Service a core component of Destrehan grad’s time at school  

Hannah Rogers loves to give back.   

The recent graduate earned Destrehan High School’s Leadership, Loyalty and Service Award in recognition of the wealth of service she provided the school’s faculty and her fellow students. Rogers credited her mother for instilling these values in her.   

“I know growing up, we were very involved as a family (to volunteer) … I like seeing the smile and the help I can provide for someone else because I know I like when someone gives me a helping hand. I like sharing the blessings and the joy in life with others,” Rogers said.   

“I love jumping into it head-first … a lot of community service, a couple thousand hours into that. I have a passion for it.”  

Rogers was involved in plenty at Destrehan. She was a cheerleader, the Vice President of the National Honor Society, a NextGEN leader, on the Student Advisory Committee, was a Fighting Wildcat Mentor and part of Beta club and the Film club while maintaining honor roll all four years.  

The Wildcat Mentorship program saw Rogers and other mentors show incoming freshmen and 8th graders with Destrehan High in their future around campus.  

“We’d take a tour around school and show what Destrehan has to offer,” Rogers said. “We help them find their place to plug in and we connect with them. If they have any questions throughout the year, we were available to them.”  

Her volunteerism saw her help with food distributions, as well as cheerleading and volleyball camps for community youth. She helped with hurricane prep classes as well among many other things. Rogers is very active as well with her church.   

She said she’ll long remember Destrehan for the many people she met and things she had the chance to be a part of.  

“The opportunities Destrehan gave me and the activities I was able to get involved in are what I’ll look back on most,” she said, also crediting her teachers with pushing her to be the best student she could be.   

Rogers is set to attend LSU later this year to study communication disorders, with hopes to pursue a career as a speech pathologist.   

“My mom had told me about audiology and I’ve always loved ASL (American sign language),” Rogers said. “I decided to look into it, and I found a major. My dance teacher at Mimosa, she told me she’s a speech therapist there. I went and job shadowed her and fell in love with the job, working with little kids … it’s fun and you’re able to make a positive impact.”  

For the longest time, Rogers believed she’d be headed to the University of Florida, near her native Jacksonville – she and her family moved to St. Charles Parish in 2019. But upon a visit to LSU, she said her mind was changed.   

“They blew me away … I realized I belong at LSU,” Rogers said.   

 

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