Shreveport 7th grader receives national award for community service efforts

Shreveport 7th grader receives national award for community service efforts

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport pre-teen has been named as one of Louisiana's Top Two State Honorees of 2018 in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Joey Gouthiere, 12, a seventh-grader at Youree Drive Middle School, is on a mission to take care of the planet Earth through his "Geaux Green" campaign.

An environmental project focused on gardening, recycling, conservation and community beautification.

"If you're anywhere, you can do it. That's the good thing about my project, because you can do it anywhere it still makes a difference," said Gouthiere.

Over the last few years, he has done everything from adopting a garden at his school to hosting litter cleanup days. The seventh grader leads by example.

"It doesn't matter how old you are, if you want to do something to change your environment, change your world, change the people, just tell your parents and they can help you do something."

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program honors students in grades 5-12 for outstanding volunteer service.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, now in its 23rd year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Here's the break down of the state winners from the ArkLaTex:



  • Olivia Cuthbert, Dubach
  • Joey Gouthiere, Shreveport


  • Olivia Davis, Shreveport
  • Nikki Leali, New Orleans
  • Emmaline Miller, Lafayette
  • Sunakshi Sharma, Monroe



  • Zane Magee, Montgomery
  • Caroline Wells, Tyler


  • Ryan Almusawi, Fort Worth
  • Chase Bradley, Round Rock
  • Curt Fendley, Paris
  • Sarah Mercado, Cedar Park
  • Saumya Rawat, Coppell
  • Ashley Reel, Spring
  • Julia Singer, San Antonio
  • Zoya Surani, Corpus Christi
  • Zeeshawn Wani, Houston
  • Lauren Yang, Sugar Land



  • Anna Richey, Paris
  • Alexis Roberson, Caraway


  • Jameson Archer, Prattsville
  • Abigail Gearhart, Rogers
  • Emmaline Landes, El Dorado
  • Riley Strube, Cabot

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