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35-year-old Destrehan mom battles cancer Best friend creates GoFundMe to help, says she ‘inspires’ By Ryan Arena


Rhiannon Madere calls her best friend a true inspiration for how she’s dealt with almost unfathomable adversity recently. She just wishes she didn’t have to. It would be a high enough hurdle for Destrehan’s Cheri Palmisano to be asked to clear if only speaking of her recent jarring diagnosis, when her doctor informed her she had Stage 2 colorectal cancer. The 35-year-old was already bearing the weight of a difficult

divorce from her now ex-husband and an ensuing battle over custody of their daughter. Making matters far worse was that Palmisano was unable to return to work shortly after her diagnosis, bringing with it a long list of financial worries and the uncertainty of when she will be able to find employment again, given her circumstances. “She’s gone through a lot,” said Madere, who has set up a GoFundMe page to provide some aid for Palmisano. “It seems like it’s one thing after another, after another, almost like she can’t catch cancer on page 10A



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A Westwego woman charged with setting up a fraudulent “money challenge” program at her St. Rose employer was recently found not guilty at trial. Kenyatta Long, 37, of 42 Hon e y s u c k l e D r i v e , w a s charged with theft of $5,000 to $25,000 in December of 2016 after allegedly taking much of the money allocated to a Christmas “money challenge” at Randa Accessories in St. Rose, reported to be a total of Kenyatta Long about $18,227. The voluntary program ran from January of 2016 to November of the same year. Employees participating would enter a minimum of $74 at the beginning of the exercise, with that amount decreased by a dollar every week until the final payout. Participants could pay more than the minimum if they wanted. The incentive was to produce a large lump sum payout to participants during the holiday season as a Christmas shopping fund. Long was reportedly tasked with collecting funds and tracking not guilty on page 8A


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More than half of the planned new hires to its workforce for Monsanto’s Luling plant expansion have been made, with the hiring of approximately 40 technicians set to happen in the next few months. With Monsanto continuing to prepare for the more than $900 million expansion, spokesman Enrique Whelen said the next wave of hires are slated in that time frame to allow close to one year’s worth of training leading up to the expansion’s completion. Whelen said Monsanto has been actively hiring and training since the expansion was announced. While some positions require prior experience — as two current openings listed on the company’s website necessitate — he also noted Monsanto partners with technical schools to manage a PTEC program focused on people from technical schools without experience, and that the company offers many different trainings throughout the year for its employees depending on the need, be it management or technical training.

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Majoria’s giving customers what they want Popular items added by request or expanded By Ryan Arena


Majoria’s Supermarket listens to its customers and is letting them know it not through their words, but their actions. The locally-owned store and longtime staple of the Boutte community is adding more and more items to its shelves, some of them inspired by specific customer requests and others through trends observed by store management with items increasing in popularity. “We’re increasing our product line to appeal to more of our customers throughout the parish,” said Dana Majoria, who owns and runs the store with his brothers Barry, Shea and Marc. “The internet is exposing people to all sorts of cuisines and things that are easy to make at home if you have the right type of ingredients. “We’re trying to make available some of those harder to find things that can make preparing those meals easier for our customers, to go with the strong customer service provided by the great crew of employees we’ve always been able to depend on.” Among the items either newly added or more stocked in the store’s inventory include gourmet cheeses and new sauces. Examples include Uncle Larry’s Stew in a Few, Drago’s Grilling Sauce, Belgioso and Yancey’s cheeses, Yellow Stone Ground Grits, Reese’s Be’arnaise Sauce, Thai Chili Sauce, Cajun Smoke Seasoning, Truffle oil and a large assortment of Paul Prudhomme seasonings. There are new flavors of store made sausages like Brown Sugar and Pineapple, and Tamale that have found popularity already. There are also freshly added spirits among the store’s selection of bourbons, wine and beer, including Urban South Brewery, Gnarly Barley, NOLA Brewery and 30A Blonde beers along with Caymus and The Prisoner wines. “We’ve seen the way the trends are going over the past few years and what items have begun to

sell more than they have in the past … we’re trying to develop a destination for people that’s comfortable and convenient to find the products they want,” Majoria said. “If we don’t have it, we’ll do our best to get it.” Those products include items developed and sold by community locals. Cajun Smoke Seasoning is an item the store has begun carrying developed by Shawn Ledet of Boutte. The Lutcherdeveloped Uncle Larry’s Stew in a Few, meanwhile, has been on Majoria’s shelves for a little more than a week, and how it got there is a testament to how quickly things can happen in today’s day and age, Majoria mused. “I’d posted something on Facebook and someone asked if we could get Uncle Larry’s seasoning,” Majoria said. “Within an hour, Uncle Larry contacted us on Facebook. The next day he showed up with his product. We put it on Facebook and we began selling it that day. We’ve definitely been moving the product.” Majoria said the store also plans to expand its party tray selection and added that customers can expect to see a few more changes along the way in the coming weeks and months. But he added one thing that won’t change is the quality that people have come to expect from Majoria’s sausage, andouille and hogs head cheese.


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Painting for life

HHS grad expresses her world in her works paint, she wanted to use her talents to give back to the community. “I knew that I had an artistic ability and wanted to do something with that other t han pro ducing ar t for myself,” she said. In her junior year, she started a small business to sell her artwork, as well as produce pieces to help others. As her senior project, she held a painting class to help others learn how to paint and donated the money raised to twins Demi and Daelyn Comardelle. Both were diagnosed with a rare disorder that claimed Daelyn’s life while Demi is

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Amid the bright colors and striking imagery of Cassidy Cancienne’s painting, “New Orleans Cathedral,” is her story. “It really showed to me if I can put my mind to something I can do it,” the Hahnville High graduate said of the pivotal moment that set her on the path to becoming an artist. “That’s my style. I was into the painting … to be able to look at that when you’re finished and say ‘Wow. I did that.’” The work, which took 1-1/2 m ont h s t o f i n i s h , w a s C anc ienne’s conf i denc e booster and set her onto doing bigger pieces. A former teacher bought the cathedral painting, which further motivated her to pursue art as a career. “I was attached to that piece, but then felt excitement from my piece being in that home where others could admire it,” she said. “It made me happy knowing someone appreciated it as well as I do.” Now at 18, C ancienne recounted how she’s always been about art. Growing up, there were all those Saturdays spent painting on the patio. By fifth grade, she considered herself an artist. “I was in a creative, artsy atmosphere,” Cancienne said of her childhood. But it wasn’t enough to just

“I knew that I had an artistic ability and wanted to do something with that other than producing art for myself.” - Cassidy Cancienne

Above: HHS graduate Cassidy Cancienne showing school spirit. Below: Cancienne’s pelican painting.

still receiving treatment. Cancienne’s devotion to giving carried over into her school achievements, too. As vice president of the Student Council, she encouraged others to give back to the school, as well as get into the school spirit. She served twice as Interact president, which works with the Rotary Club in service. She also was in BETA Club, served two years as Honor Society president, was president of the Future Business Leaders of America and a member of National Spanish Honor Society. She praised her art teacher and what she taught them in the many different projects that also tailored teaching to each student. “You’re able to see what your style is,” Cancienne said. “It was folk art, inspired by Louisiana and things around me. Without it, I wouldn’t know the artist that I am and what’s true to me.” Her pie ces ref le c t t he important things in life like the cathedral and Louisiana flag. cancienne on page 7A



Guchelle Williams (right) alongside Hahnville librarian Belinda Sopczak, who Williams credits with helping her grow as a writer.

