Chamber names Zeringue Teenager of the Year, Katz Citizen of the Year

Jordan Zeringue was selected as the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Teenager of the Year.

The Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce presented its annual banquet where it recognized the 2014 Teenager of the Year and the Citizen of the Year.

Six seniors from the local high schools were nominated for the Teenager of the Year award; all were equally deserving but only one could win it all. The winner - Jordan Zeringue.

Zeringue is a senior at Ascension Catholic High School and is the son of Danny and Launa Zeringue. Zeringue recorded a total of 550 volunteer hours through various organizations. He is the Executive Student Body President at ACHS, has been class president since 2011, is the cross country team co-captain, a member of the National Honor Society, and has received many honors in cross country/track and field and other organizations.

Zeringue said it means a lot and really ties together all the accomplishments and all the things “we’ve all worked for.”

“It was an honor to be part of it and to be put up against such good competition and it’s really a motivation to go out and to see the world, better myself, but then come back and reinvest in Donaldsonville to bring what I’ve learned from other places back here,” Zeringue said.

Zeringue plans to go to LSU on an Army ROTC scholarship, and after that in five years “I’ll commission as an officer in the Army and after that I’ll go wherever the Army chooses for me to go.”

“Service is an important aspect of my life,” Zeringue said. “I believe if you’re not helping others achieve a goal, if you’re not serving others then you aren’t doing something right. To help others achieve a goal will bring you closer to your own goal.”

Other nominees for the Teenager of the Year were Emily Villa of Ascension Catholic, Zachary Capello of Ascension Catholic, Dominique Thomas of Donaldsonville High, Jason Williams of Donaldsonville High, and Shaun Brown of Donaldsonville High.

The Chamber awarded the Citizen of the Year award to longtime Executive Director Becky Katz who is set to retire. Katz accepted the award in complete shock and with tears in eyes.