Mwanamugimu Essay Contest winners named

Mu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority announced winners of its 2015 Mwanamugimu Essay Contest.

High school winners are, first place, Mia Robertson; second place, Ty’Quieria Lodge; third place, Jada James. Middle school winners are, first place, Courtney Harris; second place, Logan Lewis; third place, Jamyra Tate.

The contest theme was “Accentuating Africa and our Local Communities.” The winners were announced during Mu Sigma’s Black History program, “Let Freedom Ring,” on Feb. 22 at the East Baton Rouge Main Library. Participants included members of the chapter’s teen affiliate, the Rhoer Club.

The contest title, Mwanamugimu, is a proverb from the Republic of Uganda that means “from small acorns come mighty oaks.” First-place winners are competing in the Southwest Regional Conference this week in Oklahoma City.

Leblanc graduates from Army basic training

Army Pfc. Charlyn D. Leblanc has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina, Leblanc is the daughter of Charlotte M. Hillard, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2014 graduate of Woodlawn High School.

Two Runnels students named Merit finalists

Runnels students Caleb Manning and Connor Matthews have been named finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program competition.

As finalists, they will compete for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships valued at nearly $33 million.

Merit scholars are selected based on their accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Scholarship awards to finalists will be made beginning in March.

Manning is the son of Kristen and Don Manning. Connor is the son of Karen and Kenneth Matthews.

Baton Rougean named National Merit finalist

A Baton Rouge student is among four seniors from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts who have been named finalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Marika Buchholz, of Baton Rouge; Jong-Ho “Jimmy” Lee, of Kenner; Somasundara Pandian, of Mandeville; and Shiva Velingker, of Leesville, achieved the honor.

Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards,and about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,500 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

Chenevert achieves rank of Eagle Scout

Andrew Chenevert, 17, a senior at Catholic High of Baton Rouge, received the Eagle Scout rank on March 15 in a Court of Honor at Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Eagle is the highest Boy Scouts rank.

A member of Troop 888, his Scout master is Chad Marxsen. His parents are Roy and Kelly Chenevert. His Eagle project was a community drive for personal hygiene kits at St. Vincent dePaul outreach center.

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