Issue:  February 13, 2012  


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Bonjour French Exchange Students!

Episcopal extends a warm 'bonjour' to the ten French exchange students from Pontoise, France, who will be visiting our school and the community through the Mardi Gras break.
The ten students who attend St. Martin of Pontoise and their chaperone Olivier Roibin, exchange program coordinator, were officially welcomed to the EHS campus by Ms. Blair Richards, French teacher, and the Upper School host students during a breakfast session on February 13, 2012.
The French students and Episcopal host families are as follows: Emma Jagaut Lachaume and Anna Reed, Senior; Solène Caroff and Elizabeth Hayes, Junior and Caroline Chapple; Alicia Gaborit and Maddie Stauss, Junior; Charlotte Ghillebaert and Hannah Arceneaux, Sophomore; Lorène Kiény and Marci Mallet, Sophomore; Marion Audrain and Caroline Kerr, Sophomore, and Floriane Januario and Leah Courter, Sophomore.
The Episcopal host students will travel aboard to stay with their new French friends during an Exchange visit to France which begins at the end of March. 
This marks the 15th year that Episcopal has participated in the French exchange program with St. Martin of Pontoise. The program is coordinated by Blair Richards, French teacher.
French Students

Lower School Kicks-off Arts Week

Episcopal High School's Second Annual Arts Week began with creative and fun art activities for all students including an 'artsy' dress-up day on February 13. 
Lower School students showed up dressed as artists, dancers, musicians, actors and other costumes representative of the arts.
While activities are planned for all divisions throughout the week, the Lower School invites parents to Tuesday's "Firework" flash mob performance which will take at 10:15 a.m. in the Upper School Quad area. Lower School has a special dress code for the performance which involves the following colors:  Pre-K through 1st Grade should wear red, 2nd and 3rd grade is white, with 4th and 5th Grades wearing blue.
Be on the lookout during the week of February 27, 2012 for a special edition of eUpdate featuring Arts Week 2011-12.
Arts Week Preview

Juniors Honored on Ring Day

Parents, classmates, faculty and staff gathered in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd on February 9, to honor the Class of 2013 during their Ring Day ceremony.

Hugh McIntosh, Head of School, gave opening remarks emphasizing the significance of the occasion and was followed by James McGaugh, Junior Class President, who extended a warm welcome to those in attendance.  Tommy Rhea, Middle School Science teacher gave the Ring Day Address.  
Sarah Day, Junior Class Secretary, read the Bible passage during the The Lighting of the Candles with James McGaugh; Summer Rhynes, Class Treasurer, and Jessica Fischer, Vice President, lit the White, Blue, and Gold candles respectively.  Father Ralph Howe blessed the rings while Jeff Brock, Upper School Division Head, read the roll during the presentation of the rings.
"Ring Day is the first stepping stone to becoming a Senior," said Sarah Day. "Having passed down the torch is a wonderful experience. As a Junior Class, we have bonded so much with Seniors over the past year and it's a bittersweet moment moving up and taking their place. Before the ceremony we were all waiting in the Student Center.  I looked around and then realized that what would happen with in the next hour would be the beginning of the end here at Episcopal."
Jessica Fischer said this about the event, "I think Ring Day is so special because it is almost like a passing of the leadership role from the Seniors to Juniors. Even without a ring, it is a time where the current Seniors bless and honor their Junior friends. Having something like a ring or a special trinket, reminds you of the leadership and hard work that led you to that point. All-in-all, it is a token of our community."
Photographs provided by Missy Byrd and Megan Escott, Accolades staff members.

Ring Day

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Exchange Students' Five-Week Visit A Success 

Friday, February 10 marked the final day for six Beijing students and their chaperone teacher's visit to Episcopal High School. Their five-week stay was a great success thanks to our inclusive and welcoming, EHS student body and faculty.
Host family students showed exceptional leadership and character by helping the visiting students acclimate to life in Baton Rouge, including them in school and social events, and spending time on weekends immersing the students in cultural experiences. The host students include, Joshua Posner, Chris Sammons, Aly Dellinger, Caroline Chapple, Richard Guo, AJ Ostrowe, and Cassie Huye.
Program coordinators, Katie Sutcliffe, Nicole Pinson, and Skully Knight, planned a special celebratory lunch on Thursday, February 9, to honor all the students. Episcopal presented the Chinese students with certificates of program completion, while Jenny Wei, the group's teacher, presented certificates to EHS host students. All students received a framed group photograph as a memento of their friendship. Beijing No. 4 High School History teacher, Mr. Michael, was even able to attend the special lunch.
Mr. Michael visited all 14 American schools who participated in the first-time Chinese Exchange program and was able to tour Episcopal and observe classes during his time on campus. Mr. Michael was in communication with the students via email and discussion board during their stay. Students frequently reported on their classes and life in Louisiana, and Mr. Michael excitedly announced, "Mr. Anderson is famous in China!" Students especially enjoyed their pre-calculus work with Mr. Anderson and appreciated EHS faculty who supported and challenged them during their time here.
Episcopal extends special thanks to Jeffrey, Gilbert, Kelly, Ziyu, Bob, Caesar and Jenny for joining our school community! Between school field trips and host-family planned events, students were able to travel to New Orleans, take a swamp tour, visit LSU, tour the state capitol with Senator Claitor, and attend a legislative session with State Education Superintendent, John White, among many other special outings.
EHS looks forward to continuing the partnership formed with China's Ameson Foundation and Beijing No. 4 School, where the majority of visiting students are enrolled. Don't miss Caesar's address to the Upper School student body in which he reflects on his time at Episcopal. Click on the Farewell Address 'play' link below to view Caesar's message. 
The Episcopal community wishes the group a safe and happy return to Beijing!
Farewell Address 
Beijing Students &

