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Baton Rouge – Cox Communications is honored to recognize a special group of students in the Baton Rouge and Acadiana as Cox Inspirational Student Heroes. Twenty-seven students were celebrated for having overcome extreme hardships in their lives.
Public, private and parochial schools in the Cox service area were invited to nominate one student hero to be recognized as a Cox Inspirational Hero. Heroes were selected for having made overwhelming achievements despite their physical, emotional, psychological, family and social challenges faced on a daily basis.
“Recognizing these Cox Inspirational Student Heroes is always one of our favorite ways to give back to the community,” said Anthony Pope, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Southeast. “These students remind us that even as we face challenges in our lives, we still have an influence on those around us. They deserve to be celebrated and honored for being an inspiration to others. We salute all of this year’s heroes.”
Since its inception in 1993, the Cox Inspirational Heroes program has recognized more than 3,000 incredible students from Acadiana all the way to Gainesville, FL. Students like Angel Ertel, second grader at Sorrento Primary School in Baton Rouge. Angel is a bright light on her campus. She’s always smiling and wants to be a part of whatever activity is going on. Despite her disabilities, Angel has an "I CAN" attitude when it comes to participating and going where she wants to go whether it is with her peers or the adults who support her. Angel has made exceptional progress in her academics and in independence since first starting school in Pre-K. She has an engaging way about her that makes everyone with whom she interacts feel happy and inspired. The Sorrento Primary Mudbugs love their "Angel".
Another great example of an inspirational student hero is Maurepas High School junior Charlee McMorris. Charlee is an “Inspirational Hero” for many reasons. In 2017, she was involved in a car accident that changed her life forever. She suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury that changed many aspects of her life. Her family was told by her doctors that she would never walk again. In the process of her recovery, her brain injury would have an effect on her cognitive function, her mobility, and her speech. However, when Charlee was released from the hospital, she was determined to prove the doctors wrong. She returned to school on a modified schedule in the spring of 2018. During this time, she worked with her therapists both outside of school and at school to improve her academics, her mobility, and her speech. Through working with loving teachers who encouraged Charlee to have patience and that progress would be made, she began to improve in all areas. She is involved in Community Based Vocational Training at school that develops Life Skills she will need to function independently upon graduation. She’s also a part of the Maurepas Cheer Team on a limited basis where she exhibits her school spirit.
All Cox Heroes received a special yard sign identifying them as a hero. Congratulations to all of our 2021 Cox Inspirational Student Heroes.
2021 Cox Inspirational Student Heroes
Anderson Middle School - Kaylen Daniels
APPLe and Career Training Center - Johnathon Westbrook
Belle Place Middle School - Cameron Clarkston
Central Primary School - Jackson Hebert
Coteau Elementary School - Charm Burke
Donaldsonville Primary School - Maize Winchester
Donalsonville Primary School - Danae Roberts
Dozier Elementary School - Jocelynn Breaux
Dutchtown Middle School - Joshua Templet
Early College Option/ East Ascension High School - Brianna Cooley
Eastside Elementary School - Landon Harris
Holden High School - Naitlyn Raymond
Iberia Middle School - Evan Bouy
Jefferson Island Road Elementary School - Kyzin Derouen
LeBlanc Elementary School - Jessie Cartwright
Live Oak Elementary School - Brayden Anderson
Loreauville High School - Aiden Leblanc
Louisiana Key Academy - Jazmine Blakes
Maurepas High School - Charlee McMorris
North Lewis Elementary School - Jax Romero
North Vermilion High School - Owen Rodrigue
Scotlandville Magnet High School - Jeremiah M. Hollins
Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy - Chase Corbins
Sorrento Primary School - Angel Ertel
South Fork Elementary School - Katy Altazan
Walker Elementary School - Kenlee Reeves
Walker Junior High School - Ashlynn Stafford