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Photo of Emmett Beggs holding state championship plaqueIt is Parkway High School wrestling coach Emmett Beggs’ year. Not only did his team recently win a second consecutive state title, but he has also been named the 2017-18 Louisiana Coach of the Year for Boys Wrestling.

Beggs received the news from the National Federation of State High School Associations, which works in conjunction with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Nominated by the LHSAA, the award recognizes coaches around the country who act as role models and are making a difference in their communities and sports.

Beggs has worked at Parkway since 2010, but began coaching sports in 1999 outside of the district. His accolades are many, including lacrosse championships in Shreveport and Texas; district champions and multiple state awards in football; and wrestling coach to 13 state champions in nine weight classes; 12 state runners-up, 58 state placers and DII State Champions in 2018 and 2019.

Also the head coach of boys lacrosse at Parkway, Beggs is founder of the LA Rippers Lacrosse Club, a summer travel and development program in northwest Louisiana.

Posted 2/20/19

Group photo of Airline s ROTC cadets at Providence HouseAirline High School’s AFJROTC hosted a Valentine’s Day party for children at the Providence House. The Providence House provides shelter and schooling for homeless families to assist them in finding jobs and becoming independent.

Cadets made valentines and face painted with the kids, planned fun Valentine’s Day-themed games, and served dinner and desserts to the families.

Seeing the genuine smiles on the children’s faces after spending an evening with them, cadets truly experienced one of the core values of JROTC; service before self.  Cadets look forward to volunteering again with the Providence House to give back to their community and to make a positive impact on families’ lives.  

Posted 2/15/19

Photo of Kinan Kasabli and Spencer Favor holding certificatesThere is huge news to celebrate at Airline High School.

The National Merit Scholarship Program has determined which of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2019.

Airline High School is proud to announce that seniors  Kinan Kasabali and Spencer Favor have both been named Finalists for this most prestigious scholarship!

In March, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will begin mailing scholarship offers to winners and notifications to their high school principals. Formal announcements will be made in the subsequent months.

Help us congratulate Kinan and Spencer!

Posted 2/11/19

Group photo of Parkway wrestling teamWhat a weekend for the Parkway High School wrestling team at the LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament, held February 8-9 at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier.

They won the Division II state title for the second year in a row. Three Parkway students won state in their weight class. Congratulations to Trey Fontenot, Darryl Nicholas and Connor Cloinger, as well as to Coach Beggs, Coach Kennedy and the entire team!

Posted 2/11/19

Photo of Will Dunford and Nate Rich holding trophyFor the first time in Bossier Parish debate history, a team has taken first place in a Texas tournament.

Airline High School’s team of senior Will Dunford and freshman Nate Rich are the champions of Colleyville Heritage High School in Novice Cross Ex Debate after eight grueling two-hour rounds debating immigration reform.

The team was top seed and they were undefeated throughout the entire tournament. Congratulations to this dynamic duo and to the Airline Debate Team and sponsor Martha Claire Lepore for such a phenomenal year.

Posted 2/4/19

 

Group photo of veterans and JROTC cadetsMembers of the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans presented checks totaling $25,000 to the five high school JROTC programs in Bossier Parish during a lae January ceremony.

The Disabled Veterans of Louisiana ran Bingo games for more than two years to raise the money, only to give it away to Bossier youth. As cadets from each unit were presented $5,000 checks for their school’s JROTC program, they handed letters expressing their gratitude to the veterans.

There are nearly 1,400 cadets involved in JROTC in Bossier Parish. They will use the money in various ways that promote service, commemorate our nation’s heroes and further bolster the JROTC program.

Bossier Schools extends sincere thanks to the DVL and thanks them for their service.

Posted 1/31/19

Photo of Airline custodial staff being given Clean Campus awardAnd the winner of Bossier Schools' Clean Campus Award for fall 2018 is ... Airline High School!

Have you noticed how spiffy Airline's campus is? Superintendent Scott Smith sure has and recently awarded principal Jason Rowland and his custodial staff with the annual Clean Campus Award. Congratulations to them.

Next time you go by AHS, give the hard working men and women there a pat on the back. The Vikings are proud of their campus and it shows.

