2 Kenilworth students in international contest

Two Kenilworth Science and Technology School students have been selected to participate in an international science fair in Brazil, marking the third consecutive year students from the school have been invited to an international competition.

Queasia Stafford and Andrew Knott will participate in the 2015 Mostratec Brazilian Science and Technology Fair in October. The fair takes place in Novo Hamburgo.

The eighth-graders were selected on the strengths of their individual projects. Queasia’s project examines whether fluorogypsum, a byproduct of hydrofluoric acid production, may be a better product to use than limestone in building coastal protection structures. Her project, developed last spring, was recently recognized by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality with a Pollution Prevention award.

Andrew’s project studies which geometric pattern of cellphone towers gives full cell coverage while deploying the fewest number of towers (answer: a hexagon). His project also theorizes that bees build their beehive cells in hexagons because of the shape’s inherent efficiency.

The 2015 Mostratec Brazilian Science and Technology Fair will feature 376 projects from 750 students representing 21 countries. Queasia and Andrew are two of only five students from the U.S. who were selected to participate. The fair is Oct. 26-30.

Last school year, Ashton Fox won a bronze medal at the International Environment Sustainability Project Olympiad in The Netherlands. Before that, Jalen Scott won the Grand Award at an international fair in Kenya.

Kenilworth is seeking sponsors to cover travel and lodging expenses, which are expected to total about $1,500 per person, for the students and one of their respective parents. Anyone interested should contact the school at info@kenilworthst.org.

Bourque, Duhe named top jambalaya cooks

Senior technician Jeff Bourque, and his cooking partner, technician Andrew “A.J.” Duhe, took the top prize at this year’s MOTIVA Jambalaya Cook-off on Aug. 21.

The cook-off is the traditional kick off of MOTIVA’s Corporate Campaign for the Capital Area United Way. This year, 21 teams competed on the old Tezcuco Plantantion grounds off of River Road next to MOTIVA’s Convent refinery.

The nine judges included dignitaries from Ascension and St. James parishes. Before the winners were announced, employees were allowed to bid on the winning team. Half of the money raised in the auction went to CAUW, along with all money raised through the sales of the jambalaya for lunch to employees and contractors.

Jones family is topic for Livingston Historical

William David Jones spoke on the Jones and related families of Livingston Parish to the Edward Livingston Historical Association Aug. 20 at the Livingston Library.

Jones is the most common surname in Wales and second most common name in Australia and England, he said. Alternate surname spellings are Johns and Johnson. Family names related to Jones are Thompson, Bankston, Sullivan, Albin, Headon, Robertson, Millican and Richardson. Jones gave a presentation of his family tree.

Rebecca Saunders, associate professor in LSU’s Department of Geography and Anthropology, will speak to ELHA at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Livingston Library.

Area 4-H members attend national event

Two 4-H Club members, Kevelyn Brown, of St. Helena Parish, and Jon’Terrinee Lewis, of Opelousas, attended the three-day Wal-Mart 4-H Youth Voice: Youth Choice Training Aug 23-26 at the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

They were chosen by the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center as healthy living youth ambassadors. In this role, Brown and Lewis will help to guide their peers and communities to living healthier lifestyles through nutrition and physical fitness. From hundreds of youth that Cooperative Extension agents Goldie Jordan and Nicolette Gordon had worked with during the 2014-15 school year, Brown and Lewis were chosen based on their commitment to leadership and willingness to make moderate changes to their daily eating habits.

Traveling to the event, Brown and Lewis met a civil rights pioneer, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who encouraged them to make their mark in the world. At the event, they toured the World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Painting with light topic for LPS August meeting

Professional photographer and educator Richard Vallon Jr. spoke about painting with light Aug. 20 to the Louisiana Photographic Society.

It’s a technique in which a continuous light source is used to illuminate a scene or becomes the subject itself. A car’s head lamps could be used to light a building’s exterior at night. A flashlight, glow stick or sparkler could be used to create abstract or flower-like designs, he said.

In monthly club competition, Kathy Reeves won first place in Level A in color and monotone categories. In Level B, Jackie Wilson took first for color and Jane Patterson won for monotone. LPS meets on the third Thursday of the month. All photo enthusiasts are invited to attend. Visit laphotosociety.com.

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