Higgins High School graduate completes Navy basic training _lowres

Dale Hinyup who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) inJanuary 2012 at the age of 56. ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a neurologicaldisease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles.

Navy Seaman Recruit Dvante K. Thomas, son of Tiffany A. Thomas of New Orleans, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.

The eight-week program included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Thomas is a 2013 graduate of L.W. Higgins High School in Marrero.