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    Our Glass wins Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge

    Four Southern University Baton Rouge students collected a $10,000 grand prize after placing first in the Bayou Classic Biztech Challenge.

    Their business pitch, Our Glass, caters to herbal tea consumers and is a 3-D printable, portable bottle that is insulated and allows consumers to brew tea on the go.

    Adorned in a white t-shirt with baby blue writing that spelled Our Glass, senior mechanical engineering and supply chain major from Mer Rouge Nathan Morrison, presented the problem of not being able to brew tea quickly without a heating element nearby.

    After coming up with the idea, Morrison sought out those who he knew could help bring his vision to life. SUBR students, Polite Stewar. Jr., Rashad Pierre and Ashley Lewis were the three additional powerhouses behind Our Glass.

    “We have to get patented, trademarked and figure out who gets what,” Morrison stated in regards to the volume of investment offers that the quartet have recently begun to receive after their victory.

    The students received a $10,000 check in which they will split four ways. They were also gifted $10,000 in legal fees during the Nov. 25, 2017, event.

    Read complete story at The Southern Digest.

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    Keep Louisiana Beautiful asks, “Do You Know an Everyday Hero?”

    Anti-Litter Organization Opens Nominations for Awards Honoring Exceptional Community Leaders

    Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) invites each Louisiana resident to “Be an Everyday Hero” by presenting seven awards honoring groups and individuals whose exemplary efforts, large and small, help to keep our state beautiful. The organization will honor the winners with the distinction of “Everyday Hero” at KLB’s state conference awards banquet in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Oct. 1, 2015.

    Nonprofits, KLB affiliates, businesses, professional groups, governmental agencies, civic and community organizations, schools, churches and individuals are eligible to be nominated, and nominations are open to the public. To nominate a deserving Everyday Hero, visit: keeplouisianabeautiful.org for the application and instructions.

    Everyday Hero Awards will be presented in the following categories:

    • Alice Foster Award – An individual volunteer with exceptional leadership in litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling and beautification.
    • Golden Can Award – A public servant who displays a deep commitment to KLB’s mission in their daily work by going above and beyond the call of duty.
    • Most Innovative Program – A successful beautification, litter prevention or waste reduction program led by a school,
    • civic group, nonprofit or KLB affiliate.
    • Youth Award – A student or youth-led group that displays creative thinking, demonstrates effective leadership, engages peer participation and makes a significant impact on their community.
    • Outstanding Affiliate – A KLB affiliate that shows fortitude, leadership, creative, diverse programming and community engagement.
    • Outstanding Affiliate Director – A KLB affiliate director who demonstrates exceptional dedication to KLB’s mission and leadership in building a strong and sustainable organization.
    • Corporate Leadership Award – A business that exhibits a consistent dedication to KLB’s mission, environmental stewardship and community enrichment.

    KLB’ s 12th annual state conference will be held Oct. 1-2 at the Lafayette Science Museum and marks the yearly culmination of the most up-to-date information on the impact of litter and expert resources for state beautification. The first night of the conference will feature the awards dinner, with special guest speaker Marcus Eriksen, co-founder of 5Gyres. KLB encourages affiliates, teachers, partners, volunteers, community leaders, state agency representatives, and parish and city officials to register now to secure their spot at the 2015 annual conference. To register or learn more, visit www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org .

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    LSU offers middle, high school students chance at cash, lunch with favorite author

    LSU’s Young Adult Literature Contest to Host Student Essay Contest

    LSU is offering area middle- and high-school students an opportunity to meet one of their favorite authors through the Young Adult Literature Conference & Seminar, happening May 31-June 5.

    Students may enter a writing contest, with a grand prize of $75 dollars, and a chance to have lunch with one of the five authors in attendance.

    Young adult authors Jacqueline Woodson, Sharon Draper, Kwame Alexander, Coe Booth and Sharon Flake will all be on campus as featured speakers at the conference, and have volunteered their time for this contest. Interested students should write a short essay on who their favorite author is and why. Entries may be submitted at chseproed@lsu.edu by May 15, with a winner to be announced on May 20.

    Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover

    Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover

    Sharon Draper, author of Out of My Mind

    Sharon Draper, author of Out of My Mind

    The Young Adult Literature Conference & Seminar theme, titled, “African-American Cultures in Young Adult Literature,” will provide attendees with unprecedented access to some of the nation’s most celebrated African-American authors. The conference will give participants unprecedented access to prestigious authors and academics in the field of young adult literature. School teachers, principals, curriculum specialists and librarians will all have the opportunity to explore the process of incorporating young adult literature into their classrooms and libraries while earning 30 continuing education credits. University and college professors who teach and/or study young adult literature can network, share ideas and brainstorm new curriculum approaches with other academics and professionals in K-12 settings.

    For more information on the conference, or to register, visit http://chse.lsu.edu/yalit.

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  • Calling all young chefs

    FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA is teaming up with Epicu- rious, the Department of Education, and the Depart- ment of Agriculture to host the third-annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge reci- pe contest.

    Kids ages 8-12, with the help of their parents, can take part in the challenge by sending in original lunch recipes that are healthy, affordable, and tasty!

    Participating young chefs can use USDA’s MyPlate as a resource to make sure that their recipes meet healthy standards. Each lunch recipe should represent all of the food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up about half of the plate or recipe.

    The creators of the best recipes will be invited to D.C. this summer, where they will have the opportunity to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner,” hosted by Mrs. Obama at the White House, where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.

    Just last week, the First Lady announced that cooking will be a new focus for Let’s Move!, so start honing those skills and enter the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

    The deadline to submit recipes is April 5 – only two weeks away — so if you’re looking for something to do with your kids this weekend, get cooking!

    Learn more about the challenge by clicking  here

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