• STEM COMPETITION: West St. John High School in Edgard and Einstein Charter Middle at Sarah Towles Reed in New Orleans are two of the five state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Solve for Tomorrow is a nationwide competition to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging teachers and students to take topics out of traditional classroom settings and into local communities. In the competition, West St. John High School is proposing using STEM to address air quality in the infamous “Cancer Alley.” During the next phase of the competition, West St. John teacher Courtni Becnel will create a lesson plan to address the issue in an educational setting. Fifty-one state winners will be announced in December and will receive a minimum of $20,000 in technology for their schools, as well as a chance to be named a national finalist to compete for more prizes.
  • NOCCA VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOPS: The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts will be offering several visual arts workshops in January for students in grades eight through 11. To register, visit EventBrite.com. Workshops in Photoshop basics and ceramics will be offered from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29. The supply fee is $30 for Photoshop basics and $35 for ceramics. A workshop on photographing panoramic imagery will be offered from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28. The supply fee is $30.
  • ST. MARY’S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: Student Council inductees at St. Mary’s Dominican High School are Dina Alawamleh, Katherine Alexander, Jennifer Baker, Elana Bateman, Madeleine Bogart, Avrill Boudreaux, J’Kyra Bouie, Elizabeth Bourg, Catherine Cabes, Brooklyn Comeaux, Mary-Catherine DeMatteo, Elizabeth Denenea, Carlin Dougherty, Margaret Duplantier, Emma Dusang, Catherine Elvir, Elizabeth Fluellen, Teresa Giorlando, Robyn Giraud, Bridget Glueck, Mallory Grefer, Abigal Haydel, Dana Heck, Sadie Herbert, Isabella Icamina, Taylor Jackson, Rita Kelly, Marcelle Kepper, Meredith Larriviere, Margaret Latham, Megan L’Hoste, Elizabeth Lorenzo, Jennifer Madden, Maygan Miguez, Lindsay Moureau, Katherine Mouton, Sarah Myers, Zoe Mysing, Adhelia Obioha, Vivan Palmer, Ashley Patron, Tia Peck, Julia Pettus, Elise Peyroux, Cole Pittman, Chrysta Porter, Alexa Schexnayder, Alexandra Sequeira, Kirby Sheridan, Alexandra Shiell, Abigail Slattery, Annie Smith, Gabrielle Sperber, Taylor Stansberry, Elizabeth Thomson, Madelyn Wadkins, Cameron Wall, Chloe Whitcomb, Camyrn Wisniewski and Amelie Zimmer.
  • ST. MARY’S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: Club officers at St. Mary’s Dominican High School are O’Brien Alley, Cameron Angelo, Katie Beyer, Eve Blakemore, Julianne Collins, Allyson Colomb, Raeghan DeCuir, Alexis Dees, Senea Diaz, Sarah Dominique, Caroline Douglass, Jade George, Alexa Gonzalez, Gabriella Holmes, Nia Hudson, Dominique Hull, Sara Kalantari, Catherine Kettenring, Lan Le, Vanessa Le, Hannah Meyer, Madison Miller, Taylor Monthey, Clare Plunkett, Kristina Plunkett, Virginia Quinlan, Sofia Rodriquez, Jessica Schaumburg, Veronica Smith, Elizabeth Socha, Johanna Spooner, Tori Sutherland, Kristen Tholen, Kensley Villavasso, Olivia Whitcomb, Kristen Williams and Anne Zelden.
  • ATHLOS ACADEMY OF JEFFERSON PARISH: The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has authorized Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish to open a charter school on the West Bank. The three foundational pillars of the Athlos Academy teaching approach are prepared mind, healthy bond and performance character. Students will participate in daily, scientifically developed physical activity sessions, develop performance character traits, and benefit from a research-based academic curriculum that results in high academic achievement for all. The school will initially serve 900 students in grades K-6. By its third year, the school will serve students in grades K-8. The school will employ about 100 teachers and other support staff at capacity. While the location of the school is yet to be announced, the building will be about 90,000 square feet, including state-of-the-art classrooms and fully-equipped indoor physical fitness centers with both hardwood court and turf field space. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools open to all students. For information about Athlos Academies, visit athlosacademies.org.
  • ACADEMY OF OUR LADY: Senior maids on the Homecoming Court at Academy of Our Lady in Marrero are Jourdan Beaco, of Gretna; Noelle Bui, of Harvey; Kayla Roland, of New Orleans; and Deira Williams, of Gretna. Others on the court are Maghan Wilson, of Marrero, junior maid; Lindsey Weaver, of Harvey, sophomore maid; Victoria Parria, of Marrero, freshman maid; and Claire Clayton, of Belle Chasse, pre-freshman maid. The selections were announced at the school’s annual powder-puff game.