Clinton Masons honor Hodges, Castello

At an Oct. 24 dinner, students John Paul Hodges and Addison Castello received Honesty and Integrity Awards from Clinton Masonic Lodge 52.

Hodges is a junior football player at Centerville Academy. He attends Feliciana Baptist Church in Clinton. After graduation in 2019, he plans to attend Baton Rouge Vocational Community College for welding, machinist and millwright certification. Hodges is part of the first graduating class of the Masonic Dyslexia Training Program sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. It is hosted by the Slaughter Masonic Lodge and held at the Slaughter Elementary School. 

Castello is a senior at Silliman Institute in Clinton, where she has 4.0 grade-point average and has been a member of the Honor Society since the seventh grade. She also has been a member of Silliman's cross country team, which won the 2014 MAIS state championship team. She will attend Southeastern Louisiana University next fall and plans to major in nursing.

Scott Broderick spoke about the importance of honesty and integrity in young lives. Worshipful Master McDuffie Herod presented the students with a check and certificate.

Bicycle Club donates to Kids' Christmas

The Baton Rouge Bicycle Club has donated $2,200 to the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office Kids' Christmas Fund.

The fund was raised by the club’s Sept. 30 "Fall in the Felicianas" charity bike ride, which included 155 cyclists, at the West Feliciana Sports Park. 

Sheriff J. Austin Daniel established Kids' Christmas 17 years ago. Each child that attends can pick out one toy, and all are entered into the drawing to win one of the donated bicycles, Daniel said.

Kids' Christmas will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the West Feliciana Middle School gym, with Santa making an appearance at noon. For information, call Barbara at (225) 784-3109.

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Iota Master takes trip down memory lane

Jane Haupt led a program in which members reminisced about things that happened in their lives when Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 12 at Haupt's home. Essie Mongeau was the co-hostess.

Lynda Smith was crowned chapter sweetheart by Cheryl Foster and will be presented at the Sweetheart Ball on Feb. 13.

The chapter wrapped presents for Brave Heart. The presents will go to children in foster care throughout Louisiana at Christmas.

In October, the club's service project was Sock It To Me, which is sponsored by Parents Magazine. Members collected new socks for infants through adult sizes. The club also collected soup for Mighty Moms so children in need will have food on the weekends throughout the winter.

Faircloth, Boudreaux lead LSU homecoming court

Matthew Boudreaux, a senior from Lafayette, was named homecoming king and Camille Faircloth, a senior from Pineville, was named homecoming queen at halftime during the LSU-Troy football game on Sept. 30.

Members of the 2017 homecoming court also include queen candidates Madison Hopper, senior, DeRidder; and McKenzie McClain, senior, Slidell; king candidates Jared Bigler, senior, Houma; and Bon Wells, senior, Houma. Other court members were Bailey Daly, sophomore, Lafayette; Mason Ramagos, sophomore, New Roads; Sebastian Brumfield Mejía, junior, Baton Rouge; Emily Jones, junior, Chalmette; Johnathon Price, junior, Leesville; Hailey Simpson, junior, Goshen, Kentucky; Tori Callais, graduate student, Denham Springs; and Ferdous Intaj, graduate student, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Video proposals earn scholarships for local students

Two Baton Rouge students have been awarded scholarships for videos they submitted explaining their ideas for start-ups that will help better the world.

Popular Science magazine, Toyota and the University of California-Davis invited students from across the country to submit a 30-second video. Ann Nguyen, 18, and Jade Olivia Woods, 17, both students at St. Joseph's Academy, were selected by a panel of independent judges.

Nguyen's proposal involves diagnosing concussions in teen athletes using eye-tracking technology in eyeglasses. Woods' is a system that uses nanotechnology to protect cities from rising seas.

Each will be awarded $10,000 in scholarship money from Toyota and the University of California-Davis and a trip to the university to attend an awards reception on Thursday, Nov. 9. They will present their ideas to notable individuals in the science and technology communities, and participate in a panel discussion on: "How do you make a difference and make money at the same time?"

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