Celebrating St. Augustine High School’s 61st Commencement Exercises
St. Augustine High School held its 61st commencement exercises May 20
Sunshine replaced the previous day’s rain clouds, and a beautiful tradition continued. The Class of 2015 was presented before family, friends, faculty, and staff during graduation on the Xavier Campus on Wednesday, May 20. The diplomas were conferred by Oyd Craddock, President and Chief Executive Officer; the Very Reverend William Norvel, S.S.J., Superior General of the St. Joseph Society; and Sean J. Goodwin, Principal. Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and the executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet was the guest speaker.
Dean Baquet, a New Orleans native who is executive editor of The New York Times, spoke about his life and offered his advice to the class of 2015. He reflected back on his experiences at school, the power of listening, the importance of truth in storytelling and the value of expanding horizons through travel.
Baquet, who grew up in the Treme neighborhood, graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1974 and got his start in journalism covering the police beat as a reporter for the States-Item in New Orleans. He went on to work for The Times-Picayune and the Chicago Tribune before joining The Times’ newsroom as an editor. In 2014 he went on to become The Times’ first African-American executive editor.
Valedictorian Joseph Charles Laurent, son of Joseph and Chalita Laurent, earned academic awards in English, Mathematics and Science. He also earned Xavier University of Louisiana and Howard University Legacy scholarships, and a TOPS Award. A National Honor Society member, Laurent will attend Howard University in the fall and major in sports medicine. Laurent earned Superior Achievement Honor Roll status and served as a member of several organizations and clubs including the Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council and the Purple Knights Basketball team.
Salutatorian, Jerry Brown IV son of Lt. Commander Jerry Brown, III, and Arlette Winder Brown, earned the Burger King Scholars Award, the Fisk University Erastus Milo Cravath Presidential Scholarship and the Samford Deans Scholarship. Other scholarships and awards include Loyola University of New Orleans, Morehouse College, Tuskegee University, University of Iowa Advantage Award, University of Iowa National Scholars Award and Xavier University of Louisiana President’s Scholarship. A National Honor Society member, Brown earned the Social Studies award and plans to attend Fisk University and major in Biology/Pre-Medical in the fall. Brown earned Superior Achievement Honor Roll status and served as a member of several organizations and clubs including the Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council and the Purple Knights Football and baseball teams.
Salutatorian, Tyler Charles Sanders son of Theodore and Charlene Sanders, earned a Howard University Legacy Scholarship and the Samford Dean’s Scholarship. Other scholarships and awards include the Spring Hill Gautrelet Award, Spring Hill National Alumni Association Board, TOPS Award, Tuskegee University, University of Louisiana and Xavier University of Louisiana. A National Honor Society member, Sanders plans to attend Howard University and major in pharmacy. Sanders earned Superior Achievement Honor Roll status and served as a member of several organizations and clubs including the Future Business Leaders of America and the International Club.
Tre’ Jamal Dawson earned the Purple Knight Award, the school’s highest award to a graduate. This award is given to the student who, in the judgment of the entire faculty, best combines excellence in the following areas: scholarship, participation in school activities, character, personality and a spirit of cooperation.
Charles Edward Brown III earned the Citizenship Award. The award for Citizenship is given to the student who, in the judgment of the entire faculty, exemplifies the spirit of cooperation and participation.
Recognition of Special Awards:
Joseph Charles Laurent: English, Mathematics and Science Academic Awards.
Barry Selvalia: Mathematics Academic Award.
Jerry Brown IV: Social Studies Academic Award.
Brian Barnes: Foreign Language Academic Award.
Myles Poydras: Knights of Columbus Pro Deo Patriotism Award.
Jelani Tenoa Washington: Community Service Award.
Herman Williams IV: Marching 100 Award.
Malcolm Aziel Mitchell and Dominick Jeremy Mackey: 4 Years Perfect Attendance.
Class of 2016 National Honor Society Members
Derrick Bienemy Jr., Jerry Brown IV, Gregory William Carroll II, Tre’ Jamal Dawson, Daniel Marcel Delatte, Joseph Charles Laurent, Myles Christopher Poydras, Tyler Charles Sanders, Patrick Madison Walker, Herman Williams IV.
The Class of 2015 was awarded nearly $6 million in merit-based scholarships.
The 2015 graduates are: Landix Samuel Alcorn, Jihad Taj Malik Allen, Chrisopher Jude-Griffin Auzenne, Byran Terrill Barnes Jr., Christian Tyler Batiste, Bryce Jacob Beacham, Derrick Bienemy Jr., Herman Bienemy, Bryant Anthony Bland, Christopher Jermiah Blunt, Justin Christopher Boddie, Jyra Austin Bode, Joseph Augusta Bougere III, Delano Anthony Braud III, Herman Brooks III, Joshua Romeo Brooks, Ariez D’Mitri Brown, Charles Edward Brown III, Dwayne Brown Jr., Jerry Brown IV, Joshua Harris Brown, Randolph Joseph Bundy III, Duane Anthony Bush, Rolandus Ja’monte Campbell, Gregory William Carroll II, Kenyon Jemiah Collins, Darius Anthony Cunningham, Dontate’ Davis, Tyee Errol Davis, Jonathan Nicholas Dawson, Tre’ Jamal Dawson, Daniel Marcel Delatte, Shaquille David Duncan, Brian England Jr., Terrence Tre Evans, Lanard Joseph Fournette, Dustin Michael Foy, Jacoby Michael Harris, Carlos John Higgins Jr., Jason Alexander Hithe, Brandell Hollingsworth Jr., Daniel Rueben-Curtis Howard, Jaret Deron Hurst, Joseph Maurice Isles, Kelvin Vincent Jackson Jr., Marcel Anthony Johnson, Brent Warren Jones, Ronald LaBranch Jr., Collin Joshua Lagarde, Joseph Charles Laurent, Shelby Lavergne, Christian Anthony LeBlanc, Terry Lee Jr., Kris Kornel-Washington Lewis II, Joseph Roosevelt Littles, Joshua Jeremy Long, Dominick Jeremy Mackey, Dave Madison IV, Peter Reginald McDonald, Jordan Isaac McPherson, Malcolm Aziel Mitchell, Tevin Clayton Mitchell, Tre’ von Justin Mitchell, Willie Tweed Moore III, Stanley Morgan Jr., Christopher Edward Morris, Tracy DeWayne Nash, Jr., James Furnell Nero, Torran Antoine Phipps, Myles Christopher Poydras, Dameion Patrick Randolph, Kenneth Rowan Jr., Tyler Charles Sanders, Stacy Vincent Santemore Jr., Yusef Scipio Jr., Barry Louis Sevalia, Paul Anthony Sims, Kandall Euclid Smith, Jerome Smith III, Christopher Michael Spadoni, Bryce Marcel Spears, Xavier Lorell Sterling, Spencer David Theard Jr., Jeremy Edward Triggs, Patrick Madison Walker, Jelani Tenoa Washington, Whitman Charles Wilcox V, Craig Anthonie Williams, Gerald Terrell Williams, Herman Williams IV, Kyle Andre Williams, Theron Marcel Williams II, Jeremy Da’Shon Young.