Congratulations to Caroline Casey (SJS class of 2016) for graduating as Salutatorian from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in May, 2020.


Congratulations to the following SJS Alumni (Class of 2016) for graduating Summa Cum Laude at Ponchatoula High School.
These students maintained a 4.0 average throughout their high school career in order to achieve this honor. SJS alumni represented 4 of the 12 students at PHS who earned this honor. Congratulations to Camryn Ernst, Chloe Ernst, Madison Gill, and Maria Guay.

Miss P.H.S. 2018

Miss P.H.S. 2018 - Alumni

Congratulations to Allie Amerson ( S.J.S. class of 2014) for being named Miss P.H.S. She is a senior at Ponchatoula High School and will be attending Nicholls State University in the fall where she will play softball. Once again Allie has made us proud!!!

National Honor Society

National Honor Society - Alumni

St. Joseph Alumni from the Class of 2016 were inducted into the National Honor Society at Ponchatoula High School recently. Of the 30 Sophomore inductees, 12 were from SJS!

Crusader Pride! Congratulations!!

Logan Henley, Chloe Ernst, Joshua McLain , Cody Majeau, Emily Stricker, Madissen Ford, Camryn Ernst, Madison Gill, Mia Kugler, Bradley Atkins, Devin Schwaibold, Ashley Morse, and Maria Guay!

Haleigh- Karlee-Leslie

Haleigh- Karlee-Leslie - Alumni

Congratulations to these three girls for signing letters of commitment to play on the collegiate level. All three girls graduated from St. Joseph School in 2014.

Haleigh Laylle - Baton Rouge Community College, softball

Karlee Kraft - Southeastern Louisiana University, softball

Leslie Matherne - Rhodes College, softball

Avery Meyers

Avery Meyers - Alumni

Congratulations to Avery Myers ( SJS Class of 2014)!

Avery was crowned 2017 Homecoming Queen at PHS on Friday, October 27th. She is a senior at Ponchatoula High School.

Avery is the daughter of Jeff Meyers and Emily Bougere Hatfield.

We are so proud of you!

Allie Amerson

Allie Amerson - Alumni

Congrautlations to Allie Amerson ( SJS Class of 2014).

Allie Amerson was named a 2017 National Wendy's High School Heisman State Finalist. She was selected as the Ponchatoula High School winner, then one of the top 10 girls as a state finalist.

Since 1994, Wendy’s Restaurants have teamed up with the Heisman Memorial Trophy Committee to create the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. The award honors both male and female high school students who excel in academics, athletics and student leadership.

Allie is a senior at Ponchatoula High School and recently committed to play softball for Nicholls State University.

She is the daughter of Roy and Shari Amerson.

SJS Crusader Pride.

Christopher Ekker

Christopher Ekker - Alumni

Congratulations to Christopher Ekker ( SJS Class of 2006)!

Christopher was inducted in to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) National Medical Honor Society!

Christopher is a 4th year medical student at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He will graduate in May, 2018.

Christopher is the son of Curtis Ekker (SJS Class of 1975) and Dawn Pepitone Ekker ( SJS Class of 1978)

Savanna Balado

Savanna Balado - Alumni

Congratulations to Savanna Balado ( SJS Class of 2007)

Savanna Balado has been chosen as the St. Joseph Distinguished Graduate for 2017.

She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Southeastern Louisiana University. The roots of her Catholic education fueled Ms. Balado’s missionary zeal. She is a missionary with Heart’s Home, a Catholic non-profit organization in which young adults dedicate one or two years of their lives promoting a culture of compassion around the world through a range of charitable and cultural efforts.

Savanna is the daughter of Vance Balado and Kerry Hebert Balado.

Sophomore Best Christian Values

Sophomore Best Christian Values - Alumni

CONGRATULATIONS to two alumni from the Class of 2015 who were recently recognized at St. Thomas Aquinas for an award. Dane Schmitt and Victoria Perrin were voted Best Christian Values of their sophomore class. We are so proud of you!

Emily Waddell - North Oaks Athlete of the Month

Emily Waddell - North Oaks Athlete of the Month - Alumni

Congratulations to Emily Waddell (SJS Class of 2012)!

Emily has been named the North Oaks Sports Medicine Student-Athlete of the Month. She is a junior at Ponchatoula High School.

Pictured from left are North Oaks Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt, PHS Volleyball Coach Lauren Long, Emily Waddell, and North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Johnathan Gant.

Emily is the daughter of George and Toni Waddell.

Ricky Henry - North Oaks Athlete of the Month

Ricky Henry - North Oaks Athlete of the Month - Alumni

Congratulations to St. Thomas Aquinas High School senior Ricky Henry (SJS Class of 2011) on being named North Oaks Health Systems "Student-Athlete of the Month".

He is a four-year member of the football team and lettered for three years. Ricky is also a member of the Beta Club. He enjoys offshore fishing, snow and water skiing, restoring antique cars, and his recent medical mission trip in Central America. Ricky is also a rider in the Krewe of Bacchus. He plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe and major in Pharmacy.

