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April 3rd, 2014

CHS honored for second year ‘A’ grade

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Choudrant High School Principal Lisa Bastion, center, is pictured with State Rep. Rob Shadoin (left) and State Sen. Bob Kostelka (right) following the Second Annual Schools of Academic Excellence Gala recently held at Squire Creek Country Club. 
Hosted by Lincoln ACHIEVE, the event featured remarks by Ruston 21 Education Committee co-chair JoAnn Dauzat, along with comments and proclamations presented by both Shadoin and Kostelka. 

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LSMSA virtual school offers online courses

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Natchitoches — The Virtual School at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts will offer 44 different high school credit courses this coming 2014 school year.
“We have provided online courses through private and Louisiana Course Choice enrollment to 679 students this year,” Leslie Elliottsmith, director of the Virtual School, said. “The LSMSA Virtual School is the largest Course Choice provider for this school year and will continue to offer quality online high school courses for the 2014-15 school year.”

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Students of the Year finalists announced

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Fifth grade A.E. Phillips student to represent Lincoln

BATON ROUGE ­— Eighteen students from across the state have been named regional finalists for the Louisiana Students of the Year award.
The 18 regional finalists include one fifth grade, eighth grade and 12th grade student from six regions and represent public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools across Louisiana.
These regional finalists and state winners for each of the three grades will be honored on April 16 during a ceremony at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge.

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April 2nd

New Tech@Ruston students display 3D history

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NT@R Junior American Studies student Kailee Rivera and her project group used an iPad as their three-dimensional display to explain rationing during World War II. Students are presenting a World War II Exhibit titled “WWII: Preserving Peace” from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today in the front corridor of the Lincoln Parish Library.
Junior students in Tara Griffin’s and Steven Ehrhard’s American Studies class have been working all month to prepare for the exhibit and Griffin said the students gained inspiration early on by visiting the National Word War II Museum in New Orleans on March 5.

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Summitt takes top position

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Louisiana Tech’s athletics department continued its trendsetting ways as it looked to find a new coach for its women’s basketball program, again turning toward bloodlines and youth.
Jack Bicknell, Derek Dooley, Sonny Dykes, Skip Holtz and Tommy McClelland were all hires made by Tech who all came from well-known athletics bloodlines.
And McClelland still stands as one of the youngest athletics directors in the country at 32, and he was AD at McNeese State when he was 26.

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LPSB presents new projects

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The State Department of Education mandated that a new Evaluation of the superintendent policy be implemented in August and Lincoln Parish School Board members went into executive session during last night’s meeting to give feedback as to the “quality, competency and attributes,” of current Superintendent of schools Danny Bell.
The public was asked to leave during the executive session and although board members did not discuss specifics of the evaluation afterwards, President Otha Anders said, “all went
very well.”

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GSU Senior’s art exhibit on display

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A new exhibit will remain on display in Dunbar Gallery on the campus of Grambling State University through April 10.
GSU senior Brittany Sinegal’s exhibit went up in pieces, but was opened to the public March 24.
Associate professor of visual arts Donna McGee said the show is an installation of works including video, paper mache sculpture and soft sculpture. 
“Brittany is one of two seniors this year exploring the art form of new media, which includes art video and animation,” she said. “She has created two videos as a means of expressing herself, her feelings and ideas. 

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The British are coming to RPAR

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The British are coming to Ruston Parks and Recreation again this summer.
With the World Cup only a few months away and with around 20 million Americans now playing the sport, the No. 1 soccer company in the United States and Canada, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold one of their highly regarded “British Soccer Camps” right here in the growing soccer community of Ruston.
Ruston Parks and Recreation has teamed up to host the week-long British Soccer Camp June 9 -13, at the Sports Complex, located at 1501 Farmerville St in Ruston.

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Tech cyber consortium announced

Louisiana Tech University, in collaboration with the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City is pleased to announce the establishment of the Louisiana Cyber and Data Consortium (LACDC).  The Consortium represents a broad range of constituencies with interests in the security and protection of cyber assets and related threats, in storage and management and us of large data sets for analytical and business decisions

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Diamond ’Dogs to face NSU

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Louisiana Tech will kick off a seven-game home stretch as the Bulldogs welcome in-state rival Northwestern State to Ruston in a midweek non-conference contest beginning at 6 p.m. today at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson.
Last season, the Bulldogs swept the season series with two midweek victories over Northwestern State, while Tech has also won four straight meetings over the Demons coming into tonight’s game. The game will mark the 148th meeting all-time between the two programs.

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