More than a dozen students from the Teche Area will be honored tonight.

Cox Communications will honor 47 students from across Acadiana, grades pre-K through 12th grade, for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity at the 8th annual Cox Inspirational Heroes Awards & Recognition Ceremony. 

The 47 students were selected from Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes. Fifteeen of them attend schools in the area.

Those 15 honorees are: Tarlton Bernard Jr., Loreauville High School; Addyson Citrano, Jefferson Island Road Elementary School; Jada Cormier, New Iberia Senior High School; Molly Delcambre, Delcambre High School; Camille Eikel, Highland Baptist Christian School; Rhett Faucheaux, Catholic High School; Arthur January, North Lewis Elementary School; Dillon Lively, Jeanerette High School; Tyler Thorne, Belle Place Middle School; Ashlynn Ward, Iberia Middle School; Darinthus White, Coteau Elementary School; Dailee Johnson, The Early Learning Center; Reginald Smith, St. Martinville Senior High School;  Victoria LeBlanc, West St. Mary High School, and Cameron Kidder, Centerville High School.

Public, private and parochial schools in the six parishes were asked to submit the name of one student who has inspired others through their courage and determination in the face of physical, emotional, psychological, educational or social challenges faced daily.

“These students may not be the valedictorian or the star quarterback. They may not be the ones who usually get the recognition, but they are the unsung heroes who have overcome some kind of a challenge with a smile on their face,” Julie Simon-Dronet, vice president for the Cox Acadiana Market, said. “I guarantee that this event will be inspiring. We will have some laughs, and we will have some tears. We are very excited to celebrate these children for accepting their challenges with a positive attitude.”

A short bio for each honoree will be read aloud as she or he is honored on stage. Each student will receive a certificate of achievement and commemorative Cox Inspirational Heroes plaque. 

“Although this event is to recognize some amazing students, we also will pay tribute to their teachers, school administrators, parents and guardians. We know that they’ve helped shape the lives of these children by offering them words of encouragement and praise, and in some cases, a family,” Dronet said.

The event will be held at 4 p.m. at River Oaks Catering and Event Center, 520 E. Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. for registration and refreshments.

 

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