Area teenagers win photography, fitness, 4-H awards

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wicker went to the National Junior Beta Club Convention in June and came back from Nashville, Tenn., with the top prize for black and white photography.

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system emailed the media, announcing the victory of this Sherwood Middle School student.

Her winning photograph shows the interior of a vehicle framed by the broken rear window. The same image placed second in the State Junior Beta Club Competition held earlier this year.

After receiving a camera as a Christmas present two years ago, Wicker began taking more and more photos of people and places. When not busy with her camera, she is a competitive figure skater as a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association and the Figure Skating Club of New Orleans. She also does volunteer work, including at a local day care and as an instructor for beginning skaters.

Wicker, who will enter the eighth grade in the fall, also rides horses, swims and plays the piano. She is the daughter of Laura and Buddy Wicker.

Gulino gets fitness award

Alexandra Gulino, of Prairieville, was named one of 10 finalists in the Distinguished Young Women National Finals competition in Mobile, Ala.

Finishing as a finalist earned the Parkview Baptist High School graduate a $3,000 cash scholarship.

Gulino also earned preliminary competition awards in the fitness and talent categories totaling $2,000 in additional cash scholarships.

In the fall, Gulino plans to attend LSU, where she will pursue undergraduate studies in international trade and finance.

Teens win 4-H awards

Area teens were among the award winners selected and committee members elected during this month’s LSU AgCenter’s 4-H University in Baton Rouge.

More than 1,400 students participated in 4-H University, which was held over three days on the LSU campus. The students participated in 43 contests, 12 Clover College educational tracks or other educational programs.

Winners received ribbons, savings bonds, cash awards and trips to events such as 4-H Congress, which is held in Atlanta.

Contest state winners, from the area, included Trey Nelson, of Pointe Coupee Parish, automotive care, safety and driving; Andrew Hardy and Trey Nelson, of Pointe Coupee Parish, automotive care, safety and driving (team); Ann Perret, of Lafayette Parish, career preparation interview; Brook Martin, of East Baton Rouge Parish, child development; Les Miguez III, of St. Landry Parish, compact tractor; Maia Delatte, of Livingston Parish, dairy judging; Maia Delatte, Max Coats and Savannah Klier, of Livingston Parish, dairy judging (team); April Gros, of Assumption Parish, fashion review/creative choice; Sadie Costanza, of St. Landry Parish, fashion review/ready to wear; Karen Bergeron, of Assumption Parish, fashion review/special occasion; Lauren Meaux, of Pointe Coupee Parish, fishing sports; Haley Jewell, Lauren Meaux and Monica Debetaz, of Pointe Coupee Parish, fishing sports (team); Joy Jason and Rebecca Kleinpeter, of West Baton Rouge Parish, food science; Reed Smith, of Pointe Coupee Parish, horticulture judging; Clay Borel, George LaCour and Reed Smith, of Pointe Coupee Parish, horticulture judging (team); Kealy Stelly, of Lafayette Parish, meat identification; Gavin Royer, Kealy Stelly and Niki Dutile, of Lafayette Parish, meat identification (team); Caraline Abels, Jade Jenkins and Korey Hymel, of Livingston Parish, poultry judging (team); Alex Varisco, of St. Tammany Parish, public speaking/any other subject; Mallory O’Brien, of Iberia Parish, public speaking/cooperatives; Derien Pacetti and Robert Lancon, of Iberia Parish, solutions unlimited; Hailey Perry, of St. Landry Parish, soybean illustrated talk; and Brad Petras, of St. Tammany Parish, wildlife habitation judging.

Robert Lancon, of Iberia Parish, was among the state officers elected. He will serve as reporter for the 2011-2012 school year. Other area executive committee members include Whitney Bell, Ascension Parish; Brandon Dale, Lafayette Parish; Kayla Magee, Ascension Parish; Rebecca Pearce, Pointe Coupee Parish; Amy Stelly, St. Landry Parish; and Shawn Fox, Ascension Parish.

For more about 4-H, go online and visit the website,

Youth try medical field

Several local students took part in “AHEC of a Summer,” a program that allows them to explore different health-care professions and make decisions about their futures based on experience and observation.

The program is put on by Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Our Lady of the Lake College.

Students were chosen on the basis of grades, a written essay and an interview.

“AHEC of a Summer” is an accredited high school course for one-half unit elective credit.

The 2011 participants and their schools are:

Katherine Nijoka, Central Private; Bryce Robertson and Andrew Templeton, Redemptorist High; Rebekah Proctor, Dunham High; Jerlisa Robinson, Tara High; Morgan Aguillard, Kyle Busby, Alexis Lee and Kenneth Young, all Brusly High.

Also, Nicole Merritt, Port Allen High; Raven Boutté and Kenli Doss, Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy; Chyra Scott, White Castle High; Taylar Bell, Taylar Davis, Austin Labté, Nick Leger, Aasia Miller and Sydney O’Banion, all of Dutchtown High; and Sarah LaGrange, Ascension Catholic High.

Competition selects teen

A student from Prairieville is among 12 Louisiana young people recognized in the Kohl’s Department Stores Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program.

Trevor Vampran, 17, will move on to regional competition, where he will have the chance to compete for college scholarships.

More than 200 regional winners will be selected, and 10 national winners will receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships. Kohl’s will also donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on behalf of each national winner.

For a complete list of Louisiana winners, visit

Drama registration open

Registration is open for Drama Kids classes, for ages 6-11, at the DKI Acting Academy.

Classes take place on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Children’s Ministry Building at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. The first class of the fall session is Sept. 1.

Classes will work on the kinesthetics of acting, vocal control, character development, scene progression, stage directions and theatrical movement, skits, snippets, prop work, small and large group improvisations and more.

For more information, email or visit

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