Category Archives: Academics

360º – Three students receive award at LASC, hosted by Captain Shreve

By Alexis McClain – February 7, 2018

Three student council members, Javin Bowman, Maddie Young, and Georgia Hilburn, received an award at this year’s Louisiana Association of Student Council Convention, also known as LASC.

“If you’re asking what LASC is, it’s indescribable, it’s something you have to just come be a part of but if I could sum it up in one word, it would be family,” Javin Bowman said.

Georgia Hilburn, a junior and a member of the student council, was chosen to be BESE Student Advisor after going through an application, essay, and interview process.

“It’s the same position Javin held last year,” Georgia Hilburn said. “But it’s the first time one school has ever held it for two consecutive years.”

To be able to receive this opportunity, Hilburn had to reach certain requirements like, being a member of the student council, attending student council workshop and convention, etc, and the position comes with a responsibility.

“Basically, though I do not hold a vote, I attend BESE meetings in Baton Rouge and represent all public school elementary through high school students in LA. 4,” Hilburn said.

Javin Bowman and Maddie Young also received the Dale Hawley Leadership award at the LASC Convention.

“It is the highest award given for student council leadership in the nation,” Bowman said.

To receive this award certain requirements also had to take place.

“Our state executive director picks us and it is who he thinks leads not just in their schools but also in their communities and state,” Maddie Young said. “Our award also has to be signed off on by the national association of student councils executive director.”

The person who decided who received the award is Mr. Phil, the Louisiana Student Council Executive Director, Young said.

“Mr. Phil, our Executive Director, chooses who he thinks embodies a model leader, like Dale Hawley whom the award is named after,” Young said.

To each of these three students, LASC plays a very important role in their growth as a leader and their lives.

“LASC has shown me what genuine people look like because nobody judges anyone else at LASC,” Young said. “We’ve all come from somewhere different and each and every story is beautiful. On top of that, it has helped bring me out of my shell. The person I am at LASC and other student Council conferences and activities is different than the person I am at school. It’s the truest version of myself and LASC has helped me discover that.”

This year Captain Shreve hosted the Convention.  The last time Shreve hosted was when the seniors now were freshman, which made this LASC more significant to them.

“I absolutely love hosting,” Bowman said. “I did it as a freshman and what better way to end it all by doing [it] again my senior year. That was a joy. I would do it all over again if I could.”

A lot of things take place at a Convention, but the election of the state officers is the most important thing. Hilburn talked about how LASC has played a part in her life.

“I have never been with a more inclusive, empowering, and encouraging group of kids,” Hilburn said. “There was not a single person at my first conference who didn’t want to be there.”

Leadership is a key component of the Convention.

“It gives the power to the next generation,” Bowman said. “And teaches them how to lead and lead effectively. This organization is so helpful in all fields and realms and student council is the backbone of many schools. It’s how the student boy is heard, it’s how the leaders are made.”

Bowman, Marsalone, and Young stand with their Dale Howley Leadership award – Photo courtesy of Javin Bowman

 

Georgia Hilburn poses with her BESE opponent Hannah Berry from Byrd – Photo courtesy of Georgia Hilburn

360° – Students attend Education & Innovation Luncheon to highlight women in STEM

Captain Shreve students at the 2017 Education & Innovation Luncheon to highlight women in STEM – Photo by Maria Edwards

Captain Shreve students observing a presenter, advancing their knowledge on STEM – Photo by Maria Edwards

By Chase Willis – November 10, 2017

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce and Bossier Parish Community College hosted nine young ladies from Captain Shreve’s engineering magnet during their 2nd annual Education and Innovation Luncheon: Inspiring Women in STEM on Nov. 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn of Bossier.

Students in STEM programs are learning the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM programs allow students to prepare for professions as scientists, engineers and innovators.

The luncheon focused on the growing workforce sector of STEM, where women are often underrepresented. The Bossier Chamber of Commerce also recognized two local teachers for their work in advancing STEM-related curriculum. Nine female Bossier Parish students will be awarded scholarships from the Bossier Innovates Foundation.

The nine young ladies in attendance from Captain Shreve were Co’Niya Butler, Trinitie Brown, Syniyah Jones, Taylor Beard, Jemiah Maxie, Tori Reich, Kourtnee Sheppard, Amelia Snow, Tyler Walter and Ialiyah Weaver. They were accompanied by Assistant Principal Maria Edwards.

