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Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau (left) presents Sacred Heart School senior Dreu Fontenot (right) with the 2018 Sheriff’s Scholarship on Thursday. Fontenot is the son of Tony and Cindy Fontenot and Leon “T-Joe” Fontenot, all of Ville Platte. (Gazette photos by Elizabeth West)

SHS’s Dreu Fontenot awarded scholarship from Sheriff Soileau

On Thursday, Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau announced that Sacred Heart senior Dreu Benjamin Fontenot was named this year’s recipient of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship.
Fontenot is the son of Tony and Cindy Vidrine, of Ville Platte, and Leon “T-Joe” Fontenot, also of Ville Platte.
Fontenot, who resides in the Ville Platte area, plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the fall and pursue a degree in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice. He hopes to become a Crime Scene Investigator one day.
This scholarship is made possible by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Program (LSHMP), which allows La. Sheriff’s the opportunity to provide scholarships to graduating high school students from each parish where the sheriff is an affiliate of the program.
When determining who receives the sheriff’s scholarship each year, qualities such as academic achievement, leadership and character are considered.
Fontenot was one of three locals that were considered for this award. The other two students in the running were Nakyrien Jack and Destiny Ja’nelle Davis, both of which will graduate this year from Mamou High School. Jack and Davis were named as alternate recipients so that in the event the recipient is unable to take advantage of the scholarship award, the alternate next in line can do so.
Sheriff Soileau said, “Academic awards by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program to Louisiana students best demonstrates what the LSHMP is all about. This is one of our proudest accomplishments. It invests in Louisiana’s future and gives something back to the community. This would not be possible without the generosity of Evangeline Parish’s Honorary Members.”

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