The Class of Katrina

By: Patrap , 12:26 PM GMT on May 08, 2009

Hurricane Prep Entry






WASHINGTON -- Lisa Perez Jackson was first in her class at St. Mary's Dominican High School in New Orleans in 1979. In her valedictory remarks, she declared, "Dominican has taught us to believe in our God and in ourselves. We have exceedingly deep roots."

For Jackson, who was named Monday by President-elect Barack Obama to head the Environmental Protection Agency, those deep roots are in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, where she grew up and where her mother lived until Hurricane Katrina.
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In August 2005 there was a School in New Orleans,one that has been educating young Women since 1860.
Dominican High School.
When the Hurricane came the Freshman class was moved to Baton Rouge to a Catholic School Site there.

The Freshman class had only 2 short weeks in the New Orleans Dominican when Katrina Flooded the City and School. But being a resilient Bunch,along with a determined faculty and Staff,Dominican re-opened due to its Masonry Construction and a Whirlwind of Labor from a concerned Alumni.
On January,6th 2006 I believe it was, they returned to Dominican in New Orleans,stronger,more unified by their collective experience and seemingly mature way beyond their years.

Tonight,the Dominican Senior Class of 2009 will have their Senior Prom here in New Orleans.

The School Motto, fittingly,..is Veritas,which is Latin for "Truth"

Never,..and I've seen a lot in 49 years,Have I been inspired by a Group that recovered to the Heights that these women have.

Though young and scared Im sure,in late August 2005...their story is one of determination,Hope,..and sisterhood that I doubt I'll see matched again in my Life.
I dedicate this Blog,in its small way to this Group of Ladies,in whom our Nation's future will be entrusted to.

Wherever this Graduating Class ends up in the World,I do know this. They will make a difference in Millions of Lives,for they conquered fantastic odds and obstacles to show us all,that Hero's arent just the folks who fight crime,save lives,. They epitomize Heroics in a Silent,steady pace that brings them to this day.
A day to Celebrate,to reflect..and to be sure..Stand together as one tonight.

A class above the Din..Hero's to me all.

Congratulations to the Dominican class of 2009.

All in a Class by Themselves.



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33. Patrap
12:06 AM GMT on May 11, 2009
Happy Mothers to Ya'll all around too sandcrab.

Its Hot,..some showers would be nice
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32. sandcrab39565
11:45 PM GMT on May 10, 2009
Pat looks like that front wants me to get wet.lol Hug Mrs T and wish her Happy Moms day for me.
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31. Patrap
3:31 PM GMT on May 10, 2009
Happy Mothers Day,Mom

Though gone from us here on Earth,.almost 6 years..

Your never far from our thoughts,Heart and Memory.

We miss you and Love you Dearly.




A Mothers Day Prayer




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30. Beachfoxx
2:18 PM GMT on May 10, 2009
For T.....
and Pat (Mr. Mom)


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29. EmmyRose
2:52 AM GMT on May 10, 2009
Happy Mothers Day T
Hope you have a blessed Sunday


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28. Patrap
12:47 AM GMT on May 10, 2009
She had swell time last night..reel.

..and the EPA has a good Leader..
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27. reeldrlaura
12:45 AM GMT on May 10, 2009
THRILLED about the Lisa Jackson appointment!!!

BTW, did I say SAMMY IS A GODDESS??!!!!!!!
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26. Patrap
10:25 PM GMT on May 09, 2009
Prom Time,but first Dinner,....it is NOLA..



Twas also Dau's BF B-day..
So Happy Times all around.

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25. Patrap
10:23 PM GMT on May 09, 2009
That's a awesome group there shoreacres,nothing like Singing Voices in a Church.

Angelic..
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24. shoreacres
3:27 PM GMT on May 09, 2009
Hi, Pat,

Wonderful posts about today's girls, and the history of some who have shaped them. There was one line you wrote that really caught my attention:

"They epitomize Heroics in a Silent,steady pace that brings them to this day."

Whether you had this in mind doesn't make a bit of difference - it reminded me of it, and how beautifully it reflects the experience of hidden heros throughout our world. This version by young people is one of the best I've found.


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21. Patrap
10:59 PM GMT on May 08, 2009

Instant Theatre 2008

Congratulations to the members of Dominican's Drama Club on their outstanding performances at Instant Theater. Their songs, skits, original monologues,dances, and original skits delighted the standing room only audience.
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18. Patrap
9:25 PM GMT on May 08, 2009



An update on the indomitable Sister Hilary, aka "The Nun with the Golden Horn." Hilary, who just celebrated her golden jubilee, has continuity in the band program for parochial schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the diocese of Baton Rouge, which she serves from Rosaryville. She deserves credit for starting off hundreds of musicians through the years, some of whom have achieved fame in their own right.








