Dominican Academic Honor Day Celebrates Class of 2023

At St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s Academic Honor Day, seniors were saluted for their achievements and service. Student award recognition included Honor Societies, District and State Rally, Louisiana Music Educators Association, and Athletics. A Salute to Seniors presentation recognized members of the Class of 2023 and their college choices.

Service is one of the four pillars of Dominican life and collectively during their years at Dominican, the Class of 2023 completed 24,685 hours of service.

Thirteen students earned the St. Mary’s Dominican Service Award by performing more than 200 hours. Six students recognized for completing more than 500 hours were: Lucy Enger – 832 hours; Madelyn LaVie – 700; Kelci Lewis – 560; Emma Ridge – 545; Landyn Bush – 519; and Chyra Lee – 513.

Lillian Stricker received the Knights of Columbus Award, presented to the senior who has displayed the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism and in doing so has shown the highest degree of citizenship by helping others especially those less fortunate.

Abi Scanlan received the St. Mary’s Dominican College Corporation Scholarship, presented by Sr. Dominic Savio Estorge, O.P. The scholarship is in memory and honor of the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary who established, maintained, and supported St. Mary’s Dominican College and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.


Zoe Smith received the Chevron Scholars Athlete Award presented by William Dede, Director of Event Operations and Community Relations for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. The award recognizes a senior athlete who earned over a 3.0 GPA and participated in sports for at least three years and made a positive contribution to her school and her team.

Student Council Executive Board (E-board) officers were presented with E-Board Medals in recognition of their outstanding leadership and service: President Elise Grefer; Vice-President Isabelle Tran; Secretary Olivia Labruzzo; Treasurer Kiley Rousselle.

District and State Literary Rally: Students who received State Literary Rally Placements, District and State Qualifier: Rachel Fath – Civics; Katherine Harper – Calculus I; Charlotte Raymond –Physics; Nicole Tran – Psychology; Louisiana High School Rally Placements Superior Rating awarded to Carol Alley – Treble Trio; Leah Charles – Treble Trio; Emily Giacona – Treble Solo Low Voice; Lisette Gowland – Treble Trio; Kelci Lewis, Treble Solo High Voice; Rhian Winfrey, Treble Solo High Voice.

Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) Honor Performance Events: Vocal Solo and Small Ensemble Assessment Festival: Superior Rating Solo (Blue Medal): Emily Giacona, Kelci Lewis, Rhian Winfrey; Ensemble (Red Medal: Trio of Carol Alley, Lisette Gowland, Leah Charles; Instrumental Solo and Small Ensemble Assessment Festival: Superior Rating Ensemble (Red Medal): Trio of Victoria Despenza (Marimba), Lisette Gowland (Drums), Nicole Tran (Bells). hosts a student art contest to motivate student artists. Top Ten Winners are selected in each age category where their artwork will be part of its publication. Top Ten winners: Ramsey Aron, Landyn Bush, Sara Coogler, Lucy Enger, Mallory Granier, Amelia Haab, Madison Lauve, Madelyn LaVie, Kelci Lewis, Sara Merchant, Rylee Pauley, Madeline Pourciau, Anna Thomas, Joelle Zengarling. High Merit winners representing the top 25% of all entries across the country: Ellen Darcey, Emma Jaques.

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers with Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – Honorable Mention in Drawing & Illustration: Landyn Bush, Rylee Fay, Mallory Granier, Anne Hardouin, Vivienne Hotard, Olivia Lews, Kelci Lewis, Mary Grace Ohler;

Honorable Mention in Photography: Ramsey Aron, Annie Bent, Sophie Dauterive

Honorable Mention in Printmaking: Sophie Dauterive

Honorable Mention in Painting: Brooke DiMaggio

Honorable Mention in Mixed Media: Brooke DiMaggio, MaryGrace Ohler

Silver Key in Drawing & Illustration: Brooke DiMaggio, Amelia Haab, Vivienne Hotard, Emma Jaques, Kelci Lewis, Shania Raimer

Silver Key in Mixed Media: Claire Coffer, Rylee Pauley

Two Silver Keys in Personal Essay & Memoir: Shania Raimer

Silver Key in Poetry: Shania Raimer

Gold Key in Drawing & Illustration: Landyn Bush, Olivia Lavie, Ashleigh LeRouge, Adelaide Rodrigue

Gold Key in Fashion: Cadence Jackson

National Merit Finalist Recognition, College Board National African American Recognition Program Scholars: ’Angelle Nash, Rhian Winfrey’ College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar: Roma McAlear; Commended Scholars: Amelia Haab, Lily Martory, Margaret Miller, Charlotte Raymond; National Merit Scholarship Corporation 2023 National Merit Finalists: Brooke Babin, Katherine Ellis, Christina Rareshide, Abi Scanlan.

Riley Hezeau received the Ochsner Blood Bank Scholarship, presented to a student blood donor at the end of the school year.

The Class of 2023 was inducted into the Alumnae Association and presented with a special rosary representing Dominican. Alumnae Rebecca “Becky” Bellows Crawford ’86 created the rosary design and Peggy Delrosa ’69 handmade each rosary.