ST. FRANCISVILLE — Four West Feliciana High School students were honored by Feliciana Masonic Lodge No. 31 when they were presented with Honesty and Integrity awards at a ceremony on Oct. 17 at the lodge.
Melvin Emery, Nneka Nwabueze, Kyle Sellers and Emily Slater were presented a special key and certificate in front of family and friends, Superintendent Hollis Milton and WFHS Principal Abby Cochran during a brief ceremony.
The Honesty and Integrity awards recognize students who reflect the values and character of Freemasonry. According to Worshipful Master John Piper, this was the first time the Feliciana lodge has presented the awards. Piper said it was his decision to institute the awards this year and it will be up to future masters whether or not to continue.
Masonry is a volunteer, charitable organization. Much of the vernacular of the group is derived from historical traditions. Piper had requested a list of students who embodied those principles from the school.
“I felt no one knows the students’ character better than those educating them,” Piper said.
Nwabueze is the daughter of Drs. Nnamdi and Stacie Nwabueze. She is the vice president of the Student Government Association and president of Students Against Destructive Decisions and is a previous Beta Club secretary and vice president. She is a member of the Mock Trial team and was awarded Best Attorney in the state in 2014. She’s a volunteer firefighter and with Emergency Medical Services and teaches fire safety to children in the community. She was elected mayor of Louisiana Girls State is a member of the Teen Library Council. She has helped with Louisiana Youth Corps, WF Middle School and Louisiana Flood Relief and she sings in her church’s choir.
Sellers is the son of Gwen and Neil Sellers and is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. He’s a Beta Club member, SGA class representative, member of Young Life and is an Eagle Scout. He also plays soccer and baseball. He volunteers with Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Vacation Bible School, Louisiana Flood Relief and the Veterans’ Festival.
Emery is the son of Pearl and Melvin Emery and is a member of the National Junior Reserve Officer training Corp as assistant supply officer (11th grade) and supply officer (12th grade). He’s a member of the Beta Club, the Yearbook Committee and Cyber Discovery Team. He volunteers as an assistant youth choir leader at his church and the Louisiana Flood Relief. He works at Audubon Market.
Slater is the daughter of Ann and Wayne Slater and she’s a member of the Beta Club, volunteers with the Audubon Pilgrimage and St. Vincent DePaul. She is a church volunteer and a member of the swim and soccer teams. She is employed as a lifeguard at the YMCA and is and accomplished pianist.
“Each of these students received multiple nominations from our teachers,” said Margaret Anton, a counselor at WFHS. “They all exhibit honesty and integrity in their daily lives.”