STREAMTM explores the relationship between faith and reason, continuing Dominican’s role in the formation of students as believing thinkers and thinking believers. The components of STREAMTM – science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math – are the foundations of what St. Mary’s Dominican High School offers to its students.
Dominican High School launched a new course, Introduction to Engineering. Taught
by Mr. Kenneth Lannes, an engineer and an adjunct professor at the University
of New Orleans, the class offers the basics of engineering to juniors and
seniors. “By introducing students to engineering at this level,” said Mr.
Lannes, “they may decide to pursue engineering as a career.”
“If becoming an engineer is in their path, they’re ahead of the game” by taking this college-preparatory course, added Mr. Lannes.
The course introduces various types of engineering, including electrical, mechanical and civil engineering. Intro to Engineering incorporates God into the course because it correlates what early scientists studied with the advances science has made.
“If we look at STREAMTM as God as the center of math, engineering and science, this is how we would see the language of God,” said Mrs. Jennifer Drouant (‘93), academic assistant principal.
was excited to introduce the course because there is “a huge need for female
voices in the engineering industry,” added Mrs. Drouant.
As a woman in this male-dominated field, chemical engineer Ms. Danica Nguyen (’06), currently working at ExxonMobil, said being a woman in a in engineering comes with obstacles. “The main challenge is overcoming gender bias,” said Ms. Nguyen.
Shannon Newkirk (’94), chemical engineer with Shell in Deer Park, Texas,
agrees. “There are times that when I
feel I have to work slightly harder to prove myself,” said Ms. Newkirk. However,
Ms. Newkirk adds that she has seen “a growth in the female population” in the industry
these past years.
Intro to Engineering students were challenged with a project of their own this quarter. Applying a civil engineering lesson, students built bridges solely out of popsicle sticks. Their bridges – consisting of no more than 50 sticks – had to be at least two feet long and support at least 500 grams. “Through this project, the course has taught me how engineering applies to daily life,” said junior Adele Hoth.
this class seemed like the perfect transition into college engineering
courses,” said junior Hallie Matherne. “It’s important to me to have a strong
foundation in engineering before the college classroom experience.”
As a Dominican alum and traffic engineer at Vectura, Ms. Bridget Robicheaux (’03) said that she would have loved learning more about engineering during high school. Becoming an engineer “took a lot of hard work and a lot of late-night studying,” said Ms. Robicheaux. “I encourage Dominican students to learn as much as they can from everyone around and to go where God leads them,” she added.
From experience, Ms. Nguyen has advice to the young women looking to enter in this field. “Don’t let these challenges discourage you from joining the field,” said Ms. Nguyen. “It is up to our future generation to enable capable women to also participate in the engineering field and share their knowledge and talent.”
students flocked to the D.A. in January to visit with a few feathery friends
during a presentation hosted by the Science Club. Raptor rehabilitator Ms. Sally Farrell turned
DHS into a bird sanctuary with her presentation of Wind in My Feathers.
Known for her great speed and keen vision, Yeshua the Saker falcon flaunts beauty in the D.A. during the Science Club’s presentation of Wind in My Feathers in January.
Guest speaker Ms. Sally Farrell shares her knowledge of raptors and ecology to educates students about the important role these bird play in the environment.
Farrell introduced five raptors, including a red-tailed hawk, a Saker falcon
and a vulture, to the audience. She
enlightened students about the birds’ feathers, habits, and routines and
emphasized the important ecological role of raptors in the environment. Her presentation stressed the importance of
protecting these animals and taught students that they have the power to work
towards a better environment, as well.
Science Club fosters an awareness of science and learning, encompassing all
different branches of science. “Science Club
offers a more fun and interactive way to learn about science outside of a
regular classroom setting,” said senior Lauren Richards, club president. By bringing
in the raptors, the club recognized the work Ms. Farrell does in name of rescuing and caring for the raptors.
Science Club brings in members of the local community who can foster a greater
understanding of the role that different areas of science play in our lives,”
said Mrs. Karen Plauche, Science Club moderator.
