St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Parish President Robottom Hosts Annual Luncheon to Honor Academic Achievements

Parish President Robottom Hosts Annual Luncheon to Honor Academic Achievements

Thursday, June 27, 2019 

St. John the Baptist Parish – Parish President Natalie Robottom and staff recently hosted the annual Academic Luncheon to honor Valedictorians, Salutatorians and Students, Teachers and Principals of the year from public and private schools.  The annual event was held at Petra Restaurant in LaPlace. 

The event featured a complimentary meal, Certificates of Achievement and keepsake photos for all guests. Emily Bergeron, 2015 St. Charles Catholic Honor Graduate/Salutatorian and 2019 LSU Chemical Engineering graduate served as the guest speaker. She told attendees, “Stay focused, work hard and never lose sight of yourself or what you want to do in life.”

Other special guests included Council Members Jaclyn Hotard-Gaudet and Larry Sorapuru as well as Sheriff Mike Tregre, Interim Superintendent of St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools Heidi Trosclair, and Dr. Courtney Millet, incoming Principal of St. Charles Catholic High School.

Councilwoman Gaudet offered words of advice, “If you’re nervous, that’s ok it just means you care about what you’re doing.” “Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself or change, the only regret you’ll have later in life are the chances you didn’t take.” Councilman Sorapuru added, “It is great to see a room full of people with so much energy that bring life to the world.” “Work hard and enjoy what you do every day and don’t let disagreements or differences of opinions get in the way of who you are.”  

President Robottom, who started the Academic Luncheons under her tenure nine years ago, reiterated the importance of recognizing academic achievements and accomplishments. “As an educator for 23 years, I recognize that education is the key to all future successes.  As Parish President, I thought it was only fitting that the chief executive of the Parish acknowledged your hard work throughout the school year. I encourage you to continue to aspire to be the best you can be, and I wish each of you the best of luck and much success as you move on to the next chapter of your life.” 

For additional photos from the event, please visit the St. John Parish website at