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Inside this issue: Around PHS


Faculty Focus/ Class News




Student Achievements




Fun and Games


Devil’s Pride


Find the hidden devil! Somewhere in this issue is a hidden devil’s head. Be the first to find it and bring to Mrs. LeBlanc for a prize!!!!

Howarneshia Bates, Devil’s Pride editor, wins Pointe Coupee Electric Essay Contest! Howarneshia and Caroline Williams participated as finalists in the Pointe Coupee Electric Essay Contest. The girls‘ essays were selected along with nine other contestants‘ essays. Howarneshia and Caroline presented their essays to a

panel of judges on March 7, 2010 at Satterfield‘s in New Roads. They were interviewed by a group of judges as well. Howarneshia‘s essay was selected as one of the five first place winners who will travel to Washington D.C. this June and participate in the NRECA ―Government-inAction‖ Youth Tour and Conference. The contest is open to all high school

juniors who are members of Pointe Coupee Electric and to all high school juniors attending Plaquemine High, St. John High, Livonia High, Pointe Coupee Central, False River Academy, Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, and Port Allen High School. Congratulations Howarneshia. We are PROUD of you!!!

Earthquake devastates Haiti: Aid pours in Beta Club and Student Council raise funds On January 13, 2010, an earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude struck less than ten miles away from Haiti‘s capital city of Port-au-Prince. The initial quake was then followed by twelve aftershocks greater than 5.0 magnitude. Almost all structures of all kinds were destroyed or damaged including national landmarks. Immediately after the quake, countries all over the world rushed to give aid to Haiti. However, this proved difficult with Haiti‘s only airport needing to be rebuilt. As soon as the airport was repaired, a schedule and restrictions were prepared stating for when planes could land, how much time they had to unload, and the time they needed to take off to open up the landing strip for others, since only a few planes at a time could land. The number one priority was first aid and medical supplies, then food and water, and heavy equipment to help dig survivors out of the rubble. Dozens of survivors were found alive after being buried under heavy rubble. Some survivors having even gone a whole week or more under the debris with no food or water, and little oxygen. Three weeks later, organizations from all over the world, including the UN were working hard to pro-

vide the food, supplies, and medical aid needed. The death toll is estimated to be in the 200,000s. Many victims needed to be airlifted to hospitals in the United States or to military medical ships waiting on the coast. Once the search for survivors in the rubble was called off, the focus was toward setting up tent cities on the countryside‘s that began distributing food to the thousands of people that had been displaced. Yet even with all these efforts, the Haitian police and military from other countries were having a hard time controlling the looters and rioters who were pillaging, looking for food and water to stay alive. Many became angry with the painfully slow process of getting international aid, which lead them to harm others by any means necessary. Adding to the violence was the criminals who were on the loose after a prison was damaged in the quake. Police and military personnel arrested those breaking the law, while keeping the peace and making sure everyone received much needed supplies. However, things continued to get worse with the military and police working

A view of the badly damaged presidential palace, the center portion formerly 3 stories tall, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, shows the extent of the destruction.

Residents sleep in the streets after the earthquake.

trafficking with so many children becoming orphans, adding to the large number of children who were in orphanages at the time of the quake. Outside of Haiti, all over the world, people of all kinds continue donating money to aid the Haitians. One in particular is the ‗Hope for Haiti‘ telethon, a star-studded event that took place on January 22, and featured more than 100 actors, musicians, and other celebrities who performed and answered tele-

phones to take donations. The telethon raised more than $58 million in donations via phone, online, not including donations by corporations and large private donors. As the days ahead for the people in Haiti seem uncertain, the help coming their way is not. Students at Plaquemine High can help by donating what they can to aid the people in Haiti. See any Beta or student council officer to make a donation. Staff writer Caroline Williams

