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District Attorney John Belton visits Basile High

Posted Date: 05/11/2021

On 5-10-2021, Basile native John Belton, who serves as District Attorney for Lincoln & Union Parishes, addressed high school students with an inspirational speech.

Belton, a 1982 graduate of Basile High, encouraged students to strive for excellence and follow his seven principles of success. Belton, who spoke of his humble beginnings and childhood physical challenges, told students that BHS faculty, staff & coaches instilled in him the will to overcome the obstacles of life. He captured the student body’s attention with an illustration of a turtle with a plan to win, who easily defeated a much faster dog in a contest. The dog lost the race because he was easily distracted along the track by the negative “bones” of this world. 

Belton, who lives in Ruston, has served as District Attorney for the 3rd Judicial District of Louisiana since 2014. 

Belton was invited by District 2, School Board Member Nick Chaumont and Basile High Principal Helana Francois. Also on hand to greet Belton were Basile Police Chief Ivory, Basile Alumni/local businessmen Toups & Fournerat, School Board President Dardeau, Superintendent Lazard and Assistant Superintendent Lombas. 

On behalf of the Evangeline Parish School Board, Superintendent Lazard thanked Belton for taking time to inspire students at his alma mater to work hard and aspire for excellence!

Students were eager to hear & meet Belton!

Photos from the event.

District Attorney John Belton with community members John Belton and Guests



District Attorney John Belton with students

District Attorney John Belton with community members



                  District Attorney John Belton addressing the audience.




                      District Attorney John Belton addressing the audience.