BATTLE OF THE BANDS: The New Beginnings Schools Foundation Band Battle will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Medard H. Nelson School, 3121 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans. The free event will feature bands from Medard H. Nelson, Gentilly Terrace, Langston Hughes and Arthur Ashe. All ages are welcome. Fun activities will be provided by Grow NOLA, a program of the New Orleans Kids Partnership. The Partnership offers kids and parents low-cost and free activities every Saturday at Arthur Ashe. For information on the band battle, visit

ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL: Parents of prospective students from prekindergarten through eighth grade are invited to open houses at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, and at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave.

For information, call Lisa Witter, director of admissions and financial aid, at (504) 866-6553 or visit

SHAKESPEARE FOR STUDENTS: The New Orleans Museum of Art and The NOLA Project will present the classic Shakespeare comedy “Twelfth Night; or, What You Will” in NOMA’s Great Hall. This comedy is an immersive and highly accessible production that is ideal for student groups, and group rates are available. An educational packet and activities accompany the production. Additionally, any school group that attends will be treated to a 15- to 20-minute talk-back with the cast following the performance.

Performances of “Twelfth Night” are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 21 at NOMA’s Great Hall, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans.

For information, email For the box office, call (504) 658-4100; for school or group sales, call (504) 302-9117.

For the public, tickets are $24; $18 Backstage Pass members; $18 NOMA members; $18 students 17 and under. For information, visit

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL: Thomas Jefferson High School senior Ryan Vedros has achieved a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college-readiness test.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science.

Each test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. On average, fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score.

Vedros, the son of Julian and Jeanne Vedros, of Gretna, has a long record of academic success in the Jefferson Parish Public School System. He is a 2015 National Merit semifinalist and has received five Superintendent’s Awards.

In addition to maintaining a 4.12 grade-point average, Vedros is the captain of the wrestling team at Thomas Jefferson and a member of the Boy Scouts and the National Honor Society. He also participates in club activities sponsored by the Student Government Association.

NOCCA SINGERS: Vocal music students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts tied up the top three honors at the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Regional Competition held at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

NOCCA students placed first, second and third in high school women, with 11 of the 13 students making it to the semifinal round. The competition was open to high school and college students from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Those achieving top honors among high school women, all students at the NOCCA Academic Studio, are Imani Francis, first, of New Orleans; Lindsey Reynolds, second, of New Orleans; Whitney Campbell, tied for third, of New Orleans; and Emily Sheets, tied for third, of Metairie.

Middle and high school students can learn about the NOCCA application and audition process at

Cabrini High School: Jillian Wohlgemuth of Metairie, a junior at Cabrini High School, is the recipient of a scholarship from the Joan of Arc Circle 1405 of the Daughters of Isabella, a Catholic women’s organization. Scholarships are awarded based on essays submitted to the group. Wohlgemuth is the daughter of Stephen and Stacey Maylin Wohlgemuth ’86 and the granddaughter of Kathy Schmitt Ferrage ’66.

ISIDORE NEWMAN SCHOOL: Drs. Rupa and Tarun “T.J.” Jolly have donated $3 million to Isidore Newman School to support science education. The gift is the largest in the school’s history. The Jollys are medical practitioners, entrepreneurs and Newman parents.

“We are profoundly grateful for this tremendous gift to our school,” said Dale M. Smith, Newman’s head of school. “Science lies at the frontier of innovation in the world, and this gift in support of the sciences ensures that a Newman education remains cutting-edge, inspirational and rigorous. Quite simply, the generosity of the Jolly family guarantees that Newman students at all age levels are fully equipped to thrive and achieve in our dynamic and fast-changing world.”

YOUNG AUDIENCES CHARTER SCHOOL: Young Audiences Charter School in Gretna is one of 20 schools nationwide to receive a Champion Creatively Alive Children grant from Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

The grants fund innovative programs aimed at fostering children’s critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills. Young Audiences Charter School received a $2,500 monetary grant and $1,000 worth of Crayola products to further its use of the inventive process of Design Thinking to reshape its professional development and curriculum. Its principal, Folwell Dunbar, will share outcomes from the program via NAESP’s website and a special Principal Magazine supplement to help other principals develop promising practices related to arts education.

To view the complete list of the 20 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant recipients, visit

ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR: Members of the 2014-15 chorale at St. Edward the Confessor School in Metairie are Madison Abboud, Brooke Barbara, Emma Batty, Lainie Batty, Rebecca Belanger, Ava Boudreaux, Katelyn Branch, Thomas Burgess, Faith Calagna, Anthony Carlino, Sarah Couret, Amy Darda, Quinnie Delgadillo, Abbey Dubey, Hannah Ebey, Megan Eisert, Brooke Folse, Gannon Garfin, Nicholas Gaudet, Mary Guy, Meredith Guy, Samantha Johnson, Jack Johnston, Katie Johnston, Celeste Jordan, Jodi Keelen, Alaina Kellum, Grace Lacoste, Jessica Ladd, Shelby Lanoux, Kacy Leaman, Emily Ledesma, Annie Leingang, Noah Leingang, Allie Liljeberg, Hannah Lorio, Raleigh Lusignan, Carrie Madden, Sarah Marretta, Abigail McGowan, Molly Millet, Brooke Morgan, Molly O’Regan, Emma Pepiton, Chloe Quinette, Rachel Reames, Cameron Ricks, Halle Robicheaux, Emily Sabido, Kasey Sabido, Kylie Sabido, Natalie Sabido, Caroline Smith, Grant Smith, Cassie Spezaile, Hallie Stevens, Olivia Stant, Adam Strain, Madison Tarifa, Caroline Turley, Isabella Tusa, Carlos Vasquez, Amalie Wagar and Emma Williams.

The moderator for the chorale is Randy Weaver.