Silvie Among Educators to be Honored During NSU Homecoming

A reception and ceremony will take place Oct. 22.

A reception and ceremony will take place Oct. 22.

Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development will recognize several individuals during Homecoming festivities. The College will induct five new members into the Hall of Distinguished Educators and recognize an Outstanding Young Professional and a Friend of Education. An induction ceremony will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 in the Teacher Education Center auditorium.

Preceding the ceremony will be a reception and reunion from 1-1:30 p.m. in the Commons Area of the Teacher Education Center.

Honored as 2016 inductees into the Hall of Distinguished Educators are the late Dr. Raymond Gilbert, Mack Daniel Knotts of Bossier City, Edwina Lewis of Natchitoches, Robert Silvie of Shreveport and David Thrash of Bossier City. Micah Coleman of Natchitoches is the Outstanding Young Professional and Paula Hickman of Shreveport is this year’s Friend of Education. Continue reading

Landers Athlete of the Week: Courtney Curtis – Sept. 28

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Girls Volleyball in the ArkLaTex is continuing to grow, and Captain Shreve is one of the better teams in Division 1, District 1.

One of their leaders is Courtney Curtis, a senior libero for the Lady Gators.

She has the grades, the talent and she definitely has the right attitude.

Courtney is like many of the other young teenage girls in the area, she just likes to have fun and enjoy life. Continue reading

2016 Bass Fishing Awards Announced

Coach Donnie Westmoreland would like to recognize the following anglers for a great maiden season for the Shreve Bass Fishing Team.

Noah Westmoreland (left) and Colton Gill (right) with Coach Donnie Westmoreland (center)

Noah Westmoreland (left) and Colton Gill (right) with Coach Donnie Westmoreland (center)

Noah Westmoreland and Colton Gill finished as Captain Shreve’s Team of the Year.  They finished as first place for the school.  They also finished 3rd overall representing Captain Shreve in the first ever High School Fishing Trail behind Parkway and Haughton.  51 teams participated throughout the season.  We had an average of 30 teams each tournament representing 9 different area high schools.  This season we will have 12 schools.

Austin Crooks (left) and Scott Tobey (right) with Coach Donnie Westmoreland (center)

Austin Crooks (left) and Scott Tobey (right) with Coach Donnie Westmoreland (center)

2nd place went to Alex Tobey and Austin Crooks. Alex Tobey will be fishing in the Bass Master Open tournament this fall on the Red River.  3rd place went to Luke Candler and Jarrett Ramsey, and the Big Bass Award went to Luke Candler as well.

Coach Westmoreland would also like to recognize the three female anglers on the team: Harlee Connell, Allison Howell, and Kennedi Ezernac.

Captain Shreve teams up with the Brandon Goyne Foundation to offer EKG’s for athletes

11495634_GJust over three years ago, LSU-Alexandria baseball player Brandon Goyne collapsed during a game and passed away from sudden cardiac arrest. His family later learned Goyne had an undiagnosed heart condition. There are ways to prevent what happened to Brandon from happening to someone else and Captain Shreve is taking those measures. Continue reading

Confidence building with experience at Captain Shreve

Junior quarterback Lucas Grubb returns to lead an improved, more experienced Captain Shreve offense. (Photo: Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times, Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times)

Junior quarterback Lucas Grubb returns to lead an improved, more experienced Captain Shreve offense.
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Captain Shreve showed signs this summer of catching up with the top teams in the state’s best district.

An unlikely run to a 7on7 title featured wins over fellow District 1-5A Parkway and Haughton, not to mention three over host and District 1-4A defending champs Benton. While many of those schools sought to fill plenty of holes left by departed seniors, the Gators’ 12 returning starters continued to build confidence while becoming stronger and faster.

“They’re moving with a purpose,” coach Bryant Sepulvado said. “Last year they were trying not to make a mistake and this year they’re trying to make a play.” Continue reading

Gators defense revolves around senior linebacker

Linebacker Ashton Lacaze squares up to make a tackle in Captain Shreve's 23-20 win over Huntington last season. (Photo: Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times, Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times)

Linebacker Ashton Lacaze squares up to make a tackle in Captain Shreve’s 23-20 win over Huntington last season.
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The heart of Captain Shreve’s defense will be asked to do even more for the Gators in his senior season.

