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Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Monroe Hires New Principal


Rev. Sebastian Kallarackal, CMI, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church, and Sr. Carol Shively, OSU, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Shreveport, are pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Palowsky as the new principal for Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Monroe.  Palowsky has been an educator for 22 years, serving most recently as a kindergarten teacher at Swartz Lower Elementary in Ouachita Parish.

Palowsky is a life-long resident of Monroe and earned her Bachelor’s degree of Education from the University of Monroe (then, Northeast Louisiana University) as well as a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and a second Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision along with her Plus 30 from ULM.

She will bring a wealth of knowledge in the area of early childhood and elementary educational practices.
“As a child of an educator, I can remember “teaching” my stuffed animals just like my dad taught his students.  I have always been a teacher and I love teaching.  I am most excited about bringing some new programs and innovations to O.L.F.  I have received some of the best experience and professional development through my employment with Ouachita Parish and want my love for education to be contagious within the O.L.F. faculty.”

Palowsky is known for her exceptional leadership qualities and always being grounded in her efforts to improve the school experience for her students.  Lisa Patrick, principal of Jesus the Good Shepherd School, stated, “I am very excited to have her join our Catholic School family. It is my belief that Mrs. Palowsky will be an exceptional leader and a wonderful principal. She is highly effective, is kind to everyone she comes across and has all of the characteristics of a great leader.”

Sr. Carol Shively, OSU, stated, “It is my belief that Mrs. Palowsky will be an exceptional educational leader in our Catholic schools.  I wholeheartedly welcome her to our community.”

St. Joseph Student Named State Student of the Year


Just an ordinary guy doing extraordinary things. This is Harris LeBlanc, St. Joseph School 8th Grader and St. Joseph Church parishioner. Harris was named the 8th Grade Student of the Year for all private schools in the state of Louisiana. This honor was achieved not only by his exceptional academic performance, but also by his involvement in his church and community. Congratulations to Harris, his parents Cliff and Colleen LeBlanc. He has represented St. Joseph School and the Diocese of Shreveport very well.

Loyola Opens New Cafeteria

For months, Loyola’s students have watched as the newest addition to the Loyola campus – the cafeteria/community center – was being built. On April 3 the Flyers found out that it was worth the wait as the lunch was served in the building for the first time. Students and faculty alike were all thrilled with the new building, which is located behind the gym.

The new cafeteria features 5,000 square feet of dining space and well as a completely modern kitchen and cooking facilities.
Loyola has not had a new dining facility for its students since the present building was constructed in 1938.

The new cafeteria/community center is part of Phase I of the Loyola Forever Capital Campaign. The school gym was renovated during 2011.

St. Fred’s Quiz Bowl Team Won Regional Ranking

The St. Frederick High School Quiz Bowl team competed in Natchitoches on March 31 in the State Quiz Bowl Championship Tournament. Anthony Trombatore, SFHS Quiz Bowl Sponsor and science teacher, led the Warriors to a second place Division IV win. St. Frederick students not only garnered the 2nd place State Ranking, they also earned a 3rd place Invitational Ranking and a 1st place Regional Ranking. The team had a fun year and performed well.  Geaux Warriors!

Jesus the Good Shepherd Students Met Easter Bunny

Jesus the Good Shepherd School’s PreK-4 students enjoyed a visit from the Easter Bunny before they had their annual classroom Easter Egg hunt. The students had a great time taking pictures with the Easter Bunny and hunting for candy-filled eggs. Prior to the Easter Egg Hunt, the students discussed the true meaning of Easter and what that meant to each of them.

St. John Berchmans Students Performed Living Stations

As part of Holy Week, eighth grade students from St. John Berchmans School performed their annual presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday in front of the entire student body, family, friends and guests. The eighth grade students wrote the script for the presentation, and re-enacted all 14 stations with music, scriptures and reflections read between each station.

In addition to the Living Stations, St. John Berchmans students of all ages celebrated Easter through various activities including Easter egg hunts in the preschool and kindergarten classes, and an interactive Last Supper lesson and meal for the first grade students.

Our Lady of Fatima Students Perfom Living Stations

Our Lady of Fatima School students in grades 3-6 performed a dramatic depiction of Christ’s journey to Golgotha with the Living Stations of the Cross. The production proved to be a memorable experience for not only the guests in attendance, but also for the children who participated.

St. John Berchmans School Triumphed at Regional Science Olympiad Competition

St. John Berchmans School triumphed at the Regional Science Olympiad Competition in Ruston on March 10, taking first place. The team participated in 23 events and clinched 12 first place medals. The students will compete in the state competition in Hammond, LA on April 28.

