Sunday, May 21, 2006
Johnson Bayou graduation 2006
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Class of 2006 seniors from Johnson Bayou School prepare for graduation at a church near the school in Johnson's Bayou, La. on Saturday, May 20, 2006. The 15-person graduating class was not able to attend their regular school because it was destroyed by Hurricane Rita on Sept. 24, 2005.
Crystan Badon is assisted by chauffeur Frank Johnson of LaChance Xtreme Limo & Coach as the class arrives for graduation at Johnson Bayou School. Johnson's Bayou is located in Cameron Parish. Students attended school at Hackberry High School after their school was destroyed.
Johnson Bayou School's Katrina McGee (right) cheers as pictures of classmates are shown during the graduation ceremony in the remains of the school's pavilion.
Johnson Bayou School's 2006 valedictorian Katie Young (right) hugs her younger sister Kandace Young (left) after they exchanged gifts in the remains of the school's pavilion. Young received an $18,000 scholarship to Lamar University in Beaumont among other awards.
Please see "Seniors go home to Johnson Bayou for graduation" by Dee Dixon.
For additional coverage, please see Hurricane Rita's toll on SW Louisiana or Mark's Hurricane Rita visual timeline.