Senior finds poetic voice Poem to be published in Teen Ink bored in the human mind. “I wrote it as if I were speaking Reporter to my mother, because I know she’d never judge me,” Williams Guchelle Williams started said. “It was really based on my writing poetry as a freshman as feelings and fears and things I a way to express her inner feel I could only truly express emotions. It’s become her pasthrough my writing.” sion, and she can now say she’s Other poems she’s written a published writer as a result. and submitted include one The Hahnville High senior’s called, “The house I grew up poem, “Should I be?” reached in,” that centers around the No. 1 spot of submitted Williams, her parents and the works on It also family issues they’ve pushed will be published and featured through together over the on the cover of Teen Ink magayears. zine in an upcoming issue. Williams joined Hahnville’s It was a moment of great pride poetry club as a freshman after for Williams, who said her a friend encouraged her. early poetic works were a It wasn’t easy, she admits. struggle to put together, but “When I startthat her growth ed, it was horrias a writer from ble,” Williams year to year said. “I couldn’t brought added form a proper confidence sentence in with it. And the poetic form … I reception for wasn’t interested “Should I be?” in poetry at first, she said, is the but I wanted to biggest confitry it out. But by dence boost yet. my junior year, I “I just felt joy really got into it. and excitement I w a nt e d t o when I heard express myself - Guchelle Williams and this was the the news,” said the soft-spoken one way I found I Williams. “My could find relief heart was really racing. I never with my feelings. I realized I thought this poem would fell in love with poetry.” touch other people in the way She credits Hahnville librariit has. It’s really a dream come an Belinda Sopczak with protrue.” viding encouragement and Williams said she felt inspired motivation to keep at it during to write the top-ranked poem her learning curve, and ultiafter watching a movie on mately helping her become a Netflix that she related to. The better writer. poem touches on the subjects “I started to find my rhythm,” of dealing with pride, religion Williams said. and the way people respond to Rhythm was a word Williams it and the kinds of fears harwilliams on page 7A

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The year’s second special session is expected to convene Tuesday, giving lawmakers 14 days to solve the state’s longstanding revenue and budget challenges. Essentially the LA-politics notebook same body of elected officials — nine out of 144 legislators have been replaced thus far — will gather in the exact same building to pre- By Jeremy Alford sumably debate the same revenue and tax issues that they’ve already endorsed, rejected or ignored over the past 28 months. It will be the ninth session of the term and this Legislature’s sixth special session. Has anything changed since the year’s first special session, when lawmakers went in search of revenue solutions and found political gridlock instead? An examination of that session’s most important choke points by didn’t show much movement. The so-called “linchpin to agreement” for 2018’s first special session, at one point, was HB 8 by Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger, D-New Orleans. It fell three votes short of passage on March 2 when four Democrats — Reps. Gary Carter of New Orleans, Cedric

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Glover of Shreveport, Jimmy Harris of New Orleans and Denise Marcelle of Baton Rouge — voted in opposition. The four lawmakers backed away from the bill that was favored by many other Democrats because they had concerns about its passage being tied to other instruments, including legislation from Rep. Tony Bacala, R-Gonzales, which critics contended restricted access to Medicaid in the name of fraud prevention. As originally introduced, Leger’s bill would have reduced the amount that Louisiana taxpayers deduct on their state individual income taxes for excess federal itemized personal deductions. Negotiations also got tough during the year’s first special session when Capitol players realized the Legislative Black Caucus wasn’t just being cute about its own concerns regarding the renewal of the thought-to-be temporary portion of the state sales tax structure. Influencers also overlooked the important of income tax changes to caucus members, which was otherwise clearly communicated in at least one letter penned by Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans. Have any of these stances changed with time, say, since the first special session of the year ended March 5? Sen. Carter said he is willing to (possibly, maybe) support a sales tax component, adding, “I don’t like.” But he’ll only do so if it’s considered alongside changes to excess itemized deductions, income taxes, sales tax breaks and at least a partial restoration of the socalled Stelly Plan. To repeat the same policy exercise as the last special session, he said, would be “idiotic.” Bacala, who was able to pass his latest Medicaid fraud bill through the House on last week by a 59-31 vote, told LaPolitics he is willing to push for the same provisions again in the second special session if the Senate spikes his proposal and the governor’s special session call includes the topic. He’s also still a fan of merging different pieces of legislation. “I think it made some bills more attractive,” he said. “It may have moved the vote count a little bit.” Rep. Carter still won’t budge on

anything that allows Medicaid restrictions. “My thinking of it hasn’t changed,” he said. Even if those measures were off the table, he added, “It will be hard for me to vote for the sales tax.” Marcelle is only open to considering sales tax hikes if income tax brackets have a chance of being compressed. And if GOP-backed Medicaid measures are lumped together with a sales tax bill again, she said, “Nothing’s going to change for me.” Glover is on the same page: “Even if we end up with a version… of an income tax adjustment, if it comes wrapped around punitive and unnecessary measures like the Medicaid measures that were connected to it, then I’m not going to vote for either.” While these five interviews don’t necessarily indicate another three and a half weeks of doom and gloom — the anticipated adjournment date is June 4 — they do reveal how much work legislators and the administration have ahead of them.

Political History: Before Cantrell, “Dutch” Broke Barriers Over the course of its 300 year history, New Orleans has prided itself on the unique mix of people that give the city its cultural flavor. Last week, LaToya Cantrell made history by becoming the Crescent City’s first female mayor. Forty years ago, another politician broke barriers at City Hall. On May 1, 1978, Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial took the oath of office as the first AfricanAmerican to become Mayor of New Orleans. It was a crowning accomplishment for the distinguished man who had personally integrated LSU Law School, a U.S. attorney’s office, the Louisiana Legislature and the state’s judicial bench. Morial was a leading member of the group of former civil rights activists who had risen to the top positions in their cities during the 1970s and 80s. Others included Mayors Maynard Jackson in Atlanta, Marion B arr y in Washington, D.C., and Harold Washington in Chicago. For the inaugural festivities,

Morial wore a white suit, the traditional outfit for an incoming mayor. He appeared excited and animated as he made his way onto the platform that had been constructed outside of City Hall for the ceremony. Outgoing Mayor Moon Landrieu joined Morial and his family on the dais. In his inaugural address, Morial reminisced about the legacy of segregation in New Orleans: “Many years ago, when I was a small boy, I daily passed a beautiful park near Elysian Fields Avenue,” he said. “Children were always playing there in a kind of freedom that came to them naturally. But because of the laws of my childhood, I was allowed to do no more than look through the bars of the fence. I have never forgotten those bars. They stand forever in my memory as a symbol of a city divided against itself.” “I was overwhelmed by the change that had come over the course of three decades,” recalled Morial’s wife, Sibyl, in her memoir Witness to Change. “A black man who once could not step inside a public park was now at the helm of his city’s government.” However, Morial was keenly aware that divides still very much existed within the city. Keeping that in mind, he closed his speech with a pledge: “It will be an administration of all of the people and it will be founded on integrity, intelligence, courage and the willingness to serve others well.”

They Said It “I’m not dancing on the table for you. That’s for sure.” —State Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, presenting her first bill to Senate Finance, upon being asked by senators if she knew about the committee’s initiation rites “Oh, I’m not the governor. I don’t even want to try that.” —House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, in an interview with The Times-Picayune

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Our representative served us well Our state of Louisiana has had many a likeable politician elected to office in the past and at the present we have one of the most popular of all times. We must admit, however, his popularity has not resulted from his performance of duty in office though that may be a part of it. U. S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, became a most noted figure among all of our elected officials through the actions of a criminal who almost killed him along with others in an act of terror. He survived after serious illness of being shot last June 14 while he and other Republican lawmakers were practicing in Alexandria, Va., for a charity baseball game against Democrats when the lone gunman opened fire. After catching fly balls at second base when the shooting occurred, he suffered from a shattered femur and damaged pelvis and hip. He was quickly put into a helicopter and sent to a hospital, reportedly near death’s door with a blood pressure that had dropped to 0. After the tragedy, Scalise survived many surgeries and many months of recovery from which he is gradually now recovering. Fortunately he is back at work today, already fulfilling his job as U. S. Majority Whip and the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives. Four others playing ball with Scalise were injured before police killed the gunman. Steve Scalise will live in our memories as an effective public official and one who could serve us well no matter what seems to interfere in so doing. He has lived through his crisis and hopefully continues to be able to serve his people effectively the way he has done in the past. We have no doubt that whatever should happen in the future, Steve Scalise will be there to serve the people of his state. And if he seeks to serve further office, which he could consider in the future, he will have the goodwill of the people who appreciate his supreme efforts in the past.

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Real or authentic life is the life of a person who lives in Christ Throughout the Gospel of John the author gives us many other images where Jesus says “I am.” Jesus says, “I am the bread of life,” “I am t he G o o d Shepherd,” “I am the living water.” These wonderful images talk about the necessity By wilmer l. todd of our being nourished and protected by Jesus. Yet the image of the vine and the branches goes even further. Our Lord tells us that our life flows directly from his life. We are so united that we do not really exist without him. Without Christ we would not be truly alive. He told us, “Without me you can do nothing.” Without being

united to Jesus, we have the appearance of being alive. In reality we are merely existing. Henry David Thoreau got it right when he said, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”; someone added, “And they die with their song still inside them.” Real or authentic life is the life of a person who abides in Christ. A fake life is the life of persons who think that they can do anything without Christ. If we try to live only out of our own resources, then we are not really living. Jesus warns us not to cut ourselves off from our life source. If we are cut off, we will not bear any fruit. Not bearing fruit could be our refusal to go out of ourselves, pretending that we are self-sufficient, closing our hearts to those in need of our attention, our concer n, our f inanci a l

resources. We may be efficient at work or at home, but inside we are little better than dead. When Jesus invites us to abide in him, what does “abide” really mean? When we abide in Christ, we will have the chance of becoming authentic persons. Instead of our own self-interest being the source of our behavior, it will be our oneness with Christ. This may sound rather vague but let’s look at the image of the branch that lives in the vine. It draws its vitality and strength from the vine and it knows that it can withstand all kinds of harsh weather because it can rely on the strength of the vine. It does not stand alone. In our own lives when the harsh weather of loss, fear, pain, or separation comes, if we are firmly united to Jesus

