2 local students honored as LPB Young Heroes


Louisiana Public Broadcasting is honoring seven high school students, two of those from Natchitoches Central, as Louisiana Young Heroes. These outstanding students are role models in their communities and join nearly 200 former honorees.

This article published in the April 2, 2022, print edition.
Your local news team, Juanice Gray, Editor; Carolyn Roy, News Editor; and Nathan Wilson, Reporter 352-3618

Allison Callender
Allison Callender of Pleasant Hill (Junior at Natchitoches Central High School) is a cancer survivor who at four years old survived stage IV neuroblastoma. After 18 months of cancer treatment, Allison had no sign of disease, however, she lost part of her hearing and her ability to easily process some information from the radiation therapies. Allison has overcome these obstacles and is active in her school and community.
Mason McCart

Mason McCart of Natchitoches (Junior at St. Mary’s Catholic School) created Cooking for a Cause and raised thousands of dollars for local charities by baking and selling cookies. He is fast approaching his goal of raising $10,000. Recognizing that teens often struggle with emotional, psychological, and social well-being, Mason also started a blog to uplift his peers through words of encouragement and to help raise awareness for mental health.
The remaining five students recognized are Reagan Angers of Baton Rouge (Senior at St. Joseph’s Academy), Corynn Gray of Lafayette (Senior at Thrive Academy), Gabe Hoosier of Deville (Senior at Buckeye High School), Olivia Stringham of Vivian (Senior at North Caddo Magnet High School) and Victoria Williams of Baton Rouge (Senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School).
 Each Louisiana Young Hero’s story will be featured in a weekly segment on Louisiana: The State We’re In  at 7PM starting Friday, March 25 and on the Louisiana Young Heroes Facebook Page. Each story will also be available at lpb.org/heroes. The Louisiana Young Heroes will receive special awards and recognition in Baton Rouge on Louisiana Young Heroes Day on Thursday, April 21.