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Group photo of HHS Marksmanship Varsity TeamThe Marksmanship team at Haughton High has its sights in focus and is gunning for the Air Force JROTC National Championship, after proving at recent competitions they are among the best shooters in the state.  

The Varsity Team earned State Championship Runner-Up, beating other programs from around Louisiana. Haylee Ritter earned 5th place; Michael Roe, 6th; Steven Barfield, 12th and Aaron Jones, 15th. The entire team qualified for an invitation to compete in the Civilian Marksmanship Program National Championships in June.

Their performance at State paved the way to compete in the AFJROTC Marksmanship National Championships in Alabama, where they pulled the trigger on yet another impressive finish. The team qualified as the 16th seed and finished in fourth place.

A bonus for the HHS team was Steven Barfield finished in 8th place overall out of all Air Force Sporter Class shooters and placed 3rd in an intense Finals shootout.

The Varsity team includes: Aaron Jones, Michael Roe, Steven Barfield, Haylee Ritter and Brandon Moll, along with their coach Colonel Tony Zucco.

Their performance earned them an invitation to compete at the All Service JROTC Nationals in March at Camp Perry, Ohio.

Sure as shooting, Haughton’s Marksmanship Team is right on target!

Posted 2/12/18



Group photo of AHS JROTC drill teamAirline High School AFJROTC ​Drill Teams left a drill competition held in late January at Louisiana Tech University​ victorious, competing in a dozen events and bringing home trophies in the following eight categories:

  • Armed ​Exhibition​, 2nd place; commanded by Cadet/Colonel Nathan Norwood​
  • Armed Regulation​, 1st Place; commanded by Cadet/1st Lieutenant Jacob Brown
  • Armed​ Tandem, 1st Place
  • Unarmed ​Exhibition​, 1st Place; commanded by Cadet/Colonel Ariana Dalmau ​
  • Unarmed Regulation​, 1st  Place; commanded by Cadet/Major Kamryn Moses​
  • Master Color Guard, 1st Place; commanded by Cadet/Lieutenant Colonel JirNeicia Ward​
  • Knock-out Drill​, 1st Place; commanded by Cadet/Colonel Ariana​ Dalmau

​​The drill team also took home the coveted Overall Best Drill Team Trophy.

Congratulations, Viking Blue Thunder, and good luck at your Feb. 24 drill competition in Leesville, LA.

Posted 2/12/18

Group photo of students at Student Council conventionMembers of the Student Council organizations at Airline High, Benton High, Benton Middle and Greenacres Middle returned from the Louisiana Association of Student Councils (LASC) annual convention teeming with ideas on how to make a difference both on campus and off.

Hosted by Captain Shreve High School in Caddo, Bossier students were joined at the convention by approximately 1,600 additional Student Council members from across the state. Students heard from two keynote speakers.  

Jennifer Drake encouraged them to let go of any issues they thought were holding them back so they could affect change in their schools and with their fellow classmates. Kyle Willkom challenged students to embrace what is unique about them and turn that into a positive in order to become the best servant leader they can be.

The students also had the opportunity to work in small groups with other students from around the state and brainstorm on how to improve their Student Council and derive ideas of how they could serve their school and communities. Each student also participated in a service project.  

The members walked away from the convention with new ideas, new friendships and a renewed excitement for Student Council.

Posted 2/12/18

Photos of Patrick Neff and Cheryl CorkranWhen it comes to the most respected band directors in the surrounding five-parish area, Cheryl Corkran and Patrick Neff rise to the top.

Corkran is the Band Director at Greenacres Middle School and Neff is the Band Director at Airline High School. Both were elected as the Middle School and High School Band Director of the Year respectively by members of the District VIII Band Directors Association.

District VIII encompasses Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Desoto and Webster Parishes and falls under the umbrella of the Louisiana Music Educators Association.

Corkran has 35 years’ experience as a music educator, which has spanned from New Mexico and Texas to Colorado and Louisiana. At Greenacres, Corkran is credited for establishing a program worthy of Mustang Pride, working diligently to set the standard for middle school bands, both regionally and statewide.

