Cox Communications has always been in front to honor people who lead productive and meaningful life, despite of their personal adversities. Cox Communications Inspirational Student Heroes Program is such an initiative to honor student heroes. At a ceremony held on April 12 at Pontchartrain Center, more than 100 students were honored by the program. These students represented schools from Jefferson, Orleans, St. Charles, and St. Bernard parishes.
One of the students who were honored by Cox included, Sadie Terrebonne, who is a senior at Academy of Our Lady in Marrero. This girl faced the death of her father at an early age but still have a positive outlook towards life and she tries to do her best in all that she does. She is a very smart student who plays softball and loves to spend a lot of time with her family.
“Sadie is truly an inspiration to others and sets an example for others to follow,” said Vanessa Blanchard, Academy of Our Lady guidance director. “She is a hard worker and always willing to lend a hand. She does all of this with a smile. The courage, perseverance, determination and commitment she displays make her a true hero.”
Another student, Ashley Burns, who is a senior at Cabrini High School, suffers from superior mesenteric artery syndrome, which is a life threatening condition. Despite of her condition, she has excelled at Cabrini and has managed to maintain a GPA of 4.5. Ashley Burns will be attending University of Southern Mississippi Honors College with a full-tuition scholarship. She is planning to have her masters in Polymer science.
“She had to miss a lot of school but still maintained a positive attitude,” wrote Susan E. Yelton, academic counselor at Cabrini, in nominating Burns for the award.
Christopher James, of Hahnville High School is another student who managed to bag scholarship from Cox Communications. This boy has also earned Beta Club membership under the Career Pathways diploma program.