The Alumnus of the Year Banquet was well attended. We had nearly 200 guest attend and show support to their Eagle brothers. The crowd was moved by various inspirational speeches by the award recipients.
The 2020 awards were also presented this night, due to COVID-19 cancelling the ceremony last year.
Dr. Mark Williams ‘85 received the 2020 Alumnus of the Year award (presented by Jay Wilkinson ‘73).
Patrick Connick ‘79 earned the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award (presented by Ray Davis ‘82)
The 2020 Honorary Alumnus of the year Lena Hernandez, (presented by Troy DePreist ‘86)
The 2021 Alumnus of the Year was given to Troy DePriest ‘86. Troy has been instrumental in his development of the Excelsior ’86 group; which is made up of various members of the class of ’86. The class of ’86 holds fundraisers that benefit their endowment campaign. Excelsior is a great group of guys that continuously gives back to the school and its many organizations through cooking at various events. Troy serves on the Advancement Committee and has been a huge part of the following Advancement projects: ACT NOLA, Green Pages and the LA Fire contract.
Distinguished Alumnus 2021 and Babson Leblanc ’66. (presented by Wayne Theriot ’69)
The award is now named after Babson “BJ” Leblanc. His son Joshua Leblanc (‘97) accepted the award on behalf of the Leblanc family. Josh gave a great speech describing his dad’s perpetual love for his alma mater.
Troy Duhon ’82 earned the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his great works of generosity. Troy has orphanages and food pantries around the world. His goal is to give back and to help others. He just recently opened up the Food Pantry on the corner of Barataria and Lapalco. Troy is also applauded for his great work with Giving Hope. If you would like to read more about Troy’s journey, enjoy an article published by Baton Rouge Christian Life Magazine .
Mrs. Angela Bates (presented by Brandon Surrency ’09) received the 2021 Honorary Alumnus of the Year Award. Mrs. Bates has taught English here at Shaw for 24 years. She has made an impact in many of the young men’s lives that have graced our hallways!