School briefs for Jan. 15, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Dominican - Shown, from left, are St. Mary's Dominican High School AP Scholars Kaitlyn Tholen, of Kenner; Callie Oliver, of Metairie; Rachel Nguyen, of New Orleans; Margaret Webb, of Metairie; Brooke Duplantier, of Braithwaite; and Genevieve Mattei, of Metairie. Nadia Khan, of Kenner, is also and AP Scholar.

NOCCA PIE OF THE MONTH: NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students are baking desserts all year long to support the program. January’s Pie of the Month is Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mousse. The deadline to place an order is Jan. 25. Cost is $20 at the NOCCA Marketplace,

The treat can be picked up between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 and Feb. 2. Pies that haven’t been retrieved by the end of the day Feb. 2 will be wrapped and frozen and can be picked up at any time before the next month’s pick-up date.

Purchases at the NOCCA Marketplace support the young artists as they study to become tomorrow’s cultural leaders at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. For information, call (504) 940-2900 or email

ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR SCHOOL: Students at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic School have been invited to join the fourth- through seventh-grade talent search for gifted students sponsored by Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. They are:

Fourth grade: Rebecca Belanger, Grace Bodenheimer, Katelyn Branch, Colleen Corcoran, Christian Courtade, Taylor Davis, Sam Fradella, Hayden Frey, Meredith Guy, Joseph Haase, Austin Krajcer, Annie Leingang, Raleigh Lusignan, Averie Marino, Logan Meredith, Brooke Morgan, Isabella Muralles, Emma Pepiton, Tatiana Ronquillo and Carlos Vasquez

Fifth grade: Isabel Adams, Luke Barbara, Megan Eisert, Gannon Garfin, Piper Maza, Grace McDowell, Molly Millet, Phineas Morris, Abigail Mowers,Halle Robicheaux, Kasey Williams, Dominic Anders, Andrew Cavignac, Amy Darda, Noah Davis, Meghan Rousset, Kylie Sabido, Ame’lie Wagar and Emma Williams

Sixth grade: Katherine Arriaga, Lainey Batty, Blake Folse, Brooke Folse, Celeste Jordan, Kacy Leaman, Noah Leingang, Caroline Madden, Christen Magee, Morgan Michiels and Isabella Tusa

Seventh grade: Madison Bergeron, Patrick Corcoran, Abigail McGowan, Adam Strain, Kayla Williams, Abbey Dubey, Mary Guy, Michael Holcomb, Tu Le, Scott Hew, Amanda Darda and Mia Melgar.

Each year, a select group of students in the United States and India are identified as academically gifted based on their exceptional standardized test scores in school and are invited to participate in the Duke TIP program. Only students scoring in the 95th percentile or better on standardized tests qualify.

DOMINICAN AP SCHOLARS: Nineteen current students and recent graduates of St. Mary’s Dominican High School have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams.

AP Scholar recognition was granted to students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Current students recognized were Nadia Khan, of Kenner; Genevieve Mattei, of Metairie; Rachel Nguyen, of New Orleans; Callie Oliver, of Metairie; and Kaitlyn Tholen, of Kenner. Dominican 2014 graduates include Julia Bindewald, Kathryn Briuglio, Madeline Evans, Brittany Maldonado, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Audrey Scandurro, and Taylor Sheridan.

AP Scholar with Honor was granted to students Brooke Duplantier, of Braithwaite, and Margaret Webb, of Metairie. This honor recognizes students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Recognized as AP Scholar with Distinction were Dominican graduates Elizabeth Dao, Molly Nagele, Stephanie Reuter, Lillian Ryan and Holly Stewart. This award is granted to students who receive average scores of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

The College Board’s AP Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Although there is no monetary award, each award-winning student receives a certificate, and the award is acknowledged on any AP score report that is sent to college after the award has been conferred.