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Kathryn Hurley,a second-grade language arts teacher at KIPP Central City Primary, was named the only Louisiana finalist for The New Teacher Project's 2017 Fishman Prize. TNTP's award honors 100 public school teachers each year.

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Le Grand Remix received the inaugural French Culture Film Grant from #CreateLouisiana, announced at the 2017 French Film Festival. The $32,500 award aims to help foster new works highlighting French culture.

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Newcomb Art Museum was named Louisiana's 2017 Best Gallery or Museum by the American Art Awards. The award recognized Newcomb for its "interdisciplinary collaborations, innovative programs that engage communities both on and off campus, and shows that pay tribute to their historical legacy."

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Jrue Holiday,a New Orleans Pelicans point guard, received the March NBA Cares Community Assist Award recognizing his donation of $31,000 to the Greater New Orleans Foundation for tornado relief efforts. Holiday also was recognized for appearing in the NBA's campaigns promoting gender equality.

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Jonathan Bachman, a New Orleans-based photographer, was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his 2016 photograph of Ieshia Evans, who appears stoic as heavily armored police officers approach to arrest her during protests against police brutality in Baton Rouge last year. YMCA Educational Services was awarded a national Incentive Award from the Coalition of Adult Basic Education recognizing YMCA's computer literacy programs at the New Orleans Public Library.

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New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH)awarded $58,500 in grants to 18 organizations providing food, health care, housing and other services to people and families in the New Orleans area. NOAAHH has distributed more than $3 million to charitable organizations since its first benefit concerts more than 30 years ago.

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The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts awarded $46,500 in college scholarships to 16 high school seniors and juniors who entered the foundation's 2017 art contest. More than 500 students entered.

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The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundationannounced $57,000 in scholarships to 34 students. Destrehan High School graduate and Nicholls State University student Kerry Ford will receive the foundation's Jim Funk scholarship.

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The W.K. Kellogg Foundationawarded a $500,000 three-year grant to Covenant House to support a "two-generation" system providing case management, behavioral health care, early childhood development, education and vocational training, counseling and other services. The homeless shelter cares for more than 50 families each year.

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Christopher Schaberg, an associate professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded a $250,000 Public Humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of his essay and book series Object Lessons. The grant also will support students working on the series.

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Alexis Strain, a junior at Mande-ville's Fontainebleau High School, was named the Louisi-ana state winner for Google's an-nual student art contest. Strain now competes in the national finals.

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Louisiana Student of the Year district winners for Orleans Parish include Lusher Charter School senior Samyra Cambrielle Miller, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School eighth-grader Niani Gibson, and Lusher fifth-grader Keiffer Bartlett Ary. Jefferson Parish finalists include Bissonet Plaza Elementary fifth-grader Anthony Fisher and Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy eighth-grader Myles Mackie and senior Stefan Suazo.

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