The valedictorian of the St. Augustine High School class of 2018 is André L. Wilson Jr. The salutatorians are Gregory J. Lucien Jr. and Juan A. Monjarres. 

Wilson, the son of André L. Wilson Sr. and Ira Wilson, of Gretna, will attend the University of Notre Dame to study engineering. President of the St. Augustine student body, Wilson earned academic awards in English, math, science, history and theology.

Lucien, the son of the Gregory Lucien Sr. and Talana Suarez, of New Orleans, will attend Xavier University of Louisiana to study psychology. The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity recently named Lucien its outstanding minority youth.

Monjarres, the son of Carolina Ivett Bailey and Daniel Monjarres, of New Orleans, will attend Tulane University to study chemical engineering. He was a four-year athlete in football earning a place on the LHSAA Academic All-State Football Composite team. A St. Augustine track and field team member, Monjarres medaled in track at the Junior Olympic Games.

Awards presented during the St. Augustine High School commencement exercises May 16 at the Xavier University of Louisiana Convocation Center included:

  • Purple Knight Award, to Kyle A. Jackson, son of Jacque Jackson Sr. and Connie Jackson of LaPlace, who will major in engineering at Florida A&M University
  • St. Joseph Award, to Lionel Johnson Jr.
  • Citizenship Award, to Wardell Royal III
  • Community Service Award, to Emonté Wilson, who completed 435 service hours
  • Edwin Harrell Hampton Award, to Jean-Paul Willard
  • The Marching 100 Award, to Dorian Jones.

St. Augustine alumni Avery Johnson ’83, Wayne Neveu ’68 and the Honorable Benedict J. Willard ’82 served as commencement speakers and honored guests at the commencement exercises.

Along with the valedictorian and the salutatorians, the top 10 members of the graduating class include Kyle A. Jackson, Danté G. Jacques, Wardell Royal III, Keith H. Settle, Kolby R. Simms, Tyrone J. Trufant and Kijana D. Wren Jr.

The other graduates are: Jada J. Alfred, Marchann L. Alston, Lloyd Ambrose, Anthony J. Bates, Eric J. Beal Jr., Aaron J. Bell, Raymond J. Bell, Corey T. Bickham Jr., Brandon A. Bode, Kevin Bradley Jr., Jonathan M. Brown, Danté R. Carter, Bryson L. Celestine, Devin J. Comeaux, Angelo M. Condiff, Latrell A. Dace, Reginald D. Davis III, Richard N. Davis Jr., Jadon C. Dawson, Ly'John T. Denis.

Also, Mark C. Domingue Jr., Raynell I. Duncan, Kedrick Edwards, Jeremy J. Ferdinand, Merlin L. Fleury III, Irvin C. Francois IV, Ryan G. Frazier, Andrew V. Gant, Jordan P. Grant, Travis J. Greenlee, Tyrone D. Hamilton, Bless R. Harris, Jayaun E. Harris, Christopher J. Hernandez, Kendrick L. Hills, Edwin T. Hookfin Jr., Joshua A. Hudson, Benjamin J. Irons, Ian S. Jackson, Khalid M. Jefferson.

Also, Lionel C. Johnson Jr., Malik Johnson, Richard E. Johnson, Jamaal J. Jolla, Terroll K. Jolla Jr., Dorian N. Jones, Ross J. Jones Jr., Rukeene M. Jones, Ricky Jordan Jr., Garland S. LaFrance Jr., Ishmael E. Landers Jr., Byrone A. Lee, Johan A. Lowe, Eric M. Lyles Jr., Donniel R. Magee, Dorien M. Magee, Dwayne J. Mallet II, Ty’Relle J. Mason, Dwayne W. McGill Jr., Clarence M. McMiller.

Also, Yonathan T. Mehari, Zé A. Muse, Iman N. Neal, Derrick G. Payton Jr., Dillon A. Peters, Jordan A. Pettway, Derrick S. Pinkney Jr., Ryan J. Richard, Donavan G. Rolland, Niran A. Sanders, Andrew A. Sceau III, Jamaal C. Scott, Jaron A. Simpson, Kyle B. Sims, Darius K. Slack, Tavis J. Smith, Ronald M. Sorina III, Nikiya E. Sullen Jr., D’Juan D. Tabb, Jordan W. Temple.

Also, Larry Thomas II, Lucies D. Thompson, Ahmir S. Trotter, Joseph Walker V, Keith R. Walker, Irvin B. Washington, Jermance J. Webb, Elijah N. Wheat, Malik Z. White, Christian M. Whitfield-Williams, Zion A. Wilcox, Jean-Paul J. Willard, Austin E. Williams, Brandon A. Williams, Derrick A. Williams Jr., Lance K. Williams, Nigel T. Williams, Emonté E. Wilson and Terrence Wimberly Jr.