“Ms. Corkran has earned many consecutive sweepstakes trophies as well as state-level awards during her tenure at Greenacres Middle School and for the last 25 years has demonstrated beyond a shadow of doubt what a great musician, educator and person she is,” said James A. Willett, President of the District VIII Band Directors Association.   

Neff has been a standout music educator from the time he began his career at Many High School 18 years ago. He also worked in Caldwell and Franklin parishes, where he set the standard in his field of high school band programs.

Willett said, “Mr. Neff has taken the small bands of Louisiana and demonstrated an uncanny ability to create pride and enthusiasm as well as consistently motivating his students and challenging them to take it to the next level.”

He continued by saying, “Often, his bands in the small classifications have been competitive with the larger band programs at competitions. Expectations were high when Mr. Neff took over the much larger Airline High School band, but he has far surpassed our expectations using his knowledge, enthusiasm and abilities to earn two Grand Champion trophies for the Airline Marching Band, a first of many more to come for their program!”

Bossier Schools commends and congratulates these two top-notch educators for their dedication and passion shown at Greenacres and Airline. Being awarded Band Director of the Year for District VIII is just icing on the cake and music to our ears!

Posted 2/12/18

Photo of Superintendent and NSU President signing documentsWith the stroke of a pen, Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith and Northwestern State University President Dr. Chris Maggio signed an agreement today that paves the way for high school students to attain a college education.

“Imagining the Possibilities” is an initiative between the two educational partners that will enable Bossier Parish students to earn college credit and the possibility of lucrative scholarship packages should they choose to attend NSU.

Students receiving a qualifying score on their ACT test or various Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams will receive academic credit at Northwestern through the “Imagining the Possibilities” initiative.

In addition, scholarship incentives will be made available to Bossier Parish students meeting academic criteria and enrolling in seven majors at NSU, beginning in fall 2018. Those include accounting, biology, business administration, computer information systems, engineering technology, education and nursing. Students interested in other academic areas may also qualify for scholarship packages. 

As part of the agreement, the NSU recruiting team will be conducting visits at all Bossier Parish high schools to present the “Imagining the Possibilities” initiative to juniors and seniors.

“Bossier Schools consistently seeks every opportunity we can provide for our students’ academic success and this initiative with Northwestern goes hand in hand with that,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith. “We are eager for Bossier Parish students to take advantage of this initiative to pursue a college education and potentially save their families thousands of dollars.”

Posted 2/6/18

Photo of speakers on stage at Leadership DayWhat an awesome experience for 140 Student Council members from throughout Bossier, Bienville, Claiborne and Webster Parishes.


Senator Ryan Gatti hosted Leadership Day February 1 at Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning.


Students heard from a tremendous slate of speakers about leadership. Those speaking were: Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington, Claiborne Sheriff Ken Bailey and Bienville Sheriff John Ballance; Carlton Golden from Builders Supply; Laura Roberts and Brian Furqueron with Valveworks; Doug Rogers, Moreman Moore & Company; Jack "Bump" Skaggs, Bossier Parish Police Juror; Nicholas Cox, Webster Parish Police Juror; Lisa Johnson, Bossier Chamber of Commerce President; Pastor Doyle Adams, Elizabeth Baptist Church of Benton; and Jayda Spillers, BPSTIL Principal.


A big thanks to Sen. Gatti for equipping our students with the knowledge to grow as leaders in our community, both today and tomorrow.

Posted 2/1/18

Photo of Parkway s Stock Market Challenge team membersParkway students in Barbara Curry’s civics class are showing the world just how much they know about business, the global economy and investing.

For nearly two months, 68 student teams throughout the state of Louisiana competed in The Stock Market Game ™ and were judged on their investing strategies and earnings from a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio.

When the game concluded, it was a trio of Parkway Panthers, led by Carter Roth (9th grade), Raven Calmese (10th grade) and A’jah Connor (9th grade), that placed second in the High School division in Louisiana, posting the greatest returns.

