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Catholic Schools Week ~ Emily May Kline Distinguished Graduate

img-aliveDuring the national annual Catholic Schools Week, the Diocese of Baton Rouge recognizes distinguished alumni from each local school and honors those outstanding individuals with a beautiful reception and awards ceremony. Our Lady of Mercy is pleased to announce its 2019 Distinguished Graduate as Mrs. Emily May Kline. 


Mrs. Kline, a 1995 graduate of Mercy, is part of a multi-generational lineage of Blue Jays. Her mother was a 1975 graduate of OLOM School along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Emily’s children are included as part of the May-Kline Blue Jay legacy; daughter Sydney will graduate in 2022, and son Henry in 2026. 


Emily says of her roots, “As a child, I did not appreciate the value and importance of the Catholic education I was receiving at Our Lady of Mercy. Not until my adult life, did I realize the great sacrifice my parents made to afford me the opportunity to attend Catholic school. The morals and values instilled in me were those I learned during the most formative years of my life at Our Lady of Mercy. As a parent now, there was no question that I wanted the same Catholic education for my children that I received.” 


Emily, along with her husband of 15 years Chip, have served in numerous leadership positions on our campus – she as Secretary of the School Advisory Board, and together as chairs of the Annual Giving Campaign in 2016-17. In her professional life, Mrs. Kline serves as the Director of Development at Baton Rouge General Foundation.


Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Emily May Kline as this year’s recipient of our Distinguished Graduate Award!

Mercy’s Distinguished Graduates


2019 – 2020       Emily May Kline
2018 – 2019       Renee Bergeron Richard
2017 – 2018       Col. Kevin Reeves
2016 – 2017       Michael Shingleton
2015 – 2016       Lacey Sanchez
2014 – 2015       Garrett Graves
2013 – 2014       Stephen Toups
2012 – 2013       Fr. Mark Beard
2011 – 2012       Sherri Riker Montagnino
2010 – 2011       Kevin Brian
2009 – 2010       Lauren Barksdale
2008 – 2009       George Cunningham
2007 – 2008       Dr. Beau Clark
2006 – 2007       Stacie Lambert deBlieux
2005 – 2006       Renee’ Robinson Tullier
2004 – 2005       Tara Nelson Herrera
2003 – 2004       Dr. Michael Crapanzano
2002 – 2003       Sonia Dauzat Hurst
2001 – 2002       Frank Brian
2000 – 2001       Diane Songy “Peppy” Root
1999 – 2000       Fr. Paul Counce
1998 – 1999       Fr. Caye (Trey) Nelson, III
1997 – 1998       Karen Thomas Darnall
1996 – 1997       Dr. Roberta Corona Vicari
1995 – 1996       Dale Songy


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