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” by J. S. Bach.

Other concerts on the East Baton Rouge Parish School System calendar include:

  • Concert by Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet School students in French and Spanish, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the BREC Magnolia Mound Plantation, 2161 Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge. The concert comes during the French Creole Christmas Celebration, which includes family-oriented activities, free tours of the plantation, demonstrations from period craftsmen and a bonfire.
  • Woodlawn High School Band Fall Concert, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn High School Auditorium, 15755 Jefferson Highway.
  • Glen Oaks Park Elementary Choir’s Christmas Carols Performance, 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at the District’s Central Office Board Room, 1050 S. Foster Drive.
  • Band and Orchestra Concert, 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Baton Rouge Center for Visual & Performing Arts School, 2040 South Acadian Thruway.

Robotics teams doing well

East Baton Rouge Parish School System Robotics teams are learning about robots and doing well in competitions:

  • The Baton Rouge Magnet High School Robotics Team won the Founder’s Award for Creative Design at the 2012 NOLA State BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science & Technology) Competition in November at the University of New Orleans. Team members Najib Mahmud, Rufei Zhou and Ikechi Akujobi also walked away with third place for overall team awards.
  • The WRKE Techno Tic Tocks, one of four robotics teams at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School, won the Judge’s Choice Award during the 2012 Baton Rouge Qualifying Tournament for the Louisiana FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League in November, and will advance to Saturday’s Regional Tournament in New Orleans.
  • Woodlawn High School’s robotics team, Panthrobotics, is using Kickstarter, an online funding site, to help raise $5,000 to build a 120-pound robot for use in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition for high school student in the spring of 2013. For more information or to contribute to go to

Simon finishes 10th overall

Megan Simon, of Lafayette Parish, was the 10th highest individual overall in the National 4‑H Poultry and Egg Conference in November in Louisville, Ky.

She also finished as the seventh highest individual in production hen judging and was part of the 10th overall place team for 4-H Poultry Judging. Her teammates included Brandee Chenevert, Amber LaPrarie and Ja’Cobi Simon, all of Pointe Coupee Parish.

Other Louisiana students also were recognized:

  • Anne Catherine LeBlanc, of Vermilion Parish, won first place in the egg preparation demonstration contest for her dish, Celebration Cheesecake, and on her presentation skills.
  • Austin Gaspard, also of Vermilion Parish, won second place in the chicken barbecue contest.
  • The Louisiana 4‑H Avian Bowl team placed ninth in the national avian quiz bowl contest. Team members were Jennifer Simmons and Crandell Cummings, both of DeSoto Parish; Trenton Brownlee, of Rapides Parish, and Megan Simon, of Lafayette Parish.
  • Courtney Troxclair, of Lafourche Parish, placed ninth in the turkey barbecue contest.

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