we will not have to go through these experiences alone. The lives of the saints prove this repeatedly. They were not free from pain or loss. Yet they were firm in their love of Christ and could endure things about which we can only wonder. Jesus wants us to bear good fruit. However, we cannot bear good fruit if we have hatred in our hearts. When we hate our enemies, the hatred is not in the enemy, the hatred is in our hearts. That hatred stops the flow of God’s love from producing good works in us. To love others we have to overcome our prejudices and fears. We have to recognize that other persons have dignity and are our equals. This involves the hard work of conversion. We have to ask ourselves, what are my prejudic-

es? What are my fears? A woman who lived through the holocaust is still a person of faith. Somebody questioned her about how she could have faith in a God who would let something like the holocaust happen? Her response was, “It wasn’t that God let it happen; God was there. However, God did not have enough friends on earth willing to do anything about it.” You see, Jesus abides in us and we must abide in him. As we grow stronger in our faith, then we have the courage to give ourselves for others. Maybe in preparation for Pentecost, we might identify the gifts of all the people in our community, celebrate them, and allow them to be used for the building up of God’s kingdom.


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Geaux-getter helps elders through project Created Geaux Care, set up holiday events By Ryan Arena


Alexis Caillet doesn’t like to do anything halfway. The Hahnville High senior kept a full schedule and her collegiate resume strong by joining numerous clubs and teams at school, but it’s never been her style to compromise the quality of her work. That was perhaps most evident through her senior project. Caillet sought a way to put together a quality project that would mark her senior year and, hopefully, inspire others as well. From that desire Geaux Care was born, a community service in which students on campus would come together to help the community’s elderly population. Caillet said she found inspiration for her project through her great aunt, who is a resident at Ashton Manor, an assisted living and memory care community in Luling. “I love going over there to volunteer my time, so I felt like it was a great place to bring others to as well,” Caillet said. “They love when the younger generation comes to volunteer, so why not make a group of us to go and plan events. Once it was approved, we started holding meetings and having events.” About 40 students joined the

Alexis Caillet (center) and her Geaux Care group during a Halloween-themed event at Ashton Manor.

cause after Caillet pushed to get the word out. She made posters, posted on social media, requested an announcement be made throughout the school and started group messages to spread the word. Each student donated $10 to pay for event expenses, and leftover funds will be donated to Ashton Manor.

for a holiday. The first was Halloween, in which the students painted pumpkins with residents, made snacks in holiday theme – Reese’s Cups in the shape of little Halloween bats, for example — and volunteered to coordinate the residents’ traditional bingo game. For Thanksgiving, it was an event in which residents wrote

“I love going over there to volunteer my time, so I felt like it was a great place to bring others to as well.” - Alexis Caillet

Geaux Care planned and held three events before senior projects were due, each held

what they were thankful for on printed out leaves, which were then put together to

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make reefs that were displayed in the hallways. Students also donated items needed on a daily basis, brought candy and did crosswords with residents and raffled off gift baskets. And for Christmas, they coordinated a gift-steal game after wrapping 35 individual gifts and served lunch. “It was so great to see the impact it made,” Caillet said. “We got such great feedback for it all. Some of the residents don’t have family members who come and visit, so this brings them out of their shell and brings a smile to their face. We wanted to do a lot of interactive, hands-on things, and they seemed to really enjoy it.” Though the project was due — and fulfilled — by January, Caillet and Geaux Care members she recruited continued their efforts beyond that date, coordinating two additional events for Ashton Manor residents, one coinciding with Easter and another coming by late May. “I knew from the beginning I wanted to keep going with it,” Caillet said. “It didn’t seem right to just stop after January. I wanted to do more than the bare minimum just for the project.” Caillet plans to study business at Loyola-New Orleans, where she earned the firstever cheerleading scholarship awarded by the school and it’s budding competitive cheer program. Caillet has been dancing and cheerleading since she was 8 and said she liked the smaller, more tightknit campus at Loyola as opposed to the larger LSU, which was where she originally planned on attending. After becoming involved in numerous clubs at Hahnville that included National Honor Society, Interact, Beta, Green Club, Student Council and Spanish Honor Society, she plans on taking the same philosophy with her to college. “I think it’s important to put yourself out there and join everything you can. It allows you to make connections and to find things you really like to do. I feel like it was definitely worth it at Hahnville and I plan on joining lots of things at Loyola as well.”

Cade Mataya showing a prop from one of a play he worked on while in theater.

HHS senior learns about life on the stage and in real life Volunteered at local nursing home since eighth grade Smee, a role that I really enjoyed.” Managing Editor The effort he lovingly devoted to acting would also be extendCade Mataya didn’t expect to ed to volunteering at Ashton enjoy theater as much as he did Manor Assisted Living and at Hahnville High School, but Memory Care in Luling, which that changed after only a few he did daily in summers since rehearsals. he was in eighth grade. “It was a very good example of “It fits in the sense it sort of giving something a chance pushed that desire to help to before totally rejecting it, as the forefront,” Mataya said. theater was never something I “Ultimately, I decided to enter even considered prior to my law.” junior year,” said the Hahnville Mataya’s parents, Jerry and High senior. “However, a bigPatsy Mataya of Luling, sugger takeaway for me was to gested he volunteer at the nursalways do what you can to ing home to have something to expand your horizons.” do in summer. Activities In his two years of theater, Manager Trudy Lopez, welMataya was exposed to “modcomed the help. ern cultures and different peri“I was very excited about ods of modern history within interacting with residents and our own national culture.” He hearing what they observed how lithad to say,” he erature and writsaid. “The differing styles evolved. ent generations “The producare represented tion I would say I there and it’s like was most two totally differinvolved in was - Cade Mataya ent cultures.” the play for this Mataya recalled past year’s season: pl ay i ng che ss Peter and the Starcatcher,” he with a resident he called “Mr. said. “This show, which serves Tim” and learned about his life. as a prequel for Peter Pan, was The man was unable to walk, one of Hahnville’s most unique but was still self-sufficient. productions in terms of set But the student quickly design: the set and the props learned those times were less were very minimalistic (in the about chess and more about vain of Our Town) and called having someone to talk to upon the audience to use their about his struggles. imagination to fill in the blanks But now, at age 18, he reflects that the staging left. I starred as mataya on page 7A the eccentric (but well loved)

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HHS graduate is going from Hi-Stepper to cryptologic tech Joined U.S. Navy and offered the job By Anna Thibodeaux Managing Editor

Gabrielle Matherne is one of those students who kept up her grades and helped others whenever she could. The Hahnville High School graduate senior project was about weaving “plarn” (grocery bags used as yarn) into blankets or mats for the homeless. Mat h e r n e a l s o w a s a Hi-Stepper and choreographed school musicals, which all fit well with her creative, loving direction in life. She was involved at school, serving in numerous clubs that included Honor Society, BETA Club, the Interact Club, Thespian Society, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America, and Freshman Mentoring Program. Both of her best friends were involved in school, too, so Matherne decided she wanted to stay involved so they could be together. “I wanted to keep making my parents proud and doing what I could,” she said. “And

ever ything pretty much worked out.” When it came time to graduate, Matherne had a plan for her life that some might not expect from a dancer. “I’ve enlisted in the Navy as a cryptologic technician,” she said. Although she loved dancing, she said her practical side beckoned when it came time to pursue her career.

