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Mission accomplished: La. Student of the Year talks about motivation, time management, friendships and publishing his novel

Cole Grieshop at his home desk, the spot for nightly homework sessions.  WHEN

At 18, Cole Grieshop believes in taking ownership of his life — knowing what he wants to do and figuring out how to get it done. And so far, he’s proven good at it. In April, Grieshop was named the 2016 Louisiana High School Student of the Year by the state Department of Education.… Continue reading →

A moving experience

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Cameron Jordan throws footballs for students to catch at McDonogh No. 32 Literacy Charter School in New Orleans on May 18. United Healthcare and Saints players revealed and demonstrated the new 'Get Fit' Youth Fitness zone, fitness equipment that promotes kids to stay fit and play.

New Orleans Saints players and UnitedHealthcare teamed up May 18 to encourage about 100 students at McDonogh No. 32 Literacy Charter School to become more physically active. The new Fitness Zone equipment was developed with the NFL’s Play 60 message in mind. The message encourages kids to get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: ‘Miss Lou’ honored for 70 years of work for DA

Photo provided by JPDA -- Rosemary 'Lou' Urso shares a laugh with coworkers as she is honored with a cake on May 5 to mark her 70 years of working at the Jefferson Parish Courthouse in Gretna.

Rosemary “Lou” Urso was a senior at Gretna High School. The year was 1946, and her first job was working as a secretary for the district attorney’s office of the 24th Judicial District. She held the job for 30 years before she retired — only to return to the Jefferson Parish Courthouse to work for the clerk of… Continue reading →

Throw me somethin’: Satchmo Summer Camp draws young musicians

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Deacon John Moore, shown in a 2015 concert, will be honored with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Pioneer Award on June 9.

Young musicians from around the country will gather for the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays from June 27 to July 15 at the Loyola University Communications/Music Complex. More than 2,000 campers, ages 10 to 21, have participated in the music-education program since it began in 1995. Participants have studied… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Know the signs of pet medical emergency

Photo provided by ARNO -- Hunter is a frisky black lab mix who loves to chase tennis balls. He is friendly with other dogs and is good natured and smart, and he's looking for a home of his own.  Stop by and meet him at the ARNO shelter, 271 Plauche St., Harahan, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, contact adopt@animalrescueneworleans.org. The adoption fee of $200 includes neuter, shots and a chip.

Pet owners are often faced with a dilemma when what may be a pet gets sick while the vet’s office is closed: Should the animal be brought to an after-hours emergency clinic, or can it wait for the vet’s normal business hours? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a situation is an emergency. If there is a… Continue reading →

@ the library: Summer reading is program for all ages

The New Orleans Public Library will be providing more than 350 free and fun programs and activities for children, teens and adults this summer through the 2016 Summer Reading Program being held June 1 through July 30. This much-loved annual celebration of reading is designed to encourage the development of lifelong literacy for all New Orleanians… Continue reading →

Library Lagniappe: Librarypalooza kicks off summer reading program

Librarypalooza kicks off the free Summer Reading Program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., in Harvey. The theme for children, teens and adults is… Continue reading →

Chapelle students display long-term creative projects

Photo provided by Archbishop Chapelle High School -- Kelly Nugent shows vice principal Nancy Larousse her watercolor project, in which skyline paintings depicting different times of day are placed in a circle, for the effect of traveling around the world in a day.

Advanced art students at Archbishop Chapelle High School in Metairie recently showcased long-term projects for administrators, teachers and parents. The featured students were senior Jenna Hunts, who recorded a CD of original songs; junior Michelle Lee, who illustrated a series of 20 one-panel comics; senior Victoria Navas, who wrote and illustrated a graphic novel; senior… Continue reading →

Academy of Our Lady students race boats made of cardboard and duct tape

Photo provided by Academy of Our LadyHannah Pizani, left, and Alexis Baldassaro

Academy of Our Lady physics students recently competed in a boat race project, working in teams to design and build boats using just corrugated cardboard and duct tape. Teams researched how fluid friction, fluid dynamics, buoyancy and Archimedes’ Principle would influence their boat design. Then they created prototypes to test their design ideas, using aluminum… Continue reading →

Kenner North Kiwanis honors unsung heroes

Photo provided by Kenner North KiwanisLarry Sevenker, right, treasurer of Kenner North Kiwanis, has received an Unsung Hero Award from the club. He is seen with, from left, KNK President Dianne Cook and Doris Rappold, the clubs secretary.

