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From the January 1993 files of The Eunice News.
Youth Lock-in. The St. Thomas More Youth Group participated in a lock-in during the holidays under the direction of Yogi Sittig, youth director. The spiritual retreat was attended by approximately 70 persons. Sittig is pictured sharing guidelines and goals and purposes of the lock-in with students. Father Jules Arceneaux was the celebrant of a Mass held for the students and Matthew Paul Higginbotham, a seminarian, spoke on the seven keys to holiness. Craig Labbie shared his personal testimony with the group.

Of pom-poms and poetry

It probably wasn’t a Super Bowl, but it did get the program off to a good start when the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute (UL today) won what was said to be the first football game to be seen in Lafayette.
A high point of the day was the poetry reading after the game, something that I’m sure you’ll want to work in at your next tailgating party. The Times-Picayune gave the complete report, but no box score, on Jan. 18, 1902:

One Acadiana launches drive for higher education

One Acadiana joined partners from across the region to launch “55 by 25,” an initiative with a goal of increasing the proportion of working adults in Acadiana with postsecondary degrees, certificates, or other high-value credentials to 55 percent by 2025.
As of the most recent Census data, Acadiana’s current postsecondary degree rate is about 40 percent.

Sandra Gayle Johnson Simmons (Submitted photo)

Eunice MLK celebration scheduled

Eunice native Sandra Gayle Johnson Simmons will be the keynote speaker at the 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. City-Wide Celebration on Jan. 19.
The theme is “Moving Forward Together ... Who Got Next? It Takes a Village,” according to a news release from the committee headed by Jacqueline Vallare. Mark Dupre is co-chairman of the committee.
Events include a 9 a.m. prayer breakfast at New Zion Baptist Church Family Life Center.
A parade will be held at 2 p.m. from the Eunice City Hall to New Zion Baptist Church. Line-up for the parade begins at 12:30 p.m.

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)

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.

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)

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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