Officials with North Oaks Health Systems led an orientation on June 7 for 53 teens selected to participate in its Junior Volunteer summer program.
The program runs from June 13 to Aug. 5 and offers teens ages 14 to 17 a community service opportunity.
Ponchatoula High School senior Andee Poché has been a Junior Volunteer every summer since 2013, racking up 305 service hours helping in the Volunteer Services office, hospital Gift Shop and the Heart Health Services department.
Poché said the program has improved her interpersonal communication skills and comfort level with public speaking, which will be useful in her chosen future career as a chiropractor.
Program participants this year come from 12 Louisiana high schools in Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes and one high school in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Participants include Lacie Randall, Rayanne Ridgel and Nipun Wadhwa, all of Albany High School; Allie Ferrara, Kerrigan Hunt and Sarah Labbé, all of Archbishop Hannan High School; Misty King, of Doyle High School; Brittany Diez, of French Settlement High School; Landon Goings, Madison Harrill, Moesha Felder, Tyra Jones, Garrett Sanders, Rachel Schnadelbach, Dereka Sylve and Layla Taylor, all of Hammond High Magnet School; Samantha McNeal, of Holden High School; Samantha Barrera, Leah Benfield, Virginia Cervantes, Elisabeth Dunnington, Abigail Saba and Kaylyn Treadway, all of Loranger High School; Sara Calamia and Sarah Gordon, both of Oak Forest Academy; Presley Brents, Kelly Caro, Alayna Chelette, Catherine Dahmer, Luke Daniels, Sarah Haltom, Emma Huszar, Peyton LeSaicherre, Mia Maillet, Dustin Motichek, Sophia Nuzzolillo, Jourdan Olmstead, Sklyar Pete, Poché, Kasslyn Pugh, Lydia Stegall, Olivia Thornton, Blair Vignes and Belle Vignes, all of Ponchatoula High School; Tanner Booth, of St. Stanislaus High School; Katie Amos, Logan Lucas and Kashish Wadhwa, all of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School; Hailey Penton, of Springfield High School; and Abi Creel, Sophia Charoenpap and Cassie Robinson, all of Walker Freshman High School.