Time must be in warp speed, since my first memories of you seem like just a few years or so ago when my granddaughter Emma would come tell me how she walked you to your elementary class and what a sweet little girl you were. I guess that was probably in 2011 and you were in 1st or 2nd grade. So today, here we are in your senior year, and I still find you to be a beautiful, kind, sweet, and helpful young lady. I love your outgoing and confident personality and the way you interact with your friends and your teachers.
I enjoyed sharing all my math knowledge with you during your junior year, and I know that you will “’conquer” your last course just like you did the previous one. I can’t believe how fast the time has passed since those first encounters in elementary school and now you are about to finish high school! I cannot think of any student who has been more determined to make that good grade than you have been. But, what I love about you the most is that no matter how difficult the material is or how much frustration it causes, you always have a smile for me. I love watching you on the sidelines of the football games and the end line of the basketball court. You are truly an asset to the cheerleading squad, even though you scare me with all that “flying” you do!
I admire your ability to keep things in perspective and I admire you for setting a good example for those around you. You have a wonderfully sweet spirit and helpful attitude that shows in everything that you do. I love watching you interact with young children. You have a special way of making them know how much you care about them, and they seem to come to you like metal to a magnet. Finding a teenage girl who cares as much, or more, about others than they do about themselves is certainly a rare thing in these times. Your peers have selected you as queen for this year’s homecoming court, and I hope that you realize what a huge honor that is. You and your fellow members of the court will represent Cedar Creek well. I can’t wait for the celebration to begin and see how beautiful you are in your formal and your suit for ballgame night. You are beautiful both inside and out and you have such a bright future. Your mom and dad love you, and BAC ladies love you, so don’t be a stranger when this year is over!! Come see us often and keep us up to date on all the wonderful things in your life. I know that the best is yet to come for you, and the future holds many more awesome experiences and relationships.
I love you Ella!
Mrs. Marilyn Hyams
It is such pleasure to write Madison’s letter this year. There are so many things I could tell you about this sweet girl, but I will narrow it down to a few.
Madison graced my presence in 2021 when she joined Yearbook. Her smiles and laughter never fail to light up a room. She has such a kind heart and is well-loved by those who know her best.
Her strength and wisdom are unmatchable. She maintains a dignified character that reflects God’s love in her every day conduct. To have these characteristics as a teenager could only be a representation of her late mother. Her mother’s legacy will live on through Madison in her perseverance through tests and trials, lessons learned, and her faith. Her laughter is a sign that she trusts God and she knows she can continue to do so without fear of the future.
Throughout her high school years at Cedar Creek, Madison has taken several honors classes and maintained an impressive grade point average of 4.08. She has been a member of several clubs and organizations, including Cougar Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Student Council, Kindness Club, FCA, Varsity Cheer, and Girls State. She has also been published in the CLAW Literary Magazine.
I love Madison like my own. I hope she knows that she has forever impacted my life along with many others.
Madison, I know you can achieve great things. Keep loving like Jesus, growing in wisdom, and sprinkling kindness everywhere you go.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:25-26
Determined, internally driven, perfectionist: these three characteristics come to my mind when I think about Allie Furr. I first came to know Allie when she was in the 1st grade, when I taught her in elementary physical education. I can remember watching her in PE and noticing that she always had the will to win at any game we played. Her tenacious spirit showed through even in a game of dodgeball!
When I began coaching Allie in middle school softball, it became apparent the qualities I had observed were ingrained in her. I saw a young player who was eager to learn and prove her skills and ability. A young player who went full speed regardless of the situation. After making the Lady Cougar varsity softball team as a 7th grader, Allie was determined to prove that she could become an everyday starter through her work ethic, skill, and ability. Allie’s elite speed, spectacular defense, explosive offense, hustle, determination, and knowledge of the game helped her solidify a significant role in Cedar Creek earning the 2018 State Championship.
For the last 5 years, Allie’s inner drive has made her become an elite player. She has been a huge asset and leader in our softball program. Allie has earned numerous accolades, including all-district, all-state, team defense and team offense awards. She also set the school batting average record with a .615 average in 2022. In the same season, she also set the single season hit record with 59 hits. Allie has also spent her time helping grow the game with younger players at our summer softball camps. You can see her love for the game in her teaching and coaching.
Her elite skill and quickness also shine on the basketball court where she has earned all-district and all-parish awards throughout her basketball career at Cedar Creek. Allie’s school spirit can be seen on the sidelines cheering on the Cougars with a smile!
Allie’s attributes are not only on display in her athletic endeavors, but they can also be seen in the classroom. She has earned a 4.0 grade point average while accomplishing all these things.
I have been fortunate enough to watch Allie grown from the young girl in my elementary class to the young woman she is today. I am certain that she will continue to lead by example and stay humble as she has throughout her time at Cedar Creek.
She has displayed to the younger players, her peers, her coaches, and her teachers that hard work and determination pays off. As I will have the privilege of coaching her again this year, then watching her play softball at Louisiana Tech University next year, she will serve as my inspiration to continue to coach the game we both love.
Allie, I am so proud of the person that you are and all the wonderful characteristics that I see in you every day. I know that your classmates and peers at Cedar Creek are happy for you to represent your senior class on the homecoming court.
As a writer and a teacher of writing, I have always wanted to be funny—certainly tried to be. But humor is a particular gift, a combination of observation and frankness that few people ever achieve.
At 18, Kate Myers is one of the funniest student writers I have encountered. Her quick wit and hilarious takes, both in print and in person, make me laugh often. Kate possesses an easy, delightful mix of precise comedic timing and classic Southern charm.
