Seven NSU players, team earn ITA All-Academic honors

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Individually and as a group, the Northwestern State women’s tennis team found itself in a familiar place – on the ITA All-Academic Team.

The Lady Demons placed seven of their eight players on the team, which requires at least a 3.5 grade point average for the academic year.

NSU’s individual honorees included Polina Ivanova, Polina Mutel, Emilija Dancetovic, Judit Castillo, Kateryna Avram, Vladaslava Litvinova and Elisabeth Gerasimova.

As a team, Northwestern State posted a 3.75 cumulative GPA, which earned them an ITA All-Academic Team distinction. The award honors teams that produced at least a 3.2 team GPA.

NSU’s seven squad members gave it the highest total in the Southland Conference and tied for the most produced by a Louisiana team (ULM). This marks the second consecutive year NSU has placed at least six players on the list.

“We are extremely proud of the way our girls continue to excel in the classroom,” assistant coach Patric DuBois said. “The way they consistently compete for championships on the court and achieve such high accolades in the classroom is a tribute to each of our players who show the discipline, time management and hard work to achieve these honors.”

Photo: Team shot of NSU at the Southland Conference championships. Credit: Southland Conference

ACS to announce Belles & Beaus Honorees at Kickoff Event

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The American Cancer Society (ACS) invites you to join them for an Announcement Party Thursday, Aug. 10 from 6-8 pm at Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant to kick off the 10th Annual Belles and Beaus Gala. The Announcement Party and Ball are a chance for community leaders to support the ACS in its mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

The ACS will announce this year’s Belles & Beaus of the Gala at the kickoff event. The honorees are individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer and represent survivors, volunteers and community members. The event chair is Avery McGraw Smith. Hunter Horton, Game Announcer for Northwestern State University Athletics will host the event.

This complimentary celebration will include a cash bar and feature food by Maglieaux’s on the Cane.

Attendees can take advantage of this one-time opportunity to purchase discounted general admission tickets to the Gala. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and their mission to provide patient services to local cancer patients as well as fund life saving research.

For more information, call 318.663.4489 or visit main.acsevents.org/bellesandbeausnatchitoches

 

Notice of Death – July 29, 2017

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Harold Walter Sharrow, Sr.
October 17, 1944 – July 25, 2017
Visitation: Sunday, July 30 from 2-4 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home in Coushatta
Military Graveside Service: Monday, July 31 at 12 pm at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville

Milford Eugene Box
December 22, 1929 – July 27, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, July 29 from 2-4 pm at the Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 4 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches

Richard “Billy” William Shaw
September 18, 1942 – July 27, 2017
Visitation: Sunday, July 30 from 6-8 pm
Service: Monday, July 31 at 10 am at Union Hall Cemetery

Masie Turner
May 10, 1920 – July 27, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Jere Louis Gregory
August 12, 1930 – July 27, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, July 29 at 1 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

George James Koncinsky
August 3, 1927 – July 26, 2017
Visitation: Sunday, July 30 from 4-8 pm at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home and Monday, July 31 from 1-2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Alexandria
Service: Monday, July 31 at 2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Alexandria
Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Kelly Ray Brown
July 24, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Clara Lee VanVeckhoven
August 25, 1927 – July 26, 2017
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 10 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Springville Cemetery

Annie Johnson
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at Antioch Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill
Interment: Hampton Cemetery in Pleasant Hill

Jimmie Woodley
Service: Saturday, July, 29 at 11 am at Zion Hill No.2 Baptist Church in Mansfield
Interment: Zion Hill Cemetery in Mansfield

Vercie Hill
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Trenton
Interment: Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Trenton

Rosa Maxie
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am Florien Auditorium in Floriein
Interment: Pilgrim Star Cemetery in Florien

Etta E. Edwards
November 08, 1918 – July 26, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Deacon Ray Dalton “Whistle” Gibson
September 7, 1939 – July 23, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, July 29 at 10 am with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 10:30 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Private Interment: Evangeline Memorial Cemetery in Ville Platte

James Edward Yule
May 12, 1922 – July 23, 2017
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 10 am in the Jena First Baptist Church Interment: Nebo Cemetery

Barbara Ford Jewitt
December 26, 1951 – July 21, 2017
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home in Winnfield
Interment: Union Hill B.C. Cemetery in Winnfield

Work begins to increase reliability of Natchitoches electrical system

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City utility workers began making improvements to the Hwy. 1 South substation July 27. This is the beginning of a larger process to increase the reliability of the City’s electrical system, decrease the number of outages and improve power restoration time by creating a ring bus system. Bids went out for breakers on July 24 so things are moving along.

