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Local students compete in national moot court

Two Baton Rouge students participated in 2016 Marshall-Brennan National High School Moot Court Competition April 8-10 in Washington, D.C.

Wilneisha Cavalier, a junior at Scotlandville Magnet High School, and Maya Jones, a sophomore at Southern University Laboratory School, won a regional moot court competition hosted by the Southern University Law Center/Louis A. Martinet Foundation Marshall-Brennan Project. The project is sponsored by the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, Judge Wilson Fields and attorney Luke Thibodeaux.

The competition was hosted by American University Washington College of Law. Sixty-two high school students argued before lawyers and judges on the First Amendment issue of freedom of speech and expression. Cavalier placed among the top 20 participants, earning a position in the semifinal round.

Local CASA supervisor wins statewide honor

Ricketta Cotton-Monroe, advocate supervisor with Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association, was named 2015 Louisiana CASA Program Staff Member of the Year at the “Geaux Blue for Kids” awards ceremony hosted by LouisianaChildren.org April 21 at the Capitol Park Welcome Center.

As one of four advocate supervisors on Capital Area CASA’s staff, Cotton-Monroe supervises volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children living in foster care. CASA serves as a voice for these children during juvenile court and child protection proceedings to help them reach forever families.

In her 14 years at CASA, Cotton-Monroe has served about 500 children and supervised about 200 volunteer advocates.

“Ricketta’s unwavering commitment to advancing the best interests of abused children has been evident since 2002,” CASA Executive Director Liz Betz said.

To learn more about CASA or get involved, call (225) 379-8598, visit casabr.org or email volunteer@casabr.org.

LSU’s Ricapito honored by Spanish organization

Joseph Ricapito, LSU emeritus professor in foreign language and literature, was inducted into the North American Academy of the Spanish Languages March 1 at the Spanish National Center in New York City.

By his induction, Ricapito becomes a corresponding member of the Real Academia Española de le Lengua Española, the Spanish Royal Academy of the Spanish Language. This is the highest level a foreigner can achieve.

Ricapito received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College of the City University, master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from UCLA. His interests include Spanish golden age literature; Spanish picaresque novel; picaresque novel in comparative literature; literary relations between Spain and Italy in the Renaissance; and Renaissance studies, Cervantes studies, Mateo Alemán studies.

Air Force ROTC leader speaks to LSU Retirees

Air Force Lt. Col. Wade Peruit spoke about LSU’s ROTC program to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club on April 11.

The commandant noted that LSU is distinct from other universities because the different services interact instead of isolating themselves. Common civic and campus events include parades, color guards, military balls and sports.

Cadet Col. Michael Cahill and Cadet Major Brian Schilleci added insights and how they look forward to their Air Force careers. Members Patti Exner, Judy Lithgoe, Denver Loupe, Rose Ann Martin, Mary McGehee and Leo Trich provided refreshments.

The club holds monthly meetings and tours during the academic year. Contact lsu.faculty.staff.ret.club@gmail.com.

Cortana Kiwanis hears St. Vincent de Paul CEO

Michael Acaldo, Baton Rouge St. Vincent de Paul CEO, spoke to the Cortana Kiwanis Club April 14 about the organization’s history of service to the needy.

He said the organization’s mission involves person-to-person contact, mass feeding, sheltering and providing aid to ease suffering and promote dignity and integrity. St. Vincent de Paul offers a thrift store, food services, homeless shelter, prescription services, uniforms for kids, life skills education, money management training, job counseling and parenting courses.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Guests are welcome to attend. Contact Lowell Tilley, Lowelltilley@gmail.com or (225) 272-6744.

Lutheran Cemetery gets cleaned by volunteers

The historic Lutheran Benevolent Cemetery, which dates to 1870, was the beneficiary of the city-wide Geaux Big Baton Rouge Clean-Up April 16.

Joining Friends of City Park and Trinity Lutheran Church in Broadmoor were over 100 volunteers from area organizations, Old South Baton Rouge and O’Brien House.

Volunteers received a jambalaya lunch prepared by Ray Derrickson. Leonard Augustus and LeBrian Patrick performed a spiritual interpretative dance. Jazz vocalist and blues singer Quiana Lynell performed gospel and jazz music, accompanied by David L. Harris. O’Neal Isaac performed a rendition of the life of Cross Green, a former slave buried in the cemetery in 1952.

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.