Asonye’s reception of the scholarship was announced this week.
Hoping to enter medical school after graduation, Asonye heard about the competitive process for awarding the scholarship through a book bag giveaway sponsored by Armentor’s law firm. The Lafayette attorney, one of 10 children who grew up in an impoverished family and went on to become one of the most successful lawyers in the South, established the scholarship to recognize those who gave him guidance and support as a young man. The scholarship committee that chose Asonye as the recipient comprises representatives of Lafayette government, media, UL and other community agencies.
Armentor plans to offer two Pay-it-Forward scholarships next year to high-achieving students from low-income families, and to offer eight such scholarships annually within three years.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.