Community column for June 27, 2014

Ponchatoula’s Kron gets Bougere Scholarship

S arah Kron, a 2014 graduate of Ponchatoula High School, has been selected for the Philip Bougere Memorial Scholarship from the Ponchatoula Jaycees. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded after the completion of the fall semester at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Bougere was a Ponchatoula Jaycees president who died in 1983 at age 32 from cancer. The scholarship was created to honor his dedication to community involvement, and his success despite not having a high GPA.

For information about the Ponchatoula Jaycees, visit ponchatoulajaycees.com or call President Stacey McDonald, (985) 981-4687.

Wannamaker receives Lighthouse scholarship

Sarah Wannamaker, of St. Joseph’s Academy, is one of 23 students nationally to be awarded scholarships from Lighthouse Guild, a not-for-profit vision and health care organization. The $10,000 scholarships are awarded to students who are blind or visually impaired.

Sixteen recipients were chosen from high schools based on academic excellence and community involvement. Lighthouse Guild also recognized seven undergraduate and college-bound scholars based on academic and personal achievements.

Mu Zeta recognizes fifth-grade scholars

Mu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority recognized top fifth-grade students from the East Baton Rouge Parish and Baker school systems on May 4 at Camphor United Methodist Church.

Schools presented names of an outstanding boy and girl from their fifth grades. These students received medals and certificates of achievement from the sorority, and certificates from the Metro Council, East Baton Rouge School Board and mayor.

Essay and display board contests were held on the topic, “What can I do to make my community a safe place to live?” Essay winners were Jade Martin, Villa del Ray Elementary, first place; Ryan A. Cage, Brownsfield Elementary, second place; and Dwayne Stepter III Baker Heights Elementary, third place. Display winners were Thomas London Jr., Sharon Hills Elementary, first place; Cage, second place; and Stepter, third place.

Christian O. Gordon, a student at the University of New Orleans and a former fifth grade scholar honoree, spoke to the students. Melba Wilson is Mu Zeta president. Margaret Gordon was program chairman. Ramona Laws was co-chairman.

Area students receive forestry scholarships

The Louisiana Forestry Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 40 students at LSU, Louisiana Tech and the Oakdale Technical School for 2014-15. Area honorees are:

LSU — Carter Crosby, senior, Baton Rouge; Jared Riddle, senior, Baton Rouge; Christian Rossi, junior, Baton Rouge; Marcus Rutherford, graduate student; Baton Rouge; Louisiana Tech — Jake Babin, sophomore, St. Amant; Kyle Gordon, sophomore, Zachary; Robert Hane, senior, Baton Rouge; and Seth Spinner, freshman, Baton Rouge.

Two area students graduate from Oregon

Two area students received degrees from the University of Oregon on June 16. Hagen Thames Hammons, of Amite, received a Master of Community and Regional Planning. Joy Ann Broussard, of Gonzales, received a Master of Science in Special Education.

North Baton Rouge Reunion set for July 10

The North Baton Rouge Reunion for all classes from 1963 and earlier in schools north of Choctaw Drive will be held from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium.

Those attending are asked to to enter by the front table (and not cut through the room dividers) so organizers can get an accurate count, and to bring at least one non-perishable item for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Contact Haskell Douglas, (225) 274-6060, Wayne Price, (225) 333-6280 or Jim Carruth, (337) 652-7325.

Gay graduates from Army basic training

Army Pvt. Demarcus D. Gay has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Gay is the son of Cachanta and Lawrence Johnson Sr., of Baton Rouge, and is a 2013 graduate of Tara High School.

Green graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Joshua C. Green graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Green is the son of Melissa Green and Deon Conway, both of Baton Rouge, and is a 2013 graduate of Woodlawn High School.

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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.