Farrell began her career in the avian field when she volunteered at the Wild
Bird Rehab Center at the Audubon Zoo. At
the time, she knew very little about birds and didn’t even know what the word
“raptor” meant. Getting to know the
raptors persuaded her to pursue her current position as an occupation. Over time, Ms. Farrell began inviting rescued
birds into her home to take care of them.
about the birds was extremely eye opening,” said senior Josie Wood. “Until Ms.
Farrell started speaking about rescuing the birds, I didn’t notice the
importance of these animals in our environment.”
Ms. Farrell encouraged the DHS audience to work for better world for humans and animals alike. “You are going to be the creators and designers of the environment,” said Ms. Farrell concluding her presentation. “You can be anything you want, but make sure it’s good for the environment.”
Reading recommendations for the bibliophile in all of us
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Published in 2018, Becoming is an memoir written by First Lady Michelle Obama. This up-close and personal novel is narrated in three parts by the First Lady and explores the various obstacles and challenges she faced in her childhood and even to the present.
Before the First Lady became “Mrs. Obama.” she was Michelle Robinson from the South Side of Chicago who was raised in a loving middle, middle-class family. From the very beginning, First Lady Michelle Obama possessed the intellectual drive to accomplish anything she put her mind to. After finishing high school, First Lady attended Princeton University for her undergraduate degree and Harvard University for her law degree. Years later while working in a corporate law firm, Mrs. Obama became the mentor to the future leader of the free world—President Barack Obama.
After dating for 3 years, they married and began their beautiful lives together. In the memoir, the First Lady tells of the many struggles she endured as being the wife of a political figure while trying to balance her career and desire to be a mother. Mrs. Obama admits from the start that she was not a fan of politics but has always recognized the changes that could be delivered because of it. While in office as the First Lady, Mrs. Obama instituted many initiatives to make the White House reflect the modern world she lived in. After living eight years in the public eye, the bittersweet moment came for the First Lady to pass down all that she has learned over the years. Although her job as First Lady is done, Mrs. Michelle Obama continues to travel the world uplifting young girls and helping them to realize their potential.
The Darkest Mindsby Alexandra Bracken
In Alexandra Bracken’s action-packed, young adult thriller, the United States is plagued by a deadly disease that infects all ten year-old children. Those who survive the disease are infected with a variety of enhancements that are ranked by color. The surviving children are sent to camps are separated by their powers; blue being the less threatening and red being lethal. However, if children are diagnosed as orange or red, they are immediately euthanized because they are viewed as major threats.
In the camps, the children are treated worse than animals, and the protagonist (and orange) Ruby wishes for nothing more than her freedom as she hides out among the green children. Her wish is granted ten years later when Cate, a member of the Children’s League, sneaks her out of the camp. Her freedom is bittersweet and short lived when she learns the truth about the League, and she devises another successful escape plan that leads her to three other enhanced children. Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu face difficult and life-threatening obstacles as they search for the infamous “Slip-kid” but instead find themselves in a seemingly innocent campsite full of other children. Ruby and the trio struggle to survive in a world that wants them dead, while still holding onto their sanity and humanity. This book is a must-read for those looking for dramatic action scenes, adorable young love, and heartbreaking betrayals.
A Beautiful Composition of Broken by R.H. Sin
A Beautiful Composition of Broken by R.H. Sin is a collection of poems written about heartbreak, feminism, self-worth in relationships, and loving oneself. R.H. Sin shares his experiences in a poetic form to help the reader get through break ups, low self-esteem, and feelings of worthlessness. Many of these poems focus on the topic of women being strong, beautiful warriors. Other poems also touch on the worthless feelings many people have after breakups. He focuses on the idea that it is not the readers fault for being hurt and that the other person was not mature enough to accept love. The remaining poems focus on loving oneself. R.H. Sin takes the cliché “You must love yourself before you accept others love” and puts it beautifully simple. He talks not only about the importance of self-love but also the difference between knowing you must love yourself and actually doing it.
