St. John takes part in National Catholic School Week

Staff reports
ST. JOHN STUDENTS OF THE YEAR…As part of Catholic School Week St. John School of Plaquemine named its Students of the Year during a special Mass held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Receiving the special honors were: from left, Caroline Delahaye (12th Grade) Mackenzie LeBlanc (8th Grade), and Elizabeth Bueche (5th Grade), thereby representing the school’s high school, middle, and elementary levels. Bueche also was recognized for being the second place recipient of the Diocesan 5th Grade Student of the Year.

St. John Interprochial School took part in the annual Nation Catholic School Week, that celebrates the numerous achievements and Gospel message brought to school systems throughout the country.

There are more than 7,000 Catholic schools in the United States serving more than 2.1 million students.

Dr. Melanie Verges, Superintendent of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, stated that the local area diocese schools continue to be a strong contributor to national Catholic education. As in previous years, the Class of 2010 scored above both state and national results on the American College Test. Similarly, elementary and middle schools students continued to score above average in all core subjects (Reading, Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies) on the Terra Nova Standardized Test.  Likewise, students scored above the national norm on the Assessment of Catechesis Religious Education test.  Such excellence is a gift to the federal, state and local governments.  Our diocese saved the government more than $176 million dollars last year alone by providing exceptional education for the students enrolled in our schools.

A special Mass was held last week at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church for the St. John School student body, faculty, and employees and special awards were presented for Student of the Year on the high school, middle, and elementary levels of the system. Also, the Neighbors Way Awards were presented to both students and faculty members for their qualities of character. The awards are sponsored by Neighbors Federal Credit Union. And, Service Awards were presented to St. John School employees who had reached 10 or more years of service to the school. Photos of the award recipients are shown in this week’s newspaper.