CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Madeleine Yates of New Orleans, a student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, was awarded a tuition scholarship to attend a creative writing and cultural exchange program held recently in Iowa City, Iowa.

Yates was one of 36 students chosen for the June 21-July 5 session of the Between the Lines program, which brought together young writers from nine Arabic-speaking countries and territories, 10 U.S. states and cities across the Russian Federation.

“Through world literature classes, writing workshops, and a variety of seminars — including digital storytelling and slam poetry — we hope to explore how literature and writing can lead to empathy, dialogue, and a shared understanding of the human condition,” said Lisa Daily, the BTL coordinator.

Between the Lines is a program of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. It is sponsored through grant funds provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM: Adonis Billizon-Johnson, a senior at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, was selected to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders June 28-30 in Boston.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Its purpose is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct top students to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

The schedule for the three-day Congress included lectures from Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners, advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities, and opportunities to learn about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.

The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists offers free services and programs to students who want to learn more about their future in science or technology. For information, visit or call (617) 307-7425.

JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL: Brett Lorio of Metairie, a recent graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans, is one of 100 National Merit finalists who have been selected for a National Merit Lockheed Martin Academic Scholarship. Lorio is the son of Lockheed Martin employee Paul Lorio. He plans to attend Louisiana State University to pursue a degree in accounting. The scholarship program provides each student $3,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study.

CABRINI HIGH SCHOOL: Cabrini High School student Alexis Shelton attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security held recently in Washington, D.C.

The program featured lectures on diplomacy, intelligence and defense by retired Gen. Keith B. Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency; retired Lt. Gen. James L. Campbell; and Wade Townsend of the Department of Homeland Security.

Students also explored career options through hands-on workshops and a site visit to a government agency and applied newfound knowledge and skills in simulation exercises.

MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY: Students from Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans made a strong showing on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. They earned a total of three silver and 14 bronze medals along with 44 honorable mentions.

Receiving bronze-level certification in Spanish I were Katherine Cannon, Alyssa Dheming, Kaitlyn Freese, Julia Goldberg, Anna Nguyen and Caroline Zimmer. Honorable mentions went to Meagan Bickmann, Jordan Berry, Caroline Bonin, Vicky Chen, Shelby Estess, Lindsay Lott, Teressa Nicosia, Abby Samaha, Lauren Tague, Courtney Tilly and Caroline Ragusa.

Emily Gomez received silver-level certification in Spanish II. Bronze-level certification went to Guisselle Barraza, Alexandra Fendley and Isabella Zavala. Honorable mentions went to Gillian Aguilera, Abbigail Alonzo, Claire Bourgeois, Hailey Bradshaw, Ashley Couget, Taylor DeJean, Kyler Fisk, Jo Galloway, Rose Lapuyade, Zoe Olavarrieta, Caroline Osborne, Destiny Rooney, Shelby Saak, Therese Schiro, Rachel Turley and Shelby Wickersham.

Alexis Aviles and Elena Plakotaris received silver-level certification in Spanish III. Bronze-level certification went to Chelsea Everett, Alexis Gagnon, Katy Nunez and Katie Peppo. Honorable mentions went to Danielle Bretz, Caroline Cannon, Marissa Gandolfo-Muller, Daniela Gomez, Nancy Lopez, Andrea Palmer, Olivia Redmann, Baylee Robertson and Angela Wetzel.

Bella Fendley received bronze-level certification in Spanish IV. Honorable mentions went to Vanessa Calderon, Brennan Nugent and Daniela Zavala.

Honorable mentions in Spanish V went to Natalie Failla, Ashley Freese, Elise Friend, Victoria Garon and Catherine Pellerin of Kenner.

The Spanish teachers at Mount Carmel are Charlotte Ingalls, Meagan Taylor, Kristen Austin, Sara Staines Coleman and Eriana Antoun.