Ricky is the son of Donna Henry and of Dr. Rick and Debbie Henry.

Luke Bleakley - North Oaks Athlete of the Month

Luke Bleakley - North Oaks Athlete of the Month - Alumni

From left are St. Thomas Head Baseball Coach B.J. Corr, North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt, student-athlete Luke Bleakley, North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Vanessa Taromina and St. Thomas Head Football Coach John White.

North Oaks Sports Medicine is shining the spotlight on Luke Bleakley (SJS 2010) and Krystal Waddell (SJS 2011) as "Student-Athletes of the Month" for September.

St. Thomas Aquinas High School senior Luke Bleakley is a member of both the football and baseball teams. He is the leading receiver for the school with 18 receptions for 380 yards and 9 touchdowns. He is an honor student, and a student leader who was selected as a student ambassador. He is a member of National Honor Society and Beta Club, and has been instrumental in organizing the school’s Campus Ministry’s Light Team.

Krystal Waddell - North Oaks Athlete of the Month

Krystal Waddell - North Oaks Athlete of the Month - Alumni

From left are North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt, student-athlete Krystal Waddell, Cheerleading Sponsor Elizabeth Vineyard and Principal Danny Strickland.

North Oaks Sports Medicine is shining the spotlight on Luke Bleakley (SJS 2010) and Krystal Waddell (SJS 2011) as "Student-Athletes of the Month" for September.

Krystal Waddell, a Ponchatoula High School junior, is a cheerleader. She is also a member of Student Council, Key Club, and volunteers for Special Olympics each year. Her coach shares that she recently demonstrated her leadership abilities at a charity event on short notice by choreographing stunts, cheering, dancing and tumbling.

Our Honor Grads

We are in need of other names to complete our list. If you know of (or are yourself), a graduate of St. Joseph Catholic School and a valedictorian, salutatorian, or summa cum laude graduate from high school, please add your name to our list by contacting

STA = St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School
PHS - Ponchatoula High School

Abigail vonAlmen - Valedictorian - STA
Danita Majeau - Summa Cum Laude - PHS
Sarah Ryals - Summa Cum Laude - PHS
Raylea Willoughby - Summa Cum Laude - PHS

Colleen Atkins - Summa Cum Laude - PHS

Scott Felder - Summa Cum Laude - PHS
Taylor Ransom - Summa Cum Laude - PHS
Luke Yokes - Summa Cum Laude - PHS
Kaitlin Farkas - Salutatorian - STA

Maria Alphonso - Valedictorian - STA
Phillip Ernst - Valedictorian - PHS
Jake Lipps - Valedictorian - PHS
Christine Pevey - Valedictorian - PHS

Michael Davis - National Merit Scholar - STA
Katie Ryals - Salutatorian - PHS

Christopher Ekker - Valedictorian - STA
Ashton Landry - Valedictorian - PHS
Emily Pevey - Valedictorian - PHS
Cody Schmatlz - Valedictorian - PHS

Jenna Quinn - Valedictorian - PHS
Kelsey LeSaicherre - Honors Diploma - St. Joseph Academy

Chelsea Herrick - Valedictorian - PHS
Emily Nickens - Valedictorian - PHS
Theresa Pevey - Valedictorian - PHS

Logan Davis - Valedictorian - PHS
Aimee Kolwe - Valedictorian - PHS
Chad Mitchell - Valedictorian - PHS
Stephanie Stevens - Valedictorian - PHS
Meghan Zayas - Valedictorian - PHS

Ashley Herrick - Valedictorian - PHS
Leslie James - Valedictorian - PHS
Megan Roberts - Valedictorian - PHS
Jennifer Stevens - Valedictorian - PHS

Dana Castjohn - Valedictorian - PHS
Shanna Mitchell - Valedictorian - PHS

Nicole Theriot - Valedictorian - PHS

Our Past Distinguished Graduates

1996 Dr. Randolph Howes
1997 Deacon Larry Melancon
1998 Mr. Dennis James
1999 Mr. Danny Heitman
2000 Mrs. Barbara Allen
2001 Dr. Larry Ernst
2002 Mrs. Kim Zabbia
2003 Mrs. Barbara Martino
2004 Mr. Charles “Buddy” Pugh
2005 Mrs. Shirley Johnson
2006 Mrs. Ruth Ourso
2007 Mr. William Corbett
2008 Sr. Ancilla Roussel
2009 Mr. Raymond Braun
2010 Capt. Thomas Waller, Jr.
2011 Mrs. Jackie Mitchell
2012 Representative Stephen Pugh
2013 Mrs. Courtney Hotard Roth
2014 Mrs. Ashley Dugas Notariano
2015 Mrs. Veronica Pierson
2016 Dale Roberts
2017 Savanna Balado
2019 Ann Boudreaux

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