There’s still time to nominate a deserving Louisiana student for the 2013 Louisiana Heroes Awards, a spokesman for Louisiana Public Broadcasting said this week.

Now in its 18th year, the awards program honors outstanding Louisiana students in grades 7-12 who have made a difference in their community, overcome adversity and inspired others.

The Baton Rouge Rotary Club and LPB sponsor the awards, which are underwritten by ExxonMobil.

For a nomination form, go to the LPB webpage at Backup material including support letters, newspaper clippings and other information on why the nominee is a Young Hero should also be sent with the nomination form. Anyone except the student can nominate someone for the award.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 8. The winners will be announced March 3 on WLPB and WLAE in New Orleans. The Young Heroes and their families will be honored on April 17 with ceremonies at the Governor’s Mansion and at a Baton Rouge hotel.

For more information, contact Margaret Schlaudecker at (800) 272-8161, ext. 4276, or email

Poster contest results

Three East Baton Rouge Parish school system students, one at each level, have been chosen by judges to move on to the national level of the 2013 Magnet Schools of America’s seventh Annual National Magnet Schools Poster Contest.

This year’s theme is “Magnet Schools Transforming America Today for a Stronger Tomorrow,” and first-place winners at the district level will compete at the National Conference on Magnet Schools in Tulsa, Okla., in May, where the top national winners will be recognized.

School system first-place winners:

  • Elementary — Kerrington Griffin, fifth-grade, Baton Rouge Center for Visual & Performing Arts.
  • Middle school — Ronald Jackson, eighth-grade, McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School.
  • High school — Amelia Cummings, 10th-grade, Baton Rouge Magnet High School.

Pageant entries still sought

Don’t be fooled by the name. The Teen & Miss Ascension Parish Relay For Life Pageant, scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at Remax First, 4750 Sherwood Common in Baton Rouge, is open to contestants from any Louisiana parish.

The Teen division is open to ages 13 to 16 while the Miss division is for ages 17 to 23. The entry fee is $25. Judging will be based on evening wear and on-stage introduction segments of the pageant.

The registration deadline has been extended to Jan. 25. Contact Toni Hunter, pageant director, at (225) 715-3305 or email

Enter ‘Try Prayer’ contest

Feb. 1 is the deadline for “Try Prayer! It Works!,” a national competition encouraging children to express their faith through art, poetry and prose.

The Family Rosary contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade from Catholic schools, parishes, home schooling and other Catholic organizations.

This year’s theme — Joy to the World! — focuses on the Nativity with entrants asked to depict their thoughts and feelings on what the Nativity means to them.

Download an application at

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