PHOTOS — Royalist Club gifts 28 bicycles to Booker T. Washington students

Published 12:25 am Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Royalist Social and Civic Club gave away bicycles to 28 students at Booker T. Washington Elementary in Port Arthur on Tuesday. The students all had perfect attendance and were either on the honor roll or most improved lists.

Royalist Club president Butch Battise gives a presentation before the bicycles are revealed. He is accompanied by Royalist board president and Port Arthur Independent School District Board President Brandon Bartie.


All the bicycles except for one were kept hidden behind the curtain on the stage in the Booker T. Washington auditorium. 

The Royalist Club donates bicycles every year based on contributions from its own members and a few outside donations. Others donating bicycles this year were Tracy Thomas, Fred Vernon, Hardner Williams Jr., Kerry Thomas and Lee Doucet.

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The organization will also present Christmas baskets to five area residents on Dec. 23.

The Booker T. Washington choir sings “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”


The Booker T. Washington cheerleaders perform a few cheers before the presentation.

The students winning the bicycles were Michael Ellison, Kameron Jacquet, Lorenzo Reid, Logan Francis, Rylan Flood, Alonzo Reid, Rashid Lopez Medina, Jamoryous Keal, Michael Cavanaugh, Mason Carter, Rene Nunez, Chase Fields, Yojan Udiel, Said Rangel, Yara Hopkins, Ra’Nyla Berry, Betzabel Estrada, Jalanne Jacquet, Meiriyah Miller, Jermannie Thomas, Emily Landry, Jai’dyn Slone, Infiniti Fields, Samiya Flowers, Haylie Alfred, Ka’triel Gabriel, Zayra Escobedo and Yalixa Cruz.

Members of the Royalist Social and Civic Club stand with 28 Booker T. Washington Elementary students who were chosen to receive bicycles donated by the organization.