Around the Westside for Jan. 16

By Terry L. Jones

Westside bureau

Monday is the final day for applicants to qualify for the new-student lottery conducted for entry into the Iberville Parish Math, Science and Arts Academy’s east and west campuses.

Applications for the lottery were mailed to all Iberville Parish residents in December. Students interested in applying also may pick up application forms at the offices at both schools.

The MSA Academy curriculum offers innovative science, technology and performing and visual arts.

Students gain admittance into the schools through a lottery. The drawing will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Optional Education Center auditorium in Plaquemine.

The students who complete an application and meet the minimum requirements will be selected during an open meeting using a computerized web-based program that generates random numbers.

The computer program will rank students randomly by grade and send back a list of the students chosen.

For information, call (225) 687-6845.

Carnival parade entries

The Krewe of Comogo asks those interested in participating in Plaquemine’s nighttime Mardi Gras parade this year to contact Rhonda Harrell at (225) 687-2029 for details.

The Krewe of Comogo was formed in memory of Brenda Comeaux, a local Mardi Gras enthusiast.

The parade rolls at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, starting at Main Street and La. 1, proceeding south to Belleview Drive, then west on Belleview to the Carl F. Grant Civic Center for the annual Krewe of Comogo Gala.

For information, visit http://www.kreweofcomogo.org.

MLK march

The public is invited to attend the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march and program in Maringouin on Saturday.

The march will begin at 10 a.m. at Landry Street and Bayou Road.

A program will follow at 10:45 a.m. at the Catholic Center in Maringouin.

State Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, will serve as the program’s guest speaker.

Refreshments will be served.

Board members

We Are the Difference Inc., a nonprofit organization, has announced the members of its 2013-14 board of directors.

The board members are Rhonda Harrell, president; Renee Gullotto, secretary; Brett Harrell, treasurer; Jo Ann Palermo, historian; Edward “Lucky” Songy, legal counsel; and Steve Cedatol, Karla White, Rhett Vaughn, Angie Williams-Watts, Judy Burleigh and Danielle Bayham.

The organization promotes Iberville Parish through the arts and community activities. Membership is free and open the public. To apply, visit http://www.wearethedifference.org.

Hoop Shoot Competition

The Plaquemine Elks annual Hoop Shoot Competition will take place on Saturday at Plaquemine High School.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Competition starts at 10 a.m. There are no fees to compete.

Hoop Shoot is open to all boys and girls aged 8 to 13. All participants must have proof of age to compete.

For information, contact Merlin Banta at (225) 936-3494 or Henry Daigle at (225) 921-5525.

Open house canceled

The open house for The Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy-West that originally was planned for 6 p.m. Friday has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

To submit news about Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes, contact Westside Bureau Chief Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email, tjones@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Tuesday.