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May, 2013


Seafood Festival Poster Presented


Rick Danielson with the Northshore Kiwanis Club presented Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III with a copy of the 2013 Mandeville Seafood Festival Poster at the May School Board meeting in Covington. The poster, designed by recent Mandeville High graduate Lucy Oprea (above at right), will be placed on display with the several other Seafood Festival posters from years past. The second place winner in the poster contest was also a Mandeville High student, Madison Parsons.

Superintendent Folse (above left) thanked the Kiwanis Club for their community service work and especially the poster contests involvement with local student artists. The Kiwanis Club began the poster contest seven years ago as a fund-raising project for local childrens charities, receiving poster entries from Mandeville area high schools and junior high schools. “Each year we have received approximately 65 posters from extremely talented students from the six participating schools, and it has been our pleasure to work with these students year in and year out,” said Danielson.



Tennis Team Takes State Championship

The Mandeville High School Girls Tennis Team wrapped up its outstanding season this year with a state championship win May 3 in Division I (Class 5A). Coach Sean Esker reported the 2013 achievement was the team’s second team title in the past three years. Catherine Ragon won the girls state singles championship for the second time in her career, the first time being in 2011, and the doubles team of Brenna Keller and Jasmine Simon won the girls state doubles title.

“My boys doubles team of Silvio Cocito-Monoc and Cody Orgeron won the state boys doubles title this year,” Esker said, “and the boys team finished third in state.”

tennis team

The girls tennis team with their state championship trophy. From left to right are Paulina Gonzalez-Quiroga, Delaney Sheehan, Jasmine Simon, Catherine Ragon, Brenna Keller, and Coach Sean Esker.


The boys tennis team's outstanding players and coach are, from left to right, Cody Orgeron, Silvio Cocito-Monoc, and Coach Sean Esker.



April, 2013


Ole Miss Scholarship
Recipient Meets Manning

Kathryn James is pictured with former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, a University of Mississippi alumnus, at a reception at Manning’s Restaurant for future University of Mississippi students.  Kathryn received the Stamps Leadership Scholarship from Ole Miss, which covers the entire cost of attendance and is funded through the Stamps Charitable Foundation.  She is one of only six recipients nationwide.


Picnic in France

Mandeville High's Ethnic Food and Culture Club ended the year with a picnic in France. Members prepared dishes typically found at such an event including pate, lentil salad, quiches, salmon roulade and sparkling spring water. Pictured clockwise from bottom left are Drew Petty, Blake Wilson, faculty members Tiffani King and Melanie Plesh, Frances Landry, Ashley Tunstill, Co-President Coco Guillot, Emma Brown, Caroline Haase, Carley Howden, Lisa Goodgion, Jackie McLellan, Co-President Evann Cookmeyer, faculty members Cheryl Williams and Margot Polley (club sponsor), Hannah Lukinovich, Eleanor Barbrow, and Ada Tusa. The club meets monthly and each meeting a team of students prepare foods from the selected country and provide information about the food from the featured country.


Color Guard Performs

Members of the Mandeville High School Color Guard performed at Mandeville Jr. High for the incoming 8th graders. Pictured are Haley Federer, Alise Hooper, Emily Mire, Kayleigh Tutt, McKenzie Manual, MJH Principal Mary Ann Cucchiara, Blair Aguda, Conner McCue and Ellie Stevens.


Student of the Month and
Paraprofessional of the Month

Mandeville High School is pleased to present its students and paraprofessional of the month for March. The characteristic was optimism. Pictured from left are Tim Breaux, Pamela Cryer and Atalain Robinson.


Seafood Festival Poster

The Northshore Kiwanis Club in conjunction with the Mandeville Seafood Festival have chosen their annual poster contest winner. This year the award goes to Mandeville High Senior Lucy Oprea. Second place winner, Madison Parsons, is also a senior at MHS. Both winners are students of talented art teacher Fernanda Cristiani. The committee was particularly impressed with the unique perceptive and the overall feeling of patriotism which exudes from Oprea's work. Pictured from left to right are Tony LeMon and Rick Danielson, both on the selection committee and members of the Northshore Kiwanis Club, Oprea, Christiani, Parsons, and school principal Bruce Bundy.



Breakfast of Champions

Mandeville High School's Breakfast of Champions took place on Thursday, April 4 in the Family and Consumer Science room. Students who always "go the extra mile" were invited to feast on a delicious breakfast prepared by Carolyn Senac's Pro-Start students. While eating, the honorees were treated to an inspirational talk by MHS principal Bruce Bundy on the importance of character and success in today's tumultuous world. Pictured from left are Ada Tusa, Hagan Clement, Juliana Gentile and Nick Judson.


