Students advance to state competition

Five students from West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes have advanced to the state-level “You Be the Chemist” competition after the local level question-and-answer challenge on Feb. 11 in Plaquemine.

According to a news release, 33 sixth though eighth grade students competed on Feb. 11 in six rounds of competition at the second annual Dow Westside Challenge, where they had to answer multiple-choice questions that tested their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries and chemical safety awareness.

In West Baton Rouge Parish, Alex Gautreaux, from Devall Middle School, took first place for the second consecutive year and Erin Stephens, of Brusly Middle School, was awarded first runner-up. Hanna Prather, also from Devall Middle, placed second runner-up and Naturi Scott, of Port Allen Middle School, achieved third runner-up.

In Iberville Parish, Kristopher Cayette, who attends the Math, Science and Arts Academy-West campus, was the champion of his division and Lucas Sanchez, also a MSA-West student, took first runner-up. Emily Deslatte, from St. John School, was awarded second runner-up and Alixes Bouvay, of Plaquemine High, took home third runner-up.

Champion, first runner-up and second runner-up recipients from both parishes will advance to the You Be the Chemist State Challenge at LSU on April 25.

The winner of the state competition will compete in the national challenge to be held in Pennsylvania in June.

Sponsored by Dow’s local and national corporations, the Challenge is an academic competition created by the Chemical Education Foundation.

The Challenge aims to engage middle school students in chemistry through a dynamic event that partners members of the chemical industry with schools and organizations in the communities they are located.

Museum hosts lecture

The West Baton Rouge Museum hosts a lunchtime lecture Wednesday featuring doctors Thomas Durant and Jonathan Roberts, authors of “History of the Charity Hospitals of Louisiana: A Study of Poverty, Politics, Public Health and the Public Interest.”

The lecture takes a close look at the history of this sector of the health care system, including the story about the Charity Hospital of New Orleans.

The doctors will talk about how poverty, politics, public health, public interest, race, gender and class shaped the long history of the charity health care system.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Woodcock Society benefit

The Louisiana Woodcock Chapter of the American Woodcock Society hosts its second annual Sportsmen’s Habitat Banquet on Saturday at the West Baton Rouge Information and Conference Center in Port Allen.

The fundraiser begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Individual membership and dinner tickets are $65 each. There is also a membership and spouse package for $115 which includes two dinners.

Junior membership and dinner tickets for kids ages 17 and younger are also available for $35 each.

Proceeds from this AWS event will be used to restore and protect area grouse and woodcock habitat.

The evening will feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes.

For information or to purchase tickets, contact Shawn Trahan at (337) 654-4559; email

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