4 SMS seniors selected for All-State Composite Team


Four senior student athletes from St. Mary’s Catholic School were selected as part of the 2020-21 Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) All-State Composite Team for spring sports.

This article published in the Weekend, April 24-25, 2021, print edition

The LHSAA All-Academic Award Program recognizes the academic excellence of senior student athletes who have attained a 4.0 grade point average by placing them on the composite All-American Team.

Maggie Gilmore, daughter of Eric and Jaime Gilmore, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while taking honors and dual enrollment courses at St. Mary’s Catholic School. Maggie has been a member of National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Beta Club.  She has held leadership offices on the Student Council executive board, FBLA and the Natchitoches Leo Club. Maggie was chosen as a delegate for the Louisiana Association of Student Councils, the Hugh O’Brien Youth Seminar, as well as Louisiana Girls State.  She was a recipient of the Tiger Integrity Award as well as the Catholic Daughters Essay Award.  Maggie has participated with numerous varsity sports during her high school years including indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, cross country, tennis, cheer, and basketball.  As a varsity basketball player, she was a member of the 2020 Lady Tigers District IV Championship team.  She qualified for state level competition for both cross country and indoor track and field.  She competed and was the district champion, regional champion, and state runner-up in the category of high jump for outdoor track and field.  She was the district champion for the category of triple jump for outdoor track and field.  Maggie was honored to be selected as the District Girls Field Athlete in 2017 and for the All Cenla Track and Field team in 2019.  Maggie was previously recognized as a member of the LHSAA All Academic All State Composite teams for both fall and winter sports.  Maggie participates as a lector at student-led masses, and attends the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church.  Maggie plans to attend Louisiana Tech University in the fall and major in biomedical engineering.

Jensen Parker

Jensen is the daughter of Jason and Mandy Parker. Jensen has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while playing varsity sports at St. Mary’s Catholic High School. Jensen is a six year member of the varsity track team and a three year member of the indoor track team. She was all district outstanding female track athlete and 800m champion for three years. She was district runner-up and/or champion in many other running events throughout her high school career including the 3200m, 1600m, 400m, 4x400m and 4x200m relay races. She received the team female track outstanding player award for four years. She was fifth place in the State 800m in 1A race for two years. She finished the 2020 season, shortened by Covid, ranked #1 in the 800m race in the state for class 1A. She won fifth and sixth place for the last two years in the indoor state division II 800m race and qualified for the state indoor meet in the 400m race. Jensen is also on the varsity cross country and basketball teams where she previously received the LHSAA All Academic All State Composite awards this school year. She is lieutenant captain and two time All American cheerleader.  She’s a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, FCA/Pro-Life Club, Leo Club, FBLA president and BETA secretary.  She was selected as the 2020 SMH Homecoming Queen. Jensen was named The 2020 Female High School Heisman Scholarship Award Winner for the state of Louisiana. Jensen plans to attend the University of Arkansas and major in communication disorders.

Andrew Godfrey

Andrew Godfrey, son of Scott and Aline Godfrey, is a senior at St. Mary’s Catholic High School, and has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while taking honors and dual-enrollment courses.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Leo Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Future Business Leaders of America.  In 2019, Andrew was awarded a Masonic Honesty and Integrity Award.  Athletically, he has participated in varsity football, baseball, and indoor / outdoor track.  In 2019, he was honored as a First-Team All-District Quarterback, and received the Grant Ingram Memorial Scholarship.  Andrew was previously recognized as a member of the 2020-2021 LHSAA All-Academic All-State Composite Team for fall sports.  He was recently selected as Mr. SMH by the administration and faculty at St. Mary’s.  He participates as an altar server during all-school Mass, and attends the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Holy Cross Catholic Church.  Andrew plans to attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Stephen Wheat

Stephen Wilkes Wheat is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Wheat.  He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Loran Lindsey, Dr. Margaret Wheat-Carter and the late Dr. Reginald D. Wheat.  Stephen is senior at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts where he has maintained a 4.0 unweighted grade point average while working to achieve his college associate’s degree.  Stephen was selected by the LMEA All State Orchestra in violin, in 2018, 2019 and 2020.  He was recognized as Academic All State all three years.   He is a four year member of the National Honors Society and Beta Club; also active in the Catholic Club serving as secretary; SGO – presently serving as SGO Senator, Math Club, and table tennis club.  Stephen was selected Boys State delegate in 2020, and earned the National Eagle Scout Award in 2019.  Stephen has been a member of St. Mary’s Cross-Country team, being named top male runner his freshman year; also, a three-year member of St. Mary’s Tennis team. He is recognized in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association All-Composite team in both sports. Stephen will attend LSU Ogden’s Honors College in Baton Rouge.  He plans to major in biology and pursue a career in medicine.