• IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL: Junior LaCrosse and Sumtin’ Sneaky will provide the music when Immaculate Conception School in Marrero holds its gala and silent auction from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Four Columns, 3711 Westbank Expressway, Harvey. “White & Blue on the Bayou” will be the theme for the gala, which will feature cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $50, and sponsorships are available. For information, call the school at (504) 347-4409 or email advancement coordinator Silvana Collins at s.collins@icschargers.org.
  • NOCCA JAZZ: Royal “Jud” Mitchell, a senior at Benjamin Franklin High School who plays bass and is studying jazz at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, has been selected to perform with the Thelonious Monk National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Quintet. As the only Louisiana student participating, Mitchell will travel, all-expenses-paid, on a 10-day performance tour with internationally renowned jazz recording artist Antonio Hart from April 29 to May 8. This year’s destinations include Washington, D.C., and New York City. The group also will present peer-to-peer master classes in five public high schools in an effort to teach audiences about jazz and the important American values it represents: teamwork, unity with ethnic diversity, persistence, democracy and the vital importance of listening to one another. The tour will culminate with a performance in a New York City jazz club and a recording session at the world-renowned Van Gelder Studios.
  • LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Three students from Lakewood Elementary School in Luling had first-place finishes in district competition in the Young Authors Contest organized by the Louisiana Reading Association and will advance to state competition.
  • Among third-graders, Kentrell Thomas placed first in nonfiction and second in poetry.
  • Among fourth-graders, Noah Chauvin placed first in nonfiction and first in poetry, and Maddie Folse placed second in poetry.
  • Among fifth-graders, Talia Diaz placed first in nonfiction, and Alexa Graffia placed third in nonfiction. Reiley Seyfert placed third in fiction, and Aidan Hidalgo placed third in poetry.
  • ST. MARY’S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: A series of “pink” events in October raised more than $17,000 for the Tulane Cancer Center Patient Relief Fund. One of those events, the “Paint the Pitt Pink” volleyball game at St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans, brought in $7,319.10 toward that total. Other participants in the drive were Archbishop Chapelle High School, Cabrini High School, Mount Carmel Academy and the Loyola University women’s volleyball team. Among those on hand for Dominican’s check presentation were head coach Jessica Chatellier, assistant coach Nicky Wood, athletic trainer Emily Jaeger and students Abby Buchert, Amanda Callia and Toni Henry.
  • J.B. MARTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL: Third-place honors went to Xavier Gauff, an eighth-grader at J.B. Martin Middle School in Paradis, in the Share the Dream essay contest sponsored by St. Charles Parish government. Gauff’s essay, “Long Live the Dream,” summarizes his interpretation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s beliefs and how Americans can be stronger both individually and collectively as a society.
  • ACADEMY OF OUR LADY: The cheerleading squad from Academy of Our Lady in Marrero recently placed fifth in its division at the National Cheerleaders Association nationals in Dallas. Members of the squad include Asia Arceneaux, Ronjaé Brady, Alexis Bromley, Lauren Brown, Jasmin Castro, Raegan Dinet, Corinne Frisella, Laila Giffin, Haley Guilliot, Kiara Hawkins, Mallory Hines, Macie Hymel, Erin Jones, Lauren Juneau, Emily Mailhos, Alyssa Mohammed, Ariana Nguyen, Katelynn Nguyen, Emily Parker, Emily Rivere, Megan Rivere, Jasmine Stewart, Myliah Surratt, Aysia Wade, Kechaunta Wilson, Madison Wilson, Briana Tastet and Baily Ziegel.