Photos: Ascension in Focus, 04/11/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Taylor Robinson, 3, waves goodbye to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office's SWAT robot while Alexander Pugh, 8, and Molly Matthews, 8, from left, look on during National Night Out activities at the Public Safety Center.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Sorrento police officer Ricky Smith, right, demonstrates thermal imaging equipment and 'spy' cameras for Don-trae Davis, 6, and mother Tracy Davis, from left, during National Night Out activities at the Public Safety Center in Gonzales. 'It's like the TV show NCIS,' Tracy Davis said.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Game Warden Sgt. Todd Lewis, left, gets a high-five from Sage Acklin, 7, as he shows her around a patrol boat during National Night Out activities at the Public Safety Center in Gonzales.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Alexander Pugh, 8, races alongside the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office's SWAT robot during National Night Out activities at the Public Safety Center in Gonzales.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A large transport truck, right, sits parked among other vehicles in the Ascension Parish Sheriff's office fleet for children to explore during National Night Out activities at the Public Safety Center in Gonzales.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Will Arnold, 4, and Molly Matthews, 8, from left, talk to the camera on the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office's SWAT robot during National Night Out activities at the Public Safety Center in Gonzales.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, right, laughs as Nikki Perez of Gonzales squeezes the muscles on his arms during a cooking demonstration at Tanger Outlet Center in Gonzales on April 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- LSU junior Daniel Blake, left, laughs as celebrity chef Curtis Stone, right, teaches him how to toss his first-ever salad during a cooking demonstration at Tanger Factory Outlet Center in Gonzales.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Celebrity chef Curtis Stone adds ingredients to a stir-fry during a cooking demonstration at Tanger Outlet Center in Gonzales April 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, left, laughs as Gina Hoots, center, of Denham Springs, and Nikki Perez, right, of Gonzales, race to mix a cocktail in a cooking demonstration at Tanger Factory Outlet Center in Gonzales on Saturday.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Mariam Ilyas, left, shares a laugh with celebrity chef Curtis Stone, right, as Stone signs a copy of his new book for her at Tanger Factory Outlet Center in Gonzales.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUBaton Rouge resident Karen Causey, right, voices her approval into the microphone after tasting a stir-fry dish whipped up by celebrity chef Curtis Stone, left, during a cooking demonstration at Tanger Factory Outlet Center in Gonzales on April 6.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Charlie Lato, of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, left, and J.D. Silmon, of PSC in Houston, gather buckets of used paint for disposal during a hazardous materials collection at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Saturday. Approximately 350 vehicles from Ascension Parish drove through to drop off TVs, batteries, paint and other hazardous waste.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Karen Price, Lakesha Reed, Vicki Thibodeaux and Minta Canelas, from left, stir old paint in buckets Saturday during a hazardous materials collection at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Approximately 350 vehicles from Ascension Parish drove through to drop off TVs, batteries, paint and other hazardous waste.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Teacher coach Loretta Moody, center, fires up Spanish Lake Primary School students with a spirit stick during a LEAP test pep rally on Friday. Statewide testing began on Monday.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Fifth-graders celebrate winning a spirit stick in a shouting contest during a LEAP test pep rally on Friday at Spanish Lake Primary School. Statewide testing started on Monday. The Spanish Lake celebration included a pep rally with skits and cheering.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Third-graders cheer during a LEAP test pep rally held Friday at Spanish Lake Primary School. Students wore special T-shirts and teachers performed skits to motivate the students in preparation for the tests, which began Monday.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant's Kara Gremillion (22), left, steals home plate past East Ascension's Kendall Burgess (1), right, after a wild pitch by Burgess, tying the score 1-1 during a District 5-5A softball game at St. Amant High School on April 9.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUSt. Amant's Kasey Nielson right, celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run homer in the Gators' 4-1 victory over East Ascension Tuesday at St. Amant.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUSt. Amant pitcher Kasey Nielson takes a 20-1 record and 1.08 ERA into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Softball Tournament.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUEast Ascension outfielder Bailey Landry, a LSU signee, was named the Co-MVP in District 5-5A with St. Amant pitcher Kasey Nielson.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- East Ascension head coach Amy PItre encourages her players from the dugout during her team's 4-1 loss to St. Amant in a District 5-5A softball game at St. Amant High School on April 9.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant head coach Scott Nielson, center, huddles with his players during his team's 4-1 victory over East Ascension in a District 5-5A softball game at St. Amant High School on April 9.