HEALTH ESSAY WINNERS: The School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans has awarded cash prizes in three age categories of an essay contest with the theme, “What Does Being Healthy Mean to Me?”

In grades nine through 12, the winners were Taylor Matthew, of Baton Rouge Magnet Academy, first; Myles Poydras, of St. Augustine High School, second; and Justin Turner, of John Curtis Christian School, third.

In grades six through eight, the winners were Corrin Emmons, of Patrick Taylor Academy, first; Johnell Marshall, of Sophie B. Wright Elementary, second; and Lucile Fonseca, of Abita Springs Middle School, third.

In grades one through five, the winners were Jannie Jones, of International School of Louisiana, first; Sydney Vander, of Lake Castle Private School, second; and Jordan Breaux, of Pittman Elementary School, third.

In each category, $750 was awarded for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

WEST BANK QUARTERBACK CLUB: The West Bank Quarterback Club recently held its West Bank high school awards banquet at the Four Columns in Harvey. The awards are now known as the Ennis H. Grundmeyer Memorial West Bank High School Awards Banquet. Thirteen outstanding high school student athletes were recognized and honored by the WBQBC.

SUMMER TESTING IN ST. BERNARD: State LEAP, GEE and EOC summer testing will be held June 23-27 for students in grades four and eight.

All students entering grades five or nine must pass the English language arts and math sections of the LEAP test. Testing will be for first-time test takers and students who previously failed to meet the minimum passing requirement for LEAP or GEE.

Students in parochial or private schools who plan to enroll in public school for grades five or nine also must meet the passing requirements for the English language arts and math sections of the LEAP test. The results of the summer tests are projected to be released by the Louisiana Department of Education in the beginning of August.

The math test will be administered at 8 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and the English language arts test will be administered at 8 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Students in grade four will test at Joseph Davies Elementary, students in grade eight will test at N.P. Trist Middle, and high school students will test at Chalmette High Ninth Grade Academy. For high school students, the science test will be administered Tuesday, and the social studies test will be administered Wednesday. Those tests will begin at 8 a.m.

Questions regarding summer LEAP/GEE testing should be directed to the district test coordinator at (504) 301-2000.