“I wanted to keep making my parents proud.” - Gabrielle Matherne

Cryptologic technicians analyze encrypted electronic communications, jam enemy radar signals, decipher information in foreign languages and maintain state-of-the-art equipment and networks used to generate top secret intel. “It was a little crazy when they actually gave me the job,” Matherne said. But it wasn’t by chance. This Hi-Stepper’s results on

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Cancienne, the daughter of Tim and Christy Cancienne of Luling, also expressed gratitude for St. Charles Parish Public Schools’ support of the arts, as well as her own path of discovery. “I was able to learn so much and to grow as an artist,” she said. Now as she looks to her future, her sights are much clearer. In the fall, she will attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she plans to major in the arts and marketing. She hopes taking both will take her to her ultimate goal of having her own gallery. “I got so much out of H a h n v i l l e H i g h ,” Cancienne said. “I got into the Hahnville spirit at school. I didn’t believe those years could go so fast.”

went back to a few times when describing her process. Revisions, additions and subtractions only come after the base of her work is complete. When Williams starts, the words flow until her page is full. “I might ask (Sopczak) to help me fix anything she notices or to make sure it makes sense. My whole thing is I need to have that rhythm going,”

the ASVAB (Armed Forces Services Vocational Aptitude Batter y) entrance exam showed cryptologic technician would be a good job for her – and she accepted it. “It’s in Intelligence,” Matherne said. “I’ll have this really high security clearance.” She’s also excited about the training being in Pensacola, Fla., because she has family there. “I enlisted because I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Matherne admitted. “So I decided ‘Let’s just enlist’ and it’ll guide me toward something I’m good at. When you enlist, they send you job opportunities and I accepted cryptologic technician.” Matherne’s immediate family lives in Luling, including her father Lonnie Matherne, mother Jordana Leblanc, stepmother Lauren Matherne and stepfather Justin Leblanc. But she’s ready to go to Pensacola. She considers the move for her one-year training a good one because Matherne considers it a more comfortable transition from high school to a career in the military. She’ll

Williams said. “That’s when it just comes natural to me.” She plans to continue writing following her graduation and attend college to study literature. First, though, she said she will enlist in the National Guard, something she feels will help her grow as a person while allowing her to do good things for others and her country. “I felt I wasn’t mentally or

Gabrielle Matherne with fellow Hi-Steppers at Hahnville HIgh School.

also have time to sort out her next big career move, which could include staying in the military. As it turned out, Matherne’s background lent to test results calling for a more creative direction in her career, but her practical side pushed her to seek more realistic work that would provide financial stability, too. Based on what she’d seen with her cousins, who also joined the service, Matherne decided the same move would work out well for her. It all appealed to her, especially the work experience and travel. “All I saw were the pros,” Matherne said. “I consider it a resume builder, too.”

physically strong enough,” she said. “When I started looking into it, it really grew on me. I felt it would be a great challenge for me … I feel like if I can grow as a writer like I have

and if I can go into the military, then I can do anything.” But beyond that, she said, it’s all about poetry. She hopes to publish a book one day, and she said she’s going to push to

make it happen. “I love it. Poetry is my life,” Williams said. “Hopefully (a book pitch) gets accepted. But if not, I’ll keep trying. You fall, and you get back up.”

mataya from page 6A on the experience with deeper understanding. He also realized much more about what senior citizens offer. “They’re a little piece of living history,” he said. “I’m a little bit of a history nerd and some of these post-war era people were in a very unique place and time. They’re like these living history books.” He said it influenced his desire to go above and beyond in what he’s doing to help others as he prepares to enter the University of Louisiana at

Lafayette to major in political science and minor in history, and then plans to attend Tulane Law School. “I should always find a way to be a helping hand in some way,” he said. “It was never really part of what was required of me, but it’s personally rewarding for me to do.” Mataya’s life experiences changed his outlook. “They have a sense of humor and you kind of see parallels,” he said. “You get a deeper appreciation for the human condition.”




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Sheriff’s Reports Arrests • Kenneth Poole Jr., 33, of 512 Kennedy St. in Ama, was arrested May 8 and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and felony carrying illegal weapon. He had three attachments. • Mohamed Brahim, 47, of 1201 West Esplanade Ave. in Kenner, was arrested May 7 and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000. • Cedric Clements, 21, of 2737 Albany St. in Kenner, was arrested May 7 and charged with domestic abuse battery and simple robbery. • Joy Cockerham, 26, of 236 Mockingbird Drive in St. Rose, was arrested May 7 and charged with violation of probation/parole and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. She had an attachment and had four counts of being a fugitive. • Geraldo Cruz, 36, of 1315 Paul Fredrick St. in Luling, was arrested May 4

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• Elizabeth Breaux, 31, of 221 Clement St. in Destrehan, was arrested May 9 and charged with possession of stolen firearm.

• Christopher Schmaltz, 45, of 2415 Missouri St. in Metairie, was arrested May 6 and charged with dealer temp plate, renewal registration, expired MVI, license suspended, no insurance, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was a fugitive.

• Pierre Warner, 35, of 1734 Gladstone Drive in Marrero, was arrested May 9 and charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule III.

• Corey Hammett, 31, of 114 Dogwood Drive in Luling, was arrested May 10 and charged with possession of methamphetamine and illegal use of CDS in presence of someone under 17. • Vanna Vieregge, 25, of 2755 Hwy. 306 in Des Allemands, was arrested May 10 and charged with possession of methamphetamine and illegal use of CDS in presence of someone under 17.

• Kayla Folse, 30, of 14154 West Club Drive Deluxe Road in Hammond, was arrested May 8 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribure legend drug (three counts).

Incidents • A Canon camera was stolen from the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter on May 4. • A vehicle parked on St. Charles St. in Norco was burglarized on May 6. Prescription medication, a belt with holster and a handgun were stolen from the vehicle.

not guilty from page 1A each participant’s dollar amount. But when the payments were issued at the end of the exercise, participants reportedly realized they’d been shorted money. Some 19 of 23 employees interviewed revealed a total $18,227 was missing , according to court documents. The arrest report states employees said Long committed to paying everyone back, but made no arrangements to do so. Others said she stated while she still had

possession of the money, “the money was hers and there was nothing anyone could do.” During a group meeting of participants that was apparently recorded by a witness, Long was overheard telling everyone she would eventually pay them back, but had fallen on hard times and did not have the money. The Herald-Guide was unable to reach District Attorney Joel Chaisson II by press time.

monsanto from page 1A Whelen said the company is also exploring ways to expand those trainings to include potential hires out of high school who have not attended a technical school, but that the program is not yet developed. In a l l , t h e b o o s t t o Monsanto’s workforce is expected to total approxim at e l y 1 2 0 f u l l - t i m e employees added for the expansion, along with 20 additional contractors, which will increase the payroll by $17 million. Additional impact from the expansion is the necessitation of more than 1,000 construction jobs, the company estimates.

Interested candidates may visit careers as openings are announced. P l an s t o pu r s u e t h e expansion project were announced in June of 2015. Ground broke on the project in February of last year. The project is the largest single investment in the c o m p a n y ’s h i s t o r y . Previously, the company finished an approximate $200 million expansion of the plant in 2010. The expansion entails adding the capability of making dicamba at the plant. Plans are to begin doing so by 2020.

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Lois Dufrene Ford, 88, a native of Des Allemands and a resident of Luling, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Peter J. Ford, Jr; sons, Peter J. Ford III (Rosie), Craig Ford (Candy); daughters, Ann Minnich (Barry), Jean Boudreaux (Butch), Joan Prejean (Ricky), Evelyn Bennett (Alan), Mary Allen (Randy) and Allison Bush (Rick); grandchildren, Peter IV, Benjamin and Joshua Ford, Tara Fuselier, April Haydel, Blaire and Annie Minnich, Cory Boudreaux, Kristen Lumar, Jake Prejean, Shelby Dube’, Aaron, Austin and Annamarie Allen, Megan Bush and 20 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Landry and Lelia Dufrene; granddaughter, Ashley DeJean; brothers, Landry “Boley” Dufrene, Hugh “Nunnie” Dufrene, Loubelle Bye, Evelyn Dufrene and Elaine “Chunnie” Hue. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend to all


Thomas “Mud Duck” Ray Hymel Jr., age 61, a native of Goodhope and a resident of New Sarpy, passed away May 5, 2018. Hymel was husband of Laurie Guarino Hymel, son of Thomas and Myrtis St. Pierre Hymel, father of Joey Hymel (Lisa), Danielle Hymel, Christina Rome (Clayton), and Steven Kelley. He is also the grandfather of Deanna Guarino, Hunter Hymel, Autumn Hymel, Gage Rome, Remington Hymel, and Drake Rome. Brother of Chris “Kike” Hymel (Cathy), Jodi Hymel, and Mark Hymel (Katherine). He is also survived by his two beloved dogs, Grunt A.K.A Chunky Monkey and Ellie Mae. He is preceded in death by his sister, Sheree Anne Hymel. He worked for 20 years at

GATX and spent the last 19 years at IMTT, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and raising cattle. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who were blessed to know him. Burial was held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church cemetery, 13396 River Rd. Destrehan. To view and sign the online guestbook please visit www.


