WALKER HIGH SCHOOL TO HOUSE NIKE APPAREL STORE
Students and savvy shoppers will soon be able to purchase some of their favorite Nike name-brand apparel on the Walker High School campus, thanks to a partnership that will allow the school to establish its own Nike apparel store, ChecqueMATE.
Walker High Principal Jason St. Pierre said he expects the store to open by the end of March. He noted that students in the school’s DECA program have surveyed students on what clothing items and shoes they most prefer to determine which merchandise they will stock in the on-campus store.
“As part of this agreement, we will have marketing professionals from Nike’s think-tank organization to come to our school to teach our students about visual merchandising, how to start up a business, how to follow and set trends, and to cash in on the current market,” St. Pierre said.
Nike is providing the merchandise to the high school at approximately 40 percent below its price to commercial retailers, allowing the school’s ChecqueMATE store to sell items at a more affordable price than what is being offered in some large department stores or the Nike Outlet Store. He said the school will sell generic items, with no school logos, as well as items customized with the Walker Wildcat logo.
SPRINGFIELD HIGH TO PRESENT “WIZARD OF OZ”
Students in Springfield High School’s Theatre program will present their rendition of the classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” March 31-April 8. The students will present three shows daily, March 31-April 7, at 9 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Admission for each show is $5. The students will also offer a special dinner theater performance at 7 p.m. on April 8, and admission and admission for that event is $25. Tickets are on sale now at the school office.
LITERACY & TECHNOLOGY CENTER HOLDS 4TH ANNUAL COLLEGE AND CAREER DAY
High school juniors and seniors from throughout the parish met with college representatives, military recruiters, industry and business leaders and several hiring agents during a day-long College and Career Day at the Livingston Parish Literacy & Technology Center.
LPLTC Director Kim Albin said students were introduced to a variety of career options with information on those skills and education needed for the available positions and opportunities.
“This event is always strongly supported by our local businesses and industries, as well as our post-secondary colleges and institutes. Many of our students walk away with valuable information that help them gain better direction for their future,” Albin said, noting this is the fourth year the center has hosted the event. “Career Day is always a great way for our students to look at the many options that exist in today’s job market.”
LOCAL STUDENT SELECTED TO SING AT CARNEGIE HALL
Walker Freshman High’s Morgan Schroeder recently returned from a trip to New York, where she was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall. She was selected as one of 150 international students to perform six songs in four languages – English, Russian, South African and Latin. Schroeder said the choir rehearsed about 16 hours prior to performing to a full house.
Schroeder is a member of her school choir and church choir. She also plays musical instruments and is in the percussion section of the school band.
LOCAL STATE FARM AGENCIES DONATE $5,000 TO SCHOOL RECOVERY
Agents with State Farm insurance companies across Livingston Parish and Louisiana joined forces to donate $5,000 to Denham Springs Elementary School, one of the hardest hit schools in the area affected by the Great Flood of 2016.
“The local State Farm agents of the parish saw firsthand the devastation that affected the students, teachers and schools during the flood,” said Horace Wilkinson, whose State Farm Agency is on Florida Boulevard in Denham Springs. “We wanted to assist in the recovery by raising funds not only from all the local agents but from other agents around the state.”