Binary star systems topic for MOWW event

Juhan Frank, LSU physics professor, spoke about his research on binary star systems and their effect on the universe to the Lt. Gen. Troy H. Middleton Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars June 2 at the City Club.

Col. Clay Le Grande, vice commander-in-chief, installed new 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.

U-Club Ladies hold member-guest tourney

The University Club Golf Association Ladies Division held its annual member-guest tournament, Diamonds in the Rough, June 4. Event chairman was Sue Mongrue, assisted by Jacquelyne Janneck, Beth Tope, Carmen Parker, Melanie Hidalgo and Sharon Kleinpeter. Winners were: low gross, Mari Pastor and Nancy Boren; championship flight, first place, Janneck and Donna Constant; second place, Tope and Karen Snell; third place, Dot Alford and Karla Neal; first flight, first place, Hidalgo and Janna O’Banion; second place, Barbara Freiberg and Betsy Thomas; third place, Jeanne Hodges and Lou Anne Allemand. Closest to the pin: champion flight, Neal; first flight, Mallory Liner. Longest drive: champion flight, Kathleen Garrison; first flight, Freiberg.

Edwards to receive Bougere Scholarship

Savanah Edwards, a 2015 graduate of Ponchatoula High School, has been selected for the Philip Bougere Memorial Scholarship from the Ponchatoula Jaycees.

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded after the completion of the fall semester at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Philip Bougere was a Ponchatoula Jaycees president who died in 1983 at age 32 from cancer. The scholarship was created to honor his dedication to community involvement and his success despite not having a high GPA.

U-High’s Ross earns Boy Scout Eagle rank

Richard “Trey” M. Ross III, a senior at University Laboratory School, has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America.

Ross is a member of Troop 203 of the Istrouma Area Council. He served as senior patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and instructor. His Eagle community service project was assembled a group of Scouts and adults to clean and paint the U-High auditorium stage. He is the son of Darlene C. Goring.

Dutchtown student to attend STEM congress

John Howell, a sophomore at Dutchtown High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders June 24-26 in Boston.

The event is program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics and seeks to honor, inspire, motivate and direct students who aspire to be scientists and technologists. Students are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology. Speakers will include Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners.

Scotlandville graduate selected for GEAR UP

Darius D. Spurlock, a 2015 Scotlandville Magnet High School graduate, has been chosen for the GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy Class of 2016.

The program identifies students with exceptional leadership potential and provides training to help them more effectively engage their peers, schools, and community in creating a college-going culture.

GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally funded college readiness and success program that provides services to about 551,000 students in low-income schools across 43 states and one territory. Louisiana GEAR UP is based within the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance and serves over 3,000 students in 12 parishes.

Spurlock will travel to Washington, D.C., on June 13 for weeklong leadership training, where he will meet with national policy-makers and leaders. He will attend LSU in the fall. His year of service will be performed statewide in conjunction with LOSFA, Louisiana GEAR UP and Lafayette GEAR UP. Services will focus on peer outreach and mentoring, social media activism, public speaking, and issue advocacy.

For information about Louisiana GEAR UP, contact Tireka Cobb at LOSFA, (225) 219-0920.

Up Alliance recieves Dollar General grant

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Up Alliance a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Up Alliance provides services to adults who seek to increase their literacy, math and workforce skills. In addition to operating the Accelerated Career Education Program, Up Alliance collaborates with affiliate providers and strategic partners such as Baton Rouge Community College to connect students to higher education opportunities. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly six million individuals toward literacy or continued education.

Capitol High ’65 Class sets reunion planning

The Capitol High School Class of 1965 will hold a reunion planning meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the Scotlandville Library. The reunion will be held Dec. 18-20. Contact Patricia Johnson Stewart, (225) 356-6091. honors child advocates, in partnership with Louisiana CASA and Children’s Advocacy Centers of Louisiana member programs, honored 13 Louisiana individuals and organizations for standing up for children in 2014 at’s Capitol Day May 20.

Area Geaux Blue For Kids! Awards honorees were: CACLA Board Member Award, E. Sue Bernie, Baton Rouge; Louisiana CASA Child Advocate of the Year, Marvin Taylor, Capital Area CASA Association, Baton Rouge; Louisiana CASA Director of the Year, Madelyn Rosette, CASA of St. Landry, Opelousas; Louisiana CASA Board Member of the Year, Dr. Gloria Nye, CASA of St. Landry, Opelousas; Louisiana CASA Diversity Leadership Award, Capital Area CASA Association, Baton Rouge; Louisiana CASA Judge of the Year, Judge Thomas Duplantier, 15th Judicial District Court, Lafayette; Louisiana CASA DCFS Staff Member of the Year, Carol Nevers, LCSW, Washington Parish DCFS Office, Bogalusa.

To learn more about CASA and CAC programs in your area, visit, email or call (888) 567-2272.

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