LSU STAMPS SCHOLAR: Ellen Lucy Simon was chosen to enroll at LSU as a Stamps Leadership Scholar. The value of the Stamps Leadership Scholarship for four years at LSU is worth up to $97,000, including enrichment funds for international travel, research internships and outdoor leadership experiences.

She was chosen for her leadership, scholarship, perseverance, service and creativity.

Lucy is the child of Charles and Kerri Simon.

Her recent activities and honors include graduating from Academy of Sacred Heart with highest honors; serving as captain of her high school swim team and editor in chief of her school newspaper; working as a private tutor and swim lesson instructor; competing in the district and state Science Olympiad competition; serving as a National Honor Society and Honor Council member; and earning the status of National Merit Commended student.

She is a graduate of Academy of Sacred Heart and plans to study pre-medicine.

SUNO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SEMINAR: Judge Bernadette D’Souza shared her knowledge as the first permanent Family Court Judge at Orleans Parish Civil District Court during a domestic violence seminar at Southern University in New Orleans. The panel discussion was presented by the SUNO School of Social Work and sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

In her presentation, D’Souza discussed lethality assessment, which helps gauge danger in domestic violence situations, as well as safety planning and the laws protecting victims of abuse. She also offered a judicial perspective of handling domestic violence cases as a family court judge. D’Souza serves as co-chairwoman on the Domestic Violence Committee of the National Association of Women Judges.

D’Souza told seminar attendees, “It is my hope that domestic violence will be eradicated from our communities.”