MANDEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL: The recent performance of the District 9 Honor Band at Southeastern Louisiana University included 21 musicians from the Mandeville High School Skipper Band: Molly Bahlinger, Ben Bardell, Tedie Cahill, Madeline Costa,Jeffrey Deng, Jacob Ehrlicher, Gabe Ellis, Robert Fahey, Christian Farrell, Nathan Gunn, Barrett Hodgson, Alana Legnon, Daniel Lelorier, Larise Madrigal, Isabel Moeller,Grace Newman, Andrew Perrilloux, Bailey Perrilloux, William Rotondo-McCord, Maxwell Sejud and Erik Yancey. The clinician for the Senior High Honor Band was Craig Millet, of St. Amant High School. Robert Fahey also played alto saxophone and William Rotondo-McCord also played trumpet with the Senior High Jazz Honor Band, working with clinician Clarence Johnson.

LEE ROAD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: Ten musicians from Lee Road Junior High School in Covington have been selected for the District 9 Honor Band. They are Noah Adams, Travers Benoit, Kristian Boyll, Abigail Cloud, Mason Desandro, Anthony Hernandez, Rubin Hernandez, Justin McCarra, Kellen Meyers and Braeden Sharp. The director is Heidi Perry.

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY: Free classes for people 16 and older seeking to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma are being offered by Northshore Technical Community College in Slidell, Lacombe, Hammond, Greensburg, Bogalusa and Franklinton. Day and evening classes are available. In St. Tammany Parish, intake and placement testing will be Feb. 28 and orientation will be March 2. For more information and to register, visit

NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: The seventh-graders with the best projects in the social studies fair at Northlake Christian School in Covington advanced to regional competition Jan. 31 at Southeastern Louisiana University. They are Seanna Baldwin, Mia Bottner, Kyle Foster, Allie Kate Jones, Bankston Northcutt and Christian Ulfers.

LITTLE OAK MIDDLE SCHOOL: Callie Penta and Bailey Beals recently presented their science research, "Got Plankton? Comparing Bay St. Louis and Lake Pontchartrain," at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union at the New Orleans Convention Center. They are part of the union's Bright Stars program. The sixth-graders are in Ashley Hoselle's class at Little Oak Middle School in Slidell.

CLASS GOT BRASS: Applications are being accepted through Feb. 16 from Louisiana high schools and middle schools that would like to participate in the Class Got Brass competition sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The contest challenges the schools to create traditional New Orleans-style brass bands, as opposed to marching bands. The competition will be March 4 in conjunction with the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. At stake is more than $30,000 worth of instruments for the participating schools' music programs. To apply, visit