• DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL: Michael Giambelluca has been chosen as president of De La Salle High School in New Orleans. Giambelluca will succeed interim President Myles M. Seghers, who is retiring. Giambelluca is currently principal of Christ the King Parish School in Terrytown. He will assume his new responsibilities July 15. Giambelluca has 26 years of experience in education, and he has served for 15 years as a Catholic school administrator, including 13 years at the high school level and two at the elementary level. He is married to Donnamaria Giambelluca, a Catholic educator, and they have four children, Jonathan, Nicholas (De La Salle ’08), Abbie and Christopher.
  • LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Lyrrice Mwaghore, a fifth-grader at Lakewood Elementary School in Luling, took second place in her grade-level category in the St. Charles Parish School District’s Share the Dream essay contest. The essays were reflections on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; first-place winners will read their essays at the King commemorative celebration at noon Jan. 18 in the gym at Eual J. Landry School in Hahnville. Lyrrice is in Shannon Madden’s class.
  • KIPP NEW ORLEANS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: A robotics project at Kipp New Orleans Leadership Academy is one of 571 in 10 south Louisiana parishes receiving financing through the Chevron Fuel Your School program. In the program, Chevron contributed $1 when consumers purchased eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in the parishes during October, generating $500,000 for classroom projects at 253 public schools. Students from Kipp New Orleans Leadership Academy received a Lego Mindstorms EV3 programmable robot to help teach middle-school students to program. “Computer programming is a great way to teach kids problem-solving skills and how their lessons in class have real-world applications,” said Kirk Thomas, recipient teacher at Kipp New Orleans Leadership Academy.
  • ST. MARY’S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation has presented a donation of tablet computers to students at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. “Ruth Fertel believed in education and opportunity for women. This is the perfect marriage of the two,” James E. Ryder Jr. of the foundation said. “When you walk across the stage at graduation to receive your diploma, you will take with you these devices that you will use in your future studies at college.”
  • CABRINI HIGH SCHOOL: Elementary school girls in grades four through six participated in a Christmas-themed Super Science Saturday program at Cabrini High School recently. The girls discovered how Santa and the elves use science inside their workshop to create toys and games. The campers watched a video, learned a song, and created scientific toys: goop and ultraviolet bracelets. The next Super Science Saturday will be Jan. 23. For information, visit www.cabrinihigh.com or call (504) 482-1193.