Olivia Boggs

Olivia Boggs is a recent graduate of Northshore High School, where she graduated with a GPA of 3.96 while taking honors and dual enrollment courses. She was involved in multiple clubs and service organizations throughout high school, including National Beta Club, International Key Club, and as an NHS Student Ambassador and the Silverbelle dance team captain. She has also interned at Dynamic Dental Studio.

This fall Olivia will be enrolled at Louisiana State University, where she will pursue a degree in Pre-Dentistry/Biology. Her goal is to become an Orthodontist, to help others feel comfortable and fall in love with their smiles the same way her orthodontist helped her. On her application, Olivia stated, “This scholarship will help me reach my goals and become a professional woman in St. Tammany Parish myself.”

Allyson Bridges

Allyson Bridges is a Registered Nurse in the ICU at St. Tammany Health System and is currently in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Southeastern Louisiana University, with a goal of attaining a Palliative Care specialty. She serves on the Adult ICU Unit Based Council at the hospital and has also served on the Nurse Residency Advisory Board.

As a Registered Nurse, she has witnessed patients undergo unpleasant end-of-life phases related to no advanced care planning. This planning is then left to the patient’s next of kin when the patient can no longer make decisions for themselves. Allyson states, “As a FNP in Palliative Care, I can assist patients during end-of-life discussions to promote the patient’s individualized care goals. I want patients to have a say with their wishes respected when it is their time to pass.”

Cassidy Chappuis

Cassidy Chappuis currently attends Notre Dame University, where she is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering, on the Pre-Med track. She has been on the Dean’s List for two semesters. Cassidy has worked as a volunteer researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as a medical assistant at the Hand Center of Louisiana, and is currently the Composites Subsystem Lead, learning and teaching basic aerodynamics concepts in preparation for designing bodywork for a Formula 1 style racecar for the Fighting Irish Racing.

Cassidy has wanted to be a doctor for as long as she can remember and has always been fascinated by how the body works. She chose electrical engineering as an undergraduate because “it has quite the parallel to biological systems: both are composed of many small components and pathways that contribute to the overall system. Also, this field of study further develops my analytical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are necessary in the medical field.”

Celeste Guidry

Celeste Guidry is currently in her second year at Southeastern Louisiana University where she is pursuing a degree in psychology with a 3.87 GPA. She has been on the President’s list for three semesters, was a Freshman of the Year finalist, is an Honors School Ambassador, and is the recipient of several academic awards.

In a recommendation letter, Celeste was described as “a student with the talent and commitment not just to be successful in her own studies, but with the ability to motivate and help others.” After graduating next year, she plans to enroll in graduate school to obtain a masters in counseling with a concentration in clinical mental health. She enjoys working with children and hopes to start her career as a mental health provider in the St. Tammany Parish school system.

Emily Litchfield

While in high school, Emily was accepted to and attended Baton Rouge Fine Arts Academy and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, graduating NOCCA with honors in Visual Arts and Media Arts. She was nominated for the NOCCA Foundation Seth Daniel P. Memorial Award. During this time, she was a tech volunteer at Church of the King, working with lighting, sound, and displays, as well as working on set as a TV Production Assistant.

Emily just completed her first year at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she is studying Animation with a concentration in Storytelling and Concept Development. Her career goal is to become an Art Director. A professor described her as “committed, eager to learn, and takes advantage of the many opportunities offered to her as a student.”

Kate Marks

Kate Marks is a recent graduate of Mandeville High School and plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the fall, with plans to major in Psychology/Pre-Med. Kate graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was involved in talented art, student council, swim team, Amnesty International, volleyball, and Skipper Buddies. She has also volunteered at St. Anselm and as a camp counselor at Camp Abbey.

Kate chose to become a Psychologist as her career goal because she has seen the struggles loved ones and others in the community have gone through with anxiety and depression. Kate said, “Many are in need of good psychological care that isn’t readily available, and I want to help those people.” Kate is described as “a natural-born leader who accepts every challenge with a positive attitude.”

Charlotte Murray

Charlotte Murray is a recent 4.0 Honors graduate from Lakeshore High School, where she was dually enrolled at both Northshore Technical Community College and Southeastern Louisiana University. During this time, she also served on the Student Council, was Vice President of Titan Buddies, was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta math competition, and served as the soccer team captain. Charlotte also worked as a soccer coach at Mandeville Soccer Club and with special needs children at Miracle League.

