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Sheriff presents scholarship to Plain Dealing graduate

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington presents a $500 academic scholarship to Alexis “Lexi” Jones Friday morning. Lexi, valedictorian of the 2014 class of Louisiana New Tech @ Plain Dealing, is currently a freshman at Northwestern State University studying to become a medical examiner. The scholarship is made possible by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program. (photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office)

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington presented a $500 academic scholarship Friday morning to Alexis “Lexi” Jones, 2014 graduate of Louisiana New Tech @ Plain Dealing and current freshman at Northwestern State University.

Lexi, daughter of Jeffery Jones and Kristi Coverston, was valedictorian of the 2014 graduating class at LA New Tech.   Her goal is to obtain her Biology Pre-Med degree at Northwestern, attend medical school and become a medical examiner.

“I watch all of the crime shows, and things like that interest me,” the vivacious teen said.  “I want to help families find peace for their loved ones when they have traumatic events.”

Sheriff Whittington applauded Lexi’s ambitions.

“I’m encouraged by the motivation of this young lady and wish her well in her studies at Northwestern,” said Whittington.  “Hopefully, when she is done with her education, she can return to our area and work at the new crime lab and forensics center.”

The Sheriff’s Scholarship is made possible by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary membership Program (LSHMP).  Louisiana Sheriffs provide scholarships to graduating high school students from each parish where the Sheriff is an affiliate of the Program.  Sheriff Whittington will announce the next scholarship opportunity early next year.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.