St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School and the Falcon Alumni Association announce the selection of George “Butch” Roussel as the school’s 2018 Distinguished Graduate.

Roussel is a 2002 graduate of STA and a resident of Lafayette.

Roussel is a clinical researcher with Vivo Research LLC and the founder of The 24 Hour Citizen Project, a nonprofit organization that empowers citizens to pursue civic projects under the support of city officials and financial backers. Since its inception in 2014, the project has funded $80,000 in 20 citizen-led projects.

He is a tutor for at-risk children in Lafayette, a community advocate, a TEDx speaker coach and a spiritual adviser to a Haitian mission group called Mission Renew.

“My Catholic education taught me the importance of having a relationship with Jesus, the ultimate teacher,” Roussel said. “Through him, we discover a foundation for a Christ-centered life. Those are lessons only discovered through faith.”

Roussel is an elected trustee to the Louisiana Public Trust Financing Authority and is a member of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana. He was chosen as a TED speaker at TEDx Vermilion Street in 2015 and Social Media Day in 2017.

He will be honored at a diocesan ceremony in Baton Rouge during Catholic School’s Week in January.