Amite High Students students put on a FABULOUS Black History program on Friday, February 28. The program highlighted the struggles endured during and the triumph over slavery and a huge variety famous black literary figures, civil rights activists, and performers. Students played the roles of these figures with incredible conviction. The dancing and singing by individuals and groups were entertaining, moving, and inspirational. Ms. Cynthia Foster's breathtaking performance of the National Anthem set the tone of the program. Ms. Doris Richardson's rendition of a gospel hymn was absolutely moving. The stars of the show were the students, however. Hosts Tamara Boykins and Tyrus Solomon were the backbone of the show, seamlessly introducing performers and conducting famous African Americans contests with their witty commentary and jokes. One of the most powerful acts was the representations of famous black figures, such as Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, and President Obama with his body guard. These famous figures were portrayed by Delana Harrell, Kherra Brown, Davarious Carr, Jordan Baldwin, Aareyon McGee, Trayvon Cook, and Fred Torrence. Famous literary figures were represented, as well. The following students recited poems: Gavin Vining-Langston Hughes, "I, Too, Sing America";Tashema Jackson, Nicki Giovanni, "Ego Tripping." Aislin Foster, Tupac, "Rose that Grew from Concrete." Famous musical performers and personalities were also represented. Nehemiah Butler's impersonation of Stevie Wonder was spot on with his piano playing of "My Cherie Amour"; Aareyon McGee with big hair, as TinaTurner, lip-synced "What's Love Got to Do with It?"; Nathan Chapman"Moon-Walked" across the stage and gave a "Hee-Hee" for good measure as Michael Jackson, making the crowd cheer. Justin Green and Tobias Hampton rapped Tupac. Anthony Bridges also rapped with added commentary about how black men need to respect and honor their women. Mr. Damon Jackson strutted as George Jefferson, dancing to "Movin' On Up." Mr. Davis slid across the stage to an R & B classic. Mr. Alphonse Stewart stomped it out with his fraternity brothers, bringing the crowd to its feet. Joanne Johnson, Joia Daniels, and Danisha Washington jammed it as Destiny's Child. The choir capped off the program. There were so many great AHS students in the program. All of them aren't listed here. We are so proud of each and every one of them, however. It was a spectacular show, and a true highlight of the school year.
Pictured above: Aareyon McGee as Tina Turner, "What's Love Gotto Do with It"
Hosts Tamara Boykins and Tyrus Solomon
Davarious Carr as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jasmine Wheat, spiritual dance performance
Joanne Johnson as a member of Destiny's Child
Nathan Chapman as Michael Jackson
Justin Green and Tobias Hampton rapping Tupac
Hammond High Magnet School Boys Varsity Soccer Team recently earned a 1st place trophy in the Florida Parish Cup Gold Division Tournament. During the three games they defended the goals not allowing a single point for the opponents. Hammond High Magnet was the only team in the tournament to go undefeated. The boys soccer teams are coached by Coach Mike Blessing.
Ponchatoula Jr. High School Dance Team performed at the Disney/Capital OneBowl during the Christmas Break.
Principal Cathy Leblanc at Hammond Westside Montessori is never too busy to listen to a Kindergarten read.
Sumner High Book Club read the book Harlow for their first selection this year. It was written by SLU professor David Armand. Set in St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes, it is an intriguing story of a teen in search of his father. A gripping conclusion had the students eager to discuss with the author in person. Professor Armand met with the students at their final discussion of the book. He answered questions about his sources and inspiration for character and plot as well as the craft of writing. He currently mentors the English 101 dual enrollment students and is teaching creative writing at SLU. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to discuss the writing process with a professional author. It is Armand's second novel and has been met with much success.
Students at Tucker Elementary School celebrated "Great Readers" recently. Students use the Renaissance Learning program, Accelerated Reader, to take quizzes on books they have read. Over 60 students at Tucker earned enough points to attend the popcorn party this six weeks period. Students pictured above are second graders, Avery Gregoire and Liam Tallo, who have already earned over 30 AR points this year! Librarian Krystle Hyman is so proud of all of Tucker's Great Readers.
Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School is very proud to announce our HEEM 4H students who won awards for the Beef and Sugar Cookery also, the fashion on Tuesday, February 25th at Amite Elementary.
The students are:
Chatisha Tillis --overall winner sew your own fashion; Kayla Edwards---overall winner, candy, 1st cakes, 1st one dish meal; Garrett Sanders---overall winner Ambassador Talks, cake and healthy dish, 1st main dish, 1st candy and cookie, simple dish, and 2nd pies; Samuel Terry---overall winner simple dish, 1st one dish meal; EmmaGrace Broadwater---2nd pies; RoseKathron Broadwater--1st pies; Randi Yokum---1st candy; Tez Coleman--3rd cake and simple dish; Avery Harrell--1st pies;