Cupit Foyer dedicated to former principal’s legacy of service

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 13, 2021

LAPLACE — In 30 years of serving as principal of St. Charles Catholic High School, Andrew Cupit helped generations of Comets fly high and shine bright. His commitment to SCC’s mission was honored Monday with the unveiling of the Cupit Foyer.
A beautiful mural spanning the length of the foyer documents a series of campus renovations that became a reality thanks to Cupit’s dedication.
According to Advisory Board President Louis Authement, Cupit realized the old blue tin building was no longer meeting the needs of the 21st Century student. He assigned the renovation project as a priority more than a decade ago to foster an environment where students can grow in faith, academics, extracurricular activities and service.
It took three years of study, community discussions and strategic planning, culminating in the United in Faith Capital campaign. Nearly $1 million in gifts and pledges were raised, and $6 million in campus-wide exterior and interior improvements were implemented in stages.
The original pre-fabricated exterior was replaced with an attractive façade, and main entrances were extended to provide increased square footage. The Comets now enjoy an improved student center, in addition to a renovated gymnasium, a remodeled library and two Mac labs. Other upgrades included improved Internet access, fire and security system upgrades, energy-efficient lighting and HVAC improvements.
The Cupit Foyer also highlights SCC’s renovated football stadium, the new Chapel, and a Memorial Tower in memory of SCC alumnus Lt. Col. Robert Hymel, a hero who was killed during of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Religion Department Head Jeff Montz said the Cupit Foyer represents service to God and to the community.
During Monday’s dedication ceremony, Montz prayed, “May this entrance to our school be a reminder of what it means to have a servant’s heart.”
Martha Mundine, deputy superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, was also in attendance for the unveiling. She worked closely with Cupit beginning in 2011, and she has always admired his “quiet leadership, faith and humility.”
Cupit wasn’t expecting the foyer dedication, but it was a wonderful reminder that part of his heart will always belong to St. Charles Catholic.
“It was a wonderful 30 years. It never felt like work, and it was always a joy,” Cupit said. “Working with young people was a true privilege. It gave me inspiration every day. Don’t be fooled by what you read in society about young people and how bad they are. Young people are terrific. They are God’s gift to us.”
Current SCC Principal Dr. Courtney P. Millet thanked Connie Powell, SCC parent and director of development/human resources, for helping to make the Cupit Foyer a reality.
This week’s dedication ceremony also honored Dr. Andrew St. Martin, SCC Alumni of the Year.
Cupit introduced St. Martin as the Alumni of the Year, emphasizing how he lives by SCC’s mission statement each day. His faith is seen in his devotion to the church and how he glorifies God in everyday life. According to Cupit, St. Martin also used his intellect to glorify God by studying in the seminary and becoming a physician. His dedication to service is seen in how he gives back to the community in small ways and in big ways, never for the recognition.
Mark Williams, associate superintendent of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, recognized St. Martin as part of a select group of people who have made outstanding contributions to his church and alma mater through service and support.
“Thank you for serving as a role model for others, especially our current students, demonstrating the importance of a firm foundation, and making a difference in the world,” Williams said.