Krewe of Excellence awards annual scholarships

The beautiful Cane River lake served as the backdrop to the riverbank stage in downtown Natchitoches as four Natchitoches Central High School class of 2020 seniors were awarded scholarships from the Krewe of Excellence Mardi Gras krewe.

Ron Helaire, the organization’s president, welcomed the students, their family members and friends to the awards ceremony. Pictured above, from left are recipients Carlos Moses, Mali Simmons, Chancellor Davis and Jaylon Braxton.

“We are honored to have such an outstanding group of students to apply for our scholarships this year. Moreover, our 2020 winners. They are definitely tomorrow’s thorough leaders,” said Olga Nell LeBrum, the Krewe’s scholarship chairperson.

The students received a colorful personal keepsake plaque, the scholarship award and a letter of commendation. They are enrolled in their respective colleges of choice: University of Louisiana- Monroe, Centenary College, Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University.

Braxton, technically a junior-year student, completed all of the required Carnegie units and graduated a year early.

The krewe is a not-for-profit organization and opened the application process up to eligible senior-year students at Lakeview, Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts, Natchitoches Central and St. Mary’s High Schools.