Canary Islanders discuss Rodriguez clan

Terry Thibodeaux presented a report on the Rodriguez clan to the April 4 meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society.

He provided an inventory of the passenger lists of the 1778-1783 migration from the Canary Islands, which included many Rodriguez roots. He also followed his own lineage to the present day.

For more information on the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana, visit or email

McKnight, Chenevert win Catholic Youth prize

Madelyn McKnight and Andrew Chenevert were presented with Catholic Youth Leadership Awards on March 18 at the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Baton Rouge.

McKnight, an honor roll senior at St. Joseph’s Academy, is the daughter of Brian and Becky McKnight. She has a black belt in karate.

Chenevert, an honor roll senior at Catholic High School, is the son of Roy and Kellye Chenevert. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 888.

Catholic Youth Leadership Award recipients are high school seniors selected based on their merits of making contributions to their communities, church parishes and to their schools. These students represent their parish and have the opportunity to advance as state candidates and compete for a $4,000 scholarship from the Knights of Columbus.

BR, Kenner teens win national dance contest

Baton Rouge’s Taylor Schoen, 16, with partner Osman Torres, 18, from Kenner, won first place in the Adult Silver Rhythm competition at the USA Dance National Dancesport Championships in Baltimore March 27-29. Schoen and Torres also won second in the Adult Bronze Latin event. The silver and bronze categories for each event define skill levels in USA Dance amateur competitions. Dancesport is the competitive form of ballroom dancing.

Schoen is an honor student at Runnels High School in Baton Rouge and has been studying ballroom dancing for four years. Torrest is a senior at Jesuit High School in New Orleans and has studied ballroom dancing for seven years. He was also a starting lineman on Jesuit’s championship football team in 2014.

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 Events should be submitted in a timely fashion.