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Rachel Comeaux: 2016 Ignatian Award for Outstanding Senior Woman

Loyola announcement - May 20, 2016

An Ignatian Scholar and member of Alpha Sigma Nu, Omnicron Delta Kappa, and Alpha Kappa Delta Honors societies, Rachel Comeaux graduates with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology.

Rachel served as two-term president of the University Honors Association, president of Omnicron Delta Kappa Scholarship and Service Honors Society and was the founder and director of Mission Imprint, a highly successful literacy program for kindergarten through second graders at the ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans. Additionally, she has volunteered as a teacher and tutor at Anna’s Place, Catholic Charities Head Start and Kedila Family Learning Services in New Orleans. She also served as an art and world geography instructor at the Thensted Center summer camp in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. She has twice received the Magis Student Leadership Award as outstanding Sophomore and Junior leader.

“She truly does represent the epitome of Ignatian leadership, social justice, and caring for the improvement of the community. After studying abroad in India and visiting the slums there, she became involved with an organization in which she raised enough funds to pay for a year and a half tuition to send one child from India to school,” one of Rachel’s nominators writes.

“Pedro Arrupe writes ‘Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.’ As I stand in the twilight of my days at Loyola, I can truly say that I have fallen in love with this place, and it has decided everything. It has decided my vocation as a teacher to serve the poor and oppressed, my belief in the importance of relying on and supporting others in the development of personal potential, and my on-going commitment to find God in all things,” said Rachel.

Following graduation, Rachel has accepted a position as an elementary school teacher at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans.