Pastor Eradly Ben, Sr., of Antioch Baptist Church and Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, is pictured here sitting on the organ bench inside the sanctuary of Antioch Baptist Church on Lincoln Road in Ville Platte. He will celebrate his 55th year of pastoring in October. Over his more than five decades, he has influenced five family members to also become pastors including his son Eradly Ben, Jr., in Point Blue (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Annabeth Briley, who is starting her senior year at Sacred Heart High School, was chosen from the pool of students attending Louisiana Girls State to go on to attend Girls Nation in Washington, DC, where she served on the mock Senate and was appointed to the Supreme Court. She is pictured here on the right with United States Senator John Kennedy. (Photo courtesy of Annabeth Briley)

Fr. Blake Dubroc, the Marksville native, is pictured here standing in the choir loft of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Pictured behind him is the mosaic of the Sacred Heart appearing to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque that reminds Fr. Dubroc of the many Catholic generations who have walked through the church’s doors. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Chef Terryl Jackson of the Flat Town Culinary Academy (right) places a special chef’s har on the head of Jeremy Bradley (left). Bradley is the only student at the Ville Platte Girls-Boys Place to complete all three years of Jackson’s academy. (Photo by Mable Foreman)

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