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Stories Of Acadiana’s Impressive Adolescents

05/02/2017 07:00AM ● Published by Christy Quebedeaux

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Stories Of Acadiana’s Impressive Adolescents

By Shanna Perkins  |  Photos by Fusion Photography


Ask anyone what their favorite thing about Acadiana is and you will always receive the same answer – “The people.” That trademark gracious and caring spirit exuded from each Acadiana resident is cultivated from a very young age, meaning the adolescents within our community are as equally remarkable as their older counterparts. This is why we devote this section – Bright From The Start – to Acadiana’s next great generation. 

While no two honorees have walked similar paths, they all share a passion for excelling, for never giving up and always reaching higher. Many of them have overcome obstacles that seem unimaginable, but they recount their stories with smiles on their faces. The talent, resilience and dedication exemplified by each of these children are what truly make them Bright From The Start. We can’t wait to see what greatness the future has in store for each of them. 


Danielle LeCompte 17

11th Grade, Highland Baptist Christian School 

Persevering Philanthropist 


Emmanuel Guidry 18

12th Grade, Westgate High School 

Triumphant Teen 


Rafaela Olivato  10

4th Grade, Catholic High School 

Brave Brazilian


 Tolson Frantzen 18

12th Grade, Episcopal School of Acadiana

Air Force Academic 


 J’Von Denton  12

6th Grade, Highland Baptist School 

Studious Son 


 Caroline Rose Curet 18

12th Grade, New Iberia Senior High 

Academic All Star


 Wesley Cole Laurents 17

12th Grade, Catholic High School 

Steadfast Servant 






In Print, Life+Leisure Acadiana’s Impressive Adolescents Danielle LeCompte Emmanuel Guidry Rafaela Olivato Tolson Frantzen J’Von Denton Caroline Rose Curet Wesley Cole Laurents
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