NCHS Principal touts student, teacher successes

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This article published in the Jan. 20, 2022 print edition

Carolyn Roy | News Editor
Natchitoches Central Principal Micah Coleman gave the school board a glimpse of what success looks like during the board’s committee meeting Tuesday.
President Reba Phelps began having a principal report on their school’s progress during committee and regular meetings and it was Coleman’s turn this week.
While Coleman extolled the achievements of the students, he said their success was because of the teachers.
Senior Chiefs of the class of 2022 have been awarded $1.4 million in scholarships, a conservative number because not all students reported their awards to the office. “They were excellent role models,” he said.
Coleman said there was an enthusiasm about taking the ACTs that was inspiring. “We ran out of ACT waivers in early March,” he said of the action that allowed student to take the test at no cost. While students must score 17 or higher to qualify for high bracket scholarships, he was excited that students who have been scoring lower are now improving and reaching for the score of 20. “Those are the students we’re excited about.” The school held preliminary testing labs and is seeking to become an ACT testing center.
There were 990 ACT tests given in 2021-22, a record number, with 61 scoring 25 or higher and 17 scoring 30 or higher. Every ninth grader took the Pre-ACT and every student in grades 10-12 took the ACT online at the school.
Twenty Chief students passed CLEP tests to gain college credit that he said shows the rigor at which the honors courses are being taught.

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As for LEAP scores, eight students had perfect scores of 850 in the fall as did three in the spring. Algebra I students won first place in the state math contest with Adam Guillet scoring #1 in the state. Some 16 students participated in the Literary Rally.
There was still more to come about student and faculty achievements.
•The JROTC scored a perfect 200 on the program that accredits JROTC programs. “It’s all student-led,” Coleman said.
•Colton Conley received the FFA Degree, the highest award the organization bestows; and is president of the 2022-23 FFA State Officer Team.
•Orchestra Director Syll Young Olsen was named to the La. Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.
•Band Director Aleisa Ludlow was named Band Director of the Year in District II of the Band Directors Association.
•The students presented a Black History observance.
•Seven athletes will play college football.
•The Chinquapin yearbook was name “Yearbook of Yearbooks” by Balfour publishing company.
Coleman acknowledged the “tremendous growth of our students,” but said their success was because of the teachers.