St. Augustine High School wrapped up another successful Homecoming and Reunion. There were many activities designed for students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Many alumni returned to their alma mater for the festivities.
“Homecoming and Reunion Week is a time for our alumni to reflect on the St. Aug. Experience three ways: personally, with classmates, and with other alumni. The key components of the St. Aug. mission are displayed on this year’s alumni tee-shirt, but more importantly, in the hearts and actions of the alumni,” said Kendrick Johnson, Director of Alumni Relations. “I want to personally thank the brothers who came back to participate in this year’s events,” added Johnson.
Alumni activities for the week kicked off on Thursday, October 8 with Alumni Mentoring Day and the Alumni Basketball Game. Students participated in activities all week including throw-back day, professional day and college day.
Alumni share reactions following the basketball game.
On Friday, October 9, the Association of St. Augustine Alumni New Orleans Chapter hosted its Third Annual Golf Classic attended by alumni from near and far.
Latter that day the students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community paraded up and down A.P. Tureaud Avenue during the homecoming parade lead by the Marching 100 and the homecoming court.
More than 180 people attended the Annual Alumni Gala on Friday night. The St. Augustine community honored individuals who have dedicated their time, treasure and talents to St. Aug. The 2015 award recipients are:
Lawrence T. Winchester, Jr. Distinguished Service Award:
Jerald Barnes, Class of 1977
Amy Billizon, parent and Speech & Debate Coach
John Georges, member St. Augustine High School Board of Directors
Malcolm J. Poree, Class of 1985
Lloyd L. Villavaso, Class of 1963
Fr. Wilbur J. Atwood Lifetime Achievement Award: Fr. Wilbur Atwood
Fr. Charles Hall Award (Alumnus of the Year): Aluston Taylor
Below, students recorded a video capturing special moments at the gala.
Following the gala, the class of 1990 hosted a fundraiser, after party.
On Saturday, October 10, tailgating at Tad Gormley Stadium began early in anticipation of the homecoming game against the Archbishop Shaw Eagles. The game featured a late comeback attempt by the Purple Knights who, unfortunately, lost 42-39.
Despite the loss of the game, spirits were high as the students enjoyed a Homecoming Dance. That same evening the class of 2003 hosted their Third Annual Comedy Show at Ooh Poo Pah Doo.
The weekend wrapped on Sunday, October 11, with an Alumni Mass at Corpus Christi/Epiphany Catholic Church. The alumni experienced a good message and witnessed the class of 1990 make a presentation to the mother of a fallen classmate. “The St. Aug. Legacy is alive and will continue,” said Kendrick Johnson.