DHS’ athletic banquet reminds Tigers education is important

Staff Report @dvillechief
The DHS boys’ basketball team was presented with a banner to hang in the gym for advancing in the LHSAA March Madness Top 28 in 2014.

DHS hosted its annual athletic banquet last week where star athletes were recognized for the participation and success during the 2013-2014 playing seasons.

Dr. Judy A. Guilbeaux-James of Southern University spoke to the student-athletes and sent a simple but meaningful message, “Education lasts forever.”

“Athletics was very important to me growing up,” Dr. Guilbeaux-James said, “but do you have goals? Do you have values?”

She told the athletes about her little brother, who is also DHS’ Athletic Director and head football coach Benny Guilbeaux. She said he led Notre Dame in tackles and interceptions before an injury in senior year. However, he left the school with two degrees in four years.

“Where would be if education was not important?” Dr. Guilbeaux-James asked, “A hurt athlete making minimum wage.”

“If you can do that on the playing field why can't you do it in classroom where it's most important,” she asked.

She said “set your goals and have a vision and remember what you learn in sports and apply it in the classrooms.”

“Success isn't given, it is earned with a lot of blood and a lot of swear and every now and then a little tear,” she said.

The DHS boys’ basketball team got the highlight of the night, when AD Guilbeaux rolled out the banner for the team making 2014 LHSAA March Madness Top-28.