LOCAL STUDENTS REEL IN STATE BASSMASTER CHAMPIONSHIP
Kody Kelly of Walker High School and Dillon King of Denham Springs High School formed their own Livingston Parish High School Fishing Team this past year to compete in the newly organized Bassmaster High School Fishing Program. Kelly and King took first place in the Louisiana Championship tournament, with a 9.89-pound weigh-in. They advanced to the national competition, which was held at Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee this past July, where they took 8th place. The students won $500 each for their placement.
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER OFFERS FREE PARENT GUIDEBOOKS
Parents seeking assistance on how to help their children improve in school or cope with learning issues can find a wealth of free materials and guides at the Livingston Parish Family Resource Center, which is located in the Livingston Parish Technology Center in Walker. The center is available to parents whose children are enrolled in the district’s schools and parents of pre-kindergarten children residing in the parish. Some of the free parent guidebooks available include: “Helping Children Get Organized for Homework and Schoolwork,” “How to Help Children Do Their Best on the Test,” “Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten” and “What to Do If Your Child has ADD/ADHD” – just to name a few. For more information on what’s available, contact the center at 225-667-1098.
AUTOMOTIVE CLASS PREPPING STUDENTS FOR CAREERS
High school students from across the parish are getting hands-on experience identifying and repairing real automotive problems, while earning college credit. The parish’s automotive service technology program is a dual enrollment program offered at the Livingston Parish Technology Center that offers students an opportunity to learn everything from brakes and electrical issues to steering and suspension.
The program has a new director, Joshua Murphy, who has extensive experience as an automotive technician. He said there is a nationwide shortage of mechanics and technicians. The parish program steers students toward automotive careers. They can earn up to 20 hours of college credit in the program, which spans a period of two years. Students who enroll in the class travel to the Literacy and Technology Center to take the class after completing required classes on their home campuses.
SOUTHSIDE JUNIOR HIGH STUDENT WINS LOGO CONTEST
Carranza’s logo was chosen from numerous entries for its originality and artistic creativity. It will be used in all tournament publicity and merchandise. Carranza was awarded a $50 Raising Cane’s gift card for winning.
Koby Washington, also a 7th Grader at Southside Junior High School, received honorable mention for his design.
The soccer tournament will be held next month at the Denham Springs High School Jacket Stadium, featuring middle school teams from the parish and an independent team, LP Express.