The Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals annual meeting was held at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge from Feb. 5 to 8. The Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival won awards based upon the scrapbook that was done by Deborah Lodrigue. She dedicated her work to the late Lee Delaune, past executive director. Awards are Best Cap Division III, Best T-Shirt Division III, Marketing Items-Other Division III, Festival of the Year Division III and Volunteer of the Year Division III. Among those present, from left, are Ella Lee Darce, festival assistant and vendor chairwoman; Jacqueline Pratt Brown, festival board member and volunteer of the year; Nathalie Weber, festival board president; Hailee Thomas, 2014 festival queen; Rodney Grow, festival president; Peggy Acosta, festival secretary; Neal Mayon, festival board member; Bobby Dufrene, festival board member; and Darby Isham, executive director.
Jacqueline Pratt Brown, left, received volunteer of the year award, Division III, at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals. Among those present were Nathalie Weber, festival board president, center, and Hailee Thomas, 2014 festival queen.
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State Superintendent of Schools John White spent several hours visiting Hattie Watts Elementary on Monday.
This was the first time since he became superintendent in 2012 that White has visited a St. Mary Parish public school, and only the second time in a decade that any state superintendent has visited a school in the parish, St. Mary Superintendent Donald Aguillard said.
White toured the school with Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, and Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin; parish education leaders, school administrators, teachers and students. Those students demonstrated and explained the seven habits they have been embracing as part of the “Leader in Me” program.
New to the school this year, Hattie Watts incorporated a program based on Stephen Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”
Niki Fryou, Hattie Watts principal, told White the community raised the $30,000 needed to fund the first year. The program is three years and will cost $80,000 when complete.
Karla Byron accepted the Virginia Tyler Guillotte award from Chuck Autin Thursday during the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. The two were close friends of the award’s namesake who died at the age of 46 in 1999. Byron is a Morgan City native noted for her volunteerism with the Chamber and as an organizer of local festivals. She is the owner of La’ Portrait Gallery in Patterson and president of the Professional Photographers of Louisiana.
Edie Nezat, center, received the President’s Award during the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday at Cypress Bayou Casino. Nezat was honored for her tireless volunteerism with the Chamber. Presenting the award are Chamber President Donna Meyer and Chairman Bob Harrison.
Two awards were presented in recognition of hospitality workers during the Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Thursday at Cypress Bayou Casino. Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau Director Carrie Stansbury presented the awards to the family of the late Gay Nell Angeron as well as to Jamasian “Macy” Guy as Hospitality Employee of the Year. Angeron was a 40-year veteran of the hospitality industry, having worked at Shoney’s, Best Western and Holiday Inn. Her relatives Danny Donham, Brian Bailey and Casi Rogers accepted the award. Guy works at Cypress Bayou Casino as a barista at Fresh and waitress at Café Bayou. Stansbury said Guy “has an amazing work ethic and an amazing personality.”
Stan Robison, right, accepts the Citizen of the Year award from Frank Fink, Chamber of Commerce board member, during the organization’s annual banquet Thursday at Cypress Bayou Casino. Robison has overseen the development of the Bayou Vista Community Center and the baseball parks, spray and water park, skate park and playgrounds and pavilions in Bayou Vista as chairman of the Recreation District 3 committee. He has held the position since 1993. Robison also has served as a commissioner, board member or appointee on the Waterworks District 2 board, Center of Hope, St. Mary Tourist Commission, Council on Aging, Home Rule Charter Review Committee and the Industrial Review Board.
G&J Land and Marine Food Distributors of Morgan City received the Business of the Year award from the St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce. G&J, in operation since 1964, is a full-service supplier of groceries and janitorial supplies to the commercial shipping, offshore oil and gas, and the Gulf Coast petroleum industries. Accepting the award from Chamber Chairman Bob Harrison, far right, are company owners, from left, Erik Lind, Mike Lind and Cleve Boudreaux.
Artists Guild Unlimited of Morgan City was presented with the Non-Profit of the Year award during the Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet. AGU operates a gallery and offers art classes and workshops throughout the year. It also provides scholarships to area graduates entering college to major in art. AGU President Diane Martin, right, accepts the award from Scott Berry, immediate past Chamber chairman.
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Alexis Duhon, a teacher at Morgan City High School, participated in the Click It or Ticket Relay held Friday at Morgan City High School. The relay was organized by the SADD club at the school to raise awareness for seat belt safety.
Alexis Duhon has her seatbelt buckled and her hands on the roof of the car for the Click It or Ticket Relay held Friday at Morgan City High School. The teachers won the relay with a 48-second time. The SADD club is an organization of Students Against Destructive Decisions and they held a Click It or Ticket Relay as a fun way to demonstrate the ease of putting on and taking off seat beats. The relay was a team of four and each person would put on their seatbelt and then put their hands on the roof. Once all four people had completed this they would run to the next seat in the car and do it again until the first person was back in the driver’s seat. Teams were divided by students and teachers with each team timed and with the fastest time winning. The two cars used in the relay were donated by A.J. Dohmann dealership.
Scottie Metrejean, a student and officer of SADD at Morgan City High School, was running to raise awareness for seat belt safety at Morgan City High School on Friday.
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