March 6, 2020
Runnels has always been the school for all races, religions, and national origins.

In Focus this week: Junior To Serve as State Senate Page; Junior Class Ring Ceremony; Method Inspired by Michelangelo; Library Time Readers Needed; Trivia Night an Unqualified Success; Solo & Ensemble Festival Results Announced for Band Students in Grades 6-12; High Tea and Jane Austen in Covington; Kudos and Notable Events; We Sincerely Thank; Weekly Photo Album; Athletic Corner; Friendly Reminders.

Junior To Serve as Page in Louisiana Senate

 Preston Kyle, grade 11, will be spending a chunk of his after-school hours this month at the Louisiana State Capitol where he'll be working as a page for Louisiana Senator Eddie Lambert.

"It's my first job," said Preston, who is excited to have this opportunity to put his interest in politics to work. He'll be earning $7.50 an hour "running papers" for the senator. "The dress code is pretty specific," he added. "We have to wear khakis, a collared shirt, a blue blazer, and a red tie."

Preston dipped a toe into the world of politics in the fifth grade at Runnels when he ran for class president in the annual mock election and won. Currently, he is vice president of the junior class and serves as a member of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board. He's also active in the Robotics Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Thespian Club. A talented musician, he's played alto sax in the Runnels Band since fourth grade.

The son of Dara and Paul Kyle, Preston has attended Runnels since he was two years old.

( Photo: Preston Kyle)
Juniors Honored with Ring Ceremony

The members of the Class of 2021 celebrated the approach of their senior year with a traditional Ring Ceremony held in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre this morning.

Juniors were presented with school rings or other special mementos by family members, close friends, or someone who had significantly touched their lives. As each student stepped forward to receive a gift, Jr./Sr. High Assistant Principal Dana Schlotterer shared information about his or her unique interests and accomplishments with the audience.

Conducting the ceremony and helping with the presentations were Head of School Marcia Mackay and Assistant Head of School and Jr./Sr. High Principal Conchetta Foshee. We extend special thanks to junior class sponsors April Wilkinson and Kacy Edwards for organizing the event, junior class president Madisan Milam and senior class president Anna Manning for delivering addresses, junior Sophie Edwards for compiling a special "Memories" slide presentation about the juniors, Caroline Collins, grade 11, for singing the Alma Mater, and Karli Hebert for assisting with light and sound.

(Photo: Junior Kate Oehrle receives a class ring from her sister Erin, grade 12. Kate and Erin are Runnels "lifers" and legacy students. Their mom, Lynn Oehrle, is a member of the Runnels Class of 1991.)

Art Inspired by Michelangelo

An art activity inspired by the work of Renaissance master Michelangelo gave our kindergartners a unique perspective on drawing this week in Lauren Downing's art class. In a short introductory video about the artist, they learned how he painted the famous ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. He had to stand or lay on a scaffold and paint over his head. "You are going to get to do that today," Mrs. Downing told the students.

Before class, she had taped large sheets of newsprint to the underside of the classroom tables and spread beach towels underneath for the children to lay on. She asked them to draw a picture of a personal experience that was fun and memorable. The students quickly scooted under the tables and got to work with pencils. "When you're drawing," Mrs. Downing said, "think about whether this is easy or hard. It must have been very hard for Michelangelo."

Mrs. Downing said she thinks it's valuable to teach kindergarten students about great art and artists. "I think it's important for children to be exposed to new art techniques and methods that help them develop their own personal artistic style," said Mrs. Downing. "Learning about all the great artists that came before us can also help inspire their young, creative minds."

( Photo: Drawing like Michelangelo are kindergartners, clockwise from left, Georgia Stricker, Jack Meyer, Bailey Mitchell, and Victor Faust.)
Library Time Readers Needed

The Elementary Library is looking for parent volunteers to read to students during library time. Reading aloud is fun, and the kids love having their parents or grandparents involved at school. If you can find the time, please reach out and read to your child's class in the Elementary Library. Contact:

Trivia Night An Unqualified Success

More than 50 parents, teachers, and students came out for Quiz Bowl Trivia Night in the Jr./Sr. High Library on Feb. 20. Participants had a whale of a good time answering questions of little value and no importance such as "What is the only number whose letters are in alphabetical order?" (f-o-r-t-y)

"I don't think we actually crowned a Champion Team," said Quiz Bowl co-sponsor Ann Ostrom, "but three teams won at least one round." They are the "Last Place" team of Mark Landry, Karen Rhinehart, Beth Morrison, Connie Point, and Kenny Ostrom; the "Mau Mau" team of Michele Stanfield, Mark Stanfield, Jarrett Major, Wendy Herumin and her husband, and Eileen Cranfield; and the "Bad and Boujee" team of Sherry and Jeffrey Wilks, Kylie and Scott Harbin, Wendy Milam, and Shanna Drescher. Their prizes included candy and biscotti bouquets.

