Youth events

Art awards

St. Michael School students earned some of the top spots in the Kentucky Derby Festival Art Contest, which drew hundreds of entries.

Nathan Pike won first place in the kindergarten through 12th-grade computer art division. In the same division, Ashley Schweitzer placed second and Sydney Rivette placed third. Catherine Hsu placed third in the fourth- through fifth-grade division.

Ten Catholic school students also earned honorable mentions in the contest.

Award-winning work will be displayed at the Mellwood Arts Center through April 26 and at the Republic Bank Parade Preview Party at the Kentucky Exposition Center on April 30.

Senate page

Mary Dallas, an Assumption High School junior, has been selected to serve as a United States Senate Page in Washington, D.C. She will attend school in the morning and then work in the Capitol the rest of the workday from February through June. She and about 30 other young people from across the country were nominated by a senator.

Pages play a role in the day-to-day operation of the Senate. Their “duties include delivery of correspondence and legislative material within the Capitol Complex, preparing the Chamber for Senate sessions and carrying bills and amendments to the desk,” said Dallas’ letter of acceptance from the U.S. Senate Page School.

Eagle Scouts

Justin Leonard of Trinity High School has been named an Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor. His leadership project involved extending a new trail to Beargrass Creek at the Louisville Nature Center.

Joseph Mann, a junior at St. Xavier High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 477 at St. Aloysius in Pewee Valley, also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He designed and constructed, with the help of his fellow scouts, a floating dock for the Jefferson Memorial Forest used for environmental education programs.

Youth advocates

Six Presentation Academy students are among 95 high school students selected to participate in the new Metro Youth Advocates program sponsored by the YMCA, the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, Metro United Way, Louisville Metro Council, JCPS, the Louisville Free Public Library and other community leaders.

The program aims to bring together a cross-section of Louisville’s young people to advocate for policy change in the city and the region.

Presentation students selected for the cohort are Nicki Blanchard, Savannah Burnett, Shelby Burnett, Sarah Grissom, Sarah McAllister and Mya McClain.

Athletic signings 

Several Trinity High School seniors signed national letters of intent Feb. 6. Ryan White signed to play football for Vanderbilt University. James Quick signed to play football for the University of Louisville.

Chris Hubbard, a soccer player, signed with the University of Notre Dame.

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