The Livingston Parish News: Holden School tops rankings, high school graduations and more

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Holden ranked 16th in state in U.S. News annual rankings of Louisiana high schools

A news magazine’s annual ranking of public high schools had a Livingston Parish presence with three in the top 50 in Louisiana, according to the U.S. News & World Report website.

Out of more than 23,000 public high schools evaluated, 17,245 were ranked nationwide.

A total of 311 were evaluated in Louisiana, with Holden School topping the parish rankings at No. 16. The list showed Holden with a graduation rate of 89 percent and a college readiness score of 23.8, two of six areas that schools were evaluated in.

“I just go wow,” said Kristin Rountree, principal of Holden School, on Tuesday after learning of the ranking.

“We’re super ecstatic when you get confirmation that what you’re doing is working for the entire school, from pre-K to 12th grade,” she said.

Seven Livingston Parish high schools in top 100 of 311 La. schools ranked by U.S. News

U.S. News & World Report expanded its annual public high school rankings from 2,700 schools to 23,000. Then, it changed the criteria it used for the rankings. Despite the changes, seven of nine Livingston Parish high schools were ranked in the top 100 of the 311 Louisiana high schools evaluated.

FEMA Direct Housing Program ends after 32 months, but some residents remain in MHUs for now

A total of 104 households remained in MHUs as of May 1, according to statistics provided by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Of that total, five households were scheduled to move out of MHUs by the end of May 1. Anyone remaining in the MHUs beginning May 1 will be charged a penalty fee which includes fair market rental plus a flat fee. Those fees will vary by household based on the MHU size and location of the unit.

‘Love Livingston Parish’ theme for Chamber’s annual expo and job fair May 7
More than 100 vendors are expected to greet an anticipated 1,000 visitors to “Love Livingston Parish EXPO,” the theme for the event. The Expo will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Suma Hall and Community Center, 28975 S. Satsuma Road, near the Satsuma Exit of Interstate 12. 

‘That great old country sound’ | Clifton Brown and Rusty Bucket Band to bring traditional country music to Cajun Country Jam
Clifton Brown and the Rusty Bucket band, a local six-piece band that specializes in old-school country, will be part of a slew of music acts that’ll take the stage when the Cajun Country Jam hits Denham Springs on Saturday, May 4. The free all-day music festival will feature a full slate of local and national performers in the Antique Village, headlined by Grammy award-winning group Shenandoah. Other acts include Jamie O’Neal, Andy Griggs, Hal Bruni, Sara Collins, Sheriff Bud Torres, and James Linden Hogg.

Livingston Parish high school graduations slated for May 15-23; here are the times, locations for all nine
Students from all nine Livingston Parish high schools will take part in graduation ceremonies that begin Wednesday, May 15, and conclude Thursday, May 23. Listed at this link are the times, dates, locations and addresses for all Livingston Parish high school graduations, in chronological order:

Walker High robotics team scores second-place finish in regional competition

Six students on the Walker High School underwater robotics team recently competed in the 7th Annual Northern Gulf Coast Regional ROV Competition held at The Sea Lab on Dauphin Island, Alabama. The WHS New Wave Robotics team was one of 27 teams that competed with their custom-built remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Participating teams represented six states: Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, and Louisiana.

Tickfaw 200 setting sail May 1-4, will feature nine checkpoints across Louisiana and Mississippi
This week, hundreds of boaters from across the country will bring their “cigarette” boats to Springfield for the state’s largest power boat poker run. The annual Tickfaw 200 will set sail May 1-4. Founded by former Blood River Landing owner Charlie Albert, the Tickfaw 200 has grown to one of the country’s biggest boat runs, nearly doubling in size under Joey Fontenot, president of the nonprofit organization, and Casey Harrison, who handles marketing and promotion for the event.

Maurepas’ McCoy has made a huge impression in his first season of track, and Doyle baseball sophomore Stewart has been a mainstay for the team’s playoff run. 

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