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Five CHS Seniors Awarded Posse Scholarship

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Date: 01/24/2020           PHONE: (504) 301-2000 


Five CHS Seniors Awarded Posse Scholarship

Chalmette, LA - Since 2011, the Posse Foundation has awarded $42.6 million in scholarship money to high school scholars in the greater New Orleans area.  The highly competitive scholarships are given to only approximately 50 area seniors each year and award four-year, full tuition, merit-based leadership scholarships to the recipients.

This year, Chalmette High School is home to five of these outstanding students.  Graduating seniors Lina Abdellatif, Logan Brewer, Angel Chavarria, Jezuete Lafuente, and Kris-Lynn McGee will join the ranks of a handful of other CHS alumni who have previously been recognized as Posse scholars.

“Currently, we have 14 Chalmette High students who have won Posse Scholarships,” David Bellard, an English teacher and the Posse scholarship coordinator at CHS said. “We have had at least one student each of the past six years win a four-year, full tuition scholarship to one of the  Posse New Orleans partner institutions - Illinois Wesleyan University, Case Western Reserve University, Tulane University, Villanova University, and the University of Notre Dame.”

As part of the Posse process, the students are matched to a university that best suits their needs and interests for the future. While there, each student is part of a cohort, or posse, of scholars who work to develop leadership and navigate the college transition together. Posse scholars have a long-standing tradition of achievement in college; 90% of students who begin their college career as a Posse recipient will graduate successfully.

Principal Wayne Warner said he is proud of each of these exemplary students and what they have accomplished.

“Every day our students have the opportunity to be their best,” he said. “These students took hold of that opportunity and have earned a tremendous reward because of it.  We are proud of what they have contributed to Chalmette High School.”

Bellard said he was not surprised to see so many CHS students awarded this year. 

"These five students represent some of the best and brightest to come through St. Bernard Parish Public Schools.  Each scholarship recognizes not only the academic achievement, but also the leadership that these five students demonstrate.  I am also incredibly proud of our other six finalists; even though they didn't receive this scholarship, the fact that they made it that far reflects what amazing students we have here at Chalmette High"

Pictured (L-R): Jezuete Lafuente, Logan Brewer, David Bellard, Kris-Lynn McGee, Angel Chavarria, and Lina Abdellatif.