The Junior Parade is designed for children and families, and organizers decided to invite Aldredge and Elqutub to showcase two outstanding role models for young people.
Both are Capitol One Academic All-America candidates who are expected to repeat their Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star honors from 2010, when they were two of only 55 players from around the nation’s Division I FCS ranks recognized for outstanding athletic and academic achievement.
Aldredge, a Natchitoches native, has a 3.90 grade point average in business administration and is a first-team All-Southland Conference tight end. He set single-season school records for pass catching by a tight end with 39 receptions for 514 yards, both overall team highs for NSU in 2011. He also ran for 50 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown, and caught two more touchdown passes at tight end.
Aldredge was the 2010-11 NSU Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He has been active in community service endeavors and is a three-year member of the NSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
He and Elqutub were voted by teammates as permanent team captains of the 2011 Demon football squad.
Elqutub has captured national honors this fall and will travel to New York City on Monday to attend Tuesday night’s National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame black-tie dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
He is one of 16 NFF National Scholar-Athlete award winners, and will be presented an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship at the dinner.
He owns a 3.85 GPA in scientific inquiry with a minor in philosophy at the Louisiana Scholar’s College at NSU. Friday, he will defend his thesis paper, titled “What is Thought?”
Elqutub, a Houston native and a two-year starter at linebacker for NSU, had 50 tackles this season while playing with a painful case of turf toe. He was honorable mention all-conference last year.
Earlier this fall, Elqutub became one of only 22 national recipients of the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team award.
He and the other Good Works Team members will be introduced next month in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during the Allstate Sugar Bowl football game, in recognition of their remarkable community service endeavors.
Elqutub is the only college football player in the country this year to earn both the NFF Scholar-Athlete Award and membership on the Good Works Team. In 2010, only Texas defensive end Sam Acho was so honored.
Saturday morning’s Junior Parade route concludes on Front Street. It precedes the main Christmas Festival Parade presented by Encana at 2 o’clock.
For information about the parade, contact the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce (natchitocheschamber.com) or visit christmasfestival.com on the internet.