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LSUA Honors Local High School Seniors as "Talented Tenth"

Released: 01/11/2007

LSU Alexandria’s Office of Multicultural Affairs recognized 66 African American high school seniors at its annual Talented Tenth program held at the Alexandria Museum of Art on Jan. 9.

According to author and sociologist, W. E. B. Dubois, of every ten African American students, one is superior. Dubois named this elite group the “Talented Tenth,” according to Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs Dessie Williams.

The program honored those exceptional students who have excelled academically and are pursuing leadership roles in their communities and on their campuses.

The keynote speaker was Toya Owens-Shepard, founder and owner of First Impression Image Consulting and First Impression School of Etiquette. Other speakers included Ron G. Smith, Sr., senior residential and commercial developer for CLECO; Connie Cooper, LSUA SG president; Shelly Kieffer, LSUA admissions counselor/recruiter; Ronnell Stewart, LSUA financial aid counselor; and Dr. Dee Slavant, director of student services.

Listed below are the students who were chosen as the Talented Tenth in 2007.

Alexandria Senior High: Freddie White

Avoyelles High: Tyler Frank, Shanee Jackson, Jerrica Jacobs, Amy Jones, Tashina Pierite, Vanity Sampson, Charissa Stelly, Asreanna Thomas

Bunkie High School: Crystal Celestine, Ashley N. Jones, Ashley V. Jones, Keonna LeBlanc, Kenya Robinson

Northwood High School: Jessica Layssard, Silena Solitaire, Brittany Vinson, Audrianna Wright

Bolton High School: Marlon Hamilton, John David Williams

Peabody Magnet High School: Chloe Anderson, Ebone’ Anderson, Alex Baker, Chasity Bell, Tiffany Bell, Dexter Benoit, Calisha Brown, Kayla Cannon, Aryssa Dailey, Brittany Dixon, Ar’Keidra Dorsey, Jessica Elliott, Ciara Ester, Tiffanie Frances, Dapheni Franklin, Terrance Hamilton, Whitney Hammond, Tarnika Helaire, Cherelle Henry, Derrick Howard, Zorrie Ivey, Javarius Jackson, Jeremy James, Helenthia Jones, William Lewis, Kenneth Mack, Shauntee Marks, Tekedra Martin, Myesha Powell, Tobias Reed, Tylisha Robinson, Barry Scott, Heaven Strong, Michael Thomas, Ronnie Washington, Trenisha Wells, Javiya Williams, Kyheroh Williams, Nashall Williams, Nicholas Williams, Alice Womble, Allen Womble

Pineville High School: Jakahta Brown, John Bushnell, Jibola Dara, Michelle Green, Kristi Kimble, Melisa King, Cheryl Lewis, Jamar Milliner, Aja Murphy, Taneisha Satcher, Ekeilrah Shaw, Justin Sylvia, Montoya Williams, Joshua Nic Young

Rapides High School: Jeremy Anderson, Albert Green

Tioga High School: Darlene Hardison, Shameka Johnson, Marqueta Leach, Latausha Miller, Nicolas Sanders, Audrinanna Williams