See previous story for background info here:

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Natchitoches teacher certifies as Kagan School Trainer

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Four Central Louisiana educators earned certification as Kagan School Trainers during a workshop in Orlando July 17-21. The newly certified trainers are Sharonica Garrison, Natchitoches Parish School Board; Brandy Sanders, Vernon Parish School Board; and Tiffaney Kelly and Dawn Lagrange, Rapides Parish School Board. These certified trainers will assist other teachers at their schools in learning Kagan Structures, which are implemented in the classroom to improve student engagement, rigor and collaboration. There are now 10 Certified Kagan School Trainers in Cenla school districts.

It’s time to go back to school

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It’s that time again, and the Natchitoches Parish School Board is excited! Natchitoches Junior High-Frankie Ray Jackson School registration will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 9 am – 6 pm in the school gym. Parents/caregivers will need to bring the following with them:

Parent ID/driver’s license
proof of residency such as a utility bill, voter registration card, or lease agreement (no cable, phone, or other such bills can be used)
student’s birth certificate and social security card.

Come to the Open House at NJH-FRJS Aug. 8 at 6 pm for information on Title I, Testing, tour the campus, teacher introductions, and information on what the school offers students.

Natchitoches Parish Schools will host a Back to School Expo at the Natchitoches Events Center Aug. 3 from 4-6 pm. Come by to get more information on what is offered at parish schools.

Registration dates include:

Natchitoches Magnet: 
Aug. 10 at 5 pm for new students and 5:30 pm for returning students

Fairview Alpha: 
Grades 1-6 will be held Aug. 7-11 from 8 am – 2 pm and Aug. 14-18 from 8 am – 2 pm for PreK-Kindergarten

Lakeview:
Aug. 8 from 10 am – 1 pm

East Natchitoches: 
Aug. 2 from 8 am – 12 pm

Goldonna:
Aug. 7-11 from 8 am – 2 pm

LP Vaughn:
Aug. 3, 4, 7 and 8 from 8 am – 12 pm and Aug. 5 from 8 am – 12 pm

Weaver:
Aug. 3 from 8 am – 12 pm

Marthaville:
Aug. 7-11 from 8 am – 2 pm

Frankie Ray Jackson:
Aug. 2-4 from 8 am – 2 pm (ASAP)
Aug. 7-10 from 8 am – 2 pm (Connections)

Cloutierville:
Aug. 2-4 from 8 am – 2 pm
Open House Aug. 13 at 3 pm

NCHS:
Aug. 3 for Seniors
Aug. 4 for Juniors
Aug. 7 for Sophomores
Aug. 8 for Freshmen

Provencal:
Aug. 10 at 5:30 pm

NSU E Lab:
Aug. 10 at 5:30 pm for Kindergarten and new students and 6 pm for returning students

NSU Middle Lab:
Aug. 8 at 5:30 pm

NSU adds alum Tori Thompson as director of marketing and digital media

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As a student and as a professional, Tori Thompson has served Northwestern State University in a variety of roles.

Thompson added another to her resume Thursday as she has been hired as the director of marketing and digital media for NSU athletics.

Thompson’s hiring is subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which includes Northwestern State.

“Tori brings a wide range of experience and a passion for Northwestern State athletics that I believe will prove beneficial to our department as well as our fans,” Associate Athletic Director for External Relations/Senior Woman Administrator Dr. Haley Taitano said.

“As a graduate assistant, Tori took on every marketing assignment with enthusiasm and wasn’t afraid to bring new, creative ideas to the table, even in her early days on the job. It’s always nice to hire an NSU grad, especially someone as well-connected on our campus and in our community as Tori. We are really looking forward to having her back on our team.”

Thompson, a 2015 NSU graduate in business administration, spent the 2015-16 academic year as an athletics marketing associate and graduate assistant in the NSU athletic department. She then served as Northwestern State’s out-of-state recruiter during the 2016-17 academic year.

In her recruiting role, Thompson worked primarily in her home state of Texas, visiting high schools throughout the state to recruit potential students, to market Northwestern State and to help build brand awareness for the university.

During her year in the athletic department, Thompson was an integral part of the marketing and promotions staff.

Thompson planned and directed a pair of long-running basketball fundraisers – the Gumbo and Chili cook-offs – while also helping to implement the student tailgate experience at home football games. Thanks to Thompson’s promotional efforts, the 2015 soccer opener produced the highest attendance in program history.