Earline Naquin Schaubhut, 86, a native and resident of Des Allemands, passed away on May 9, 2018. She is survived by her sons, Curry A. Schaubhut (Pam) and Todd C. Schaubhut (Roxane); brother, Wilbert “Brud”



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who knew her. Lois was a Holy Family volunteer who loved quilting, puzzles and travel. She graduated from Hahnville High School in 1947 as Class Valedictorian. She was a Touro School of Nursing graduate. She retired from St. Charles Hospital. Burial was held in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Des Allemands. In lieu of flowers donations to Ashley DeJean Foundation, 220 Laurel Ct., Luling, LA 70070 preferred. Falgout Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Naquin; sisters, Rita Schaubhut, Joyce McBroom; 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur L. Schaubhut Jr.; daughter, Marylane Bevill; parents, Caliste J. and Aglae Naquin; brothers, Randolph, Norman, Whitney, Nollie Naquin and sisters, Inez Naquin and Naise Dufrene. A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Des Allemands. Falgout Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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Luling man found guilty of ‘brutal’ 2017 murder Faces life in prison without parole

By Ryan Arena


Destrehan man scammed while purchasing vehicle Sheriff offers safe place for Internet purchases By Anna Thibodeaux Managing Editor

Letgo’s TV commercials make it all sound simple to sell or buy used items on its website, but keeping the deal legitimate has proven challenging for some. This digital flea market offers just about everything for sale from electronics to housing items and even services, which buyers report can provide great deals. A Destrehan man learned the hard way that everything is not what it seems when he attempted to purchase a vehicle on the website. According to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff ’s Office, the victim sent the seller $1,500 in eBay cards as payment for the vehicle and then discovered that the sale was a scam. All buyers should be wary at any t i me w it h on l i ne

purchases, but a website called #reportscam lists 465 reports of Letgo scams from buyers and sellers. The monetary losses range from hundreds to thousands of dollars lost and most of the cases are marked unresolved. Sheriff ’s Office spokesman Cpl. James Grimaldi advised when shopping, especially online, don’t trust everything you see. “Although online shopping may have its conveniences, it often doesn’t allow someone to build a credible rapport with the seller especially when you actually never meet this seller face to face and all contact to this person is through a computer screen,” Grimaldi said. When possible, he advised having someone inspect potential online purchases to avoid being scammed. Consider using payments through companies such as

PayPal that often insure purchases made by allowing a cancelation of payment if the purchased product is not received or is damaged, he said. “If exchanging money or property with a stranger, use a public place with good lighting like an open business,” Grimaldi said. “This ensures that there are plenty of potential witnesses in case you need help.” Also, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff ’s Office has an Internet Purchase Exchange parking spot at the Training/Special Services building. This spot is positioned in a well-lit area with several cameras facing the parking stall to ensure the entire transaction is captured on video, he said. Grimaldi added, “Most importantly, always keep in mind that sometime deals that seem too good to be true, are in fact, too good to be true.”

Jerel Smith, the 32-year-old Luling man arrested and charged with murdering Metairie’s Ryan Dubuc in 2017 for $80 cash, was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder and armed robbery. The jury delivered a unanimous verdict after less than an hour of deliberation, bringing a five-day trial to an end. Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on June 14 and faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison on the second-degree murder conviction and a sentence up to 99 years for armed robbery. The sentences are to be served without benefit of parole, probation or suspension. Judge Lauren Lemmon ordered Smith be held without bond pending his sentencing. “To say I am happy with the verdict handed down (May 4) would be an understatement,” said Joel Chaisson II, St. Charles Parish District Attorney. “Jerel Smith’s actions on Jan. 9, 2017 were evil, callous and calculated. “These cases are never easy to prosecute, but through the hard work and dedication of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff ’s Office detectives and my prosecutors, our community and Mr. Dubuc’s family can take comfort in knowing that Jerel Smith will now pay for his crime by spending the rest of his life in prison.” Chaisson called the murder “a horrendous crime” and said he hoped Smith’s conviction

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and upcoming sentencing would serve as a warning to anyone believing they could walk free after committing such an act. “Mr. Smith thought he was going to be able to get away with it by virtue of concealing the body in what he thought was a remote location, dumping Mr. Dubuc’s body and getting rid of the vehicle,” Chaisson said. “Thanks to excellent police work, citizens willing to come forward, telling what they knew and testifying to what they saw and prosecutors willing to put in the effort to present that to a jury, we were able to secure a conviction. “I hope it sends a message to other individuals out there who would think about committing these kinds of crimes. You think you might get away with it, but in the end, justice more often than not will prevail.” Chaisson said this case was always destined for trial. “These are the kinds of cases where there is no plea agreement on the table, and there was none in this case. This was a life sentence … there was no incentive (for Smith) to plea and we had no incentive to

make a deal with him,” Chaisson said. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said Dubuc was “robbed and brutally murdered for as little as $80.” The Sheriff ’s Office mobilized an intense investigation that led to the Jan. 11 arrest. Champagne said a S.W.A.T. team arrested Smith at his mother’s residence. Detectives said Dubuc was shot four times in the head at close range. He was 28 years old. Shortly before his death, he withdrew $80 from an ATM at Birdie’s in Luling. He was then ap p r o a c h e d by S m i t h . Detectives do not believe the t w o k n e w e a c h ot h e r. However, Smith got into Dubuc’s truck and they left together, but it is unknown if Dubuc allowed Smith into his truck willingly. Dubuc’s body was found lying along an access road off La. Highway 3160 in Hahnville at 9:45 a.m. Plant workers discovered his body near a wastewater treatment plant. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Champagne, “a great deal of blood” was found in Dubuc’s truck. Champagne also said surveillance video showed Smith was a frequent visitor of that Birdie’s store in Luling. Detectives believe Smith robbed another person, also a plant worker, at the same gas station on Dec. 29 around 4:30 a.m. A witness told police that Smith approached a man with a gun and that they struggled before Smith fled the scene.



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‘Baby Boy’ still unclaimed, but on fast track to recovery By Ryan Arena


The Shih Tzu “Baby Boy” found suffering from serious burns and laying in a St. Rose flower bed earlier this year has made a strong recovery, but soon must find a new home as his story continues to roll through twists and turns. Originally, the two-year-old dog was considered the possible victim of abuse, with burns thought to be the result of someone pouring harmful chemicals on him. The story went viral at the time, after PETA offered a $5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. But following that, the dog’s owner was thought to be identified and its burns not the result of an attack at all, but instead stemming from a grease fire that happened in the home of a St. Rose man who was injured himself in the incident. As the man disposed of a pot of grease that had caught fire, some spilled on him while some spilled on the dog, who fled. His dog was named Prince, their home not far from where Baby Boy was found, and St. Charles Parish deputies believed Prince and Baby Boy were one and the same. Weeks later, however, Baby Boy is still in the care of the Metairie Humane Shelter, where he has been since he was found in that St. Rose garden and brought to the shelter by a Good Samaritan. According to Joan Delahoussaye, board member of the Metairie Humane Shelter, whether the dog belongs to the St. Rose man or not, the man has not come to claim the dog and has indicated he has no plans to. “Who knows what happened,” said Delahoussaye, who has maintained doubts that the two dogs were one and the same. “It very possibly is his dog, but we never felt there was true verification. But he apparently says he doesn’t want (the dog) back.” The very good news for Baby Boy, however, is he has come such a long way from when he was initially found barely able to move and unable to open his eyes, with burns along his head and all over his body. “In the beginning, it was very touch and go. We didn’t know if he was gonna make it.

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Fortunately, he’s been a real trooper,” Delahoussaye said. Once Baby Boy was able to open his eyes, he had no vision in one of them—“He was going around that neighborhood completely blind,” Delahoussaye said. He now has a little sight in the eye, and Delahoussaye said they will learn more about how far that recovery has progressed this week. His outlook is so positive that July is set as a target date for Baby Boy to be placed on the adoption list. As his body heals, he’s also becoming more social, and by mid-summer his potential new family will be seeing their new Baby Boy in much greater spirits than he was just a few weeks ago. “When we brought him in, all he did was lay there. Now he interacts with everyone, he’s happy to see us and he gives us kisses. His appetite is good and he’s moving right along,” Delahoussaye said.




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These hankys are for remembering, not tears By Anna thibodeaux


Embroidered handkerchief for a friend.

