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Group photo of Rising Stars honoreesTheir paths have sometimes been rocky, full of twists and turns. That was then, this is now. What is important is their life journeys are much smoother today and they are on the road to success.

The Bossier Optimist Club honored 14 high school students at its annual Rising Stars luncheon April 17 at Ralph & Kacoo’s. President Quincy Gardner lauded the students for “improving their lives” and thanked them for putting their past behind them and dedicating themselves to their studies and community.

One by one, the honorees stood before the audience as school administrators that nominated them for the Rising Stars award told how each student turned their lives, grades and attitudes around for the better.

Airline High School Assistant Principal Holly George gave an overview of Shiress Brown’s story.

“She had a hectic middle school (experience) and was going down the wrong path, but she turned that around in high school and has the best attitude I’ve ever seen.”

George added, “Shiress told me, ‘I did not like what I was doing. Now, I get it and this is what I want for me and my family.’”

Bossier High Assistant Principal spoke about the impact the ROTC program has had on Anita Pratt, pushing her to be a leader rather than a follower. And Parkway High counselor Tracy Hagar described how Dylan Conley “came back changed after attending the Youth Challenge Program. He learned patience and to set goals and he has excelled.”

Those being honored were: Shiress Brown and Drelen Young, Airline; Taylor Ford and Nick Marshall, Benton; Deveon Carley and Anita Pratt, Bossier; Andrew Barrera and Cordaisha Fuller, Butler Educational Complex; Aaron Davis and Seth Davis, Haughton; Dylan Conley and Lydia Wilcher, Parkway; and Ashton Jacques and Emma Modissette, Plain Dealing.

Gardner also gave praise to Bossier school administrators who have invested in children’s lives and stressed they “keep pushing them to greatness.”

Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey gave closing remarks, citing the Rising Stars program as his favorite ceremony of the year and applauded the Bossier Optimist Club for continually living up to its motto, “Friend of Youth.”

Posted 4/18/19

Ribbon cutting in front of Airline s Freedom ShrineWhen students at Airline High and Haughton Middle pass by the recently installed Freedom Shrines at their school, they will be reminded that Americans’ freedoms are a gift that should be highly valued and preserved.

The Spirit of Bossier National Exchange Club recently donated a collection of photographic reproductions of original documents from American history to the two schools, which includes the Bill of Rights, Mayflower Compact and Declaration of Independence.

Airline Principal Jason Rowland and Haughton Middle Principal Richard Warren were also presented plaques in appreciation of their patriotism and dedication to educate young people about our forefathers’ courage and sacrifices.  

Adding a special touch to Airline’s Freedom Shrine was artwork portraying the U.S. flag, painted by art students. As Rowland noted, stars representing all 50 states were included in the artwork and each document touched the flag.

"Documents on this wall have stood the test of time," Rowland said.

Members of The National Exchange Club have dedicated almost 11-thousand Freedom Shrines in schools, military installations and government buildings since the program’s inception in 1949.

Geoff Shetler, President of the Spirit of Bossier National Exchange Club, said club members hope that dedicating this Freedom Shrine will remind all citizens of the courage, dedication and sacrifice of their forefathers. The club also hopes its efforts will help young people better understand how important it is to ensure America’s freedom is preserved.

Airline SGA President Jackson Lewis best summarized the meaning of the Freedom Shrine dedicated at his school, stressing its importance "in how we remember why we are in this country and able to do what we do."

Posted 4/17/19

Stock image of a bullseye targetIt was a complete shut out at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) state tournament, with Bossier Parish teams taking home the top prize in every division.

Benton Elementary, Benton Middle and Haughton High School won first place in both the Bullseye and 3D competitions in each of their divisions, making them the reigning State Champions.  

Several archers won first place in their individual categories as well. In the Bullseye, they are: Victoria McClung, Stockwell Place Elementary, 1st out ot 160; Cassidy Waters, Benton Middle, 1st out of 165; Aiden Haire, Benton High, 1st out of 110; and Amber Long, Benton High, 1st out of 126.

In the 3D competition, Anna Young from Benton Elementary came out number one of 82 in the elementary girls category and Spencer Campbell, Kingston Elementary, was 1st among the 71 elementary male archers.  Thomas Allen, Benton Middle, came in 1st out of 122; Taylor Bourn, Haughton Middle, placed 1st out of 88; Aiden Jones, Haughton High, placed 1st out of 57 and Amber Long, Benton High, placed 1st out of 47.

