Student artists to share scholarship

Seven students from the New Orleans area are among 15 finalists in the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts contest, who will share $45,000 in scholarship money, the foundation announced Thursday.

In partnership with the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation, GRFA selected the top art submissions from Louisiana high school juniors and seniors.

The 15 finalists were selected from nearly 600 entries from across the state, making this year the contest’s biggest yet.

New Orleans area winners are: Hailey Dupont, James Dupont, Tye Anderson and Alex Hope Rosenzweig of Riverdale High School in Harahan; Trinity Hartman of Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies, Terrytown; Brooke Bourgeois and Brianna Despenza of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans; and Alexa Holland, Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville.

Scholarships will be presented at the annual Arts Contest Awards Luncheon on March 23 at the Sheraton New Orleans.

Brother Martin sends senior to all-star game

Brother Martin High School senior Jalen Gray of New Orleans was selected to represent Brother Martin in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s all-star basketball game.

The game will be played at Centenary College on Saturday.

Cabrini track team wins at Southern Key

Cabrini High School’s track and field team won the Southern Key Investments 4-Way Track and Field Meet on Feb. 28.

Leading the Crescents were Dominique Cleggett, winning the long and triple jumps; Tayla Celestine winning the high jump and 100 meter hurdles; Courtney Schmitt winning the 1600-meter dash; and the 4x400 meter relay team, consisting of Shelby Smith, Courtney Schmitt, Celeste Scheuermann and Janie Golden.

Cabrini second-place finishers included Blythe Smith in the pole vault, Makaila Santiago in the shot put, Celeste Scheuermann in the javelin, Kyla Williams in the discus, Courtney Schmitt in the 400-meter dash, Janie Golden in the 1600-meter dash and Rebecca Wick in the 3200-meter dash and the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams of Shelby Smith, Blythe Smith, Cherrelle Perkins, Victoria Urrutia, Rakell Spencer, Tayla Celestine and Dominique Cleggett.

Third-place finishers were Tayla Celestine in long jump, Dominique Cleggett in the 100-meter dash and Meagan Leathem in the 200-meter dash.

NOCCA presents vocal concert Thurs.

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts presents a celebration of art songs at 7 p.m. on Thursday on NOCCA’s campus in the Nims Black Box Theatre, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans.

The event, free and open to the public, features NOCCA vocal music students singing classical favorites by American and British composers.

School blood drive honors student

The Academy of the Sacred Heart will hold a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in honor of Shelby Ryan Leonhard, a Sacred Heart student who died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma two years ago.

Donations of blood will be accepted on the Academy of the Sacred Heart Mater Campus (Chapel) at 4301 St. Charles Ave.

Donors must be in good health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old with photo ID.

The “Friends of Shelby” Club is selling T-shirts to benefit “Shelby’s House” in Haiti and the Shelby Leonhard Memorial Scholarship Fund. Order forms are on Sacred Heart’s website

Call (504) 269-1207.

Students present musical ‘Carnival!’

NOCCA musical theater students will show off their talents in the musical “Carnival!” Wednesday through March 23 at 7 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. at Lupin Hall on the NOCCA campus, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans.

Premiering in 1961, this Merrill and Merritt musical is based on the 1950s film “Lili.” Audience members will be taken on a journey under the circus tents by the traveling troupe of “Carnival!”

Tickets are $15. For more information, call (504) 940-2854.

Jefferson teacher, student honored

The Achievement Network has named Jefferson Parish Public School System second-grade teacher, Dawn Lobell, of Jefferson Elementary, and fifth-grade student at Johnson/Gretna Park Elementary School, Rogelio Estrada, as its teacher and student of the year, respectively. The two honorees were chosen from nominees among 64 schools in Louisiana that partner with ANet, encompassing 1,400 teachers and 20,000 students.

Johnson/Gretna Park Elementary principal Elizabeth Wren nominated Rogelio for his achievements this school year, investment in learning and his eagerness to help peers reach academic excellence.

Charter school to stress the arts

The nonprofit Young Audiences will launch a new open-enrollment, arts-integrated charter school at the Kate Middleton Campus in Gretna for the 2013-14 school year.

The school “will emphasize academic excellence and use research-based Young Audiences arts-integration programs to engage students and support teaching and learning,” said Executive Director Rickie Nutik.

The school will be open to Jefferson Parish students entering kindergarten through third grade. Each year, the school will add one grade to serve K-8 by fall 2018. Visit or call (504) 523-3525.