Every one of us can look back during our school years and think of a special person who left his mark on our lives. Teachers probably make up the majority of the memories we have for those who leave a lasting impression on our future.
Back in my day at St. Theresa, one of the folks I’ll never forget was John Keith Ambeau. There was never a more dedicated, hardworking employee during my school years. A field in Ascension Parish is appropriately named after him.
The St. Amant High School Gator Nation and the St. Amant Booster Club took time out last week at the bidistrict Lady Gator playoff game against Chalmette to recognize one of them. It was none other than longtime Gator supporter and school employee Clark Lambert.
Lambert’s service at St. Amant High School started long before the softball team was in existence. The day the new school was opened on La. 431 was the day his service to the student body and faculty began.
A career that spanned over three decades started with the responsibility of custodian. But his responsibilities and value soon increased. The groundskeeping of the football, baseball and softball fields soon were added. The painting of the stripes and logos were his pride and joy.
Lambert also drove the bus for the ladies softball team for 20 years.
St. Amant High School Principal Mia Edwards described Lambert as one of the most dedicated Gator fans in the St. Amant community.
“Clark is what Gator Pride stands for,” Edwards said.
St. Amant softball coach Scott Nielson described Clark as the most dedicated fan he knows to the Lady Gators softball program.
“Clark always seems to give so much to this program, and we cannot thank him enough,” Nielson said.
Known affectionately as the “mayor of St. Amant High,” Lambert retired this year and will be greatly missed. He was appropriately rewarded with a 12-0 win by the Lady Gators softball team over Chalmette High School.
A great philosopher once stated, “He who wants to be the greatest among you, must be the servant of all.” Clark Lambert, you filled that role; well done.