NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS: National Merit Scholarships of $2,500 each have been awarded to the following New Orleans-area high school seniors:

  • Timothy D. Primes, of Harahan, Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, probable career field religious service
  • Steven H. Stradley, of Harahan, Jesuit High School in New Orleans, probable career field chemical engineering
  • Jong-ho Lee, of Kenner, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches, probable career field corporate finance
  • Garth W. Cook Jr., of Metairie, Jesuit High School in New Orleans, probable career field medicine
  • Jessica Ding, of Metairie, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies in Metairie, probable career field molecular biology
  • Patrick G. LaCour, of Metairie, Jesuit High School in New Orleans, probable career field engineering
  • Olivia Grace Leonovicz, of Metairie, Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, probable career field surgical medicine
  • Robert H. Livaudais, of Metairie, Metairie Park Country Day School in Metairie, probable career field engineering
  • Gabrielle S. Stone, of Metairie, Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, probable career field medicine
  • Kayla R. Tarr, of Metairie, Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy in Avondale, probable career field environmental engineering
  • Patrick D. Fine, of New Orleans, Jesuit High School in New Orleans, probable career field accounting
  • Nicolas R. Garda, of New Orleans, Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, probable career field engineering
  • Linda W. Li, of New Orleans, Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, probable career field medicine
  • Helene C. Lovett, of New Orleans, Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, probable career field neuroscience
  • Nancy L. Ren, of New Orleans, Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, probable career field pediatrics
  • Joanna B. Haug, of St. Rose, Metairie Park Country Day School in Metairie, probable career field psychology.

LOUISIANA GREEN SCHOOLS CHALLENGE: Eight schools in the New Orleans area were winners in the 2014-15 Louisiana Green Schools Challenge sponsored by the Louisiana chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The challenge is a free statewide program that empowers students and teachers to improve their schools through low-cost or no-cost green projects. This year’s challenge engaged 48 schools, 80 teachers and 45 mentors, and affected more than 8,000 students.

Winning schools in the elementary school division included Lycee Francais, New Orleans, first place, winner of $1,500 and a water bottle filling station; and St. Paul’s Episcopal Elementary School in New Orleans, second place, $1,000.

Winning schools in the middle school division included St. Paul’s Episcopal Middle School in New Orleans, second place, $1,000; and Samuel J. Green Charter School, New Orleans, honorable mention, idea paint wall.

Winning schools in the high school division included Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, first, $1,500 and a water bottle filling station; St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie, second, $1,000; International High School in New Orleans, third, $500; and Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, honorable mention, idea paint wall. Karr also won the People’s Choice Award and a water bottle filling station.

JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL: Barri Bronston, author of “Walking New Orleans,” will be the keynote speaker at the Jewish Community Day School graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, in the school’s cafeteria, 3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

Bronston spent more than 30 years as a staff writer at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans before making the switch to public relations in 2012.

Bronston is assistant director of public relations at Tulane University, where she writes for the daily online news magazine, New Wave, as well as Tulane Medicine magazine. She also represents JCDS on the Jewish Federation 10-year Katrina Committee.