R.H. Sin writes these poems so that they are filled with emotion and are a quick, easy read. The busy reader can read a poem or two when they have a free moment, then put it down and not come back to it for weeks. However, the emotional connection the reader develops to the book makes it impossible to put down. Sin’s emotional vulnerability shines through his words and transports the reader into his mindset. From sorrow over heartbreak to the pride of loving oneself, the reader can delve into their emotions. This collection is an exquisite, easy, and helpful read because these poems help people accept pain in life and rise above it.
The dangerous trend of vaping has recently
spread across the nation. Nearly 21% of high school students vaped in 2018,
which is a 10% rise since 2017, according to Journalist’s Resource.
Dominican saw the need to discuss this growing problem with students and took action.
“This presentation was necessary to the health
of our students,” said Mrs. Katey Alexander (’91), Dean of Student Services.
“It’s all about giving them the information they need.”
On Jan 30, students attended an assembly on
the consequences of vaping and e-cigarettes. Presented by Mrs. Bridget Gardner,
R.N., Director of the Sudden Impact Program at University Medical Center, the seminar
informed students about the consequences of and solutions to nicotine
“As a Trauma Center leading the path to
prevention for the state, UMC recognized the increase use of middle and high
school students vaping,” said Mrs. Gardner. “From there, we reached out to the
Sudden Impact schools (such as Dominican) to do a needs assessment. Many
schools embraced the opportunity.”
The presentation began with the basics: what
is a vape? When inhaling a vape, the user is breathing in a heated liquid and
releasing it into an aerosol. The hazardous feature is that this liquid
contains nicotine from tobacco and dangerous flavoring and chemicals, according
the UMC vaping presentation.
vaping safer than smoking?
One of the many misconceptions about vaping is
that it’s safer than smoking; however, it is even more unsafe, according to
Mrs. Gardner. Linked to other types of substance abuse, the ingredients in a
vape are addictive and affect a teenager’s brain development. Health risks
include blood clots, atherosclerosis, peptic ulcers, enlarged aorta, popcorn
lung and many more.
“I saw a need to present the dangers of vaping in the community because teens are making poor decisions due to lack of knowledge,” said Mrs. Gardner. “By the time the teen realizes the consequences of vaping, her health is at risk and she is addicted.”
Since vaping is relatively new, little
research has been conducted on effects over a span of years, which poses a high
concern for users and makes teenagers even more vulnerable to health risks.
decided to drive the discussion…
importance of this presentation was to bring awareness to the vaping epidemic
that has manifested in schools everywhere,” said senior Anne Marie Wherritt.
“It was a great reminder to tell teenagers to stop vaping.”
that it’s very accessible for teenagers to get their hands on a vape,” said
sophomore Emily Adams. “That’s why it was so important for Dominican students
to learn this information.”
Although the federal law states that
purchasing vapes and e-cigarettes is illegal for those under the age of 21,
Louisiana has set the age at 18, which makes these substances easily accessible
to high school students. Recently, brands such as Juul have been advertising to
According to the data Mrs. Gardner shared,
teens are gambling with their lives when they inhale this hazardous drug.
“If this presentation helped even one student,” said Mrs. Alexander, “then we’ve done our job.”
The Junior Classical League’s Certamen team
celebrates the end of an eventful day at the Certamen Tournament on Feb. 2. In
this tournament, teams answer questions using their knowledge of Latin history
and culture against other schools in the New Orleans area.
Members of DHS’s Certamen team are seniors
Elise Cresson, Camille Scandurro, freshmen
Janie Bickerton, Ada Holmes, Elizabeth
Mobley, senior Isabelle Mermilliod, junior Irene Yu, senior Anne D’Armond, and freshman
Katherine Mansfield. Bickerton, Holmes, Mobley and Mansfield – members of the Intermediate
Certamen Team – took first in the competition.
The Junior Classical League is Dominican’s
resident Latin, Greek and ancient culture club that participates in classics-themed
events related to the preservation of ancient history and culture, such as the
Certamen Tournament. The Certamen Tournament is an annual Latin quiz bowl
sponsored by the Louisiana Junior Classical League in which several schools in
the New Orleans area participate.
