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Group photo of State SkillsUSA winnersBossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning was in the limelight recently during the Louisiana SkillsUSA Championship, not only because it was one of the host sites for the competition but students brought home the gold.

BPSTIL students won 28 medals in all; 16 gold, nine silver and three bronze. The gold medal winners now have the opportunity to compete at the National level this summer in Kentucky.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce, whether that be in career and technical fields, skilled and service occupations or health.  

The SkillsUSA Championships are a critical component to ensure career readiness. Students across the nation compete amongst their peers by demonstrating their occupational and leadership skills in various areas.

At BPSTIL, judges scored students as they put their knowledge to the test in Masonry, Small Outdoor Equipment, Small Engine Repair, Television Production, Allied Health, Graphic Design and in many more fields of study.

Bossier Parish students did extremely well. Those earning gold medals were: Nicole Pierce from  Parkway and Samuel (Tyler) Rodriguez, who attends Haughton. They were Team #1 in Computer Programming. Gabriella McCrorie, Benton, First Aid/CPR and Hannah Hunter, Parkway, Graphic Arts/T-shirt design. In the Health Knowledge Bowl, four BPSTIL students nabbed the gold; Haylee Bridewell, Haughton; Lauren Koertge, Airline; Steven Gardner, Benton; and Ashley Rayborn, Parkway.

Jakob Franks, Haughton, won gold in Marine Service Technology and Yusef Algahim, Bossier, in Masonry. In Medical Math, Elise Gresser, Airline, grabbed the gold and in Medical Term, Lauren Tompkins from Haughton won. Joseph Feaster, Parkway, seized the number one spot in Power Equipment Technology and in TV Video Production, Adam Williams and Delilah Ferrell, both from Airline, claimed the top prize. Finally, Erick Martinez, Haughton, won the gold in Welding.

Other winners were: Isauro Reyes, Haughton, a bronze in Automotive Refinishing; Arturo Ramirez, Airline, a silver in Cabinetmaking; Jeremiah Adams, Benton, a bronze in Cabinetmaking; Ethan Calvin, Haughton, silver in Collision Repair Technology; Cameron Carter, Haughton, and Cole Edwards, Airline, won the silver as Team #2 in Computer Programming; Abbigail Huddleston-Williams, Parkway, took silver in Job Interview; Kaleb Barthelmess, Haughton, silver in Masonry and Detrick Whalen, Airline, bronze in Masonry.

Hayden Bowers, Haughton, won silver in Motorcycle Service Technology; Karen Zuniga, Bossier, took silver in Nurse Assisting; and Ryan McClain, Haughton, won silver in Power Equipment Technology.

Congratulations to all of these BPSTIL students for their outstanding performance. Hard work truly pays off!
 

Posted 4/18/18

Photo of TAP Jazz Band musicians on stage at the Apollo TheaterIt was the experience of a lifetime for students in the Talented Arts Program’s Jazz Band. Imagine stepping out on stage at the world-famous Apollo Theater in New York to loud cheers and applause.

That is the memory etched in their minds that these talented Bossier Parish musicians will forever carry with them. Directed by Bossier Schools’ Talented Music Instructor Larry Pierson, Benton High Band Director Evan McCormick and Bossier High Band Director Chris Hand, it was a journey that unfolded in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan April 8. It was also one months in the making as they rehearsed in preparation of bringing Louisiana flavor to the Big Apple.

The TAP Jazz Band played its heart out and received rave reviews. Playing the historic Apollo Theater is an opportunity that does not come about often and is a huge honor. We are so proud of how these young musicians represented Bossier Parish.

Posted 4/9/18

Photo of Kinan Kasabali and Spencer FavorAirline High has received exciting news. Two students have been accepted for recognition in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Spencer Favor (pictured right) and Kinan Kasabili (pictured left) are both juniors. They will go on to next round of competition and will learn in September if they are chosen as National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists.

This is a huge step and honor for Favor and Kasabali. Congratulations to them and best of luck advancing in the next round of the NMSP.

