“Welding has a lot of safety rules and procedures to follow that we were required to learn. … Once we made it to the shop, it was harder than we thought. The thought of getting burned always rested in the back of our minds. It took a couple of tries, but after that we had the hang of it.”

Age: 15

School: West Feliciana High School, 10th-grader

Parents: Chris and Jan Lanoue


Book: “Heat” by Mike Lupica

TV show: “Duck Dynasty”

Movie: “The Dark Knight”

Music: Country

Hangout: Tower Trax ATV Park in Fluker

Role model: Kevin Tomb and Butch Trahan, Scoutmasters for Boy Scout Troop 51

Extra: Kyle Lanoue plays baseball and golf and is a member of the Future Farmers of America, Boy Scouts of America Troop 51 and First Baptist Church of St. Francisville. As part of Boy Scout Troop 51 from Jackson, he was among seven Scouts to recently earn the new welding merit badge through a partnership with Capital Area Technical College, Folkes Campus. Lanoue noted how the Scouts spent a number of sessions studying welding safety before they got to try out welding. Others from his troop earning the badge were Aaron Day, Clayton Metz, Christopher Palm, Seth Veillion, Alex Myers and Ethan Veillion.

William Taylor

Assistant People editor