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Second-grader wins national math contest

Julian Vertigan, a second-grade student at Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, won first place for his grade level in Mathnasium’s 2013 national TriMathlon math contest.

Vertigan placed first among all second-graders in the Mathnasium of Baton Rouge’s local TriMathlon last month to qualify for the national competition.

His win in the national event earned $1,000 for his school, which was presented to Head of School Perry Daniel.

Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 were awarded to local schools on behalf of the first-, second- and third-place national winners at each grade level.

Baton Rouge native graduates from OCS

Second Lt. Robert Wright, of Baton Rouge, graduated from Officer Candidate School on Dec. 9 at Fort Benning, Ga.

He is the son of Rob and Amy Wright, of Baton Rouge, and graduated from Catholic High School in 2002, attended LSU and graduated from the University of South Florida in 2013.

Middleton completes Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Blake E. Middleton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. He is the son of Melissa and Edward Middleton, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2011 graduate of Catholic High School.

Area students graduate from Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi held fall commencement exercises during ceremonies on the Hattiesburg campus Friday, Dec. 13.

Baton Rouge-area graduates are:

Stephanie Elaine Sarver, Baton Rouge, bachelor of science in nursing; Dillon Lyn Day, Geismar, bachelor of interdisciplinary study; Aston R. Williams, Gramercy, bachelor of science; Burke Alfred Ackal, Lafayette, bachelor of arts; Jared Conner Hunsucker, Lafayette, bachelor of science in business administration; Misty Elizabeth Woods, Napoleonville, master of science; and Lana Claire Waguespack, Thibodaux, master of music education.

Baton Rouge students graduate from Oregon

Two Baton Rouge students were among 809 who received degrees during fall term 2013 at the University of Oregon: Jonas Frankel-Bricker, bachelor of science in biology, and Lee Blankenship Emmert, master of arts in multimedia journalism.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.