LSU Dairy Science Club holds annual banquet

The LSU Dairy Science Club recognized an animal science professor, a long-time dairyman and students at its annual banquet May 2 at the LSU Student Union.

Cathy Williams, professor in the LSU College of Agriculture’s School of Animal Sciences and faculty advisor to the Dairy Science Club, was chosen as the Honorary Lifetime Member.

Williams was actively involved in the LSU Dairy Science Club as a dairy nutrition student at LSU in the 1980s. She received a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate from Auburn University. She joined the Department of Dairy Science faculty at LSU in 1998.

The club recognized Laurent Barbé Jr., general sales manager of Brown’s Dairy, as Dairyman of the Year.

Scholarship recipients were:

Lindsey Owens, of Marrero, T.E. Patrick Scholarship; Alexandria Levin, San Clemente, California, Professor Charles Henry Staples Scholarship; Morgan Richard, of Elton, V. Fred Ledford Scholarship; Sarah Ainsworth, of Baton Rouge, B.J. Burch Scholarship; Elizabeth Baron, of Lafayette, C.A. Lorio Scholarship; Philip Stelly, of Sulphur, John East Scholarship; Benjamin Kraemer, of Southlake, Texas, Truett C. Lewis Scholarship; Steven Blair, of Marrero, Morgan W. Walker Scholarship; and Keely O’Brian, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, R. Gene Smith Scholarship.

Receiving LSU Dairy Science Alumni Scholarships: Buffy Ackman, of Baton Rouge; Katelyn Corsentino, of Denham Springs; Garrett Gardner, of Clinton; Hayley Jewell, of Ventress; and Summer Underwood, of Denham Springs.

Morgan Richard was chosen as the LSU Dairy Alumni Association Dairy Scholar. LSU Dairy Science Club award winners were: Outstanding Senior, Lindsey Owens; Outstanding New Member, Elizabeth Scott; Outstanding Club Member, Sarah Genest; Scholastic Achievement Award, Michaela LeBeouf.

Girl Scout volunteers lauded at annual event

Baton Rouge volunteers Carolyn Breaux, Jackie Daniels and Roena Wilford were honored at the Girl Scouts Louisiana East annual meeting on April 18.

Breaux and Wilford are recipients of the Appreciation Pin, which recognizes an individual’s outstanding service in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Breaux, administrator for Baton Rouge Crestville Service Unit 116, has brought Girl Scouts to underserved girls in north Baton Rouge. Wilford has given tirelessly to Baton Rouge Capitol Service Unit 119 in order to bring unique opportunities to the girls and leaders, including Kwanzaa celebrations.

Former council board chair and alumna Daniels, who was re-elected to the board as a member-at-large, received a 45 years of volunteer service pin.

Area Girl Scouts sell over 1 million boxes

Girl Scouts Louisiana East sold over 1 million boxes of cookies in the council’s 23-parish jurisdiction, with the girls averaging 152 boxes each.

The sale is 2 percent more than last year, with 1,031,063 boxes sold, said Vice President of Sales Alisha Moore.

For the first time, Girl Scouts were able to sell cookies over the Internet using personalized websites, which accounted for 1 percent of the sales.

A total of 211 girls entered Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Cookie Hall of Fame for selling at least 500 boxes of cookies, including 15 girls who sold over 1,000 boxes. Elise Vickery of New Orleans sold 2,501 boxes.

Other top sellers were Bailey Lewis, 1,836, Baton Rouge; Leanne Siverd, 1,345, Metairie; Cheyenne Johnston, 1,299, Metairie; India Evans, 1,272, Baton Rouge; Gabrielle Womble, 1,261, Metairie; Sophia Bernard, 1,253, Covington; Emily Hamby, 1,253, Abita Springs; Jaci Hocke, 1,250, Ponchatoula; Jennifer Lambert, 1,250, Abita Springs; Addie Louviere, 1,250, Prairieville; Noelle Chutz, 1,021, Denham Springs; Alesha Theriot, 1,011, Galliano; Madelyn Foster, 1,003, French Settlement; and Crystal Kirby, 1,001, Denham Springs

For more information, call the council office in New Orleans, (504) 733-8220, in Baton Rouge, (225) 927-8946, or go online to

Crowning Moments assists in fundraiser

Area participants in Crowning Moments assisted in the annual Raising Cane’s Lemonade Day to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House on May 2 in Central Square.

Kailah and Ailynn Fresina, of Zachary; Lily Hensley, of Central; Caitlin Hager, of Baton Rouge; Anna Claire Reily, of Baton Rouge; and Layna Baker, of Baker, were involved in the event. They won first place for cup decorations and second place for overall creativity. For information on Crowning Moments, visit

Local sixth-grader earns N.Y. ballet scholarship

Caroline Collins, a sixth-grader at Runnels Elementary, has been awarded a full scholarship to study dance at the world renowned Joffrey Ballet School in New York City this summer.

The scholarship covers an intensive two-week program at the school’s Manhattan studio, where Caroline will take courses in ballet, jazz, tap and pointe.

Caroline is the daughter of Susan and Lawrence Collins.

Southern Mississippi holds spring graduation

The University of Southern Mississippi held spring commencement exercises in Hattiesburg May 8 and Biloxi May 9. Area graduates are:

Baton Rouge — Ramy Merhi, bachelor of science; Mary Rebecca Sturdivant, bachelor of science; Delvin Denntez Welch, bachelor of science; Andrew Ryan Kirby, bachelor of science in business administration; Gramercy — Elyse Marie Garon, bachelor of science; Hammond — Ryan Anthony Domiano, bachelor of science; Lauren Ashley Scardina, bachelor of science; Hester — Austin Joseph Roussel, bachelor of science; Kentwood — Tara Jones LeBlanc, master of social work; Lafayette — Morgan Louise Faulk, master of science; Thibodaux — Cassidy L. Chiasson, bachelor of arts; Youngsville — Emily Elizabeth Vining, bachelor of science.

Lee graduates from Army basic training

Pvt. Samantha M. Lee, of Baton Rouge, graduated from Army basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, on April 1. She is the daughter of Robert Lee, of Baton Rouge, and attended St. Michael the Archangel High School.

Weston High School sets homecoming event

Weston High School, 213 La. 505 in Jonesboro, will hold a homecoming reunion starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13. For information, to online to

Tara High Class of ’75 sets 40-year reunion

The Tara High Class of 1975 will hold a 40-year reunion July 18 at the Club at LSU Union (formerly the LSU Faculty Club). Email for information. Tickets can be bought at

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 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.