Youth News for March 22, 2013

Not ‘unhinged,’ Parkview student wins spelling bee

Nickolas Day
Nickolas Day

Spelling the winning word “unhinged,” Nickolas Day, a seventh-grader at Parkview Baptist School, won the Regional Spelling Bee and will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, The Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center announced.

Second place went to fifth-grader Ethan Zahid from Parkview Elementary, and third place went to Navya Murugesan, a fifth-grader of Buchanan Elementary School.

Nickolas Day will receive an all expenses-paid trip and registration to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., as well as the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award of a 2013 U.S. Mint Proof Set, a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, a one-year subscription to Brittannica Online for Kids and a first-place trophy.

Teen writers to meet in N.O.

Lusher Charter High School and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts are collaborating again to produce the New Orleans New Writers Literary Festival, which typically draws 150 student writers who come together to learn new skills, share ideas and celebrate the writing life.

The festival is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 6 on the NOCCA’s campus, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans.

It offers high school students a daylong festival of master classes with nationally known writers and artists, seminars, food and sharing their work and ideas.

Headlining the Saturday festival will be novelist and essayist Nathaniel Rich. Rich’s essays have appeared in the New York Review of Books, Harpers, the New York Times Magazine, Slate and the Daily Beast.

His new novel, “Odds Against Tomorrow,” will be released in April.

Other session offerings include text and movement with Jeffrey Gunshol; screenwriting with Henry Griffin; spoken word with Chuck Perkins; poetry with Anne Marie Rooney; fiction with Jamey Hatley; sound and text recordings with Steve Reynolds; and story games for writers with Mischa Krilov. In addition, there will be an open reading by members of the high school literary scene.

Preregistration is required by Wednesday and includes a $20 nonrefundable fee. Visit http://www.nocca.com/litfest.

Leadership event for girls

The Young Women in Leadership Symposium is a free event open to junior high and high school girls.

Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, the symposium in the St. Charles Ballroom of the Danna Student Center includes breakfast and lunch along with breakout sessions. Topics include fashion, goal setting, value and self-esteem and health and wellness.

Former Miss Texas International Alyssa Perez will be there.

The Louisiana Diversity Council is the event host.

Contact Rachel Lopez at (281) 682-8015 or email rachel.lopez@nationaldiversitycouncil.org.

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Editor’s note: This story was changed on March 28 to list the correct second place winner of the Regional Spelling Bee.