Kenner North Kiwanis recently presented Unsung Hero awards to Megan Holt, project leader for One Book One New Orleans, and to Larry Sevenker, the club’s treasurer. One Book One New Orleans is a project of the Young Leadership Council. The 2016 book is “‘The Baby Dolls’: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the… Continue reading →

JPAS Leading Ladies support Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Photo provided by JPAS Leading LadiesFaith Peperone, from left, is selling tickets to Jackie Elliott, with Leading Ladies President Carrel Epling and member Marta Senac.

The JPAS Leading Ladies held a champagne brunch at the Hilton Airport recently to raise money for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. During the event, Kim Hasne presented Dennis Assaf with $10,000 to help with production of shows. JPAS Theatre Kids received $3,000. Under the direction of choreographer Lynne Bordelon, the Kids performed several musical skits from… Continue reading →

Irish fight for independence celebrated in New Orleans

Photo provided by Irish Channel St. Patricks Day ClubDick Burke, Ronnie Burke, Gary Burke, Gary McCarthy.

The 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, an armed insurrection launched to end British rule in Ireland, was marked in New Orleans on April 23 by the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club, in conjunction with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Ladies AOH and the Emerald Society of Greater New Orleans. A noon Mass at… Continue reading →

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School choir performs at Metairie church

Photo provided by St. Francis Xavier Catholic School--Choir members performing 'Wade in the Water,' from left, are Ryhlee Fitch, Madeline Troendle, Mia Bando, Jordan Lagasse, Chloe Klump, Emma Stallings, Taylor Schambach and Carl Webster.

Under the direction of Katie Bertsche and accompanied by Alyce Coinçon, the St. Francis Xavier Choir offered its spring performance recently at St. Francis Xavier Church in Metairie. The group performed selections from several genres of music, including “Dona Nobis Pacem,” a capella in Latin; “Wade in the Water,” a spiritual code song; “All Things Bright… Continue reading →

Junior Philharmonic Society performance features 13 young artists

Photo provided by Junior Philharmonic Society of New OrleansThe musicians, singers and dancers who performed in the May 1 concert of the Junior Philharmonic Society of New Orleans were, front row from left, Kavia Mallik, Alette Joubert and Veda Hymel. In the back row are Anastasiia Pavlenko, Rebecca Whitney, Isabel Borges, Olivia Ernst, Hayley Taylor, Farrah Johnson, Mika Guliuzo, Christine Dogoglou, Justice Savoie and Sabrina Yang.

The Junior Philharmonic Society of New Orleans featured 13 young dancers, instrumentalists and vocalists from throughout the New Orleans area during its performance May 1 at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. The performers were Alette Joubea, Veda Hymel, Farrah Johnson and Christine Dogoglou, all of Audubon Charter School; Mika Gulizo, of Belle Chasse High School;… Continue reading →

Second Harvest to benefit from Rubber Duck Derby

Advocate file photo by SHERRI MILLER -- The winning rubber ducks are plucked from the bunch by volunteers in kayaks at the Rubber Duck Derby benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank at City Park in May 2015.

Pets usually require a big commitment. So even if you aren’t tempted by cute cats and dogs, consider adopting a duck Sunday at City Park. These ducks are extremely low maintenance and potentially profitable. The seventh annual Rubber Duck Derby at 4 p.m. at the Big Lake benefits Second Harvest Food Bank. To enter, “adopt” a… Continue reading →

A clearer picture: N.O. kids receive vision magnifiers

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Gwen C. Hughes, director of Sight Savers' Children's Eye Care Network, high fives Troy Fontenot, 5, next to his sister, Chloe Fontenot, 9, while showing them how to use Onyx Electronic Video Magnifiers at Lighthouse Louisiana in New Orleans on May 11.

