Celebrating a Legacy


As Archbishop Chapelle celebrates 60 years, we want to look back on the fond memories made with faculty, friends, students, and most importantly, family. Kicking off our celebration, we have the Navarre family that includes a long list of legacies that have attended Chapelle over the 60-year time frame. Debra Bautsch Navarre ’69 attended Chapelle as a student with many of her sisters. She enjoyed her time at Chapelle so much she became a member of the Chapelle Alumni Association while her three daughters attended Chapelle.
Navarre instilled her love for Chapelle in her three daughters, Rachel Navarre ’02, Rebecca Navarre ’09, and Renee Navarre ’12. Each of Navarre’s daughters accomplished many achievements in the Arts and Academics while attending their legacy’s alma mater.

We caught up with Renee Navarre ’12 to hear about her odd, yet fun memories of Chapelle.
When questioned about her best memories, Renee discusses her special moments as a member of the Hi-Steppers Dance Team. “My best memories come from Hi-Steppers, I remember right before state the gym was being used, and we had to practice in the cold. It was hilarious and completely upsetting at the same time. Those girls still hold a special place in my heart and that specific day pushed us to fight for it!”

Renee also reminisces fondly on her days in Dr. Weaver’s English class and working with Mrs. Mount and Mrs. Winchester in Art. She laughs at memories like Mrs. Cheryl dancing in the cafeteria and screaming, “Free Fries!”

The Navarre’s came together to discuss Chapelle traditions. “To see the traditions we loved come back to Chapelle makes our heart so happy. Silly games, Turkey Bowl, and Dress Down Days… That’s what makes Chapelle like no other. We are so happy that incoming Chipmunks get to experience them!”

The Navarre women have made an impact at Chapelle in their own ways over the last 60 years. We loved getting to catch up with them for our celebration of 60 years at Chapelle. We look forward to our next alumnae spotlight! Special thanks to the Navarre family for your dedication and love for Chapelle.