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Parade still on to honor city’s high school seniors

A first-time parade to honor the city’s high school seniors remains scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday from City Hall to Circle Park and back.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said the event remains scheduled.
The seniors are to wear caps and gowns and march six-feet apart for social distancing.
Tara Fruge LeBlanc’, president of Eunice High Alumni, and a local business owner, approached Mayor Scott Fontenot about a possible graduation parade. LeBlanc added, “This is going to be a historic event for everybody.”

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Eunice High School Principal Mitchell Fontenot in a hall at Eunice High School. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Fontenot is semi-finalist for state award

Eunice High School Principal Mitchell Fontenot is on the Louisiana Principal of the Year Semi-Finalist list.
The Louisiana Principal of the Year is the highest honor the state can bestow upon a principal. Each year, the Principal of the Year Program recognizes and rewards an elementary, middle, and high school principal who has demonstrated outstanding school leadership.
Under Fontenot’s leadership Eunice High School has achieved A status in the state’s accountability grading.
Fontenot, known as “Mitch,” was born and raised in Eunice.

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The Eunice High School state 3-A championship football team was honored at Thursday’s St. Landry Parish School Board meeting. The Bobcats defeated Sterlington 59-47 on Dec. 7 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans to capture the state title. From left, are Lane DeVillier, Avery Lee, Coach Andre Vige, Jordan Ledet, St. Landry Parish School Board member Mary Ellen Donatto, Carlin Vigers, Superintendent Patrick Jenkins, Jordan Ogesby, Zach Joubert, Brodi Walker, Coach Paul Trosclair, Principal Mitch Fontenot and School Board member Albert Hayes Jr. Vige and Donatto hold the state trophy. Trosclair commented that one goal of the team is try to represent the city of Eunice and St. Landry Parish in a first-class way. Trosclair said other team members were involved in other school activities and were unable to attend the meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Mary Ellen Donatto holds the gavel after being elected president of the St. Landry Parish School Board on Thursday. At right is Superintendent Patrick Jenkins.

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St. Landry Parish School Board members completed their election process by reciting oaths and signing documents presented by the St. Landry Parish Clerk at Thursday’s meeting in Opelousas. From left, are Lisa Doyle, chief clerk; newly-elected Board member Myron Guillory; St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux; and School Board member Mary Ellen Donatto. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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St. Landry Parish Council member Ken Marks speaks a St. Landry Parish School Board committee of the whole meeting Thursday in Opelousas about a lease for a Head Start center in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice Elementary bid approved; Eunice High championship year celebrated

Mary Ellen Donatto was elected president of the St. Landry Parish School Board without opposition at Thursday’s Board meeting.
Donatto, who retired as principal at East Elementary, is in her second year on the School Board. She was elected without opposition in qualifying July 2018.
Donatto thanked the Board members after her election and praised the district for raising its state School Performance Score by 13 points last year. She called it a “remarkable feat.”

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Adriana Cufre, a senior at Eunice High School, works on a pre-test in the Advanced Placement Biology 2 class on Tuesday. In the background is teacher Alyssa Johnson. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice High leads parish ACT results

Eunice High School leads St. Landry Parish in the number of students earning college credits through the Advanced Placement exams.
In the 2017-2018 school year, there were 49 students taking AP exams and 20.4 percent scored 3 or greater, which qualified them for college credit.
The previous year, 70 Eunice High students took the AP exams and 8.1 percent earned college credits.
In the 2015-2016 school year, 70 students took the exams and 4.3 percent earned college credits.

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Eunice students are among AP scholars

Six Eunice High School students are 23 St. Landry Parish students recognized at the October School Board meeting for scoring 3 or higher on Advanced Placement tests during the 2016-17 school year.
The Eunice High School students are: Victoria Ardoin, English language and composition; Madison Cormier, English language and composition; William McLemore, English language and composition, and U.S. history; Caroline Mire, English language and composition, and U.S. history; Vivian Mire, English language and composition; and Matthew Myers, U.S. history.

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