Community column for April 4, 2014

12 BR DAR members attend state convention

Members from the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution attended the 105th State Conference March 20-22 in Lafayette: Lea Evans, Rachel Grace, Sarah Brooks, Amalia Rogers, Ina Navarre, Lynette Navarre, Fredie Seab, Sue Seab, Zora Olsson, Laurel Olsson, Linda Donnelly and Lona Gros.

Alyssa Donnelly, representing Children of the American Revolution, attended. Brooks, Donnelly and Navarre were pages.

The chapter’s monthly meeting was March 17 at the State Archives. Shirley Pourciau from the Alexander Stirling Chapter spoke on Martha Washington.

The chapter presented Good Citizens certificates and pins to six students: Michael Hughes, Baton Rouge Magnet High School; Maryssa Hayes, Broadmoor High School; Christian Lemoine, Catholic High School; Patrick Riley, Parkview High School; Mackenzie Byrd, Runnels High School; and Brionna Nelson, Woodlawn High School.

Hughes won the essay contest and received a $100 scholarship. Good Citizen Awards are based on qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Susan Smith and Zora Olsson provided refreshments.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For information, email

Laureate Alpha Gamma holds hobo, tax party

Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held a “hobo and income tax” party March 22 at Verlyne and Cleve LeBlanc’s home. Ruth and Bill Mannen, Gail and Ardie Keller, Jean Leyda, Page Meyer, Anna Marie Burns, Dixie Gregory, Maxine Muller and Virginia and Bob Huffman dressed in hobo attire and used a hobo name.

The club also met March 18 at Anne Smith’s home. Also attending were Phyllis Turner, Marilyn Mayeux, Meyer, Leyda, Dixie Gregory, Virginia Huffman, Gail Keller, Verlyne LeBlanc, Ruth Mannen, Burns, and Muller. Gregory and Keller were recognized for having March birthdays.

Items for the service project were delivered to the Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Episcopal of Acadiana wins state Quiz Bowl

The Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Quiz Bowl team won the Louisiana Association of Academic Competition’s 23rd Annual State Quiz Bowl Tournament on March 22 at Northwestern State University.

The 10 players from grades 9-12 were among 30 teams competing for the title.

ESA competed in Division IV, securing a divisional championship with wins over Cedar Creek of Ruston, St. Thomas Martin Episcopal of Metairie, River Oaks of Monroe and the Academy of the Sacred Heart of New Orleans.

ESA defeated Holy Savior Menard of Alexandria and defending champion Jesuit of New Orleans to win the title, which was decided by the last question.

LSU student elected to PRSSA committee

Paige Weber, LSU Chapter president of the Public Relations Student Society of America, was elected to the 2014-15 PRSSA National Committee as the vice president of chapter development at the PRSSA National Assembly held March 13-16 in Charleston, S.C.

Weber has been a PRSSA member since 2010. She served as PRSSA at LSU public relations director during her sophomore year and directed the PRSSA 2014 Region 5 Regional Conference.

Weber will be responsible for coordinating programming for the PRSSA National Conference Chapter Development Sessions and Chapter PRSSA President’s Leadership Workshop, planning leadership training workshops for the PRSSA National Assembly, planning PRSSA’s Community Service Initiative at National Conference, running and promoting the annual FUNdraising Bowl and serving as a resource for chapters and their leadership.

Blanchard candidate for Presidential Scholar

Matthew Blanchard, a senior at Parkview Baptist School, has been named a candidate in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

A National Merit Finalist and an Advanced Placement Scholar with honor, Blanchard earned a perfect 36 on the ACT. He serves as captain of the drum line and drum section leader for the PBS Marching Band, is a National Honor Society and Latin Club member and has served as Latin Club president and Student Council treasurer.

Windsay completes Army basic training

Army Pvt. 2nd Class Devin Windsay graduated from basic military training at Fort Jackson, S.C. on Feb. 20. A graduate of Dutchtown High School, he is the son of Norman and Tonyell Woodridge Jr. of Prairieville and grandson of Herman and Alma LeBeau of Baton Rouge. His next assignment is Humphreys Army Base, South Korea.

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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 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.