Posted 1/29/19

Photo of Taylor Henry, Caroline Moore and Katie BowlinThe atmosphere was electric as news quickly spread throughout Bossier Parish that the 2019 Students of the Year were being announced.

Accompanied by an entourage of educators, Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith made surprise visits January 16 to three schools to announce Taylor Henry had been chosen as Elementary Student of the Year, Caroline Moore as Middle School Student of the Year and Katie Bowlin as High School Student of the Year.

Henry is a fifth grader at W.T. Lewis Elementary who excels academically and in numerous other ways. She is a cheerleader at her school, participates in 4-H, FCA, Destination Imagination and performs in plays and theatrical productions. Henry also has a tremendous heart for helping others in need, having raised more than $10,000 to assist hurricane victims in Louisiana.

Moore is an eighth grade student at Benton Middle and actively involved in Student Council, FCA, First Priority and Destination Imagination. She is also a member of the Cross Country and Archery teams, plays soccer with CABOSA, and serves the community through her church. Her passion is shown through her interactions with the Lighthouse Foundation, Providence House and mission trips to Haiti.

Bowlin is a senior at Benton High and active member of Student Council, Tiger Girls danceline, FCA and First Priority. She has been involved in the National Honor Society, Gold Jackets, Bossier Youth Leadership and Special Olympics. One of her most notable accomplishments is being recognized as the Pay It Forward Networking Volunteer of the Year. Following graduation in May 2019, Bowlin plans to attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and major in Mass Communications with a concentration in Political Communications, then attend LSU Law School.

“These three young ladies are exemplary students and servant leaders and we could not be more proud than to have them represent Bossier Schools as the Parish Students of the Year,” Smith said.

Henry, Moore and Bowlin will now advance to the Regional Student of the Year competitions to be held next month in northwest Louisiana and be honored at the March 7 Bossier Parish School Board meeting by Student of the Year sponsor Citizens National Bank.

Posted 1/16/19

 

Coach Ronnie Coker poses with other inductees of the LBCA Hall of FameAirline High School Athletic Coordinator Ronnie Coker has had many career highs, but one that happened this past weekend may just be the pinnacle. He was inducted into the 2019 Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association (LBCA) Hall of Fame.

Coker has been involved in athletics with Bossier Schools for 23 years and worked in Caddo and Webster Parish Schools as well. During that time, he amassed an impressive record. Among some of his high points: LBCA Coach of the Year; Louisiana Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year; two-time State Champions; All-Star Head Coach and Coordinator; Shreveport Times Coach of the Year; member of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) and many more.

On January 12 in Baton Rouge, Coker and five others from around the state with serious chops were recognized as the 2019 class of inductees in the LBCA Hall of Fame and recognized for their lifetime of achievements.

What spoke volumes about the relationships Coker has built over his career was that several of his former players made the trip south to help him celebrate.

In fact, in Coker’s acceptance speech he quoted the late evangelist Billy Graham, saying “A coach can affect more people in one year than the average person can in a lifetime.” That is exactly what Coker has done and continues to do on the sidelines at Airline games and in the weight room.

Bossier Schools congratulates Coach Coker for this huge honor that is well deserved and for serving as an important positive role model to our young people.

Posted 1/15/19

Group photo of Benton Elementary 2019 ALAS North Regional ChampionsThe new year is right on target for three Bossier Parish schools that claimed first place in their division at the 2019 ALAS (Archery in Louisiana Schools) North Regional Tournament held earlier this month in Shreveport.

Benton Elementary hit the bullseye and took home the first place trophy in the elementary division. Benton Middle Team 1 captured top honors in the middle school category and Haughton High School clenched the highest honor in the high school competition.

Several students also rose to the top as first place archers in their age categories. They are:  Kyleigh Bernard, Benton Elementary; Spencer Campbell, Kingston Elementary; Emma Rutledge, Thomas Allen and Brailey Bishop, Benton Middle; and Abbie Rutledge and Aidan Haire, Benton High. For complete results, click here.

Teams now have their sights set on the state tournament to be held in April, National in May and World in July.

Sure as shooting, the archery programs in Bossier Parish are right on point for a terrific season!

Posted 1/10/19