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ROTC Inspection On January 29, 2010, Plaquemine High School‘s MCJROTC program withstood inspection. They were inspected by the district officer, Lt. Col. Storman. The purpose of inspection is to ensure that the program is following Marine Corps expectations and standards. The program is inspected in areas of administration and cadet personnel. Inspectors verify that the instructors are within Marine Corps standards of weight and height and that they are doing their jobs. Their job is to make sure administrative work is being done, such as cadet record books and the upkeep of logistics. Cadets are inspected in their uniforms and their performance of armed and unarmed drill. Marine Instructor Sgt. Maj. Justice quotes that ―the inspection went well because of inspection practice and the upper class cadets.‖ Practice was held in the small gym where JROTC cadets were placed in the formations they would have to stand in during the inspection on Friday. Sgt. Maj. Justice was even more impressed with the new cadets, who

may not have been in the program for longer than a month, but still stood inspection. These cadets did not know much about the program, but showed remarkable character to wear uniforms and stand inspection so soon. Senior Marine Instructor Sgt. Maj. Browder stated, ―The cadets looked extraordinary and many stepped up to the challenge.‖ The motivation of the upper class cadets was evident in those cadets who stood inspection for the first time. The cadets demonstrated great lead-

ership and both Marine instructors are proud of the cadets who stood inspection and those cadets who helped make the inspection a success. The PHS program was found mission capable. Mission capable means that the program is running smoothly, with little discrepancies, but not necessarily excelling in all areas. Mission capable programs pass inspection and are inspected again in two years. Staff writer Kaleb Banks

JUNIORS TOUR LSU On January 18, the junior class visited LSU. They received information regarding the admission requirements. Students need a 2.5 or higher GPA and an ACT score must be a 22 or higher. Financial Aid is available. The college also provides jobs for the students to be able to work and attend school. While there, students also learned a little of LSU‘s history. They were told the story of how LSU‘s colors were chosen. In a game against Tulane, LSU wanted to show that they had spirit, so they went to a nearby store to purchase paraphenalia. Since it was Mardi Gras, all the store had was purple and gold

The Dean and the administrators did not want to change them because the students loved the colors and continued to wear them to school. The students also learned that LSU did not always have a stadium. The governor asked the legislature to fund a football stadium and was denied. He then asked for funding for a building where students could hang out. The legislature granted the funding. When finished, they realized that the ―hangout‖ was more of a stadium than a place for students to hang out. The juniors enjoyed the tour and look forward to visiting other universities this year. Tyla Hall

Faculty Focus - Mrs. Jennifer Purnell

Mrs. Purnell lectures and takes questions from students in her biology class.

Biology– the study of life. There aren't many words that can describe this subject but the amazing interaction of organisms. PHS Biology teacher Mrs. Jennifer Purnell teaches students this interaction and helps them become more interested in life. As a student, Mrs. Purnell didn't fit into any of the groups but was loved by all of her classmates. She was very active as a student. She was on the yearbook staff and was a member of the French Club. She graduated high school within the top 25 of her class. Mrs. Purnell attended college at LSU. She majored in microbiology and minored in chemistry and also took education classes. After her college graduation in 1991, she went to New Orleans to pursue a medical career.

Mrs. Purnell began to work in labs at the University of Michigan. She worked in a pathology lab. She then returned to New Orleans to work in a lab at Tulane University. After working in labs, she earned her teaching degree in 2007. She taught Chemistry in Ohio for a year until she moved back to Louisiana. Mrs. Purnell says that she loves to teach. She loves her students, and she loves the challenges and plethora of ideas that her students present. She says that she wishes to teach for the rest of her life. Mrs. Purnell is the sponsor for the PHS Dazzlers, Class of 2011 sponsor, and 4-H sponsor. Kaleb Banks

Mrs. Purnell encourages peer tutoring and often assists students one-on-one. Her students often go to lab. The student above is dissecting a starfish.

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Classroom Activities 7th and 8th graders manipulate movables in math & write essays in English The students in both Mrs. Byrant‘s and Mrs. Allen‘s classes are being positive and working in groups. Mrs. Byrant‘s class is shown working on a project in math to become better math students. Mrs. Allen‘s students are peer editing essays. All teachers are trying to make their classes fun while teaching students the necessary GLEs to master the Leap and iLeap tests. Tyla Hall “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” Socrates

Local radio personality and author Michael Pasqua visited juniors and seniors in February to share his new book, MFP 3:16.

Local radio personality and new author, Michael Pasqua visited juniors and seniors in Mrs. LeBlanc‘s and Mrs. A. Williams‘s classes recently. Michael discussed his new book as well as his radio activities with students

and explained how to publish a book and produce a talk radio show. He is shown with seniors Heath Brown and Lauren Carlin. Ashley Porch

Green Devil Basketball ―We‘re Number 1!‖ was heard in the halls of PHS when the Green Devil basketball team entered playoff action Friday, February 28, at home. The Devils squared off against John McDonough for the opportunity go to the quarterfinals. The Devils wished for another home playoff game due to their high ranking but had to travel to Richwood. Jump off was at 7:00 p.m. The team came out with a tough loss. The score was 50-47. Great job Devils! You are Number 1 in our hearts!

