Juniors from First Baptist Christian School participated in the 2019 Pro-Life Oratory Contest sponsored by the St. Tammany Right to Life Organization. Speeches were to be 5-7 minutes on one of the following topics; Abortion, Euthanasia, or Fetal Stem Cell Research. A total of 9 students participated in the speech competition. Congratulations to Gabby Adams, Tragedy of Euthanasia, 1st place, $200 cash prize; Summer Crawford, 2nd place, Tragedy of Abortion, $100 cash prize; Jamie Otto, Tragedy of Euthanasia, 3rd place, $50 cash prize. Gabby Adams will proceed o the state competition in May, which is held by the Louisiana Right to Life organization.
Image 1: L to R: Judges of the event: Guy Nelson, Kathleen Cranford and Trisha Newberry stand with Jamie Otto, Summer Crawford and Gabby Adams, who are displaying their placement certificates and monetary awards. Not pictured: Michelle Gorney, St. Tammany Chapter Right to Life Vice President and founder, and Natalie Barber, secretary for St. Tammany Right to Life.
The students at First Baptist Christian School have many opportunities to display their creative talents. One of those ways is by participating in the ACSI Art Festival held at Northlake Christian School in Covington. The festival was on April 5 and covers students in grades 3 – 12.
Artwork completed during school is chosen through a juried process. Those chosen are entered in the festival. FBCS had 21 students, grades 3 – 10, entered in the art contest. Our students received 5 Superior, 11 Excellent and 5 Good ratings. The top 3 ratings in each category receive placement ribbons.
The categories, student and placements are as follows:
Mixed Media, 3rd & 4th grade: Cambrie Roger, 1st place; Camille Hicks, 2nd place
Painting, 3rd & 4th grade: Graci Wrublewski, 1st place
Paper Art, 5th & 6th grade: Kayleigh Lasley, 1st place; Charlie Nienaber, 2nd place
Graphic Design, 5th & 6th grade: Marcelle Holley, 1st place
Printmaking, 5th & 6th grade: Katelyn Hall
Black & White drawing, 7th & 8th grade: Lia Franatovich, 2nd place; Avery Burgoyne, 3rd place
Painting, 7th & 8th grade: Maya Hernandez, 1st place; Alyssa Day, 2nd place
Sculpture, 7th & 8th grade: Kate Galey, 1st place
Congratulations to all participants! Stay creative!!
Image: Front row: Marlene Eichhorn, Kayleigh Lasley, Katelyn Hall, Lillian Juneau, Sara Burgoyne, Lila Odom, Camille Hicks. 2nd row: Lia Franatovich, Maya Hernandez, Marcelle Holley, Avery Burgoyne, Rylee Galloway, Callie Havard. 3rd row: Alyssa Day, Kate Galey, Charlie Nienaber, Emma Allen. Top row: Cambrie Roger, Graci Wrublewski, Kelsie Hederman
In our continuing pursuit of academic excellence for our students, First Baptist Christian School had 36 fifth - eighth graders who qualified for the Regional History and Science Bees to the competition that was held in Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 30. Several of those students competed in each event.
Students are asked questions within their age group. At the History Bee, students were given a history exam for their grade. The Science Bee is a science-themed, buzzer based academic quiz competition. Students who were attending were also given an opportunity to participate in the Academic Bee, which consisted of questions across all areas of academics. All Academic Bee rounds are played with a lockout buzzer system and feature pyramidal-style questions that progress from more obscure to more familiar information. To qualify for Nationals, students must score in the top 20%.
We are very excited to share the results of that competition!
In the History Bee the following students qualified for Nationals: Beau Kleve, 5th grade; Eden Dunbar, 5th grade; Talon Lemoine, 6th grade; Mason Hicks, 7th grade; Jayden Davis, 7th grade; Mason Robertson, 8th grade.
Special recognition and congratulations to 5th grader, Beau Kleve. He placed 2nd in the History Bee, and also qualifies for the International History Bee. He also participated in the Academic Bee, earning 1st place!
The following 7th grade students qualified for the National Science Bee: Sam Yuratich, Mason Hicks, Eli Petrich, Peyton Moschell, Jayden Davis. Jayden also placed 3rd at the Regional level.
Qualifying for the National Science Bee in 8th grade are Burgan Luther, 1st place; and Kasey Pinac, 2nd place.
The National History, Science and Academic Bees will be held in Chicago, June 7-10. We will update you with the results for those who are able to attend these events.
We are always amazed by our students! Many of those listed are not only competing in these events, but have also competed in other academic areas, sports, the arts and are active in our community. Thank to our staff, faculty and parents who continually encourage and support our students to be the best that they can be.
Image: Front: Burgan Luther, Mason Robertson, Beau Kleve, Mason Hicks, Peyton Moschell. Back: Kasey Pinac, Eden Dunbar, Talon Lemoine, Jayden Davis, Sam Yuratich, Eli Petrich
On Friday, March 22, First Baptist Christian School hosted the ACSI Speech Meet. There was a total of 7 schools represented in this event. The schools came from as far away as Lafayette. It is always an incredible event, watching and hearing 1st – 8th graders recite poems, folklore, patriotic orations and original essays – and that is just a few of the categories!
