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Claiborne Sparks, Inc. is proud to announce that it has awarded Ms. Ivy Cains, a 2017 Claiborne Sparks, Inc. Scholarship.

Ms. Cains is the daughter of Dieadra and Ivory Cains.  

Ivy graduated from Opelousas High School and will be participate in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of New Orleand with a double major in English and Business.

Ivy attended Opelousas Senior High School and Westminster christian Academy in St. Landry Parish for her secondary education.  While at Westminster christian Academy, she was a member of the National Honors Society, Yearbook staff, and the Varsity Track Team.

Opelousas Senior High School provided her the opportunity to continue to pursue excellence and give back tothe community.  She served on the Mayor's Youth Council of Opelousas and volunteers in the nursery at OUr Savior's Church.

Ms. Cains' outstanding academic accolades include having a 3.9 GPA.  She took Advanced Placement Coursework in Latin, English, Biology, and U.S. History.

Ms. Cains' athletic accomplishments include being a four-year State Champion Hurdler for Class 2A.  Ivy  was also a member of the 400 Meters Relay Team. 

Opelousas Senior High Principal Rodney Johnson speaks highly of Ms. Cain stating that she has been an asset to the school, the community, and will continue this positive attribute on the collegiate level as well, for she knows "quality is not an option, but is a standard."

Claiborne Sparks, Inc.'s scholarship purpose is to assist and enhance the post-secondary educational development of St. Landry Parish female student-athletes.  It recognizes that these students are a part of the future of the community.  The scholarship will allow them tofurther their education no matter their educational pursuit.

Claiborne Sparks, Inc. wishes Ms. Cains continued success and the fulfillment of her academic and athletic pursuits at the University of New Orleans.


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2015 Scholarship Winner Hillary May

Posted by Charlesetta Lavergne at Jul 19, 2017 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Claiborne Sparks is pleased to announce that Ms. Hillary May is a recipient of one of three scholarships offered by its organization for 2015.

Ms. Hillary May, a graduate of Westminster Christian Academy, under the leadership and guidance of Principal Myra Baker, is our first recipient.

Ms. May graduates with a 3.55 GPA and plans on attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe and seeks a degree in biolory.  She will then pursue her Masters in Dentistry from LSU and plans on becoming an orthodontist.

Ms. May's student involvementincludes serving on the Student Council as Vice-President, and ofrmerly as a class vice-president, and a class secretary throughout her years at Westminster Christian Academy.  Other student activities were Crusaders for Life, the Lafayette Junior Leadership, Rotary Interact, the Mission Team, and the Youth Leadership Council.

Ms. May's athletic life at Westminster included volleyball, softball, and track.

She is the daughter of Dequietter Anderson and Rodney May.

  Congratulations Hillary!   


Ms. Julia Larcarde

Claiborne Sparks continue to give back to the community!  It's second recipient of one of three scholarships in 2015 is Ms. Julia Lacarde.

Ms. Larcarde will be graduating from Opelousas Catholic where Mr. Perry Fontenot serves as principal.

Ms. Larcarde is a member of the National Honors Society and the Beta Club.  She holds a 3.89 GPA and plans on attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  She will be pursuing a degree in business.

Ms. Larcarde, as a basketball player, is a former All Honorable, 2nd Team All District, and 2nd Team All Parish member.  Her track accolades include being a Regionals Qualifier in the High Jump as well as a Regionals Qualifier in the 4x2 and the 4x4.  She also serves on the Pep Squad at Opelousas Catholic.

She is the daughter of Donnie and Haley Larcade.

Our best to Julia! 


Ms. Mariah Nero will be graduating from Beau Chene High School where Mr. Keith James serves as Principal.

Mariah is a former Claiborne Sparks AAU basketball player.  She has played high school basketball for four years under Coach Melanie Durio.

She was a member of the FFA, Spanish Club, Peer Leaders, FCCLA, and Talent Search.

Mariah has a 3.4 GPA, and will be attending McNeese State University, where she plans to major in Criminal Justice.

She is the daughter of Benny, Sr. and Gloria Nero. 


Claiborne Sparks, Inc. is pleased and proud to announce that Ms. Helena Tibbs is a 2017 scholarship recipient.

Helena is the daughter of Melanie Durio and Elliot Tibbs.

Helena will be graduating from Beau Chene High School with a GPA of 3.83.  Sheplans on attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on a full track scholarship.  She will major in biology.

Helena has maintained a 3.5 or more GPA her entire high school career and has received the Beau Chene High School 4.0 award.

She was selected to the 1st Team All Parish Basketball Team in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  She as also selected t othe 1st Team All District 4-4A for 2014, 2015, and 2016. 

She was the St. Landry Parish champion in the long jump and triple jump for 2014, 2015, and 2016.  She was also the St. Landry Parish Outstanding Female Field District champion in the Triple Jump for 2014, 2015,  and 2016. She was also the class 4-4A Outstanding State Qualifier for the long jump and the triple jump in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  She placed third in the state in 2015 for the long jump.  She was also the Class 4A State Champion in the triple jump in 2016 and set a new personal and school record with a jump of 38'4".

Our congraulations to Helena!