Sportsman of the Month

Hannah Benton, a junior at Mandeville High School, has been named February Sportsman of the Month by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. The award is given to a student athlete who goes "beyond the game" and possesses the qualities of self-discipline, responsibility, integrity, respect and courage. Hannah is a member of the Skippers soccer team. She excels in math and science and plans on studying nursing in college. Pictured with Benton is senior guidance counselor and head girls' soccer coach Sean Esker.



March, 2013


8th Graders Visit MHS


Mandeville Junior High 8th graders recently visited Mandeville High School to tour their future school and receive scheduling information. Pictured are Laticia Mott, MHS math teacher and her daughter, Ashlyn Mott, MJH student.


Outstanding Support Employee

Mandeville High's head custodian, Byron Faciane, recently was named the school's nominee for Outstanding Support Employee in the high school division. Mr. Faciane has worked at MHS for 17 years.



Visit To Mandeville Junior

Mandeville Junior High 8th grade students received a visit from the Mandeville High School Cheerleaders. They performed and gave information about upcoming tryouts to students entering the 9th grade next year. Pictured are Megan Walker, Rachel Messina, Douglas Wyatt, Hayley Abraham, and Olivia Roper.



Robotic Arm Research

As part of the senior project requirements for Mandeville High graduates, some students were given the option to present in front of a panel of professionals from the community. This year's winner is Timothy Parker for his research on the development of a robotic arm. For the required physical product, Tim worked with his mentor, mechanical engineer Keith Joiner of Lockheed Martin, to create his robotic arm. The arm is used for holding robot frames for welding. Tim is on the driver team of the robotics club at MHS and will be attending Louisiana Tech next fall. Tim received a five hundred dollar cash scholarship for winning first place. He is pictured with his English teacher, Barbara Broome.


Black History Month

As part of Black History Month, Mandeville High School students in Raymond Batiste's architecture class researched famous African Americans. The students designed unique stamps using Adobe Photoshop that represented the accomplishments of that person. Junior Bennett Scott won a thirty dollar gift certificate to Barnes and Noble for the best design.



Day with Doctors

Mandeville High students participated in the LSU "Day with Doctors" event in New Orleans at the LSU Health Sciences Center. Southeast AHEC sponsored the trip. AHEC'S mission is to meet the needs of health care providers and address medical shortages in rural and underserved areas. Mandeville High students attending are front row from left, Alexis St. Paul, Ashley Ducote, Haley Knight, Caitlin Drott, Tara Gilliland, Paiton Hebert; second row, Hannah Haddad, Greta Shallenberger, Shanickwa Jackson, Kari Ousterhout, Christine Foto, Janay Faciane, Fayth Holbrook; third row, Hanna Lukinovitch, Jessica Ringo, Megan Horrell, Gabriella Pastore, Olivia Adams, Nick Chauvin, and Peyton Dooley, Marie-Maude Dumontet, and Jeremy Yanez; last row, Matt Nungesser, Patrick Duncan, Randy DeArmond, Jonathan Reppell, Christopher Jackson, Garrett Peters, James Mandill, and Walker Vaughn. Not pictured: Jordan Urrate, Haley Sisung (students). Staff participating was Laura Decker and Tiffini King, MHS science instructors, Elizabeth Tamor, AHEC sponsor, and Marguerite Dietrich, MHS School-to Work Coordinator.


Special Olympics

Michele Seiler's students from Mandeville High school recently participated in the the St. Tammany Parish High School Special Olympics. The event was held at Fontainebleau High on Wednesday, March 6th. On the front row are Simon Roussel, Johnathan O'Neil, and Leah Hines; on the back row are Larissa Lee, Jamal Washington, and David Anderson.




Club Visits Capitol Conference

On February 28th-March 2nd, the Mandeville High Youth and Government Club attended the annual YMCA Louisiana Youth Legislature Conference at the state capitol in Baton Rouge. Club sponsor is Elena Marina assisted by Laura Decker. Mandeville High took the following awards home:

Premier Delegation

Governor: Patrick Flanigan

Lieutenant Governor: Grace Mierl

Speaker of the House: Anna Kutner

President of the Senate Pro Tem: Michael Denham Outstanding Supreme Court Justice: Charlie-Paul Leblanc Outstanding House Delegate: Justin Knight Outstanding House Bill: Zac Barrient and Jacob Stevens Outstanding T-Shirt Design: Grant Barker

Bottom left to right: Amanda McInerney, Sophie Trist, Tatiana Gonzalez-Quiroga, Anna Kutner, Alex Cloutet, Lisa Goodgion, Grace Mierl, and Elise Ferrer. Middle Row, left to right: Robin-Renee Keyes, Hannah Ober, Paulina Gonzalez-Quiroga, Hannah Lukinovich, Caroline Limbaugh, Jack Ingalls, Kathryn James, Brenden Bruno, Jean Bruner, CJ Klein, Charlie-Paul Leblanc, Patrick Flanigan, Hogan Crosby, Jack Mierl, and Michael Ferrer. Top Row, left to right: Drew Perry, Beau Douglas, Jacob Stevens, Zac Barrient, Thomas Robertson, Grant Barker, Taylor Elkins, Justin Knight, Chris Abadie, John Croxton, Tyler Boyce, Nick Dugal, and Curran Greene. Not pictured are Michael Denham, Ellie Young and Brady Duncan.



