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North Oaks Medical Explorer Post 940 Recognized by Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America

From left, Kelsey McLaughlin of Hammond High Magnet School and Morgan Horn of Albany High School take a closer look at a model of the human brain at the North Oaks Medical Explorers Career Fair.
[HAMMOND, La.]—The Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently recognized Medical Explorer Post 940, chartered by North Oaks Health System, for outstanding service to youth and as the largest post in the Council.

The North Oaks Post gives students, ages 14-20, an opportunity to study health care career possibilities through a career fair, meetings conducted by medical professionals and direct observation during winter and spring school breaks.

During the 2011-2012 school year, the Post attracted 54 Explorers from Southeastern Louisiana University and 12 Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parish high schools. Collectively, they logged 285 learning hours.

The 2012-2013 year will kick off in October 2012 with a meeting for newcomers. For more information on how to participate in the Medical Explorer program, call North Oaks Volunteer Services at (985) 230-6811.

North Oaks Medical Explorers for the 2011-2012 school year represented high schools from a five-parish area and Southeastern Louisiana University. Explorers included: (first row, from left) Leah Cross, Ponchatoula High School; Justin Fernandez and Brooke Dawson, Hammond High Magnet School; Danielle Vasquez, St.Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; Jaismin Gipson, Hammond High Magnet School; Brianna Foster, Albany High School; Victoria St. Phillip, Archbishop Hannan High School; Holly Kliebert, Southeastern Louisiana University; (second] row) Morgan Horn, Albany High School; Sarah Ellen Edwards, Summer Naquin and Anna Lanier, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; Krystena Randall, Covington High School; Kate Russo, Ponchatoula High School; Brooke Robertson, Hammond High Magnet School; (third row) Rainah Henderson, Ponchatoula High School; Sadie Daugereaux, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; Mukti Patel, Taylor Newsom and Casey Henley, Ponchatoula High School; Paige Kastner, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; Megan Monte, Ponchatoula High School; Sontrell Solomon, Hammond High Magnet School; (fourth row) Avrielle Steward and Margaux Price, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; Mary-Brent Brown, St. Scholastica Academy; Shakyra Cooper, Covington High School; Jensine Joseph, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; Ernesha McCray, Hammond High Magnet School; Brittany Mixon, Loranger High School; Lacee Sawyer, Hammond High Magnet School; Rekesha Jones, Ponchatoula High School; Kristen Favalora, Hammond High Magnet School; Shelbi Norwood, Springfield High School; Kayleigh Catalanatto and C’yonda Gayton, Hammond High Magnet High School; Alexis deZayas, St. Scholastica Academy; Samantha Hall, Ponchatoula High School; (sixth row) Emily Serpas, St. Scholastic Academy; Savannah Hall, Ponchatoula High School; Jourdan Moschitta, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; Jeremey Shropshire, Hammond High Magnet School; Kadejah Banks, St. Helena Central High School; Christopher Hudspeth and (seventh row) Bryon Garrety, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; Erin Barksdale, Ponchatoula High School; Damonstrey Richardson, Hammond High Magnet School; Victoria Laboyteaux, Springfield High School; Trey Latino, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School; Kelsey McLaughlin, Hammond High Magnet School; and Hadley Modeen, St. Scholastica Academy. Not pictured are: Chatalyn Jackson, Amite High School; Ted Hartley, Bowling Green High School; and Tyler Robinson, Ponchatoula High School.