Mayor's Youth Advisory Council presented at Donaldsonville meeting

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Seven local high school students have been named to the 2014-15 Mayor's Youth Advisory Council in Donaldsonville.

Representing both Donaldsonville High School and Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School, the students were recognized Tuesday by the Mayor and City Council in front of a packed City Hall crowd.

Serving this year will be: Lawrence Brown III, Jalon Chatman, Maeyrs Joseph, Paige Joseph, Tamiko Stroud, Jimmie Williams, and Katilyn Williams.

Tamiko Garrison, a volunteer organizer for the group, said it originated in 1996. Then-Mayor Bernard Francis, who was in attendance Tuesday, created the council to provide a mechanism for youth involvement.

The students must meet certain requirements, such as maintaining at least a 3.0 grade-point-average at one of the city's schools. Each individual will serve one year, and the group will meet once a month.

Principals, guidance counselors, and teachers from DHS and ACHS recommended the candidates for the council.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan touted Garrison's hard work in reviving the program, which had been dormant. He also welcomed and congratulated the students making up the new council.

Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin also recognized the community leaders and officials who attended the meeting in support of the students.

City Councilman gave the members of the group ceremonial pins, keys to the city, and certificates. Following the meeting, a reception was held in the lobby.