Science and engineering teacher Penny Pate and Edwards were both excited that students from Captain Shreve were able to participate in this event to provide students with a deeper interest in STEM.

Students had the opportunity to observe Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt, who is a former top executive with Shell. She is the author of Senate Bill 225, which creates the Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council under the purview of the Board of Regents.

Sophomore Jemiah Maxie, who has aspirations to become a physician one day, said she enjoyed attending the luncheon. She said the senator give insight on her career as an engineer and her experience being the only female at her job.

“I gained a better perspective on reasons why it is important for women to stay on the STEM education path if it interests them,” Maxie said. “I learned that women typically earn less wages in those fields because they tend to choose the easier jobs, while men opt for the higher paying jobs.”

The event is part of the 2017 Innovation Northwest Louisiana, which is a day set to promote those things innovative in Northwest Louisiana. The luncheon showcases opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

Nine students from Captain Shreve and Shreveport Mayor Ollie S. Tyler in attendance at the 2017 Education & Innovation Luncheon to highlight women in STEM – Photo by Maria Edwards

360º – Gators are giving blood

By Jada Wiggins – November 6, 2017

LifeShare Blood Center will hold a blood drive on Nov. 7 at Captain Shreve.

Donor recruiter Ashley Bagley said approximately 100 Shreve students are projected to donate blood. This is compared to other schools like Evangel, Loyola and Huntington that have a range of approximately 24 to 45 people donate. Byrd is projected to have 92 students donate blood at their blood drive.

“Someone asked me to donate and I thought it would be a good idea because it’s for a good cause,” first-time donor Trent Perot said.

Perot said that he has no fears about donating and feels that it will be easy since he is not afraid of needles. He feels that when he goes to donate, the phlebotomists will help him through it and will be patient with him since it is his first time. He also said that he will continue to donate in blood drives.

“I’ve always wanted to donate blood, but I was never old enough and now I am, so I’m going to do it,” first-time donor Mason Norman said.

Norman said he knows the blood is used to possibly save the lives of those in need. He said that one of his fears about donating is the needle and that he is not going to let that fear stop him from donating. Norman said that he is going to prepare to donate by eating a proper breakfast and staying hydrated.

According to LifeShare, 30 percent of people who receive the blood are cancer patients, 12 percents are accident victims and 5 percent are babies and pregnant women.

The next school drive with LifeShare is expected to be January or February of 2018. Students can donate if they are at least 16 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more. Sign-up is required prior to the drive, and a Minor Donor Permit with a parent’s signature must also be submitted.

360° – Mary Beth Tinker talks to Captain Shreve students

Mary Beth Tinker talks to The Enterprise staff over video chat – Photo by Alexis McClain

Mrs. Doughty’s American History class listens as Tinker answers a question from a student – Photo by Chase Willis

By Alexis McClain – November 3, 2017

Mary Beth Tinker, of the 1969 Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines, spoke to The Enterprise staff and Barbara Doughty’s first-period American history class on Oct. 4 in an online video chat.

Students were able to virtually see Tinker and ask her questions about her opinions, experiences and views on past and present-day issues.

In 1965, Mary Beth Tinker, along with four other students, wore black armbands to school in protest of the Vietnam War. Because the school district had banned the wearing of armbands, Tinker was suspended. This First Amendment case went to the Supreme Court, and they ruled that public schools and their teachers or faculty could only censor a student’s speech if it caused a material and substantial disruption to the operation of the school.

“It was very inspiring because she was telling us about all her stories about the armband, and I felt that was very inspiring because she was at such a young age and able to do something with so much courage,” junior Demetrius Thompson said.

Tinker told the students about how she feels about her own freedoms as well as the responsibility of schools to encourage students to use their rights, and her views on the controversy about football players who have been kneeling during the national anthem.

“It’s not up to someone else to tell me how to express my patriotism or my feelings,” Tinker said. “And so the students that are kneeling to bring light to the issue of racism and racial discrimination, I don’t understand why someone would want to censor that because, you know, teachers and principals I talk to all over the country are trying to encourage students to be civically active and to speak up about the issues of today and have a voice.”

The Caddo Parish School Board released a statement that said that the students and the staff are allowed to practice their First Amendment rights, though Bossier Parish has recently been threatening to take action and punish those students who refuse to stand during the national anthem.

