Signing for Their Future

The lives of six West Jefferson High School (WJHS) students changed the first Wednesday in February: Signing Day.

“Today is a wonderful day,” said WJHS head coach Marcus Scott. “Every year, I look forward to the first Wednesday in February.”

The students signing letters of intent included Devin Scott and D’aquin Withrow, who will both attend University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Parry Nickerson, who will attend Tulane University; Draper Riley, who will attend University of Southern Mississippi; and Ronald Lewis, who will attend Arizona State University. Also joining his peers was Quantis Armand, who suffered an injury that kept him off the field; however, he will attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a TOPS scholarship and then will transition to a full athletic scholarship.

At the Signing Day celebration in the WJHS gym, parents and guests of the six students were greeted by cheerleaders and entertained by the members of the school’s jazz band. The La Jolie Rouge Dance Team was also in attendance.

The students were also cheered on by their fellow athletes and students from WJHS feeder schools, Livaudais Middle School and Gretna Middle School.

Principal Vanessa Brown-Lewis was beaming during the event.

“I’m very proud of the students,” she said. “Not only are they athletes, but they are school leaders on campus.”

Brown-Lewis, a relative newcomer to West Jeff, said she loves being at the school. “I thoroughly enjoy going to the games. The students are keeping me young.”

Scott said that he has a very honest conversation about the importance of academics with his young athletes when they are freshmen.

“We take academics very seriously,” he said. “We expect them to succeed. We accept no excuses.”