Youth News for Friday, May 17, 2013

Zachary Morgan, 8, of Watson, has been named a Hasbro Community Action Hero for his work to provide baseball caps to children receiving chemo treatments.

He was recognized Wedneday in New York City along with five other children from around the country.

GenerationOn, the youth enterprise of Points of Light, partnered with Hasbro Inc. to select the six new Hasbro Community Action Heroes and nine semi-finalists, ages 6 to 18, the organizations announced this week. Each of the six awardees received a $1,000 scholarship.

Zachary, a student North Live Oak Elementary and the son of Paul and Sandy Morgan, used a Disney Friends for Change Grant to create Zach’s Lidz for Kidz, an organization that holds cap drives to collect new kids-size baseball caps for children at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

“After seeing several St. Jude (Children’s Research Hospital) commercials on TV, he felt bad that those kids could not play baseball and other sports like he could, so he wanted to do something to put a smile on their face,” his mother, Sandy Morgan, explained in an email. “He has a big baseball cap collection. It is his prized thing, so he decided to collect cool caps to give to children who are battling a childhood illness.”

Zachary has held cap drives at businesses, schools and churches and also partnered with Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge to donate caps for that organization’s summer children’s camp, she said.

“Just since January he has collected close to 2,000 hats,” Sandy Morgan said. “While in NYC, he found out that ESPN is donating 150 hats for his cause.”

Cookie sales see big totals

Girls from the 23 parishes of Girl Scouts Louisiana East sold more than 1 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies during the recent cookie program.

A total of 214 girls entered Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Cookie Hall of Fame for selling 500-plus boxes of cookies, including 17 girls who sold more than 1,000 boxes and three “Cookie Moguls” who earned computers by selling more than 2,000 boxes.

This year’s top seller with 2,109 boxes sold was Girl Scout Cadette Alyssa Cockran, of Metairie, who last year tied for fifth in the council with 1,250 boxes sold.

This year’s other moguls were Gabrielle Marcello, of Prairieville, with 2,004 boxes, and Laura Vickery, of New Orleans, with 2,000 boxes.

Boy Scout earns Eagle rank

Stephen Steinmuller 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.

Stephen Steinmuller

AGE: 18

SCHOOL: McKinley Senior High School, senior

TROOP: 505

SPONSOR: St. Johns Methodist Church

TROOP LEADER: Ted Newsom

EAGLE PROJECT: Construction and installation of a shelving and display case in order to benefit the Connections For Life Thrift Store Ministry Outreach program sponsored by First United Methodist Chruch.

EXTRA: Steinmuller attended the Philmont Scout Ranch, is a member of the Order of the Arrow, earned the Year Round Camper Award, earned 21 merit badges and served as his Troop’s Senior Patrol Leader. He has been appointed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2017

PARENTS: Charles and Francine Steinmuller

Zeta Phi Beta honors pupils

Students from East Baton Rouge Parish and Baker School systems were honored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., which challenged fifth-grade students to write essays and make display boards on the topic “How can I make my community a safer place in which to live?”

The essay winners were Christopher Brown, Northeast Elementary, first place; Jordan Bailey, Capital Elementary, second place; and Makailan D. Miller, Baker Heights Elementary, third place.

The display winners were Delaney Mayer, Bakerfield Elementary, first place; Destiny Louis, Brownsfield Elementary, second place; and Asia Buchanan, Baker Heights Elementary, third place.

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