor as a resource for both teachers and students to use throughout the day.
The Technology Center, housed in the Gayle and Tom Benson Science and Technology Center and funded by the Erminia Wadsworth/Azby Fund, provides space for students to work and study. They can practice presentations on the flat screen televisions, study in the individualized study rooms, and receive support from faculty who are always ready to help throughout the day.
“The Tech Center is my favorite place to go for free period and study with my friends,” said junior Grace Schaumburg. “I know I can come here at any time, and teachers will be available to help with schoolwork.”
The Gayle and Tom Benson Science and Technology Center has forever changed the landscape of the Dominican campus. Mr. and Mrs. Benson’s commitment to Catholic education will live on not only in the hearts of New Orleanians, but within the Dominican community in particular.
“Our hearts are grateful for the Bensons and all the benefactors,” said Dominican president Dr. Cynthia Thomas. “It is because of them that this extraordinary building is a part of Dominican students’ Catholic formational and educational experience for generations.”
While the year has been filled with lights, Dominicamera and action, it is sadly coming to an end. Although the final curtain of the year is closing and the Fourth Quarter is coming to an end, the memories we’ve all made will live on.
Dominican sports made their mark this spring with spectacular achievements. The tennis team continued their success with a team State Runner-Up title, and teammates Morgan Forshag and Gabby Terranova placed first in doubles! Along with the tennis team, the softball team showed their skill in state competition and proudly earned the State Runner-Up title! Way to go ladies!
Every year, Student Council works with other schools in the New Orleans area to plan the Slam-n-Jam tournament, a day of beach volleyball and fun in the sun. This year, two teams from Dominican competed and represented the school with pride. Seeing fellow classmates show their school spirit with their friends is what makes working Slam-n-Jam so rewarding.
With the end of the school year comes elections for next year’s school leaders: the 2017-2018 Student Council Executive Board! Congratulations to President Mackie Smith, Vice President Cole Pittman, Secretary Katie Mouton, and Treasurer Tia Peck! Being on the Executive Board is an incredible experience, and I’m so excited to see what you all have in store for next year.
As the Class of 2017 begins to give their final salutes, we remember all the amazing times we’ve shared together. Even though we will be parting, we will never forget our time at Dominican, the friends we’ve met and the memories we’ve made. Wherever we go, the bond that we share as a class will always bring us back to our second home and to the people who helped shape us into strong, confident women. So, here’s a salute to you, Class of 2017!
On behalf of the entire 2016-17 EBoard, let me say it has been an honor serving you, the student body of St. Mary’s Dominican High School. I cannot wait to see where life takes us!
The second quarter of the school year is coming to a close, but there is a lot to look forward to. Christmas time is upon us, and we did something a little different this year. The five days of Christmas! The week leading up to exam review day was packed with Christmas activities.
On the first day of Christmas, we had a lunch full of caroling outside by the fountain. On the second and third days of Christmas, there was music playing at lunch and pictures with Santa. The big guy was played by yours truly, and might I add, that suit was HOT.
On the fourth day of Christmas, there was a Christmas-themed bake sale of Christmas cookies. After purchasing a delicious cookie, there were Christmas movies being played in the gym for everyone, naughty AND nice, to watch. The proceeds from these Christmas fundraising events will go to support St. Michael’s Special School.
On our fifth day of Christmas, the grades competed in the annual Carol-Off. Each class performed Christmas songs while wearing their holliest, jolliest Christmas sweaters and socks. These five days of Christmas spread the Christmas cheer across the Domini-land.
The instant we step back on campus from Christmas break, it will be Rally Season. RALLY. DAY. The most acclaimed day at Dominican in February.
Rally Day is just as intense for me as a senior as it was when I was an eighth grader. Probably more. Chants, relays, side cheers, cheerleaders, ringing ears, class spirit, posters: you name it, Rally Day has it. After the day is all said and done, there will not be a soul in the gym that still has her voice, and that is all part of the fun.
Putting all of this excitement aside, we must remember to keep Christ in Christmas as well as in everything we do. Merry Christmas from me to you!