7Teen Report: Moving from 3-A to 4-A

Reported by 7Teen Reporter Dietrich Jessen

St. Louis Catholic High School has spent twelve years in the 3-A, Louisiana High School Athletic Association division. But, for the first time, they are stepping out on the field to face a more difficult division...4-A.

Athletic director and head boys' soccer coach, Jason Oertling says it's going to be tough, but nothing new.

Oertling says, "The competition we were playing was generally 5-A and 4-A opponents so I think we are very well prepared for it but we know it's going to be a big challenge for us."

Saints linebacker, Matt Viator says he's ready for the challenge.

Viator says, "The guys are going to be a little bit bigger, a little bit faster, which will make it a little bit more of a challenge. I think everybody is looking forward to it."

Since 1997,St. Louis Catholic High School has nearly doubled enrollment to 650 students. This increase not only affects the atheltic program but also the academics."

Department chair Barbara Dupont says because there are more students, St. Louis can hire more teachers and offer more classes.

Dupont says, "We've added accounting, speech in fact we have three sections of speech, we have two sections of theatre, we have our ap iii, as well as classical mythology."

Sophomore Stacie Jean and senior Shaley Racca are taking advantage of new classes by taking the new theatre course.

Jean says, "There are more extra curricular and co curricular things, such as theatre, and we have a wrestling team. it just opens more doors for us as students"

Racca says, "This year we are moving up and it's more students and it's really pushing athletics, it's really pushing our curriculum and it's actually getting more energy in the students to perform better. we are going against higher schools at higher levels."

Higher levels may mean tougher competition all around, but the St. Louis Saints are ready for an action-filled year.

The faculty at St. Louis has had to be creative and flexible in using the space it has to accodomate the increase in students and classes.

Some teachers have become "cart-teachers" and are sharing classrooms.