LSU student receives Hibiscus Assn. grant

Anna Ribbeck, of Mandeville, received the Red Stick Hibiscus Association scholarship on May 4 at its annual show and sale at LSU.

Ribbeck is a junior at LSU majoring in Horticultural Science. The first award in 2013 went to Myles Thibodeaux, of Baton Rouge. Any student at any college or university in Louisiana is eligible to apply. Scholarship Committee members are Julliette Frasier-Salter, Danny Fontenot, Dottie Ziranski, Allen Owings, Dick Eicke and Damon Veach. To apply, inquire at

St. James Lodge honors 4 for honesty, integrity

St. James Masonic Lodge 47 bestowed Honesty and Integrity Awards to four high school seniors on May 1.

Award recipients were Mary Margaret Mullen, daughter of David and Felicia Mullen, from Baton Rouge Magnet High School; Kirkley Norton, daughter of Scott and Marietta Norton, from University High School; Anne Boudreaux, daughter of Emmett and Margaret Boudreaux, from Episcopal High School; and Eric Roussel, son of Blair and Theresa Roussel, from Catholic High School.

Lodge member Steve Newman presented the awards. All four recipients are members of National Honor Society and have excelled in academics, community service, organization participation, and sports, music or spiritual leadership.

Kelly receives business fraternity scholarship

Tiffany Marie Kelly, of Baton Rouge, daughter of the Linda and the Rev. Herman Kelly Jr., is a national winner of the Stephen and Chrissy Vasquez Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship. She is one of the 40 national award winners from universities around the country.

Alpha Kappa Psi is a business fraternity. Kelly is a junior at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, and is a 2012 graduate of St. Joseph Academy.

Area students graduate from Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi held spring commencement exercises May 9 in Hattiesburg and May 10 in Biloxi. Area graduates are:

Donald Ray Johnson, Doctor of Philosophy, Baton Rouge; Andrea Ellen Hill, Bachelor of Science, Carencro; Hillary Paige Talley, Bachelor of Arts, Covington; Lillian M. Forstall, Bachelor of Science, Denham Springs; Elizabeth Ann Gomez, Master of Library and Information Science, Denham Springs; Rebecca Elise Tallo, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Hammond; Erika Shea Blanchard, Master of Science, Hammond; Jennifer Lynn Taylor, Doctor of Philosophy, Mansura; Eric Joseph Sedotal, Master of Science, Pierre Part; Dianna J. Perkins, Doctor of Philosophy, Scott; and Bridget Elise Melancon, Bachelor of Science, Thibodaux.

Charity League has ‘Happy Feet’ project

The National Charity League River Road Chapter participated in a national service project this spring called “Happy Feet” to help soldiers take care of their feet.

National Charity League nationwide created more than 10,000 foot soaks, collected more than $10,000 worth of foot care products and wrote 1,200 thank you letters to American troops abroad.

NCL partnered with Cypress Cares, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing community support for the troops through care packages and letters of encouragement, to ship the “Happy Feet” care packages abroad.

All 250 River Road Chapter members, grades 7-12, participated in making more than 300 foot soaks, said Lisa Daigle, philanthropy vice president.

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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