FBCS had 25 participants and received 8 Superior, 15 Excellent and 2 Good ratings. The following students placed in their respective grades and categories:
Poetry: Grade 1 – Lucy Ezell, 1st Place
Bible Memorization: Grade 2 – Kyleigh Lasley, 3rd Place
Grade 3 – Cambrie Roger, 1st Place
Dramatic Prose: Grade 5 – Leah Yuratich, 3rd Place
Grade 6 – Marcelle Holley, 2nd Place
Patriotic Oration: Grade 5 – Makenzie Johnson, 1st Place
Grade 6 – Charlie Nienaber, 2nd Place
Original Speech: Grade 5 – Beau Kleve, 1st Place
Grade 6 – Talon Lemoine, 1st Place
Congratulations to all participants for a job well done!
Image: Front row: Beau Kleve, Makenzie Johnson, Leah Yuratich, Sophia Stang, BJ Rousseaux, Lucy Ezell, Annalina Kleve, Camille Hicks, Farrah vanGeffen, Darryl Guillory, Cambrie Roger, Olivia Smith, Cee'on Bazile, Sarah Burgoyne. Back row: Charlie Nienaber, Marcelle Holley, Maya Okoro, Kayleigh Lasley, Katelyn Hall, Pedro Santos, Eden Dunbar, Shelbi Varnado, Kyleigh Lasley, Talon Lemoine
The Louisiana State Quiz Bowl is for students in 9th - 12th grade. The contest uses questions from the standard NAQT state-championship set. We are proud to say that First Baptist Christian School competed in this contest for the first time. We are very proud of our contestants. FBCS' team was the youngest in attendance, where most teams consisted of just seniors and juniors, we sent 2 freshmen, 2 sophomores and 1 senior. Led by senior, Christinia Lindsly, they competed with confidence, and won one match. The competition was held in Baton Rouge on the LSU campus. Students from all over the state, and from all sizes of schools, were in attendance. Congratulations for a job well done. Can't wait until next year! Pictured l to r: Colin Havard, Celia Moschell, Christinia Lindsly, Sienna Jimenez, Garrett Lafollette.
Every two years the 9th & 10th grade students at First Baptist Christian School participate in an Ultimate Fieldtrip. This year was the year!
The students, along with school and parent chaperones, drove to Williamstown, KY to experience the Ark Encounter! Students and adults were awed at the magnitude of the ark. It was a pretty amazing sight to see. Seeing the ark, and visualizing the life before and after the flood, and getting a glimpse of life on the ark, confirmed that the Bible story was remarkably real. The group toured all three levels of the ark, and enjoyed the Creation Museum as well.
On the return trip, a stop in Nashville was made so that the students could enjoy an opportunity to experience rock-climbing at an indoor facility called "Climb Nashville".
The entire trip was an incredible experience for all that attended and will be memorable for many years to come.
The Jr. Beta Club of First Baptist Christian School competed in the State Beta Competition held in Lafayette, LA in February. The club had qualified for the state competition at the Regional Competition last December. FBCS 2018-2019 Jr. Beta is for 6th- 8th grade students.
FBCS entered the Regional Competition for the first time in the 2017-2018 school. This year, as the second year entering, was the first time they have advanced to State. We are very proud of their enthusiasm, and desire to improve. Although we did not place in the state division, every one had a wonderful experience and we are already planning for next year! We are thankful for club sponsors, Mrs. Melissa Billeaud and Mrs. Lisa Brooks, for their dedication to this amazing group of kids and this organization.
The following students participated in the BETA State Competition:
Congratulations, again, to these students for stepping outside your comfort zone and trying your best!
We would like to recognize 5th Grader Leah Yuratich. She won 1st place with her essay entitled "How I Honor Veterans" at the VFW Post #5735 level. She then advanced to the VFW District #9 Level where she placed 1st. She then advanced to the VFW State Competition and she placed 2nd there.
Three of our teachers were nominated for the VFW Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to:
Ms. Christie Stadler was nominated for Elementary VFW Teacher of the Year for VFW Post #5735, because she does an amazing job promoting good citizenship and patriotism with her first graders. She placed 1st and advanced to the VFW District 9 competition, and she placed 1st at that level as well.
Mrs. Alyson Batten was nominated for High School VFW Teacher of the Year for VFW Post #5735, because she has worked hard to promote citizenship, service and patriotism with her high school students. She placed 1st at that level and advanced to the VFW District 9 competition, and she placed 1st at that level as well.
Mrs. Melissa Billeaud was nominated for the Middle School VFW Teacher of the Year for VFW Post #5735, because she has done a terrific job promoting good citizenship, service, and patriotism with the middle school students. She placed 1st at that level, and she advanced to the VFW District 9 competition, and she placed 1st at that level as well. She advanced to the VFW State Competition, and she placed 1st in State and has advanced to National Competition!
Congratulations to all! Recognition well deserved!
Representing First Baptist Christian School and competing in the ACSI State Spelling Bee competition in Opelousas on Thursday, January 24th were
3rd Grade Lynzie Allen-State participant who placed 2nd in the 3rd Grade State competition
4th Grade Sam Leimkuhler-State participant
6th Grade Savannah Perkins-State participant
7th Grade San Johnson-State participant (not pictured)
8th Grade Mason Robertson-State participant who placed 4th in the 8th Grade State competition and 11th overall in the Finals State Competition
Our Inaugural STEAM Night for 3rd - 6th graders was a success!! Learning, experimenting and exploring = fun! Students enjoyed learning about and controlling drones, discovering how rockets work, watching a 3D printer in action, understanding how scientists use the world around us (specifically birds and geckos last night) to imagine new things - and, of course, making slime!! It was an amazing night!
Passionate about the Lord, our students and our school!