ExxonMobil recognized by BREC for LRPA honor

BREC commended ExxonMobil for receiving a Louisiana Recreation and Park Association Group Citation Award for its support of programs and projects throughout East Baton Rouge Parish area area.

Carl Stages, immediate past LRPA president and BREC Foundation executive director, presented the award June 15 to Angela Zeringue, ExxonMobil Pololefins Plant manager. On hand were Baker Mayor Harold Rideau, an ExxonMobil retiree; Marvin Borgmeyer, BREC Foundation board member and ExxonMobil retiree; Dale Auzenne, BREC assistant superintendent and a past LRPA president; Stephanie Cargile, ExxonMobil public and government affairs manager; and Jason Walker, BREC recreation manager at Greenwood Community Park.

Volunteers from Exxon Excite built park benches along the trail in Greenwood Community Park, making the amenities inviting. The ExxonMobil Volunteer Involvement Fund allows retirees to improve BREC facilities, such as the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. Financial investment has ensured BREC summer internships in the Recreation department, the Youth 360 after-school program, the Realm of the Tiger exhibit at the Baton Rogue Zoo, the Rockin’ at the Swamp event and many more.

Legislature recognizes two area Eagle Scouts

William Martin, of Baton Rouge, and Isaac Holbrook, of Mandeville, were honored at the State Capitol on June 10 for receiving the National Eagle Scout Association’s Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. They are the only two Louisiana scouts to receive this year’s award.

This award recognizes the scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is a requirement for earning the Eagle Scout Award.

Martin, 16, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 7 sponsored by St. Aloysius Catholic Church. His service project “Touch & See,” raised funds to install bronze Braille American flags at all five war veterans homes in Louisiana. He is the son of Dean and Desha Martin and will be a junior at Catholic High School this fall.

Holbrook, 14, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 3245 sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Covington. His service project was to create a “healing garden” for the Children’s Advocacy Center-Hope House of Covington, which provides services to lessen the trauma of children who have been abused. He is the son of Dane and Laurie Holbrook and will be a freshman at Mandeville High School this fall.

Eight receive CODOFIL Escadrille scholarships

The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana has announced eight Escadrille candidates for 2015-16.

The Escadrille Louisiane, in its fifth year, is a program for Louisianians with college degrees who aspire to teach French in Louisiana schools. The candidates have received scholarships to earn their master of the arts in teaching from Centenary College in Shreveport. They will be able to take classes at Centenary and the University of Rennes in France, where they will spend an academic year as a teaching assistant in primary and secondary schools. After the program, they have committed to work in Louisiana’s French education programs and schools for at least three years.

They are Soliska Cheramie, native of Galliano, alumna of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and daughter of Christopher and Susan Cheramie; Catherine Hudson, native of Baton Rouge, alumna of LSU, daughter of Sandra and Michael Hudson; Alyse Poppa, native of Lafayette, alumna of Georgetown University, daughter of William Poppa and Shelly Grigsby; Emily Thibodeaux, native of Lafayette, alumna of UL-Lafayette and Columbia University, daughter of Patricia Mire-Watson and Patrick Thibodeaux; Jamie Lynn Fontenot, native of Opelousas, alumna of UL-Lafayette, daughter of Janet Lynn Fontenot-Steiner; Catherine Lowe, native of Wheaton, Illinois, alumna of LSU, daughter of Michelle Manuel Lowe and Peter Lowe; Ann Mefford, native of Lake Charles, alumna of UL-Lafayette, daughter of Thomas and Angel Mefford; and Emily Didier, native of Roberts Cove, alumna of UL-Lafayette and daughter of Leo and Claire Didier.

Kelly gets scholarship from Crystal Group

Tiffany Kelly, of Baton Rouge, has received the Crystal Group Innovation Scholarship sponsored by Crystal Group, a manufacturer of commercial-off-the-shelf custom-developed computers, displays, switches and storage devices.

Kelly, a 2012 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, is the daughter of the Rev. Herman and Linda Kelly and is a senior at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in sports management. She plans to attend LSU to earn a master’s degree in analytics. At Nova Southeastern, Kelly founded the Business of Sports Student Association and is a member of their co-ed business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. Her goal is to work for an NBA franchise in its analytics department.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to two full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree within a qualified engineering or business related program.

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