Miss Lafayette speaks to Cortana Kiwanis

Miss Lafayette Lacey Sanchez spoke to the Cortana Kiwanis Club on June 5. She placed in the top five of the Miss Louisiana beauty pageant.

A former pole vaulter for LSU, her pageant platform was “Fly High.” She visited school to tell students why they should be physically active. Interning at the Nike headquarters in Oregon, she became involved in the program “Designed to Move,” a global initiative to fight childhood obesity by encouraging more physical activity. Sanchez received a degree in English 2013.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd. Guests are welcome to attend. Contact Lowell Tilley, lowelltilley@gmail.com, 272-6744, for more information.

Bennett receives naval officer’s commission

Ensign Chandler Marie Bennett was commissioned into the U.S. Navy on May 16 following her completion of ROTC at George Washington University.

She is the daughter of Jeffry and Nancy Bennett, of Jacksonville, Fla., and granddaughter of Charles and Frances Bennett and Paula Jean Felder, all of Baton Rouge. Her father and grandfather are retired Navy officers.

Bennett will be assigned to a nuclear submarine in Charleston, S.C.

LSU’s O’Brien selected Miss Louisiana Teen

Kalina O’Brien, an LSU student in mass communications, was crowned National American Miss Louisiana Teen on June 2 in Baton Rouge. She will compete at the national pageant Nov. 23-30 at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

O’Brien also won the talent, modeling and best resumé categories, and was first runner-up in the photogenic category.

Each year, National American Miss Pageants awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes.

Former Baton Rougean honored for her poetry

Catherine L’Herisson, formerly of Baton Rouge and now of Garland, Texas, was recently selected as the Spring-Summer 2014 “Bright Star” by A Galaxy of Verse. This non-profit literary organization publishes a twice-yearly poetry anthology by the same name.

President and editor Barbara Blanks chooses a star based on the poet’s body of work, and a continuing passion for keeping the art of poetry alive, accessible and comprehensible.

L’Herisson attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. After marrying Charles L’Herisson, she attended Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She joined the Poetry Society of Texas in 1978, and has been active at the state level ever since, holding several offices on the Executive Board over the years, and will serve as a second-term president beginning in September.

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