LSMSA announces hometown Student of the Year: Olutunmike “Tum Tum” Adeleye

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is proud to announce that Olutunmike “Tum Tum” Adeleye (’22) of Natchitoches was selected as Student of the Year for the LSMSA District.

Adeleye will now be eligible to compete on the regional level and will be required to submit a detailed portfolio that documents a comprehensive summary of her high school career, both at Natchitoches Central High School and LSMSA.

“This competition gives us another way to celebrate our students and our community. We’re so pleased that Tum Tum is a member of our community and that she represents LSMSA in this role,” said Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton. “We all wish her luck in the future weeks as she moves to the final competition.”

Over the past few weeks, over 20 seniors were identified as eligible for the Student of the Year statewide competition. In additon to Adeleye, seniors from LSMSA whosubmitted autobiographies as part of the initial step of the Louisiana Department of Education’s statewide selection process included Travis Elmore (’22) of Slidell, Jordan Hoffman (’22) of Lake Charles, Abigail Huddleston (’22) of Lake Charles, Clara Lee (’22) of Ponchatoula, Kyler Naquin (’22) of Houma, and Sunny Yusufji (’22) of Shreveport.

Director of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Kristi Key shared her gratitude for these students and what they represent.

“One of the many fantastic attributes of our campus is that our students represent outstanding scholarship, leadership, and community involvement across the board,” she said. “The entire cohort of finalists captured so much of what makes our school such an amazing place – their community service, their leadership and advocacy for others, their personal stories of how they came to LSMSA and what is important about this place for them.”


Incoming NSU AD Bostian sparkles at campus introduction

By DOUG IRELAND, Journal Sports

Addressing a room filled with curious and excited Northwestern State supporters, coaches, staff and current competitors Thursday, Kevin Bostian outlined the cornerstones of his approach to his new job as the Demons’ athletics director and he made his top priority crystal clear.

“I’m here to serve our student-athletes, first and foremost,” said the 43-year-old North Carolina native, whose two decades in athletic administration have carried him to six various Division I programs around the Southeast, from North Carolina State to East Tennessee to South Alabama to … .

“Our goals for you are 1) you earn your degree in the major of your choice; 2) you win a championship in your sport; and 3) and we develop you as a leader, so that after you leave NSU, you become a leader in the community you serve. If we do those three things, we’re doing our job.”

As he was introduced on campus, along with his wife, their three young daughters and his parents, Demon fans certainly had questions. Why was UNC Greensboro’s executive associate AD the choice to step in for 25-year veteran head Demon Greg Burke? What attracted a man who admittedly had never visited North Louisiana and only made a few trips to New Orleans, to Natchitoches and NSU?

Answers: an accomplished resume’ focused on revenue generation, and references confirming he is a team builder with a servant-leader approach; and he’s a guy who sees a charming small town as a great place for his family, with conditions favorable for leading NSU forward.

The most relevant question – how can he help the Demons’ athletic program regain its swagger, and specifically, team up with coach Brad Laird to make NSU football great again (or at least, over .500 for the first time since 2008)?

Especially considering he comes from UNCG, where the Spartans don’t have the sport. And he didn’t even play football in high school at Durham, N.C., where basketball rules.

Bostian was a prep baseball and basketball guy who played a year on the diamond at Division II Chowan, before storing his bats and gloves and joining the general student population at NC State. He does, however, have football bonafides in his administrative career.

Along his way, he arrived for four years at Georgia Southern, which had claimed six FCS titles, as the Eagles moved into FBS and immediately went unbeaten, the only program ever to do that in the transition phase. The next year, GSU won its first bowl game. He spent three years at Tennessee Tech when Watson Brown (brother of Mack) coached that flock of Eagles to their first Ohio Valley Conference championship in 35 years.

“I have seen football success up close,” Bostian told the Journal. “I know what it takes, I know what it needs to look like. That’s something I’ll talk with Brad about, find out what resources he needs to be successful, specific to NSU, and we’ll work on it together.”

Collaboration is vital to success, he believes. That process started Thursday and will continue as he arrives to take over Monday, Feb. 7. How’s that work, with nobody you knew before this week?

“I’ll reach out to every head coach, and staff members, by the phone, and introduce myself and begin getting to know them. I’ve got a 100-day plan for the department that we’ll start putting in place. It’s a lot of analyzing the department. The first day I arrive, every coach and staff member will get a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity and threat) analysis form to fill out, and I’ll meet with everybody one-on-one, discuss and put our thoughts together to see what we need to get done.”

Bostian gets to hire his right hand. NSU’s deputy AD/senior woman administrator position opened last August and President Marcus Jones chose to wait for the new AD to fill it, pausing the search as Burke’s move across campus to university advancement developed.

