Letters from the court's teachers
Georgia May Albritton
I have taught hundreds of students in my career. All are special to me, of course, but some are especially memorable—likely to stand out over time in context, personality, or character.
Georgia May Albritton is one of the memorable ones. Years from now I will recall her kindness and easy smile, the grace she extends to everyone around her. The honor of Georgia’s selection as 2020 Homecoming Queen is evidence of how beloved she is on Cedar Creek’s campus.
Georgia’s gentle nature is combined with a work ethic and mental toughness I admire. One year in class she struggled with a particular writing skill that kept frustrating her. As is often true for students who do most things well, the situation began to shake her confidence. What happened next was both simple and remarkable: she worked on it.
She did not blame someone else, throw in the towel, or request a different class. She just kept working, kept seeking help, kept practicing. In a relatively short time, Georgia became one of my strongest writers. I wish I could have captured the look on her face the first time she realized it was her own work I was using as a model in a lesson. I will never forget it.
Since I have known Georgia, I have seldom seen her have a truly bad day, though I know she has walked through plenty of ordinary and not-so-ordinary challenges. Her personality is reminiscent of the dignity and charm we revere in Southern women—the ones we call “steel magnolias.”
Georgia May’s grace and strength are what I will remember most about her in years to come. This senior is not just extraordinary—she is positively regal.
Congratulations on your many accomplishments, Georgia May! You have a bright future ahead.
Love and best wishes,
Mrs. B (Leeanne Bordelon)
It seems like just a short time ago, you and your family moved from South Louisiana to North Louisiana. At the time I wondered how well a middle school girl would adjust to such a move, since those years can be so traumatic when you have to leave good friends and wonder if you will be able to fit in at a new school. Well, I guess if I had known you then like I know you now, I probably would not have been too concerned. I truly believe that you never meet a stranger! I love your outgoing and confident personality and I would definitely say that you have found your niche at Cedar Creek and in Ruston.
Abigail, I have enjoyed sharing lots of math concepts with you over the last few years, and I know that you will “’conquer” your last course just like you have the previous ones. I can’t believe how fast the time has passed since I had you in my freshman class 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 believe that you really like the challenge of problem solving even though it isn’t cool to say that you do! I love visiting with you and your friends in the hall at recess and love all your “drop-in” visits just to say hi and ask for a peppermint – I promise I will get some for you when Covid-19 goes away!!
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. 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 to be on the 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. You are beautiful both inside and out and you have such a bright future. I know that, for you, the best is yet to come! “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4
I love you, Abigail!
Mrs. Marilyn Hyams
I consider it such an honor to have been asked to write Lauren’s homecoming article. I remember that quiet, shy, beautiful, blonde sophomore who walked into my classroom two years ago. From the moment I met her, I knew that she was something special. Lauren is one of the most genuine, kind, and compassionate students that I have ever had the pleasure to teach. It has been a joy to watch her grow into the wonderful young woman she is today.
I love watching Lauren interact with other students and teachers. She is always respectful of others and is just a very sweet soul. She has a way of bringing joy to those around her. She has an energy about her that can light up a room. Her kind, compassionate personality is infectious. One of my favorite characteristics about Lauren is her honesty. Like it or not, she WILL tell you what she thinks about any situation, and will usually make you laugh in the process.
Lauren is just as smart as she is gorgeous. Being an A Honor Roll student, she is fully dedicated to her studies. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and is an AP Scholar. In addition to her academic excellence, she is also an amazing dancer. I have loved watching her wear those green sequins and shine as an Emerald Entertainer, serving as co-captain for 2 years. She is also very involved in numerous other extra-curricular activities such as Key Club, French Club, Yearbook Editor, and FCA.
Lauren, I pray that God will continue to watch over you and bless you. I cannot even express to you what an honor it has been to be a part of your life. I do not think you will ever fully understand the impact that you have on others, including myself. I will forever be grateful that you have not only been my student, but also my friend. I cannot wait to see all of the amazing things that God has in store for your life. He has truly blessed you with an amazing family and friends – never take that for granted. Continue to honor Him and you will be amazed at the blessings he bestows on you. I want to congratulate you on being selected as part of the Cedar Creek 2020 Homecoming Court! You are so well-deserving of this honor. Make the most of Homecoming Week and enjoy every second of it. You will make memories that will last a lifetime. Lastly, always keep God first in your life, and He will take care of you. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
I love you, Lauren,
As I try to put Chloe Green into words, it is more difficult than I anticipated. Not because I cannot think of anything wonderful to say about her; in fact, it is quite the opposite. Chloe’s smile and energy are infectious, and you rarely see her without either. Her mood can lift mine instantly, which is such a rare and wonderful trait. She is hilarious, intelligent, friendly, and has the most wonderful, bubbly personality. It is difficult to put into words because it almost seems disingenuous, but to know Chloe is to truly love her. Even in the face of challenges, she still has the most positive outlook on life.
There are few teenagers who truly have as kind of a heart as Chloe’s. In the few times I have seen her upset, her hurt has come from a place of thinking of others’ feelings – not her own. It only takes one conversation with Chloe to understand that she cares deeply for those around her.