For complete rankings, click here for the Bullseye competition and here for the 3D state tournament.

Several archers also took home scholarships for their prowess with the bow and arrow. Winning scholarships in the Bullseye are: Aidan Haire, Benton High and Cassidy Walters, Benton Middle, $3,000; Mallory Benton, Haughton Middle, $2,000; Amber Long, Benton High, $1,000; Julia Drozdz, Cope Middle and Brady Duncan, Benton High, $500; and Aidan Jones, Haughton High, and Emma Rutledge, Benton Middle, $250.

Cashing in on 3D scholarships are: Thomas Allen, Benton Middle and Taylor Bourn, Haughton Middle, $1,500; Aiden Jones, Haughton High and Emma Rutledge, Benton Middle, $1,000; and Ethan Isaksen and Cassidy Walters, Benton Middle, $750.

Practice is on now for the U.S. Eastern National Tournament, which will be May 9-11 in Louisville, KY. Congratulations to all of our archery teams and best of luck at Nationals. Here is to hitting the bullseye!

Posted 4/16/19

 

Group photo of BPSTIL students that attended State SkillsUSABossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning has yet another reason -- make that 28 reasons -- to be proud after students had a phenomenal showing at the state SkillsUSA competition held the first week of April in south Louisiana.

State SkillsUSA gives students from across the state the chance to compete against their peers by demonstrating their knowledge and skills in various areas. The goal of this national partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives is to ensure the United States has a skilled workforce.

BPSTIL students brought home 28 medals altogether; 15 Gold, six Silver and seven Bronze. The Gold medalists are: William Jackson, Benton High, Automotive Service Technology; Oscar Gonzalez, Haughton High, Carpentry; Saul Cordova, Parkway, Carpentry (Framing); Bryan Prieto-Esparza, Airline, Carpentry (Masonry); Hunter Bourque, Haughton, Collision Repair Technology; Alexandria Hughes, Airline, Health Knowledge Bowl; Sarah McLelland, Parkway, Health Knowledge Bowl; Katelyn Dolan, Airline, won two medals in Health Knowledge Bowl; Elizabeth Stone, Airline, Medical Assist; Madison Raab, Airline, won two medals in Medical Terminology; Breanna Judge, Airline, Photography; Avery Davis, Benton High, Power Equipment Technology; Summer Driggers, Parkway, TV Production/A-Team; Caleb Lemon, Parkway, TV Production/A-Team and William (Connor) Levins, Airline, Welding.

Those students winning silver are: Levi Williford, Haughton, Automotive Refinishing Technology; Paige Landry, Haughton, Carpentry (Cabinetmaking); Jose Aldama, Haughton, Carpentry (Masonry); Lakota Golden, Haughton, Collision Repair Technology; Madison Raab, Airline, won two medals in First Aid/CPR; and Erin Ebarb, Haughton, Medical Assist.

Winning bronze are: Brandon Morales, Bossier High, Job Interview; Anna Marie Carrington, Benton, Medical Assist; Katelyn Dolan, Airline, won two medals in Medical Terminology; Creighton Massey, Haughton High, Power Equipment Technology; Krista Patton, Haughton, Promotional Bulletin Board/C; Skyler Perrin-Lewis, Benton High, Promotional Bulletin Board/C; and JonGrayson Phipps, Airline, Promotional Bulletin Board/C.

The gold medal winners will now represent BPSTIL and Bossier Schools at the national competition this summer in Louisville, KY.

Congratulations to all of these students and their teachers for their hard work paying off in a big way!

Posted 4/8/19

 

Photo of Steve PorterArtist Steve Porter makes his mark wherever he goes. Whether it is encouraging budding artists under his tutelage in Bossier Schools’ Talented Arts Program or creating his own works of art and contributing to the local arts scene, Porter is a mover and shaker.

Bossier Arts Council thinks so, too, and recently named Porter the recipient of its “Movers and Shakers” award for the impact he has made within the community.

“It was a very nice surprise when Robin (Jones) called and told me,” Porter said. “I believe that we all have the ability to make a positive difference in a child’s life. When given the opportunity to do something, then do it -- advocate for, speak for, and fight for those that are so often overlooked.”

