The Arbor Day Foundation has named Lafayette with the Tree City USA recognition for the 24th consecutive year for its commitment to urban forest management.

The recognition means the city met four Arbor Day Foundation requirements: the existence of a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“We are once again honored to be named a Tree City USA,” City-Parish President Joey Durel said in a news release. “Through the work of PlanLafayette and now Project Front Yard, Lafayette is committed more than ever to the beautification and revitalization of our community. Possibly second only to eliminating litter, planting trees is one of the easiest, most cost-effective tools we can use to beautify our city.”

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

SLCC students, faculty win SkillsUSA honors

South Louisiana Community College students and faculty captured top honors in the recent 2015 SkillsUSA Louisiana postsecondary competition held last month on SLCC’s Lafayette campus.

The competition involved community and technical college students from across the state who competed in more than 20 skill areas, such as culinary arts, practical nursing, automotive technology and commercial baking.

A total of 15 students and one faculty member from SLCC earned medals during the state competition. Gold medal winners now advance to the national competition this summer.

Winners from SLCC and their respective categories are:

Laura LaHaye, gold Lowe’s Award for faculty advisors with the highest student enrollment.

Randall David, gold; and Kayla Bonin, bronze, in commercial baking.

Robin Marks, gold; Danielle Broussard, silver; and Jake Delhomme, bronze, in culinary arts.

Skyler Bergeron, silver; and Taylor Sonnier, bronze, in HVAC.

Christine Bihm, gold; Sabrina Hieronymus, silver; and Mallory Bordelon, bronze, in medical math.

Scarlet Fontenot, silver; and Carolyne Casanova, bronze, in medical terminology.

Christyann Comeaux, gold; Mary Ambrose, silver; and Meagan Comeaux, bronze, in practical nursing.