Tamiko Terraz Stroud, the daughter of Ira and Tamiko Garrison, graduated with a High School diploma at Donaldsonville High School's (DHS) commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2017 and an Associates of Arts in Humanities degree at River Parishes Community College’s (RPCC) commencement ceremony held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Stroud graduated as the Salutatorian at DHS and a Dean’s Honor Scholar at RPCC. Stroud was dually enrolled in Ascension Parish School Board’s Early College Option program at River Parishes Community College. This program afforded Stroud the opportunity to simultaneously graduate with a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree.

While at DHS and RPCC, Stroud’s activities included dance team, track, National Beta Club, and Gamma Beta Phi and Phi Theta Kappa’s honor societies. During her high school years, Stroud was a Page with the Louisiana State Senate and Louisiana House of Representatives. She is currently an intern with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Stroud was awarded over $65,000 in scholarships. The scholarships include the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation; Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Foundation; Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation; Southern University's Honor's College; New Orleans Saintsations; Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council; United States Achievement Academy Educational; Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Teenager of the Year; Southern University System Board of Supervisors; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sylvas Zulu Maid; Dillard University Dean's Scholarship; Gonzales Lions Club; BASF; Ascension Parish Sheriff's Scholarship; 23rd Judicial District Court Foundation; Richard Brown Scholarship and the Product of Donaldsonville.

Stroud has been accepted into Southern University’s Honors College and will begin in the fall of 2017. She plans to double major in Finance and English. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Science degrees, she plans to pursue a Juris Doctorate at Southern University Law Center.

“I am blessed beyond measure,” said Stroud. “I am thankful for all of my family, ACHS, DHS and RPCC administrators, instructors, and counselors, and my scholarship sponsors that have touched my life. I hope they know that they are greatly appreciated.”

The mission of the Ascension Parish School System/Donaldsonville High School is to provide each student the high-quality education necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. In the classrooms of the Ascension Parish Public School Board, there is a place for every child. All public schools in our parish are state approved, recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education as meeting standards prescribed by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition to the state accreditation, all schools have attained regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

River Parishes Community College was born out of a Senate Concurrent Resolution approved by the 1997 Regular Louisiana Legislative Session. It was the brainchild of State Senator Louis J. Lambert, a native of Sorrento, who along with his colleagues in the legislature, recognized that Louisiana was one of the most populous states in the country without a community college system to serve its citizens. River Parishes Community College is an open admission institution that partners with the communities and businesses of the river parishes region of Louisiana to provide workforce training, certificates, diplomas, and Associate Degrees.

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