Students & Teacher
of the Month

Mandeville High is proud to present its February students and teacher of the month. The award is given in recognition of the students who best exemplify the characteristic of the month which was fairness. Winners are junior John Pipes and sophomore Kellie Driscoll. Teacher winner is English teacher Jessica Mulky. They received home-baked cookies from the Family and Consumer Science department. Pictured from left, Pipes, Mulky and Driscoll.


February, 2013


Substitute Appreciation Day

Our substitutes enjoyed lunch compliments of MHS today.

Curtis Heximer


Kevin Roberts




Social Networking Dangers

Tyler Mehaffey, a senior at Mandeville High School, recently taught a lesson on the dangers of social networking to Stephanie Holliday's freshman English class. Tyler worked for twenty hours with his mentor, librarian Margot Polley, on the lesson which included a PowerPoint presentation, a video and a written safety challenge. Tyler will present his work in front of a panel for completion of his senior project. All students at Mandeville High receive instruction on internet safety from the iSafe organization. The students really enjoyed the experience of learning from a fellow student.


Spinnaker Team Competes

The Mandeville High School Spinnaker dance team recently participated in the Universal Dance Association’s state competition in Hammond. The team competed in the varsity pom category and was awarded the third place trophy in its division. The team also participated in the varsity jazz category and was again awarded the third place trophy for this dance style. The team is under the direction of Elizabeth Gibson, and the school sponsor is Anne Duke. The Spinnakers will continue to represent the Mandeville community at UDA’s national dance team competition in February in Florida. 

The team is from left, first row: Lieutenant Claire Naparalla, Captains Kayla Miller and Jenna Maitre and Lieutenant Morgan Gresell; second row: Maddie Belou, Stacey Wieseneck, Kacie Landis, Brooke Whittington, Lauren MacKenzie, Christina Russo, and Hannah Haddad, and third row: Olivia Wong, Madison Pastorello, Mandy Iverson, Samantha Primes, Maddie Schmidt, Sarah Read and Gabby Domangue.


Marine Veteran Speaks

Mandeville High School teacher Michelle Mann was privileged to have Marine veteran Richard Perkins speak to her American History classes. Mr. Perkins is 93 years old and served in WWII form 1942-1945 in the Pacific theater. The students enjoyed Mr. Perkins' war stories as well as his quotes, including some by Mark Train. Pictured with Mr. Perkins is his grandson Sergei Owens and Mann.


PBS Recognition

Mandeville High School is proud of its Positive Behavior Models for December/January. The winners are Rebekah Joyner and Dennis den Hartigh. The characteristic of the month was caring. Students are pictured with assistant principal Matt Brown.

Joan Wallace (right), student services secretary, and Jean Debord (left), custodian, were honored as MHS Positive Support Personnel for the months of December and January. They received a certificate and gift basket in honor of their accomplishments.


December, 2012


Love of Calculus

Dr. Jacque Guillot, a local internist , recently shared his interest in and love of Calculus with students in Fan Disher’s Calculus classes at Mandeville High School.


HERO Award

Abigail Gardner, a senior at Mandeville High School, was selected for January’s HERO award by Sophisticated Woman magazine and Charter Business. HERO stands for “Helping Eagerly and Reaching Out," and the award recognizes young leaders in St. Tammany Parish high schools for their accomplishments and community service efforts. Miss Gardner, at left, is shown receiving the award from Sarah Cottrell, Associate Publisher with G&A Publishing. She was nominated by Guidance Counselor Sean Esker.


Custodian of the Month

Mandeville High custodian Ronald Harris has been selected as November's Custodian of the Month. The honor is part of the school's positive behavior program.


Monthly Recognition

The Students and Teacher of the month of November for Mandeville High School are from right Carson Mendel, Choir Director and music teacher Martha Atchinson, and Sabrina Sousa. They are pictured with assistant principal Matt Brown. The characteristic of the month was responsibility. Not pictured is custodian Ronald Harris.