When a friend in New Sarpy recently died, Dawn Jones went to work embroidering handkerchiefs bearing his nickname, “Mud Duck,” with a hat and a sportsman fleur-de-lis. The keepsakes number in the thousands now as the New Sarpy resident sends hankys, also personalized, in memory of anyone who has lost a loved one. “It’s therapeutic for me because I like doing something to help,” Jones said. “They’re inexpensive so it’s really just my labor and time. It’s a keepsake, not big and bulky.” Kim Ann Boudreaux Sellars recalls vividly how she got 12 handkerchiefs for her family when her father died and exactly how receiving them made her feel. “It touched our family’s lives,

and for her to bring us that before the wake made us feel so good,” Sellars said. “It helps the grieving process and it’s so thoughtful of her because she does it from the kindness of her heart. She is awesome.” Jones’ handkerchiefs have chronicled loved ones lost to cancer, accidents, age, suicide and even shootings, as well helping their families to grieve and remember their loved ones. She has photographs of every design. “I can just see the amount of emotion and appreciation,” she said. “It means so much to them to have this in their hand.” Her kindness has even extended to the family of former Saints player Will Smith, who was shot to death in New Orleans in 2016. His handkerchief is embroidered with “In loving memory” with his name, football number and a fleur-de-lis. A friend who works for the Saints

organization delivered them to Smith’s family. She also sent nearly 100 handkerchiefs to the family of Taylor Friloux, the former manager of Raising Cane’s stabbed to death, also in 2016. The handkerchief has her name with angel wings. Jones sent them to the family of Westwego Police Officer Michael Louviere, killed in last year’s shooting. “Half of the people I’ve never actually met myself,” Jones said. “Usually, I don’t hear from anybody, but that’s not why I do it.” But for the ones she does know, making the handkerchiefs can be difficult. “The hardest ones I probably ever did was for my first husband who passed way three weeks before my daughter’s wedding,” Jones said. They bore his name. “It just makes me feel good if I’m comforting someone else,”

Palmisano. Madere said Palmisano’s positive attitude has shown her character. “The way she’s keeping her spirits up, it just inspires me so much. She’s so positive and to talk to her, you wouldn’t know she’s going through everything she has been,” Madere said. Palmisano said while she’s staying positive, it hasn’t always been easy. “Especially with just recently starting treatment, I’m learning how my body reacts to all of it. The first weekend I was just really tired,” Palmisano said. “Rhiannon and my parents stepped up to help with my daughter.” Palmisano’s strength has fortified Madere’s own belief that her friend will beat her illness, though she admits it wasn’t easy news to hear. “I was upset, confused and frustrated,” Madere said. “I couldn’t understand how this could happen to someone amazing like her. She’s the

most honest, genuine person I know. It’s obviously upsetting, but I know she’ll get through this.” A testament to how beloved Palmisano is among the many who know her has been the very positive response to Madere’s GoFundMe, which earned 43 donations over its first 16 days online, raising more than $3,600. Palmisano said she was “blown away” by all the support. “(Madere)’s always been there for me, through everything,” Palmisano said. “I was floored by what she wrote about me … I’m in complete awe … people have been sending messages, prayers. A wonderful lady at my church got together with everyone and put together a big care basket for me to help with my journey. I’m overwhelmed with love.” To donate, visit www.gofundm e . c o m / fq6xz-support-for-cancer

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cAnceR from page 1A a break. And she is just the kindest and most caring person on the planet.” Palmisano was diagnosed a little more than a month ago and has started a treatment plan that includes chemotherapy that doctors hope will shrink the tumor enough for her to undergo surgery to remove it. She completed her second round of chemotherapy last Thursday. “I didn’t expect it to be cancer,” said Palmisano. “It was kind of shocking. It didn’t feel real until I had to go back and get a referral to the surgeon” Madere, also a Destrehan resident, met Palmisano when they attended East St. John High as teens, though they weren’t as close then as they are now. Madere has a young son and Palmisano a daughter of the same age. The two also share a deep Christian faith. “I’m a Christian and you know, I trust and put my faith in God that He has a greater plan for everything,” said


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Authentic Italian food coming to Grand Ridge Golf Club Gendusa’s Italian Market II will open in June body in the place,” he said. But Gilbert said it needs to keep growing and “continue being nice to attract people. We need it to be part of people’s ordinary lives and it’s making headway.” He’s encouraged by what he’s seeing and even more hopeful with the arrival of Gendusa’s. When he visited the restaurant, Gilbert said he was impressed with the restaurant and a sign he saw there, “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

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Authentic Sicilian food will soon be on the menu at the Grand Ridge Golf Club in the Willowdale community. “I’m excited about getting t he m he re,” s ai d C lub President Robby Gilbert. Gendusa’s II restaurant will open at the club by mid-June. The restaurant will replace Grand Bistro that recently closed when its owners announced they were dealing with family demands. Gilbert and Troy Gendusa, owner of Gendusa’s Italian Market in Kenner, say the same menu is coming to the Luling location. They also say locals are already responding to the news. “My phone has not stopped,” Gendusa said. “They have not stopped coming by here. It’s going to be great. We’re already getting awesome feedback.” Gendusa said he’s long had his eye on coming to the area and, when he heard about the bistro closing, contacted Gilbert about coming to Luling. The Luling site would be Gendusa’s second location and will feature many of the same menu items of his Kenner restaurant, which will include homemade meatballs (big as tennis balls), lasagna, chicken piccata, as well as pizza, Italian sausage and cannolis. There also will be daily specials, and nights for steaks and seafood. “Everything is handmade,” said Gendusa, who makes many of his dishes himself. Gendusa said the Luling location would expand his business. His Kenner restaurant seats 125 while the club site can seat more than 200 people, fueling a business he believes could outgrow his Kenner location. “I’m very excited about it, especially with the feedback I’m getting,” he said. “That


from page 10A Jones said. “Some people have asked my why not try to sell them, but I just can’t do it.” In her hands, these indiscriminate white hankys become beloved remembrances. A family friend’s hanky says, “Love you Loads,” which her daughter-in-law requested because that was the woman’s

Troy Gendusa (R), owner of Gendusa’s Italian Market of Kenner, coming to Grand Ridge Golf Club in the Willowdale community in Luling.

location could exceed this location in a matter of months.” If it happens, Gendusa said he’s ready for it. They’re experienced in catering “huge” events in the New Orleans area.

“It’s going to be great. We’re already getting awesome feedback.” - Troy Gendusa He’s also investing in equipment upgrades for the kitchen, which will include installing a pizza oven. Gendusa also plans on hiring up to 23 people to staff the rest au r a nt d e p e n d i n g o n demand. “In time, I’m going to learn the customers,” he said of a menu that will be adjusted to their preferences. In Kenner, he learned to schedule their seafood night on Fridays, especially the seafood ravioli and homemade cannolis. “I’m a huge believer in fair price, good food and huge portions,” he added.

saying. Another one with a favored saying reads, “NBL” meaning “Nothing but love.” The longest message she recalled embroidering says, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor touched but are felt in the heart.” “It’s been an interesting kind of journey,” said Jones, who

Gendusa’s enthusiasm for the venture is welcome news for Gilbert, whose efforts represent the latest move to keep together the club by repackaging it from a golf club, as well as cultivating a family oriented atmosphere. “We’re trying to save the country club,” Gilbert said. “A lot of work has been done on the golf course and pool, and the greens are in great shape.” In March of last year, the club bought back the swimming pool in an attempt to save the site and avoid the fate of many golf clubs in the nation that shuttered the doors and went on the market as real estate. The effort is aimed at shifting focus from golf, which fewer people are playing, to becoming a community center. Grand Ridge was in trouble until Gilbert’s impassioned plea to members and residents of the surrounding Willowridge Subdivision to save what many consider a historic landmark of St. Charles Parish. Some headway has been made, according to Gilbert. The club’s near death experience came with it being nearly $18,000 a month in the red, which he said is now at a breakeven point. Membership that had fallen to 75 is now at 430. “It’s right there in your neighborhood and you know every-

now does the embroidering from a wheelchair while she recovered from back surgery. “I feel for the people. It comes from the heart. This is how I can say ‘I’m sorry you have a loss and I hope this helps.’ Anyway I can help someone I’m going to do it.”



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Being named valedictorian of Hahnville High School’s Class of 2018 isn’t just a real-time accomplishment for Lauren Watson, it’s one she hopes will portray her as a role model for her own children one day. “It’s something huge … just being able to say I accomplished this,” Watson said. “I kind of pride myself on being a hard worker and showing initiative, and I saw it as the full embodiment of what you did, what you needed to do and this is what you get.” Even so, the HHS graduate was prepared to be happy “no matter where the cards fell” on the decision. But, for Watson, cards don’t typically just fall. They were strategically aligned based on nearly a lifetime of setting her sights on the achievement. “I’m hoping it shows how dedicated I am to everything I do,” she said. “I have kind of impossible goals for myself, but if I’m able to keep up this work ethic I’ll be able to achieve anything I put my mind to.” Watson’s life is marked by accomplishments. She graduated with a 4.42 GPA and 34 ACT score. Named Student of the Year, she went on to be on the Superintendent’s List, Dow’s All A’s, and named St. Charles Parish Rotary’s

Young Person of the Year. She was a member of the Student Council, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, International Thespian Society, Freshman Advisory Mentors, Fellowship of Christian Students, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Watson’s activities also included captain of the Hi-Steppers dance team, as well as a member of

Talented Theatre, the Superintendent’s Advisory Council, Monsanto Community Advisory Panel, Girls State, and competition dance and festival pageants. “I love where I go to school and I love being able to represent it in this way, and being able to be involved in it throughout my career,” she watson on page 10B

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Salutatorian achieved perfect ACT score Will focus talents on game development in college By Ryan Arena


David Broussard said he’s not sure how to describe how he felt when he heard he had earned the honor of salutatorian of Hahnville’s Class of 2018, noting while it didn’t come as a shock, the feeling of pride that comes with it was quite real.

