• QUESTBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP: Vy Mai of Westwego is one of 657 students from 44 states to win a full college scholarship through the QuestBridge program. Mai is a senior at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches. The application process was grueling and required hard work and dedication; in the end, she matched with her top choice, Stanford University, where she plans to study computer science. QuestBridge, a national nonprofit based in California, connects the nation’s most exceptional low-income youth with leading institutions of higher education and further life opportunities.
  • ISIDORE NEWMAN SCHOOL: Toni M. Hoover, a member of the Isidore Newman School Class of 1977, has been awarded the Newman Alumni Association’s 2016 Distinguished Alumna Award. A leader in pharmaceutical research and development, Hoover is now director of strategy planning and management for the global health division of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining the Gates Foundation in 2012, Hoover was senior vice president and site director at Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development, overseeing the operations of the company’s largest research and development laboratories in Groton, Connecticut. While at Pfizer she led the global development of the drug Lyrica from exploratory development through early commercialization.
  • ST. MARTIN’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL: Kevin Weatherill has been chosen as head of the Upper School at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie, beginning in the 2016-17 school year. He is director of college counseling at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, and a candidate for a doctorate in educational leadership, policy and organization from Vanderbilt University.
  • ALBERT CAMMON MIDDLE SCHOOL: The symphonic band and festival choir from Albert Cammon Middle School in St. Rose recently participated in Louisiana Music Educators Association regional competitions at Central Lafourche High School in Raceland. The band scored the highest possible ratings of superior for its stage and sight-reading performance and will move to state competition in April. The festival choir received superior ratings in both performance and sight reading, which resulted in a Sweepstakes Award. It will also move on to state competition.
  • ST. JOHN PRESCHOOL: Applications are being accepted for four 2016-17 preschool programs in St. John the Baptist Parish. In order to apply, a child must be 4 years old by Sept. 30 Every child will qualify for one of the preschool programs regardless of income. Applications are available at the St. John Child Development Center at 117 Stebbins St., Garyville, and must be submitted in person. Among other things, applications require income verification, the child’s birth certificate and Social Security card and the child’s immunization record. For information, call the St. John Child Development Center at (985) 535-3917.
  • DANCE CONCERT: Janie Bourgeois, of LaPlace, and Lacey Hines, of Gretna, were among the performers when students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts presented a spring dance concert March 18-19 in Treen Auditorium on the Natchitoches campus. D.J. Picolo, of Destrehan, was a technician for the performances. Bourgeois and Picolo are juniors, and Hines is a senior.
  • BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Alicia Gray, a paraprofessional at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in New Orleans, is the winner of a $500 scholarship from the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. The scholarship was presented at the Paraprofessional and School Related Personnel Conference Feb. 27 in Baton Rouge. The scholarship is for a school employee who is working to become a certified teacher.
  • CABRINI TRACK: Cabrini High School’s track and field team won the James Bickford meet at Chalmette High School with a team total of 104 points. Taylor Mumford and Haven Thomas finished first and second in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints. The 4-by-100 relay team consisting of Mumford, Thomas, Cayla Bean and Elise Duplessis also finished first. Samantha Contreras won the shot put, Miranda Kelley placed second in discus and javelin and Elise Duplessis placed second in the triple jump. Also, Bean was third in high jump, and Duplessis was third in long jump.
  • J.B. MARTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL: The February students of the month at J.B. Martin Middle School in Paradis are Laura Broussard, Jas Champagne, Brady Dufrene, Kyleigh Ford, Madison Hebert, Jenah Hutchinson, Kayla Martin, Triston Schaubhut, Kailen Schayot, Emily Schmill, Taji Sullivan and Maya Wilson.
  • TRASH BASH: Members of the Junior Beta Club at R.K. Smith Middle School in Luling participated in the St. Charles Parish Trash Bash on March 5. Student participants were Michaela Albritton, Samuel Buhler V, Gabrielle Bush, Jacoby Celestine, Victoria Clark, Anahja Hickerson, Aaliyah Jones and Ayiana Love. The group’s sponsors are Letonya Coleman, Darla LeBlanc, Chase Petit and Stacy Yarbrough.
  • R.K. SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL: The February Top Tigers at R.K. Smith Middle School in Luling were chosen on the basis of their cooperation, communication, assertion, responsibility, engagement, empathy and self-control. The sixth-grade Top Tigers were Brea Allen, Zyrieal Anderson, Davin Bryant, Nicholas Cowie, Avante Curley, Arlene Foret, Toriyana Gordon, Tori Hanaczewski, Danica Robicheaux and Connor Trahan. The seventh-grade Top Tigers were Kobe Calloway, Koy Freeman, Clause Harris, Tamara Johnson, Kailey Lachney, Hailey McGovern and Jaron Toney. The eighth-grade Top Tigers were Samuel Buhler, Marcel Byrd, Latorian Campbell, Raheem Carter, Adonis Friloux, Destiny Hardy and Tatyana Wells.
  • DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL: Religion teachers Alan DeRitter and Jan Ellis organized a winter clothing drive at De La Salle High School that brought in 123 coats, sweaters and sweatshirts for distribution at Covenant House, which provides a haven for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth, ages 22 and under. Participants in the Coats for Kids drive at De La Salle High School included Hannah Johnson Wilson, Rhojahnae August, Catherine Shea, Caitlyn Baudier, Rebecca Frank, Emily Wesley, Emily Candies, Julian Shum, Sean Barbarin, Gustavo De Paiva, Dashawn ‘Rock’ Wright, Cameron Thomassie, Jammin Pura, Fisher Rojas, John Kelly, Garrett Hickman, Payton Smith, Steve Marquez, Jeremiah Hernandez and Evan Dogru.
  • R.J. VIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The January students of the month at R.J. Vial Elementary School in Paradis are third-grader Charlie Stein, fourth-grader Jordan Hotard and fifth-grader Drake Cortez.
  • ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA: Mothers and daughters from St. Catherine of Siena School in Metairie served as models during the school’s Mother Daughter Luncheon and Style Show on March 12 at Metairie Country Club. The style show featured the wares of Foi Boutique and Little Miss Muffin. There were crafts for the children, pictures, door prizes and a delicious lunch.
  • R.J. VIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The January team member of the month at R.J. Vial Elementary School in Paradis is Kelsey Hegel, who teaches third-grade English-language arts and also provides after-school tutoring. She recently received a grant from the St. Charles Parish Public Schools Foundation to begin a Robotics Club next year with her partner teacher.