Pre-K Students Learn Math During Storytime 

As the culminating project to their learning of derivatives, Upper School students were required to utilize their creative writing skills in Calculus class by producing a children's book.
In the creative writing assignment, Ms. Bergstresser's students were required to take the basic instruction and derivative formula to a very young level. The results were impressive. The wonderful stories included titles such as the Magical Power Rule Kingdoms, Lost on the Way to Lunchland, Sponge Bob Finds His Spatula, Snake Scavenger Hunts, Mathematical Max and the Quest for the Derivative, and Calculusland, each told the story about the power rule, exponents, functions, and more.
Upon completion of their books, the Calculus students visited the Pre-K class to share their new creations during storytime. "Initially, it seemed an impossible task to write a story including high level math that a four year old would understand. Not only did the Calculus students write the stories, but they wrote creative, funny, one-of-a-kind books," said Ms. Bonnie Bergstresser, Upper School Math teacher about the project. "As a teacher, I enjoy having the students see how fun it can be to apply their math skills to creative projects where they not only learn, but also teach someone else something fun about math!"
The Calculus class which consists of seniors Libby Bourgeios, Victoria Bowers, Mason Cuevas, Ross Davis, Keely Davis, Abby Dillard, James Donohue, Clayton Ellison, Alec Gashen, Allison Hagan, Tylor Harris, Jo Hillard, Jhaelyn Misher, Raven Omuemu, Susan Smither, Sydney Talbott, Carly Berggreen, Elisabeth Butler, Tori Culotta, Lianne Gremillion, Michael Heaton, Sarah Heigle, Michael Henry, Emily Howe, Jalen Jones, Will Kemp, Kent Knaus, Nick Moore, Dylan Sellars, and Matthew Sparks wishes to thank Ms Shannon Spikes, Mr. Trey Veazey and their Pre-Kindergarten students for sharing their storytime.
Math Storytime

$100 Re-Enrollment Incentive Ends February 17

Re-enrollment packets for the 2012-2013 school year were mailed in mid-January to families with students currently enrolled at Episcopal.
Take advantage of the $100 commitment fee discount by returning your contract(s) on or before February 17, 2012. Additionally, be sure to look in your re-enrollment package for a special incentive to those families turning in their contracts before the February 28, 2012 deadline.
The re-enrollment mailing included only the forms needed for enrolling in school. Forms for extended care, transportation and health records will be sent in a second mailing in the spring. 
For your convenience, some of the documents that you received in your re-enrollment packet are also available online. These are located on the 2012-2013 re-enrollment section of the 'my episcopal' page, which can be accessed after signing-on to the EHS website. 

Students Lead Alumni Phone-a-Thon

On the evening of February 8, the Alumni House was abuzz as ten current EHS juniors and seniors enjoyed “All They Could Eat” Cane’s, earned community service hours and helped EHS move ever closer to its Annual Fund goal.
The students, who joined EHS alums, had a quick tutorial on the Annual Fund and then spent two hours calling our alumni and encouraging their support of the campaign. “It was inspiring to see the enthusiasm of the students and how they embraced this task,” said Allen Darden, 2011-2012 Annual Fund Co-Chair. “After a few calls, they were like “old pros” at fundraising.” Their efforts were amazing and resulted in pledges of more than $2,100 to the EHS Annual Fund campaign. Students participating included Christopher Alexander ‘12, Julian Darden ‘12, Mookie Darden ‘13, Paul Davis ‘12, Allison Hagan ‘12, Victoria Hutson ‘12, William Patrick ‘12, Jordan Smith ‘13, Sydney Talbot ‘12 and Emily Thompson ‘13. As the campaign is nearing its completion we can attribute the success to the efforts of many volunteers.
“It was encouraging to see our current students also get involved,” commented Noël Parnell '74, Director of Advancement. “We are grateful for everything the entire EHS community has done to support our campaign efforts.” The Annual Fund Campaign continues through February.
If you would like to participate, contributions can be made online at or mailed to EHS at 3200 Woodland Ridge Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816.

