ACHS Alumni Association inducts eight into hall

Allison B. Hudson

Ascension Catholic High School Alumni Association will be holding the 2008 Alumni Champagne Luncheon on Oct. 19. Eight graduates will be honored. The 2008 Alumnus of the year is Paul Nizzo, class of 1970. Alumnus of the year is bestowed upon a graduate from any year who exemplifies integrity, promotes family values, and models Christian standards which reflex his/her Catholic education.

Eight graduates will be inducted into Ascension Catholic’s “Hall of Distinction.” Inductee honor is bestowed upon a graduate of twenty years or more who ha excelled in their profession resulting in significant accomplishments which reflect teachings and values received from a Catholic education.

2008 inductees are: “Alumnus of the year,” Paul Nizzo, Class of 1970; Maxine Dugas, Class of 1955, Carolyn Wilbert Thibaut, Class of 1944; Lenny Waguespack, Class of 1976; Joseph Montero, Class of 1953; David Daigle, Class of 1962; Diane Theriot Hebert, Class of 1975, and Leslie Loup, Class of 1978.

Dugas was a pre-school teacher from 1988-2007. She was hired by ACIS to develop a pre-school program and assist with the after care program in 1988. She guided children in the development of cognitive and social skills as well as religious training. She has interacted with over 600 preschoolers during a 19-year period. Dugas was awarded, Knights of Columbus, Ascension Parish Teacher of the Year award in April 2000.

Dugas is an active member of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of the Young Children and its affiliate the Louisiana Association for the Education of Young Children.

Upon completion of high school, Thibaut attended and graduated from Gulf Park Junior College in Mississippi, and is also a graduate of Tulane University. Thibaut has served as the den mother for the Boy Scouts, and also club president of St. Elizabeth School Mother’s Club. She has served as Church Organist at St. Anne’s and Assumption for 22 years, and often times substitutes from time to time. She enjoys reading, gardening, listening to music, and traveling. She has been married to John Thibaut for 59 years and they have four sons.

Joseph Montero is a retired President and Chief Executive Officer for Assumption Bank and Trust. He attended the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. He is a former parishioner of Ascension Catholic Church. Montero is a member and Past Grand Knight of Ascension Council No. 1087. He has 20 years of service for Louisiana National Guard under his belt, and he is one of ten Guardsmen, statewide, chosen to represent Louisiana at the dedication of the National Guard Building in Washington, D.C. He is married to the lovely Nancy C. Montero.

David Daigle attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and also a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans with an MBA. He was employed by Boeing Company at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. In 1971, Daigle joined CF Industries in Donaldsonville as the Cost Control Engineer for the maintenance department. Daigle belongs to several organizations including: Rotary, Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Plant Manager groups, Mechanical Engineering Professional groups, etc. He belongs to Holy Family Parish in Inverness, Ill for the past 22 years. He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 40 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren with another one on the way.

Loup is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a bachelors of science in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently the Maintenance and Technical Manager responsible for plant wide maintenance and production engineering support. He is a volunteer coach for St. James Parish Recreation baseball and soccer leagues for the past 13 years. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1514, E.D. White Cardinal Club, Louisiana Engineering Society, and many more. He is married to Maggie Scioneaux and they have two children.

Anyone interested in attending the champagne luncheon can purchase tickets by contacting the Ascension Catholic High School at 225-473-9227. The luncheon will be held at Palazzo Bernardo from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on October 19.