Nine high school graduates are heading to college with scholarships from Dudley DeBosier, a personal injury law firm with offices in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Prairieville and Shreveport.
The firm awarded $2,000 to Baylen Louque, of Lutcher High School, for winning a public service announcement competition, where contestants submitted videos about the dangers of texting and driving or drinking and driving.
The other scholarship recipients received $1,000 each and were selected from entries to an essay contest.
Students were challenged to write about challenges they have faced and how they overcame them.
Those winners are Reece Babin, of Catholic High School; Kimi Clopton, Port Allen High School; Alex James, McKinley Senior High School; Alexis Lee, Brusly High School; Ashley Little, St. Amant High School; Megan Mazzochette, Port Allen High School; Valencia Patterson, Scotlandville Magnet High School; and Adam Prevot, Catholic High School.
Academic performance, quality of writing or video submission, and demonstration of financial need factored into the selection of the scholarship recipients.
Alanté Jackson, of East Baton Rouge Parish, took first place for public speaking in the 16- to 18-year-old category during the 2013 Southern University Ag Center Family and Youth Expo.
The event last week drew more than 250 students from across the state.
Other winners, by category, included:
Public speaking, ages 9 to 12: Miracle Styles from Madison Parish, first place; Breanna Scott, Bossier Parish, second; Olivia Viltz, St. Landry Parish, third.
Public speaking, ages 13 to 15: Kanessia Crothers, Madison Parish, first; Sandreca Citizen, St. Landry, second; D’Anthony Butler, Calcasieu Parish, third.
Public speaking, ages 16 to 18: Crystal Jackon, Madison Parish, second; James Zachary, Caddo Parish, third.
Illustrated talk, ages 9 to 12: Jordan Page and Keonia Freeman, West Carroll Parish, first; Alaina Schaffer and Jeremiah Schaffer, St. Landry Parish, second.
Illustrated talk, ages 13 to 15: Grant Henry, Bossier Parish, first; Seth Poirier, St. Martin Parish, second; Taylor Threads, West Carroll Parish, third.
Illustrated talk, ages 16 to 18: Juwan Nimer and Jaylen Nimer, St. Landry Parish, first.
Quiz bowl, senior category: Bossier Parish, first; Calcasieu Parish, second; 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, third.
Quiz bowl, junior category: Calcasieu Parish, first; Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives in St. Landry Parish, second; West Carroll Parish, third.
Jade Spears came in first and Citlallin Rocha-Gonzales came in second in the Area F Knights of Columbus Essay Contest with the theme “The Importance of Religious Freedom.”
Both winners were sponsored by The Father Maynard E. Hurst Jr. Knights of Columbus Council No. 9016.
Spears graduated with the class of 2013 from Baton Rouge High School and is the daughter of Joi and Troy Spears.
Rocha-Gonzales attends St. Michael the Archangel High School and is the daughter of Leticia Castille.
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