New Orleans area school news, May 16-22, 2013

Jane Austen Society holds essay contest

The Jane Austen Society of Louisiana invited high school students in southeastern Louisiana to participate in the Jane Austen Literary Round Table, an essay contest that will conclude with a roundtable discussion of the 10 best papers.

Students are invited to submit essays until Aug. 1 to the Jane Austen Society of Louisiana. The student may select a passage or aspect of Jane Austen to discuss.

Each essay should be 1,000 words long, not counting quotations from Austen.

For more information, contact William D. Reeves at wrd6@cox.net, (504) 453-9877 or visit http://www.janeaustensocietyla.org.

Mount Carmel Key Club installs officers

The Mount Carmel Academy Key Club installed new officers for the 2013-2014 school year.

They are President Chloe Sealy, Vice President Emily Beaumont, Secretaries Heather Fox and Morgan Lagasse, Treasurer Mia Baker and Spirit Sparkler Caroline Groos.

The following students received service awards for Key Club: Dru Lezina, Chloe Sealy, Claire Kingsberry, Bridget Schnell and Mallette Holmes.

N.O., BR students plant plants for mom

Students from 14 schools in the New Orleans area and 18 schools in the Baton Rouge area planted 10,000 tomato plants in recycled plastic cups for their mothers.

In celebration of Earth Day and National Recycling Month, Rotolo’s Pizzeria traded pizza for returned Rotolo plastic cups. More than 20,000 cups were re-purposed.

Schools that participated in New Orleans included Judge Lionel Collins, St. Cletus School, Arden Cahill Academy, McDonogh No. 26 Elementary, Johnson Gretna Park Elementary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, John Curtis Christian, St. Matthew the Apostle School, St. Francis Xavier, Grace King High School, St. Angela Merici, St. Louis King of France, Metairie Academy and Mandeville Elementary schools.

‘Satchmo’ jazz camp
scheduled for July

The Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camps will be held July 1-19 and offers intense music education classes to young student musicians 10 to 21.

Students must be actively involved in a music education program in school or through private instruction. To qualify, students must also have a minimum of two years music study experience.

The camp features guest artists-in-residence Kevin Eubanks and Norma Miller. Eubanks, an American jazz and fusion guitarist and composer, was the leader of Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show Band from 1995 to 2010.

More information on “Satchmo” camp offerings, auditions and fees is available at http://louisarmstrongjazzcamp.com/ or (504) 715-9295.

St. Aug students win in Xavier competition

Two St. Augustine High School students took home top honors in The Entrepreneurship Institute of Xavier University of Louisiana’s 2nd Annual Business Idea Competition.

Jordan Harris and Daren Scioneaux won prizes for their idea of UNICO/UTV and Brandon LeBlanc won for Ultimate Cuts. Each winner received $150.

The goal of the competition is to expose New Orleans area high school students to entrepreneurship as a viable career option, and to inform them about the support that is available to them.

Art & Soul gala to be held 7 p.m. Monday

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the Lupin Foundation present the 2013 Art & Soul gala fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St.

The patron party will begin at 6 p.m. There will be a silent auction from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with attendees able to bid by phone or use a personal shopper who will place bids on your behalf.

Entertainment will be provided by NOCCA students, faculty and alumni. Refreshments will be served.

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is tuition-free with admission by audition, and the proceeds from the gala help provide funds for school programs. The cost to attend the patron party is $250 and to attend the gala is $100.

Tickets are available from http://noccainstitute.eventbrite.com/ or at the door. For further information call (504) 940-2900.

St. Edward students
place in math tourney

St. Edward the Confessor middle school students recently competed in the Mount Carmel Mu Alpha Theta Middle School Tournament. Algebra Team members were eighth-graders Czarlyn Ria Trinidad and Therese Schiro. They placed third on a team test.

Pre-algebra team members were seventh-graders Trung Le, Andrew Fourcade, Emily Vu and Corey Johnson. Trung Le won first place on an individual test, and Andrew Fourcade placed fifth. The pre-algebra team won second place on a team test.

The school was awarded the second-place trophy for the interschool test. The teams are moderated by Catherine Guirovich.