2012 Parkview Eagle Hall of Fame Inducts Four New Alumni Members
Four Remarkable Role Models for EBR Community
BATON ROUGE — Parkview Baptist School has inducted four additional members to the Alumni Eagle Hall of Fame Award. Headmaster Don Green said, “These awards recognize Parkview Baptist School alumni who have excelled in the areas of Abundant Life, Academics, Arts, and Athletics.”
Honorees, recognized at Homecoming ceremonies were Kimen Rizzutto Hess, Dr. Mary Leah Coco, Daniel Lewis, and Josh Son.
Abundant Life. The Alumni Eagle Hall of Fame Award in Abundant Life is given to an alumnus who exemplifies a Christ-centered life and is considered an example and inspiration to all those around them. This year’s recipient is Kimen Rizzutto Hess.
Kimen began attending PBS in the 3rd grade and is a member of the 1998 graduating class. While attending Parkview, Kimen was a cheerleader, ran track, was a member of FCA, elected to homecoming court, selected as a class favorite, and participated in Belle’s N Beau’s pageants. While attending LSU, Kimen was an LSU Cheerleader, and she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from LSU in 2002. While attending LSU Kimen taught cheerleading and gymnastics and would have a chance meeting with a little girl who would set her up on a blind date where she would meet her the love of her life, Brian Hess. Kimen and Brian married in 2003 and they had their son Jacob Michael Hess in 2006.
On December 21st, 2006 God had other plans for their lives. Kimen’s husband, Brian, was in a car accident with his team that would change their lives forever. Brian was in a coma for over four months. Kimen never left his side. Though they were told Brian would not make it, Kimen’s faith in God told her otherwise. It has been almost six years since the accident and though the road has been hard, Kimen continues to care for Brian, work, and take care of their son Jacob Michael. But as Kimen will tell you, it is not without the Grace of God and the help of the amazing family that God has given to her that she is where she is.
Kimen holds on to the vows that she made to Brian. That she will love him and honor him, in sickness and in health. She continues to trust in God and prays that He will heal Brian, that He will restore Brian’s sight, and heal him completely from his injuries. Until that day she will trust in God’s all-knowing power. Kimen holds tight to the promises of God in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Kimen said she would like to thank the Parkview Alumni for selecting her for this award and feels so undeserving and humbled. She is so thankful to her parents for sending her to Parkview where she knows she began to grow into who God would have her be. Kimen would also like to thank her parents for showing her what being committed to Christ means.
Kimen was joined on the field by her husband Brian, their son, Jacob, and her parents, Wayne and Nita.
Academics. The Alumni Eagle Hall of Fame Award in Academics is given to an alumnus who has excelled in academics, either as a student or teacher/professor, or significantly contributed to the academic development in their community. This year’s recipient is Dr. Mary Leah Coco. Mary Leah attended Parkview for 13 years and graduated in 1998. In her 13 years at Parkview, she was Beta Club vice president, senior class secretary, a member of PBS’ first girls varsity soccer team, the Heart-N-Soul jump rope team, on the yearbook committee, and the junior English Award Winner.
After graduating from Parkview, Mary Leah attended Louisiana State University where she earned her B.A. in English literature and classical civilization, an M.S. in organizational development, and a Ph.D. with a focus in adult education. She is the assistant director of adult education and training for the Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development and also an adjunct professor at LSU. Mary Leah has been serving as the PBS Alumni Board of Directors president for three years. Mary Leah is married to husband Jeremy, and they have one daughter, Annie Claire, who attends Parkview Baptist pre-k. Mary Leah was joined on the field by Jeremy and Annie and her parents, Leah and Larry. She would like to thank the Parkview Baptist family for loving her since 1985 and now loving her little girl.
Arts. The Alumni Eagle Hall of Fame Award in Arts is given to an alumnus who has excelled in the arts or has significantly impacted other individuals and/or their community to excel in the arts. This year’s recipient is Daniel Lewis.
Daniel Lewis is a 2001 graduate of Parkview Baptist and a 2004 graduate of LSU. Daniel is one of the owners of Louisiana-based Active Entertainment, which is one of the film industry’s oldest and most stable companies operating in the independent film and television marketplace. Since early 2007, Daniel has been involved in more than 50 film and TV projects and has assisted in the infrastructure growth of the Louisiana’s budding film industry. Daniel has had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
In 2008, Daniel married wife Brandy and in March, 2011 they welcomed their first child, Avery Lynn Lewis. Daniel credits his parents’ leadership along with the love and support of his family for much of his success to date.
Athletics. The Alumni Eagle Hall of Fame Award in Athletics is given to an alumnus who has excelled in athletics, either as an athlete or coach, or significantly contributed to athletics in their community. This year’s recipient is Josh Son.
Josh was a three-sport athlete at Parkview competing in football, basketball, and baseball. His senior year he compiled over 2,200 yards of total offense and accounted for 36 touchdowns. He was voted to the All-District, All-Metro, and All-State Team in 1999 as well as being selected District MVP. In basketball, Josh was point guard averaging 8.4 points, five rebounds, and three steals a game. His senior year he made the All-District Team. In baseball, he made both the All District and All State Team his senior season. Josh was named a finalist for the Advocate’s Athlete of the Year Award both his junior and senior year along with being named a Wendy’s High School Heisman finalist in 2000. Josh was awarded the prestigious “Eagle Award” in football and basketball.
Josh played college football at Nicholls State University. He was a four-year starter, three of which he was voted team captain. In 2001, he led the Colonels with 2,000 yards of total offense and 20 touchdowns. Josh was able to lead the Colonels to back-to-back Conference Title games in 2002 and 2003. Some accomplishments during his four year career include:
• Louisiana Football Magazine’s All College Team in 2000 and 2001
• Southland Conference 1st Team Quarterback in 2002
• Louisiana Sports Writers Association All Louisiana Team in both 2002 and 2003
• Southland Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2003
• Academic All American both his junior and senior Year
• Nicholls State offensive MVP in both 2002 and 2003
Josh currently ranks 9th among the Colonels All Time Passing Leaders and 7th on the All Time Scoring list. He holds the record for the most 100 yard rushing performances during a career, the All Time Leading Rusher in Nicholls State history. In 2009 upon first eligibility, he was inducted into the Nicholls State Football Hall of Fame.
Accompanying Josh tonight is his wife, Kristin, and their two children, Charley and Cooper. Also with him are parents, Tracy and Randy, along with head coach of the Parkview Baptist Eagles, Kenny Guillot.
Son said, “I would like to thank the Parkview Baptist Alumni Association for recognizing me with such a high honor. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the coaches and mentors that I’ve had over my entire career. I would also like to thank every offensive lineman, running back, and receiver for the effort they put forth in order for me to be successful. You guys are the true Hall of Famer’s in my book. Thank you to my wife Kristin for the support you have shown throughout my college career and most of all for the two beautiful blessings that are here with us tonight. A special thanks to my older brother Chucky because you always set a great example of work ethic and how to compete day in and day out. Without a doubt none of it would’ve been possible without the support of my mom, the persistence of my dad, and the merciful guidance of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you Parkview Baptist for giving me such great opportunity, and may God continue to bless this great school.”