St. Augustine High School held its 67th commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Church honoring the class of 2021.
Dr. Kenneth A. St. Charles ’81, president and chief executive officer, Bishop John Ricard, Superior General of the Society of St. Joseph, and Gerald R. DeBose ’76, principal, presented awards and conferred diplomas. Kurt Davis ’78, Executive Vice President of Affiliate Relations at ViacomCBS delivered the commencement address.
The class of 113 graduates earned $8.5 million in college scholarships and received admission offers from more than 163 universities and colleges throughout the U.S.
Alfred R. Ripoll IV, received the Purple Knight Award, St. Augustine High School's highest honor celebrating the graduating senior who best demonstrates excellence in scholarship, leadership, character, participation in activities, personality, and the spirit of cooperation.
The valedictorian of the class of 2021 is Alfred R. Ripoll IV, son of Mr. Alfred Ripoll III and Mrs. Kawana Ripoll of New Orleans. A recipient of the 2021 Dr. Percy A. Pierre Engineering Scholarship Award, Ripoll plans to attend Princeton University where he will major in Engineering. At St. Augustine Ripoll was a member of the National Honor Society, Baseball and Track Team, Future Business Leaders of American, the STEM club, and Campus Ministry. He was named LHSAA 2020-2021 Baseball All-Academic Class. He received recognition from College Board as a 2020-2021 African American Scholar for excellence in academic achievement. Ripoll is also a member of the National Black Society of Engineers Junior Club, New Orleans Youth Academy Sports Law Program and New Orleans Youth Academy Sporty Analytics Program. Through the St. Augustine dual-enrollment program, Alfred has enrolled in college level courses since his freshman year and earned 21 credits to apply towards his collegiate education. He is also a proud third-generation Purple Knight.
The salutatorian, Braden J. Lewis, is the son of Mr. Harold Lewis Jr., and Mrs. Shawanda Lewis. Braden will attend Xavier University of Louisiana where he received a full scholarship and plans to major in Business. Lewis was a member of the National Honor Society, film and media crew, Future Business Leaders of America, Speech and Debate club, Baseball team manager, photography club, and served as senior class president. He is a proud second-generation Purple Knight.
The St. Joseph and Rev. Robert Sullivan SSJ Award was presented to Tyrin L. Sykes, who best represents the model of humility and service reflecting St. Joseph’s resolve to be faithful to God, active in the community, supportive of others and by having a positive influence on others by living a life exemplifying his Catholic faith.
Receiving the Joyce and Glenny Morgan Historically Black College or University Scholarship Award were Zailand L. Adams, Jahmeer O. Cade, Michael G. Griffin II, and Micah P. Pittman.
The Citizenship Award was presented to Braden L. Lewis who has demonstrated the ability to combine the spirit of cooperation and academic achievement with the principles associated with being an ethical and moral student.
Micah P. Pittman received the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Patriotic Award that recognizes the student who promotes, by example, the highest degree of citizenship necessary for the perpetuation of our democratic form of government.
The Community Service Award was presented to Tyrin L. Sykes which recognizes the graduate who has exemplified the spirit of Saint Augustine by his participation and excellence in community service.
Phillip Petty III, was the recipient of the Film and Media Excellence Award which honors one graduating senior who has demonstrated extraordinary skills in film, interviewing, production, directing and editing multi-media projects.
The Edwin Harrell Hampton Award was presented to Zailand L. Adams, who exemplified leadership through campus and community involvement while exhibiting integrity, collaboration and best representing the character of a Marching 100 band member.
The Marching 100 Award was presented to Zha’Mar A. Farbe for best demonstrating the qualities of a Purple Knight through dedication to musical achievement.
The following students were ranked, along with the valedictorian and the salutatorian, in the top 10 of the graduating class: Zailand L. Adams, Jahmeer O. Cade, Nino M. Campbell, Blake J. Cordier, Darren T. Dixon, Terrence J. Hampton Jr., Brian Q. Hewitt Jr., and Kyle M. Page.
The other graduates were: Jeron M. Alexander, Damian G. Arnaud Jr., Dwayne Balthazar, Thelmon Barnett, Jermaney T. Bates, Neville J. Batiste Jr., Preston M. Bax III, Logan M. Boyd, Blake A. Braud, Marc A. Broaden, Shan K. Brooks Jr., John Cannon V, Mason K. Clark, and David I. Clements Jr.
Also, Michael D. Coleman, Ja`Kobe A. Collins, Christopher X. Crawford Jr., Nasir T. DeGruy, Omari J. Downs, Rogers J. Druhet V, Lester R. Dyer IV, Dorian J. Ellzey, Tyree J. English, Zha'Mar A. Farbe, Malik J. Foley, and Leon L. Franklin II, Couren J. Gibson, Edward E. Gilds III, Kentrell S. Glapion, Savon J. Goodwin, Ja'Ron J. Grace, and Jaydon K. Green.