The goal of the 2017 Stock Market Game ™ is to help students learn the fundamentals of long-term savings and investing in a fun, engaging way. Students enhance their knowledge in core curriculum subjects including math, language arts and social studies, and they develop life skills such as financial preparedness, teamwork and business knowledge.

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation, which sponsored the contest, points to an independent study that found students who participate score significantly higher on mathematics and financial literacy tests than their peers who did not take part.

Curry said she is especially proud of all of Parkway’s teams that competed in the statewide challenge. The winning team will receive T-shirts, certificates and be entered into a drawing for a trip this summer to Wall Street in New York, the financial capital of the world.

Congratulations to Parkway’s winning team!

Posted 1/18/18

Bossier Talented ArtsBossier Parish high school Talented Theatre students definitely made an impression at the Centenary Regional Theatre Festival, winning runner-up overall.

Their short play, “TAPE, by Jose Rivera and directed by TAP Theatre Instructor Shannon Bamburg, earned the cast a trophy. The cast included Logan Digilormo, Benton High; Carly Blondin, Parkway; and Christy Tran, Parkway.

Jillian Pease, from Parkway, worked on the tech crew and performed a voice-over for the show. Benton High student Kallie Pierce designed the lights and sound and ran sound for the show and Avery Colle, from Airline, operated the light board for their production.

Bamburg said it was TAP Theatre’s first experience at the festival and a very positive one.

Logan Digilormo and Jordan Myles, both from Benton High, also competed for scholarships for next year. Digilormo received top 12 and was offered a scholarship from Centenary, which is his top school choice. Myles received interest from Louisiana Tech, one of his school choices.

Congratulations to these Talented Theatre students for a show well done!

Posted 1/8/18

The Parkway High wind ensemble has accomplished something no other Pride of Pantherland band before them has. The group of 67 musicians has been officially declared among the best in the land and selected as one of 26 bands nationwide to perform March 15-17 at the ‘Music For All’ National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis.

“Whenever I was telling my family, I was basically explaining to them how this is like the Super Bowl of bands, of high school bands. This is one of the most incredible honors we could have received,” said Madi Hines, a senior in the Pride of Pantherland Band. “I could not have planned a better senior year! I mean this has never been done before by the Parkway Band, so for me, to be able to grow in this band and then experience my entire four years capped off with this experience is just amazing and I am so excited!”

Band Director Mark Minton said he had been sending audition tapes for years to the selection committee for consideration. This go around, his persistence -- and the band’s hard work -- paid off.

“These people that are going to be at this concert band festival will appreciate the level of artistry that they have attained and I’m really excited about that and they’re going to feel like rock stars there,” Minton said.

The trip will not come cheap. It will cost $75,000 for the entire group to attend, but the Pride of Pantherland is $2,000 closer to getting there. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser made a recent stop to Parkway, where the band entertained him and he signed a proclamation commending the band for representing the state on the national stage. After hearing them perform, Nungesser pledged $1,000 toward their trip and Louisiana Senator Ryan Gatti matched it.

The band has also launched a vigorous fundraising campaign. A GoFundMe account has been set up, jewelry and holiday dinners are being raffled off and benefit concerts are being held. Check out this video, as well as media coverage, and go to #POP2Indy on Facebook to learn more.

Senior Cassidy Burrell, who plans to continue her musical aspirations in college, summed it up this way.

“It’s going to make me a better player so when I do pursue a future in music I’ll be able to enhance my music ability.” She went on to say, “I’m just really proud of this group. We’ve been through a lot and we’ve worked really hard, so I’m just glad that we have been granted this opportunity.”

Posted 1/2/18

Dozens of people stepped into cadence with members of the Parkway High School JROTC at the sixth annual La'Keia Rawls Memorial 5K to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence.

Following the run held earlier this month, the JROTC and members of Rawls’ family presented the proceeds to The Salvation Army. A check for $700 was given to help Carla’s Haven, which is the women’s and children’s family shelter at The Salvation Army.

Rawls was a graduate of Bossier High School who was killed in 2012 as the result of domestic violence. Lt. Col. Jon Johnson and his JROTC cadets carry on her memory each year by hosting the run.

Posted 1/2/18