Crescent City school briefs for September 25, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by Isidore Newman SchoolÑNine students in Isidore Newman SchoolÕs Class of 2015 were selected as National Merit Semifinalists based on their combined scores on last yearÕs PSAT tests. In the front row, from left, are Miranda Heath, Olivia Leonovicz, Gabrielle Stone and Cole Garda. In the back row are testing instructor Alex Gershanik, Julian Sutton, William Savoie, Charles Kelley, Nathaniel Siegel and Ben Luongo.

OPEN HOUSE: Stuart Hall School for Boys will hold a middle school open house for boys entering grades five through seven at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. An open house for the parents of younger students will be held Wednesday morning, Oct. 22.

The open house will include a brief presentation in the Van Vrancken Chapel with an overview of the school experience, as well as a group tour of the campus.

Private tours can be scheduled by calling the director of admissions, Kathryn Fitzpatrick, at (504) 861-5384. For information, visit www.

JEFFERSON PARISH NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS: Thirteen students in the Jefferson Parish Public School System have been named as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

To be considered for the program, students take the Preliminary SAT/national merit scholarship qualifying test. To become semifinalists, students must be the top scorers in their state.

Semifinalists from Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies are Ahmad Abughazleh, Jessica Ding, Connor Frost, Emma Hoss, Elizabeth Reiner and Even Vedros.

Semifinalists from Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy are Quentin Andrus, Colin Bardwell and Kayla Tarr, as well as Zachery Hughes and Seth Schauble, who are both currently enrolled at East Jefferson High School.

Semifinalists from Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies are Tram Nguyen and Ryan Vedros.

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level. Approximately 90 percent of students are expected to become finalists, with more than half winning scholarships.

National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in February.

ISIDORE NEWMAN NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS: National Merit semifinalists from Isidore Newman School are Cole Garda, Miranda Heath, Charles Kelley, Olivia Leonovicz, Ben Luongo, William Savoie, Nathaniel Siegel, Gabrielle Stone and Julian Sutton.

PIE OF THE MONTH: The NOCCA Marketplace is offering Pie of the Month subscriptions and single pies, with treats baked by culinary arts students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Single pies are $20, and proceeds benefit the NOCCA culinary arts program.

To try the pie, visit shop.nocca

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LOUISIANA: There will be musical performances by Kristen Taffaro and Christopher Holder and an original contemporary dance performance by the Storytellers Dance Project during the International School of Louisiana’s Refrigerator Art Auction and Gala from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. The patron party will begin at 6 p.m.

The fundraising event will have the theme of a phantom masquerade.

Pre-event online and campus ticket sales are closed, but tickets will be sold at the door for $75 for the gala, which includes music, food, open bar and silent auction, and $150 for the patron party, which includes benefits of general admission tickets plus admission to the patron party and preferred VIP seating and waiter service.

Ticket prices include VIP after-party admission to the Metro Night Club at Generations Hall.

For information, visit, call (504) 229-4375 or email

Event proceeds help underwrite enrichment programs at the International School of Louisiana, a tuition-free public charter school providing a language immersion education in French and Spanish. ISL has three campuses: Uptown, West Bank and Jefferson Parish.

OLD HOLLYWOOD GALA: The Homer A. Plessy Community School will raise money to support its academic programs at its Old Hollywood Gala, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the A.P. Tureaud Campus, 2021 Pauger St., New Orleans.

The gala will feature live music from James Singleton, David Torkanowsky, Johnny Vidacovich and special guests; food and drink from NOLA, Jack Dempsey’s, Sammy’s, Faubourg Wines and AllWays Lounge; and a silent auction.

Tickets are available for $50 in advance at or by calling (504) 913-9169 and also will be available at the door.

‘RAGTIME’ AT NOCCA: The NOCCA Musical Theatre will present “Ragtime” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2-3, in the Freda Lupin Memorial Hall at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Tickets are $15 and available at www.

This concert version of the musical is set at the turn of the 20th century and follows a middle-class white family, a poor Jewish immigrant and a Harlem musician as they struggle to keep up with the changing times. The music won the 1998 Tony Award for best score.

Jefferson Turner, chairman of the NOCCA musical theater faculty, is director and conductor for this presentation.

NOCCA OPEN STUDIO DAY: The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts will hold an Open Studio Day for potential students and their families from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 4, at the school at 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Registration is not required.

At Open Studio Day, families can see NOCCA’s studios and classrooms and talk with NOCCA faculty and students to learn about NOCCA’s audition process and what it’s like to be a NOCCA student. Application information tables will be available throughout the building.

NOCCA offers half-day and after-school arts instruction for grades seven through 12 in creative writing, culinary arts, dance, media arts, classical instrumental music, jazz, vocal, drama, musical theater, theater design and visual arts. Current eighth-graders also can learn about the full-day academic studio.

MOUNT CARMEL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Mount Carmel Academy’s Susie Anderson Angeron Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 29, at the English Turn Country Club. Participants are treated to lunch before the shotgun start. The tournament is a scramble format. In addition to restaurant tastings throughout the course, there are four hole-in-one prizes, including two $10,000 cash giveaways. Corporate, team, and individual registrations are available. Register online at