Growing orchids topic for Magnolia Woods

Danna Spayde, a member of the Orchid Society and a group leader for Orchids for Seniors Study Group, spoke about growing orchids to the Magnolia Woods Garden Club on May 27 at Bobby and Maxine Jones’ home.

Spayde brought a sampling of orchids from her collection. A short business meeting was held and refreshments followed the presentation.

Phi Beta Sigma honors high school seniors

The local Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity honored high school seniors for their academic achievements on May 4.

Receiving scholarships were Joshua McClain, Albany High School, $1,000; D’Antonio Daigre, Walker High, $500; and Brian Turner, East Iberville Math Science and Arts Academy, $250. Receiving academic trophies were Michael A. Favorite, Danny Johnson, Tevin Johnson, Zsaknor Powe, Ladarrious Wells, Daigre and Turner.

An additional 37 Certificates of Scholastic Achievement were given to graduating seniors from 12 high schools.

Six from area receive Merit Scholarships

Six area students are among about 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities announced May 28 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. More scholars will be announced in July.

Area winners, with their hometowns, high schools and colleges, are: Eric K. Han, Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Tulane University; Michael R. Hughes, Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, University of Oklahoma; Emmeline May Kaiser, Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, LSU; Chris Dongmin Shin, Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Baylor University; Matthew H. Mitchell, Gonzales, Runnels High School, University of Oklahoma; and Gabriel D. McBride, Opelousas, Opelousas High School, Tulane University.

La Belle Aire takes third in dancing competition

The team from La Belle Aire finished third in the Whistle Stop Dancing Classrooms state competition May 17 in Lake Charles.

La Belle Aire was one of three Baton Rouge schools that qualified on May 10 to reach the state competition, joined by Highland and Merrydale elementary schools. Dolby Elememtary came in first, Southwest Louisiana Charter came in second in the state competition.

OLOL nurse practitioner receives REAL Award

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital nurse practitioner Ingrid Cook has received a REAL Award celebrating the work of health care workers who are dedicated to keeping families and communities healthy. She is the only nurse practitioner in the United States to receive the award.

Cook, a registered nurse, works on the mobile medical clinics operated by OLOL Children’s Hospital and in partnership with the Children’s Health Fund. These mobile clinics provide primary care and mental health services for students in several East Baton Rouge Parish public schools.

A mobile medical clinic includes two examination rooms, a nurse’s station, and waiting and registration areas. A team provides care to sites on a regular schedule.

Cook was nominated by her sister, Megan Smith, who noted that in addition to mobile health clinic work in low-income neighborhoods, Cook has served more than 22 years as a United States Navy Nurse Corps Reservist to children in Haiti, Costa Rica, Indonesia and the Philippines on humanitarian missions.

The REAL Awards were created by Save the Children in partnership with the Frontline Health Workers Coalition.

Glen Oaks Class of ’74 to hold 40-year reunion

The Glen Oaks High School class of 1974 will hold its 40-year reunion June 14 at Kristenwood Catering and Reception Hall, 14025 Greenwell Springs Road. Contact Stacey Fugler Forester,

Walker graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Kelvin T. Walker graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.Walker is the son of Sherry W. Swilley and step-son of Eric D. Swilley and nephew of Tammy Bolden, all of Baton Rouge. He is a 2003 graduate of Capitol Senior High School, Baton Rouge and earned an associate degree in 2011 from Baton Rouge Community College.

Omega Psi Phi awards scholarships to three

Lambda Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity awarded scholarships on May 18 to recent high school graduates Tiara Johnson, of Baton Rouge High, and Yoseff Banks and Kenneth Terry II, both of McKinley High School.

Any graduating senior is eligible to apply for a scholarship from the chapter. Serving on the Scholarship Committee were Terance Vessel, John Glenn, Robert Signater, Fredrick Thomas and Dominique Richard.

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