Cortana members speak about Kiwanis

Long-time members Terrell Martin and Paul Salvant spoke to the Cortana Kiwanis Club on June 26 on how belonging to Kiwanis has enriched their lives and careers through networking and being involved in improving the community.

Martin has been a CPA for 35 years and is employed by Hannis T. Bourgeois Accounting Partners. Salvant owns Bug Man Pest Control.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd. At each meeting there is an informative program presented along with regular club business. Burk Baker will speak on common law vs. civil law by on July 17, and Cindy Bishop will speak about the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation on July 24.

Guests are welcome to attend. For information, contact Lowell Tilley, or (225) 272-6744.

Holiday-James honored at Rebirth celebration

Sarah Holliday-James received the Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award at Rebirth’s Magazine’s first anniversary celebration, “Magazine Madness: Paparazzi Style Red Carpet” event June 28 at the Famous Theatre in Baton Rouge.

Also honored were Yonetta Turcuit, Lillian Moore Faith Award; Nadia Lindsey, Abraham Lincoln Burrell Entrepreneur Award; Donna Butler, Top Notch Diva Award; Jessica Johnson, Ruby Dee Pioneer Award; Darlene St. Romain, Oprah Winfrey Philanthropist Award; and Pamela Vessell, Maya Angelou Phenomenal Woman Award. Martisa “Marty” Henderson was host, and Keith Rashad and Erron Johnson entertained.

Rebirth Magazine is owned and operated by Simone Higginbotham. Vanessa T. Williams is editor in chief. For information, contact Elissa Boudreaux, (225) 226-0264 or

Cassidy appoints five to military academies

Five students from the Sixth Congressional District have received appointments to military service academies from U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, his office announced on July 3: John Greer, Prairieville, Dutchtown High School, U.S. Military Academy; Matthew Macias, Prairieville, Dutchtown High School, U.S. Naval Academy; Kyle Salles, Luling, Hahnville High School, U.S. Naval Academy; Colby Stewart, Houma, Terrebonne High School, U.S. Air Force Academy; and Matthew Suarez, LaPlace, Brother Martin High School, U.S. Naval Academy.

Students and parents who have questions about nominations for service academy appointments should contact Cassidy’s Baton Rouge office, (225) 929-7711.

Five from area receive Dudley DeBoisier grants

Five Baton Rouge area students are among nine statewide to win scholarships this year from the Dudley DeBosier personal injury law firm.

Area scholarship recipients are Arnesia Cador, Glen Oaks High School, and Rayneisha Maiden, Scotlandville Magnet High School, Baton Rouge; Victoria Arnold, St. Amant High School; Michael Favorite Jr., Donaldsonville High School; and Margarite LaBorde, Port Allen High School. Each received $1,000.

The scholarship program recognizes high school seniors who have overcome challenges in pursuit of a college education. Seniors were encouraged to enter the essay competition by writing an essay detailing the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them or the public service announcement competition by submitting a video about the dangers of texting and driving or drinking and driving.

Winners were chosen based on academic performance, quality of writing or video submission, and demonstration of financial need. Eight $1,000 scholarships were awarded to the winners of the Essay Competition. Public service announcement competition winner Rachel Lee Prestwood, of C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, received a $2,000 scholarship.

Herron graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Derieo M. Herron graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Leslie and Donald Herron, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2009 graduate of Broadmoor High School.

Lambert completes Navy basic training

Navy Seaman Recruit Cameron Lambert, son of Eric P. Lambert and Dawn A. Fusilier, of Gonzales, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Lambert is a 2011 graduate of Dutchtown High School.

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