St. John’s 7th grader Anastasia Means took first place at the Regional Social Studies Fair on March 8 and will continue to the state contest in Baton Rouge later in April. Our Regional Science Fair winners were Isabella Silvia, 1st Place – Energy & Transportation; Vinny Peavy, 2nd Place – Environmental Management; Adam Cook, 1st Place – Microbiology; and Ben Hyde, 3rd Place – Mathematical Sciences.

Loyola’s Womens Basketball Team Wins State Championship


by John James Marshall

Amid the celebration that continued in the locker room after the Loyola Flyers had won the Class 3A state championship with a 55-41 win over Albany, it suddenly hit senior guard Kiki Robinson.

“Wait a minute,” she said for all of her teammates to hear, “I’m going to have to take this jersey off for the final time. I don’t ever want to take this jersey off!”

Ninety minutes earlier, assistant coach Rob Horneman was giving his final defensive instructions to the team before the starting lineups were announced. It was the usual “you’ve got her and you’ve got her” discussion. Then Horneman punctuated his final words by looking each of the five starters in the eye with these words: “Heart of a champion.”

And with those words, Evandrielle Matthews, Cinderella Linnear, Jasmin Anderson, Alexis Martin and Morgan Rogers took the floor at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.

Awaiting them were the Albany Hornets, the No. 2 seed. In addition to beating the Hornets, the Loyola girls were also trying to overcome a four-year quest to get the top; time spent as freshmen watching the games before becoming eligible because of residency requirements; losing in the quarterfinals two years ago to the eventual state champion; being devastated by injuries last year but still making it to the state semifinals, only to lose to another eventual state champion and having a target on their backs almost the entire season as win after win piled up.

Finally it was here. When Rogers stepped in to the center circle for the opening jump ball, it was time to play 32 more minutes and finish the job that had started so long ago.


Very early, it didn’t look so good. The last two things a coach wants is to get behind by so much at the start that they can’t climb out of the hole and foul trouble.

Though Albany scored the first two baskets of the game, the Flyers quickly established themselves in the middle of the first quarter and took the lead.

As he sat on the bench in the first quarter, head coach Kyle Tanner had to be happy that his team didn’t fall victim to some early jitters and had already taken a lead. What he didn’t like was that the leading scorer was sitting beside him.

Rogers, a 6-foot-3 center, picked up two fouls in the first three minutes. Typically, that would mean Rogers would sit out the rest of the first half and not risk picking up a third foul. It’s not the first time that has happened to Rogers, but with the stakes so high, it wasn’t exactly in Tanner’s game plan.

But Tanner also knew he had a secret weapon – the five girls who were on the court.

Instead of an inside-oriented game, the Lady Flyers simply switched to a more up-tempo game and continued to keep the lead. Meanwhile, the intense defensive pressure by the Flyers was beginning to get to the Hornets. As long as that was happening, Tanner could afford to keep Rogers on the bench.

After holding Albany to only four points in the second quarter, Loyola had a 24-17 halftime lead. Neither team could get much offense going in the third quarter and the Flyers led 30-24 as they entered the final period, eight minutes to a state championship.

Early in the fourth quarter, things were getting uncomfortable for the Flyers as their six-point lead evaporated in five seconds as Albany made a three-point basket, stole the inbounds pass and made a layup. Just like that it was a one-point game.

But the Flyers didn’t have time to get nervous about it as Martin immediately broke free for a basket and was fouled. When she made the free throw the lead was back to four. Martin then made a rebound basket on the next possession and the lead was back to six with five minutes to play.

Albany never got any closer. Martin was named the game’s Outstanding Player, scoring 13 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. Anderson would have been a worthy recipient as well. She kept things calm as Albany continually applied full-court pressure. She had a game-high of 18 points and made four free clutch free throws down the stretch.

The Flyers, who have never been confused with a great free throw shooting team this season, made nine free throws in the fourth quarter under some intense pressure.

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Yes, Kiki Robinson did finally take the jersey off for the last time. But it was looooong after the game was over. When she did, the lasting memories of that night and that season were about to begin.

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Following the team’s big win, Loyola College Prep hosted a special lunch for the girls in the school’s brand new cafeteria, which will open to all students after Spring Break. The girls cut the ribbon to open the new cafeteria and were joined by school principal Frank Israel, Superintendent Sr. Carol Shively and Bishop Michael G. Duca, all of whom offered their congratulations.