Students Sign with Colleges

Episcopal rallied with Julian Darden, Keely Davis, Lindsey Farrell, Tylor Harris and Mike Henry this month as they signed their commitment letters indicating their intent to play for various colleges.
Julian Darden committed to run track for Georgia Tech University. Julian plans to study Biomedical Engineering which stems from his desire to help eliminate career ending injuries for other student athletes in the future. "Deciding between LSU and Georgia Tech was a challenge. LSU has been a life long dream of running in that purple and gold uniform," said Julian. "What sold me on GT was the fact that all of their 400 meter runners and hurdles are graduating, guaranteeing me a starting spot as a freshman. Additionally, the education and academic support I would receive at Tech are incomparable."
Keely Davis signed to play soccer at Louisiana Technical University in Ruston. Keely is the captain of the soccer team and continues to be the all-time leading goal scorer for the Knights. "I picked LA Tech because it matched all my college requirements. It was the right distance, the right price, it offered a variety of majors, and I really loved the feel I got from the team when I met them," said Keely about the university. "They seem to have quality students, players, and most importantly, quality people in their program and I can't wait to be a part of it." Keely says she is considering a mjor in Occupational Therapy.
Lindsey Farrell signed to play tennis at Birmingham Southern College and plans to follow her dad's footsteps, focusing along the business lines of accounting, marketing, or management. "I looked at a lot of Division I schools before deciding that playing time was very important to me, especially since I have played since Eighth Grade. The thought of riding the bench for a year did not sound as fun as starting," said Lindsey.  "Birmingham Southern has a great team, the coach is fantastic and the girls are exactly what I want in teammates.  I have family in Birmingham, it is not too far from home and the campus is beautiful. It's a perfect fit for me."
Tylor Harris committed to play football for Wake Forest University with plans to major in business then continue on to law school. Tylor is currently the team captain and 2-time, all-state defensive end and 2-time district 7-AA defensive MVP.  "I chose Wake Forest because of a rope, I felt, was pulling me into the school. I felt a connection with each person I met," said Tylor Harris. "Plus, I feel strongly that their coaches can lead me to be the best I could possibly be as a student-athlete. This is the college where God wants me to be." 
Mike Henry signed to play football with Nicholls State University. He is currently team captain and all-state linebacker and the district 7-AA offensive MVP. Mike played in the Red Stick Bowl and was selected to play in the Bayou Bowl during the summer which includes players from Louisiana vs.Texas.
Go Knights!
College Signings

EHS Alumna Eugenia White Named 2012 Albright Fellow

Episcopal commends alumna Eugenia White '09, currently a junior at Wellesley College, on the prestigious honor of being named a 2012 Albright Fellow, serving as part of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs.  
The Albright Institute program, named after the United State's first female Secretary of State and alumna of Wellesley College, Madeleine Albright educates women for positions of global leadership. The institute takes students beyond the classroom, directly into the world of policy-making and addressing global problems of the 21st century. 
Eugenia, the daughter of Fran and Judge Darrell White, is attending Wellesley and is majoring in Chemistry. She is on track to graduate in 2013.

14th Annual Alumni & Parents Golf Tournament

All parents & alumni are invited to join us at the 14th Annual Alumni & Parents Golf Tournament on Monday, March 26, 2012.
For more information or to register for the tournament, please view the brochure which can be accessed by clicking here.
Contact Andrew Wyly '76, Alumni Relations Director, at if you have any questions.
Photograph provided by Rachel Dansky '89.

Upcoming Events

Upper School Art Show
Ends March 2
VPAC Lobby
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Arts Week 2012
February 13 - 17, 2012
EHS Campus
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mardi Gras Holiday
No School
February 20-24, 2012
School Holiday/No Faculty In-Service
Friday, March 9
Campus Offices Closed

Sports News

Boys Basketball The Knights defeated both Runnels and U-High last week. The season ended Monday night at EBR-Lab. The team heads to the playoffs soon, but first the district title will have to be decided in a game to be announced this week.   
Girl’s Basketball The 5th ranked Knights lost to Runnels on Tuesday but bounced back to defeat University on a last second shot by Mary Melissa Hoover.  The Knights final regular season game will be Monday at EBR-LAB.  The first playoff game will be at home on Monday, February 20. 
Football Mike Henry was selected to play in this Summer’s Bayou Bowl in June. The game is composed of players from Texas and Louisiana. 
Wrestling  The Wrestling Knights concluded the 2011-2012 season with the LHSAA State tournament this weekend. The team finished in 19th place of 22 teams
entered, which was well below our expectations. We started the day in 13th place, but due to our losses on Saturday, only Will Forrester (106) and Edward Daniel (113) had opportunities to add to the team total. The final team score was 24.5 points, compared to team champion Brusly, who amassed 251 points. No Episcopal wrestlers placed in the top 6 places, but both Forrester and Daniel were eliminated only at the final cut.
Given our youth and experience level, the Knights represented the school well. Eighth grader Ellis herring (132) won matches over Ross Pollet of Parkview Baptist and Christopher Harris of De La Salle before he was eliminated. James Davis, who entered the tournament without a regular season win defeated Chad Beraud of North vermillion, then went two tough rounds with the top seed and eventual champion Josh Wicke from Grand Lake before dropping to the losers bracket where he was ultimately eliminated. Max Khonsari, Kendall Ravey, Jack Bowman, Griffin Miller and Taylor McKay also competed, but missed the final 6 places.
With a team comprised solely of 8th, 9th, and 10th grade entrants, we expect the experience to galvanize us for the challenges of next year, which began at 9 a.m. yesterday.
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