Category: Student Government

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Multiple Teams · Senior Aims to Win Big with Sweet Treat

Story by Cameron Davis | Student Journalist

Rodney Peete Mixes the Perfect Ingredients and Changes the Pinkberry Menu
NEW ORLEANS–What is your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt? Perhaps you like traditional popular flavors like vanilla, strawberry or lemon lime. What if you could change the name and taste of the yogurt and milk mixture and have the support of Pinkberry?

For Rodney Peete, it’s not a “what if” dream. The 17-year-old actually has his own flavor on PinkBerry’s menu. “It’s called, “When the Knights Go Marching In,” said Peete. The salute to the school’s mascot is all part of the Los Angeles-based company’s rules and regulations for all high school students competing for the top prize, $1,250 scholarship. “I got the idea with the help of our counselors Mrs. Guillion and Mrs. Reese,” said Peete.

The Swirly Scholarship Contest rules require high school students selected to compete to honor its school’s mascot when naming the flavor and blend a frozen yogurt on the menu with two toppings. Peete combines a chocolate hazelnut base frozen yogurt, topped with caramel chocolate chips, and cheesecake bites. “I want to share my yogurt creation with the public… People will enjoy my flavor combination, I hope they take a chance and try it out.” Peete added.

Every year Pinkberry offers a scholarship to students in Louisiana with rewards starting at $250 for third place, $500 for second place, and $1,250 for first place. Seniors at Sacred Heart, Saint Scholastic, Drexel Prep, Ursuline Warren Easton, Cabrini, and Isidore Newman are Peete’s competition, competing for that top prize. “If I win, I may invest it in buying something for college like a backpack, computer cases, just put it in my pockets for college,” Peete said.

To help him beat the competition it’s very important for everyone to buy the flavor or mention St. Augustine High School at any New Orleans area Pinkberry. If enough people order Peete’s flavor, the school could win a Pinkberry party. At the moment, Peete is in fifth place. Mark your calendars. The scholarship competition ends Jan. 14.

Story by Cameron Davis | Student Journalist

Rodney Peete
Rodney Peete
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Multiple Teams · Students host Get-out-the-Vote Phone Bank

With the election on Tuesday, political activity on campus is heating up. A small army of students took over Ms. Barthelemy’s classroom on Monday afternoon.

Journalism instructor and speech and debate team moderator Ms. Barthelemy is happy to see so many politically active students spend the afternoon encouraging people to vote.

The students are staffing an old-fashioned political phone bank, one of the most reliable get-out-the-vote tools in politics. Using lists provided by New Orleans City Hall, more than 30 student volunteers are calling 2000 residents in the ninth and seventh wards to remind them to vote. In addition, the students are alerting voters about changes to the Amendment 2 on the ballot. Voters are being asked to decide if college presidents should have complete control over college tuition without legislative approval, so the students know calling is important.

The students are so driven to get out the vote that they even decided the phone bank would be B.Y.O.P. — as in Bring Your Own Phone. Research has shown that calling can be critical. Live calling can increase voter turnout by 3-5 percentage points among those contacted in the days before the election.

Working from a script, the students don’t tell people how to vote, but emphasize the importance of having one’s voice heard through voting.

“Some people don’t answer the phone,” said Mark Barnes, student phone bank volunteer. “Several people didn’t want to listen to what we have to say, and they hang up on us. But we’re not giving up.”

The Speech and Debate Team, Journalism students and members of the Student Government are working the phones until late in the evening Monday night.

“It’s important that out community gets involved because everybody needs to vote,” Jonathan Laugand, student body president said. “We just want everyone to get involved in the political system and to show up on Election Day,” Laugand added.

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Multiple Teams · 22 Seniors Vote for the First Time

By: Tyrik Washington | Student Reporter
Photography by: Cameron Davis

NEW ORLEANS, LA. —  Why have a voice and not use it to make a change in your community? Why let the rights you have, according to the U.S. Constitution, go to waste?
St. Augustine High School students did something important by casting their vote for the next president of the United States on October 24.
“It felt great to finally vote and this election is very important to me,’’ said Mikel Dixon.  “Voting is our voice and our voice is important.’’

The experience is an integral part of a lesson about life in Mr. Howard’s Civics class.  Every election, he has taken students who are 18 to City Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana to vote. “It’s important to get the students involved in the political process early because they are our future leaders, said Mr. Howard.

