When a team comes as close to winning the state title as the Ascension Episcopal Blue Gators volleyball team has, taking the next step can seem like a challenge. This season could be the one where they take that step, as the Blue Gators have eight returning seniors, including leaders Addie Vidrine and Hannah Mattke. The team is 5-3 so far, and although the team has had some ups and downs, head coach Jill Braun said she is impressed with the way her players have performed.
Our Sugar Mill Pond Theatre Program proudly announces they will be performing Freaky Friday, The Musical at the Acadiana Center for the Arts on October 25 through 27, 2018. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic.
Ascension Episcopal School is proud to announce the opening of our Innovation Lab at the Preschool. Led by veteran River Ranch teachers, Allyson Womack and Leigh Barry, the Innovation Lab will function as a dedicated learning space for students to engage, explore, and exercise their creativity.
For a team that's got a lot of holes to fill in 2018, there's one position where the Blue Gators are loaded. That's at wide receiver, where three starters return, led by senior Seth Kerstetter. Not only can they catch the ball, this unit has the ability to play a role in the running game as well. The receivers make up half of the six returning starters offensively. The good news is that doesn't even include sophomore tackle Clay Ancelet and senior running back Jhalen Brown, who both got valuable varsity experience as reserves last season.
Ascension Junior, Jillian Barczyk, has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Georgia for the class of 2023. Barczyk swims for City of Lafayette Aquatics and Ascension Episcopal School, where she is undefeated in her high school career thus far.
The senior class of 2018 has been offered a collective $5 million dollars in college scholarships. This dynamic class is the epitome of balanced excellence! While also excelling in academics, 56% of this class has participated in Fine Arts and 83% in athletics during their time at Ascension. Way to Go Gators! We wish you the best of luck as you venture on to your next adventure. Thank you to our Senior Parents who have made the commitment of Educational Excellence in a Christian Environment for their children.
Recently, the Rev. Charles and Alice Busingye from Epiphany School in Uganda visited Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette to express their gratitude for the school's years of support. Ascension Episcopal students and staff presented a $20,000 check to the Busingyes for the Epiphany School, as well as 30 iPads for officials to take back to the campus in Uganda.
Through a partnership with local surgeons, Dr. Uyen Chu and Dr. Jim Garcelon, Ascension Episcopal School Upper School students will be allowed a unique, hands-on experience with the da Vinci Robot and learn the most up to date surgical techniques. Dr. Chu and Dr. Garcelon are surgeons with Lourdes Physician Group in Lafayette. The da Vinci Robot is a product of Intuitive Surgical.
Ascension's Blake Pearson admits to being confused. Standing at second base, his Ascension Episcopal teammates sprinted toward him to begin celebrating. Friday’s home game against Catholic-New Iberia was, suddenly and dramatically, over.
Congratulations to the following Senior athletes who are moving on to complete in collegiate athletics:
Eli Mouton - University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Basketball; Christian Deville - Saint Anselm College, Football; Kenny Odinet -Texas A&M, Track & Field
Hearing the phrase “fourth-year starter” in high school sports, one could assume that it is being used in reference to a senior. But at smaller schools like Ascension Episcopal, some talented athletes become starters on the varsity teams as soon as the seventh or eighth grade. Sean Michael Brady is among the latter of the two, a junior pitcher and infielder for the Blue Gators who is more than midway through his fourth year as a starter.
Wendy Rodrigue speaks at Ascension Episcopal School about the life and legacy of her late husband and famous Louisiana painter, George Rodrigue.
During the fall of 2017, Ascension Episcopal School established a partnership with the Coalition for Grieving Students. Through the Coalition, the school received a grant from New York Life Insurance Company that has been used to develop the first-ever Coordinated School Wellness Initiative (CSWI). The purpose of the Coordinated School Wellness Initiative is to improve the scope and quality of holistic wellness programs for Ascension students, families, and employees.
Sydney Smith is Ascension Episcopal Soccer's leading scorer and a starter on the Blue Gators basketball team. It's not uncommon for her to play both games in both sports on the same night. The role of an athlete, however, is just one of the many things that make up Sydney Smith's life. She's also a business owner, creating jewelry for the company she started last year --The Tangled Jewel.
Can’t get to school because of weather? It may not be an issue for students at Ascension Episcopal School for long. During the recent weather related school closures, students on the Ascension Episcopal School Sugar Mill Pond campus participated in a pilot version of a Virtual School Day.
Congratulations to the following Sugar Mill Pond students who have achieved the designation of Academic All-State for the fall of 2017. To be a recipient of this honor, the student must be a senior, must have participated in the sport at least two years in high school and must have a 4.0 (all A’s) for their first three years in high school. The honorees are Olivia Brown, Swimming, Connor Landry, Swimming, Greer Leleux, Cross Country, Christian Deville, Football, Leo Franques, Football and Jack Leoni, Football. Congrats to these Blue Gator athletes on a job well done! By living out balanced excellence, they make our whole school community proud!
It is with tremendous excitement that we announce our SMP spring musical production...The Phantom of the Opera!
Licensing rights have JUST been released for high school students to perform the show, and Ascension will be one of the very first in the country to produce this incredible musical. What an amazing opportunity for our SMP students! Click below to see how they reacted to the news.
We remain incredibly excited about being one of the very first schools EVER to produce "Phantom of the Opera," and can't wait to see the following SMP students perform in March. Congratulations and best wishes to this talented cast! If you haven't already, it’s not too late to join our Fine Arts Alliance and secure your season pass & reserved seating for what's sure to be a fantastic spring of Ascension theatre!
Blue Gator football team never gives up this seasons. Despite several team injuries and setbacks, these boys continued to fight and persevere all season long. Coach Matt Desormeaux reflects on their final game.
Our PTO has put in countless hours for our 2017 Auction, Louisiana Saturday Night. Check out the awesome video they put together to celebrate our unique school community.
On Wednesday, May 24th Ascension's State Champion Baseball and Girls Tennis teams were honored by Representatives Stuart Bishop and Jean-Paul Coussan in the Louisiana House of Representatives.
Ascension Episcopal School parters with The Episcopal Church of the Ascension each year to raise money for our sister school in Uganda. We are excited to announce that this year's Pygmy fundraiser raised the most money in school history during this year's Lenton season.
A chess tournament was held Saturday, April 22, 2017, at BrainSurge in Alexandria, LA. The tournament not only drew students from local schools but from J.S. Leadership Academy in Opelousas and Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette. Adults also participated in the tournament. Thomas Harmeyer, owner of BrainSurge, said tournaments like this are part of an effort to engage academically-inclined students.
Two Ascension students, Luke LeBlanc and Elliott Lynd, placed first and second in the Middle School division. Taylor Ducote, Sugar Mill Pond Campus faculty member and Chess Club sponsor, was a semi-finalist at the event. Way to go, Blue Gators!
For the first time ever, our Ascension Episcopal School Parent Support Organizations came together for a joint fundraiser as they competed to be named Blue Gator Boogie CHAMPIONS! Each organization - PTO, Booster Club, and Fine Arts Alliance - performed three acts on Friday, March 17, to win votes.
Congratulations to all our performers, choreographers, and volunteers for an incredibly fun, entertaining, and successful event!
Our welcome video gives an introduction to who we are, a glimpse of our halls filled with the leaders, developers, and creators of tomorrow fueled with enthusiasm and a thirst for innovation. Our students are tailoring their future though our emphasis on 21st century learning.