• CHALMETTE HIGH SCHOOL: Chalmette High School senior Nayonta Fernandez has received a four year, full-tuition leadership scholarship from the University of Notre Dame through the Posse Foundation. David Bellard is the adviser for the Posse Scholarship process at Chalmette High. Fernandez is vice president of Chalmette High’s Beta Club, an active member of the Interact and Key Clubs and a volunteer at her church. The Posse Foundation seeks to identify young men and women with leadership and academic promise who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. These scholars are placed into supportive teams of 10 at participating universities to help ensure their continued personal success.
  • ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART: Lucinda Ealey, a junior at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, earned second place in the French III category in the French oratory Contest held by the Council of French Societies of New Orleans. She was recognized during an awards ceremony Dec. 6 at Degas House.
  • CABRINI HIGH SCHOOL: The project manager for Catholic Relief Services in Madagascar will give a speech Feb. 3 at Cabrini High School to kick off the school’s Lenten Rice Bowl offerings. Gabriella Rakotomanga supervises humanitarian aid efforts in the island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. Ninety percent of Madagascar’s 23 million inhabitants are impoverished, subsisting on less than $2 per day.
  • AUDUBON CHARTER SCHOOL: Derek D. Bardell, a professor at Delgado Community College, was unanimously elected chairman of the French and Montessori Education Inc. board of directors Dec. 12. The FAME Board governs Audubon Charter School (K-8) and oversees its $7.5 million budget. He succeeds the Rev. Cornelius Tilton. The school’s interim CEO/principal is Latoye Brown.
  • NOPD SWEET FRIDAY: Students, faculty, administration and the Parents Club at De La Salle High School recently participated in an NOPD Sweet Friday event, bringing home-baked cookies, cakes and brownies for members of the New Orleans Police Department’s 2nd District. The event, begun after Hurricane Katrina and coordinated by Nancy Lytle with the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association and Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, included 16 local schools this year. Part of the donations were shared with Fire Engine 15 on Arabella Street. It was the fourth year De La Salle participated in the event.
  • KEHOE-FRANCE SCHOOL: Kehoe-France School in Metairie has been alive with music recently. A pep rally featured the combined sounds of the Rummel/Chapelle band together with the Kehoe-France band. On another occasion, the marching band from Brother Martin performed its halftime show, and band members answered students’ questions. The 30-piece Marine Wind Ensemble visited the school during its Tribute to Veterans Day, and the Kehoe-France band performed a Christmas concert Dec. 10 in the school’s activity center.
  • ST. MARY’S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: The Tri-M Music Honor Society at St. Mary’s Dominican High School has inducted six new members: Bridget Adam, Halle Briede, Lillian Cerise, Rebecca Koenig, Tia Peck and Mackie Smith. Twenty service hours are required to maintain membership. Candidates who accept membership become apprentices for four weeks. During this time, apprentices are required to prepare a vocal or instrumental solo or small ensemble piece to perform for chapter members at induction.   
  • DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL: Entergy has donated $250 to De La Salle High School through its Community Connectors volunteer program, which provides financial support for employees’ and retirees’ volunteer work. De La Salle parent Antoinette Boyle works for Entergy and volunteered 20 hours, choosing for her donation to go to the school.
  • MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY: The following Mount Carmel Academy students were named outstanding members of their clubs for the fall 2015 semester: Ashley Aicklen and Julia McDow, Academic Games; Maddie Freese and Conner Loup, Ambassadors; Madeline Hatten, chess; Grace Centanni and Kennedi Nunez, eighth-grade service learning; Ashleigh Lark and Katie Cannon, Eco Cubs; Madeleine Naquin and Abigail Olsen, Entrepreneur Club; Julia Fulham and Allison Zoglio, intramurals; Guisselle Barraza and Emily Gonzales, Key Club; Katherine Crisp and Caroline Crisp, Life Skills; Sloan Livaccari, Literary; Amanda Ragland, Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society; Grace Zschiesche, Kelsey Healey and Savanah Grace, Mount Carmel Cubs Against Destructive Decisions; Bella Kohhnke and Kayla Mathes, National Junior Honor Society; Madelyn Pinero and Dakota Asborno, Pets are Worth Saving; Hayley Sumich, Quiz Bowl; Alexis Fife and Madison Larrieu, Sailing; Gabi DePascual and Leigha Story, Sardonyx yearbook; Anna Szagfu and Rosalie Louk, Sci Fi Fantasy; Alexandra Abide, Social Media Club; and Allison Bucher, Maggie Jaunet and Ellie Mandel, STK theater club.
  • GRADE BOARDS: Caroline Turley and Katie Code, eighth grade; Caroline Gillen and Juliana Gomez, ninth grade; Katherine Welty and Hannah Galloway, 10th grade; Amelia Giorlando and Sarah Rivere, 11th grade; and Amanda Ragland and Jenna Cambias, 12th grade
  • BOOKS CLUB: Jordan Binder, Kara Norris and Teressa Nicosia
  • FAITH GROUPS: Lauren LaForge and Jenna Cambias, Campus Ministry; Julia Rabito, Scarlett O’Brien, Sydney Gordon, Imogen Hoffman and Lauren Cassanova, Christian Life Community
  • FITNESS CLUB: Thalia Koutsegueres, Mary Guy, Elizabeth Tully, Natalie Naquin, Alexandra Martin and Emily Schneider
  • MULTICULTURAL CLUB: Sloan Livaccari, Katherine Welty, Guisselle Barraza and Tina Mezquita
  • NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY: Katie Liljeberg, Ellie Mandel and Emily Cuenca
  • NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY: Lauren Cassanova, Madeline Freese, Conner Loup and Chloe Reaney
  • SCIENCE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY: Ashley Accardo, Amanda Ragland and Vanessa Calderon
  • SPEECH AND DEBATE: Grace Borrello, Daniela Vasquez and Natalie Naquin
  • STUDENT COUNCIL: Danielle Baiamonte, Vanessa Barrios, Maddie Freese, Erin Fortier, Gabrielle Daigle, Julia Rabito, Leigha Story and Ellie Mandel
  • TEENS FOR LIFE: Shannon Glennon, Caroline Cardwell, Victoria Cano and Jenna Cavalero
  • WMCA: Kayla Andrus, Katherine Reynolds and Tina Mesquita
  • CHEERLEADING AND DANCE SQUADS: Lauren Cassanova, Sophie Sercovich and Katie Milligan, Carmelettes dance team; Anna Aguilar and Piper Prouet, competition cheerleaders; Sophie Brady and Caroline Baehr, game squad cheerleaders; Grace Tomeny and Bailey McLachlan, Rhythm dance team; Gillian Perez and Ellie Porter, Cubettes dance team
  • MUSIC GROUPS: Katherine Morrison, Olivia Hesson and Vanessa Greer, Celebration; Kaite Mialaret and Ciana Williams, Chorale; Rebekah Schexnayder and Brittaney Snyder, Encore; and Nicole Westerfield, TriM music honor society.
  • HAHNVILLE HIGH: Champion’s Exxon #50 at 14130 La. 90 in Boutte has helped Hahnville High School win a $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grant, funded by the ExxonMobil Corp. Exxon representative Karen Brown presented the check to Principal Ken Oertling. The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to give retailers an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through grants to neighborhood schools.