Gearing up for college: Middle school students earn early scholarships

Staff reports

A group of Iberville Parish School students earned the first college incentive program scholarships awarded in the school system under a program called “LA Gear Up.”

Janet Marionneaux, executive director of curriculum, said the scholarship awards would be invested for the sixth- and seventh- grade winners, who will be eligible for future Gear Up awards as well.

This is the first year of a six-year program, Marionneaux said.

She said that at graduation, the scholarship funds would be awarded to the students to pay their tuition to college or technical school.

Scholarship recipients were named based on their academic achievements and good citizenship, Marionneaux said. She said the program also encourages parental involvement.

The recipients, honored at Monday night’s School Board meeting, are:

East Iberville Elementary and High School -- Rolisha Handley, Stefani Corbin, both sixth graders, $500 each; Lakelshe Wilson, seventh grade, $250; Jacques Comeaux, sixth grade, $250

Plaquemine Senior High School -- Jameshaulyn  Fernandez, $1,000; Anthonica Johnson and Tyrrion Turner, $500 each; Alexis Hayes, My’Iesha Bell, Rockelle Bouser, and Darion Parker, $250 each. All are seventh graders.

Iberville Math, Science & Arts Academy –West -- Nariko Gillis, Kyanna Atkins and Williams Oliver, $500 each, and Kelsa Jackson, Sherman Parker and D’Anna Williams, $250 each. All are seventh graders.

North Iberville Elementary and High School -- Ryannisha Jackson, sixth grader, $1000; Quineshia Charles, seventh grader, $500; Carrie Hill, seventh grader, $250, and sixth graders Darian Hendricks and Malik Victorian, $250 each.

White Castle High School -- Alma Jones, Deremy Rome, and Simone White, $250 each, and Sheena Banks, $250. All are seventh graders.

Crescent Elementary and Junior High School -- Troy Martin, $1000; Louis Conerly and Sandy Bosley, $500 each; Alyssa Suarez, Jesslyn Settoon, Hunter Acosta, and Alexis Griffin, $250. All are sixth graders.