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Congratulations to our 2016 Scholarship Winners
Sidney Marie Gilder
Sidney is the daughter of Kathleen and Rustin Gilder of Crowley, Louisiana. She graduated from Notre Dame High School with a 4.0 GPA, ranking in the top 10 of her class as well as one of Notre Dame’s Valedictorians. Notre Dame even elected her 2015-2016 Student of the Year. She took several Dual Enrollment classes including Calculus, American History, Advanced Math, and Anatomy. She was invited to join the school’s BETA club, and attended District and State Rally competing in the English exam. Sidney made herself a part of her high school by being an active member of the Notre Dame Drama Club. Outside of high school, she joined the local theatre companies. All this culminating to her participation in 12 local productions and 3 major school productions, in 4 years. Sidney was also a core member of her Campus Ministry and served on the Pro-life Board for 2 years. Sidney also participated in many community service projects, such as Camp Columbus. She also finds time to be a very active member of her parish church. Sidney’s future plans include attending Northwestern State University, double majoring in English and Theatre. Sidney’s mother, Kathleen, has been employed by Shop Rite, Inc. for the past 23 years.
Connor Jacob Ward
Connor is the son of Paul and Dana Lefort of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and is the oldest of three. Connor graduated from E. D. White Catholic High School with a 3.86 GPA, while enrolled in all college preparatory classes. He also received a 28 on the ACT. Academically, this is a tremendous feat since Connor has dyslexia. In addition to his studies, Connor was an active member in the E. D. White Cardinal Vanguard with the marching band, concert band, symphonic band and was also section leader his senior year. Connor was an active member of the National Honor Society and the Ecology Club. Outside of school, Connor was active with the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and with St. Joseph Co-Cathedral Catholic Church, confirming during his junior year. Connor also won the Honesty and Integrity Award, given by the #307 F & A M Masons, and has had perfect attendance at school for 11 years straight. At Nicholls State University, he plans on studying Accounting. Connor’s father, Paul Lefort, Jr., is the third generation owner-operator of Gibbens & Lefort, Inc., in Thibodaux, Louisiana, which has been a family business since 1946.