Many thanks to Quiz Bowl Team members Alex Frederic, Jensen Holliday, Reagan Kyle, Joseph Ismail, Chris Ortego, and Marshall Pentes for writing the questions, running the rounds, keeping score, and handing out door prizes. We also thank Quiz Bowl Team co-sponsors Colleen LeBlanc and Ann Ostrom for overseeing the event.

( Photo: Displaying their Quiz Bowl swag are round winners, from left, Kenny Ostrom, Connie Point, Beth Morrison, Mark Landry, and Karen Rhinehart.)
Band Solo & Ensemble Results

Many of our band and string students participated in the Solo & Ensemble Festival held in the Performing Arts Classroom Building recently. Playing as soloists, members of ensembles, or both, students appeared before judges not affiliated with Runnels and were rated on their level of accomplishment. The results are in for grades 6-12 band students. Congratulations to the participants and their band director, Jill Swetnam. (Click below for student ratings by grade.)

High Tea in Covington with Jane Austen

To find the perfect setting to wind up their reading of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, our English IV AP students and their teacher Norma Marsh traveled to Covington for high tea at the English Tea Room and Eatery.

"The novel is a comedy of manners reflecting the great emphasis on decorum and protocol that characterized the period (early 19th century), which Jane Austen also satirizes in the book." said Ms. Marsh.

After enjoying the Windsor High Tea, which included English finger sandwiches, assorted mini-savories, mini-desserts, chocolate-dipped strawberries, scones, clotted cream, lemon curd, and, of course, tea, the students returned to campus to watch the final two episodes of the BBC miniseries based on the novel.

(Photo: English IV AP students are, front row from left, Anna Manning, Jenna Carballo, Jane Schlotterer; back row, Karli Hebert, Erin Oehrle, Minna Ismail, Aubri Watts, Rachel Hargrove, and Natalia Tooraen.)
Kudos and Notable Events
Quiz Bowl Team Makes State!

Congrats to to the Runnels Quiz Bowl Team! In its debut year, the team qualified for the State Quiz Bowl Tournament. The members will compete in the Small Schools Division at meet to be held at Southside High School in Youngsville March 21.

The team's performance also brought invitations to two national events -- one in Chicago and another in Atlanta. Junior Chris Ortego also was asked to compete at the national level as an individual.

Head of School Marcia Mackay received a letter from this week congratulating the team on its outstanding performance at the Episcopal School of Acadiana Tournament recently. The Runnels team finished third in a field of 22. The letter read: "This (success) is the product of hard work and a strong commitment to academic excellence."

( Photo: From left are Quiz Bowl co-sponsors Colleen LeBlanc and Ann Ostrom with Quiz Bowl Team members Marshall Pentes, Joseph Ismail, Chris Ortego, Reagan Kyle, Alex Frederic, and Jensen Holliday.)
Young Entrepreneur Awarded Seed Money for App

Senior Bailey Hyatt, who has been participating in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge this school year, was awarded seed money for a business idea she and her partner, Erin Fleming, pitched to a panel of investors at LSU's E.J. Ourso College of Business March 4. They won $3,000 for their business, Chem D, "an app designed to expedite the chemical labeling process that typically happens at plants," according to an article in the March 5 Baton Rouge Business Report. ( Photo: Bailey Hyatt)

Focus on Nature ... Members of our Photography Club took a field trip to the Blackwater Conservation Area in Central, LA last weekend to capture images for BREC's 2020 Back-to-Nature Photography Contest. They snapped pictures as they walked down a trail to the Comite River. Participating were Brynn Myles, Alaysia Mandujano, Aidan Dooley, Jordan and Caden Hanie, and Photography Club sponsor Wendy Milam and Nature Club sponsor Sydney McGraw. Best of luck to these shutterbugs in the contest.

( Photo: From left are Alaysia Mandujano, Brynn Myles, Jordan Hanie, Aidan Dooley, and Caden Hanie along the Comite.)
Alien Animals Spotted in Science ... Students in Kitty Gantt's seventh grade Life Science classes let their imaginations run wild recently conjuring up alien animals and planets. "We're studying Animal Structure and Function," said Mrs. Gantt, "so students had the task of designing an environment on another planet and using their knowledge of animal structures and functions, create a life-form that could survive on it." They built dioramas of their environments and alien creatures and gave oral presentations about them last week.

( Photo: Landree Clark, grade 7, with her Alien Animal Project featuring a "Mousi-Corn" -- a sort of mouse/unicorn alien.)
We Sincerely Thank ...
Preschool Teacher Appreciation Month ... We sincerely thank the many preschool parents and friends who contributed to the success of the wonderful "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" themed Teacher Appreciation events at the preschool Monday. The faculty and staff were treated to croissants, biscuits and a casserole for breakfast and Mexican food from Qdoba's for lunch. Special thanks goes to Christy Carpenter, her sister Ambera, and Nikki Guidry for organizing the events and to casserole cook extraordinaire Carol Barback and chocolate dessert maker Mary Le. The teachers and students also have been enjoying the wonderful "Willy Wonka" style decorations around the preschool. More Teacher Appreciation events are coming up March 11 and 27.