She implemented and executed promotional plans for soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball. Additionally, Thompson helped manage the marketing staff while the department transitioned between directors.

“Tori undertook a high level of responsibility as a student and graduate assistant for an entire sports year in the not too distant past and handled the ebb and flow of her duties steadily and with a high level of energy,” Director of Athletics Greg Burke said. “That same passion — which, in part, will come naturally as an NSU graduate — will be an asset to her as she steps into this full-time role. The fact Tori is already involved in the Natchitoches community and is engaged with the NSU alumni base will further make her an asset to the NSU athletic program.”

Thompson, Northwestern State’s 2012 Miss Lady of the Bracelet, currently is pursuing a master’s degree in sport administration from NSU.

How Can You Leave the Legacy You Desire?

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Aaron Johnson Edward Jones | Financial Advisor 131 East 5th St| Natchitoches, LA 71457 Tel 318.352.0606

You may not see it in the greeting card section of your local drugstore, but August is “What Will Be Your Legacy Month.” So it’s a good time to think about the type of legacy you’d like to leave.

Of course, “legacy” can mean many things. In the broadest sense, your legacy is how you will be remembered by your loved ones, friends and the communities to which you belong. On a practical level, establishing your legacy means providing your family and the charitable organizations you support with the resources you’d like them to have.
And that means you may need to take the following actions: create your plans, communicate your wishes and review and update your documents.

 

 
Let’s take a quick look at all these steps:

Create your plans. You will want to work with your legal professional, and possibly your tax and financial professionals, too, to draft the plans needed to fulfill your legacy wishes. These plans may include drafting a will, living trust, health care directive, power of attorney and other documents. Ideally, you want these plans to do more than just convey where you want your money to go – you want to impart, to the next generation, a sense of the effort that went into building the wealth they receive. Without such an appreciation, your heirs may be less than rigorous in retaining the tangible legacies you’ve left them.

Communicate your wishes. It’s important to communicate your legacy-related wishes to your family members as early as possible. By doing so, you can hopefully avoid unpleasant surprises and hurt feelings when it’s time for your estate to be settled – and you’ll also let people know what tasks, if any, they need to perform. For example, if you’re choosing a family member to be the executor of your estate, or if you’re giving someone power of attorney over your financial or health-related matters, they should be prepared.

Update your documents. During your life, you may well experience any number of changes – new marriage, new children, opening a family business, and so on. You need to make sure your legal documents and financial accounts reflect these changes. For example, if you’ve remarried, you may want to change the beneficiary designations on your IRA, 401(k) and other retirement accounts – if left untouched, these designations may even supersede the instructions left in your will. And the directions in life chosen by your grown children may also dictate changes in your will or living trust. In any case, it’s a good idea to review all your legacy-related documents periodically, and update them as needed.

In addition to taking the above steps, you also need to protect the financial resources that go into your legacy. So, when you retire and begin taking funds from your IRA, 401(k) and other retirement accounts, make sure your withdrawal rate is sufficient for your living expenses, but not so high that it eventually jeopardizes the amounts you planned to leave to your family or to your preferred charities. A financial professional can help you determine the withdrawal rate appropriate for your situation.

With careful planning, and by making the right moves, you can create the type of legacy you desire – one that can benefit your loved ones far into the future.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Call Today: 318-352-0606

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Ponderings with Doug – July 28, 2017

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Good communication runs in two directions. As a public speaker, I watch and listen to the congregation while I’m preaching. If I see several people with heads bowed I know they are not praying for the sermon to improve. They are sleeping, soundly. The other sign of failed homiletical communication is the sound of coughing. More than three coughs from different people in a minute means you have lost the congregation. During a boring sermon coughs are as infectious as yawning. Another sound of sermon failure is the sound of peppermints being unwrapped. I’m going to be frank with you church peppermint people. You need go ahead and “grip it and rip it” trying to open peppermints slowly is not better! We can hear you!

Understanding nonverbal communication is important for a relationship. If you are a guy and she is looking at you with her hand on her hips, please notice the thumbs. If the thumbs are in sight, she is mildly chagrined at what you have just said or done. If you can’t see her thumbs and all you see are fingers as she has her hands on her hips, you need to go quickly and purchase many roses and diamonds. You have blown it big time.

