Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge have named the eight winners of the 2013 Louisiana Young Heroes Awards.
The awards honor students in grades 7-12 who have excelled in the classroom, served their communities, overcome adversity and inspired everyone around them.
This year’s winners are:
- Hollie Fields, 18, a senior from Oil City who attends North Caddo Magnet High School, suffered abuse so severe at home she was taken away by the courts and placed with her grandmother. Now in remission from aplastic anemia, she is an outstanding student who has worked with Holiday for Kids, volunteered at summer camp, joined Students Against Destructive Decisions and served as brigade commander for the Junior ROTC.
- Carissa Fruge, 18, a senior from Jennings who attends Hathaway High School, has a 4.0 grade-point average despite a wide range of physical ailments over the past four years that included swine flu, a sciatic nerve injury that left her unable to walk without extreme pain, an auto immune disease, Reynaud’s syndrome and fluid around her heart.
- Henry Futch, 14, an eighth-grader from Arcadia who attends Cedar Creek School in Ruston, is a cancer survivor who tutors younger students at his school and helps raise money for Relay for Life and other cancer support organizations along with the Ronald McDonald House and St. Jude’s Hospital.
- Aamina Green, 18, a senior from New Iberia who attends Teurlings Catholic High School in Lafayette, has survived leukemia, pneumonia and pancreatitis to be an excellent student. She has donated hundreds of hours to her favorite causes including more than 500 hours as volunteer counselor at Camp Challenge, a summer camp for hematology and cancer patients.
- Madison Perri Martin, 12, a seventh-grader at Southside Junior High in Denham Springs, has battled Type I diabetes since she was 15 months old. She actively volunteers for a long list of causes including advocating and raising money for the American Diabetes Association and Livingston Parish Animal Shelter.
- Hunner Monceaux, 18, a senior at South Beauregard High School in Longville, recovered from a cancerous tumor in his shoulder, only to learn a year later that he had a large tumor in his lung that would require the removal of the lung. He recovered and is back playing with the South Beauregard Golden Knights basketball team.
- Rachel Patteson, 17, a senior at Northwood High School in Shreveport, has not let her tumultuous family life stop her from being a top student and serving her community. Tossed out of her home by her drug-addicted mother at 13, she was taken in by a friend’s family who took her meager savings. She is classified as homeless by the federal government but lives with a family in her hometown.
- Maggie Elizabeth Tortorich, 13, an eighth-grader at Central Middle School in Gonzales, was seriously injured in a car wreck that left her in critical condition with half of her skull crushed. Her remarkable recovery had her back in school in a couple of weeks and she has returned to her first love, dancing. She has made the Central Middle School Dance Team.
AgCenter honors Simon
Megan Simon, of Lafayette Parish, received the C.W. “Dub” Kennedy Award during concluding ceremonies for the 78th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show in February at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
The Kennedy Award, given in memory of a former, longtime manager of the LSU AgCenter’s livestock shows, recognizes a 4-H’er for outstanding animal science records and work with various 4-H livestock projects.
Simon has been involved with the broiler project and showing exhibition poultry, as well as being a member of the Lafayette Parish 4-H Junior Leader Club and serving as a counselor at 4-H summer camp. She also participated in the poultry judging competition at 4-H University and was the state winner in the Poultry Premiere Exhibitor contest and the champion in the Louisiana State Fair Broiler Showmanship Contest.
Among other honorees was Reese Tassin, of St. Tammany Parish, who received a Superintendent of Education Award, a prize given to students 13 years of age or younger who have excelled in 4-H or FFA livestock projects.
Tassin is a member of the Covington High School FFA Chapter. His livestock work includes Beefmaster cattle and poultry, and he has been active in livestock shows at the parish, district and state levels — winning numerous grand champion and reserve champion awards. Tassin also has served as an FFA chapter officer and a member of his chapter’s forestry and parliamentary law teams, and he was a member of its livestock judging team that won the state championship.
Visit http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/4H/News to see other results from the livestock show, including exhibitor awards and state champions.
Learn about financial aid
Louisiana Education Loan Authority and Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus will offer a free webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday to address questions about college financial aid and scholarships.
Register at http://tinyurl.com/financialaidwebinar or call (800) 228-4755 for more information.
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