BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Dozens packed the doors of the Louisiana State Museum to be honored for their academic achievements.
Some of the brightest students around Metro Baton Rouge were rewarded for their hard work in the classroom at the 3rd annual Academic Honors Day. Judge Wilson Fields, who organizes the event, said about 50 juniors and seniors will receive scholarship money to go towards school. He understands that any bit of cash can go a long way.
"Books these days are not cheap," said Fields. "So anything we can do to help to lessen the burden on students and parents, we want to make sure we do it."
Students also had a chance to speak to colleges from across the state. High school juniors, Kajuan Jones and Nijah Ruffin, took advantage of the opportunity.
Ruffin wants to go to college to change people's perspectives on how to see the world.
"I want to change the view of things," said Ruffin. "Like, things are not just about white or black people, they're about every type of person."
Students also were able to enter a raffle for a chance to win a brand new car.