For many, doing their civic duty helps them become part of the answer to local problems. “Voting makes a difference. It’s unfortunate when citizens complain about the outcome but never vote,” said  Daylen Briant.

Beyond the presidential candidates, which will impact the policies in the country, local issues like the proposed Amendment to the state’s Constitution asking voters about college tuition control, definitely matter to the teens.

“It was a privilege and I’m glad that I did vote,” said James Waiters, IV.  Prior to going to City Hall, the students researched the local issues on the ballot, which came in handy. “ I felt good making the decision but I felt the wording on the ballot was made confusing, so the average voter wouldn’t understand what the amendment meant,” said Waiters.

In their American Civics course, the students are learning about the history of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the roles many teens played in getting that measure passed. “I show them real life experiences and make it connect with their generation to show them why they should take the political process seriously,” said Mr. Howard.

The lesson about being active and knowledgeable about political issues does not stop with voting. The Speech and Debate team will join the school’s journalism students and host a get out the vote phone bank party Nov. 7.

In an effort to increase voter turnout in the city, students will call more than 2,000 voters and encourage them to exercise their Constitutional right. “At Saint Augustine, where the school has a rich history in doing more than just what’s expected, calling voters in the community is yet another example of how we show everyone what it means to be a Purple Knight,” said school principal, Sean J. Goodwin.

By: Tyrik Washington | Student Reporter
Photography by: Cameron Davis

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Multiple Teams · Apply for St. Aug Homecoming Royalty

Applications are now available for the St. Augustine High School 2016 Homecoming Court!

Your participation as a court member is more than a title—it’s an honor and privilege to represent St. Augustine during a week that celebrates generations of past, present, and future Purple Knights.

We thank you for your interest in this year’s homecoming court. Please carefully read the instructions, important dates, nomination, and application requirements. Good luck!

Click here for the application: Homecoming App 2016 (3)

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Multiple Teams · Sobering lesson: Mock crash teaches effects of drunk, distracted driving

In a scene straight from a modern nightmare, two vehicles sat twisted together as bloodstained teenagers screamed for help from the emergency responders rushing to the scene, the emergency sirens piercing the quiet St. Augustine High School court yard with discord.

Even staged, the scene from the Sudden Impact mock crash was shocking to all the students, who watched in stunned silence as the drama unfolded before them.

The mock crash was held before prom and graduation to bring students’ attention to the heartbreaking consequences that poor decisions can bring.

The crash may have been staged, but the performances by students, parents and staff gave the students a taste of the real-life experience in the moments after a tragic accident. The crash claimed the life of one of their peers, injured others and resulted in the imprisonment of another.

The St. Augustine Film Crew captured the action.

The number one killer of teens is motor vehicle crashes. While alcohol represents a danger, distracted driving and speed are also factors of concern.

Further, high speeds, combined with alcohol, texting or even friends in the vehicle, increases the risk for inexperienced teenage drivers. To bring attention to these concerns, the mock crash also featured a panel discussion on the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of making smart choices.

To bring realism to the event, the participating students are coated in blood, to resemble the injuries sustained in their accident. The students also witness firefighters using the jaws of life on one vehicle to free a trapped passenger, a Louisiana State Police Officer performed field sobriety tests on their drunk peer and the student actors are transported from the scene in ambulances, police cars and, in one case, a body bag.

“Our goal in doing this mock crash is to get the kids as close to feeling an impact without actually experiencing it,” State Trooper John Simon said. “We want them to make it to graduation and beyond, and to have a happy life.”

In Louisiana alone, a death is caused by a motor vehicle crash or accident every 12 hours. The interactive program was designed to decrease injuries and fatalities due to driving impaired, driving without using a seat belt and distracted driving. Sudden Impact was created by the LSU Level 1 Trauma Center in New Orleans and the Louisiana State Police.

Here is another safe driving video produced by the St. Augustine High School Film Crew.

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Purple Knights News · Student Council Applications Now Open for 2016/17 School Year

Thank you for your interest in applying for the St. Augustine High School 2016-2017 Student Council.

The St. Augustine High School student body is led by a Student Council. The council actively serves and encourages the student community through a variety of activities, events, and service projects.

Please ensure that your application is complete. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will not be considered. The Student Council application process is very competitive, so make sure you get started early.

Click below to  download the St. Augustine High School Student Council application.
Student Council app packet

For more information about Student Council opportunities, please contact Ms. Kina Lee, at faculty advisor.