Senior citizens of St. Helena Parish were honored Oct. 10 during a home football game at St. Helena College and Career Academy.
The academy honored Charlie Overton Sr., Madeline Hall, the Rev. Peter Donald and Laverne Sims for their contributions to community and achievements in the community.
They were each presented with a plaque and a St. Helena College and Career Academy Hawk pride T-shirt.
Overton, born Oct. 11 1929, attended school in St. Helena Parish and Southern University. He was drafted in 1951 to serve in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Hood and in Germany. Overton was the first African-American police juror elected in St. Helena Parish and served the third district for 21 years. He said his philosophy in life is simple: Do your best and help someone along the way.
Sims, often referred to as “coach,” is a retired educator from St. Helena Parish. He was head football coach in 1979 and coached the St. Helena Indians to an undefeated season. He is a longtime supporter of St. Helena football and enjoys attending their home games, he said.
Donald has been a pastor in the St. Helena community for more than 40 years. He prays with students and is involved with various organizations in the community.
Hall was born and raised in St. Helena Parish and attended St. Helena High School. She is a member of various organizations and has been active in her community throughout her lifetime.
She received her degree in early childhood and has been employed at St. Helena Head Start for the past 10 years.