KEHOE-FRANCE NORTHSHORE
25 Patricia Drive, Covington, LA 70433
Phone: 985-892-4415

#KFPathToSuccess

We are proud of the Kehoe-France students who have gone on to accomplish some great things!

Years Attended – 11 Years

Year Graduated – 2011

Favorite teacher – Mr. Tate

Takeaway from Kehoe-France
The path to success is different for everyone.

Megan Feringa

With all of Her Heart

As a legacy student at Vanderbilt University, Jacqueline Lavin understands the value of looking ahead, setting goals, and planning for her future. “At Kehoe France Northshore the teachers were rigorous, but rigorous in a good way,” Jacqueline remembers. “That discipline helped me a great deal at Saint Scholastica Academy to plan for the future, and not just live in the present.”

This type of self discipline and planning enabled her to achieve lofty goals as a student at Saint Scholastica . Jacqueline received multiple achievement awards in academics, was Co Valedictorian of her graduating class (along with another Kehoe France alum Beverly Brown). She also served as a member of the Student Government Association for five years, was a stellar athlete reaching the regional and state finals in tennis, with the distinction of becoming the first eighth grader in the history of her school to make it to state. She was also named to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Academic All State team in tennis. “I attribute much of my academic success to Kehoe France – it all started there.” She notes, “Mr. Tate was my Social Studies teacher for three years, and his was my most difficult class. He pushed us to our limits. He made me realize that no matter how you start, if you want to succeed you can become the best person you can be.”

Jacqueline attributes her grounded study skills to her middle school education at Kehoe France.  Mr. Tate, a Navy veteran  sincerely cared  about the success of his students.  “He and the other teachers really wanted us to have a higher expectation of ourselves,” she says. “And so I started to expect more of myself, and I continued those expectations even as academics got harder.What I learned in middle school propelled my accomplishments in high school.”

As she reflects on the social aspect of her years at KehoeFrance, Jacqueline describes her time there as welcoming, friendly, inclusive and collaborative. A place where we were taught that you would face pressures all of your life, but no matter what, you should be who you are. I was accepted at Kehoe France and I developed habits that nurtured my independence and  helped me succeed,” she notes. “We were more of a family, and it is a connection you carry with you even when you leave. Some of my best friends still today are from when I was four years old at Kehoe France.” Jacqueline says KehoeFrance helped her to become a well-rounded person, to understand that success is measured differently for every person, and that every person should strive to become the best version of who they were meant to be. She adds that what she was taught led her to become a driven and passionate person in every aspect of her life. While she enjoys academics, she also takes time out to unwind through tennis and photography. As she begins her college career at Vanderbilt — a school she chose in part because her mother studied there and because it is close to home — she looks forward to immersing herself in her declared major, Chemical Engineering. She sees herself working in the energy field, at first for someone else, but ultimately, as the owner of her own engineering consulting firm. She fondly recalls the foundation that was laid in her younger years at Kehoe France. “One of the reasons I chose Vanderbilt is because it is academically rigorous, and this will help me reach the goals for my future,” she says. “In whatever I decide to do, I know that I should do it with all of my heart.”