Congratulations, Steve Porter, and thank you for being such a positive role model and advocate for the children of Bossier Schools.

Posted 4/4/19

 

Group photo of Parkway students and Whayland GreeneHistory came to life for Parkway High School students when decorated World War II veteran Whayland H. Greene paid a visit.

The 94-year-old recipient of a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars recently formed a friendship with history teacher Meredith McGovern and Greene took her up on the offer to come share his stories and artifacts with McGovern’s students and members of AFJROTC.

Greene showed WWII weaponry and helmets used in the fight and described his journey from training camp to battling the Japanese in the Pacific. He also shared memories of meeting the soldiers he battled after the surrender of Japan. An emotional Greene left students with the following words: “War is difficult, war is hard, but this country is worth fighting for.”

Students lined up afterwards to shake Greene’s hand and thank him for his service. It was a day forever etched in the memories and hearts of many students and faculty, especially when Greene met Paul Tibbets, V. He is the great-grandson of Paul W. Tibbetts, the pilot of the Enola Gay, and who was responsible for dropping the atomic bomb that ended the war.

Greene greeted Tibbets with a hug and thanked him for his great-grandfather’s role in World War II because "it saved my life."

“This was the best day in my 13-year teaching career,” McGovern said. “Mr. Greene is a true hero and for my students to honor him and see history come alive? That’s what education is all about.”

Posted 4/1/19

 

Group photo of Benton Middle School 2nd place Sweepstakes Winners in the Region I Science FairBossier Parish was well represented at the Region I Science and Engineering Fair held March 7-9 at the Bossier Civic Center.

 

Numerous students placed and earned the right to compete in the 2019 Louisiana State Science Fair, which will be March 19-20. Best of luck to them!  

 

Division A Grades 4-5   Elementary

 

Biomedical Engineering -- Kylie Borschowa, Kingston Elementary; 3rd

 

Robotics & Intelligent Machines -- Aiden Butler, Kingston Elementary; 2nd

 

Behavioral  & Social Science -- Anna Kate Cascio, Kingston Elementary; 1st

 

Biomedical & Health Science -- Fisher Erickson, Apollo Elementary; 1st

 

Materials Science -- Eryn Flowers, Apollo Elementary; 2nd

 

Physics & Astronomy -- Case Jorden, Benton Elementary; 1st

 

Energy: Chemical -- John McCasland, WT Lewis Elementary; 3rd

 

Energy: Physical -- Madison Moncrief, Stockwell Elementary; 3rd

 

Environmental Engineering -- Riley O’Mara, Legacy Elementary; 3rd

 

Environmental Engineering -- Anna Kathryn Wakefield, Kingston Elementary; 2nd

 

Chemistry -- Cody Trang, Apollo Elementary; 3rd


 

Division B Grades 6-8 Middle

 

Environmental Engineering -- Zach Cryer, Benton Middle; 1st

 

Earth & Environmental Science -- Aubri Edmonds, Benton Middle; 1st

 

Plant Science -- Madeleine Mejia, Benton Middle; 2nd

 

Energy:  Physical -- Jessica Weber, Benton Middle; 1st

 

Division C Grades 9-12 High

 

Plant Science -- Camry Belcher, Haughton High; 3rd

 

Microbiology -- Creighton France, Benton High School; 1st

 

Cellular & Molecular Biology -- Gannon Matlock, Benton High School; 3rd

 

Sweepstakes Awards 2019

 

Division B, 2nd Place -- Benton Middle School (pictured above)

Posted 3/15/19

Logo for Destination ImaginationBossier Schools had an incredible showing at the Louisiana Destination Imagination State Tournament. We are proud of every team member that demonstrated their creativity and STEAM skills at that event.

