THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The Valedictorians, those who maintained absolute 4.0 grade-point averages throughout their Iota High School careers, were, from left, Joseph Dupre, Kirsten Hebert, Amy Lemaire, Nicholas Rougeau and Brennon Thompson.
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A shoulder to shoulder crowd cheered on the Iota High School Class of 2019 as they graduated Tuesday night at Bulldog Stadium.
Of note, Iota High saw 31 graduate with honors, 23 of whom boasted a 4.0 grade point average or above. Five of those were named valedictorians with true 4.0 grade point averages.
A momentous occasion for the class, Principal Cindy Abshire was eager to impart one final tidbit of wisdom before they left Iota’s doors and entered “the real world”.
“The funny thing about ‘real life’ is that there are no longer daily objectives written on a board to guide you,” Abshire said. “Learning becomes more difficult to measure and most ‘real life’ tests are unannounced, especially tests involving your character, ethics and empathy for others. By the way, these types of tests may well continue for at least the next 60 years.
“I have a plaque hanging in my office that has a message that I want to share with you: ‘If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you dare not, you don’t. If you’d like to win, but think you can’t, It’s almost a cinch you won’t. If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost, For out in the world we find, Success begins with a person’s will; It’s all in the state of mind. Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man; But sooner or later, the person who wins is the person who thinks they can.’”
The class of 2019 was happy to reflect upon fond memories.
“And now it’s a time in our life to move onto bigger and better things, but we will all share something in common forever. This. This experience. These memories. This home. This is our home. This is where we learned who we were and who we wanted to be” said Joseph Dupre, one of the five valedictorians.
“If we lose our way, or don’t know what to do next, or just get a little home sick, we can always come back home. This is our home, this is our family.”
Kristen Hebert, another valedictorian, also left with the wise words. “High school has been an unforgettable journey that has prepared us for the future, whatever our futures may hold. The past four years have held some of the most memorable moments of our lives. We have made friends that will last a lifetime and our teachers have left marks on our lives that will never fade.”
“The life ahead of you may be challenging in ways I’ll never even begin to understand, but in those times of hardship just remember the dozens of caring faculty at Iota High, the myriad of friends you’ve made, and the loving family around you that believe you can do it. And for as little as it may actually matter, at the very least, I think you can, too!” said Brennon Thompson
Before, the awards began, Senior Class President Sadie Corrine Fruge bestowed the School Key to Junior Class President Victoria Clay. The longstanding tradition at the school has seen each class place ribbons upon the key and even seen the original key retired with a new key used for the third time this year.
Several final scholarships were awarded during commencement. In total, the class has accumulated over $2 million in scholarships, when including TOPS.
Scholarships presented Tuesday night included:
• The Kathryn P. Henderson Memorial Scholarship: Rose Regan
• The Luke LaSage Memorial Scholarship: Hillary Olivier and Anna Perron
• Matthew Miller Memorial Scholarship: Alexis Fontenot
• Cpl. Matthew Richard Memorial Scholarship: Grant Hebert
• Taylor Morvant Memorial Scholarship: Corinne Fruge
• Scott O’Connell Memorial Scholarship: Hillary Oliver
Special recognition was also given to those who have graduated with dual-enrollment credit, certificates of certification and more. According to the breakdown, the Class of 2019 graduated with 475 industry-based certifications and 13 graduated scoring at the platinum level .
Regarding dual-enrollment, many of the graduates received dual credit through Sowela Morgan Smith, ABC Pelican, and LSUE. However, three graduates received associates degree from LSUE — Mackenzie Comeaux, Amy Lemaire and Morgan Narby.
Ben Prejean and Devin Brown have enlisted in the Army National Guard and Alex Lejeune has enlisted in the U.S. Marines.
Several special awards were also presented Tuesday night.
The American Legion Award, the highest honor to be bestowed upon a civilian, was presented to Brennan Thompson and Corinne Fruge, by Douglas Hargrave, representing Post 371.
Nicholas Rougeau and Morgan Lantz were named Mr. and Miss IHS, respectively. School Board members Milton Simar and Douglas LaCombe made those presentations.
The Bulldog of the Year award ended the night’s honors. Abshire was honored to present the award to Joseph Dupre.
