March 09, 2024
On March 09, 2024 a champion will emerge, but Catholic High is the real winner.
The dance couples will take the stage to perform routines guaranteed to bring down the house. The votes of their friends and family will determine who takes home the mirror ball trophy. Each vote means money to support Catholic education in New Iberia.
Dancing with the Stars, Panther Style is a one night event to support one cause of a lifetime. This annual event has helped the school raise over 2 million dollars since its inception in 2012, with monies supporting tuition assistance, endowment, and facilities and technology improvements.
The often imitated, yet never duplicated, Dancing With The Stars, Panther Style is unique in many ways. Cast members aren't just local personalities. All of them are closely connected to Catholic High as alumni, parents, grandparents, owner pastors, or faculty members. Choreographers are area dance instructors who volunteer their time and talents to help their couples look their best. The entertainment extends beyond the stage with three celebrity judges, who provide color commentary on each act.
Where do the proceeds go?
Because tuition only partially covers the cost of a Catholic education, it is imperative that we make a concerted effort to advance our Endowment Fund. This investment in the future of CHS ensures not only that the traditions of the Christian Brothers and Carmelite Sisters continue for generations to come, but it also helps to facilitate current teacher retention and a renewed commitment to Catholic education.
Preserving and continuing to advance a tradition of academic excellence and Christ-centered values requires continual upgrade and maintenance of our facilities. With the help of DWTS, we have also been able to upgrade decades old air conditioning systems, add a new gymnasium, refurbish the track, repair and replace roofing, improve landscaping, and much more.
Educating our children is one of the most important tasks we face as a community. Catholic High continues to move forward by providing technology-rich learning environments that prepares its students for life beyond our classrooms. DWTS funds have contributed to critical network infrastructure and security improvements. These include all new managed switching, cloud-managed wireless access points, an updated server, and security cameras, to name just a few.
As we continue to live the Catholic High motto, Acta Non Verba, we must break the barrier that many families face when choosing Catholic education—cost. Not only is your support at Dancing With the Stars. Panther Style is crucial to helping those students already enrolled whose families are facing unforeseen circumstances, it also helps us to reach out to qualified students regardless of socioeconomic status to provide an opportunity for a Catholic education.