Dominican Robotics Teams Win Regionals, NOCCA Creative Writing Honors and Other Metropolitan School News | Crescent City Community News

ST. DOMINICAN SECONDARY SCHOOL OF MARY: The Ultraviolet and Valkyries robotics teams from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans won two of seven prizes at the Louisiana FIRST Tech Challenge regional championship on March 26. The Valkyries won the Think Award and finished 14th out of 19 teams in robot play. Ultraviolet received the Connect Award and finished 16th out of 19 teams.

OUR LADY OF RAPID AID: Cheerleaders from Our Lady of Prompt Succor School placed second at the Deep South Beach Blast Nationals in Orange Beach, Alabama. The team includes seventh-year captains Makenzi Ludwig and Vivian Coulon; sixth-grade student Aubrie Watts; fifth graders Ella Boyer, Lily Faciane, Mallory Milliet, Mia Shephard, Sophia Solis and Alissa Spicuzza; and fourth graders Savannah Barbe, Sofia Spadoni and Leah Spicuzza. The moderators are Amber Loposser and her mother, Bonny Loposser.

NOCCA CREATIVE WRITING: Winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing competition include four students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Deja Robinson, who is attending college at Livingston Collegiate Academy in New Orleans, won a gold medal and $10,000 for her writing portfolio. Amiyuh Tobias, who is attending college at East Jefferson High School in Kenner, is the winner of the Louisiana State New York Life Award and $500 for her personal essay or memoir. The other winners among NOCCA’s creative writing students are:

  • Meredith DeLong, NOCCA Academic Studio, National Gold Medal, and American Voices “Best in Show” medal for personal essay or dissertation.
  • Kate Ransom, Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans, Silver Medal for Poetry.

JOHN CURTIS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: Two brothers from John Curtis Christian School of River Ridge, Grayson Barron senior and sixth grader Sawyer Barron, each placed first in engineering mechanics at the state science and engineering fair of Louisiana, held March 21-23 at LSU. Other John Curtis students placed in the senior division of the state science fair, grades ninth through twelfth, are:

  • First place: Allison Lopez, chemistry.
  • Second: Michael Sam-Pang, Plant Science.
  • Third: Keith Chiro, environmental engineering; and Jonah Cabrera, materials science.
  • Fourth: Hayden Beard, Animal Science; John Thuer, chemistry; Makenzie Morter, energy; Christian Llopis, materials science; Merrin Simmons, mathematics; and Michael O’Brien, physics.

Other John Curtis students placed in the junior division of the state science fair, grades six through eight, are:

  • Second place: Jaymon Williams, biochemistry; and Maverick Hassenboehler, mechanical engineer.
  • Third: Emily Cabrera, embedded systems.

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CHALMETTE HIGH SCHOOL: Members of the Women’s Professional Network of St. Bernard recently discussed goal setting and achievement with 30 junior and senior girls from Chalmette High School. The mentorship event, Working Toward Your Goals, was organized by Lisa Borne Kott, Elizabeth Dauterive and Aleen LeBoeuf. The keynote speaker was Desiree Young, Market Leader and Business Developer at VentureWalk.

NAME OPEN DOORS: Prospective 2022-23 students of the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy can learn more about the public charter school for grades eighth through twelfth at an open house at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 at the Algiers Auditorium in Federal City, 2485 Guadalcanal St., New Orleans. NOMMA is adjacent to the Marine Forces Reserve National Headquarters in Federal City and has 100% student body participation in Marine Corps Junior ROTC. For more information, email [email protected], call (504) 227-3810 or visit

JEFFERSON PARISH PREKINDERGARTEN: The application window for enrollment in pre-kindergarten in Jefferson Parish is open through April 22. To apply or to register for an in-person help session, visit

JEFFERSON PARISH EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: Enrollment for publicly funded early childhood education seats has opened in Jefferson Parish. Families should visit to learn more and complete application forms. Places are available for children from birth to 5 years old for the 2022-2023 school year. To register, visit

JEFFERSON PARISH SCHOOL FORUMS: A series of public forums are underway for Jefferson Parish Schools. At these town hall meetings, Superintendent James Gray will answer questions and hear concerns. The schedule is:

  • April 20, 6-7:30 p.m., family and community oriented, East Jefferson High, 400 Phlox Ave., Metairie
  • May 17, 6-7:30 p.m., employee-focused, Washington Elementary, 606 Clay St., Kenner
  • May 24, 6-7:30 p.m., family and community oriented, Lincoln Elementary, 1429 Ames Blvd., Marrero.

Interpreters will be available. To register, visit

ST. DOMINICAN SECONDARY SCHOOL OF MARY: Registration is open for one-day events for prospective students at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, 7701 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans. The events will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 20, 21 and 25. Participants will get an idea of ​​what it means to be a Dominican student. To register, visit

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