Two JPPSS Students Honored For Achievement

Two students in the Jefferson Parish Public School System were honored at the annual NOCCA President’s Award for achievement in the creative arts.

Grace King High School senior Kelly Barberito was honored for dance.  Riverdale High School junior Jacob Lacour was honored for classical instrumental.  Both students received the 2011 President’s Award for their best examples of achievement, exceptional artistic growth, perseverance, and accomplishment.

“These students are being recognized not just for their extraordinary talent, but for the growth, consistency, and desire they have demonstrated during their time at NOCCA,” states President/CEO Kyle Wedberg. “These students have each shown something over and above that makes them deserving of this high level of recognition.”

Lacour received a guitar as a Christmas gift in 2008 and subsequently taught himself to play the instrument.  Just three months later, he auditioned and was accepted by NOCCA.

Barberito started dancing at age 3 and now performs in local musical productions.  She is planning to go to college and major in musical theatre.

Barberito and Lacour will receive their awards during a ceremony on April 13 at Fred Lupin Memorial Hall on the NOCCA campus.