Community column for July 25, 2014

St. Amant’s Pirvu gets Stamps Scholarship

J. Pirvu, a graduate of St. Amant High School, has chosen to enroll at Mercer University as a Stamps Leadership Scholar. The Stamps Leadership Scholarship for four years at Mercer is worth up to about $221,000, including enrichment funds for international travel, research internships and outdoor leadership experiences.

Pirvu was chosen for his leadership, scholarship, perseverance, service, and creativity. He is the son of Mirian and Wilman Pirvu, of Gonzales.

The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation partners with 41 visionary colleges and universities to award multiyear scholarships that enable extraordinary educational experiences.

Of about 600,000 applications reviewed for consideration, 188 were selected as Stamps Leadership Scholars.

Area students named National Merit Scholars

Fourteen area students are among about 1,600 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities announced July 14 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. These Merit Scholar designees join about 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients announced in late May.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

Sponsor colleges include 106 private and 75 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Area winners are: Baton Rouge — Keegan J. Callerame, Catholic High School, Tulane University; Blake M. Chandler, Episcopal High School, University of Kentucky; Miles F. Durio, Catholic High School, LSU; Frank H. Luo, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Vanderbilt University; Audrey N. Marsh, St. Joseph’s Academy, Tulane University; Alan J. Ostrowe Jr., Episcopal High School, Tulane University; Parker R. Say, Catholic High School, LSU; Mary E. Toups, St. Joseph’s Academy, LSU; Shiqi Zhang, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Emory University; Lafayette — Randa Ahmad, Lafayette High School, University of Texas at Dallas; Mark L. Mallory, Lafayette High School, Tulane University; Port Allen — Grace C. Pearson, home school, Liberty University; Prairieville — Nathan A. Lilly, Dutchtown High School, LSU; White Castle — Giuliano E. Campesi, Catholic High School, LSU.

Spears graduates from Army basic training

Army Pvt. Joseph A. Spears has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia. Spears is the son of Monica Spears and grandson of Jo Ann Crockett of Baton Rouge, and is a 2012 graduate of Belaire High School.

St. Alphonsus KC gives honors, installs officers

St. Alphonsus Knights of Columbus Council 2807 gave out honors and installed officers on July 13 at Kristenwood Reception Hall in Greenwell Springs. The event commemorated the council’s 75th anniversary.

Officers are Grand Knight Vance Thomas, Deputy Grand Knight Richard Watson, Chancellor Daniel Newman, Recorder Thomas Vrenick, Treasurer Mark Legendre, Financial Secretary Vincent Serio, Advocate Earl Davis III, Warden Charles Langlois, Inside Guard Jerry Romero, Outside Guard William Foulks, Three-Year Trustee John Stroderd, Two-Year Trustee Albert Langlois, One-Year Trustee Wayne Messina and Lecturer John Culmone.

Richard Watson was named Knight of the Year, and John and Barbara Culmone were named Family of the Year.

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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.