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Allstate Sugar Bowl Honors JP Schools Standouts for Athletic & Academic Excellence

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Pictured second from left, East Jefferson High's Javeon Talbot won a $10,000 Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarship.

Seven scholar-athletes from Jefferson Parish Schools were honored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and National Football Foundation, including East Jefferson High's Javeon Talbot who won a $10,000 Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarship. The students were recognized during the Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame's 2022 Awards Luncheon at the Audubon Tea Room.

The JP Schools students named 2022 National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes are:

  • Javeon Talbot: East Jefferson High
  • Maiyan Barnes: Grace King High
  • Koruth Wilson: John Ehret High
  • Gorge Reyes: Higgins High
  • Sollon Scott: Higgins High
  • Adam Ghazzali: Riverdale High
  • Jireh Childs: West Jefferson High

Twenty-six local high school football players were recognized for their achievements in the classroom, in the community and on the football field. The honorees were chosen from a group of nominated scholar athletes from the New Orleans area. Archie Manning, the national chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, recognized each of the 26 student athletes at the event. From that group of 26, five were selected to receive Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarships. The scholarship winners were chosen based on essays submitted after being notified of their selection as scholar-athletes.

2022 National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes from JP Schools

Javeon Talbot (East Jefferson High School)
Academic Achievements: Ranked No. 1 in his class; East Jefferson’s Student of the Year; finalist for Jefferson Parish High School Student of the Year; Academic All-State; National Honor Society; Friday Night Football Scholar Athlete. Athletic Achievements: Two-year letterman after transferring; two-time team captain; Defensive Team MVP; all-district; Coaches Award – Hardest Worker; Team Highest GPA. Still weighing multiple college options.

Maiyan Barnes (Grace King High School)
Academic Achievements: A/B Honor Roll. Athletic Achievements: Three-year letterman; two-time team captain; team MVP; all-district. Extracurricular Activities: FCA. Undecided on college choice.

Koruth Wilson (John Ehret High School)
Academic Achievements: Beta Honor Roll all four years. Athletic Achievements: Three-year letterman; team captain; three-year starter on the defensive line; two-time all-district. Plans to attend Northwestern State University.

Gorge Reyes (L.W. Higgins High School)
Academic Achievements: Honor Roll all four years; National Honor Society; Top 15 in class. Athletic Achievements: Four-year letterman; Team MVP; Offensive MVP; all-district; receiver for two years before moving to quarterback as a senior; team most improved sophomore year. Extracurricular Activities: Youth sports volunteer. Plans to attend the University of New Orleans.

Sollon Scott (L.W. Higgins High School)
Academic Achievements: Honor Roll; Dental Assistant Certification. Athletic Achievements: Three-year letterman; team captain; all-district; West Bank Outstanding Player. Extracurricular Activities: Toy Drive; Concessions; Leadership Class. Plans to attend Louisiana Christian University.

Adam Ghazzali (Riverdale High School)
Academic Achievements: National Honor Society; Honor Roll; Student Leadership Summit. Athletic Achievements: Three-year letterman; three-year starter; team captain; also lettered in wrestling. Extracurricular Activities: ACH Achievers; Superintendent’s Council; tutor for Syrian refugees. Plans to attend Xavier University of Louisiana.

Jireh Childs (West Jefferson High School)
Academic Achievements: Honor roll. Athletic Achievements: Three-year letterman in football; three-year team captain; two-time all-district selection; played running back and linebacker; Most Outstanding Offensive Player; also lettered in track & field. Extracurricular Activities: Junior Zulu, Men of Excellence. Undecided on college choice.