Nasia Thibodeaux, 17, and Caine Latiolais, 18, of St. Martinville, attended their prom at St. Martinville Senior High, dressed in Duck Tape.
Now they are one of 10 finalist couples in the Duck Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest, which challenges high school students to create a unique prom dress or tuxedo out of Duck Tape for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship.
They were selected by judges from a pool of 228 entrants. The judges evaluated workmanship, originality, use of colors, accessories and use of the tape.
Thibodeaux and Latiolais (Entry No. 5944) used 62 rolls of tape and spent 92 hours on their peacock-inspired dress, tuxedo and accessories.
Online voting is underway to determine the first-, second- and third-place winners and will continue through Wednesday. Winners will be announced July 13. Go to http://StuckAtProm.com. Online voting is limited to one vote per valid email address per day.
Geek school open to girls
Interested in the latest in technology? Best Buy’s Geek Squad Summer Academy is being offered to girls, ages 10 to 14, in Baton Rouge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2-3.
Girl Scouts Louisiana East, who is hosting the two-day academy in partnership with McKinley Middle Magnet School, was selected as one of only 23 partners nationwide, through a competitive application process.
“Geek Squad Summer Academy is open to all girls, not just Girl Scouts,” said Jill Pollard, vice president of program and volunteerism at the Girl Scout council. “This is an opportunity for any girl interested in technology to learn new skills in a fun, interactive environment.”
According to Pollard, the team building activities include a PC build where girls will learn to tear down and re-build a computer, computer programming, digital photography and digital music. Girls will learn some of the most popular music creation techniques with music creation software, as well as picture-taking techniques through advance photography methods used by professional photographers.
The fee is $25 which includes supplies, sports backpack, T-shirt, 1 gig USB drive, lunch and snack both days. Deadline to register is July 19, and space is limited.
Registration is handled online at http://geeksquadacademy.com/summeracademy. Once registered the guardian will be directed to complete a student permission form, with forms and fees to be mailed to: Girl Scouts Louisiana East, Attn: Jill Pollard, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70121.
Duke identifies La. talent
This year, 30 St. Thomas More Catholic School seventh-grade students took the ACT test as part of the Talent Identification Program sponsored by Duke University.
Qualifying for the Duke program by scoring in the top 3 percent in the nation on the standardized test taken during their sixth-grade year were Cole Bellon, Hudson Kimball, Alan Nguyen, Josh Nguyen, Grace Parker, Annemarie Romero, Richard Schiro and David Tran.
Students who achieve a high score on the ACT qualify for state recognition. Twenty-two students qualified for state recognition. They are:
- In English — Lance Blanchard, Madelyn Brown, Reilly Helm, Chloe Lemoine, Savannah Mansion and Whitley Moore.
- In math — Brennan Lovell and Christopher McElveen.
- In reading — John Butler and Abigail Green.
Ten students earned state recognition in two subject areas:
- English and reading — Courtney Caraway, Blake Caronna, Elena Eddington, Jordan Klemm and Emily Riecke.
- English and math — Laura Kaiser, Dominic Maggio and Tiffany Pham.
- English and science — Christopher Tullier.
- Math and reading — Josh Brooks.
One student received state recognition in three subjects, Taylor Wisinger in English, reading and science.
One student earned state recognition in all four subjects, Chris Alumbaugh, who also qualified for National recognition by scoring in the top 1 percent in reading and science. Alumbaugh was one of the 1,995 students who were invited to go to the Duke University campus in Durham, N.C., and attend the Grand Recognition Ceremony, which honors seventh-graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same tests.
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