VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOPS: The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts will be presenting visual arts workshops for students in eighth through 11th grade. A workshop in night photography will be held on four Thursday nights beginning Jan. 12; there is a $50 fee for supplies. A workshop on Photoshop basics will be held on four Fridays beginning Jan. 13; there is a $30 supply fee. Participants in the graphic mud workshop will create a design in clay, then make it into an interlocking repeat pattern; there is a $35 supply fee. The graphic mud workshop will meet on four Fridays beginning Jan. 13. To register for a workshop, visit

NOCCA: Reed Parker of Slidell, a student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, has been chosen as a finalist in the YoungArts Scholarship Competition. Merit winners from NOCCA are Gunner Dongieux of New Orleans, visual arts; Reyna Rivas of Metairie, cinematic arts; and Janssen Swent of Mandeville, cinematic arts. Also, 2016 NOCCA alumna Lindsey Reynolds, now studying at Curtis Institute of Music, is a finalist; and 2016 NOCCA alumna Emily Sheets, now studying at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music, is a merit winner. YoungArts awarded recognition to 691 people, including 166 finalists.

TOPS UPDATE: State Rep. Walt Leger II will discuss educational topics and give an update on the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students when the Council of Catholic School Cooperative Clubs holds a general meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, in the cafeteria at St. Ann School, 4940 Meadowdale Street, Metairie.

CYPRESS ACADEMY: Cypress Academy, a public charter school currently located in Uptown New Orleans, will be taking up permanent residence for the 2017-18 school year at the John Dibert building in Mid-City, 4217 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. Open houses for parents with children entering kindergarten through third grade will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. To reserve a spot, call (504) 383-3337 or visit

ST. ANDREW'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School will hold an open house at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, for prospective parents interested in prekindergarten, kindergarten or grades one through eight. The open house will begin with morning assembly at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. For information, call Lisa Witter, director of admissions and financial aid, at (504) 866-6553 or visit

BROTHER MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL: The varsity Academic Games team at Brother Martin High School has returned as Equations champion of the New Orleans Academic Games League for a second year. Hunter Mathas defended his national title in Equations by remaining the only undefeated varsity division individual in the local tournament. Team member Austin Kain finished second overall, just two points shy of a perfect score.

ARCHBISHOP CHAPELLE HIGH SCHOOL: Eight members of the Rummel-Chapelle Band from Archbishop Chapelle High School successfully auditioned for the District VI Honor Band of the Louisiana Music Educators Association. Honor Band weekend is Jan. 20-22, and the concert is Jan. 22. Members of the Senior High Honor Band from Chapelle are Rachel Mata, Abigail Southworth, and Lauren Stevens. Members of the Junior High Honor Band from Chapelle are Claire Garitty, Sarah Grosse, Carina Swonger, Sara Vollenweider and Zoe Weber. Honor Band members from Archbishop Rummel High School are Glenn Mancuso, Daniel O'Leary, Jacob St. Pierre, Noah Vicknair and Clay Gaille.

MOUNT CARMEL VOLLEYBALL: Mount Carmel Academy's Ellie Holzman, a sophomore from Kenner, has been named to the third-team All-American volleyball team in USA Today High School Sports. She was the only sophomore and Louisiana student to earn this honor.

J.B. MARTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL: The District VII honor choir and bands of the Louisiana Music Educators Association will include 16 students from J.B. Martin Middle School in Paradis. District VII includes the parishes of St. Charles, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. James, St. John and St. Mary. The All Youth Honor Band will include Gracie Crochet, Connor Cunningham, Anna Fuselier, Sarah Gassen and Maria Jones. Amanda Selman was selected to participate with the Junior High Ensemble. Students Abby Matherne, Marley Cortez, Mandy Mire, Ellie Hymel, Olivia Tuck, Sofia Alvarenga, Kaitlyn Baudry, Lyrrice Mwaghore, Makei Salmon, Lily Schmitt, Samantha Todaro, and Martalisa Fischer were selected to participate in the Junior High Honor Choir Ensemble.

