‘Louisiana Rocks’ author Aswell speaks

Author Tom Aswell spoke of his discoveries about Louisiana’s contributions to rock and roll in his book, “Louisiana Rocks: The True Genesis of Rock and Roll,” when the Friendship Force of Baton Rouge held its quarterly meeting June 26 at Café Americain.

Plans also were discussed for the upcoming “Christmas in July” party at the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson. Trips to Oregon and Bergen, Norway, scheduled for later this year, also were discussed.

For information on Friendship Force, contact Frances Bennett, (225) 926-4710.

Broadmoor teacher to get national award

Crystal Williams Gordon, a biology teacher at Broadmoor High School, will receive the 2015 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence.

She is among 39 public educators from across the nation who will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on Feb. 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

From the 39 state award winners, five finalists will be selected to receive $10,000 in cash awards. At the gala, one finalist will be named the nation’s top educator and receive an additional $25,000. The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards. Williams Gordon was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Educators.

Stewart graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Alvin W. Stewart II graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Stewart is the son of Alvin and Wanda Stewart, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2011 graduate of McKinley Senior High School.

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