NATCHITOCHES, LA- LSMSA senior Hannah Lewis, of DeRidder, is being recognized as one of this year’s Louisiana Young Heroes by LPB. This program celebrates the achievements of students who have inspired those around them, and have devoted their time, talents, and energy to making their communities better places.
A Young Hero is defined as an exceptional young person who has excelled in academics, given significantly of themselves through public service, overcome adversity, exhibited extraordinary heroism, or inspired others through their deeds and strength of character, according to LPB.
From LPB: Hannah is a straight A student with strong personal faith. She is kind and considerate to all people, and works hard to improve her school and community. Hannah is very involved in many academic, civic and community activities, including volunteering to help organize the Merryville Heritage Festival. She was 4-H President, Senior High Beta Secretary and Treasurer, involved in Future Business Leaders of America, her high school drama club, science club, and choir, and in local community theater.
In the last year, Hannah has not only had to endure the pandemic and two hurricanes causing major damage to her home, she has suffered the sudden and unexpected death of her Mother. Hannah and her mother were very close, and this was a shocking event. Despite her grief, Hannah has kept up with her school work and activities and is an inspiration to others.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Hannah and her mother sewed masks for a local nursing home and she assisted with disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Laura. Through her church, she has done yard work for the elderly, led youth groups, made stuffed animals for the Hug-A Bear project and supported organizations promoting service dogs for veterans.
Hannah has been awarded the Outstanding Student Merit-based Scholarship to Louisiana Tech.