BEST OF NATCHITOCHES Awards

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Photos by Juanice Gray, Nathan Wilson and Poole Media.
The Natchitoches Parish Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Best of Natchitoches awards during an awards luncheon Wednesday, May 18, at the Natchitoches Events Center.
Music was provided by Steve Wells and meal was catered by Lasyone’s.
Chamber President Laura Lyles emceed the event and Chamber Ambassadors acted as hosts, hostesses and facilitators.

This article published in the May 21, 2022, print edition

Winners by category were:
Best of Natchitoches Awards
Best Start-up Business: Storybrew Coffee Café
Best Non-Profit: NRMC Foundation
Best Online Presence: BOM Bank
Best of Health & Wellness: NRMC Walk-In Clinic
Best of Medical Services: Hospice of Natchitoches
Best of Food & Beverage: Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant
Best of Professional Services: Despino’s Tire Service
Best of Public Services: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office
Best of Lodging: Sweet Cane Inn
Best of Retail: Kaffie-Frederick, Inc.
Best of Financial Services: City Bank & Trust Company
Best of Manufacturing: RoyOMartin

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From left are Rebecca Blankenbaker, Danielle Cobb, Andrea ‘Coach De’ Sanders and Faith Stanfield

Excellence in Education
Students of the Year
Tum Tum Adeleye – Student of the Year, Louisiana School For Math, Science, & The Arts
Amelia Picou – 5th Grade Student Of The Year, St. Mary’s Catholic School
Jenna Sklar – Junior High School Student Of The Year, St. Mary’s Catholic School
Anna Kate Jackson- High School Student Of The Year, St. Mary’s Catholic School
Peyton Helaire – 5th Grade Student Of The Year, Natchitoches Parish Schools
Bryan Chen – Junior High School Student Of The Year, Natchitoches Parish Schools
Anna Catherine Coleman – High School Student Of The Year, Natchitoches Parish Schools

Students from all educational facilities in Natchitoches Parish were recognized. From left are Peyton Helaire, Olutunmike “Tum Tum” Adeleye, Kassi Picou, Jenna Sklar, Anna Kate Jackson, Brian Chen and Anna Coleman.

Teachers and Principal of the Year
Cynthia Hillhouse – Teacher Of The Year St. Mary’s Catholic School
Susan Yocum – Elementary School Teacher Of The Year, Natchitoches Parish Schools
Addoree Stuckey – Junior High School Teacher Of The Year, Natchitoches Parish Schools
Brian Williams – High School Teacher Of The Year, Natchitoches Parish Schools
Chrystal Davis – Principal Of The Year, Natchitoches Parish Schools

From left are St. Mary’s Catholic School Teacher of the Year Cynthia Hillhouse and Natchitoches Parish Teachers of the Year Susan Yocum, elementary, Addoree Stuckey, middle school, and Coach Brian Williams, high school, with Chamber Ambassador Jessica McGrath.

A+ Coalition Elite Scholars Scholarship Essay Contest Winner – Anna Kate Jackson

Anna Kate Jackson, St. Mary’s, accepts a $500 scholarship award. At right is Chamber Ambassador Jessica McGrath