To most of us, a machine that magnifies images 131 times sounds like a fun way to conduct experiments. But to the 26 New Orleans-area children with severe visual impairments who recently received Onyx Electronic Video Magnifiers, the machine can be a life-changer. Sight Savers America gave the equipment, which is not covered by medical insurance,… Continue reading →

NAACP competition highlights academic, artistic and scientific skills

Photo provided by NAACP New Orleans ACT-SO ProgramFrom left are Luke Harris, Angelica Harris, Barriane Franks, Stephen Goodly and Kimani Hamilton.

The four gold medalists in the New Orleans ACT-SO competition at Southern University at New Orleans were singer Stephen Goodly, artist Barriane Franks, filmmaker Luke Harris and entrepreneur Angelica Harris. The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a youth initiative of the New Orleans branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People… Continue reading →

Delta Festival Ballet spring gala has ‘Lets Go Nuts’ theme

Photo by Amy L. Diaz PhotographyFrom left are Glenn Langdon, conductor for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; Janessa Touchet, principal dancer for the Cincinnati Ballet; and Maria Giacobbe and Joseph Giacobbe, artistic directors for the Delta Festival Ballet.

The Delta Festival Ballet Youth Corps performed a new tap piece by Texas choreographer Tommy Ralabate during the ballet’s spring gala, “La Fete du Ballet: Let’s Go Nuts.” Special recognition went to the corps’ high school seniors, Madison Bourgeois, of Benjamin Franklin High School, and Amelie Zimmer, of St. Mary’s Dominican High School.… Continue reading →

Ferran Taft Garden Club installs officers

Photo provided by Ferran Taft Garden Club­In the front row, from left, are Jackie Letellier, Cathy Goodier and Adrienne Lusky. In the second row are Ave Gabert, Linda Colombo and Wendy Enright.

The Ferran Taft Garden Club has been beautifying the area of Metairie on the lake side of West Esplanade Avenue, between Lake Villa Drive and Marseilles Place, since 1967. During the group’s May meeting at Vincent’s Restaurant, the following officers were installed: Cathy Goodier, president; Jackie Letellier, first vice president; Adrienne Lusky, second vice president; Ave Gabert,… Continue reading →

Two New Orleans Boy Scouts earn Eagle rank

Photo provided by Paul HildrethFrom left are James Blake, Troop 55 Scoutmaster Chris Algero and Alexander Hildreth.

Two members of Boy Scout Troop 55 based at Holy Name of Jesus School in New Orleans have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, James C. Blake designed and led the troop in building a wooden bench at the St. Joseph rehabilitation and long-term care facility in Harahan. In addition,… Continue reading →

Free program offers cybersecurity training for high school teachers

Applications are being accepted from high school teachers who could benefit from a free, two-week cybersecurity program being offered July 18-29 at the University of New Orleans. The training will be provided by Golden G. Richard III, director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance and professor of computer science at UNO. The… Continue reading →

Academy of Our Lady juniors move on up to leadership roles

Photo provided by Academy of Our LadyFrom left are Caila Cadiere, Caitlyn Callais and Jillian Chaisson.

