Looks Bright: Camp counselor sets positive example

Published 4:30 pm Wednesday, June 28, 2023

RESERVE — Clyde Stewart Jr., a rising junior at East St. John High School, has dedicated his summer break to making a difference in the lives of local children.

This marks Clyde’s first year as a counselor at New Wine Christian Fellowship’s Kids on the Move Summer Camp. Held June 5 through July 21, the camp gives back to the community with affordable childcare for ages 4 to 13 and includes discounts for children of single or incarcerated parents.

Clyde has been part of the New Wine Christian Fellowship family for as long as he can remember, and he spent last summer as a counselor-in-training. This year has been a new experience, allowing him to have more hands-on interaction with the campers as he guides them through STEM activities, sports, crafts and field trips.

“I wanted to help the kids,” Clyde said. “This is somewhere kids can have fun and have a great summer and also learn about God.”

Clyde credits his parents, Clyde Stewart Sr. and Latoya Stewart, for instilling a strong foundation of faith and keeping him on the right path in life.

Clyde is known for his courteous and genuine personality. He’s an active volunteer through the church and has on many occasions helped facilitate fresh produce giveaways for the community. Clyde also enjoys sharing the word of God in New Wine’s youth ministry, directed by Youth Minister Sam Mamou.

Pastor Neil Bernard described Clyde as a “diligent and hardworking young man who has excelled in the classroom, on the ball field, and as a camp worker.”

Outside of church, Clyde plays middle infield and pitches for East St. John’s baseball team. This season, he was named Most Improved Player at the Spring athletic banquet.

After high school, Clyde plans to pursue a business degree at a four-year university with a long-term goal of working in real estate.

 

Do you know a young person excelling in or outside of the classroom? Email Looks Bright nominations to brooke.robichaux@lobservateur.com.