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In 2010, the Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School Alumni Association established the
Distinguished Warrior Award to honor a former student or faculty member who
represents the ideals of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School and who have made a
difference in our community by their contributions pertaining to the school’s mission
and vision. The Distinguished Warrior Award recognizes alumni who embody the
spirit of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. These alumni exemplify the values OLF
strives to instill in each student and personify one or more of the following: service to
their community, distinction in professional life, involvement in school and parish,
and/or inspiring others as positive role models.

2024 Distinguished Warrior

Rachel Ducharme

The Fatima Alumni Council is pleased to present the Distinguished Warrior Award to Mrs. Rachel Ducharme. 
Mrs. Ducharme began teaching at Fatima 24 years ago. She is married to Michael Ducharme and has two sons Blake and Eric who is married to Lauren. She has three grandchildren, Noah, Violet and Jonah Ducharme.

Over the past 24 years, she has taught junior high Math, Computer Programming, and Robotics. She has served as the Math Committee Chair-Person, Beta Club Sponsor, Math Club Sponsor, Quiz Bowl co-sponsor, a member of the House Board, a member of the Accreditation (SACS) committee, and numerous other committees. She started the Our Lady of Fatima Chapter of the National Beta Club and the Robotics class and team. She is also instrumental in starting the House System.  

Mrs. Ducharme has received the "Diocesan Teacher of the Year" award at Vermilion Catholic, Carencro Catholic and at Our Lady of Fatima. She has been nominated numerous times for the Lafayette Education Foundation teacher awards. Twice she was selected as a Finalist in the Middle School Category.

Her accomplishments are many. Her hard work and dedication to Fatima is admirable and a blessing to Fatima school. Most of all, the love she has for her students and school is a gift she shares on a daily basis.

Thank you for keeping the Fatima spirit alive. Congratulations Mrs. Ducharme and we thank you for all that you do for Our Lady of Fatima!

Nominate an Alum

The following criteria has been established for this honor:
* A former Fatima student or Faculty member, living or deceased, who represents the ideals of Our Lady of Fatima School
* Someone who has made a contribution to the Fatima community
* Someone who made meaningful contributions in their chosen profession


  • Must be made by an OLF alum, current or former faculty member, an administrator or staff, or current or former parent.
  • All nominations must be made on an official nomination form, which can be found below.

2024 Nomination Form

Past recipients of the Distinguished Warrior Award are:
2010 Paula Lagneaux Gibbens, class of 1961
2011 Sr. Nira, Deanna Fouin, Carol Moody & Yvonne Jumonville, former Fatima faculty
2012 Kay Karre’ Gautreaux, class of 1980
2013 Debbie Guilbeau Guidroz, class of 1982
2014 Dan Blum, class of 1960
2015 Liz Cantrelle Miller, class of 1982
2016 All Alumni
2017 Thomas Chance, class of 1977
2018 The Stoma Family
2019 Patti Mouton Judice, class of 1972 and Barbara Pharis, Fatima faculty
2020 Doris Regan Tatford, class of 1974 and Lee Tatford
2021 Rickey Broussard, former Assistant Principal and Basketball Coach
2022 Loney Hebert, class of 1972
2023 Sandra Judice Moore, class of 1975 and Steve Moore