Meghan Comeaux, 9, of Tepetate, grew a “humongous cabbage” and was named Louisiana state winner for the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program, the Alabama-based nationwide plant wholesaler announced.

Comeaux, now a fourth-grader at Iota Elementary, is the daughter of Steve and Rebekah Comeaux.

This year more than 1.5 million third-graders in 48 states, including 14,888 children from Louisiana, participated in the program, which challenges pupils to grow huge cabbages for a chance to win $1,000 scholarships. Bonnie Plants, a major producer of vegetable and herb plants in North America, trucks free O.S. Cross, or “oversized,” cabbage plants to third-grade classrooms whose teachers have signed up for the program online at If nurtured and cared for, children can grow green, giant cabbages, some tipping the scales at 40 pounds, according to Bonnie Plants.

Joan Casanova, of Green Earth Media Group, explained how at the end of the season, teachers from each class select the student who has grown the “best” cabbage, based on size and appearance. A digital image of the cabbage and student is submitted online. State winners are selected randomly in each of 48 participating states.

Talk about health, get $20

The Louisiana Public Health Institute is looking for Baton Rouge area African-American teen girls and women ages 15 to 24 to participate in discussions about overall health, relationships and sexually transmitted diseases.

Participation will contribute to the development of a sexual health campaign in the Baton Rouge area.

The discussions will be held on Monday at the YWCA, 8381 Goodwood Blvd., Suite B1, at 5:30 p.m. for those ages 15 to 17 and at 7 p.m. for those ages 18 to 24.

Each participant will receive a $20 gift card.

Contact Michael Robinson, (505) 301-9852, for more information.

4-H winners recognized

Twenty winners of this year’s Louisiana 4-H Educational Awards Trip were honored in November at an awards luncheon at The Club at Union Square, formerly the LSU Faculty Club.

The Award of Excellence winners were seventh- and eighth-graders from around the state, who won based on their record book submissions. 4-H record books track such accomplishments as service to families, clubs and communities; leadership experience whether in 4-H organizations or in projects and committees that benefit local clubs, schools, communities and the state; and completion of “project books” which show mastery of 4-H skills including such traditional projects as livestock, nutrition, and fashion as well as contemporary projects such as robotics, rocketry, computer and environmental sciences.

This year’s winners were Madeline Babin and Melanie Babin from Terrebonne Parish; Kailey Bailey from Beauregard Parish; Bailey Duet and Abby Dupierre, Lafourche Parish; Leah Dupuy, Avoyelles Parish; Victoria Frederick, Adam Gaspard and Bret Lee, Vermilion Parish; Hailey Hayes and Lindsey Mouton, St. Martin Parish; Kathryn Irvin and Bailey Pierce, Caddo Parish; Joshua Lasseigne, Acadia Parish; Maddie Saucedo and Kalee Wich, Bossier Parish; Matthew Seguin, Livingston Parish; Lexie Sistrunk, West Carroll Parish; Emma Theall, St. Charles Parish; and Stephanie Wyble, St. Landry Parish.

As part of the three-day educational trip to south Louisiana, the 4-H’ers toured the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Arena, Café Hope and the World War II Museum in New Orleans. In Baton Rouge, they toured the Rural Life Museum, Tiger Stadium and LSU Alex Box Stadium.

Help find missing Noel elves

The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, will celebrate Christmas Cajun style from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with a free Louisiana-themed holiday open house.

In addition to the open hearth fragrances and cooking demonstrations at the Allendale Cabin, and the traditional 19th- century holiday tableaux at the Aillet House, Santa’s Workshop will be open with hands-on craft activities and storybook readings featuring classic tales with a Cajun twist. Weather permitting, there will pony rides for young children.

Children will help Papa Noel find his mischievous elves hiding all around the grounds at the West Baton Rouge Museum. Sleuth around the museum’s gardens and grounds looking for clues, elf-size foot prints, cookie crumbs, half-finished toys, coal nuggets in pairs of sabot and other historical evidence to discover the elves’ hiding places.

Bring your cameras and take pictures with Papa Noel and his elves while listening to traditional holiday music and enjoying hot apple cider and gingerbread. Papa Noel will be posed in an alligator-drawn pirogue for a truly memorable photograph in an Atchafalaya Basin setting.

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