Greater Baton Rouge Children’s Chorus will present “Curtain Up!” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall.

Conducted by Jennifer Ellis and Bethany Ring, the concert celebrates the genres of opera, film scores and musical theater. The program is the culmination of a semester’s study of these styles by the 36-voice ensemble of children auditioned from the Baton Rouge community.

Concertgoers will hear opera selections from Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman” and Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” as well as Broadway tunes from “The Sound of Music,” “Les Miserables,” “Spamalot” and “Big River.”

Soloists will include Cole Roland, who has performed several leading roles in Theatre Baton Rouge’s Young Actors’ Program, and Isabelle McCall, who will recreate her piano performance from the film “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2.”

Martin goes to Washington

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 15 months old and with celiac disease at 9, Madison Martin, now 12, has some strong feelings about diabetes — feelings she expressed this spring during an advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.

“I want most of all for there to be enough funding provided to find a cure,” she said in an email. “It makes me physically and emotionally sick to hear when new people are diagnosed.”

During a spring trip sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, she and her mother, Lisa, met with congressmen Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, and Dr. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, as well as staffers for senators David Vitter, R-Louisiana, and Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana.

“I also told them there needs to be more nurses in the schools so that parents don’t have to worry when their children go to school,” she said, adding she never spends the night at a friend’s home or goes anywhere else where she can’t be sure that someone will know how to take care of her if needed.

“I am also very passionate about there being enough medical insurance coverage to help people buy supplies,” Madison said, noting how a month’s supply of insulin costs $600.

“There are so many other things I could buy with that money,” she said. “Oh, the shoes!”

Dating 101 offered

Dating 101, a class for girls ages 14 to 18, will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon May 18 at the Baton Rouge Constable Community Service Center, 9207 Cortana Place in Baton Rouge. Use entrance 5 of Cortana Mall.

The program also offered by Lend Ah Hand Stalking Support Group and the Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center (STAR) aims to make teen girls aware of bullying, abuse and stalking and how those misbehaviors relate to dating.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Register online at

Runnels scores perfect SAT

Celeste Runnels, a sophomore at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, has earned a perfect SAT score of 2400, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system announced.

She also earned a perfect score on the PSAT in October.

Runnels has a GPA of 4.56, earned the Maureen O’Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary Award and a Gold Medal on the National Latin Exam this year. She also won first place overall at the state literary rally for physics. Last spring, she made a score of 770 on the Latin SAT II and 800 on the Math SAT II.

Runnels is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Junior Classical League and Jewish Club. She sings, acts and plays the cello. She also takes Latin and French lessons outside school and plans to spend this summer at a French Immersion program in Nova Scotia.

She is the daughter of James and Jessica Runnels.

Several students honored

Many students in recent weeks have received awards and other honors:

  • Megan Rená Kennedy, a junior at Parkview Baptist School, and Mason Reid Hutchinson, a junior at East Ascension High School, received honesty and integrity awards from the Trinity Union Masonic Lodge No. 372 F&AM.
  • Julie Nelson, St. Joseph’s Academy; Rachel Bourgeois, Baton Rouge Magnet High School; and Chris Ruth, Catholic High School, received honesty and integrity awards from St. James Masonic Lodge No. 47.
  • Riley “Bo” Joseph Trisler, a senior at West Feliciana High School, won the Sons of the American Revolution annual Oration Contest. His award was presented at the Louisiana State Archives by the Gen. Philemon Thomas Chapter SAR chapter.
  • Michael Hutchinson, a McKinley High School senior, has been admitted to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana with a full scholarship through QuestBridge, a Palo Alto, Calif., nonprofit that connects high-achieving low-income students with opportunities at 35 leading U.S. colleges. Hutchinson plans to study chemical engineering.

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