The National History Day contest challenges middle and high school students to explore local, state, national or world history through a research project that relates to an annual theme.

The theme for the 2013 contest is “Turning Points in History.”

Students attend regional competitions with the goal of advancing to the next round. The Baton Rouge Regional competition will take place on March 2 at the West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen.

The State Contest occurs at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

From there, students can earn the right to represent Louisiana at the National History Day Contest in College Park, Md., where young scholars will compete for cash awards and scholarships as their projects are judged by professionals from the Smithsonian, National Archives and major universities.

Middle and high school students, teachers, or parents interested in participating as individuals or in groups should contact The National World War II Museum at or call (504) 528-1944, ext. 350.

The National World War II Museum can help in selecting a topic, finding resources and designing projects which may be presented in the form of a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary or website.

Cookie sale starts Jan. 18

Girl Scouts are beginning the year by getting ready for their annual cookie sale.

In Baton Rouge, 300 Girl Scouts and adult volunteers plan to gather Saturday for a cookie rally to kick-off the annual program.

The actual sale begins Jan. 18, when girls throughout southeast Louisiana will begin taking orders for eight varieties of cookies: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Dulce de Leche, Thank You Berry Munch and Savannah Smiles. Cookies are $4 per box upon delivery, and are preservative-free, kosher, with zero trans fat per serving, Girl Scouts Louisiana East announced.

For the first time since 1999, all boxes of Girl Scout Cookies will have a new look. The new packaging showcases five financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. The new designs also show girls working together in such activities as greening a park, volunteering at a soup kitchen and traveling to Paris.

In addition to the pre-orders, cookies will be sold March 1 through 17 at various booth locations.

For more information, call the council office in Baton Rouge at (225) 927-8946 or visit

St. Peter Chanel honors two

St. Peter Chanel School in Paulina has chosen fifth-grader Erin Richard and eighth-grader Lane Lundy as 2012 Students of the Year.

They were chosen from a group of students based on grade point average, an interview and an essay and will next compete at the diocesan level, the school announced in an email.

Erin is the daughter of Bryant and Dina Richard, of Paulina. Lane is the son of Brett and Amy Lundy, of Garyville. Lane was also student of the year in 2009 as a fifth-grader.

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