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Elizabeth Kasongo (2014)

Louisiana Young Heroes



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-06-17

Duration: 00:09:31

Subjects: Louisiana Young Heroes | Kasongo, Elizabeth | Refugees


  • Kasongo, Elizabeth Interviewee
  • Clark, Celeste Interviewee
  • Hayden, Kathie Interviewee
  • Bella, Danielle Interviewee
  • Lavergne, Judy Interviewee


This segment from the 2014 Young Heroes Award Ceremony features a profile of honoree Elizabeth Kasongo, a junior at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge. At age four, Kasongo and her family narrowly escaped from the Congo after they were marked for death during the genocide in her country. Her grandparents were executed during the conflict. After moving to Baton Rouge, Kasongo earned a scholarship to attend St. Joseph’s Academy, where she is an excellent student and a member of the choir and track team. She also collects food and other items for the needy.