Stuart Hall Chess Team Wins State Championship

This past Saturday April 29, the Stuart Hall Chess Team competed in the Louisiana State Scholastic Championship, held at St. Dominic in Lakeview. More than 160 players participated, making it the largest State Championship turnout in many years.

In the 61 player K2 section, 15 Stuart Hall players (Declan Albro '22, Charlie Avin '22, Patrick Avin '23, Joseph Cusimano '22, CJ Encalarde '22, Mike Graugnard '23, Liam Hollard '23, Thomas Hulefeld '22, John Michael Maristany '22, Grady Miles '22, Connor Rooney '22, Parker Rooney '24, Kennon Russo '22, August Sauska '23, and Eli Weber '24) competed and the top 4 scores were counted as the team score. Our K2 Knights entered the final round only a half point ahead of archrival Lusher and Baton Rouge International School but finished the last round well and pushed the score ahead of the others with a 16.5 point win over Lusher (15 points) and BRIS (14.0) to win 1st place and capturing their second State Championship in a row

In the 57 player K4 Section, Stuart Hall was missing a few key players due to schedule conflicts and could not compete for a team score (in this tournament, 3 players are needed to make a team). Undeterred, Stuart Hall veterans Ryan Avin '21 and Aidan Hollard '21 nevertheless made a go of it.Ryan Avin tied for 2nd place (8th on tie breaks) with a great 4-1 record. Aidan scored 2 points (33rd place), losing only to the 3rd and 5th place finishers with 2 points. 

Individually, our Knights were quite impressive, with 10 of the top 20 finishers overal being Stuart Hall players! Even more significantly, 4 of those were first year players! Charlie Avin won 1st place and the State Champion Title with a clean sheet of 5 points. 

John Michael Maristany and Connor Rooney tied for 3rd (7th and 8th respectively on tie breaks), August Sauska (3.5 pts/ 11th place), Kennan Russon (3.5/ 13th place), Declan Albro (3.5/ 14th place), Mike Graugnard (3.0/16th), Patrick Avin (3.0/ 18th place), Joseph Cusimano (3.0/ 19th place), Parker Rooney 3.0/ 20th place), CJ Encalarde (2.5/ 28th place), Liam Hollard (2.5/ 28th place), Eli Weber (2/ 40th place, Thomas Hulefeld (2/ 45th place), Grady Miles (2/ 46th place). 

This young team has given us two years of State Championship wins and City League wins. Two of our players, Charlie Avin and John Michael Maristany made it into the top 100 in the country for their age this year. They have worked hard and consistently, never resting on their previous victories, and have shown the State of Louisiana and New Orleans what kind of mettle Stuart Hall School for Boys produces. One nice surprise is the addition of several younger players onto the chess scene, who, in their first year of chess, braved tough competition with more experienced players, and came through with results much higher than expected. 

Stuart Hall Chess Knights, you have represented yourselves and your school most admirably and have set a standard for scholastic chess in our great city. You play with heart and commitment, you have worked hard and have earned the rewards. Your Coach is most proud of you, and believes in each and every one of you. Congratulations to all of you!

S/H Summer Enrichment and Jump Starts

We are excited to announce our options for our upcoming summer program for S/H students and their siblings (priority is given to S/H students)! Please note that all morning camps will end at 12 p.m. and the afternoon camps start at 12:30 p.m. Between 12:00-12:30 p.m., we will have a supervised lunch/snack time for any students who wish to bring a bag lunch.

Thank You!  ~S/H Summer Camp Staff

S/H is K-4 Chess Champs!

This past Saturday and Sunday (March 25th and 26th), the Stuart Hall Chess Team competed in the Final 4 event of the Louisiana Scholastic Chess League's "City League" tournament. This was a grueling tournament composed of 8 qualifying rounds, 2 rounds for Quarter-finals, and 4 rounds for the Semi-final and Final. Stuart Hall entered three teams into the tournament, two in the K2 section, and one in the K4 section.

In the K2, the younger Stuart Hall White team (Declan Albro '22, CJ Encalarde '22, Mike Graugnard '23, Liam Hollard '23, Parker Rooney '24, Kennon Russo '22, and August Sauska '23) first played against Lusher Elementary, Stuart Hall's arch-rival whom Stuart Hall beat in last year's final by 1 point. S/H fell to Lusher 4-8, moving us to the 3rd/4th bracket for the final 2 rounds. In the final two rounds, SH White faced off against the stalwart Airline Park team and scored 6-6, leaving the match to tie breaks, which are determined by the score of the first board. Since that result was tied, it fell to the second board to determine the result, and that was also tied. Going to the 3rd board, first year player Mike Graugnard clinched the 3rd place win for his team by beating his opponent twice. Well done, Mike! The best performance on the day for SH White was turned in by Liam Hollard, who scored a perfect 4-0. This is a young team, composed of three 2nd graders, three 1st graders, and one kindergartner. Finishing in 3rd place is an amazing result for such a young team and they are starting their chess careers with a firm foot forward and a great stride. 

