Sophomore represents St. Helena at Leadership Academy _lowres

Photo provided by Rusty Jabour -- Markedija McMorris, a sophomore at St Helena College & Career Academy, was honored recently for her selection to attend the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. Attending a tea held June 4 in Denham Springs to honor McMorris, from left, are Jo'el Givens, teacher of talented art in St. Helena Parish; McMorris, Academy honoree; Maurice Durbin of Denham Springs, tea hostess and 2011 Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business Hall of Fame honoree; Sandra Herman of New Orleans, Board President of the Center for Women and 2013 Hall of Fame honoree; and Laura Badeaux, Executive Director of the Center for Women.

Markedija McMorris, a sophomore at St. Helena College & Career Academy, was the St. Helena Parish representative at the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy, June 14-17, at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

McMorris was honored for her selection at a June 4 tea, hosted by Maurice Durbin, of Denham Springs, a 2011 Louisiana Women’s Center Hall of Fame honoree, and by Sandra Herman, of New Orleans, a 2013 Hall of Fame honoree.

The leadership academy is a program of the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business, which was established in 1990 at Nicholls to promote, inform and encourage leadership of all women.

The leadership academy was created by The Women’s Center to leave a legacy by helping shape the lives of Louisiana’s future leaders and to prepare high school girls for leadership in life goals they choose.

This year’s academy attracted about 40 girls from throughout the state who participated in intensive learning and service exercises designed to hone their knowledge and leadership skills.