The highlight, of course, came as, one-by-one, the graduates of Iota High heard their names read aloud and were presented their diplomas or certificates of achievement by Abshire, Simar and LaComb.
Graduating this year from Iota High were, Caleb Lee Alfaro, Madison Jane Ardoin, Madison Therese Ardoin, Kameron James Aucoin, McKenzie Rose Beard, Alex Gage Benoit, Logan Wayne Bogard, Morgan Kylie Boone, Erin Page Bouley, Seth Michael Bourque, Dakota John Breaux, Kyla Amentha Rose Breaux, Lindsay Kay Breaux, Devon James Brown, Claudia Lynn Byler, Makayla Emerson Caswell, Elsie Mae Catoire, Bethani Ann Chesterman,
Callee Nichole Clay, Brittany Marie Cognevich, Mackenzie Rae Comeaux, Alex Bailey Cormier, Gavin Lee Credeur, Alayna Victoria Daigle, Hunter Cole Deville, Hunter Joseph Deville, Logan Ryan Keith Doucet, Breyona Nicole Dugai, Landon Scott Dupont, Joseph Michael Dupre, Anthony William Eason, Juwan Gabriel Felix, Abigail Nicole Fontenot, Alexis Brae Fontenot, Bethany Cherish Fontenot, Colby John-Auston Fontenot, Jozilynn Blaze Fontenot,
Kiley Renee Francois, Corinne Elizabeth Fruge, Darian Ann Fruge, Daniel Michael Joseph Gall, Caroline Grace Gauthier, Jenna Denise Godeau, Aaron Jacob Gotte, Nicholas Cole Gravot, Adley James Guidry, Keaton Allen Guidry, Victoria Ann Guidry, Daityn Scott Hearod, Devin Lynn Hebert, Grant Steven Hebert, Kristen Paige Hebert, Gracie Claire Heinen, Lauren Elizabeth John, Chaynery Paul Johnson, Caroline Kathryn Kennedy, Mckinzie Blaire King,
John Thomas Kirsch, Joshua Dale Klumpp, Alecza Janielle Lafleur, Hanna Grace Jean Lanclos, Tayte Riley Langley, Morgan Claire Lantz, Mitchell Joseph Lege, Alec Kendall Lejeune, Jake-Michael Gabriel Lejeune, Joycelyn Ann Lejeune, Kyle Arron Lejeune, Natalie Claire Lejeune, Amy Elizabeth Lemaire, Logan Marie Lemoine, Kelly Nichole Lindig, Ashley Desha Longino, Alanya Grace Manuel, Scottie Alyce Manuel, Taylor Denea Marks,
Brennan Scott Mcfarlain, Kyle Anthony Miller, Lauren Michelle Monceaux, Anthony Joseph Morgan, Justin Michael Morgan, Nicholas Kade Morgan, Mitchel Wayne Mulkey, Morgan Malburn Narby, Jacob Scott O’Connell, Willow Blum Oliver, Jayda Elizabeth Perrodin, Anna Elizabeth Perron, Trent Anthony Pousson, Ben Michael Prejean, Megan Danae Prejean, Trae Ashten Rambin, Noah Ozemay Rasberry, Kolby Francis Regan, Madison Jade Regan, Rose Marie Regan,
Jada Gayle-Marie Richard, Nicholas James Rougeau, Alexandra Nicole Schneider, Adam Michael Semar, Kimberly Nicole Sharon, Alexis Marie Shawback, Garrett Daniel Short, Sydnee Alexis-Cade Siebert, Montana Jacob Simar, Madison Claire Sittig, Zoe Elizabeth Smith, Maggie Grace Soileau, Maci Lane Spell, Cade Shannon Stockman, Camryn Michelle Taylor, Jasmine Lee Thibodeaux, Kayla Lene’ Thomas, Brennon James Thompson, Naylon Rae Touchette, Madison Elizabeth Vidrine, Hannah Rae’ Vizina, Briar Wayne Wallace, Colby Ryan Wilson, Hunter James Wriborg, Kaylee Gabrielle Wright, Hans Ludwig Zaunbrecher and Caleb Sean Zinn.