Posted 4/9/18

Photo of Butler principal Reginald Williams with Jamie and James ProckApprehensive would best describe Jamie Prock’s bundle of emotions on her son James’ first day at Butler Educational Complex. Little did the Prock family know the next nine weeks at BEC would prove to be some of the most rewarding and they would develop such great admiration for principal Reginald Williams and his faculty.

“Kudos come far and few between for the faculty of this alternative school,” Jamie Prock said tearfully as she shared her family’s experience. “The entire school is a Gold Star school. You can’t even imagine the kindness and dedication every faculty member has put forth to our family. I came in and I was a bucket of tears in his (Williams’) office and he comforted me and he let me know that my son would be safe and he would be educated.”

Not only was Jamie Prock moved, but so were her husband and son, who wrote nominations for Williams to be named Bossier Schools’ Gold Star employee for the month of March.

“When my son made a mistake and ended up at Butler, we were afraid for his academics and safety,” David Prock wrote. “ALL those fears dissipated when we met Mr. Williams. It’s not everyday that a principal gives you his word of honor that your child is in good hands. He made himself available to our family and answered our questions and boy did we have questions and concerns. This man has made such a positive impact on our son and all of the students at Butler. I highly recommend Mr. Williams for this honor. His job is one of the toughest in the parish. He takes kids and sends them back to their home school better than they came.”

A recent retiree from the U.S. Marine Corps, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Williams became principal at Butler in January 2017, although he has been working in Bossier Schools for the last 12 years. His time in the Marines made him the perfect fit. Contrary to what some may envision after hearing of his Marine background, Williams balances compassion with expectations.

“We tell the students that BEC does not mean Butler Educational Complex. BEC means better educational choices,” Williams explained. “That’s what we do here and it’s something they can use here and they can use for life.”

He focuses on results, not excuses, and when Williams and his staff see students turn around academically, behaviorally and culturally, that is what makes them most proud.

“We’re not looking for the perfect student,” Williams said. I tell them ‘you’re not going to find a perfect adult, but we do want to see improvement.’ So, as long as we see improvement, we’ve accomplished our mission.”

James Prock accomplished the mission the BEC staff set forth for him. Before going back to his home school, he presented the product from his Senior Project to Williams as a nod to his Marine service; an American flag made from hand-painted red, white and blue miniature toy soldiers. He also shared these words:

“As a student at Butler we have obviously faced challenges in our lives. Some minor, some major. No matter what, Mr. Williams treats us with respect,” James Prock wrote before leaving BEC. “I will leave Butler soon and as crazy as it seems, I’m sad about it. The entire staff under his direction wipes our slate clean and provides us with every opportunity to succeed. They push us to be our best. The faculty succeeds I’m sure because of his (Williams’) leadership.”

Prock went on to say, “I wish I could nominate everyone at Butler. They are a true family, ready and willing to take in anyone in need. They support, push, reprimand and forgive you all at once. They are truly a GOLD STAR FACULTY, from the teachers, admin, custodians and SRO. As I prepare to leave and return to my home school, I will be forever changed for the better because of the love shared by these educators … I hope to visit them as I move forward and always look back to what could have been a life changer in the wrong way to a life changer in the right way.”

It is with great honor and pride Bossier Schools congratulates Reginald Williams for being chosen as its latest Gold Star winner. The Procks’ testimonials are, no doubt, evidence that he and the BEC faculty are making a difference in our young people’s lives.

 

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Bossier Federal Credit Union for sponsoring Bossier Schools’ Gold Star program. Each month, a BPSB employee who exemplifies ‘the best of the best’ is chosen by an independent judging panel. Know someone deserving of the Gold Star award? Nominate them by going to http://www.bossierschools.org/goldstar.

Posted 4/5/18

Photo of Garden of  Angels monumentGone but never forgotten.

It was October 20, 2006 when Airline High School was brought to its knees by the deaths of three students on their way to watch their beloved Vikings play Natchitoches Central.

Emily Perdue, Molly Reed and Katie Watkins will forever live on in the hearts of the Airline family. It is a day etched in the memory and history of the school and community. Though crippled and broken, Airline High School would rise from this time of mourning only to become stronger than ever.