In this week's photo album: Life Science Alien Projects, Girl Scouts at Disney, Kindergarten Michelangelo Project, Photography Club Field Trip, English IV AP Tea, Trivia Night, Physical Science Volcanoes, Elementary Art Students Create Ice Cream Sundae Sculptures, Candids, and Basketball Quarterfinal Playoff Game March 5.

( Photo: Brothers Sammy, grade 6, and Joseph Ismail, grade 11, on the way to the Junior Class Ring Ceremony this morning.)
Athletic Corner
G et your Raider spirit apparel at the Booster Club's Spirit Store !
Girls Powerlifting team members are, from left, Reilly Wilks, Natalie Fairley, Julie Sager, Emma Schlotterer, Erin Oehrle and Jenna Carballo at the at Regional Powerlifting meet.
At the Regional Powerlifting meet.are Boys team members, back row, from left, Hudson Hillman, Cole Latiolais and Michael Hillman; and front, from left, John Latona and Eli Latiolais.
Last Saturday, the Runnels Powerlifting team took home 3 medals, broke seven school records and earned many personal bests at the East Regional Powerlifting meet at Woodlawn High School. Senior Julia Sager finished 2nd overall, junior Emma Schlotterer took 3rd overall, and freshmen Eli Latiolais was 3rd overall in each of their respective weight classes. Seven new school records were set in the lifts weight categories including: Emma Schlotterer with a 115 bench; Natalie Fairley with a 200 squat, 95 bench, 230 deadlift; Hudson Hillman with a 185 bench; Cole Latiolais with a 275 bench; and Eli Latiolais with a 285 bench. In addition, the team members' hard work paid off with 25 competition personal bests achieved. The coaches would like to thank all the lifters for their efforts and the parents for their support.

Congratulations to the following lifters who have qualified for the LHSAA State High School powerlifting meet: Julia Sager, Emma Schlotterer, Natalie Fairley, Hudson Hillman and Eli Latiolais. The meet will be held in Monroe on March 19 and 20. The Boys will lift Thursday, March 19 and the girls lift Friday, March 20. 
The Raiders defeated University Academy of Central Louisiana 88-47 in the state quarterfinals. Runnels jumped out to a big first half lead and never looked back. There were four players in double figures for the Raiders. Ben Holliday led the way with 25 points. Collin Coates and Phillip Lukinovich each had a double double. Collin had 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Phillip had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ben Stafford contributed 15 points. The Raiders will be hosting the state semifinals next week. Stayed tuned for details. Go Raiders. ( See more photos in Weekly Album. )

(Photo: Varsity basketball team members cheer on teammates.)

Four junior high basketball players played in the ISAA all star game last Saturday at IDEA Innovation charter school. Players participating were Cooper Coates, Rossie Harrison, Annie Garrison and Ashlynn Harper. Cooper scored 8 points and had 6 blocks while Rossie finished with 6 points to help their team win 41-33. Annie and Ashlynn each had 6 points while playing on opposite teams during their contest.

On Monday, the Runnels Bowling Team had a shutout against Donaldsonville at Premier Lanes winning 27-0.
Runnels softball is off to a 4-0 start with wins over Dunham and Ascension Episcopal. The Lady Raiders are led in the circle by Chloe Bueche who is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA only allowing 4 hits and striking out 21 batters over 15 innings pitched.

On offense, Carlie Aucoin leads the team with a .667 batting average, Brooke Sandefur leads the team with 8 RBI’s, and Grace Sandefur leads the team with 6 stolen bases.

The Ladies play this weekend in the Tara Tournament hosted by Runnels. On Friday, the Ladies play Baker at 4 p.m. and a double header Saturday taking on Northeast at 11 a.m. and Madison Prep at 3 p.m.

(Photo: Lady Raiders softball team warming up to play.)

Track at West Feliciana High School - Team is Dismissed at 12:50 p.m.
Softball Tara Tournament at Runnels vs. Baker – 4:00 p.m.

Softball Tara Tournament at Runnels vs. Northeast, 11:00 a.m., vs. Madison Prep 3:00 p.m.
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Friendly Reminders
March 12 / Elementary Drama Performances / Drama Room During Regular Class Times
March 13-15 / JCL State Convention 
March 13 / High School Talent Show / Theatre, 2:00 p.m.
March 16-20 / Elementary Standardized Testing

March 17 / Grades 7 and 8 Standardized Testing
March 18 / Grades 9 and 10 Standardized Testing