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Marisa Mercer (2016)

Louisiana Young Heroes



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Winnfield, Winn Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-04-11

Duration: 00:05:31

Subjects: Louisiana Young Heroes | Mercer, Marisa


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Waguespack, Tom Host
  • Mercer, Jason Interviewee
  • Mangum, Erica Interviewee
  • Mercer, Marisa Interviewee
  • Dantzler, Amy Interviewee


This segment from the 2016 Young Heroes Award Ceremony features a profile of honoree Marisa Mercer of Winnfield, a junior at Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Louisiana. Mercer was born prematurely and not expected to survive, but she proved the doctors wrong. Despite major delays in reading and writing skills, she has worked hard to succeed academically. She is also a tireless volunteer and has accumulated more than 400 service hours during her high school career. Her profile includes interviews with: Jason Mercer, her father; Erica Mangum, her Advanced Placement English teacher; and Amy Dantzler, her assistant principal. Hosts: Tom Waguespack and Beth Courtney