Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Parish President Natalie Robottom and the Parish Council often recognize residents, organizations, and groups for accomplishments in the community at their meetings. Tonight, Mr. Charles Wisher, the 14 year old St. John Warriors, and Ms. Alyssa Duhe were recognized at the council meeting.
A proclamation was presented to Mr. Charles Wisher for his outstanding achievements at the Louisiana Senior Olympics over the past 26 years. With weight lifting, track & field, and bowling among his favorite, Mr. Wisher has participated in nearly twenty-two events bringing home an average of six medals each year totaling over 325 medals. The Louisiana Senior Olympics provides a challenge for citizens to seek excellence in their lives by not only promoting fitness and health, but by inspiring and encouraging the personal commitment of others to long-term goals. “I accept this proclamation on behalf of all participants in the Senior Olympics, and I encourage citizens fifty year and older to join us next year,” said Wisher.
The 14 year old St. John Warriors were also recognized for successfully capturing the 2015 Dizzy Dean World Series Championship title in Southaven, Mississippi. The three-time champions played five games over a two day stretch winning the championship game 16-4 against Irondale, Alabama. Jakari Martin, third baseman for the Warriors, was named the MVP of the tournament for showcasing his fielding skills by snagging line drives and throwing out several runners. “Congratulations to the St. John Warriors for their years of hard work and commitment to the sport. This team has grown immensely over the last several years, claiming three championships. They are great ambassadors for the parish and the state and we thank everyone involved with their success,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
Alyssa Duhe was recognized as the 2015-2016 Louisiana Ambassador for National Program, Fuel Up to Play 60. As an Ambassador, she attended the annual Summit held in Chicago this summer. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and NFL in collaboration with USDA that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school. Being an ambassador means leading healthy changes in the school and encouraging others to stay healthy and active while getting the opportunity to participate in fun events, meet NFL players, participate in interviews and win prizes. The summit is a once in a lifetime opportunity where ambassadors meet NFL players, learn healthy cooking skills, and leadership skills. Duhe is a recent graduate of 8th grade at Garyville/Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet School and began her freshmen year at East St. John High School where she is working to incorporate the program at a new school. “This program is to help kids get good nutrition and sixty minutes of activity each day. I became involved in the program by logging my activity into my Play 60 account and encouraging others to participate. I hope to implement this program in my high school,” said Duhe. Duhe’s P.E. teacher, Mrs. Perkins, played a key role in encouraging and involving Duhe in the Play 60 program.
"Community involvement is important to the future of our parish and I am proud to recognize these individuals for excelling in extra-curricular activities and leading by example," said Parish President Natalie Robottom.