Ashton Lacaze made 117 tackles, including 20 for loss, forced seven fumbles, recovered three and blocked two punts to earn All-City honors a year ago. In his final year, the standout on the field and in the classroom wants to make sure he leaves his mark on the program.

“I feel like I’m going to do it all,” Lacaze said. “No matter who’s next to me, I’m not doing less. I’m determined to be the best and do the most.”

He’s hopeful players like junior linebacker Caleb Ester will strengthen the defense, perhaps allowing Lacaze to become more versatile and do more in pass coverage. The 5-foot-10 center of the Shreve defense should remain a stalwart against the run thanks to his impressive combination of speed, strength and athleticism.

Coach Bryant Sepulvado said added maturity should help Lacaze read defenses even better as the main player directing his younger teammates. The group of sophomores and juniors look to Lacaze for leadership, something Sepulvado said the senior provides it well at times.

Read The Times’ Captain Shreve 2016 season preview here

“We put more on his plate as far as being accountable for everyone else.” Sepulvado said. “Making sure he’s lined up, making sure the call’s correct, making sure the string’s correct.”

Lacaze added he must make sure the defensive backs know their coverages and blitzes are right, a responsibility he gladly accepts. Keeping everyone on the same page will be critical for the Gators to move forward against District 1-5A’s diverse offensive firepower.

See the full All-City and All-Area teams here

Off the field, Lacaze keeps academics as his main priority and scored a 28 on the ACT and an unweighted GPA of 3.5, all of which helped him draw interest from Harvard coaches. Even though the Gators have faced plenty of adversity throughout his career, Lacaze knows the importance of keeping the locker room positive.

“When the heads go down, gotta raise them back up, gotta help everybody else,” Lacaze said. “Instead of just being the man that’s a walk-along man or push and shove, I have to motivate everybody and push them to be their best.”

Like the defense as a whole, Lacaze doesn’t possess great size, which will likely keep him from becoming a top-tier recruit. But he sets the example of how to make up for it with his other physical tools and determination to succeed.

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Ms. Martha Goza Named National High School Student Council Adviser of the Year

Captain Shreve High School teacher recognized as the nation’s top high school student council adviser

Ms. Martha Goza, student council adviser at Captain Shreve High School in in Shreveport, Louisiana has been named the 2016 Warren E. Shull National High School Adviser of the Year.  The award was presented to Ms. Goza during the 2016 National Association of Student Councils National Conference that was held in Portland, Oregon.  The annual award is named for Warren E. Shull, the founder of NASC and recognizes high school student council advisers of exemplary character, leadership and commitment to young people and who foster their development as student leaders.

Ms. Goza is a teacher at Captain Shreve and has served the school as student council adviser for more than 30 years. Her leadership and the work of her student council have been recognized at the local, state and national levels. Under Ms. Goza’s guidance, the Captain Shreve High School council has been very successful hosting a wide variety of activities that improve school spirit, support needs in the community, and help develop students as leaders.  A prime example is the student council’s “Sock”tober project. Students were asked to bring one pair of socks during the month of October for the homeless children at various shelters in the city.  Some brought as many as 5 or 6 pairs of socks. The 100 plus council members benefited from the experience and satisfaction of giving to others. Ms. Goza noted, “many of children who received the socks were overwhelmed that there were teenagers who cared about them.” She annually challenges her council to strive for excellence in their leadership and activities, to “go for the gold”.  The members have responded to Ms. Goza by earning the NASC National Gold Council of Excellence award every year since 2008.

Picture1Ms. Goza works to cultivate integrity and commitment in her council leaders. She believes that a good leader must set exemplary values for themselves and lead others by those examples. There are three signs hanging in the student council room reflecting that belief: “Stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone,” “You are who you choose to be,” and “What is popular is not always right; what is right is not always popular.” Her student leaders learn from Ms. Goza that being a committed leader is more than good attendance to council activities. She helps them understand that for leaders, commitment is being committed to their roles and to lead by doing, not directing.

As her expertise grew, Ms. Goza’s success as student council adviser spread from her school to the district and state levels where she has served in numerous roles with the Louisiana Association of Student Councils. She is actively involved with the Louisiana Association of Student Councils and has served LASC in district and state-level positions. Since 1985, Ms. Goza has been a counselor at the state summer workshop and regularly presents at LASC conferences. In 1995 and continuing today, Ms. Goza serves as a District Adviser. The position affords her the rewarding opportunity to work with schools to form their new student councils and help them and others to write effective constitutions.