The Junior Ring Mass is one of the most anticipated ceremonies at Academy of Our Lady in Marrero. After Field Day, the juniors are considered the leaders of the school and they take their place as seniors on the campus. The juniors anticipate receiving and showing off their senior rings and blue senior sweaters all… Continue reading →

Brother Martin High School Class of 2016

Photo provided by Brother Martin High SchoolPatrick J. Bouchon

The valedictorians of the Brother Martin High School Class of 2016 are Patrick J. Bouchon, Nicolas M. Chanes, Niels W. Dickson and Alexander C. Lucas. Brother Martin’s commencement exercises were May 20 at UNO Lakefront Arena. Bouchon, the son of Catherine and Robert Bouchon, will attend the University of Notre Dame and major in engineering.… Continue reading →

St. Charles Catholic High School Class of 2016

Photo provided by St. Charles Catholic High SchoolAshley Nicole St. Martin

The graduation ceremony for seniors at St. Charles Catholic High School was May 20. The valedictorian of the Class of 2016 is Ashley Nicole St. Martin and the salutatorians are John Royce Campbell Jr., Brittney Irene Champagne and Lela Alexis Hill. St. Martin, the daughter of Jon and Liane St. Martin, plans to attend Tulane University… Continue reading →

Archbishop Rummel High School Class of 2016

Photo provided by Archbishop Rummel High School Christian A. Hyde

Commencement exercises for seniors at Archbishop Rummel High School were May 17 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. The valedictorian of the Rummel Class of 2016 is Christian A. Hyde, and the salutatorian is Nicholas P. Neal. Hyde, the son of Leo and Tatjana Hyde, of Kenner, attended elementary school in Seligenstadt, Germany. He will attend… Continue reading →

Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 2016

Photo provided by Thomas Jefferson High SchoolJennifer Chiang

The graduation ceremony for Thomas Jefferson High School was May 14 at the Alario Center in Westwego. The valedictorian of the Class of 2016 is Julie Nguyen and the salutatorian is Jennifer Chiang. Nguyen, daughter of Khai Nguyen and Chau Tran, of Harvey, plans to attend Tulane University to study neuroscience. Chiang, daughter of Kevin… Continue reading →

Audubon Charter School debate team wins regional tournament

Photo provided by Audubon Charter SchoolIn the front row, from left, are Colette Acosta, Haydn Payne, Kennedy Duvernay, Zoe Moseley and Geoffrey Lazartigues. In the second row are Lillian Champagne, Anisha Mohapatra, Emma Pierce, Elijah Zitler and Michael Zengel. In the third row are Manitou Stewart, Kirsten Jones, Nyela Joshua, Myrielle Gibson, Jaylon Long, Hannah Malone and Jada McGhee. Taylar Beckham, Katie Smith and Fain Swepston are also members of the debate team.

A team of seventh-graders from Audubon Charter School in New Orleans took first place in the Southeast Regional Middle School Debate Tournament hosted by the Crescent City Debate League at Tulane University. Montessori students Anisha Mohapatra, Haydn Payne and Emma Pierce won the championship round on stage at Dixon Hall against a team from Colorado. In… Continue reading →

Archbishop Chapelle honors athletes

Photo provided by Archbishop Chapelle High SchoolScholar Athlete Award winners at Archbishop Chapelle High School are, front row from left, Hannah Glynn, Kaitlyn Kain, Madison LaCoste, Jenna Pepiton, Samantha Sanchez-Padron, Emilt Totaro and Kerri Wetzel. In the second row are Lindsey Tizzard, Michelle Lee, Ashley Livaccari, Brittany Bedran, Amber Nillen, Teresa LaCour, Alyssa Leal and Kayla Small.

Archbishop Chapelle High School recently presented Scholar Athlete Awards to junior athletes with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.8 who competed in at least one sport during the 2015-16 school year. The Scholar Athlete Award winners are Brittany Bedran, Hannah Glynn, Kaitlyn Kain, Madison LaCoste, Teresa LaCour, Alyssa Leal, Michelle Lee, Ashley Livaccari, Amber Nillen, Jenna… Continue reading →

Charity distributes $50,000 in grants

New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness recently distributed $50,000 in grants to 16 organizations in the New Orleans area. The grants were awarded at the annual Bread for the World hunger awareness meal at Loyola University. NOAAHH President Pierre Hilzim presented grants to the following organizations: Bridge House/Grace House, Ciara Independent Living/Archdiocese of New Orleans,… Continue reading →