Pictured are, from left to right, Ricky Durrett, principal of Ruston High School; Austin Meng, Ruston High School; April Winstead, a biology teacher at Ruston High School; Nicholas Ruff, Ruston High School; and Cathi Cox-Boniol, ACHIEVE Coordinator. Meng and Ruff are two of the approximately 15,000 finalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Winstead was named a Louisiana Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist.
Several Smurfs were spotted in Ruston on Monday as the Frachiseur family celebrated 8-year-old Issac’s birthday. For his birthday, Issac decided to ask his entire family to dress up like the beloved blue cartoon characters before heading to the movie theater to see the new movie. Pictured in the back row (left to right): Felicia as Clockwork Smurfette, Tim as Papa Smurf, Sharon as Nanny Smurf and Erica as Smurfette. In the front row (left to right) are Issac as Brainy Smurf, Garrett as Gutsy Smurf, Gabe as Hefty Smurf and Jack as Clumsy Smurf.