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Sucre’s Cupcake Challenge represents New Orleans’ area schools 

  While it doesn't feel like fall yet, the school year is in full swing and homecoming celebrations are approaching. What better way to show loyalty to your alma mater than by eating a cupcake made in its honor?

  Since late August, Sucre (3025 Magazine St., 504-520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 504-834-2277; www.shopsucre.com) has hosted a Cupcake Challenge at its two locations featuring cupcakes representing area schools. For four weeks, school supporters have voted online and selected which four schools will have a cupcake made in their honor the following week. These limited-edition cupcakes are then put on display, and the cupcake that sells the most during the week wins the round.

  Last week, St. Mary's Dominican High School, Mount Carmel Academy, Airline Park Academy and International School of Louisiana battled it out. Lusher Charter School, Academy of the Sacred Heart, Knoff Elementary School and Visitation of Our Lady go head-to-head Sept. 22-29. The following week features Harahan Elementary School, Archbishop Chapelle High School, Benjamin Franklin High School and Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans.

  The final challenge will pit the weekly winners against one another in a showdown of sugary school loyalty. The winning school's cupcake will be served at Sucre for the 2014-2015 school year, and the school will receive $1,000. For more information or to vote for your favorite school, visit Sucre's website.

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