During the tournament at Archbishop Chapelle
High School, teams of five students from competing schools crowded around
buzzers as they competed to answer trivia questions. The questions ranged from
mythology and history to grammar and mathematical equations that must be
answered in Latin. Certamen means “contest” or even “struggle/battle”
in Latin, which is fitting for the tournament’s atmosphere.
“As nerve wracking as it is to try to
understand the Latin phrases (during the tournament) and to be expected to
answer ‘in Latine,’ it is so
rewarding to win a question for your team,” said JCL president senior Anne
D’Armond. “Even if it was a pure guess.”
An unborn child’s heart
beats loudly over the ultra-sound machine as a couple cries in joy and
anticipation of meeting their child for the first time. This special moment that
celebrates life is exactly what Dominican’s Pro-Life Club members marched to
Pro-Life Club members and three faculty members participated in the March for
Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 18. Dominican marched with 500 students from
the Archdiocese of New Orleans, alongside the 500,000 other attendees from
across the country.
The purpose of the annual March
for Life is to end abortion by uniting, educating and mobilizing people in the
public square. This year, he large crowd braved freezing cold weather to march
the 1.2 miles from the National Mall to the Supreme Court Building. Along the
way, the crowd used their voices through chants, signs, and prayers to express
their thoughts against abortion and the infamous ruling of the 1973 court case Roe
“To see the massive crowd
marching for a cause so close to my heart is such an inspiring sight to see,”
said senior Meredith McKeough. “This trip is one of the best ways to learn
gratitude and humility and to thank God for the gift of life in all of its
Though the March is the
highpoint of the pilgrimage for most attendees, there is much more to the
entire journey. DHS participated in several activities such as concerts,
ministry nights, the Geaux Forth Rally sponsored by Louisiana Right to Life and
the Life is Very Good Rally.
“My favorite part of the
trip is always the Life is Very Good Rally,” said Ms. Ashlyn Ciolino (’07),
co-moderator of the Pro-Life Club. “It’s amazing to be in such a big arena with
thousands of people who all stand for the same cause as you. Seeing all those
people participate in adoration is a unifying experience but, at the same time,
is completely personal.”
From the moment the buses were
loaded to the second students return home, the welcoming, inspiring atmosphere of
the trip allowed everyone to open their hearts and minds to the joys of life. Every
moment of the trip focused on unifying the voices of the Pro-Life Generation to
make an impact on the world, in hopes of one day reversing the culture of death
into one of life and acceptance for all.
“Stepping away from the stress of my daily schedule and traveling to D.C. with all of my closest friends reminded me of how lucky I am to be alive,” said McKeough. “Life is a gift. This trip reminded me to not only fight for the lives of others, but to also be thankful for mine.”
Spike! Run! Swim! All three of Dominican’s fall sports teams strove to achieve their team goals. The Volleyball Team led the pack by spiking their way through season and making it to the Bi-District Rounds of the Volleyball Playoffs.
Following the Volleyball Team’s lead, the Cross Country Team had a great season and ran all the way to the State Competition, placing fourth. Soon afterwards, the Swim Team closed a rewarding season, taking fourth place at the State Competition in November.
The Swim Team Performs Swimmingly
On Nov. 16-17, the Dominican Swim Team competed the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Swim Meet in Sulphur State Competition resulting in the team placing fourth. Senior Hannah Morris also became the state champion in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing with a time of 2:08.17, just days after signing with Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
Thirteen team members competed in state, and it was a very rewarding season overall, according to moderator Ms. Erin Baker (’95).
Gathering around one of their co-captains, the Swim Team congratulates senior Hannah Morris as she signs with Texas Christian University in Fort Worth on Nov. 14.
According to junior Morgan Gunnels,
the girls always make sure to keep each other motivated and support each other
throughout the ups and downs in the season. “They’re my support system,” said
Gunnels. “They taught me the power of encouragement and how it can keep me
The Cross-Country Team Races to State
The Cross-Country Team ran their
way State Competition and kept running until the team placed fourth.
