• BRASS BAND COMPETITION:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Class Got Brass, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s program to support music education in schools while promoting the brass band tradition, is back with a contest for Louisiana middle and high schools to create traditional New Orleans-style brass bands (as opposed to marching bands). At stake are more than $30,000 worth of instruments for the participating schools’ music programs. The firstText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color-place prize is a gift certificate worth $10,000 in instruments, instrument repair and other supplies for the winning school’s band programs. Second place is $7,000; third place is $5,000. For the third year, there’s also a category for beginner brass bands, with prizes of $5,000, $4,000 and $3,000 for the top groups. The deadline to enter Class Got Brass is March 7. For contest guidelines, go to www.jazzandheritage.org/what-we-do/high-school-brass-band-competition. The Class Got Brass contest will be on Sunday, March 20, in conjunction with the foundation’s Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival.
  • BROTHER MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorThe Rev. John Restrepo, a Dominican priest and pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church, was the celebrant at a Mass on the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. The Mass also celebrated the Dominicans’ 800 years of service to education. Restrepo reflected on the life and wisdom of the “universal teacher” while incorporating the decor of a lamp and Crusader shield into his homily.
  • ST. MARY’S DOMINICAN:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Mu Alpha Theta members competed in a math tournament held recently at Brother Martin High School. The competition drew 449 students from 22 schools. Dominican students placing individually include: Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorIn the algebra II category, Lili Cerise, second place; and Victoria Liu and Abby Webb, honorable mention. In the pre-calculus category, Catherine Cerise, Elizabeth Champagne, Grace Nguyen and Gabrielle Terranova, honorable mention. In the calculus category, Jessica Schaumburg and Sage Ducoing, honorable mention. Team honors in the Math Bowl ciphering competition include: In the Algebra II category, Liu, Webb, Lili Cerise and Emma Duckworth, fourth place. In the pre-calculus category, Terranova, Catherine Cerise, Elizabeth Champagne and Kathryn Fasold, second place. And in the calculus category, Ducoing, Emily Champagne, Summer Trusty and Kristen Williams, third place.
  • MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Pink volleyball games held last fall raised more than $17,000 for the Tulane Cancer Center; of that total, $5,000 came from the game at Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans. Representing Mount Carmel at the check presentation Jan. 28 were head coach April Hagadone, athletic trainer David Mocklin, Marissa Lagasse, Kristen Nuss and Kierstan Perry.
  • NEW ORLEANS CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color NOCCA is offering visual arts workshops for students in grades eight through 11. Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorThe Still Life Painting Workshop is open to beginners through experienced painters. The workshop explores color theory, mixing colors on a palette, pulling value scales and painting from a still life. There is a $40 supply fee. The workshop will be held on Fridays, Feb. 26, March 4, March 11 and March 18. The Exploring Paint Through Observation Workshop will teachText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colorpaint blending and various painting techniques through a series of observation-based still paintings. Students will explore monochromatic and complementary color palettes. Students will set up and light their own color-dominant still life subjects, including bottles, toys and food, to create a series of paintings exploring color, value and texture. There is a $40 supply fee. The workshop will be held on Fridays, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 4 and March 11. The Journal Making Workshop will show students how to make their own journals. Students will design covers, cut paper and sew the binding. There is a $35 supply fee. Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorThe workshop will be held on Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorFridays, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 4 and March 11. For more information, call (504) 940-2854 or email bhammell@nocca.com.
  • ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Shea Poche, a student at St. Charles Catholic High School, has been awarded a $2,000 high school tuition scholarship given in memory of Marie Ory Dupont, a 2000 SCC graduate who died in 2011. An essay contest was used to determine the winner of the scholarship. Brittney Champagne, Noah Jacob and Shelbi St. Pierre received consolation awards of $100 each.Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color At SCC to present the annual scholarship in Dupont’s name was her mother, Joan Ory.
  • ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorAll-Star Foundation scholarships have been awarded to Lela Hill and Alex Miller, of St. Charles Catholic High School. The scholarships, each worth $1,000 toward their high school tuition, were presented by Todd P. Trosclair, a 1977 graduate of St. Charles Borromeo High School who is now CEO of All Star Electric Inc. Trosclair also is the alumni co-chairman for the United in Faith capital campaign underway at St. Charles Catholic High School.
  • ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH SCHOOLS:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color A number of students in St. John the Baptist Parish schoolText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colors received awards during the Region 10 Social Studies Fair on Jan. 25 at Nicholls State University. The state competition will take place Feb. 24 in Lake Charles. Regional winners from St. John the Baptist Parish in Division I, for grades four and five, were Donrell Lumar, political science, second place; Norelle Frank, anthropology, third place; and Jaden Porter, Louisiana history, third place. Regional winners from the parish in Division II, for grades six through eight, were Jenna Necaise, geography, first place; and Madison Boudreaux, sociology, third place. Regional winners from the parish in Division III, for grades nine through 12, were Fred Turner, political science, first place; Darrell Bailey, Louisiana history, first place; Loren Aubert, anthropology, second place; Cory Mitchell and Alan Burl, sociology team, second place; and Ria Edwards, sociology, third place. Regional winners from the parish in Division IV were Joann Herrera, anthropology, first place; Alexis Dusang, Louisiana history, first place; and Sara Sosa, sociology, second place.
  • LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color The St. John the Baptist Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorParish School Board recently broke ground for the reconstruction of Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School in LaPlace. The original school building was destroyed by Hurricane Isaac flooding in 2012; its students have been attending classes on the campus of East St. John Elementary School. Among those on hand for the groundbreaking were Superintendent Kevin George; School Board members Russell Jack, Phillip Johnson, Keith Jones, Gerald Keller, Rodney Nicholas, Patrick Sanders, Shawn Wallace and Russ Wise; and Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School Principal Jason Beber. The new 95,450-square-foot school will accommodate 800 students in from prekindergarten through eighth grade. It will be a foot above base flood elevation, which will put it 4 feet above the existing site and 9 feet above sea level.
  • VISITATION OF OUR LADY:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color First- and second-graders at Visitation of Our Lady School in Marrero had a visit from local author Cornell Landry. He read and autographed several of his books, including “Happy Mardi Gras!”Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Several second-graders used his books for their book report float project.
  • R.K. SMITH:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color R.K. Smith Middle School in Luling honored its January Top Tigers. Each advisory teacher chose a student who demonstrates Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colorcooperation, communication, assertion, responsibility, engagement, empathy and self-control. The students are Zariyah Knight, Damion Hammond, Nasir Gardner, Jules Edler, Niara Simmons, Mehki Mitchell, K’Jon Smith, Donald Turner, Gabrielle Bush and Kivon Wright, of sixth grade; Quinn Champagne, Gage Vinet, Shanice Junior, Blair Tonglet, Christina Steib, Jade Thomas and Jaselyn Robertson, of seventh grade; and Bailey Henriques, Danae Lorio, Victoria Clark, Dejaijah Strickland, Herman Triggs and Charish Borne, of eighth grade. The school also recently inducted new Beta Club members Anajah Hickerson, Billy Davis Jr., Jacoby Celestine and Gabby Bush. R.K. Smith students Aaliyah Jones, Clyde McLaughlin II and Billy Davis Jr. also recently attended the St. Charles Parish public schools middle school debate.
  • VISITATION OF OUR LADY:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Catholic Schools Week at Visitation of Our Lady School in Marrero had the theme “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color The week began with a special Mass and skit performed by members of the school’s Student Council and HALO Club. The theme of service was highlighted as students were asked to perform random acts of kindness for others during the week. Older students were paired with younger students to create banners displaying the theme of service. The school collected toiletries for homeless people at the Harry Tompson Center in New Orleans to emphasize the importance of service to others. The week ended with the school’s choir performing at Lakeside Shopping Center for the Catholic Schools Arts and Music Festival.