Following the tragedy, a Garden of Angels was constructed in the courtyard. However, due to recent construction at the school, it had to be dismantled. On a beautiful, sunny day March 27 a crowd gathered for the re-dedication of a new, even more beautiful Garden of Angels monument.

Principal Jason Rowland presented the three young ladies’ families with special momentos engraved with a scripture from Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

It was a special day to lovingly remember three former Vikings that may be gone from earth, but will never be forgotten.

Posted 3/28/18

Destination Imagination logoTwelve teams from Bossier Schools qualified to advance to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN after a highly successful Destination Imagination State Tournament held March 3 in Bossier.

Volunteer teachers coached 51 teams from Bossier Schools, Elm Grove Middle School and Sun City Elementary hosted the tournament on their campuses, over 100 community volunteers helped and more than 30 high school volunteers from the Parkway High Beta Club and Haughton High School Red Jackets served as ambassadors throughout the event.

The tournament was especially meaningful as it was dedicated in memory of Emilie Gibson, a Legacy Elementary DI team member who bravely faced DIPG Brain Cancer last year.

Emilie passed away October 31, and the tournament focused not only on creativity and competition, but on helping to raise awareness and donations for childhood cancer research.

Over $2,000 was raised and will be matched by Louisiana Destination Imagination to donate to the Michael Mosier Foundation in support of research for DIPG.

Bossier teams were certainly up to the challenges posed to them at DI State Tournament. Not only did a dozen teams qualify for Global Finals, but several others placed in the top three spots in various categories.

Here are the results:
Bossier Teams Advancing to Global Finals:

  • Airline High School Improv Team
  • Airline High School Scientific Team
  • Benton Middle School Engineering Team
  • Benton Middle School Service Learning Team
  • Elm Grove Middle School Improv Team
  • Elm Grove Middle School Scientific Team
  • Haughton High School Fine Arts Team
  • Haughton High School Engineering Team
  • Kingston Elementary Service Learning Team
  • Sun City Elementary Fine Arts Team
  • Sun City Elementary Technical Team
  • W.T. Lewis Elementary Improv Team

Bossier Parish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Teams By Category:

  • Elementary Technical Challenge:  1st place, Sun City Elementary School
  • Middle School Technical Challenge:  2nd Place, Benton Middle School
  • Elementary Scientific Challenge:  2nd place, Bellaire Elementary
  • Elementary Scientific Challenge:  3rd place, Legacy Elementary School
  • Middle School Scientific Challenge:  1st place, Elm Grove Middle School
  • Middle School Scientific Challenge:  3rd place, Greenacres Middle School
  • High School Scientific Challenge: 1st place, Airline High School
  • High School Scientific Challenge: 2nd place, Parkway High School
  • Elementary Fine Arts Challenge:  2nd place, Sun City Elementary School
  • Elementary Fine Arts Challenge:  3rd place, Princeton Elementary School
  • Middle School Fine Arts Challenge:  2nd place tie, Greenacres Middle School
  • Middle School Fine Arts Challenge:  2nd place tie, Cope Middle School
  • High School Fine Arts Challenge: 1st place, Haughton High School
  • High School Fine Arts Challenge: 2nd place, Parkway High School
  • Elementary Improv Challenge: 1st place, W.T. Lewis
  • Elementary Improv Challenge: 2nd place, Legacy Elementary
  • Elementary  Improv Challenge: 3rd place, Apollo Elementary
  • Middle School Improv Challenge: 1st place, Elm Grove Middle School
  • Middle School Improv Challenge: 2nd place, Cope Middle School
  • High School Improv Challenge:  1st place, Airline High School
  • High School Improv Challenge:  2nd place, Haughton High School
  • High School Improv Challenge: 3rd place, Parkway High School
  • Elementary School Engineering Challenge: 3rd place, Princeton Elementary
  • Middle School Engineering Challenge: 1st place, Benton Middle School
  • Middle School Engineering Challenge: 3rd place, Elm Grove Middle School
  • High School Engineering Challenge: 1st place, Haughton High School
  • Elementary Service Learning Challenge: 1st place: Kingston Elementary
  • Elementary Service Learning Challenge: 2nd place, Legacy Elementary
  • Middle School Service Learning Challenge: 1st place, Benton Middle School
  • Middle School Service Learning Challenge: 2nd place, Cope Middle School
  • High School Service Learning Challenge; 1st place, Haughton High School
Posted 3/9/18

Group photo of Spencer Favor with children at Central Park ElementarySpencer Favor loves to read; so much so, the Airline High School junior decided to share her passion for literacy with students at Central Park Elementary School by organizing the Book Store Project.

