EDUCATION

Waguespack honored during Catholic Schools Week

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Tracie Waguespack, right, Distinguished Graduate from St. Theresa School for 2009, accepts her award from Bishop Robert Muench at a special banquet honoring distinguished graduates from area Catholic schools.

Catholic Schools in the area celebrated Catholic Schools Week the week of Jan. 25-31.

It offered a time for everyone to reaffirm the spiritual value of each student in the eyes of God, to encourage students to reach academic potential, to recognize parents for their sacrifices on behalf of Catholic education, and to acknowledge the accomplishments of all the Catholic schools in the nation. It is also a time to honor an outstanding alumni graduate from St. Theresa School who represents the best of these Catholic educational values.

During the Catholic Schools Week Mass, Tracie Waguespack was honored as the 2009 NCEA Catholic Elementary School Distinguished Graduate for St. Theresa School. Waguespack was presented with a framed certificate and a commemorative lapel pin for outstanding personal and professional achievements. 

A graduate from the class of 1973, Waguespack is a second grade instructional aide and secretary for the athletic programs at St. Theresa School. She is the daughter of Harold and Lorraine Gautreau. She is married to Godfrey “Butch” Waguespack and is the mother of Adam and Austin who are also both alumni of St. Theresa School.

Throughout her life, Tracie has consistently pursued the highest possible professional and personal standards. She is an example of how Catholic Schools educate people to take leadership roles in their community and beyond. Due to the foundation received from her Catholic School education, Waguespack has felt a need to give back to her church and community. It is very important to her to be involved and to be an example for today’s youth.

Waguespack has served on the Gonzales Recreation Board for 10 years and is a committee member of the Dixie Boys District and Regional Baseball Tournaments, a committee member of the 2010 Dixie Minor and Youth World Series (public relations committee), a member of the East Ascension Booster Club, a member of the East Ascension Baseball BAT committee, and for the past 2 years, the Chairperson of the EA Wrestling Team Tournament.

At St. Theresa School, Waguespack was a homeroom mother for 16 years, Booth Chairperson for the STA Fair for 14 years, president of the Warrior Club for 3 years, and she also chaired various events such as producing St. Theresa’s first cookbook as a fundraiser.  Prior to accepting the position of second grade instructional aide, Waguespack was a faithful substitute teacher. 

In her personal comments about Catholic education, Waguespack wrote, “I believe a Catholic education provides a well-rounded education for a child’s mind and spirit. It gives a child a special environment where he can learn about his faith and spirituality through action.  It helps parents to further build a child’s religious foundation while providing him with an excellent education.”