BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) - Two Southwest Louisiana teens are among the 2013 Louisiana Young Heroes, as recently announced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
The eight winners were honored April 17 in Baton Rouge.
The two SWLA teens -- Carissa Fruge, 18, a senior from Jennings who attends Hathaway High School, and Hunner Monceaux, 18, a senior at South Beauregard High School in Longville -- are being featured on LPB.
According to a news release from LPB, Fruge has a 4.0 GPA at Hathaway High despite a wide range of physical ailments over the last four years that have included Swine Flu, a nerve injury that left her unable to walk without extreme pain, an autoimmune disease, Reynaud's Syndrome and fluid around her heart.
The release states that after recovering from a cancerous tumor in his shoulder, Monceaux got the bad news a year later that he had a large tumor in his lung that would require the removal of the lung. Monceaux recovered and is back playing with the South Beauregard Golden Knights' basketball team, inspiring everyone around him.
Now in their 18th year, the LPB awards honor students in grades 7-12 who have excelled in the classroom, served their communities, overcome adversity and inspired everyone around them.
Other winners include:
• Hollie Fields, 18, a senior from Oil City who attends North Caddo Magnet High School;
• Henry Futch, 14, an 8th grader from Arcadia who attends Cedar Creek School in Ruston;
• Aamina Green, 18, a senior from New Iberia who attends Teurlings Catholic High School in Lafayette;
• Madison Martin, 12, a seventh grader at Southside Junior High in Denham Springs;
• Rachel Patteson, 17, a senior Northwood High School in Shreveport; and
• Maggie Tortorich, 13, an eighth grade at Central Middle School in Gonzales.
To read all of the winners' stories, click HERE. You can also watch video vignettes of each winner.