Area high schools recently sent Key Club members to join the Kiwanis Club of East St. Mary for a meeting held at The Petroleum Club of Morgan City. From left are McKenna Aloisio and Noelle Topham, both of Morgan City High School, Madison Baugher, Ashlynn Bergeron and Hannah Roy, all of Berwick High School, and Bridgette Swan and Mary Frances Aucoin, both of Central Catholic High School.
Northwestern State University recognized top graduates Kristen Daisy of Morgan City, Luke Teutsch of Haughton and Courtenay Stevens of Bossier City, seated from left, during morning commencement exercises Dec. 14. On back row are NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, Paul Rainwater, chief of staff for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and commencement speaker; State Sen. Gerald Long, provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs Lisa Abney; members of the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors, Jimmy Long and Winfred Sibille. Morning commencement conferred degrees on undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Education and Human Development and undergraduate students from the Louisiana Scholars’ College.
A view of Comet Pan-STARRS C/2011 L4 and waxing crescent moon from Burns Point at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday looking across Vermilion Bay. The best viewing today is about 7:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Ken Stage of the St. George Observatory in Schriever
Morgan City Junior High School students participated in Vandebilt Catholic High School’s Literary Rally on March 5. Top row, from left, are Camryn Spinks, sixth place, English; Ciera Guidry, sixth place, Social Studies; Bailee Hoggatt, seventh place, mathematics; and Jonathan Spinella, seventh place, science. Bottom row, from left, are Kristian Thomas, sixth place, mathematics; Garrett Deshotel, sixth place, science; Cade Minton, seventh place, English; and James Solar, seventh place, Social Studies.
The Junior Auxiliary of East St. Mary recently completed their latest service project for the community. It was called snack packs. JA members stuffed more than 150 bags with easy to prepare snacks and food for children at Maitland Elementary School. The program’s focus was to ensure that children had enough food options over the holiday school break. From left with some of the bags stuffed are junior auxiliary members, bottom row, Laura Cloutier, Jackie Cortez, Kathy LaRocca, Julie Domino, Jenny Thibodaux, Gayle Adams, Dru Hebert and Colleen Keller. In the top row, from left, are Jodi Grizzafi and Danielle Grow.
The Junior Auxiliary of East St. Mary has partnered with the three junior high schools in the Tri-City area to reward students exhibiting good character. The program is called JA Gems. The following students were chosen for the second nine weeks at Morgan City Junior High. From left are JA representative Jackie Cortez, honorees Eduardo Fernandez and Shelldeen Dominguez, and JA representative Laura Cloutier. Also honored was Salvador Francois.
Maison Jardin recently coordinated several “Red Hair Day” events for February’s Heart Month. From left, accepting a donation from Maison Jardin’s Lisa Patterson, are the local American Heart Association representatives Paula Dawson, vice president of the Greater Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association; Gwen Luc, Morgan City’s local American Heart Board, Patterson; and Frances Dupre, Alita Boudreaux, Julie Domino and Jodi Grizzaffi from Morgan City’s local American Heart Association Board. Money collected by Maison Jardin was from events coordinated at Morgan City High School and M C Bank. The money will be used by the local American Heart Association to go toward local “Teaching Gardens” to be established in local elementary schools. The contribution will be paired with the June 7 event “That Just Takes The Cake.” Community members wishing to purchase tickets or sponsorship opportunities for this event can contact Luc at 985-372-8520 or Dupre at 985-384-2100.
Morgan City Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi and Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch are with three newly promoted Morgan City Police Department officers. Standing, from left, are Crouch, newly promoted police lieutenants Betty Augman and Ted Liner, newly promoted police sergeant John Schaff, and Grizzaffi.
Troy Landry of History Channel’s “Swamp People” signs a photograph for Kamille Lightfoot, 7, of Patterson, with her father Jonathon Lightfoot next to her, at the Bayou Rentals grand re-opening in Patterson on Saturday.