Girls gather at leadership event

Photo provided by Faith Peperone -- Attending the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy at Nicholls State University were, front row, from left: Demetric Mercadel, Shannon Chiasson, Katie LaCour, Madison Scioneaux, Chandler Harris, Faith Peperone, Dr. Laura Badeaux, Donnell Zeringue and Bill Peperone. Back row, from left: Brandie Toups, Kayla Lafhameyer, Marlee Jackson and Rebecca Grantham. Show caption
Photo provided by Faith Peperone -- Attending the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy at Nicholls State University were, front row, from left: Demetric Mercadel, Shannon Chiasson, Katie LaCour, Madison Scioneaux, Chandler Harris, Faith Peperone, Dr. Laura Badeaux, Donnell Zeringue and Bill Peperone. Back row, from left: Brandie Toups, Kayla Lafhameyer, Marlee Jackson and Rebecca Grantham.

The Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy was held at Nicholls State University June 9-12. The theme was “Light the Torch and Lead.” LGLA endeavors to develop leadership and responsible citizenship among high school girls.

Forty-seven girls from 13 parishes attended LGLA. They were broken up into eight groups. On the last day each group presented a project on how to save energy. Judges for the projects were Bill Peperone, who is retired from Entergy Services, Demetric Mercadel of Entergy New Orleans and Shannon Chaisson of Our Lady of Holy Cross College.

Ayla Brown, an "American Idol" semifinalist, was the keynote speaker at the closing ceremonies.