Tinker also talked about current events occurring in the country.

“We’re dealing with enormous racial injustice and inequality in our country,” Tinker said. “We can’t just sweep that under the rug. We have to deal with it, and it’s way past time.”

One of the students who was able to ask Tinker a question said that even with all the conflict going on in the world, Tinker reminded him that he has a voice.

“Now there’s a lot of problems in the world and a lot of conflict that we see, and everyone has their own opinion,” Demetrius Thompson said. “I feel like I have opinions but no one wants to hear them, so knowing that she said that I can express my opinions, I feel like I should do it more in school.”

Tinker also said that it is up to everyone to speak out against inequality, not just those who are directly affected by it, and for everyone to remember to be respectful.

“We need to talk and treat people with respect,” Tinker said. “We need to make a better constitution and country.”

Tinker said that respect is very important and that she shares her beliefs on the issue of those kneeling for the national anthem.

“It’s not disrespect to our country,” Tinker said. “But it’s respect for making a better country and for using our constitutional rights.”

She also talked about how it is saddening that students are still being censored and student rights are being debated, even years after her case. One of the teachers able to participate in talking with Tinker said she thought it made her students see things in a new light.

“I think it made them more aware of how a single person can change things, and she really got through to them that they’ve got to do more than just give lip service to things,” Doughty said. “It’s sometimes scary and sometimes you really don’t realize the kind of impact you’re going to have down the road.”

After the case in 1969, Tinker said she had to endure a lot of hate, and one person even called her over the phone and threatened to kill her. However, she said she does not regret using her First Amendment rights.

“I never regret what I did,” Tinker said. “It’s actually been a great gift.”

Tinker said that students should speak up and stand up for their rights.

“When you join with others to speak up and make something better, the good news is that it’s a great way of life, it’s interesting and meaningful,” Tinker said.

She talked about how rewarding it is for her to be able to hear about students and young kids who are speaking up about their rights in their own communities. She advised the students that they won’t always win, and she personally believes that most of what she does speak out against she ends up losing.

Both classes really seemed to enjoy their opportunity to speak with her.

“It was really great. I was so impressed with her,” Doughty said. “She was really so warm and open, and the kids were mesmerized. It was just so interesting, and I think that she was just so interested in us.”

More information about Tinker’s life and journey can be found at http://tinkertourusa.org/about/tinkerbio/.

360º – PSAT to be administered Oct. 11

By Jada Wiggins – September 28, 2017

The PSAT, a preliminary SAT that measures math and evidence-based reading and writing skills, will be administered Oct. 11 at Captain Shreve.

When students score in the top 1 percent of test-takers nationwide, they are eligible for a National Merit Scholarship.

A two-hour crash course was offered on Sept. 26 to help students prepare for the PSAT. Math teacher Allison Simon and English teacher Celia Mangham discussed test-taking strategies and addressed other questions students had before the test. The PSAT has a different format from that of the tests students are used to, so the course also helped them become familiar with the format.

“Reviewing what they have learned in previous math and English classes or going to tutoring with their teachers can play a part in the review process,” counselor Emmye Allen said.

She believes that going to tutoring sessions that teachers are offering would help students to better review some material before the test. Allen also suggested reviewing the questions in the student packet that was given back from the PSAT 10. She said it will help students remember something that was learned, and it reviews the format of the questions that are on the PSAT.

“They should take the practice test,” Mangham said. “More information is available on the College Board website.”

The College Board website has many different practice tests that a student could take to help them prepare. Mangham said that by taking these practice tests and the PSAT, it will give students an idea of how the SAT test works.

“The day of the test they can prepare by getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast and trying not to get stressed,” Simon said.

Simon also said that if students focus on doing their best, then they will succeed.

Practice tests and sample questions are available online at the College Board website.

360º – School board recognizes student BESE representative Javin Bowman

By Chase Willis – September 27, 2017

The Caddo Parish School Board recognized senior Javin Bowman at its Sept. 19 meeting for his appointment as the 2017-2018 student representative to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

BESE is an administrative body for all Louisiana public elementary and secondary schools. The board sets the agenda for public education in the state, and board members focus on student achievement and school performance.

Bowman began preparing for this position as a seventh-grader at Caddo Parish Middle Magnet School. CMM was where Bowman was introduced to the Louisiana Association of Student Councils’ workshops and state convention – a program which mentors students in the development of leadership.

