Photos: Ascension in Focus for Dec. 27, 2012

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Beau Porto Special Tuesday Director Bobbie Blanchard, right, escorts Santa Claus into the Gonzales Civic Center on Dec. 18 to greet Special Tuesday Christmas party attendees, along with their friends, family and caregivers.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Elaine Bercegeay gives Santa Claus a rundown of her Christmas wish list on Dec. 18 during Beau Porto Special Tuesday's Christmas party at the Gonzales Civic Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Brian Leggett, right, picks up jambalaya and nachos during Beau Porto Special Tuesday's Christmas party at the Gonzales Civic Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- John Villar helps clear tables during Beau Porto Special Tuesday's Christmas party at the Gonzales Civic Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Rick Wilson and Linda Francois, from left, greet friends while having fun with a 'dancing' Santa hat on Dec. 18 during Beau Porto Special Tuesday's Christmas party at the Gonzales Civic Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Diane Delaune reads from a holiday calendar during Beau Porto Special Tuesday's Dec. 18 Christmas party at the Gonzales Civic Center in Gonzales. Special Tuesday participants and their family, friends and caregivers were invited to attend the party which included food, music and a visit from Santa Claus himself. Special Tuesday is a summer program for people with disabilties hosted by Bobbie Blanchard.

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  • Advocate staff photos by ADAM LAU -- Secretary Kim Colligan, right, waves to buses leaving East Ascension High School for winter break on Friday. The school’s buses were decorated with green and white wreaths, each one unique, in honor of each of the victims of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. Green and white are Sandy Hook’s school colors, a school official said. East Ascension High School also raised money from its faculty vs. student basketball game to send to the elementary school, which was the site of a school shooting Dec. 14 that left 20 students dead.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- East Ascension High School junior Sionke Palaei, left, reaches to block a shot by Gonzales Police School Resources Officer Derek LeBlanc, right, who played as an honorary member in the faculty vs. student basketball game on Friday. The school raised money from its class playoffs and faculty vs. student basketball games to send to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- East Ascension High School freshman Ciara Young, 14, leaves campus as students are released for winter break on Friday. The school's buses were adorned with green and white wreaths, each one unique, in honor of the victims in the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Ct. East Ascension High School also raised money from its faculty vs. student basketball game to send to Sandy Hook.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- East Ascension High School senior Devon Gipson, 17, shoots the ball during the senior vs. junior basketball game in Gonzales on Friday. The school raised money from its class playoffs and faculty vs. student basketball games to send to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- East Ascension High School senior Kenneth Dean, 19, shoots the ball during the senior vs. freshman basketball game in Gonzales on Friday. The school raised money from its class playoffs and faculty vs. student basketball games to send to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., site of a school shooting Dec. 14 that left 20 students dead.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Mike Davila, of Two Keys Self Defense, winds up to punch through six flaming stacks of wood during a martial arts demonstration and fundraiser to pay medical expenses for 15-year-old Cassie England, who has recessive dystrophic edidermolysis bullosa, at the Flea Market of Louisiana in Prairieville on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Mike Davila, of Two Keys Self Defense, right, sends splinters flying as he punches through a block of wood during a martial arts demonstration and fundraiser to pay medical expenses for 15-year-old Cassie England, who has recessive dystrophic edidermolysis bullosa, at the Flea Market of Louisiana in Prairieville on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Josh Pilcher, 9, and Jacob Marks, 10, from left, of Baton Rouge's American Karate Academy, demonstrate blocks and punches during a fundraiser to pay medical expenses for 15-year-old Cassie England, who has recessive dystrophic edidermolysis bullosa, at the Flea Market of Louisiana in Prairieville on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Melanie Hirschfeld and Teri Rome, from left, share stories during a presentation at the Ascension Parish Library's Galvez branch on Dec. 19. The women volunteer at the Hilltop Hodge Podge Nursery in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Teri Rome and Janet Forbes, from left, pass cookbooks back and forth while signing them for readers following a presentation at the Ascension Parish Library's Galvez branch on Dec. 19.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Five 678 Krystal's School of Dance marches up Railroad Avenue during the Donaldsonville Christmas Parade on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Spectators reach for throws along Railroad Avenue during the Donaldsonville Christmas Parade on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Trina Rodrigue, dressed as the Grinch, waves to the crowd gathered along Railroad Avenue during the Donaldsonville Christmas Parade on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Raymond Hathorn, left, hands out marshmallows while Brandi and Braydon Johnson, 4, center, roast the snacks over an open flame with Azirie Willis, 7, in blue, during the Donaldsonville Christmas Parade afterparty on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Colisha Converse, top; Trina Converse and Gregnisha Converse, 12, middle row from left; and Tamalla Forcell and Sharrell Cooks, bottom row from left, of the 5 Star Divas Social Club, toss throws to the crowd along Railroad Avenue during the Donaldsonville Christmas Parade on Saturday.

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