A TEEN’S TAKE: Baylea Pritchett on the British Isles

Baylea Pritchett

“The People to People 19-day trip to Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England was a great experience. I really liked the hands-on learning about other cultures. My favorite place was Ireland. I stayed with a nice family on my homestay, and I enjoyed shopping with my friends in Dublin. I also liked the river rafting in Scotland. It … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Ashton Maggio on pageants

Ashton Maggio

“I have only competed in three pageants in my life and haven’t done so in years. But the opportunity to make new friends and earn scholarships appealed to me. Pageants allow me to develop my confidence, challenge myself and earn money for my education. I am honored and humbled to have been chosen.” … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Caroline Samuels on playing the bass

Caroline Samuels

“Playing the double bass is something that isn’t a hobby, but a lifestyle. There isn’t a day that I don’t play bass, because it’s what makes me happy. I love to play classical and jazz music. I prefer to play jazz though, because you get more individual attention, and you can express your mind more.” … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Marvin Bryant Jr. on inspiration

Marvin Bryant Jr.

“I take my emotions and my imagination and put it on paper. As a 15-year-old self-taught artist, I let my imagination do what it does. When I paint a picture or write a screenplay, I never rush creativity. Creativity should come naturally to the mind. The human imagination is truly a fragile gift from God, and should … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Blair LeBleu on playing the harp

Blair LeBleu

“People often look at the harp and believe that it is easy to play. However, you have to learn the different strings and how to use the pedals to change the pitch of those strings. Each string will play one note, but in three different pitches. The different pitches help the harp to play beautiful music. Performing … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Angela Falgoust on Career MD at Tulane

Angela Falgoust

“The program exceeded my expectations as we were able to engage in hands-on simulated medical practices on life-like mannequins. We were able to see how (doctors) train as well as experience the many different and varied areas in medicine, which opened my eyes to fields I had yet to even consider such as pediatrics from my time … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Derek Huynh on leadership

Cadet Command Sgt. Derek Huynh of Broadmoor High School won the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Leadership and Education and Training (LET) II Cadet of the Year Board Award.

“A leader is someone who provides purpose, motivation and direction. He is not afraid to make a decision and does what he believes is the right thing. He faces the consequences if his decision is wrong. He influences others through motivation to accomplish tasks in a timely manner. Most importantly, he understands and knows his subordinates, and … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Matt Mitchell on the classics

Matt Mitchell

“It’s important to study classics and classical languages because our society owes so much to Ancient Greece and Rome. Learning Latin or Ancient Greek helps a student understand English grammar and literature better. But more importantly, it’s fun. Latin is fun. Studying classics is not only enriching, but enjoyable.” Age: 16 … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Brennon Young on the Civil Air Patrol

Photo provided by LISA YOUNG -- Brennon Young is now a cadet second lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol after receiving the General Billy Mitchell Award, which comes with a promotion from the enlisted phase of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program to the officer phase.

“The Civil Air Patrol gives me the opportunity to exercise and advance my leadership abilities and skills. This program promotes aerospace education and gives me the ability to work toward my goal of becoming a pilot. Civil Air Patrol also gives me an understanding of what a career in the military would be like.” … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Evelyn Hinojosa on peace

Photo provided by Janis Ament -- St. Theresa Middle School eighth-grader Evelyn Hinojosa displays the painting that won her a state-level prize in the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. 'Some things are universal, letís make peace one of them,' she says.

“To me, imagining peace means trying to shape this world into a place future generations are going to want to live in — a place of serenity and an end to war, a paradise filled with love for one another. As people of this beautiful world, we deserve a place we feel safe, a place where everyone … Continue reading →

A Teen’s Take for April 4, 2013

Trent Anio

“On my official weekend all the players and coaches made us all feel welcomed and like we were already a part of the (football) team before I even committed. I also talked to a couple of the professors on campus and coach (Dawson) Odums is really high on academics. … Since I’m from South Louisiana, I can … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Mason Matirne on agriculture

Mason Matirne

“To me the most interesting aspect about agriculture is that although there is a lot of preparation, planning, and hard work to make a crop, harvesting the product that you produce and sell is the ultimate reward. You truly feel like you have accomplished a lot when the day is over. It’s exciting and fun, because I … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Stephanie Nicole Weber on JROTC

Stephanie Nicole Weber

“JROTC (the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) has taught me dedication, honesty, integrity, respect, honor, but most of all, how to be a leader and role model to my peers. It has shown me the importance of giving back to my community. … My Army instructors, 1st Sgt. Kevin Hawkins and 1st Sgt. Kevin Sledge, have helped … Continue reading →

“A Teen’s Take” column for March 7, 2013

Jasmin Chriss

“What I enjoy most about the Internet and technology are the endless possibilities. They can be sources of entertainment for those who are bored as well as a go-to source of information for those writing research papers.” Age: 17 School: Baton Rouge Magnet High School senior … Continue reading →

“A Teen’s Take” column for Feb. 28, 2013

Brittany Parker

“To me, the inauguration lets us know the president’s plan for our country and to know what changes our president would like to make … I was very excited (to attend). I’ve never gotten the chance to do something like that. It made me really proud of my country!” … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Amelia Cummings on attending a magnet school

Amelia Cummings

“Although the academics are the main focus, you also get the chance to express yourself and show your talents with the multiple visual and performing arts that are offered. Being in a magnet school, you are also given the privilege of college trips, educational but entertaining field trips and field trips to places in and out of the … Continue reading →

Teen’s Take for Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Rahliat Animashaun