November, 2012



Healthcare Career Info

On November 16th, health care professionals from Lakeview Regional Medical Center spoke to Mandeville High students who are interested in pursuing careers in health care. Many students at MHS participate in internships in the medical field and the speakers gave students a tremendous amount of useful information about specific areas of the profession. In this part of the presentation, Shay Lorenz, Community Relations Manager, and Jessica Broussard, Director of Rehabilitation Services, teach students how to properly prepare for surgery. Michael Marino, Clinical Manager of Respiratory Care and Kevin Samrow, Director of Radiology, also presented to the students. Pictured from left are Jamie Rone, Broussard, Lorenz, Charlie Paul LeBlanc and Samrow.


Honorary Colonel

Marine Colonel Leemon B. McHenry (retired) was surprised on November 14th when he was commissioned an honorary Colonel in the Louisiana State Police. The decree was signed on Veterans Day by Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Louisiana State Police, Col. Michael D. Edmonson. McHenry founded the Mandeville High School Marine ROTC in the fall of 1993 and served as head until 1998. He is an outstanding role model to the students of Mandeville High and the Marine ROTC Cadet Corps. McHenry's individual core values are fidelity, courage, integrity, and above all else, honor. The award was presented by Lieutenant Colonel Frank L. Tridico (retired) Louisiana State Police. Tridico is a full-time Criminal Justice professor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a resident of Madisonville, LA. Pictured from left are Joyce McHenry, McHenry, Tridico, MHS ROTC head Col. John Cassidy, and assistant MSgt Shane Kraemer.


Students of the Month

Mandeville High School is pleased to announce its November Students of the Month. This month's positive behavior characteristic is Trustworthiness. The winners are senior Theresa Anderson and junior Nick Newell.


Teacher of the Month

Mandeville High School science teacher, Matt Allen, was selected as Teacher of the Month for October. Mr. Allen received a gift basket provided by the Spinnakers Dance Team.


Weather Bug Fix

Mandeville High School science teacher Vic Noto works with technology intern Austin Fouquet fixing the WeatherBug weather station.


October, 2012



Custodian Retires

David "Buck" Ducre, right, shakes hands with new Mandeville High head custodian Byron Faciane. Buck Ducre was head custodian at MHS for thirty five years and has recently retired.


American Day

Mandeville High teachers on American Day for homecoming week.



Representative Burns Speaks

Students in Michele Mann's civics class at Mandeville High School recently met Representative Tim Burns. Rep. Burns spoke to the students about the legislative process and what it is like to be an elected official. From left to right, Pablo Lemus, Claire Michel, State Representative Tim Burns (R, Mandeville), Patrick Fortney, Ester Avalos, Devin Casnave, and Qin Yi Lin.


Scholars with Honor

John Anderson and Tyler Boyce were recognized by the College Board as AP “Scholars with Honor.”  This is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.  In addition to John and Tyler, seven graduates from the MHS Class of 2012 earned this recognition.


AP Scholars


These eight Mandeville High students, as well as 14 graduates from the MHS class of 2012, were recognized by the College Board as “AP Scholars”.   AP Scholar recognition is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. Back row (left to right) Matt Nungesser, Connor Tageant and Dennis den Hartigh. Front row (left to right) Evann Cookmeyer, Megan Allen, Ian Cassidy, Teresa Anderson, and Jean Bruner


Scholars with Distinction

Seniors Kathryn James and Elise Ferrer of Mandeville High School were recognized by the College Board as AP “Scholars with Distinction”.  The designation is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.  In addition to Kathryn and Elise, 14 graduates from the MHS Class of 2012 earned this recognition.


National Hispanic
Commended Scholar

Evann Cookmeyer of Mandeville High was recognized by the College Board as a National Hispanic Commended Scholar based on results from the most recent National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


MHS Reads

The Mandeville High Reading Club, MHS READS!, hosted its first book club discussion and tea party on September 28th. Students discussed Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light. Members feasted on a variety of teas and cupcakes decorated with vocabulary words from the book. Top row from left, teacher Jessica Netterville, Cecily Stewart, Jackie McLennan, Rachel Grant, Shey Adams, Madison Liggieo, Danielle Howell, and Mishka Abrahams. Bottom from left, sponsor Margot Polley, Hannah Lukinovich, Abby Covington, Theresa Anderson, Christine Foto, and Tara Malone. The book club plans on reading six books throughout the current school year.




Positive Behavior Award

Mandeville High is pleased to present its August/September Positive Behavior Award winners selected on the characteristic of respect. Sophomores Maggie Oalman and Jeffery Houk were chosen Students of the Month, and special education coordinator Amy Frey was chosen Faculty Member of the Month. From left are assistant principal Matt Brown, Oalman, Houk and Frey. Frey will receive a gift basket compliments of the SADD club.


Parish Fair Exhibit

The theme is "200 Years in the Making, Celebrating the Bicentennial of Louisiana Statehood."


September, 2012



Kathryn James Named
National Merit Semifinalist

Kathryn E. James of Mandeville High School was among the 16,000 high school students named as National Merit Semi-finalists on September 12, 2012.

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