St. Helena celebrates academic success of athletes _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Stephanie Warren -- St. Helena College and Career Academy’s Athletic Director and head football coach Brandon Brown updates the community on student academic and athletic progress at the academy.

St. Helena College and Career Academy celebrated in February academic success, and athletics officials said their athletes made up a majority of those honored.

St. Helena College and Career Academy’s head football coach and Athletic Director Brandon Brown said the school hosted an ACT Empowerment Celebration for its students last week and more than 60 percent of the students involved were student-athletes.

“The celebration served notice that the student-athletes are excelling in athletics as well as academically,” Brown said.

The celebration was to highlight all students who scored 18 or higher on the ACT and to encourage the other students to do well on the test.

“This celebration was to get all the students at SHCCA to realize that the ACT test is the gateway to a higher education and to get them to understand that doing well on the ACT would give them unlimited college opportunities in their near future,” the athletic director said.

The celebration came as athletes were preparing for the start of several sports.

Brown said the SHCCA boys and girls track teams competed in their first invitational meet at Walker High School on Feb. 26. The baseball and softball teams also are in full swing as they prepare for their upcoming seasons, he said.

“This season will be the first in years for the baseball and softball teams to compete,” Brown said.

The teams are practicing at Charlie Overton Park in Greensburg as they prepare for the season.

Brown thanked the Police Jury for allowing them to use the field as their practice facility and for also cutting the grass at the field and doing the needed work for the student-athletes to be able to have a safe environment to practice.