The PHS boys‘ basketball team had a great season reaching the quarterfinals and losing by a narrow margin. The team leaders were Jeffery Ricard, Trevon Hawkins, Adonis Major, Demarcus Watts, and Jeremy Jenkins. It was a great team effort and was greatly supported by the Plaquemine community. Two fan busses carried students, faculty members, cheerleaders, and family members of the players for the long four hour ride to Monroe. They were not disappointed with the team‘s effort. The team truly appreciated all of the support it received from its fans this year. Green Devil fans are tops!

Jeffrey Ricard had a great season. He scored a game high 24 points against Richwood and was a key scorer in all of the games this season. His speed and agility also made him instrumental in the team‘s defensive effort this season. His season will end on March 20, in Natchitoches when he plays on the Allstar West team. Congratulations and thanks for a great season. Jasmine Mellion

Quarterfinals PHS vs Richwood 47 –50

Faculty Coaches revealed! PHS basketball players learned who their generous faculty coaches were, and had a chance to thank them for all that they do.

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PHS Spirit! PHS Dazzlers

PHS Step Team

PHS has re-established its dance team, the Dazzlers. The Dazzlers have been performing at football and basketball games throughout this school year. We have the Dazzlers‘ sponsors, Mrs. Jennifer Purnell and Mrs. Patricia Hayes to thank for this. The following girls make up the new generation of dazzlers: Erica Anderson, Gaylan Lewis, Dernisha Deloch, Dianna Georgetown, Courtney Martin, Dequanda James, Jamie Sanders, My‘Khail Hines, and managers, Lauren Carlin and Shelby Dickerson. Taylar Brown

Plaquemine High School recently formed a new step team. Tryouts were held the week of January 25. Sponsors of the step team are Mrs. Theodoris McNair (Thyssen) and Mrs. Tiffany Bosley. Congratulations to the following members of the new PHS Step Team pictured practicing below: Naudia Armstead, Niosha Price, Ebony Mosby, Tanisha Banks, Myria Scott, D‘Marquis Atkins, Cartina Little, Kayla Young, Kiasha Duplessis, Danasha Rachal, Geralneisha Becnel, Tiera Morgan, and Marquita Spriggs. D’Marquis Atkins

PHS Cheerleaders The Plaquemine High cheerleaders are doing an amazing job cheering for our Mighty Green Devils. The cheerleaders cheered the football team to a good record of 6-4 and to the first round of the playoffs. The cheerleaders led the basketball team to a 32-2 record. ―We support our players by traveling to every game. We love cheering our green devils and look forward to baseball and softball.‖ Ashley Porch ―GO BIG GREEN!‖

Roster Seniors: Basheba Williams Shernika Riley D.J. Jordan Juniors: Ashley Porch Alexis Perkins Bobbi Jordan Sophmores: Ashton O‘bear Jiaria Calloway

Taylor Calvin Kayla Young Freshmen Whitney Lee Alexia Mosby 7th&8th Grade Amber Harris Deshay Georgetown

PHS 1st Annual Math Bee On March 3, 2010, Plaquemine High School had its first math competition or ―Math Bee‖ honoring World Math Day. There were participants from each grade level. The competition consisted of three groups: 7th and 8th grade in one group, 9th and 10th in the second group, and 11th and 12th in the final group. In the first round, the three groups took a test on their grade level to narrow the number of participants down to three winners in each group. The final round was a quiz bowl type competition in which the three winners from each group competed against each other until there was one final winner left in each of the following groups. The three overall winners were Jessica Granier (11th-

& 12th grade), Julie Schouest (9th10th grade), and Alyssa Williams (7th-8th grade). The winners received a $50 gift card to the place of their choice. Special thanks to Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Mosby for sponsoring and overseeing the entire competition and also to the Class of 2011 for organizing the event and providing the prizes. Kaleb Banks

LA Gear-up Essay Contest Winners Geography Bee Winner

8th grade winners were (l to r): 3rd place—Alicia Jones, 2nd place– Xavier Daniels, and 1st place– Myeisha Bell.