Many females have two sets of wrinkle lines on their forehead. The set of horizontal wrinkle lines indicate an inquiry. That is her nonverbal way of saying, “What do you think you are doing?” They never ask us what we are doing; they want to know what we think we are doing. Perhaps our cognition and our actions are not congruent. The second set of wrinkles resides above the nose; they are vertical in orientation and expression, when they appear you need to leave.

Another way of communicating nonverbally is leaving stuff around. I have a friend who came back from a business trip and all of his stuff was on the front yard of his house. His wife had moved everything else out and left him.

Shoes can be used as a means of nonverbal communication. You have doubtless seen shoes hanging from telephone lines. There are all sorts of meanings that can be associated with that. I’m not sure that any of them are accurate. When we were kids we played a game to see who could do it in the fewest tosses. Now sinister meanings have been associated with shoes hanging from phone lines.

Doug-shoeFUMCI saw something the other day that I don’t know what it means. I have attached a picture of the sight to this article. On Second Street across from the Methodist church someone has nailed a shoe to the utility pole. I have no clue what it means. I don’t know who did it. I don’t know if I should remove the shoe or not. I thought you would join me in pondering the meaning of the shoe nailed to the utility pole. It may mean nothing. I don’t know if I should be “getting the message” from the shoe or not. I feel sorry for the child who is one shoe short of a pair. I must leave opened the option that some sibling was playing a joke using a shoe, hammer and nail.

When God communicates He does so in a way that we can understand, internalize and then follow. The book of Hebrews tells us that God communicated in many ways in the past, but in these last days has communicated through His son Jesus.

Jesus was clear that God loves you. When you follow Him your life will be filled with abundant joy and peace. His message of love for you is clear.

Family with ties to the church loans communion press to Immaculate Conception

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A communion press circa 1870 was loaned to the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches by the family of Harold and Matilda Andries of Many.

The family is rich in oral history thanks to Harold. His story about his Aunt Mary Andries is the only history the family has left regarding the communion press, but like all of his stories, there are precious details that are better than any illustration.

Two of the five Andries children, Mary Beth Andries Tarver of Many and Margaret Andries Preston of Dallas, brought the press to the church July 26. Their siblings who couldn’t be present include Jo Anne Andries Boydstun and Bill Andries, both of Many, and the late Catherine Andries Rankin.

The kids looked forward to Saturday nights when Aunt Mary baked the hosts for Sunday mass. She never married so she lived with her brother Henry and his wife Lizzy. The kids would make their way through the pasture, cross Phillips Creek on a foot log and arrive at Uncle Henry’s in time to gather around the kitchen and watch Aunt Mary work. She mixed the batter, poured a little into the press, closed it shut and placed it in the fireplace coals.

Oh that smell of baking bread!

It only took a few minutes to bake. Then she pulled the press from the fire, trimmed around each host and repeated the process. While the kids never knew how many hosts were needed for the next morning, those trimmings were tasty.

At the time the press was used at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Many, the parish was in the Diocese of Natchitoches. Mary Andries was born in 1870 and died in 1934, although her tombstone indicates her death as April 29, 1933. Her nephew Harold, who shared this story, was born in 1915. The first Catholic Church was built in Many in 1871. From these dates the family supposes that the press it’s loaned to Immaculate Conception was used in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Mary’s older brother, The Very Reverend Andrew Andries, was the second Vicar General of the Diocese of Natchitoches and rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He is buried just outside the main door of this now Minor Basilica.

Pictured from left are Margaret, Mary Beth, Father Blake Deshautelle, Kathleen Hicks, Katie Maggio and Adele Scott.

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Final Super 60 Prospect camp of 2017 set for Aug. 5

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Spots remain in Northwestern State’s final Super 60 Prospect Camp of the summer.

The one-day camp, which is open to the first 60 registrants from the Classes of 2017-2022, will be held Aug. 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Brown-Stroud Field.
Each camper needs to bring his own equipment, including a glove, bat, batting gloves, helmet, running shoes or turf shoes, hat and any other equipment he feels necessary.

Cost for the event is $100 for pitchers only and $150 for position players. Position players will check at 9:30 a.m. while pitchers check in at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for campers.

For more information on any or all summer camps, log onto www.collegebaseballcamps.com/demons or email Taylor Dugas at dugast@nsula.edu.