For her efforts locally and at the state level, Ms. Goza has previously been recognized by LASC as their State Adviser of the Year and inducted her into the LASC Hall of Fame. Her success in the classroom has not gone unnoticed either as Ms. Goza has been honored as the Caddo Parish Teacher of the Year and the Louisiana PTA Educator of Distinction.

Ms. Goza has attended the NASC National Conference since 1984, and regularly share her knowledge and best practices to advisers as a round table presenter. She has also attended LEAD Conferences and hosted one of the Lead events in 2008. Ms. Goza was one of the first NASC advisers trained for the Raising Student Voice & Participation (RSVP) program and continues it at her school. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Goza served on the NASC Advisory Council representing Region 8.

Ginger Gustavson, principal of Captain Shreve High School considers Ms. Goza “an educator of the highest quality who exhibits exemplary character and leadership”. She lauds Ms. Goza’s commitment to the successful development of leadership qualities in the students and her continuing efforts to bring innovative strategies that build relationships and leadership skills. Of Ms. Goza’s role as an educator, Ms. Gustavson highlights her use of instructional strategies that promote student engagement and participation and models as she teaches. “Ms. Goza translates her lessons into extraordinary teaching and learning in her classroom and builds capacity so that all students are able to realize their potential.

The Captain Shreve Student Council President, Samantha Hilburn reflected on the influence that Ms. Goza had on her growth as a leader saying, “I have worked under Ms. Goza’s wise guidance for the past four years as a member of the student council and she has provided me with countless opportunities to develop my diplomacy skills and opened many doors to a promising future as a servant leader.” Samantha shared that Ms. Goza fosters a supportive environment for students of all backgrounds and abilities to grow through service to others and has built an incredible legacy spanning three decades of leaders who graduate prepared to accomplish great things.

For being a role model and mentor to her students, for encouraging student leaders to reach out and serve others, and for a career-long commitment to student council at the local, state and national levels, NASC congratulates Ms. Martha Goza on being named the 2016 Warren E. Shull National High School Adviser of the Year and wishes her continued success in her efforts to foster and develop leadership through the quality student council program she maintains.

About NASC

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Shreveport high school’s summer read: ‘Serial’ podcast

A group of English students at Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport delivered PowerPoint presentations Wednesday after listening to the first season of the hit podcast “Serial.”

Captain Shreve High School students Reagan Escuade’ and Abbie Fertitta present a PowerPoint about how love impacts brain functions as part of a “Serial” podcast listening project.

The summer reading selection at Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport will not be a book for the first time. Rather, students and teachers will listen to “Serial” episodes that center on the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted in 2000 for the murder of his former high school girlfriend. English teacher Maureen Barclay introduced the podcast to her 18 seniors as a pilot for the summer.

“My students and I both have enjoyed the entertainment value and I’ve kind of seen my students and I both binging on this podcast kind of like we binge on Netflix,” Barclay said, following the student presentations.

Barclay first learned of a Massachusetts school that did a group listen to the popular podcast that yielded positive feedback for launching classroom discussions and research projects.

“When the students returned to school they had this really rich and engaging experience because they were tackling their content area skills and problem solving skills all through the lens of ‘Serial.’”

Student Samantha Hilburn focused her presentation on the traits of a psychopath and whether Syed exhibited these traits. She says there was a buzz around school about this murder trial.

“I think having the whole school listen to it — freshmen through seniors — will bring everyone together for a common research cause that really will bring excitement back into summer reading,” Hilburn said.

Zach Moreno’s presentation focused on building a case around cell phone records tower pings. He says he would take notes as he listened and dissect the evidence.

“Sometimes when I’m reading words tend to run together and my eyes get tired. I didn’t have the fatigue from this. It was cool. I could just listen for hours on end,” Moreno said.

In the latest twist in the Syed case, a judge is expected to decide in the coming days or weeks whether he will be granted a retrial based on new evidence.

The “Serial” investigation raised doubts over the quality of Syed’s defense team and its apparent failure to call a potential alibi witness to testify.

In 2014, the “Serial” podcast was released and Syed’s case gained international attention.

  APR 28, 2016
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