Also competing in the K2 was the more experienced SH Blue team ("Checkmate" Charlie Avin '22, Patrick Avin '23, Joseph Cusimano '22, Thomas Hulefeld '22, John Michael Maristany '22, Grady Miles '22, and Connor Rooney '22) played to defend last year's 1st place title. In the first match, SH Blue squeaked by Airline Park 7-5, with first board John Michael Maristany winning both games, and earning the team a 1st place berth in the top bracket. In the second match, SH Blue faced their arch-rival Lusher, whom they had beaten last year for 1st place. In a heartbreaking reversal of last year's Finals victory, SH Blue fell to Lusher 6.5-5.5, netting SH Blue a 2nd place trophy. Nevertheless, this great group of players turned in some impressive scores: Connor Rooney and Joseph Cusimano both went 3-1 on the day, and Checkmate Charlie Avin had the team's best score throughout the tournament with an impressive 12 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss! 

With the sun rising on a new day, SH K4 (Charlie Avin '22, Patrick Avin '23, Ryan Avin '21, Aidan Hollard '21, Christopher Keene '21, John Michael Maristany '22, Kolby Mitchell '21, and Connor Rooney '22) sought to address their disappointment of Saturday's result. Entering the Final 4 as the 4th place seed and composed of four third graders, three second graders, and one first grader, SH faced 1st place seed and perennially strong Metairie Academy. Showing great resolve to rectify the previous day's result, SH dealt an impressive blow to the first seed team, resoundingly defeating Metarie 8.5-3.5, earning SH the challenge for first place. In the second match against an older and more experienced Airline Park team, our young SH K4 Knights went in focused and determined to achieve a great result, and defeated powerful Airline Park 6.5-5.5, winning 1st place in the City League K4! On the day, Ryan Avin and Connor Rooney both turned in perfect 4-0 scores, providing the anchors for this wonderful achievement. 

The Stuart Hall Chess Team has been quite remarkable in the last two years: last year winning 1st and 2nd in City League K2, winning the State Championship in the K2, and now winning 2nd and 3rd K2 this year, and 1st in K4, not to mention an excellent performance at Nationals back in December. We have great players who play with a lot of heart, courage, commitment, and passion. Every single one of the team members should be proud of their great achievement, as we are of them.

Next up in April is the Spring LSCL rated tournament on April 8th and 9th, followed by the Louisiana State Scholastic Chess Championship on April 29th at St. Dominic in Lakeview. Let's all wish these great Stuart Hall players continued success as they forge ahead, aspiring to more and greater success in chess!

S/H Wins Lower School Academic Fair

Academy of Our Lady hosted their second annual Lower School Academic Fair on Saturday. Stuart Hall came in First Place overall for the second year in a row, with Christ the King in Second Place overall and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Third Place.

The following boys participated in the Academic Fair:

Reading Comprehension

  • First Grade: Parker Skelly, 1st place; Aidan Thomas
  • Second Grade: Grady Miles, 1st place; Elliott Rice, 2nd place
  • Third Grade: Charlie Benoit, 1st place; Jean Pierre Webre
  • Fourth Grade: David HulefeldMack Thomas, 2nd place


  • First Grade: Patrick Avin, 3rd place; Mike Graugnard, 1st place
  • Second Grade: John Michael Maristany, 1st place; Drazen Udhrain, 3rd place
  • Third Grade: Anderson Casebonne, 1st place; Kolby Mitchell
  • Fourth Grade: Truitt BalartAntonio Zollinger


  • First Grade: Liam HollardCharlie Leche, 1st place
  • Second Grade: Declan AlbroKennon Russo, 1st place
  • Third Grade: Ryan Avin, 2nd place; Aidan Hollard, 1st place
  • Fourth Grade: Luke BalhoffKlein Konrad


  • First Grade: Benjamin Pullen, 1st place; Liam Van Vrancken
  • Second Grade: Thomas Hulefeld, 1st place; Kahler Lyon, 2nd place
  • Third Grade: Christian Sauska, 1st place; Harrison Turner
  • Fourth Grade: Kacey Cognevich, 1st place; Darrick LeBeouf, 3rd place

Congratulations to our Knights!

Wesley Adams '17 Cast as Young Tarzan

Congratulations and best wishes to Wesley Adams '17, who has been cast as Young Tarzan in the Jefferson Performing Arts Society's production of Tarzan the Musical. Performances will be held March 17-26.

The Reviews are In!