Notice of Death – July 28, 2017

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George James Koncinsky
August 3, 1927 – July 26, 2017
Visitation: Sunday, July 30 from 4-8 pm at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home and Monday, July 31 from 1-2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Alexandria
Service: Monday, July 31 at 2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Alexandria
Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Kelly Ray Brown
July 24, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Infant Girl Faith Elizabeth-Marie Moss-Burton
July 24, 2017 – July 25, 2017
Graveside Service: Friday, July 28 at 10 am at Lawrence Serenity Sanctum

Clara Lee VanVeckhoven
August 25, 1927 – July 26, 2017
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 6-9 pm at the Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 10 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Springville Cemetery

Annie Johnson
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 6-7 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at Antioch Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill
Interment: Hampton Cemetery in Pleasant Hill

Jimmie Woodley
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 8-9 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, July, 29 at 11 am at Zion Hill No.2 Baptist Church in Mansfield
Interment: Zion Hill Cemetery in Mansfield

Vercie Hill
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 7-8 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Trenton
Interment: Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Trenton

Rosa Maxie
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 6-8 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Many
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am Florien Auditorium in Floriein
Interment: Pilgrim Star Cemetery in Florien

Thomas Kimball Brocato
December 15, 1952 – July 24, 2017
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 9-10:30 am
Service: Friday, July, 28 at 11 am in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park

Etta E. Edwards
November 08, 1918 – July 26, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Deacon Ray Dalton “Whistle” Gibson
September 7, 1939 – July 23, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, July 29 at 10 am with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 10:30 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Private Interment: Evangeline Memorial Cemetery in Ville Platte

James Edward Yule
May 12, 1922 – July 23, 2017
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 10 am in the Jena First Baptist Church Interment: Nebo Cemetery

Peggy Duplantis Wallace
February 24, 1947 – July 24, 2017
Service: Friday, July 28 at 12 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Houma

Barbara Ford Jewitt
December 26, 1951 – July 21, 2017
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 6-7 pm in the Winnfield Memorial funeral Home Chapel
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home in Winnfield
Interment: Union Hill B.C. Cemetery in Winnfield

NCHS starts school year with three new coaches

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Natchitoches Central High School will start off the 2017-18 school year with three new coaches. Principal Bill Gordy named Ronnie Abels as NCHS head softball coach on July 24. Abels has 10+ years experience coaching. Gordy said he is really excited about Abel’s knowledge of the sport.

A meeting for players and parents will be held Monday, July 31 at 6 pm in the NCHS School Cafeteria.

“I’m very happy to have him at Natchitoches Central,” said Gordy. “We’ve snagged a very excellent coach that should be able to turn the program around.”

With the addition of Tommy Moore (20+ years experience coaching) as NCHS head football coach and Richard Partridge (17+ years coaching experience) as NCHS Head Baseball Coach, Gordy is looking forward to seeing some better team play in the coming seasons.

Two Lakeview Students Perform in L.B.A. All-Star Middle School Bands

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Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High students Kain Custis and Jo Porter were selected to perform in the 57th Annual Louisiana Bandmasters Association All-Star Middle School Honor Bands. They performed in a concert at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette June 6. Both students were in eighth grade during the 2016-2017 school year, and have been in band for two years. They performed with other middle school students from around the state, many of whom have had up to four years of participation in band.  There are three L.B.A. All-Star Middle School Bands: the concert band, the symphonic band, and the wind ensemble, which is the most advanced group. These three ensembles are the only state-level honor bands for middle school students in Louisiana.

Kain Custis was the 1st chair baritone horn player in the L.B.A. All-Star Symphonic Band, and was ranked 3rd chair in the state on his audition. Jo Porter was the 4th chair trumpet player in the L.B.A. All-Star Wind Ensemble, and ranked 4th chair in the state on her audition.

The Symphonic Band was conducted by Thomas Burroughs of Denham Springs. Their program highlights included “Incantation and Ritual” by Brian Balmages, “Castle Gate 1924” by Tyler S. Grant, and “Fanfare on a Theme of Imagination” by Brian Balmages.

The Wind Ensemble was conducted by Simon Ng, Music Director of W.J.H. Music Studio and Schools in Singapore and China. Their performance consisted of “Golden Jubilee” by Simon Ng, “Blue Lake Reflection” by Ed Huckeby, and performances of popular music such as “Uptown Funk” and “You Raise Me Up,” which featured Dick Chan as the guest vocalist. Chan is a 17-year-old actor, television program host, and pop singer from Hong Kong, China.

“Kain and Jo gave an outstanding performance in the All-Star bands this summer.” said Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High band director Denise Roper. “Everyone at Lakeview is so proud of them, especially since they are the first two students from our school to participate in this event. It was an incredible musical experience that I hope will be remembered fondly by the students and their families for the rest of their lives.”