Chloe’s attributes are evident through her involvement both within school and outside of school. It should come as no surprise that she has been a cheerleader all throughout her high school career and was named an All-American Cheerleader and Co-Captain of the Varsity Team. This athleticism has carried over to her involvement with the Varsity Track Team. Chloe clearly has a heart for service, as she is involved in numerous service organizations and volunteer activities. Those include Quota Club, FCA Leadership Team, the Youth Leadership Team at her church, just to name a few. She is a well-rounded student and has been honored with accolades, such as being named a Cougar Ambassador, an AP Scholar, and achieving the A Honor Roll all four years of high school.
In a car ride to Lafayette her sophomore year, Chloe, along with Kate, asked me if I was sad that I only had sons. She questioned if I ever wanted a daughter. I jokingly replied no, that they had set the bar too high for raising a teenage girl. Truthfully, I was not joking. Chloe is respectful and loving. She does what is right, even when it is hard. She is intelligent, kind, and beautiful inside and out. It has been an absolute pleasure to teach her and know her for the past four years, and I wait with excited anticipation to see her future unfold.
I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been asked to share about Lauren Osafo. I have had the opportunity to coach Lauren for the past few years in cross country and track where she has excelled as a runner and leader. She is a natural born leader and was our Captain her junior and senior year. I find Lauren to be confident, intelligent, athletic, determined, goal-oriented, selfless, and, all the while, extremely humble. Lauren has a radiant beauty that is seen in her eyes and smile. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Lauren is the epitome of a true student athlete who never complains or whines, does what is expected, plus more, and does it with a graceful demeanor.
Cedar Creek is noted for our stringent curriculum and Lauren has excelled in her academics! While taking Honors and AP classes, her GPA is a perfect 4.0, however, taking into account the difficulty of her classes and weighting them, her GPA is an amazing 4.59!!! She is an amazing student that embodies Cedar Creek.
I have always been highly impressed with Lauren’s work ethic, her loving nature, her infectious enthusiasm and her ability to be able to multi-task all of her activities, while doing it all with a spirited and energetic attitude. In addition to her incredible academic achievements, she is actively involved with many other extracurricular activities including being an accomplished pianist and being involved with the FBLA, Key Club, Cougar Ambassadors, and the Spanish Club. Her awards and accolades from these extracurricular activities are abundant. Lauren is recognized as one of two school winners from Cedar Creek in the Heisman High School Program! She strives for perfection, but what I love most about Lauren is her loving and caring nature for people.
Coaching Lauren the past few years has been a joy and an honor. I will truly remember her for character and leadership. She is someone that I can communicate with and know that I can rely on because she is committed to lead and be the captain that our team needs. She is the consummate team player who I trust completely to make sure that the tasks we are working on are completed to the best of our team’s capabilities. Lauren has an unwavering commitment to exceed expectations and she has been the ultimate joy to coach and lead our girls’ team as she has always put others and the team above herself.
Lauren, God has amazing plans for you and I can say with confidence that you can and will be anything that you set her heart, mind, and soul to. I thank you for your commitment, your heart, and your desire to be the best person you can be. You are and will be a success wherever God takes you. I consider myself fortunate and blessed to have been a part of Lauren’s life and share in her high school memories. You have a place in my heart and memories as well. I wish you joy, love, and success. Much love to you, Lauren!
Coach Craig Moss
When God formed Kate in her mother’s womb, I can’t help but imagine that He thought, “I’m going to make this one strong and a fighter. Her heart will love with a deep love and I will use her to teach others to persevere through trials and how to trust Me when times get tough. She will be a vessel that I can use to show compassion and kindness.” God created Kate to shine bright and that is exactly what she does at Cedar Creek School.
I first met Kate at the beginning of the school year of 2019. The prior summer had been a tough one for her and I knew she needed all the love and support she could get. Little did I know, she would return that love ten-fold to me. On several occasions throughout the year, Kate would come sit in my classroom and eat lunch. It was a place for her to just come and sit without distractions. We shared many conversations that drew us closer and I began to learn more and more about this strong-willed, big-hearted young lady that loves her people fiercely. Kate has made me a better listener and has opened my eyes to beautiful things since she has been in my life. I loved Kate from the first moment I met her.
Kate is ambitious and is not afraid of challenges that require hard work and dependability. She has accomplished much at Cedar Creek including receiving the Prudential Spirit of Community Award and the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Everyday Excellence Award. Kate is a Cougar Ambassador and has been a member of FBLA, FCA, Quota Club, National Honor Society, SAIL, and many of the other clubs throughout her high school years.
Kate is loved by her school. Everyone has been by Kate’s side as she continues to fight for the cure for Friedreich’s Ataxia, a disease she was diagnosed with at age 12. She is an Alliance Advocate for Friedreich’s Ataxia Research. She educates all of us with her YouTube Channel where she encourages other teens who live with a disability. When you look at Kate, you will see Kate, not a girl in a wheelchair. She is not defined by her disability, but rather her perseverance, compassion, and willingness to give you her whole heart.
Kate has a servant’s heart and desires to reach out and help those around her. To find a friend like Kate is like finding gold. When I heard she made homecoming court, my heart almost burst. She is one of the most deserving people to receive this honor and she will truly shine bright. Kate stands out because she knows who she is and isn’t swayed to be anything less. She is wise beyond her years and a blessing to everyone she meets.
Kate, you are beautiful and amazing. Your smile lights up a room, so keep smiling. I’m so proud of who you are and the person you are becoming. I know God is going to do big things in your life!
Mrs. Kasey Stringer