The West Bank Quarterback Club recently held its West Bank high school awards banquet at the Four Columns in Harvey.

From now on, the annual banquet will be known as the Ennis H. Grundmeyer Memorial West Bank High School Awards Banquet.

Additionally, the WBQBC Outstanding West Bank High School Female Award will be known as the Ennis H. Grundmeyer Outstanding Female Award. The Outstanding Male Award will be called the William J. Dore Award.

Thirteen outstanding high school student athletes were recognized and honored by the WBQBC.

The guest speaker was DoBee Plaisance, Nicholls State University women’s head basketball coach.

The Ennis H. Grundmeyer Memorial Outstanding Female Award recipient was Courtney Pellegrin, of Fisher High School.

The William J. Dore Outstanding Award recipient was Tyree Griffin, of Landry-Walker High School.

More than 200 people attended, and special recognition was given to the West Bank Optimist Club and William J. Dore for sponsoring the WBQBC awards banquets.

Algiers seniors monthly food supplement

The Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans and Algiers Development District are teaming up through the Food for Families program to serve about 500 seniors on the West Bank on a monthly basis.

Every second Wednesday, Food for Families/Food for Seniors will provide commodity boxes to seniors in the community. The monthly pick up will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the West Bank YMCA at Federal City in Algiers.

For information, call Samantha Pichon, YMCA of Greater New Orleans, at (504) 821-9622 or email

ACT practice test

Students can take a free, full-length ACT practice test on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library meeting room. This is an opportunity to see what the test is like in real time and experience the testing process.

Students get a detailed score report so they can icreate an effective study plan.

A follow-up strategy session is planned for those who have taken the test, which parents are welcomed to attend.

Pre-registration is required, and only sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible.

To register for the practice test, call Princeton Review directly, not the library, at (888) 955-4600 or visit

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

“The Civil War Comes to Barataria” is a special ranger-led program at Barataria Preserve designed to answer the questions: What was life like on a plantation before the Civil War? Why where Barataria’s swamps a refuge for escaped slaves? What part did New Orleans play in the journey from the Civil War to civil rights?

Find out at a special ranger talk 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 and Aug. 16.

The program is free at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero near Crown Point. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext 10.

The Complete History of America (abridged)

The Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents The Complete History of America (abridged) at Teatro Wego, 177 Sala Avenue, Westwego, on June 26 and 27, and July 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket price is $15.

A special barbecue dinner show will be held July 3 at 6 p.m. Dinner ticket price is $30. The deadline to purchase them is June 26. For information, call (504) 885-200 or visit

Yetoria Lumpkin DeShazier writes about the people and events in Algiers and the West Bank. Email her at or call (504) 367-0905.