On Friday, May 11, the Class of 2018 received their diplomas, signifying the conclusion of their high school careers. The ceremony was personal and intimate and families were able to view images of the fun of high school, listen as the class sponsor, principal and students encouraged and challenged the graduates. Valedictorian Katelin LaFollette and Salutatorian Grace Scharfenstein sang a duet about holding on, and moving forward.
The Class of 2018 may be small, but they are mighty! Five of the seven will be heading to a four-year college in the fall, with awards totaling nearly $250,000! One student will be attending cosmetology school in the fall and another is actively pursuing a career as a Commercial Fisherman, Crab and Shrimper, and is currently in employed as one. We are expecting great things from this class! Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
On March 26, we held our annual Social Studies Fair for elementary students. The students wrote reports, created boards, used props and gave oral presentations. By participating in this fair, students learn research skills, applied creativity, and oral speaking - and so much more! When all of the boards are set up in the gym, it's quite an amazing site. We are always amazed by our students! A panel of judges exam each student's work for award placement. Each student is also graded by their individual teacher.
It is a difficult task. Judges used a rubric and conducted interviews. After careful examination, winners were announced in our Easter Chapel on March 29. There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each class, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners overall elementary. Congratulations to all for their hard work!
1st grade, L to R: 3rd place TIE: Jourdan Aucoin & Max Stark; 2nd place - Ryleigh Roberts; 1st place - Ben Yuratich
2nd grade, L to R: 3rd place - Luke Holley; 2nd place - Ashton Hill; 1st place - Drew Johnson
3rd grade L, L to R: 3rd place TIE: Quinn Lemoine & Jenna Lumetta; 2nd place - Yvonne Roberson; 1st place - Ava VanGeffen
3rd grade G, L to R: 3rd place - Shayne Smith; 2nd place - Ben Sanchez; 1st place - Gavin Gaudin
4th grade B, L to R: 3rd place - Lexi Franatovich; 2nd place - Aiden Shiyou; 1st place - Leah Yuratich
4th grade W, L to R: 3rd place - Payton Callahan; 2nd place - Eden Dunbar; 1st place - Zoe Hingle
5th grade, L to R: 3rd place - Charlie Nienaber; 2nd place - Kyland Paxton; 1st place Jordan Lumetta
6th grade, L to R: 3rd place - Eli Petrich; 2nd place - Jason Roberts; 1st place - Anabel Peck
Overall from 1st - 6th grades, L to R: 1st place - Jayden Davis; 2nd place - Sam Yuratich; 3rd place - Marcelle Holley
First Baptist Christian School has experienced tremendous growth over the years, but one school tradition has remained since the beginning - celebrating 50's Day! This is a day that is anticipated by students and teachers. The students take a step back into history. Some learned of the trends of the time, how rock 'n roll came to be, the politics and economic status of the world, and the coming of age of America.
50's day was held on Friday, February 23. Students in grades 1 - 12 are encouraged to dress in '50s era styled clothing. Everyone enjoys a coke float, scooter races, practicing their hula hoop skills, listening to popular music of that time period. Photo shoots, make-up and hair greased back with a comb, and the favorite - cotton candy - are also available. It is always a fun day, and one that will sure to be around for a long time!
1664: Mrs. Brooks, Assistant Administrator, with 4th graders Ryen Pullen, Skylar Vetter, Mackenzie Johnson and Sydney Vetter.
1716: Callie Havard and Eden Dunbar dancing to the music of the 50's!
1731: Best buddies, Luke Labarre and Kirk Malone
1746: Mrs. Stadler, 1st grade teacher, and Mrs. Brooks, Asst. Administrator, show off their poodle skirts!
1791: Ronin Luther takes a turn at pushing Jenna Lumetta in a scooter race!
1806: Isabelle Comeaux dressed as "Rosie the Riveter"
1811: Nate Stang and Shayne Smith taking time out from the scooters.
1833: 1st graders Jing Maat and Kyleigh Lasley are having a blast at their first 50's day!
1841: Drew Johnson loves the cotton candy!
1886: 5th graders Shelbi Varnado, Marcelle Holley, Maya Okoro and Mia Vicidomina show off their 50's style outfits.
1904: 6th graders Logan Marble, Jace Aucoin, Jordan Walker and Ashtin Mitrik are the cool guys!
1961: Kole Picard, 7th grade, has some skills!
1982: 8th graders, Maddie Scharfenstein and Faith Hackney, pause for a pose.
1996: Highschoolers Brady Marcade, Shane Cook, Miles Monnier and Mason Pilcher ready to start their race!
2016: Enjoying their extended lunch time, Reagan McVay, Sydni Stewart and Peyton Vetter are hanging out while listening to the music.
First Baptist Christian School is an accredited member of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). Within that accreditation, our students are given many opportunities to participate in bees, festivals and meets. The ACSI History Bee is for students in 5th - 8th grades. We had nineteen 5th - 8th grade students qualify and participate in the Regional ACSI History Bee on Friday, March 9, in New Orleans. Of those 19 participants, seven have qualified for the National ACSI History Bee to be held in Atlanta in June. Congratulations! Hard work does pay off!
