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BATON ROUGE AREA FOUNDATION AND ASSOCIATED GROCERS, INC. ANNOUNCE 2014
AG – SAM S. POLITZ SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
BATON ROUGE, LA – An Independent Selection and Review Committee (appointed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation) has announced three winners of the 2014 Associated Grocers – Sam S. Politz Scholarship. These scholarships are valued at $1,000 per semester for eight semesters to graduating high school students who meet all the required criteria.
This year we congratulate the following three outstanding students:
Hira Hasan of Geismar, LA
Hira is the daughter of Azeem and Farhana Hasan. She attended Dutchtown High School in Geismar, LA where she held a 4.73 GPA and ranked first in her graduating class of 441. Among her many awards, she was Dutchtown High School Student of the Year in 2013 and Ascension Parish Student of the Year in 2014. Hira has been active in many clubs including: the Interact Club, National Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council, National Honors Society, and Louisiana Youth Advisory Council.
Her leadership skills have been exhibited through her many community service and extra-curricular activities at Dutchtown, including her participation in the National Art Honors Society and volunteering at local medical facilities and businesses with the Volunteer Ascension “ConnecTeens” program.
Hira will be attending Louisiana State University this fall majoring in Biology, with a career goal of becoming a health professional.
Jacqueline Odom of Zachary, LA
Jackie is the daughter of James and Kelley Odom. She graduated from Zachary High School with a 4.60 cumulative GPA and ranked 6th in her graduating class of 349. She excelled in Honors and Advanced Placement classes and has a long list of academic accolades including honor roll and principal’s list membership each of her four years at ZHS, two academic letters (the maximum that a student may receive), and this year she was chosen to represent ZHS in the Louisiana Student of the Year competition.
Jackie has been very active in the Beta Club and her speaking skills led her to finish second in the oratory completion at the 2013 National Beta Convention. She was a four-year member of the Student Government Association and was President her senior year. She served as captain of the 2013 Mock Trial Team which competed in the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Her performance was so impressive during this competition she was nominated as a top ten student attorney in the nation. In addition to her academic extra-curricular activities, Jackie has also been a member of the varsity volleyball and golf teams.
As a participant in the Louisiana Girls’ State during the summer of 2013 she experienced what would determine her plans for the future. At Girls State, Jackie was awarded the Dr. A.R. Choppin Award for Outstanding Citizenship and has been invited to apply to become a counselor at the 2014 Girls State. Her interest in law and government has led her to attend Louisiana State University in the fall where she will pursue a degree in Political Science, followed by law school.
Peyton Joffrion of Donaldsonville, LA
Peyton is the son of Thomas and Holly Joffrion. He graduated from Ascension Catholic High School at the top of his class with a GPA of 4.20. Peyton’s achievements and honors include being President of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll of Excellence, Individual Subject Awards throughout his high school years, St. Michael’s College Book Award, and Cross Country Academic All-State Team.
Athletics are a big part of Payton’s life and he has enjoyed the challenge of baseball, basketball, golf, and cross country. His community involvement has included Alter Server at St. Jules Catholic Church, annually volunteering at St. Jules Catholic Church Allons Manger Food Festival, preparing Thanksgiving baskets for the needy, and Eucharistic Minister at Ascension Catholic Church.
Peyton has chosen to attend Louisiana Tech University in the fall and plans to major in Engineering. He would like to own his own business one day.
The Sam S. Politz Scholarship Fund was established by the generous retail members of Associated Grocers and is dedicated to the memory of Sam S. Politz, a former President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Grocers, Inc.
The Associated Grocers – Sam S. Politz Scholarship applications may be obtained online at www.braf.org.