ST. ROSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The 2017-18 teacher of the year at St. Rose Elementary School is Laurence Chavez, who teaches English as a second language. 

MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY: Mount Carmel Academy bowling team members Eden Francis and Taylor Hunn have qualified for the Pepsi Youth Championship after finishing with high scores in the New Orleans Prep League. The eighth-graders will have an opportunity to earn scholarships through competition against other top bowlers in the state.

ST. JOHN SCIENCE FAIR: The St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District held its Science Fair on Nov. 29. Students had to win at the school level to advance to the district competition. Top students from the district competition will now advance to the regional competition. Winners among the high school students in Division 2 were: 

  • East St. John High School: Brandon Cousta, energy, first; Jania McMickle, microbiology, first; Phillip Riggio, robotics and intelligent machines, second; and Chris Taylor, chemistry, first.
  • West St. John High School: Roberta Holmes, robotics and intelligent machines, first; Amiya Lumar, chemistry, second; and Jalen Walker, animal sciences, first.

Winners in Division 1 were: 

  • East St. John Preparatory Academy: Conteca Cook, microbiology, second; Daija Gaines, behavioral and social sciences, first; Jai Gaines, earth and environmental science, first; Zuleyka Suc Ixcoy, microbiology, third; Jerome Reed, biochemistry, second; Jeremy Snyder, physical energy, second; and Jonathon Webre, chemical energy, second.
  • Emily C. Watkins Elementary: Marcial Barrera, engineering mechanics, second; Katie Loranca, physical energy, first; Mya Miller, behavioral and social sciences, third; Alyssa Payne, chemical energy, third; and Bryson Smith, physical energy, third.
  • Garyville/Mount Airy Math and Science Magnet: Emmani Payne, engineering mechanics, first; Aaron Scioneaux, chemistry, first; Asia Scioneaux, plant sciences, first; and Carlo Travis Jr., biomedical and health sciences, first.
  • John L. Ory Magnet: Rosie Bourgeois, physics and astronomy, first; Jada Brown, biomedical and health sciences, second; Victor Estrella and Mason Jones, chemistry (team) first; Amari Foster, plant sciences, second; Ellian Green and Darryl Robertson, behavioral and social sciences, first; Damon Meeker, physics and astronomy, third; Tr'Nahja Smith, chemistry, third; Alissa Stutzman, behavioral and social sciences, second; Lexi St. Pierre, biochemistry, first; and Victoria Upshaw, biomedical and health sciences, third.
  • Lake Pontchartrain Elementary: Ava Davis, animal sciences, first; James Marshall, earth and environmental science, second; JaRon Minor, animal sciences, second; and Kiya Sears, microbiology, first.
  • LaPlace Elementary: Connealla Porter, chemistry, second; Luis Rivera, chemical energy, first; Zachary Taylor, materials science, first; and Bryce Watkins, environmental engineering, first.
  • West St. John Elementary: Daylen Jackson, physics and astronomy, second; and Kylin Smith, engineering mechanics, third.
  • West St. John High School: Shamar Pierre, animal sciences, third; and Anaya Shephard, plant sciences, third.

ST. MARY'S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: The Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society at St. Mary's Dominican High School has 41 new members. The new members are Anne Alexander, Madison Bertucci, Catherine Bickerton, Elise Bourg, Brooke Boyd, Hannah Cao, Bella Dardano, Aimee Denenea, Elizabeth Fluellen, Lucy Harper, Nia Hudson, Lyndsey Jones, Isabella Icamina, Bryce Leonhard, Anne Marie Licata, Vivian Liu, Gracie Mae Manthey, Hallie Matherne, Kennedi Melancon, Ella Melnyk, Sara Miller, Meagan Morici, Sophie Nabonne, Chloe Nguyen, Isabella Ockman, Mayah Olivero, Ashley Patron, Celeste Patron, Tessa Paul, Reagan Perry, Elexis Raymond, Margaret Schmidt, Celeste Schonberg, Julia Slattery, Tai Sutherland, Anaise Thomas, Rebecca Triche, Lauren Wehlen, Grace Wood, Irene Yu and Catherine Zimmerman.

