WAFB honors top graduating seniors as Best of the Class 2017

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Columbus Willis, White Castle High School

Columbus Willis of White Castle High School and Katilyn Tierra Williams of Donaldsonville High were honored at a reception held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center at LSU.

Beginning the third week of May, WAFB Channel 9 and Road Runner Towing will honor 90 of the highest academic achievers from the public and private high schools in the WAFB Channel 9 viewing area. This area includes 11 parishes and two Mississippi counties.

The 28th Annual Best of the Class project will be broadcast through June on WAFB as a series of 60-second announcements appearing throughout the day and in primetime.  The “stars” of the announcement will be the outstanding students themselves.

The Best of the Class was videotaped on location at the Lod Cook Alumni Center at LSU on May 13, 2017.  Executives from WAFB and WAFB anchors were on hand to greet and congratulate the students and their parents.

In addition, family and friends living here, across the country and around the world can see all the action on WAFB.com.  Photos of each graduate and behind the scenes shots of the production will be posted on WAFB’s online photo gallery.

WAFB began the Best of the Class program in the Channel 9 service area in 1989.  Since then, WAFB has featured over 2,500 scholars.  This year, 90 more will be added to the honor roll.

As WAFB marks 28 years presenting the Best of the Class, General Manager Lee Meredith said that the program is one of the television station’s most important projects.  “All of us at WAFB are proud to be able to recognize the accomplishments of these great students,” Meredith said.  “These young men and women are destined for great things as they go on to college and their careers.  We’re happy that we can help share this pinnacle of achievement with the entire community.”

Raycom Media owns and/or provides services for 53 television stations in 37 markets and 18 states.  The company is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.  WAFB Channel 9, WBXH and Cable Channel 9 all serve the Baton Rouge viewing area.

Watch WAFB Channel 9 for the academic “star” from your neighborhood.