We can’t take all—okay, any—of the credit, but former 225 job-shadower Alise Alexander was recently named one of six senior finalists for Louisiana Student of the Year. The St. Joseph’s Class of 2012 graduate is headed to Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and her outlook on education should inspire students returning this month to classrooms across Baton Rouge.
“I view being a student as more than showing up for class and excelling in those classes,” Alexander says. “It’s being an engaged member of the school community inside and outside of the classroom.”
As a Louisiana Diocesan Student of the Year, AP Honors Student, state medalist for Mathematics, member of the Catholic High Bruinettes dance team and Editor-in-Chief of Student Prints, the SJA student-run newspaper—all by her sophomore year—Alexander says her favorite teachers encouraged her to achieve her very best.
“They both saw that their jobs as teachers extended beyond the classroom and beyond the subject matter they were assigned to teach,” she says.
To read more about Alexander and meet the three other locals recognized as Louisiana Students of the Year—Adeline Roemer, Jessica Robinson and Samhita Rao—visit 225batonrouge.com.
How to master the fish fillet
Step-by-step instructions for filleting fresh fish, which is a particularly useful culinary skill for those of us fortunate enough to live in southeast Louisiana.
Social media style
With our cover story featuring 25 must-follow Twitter accounts in Baton Rouge, and examining the growing social media site's impact on the local community, we wondered what Twitter might look like in the flesh—living, breathing, fashionable flesh. Prices are approximate, and price and availability are subject to change. (Styling: Erin Mehta)
Bad Guys, Good Eats! Pop-Up Dinner at Restaurant IPO
Chef and 225 contributor Jay D. Ducote and Chef Chris Wadsworth hosted the Bad Guys, Good Eats! dinner at Restaurant IPO Wednesday night. The dinner was themed around famous movie villains, pairing cocktails and ales with plates of food resembling famous baddies like The Joker, Lord Voldemort, Hannibal Lector, and many others. The highlights of the night were the three middle courses—a black bean soup laced with blood sausage to signify Lord Voldemort, a brace of coneys on black eyed peas resembling Sauron, and lamb medallions atop a fava bean puree to pay homage to the famous favorite of Hannibal Lector.
Elizabeth Arkley Hammett, a local nursing student and Fur Ball co-coordinator, and her husband Grey Hammett III, who works in commercial real estate, will take you through our summer guide. And they'll look good while doing it, too. Where noted, their clothes and accessories are available from local retailers.