DOMINICAN Sister Hilary Simpson
has been playing the trumpet since she was 5 and directing the archdiocesan band program since 1967. (Photos by Peter Finey Jr.)

Hilary Simpson was a typically curious 5-year-old in the 1940s when she picked up her father Sig's trumpet for the first time. During WWII, big band and swing music dominated the radio airwaves, and Sig Simpson played professionally with a group that performed each Sunday afternoon on WWL radio.

"It was just lying around the house, and it was pretty battered %u2013 the front bell was held on with a piece of tape," she said. Six decades later, the little girl from Gentilly who became fascinated with her father's trumpet and later became known at Loyola University as "The Nun with the Golden Horn" is still blowing clarion notes and spreading the gospel of joyful instrumental music with elementary school students throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Dominican sister, who graduated from St. Mary's Dominican High School and Loyola University and earned her master's at Louisiana State University, has been an assistant and then director of the archdiocesan band program since 1967.
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17. atmoaggie
9:19 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Cool. I know some Dominican grads from the 70s, my mom, for one. (75)
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16. Patrap
9:19 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Fishing down in Lafitte or Houma way is on our SUmmer to do list Art.
First I think. Schools almost out,and gotta get them speckled trout and redfish before the Canes stroll thru.

Hiya Ogal..thanx for the words.

Friday,..its da weekend officially EST.

Yeah,..itsa Sweet Day for the Family BT.
Son is grumbling about 3 more years of High School..LOL
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15. bigtrucker
9:18 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Nice pics of your daughter and the dance event. Proud Pa-Pa
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14. bigtrucker
9:14 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Hi Pat, just swinging through to say hello and wish you and yours a great weekend!!
Have you been doing any fishing lately? Took my son a few times last week, we caught some trout...Enough dinner for three nights
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13. OGal
9:14 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Pat, such lovely young women with such strong values. You are right they will go far in this world. They certainly saw what was lacking during Katrina and hopefully they will never let those horrors happen again. Our world will indeed be a better place with the Dominican class of 2009.

Congratulations to your entire family.
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12. Patrap
9:13 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
You should of seen the 3 hour sets and Singing and Dancing they did April 25th in Gym night before I went to Destin.

FAME from the 70's..was it the 70's ? LOL

Was a Hit.






A certain Dominican ,checking her Banners between Acts,seems she is a Production Whiz.


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11. Patrap
9:07 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Truth..
Shes already had Lunch with her BF Uptown who's B-day happens to be today. FLowers and Dresses Flowing in and thru here. Im ducking.
Laying low. Snapping pics..LOL

Truth and Faith and Hope transcend all.

It starts with Truth...Indeed.

All is good on the deck I see as well.



Im sailing..


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10. EmmyRose
9:06 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
OMG they're wearing saddle shoes !!!!
BAHAHAHAH Mine are somewhere LOLOLOL

O thats great Pat - thanks for sharing
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9. EmmyRose
9:03 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Pat - congratulations and I know the pride you feel not only in your lovely daughter but also the blessed school that wouldn't quit, and remains strong.
If that doesn't reiterate what Lisa Perez Jackson said so many years ago

"This school made me believe in God and myself"

I dont know what does.

Veritas.
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8. Patrap
8:58 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Photo Galleries

The Living Rosary celebrating the Luminous Mysteries

Sponsored by the Drama Department, Christian Leadership Council, and Christian Life Office, characters acted out the Luminous Mysteries, while mimes and narrators helped students and their grandparents apply those mysteries to everyday life. The performance included song, dance, and interpretative movements. Each class represented a different decade, and each decade was prayed in a different language,including English, French, Latin, and Spanish. Afterwards, students enjoyed a reception in Alumnae Hall with their grandparents.
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7. Patrap
7:45 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
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5. Patrap
4:08 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Congrats to yours as well Counselor O-dog.

Hey,we need a Big ol Graphic ,yeah Baby..!

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4. oreodogsghost
4:02 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Let's hear it for the honors graduate!!

Whoop!

Geaux tigers!
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3. Patrap
3:57 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Thanx for the stop by ya'll.

Friends and Doggies always a good morning.
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2. surfmom
1:28 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
CLAPPING LOUDLY - HOW INSPIRING PAT!! Terrific Story..... made my morning! also Hope wanted to visit!!!
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1. tkeith
1:23 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Dominican class of 2009.

Congratulations!!

If adversity builds character, these young women will have more than their share!
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