The 10 Bossier Parish teams qualified to advance to Global Finals in May in Kansas City, MO are as follows:

 

Bossier Parish School District Global Finals Qualified Teams:

 

1st Place, Elementary Technical Challenge: Legacy Elementary

1st Place, Middle School Scientific Challenge: Haughton Middle School

1st Place, High School Scientific Challenge: Haughton High School

1st Place, High School Fine Arts Challenge: Parkway High School

1st Place, Elementary Improvisation Challenge: W.T. Lewis Elementary

1st Place, High School Improvisation Challenge: Haughton High School

1st Place, Elementary Community Service Challenge: Kingston Elementary

1st Place - Tie, Middle School Community Service Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School

1st Place - Tie, Middle School Community Service Challenge: Haughton Middle School

1st Place, High School Community Service Challenge: Airline High School

 

Bossier Parish School District Top 4 Placing Teams By Category

 

Technical Challenge:

1st Place, Elementary Technical Challenge: Legacy Elementary

 

Scientific:

2nd Place, Elementary School Scientific Challenge: Stockwell Place Elementary

4th Place - Tie, Elementary School Scientific: Apollo Elementary School

 

1st Place, Middle School Scientific Challenge: Haughton Middle School

3rd Place, Middle School Scientific Challenge:Cope Middle School

 

1st Place, High School Scientific Challenge: Haughton High School

 

Fine Arts:

2nd Place, Elementary School Fine Arts Challenge: Bellaire Elementary School

4th Place, Elementary School Fine Arts Challenge: Princeton Elementary School

 

2nd Place, Middle School Fine Arts Challenge, Elm Grove Middle School

4th Place, Middle School Fine Arts Challenge, Elm Grove Middle School Elective

 

1st Place, High School Fine Arts Challenge: Parkway High School

2nd Place, High School Fine Arts Challenge: Haughton High School

 

Improvisation:

 

1st Place, Elementary Improvisation Challenge: W.T. Lewis Elementary School

2nd Place, Elementary Improvisation Challenge: Kingston Elementary School

3rd Place, Elementary Improvisation Challenge: Apollo Elementary School

4th Place, Elementary Improvisation Challenge: Benton Elementary School

 

2nd Place, Middle School Improvisation Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School Elective

3rd Place, Middle School Improvisation Challenge: Haughton Middle School

4th Place, Middle School Improvisation Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School

 

1st Place, High School Improvisation Challenge: Haughton High School

 

Engineering:

 

2nd Place, Elementary Engineering Challenge: Sun City Elementary School

2nd Place, Middle School Engineering Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School

 

Community Service:

 

1st Place, Elementary Community Service Challenge: Kingston Elementary School

2nd Place, Elementary Community Service Challenge: Legacy Elementary

4th Place, Elementary Community Service Challenge: Haughton Elementary

 

1st Place - Tie, Middle School Community Service Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School

1st Place - Tie, Middle School Community Service Challenge: Haughton Middle School

2nd Place - Elm Grove Middle Community Service Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School Elective

 

1st Place, High School Community Service Challenge: Airline High School

Posted 3/4/19

Photo of Keriann HollisMeet half of the United States Twirling Association National Champion Pairs Team that will be representing Team USA in the 2019 International Cup in Paris, France.

Keriann Hollis is a senior at Airline High who has been twirling for 14 years, winning numerous regional, state and national titles along the way. She and twirling partner Destiny LeBrun, who lives in Texas, will travel in August to Paris where they will compete in a nine-day competition for the world pairs title.

Hollis travels to Houston twice each month to practice with LeBrun. The two have dedicated thousands of hours of preparation, pain and sweat to reach this pinnacle and it is paying off. Signing her intent letter at a recent ceremony held at Airline High School made it official; Keriann Hollis is bound for Paris!

Posted 3/2/19

 

Photo of Jackson SheltonAirline High School junior Jackson Shelton will be headed to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado the second week of March for an opportunity that will poise him to take a leadership role at his school and his future pursuits.

Shelton is among the Spring 2019 class of the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program, announced by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). The program offers selected students an intensive leadership building experience through a long-standing partnership with the prestigious Air Force Academy.

This year’s student leader team of 10 students attend high schools from Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. They are all students actively involved in the MCEC Student 2 Student Program (S2S) within their high schools.

The S2S goal is 100-percent acceptance of new students as they transition in and out of their new school. Designed with the military child in mind, the program has grown to include all transitioning students. S2S is based on five core values: leadership, academics, service, finding the way and relationships.

Shelton is also a leader in the award-winning Viking Band and AFJROTC programs at Airline High School. He will spend the week talking with influential leaders, sharing ideas and challenges of their local program, and participating in team building activities led by U.S. Air Force Academy cadets and the MCEC Student Programs Team.

With over 200 active S2S programs globally, this is a great honor not only for Bossier Schools but the community as well. Congratulations to Jackson Shelton. We know you will represent Airline and Bossier Parish well.

Posted 2/27/19