“I was taught very early that if you want something, you have to go out there and get it! This comes with hard work and dedication. Yes, there are going to be some tough times that come in your life, but the difference between successful people and non-successful ones is that a successful person never gave up no … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Kyle Lanoue on learning to weld

Kyle Lanoue

“Welding has a lot of safety rules and procedures to follow that we were required to learn. … Once we made it to the shop, it was harder than we thought. The thought of getting burned always rested in the back of our minds. It took a couple of tries, but after that we had the hang of … Continue reading →

Teen’s Take column for Jan. 10, 2013

Brandon Wilson, Staring Education Center JAG president

“The Jobs for America’s Graduates Program, otherwise called JAG, … has stressed three very important skills necessary to be successful: life survival strategies, communicating effectively and making good decisions. … I am very comfortable asking my JAG teacher questions about life and/or career choices that I might need to know more about so I can have a decent … Continue reading →

“Youth News” column for Dec. 28, 2012

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Top fund-raisers for the St. Jude Research Hospital's Math-A-Thon at Runnels School are, from left, Lauren Bhat, Eddie Tunis, Hannah Page and Andrew Page.

The musical “Grease” is coming to Runnels Theater for six performances Feb. 22 through March 3. Show times are 7 p.m. Feb. 22, 23, March 1 and 2 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3. The March 1 performance will include a “Grease” Sing-A-Long and a ’50s costume contest. The show features senior Quint … Continue reading →

“Teen Take” column for Dec. 27, 2012

Jordan Brooks is the mascot at Central High School.

“To me school spirit is very important. It should be top priority to stand behind your school and support all the teams. Cheering for our football team this year was one of the highlights of my senior year in high school. I love my CHS family and the CHS Cheerleaders.” … Continue reading →

“Youth News” column for Dec. 21, 2012

Instead of accepting gifts for their birthdays this year, LSU Laboratory School sixth-graders Christian Sexton, Nathan Gilly and Spencer Thomas organized a large dance party where they collected gift cards for a needy family identified through Catholic Charities in Baton Rouge. For the boys’ second annual charity dance party for their classmates in November, students were … Continue reading →

Youth News for Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

The Talented Music String Orchestra and Choir, with student members from Baton Rouge Magnet, McKinley and Woodlawn high schools, will perform in concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Louisiana State Museum, 660 N. 4th St. in Baton Rouge. The program will include such classical selections as “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi and “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring” … Continue reading →

Youth News for Nov. 30, 2012

Photo provided by Green Earth Media Group -- The National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Programs Louisiana State Winner is Meghan Comeaux, of Iota Elementary School. After growing a humongous cabbage, she was randomly selected  to receive a $1,000 saving bond towards her education from Bonnie Plants.

Meghan Comeaux, 9, of Tepetate, grew a “humongous cabbage” and was named Louisiana state winner for the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program, the Alabama-based nationwide plant wholesaler announced. Comeaux, now a fourth-grader at Iota Elementary, is the daughter of Steve and Rebekah Comeaux. This year more than 1.5 million third-graders in 48 states, including 14,888 … Continue reading →

A TEEN’S TAKE: Cameron Clement on agriculture

Cameron Clement

“It’s funny that I’ve lived here all my life and never paid attention to this cutting and loading of sugarcane, and it happens a couple of times a year (in the fields that line La. 311). Now that I had to think about it for a writing assignment, I realized that without agriculture, specifically sugarcane farming, … Continue reading →

Youth News for Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

Application season is under way at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Opportunities for students include half-day and after-school arts classes or full-day arts and academics instruction. For the half-day and after-school programs, accepted high school students attend NOCCA either at 1:15 p.m. or 4 p.m. during the school year while receiving elective credit … Continue reading →

“A Teen’s Take” column for Nov. 22, 2012

Jordan Klemm

“My parents encourage and challenge me to focus on my mental, physical and spiritual life so that I can be the best person I can possibly be — the person I’m called to be. … I love that with most of my volunteering, I’m doing projects with my family which is fun and brings us closer together.” … Continue reading →

Local cadet plays host to question, answer forums

Photo provided by Brandon Woolf --Brandon Woolf, of Baton Rouge, is a sophomore cadet at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. In this photo, he is visiting Washington D.C. where he saw the Washington Monument.

Interested in attending one of the U.S. service academies? Brandon Woolf, a University High School alum and a sophomore cadet at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., will be hosting question and answer sessions during Thanksgiving week at two East Baton Rouge Parish Library locations. The schedule: 10 … Continue reading →

“A Teen’s Take” column for Nov. 15, 2012

Stevee Warren

“Daily, one can read in the local newspaper or watch on the local news (stories of) a countless number of kids between the ages of 16 and 25 who make decisions that end their freedom or their lives. I believe this is because they do not have the guidance or faith to pursue the righteousness … Continue reading →

Youth News for Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Photo provided by John Kaufman-- The new Manship Theatre Student Advisory Board members are, front row from left, Alexis Grainville, Everett Hibner, Mary McLain, Allie Nicholson and Brittani Dino and, back row from left, Chancely Courson, Leslie DeCoteau, Anna Katherine Dazzio, Meg Grey, Alys Murray, A.J. Holloway and Jordan Smith. Michael Hicks, Tia Wade and Tia Wicker, not pictured, also serve on the board.

The Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts recently introduced the members of its 2012-13 Student Advisory Board. This board, comprising 10th- and 11th-grade students selected from schools in the surrounding area, participates in programming for the theater, volunteers for educational projects with the theater and mentors younger students in various theater arts projects. … Continue reading →