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Matthew Johnston (2001)

Louisiana Young Heroes



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Leesville, Vernon Parish, Louisian

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2001-06-10

Duration: 00:04:01

Subjects: Louisiana Young Heroes | Johnston, Matthew


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Thomas, Elizabeth "Boo" Host
  • Johnston, Elaine Interviewee
  • Johnston, Matthew Interviewee
  • Jackson, Rhonda Interviewee
  • Morgan, Pansy Interviewee
  • Hall, Ethel Interviewee


This segment from the 2001 Young Heroes Award Ceremony features a profile of honoree Matthew Johnston of Leesville, a fifth grade student at Beckwith Christian School in DeRidder. Johnston sustained a traumatic brain injury at birth, which causes him problems with his vision, motor skills, and learning. Despite these challenges, he works hard in the classroom, studies martial arts, plays drums and swims to improve his motor skills. He also used the skills he learned as a Boy Scout to save his little brother when he had trouble swimming. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas