THREE LIVINGSTON PARISH SCHOOLS MAKE REPEAT APPEARANCE ON BEST IN NATION LIST
Holden, Maurepas and Springfield high schools have once again been named among the nation’s best public high schools, according to this year’s rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The three schools were among 85 high schools in Louisiana to be nationally recognized for their academic performances in 2014.
All three Livingston Parish schools earned a Bronze Medal, which is given to those schools that excel at a variety of measurable performance outcomes. The designation is based on a key principle that high schools must serve all students well, not just those bound for college.
Students at all three schools scored high proficiency levels. Holden’s students scored 95 percent proficient in both English and Algebra; Maurepas’ students also scored 95 percent proficient in English and 85 percent proficient in Algebra; and Springfield’s students scored 95 percent proficient in English and 81 percent proficient in Algebra. Each of these scores is an improvement from last year’s performance.
NEW ROAD ACCESSING DSHS PARKING LOT OPENS
Livingston Parish School Officials opened a new 510-ft., concrete-paved road this month connecting the student parking lot of Denham Springs High School with Robbie Street, which is located directly north of Jacket Stadium.
School Board Member Buddy Mincey, Jr., said the new road will improve traffic flow to and from the campus during morning and afternoon rush times, as well as before and after large events on the campus.
Denham Springs High School Principal Kelly Jones said the parking lot holds nearly 350 cars on any given school day. Currently, student drivers must access the parking lot in the morning via Yellow Jacket Drive, which is also used by carpool drivers and school busses. In the afternoons, student drivers leaving the parking lot must exit onto Range Avenue, which is one of the city’s main thoroughfares, causing much congestion during midday. Jones also said the new connector road will help to alleviate congestion following home football games and other large events on the campus.
The new road will be managed as a one-way route – accessible only to traffic going to the campus in the mornings and prior to large campus events, and accessible only to departing traffic in the afternoons and after events.
HOLDEN GRADUATE BECOMES FIRST LSU STUDENT TO WIN PRESTIGIOUS GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP
LSU Senior Zachary Fitzpatrick, a graduate of Holden High School in Livingston Parish, has become the first student in LSU’s history to receive the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
Fitzpatrick received one of 40 full scholarships, which will allow him to pursue a fully funded Master of Philosophy degree in Clinical Science, with a specialization in Rare Diseases, at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.
Fitzpatrick is an Ogden Honors College and College of Science senior majoring in biochemistry, with minors in political science and chemistry. He has conducted research on gene therapy techniques in rare diseases medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; the Pasteur Institute in Lille, France; and Harvard Medical School. He is writing his Honors Thesis on the use of non-pathogenic viruses for therapeutic gene transfer and the ethical implications of gene therapy implementation, and expects to graduate from LSU with College Honors in 2015.
“Clearly, Zachary is a talented and motivated student who is taking full advantage of his educational opportunities to pursue a meaningful career. We are proud to have played a part in his educational path, and we certainly continue to wish him the best in all his endeavors,” Holden High School Principal Paula Green said.