Youth News for April 19, 2013

The 4-H & Youth Development’s “Trees, Trails & Clovers” fundraiser/educational hiking event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge.

The $5 per vehicle cost will help adolescent members of the 4-H program.

“We would like all members of the East Baton Rouge Parish (community) to come out for a fun-filled day of activities and learning opportunities,” 4-H Assistant Extension Agent Emily Becnel said.

The Burden Center has various trails and a children’s garden, and there will be booths about healthy living featuring local organizations and raffles. 4-H will have members stationed throughout the trails that will be giving lessons.

Teens receive scholarships

Several south Louisiana teens have won Achievement Scholarship® awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 to honor scholastically talented black American youth.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recently announced these scholarship recipients:

Breanna E. Sonnier-Thompson, of Abbeville and Academy of The Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, a $2,500 scholarship underwritten by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Ikechi I. Akujobi, of Baton Rouge and Baton Rouge Magnet High School, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Ashley M. Bell, of Baton Rouge and Episcopal High School, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Kelsey E. Phares, of Baton Rouge and Episcopal High School, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Barry D. McGuire, of Houma and Terrebonne High School, a National Merit Scholarship Corp. scholarship.

Aleshia L. Hector, of Lafayette and Lafayette High School, National Achievement - The UPS Foundation Scholarship.

Samantha E. Hawkins, of Marrero and Benjamin Franklin High School, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Joshua M. Childers, of New Iberia and Catholic High School, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Samantha J. Adams, of New Orleans and Ursuline Academy, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

April M. Ahmed, of New Orleans and Mount Carmel Academy, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Destini A. Goodly, of New Orleans and Benjamin Franklin High School, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Gabrielle C. Mendy, of New Orleans and Ursuline Academy, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Gabriel I. Onor, of New Orleans and Benjamin Franklin High School, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Hakeem A. Brooks, of Sorrento and St. Amant High School, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Allison R. Burton, of Zachary and Zachary High School, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Myleka K. Jefferson, of Zachary and Zachary High School, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Ikenna T. Nzewi, of Zachary and Zachary High School, a $2,500 scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Tara cadet wins ROTC award

Cadet Pfc. Renee Nguyen, of Tara High School, has won the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Leadership and Education and Training 1 Cadet of the Year Board Award.

She is a member of the Trojan Strong Armed Drill Team, the Cadet Challenge Team and the Tara High I CARE Team.

She is ranked first out of 323 in her freshman class with a cumulative grade point average of 4.375.

The Cadet of the Year Board includes four recognition events during the year, one for each of the four Leadership and Education and Training levels, from a first-year cadet to a fourth-year cadet.

Story inspires 4th-graders

After hearing counselor Merrill Faye Eglin read “The Biggest and Brightest Light: A True Story of the Heart” by Marilyn Perlyn, two St. Aloysius School fourth-graders wanted to see what kind of difference they could make.

The book is about a student who raises money to help a teacher whose daughter is ill.

Sarah Hardin, the daughter of Nancy and Ed Hardin; and Mary Stuckey, the daughter of Anna and Jonathan Stuckey, put their new sewing skills to work making scarves.

Anna Stuckey explained in an email how the girls sold the scarves for $12 with $10 from each sale going to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

Earlier this year they took a donation of $1,000 to the hospital, she said.

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