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Naquin Receives Prestigious Civics In Action Award

Naquin Receives Prestigious Civics In Action Award

Alex is pictured alongside the Honorable John L. Weimer, Associate Justice of the Louisiana Su-preme Court with the 2013 Civics in Action Award.

Alex Naquin has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Civics in Action Award by The Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education.  The Award recognizes an outstanding middle or high school student who has demonstrated outstanding civic virtue and involvement in his community — a student who exemplifies what it means to be an engaged citizen. 

Alex, a 2012-2013 senior at South Lafourche High School, was nominated for the award by Mary Duet Belisle, his Social Studies teacher. 

“From the first day of class I knew that I had an extraordinary student in my midst,” said Belisle. 

As an officer of Student Council, Alex participated in the “Paint Your Heart Out” campaign in which two houses of needy, elderly people were chosen to be completely painted by members of the Student Council. 

Giving back to the community is second nature to Alex.  For example, he participated in the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program’s “Bayou Clean-Up” which beautified the area in which we live. 

As a sophomore, Alex received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Organization (HOBY) challenge.  He also represented Lafourche Parish in the state competition for the 51st Annual United States Senate Youth Program.  

Alex is a member of Fraternus, a Catholic Youth Fraternity, in which he is a mentor to younger brothers of the group. 

This year, Alex was selected by the Louisiana Association of Student Councils to serve on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.  He is on the board’s Academic and Instruction Improvement Committee.  Only one student representative serves on the BESE board.  Alex has stated, “I am the voice for the state’s 730,000 public school students.”

The one issue most dear to Alex’s heart is the environment.  And this is where he has excelled in his civic virtue and citizenship.  As a junior in high school, Alex was a co-founder of “Sassafras Louisiana”, a non-profit youth organization whose focus is engaging young people in coastal restoration issues. 

Alex’s plans for the future include working with middle schools in our area to get students interested in coastal restoration early.  He also hopes to take his message to lawmakers in Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C. 

Alex’s demonstration of civic engagement in our community is a stellar example of students applying their civic learning to enhance the quality of life for all. 

The Honorable John L. Weimer, Associate Justice, of the Louisiana Supreme Court presented the 2013 Civics in Action Award during the Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute at the Louisiana Supreme Courthouse in New Orleans.