A.H.S. Hall of Fame
Maria Elise Romero
AHS 1995 – 2000
2012 Hall of Fame Inductee
Maria Romero, a 2000 graduate of Abbeville High School, was born on November 19, 1981 to Keith and Renee Romero. Maria has an older brother, Blake, who also excelled in athletics at AHS. She also has two handsome nephews, Coen James and Ian Wesley.
At the age of six, Maria began playing organized sports with Vermilion Youth in T-ball. She made various All-Star teams throughout her younger days competed on “All Boy Teams” as an outstanding first baseman under the direction of Coach Alvin Primeaux. This helped Maria prepare for fast-pitch softball in her efforts at AHS. She also competed in Biddy Basketball at a very early age. Maria was selected to several All-Star teams and played in a World Tournament in 1993. At this tournament she was selected as an All- American.
While at J.H. Williams Middle School, Maria participated in basketball and track. At the annual awards program she received academic and athletic honors. During her high school years, Maria excelled in academics, sports and student activities. While participating in basketball, Maria was named to the All- Defensive Team 3 years in a row. Her freshman year she received 2nd team All- District honors. During her Junior and Senior seasons she helped the Ladycats reach the Sweet Sixteen Tournament.
While on the Ladycat’s Softball team, Maria garnered several honorable accolades. During her Freshman year she was selected as a 2nd team All-District member. She was also awarded 1st team All-District honors her Sophomore, Junior and Senior seasons. Her Junior year Maria received an All-State Honorable mention as a first baseman, as well as helped her team to the State tournament. Maria gives credit for her success to the outstanding guidance of Coach Mark Suire.
Track and Field proved to be Maria’s most accomplished sport. With the help of coaches Karen Peacock, George Veazey and Pat Arceneaux, she learned the art of throwing the javelin. During her Freshman year she stepped on Bernie Moore Track Stadium for the first time to compete at the State meet. While there, she threw a career best to claim the State Championship. The following years, she won 3 District Titles, as well as 3 Regional Titles. Maria was able to return to the State meet her Junior season and walk away with her second State Championship.
Other notable accomplishments include being voted AHS Female Athlete of the Year her Sophomore and Junior years. Maria’s Junior year at AHS proved to be both challenging and most rewarding as she and her team mates went to the State Playoffs in softball, basketball and track. She was also selected as one of Vermilion Parish’s Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century. Her peers at AHS selected her to serve on the Homecoming Court her Junior and Senior years. Maria also volunteered her time and energy serving as a manager for the football team. Another proud accomplishment is her four year participation in the academic awards program at AHS.
After graduating from Abbeville High School, Maria signed a track and field scholarship with LSU. While competing for the Tigers, she won an SEC championship her Senior year. Maria also excelled academically and was awarded the LSU Athletic Director’s Cup four years consecutively. She went on to receive a B.S. in Kinesiology. In 2005, Maria was accepted to Texas Chiropractic College. She graduated from TCC in 2008 with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree.
After practicing in Baton Rouge for 3 years she returned home and opened Youngsville Chiropractic. She is happy to be home again and honored to be selected to the AHS Hall of Fame and to join her grandfather Norman J. Romero as a Hall of Fame inductee.
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