UNO ENGINEERING: Prerak Chapagain, a sophomore at the University of New Orleans, is one of six students from around the world who have been chosen for a 12-week fellowship with the Australian Astronomical Observatory in Sydney. Chapagain, a Nepal native, is majoring in electrical engineering and mathematics. Chapagain said he will work to develop a robotic device that can accurately position large payloads. Chapagain said he hopes to work in renewable energy and efficient energy conversion.
DELGADO MOTOR VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY: Jeff Fontenot, a student at Delgado Community College, won the gold medal in automotive service technology at the Louisiana SkillsUSA competition in Shreveport in April. Ross Robichaux, of Delgado, won the bronze medal at the statewide competition. Fontenot is eligible to represent Delgado at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky, this summer.
SOUTHEASTERN BROADCASTING: The Capitol Correspondents Association in Baton Rouge has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Maria Goddard, of New Orleans, a reporter-anchor for the Southeastern Channel’s student newscast “Northshore News." Goddard also was recently honored by the Mississippi-Louisiana Associated Press Broadcasters and won a Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists for Region 12.
SOUTHEASTERN EDUCATION: Abbie Chiasson, of Luling, has been awarded Southeastern Louisiana University's College of Education Senior Scholarship. Also, Payton Bryant, of Luling, was awarded the Simoneaux-Holmes Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education during the college's honors convocation May 2.
WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY: Patrice R. Williams, of Gretna, and Megan Ashley Zulli, of Meraux, have been named to the president's list, with 4.0 GPAs, at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Named to the dean's list, with GPAs of 3.5 or better, are Zonda Angel Gooden, of New Orleans; Troy Vincent Salvant, of Marrero; and Gregorie Carter Williams, of St. Rose.