Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition has announced the winners of its 2011 Statewide Poster Contest.?

Among them is Sydnie Larkins, a third-grade student at St. Aloysius School in Baton Rouge. Larkins is the winner in the elementary third- through fifth-grade category.

During a school ceremony, she was presented with a plaque, a commemorative T-shirt and a $100 deposit to a START saving account, a college savings plan offered by the state.

A complete list of winners can be found at http://www.

louisianajumpstart.org.

GED students celebrated

The McKinley Alumni Urban Progress Service GED Program celebrated the graduation of 10 students recently in the auditorium of the McKinley Alumni Center.

Joseph A. Delpit and his wife, Precious Delpit, presented each of the graduates with a $500 check.

When the program began in 2008, Delpit committed to giving students the money if they completed the course studies and received a GED certificate. Sixteen students in all have received checks for their accomplishments.

Graduates in the 2011 Class of Urban Progress Service GED Program were Christen Anthony, Tygee Clifton, Marion Davidson, Raheim McCoy, Kidra Moore, Marlon Morris, Charles Perkins, Meoshia Russell, Christian West and Jaylon Winfrey.

Locals earn scholarships

Georgia-Pacific awards 50 scholarships to the children of employees across the country each year.

This year, the Port Hudson Operations had two employees whose children received scholarships

Anna Hildebrand, a senior at West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville, has been selected as a recipient of a Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees? Children Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Jeff and Cyndi Hildebrand. Jeff Hildebrand is a manager of analysis at the Georgia-Pacific Port Hudson Operations.

Melissa Sullivan, a senior at Zachary High School, also was selected to receive the scholarship.

She is the daughter of Scott and Robin Sullivan. Scott Sullivan is the superintendent of technical services at Port Hudson.

In addition, the Port Hudson Operations provides a nonendowed scholarship for a Zachary High student planning to study engineering at LSU.

This 2011 scholarship was awarded to Michael Martin. He will be attending LSU in the electrical engineering program.

The Port Hudson Operations also provides a one-time scholarship to a graduate of the Port Hudson Career Academy.

This year?s recipient was Trendell Daigre.

He will be attending Baton Rouge Community College for a degree in computer science.

Students? poems published

Runnels High and Junior High schools well be represented in Creative Communications? upcoming poetry anthology, ?A Celebration of Young Poets.? Four eighth-graders and 13 freshmen will see their original poems in print when the book is published this fall.

The writers and their poems are:

Eighth graders: Marika Buchholz, ?Rain,? Catherine Haller, ?Autumn,? Remy McConnell, ?The Great Bird,? and Celeste Runnels, ?Call Me a Cynic.?

Freshmen: Grey Carruth, ?Double Front,? Sarah Garrett, ?Fireflies,? Mary Iseral, ?Hopelessness,? Sean Ji, ?Anger,? Kourtney Khalid-Abasi, ?The Stroll,? Mimi Mathewson, ?Bubbles,? Noelle Morris, ?Springtime,? Abi Moussa, ?Silent Mind,? Olivia Neyland, ?My Love for the Game,? Joey Pusateri, ?History,? Leila Shammout, ?Lily Pads,? Jordan Tiras, ?Home,? and Ryan Sullivan, ?Zombies.?

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