This fall, Charlotte will be attending UCLA and studying Math and Education. When asked about her career goal, she replied that she wants “to teach the young minds of the future and inspire them to go out and do good in the world. A good teacher can make a world of difference to a student, and I want to be able to give children a safe environment where they can learn and grow.”

Thien-y Nguyen

Thien-y Nguyen has just completed her first year at Tulane University, pursuing degrees in neuroscience and economics on the pre-med track. A Dean’s Honor Scholarship recipient with a 3.73 GPA, she has worked in the organic chemistry lab as an undergraduate researcher, the ultrasound and biotransport lab, the anthropology department, and as a pianist at St. Luke the Evangelist Church. She also tutors students at a charter school in New Orleans every week and is part of a student-run organization to support survivors of sexual assault on campus.

Thien-Y’s career goal is to become an anesthesiologist. She has always been interested in medicine because it is “the application of science to topics that will really make a difference on someone’s health and wellbeing. It combines the exploration of knowledge with the compassion of caring for others which is the most important part of science for me.”

Hayley Pettus

Hayley Pettus is a recent graduate of Fontainebleau High School and plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall, with plans to major in Animal Sciences/Veterinary Medicine. Hayley graduated with a 4.5 GPA, a 36 ACT score, and was selected as a 2023 National Merit Scholar. She was a four-year member of the powerlifting team and active in student council, National Honors Society, and French National Honors Society. Hayley has volunteered for many years at a horse ranch and rescue facility and with the St. Tammany Animal Resource Team and also worked an internship this past school year at Little Creek Vet.

Hayley’s career goal is to become a full-service Veterinarian, traveling and making house calls.. Hayley said, “Helping my community is important to me. I can accomplish that through my love and understanding of animals.” Hayley is described as “having an industrious work ethic and humble demeanor that will make her successful in her career.”

Julia Spiess

Julia Spiess is a recent 4.0 graduate of Northshore High School, where she was a Student Council Representative, National Honor Society Secretary, and a Student Ambassador. A competitive soccer player, she served as team captain her senior year and was recognized on the National Champions U-16 National Premier League and the USYS National League, and was selected for the USYS Olympic Development Program in London.

Also a gifted art student, Julia has won numerous awards at the Louisiana District Rally, the NHS juried art show, the Ozone Camellia Festival, and the Louisiana Gifted Arts program. She will attend Louisiana State University in the fall, double majoring in visual art and business, so that she can “build my trademark as an artist using marketing skills, as well as provide myself with the opportunity to branch out into other fields where business and art overlap, such as museum curating, graphic design, and interior design.”

Claire Kurucar

Claire Kurucar is a recent graduate of Mandeville High School and will attend LSU in the fall, with plans to major in biological sciences. She has been active in the community, participating in various church events for St. Anselm, Boo Fest at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, fundraising and adoption events at the Northshore Humane Society, and the Keep Mandeville Beautiful event. Throughout high school, Claire was active in Key Club, Student Council, and the Medical Scrub Club. Claire is described as someone who “will make a huge impact on her community one day and surely succeed.”

Inspired by her own childhood doctor, Claire’s career goal is to become a Pediatrician. She plans to one day have her own practice and incorporate her love of music into the practice. Claire said, “With the incorporation of music, my office will become a stress-free environment and will allow children to feel more comfortable when they are in the examination room.”

Jence Simms

Jence Simms is a recent graduate of Mandeville High School and will attend LSU in the fall, with plans to major in veterinary medicine. She has volunteered and worked at the Animal Care Hospital and the Madisonville Equestrian Center, assisting veterinarians in day-to-day activities and caring for horses. Jence is described as “a hard worker who will achieve whatever goals she sets.”

Jence has always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian and has decided to focus on large animals. When she was only seven years old, she created a fundraising group named, “Little Citizens, Big Change”. She and a close group of friends gathered to raise money for the Humane Society. This group is still very active 10 years later, most recently having their LemonAID Day and raising over $1,000 to help the animals. Jence says she wants to be able to “forever repay the animals on earth for aiding her at her hardest times in life.”

Brooke Posey Memorial Scholarships

Two scholarships are being awarded in memory of Brooke Posey, a Mandeville High School senior who passed away in Spring of 2017. Funding for these scholarships is made possible by friends and family.