The team beat the odds while running at the
state meet. According Ms. Ashlyn Ciolino (’07), cross-country coach, the girls
went into this meet not knowing what to expect. The weather was cold. The
ground was muddy. The girls had never run in conditions like this before.
Despite the weather setbacks, the
girls still ran and placed fourth overall. “I’m really proud of how the girls
ran in state and in that weather,” said Ms. Ciolino. “I’m very proud of how
they handled that.”
The team also accomplished one of their main team goals of winning regionals with freshman Kelsey Major placing first overall with a time of 18:19, which is the second-best time for a Dominican runner. Major also placed eighth at State, accomplishing a personal goal of placing in the Top Ten. “It felt rewarding because of the work we put in during the season,” said Major.
Bump, Set, Spike into the End of the Season!
The Volleyball Team had a successful
and winning season. “We had a young team and a very successful year,” said Mrs.
Jessica Chatellier, volleyball coach.
All the Volleyball Team’s hard work
throughout the season paid off when the team made it to the Bi-District Round
of the Playoffs after a great season. The girls then advanced to the Regional
Round of the Playoffs after being victorious over Barbe High School, winning a three-game
Although they fell to Mount Carmel Academy in the next round, they fought their hardest and had a great season. “We grew closer as a young team,” said junior Adele Hoth. “They’re my second family and they teach me how to work hard.”
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’m aware that I carry traits, genetic wiring,
emotional baggage. I can feel it in my bones. I am constantly shaped by the
people, the places, and the things I encounter. Each one flows into my life and
contributes to the formation of my person like the tributaries into the
Mississippi. New Orleans is my one and only home, the only place I’ve ever
lived, and a central part of my identity. Its culture and quirks are what make
me who I am, and the music and arts of the city impact my life on a daily
basis. As an arts lover and a dancer, New Orleans allows me to be immersed in a
rich and colorful arts scene that is unique to this city alone. New Orleans is
the only place where you can walk down the street and hear a jazz quartet
playing in a club on one corner, and turn and see a collection of paintings
hanging for sale on the wrought iron fence of Jackson Square on another, and
for this, I am eternally grateful. Tennessee Williams once wrote, “America has
only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is
Cleveland.” Every day, I wake up and thank my lucky stars that I don’t live in
Cleveland. Anywhere else, the city will not embrace you at first glance and let
its artful culture seep into your pores; but in New Orleans, it’s just how the
city says hi. Here, because art is a vital part of the city’s composition, I
can be passionate about it without boundaries. However, without a city that
freely and unapologetically expresses itself, I don’t think I would feel
comfortable doing the same.
Overall, society suppresses the arts, but in
this city, they are highlighted, and dance, specifically, is something that New
Orleans embraces. The art of dance, in and of itself, is universal. Everyone
can dance, anywhere, at any time. Dance is spontaneous, and it can begin in an
instant. It requires no formal training, no formal attire, and no objects,
except two mobile feet, and because of its easy access, dance can be found in
every inch of the city. From the second liners on Bourbon Street to the tap
dancer in front of St. Louis Cathedral trying to earn a buck, to the partygoers
at Rock ‘n’ Bowl and even all the way to my own dance studio, dancers move and
descend further and further into the New Orleans culture, a culture that has
been alive with dance for three hundred years. From New Orleans’ very
inception, Cajuns gathered in dance halls to preserve their culture and
traditions, and the same is true for the African slaves in Congo Square. Even
when they had nothing else, no freedoms, no rights, they still had their own
customs, which they preserved through dance. Once a day, for a few minutes a
day, dance was a slave’s escape from the tragic reality that was his or her
life. In a similar way, dance allows people in New Orleans to escape their realities
and be someone else, if only for a moment. However, it is only because New
Orleans has the arts at its core that this escape is possible. Without things
like dance and music pumping through its veins, New Orleans would lose all
vitality, all spirit, all culture, and in turn, I, and many other artists,
would as well. Without the arts, New Orleans would just be Cleveland, and the
world would suffer an unbearable loss.