“It was never something I was aiming at or considered a goal to drive for,” he said. “I guess I’d say it didn’t surprise me, but I also wasn’t expecting it. It’s a big accomplishment though and I’m honored to be in this position. “Now my only concern is writing that speech.” Though he didn’t seek it, it isn’t Broussard’s first taste of the spotlight either. Early in his senior year, he turned heads when he earned a


score of 36 on the ACT, the highest possible score one can receive on the test. It’s among the rarest of achievements: it was estimated in a recent ACT Profile Report that less than 1,600 students secured a perfect score out of the 1.9 million who took the test during the surveyed year. That was Broussard’s first and only time taking the test, though he scored a 34 on a practice test he took as a sophomore. He attributes much of his academic success to a strong memory, something that has helped him retain valuable big-picture concepts that he’s learned in the classroom. “I don’t have a photographic memor y, but I’ve always retained information pretty easily,” Broussard said. “I don’t really find myself taking many notes in the classroom. But that’s more in terms of overall concepts … things that are super specific, like formulas or dates that I know I’ll have to repeat later, I have to pay extra attention to those. But I have a good memory as far as overall concepts go.” That said, he wouldn’t say it all came easy to him. “Particularly the subjects I’m less comfortable in, like social studies and English, (both) AP classes obviously require a lot of preparation,” said Broussard, who is also a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club and

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Hahnville High School Scholarship Recipients • Conrad Alleman - American Musical and Dramatic Academy VIP Scholarship; Belhaven University Academic Scholarship; Humana Foundation Scholarship; LIVE United-United Way of St. Charles Scholarship; Loyola University New Orleans Dean’s Scholarship; Nicholls State University Academic Honor Scholarship; Nicholls State University Room and Board Scholarship; Northwestern State Academic Excellence Scholarship; Northwestern State Outstanding Student Award; Northwestern State President’s Honor Scholarship; Southeastern Louisiana University Housing and Meal Scholarship; Southeastern Louisiana University Priority Scholarship; St. Charles Women’s Club Scholarship; Tulane University Legislative Scholarship; Tulane University Scholarship; University of New Orleans Provost Scholarship; Xavier University of Louisiana Scholarship • Ian Arnold - LSU Academic Scholars Resident Award; New Orleans West Bank Lodge No. 2496 Elks Scholarship; University of Alabama Engineering Leadership Scholarship; University of Alabama Scholar Scholarship • David Baudry - LHSCA Scholarship; Promacon Inc. Scholarship; University of Southern Mississippi Academic Excellence Scholarship; University of Southern Mississippi Honors Scholar Award • Michael Benton - University of Alabama Scholar Scholarship • Brennan Berger - Louisiana Tech University Outstanding Student Scholarship • Zachary Bergeron - Air Products Process Technology Scholarship • Noah Billingsley - Lee Vial Memorial Scholarship • Taylor Boone - Luling/Boutte Lion’s Club Scholarship • Torin Borne - Dream College Scholarship; Trinity Football Scholarship • Shelbe Breaux - Ashley Bennett DeJean Scholarship; Brett Lemaire Memorial Scholarship • Jared Briones - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Leadership Award; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship • David Broussard - HHS Class of 1957 Anniversary Endowed Scholarship; Loyola University New Orleans Merit-Based President’s Scholarship; LSU Flagship Scholars Resident Award; National Achievement Scholarship Award; University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Job Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Computer Usage Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Housing Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Jefferson Caffery Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Jefferson Caffery Study Abroad Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Meal Plan Scholarship; University of New Orleans Homer L. Hitt Presidential Scholarship; University of New Orleans President Scholarship • Luca Busalacchi - Hahnville High School Band Booster Club Scholarship; Tulane University Posse Scholarship • Alexis Caillet - LIVE United-United Way of St. Charles Scholarship; Loyola University New Orleans Athletic Scholarship; Loyola University New Orleans Institional Merit Based Dean’s Scholarship; St. Charles Women’s Club Scholarship; University of Southern Mississippi Academic Excellence Scholarship • Alyssa Cain - St. Charles Parish Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship • Cassidy Cancienne - HHS Class of 1982 Service Recognition Scholarship • Zoe Cancienne - Loyola University New Orleans President’s Scholarship; Nicholls State University Academic Honor Scholarship; Nicholls State University Room and Board Scholarship; Seattle University Trustee Scholarship; Southeastern Louisiana University Housing and Meal Scholarship; Southeastern Louisiana University Priority Scholarship; University of Southern Mississippi Academic Excellence Scholarship ; Washington State University Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship • Phillip Cheramie - Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship • Ashton Cotton - Livingstone College Band Scholarship; Livingstone College Freshman Incentive Scholarship • Brianna Dantin - Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Distinguished Freshman #1 Scholarship • Bracey Darensbourg - Alcorn State University Scholar Scholarship; Dillard University Dean’s Scholarship; Knights Of Columbus High School Medallion Award

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• Dylan DeJean - Engineering Achievement Award; Great American Rivalry Scholarship; LSU Academic Scholars Resident Award; Tony Waguespack Memorial Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Housing Scholarship; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority 2018 Book Stipend Award • Emma Dufrene - University of Louisiana Lafayette Centennial Scholarship #1 • Madisen Dufrene - LSU Transformation Merit Resident Award; University of New Orleans Provost Scholarship • Darian Durfey - Hahnville Lion’s Club Scholarship; St. Charles Parish Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship • Catelyn Errington - Berry College Academic Scholarship; Northwestern State Academic Excellence Scholarship; Northwestern State NSU Award; Northwestern State Presidential Honors Scholarship; Northwestern State Presidential Scholars Scholarship; Rhodes College Ralph C. Hon Scholarship • Conor Fenerty - Lyon College Academic Scholarship; Lyon College Athletic Scholarship • Abbie Fontenot - Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish Scholarship • Macy Ford - Pat Pitre Memorial Scholarship • Taylor Fos - LSU Transformation Merit Resident Award; Southeastern Louisiana University Priority Scholarship; Spring Hill College Portier Leader Award; University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazer Gold Scholarship • Koby Freeman - Dow US Apprenticeship Program • Catherine Friloux - Tony Waguespack Memorial Scholarship; University of Missouri-Kansas City Intercollegiate Athletics Scholarship • Jeremy Goodson - Bethany College Award; Buena Vista University Blue Award; Geneva College Northwood Award; Lakeland University Scholarship; Lyon College Dean’s Scholarship; Millsaps College Scholarship; Spring Hill College Gautrelet Award; University of St. Francis Football Scholarship; University of St. Francis Franciscan Leadership Award; University of St. Francis Housing Incentive Award • Jordan-Kay Gros - University of New Orleans Provost Scholarship • Benjamin Hargrave - Louisiana Tech University Outstanding Student Scholarship; Louisiana Tech University Tuition Exchange Scholarship • Donna Hinrichs - St. Charles Women’s Club Scholarship; University of Southern Mississippi Presidential Scholarship • Ashlyn Jack - River Parishes Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship; University of Louisiana Monroe Academic Recognition Award • Jonathan Jones - Engineering Achievement Award • Theresa Jones - Luling/Boutte Lion’s Club Scholarship • Kamryn Keller - Coastal Alabama Community College Presidential Scholarship; LIVE UnitedUnited Way of St. Charles Scholarship; St. Charles Women’s Club Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Excellence #1 Scholarship • Kaytlyn Kinler - University of New Orleans Dean Scholarship • Hunter Knoblock - University of Louisiana Monroe Academic Recognition Award • Bessie Lair - Indiana Tech Achievement Award; Indiana Tech Engineering & Computer Sciences Scholarship; Lawrence Technological University Preeminent Scholarship; LSU of Alexandria Scholarship; LSU Tiger Excellence Scholars Resident Award; Louisiana Tech University Outstanding Student Scholarship; MSOE Academic Scholarship; NOVA Southeastern University Dean’s Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Partial Housing Scholarship; Widener University Presidential Scholarship; Widener University State Alumni Award • Hunter LeBlanc - Catch 24 Phillip Matherne Memorial Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Excellence #2 Scholarship; University of Southern Mississippi Academic Excellence Scholarship • Jalyn LeBlanc - McNeese State University Academic Excellence Award; Nicholls State University Scholarship; Bradford University Pitt-Bradford Panther Scholarship; University of Louisiana Monroe Academic Recognition Award • Stashia Liegl - University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Scholarship • Christian Louviere - University of New Orleans Dean Scholarship • Mandi Madere - University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Excellence Scholarship #1 • Cade Mataya - HHS Class of 1957 Anniversary Endowed Scholarship; Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish Scholarship; St. Charles Women’s Club Scholarship; University of Louisiana Lafayette Outstanding Student Scholarship • Margo Matherne - LSU Tiger Excellence Scholars Resident Award; Stevenson University Founders’ Scholarship; Stevenson University President’s Scholarship • Cameron Matthews - Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish Scholarship; St. Charles Women’s Club Scholarship; Southeastern Louisiana University Housing and Meal Scholarship; Southeastern Louisiana University Priority Scholarship • Dalton Melancon - Tony Waguespack Memorial Scholarship • Ra’Janae Morris - ACT Louisiana Student Champion Award; Baylor University Academic Scholarship; Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Organization Scholarship; LIVE United-United Way of St. Charles Scholarship; Louisiana Elks Association Most Valuable Student Award Scholarship; Loyola University New Orleans Institutional Merit-Based Dean’s Scholarship; Millsaps College Presidential Scholarship; NABSE Foundation Scholarship; New Orleans West Bank Lodge No. 2496 Scholarship; Robert C. Menezes Memorial Scholarship; Tony Waguespack Memorial Scholarship; Tulane University Posse Scholarship; Xavier University of Louisiana Scholarship • RayJanae Mott - Pat Pitre Memorial Scholarship • Odalys Olmo-Cotto - University of New Orleans Dean Scholarship • Wade Orgeron - Dow US Apprenticeship Program • Paul Phelan - University of Louisiana Lafayette Outstanding Student Scholarship • Robbie Picou - Northwestern State President’s Honor Scholarship; O ld Dominion University Merit-Based Scholarship • Kendall Pierre - American Legion Award; NABSE Foundation Scholarship • Abigail Pittman - Loyola University New Orleans Institutional Merit-Based Scholarship • Thomas Rasco - Langston University Athletics Scholarship