  • "Young Tarzan, played with verve by the young actor Wesley Adams, is a kid lost between worlds."
    The New Orleans Advocate
  • "Youngster Wesley Adams as the young Tarzan is a standout in act one."
    Theatre Criticism
  • "The transformation of Tarzan from a young boy (cutely played by Wesley Adams) to Edwards' adult man is a stunner as he descends to the stage from the theater's balcony." | The Times-Picayune

Our Knights in Support

Blue and Gray Night at the Nest

Pelicans vs. Mavericks
Wednesday, March 29 | Tip-Off at 7pm

Your 6th and 7th Grade Stuart Hall Knights have been invited to play basketball during the Pelicans halftime show on Wednesday, March 29. We invite our S/H community to come out and support our Knights. Tickets range between $15 and $80 and include reserved seating with fellow Stuart Hall Knights, a post-game group photo on the court, and access to discounted parking. Lower Bowl and Hub Club ticket holders will receive a free Anthony Davis starting lineup collectible. Click here for a flier and order form. 

Ms. Karen Vincent/Stuart Hall Receives Vanguard Award


Congratulations to Ms. Karen Vincent and the Stuart Hall School for Boys on receiving the Smile Vanguard Award from Smile Train for their commitment to and support of the organization. There are more than 950 Smile Train fundraisers held throughout the world and our Sixth Grade lemonade sale was one of the most successful fundraisers overall. Over the past 10 years, the men of Stuart Hall have funded 130 cleft palate/cleft lip surgeries. 

Knights are Crowned 6th Grade NOAL BBALL Champs

In a rematch of last year's 5th grade NOAL Championship (which the Knights won in overtime), the Stuart Hall Knights and the Christian Brothers Falcons faced off for the 6th grade NOAL League Championship.

The Falcons came out strong and it seemed like everything was going wrong for the Knights. In the first half, three of the Knights starters had to come out of the game. Joshua Washington had blood on his undershirt from a cut lip. William Good picked up 3 fouls early in the first half. And Scout Hughes fell down hard on his face. Despite all of the trouble, the Knights managed to take a one point lead at half-time, 17-16.  During our half-time huddle, we talked about discipline, effort, and focus. The Knights responded and enforced their game plan with a very disciplined press that wore down the Falcons. The result was a 19-5 third quarter that pushed the Knights' lead to 36-21 heading into the fourth.quarter. The Knights slowed the game down in the fourth and ran the clock down each possession. Stuart Hall won 40-29 to claim the 6th grade NOAL Championship.

Jack Lo and Joshua Washington led the scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively, but it was the heart and soul of everyone on the team that led to this victory. William Good and Nicholas Jacobs applied tremendous pressure the entire game. Scout Hughes was a warrior in the paint for the Knights. Washington dominated the paint for the Knights and once again displayed his well-rounded skill set. Lo did an awesome job running the point and setting up the offense for the Knights. William Lavie played well and made a key basket in the first half to maintain the lead for the Knights. Clifton LeBlanc, Austin Guillory, Grayson Gallinghouse, and Paul Collins have played awesome all season for the Knights.

Thanks to all the parents for supporting the team this year and for enabling me to be a small part in life/development of your boy.


Feb. 10 Lunch Orders

On February 10, the Finegan Dining Room will be serving brown bag lunches. These lunches must be pre-ordered. 

If you would like to pre-order a lunch for your son, please click here to complete the online form. Lunches must be ordered by FEBRUARY 1, 2017.

The bag lunch price is the same as a regular school lunch. It will include an overstuffed three-meat sandwich on French bread (condiments will be on the side), chips, fresh fruit and a cookie.

If you have purchased a full-year meal plan for your son, the cost of the bagged lunch is included as part of that plan, but we will need the online form completed so that your son will receive lunch.

S/H Donates 300+ Christmas Gifts to N.O. Families

The families of Stuart Hall will help make Christmas a little brighter for local children and their families. Students in Grades PK3-7, as well as our faculty and staff, bought gifts for families affiliated with Catholic Charities, DHH Permanent Supportive Housing, and the St. Bernard Rebuilding Project. More than 300 gifts were presented at a special Christmas Gift Drive and Chapel yesterday. Thank you so much for your generosity and for keeping the Christmas spirit alive. 

S/H Places 1st in Academic Games Tournament

Congratulations to the S/H Middle School Academic Games team for finishing 1st Place overall in the Academy of Our Lady Academic Games on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Our S/H team finished in 10 of the 19 events, placing 1st in the following seven events: Anatomy and Physiology (Collin Pelitere and Luke Giroir), Geometry (William Bruce and Killian Lyon), SI Units (William Bruce and PJ Varisco), Draw It Out (John Mantooth, Roland Waguespack, and Collin Pelitere), Geography (Luke Giroir and George Martin), US History Makers (George and Charlie) and the Pentathlon (Wesley Adams, Will Gibbens, Ferdie Laudumiey, Collin Pelitere, and Roland Waguespack).

The team also finished 2nd in Mythology (Will Gibbens and Charlie Varisco) and 3rd in US Government (John Mantooth and Charlie Varisco) and Health and Nutrition (Ferdie Laudumiey and Roland Waguespack).

This is the third year in a row that the S/H Academic Games team has placed 1st overall in the AOL Games.