Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) received the Judges' Choice Award from the National Performing Arts Festival in Orlando, Fla., for its production of Shrek the Musical, which featured local middle school performers. The young performers also received Best Choreography and five Outstanding Performance awards. Additionally, they earned the opportunity to perform for the Disney public at large. The performing arts organization was founded in 1978.
Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and SouthWings
were honored Feb. 23 by Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Louisiana Environmental Action Network and the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association-West for their wetlands protection efforts. The clinic received the Super Swamper Award for its pro bono legal assistance representing environmental groups. SouthWings received the Atchafalaya Angel Award for its volunteer pilot efforts monitoring wetlands.
Willie Mae Seaton
was honored Feb. 20 by the New Orleans City Council. The pioneering restaurateur and founder of Willie Mae's Scotch House in Treme will turn 100 in July. Seaton opened the first Willie Mae's in 1956. Her great-granddaughter Kerry Seaton now runs the Treme institution, which was restored in 2007 after being destroyed in the floods following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. The restaurant is recognized worldwide for its fried chicken.
brother of Tiffany Hardrick, the former principal of Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business, admitted to the Louisiana Ethics Board he violated state ethics laws. His business, BCH Services Group, was awarded an illegal contract with his sister's school, as first reported by The Lens. Public servants cannot award public contracts to immediate family members. Hardrick paid a $5,000 fine.