Delhi High School in Richland Parish had been declared a failure and was, in fact, labeled an "Academically Unacceptable School" by the State Department of Education. But with grit and determination, and with the support of an entire community, the students achieved what few believed they could. It took hard work, but every one of the school's 38 seniors passed the state exit examination and will graduate this spring.
In recognition of their achievement, the senior class visited the state capitol on Wednesday, and received a round of applause from the Senate.
Shown with the 2009 graduating seniors from Delhi High School are, from left in the front row, Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan, State Senator Francis Thompson, Richland Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cathy Stockton, State Representative Charles "Bubba" Chaney, Delhi High School Principal Floyd McDade and Luke Letlow, representing Governor Bobby Jindal.