Four STPPS high school graduates and a teacher from Chahta-Ima Elementary were recognized at Wednesday's Education Luncheon hosted by the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.
STPPS Superintendent Trey Folse served as the luncheon's guest speaker as he highlighted the many wonderful stories in our School System.
Five high school graduates from the Slidell area were awarded 2017 East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce - Keesler Federal Credit Union Scholarships. Representing STPPS were Kristen Delhom from Northshore High, Riley Herdliska from Slidell High, Kayleigh Reneau from Pearl River High, and Martina Faciane from Salmen High.
Delhom plans to study biochemistry at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and pursue a medical or nursing career. Throughout high school, she was involved with the Student Council, Fellowship for Christian Athletes and was her class representative all four years. During her senior year, she was selected as the Lady Panthers varsity soccer team captain and lead her team to the state quarterfinals. Delhom has been active in the community participating in the Junior Auxiliary Juniors in Service program, volunteering at Rainbow Child Care and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. She finished high school with a 3.9 GPA.
Herdliska plans to attend Louisiana College and pursue a degree in education. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in educational leadership. She would like to teach and coach in the high school setting and eventually become a principal. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, Interact Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Herdliska was the captain of the volleyball team and was a member of the Lady Tigers softball team all four years of high school. Riley has participated in St. Tammany Toys for Tots the past five years. She helped her grandfather raise more than $40,000 for the Veterans affected by the August 2016 floods in Louisiana.
Faciane plans to attend Rice University and study earth sciences. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Martina hopes to work toward her master’s degree at Stanford. She wants to pursue a research-based career. Throughout high school, Martina was the Interact Club Vice President, Student Council President, National Honor Society Secretary, a Freshman mentor, and a member of the Book Club. Martina participated on the varsity tennis, cross country, and soccer teams during her high school career. Through her involvement with the Interact Club, Martina has completed over 300 services hours by participating in events such as the Pumpkin Patch in Olde Towne, Relay for Life, Big Branch Marsh clean up and tutoring her peers. She also spends time over the holidays, cooking and serving food for people who otherwise may not have a meal for themselves or their families.
Reneau plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University to study political science. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Kayleigh plans to attend LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center to receive a Juris Doctor degree and pursue her goal of practicing law. She hopes her passion for politics and learning about the law will give her the opportunity to serve as a judge in St. Tammany Parish or as a Supreme Court Justice. Kayleigh maintained straight A’s throughout high school and was enrolled in gifted, honors, advanced placement, and dual enrollment courses. Kayleigh held many leadership positions in clubs and organizations such as Beta Club, Honor Society, FFA, Mu Alpha Theta, Sigma Rho Pi, Facta non Verba, yearbook committee, student council and the Pearl River Rebels golf team. Kayleigh volunteers her time helping local farmers harvest their crops, tutoring students of all ages in her community, and helping at community events like the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Annual Dinner. Kayleigh’s passion for furthering her education allowed her to graduate with 38 college credit hours.
Chahta-Ima Elementary general music teacher Therese Hotard was named the 2017 Outstanding Educator of the Year. She is also the choral ensemble director at both Chahta-Ima and nearby Bayou Lacombe Middle School. She has taught music in grades K-8 for 33 years. She has prepared and conducted full choral concert programs for Veterans Day, Christmas, Black History Month, and the end of the year programs. She was selected as the 2012-2013 Bayou Lacombe Middle School Teacher of the Year.