“That’s going to be key. That position is an internal position, and obviously I’m an external guy who needs to be out there engaging our stakeholders. You need someone to run the day-to-day aspects of the department, somebody who will work well with coaches,” Bostian said.

“I don’t want a micro-manager, but somebody who coaches can feel confident in to address concerns or needs. I want somebody who’s been around, who knows the game, and an extra bonus if it’s somebody familiar to some degree with Northwestern State. But it will be the best fit, the best person I can get,” he said. “That’s a critical position and we’ll start on that right away.”

Along with dozens of other initiatives, no doubt.

Photo: by CHRIS REICH/NSU


2022 Martin Luther King March for Justice and Peace, and Monument Dedication Ceremony

Natchitoches’ second Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration March for Justice and Peace was held Monday, January 17. The march began at the Ben D. Johnson Center and extended to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Triangle Park. The marchers were led by members of NSU’s Alpha Phi Alpha chapter. Dr. King was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, joining as a graduate student in 1952 at Boston College. The Alphas were joined by members of NSU Greek organizations. The NSU Chapters of the NAACP and African American Caucus also marched as did NSU head football Coach Brad Laird and the NSU football team. They were joined by fellow athletes from NSU volleyball and other sports teams. Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams marched for the second year. The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts brought a large contingent of students to the march and celebration. The march ended at the Dr. Martin Luther King Triangle Park where the brothers of NSU’s Alpha Phi Alpha chapter placed a wreath at Dr. King’s memorial. For the second year in a row, NSU’s Lifted Voices Gospel Choir gave a truly impressive vocal performance. Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams spoke of Dr. King’s legacy and accomplishments as did several local spiritual leaders. The main speaker was Darin Nixon, NSU NAACP President and NSU NPHC President. The event was organized by the City of Natchitoches, NSU and the Northwestern State University Center for Inclusion & Diversity.


Lady Demons roll to big win in ‘Big Easy’

NEW ORLEANS – When the Northwestern State women are running on all cylinders, they are able to produce similar numbers to what they did on Saturday in a convincing 75-47 win at New Orleans.

The Lady Demons (9-5, 2-1) shot 50 percent from the field with 10 total assists and scored 30 points off 26 forced turnovers holding the Privateers (1-9, 0-3) to less than 30 percent shooting from the field.

“I think it was our best collective effort of the season,” head coach Anna Nimz said. “The biggest difference today was, we’ve been in a lot of games where we were able to capitalize and get up by five or six but allowed teams to come back. We were able to build on those five or six point leads today.

“We’ve continued to push our effort on the defensive end, and I thought they did a great job of that tonight. Shooters made shots but we played inside-out and any time you get more people touching the ball it creates more success for everybody.”

Jordan Todd set the tone early with a dominant first four minutes on both ends of the floor. She made the first bucket of the game on an inside pass from Candice Parramore then blocked the first of two shots in the quarter on the defensive side. A turnaround jumper in the lane and a pair of free throws gave her six of NSU’s first 11 points and a four-point lead.

After the strong start, the Lady Demons put the pedal down at the end of the first and into the second.

JaMiya Braxton drilled a 3-pointer to answer a UNO triple and Parramore swiped a pass for another defensive stop for an easy fast-break layup going the other way for five quick points and a 19-11 end of the quarter lead.

Braxton’s 3-pointer opened the flood gates from beyond the arc for the Lady Demons leading to the first stretch of play that put the game firmly into the Lady Demons’ hands.

The Lady Demons made 5-of-6 shots from beyond the line over the span of six minutes to double the eight-point lead by the time Josie Fleischmann ripped the net to end the hot streak. Four different players contributed to the 3-point flurry – Fleischmann, Braxton, Parramore and Alex Harrison with an assist coming from one of five different players each time.

“It was exciting that we went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc but what’s even more exciting for me is that we had assists on all of those shots,” Nimz said. “To finish the game with 10 assists, something we haven’t been doing a lot this year, shows they’re continuing to mature, get better, play through each other and that was good to see.”

NSU had assists on 43 percent of their baskets in the game, their seventh best performance of the season, with seven players contributing in at least one helper led by Jiselle Woodson’s three on the night.

The Lady Demons maintained the 16-point edge heading into the half and clamped down even more defensively to start the second half with a dominant third quarter on both ends.

They scored the first 11 points of the period, ballooning the lead even further, with Monette Bolden providing the final seven of the run in a row ending with a dagger 3-pointer from the right corner. The 19-4 overall run going back to the end of the second quarter put the game squarely in NSU’s hands.

The offensive success was a product of how stifling the defense was in the quarter, forcing seven turnovers in the period and converting those directly into 12 points. The 26 forced turnovers on the night was the second most by the NSU defense this season.

UNO went 3-for-14 from the field in the third quarter and scored just eight points shooting 22 percent from the field in the second half, leaving no doubt on the outcome of the game.