Bowman is an active student leader, currently serving as president of the Student Council and being involved in at least 10 clubs and organizations. He is also a cadet in the Gator Battalion, serving this school year as the Battalion XO.

Bowman was recognized before school board members and the audience by Mary Nash-Wood, director of communications and strategic initiatives. His certificate of recognition was presented by Superintendent T. Lamar Goree and school board president Denee Locke.

Nash-Wood said during her presentation that the board recognized Bowman for his monumental accomplishment and his act to challenge the board members of BESE to think of students first.

Bowman outlined his goals for this school year to show the students of Louisiana the connection, importance and power of knowledge of leadership and education combined. He also said that he wants to motivate the students of Louisiana to be willing to learn and take education just as seriously as everything else.

Bowman was supported at the board meeting by Principal Ginger Gustavson and his mother, Jamie Kendrick. Bowman is the only student to sit alongside BESE members during state board meetings.

360º – Students and teachers offer tips for Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

A written quote by senior Cassie Snow shines on Mr. Scott’s quote board in BC01 – Photo by Rachel Dupree

By Rachel Dupree – September 27, 2017

The 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are open for submissions, and each year students write or create art specifically for this contest with the guidance of English and creative writing teachers.

“Scholastic doesn’t censor ideas or limit students on what they can write about,” said English teacher Maureen Barclay, who is a juror for Scholastic at the Regional level. “The audience is teens and young adults, and so any topic is permissible.”

According to its website, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the most prestigious recognition program for grades 7-12, and it looks for work that “demonstrates originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision.”

“Get out of your comfort zone and let it all out,” said junior Claire Guin, who won a Silver Key for one of her works that she submitted to the competition.

Students such as Jacob Wise, a junior who also won a Silver Key, agree with this. He said students who are trying to come up with a topic should write about something they can relate to and make other people relate to.

“People go through so many different experiences, and when students read other students’ works, it can open their eyes to a new point of view,” junior Taylor Guin said. She won a Silver Key for her portfolio.

When trying to style a piece, creative writing teacher Michael Scott said, “Don’t be afraid to emulate the style of an author you admire.” However, he also said there is a difference between borrowing from and plagiarizing.

Students can also look at the world around them for inspiration and keep a notebook or journal in which to record ideas.

“Read a lot – you will pick up so many ideas,” junior Georgia Hilburn, a Gold Key winner, said.

Students in Scott’s creative writing class write pieces that will eventually be considered for submission to the competition. Part of his goal is to help students create a library of works that they can pull from if they want to submit a piece to writing contests like Scholastic, Seedlings and Art Break.

“Your first draft is never your final draft,” Scott said. It is not recommended that students write the first draft and turn it in. A work should be proofread and critiqued more than just once, or until the author is satisfied.

The deadline for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is Dec. 7, 2017. Students can enter artworks, short stories in a myriad of genres, poems and portfolios. The fee is $5 per individual submission and $20 for portfolios. Entries can be submitted online through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards website.

360° – Deadline for Close Up approaching

Barbara Doughty poses with her Close Up information packet in front of a picture of last year’s group – Photo by Alexis McClain

A photo of last year’s Close Up students pinned to Barbara Doughty’s door

By Alexis McClain – September 20, 2017

Close Up is a weeklong study from Jan. 28 through Feb. 2 in which students are able to see the workings and processes of the U.S. government through direct experience in the nation’s capital.

“On the trip they get to experience our government at work,” sponsor Loretta Hunt said. “They, of course, see all those monuments at the Smithsonian Institutions that they go to. The Close Up staff is very knowledgeable in the history of D.C.”

Along with these experiences, AP U.S. History teacher and Close Up sponsor Barbara Doughty said they also got to see the Women’s March last year because it was happening during that time. Both sponsors of the Close Up trip, Hunt and Doughty, look forward to this week every year.

“It’s amazing because I think when the students go and see it in action, they realize that they can be a part of it and they can actually make changes,” Doughty said.

One day out of the trip, the sponsors take students to Capitol Hill to meet with their senators and representatives. Students last year were given a firsthand look at the inside workings of the Senate and were able to see the voting process.

This opportunity was given to these students because of Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson, a Captain Shreve alumnus, who brought them up to the gallery to see a vote take place.

