• ST. MARY’S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: John J. “Jack” Dardis, founder of Parents’ Annual Giving at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, was named an honorary alumnus of the school during May Crowning and Academic Honor Day. Dardis also served on the school’s board of directors and Finance Committee. His seven daughters are Dominican alumnae, their graduation years spanning from 1986 to 2001. Dardis and his wife Anne, are the parents of ten children.
  • ACADEMY OF OUR LADY MUSIC: Gillian Decossas, a student at Academy of Our Lady in Marrero, was the only Archbishop Shaw band member chosen for district honor band. She was chosen as the most outstanding eighth-grade band member for 2015-16.
  • MOUNT CARMEL DRAMA: Baylee Robertson of Metairie, a student at Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, has won the Thespian of the Year Award from the school’s International Thespian Society Troupe #2075. She is an assistant director, a make-up and hair designer, a seamstress, a props designer, and even expanded recently to acting in a small role in Mount Carmel’s spring musical, “The Addams Family.”
  • LOUISIANA SHERIFF’S SCHOLARSHIP: Scott Blanchard, son of Keith and Nicolle Blanchard of Belle Chasse, has been awarded a $500 Sheriffs’ Scholarship through the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program. The award was presented during Belle Chasse High School graduation May 20. Blanchard plans to attend the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and study engineering.
  • ST. MATTHEW THE APOSTLE: The 2016-17 officers for the Home and School Association at St. Matthew the Apostle School in River Ridge are Denise Malo, president; Stephanie Schmidt, vice president; Angela Waltz, recording secretary; Hollie Dugas, corresponding secretary; and Denise Prattini, treasurer.
  • GET SCHOOLED: Four students from the New Orleans area have been chosen for $1,000 scholarships and a few moments of fame in midtown Manhattan through the Graduate for Mas Times Square Yearbook project of the Get Schooled nonprofit and the Taco Bell Foundation. Through the project, 300 students from 38 states had their photos displayed June 8 on a four-story billboard in the heart of Times Square. The local honorees are Midori Barandiaran, Mya Forbes and Jakori Madison, of the International High School of New Orleans; and Hannah Wells, of Ponchatoula High School.
  • ST. MARY’S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: Lillian Cerise, a sophomore at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, received the Carter Drake Goad Book Award for achieving three years of perfect scores on the National Latin Exam for ascending tests (Latin 1-3). She was among 35 recipients of the prestigious award from a field of 142,271 students who took the National Latin Exams during a three-week testing period. Cerise, of Metairie, is the daughter of Irene and John Cerise.
  • LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY: Lonnie Luce, former superintendent of the St. James Parish school system, has been chosen as superintendent of Louisiana Connections Academy, beginning July 1. Luce was Louisiana state superintendent of the year in 2014. All instruction at Louisiana Connections Academy is provided online, and open to students from every parish of the state. Luce created a regional virtual school while superintendent in St. James Parish. He initiated a one-to-one laptop program for all grades 2-12 in the parish, and modernized school facilities. He holds a doctorate from Louisiana State University and is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan.
  • STUART HALL SCHOOL: Stuart Hall School in New Orleans has awarded highest honors to these students in its final yearly honor roll, reflecting the cumulative average of all three semesters: Dickson Chamberlain, Miller Farnsworth, Beau Gibbons, William Good, Austin Guillory, Tripp Haddad, Si Holmes, Miles Kavanaugh, William Lavie, Killian Lyon, Garrison Trahant, Roland Waguespack and Joshua Washington. Earning high honors in the final honor roll are Wesley Adams, Matthew Baffes, William Bruce, Emile Bruneau, Zackarie Casebonne, Christopher Ciaccio, John Paul Ciaccio, John Davillier, Jack DesRoches, William Ehrensing, Joseph Finger, Grayson Gallinghouse, Luke Giroir, Kieran Hendricks, Holden Hess, Scout Hughes, Nate Jackson, Grayson Joint, Matthew Knight, Ryan LaNasa, Griffin Landry, Michael Landry, Matthew Larrieu, Ferdie Laudumiey, Jack Lo, Christian Lynch, George Martin, Charlie McMath, Kohlmann Moore, Andrew Newell, Collin Pelitere, Ethan Rini, Kirk Rossiter, Win Schibler, Ben Stassi and Alton Wise. Earning honors in the final honor roll are Declan Altikriti, Jackson Becker, Alex Bianchini, Jack Cook, Charley Fazzio, Grayson Gibbs, Aidan Hatch, Kieran Hendricks, Jacob Jackson, Nicholas Jacobs, Alex Jeansonne, Chris Jeansonne, Mayson Keene, Clifton LeBlanc, Walker Mannino, Hayden McFadden, Max Milano, Ben Musgrave, Jack Seidell, Owen Thibodaux, Jack Unger, William Wegmann and Philip Zazulak.
  • BELLE CHASSE ACADEMY: The May students of the month at Belle Chasse Academy are Micah Allen, Jonathan Allison, Jaylen Ashley, Dane Bogosian, Kennith Castaneda, Dylan Chambers, Xavier Crayton, Kylie Dills, Vinmarr Edwards, Sha’Nya Francis, Ja’lyn Franklin, Rehanna Franklin, Luis Giron, Alejandro Gonzalez, Jayden Hixson, Anthony Hurst, Harley Jones, Alex Lay, Arianna Love-Kalaw, Alexander Martin, John Matthews, Josephine McBride, Mariah Nelson, Lean Nevels, Jayden Ramirez, Jessica Ramos, Madelynn Sanderson, Lauren Shepherd, Ashton Stamps, Devin Steptoe, Sa’Nya VanDyke and Alden Williams.
  • ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: The following students from St. Charles Catholic High School have won Gold Service Awards for accumulating 10,000 or more service points: Alaina Andry, Gregory Bergeron, Ross Browning, Abby Bryant, John Campbell, Sydney Clark, Joshua Emery, Sophia Knight, Heaven Mamou, Alayna Melancon, Zaki Mitchell, Mary-Anne Mock, Mary Morton, Evan Pfister, Corey Pittman, Alyssa Portillo, Victoria Portillo, Lillian Smith, Kayla Smith, Logan Williams, Lorick Williams and Mallory Wolfe, Winning Silver Service Awards for accumulating 6,000 to 9,999 points are Christopher Bergeron, April Bourlet, Madeline Brignac, Joshua Carter, Keri Clement, Anna Dawson, Regan Duffourc, Lamy Guidry, Callie Henry, Hailey Hilbun, Claude Hill, Kehara Hill, Sadie Kelly, Brooke LaBorde, Ariel Landry, Rebecca Laurent, Lennen Madere, Madeleine Millet, Lori Press, Averi Rojas, Ashley St. Martin, Tyler Schaeffer, Evan Simoneaux, Taylar Smith, Pierson Soignet-Foster and Zoe Zaidain. Kayla Smith and Logan Willliams received Pope Francis Service Awards; they not only earned over 10,000 points of service, but they also performed more than 400 hours of service during their high school careers. Dominic Boesen, Luke Ringe and Devon Rucker received Patriotic Service Awards. Hannah Babin, Destiny Cierciersky, Sydney Clark, Sadie Kelly, Lennen Madere, Kaleigh Millet and Dononvan Stevenson received Music Ministry Service Awards.