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Erica L. Paliaro, Jason Roberts and Justin Cannon

Local graduates from basic combat training

Army Pfc. Erica L. Paliaro has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat and field maneuvers and tactics.

She is the daughter of Greg D. and Kelly S. Paliaro of Nottaway Drive in Destrehan. Paliaro is a 2010 graduate of Destrehan High School.

Two R.K. Smith students are national young leaders

Two R.K. Smith 8th grade students attended the National Young Leaders Conference in Birmingham,  Ala.

Jason Roberts and Justin Cannon were nominated to attend the conference because they have exhibited leadership potential, have achieved academic excellence and have acquired a level of maturity that supercedes that of their peers.

These students were able to experience hands-on governmental interaction as they worked with other students from across the country to re-enact facets of our American democracy.

"The best part about the conference was all of the new friends that I have made," Justin said.

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