Photos: Ascension in Focus for Jan. 3, 2013

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant High School student Gatlin Matherne, 16, appears to drift over rooftops on Dec. 27 as he launches off the halfpipe on his bike at the Gonzales Skate Park during winter break.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Keith Schexnayder, 21, launches off the halfpipe while onlookers watch at the Gonzales Skate Park on Dec. 27.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- East Ascension High School student Shaquille Bennett, 16, grinds along the edge of the half pipe at the Gonzales Skate Park on Dec. 27.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant Middle School teacher Wayne Grenfell helps Jada Howard, 13, put on a helmet while Ke'Aisha Keller, 11, left, looks on Dec. 20 during physical education class. The girls spent four weeks learning football basics.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Sixth grader Shae Jacob, 11, makes a catch during wide receiver drills on Dec. 20.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant Middle School teacher Wayne Grenfell, center, leads sixth-grade girls through football warm-up drills.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Sixth-grader Shae Jacob, 11, does a cartwheel dressed in her St. Amant Middle School football uniform, as classmates look on during a Dec. 20 physical education class on football basics.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Elise Hineman, 11, pumps her knee to her chest during P.E. class exercises at St. Amant Middle School. Teacher Wayne Grenfell, right, is leading sixth-grade girls through a football unit, complete with uniforms, drills and lots of giggling.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Elise Hineman, 11, second from left, helps Natalie Lambert, 12, right, adjust her football pads while Alyssa Wenzy, 11, and Ashtyn Turner, 12, from left, wiggle into St. Amant Middle School football uniforms during P.E. class on Dec. 20.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Marissa Babin, 11, wiggles into a St. Amant Middle School football jersey and pads during P.E. class on Dec. 20. After the four-week class on football basics, teacher Wayne Grenfell nicknamed her Marissa 'Football' Babin.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant Middle School teacher Wayne Grenfell helps sixth-grader Delaney Inabnet, 11, wiggle into a football jersey and pads on Dec. 20 during physical education class while other girls try on uniforms.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Artist Wendy Hazey's recent work concentrates on the great white egret of Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A student's painting-in-progress sits in artist Wendy Hazey's home in Prairieville. Hazey just completed her college art degree, and in addition to teaching painting, volunteers and donates some of her work to charity.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Tyler Laiche, left, tosses a block of wood up to Jason Pugh in the nose of a space shuttle being erected for this year's New Year's Eve bonfire at the Laiche and Duplessis homes in Gonzales. It takes at least eight full days of work to complete the structure.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Greg Duplessis checks on a batch of homemade spaghetti sauce while the crew erecting this year's New Year's Eve bonfire takes a break for lunch Saturday. Stopping for a lunch break is part of the annual bonfire-building tradition. 'Sometimes I cook and sometimes my brother cooks and sometimes we have pizza,' Sherry Laiche, who owns the property where the bonfire party is held each year, said.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Top row, Chad Duplessis and Jason Pugh, from left; bottom row, Tyler Laiche and Cody Duplessis, from left; work to erect a space shuttle out of logs for this year's New Year's Eve bonfire at the Laiche and Duplessis homes in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Courtney Laiche and Chad Duplessis, foreground from left, pause for a break while helping to erect a space shuttle from logs for this year's New Year's Eve bonfire at the Laiche and Duplessis homes in Gonzales. The cousins have been builidng eleborate bonfires since 2001.

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