Senior-year students from Lakeview, Natchitoches Central and St. Mary’s high schools were honored for their outstanding athletic, academic and extracurricular activities recently during the 7th Annual Natchitoches Leadership Through Athletics Committee (NLTAC) awards ceremony at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches.
“You have reached a major milestone in your life. High school graduation and to garner the distinction of being the BEST athlete in your chosen LHSAA sport or sports in Natchitoches and in the region. Continue to excel on and off of the various athletic fields and courts as you become stronger leaders for our country,” said Elijah Nixon, guest speaker, sports reporter for KALB-TV Channel 5 in Alexandria.
The following students were recognized with their respective awards:
Dillon Pikes, Charlie Tolar Football Award, Joe Dumars Basketball Award, Stephanie Sowell Track/Field Award and the Andre’ Jackson, Sr. Memorial Football Award and scholarship.
Trinity Browder, Shantel Hardison Basketball Award and the Stephanie Sowell Track/Field Award.
Alex Dupuy, Pat Listach Baseball Award
Soniya Nelson, Shantel Hardison Basketball Award
Tyler Johnson, J.D. Garrett Football Award, Andre’ Jackson, Sr. Memorial Football Award and scholarship, Mayor’s Athletic Leadership Award and the Calvin C. “Snoop Dogg” Broadus Leadership Award
Hayden Jackson, Boys Powerlifting Award
Deitra Jackson, Girls Powerlifting Award,
Madison Robinson, “Becca” Allen Softball Award
Addison Teddlie receiving the volleyball award.
Adam Parker, Petey Perot Football Award, Andre’ Jackson, Sr. Memorial Football Award and scholarship and the Mayor’s Athletic Leadership Award.
Colton Norsworthy, Powerlifting Award
Logan Watson getting the wrestling award; touting the program’s first year with noted success.
Other award winners included Ma’Kira Carpenter of Natchitoches Central, receiving the Mayor’s Athletic Leadership Award.
Clifton Jones, Jr., Anthony Allen, Jr. and Russ Hillhouse received the 2023 Robert Walker Memorial “Get It Done” award. Walker, a sophomore and member of Natchitoches Central’s football team, died last October as a result of an UTV accident.
Representing the three schools, Mason McCart received the Scholar Athlete Award.
St. Mary’s junior tennis athlete, Andrew Kautz, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the 10 a.m. ceremony.
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