SJSO salutes Distinguished Gentlemen graduates

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, May 30, 2018

LAPLACE — St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre recognized participants in the SJSO’s first Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club during the group’s graduation May 15, 2018 at Patrol Headquarters in LaPlace.

Graduates Kyree Thorne, Ethan Nelson, Pierson Foster-Soignet and Trejuan Thomas received plaques and challenge coins from Sheriff Tregre.

During the ceremony, Sheriff Tregre thanked the graduates for giving the SJSO the opportunity to touch their lives and reminded them that he and the mentors will always be available to support them in their future. He reminded them that life is all about choices and that they always have a choice. While family and friends may be there to offer love, advice, and support, Sheriff Tregre told the group they are the ones who are in control of their lives. And, they can do whatever they want as long as they make the right choices.

Sheriff Tregre also gave a big thanks to the mentors for giving of their time and talent for the students.

Pastor Steve Allen of Destiny Christian, who was the guest speaker, advised the young men to stay focused on their goals and to always put God first in their lives. He also encouraged them to take his No Negativity challenge by praying, being thankful, forgiving others, striving to be like Christ, thinking the best of others, not being petty, being encouraging, and raising their expectations.

Also, during the ceremony, new members introduced themselves and talked about their hobbies and goals. New mentors also were introduced.

Since last May, Lt. Vernon Bailey Jr. said, he and his fellow officers who served as mentors were happy to guide these young men in building traits of good character that will prepare them to be productive members of society as well as assist these young men in obtaining skills needed to become positive influences in the community. These skills were introduced and reinforced through lessons, experiences, and interactions that deepened and broadened their knowledge to become distinguished gentlemen.

The St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its 2018-19 Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club. Young men in ninth through 12th grade at any high school in St. John the Baptist Parish may apply.

Schools, parents and students interested in learning more about the program or obtaining an application may call Vernon Bailey Jr. at 985-359-8775 or Steven Faucheux at 985-359-8723.