VISITATION OF OUR LADY: Middle school students from Visitation of Our Lady School in Marrero placed second overall in the Academy of Our Lady Academic Games, which involved nine Catholic schools from across the New Orleans area. Denise Warrington was the students' faculty leader. Working in teams of two, the students took tests in subjects including anatomy and physiology, spelling, geometry, early America and math. Winners from Visitation of Our Lady were:

  • First place: Logan Anderson, Riley Doherty, Dylan Huynh, Joseph Loyola, Emma Scobel and Emmet Scobel.
  • Second place: Rilley Doherty, Braedon Dunn, Dylan Huynh, Joseph Loyola, Emma Scobel and Tiffany Tran.
  • Third place: Lily Bergeron, Dylan Huynh, Joseph Loyola, Emmet Scobel, Cole Thomason, Tiffany Tran and Trevor Whitted.

ARCHBISHOP CHAPELLE HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC: Three students at Archbishop Chapelle High School in Metairie have been selected for the Louisiana All-State Choir: Karen Antunez, Nicole Bou and Sarah Grosse. Chosen to the district honor choir for senior high are Emily Bancroft, Rylee Johnson, Emily Ledesma, Emma Matthes, Gabriela Ochoa, Abigail Rodney, Alyssa Schiaffino and Lindsey Sommers. Amy Darda was selected for the District Youth Honor Choir. Also, two Chapelle students earned All-State instrumental honors: sophomore Abby Southworth was selected for trumpet in the All-State Band, and freshman Sara Vollenweider was selected for French horn in the All-State Orchestra.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC SCHOOL: Students lower and middle school at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Metairie recently participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

  • The middle school winners were Alexander Drewitz, first; Leah Espinoza, second; and Rylan Hardy, third. The other middle school finalists were Robert Buisson, Chyna Celestain, Reese Cobb, Braniff Dantin, Russell G’sell, Joey Hazard, Kostia Karagezian, Brooke Lambert and Dimitri Stratikis.
  • The lower school winners were Kennedy Graves, first; Audrey Wright, second; and Stephen Viguerie-Luna, third. The other lower school finalists were Zachary Bush, Ellie Cacciatore, Jackson Cantrelle, Braniff Dantin, Henry Dimm, Austin Helffrich, Alex Kammer, Nathan McDonald, Esti McLaughlin, Derek Moore, Carey Quigley and Lily Weiss.

UNIVERSITY VIEW ACADEMY: Enrollment is open at University View Academy for students from kindergarten through 12th grade interested in making a mid-year schooling switch. University View Academy is a free online public charter school. Mid-year switches may benefit students who need greater flexibility or a safe learning environment. Parents can begin the enrollment process online at For information, call (225) 421-2900.

ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: Walk-In Wednesdays will resume at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, for parents of students in seventh or eighth grade who would like to tour the SCC campus. No reservations required. Walk-In Wednesdays are also set for Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21.

NOCCA APPLICATIONS: Online applications to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts are being accepted through Jan. 19. Students can start an application, save their work, send in required documents electronically and request a teacher recommendation. To apply, visit For information, contact Leigh Traylor at or (504) 940-2825.

LSMSA: The winter Exploration Day at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches will be from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Students in grades eight through 11, along with their families, will tour the campus, meet staff and students and sit in on classes led by the third-ranked faculty in the nation. Another Exploration Day will be March 9. To register for Exploration Day, visit the admissions section at For information, call (800) 259-3173.

ST. ANDREW'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL: St. Andrew's Episcopal School will hold a STEM Expo open house for prekindergarten through eighth grade at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26. To register, visit For information, call Lisa Witter, director of advancement, enrollment and financial aid, at (504) 866-6553.