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Purple Knights News · Film Crew Celebrates Seniors, Challenges Young Members


Congratulations to our senior Film and Video Crew members as they head off to college. Each senior graduated with awards, honor society, TOPS, and a variety of other scholarships. The senior members are listed below:

Blaine Derbigny – Xavier University (New Orleans, LA)
Jeffrey Ducre – Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA)
Malik Gibson – Carleton College (Northfield, MN )
Jude Luke – Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA)
Patrick Smith – University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette, LA)
Spencer Villavaso – Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)

Other achievements of the day include:
  • Malik Gibson earned a host of awards including Valedictorian and the Purple Knight Award. Malik gave an outstanding speech that brought tears to many eyes (View the speech below).
  • Jeff came off the video bench and impressed everyone with his graduation interviews.
  • Blaine received the Knights Of Columbus Patriotism Award.
  • Patrick Smith received the Patrick Taylor Academic Excellence Award.
  • Jude, Blaine, Spencer, Malik, Patrick and Jeff earned Future Business Leaders of America awards.
  • 9th grader Jalen helped to film graduation and conducted interviews.

Congratulations to our 8th graders Mark Joseph (aka Munch), Devian Dunbar, Jeremyah Taylor, Marquis Antoine, Jaylon Cruse, Gerald Bercey, Shayne Valentine, and Christopher Beal.

Look for “Munch On The Mic” with more camera time in the next year. He puts his 3 long years of training into action with his on-camera debut in the graduation interviews.

We want the very best from our young Purple Knights all times and we look forward to seeing more video work from the crew in the next school year.

Malik Gibson’s speech.

Jerald James’ speech.

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