The Alexander Stirling chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has named three local winners of the 2016 Good Citizens Award program, which was founded in 1934.
East Feliciana Parish graduates Chris Courtney, of Silliman Institute; Jordan Davis, East Feliciana High School; and Adrienne King, Slaughter Community Charter School, were selected by the faculty and students at their respective schools as the senior best exemplifying the qualities of leadership, service and patriotism, according to DAR.
Each student received a pin, certificate and wallet recognition card at their respective graduation ceremonies in May.
While at Silliman, Courtney ran cross-country, managed the baseball team and was videographer for the Wildcats football team. He belonged to the Junior and Senior Beta clubs and was president of the Senior Honors Society.
Courtney maintained a 4.0 GPA, graduated summa cum laude and received the President’s Education Award, Jay Kemp Memorial Award for cross-country, Jostens Service Award, American Legion Award and the DAR Good Citizen honor. Scholarships earned include Taylor Opportunity Program for Students Honors, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Centennial Scholarship (partial tuition) and the Jay Kemp Memorial Scholarship.
Courtney, who likes playing guitar, hunting and fishing, is attending University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the fall to major in mechanical engineering. He is the son of Rick and Melissa Courtney and the grandson of Maurice and Donice Havard and Herbert Jr. and Linda Courtney.
Davis played football and baseball, was a member of the Student Government Association and Future Farmers of America and was president of Students Against Destructive Decisions.
A member of Mount Gideon Baptist Church, Davis sings in the youth choir and on the praise team, is a member of the East Feliciana chapter of 100 Black Men of America and volunteers at Grace Nursing and Rehab Center in Slaughter and at St. Francisville Country Manor. He likes playing basketball, listening to music and spending time with his family.
Named salutatorian of East Feliciana High, Davis maintained a 3.7 GPA and was a four-year honors student. He also earned the 2016 Student of the Year nomination and outstanding achievements in chemistry and Spanish. At graduation, he received the East Feliciana Teacher Credit Union Award, Parish Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council Award, Highlands Bank Scholar Award and DAR Good Citizen Award, as well as the Lions Club, Pelican State Credit Union and Robert Taylor Masonic scholarships.
In the fall, Davis will attend Southern University to major in mechanical engineering. He is the son of John K. Davis Jr. and Cedric and Yamesha Harris and the grandson of John K. and Betty Davis, Jerry Loyell, Leola Thompson, Louis and Linda Thompson and Arthur and Levain Woodridge. He has one brother, Jiren K. Thompson.
While attending Slaughter Community Charter, King ran cross-country, was a member of the National Senior Beta Club, National Honor Society, Student Government Association and chess club and earned recognition as a Positive Behavior Knight Elite student every semester in ninth through 12th grades.
In addition to being valedictorian, she graduated with a 4.2 GPA, received the Louisiana Academic Diploma Endorsement, was the school’s first High School Student of the Year and the first Middle School Student of the Year.
At graduation, King received several accolades, awards and scholarships, including the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Pelican Promise Award, Visions Family Worship Center’s Top Scholar Award, LSU Academic Excellence and Student Excellence fee exemptions, the Highlands Bank Banking on Your Future Award and the Ina Joy King Memorial Scholarship. She was named WAFB Best of the Class and was the only senior to have perfect attendance all four years of high school.
She volunteers at her church and as a children’s tutor. In the fall, King plans on pursuing a double major in business and English with a concentration in literature at LSU. She is the daughter of Keashu King and the granddaughter of Charles and Betty King.
Courtney, Davis and King also were the winners of their respective schools in a DAR essay contest, along with three students from Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, False River Academy and West Feliciana High School.
The six students were sponsored by the Alexander Stirling chapter, which named West Feliciana’s Adam Broussard, a 2016 summa cum laude graduate, as the overall winner of the contest. His essay was forwarded to the state competition for a chance to win a scholarship award.