Worthwhile: St. John Showcase celebrates school's 160 years in existence

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
St. John the Evangelist School held a Showcase to celebrate 160 years in existence on Thursday evening at SJHS' gym. Above, patrons view material at the event. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - St. John the Evangelist School held a Showcase to celebrate the school’s 160 years of existence at the SJHS gym on Thursday evening.

The event, which recognized students academically, athletically and spiritually was originally scheduled during Catholic Schools Week but postponed due to wintery weather.

“We really do have something unique here and it has lasted so long because it is worthwhile,” St. John High School principal Cherie Schlatre said.

The mission of St. John School is to educate each student in the values and beliefs of the Catholic faith and to foster academic excellence in a nurturing, disciplined environment.

St. John High School offers a college-preparatory curriculum

with the goal to challenge students academically, deepen faith and teach leadership skills, enabling them to live responsibly while serving their church and communities.

 “We opened up our building to anyone who wants to see what we do in the classroom,” Schlatre said. “We have been here forever and we will be here forever.

“It is about religion but at the end of the day we provide a quality education.”

Catholic education was established in Plaquemine in 1853 under the leadership of Father Charles Chambost, Pastor of St. John Church.

He founded the College of Immaculate Conception and a separate boys’ school.

In 1857, Chambost engaged the services of the Marianite Sisters of the Holy Cross, who came to Plaquemine to set up a school for girls, St. Basil’s Academy.

“We recognized some of our distinguished graduates,” Schlatre said. “People that have come through these halls and made a difference in the community.”

The primary goal of Catholic education is to strive for the development of the whole person, stressing unique giftedness and recognizing the dignity of each individual.

“We cover the gamut,” St. John Elementary/Middle School principal Bernardine Legendre said. “It is a community atmosphere and we are like one big family. We treat the kids like they are our own.”

A jambalaya was cooked by Philip Mancuso for the event and donated by the St. John Alumni Association.

Registration to St. John School runs through Feb. 28.