• ISIDORE NEWMAN SCHOOL: Camryn Aaliyah Jackson, of Gretna, a senior at Isidore Newman School, is one of 85 high school students from 27 states to win a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation college scholarship worth up to $40,000 annually. She will attend Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and plans to pursue a career in photojournalism. The scholarships are awarded on financial need and strong records of academic achievement as shown by grades, test scores, leadership skills, service to others and perseverance in the face of adversity. Many are familiar with Jackson from her performance in the role of Cherise on “Treme.”
  • WEST ST. JOHN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Chantell Walker, principal at West St. John Elementary School in Edgard, is one of 24 semi-finalists for Louisiana Principal of the Year. This is Walker’s second year leading the school. She was previously an assistant principal at West St. John High School. She joined the St. John the Baptist Parish public school district in 2008 as a high school and dual-enrollment math teacher at West St. John High School, where she also served as the math department chairwoman and school counselor. Under her leadership, West St. John Elementary School increased its School Performance Score 16.6 points in 2015. Walker is one of two semi-finalists from St. John the Baptist Parish. Karen Dottolo, a teacher at John L. Ory Communication Arts Magnet School, was earlier named a semifinalist for Louisiana Teacher of the Year.
  • DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL: Among the awards presented during the De La Salle High School senior awards breakfast were the American Legion Award, presented to Jamie Angelo and Scott Lauland by Jim Pilet ’62 and Francis Moises ’67, of Ed Brauner Post 307; the Citizenship Award, presented to Scott Lauland and Jordan Rankins by New Orleans City Council member LaToya Cantrell; and the French Language Award, presented to Britany Bolaños Ruiz by L’Union Française.
  • CABRINI HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH: The 2016-17 officers of the Spanish Honor Society at Cabrini High School in New Orleans are Caroline Allen, president; Payton Dawson, vice president; Madisen McCants, secretary; Kaci Hannan, treasurer; and Lemuria Clark, historian. Members of the organization include Rebekah Alvarenga, Silvia Bowman, Sophia Brouillette, Katherine Cousin, Gabriela Estrada, Natalie Frazier, Chloe Mangerchine and Alona Thomas.