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Hahnville High School Scholarship Recipients • Elias Ratliff - James Sierra Scholarship • David Rodriguez - University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Scholarship • Dominic Romano - Louisiana Tech University Presidential Scholarship • Leah Spurgeon - University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Excellence #1 Scholarship; University of New Orleans Provost Scholarship • Hailey St. Pierre - University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Excellence #1 Scholarship • Kaitlyn Stamps - University of New Orleans Provost Scholarship • Kaitlynne Stein - Mississippi State University Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship • Delayhia Stipe - McNeese State University John McNeese Scholarship; Northwestern State Academic Exellence Scholarship; Northwestern State Outstanding Student Award; Northwestern State President’s Honor Scholarship; Southeastern Louisiana University Housing and Meal Scholarship; Southeastern Louisiana University Priority Scholarship; St. Charles Public School Foundation Scholarship; University of Louisiana Monroe Academic Recognition Award ; Xavier University of Louisiana Scholarship • Alexis Tamplain - LIVE United-United Way of St. Charles Scholarship; Loyola University New Orleans Athletic Scholarship; PFAG New Orleans Scholarship; Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish Scholarship; Southeastern Louisiana University Priority Scholarship; Southeastern Louisiana University Housing and Meal Scholarship; University of Denver Pioneer Scholarship; University of Denver Residence Hall Scholarship • Hayley Tassin - LSU Tranformation Merit Resident Award • Julia Tastet - Nicholls State University Academic Honor Scholarship; Nicholls State University Room and Board Scholarship; St. Charles Women’s Club Scholarship • Cierra Thigpen - Dillard University Merit Scholarship • Gavin Turner - Colorado State University Dean’s Scholarship • Destiny Walker - University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Scholarship • Lauren Watson - Catholic Youth Leadership Award; Hilcorp Scholarship; Knights of Columbus Catholic Youth Leadership Award; Knights of Columbus Red Church Council Catholic Youth Leadership Award; LIVE United-United Way of St. Charles Scholarship; LSU Flagship Scholars Resident Award; St. Charles Women’s Club Scholarship; Tulane University Distinguished Scholars Award • Alexis Williams - Howard University Leadership Scholarship; Monsanto Spirit of Diversity Scholarship; Penn State University Provost’s Award; Tulane University Academic Recognition Award; University of Oregon Summit Scholarship; Xavier University of Louisiana Academic Scholarship • Brandon Wood - Dr. Rodney Lafon Performing Art Award; Hahnville High School Band Booster Club Scholarship

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Conrad Alleman David Baudry Jr. David Broussard Luca Busalacchi Alexis Caillet Alyssa Cain Zoe Cancienne Abby Christen Danielle Duplay Catelyn Errington Taylor Fos

Donna Hinrichs Theresa Jones Kamryn Keller Bessie Lair Christopher Lavin Jalyn LeBlanc Mandi Madere Christian Louviere Cade Mataya Margo Matherne Gabrielle Matherne

Magna Cum Laude Ian Arnold Michael Benton Jared Briones Eric Brown Jr. Sean Bui Phillip Cheramie Amanda Clause Brianna Dantin

Dylan DeJean Emma Dufrene Darian Durfey Jordan-Kay Gros Isabella Hebert Tesa Hopkins Delayhia Stipe Alexis Tamplain

Cum Laude

Carmen Acosta Taylor Boone Caitlyn Cancienne Cassidy Cancienne Faith Coger Bracey Darensbourg Madisen Dufrene

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said. “I didn’t have too many said. “It means a lot.” friends and now I have two Calling dance “my other of the closest friends to me life,” she has been dancing in my entire life. I kind of since she was three years old. found myself while there.” Watson said it helped her Watson discovered she think outside the box. liked helping others “I was lucky enough to get through dance, pageants, both goals,” she said. “It was Student Council and Beta a very packed high school Club. career. I was obviously In dance, she often put the involved in all kinds of group vision above her own things. It was something I and felt satwanted to do. isfaction. I didn’t just But she also want to sit at learned the home. In the value of end, it was doing what worth it.” was right In her sophrather than omore year, Lauren Watson just pleasing pageants people, and began to prothe value of people who vide an added outlet for her helped her be the best perpersonal growth. son she could be. “It allows you to represent Among the supportive something and it focused people in her life have been again on doing more with her parents, Michael and your life,” Watson said. Holly Watson of Luling. “Going into it, it was ran“They kind of pushed me dom, but then I saw it was to be what I am,” she said. really beyond girls and “They allowed me to do dresses and crowns. It’s a practically whatever I wantwhole group of intelligent ed with some limitation, wome n w ho re pre s e nt but they’ve been great role something in their commumodels.” nity or state that they love. As Watson contemplates That was admirable to me.” her future, which is to study Seeing how the experience bi o l o g i c a l s c i e n c e s at changed Watson and other Louisiana State University people she knew, she came in Baton Rouge, she recalled to realize it helped shape the road that brought her to her into someone who this time in her life. could be a valedictorian. “I am goi ng t o m i s s “It boosted my confidence, Hahnville High a lot,” she helped me to speak to othsaid. “Even on the days I ers and do what’s right didn’t want to be there, I rather than having somewouldn’t want to be anything thrown at me and just where else. It was a loving living with it,” she said. and caring environment. I These achievements also don’t think I’d be the person starkly contrast the quiet, I am today without every shy girl who first came to person there who pushed HHS, but Watson said the me toward my individual school welcomed her with successes and goals.” open arms and she changed. “I was very to myself,” she

“I’m hoping it shows how dedicated I am to everything I do.”

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that. It kind of mitigated some has submitted several high of the stress since I was able to placing items for Young do something I really enjoy,” Authors. he said. One thing He will be that helped as attending the a senior was University of having time Louisianabudgete d at Lafayette the Satellite where he plans Center. to study com“Even though puter science I still was takwith a focus on ing a bunch of g a m e AP classes as a - David Broussard development. s e n i o r, m y Broussard junior year was developed a probably taste for prot o u g h e r gramming early, when around because I didn’t have the his sixth grade year he started Satellite Center to counteract researching ways to program through a Nintendo DS game system he had laying around. “It’s a computer like any other one, you can make it run programs,” Broussard said. “That’s when I got into it, developing stuff for my DS. It was kind of a rocky start, I wasn’t exposed to the best practices at the beginning. “But once I could say, ‘hey, look at this game I made, on a real console’ it kind of legitimized it in my mind and drove me to keep going.” He said he’s drawn to game design as a concentration for his skill set because he wants to create things others will see, benefit from and enjoy. “Once I’m out in the real world, I don’t want to just be another cog in a machine, writing code for something no one will ever see,” Broussard said. “And that extends to video games, but also the web and application development.” He said he chose ULL for a few reasons. One of those is the strong reputation of its computer science curriculum. We are experts at converting energy into Another is it affords him the opportunity to stay close to industrial chemicals on a large scale. home, but be far enough away We do it safely and efficiently to find his independence. to minimize our environmental footprint. “I’m not too far away from home, but I won’t be tempted We are a key part of our employees’ to go every time something lives and valued by our community, minor happens,” Broussard striving to treat these said. “It will force me to be critical stakeholders with more independent and to grow and mature.” the utmost trust and respect while

“Once I’m out in the real world, I don’t want to just be another cog in a machine.”

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