De La Salle senior’s poetry to be printed

Gregory Jacob III, a De La Salle senior, has been selected as a student poet to be published in the June edition of American High School Poets’ volume My World/Summer 2013.

Greg submitted a poem, “Homeward Bound,” which was selected a topical winner in the 15th annual National High School Poetry Contest. Two percent of submissions are chosen for the volume.

Greg is a member of De La Salle’s Poetry club and the Maroon Legend, the school yearbook; La Troupe DLS and the football team. He plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe to study atmospheric science.

Nicholls State signs Cabrini soccer player

Cabrini High School soccer standout Shelby Smith has signed a scholarship offer with Nicholls State to play softball.

Smith, a senior from Terrytown, was twice named to the All-State team, once to the All-State Freshman team, twice the District Offensive MVP and named to the All-District team on four occasions.

The senior striker for Cabrini’s soccer team was instrumental in Cabrini’s success over the last four years that included numerous state, regional, bi-district and district appearances and championships.

Grads with disabilites get transitional help

Families Helping Families of Southeast Louisiana will offer a workshop Tuesday for parents and teachers to aid students with disabilities through the transition out of high school at the St. Maria Goretti Church Gauthreaux Center, 7300 Crowder Blvd., eastern New Orleans.

“Transition Academy: A Stepping Stone to Independence” will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parents will learn about opportunities, supports and services needed for their children to be gainfully employed after high school. A professional development workshop for teachers will focus on evidence-based instructional strategies to help students succeed after high school.

The mission of Families Helping Families of Southeast Louisiana is to educate and empower individuals with disabilities, their families, professionals and communities by providing resources, training and family-to-family support. Its goal is a region where people with disabilities live and are fully included in school, work and recreation.

For information, call (504) 943-0343 or visit

Plessy, Behrman tapped by arts group

Homer Plessy Community School, Martin Behrman Charter School and Riverside Academy in Reserve are among seven Louisiana schools accepted by the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts for the Louisiana A+ Network for the 2013-14 school year.

The schools were recognized during Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne’s Culture Awards on Tuesday in Baton Rouge.

A+ Schools supports arts integration, a system that infuses art, reflection, performance and other methods of understanding into every subject of learning.

The network provides teachers with the essentials to think creatively about how students can apply learning to the real world, and how they can present curricula to students in ways they learn best.

For information about Louisiana A+ Schools, visit For information about the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, visit

Our Lady students recognized for art

Two students from Academy of Our Lady in Marrero were recognized in the Young Artists Exhibit held in April at the West Bank Regional Library.

Brittany Robichaux of Marrero won first place and Cheyenne Reynolds of Harvey took second.

AOL student Kaitlyn Fortuna of New Orleans has been signed by the track and field team of Dillard University.

Kaitlyn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Fortuna, of New Orleans.

Mt. Carmel Key Club honored at meeting

At the 70th annual District Convention in Lafayette, the Mount Carmel Academy Key Club won the nontraditional scrapbook competition and the single service award for the Gold Division in recognition of the school’s health fair at Marie Riviere Elementary, which was funded by the Brown Foundation. Junior Reagan Sandoz was elected district secretary/treasurer, and junior Kelly Owens was elected lieutenant governor for Division 4-A.