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Diplomas Now & Choices Programs (2013)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-08-09

Duration: 00:05:07

Subjects: Education | High school dropouts | Diplomas Now | Middle school students


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Fontenot, Jodie Editor
  • O'Conner, Jenelle Interviewee
  • Jackson, Viola Interviewee
  • Zeringue, Jennifer Speaker
  • Herrick, Carl Speaker
  • Muller, Leo Interviewee


This segment from the August 9, 2013, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s report on Diplomas Now and Choices, two high school dropout prevention programs that provide support for at-risk middle school students. He first visits Capitol Middle School in Baton Rouge to see the Diplomas Now program in action. He interviews student Jenelle O’Conner and principal Viola Jackson and sits in as Jennifer Zeringue, the transformation coordinator, leads a weekly team meeting. Whinham also visits Scotlandville Middle School in Baton Rouge to see Rotary Club member Carl Herrick lead a Choices workshop. This report also includes an interview with Leo Muller, the executive director of