Photos: Ascension in Focus for Jan. 31, 2013

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Natalie Hano, 14, center, swaggers with Central Middle School's dance team as it performs its state-championship-winning hip hop routine during halftime of Central Middle School's basketball game against Lowery Middle School in Prairieville on Jan. 24.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Madisyn Allred, Lexie Babin, Colbie Foltz and Maggie Tortorich, all 13, from left, perform with Central Middle School's dance team in its state-championship-winning hip hop routine during halftime of Central Middle School's basketball game on Jan. 24. Maggie was in a horrific accident two years ago and credits dance with pushing her through her recovery.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Central Middle School's dance team's 2013 state championship trophies are displayed in sponsor Nikki Foster Hall's classroom at Central Middle School.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Annie Lambert, 14, center, leads Central Middle School's dance team in its last performance of the season Jan. 24 at a basketball game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Bailee Ramey, 14, Natalie Hano, 14, and Lexie Babin, 13, from left, dance with Central Middle School's dance team as it performs its state-championship-winning hip hop routine during halftime of Central Middle School's basketball game against Lowery Middle School in Prairieville.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Sebastian Clostio, 2, center, and mother Rachel Clostio, right, create Angry Birds pom-poms while father Alex Clostio and Liam Clostio, six months, left, take a break during an arts and crafts activity at the Ascension Parish Library's Gonzales branch on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Lisa Bruno helps her grandson Michael Stutts, 6, create Angry Birds-themed pompoms Saturday during an arts and crafts activity at the Ascension Parish Library's Gonzales branch.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Brennan Clouatre, 7, readies to fire his Angry Birds-themed slingshot Saturday during an arts and crafts activity at the Ascension Parish Library's Gonzales branch.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Angry Birds come alive -- Averie Ryan, 8, hurls a dodgeball at a stack of targets while brother Jackson Ryan, 11, Nia Jupiter, 11, and Maia Zhanae Ivey, 7, from left, wait their turn during an Angry Birds game-themed arts and crafts activity Saturday at the Ascension Parish Library's Gonzales branch.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Jackson Ryan, 11, helps stack boxes and balloons with pig faces as targets Saturday during an Angry Birds-themed arts and crafts activity at the Ascension Parish Library's Gonzales branch.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Alayja Johnson, 10, picks out a target before hurling an Angry Birds dodgeball during an arts and crafts activity at the Ascension Parish Library's Gonzales Branch on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Chelsea Roddy, an East Ascension High School 2007 graduate, pitches during the first East Ascension High school alumna softball game on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Julie Gaudin, a member of the East Ascension High School class of 1996, pitches during the first East Ascension High school alumna softball game on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- East Ascension High School Class of 2011 graduate Tiffany Robinson gets a hit during the first East Ascension High School alumna softball game Saturday at Lady Spartan Field. More than 30 former players swung bats and picked up gloves for the inaugural event.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A sheep bleats as its wool is shorn by Sophia Palmer, 9, center, while Shannon Lejeune keeps watch as they prepare Friday for Saturday's livestock show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Kelsey Brignac, 11, center, guides a hog into its pen with help from cousin Triton Bercegeay, 7, while the two prepare for the Ascension Parish livestock show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Volunteer judge Lynne Smith, left, pets Stitch, a housebroken pet goose belonging to Ned Hammatt, 7, during the 4-H pet show Jan. 17 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. It was the first time pet show judges saw a goose on a leash.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Dressed as a turtle, Brewster stands next to owner Megan Prater, 12, during the 4-H pet show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Pets earned ribbons in several categories, including best costume.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Kayla Hineman, 10, gets her dog Brandy to stand up for a treat during the 4-H pet show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Miss Liz, a pet Red-eared slider decorated as a 'disco-turtle,' is held by owner Alexia Keating, 9, during the 4-H pet show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Erin Beaver, 11, stands with her dog Cedar, dressed in a 'spacedog' costume, during the 4-H pet show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Cats, dogs and an array of pets competed in several categories, including best costume.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Mitchell Roussel, 9, left, cradles his dog Willie, while Madison James, 10, center, holds her dog Spike as volunteer judges Claire Braud, right, and Lynne Smith, off camera, make the rounds measuring tail length during the 4-H pet show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Pets were awarded ribbons in various categories, including longest and shortest tails.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Volunteer judges Claire Braud, center, and Lynne Smith, right, examine a dog during the 4-H pet show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A ferret peeks out from between its owner's legs during the 4-H pet show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

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