The Close Up program is nationwide, and participants are able to meet with other students from across the U.S.

“They’ll meet all the other schools – there’ll be five or six other schools,” Doughty said. “Last year we had Florida, Pennsylvania, California, New York and Illinois. They meet kids from all around the country with all different kinds of political views, and they have kind of a big get together, a kind of a political discussion.”

Hunt said that many students even keep in touch with each other after the trip is over. Senior Sydney Fant said that meeting all the people from across the country was her favorite part about the trip.

“It’s like the best trip ever,” Hunt said. “They’re just blessed and lucky to go on that trip.”

The price of the trip is $1,745, and the deadline to sign up is Oct. 4. Students each receive an account number that allows them to directly deposit money. Students in the past have asked their friends and relatives to put money in, as well as asking for sponsorships from businesses.

To sign up for the trip or to get more information, students can contact Doughty in Room A213 or Hunt in Room MH04.

 

360º – KGTR rolling for 15th year

KGTR sponsor Greg Baswell – Photo by Kaden Bagwell

By Kaden Bagwell – September 12, 2017

With production already underway, the 2017-2018 KGTR team includes a larger cast of students and a new sponsor, liberal arts and world history teacher Greg Baswell.

KGTR is Captain Shreve’s student-produced broadcast news outlet, based on YouTube, that airs every week. It was founded in the 2003-2004 school year and is now in its 15th year.

Although this is Baswell’s first year as KGTR sponsor, video production and news broadcasting are no foreign realm to him.

Baswell’s father was a sports director at local news station KTBS 3 for over 20 years. His sister also has a similar background, as a producer at KTAL NBC 6.

“I guess the reason why I am most excited about it is because it is a new avenue for me, something different,” Baswell said. “I’ve had a pretty standard routine for the last few years, and breaking up that routine gives me an opportunity to challenge myself.”

In his debut year as KGTR sponsor, Baswell hopes to increase uploads and diversify the content created, thus generating an boost in viewership.

This year Baswell has taken charge in many leadership roles. He is now in charge of liberal arts and KGTR. Along with the new additions, Baswell continues to be the Captain Shreve rugby sponsor.

“What I’ve found out is that it’s all about the kids,” Baswell said. “We have such an amazing crew right now that it makes it easy on me.”

One of the notable changes this year has been the crew size increase.

“I really like having such a big cast to work with,” junior KGTR cast member Abigail Roberts said. “It gives us more opportunities to throw more ideas out there and cover more events.”

Even though this is Baswell’s year to “learn the ropes,” students are already pleased with his performance as a sponsor.

“He has a knack for keeping us working 24/7,” senior KGTR cast member Elliot Redstone said. “We always have something to do, and it’s truly a nonstop effort to give the school the best news possible.”

Their segments can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/user/KGTRBroadcasting/videos.

360º – Yearbook staff seeks new publisher and new start

The 2017 yearbook staff – Photo by Sarah Roussel

By Alexis McClain – August 30, 2017

After facing criticism for several problems with the most recent volume of The Log, the yearbook staff is fighting to turn their reputation around this year by switching to a different publisher, called Jostens.

“This company is the leading yearbook producer in the nation,” Christopher Long, one of the yearbook advisers, said.

The advisers and staff said they are excited about the new software they will be using as well as some other changes.

“Using what Jostens has to offer, the yearbook staff will be able to produce a 200-page book,” Long said.

In addition to a different company, there will be a new app that goes along with the yearbook.

“Some pictures, indicated by an icon, will allow you to hold your phone over the picture to view a 30-second video,” adviser Sarah Roussel said. “For example, the choir group photo would include a clip of them singing, or the football photo would include a video of them running out onto the field and breaking the banner.”

Roussel also said how she is excited to “add augmented reality” by using this app. A student on the staff said that signing day is another addition this year.

“It kinda brings us all together on that one day to be able to sign each other’s yearbooks,” staff member Taylor Guin said.

Advisers said the staff is striving to show off their Gator pride by featuring a variety of students here in the Swamp.

“We are attempting to feature every student at least two times in the book, if not more,” Roussel said.

Their goal is to create a collection of all big events that happen during the school year and to make a yearbook for all current and past students.

These yearbooks will be delivered in May and can be ordered from Roussel or the staff. They start at $60, increasing in price as the year goes on. Posters are currently hanging around the school with more information about ordering.