Plaquemine Garden Club announces annual essay contest winners

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Pictured from left are Plaquemine Garden Club President Marian Medine, St. John sponsor Yvette Johnson, second place winner Megan Bourgeois, first place winner Courtney LoBue, project chairman Katherine Desselles and judges Gwendolyn Gum and Joyce S. Hebert.

PLAQUEMINE - The annual Plaquemine Garden Club Essay Contest drew entries from 160 high school students from St. John and Plaquemine High Schools recently.

This is one of the many projects sponsored by national, state and local garden clubs.

The theme for the 2013-14 year was "Today's Choices Affect Tomorrow's World."

Courtney LoBue of St. John won first place, while Megan Bourgeois of St. John took second place.

Honorable mention went to Mason Young and Sophia Tempanaro, both of St. John.

LoBue is a sophomore member of the school's Eaglette Dance Team and is in her 13th year at Peggy Grant's School of Dance. She is on the Diocesan Youth Board, which organizes youth activities in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, attended the Stubeubenville Catholic Youth Conference in Orlando, Fla. in the summer of 2013 and will attend the Youth March for Life in Washington, D.C. this month.

LoBue has volunteered for St. John Vacation Bible School for the past three years and is a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Plaquemine.

Bourgeois is a senior at St. John where she is class president, a member of the Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society and Key Club. She is also Lieutenant Captain of

the St. John Cheerleading Squad, was on the St. John Homecoming Court for 2013 and chosen to be an Indian Princess for the 2013 International Acadian Festival.

LoBue and Bourgeois read their essays at the Plaquemine Garden Club Jan. 14 meeting held at the Iberville Parish Library.

A short film entitled "Hummingbirds in the Garden" by Tom Jackson from LeCompte that was originally presented at LGCF Summer Board Meeting in 2013 was shown at the meeting.

Member Katherine Desselles also did a presentation with handouts on the care and maintenance of hummingbird feeders.

Hostesses were Valerie Simpson and Libby Flatau.