Scholarship, Leadership, & Service
April 10, 2017
By Special Invitation
St. Mary’s Academy will present its 58th annual Debutante Ball on Friday, April 28th, 8:00pm at the Pontchartrain Center. Students, parents, alumnae, faculty, staff and friends are invited to attend the ball that will feature the formal presentation of the senior class to society.
Reigning as Queen of the Ball will be Miss Caitlin Maureen Barnes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marc and Kiki Barnes, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Xavier and Maureen Angel. The Royal Court also includes First Maid-Kayla Houston, Second Maid-Raiyon Hunter, Third Maid-Alysea Colar, Fourth Maid-Naya Murray, Fifth Maid-Barriane Franks, Sixth Maid-Tailyn Holmes, Seventh Maid-Halle McKey and Eighth Maid-Jessica Wilson.Read More
April 2, 2017
A Work of Art Inspired Tea
St. Mary’s Academy held its annual Mother and Daughter Tea on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Windsor Court Hotel. The art-inspired event gave debutantes an opportunity to share some quality time with their moms while enjoying a lavish southern twist on tea.
Featured at the tea was the presentation of the 2017 Royal Debutante Queen and Maids. Reigning as the queen of the 2017 ball will be Miss Caitlin Maureen Barnes, daughter of Mr. Marc Barnes, Sr. and Mrs. Maureen Ancar. The royal entourage includes First Maid Miss Kayla Houston, Second Maid Miss Raiyon Hunter, Third Maid Miss Alysea Colar, Fourth Maid Miss Naya Murray, Fifth Maid Miss Barriane Franks, Sixth Maid Miss Tailyn Holmes, Seventh Maid Miss Halle’ McKey and Eighth Maid Miss Jessica Wilson.
Also punctuating the festivities was a message delivered to the debutantes by Queen 2016 Allison Henry who encouraged everyone to make the most of their experiences. A tribute to the mothers was given by Raiyon Hunter and Naomi Boyd and greetings from the Class of 2017 was brought by class president Airelle Harris.Read More
Christal Keller was born and raised in the 7th ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, a product of the Archdiocesan elementary school system. A graduate of the St. Mary’s Academy class of 1993, she finished in the top 10 of her class.
Following graduation from SMA, and after several major of study changes, Christal went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of New Orleans in General Studies – Health Sciences in 2002. While earning her degree from the University of New Orleans, she began working for Walmart Pharmacy in June of 1998 as a stock associate. The Pharmacy Manager recognized her potential and work ethic and encouraged her to train for a Pharmacy Technician position. After studying and passing the test, Christal became a Licensed Certified Pharmacy Technician in January of 1999, remaining in that position for the next ten years.
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city, forcing Christal to evacuate to Baton Rouge. Fortunately, she was able to continue working as a Pharmacy Technician at one of the Baton Rouge Walmart stores. In 2006, knowing that she was not content to remain a Technician for the rest her career, Christal re-applied to Xavier University’s College of Pharmacy. Because she was deficient in some required science related courses, she was initially denied entrance and hence advised to return once these courses were completed. While still working as a Pharmacy Tech, Christal completed the appropriate study, reapplied for entrance into Xavier University’s College of Pharmacy program and was accepted in 2009.