#1: 5th - 8th graders participate in ACSI Regional History Bee: L to R: Marcelle Holley, Mrs. Lisa Brooks, Asst. Administrator, Avery Burgoyne, Jackson Marble, Kayleigh Lasley, Sydni Stewart, Mason Robertson, Garrett LaFollette, Dylan Holley, Kendall Speer, Burgan Luther, Jayden Davis, Sam Yuratich
#2: National History Bee Qualifiers: L to R: Garrett LaFollette, Dylan Holley, Jayden Davis, Sam Yuratich, Mason Robertson, Kendall Speer, Jackson Marble
The First Baptist Christian School 12th grade Digital Media class competed in ACSI's annual A-TECH and Desktop Publishing competition. Jessica Caillouet submitted a fictional restaurant menu for Desktop Publishing and the entire media class submitted a fictional movie trailer (which they entitled Frankenstein Reborn) for a sequel to Mary Shelley's book Frankenstein. The movie trailer placed 3rd in the South-Central Region, which includes schools from the St. Louis area, New Orleans area, and the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
The FBCS Media class entered the annual TeenDrive365 Video Challenge (sponsored by Toyota and Discovery Education). They entered a commercial-type video that presents the consequences of distracted driving. High school students all over the nation submit videos for the competition, and all are available for viewing on YouTube. Cash prize winners will be announced in April.
Image: The FBCS media class: L to R: Madelyn Jennings, Grace Scharfenstein, Jasmine White, Hailey Glasgow, Jessica Caillouet, Katelyn Lafollette
First Baptist Christian School believes that showing compassion for others is an important part of growing, learning and sharing the love of Christ. Mrs. Melissa Billeaud, our high school English teacher, felt compelled to take that a step further. After the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, she learned that the school was reaching out to everyone to write letters so that when the kids returned to school, every single student, teacher and staff member would have a letter of support from someone in the community.
After class discussion, Mrs. Billeaud led the students to create cards and letters of encouragement to send to the Florida school. It was very moving to see all of the thought, love and Scripture verses that were put into the cards. Every student took it seriously, too. The seniors also decided to add their Instagram and SnapChat contact information to reach out even more. As a result, a student, and their mother, has reached out to the senior, thanking them for their words of encouragement and hope.
FBCS had 2 students participate in the 4H Regional Cooking Competition this past December. Congratulations to Maya Okoro for placing 3rd in the Savory Food Contest. She made Crawfish Bisque. Congratulations to Shelbi Varnado earning 1st place in the Sugar Food Contest with her Gingerbread Cake. She will participate in the state competition in May!
Image: left - Maya Okoro, right - Shelbi Varnado
First Baptist Christian School had nineteen 5th - 8th grade students recently qualified to compete in the National History Bee competition in New Orleans in March. These students took an online History Bee exam a few weeks ago and scored well enough to place in the Regionals competition. Those advancing to Regionals are as follows:
Avery Burgoyne, Avery Dunbar, Burgan Luther, Caroline Thirstrup, Cole Gumina, Dylan Holley, Emma Snider, Ever Vigee, Garrett LaFollette, Ingrid Alexander, Jackson Marble, Jayden Davis, Kayleigh Lasley, Kendall Speer, Maddie Scharfenstein, Marcelle Holley, Mason Robertson, Reagan McVay, and Sydni Stewart.
Image: Back: Caroline Thirstrup, Maddie Scharfenstein, Ever Vigee. Middle: Jackson Marble, Garrett LaFollette, Sydni Stewart, Kendall Speer, Reagan McVay, Ingrid Alexander, Emma Snider, Jayden Davis, Avery Dunbar, Dylan Holley. Front: Mason Robertson, Avery Burgoyne, Burgan Luther, Cole Gumina, Kayleigh Lasley, Marcelle Holley
First Baptist Christian School held their National Beta Club Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, January 24. To be eligible for membership in BETA a student must have a 3.2 GPA (for the year in 5th – 8th, semester in 9th – 12th). The student must possess integrity and good conduct in and out of school.
Sr. Beta sponsor, Mrs. Alyson Batten, explained the criteria for membership and read the mission statement for National Beta Clubs. The Four Keys of Beta are Achievement, Character, Leadership and Service. Four of the seniors, Katelin Lafollette, Grace Scharfenstein, Maddie Jennings and Hailey Glasgow, read the four keys of Beta to those in attendance.
Mrs. Batton then led the Sr. Beta Inductees in the Beta Club Pledge. Mrs. Melissa Billeaud, Jr. Beta sponsor, led the 5th – 8thgrade inductees in the Jr. Beta Pledge. FBCS inducted 27 new members to Jr. & Sr. Beta. The total number of students in 5th– 12th grades with membership is 67. This represents 47% of the total 5th – 12th grade students! Congratulations for being students of integrity and excellence!
Dr. Casey Stark, pastor of FBC, Slidell, shared from scripture the importance of service to others. He challenged not only the Beta members, but all students and adults present, to look for opportunities to serve others. Not just to serve, but to do so with humility, without notice, without requiring recognition. What a difference that would make in our world!
Photo left: Jr. Beta 2018 Inductees: Back row, L to R: Talon Lemoine, San Johnson, Jason Knobloch, Avery Burgoyne, Burgan Luther, Kendall Speer, Caroline Thirstrup, Christian Adams, Asher Blakeman, Anabel Peck. Front Row, L to R: Ashlynn Berns, Kayleigh Lasley, Shelbi Varnado, Maya Okoro, Marcelle Holley, Jordan Lumetta, Brady Van Geffen, Kanyon Baker, Eli Petrich, Peyton Moschell. Not pictured: Ingrid Alexander, Rylee Galloway and Kasey Pinac.
Photo right: Sr. Beta 2018 Inductees (all freshman): L to R: Celia Moschell, Destiny Guillory, Misty Sauro, Colin Havard