St. Michael High honors five at awards banquet

St. Michael High School honored five people for their contributions to the school at the Warrior Sword Awards Banquet on May 29 at Ashley Manor.

Troy Matthews, Class of 1990, received the Alumni of the Year Award, which is given to an alum who is a respected community member, has an evident pride for SMHS, gives to the school and gives time to SMHS events, fundraisers and other organizations.

Former St. Michael Principal Myra Patureau and St. Michael parent Fred Crifasi received the Warrior Sword Award for exemplifying basic Christian values through deeds and in the spirit of good will and serving as a role model for students, serving the local community and supporting the school’s ideals.

Former athletes Matt Nathanson (’02) and Grace Ann Nathanson-Ourso (’03) were inducted to the Wall of Honor. Cross Country Coach Neil Borel spoke about their high school accomplishments.

AKA holds ceremony for mentoring program

Gamma Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority held the culminating ceremony for the 2013-20 Emerging Young Leaders Academy mentoring program May 29 at the sorority house.

Chairwoman Ayanna Penn and Co-chairwoman Arlisha Harris were in charge of the program, which provides leadership development, civic engagement, academic enhancement and character building for 17 girls in sixth through eighth grade.

The class participated in several activities including National Lemonade Day, Earth Day and other cultural and leadership development activities. Each participant received an award and a jacket with the program crest at the ceremony.

UDC District II elects officers for 2014-15

Louisiana Division United Daughters of the Confederacy District II chapters met May 31 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

District Chairwoman Marilyn Nassar welcomed members from four chapters: Feliciana, of Jackson; Calcasieu, of Lake Charles; Teche, of Morgan City; and Joanna Waddill, of Baton Rouge. Members discussed the 2015 State Convention that will be in Baton Rouge.

Members elected 2014-15 officers: Chairman Margaret Tyler, Vice Chairman Rezzie Meyer, Secretary Ruth Andrus and Treasurer Gerry Ryder.

UDC membership is open to women age 16 or older who are blood descendants of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or gave material aid to the cause, or are blood descendants of UDC members or former members. Contact Jan Grace at

MOWW installs officers, hears USS Kidd director

Alejandra “Alex” Juan, executive director of the USS Kidd Museum and Veterans Memorial, spoke to the LTG Troy H. Middleton Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars on June 3 at the City Club.

Juan spoke on initiatives to better connect the museum and memorial to the community through an emphasis on youth education.

Col. Clay Le Grande, MOWW national vice commander-in-chief, installed new chapter officers: Lt. Col. Patrick L. Widner, commander; Lt. Col. Reginald Brown, Lt. Col. Paul K. McKeough Jr., Lt. Col. Shaun B. McGarry and Maj. Rodney L. Breland. vice commanders; and Col. Shelby Hargrove, adjutant and treasurer.

Hargrove, outgoing commander, presented an outstanding service award to McKeough for his five years service managing the annual ROTC-JROTC Award of Merit program the chapter conducts for cadets in Louisiana universities and high schools. Mary McKeough received a certificate of appreciation for preparing award certificates for the chapter.

Last year, the chapter was first runner up for the MOWW national ROTC service award in the large chapter category.

Community Gardeners learn about La. herbs

Rita Salman and Kathy Mullins, members of the Baton Rouge Herbal Society, spoke on herbal gardening to Community Gardeners on June 5 at Connie Buck’s home.

The program included a quiz on common Louisiana herbs, with the speakers showing the plants and sharing their uses in the home. They had many herb handouts and 3-year-old olive trees for sale. Money from the sale goes toward developing a herb garden at Burden Center.

A business meeting and a pot luck lunch followed the program.

Dutchtown grad gets West Point appointment

John “Will” Greer, son of Meredith and Michael Greer, of Prairieville, has received an appointment to the Class of 2018 at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Greer graduated on May 16 from Dutchtown High School, where he was a captain of the varsity soccer team, captain of the cross country team, member of the Dutchtown 2012 state championship track and field team. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta, and is a member of First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. Prospective members of the Class of 2018 will report to West Point for the first time on July 2.

Glasgow student places 47th at spelling bee

Navya Murugesan, a student at Glasgow Middle School, finished tied for 47th place out of 281 spellers at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 28. It was her first time to participate in the contest.

Bonnabel reunion

Bonnabel High School will hold a multi-class reunion from 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 10 at The Rose Garden in Harahan. The cost for the semi-formal fully catered event is $69 per person. Mail & make out check to: A.J. Reyes, 17474 La. 631, Des Allemands, LA 70030. Or through PayPal, send $72 ($3 PayPal handling fee) to: Or go to to pay with a credit card, $73 (includes service fee). Payments are due by Aug. 4. Email for more information.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs Tuesday and Friday. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate EatPlayLive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to