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Danisha Francois

was selected to represent the state of Louisiana in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, an annual nationwide event for middle school students. Semifinalists were chosen based on a short video demonstrating the use of scientific concepts in everyday life. Francois, a graduate of the Pierre Capdau-UNO Charter School, will receive $250 and the chance to be one of 10 finalists for $50,000 in U.S. savings bonds and the title "America's Top Young Scientist" at an awards ceremony in October in New York City.

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Keith J. Wright and Stephen Robicheaux

were selected to attend the ninth annual NFL-USA Football's Youth Football Summit, which was held last week in Canton, Ohio. Youth coaches from around the U.S. gathered to hear NFL greats and coaches dispense advice on best practices in coaching youth athletics. Wright is a deputy director of the New Orleans Recreation Department and will pass along information to other coaches in Louisiana and Mississippi. Robicheaux, an instructor at Destrehan High School, won the honor with an online essay outlining his commitment to young people.

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Chris Paul

dedicated a new outdoor basketball court last week at Hardin Park in the Seventh Ward, the second of three he plans to revitalize in storm-damaged areas of the city. Hardin Park is used by St. Augustine High School for athletics and physical education. The court is painted with the logo of Wake Forest University, where Paul spent two years before turning pro. Paul dedicated the court to his late college basketball coach, Skip Prosser, who mentored Paul and other basketball greats, including David West and James Posey. After the dedication, CP3 shot hoops with neighborhood kids.

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the citywide nonprofit public school arts education group, celebrated its 10th anniversary last month with a new initiative to bring its programs to schools in Jefferson Parish during the 2009-10 school year. In addition to assisting instructors seeking to integrate arts into their classrooms, KID smART will install artists in residence at John Clancy Elementary School for the Arts in Kenner and Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts in Marrero. Since its inception in 1999, the organization has grown steadily. Last year, KID smART assisted 3,400 New Orleans students and 56 teachers at 16 sites.


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