The mission of the Education Committee is to work with schools and local businesses to enhance and shape the educational opportunities in the community.
The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes outstanding educators in public and private schools in eastern St. Tammany Parish for their contribution to raising student awareness to business and civic community involvement along with commitment to professional development and education contributions. The term “educator” includes: teachers, counselors, librarians, coaches, assistant principals and principals. Deadline: March 15, 2014
Each year, the Chamber is honored to present local high school students with $1,000 scholarships to assist them with their college expenses.
2013 Recipients were:
Christina Grommon – Salmen High School
Christina plans to attend LSU where she will major in Anthropology. She is the Interact Club President, a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, a Kick off Mentor Council Member, a Student Council Representative serving on the events Committee. She is also on the Varsity Swim Team, Cross Country Track Captain as well as playing Soccer. She has also taken part in various community activities such as Literacy Day reading at Brock and Abney Elementary, Keep Slidell Beautiful Clean-up, Boo at the Zoo, Mt. Olive AME soup kitchen, Toys for Tots Fundraiser, Rotary Club Fundraiser, Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Safe Harbor Run and Mu Alpha Theta Tutoring. Christina is the daughter of Andrew and Gail Grommon.
Julie Huynh – Salmen High School
Julie plans to attend LSU majoring in Veterinary Medicine to fulfill her goal of one day opening a local veterinary clinic. She is the BETA Club Vice President and founder and President of the Asian American Club, a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Kick off Mentor as well as playing Varsity Soccer. She has been a returning counselor for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Summer Camp, Vice President of the Interact Club, a member of Juniors in Service, a division of Junior Auxiliary as well as a recipient of Sophisticated Women’s Magazine HERO Award. Julie is the daughter of Alan Haynh and Lisa Tran.
Courtney Collette Bozant – Slidell High School
Courtney plans to attend University of Louisiana Lafayette majoring in Nursing with a minor in Biology. Her ultimate goal is to achieve a master’s degree and become a Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant in the Pediatrics field. Courtney has served as the dance team captain, Treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society Secretary, Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Interact Club and the Graduation Committee. Her community service consists of Toys for Tots, Slidell Memorial Hospital Volunteer, Volunteer Math Tutor as well as all other academic subjects on a weekly basis, assistant in St. Margaret Mary Religion Classes as well as their vacation bible school. She has also served on the Amplify Leadership Team. Courtney is the daughter of Kurt and Colette Bozant.
Student of the Year AWARD for the State of Louisiana was also acknowledged at the Education Luncheon:
Jon Mitchell - Pearl River High School
Pearl River High School’s Jon Mitchell, son of Mack and Salome Mitchell, was named Louisiana’s 12th Grade Student of Year. While at Pearl River High School, Mr. Mitchell has maintained a 4.66 grade point average while participating in four stage productions and crafting poetry in a student writers club. He was also awarded the U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship for Louisiana. In college Mr. Mitchell said he plan to study computer science with the goal of continuing research that benefits the military and national security.