The Lady Demons saw 10 different players score at least three points in the game led by Parramore’s 15, Bolden’s 13 and Woodson’s 10. The 46 percent effort for the game was the second-best shooting game of the season and the 14 steals was the third most in a game this year.

Photo: Candler Harris


OPPORTUNITY: FINANCE DIRECTOR

POSITION: Finance Director – Finance Department

DESCRIPTION: Performs a variety of complex supervisory, professional, administrative and technical accounting and finance functions in maintaining the fiscal records and systems of the City. Will serve as chief financial advisor to the Mayor and prepare and maintain financial reports and records. Oversees payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, Utility Service Center, Information Technologies and Programming and Promotions Department.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful applicant shall have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in accounting or business related field. A working knowledge in Governmental Financial Accounting and GASB rules and regulations are required. An MBA or Certified Public Accountant is preferred.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine Street, or P.O. Box 37, Natchitoches, LA 71458-0037. Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City hall, located at 700 Second St., or you may download an application on line at http://www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted until filled.

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


Notice of Death – January 23, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Sameria Pearrie
Arrangements TBA

James Rachal
Arrangements TBA

Irene Johnson
Arrangements TBA

Jessie B. Williams
Arrangements TBA

Theresa Primm
September 27, 1937 – January 18, 2022
Service: Monday, January 24 at 12 pm at the Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Nicholas Flakes
Dec 5, 2000 – Jan 10, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Cornell Robinson
Jul 27, 1962 – Jan 15, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Mildred Louise Eckhardt McTyre
March 26, 1935 – January 4, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 29 at 11 am at First Baptist Church of Natchitoches


Friends of Fort Jesup to host Parish/region wide planning meeting.

Where in Louisiana can you walk on the same ground as two presidents, over forty generals, over one thousand soldiers and Dred Scott? The answer is Fort Jesup State Historic Site and it’s right in your own back yard! This year Fort Jesup turns 200 years old and we planning a year long celebration but we need your help! We want to hear from as many people as possible. There will be meeting at Fort Jesup State Historic Site on Thursday January 27th at 5:30 pm. Everyone is invited and you do not have to a member of the Friends group to attend. For more information contact ftjesupfriends@yahoo.com or 318-461-5376.


Cypress Bend Showcases Local Musical Talent

MANY, La – If you’re looking for something to do tonight with friends or in search of a fun date night idea check out a Sabine Parish favorite at Cypress Bend Resort. 

Justin Merritt, a truly local talent, will be performing live in the Sabine Social Room tonight, January 21st, from 7:00-10:00 PM.  

Friends, family, and fans can expect to see a fun show with a mix of classic covers and impressive originals. The Sabine Parish Journal had the chance to review a previous show of Justin’s and see first hand just how talented the musicians in Sabine Parish are! Check out our music review here to see what kind of show you’ll be enjoying!


Sabine Parish Basketball Scores and Power Rankings

Sabine Parish Basketball Scores

Tuesday January 18

GIRLS

Hornbeck 50 (13-10) (2-1)
Ebarb 35 (10-15) (2-1)

Hicks 77 (23-5) (3-0)
Pleasant Hill 34 (7-16) (0-3)

Florien 54 (27-2) (2-0)
Zwolle 38 (21-6) (2-1) Olivia Sepulvado 12, Makayla Price 12, Justice Howard 5 and Brianna Lambert 4.

Winnfield 45 (11-1) (1-0)
Many 39 (8-12) (0-1)

Negreet 58 (16-9) (2-0)
Stanley 38 (12-10) (0-3)

BOYS

Ebarb 70 OT (10-17) (2-1)
Hornbeck 67 OT (19-5) (1-2)

Pleasant Hill 43 (21-9) (1-2)
Hicks 41 (14-13) (2-1)

Zwolle 71 (19-4) (3-0)
Florien 60 (14-14) (1-1)

Many 61 (9-4) (1-0)
Winnfield 54 (15-4) (0-1)

Stanley 58 (9-15) (1-2)
Negreet 33 (11-15) (1-1)


HELP US HELP YOU

The Sabine Parish Economic Development Council (EDC) is working to help bring high-speed broadband to all Parish residents, but your help is needed. Government grants for high-speed broadband infrastructure may be available for our Parish. Help us identify the areas that have poor internet service, or no internet service, by participating in the following link for data collection:  DRA Speed Test

If you have poor internet service, list the address where you are at the time of the test. If you do not have any internet access, using your smart phone, go to the website at the above link and select the “no available service” option. 

You can participate in this data collection as many times as you want, but all data must be completed by January 31, 2022. This data will be used to help map the areas in the Parish where broadband infrastructure is needed. The more data entered, the better opportunities for Sabine Parish to receive adequate funding for high-speed broadband throughout the Parish.