Kate’s writing is also intelligent and genuine, just as Kate herself is. She has the rare ability of making everyone feel like the most important in the room, and this trait has opened doors of opportunity and achievement for her already. Kate is the state president of DECA, a three-year Cougar Ambassador, and a Senior Emerald Entertainers Lieutenant—all positions of leadership in which she thrives.
Most telling about Kate, though, is that she considers the most meaningful activity on her resume to be an act of service, an ongoing voluntary role at church that positions her behind the platform rather than on it. Notably, what Kate values is consistent with the rest of her character: her ability to identify what is lasting and true.
It is hard to overstate the worth of a perspective like Kate’s: realism-meets-optimism with a dash of sarcasm for effect. I have watched Kate interact with her friends and family and witnessed the sheer delight she brings them. Kate’s friends and classmates know they can count on her to see and to say things the way they are. They also know she will be the first to encourage, to uplift, and to be kind.
Kate, being your teacher these past three years has been an honor. You have my wholehearted endorsement. I know that your parents and siblings are so very proud of you!
Love and best wishes,
Mrs. B (Leeanne Bordelon)
I am so proud of you! What an honor to be chosen for Homecoming Court by your peers. I hope you enjoy this moment and make the best memories this week.
I can still remember meeting you for the first time as a little girl when you would come to play at Tatum and Kenley's house. You were the cutest little blonde child, and I have loved watching you grow into a beautiful young woman who is kind and smart and a loyal friend.
I’ve had the privilege of teaching you for two years now, and I am so proud of how much you’ve grown as a reader and writer. You never accept a poor grade -- you are always willing to put in the extra effort to make it right and to learn from it, and that’s a quality I hope you always have. You are a hard worker, and your grit and determination will take you far in life. Most importantly, you are kind to your classmates, always willing to help or encourage someone who needs it.
You have a great sense of humor. One of my funniest moments from teaching is watching you and Jake video each other for a class project. We laughed so hard that I had stitches in my side. Your easygoing and fun-loving personality is contagious, and I hope you’ve made many, many sweet high school memories like that over the years.
You have a gift when it comes to children, and I love that about you. You have a very nurturing spirit, and you truly enjoy the time you spend babysitting and caring for other people’s kids. You interact easily with children, and you truly listen to them when they talk. That’s such a great quality to have, and I can see children being somewhere in your future career.
Most importantly, you are a lifelong member of First Baptist Ruston, and I love being able to see you at church, growing in your relationship with Christ. Remember to always keep that relationship as your center. He has given you your many gifts and talents and that sweet personality to use for His kingdom, and I pray you will find your future in Him.
Enjoy this week! You will be a beautiful Homecoming maid, and I know you will make Cedar Creek proud.
Love, Mrs. Brasher
It is a privilege and a pleasure to give a small mental picture of Chloe Brashear. First, let me say, it was an honor for her to have been chosen by the student body to represent Cedar Creek on the 2022 Homecoming Court. I have known Chloe since she was in the sixth grade. My association with her has been through softball. She and I have so many lasting memories we share over the span of these six years. I thank you, Chloe, for these fantastic memories, and know I will always treasure them.
In thinking back to the first time I met Chloe Brashear, I remember wondering if this petite, energetic, spirited, and passionate young lady would ever be able to fill the pitching role on her softball team. I felt she lacked the faith in her talents and skills to reach her potential. However, through much encouraging and realistic expectations (not to mention the Hot Tamales), I began watching Chloe gradually climb over these hurdles she had imposed on herself and grow into a very driven, determined, confident young lady that everyone sees today. I now know for certain that she will attack any challenge without any reservation.
She works tirelessly to achieve her personal goals and for the good and success of her team. Being fully prepared to fulfill her role on the softball team is of utmost importance to her. Chloe literally works year round spending a tremendous about of time. Chloe is an outstanding team player. She is someone who truly has the betterment of the team in mind and takes positive and constructive steps to ensure the group’s success. She doesn’t seek or want the spotlight. She is happy for her accomplishments to speak for themselves. However, I feel compelled to share a few of these accomplishment with you. Chloe pitched for her softball team for six years. She has been selected First Team All-District. She has also received several team awards, including the Coach’s Award and Whatever It Takes Award multiple times during her high school career. With her help on the pitching mound, Cedar Creek has developed one of the strongest high school girls’ softball programs in the state of Louisiana.
Chloe’s interests and achievements go far beyond the realm of sports. She is an outstanding student. Her plans are to attend Mississippi State University and pursue a career in the medical field. If you have never heard her sing, you have missed a blessing. She has a beautiful voice that she shares with her community in area restaurants, at sporting events, and various other locations. Chloe officiates softball games during the summer, cheers for basketball and football games during the school year, and is a member of multiple clubs at Cedar Creek. I just do not know how she finds the time to be so involved.
When people meet Chloe for the first time, they are struck, as I was, by her inner beauty, her charm, and do not guess her achievements. She is that rarity – a person who enjoys listening and encouraging others more than she enjoys talking about herself. There cannot be many young people as accomplished or multifaceted as Chloe Brashear. She can be, and will be, whatever she wants to be in our society, and it is my earnest feeling that our society will be the beneficiary of it all. I know you agree with me when I say that she is among our finest young people.
There is a quote that comes to mind when I think of my involvement with Chloe: “Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens, and when it happens, it LASTS!” I believe that the life skills Chloe has mastered through her involvement in sport and other aspects of her life, will last.
I want you to know that you have something special to offer the world. Don’t ever forget that you create your future. Your compassion, determination, and dedication are gifts the world needs, so don’t be ever be afraid to demonstrate these qualities. I wish you the best as you venture forth to accomplish great things. Chloe, I will miss you and our dugout chats!