Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African-American justice. Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education, a 1954 decision that ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional. He served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after being appointed by President John F. Kennedy. He was appointed as the Solicitor General by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. President Johnson nominated him to the United States Supreme Court in 1967 and he was approved by the Senate.
This Year's Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Recipient
Lauryn Montez is a senior at Carver High School with a 3.6 GPA and in the top 10% of her class. Coming from the youngest sister of thirteen siblings, Lauryn has seen every possible angle of struggle there is to be faced with, but through it all she was quite a trooper who was determined for success. She is currently the Senior Class Treasurer and serves as an Officer for the Carver Dance Company, Secretary for both the Business Professionals of America and Academic Decathlon organizations and was recently crowned as Prom Queen. Lauryn is involved with the Speech and Debate team and completed in the UIL for engineering in Computer Applications. In her spare time, she is most likely making music edits for performances or spending time with family. Despite her extraneous schedule, Lauryn makes it a priority to attend church three times a week because it gives her the mental and spiritual guidance she needs to continue to let her light shine in the world by following the advice of one of her favorite scriptures, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up." (James 4:10). Lauryn plans to attend Texas AZ&M University in College Station, Texas after graduation to double major in psychology and business with hopes of focusing on mental health in the criminal justice field.
This Year's Presidents' Council Scholarship Recipient
Ricky Julien Jr. is a senior at Cecilia High School in Louisiana with a 3.33 GPA. For the last four years, Ricky has been a part of the honors program, Gifted and Talented program for Music, and Gifted and Talented for Art at Cecilia High School. he is a member of the 4H Club, Beta Club, and Art Club. In 2015 and 2017, he placed 1st out of 500 musicians at the world renowned Southern University Human Jukebox Band Camp. In his tenure as a musician, he has won numerous awards and chair placements in classical music competitions and all-star music ensembles as well as jazz competitions and jazz ensembles.
Recently, he acquired a marching band scholarship from Southern University Marching Bank as well as a Jazz scholarship from the Southern University Jazz Ensemble. In trying to do his part for the community, Ricky has participated in many community service events such as: Mayoral Youth Council, House of Representative Campaign worker, Democratic Party Executive Committee youth fundraising committee member, music tutor, summer camp music instructor, City of Opelousas trash bash beautification project member, Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. Lota Xi Lambda chapter Alpha Squires Education Foundation Legal Defense youth member. Ricky plans to attend Southern University to study Agricultural Business, Political Science, and Law.