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ALUMNUS

OF THE YEAR

2024 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

REV. MSGR. FRANK J. GIROIR, JR. '73

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A 1973 graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School, Frank J. Giroir was ordained a priest on May 16th, 1981, at St. Louis Cathedral. Since then, he has served for over four decades as a parish priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, spending time at St. Mark's in Chalmette, Resurrection, and St. Rita's in Harahan. Today, he is the pastor at St. Anselm in Madisonville. 

 

About twenty years after his ordination, he was honored by Abp. Schulte and Pope John Paul II with the title of Chaplain of His Holiness, granted to a select few priests around the world who have served the Church faithfully for many years. With this honor comes the title of “Monsignor,” but most people around Rummel simply call him “Father Frank.” 

 

A champion of Archbishop Rummel High School, Fr. Frank demonstrates his Raider Pride through diligent alumni and school event participation. In addition, Msgr. Frank J. Giroir publicly displays his Raider Pride in his alma mater as an example to others to follow, whether it be at alumni events or budget meetings across the state. It’s rare that the Rummel football team takes the field without Fr. Frank on the sidelines to cheer them on. 

 

Msgr. Frank J. Giroir is a man who embodies what it means to follow in the footsteps of Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel. The wisdom, courage, and fortitude of Fr. Frank is a guiding light for other alumni who know him well. As an alumnus, Fr. Frank has been integral in revitalizing alumni participation over the years as well as supporting multiple academic and extracurricular programs. 

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Jason Ural  '97

2023 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

Since his days at Rummel, Jason has been integral in revitalizing alumni participation in events and ensuring the success of Beast Feast and Return to Severn.  Jason has served his alma mater as Board President and School Board Member, as well as volunteer on various committees. 

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Edward "Ed" J. Womac, Jr.  '76

2022 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

A champion of Archbishop Rummel High School, Ed Womac Jr. demonstrates his Raider Pride through diligent event sponsoring and participation.  In addition, Mr. Womac has led three generations of Raider legacies.  Mr. Womac publicly displays his pride in his alma mater as an example to others to follow. 

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Councilman Dominick F. Impastato III '97

2021 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

In academics, leadership, and service, Dominick has demonstrated his Raider Pride for Archbishop Rummel. As Student Council president, star athlete, and scholar, he is best friend to all his fellow Raiders. Dominick's father, brothers, and sons are Raiders, so the Impastatos will forever be a true legacy family.

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Ray "RJ" Boudreau '73

2020 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

A dedicated student-athlete with participation in baseball and Big Brothers, RJ remained dedicated to his alma mater by working with the band and numerous organizations.  RJ's focus has been with the Alumni Association, serving as the 2006 President and member of the Beast Feast and Fishing Rodeo committees.  

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John “Jay” Lauricella, III '71

2019 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

Always saying “Give me a call if you need anything,” alumnus John “Jay” Lauricella was loyal to his school and his alumni brothers.  He honored his classmate and funded the Lige Hensley Scholarship for academics, leadership, and pride.  He is Raider Pride!

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Steve Scalise ‘83

2018 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

A proud alumnus who played a Congressional baseball game wearing a Rummel jersey, Congressman Scalise was named Alumnus of the Year hours before the President, in the State of the Union, acknowledged "the Legend from Louisiana" for his courage and worth ethic.

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George Rucker ‘67

2017 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

As the first president of the Archbishop Rummel Alumni Association, George Rucker set an enduring precedent by serving on the board for over 30 years.  As a Raider father, he cemented the Rucker legacy when four of his sons also became Raider alumni.

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Carmen “C.J.” Bruno ‘66

2016 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

An outstanding student-athlete at Archbishop Rummel, C.J. Bruno has continued to be an avid supporter of his alma mater through long-time leadership in the Alumni Association and by sending his two sons to follow in his Raider footsteps. 

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Dominick “Nick” Impastato ‘68

2015 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

A past president of the Alumni Association, Nick Impastato has displayed unwavering loyalty to his alma mater by sending his three sons to Archbishop Rummel and by creating the "Return to Home Scholarship. 

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John Theriot ‘79

2014 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

A staunch supporter of "all things Rummel," John Theriot has been a model Raider for years, promoting his alma mater in the community, contributing expert financial guidance to the school as an advisory board member, and supporting multiple academic and extracurricular programs. 

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S. Pete Oddo ‘66

2013 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

​A past president of the Alumni Association, Pete Oddo has supported his alma mater selflessly through the years, repeatedly contributing his time and efforts, as evidenced by keeping close contact with his charter class of 1966.

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Don L. Dubuc ‘68

2012 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

Popularly known as "Don the Outdoors Guy" on local television and radio, Don Dubuc has been a driving force behind the Alumni Association's most successful events, contributing to and promoting the Archbishop Rummel Fishing Rodeo and Beast Feast since their inceptions.

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Robert “Bob” Whitman ‘69

2011 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

A star student-athlete while a Raider, Bob Whitman returned to Archbishop Rummel as a faculty member, guidance counselor and coach, quickly becoming a role model through his efforts on campus and his leadership in the greater New Orleans community. 

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David “Dave” Russo ‘71

2010 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

A past president of the Alumni Association, Dave Russo was a founder and chairman of the Archbishop Rummel Fishing Rodeo and Beast Feast, two of the association's most successful fundraising and community building events. 

ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR
NOMINATIONS

CRITERIA
Recipients of the Alumnus of the Year Award:

  • exhibit exemplary dedication and service to his alma mater

  • ​display meritorious influences and involvement as a Raider alumnus 

  • embody the ideals and values of an Archbishop Rummel Raider


SELECTION PROCESS

  • Each year the Rummel Awards Committee reviews nominations for the Alumnus of the Year Award and votes to determine the recipient.  

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