LULING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The 2016-17 teacher of the year at Luling Elementary School is first-grade teacher Robin Jones. Jones has been a teacher for 25 years, 10 of those at Luling Elementary. Luling Elementary's student of the year is fifth-grader Landon Champagne, of Hahnville. His mother is Alyssa Champagne, and his homeroom teacher is Tiffany Scott.

DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL: Paul Kelly '83, principal of De La Salle High School, was honored as the school's alumnus of the year during the recent alumni awards luncheon. Honors also went to Katrina Kagler Harper ’94, young alumna of the year; Brian Bordelon ’94, young alumnus of the year; and Dr. Keith Collins ’87 (posthumously), distinguished alumnus of the year. The Alumni Association also inducted its officers and new board members. The new officers are Johnny Altobello, Jr. ’74, president; Larry Buccola ’80, vice president; Mat Baer ’74, treasurer; and Caroline Laurent Huber ’99, secretary. New board members are Tom Daly ’63, Raymond Griffin ’05, Lou Miron ’67, Ed Murphy ’67, Todd Owens ’86 and George Psilos ’74.

BELLE CHASSE ACADEMY: The November students of the month at Belle Chasse Academy are Carla Avellanett, Paris Barrett, Cornelius Barthelemy Jr., Andrew Brooks, Cadence Burch, Ezekiel Corona, Laura Darling, Gabrielle DuBuclet, Karter DuBuclet, Garrett Frost, Lesly-Amaro Gonzalez, Riley Haizlip, Caroline James, Angelina Knox, Melanie Kotor, Kylah Love, Josephine McBride, Nathan Mitchell, Travis Ngiratereged, Trevor Ngiratereged, Alisha Patterson, Celena Paulino, K'Lunn Pope, Andy Ramento, Jaylan Riggins, Victoria Rivera, Adrian Rodriguez, Reagan Stone, Isabella Swanson, Chloe Williams and Armani Wright.

ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR SCHOOL: The December students of the month at St. Edward the Confessor School in Metairie are seventh-graders Madison Abboud and Emma Williams, sixth-grader Colleen Corcoran, fifth-graders Valeska Mora and Brooke Oliver, fourth-graders Kaitlyn Stremlau and Cecilia Vu, third-graders Jailyn Mendoza and Gabrielle Keppler, second-graders Owen Hufft and Mason Oubre, first-graders Xander Callejo and Hosam Husin, and kindergartners Jake Hux and Gerard McDowell.

A WORLD WITHOUT HATE: A drawing created by Lilliah McKealian, a second-grader at at Belle Chasse Academy, is one of the winners of a regional art and poetry contest sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and No Place for Hate. Students worked from the prompt "Imagine a World Without Hate." Lilliah was surprised with balloons and a cake upon hearing the news, and will get a one-year student membership to The National WWII Museum.

RIVER PARISHES EDUCATION FOUNDATION: Two St. John the Baptist Parish educators have received grants from the River Parishes Education Foundation. Alecia Johnson, a teacher at the St. John Child Development Center, won the $1,000 first-place grant for Loving Louisiana, which provides a month of activities for prekindergartners, culminating with a mini-festival for parents and the community celebrating Louisiana. The second-place award went to Angela Farnell, a teacher at West St. John Elementary School, for her program introducing basic coding to students and parents.

BROTHER MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL: An essay on "My Responsibility to America" by Eric Gegenheimer, a cadet in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at Brother Martin High School, has been chosen as winner of the Voice of America contest sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8973. Post Commander Doug Thomas and VFW members Landon Allen and Kirk Williamson presented Gegenheimer with a certificate and a small scholarship Dec. 8. Gegenheimer's essay recounted lessons he learned from his grandfather's service in World War II.

JOHN CURTIS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: The Fight Like a Patriot fundraising volleyball game played Oct. 11 at John Curtis Christian School brought in $10,000 for the Ochsner Foundation. The money was handed over Dec. 7 along with a $5,000 donation from the Ashley Rickner Memorial Foundation, which was founded to support education and cancer research in honor of the late Ashley Rickner, a teacher at JCCS who lost her battle with cancer in 2014.