After talking with a Bossier Parish elementary school librarian, Favor came up with the idea to host a children’s book giveaway at Central Park.

For three months, she partnered with her church and school to collect more than 1,500 new and gently used books. So many people gave that it filled a spare room at Favor’s house.

Her personal reward came the day students were getting out for spring break. Favor and her dad went to Central Park, loaded with books, and every student got to choose two to take home and keep.

“It feels good that they like them all,” Favor said as she assisted children with making their book selections.

There were shrieks of delight as one girl spotted a book with Elsa on the cover and a boy beamed as he thumbed through one about construction vehicles.

“I love reading and I have a lot of books at my house, so I wanted y’all to have books at your house,” Favor told the children gathered around her.

No doubt Favor’s passion for books will not be lost on the boys and girls at Central Park who are excited about starting their own library at home. It is a gift that Favor hopes will keep on giving.

Posted 3/9/18

Group photo of Benton Elementary archery team photoThree Bossier Parish archery teams hit the bullseye and brought home the State Championship title at the 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries ALAS tournament.

Airline took home the High School state title in the Bullseye, followed by Haughton in second place. Winning the Middle School title was Benton Middle, with Haughton Middle coming in second. In the elementary division, Benton Elementary claimed the title and bragging rights, with Kingston Elementary close on the Tigers’ heels in second place.

Benton schools swept the state titles in the 3D division. Benton High, Benton Middle and Benton Elementary were right on target to win the team awards. Bossier schools took second place honors across the board as well. Haughton High, Haughton Middle and Kingston Elementary went home with trophies for second place and Airline High and Benton Middle (Team 2) placed third.

Several students won individual awards as well. Aidan Haire from Benton High School shot a 293 and claimed the honor of Top Male Archer in the Bullseye and scored a $5,000 scholarship. Amber Long from Benton Middle shot a 290 and was named Top Female Archer in the Bullseye and also won a $5,000 scholarship. Tyler Pope from Benton Elementary shot a 291 and Eden Old from Benton Middle, a 290. They both took home a $2,500 scholarship. Emma Rutledge, a student at Benton Middle, scored a 287 and a $1,250 scholarship. Rutledge was the big winner, taking home another $1,250 scholarship after shooting a 289 in the 3D competition.

A number of other Bossier Parish students came out at the top of their game. Those rankings are attached.

Bossier Schools congratulates all of its outstanding archers, who are now preparing for Nationals and after that, hopefully the world tournament. They undoubtedly put Bossier Parish on the map -- right in the center of the bullseye.  

Posted 3/8/18

 

Photo of Jillian Maxwell reading a book to a group of first gradersBenton High School sophomore Jillian Maxwell is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside.

Recently crowned Miss Louisiana High School, Jillian's platform is Be B.R.A.V.E., an anti-bullying initiative and acronym for Building Respect and Values for Everyone.

She stopped by Apollo Elementary to read the book "Billy Bully" to a group of first graders, then presented them with Be B.R.A.V.E. wristbands and books to principal Laura Leflett.

Jillian is giving books to each kindergarten and first grade classroom in Bossier Parish, which is being made possible through sales of Silly Socks she designed.

Bossier Schools is so proud of Jillian's efforts. She is an outstanding representative of our district and Miss Louisiana High School.

Posted 3/7/18

Students pose next to paintingThe gymnasium at Plain Dealing High School is sporting new artwork, thanks to a trio of students in Bossier Schools' Talented Arts Program.

Faith Edwards, Lana Parrish and Macy Bates presented their "Leon" project to PDHS at a recent assembly.

The painting is on Masonite and was designed and produced by the three TAP students for a project guided by Talented Art instructor Mark Charleville.

The art is a welcome addition to the gymnasium. They did a GRRRRREAT job, didn't they?

Posted 2/28/18