Youth News for April 12, 2013

Benton Alford
Benton Alford

The LSU AgCenter brings the “magic” of agriculture to the Parker Coliseum April 22-28 on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

AgMagic, in its 10th year, is designed to be a fun and educational event where children and adults learn about food, clothing, lumber, animals and other products that make up the complex Louisiana agricultural system, according to LSU AgCenter director of communications Frankie Gould.

AgMagic will be open for scheduled tours by school groups from April 22-26 and open to the public from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. April 27-28.

Each year this event features exhibits that include plants, animals, wildlife and other topics. Some exhibits amaze children by showing the growth stages of plants from seeds to maturity. And other activities are designed to help children learn about farming, aquatic life, nutrition, 4-H and bugs.

Alford makes Eagle Scout

A Baton Rouge teen has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America that a young man can earn.

Only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle rank.

To earn it, a Scout must progress through six ranks, serve in a leadership position within his troop, provide service to the community and earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, of which 12 — in such areas as finance, family, citizenship and personal fitness — are required.

A Scout must also plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization, school or community.

Benton Alford

AGE: 14

SCHOOL: St. Jude Catholic School

TROOP: 103

TROOP LEADER: John Sims

SPONSOR: Knights of Columbus Council 9692

EAGLE PROJECT: Installing two new hopscotch games at St. Jude School and repainting all exisiting playground games.

EXTRA: He is in the Brotherhood in the Quinipissa Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, Scoutings Honor Society, where he serves as second vice lodge chief and is a member of the Ceremony Team. In May, he completed the week-long National Youth Leadership Trainning Course at Camp Avondale. He has participated in three summer camps, three winter camps, one holiday camp and has performed more than 150 service hours. He has served as historian, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader.

PARENTS: Juliet and Justin Benton Alford

‘Great Day’ wins for LeBleu

Blair LeBleu, playing “Great Day” on her harp, won the 2013 East Baton Rouge Parish Farm Bureau Talent Contest in March.

She advances to the state contest to be held in New Orleans in June.

Blair, an eighth-grade student at Runnels School, has studied the harp for six years and plays with the Runnels Harp Choir. She is the daughter of Vickie and Travis LeBleu.

Parkview BulahBots win big

The BulahBots, Parkview High School’s robotics team, won the Bayou Regional FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC®) held in March at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner.

In January, FIRST® provided teams with a robot design that had to be built in six weeks from a common set of parts. At the Bayou Regional, the BulahBots gathered with 53 other teams from 11 states to compete in a single elimination, best two out of three competition, where team members had to program and remotely control the robots on the field. Referees oversaw the competition and judges evaluated the teams.

The next step for BulahBots is the National FRC® to be held April 23-26 in St. Louis.

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