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Bouquets & Brickbats

They get what they deserve

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Jon Mitchell

was named Louisiana high school student of the year and honored at a ceremony at the Louisiana State Museum on April 15. Mitchell, a senior at Pearl River High School, holds a 4.33 GPA and was awarded the U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship for Louisiana. Mitchell has also won awards for naval research and poetry.



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Steven Rick,

a chemistry professor at the University of New Orleans, was awarded a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the behavior of charged molecules in water. The research on how ions interact could potentially have a wide variety of applications in the fields of medicine, energy and water purification.



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Edward "Kidd" Jordan

has received the 2013 "Jazz Hero" award from the Jazz Journalists Association. The New Orleans saxophonist has worked and taught in the field of jazz since the 1950s, running the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's School of Music, the jazz studies program at Southern University at New Orleans and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp.



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Brian F. Blackwell,

an attorney representing the Louisiana Association of Educators, tweeted a comparison of education in New Orleans to Hurricane Katrina. Blackwell said that New Orleans "is more a Katrina than a 'Silicon Valley!'" in response to a comment made by Superintendent of Education John White. We've had enough loose-lipped comparisons to Katrina on a national level; we don't need them locally.

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