Category Archives: Enterprise 360 (2017-18)

Articles from The Enterprise student-produced publication.

360° – Student Council goes on the road

Members of Student Council attended the Southern Association of Student Councils Conference that was held Oct. 25-30 in Ocoee, Florida.

According to its website, SASC is an association composed of 15 Southeastern states. It provides high school and middle-level student leaders with opportunities for networking, building leadership skills, sharing ideas, participating in service projects and getting motivated to make a difference in their schools, communities and in their own lives. This year the conference was held at Ocoee High School.

“SASC was an all-around great time, and it was so fun to get to learn from other student leaders not only here in Louisiana, but across the entire South,” sophomore Morgan Hughes said.


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° – Shreve swim is drowning the competition

In their first year in Division I the swim team continues to place in top spots in their regular season meets.

In their second swim meet, on Oct. 14 at the Bulldog Aquatics Club, the girls placed 2nd overall. The girls also won the 400-meter freestyle relay.

“I think the meet went pretty well,” sophomore swimmer Addie Barnard said. “I think the team bonded a lot.”

Addie Barnard placed 1st and Brooke Fegly placed 2nd in the girls 500-meter freestyle. Karlie Key placed 2nd in the girls 200-meter.


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

360° – After big win Shreve faces Evangel

In a record-setting game by senior running back James Ivory, Captain Shreve defeated the Southwood Cowboys by a score of 46-20 on Friday.

Ivory rushed for 290 yards on the ground and also notched five touchdowns.

“I am truly blessed to be able to rush for this many yards,” Ivory said.

Ivory set a school rushing record with 290 yards on the ground and tying the school record with five touchdowns in a game.



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

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.”



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.

360° – Soccer teams face new challenges in higher division

The girls and boys soccer teams will move up from Division II to Division I this year, hoping to advance further with previous experience and new members.

The teams will now play district games against Byrd, West Monroe, Pineville, Airline, Alexandria and Southwood.

The girls team has already begun preparing for their first scrimmage, on Oct. 31.


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.