7th grade winners were (l to r): 3rd place— Mykelas Peterson, 2nd place—Jameshlyn Porter, and 1st place—Janay Williams . Page 8

PHS held a Geography Bee that was open to the 7th through 12th grades. It was held on January 18, 2010. About 50 students attended the bee and eight rounds were held. Joshua Randall was the winner of the Geography Bee. The sponsor, Ms. Bosley said that the bee was a huge success and assisted students in preparing for state testing in March and April. Kaleb Banks

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Green Devil All Stars All State Wrestler

Von Lanaux placed in fifth in his weight class at the state wrestling tournament recently. He competed at the 189 eight class where he was 10-7. This is Von‘s second year of wrestling. His quick success is a result of his work ethic; he never missed a practice or tournament. His outlook for next year is promising where he has a chance of making it to the top 3. Congratulations Von! We are proud of you!

Cameron Garner, a 7th grade PHS student, won the State Championship Free Throw competition. Congratulations!

Reginald Travis signs football scholarship with University of Memphis PHS wide receiver, Reginald Travis, signed a freshman scholarship with the University of Memphis. Mr. Travis expressed his feelings in an interview. He said, ―I think that God wants me to be there. I feel very blessed that I've gotten the scholarship. I feel that this is a good opportunity for me to exploit my true talents in the football environment.‖ Travis was looking at a total of four other scholarships from Tulane, Southeastern, Northwestern, and the University of Central Arkansas. Travis is looking forward to playing four seasons in five years. ―I would like to thank the following: first and foremost God, my family, friends, coaches, church family, and my

teachers,‖ says the humble wide receiver. May God keep blessing you and giving you opportunities to have a better future. D’Marquis Atkins

Saint‘s Win Superbowl On Sunday, February 7, 2010, the New Orleans Saints made history when they soundly defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the Superbowl. Port Allen‘s Tracey Porter clinched the victory with an interception late in the fourth quarter. On the road to the Superbowl, the Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings in overtime to win the NFC Championship. Two players were key to this victory. Tracey Porter intercepted a pass from Brett Favre to give the Saints a chance to gain field goal position. Garrett Hartley, the rookie kicker kicked a 40- yarder for the win. The final score of the intense game was 31 to 28. The Saints finished with a record of 13 and 3. Saints fans are ecstatic and cannot wait for next season. WHO DAT?!?

Teachers’ Super Bowl XLIV Predictions

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FOOD and RECIPES Shrimp and Corn Soup

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Cooking spray

2 cs. Bisquick

1 cup chopped onion

2 cs. milk

1 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 c. margarine

3/4 cup (6 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened

2 cs. sugar

2 cups fat-free milk 1 (15-ounce) can cream-style corn

2 eggs, beaten

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed reduced-fat, reduced

2 cs. of fresh or frozen blackberries

-sodium cream of mushroom soup, undiluted 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained 1 1/4 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 4 teaspoons sliced green onions Heat a Dutch oven or large saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium -high. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes. Stir in cream cheese; reduce heat, and cook until cheese is melted. Add milk, corn, soup, and tomatoes; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Bring milk mixture to a boil. Add shrimp; cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove from heat.

Mix sugar & Bisquick in large bowl. Add milk & eggs. Mix well. Pour into 13 x 9 greased pan. Melt margarine and pour over top. Gently pour blackberries on top. Bake 5060 minutes at 350°. Eat while warm with vanilla ice cream. Delicious!!!

Students in Mrs. C. Olivier’s pro-start class prepare a shrimp & corn soup on a cold day! Rachel Lanieu serves up a steaming bowl of the delicious soup on a cold day. Yum!

Students prepare a meal as part of their training in pro-start. Students in the class prepare for a career in the food industry.



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―Very few people are ambitious in the sense of having a specific image of what they want to

achieve. Most people's sights are only toward the next run, the next increment of money.‖ -Judith M. Bardwick ―Every child has great ambitions. As he grows, he is bombarded by negative suggestions -- you can't do this; you can't do that; be careful; look for security, and so on. Year by year, he experiences the 'realities' of life, and his ambitions fade away. Figuratively speaking, most children die by the time they reach their adulthood.‖ -Shall Sinha ―When reality overcomes the dream, All sanity is lost in the depth.‖ -Anonymous ―The great artist is a slave to his ideals.‖-Christian Nevell Bovee

I am a rock group that has four members, all of who are dead, one of whom was assassinated. What am I? I'm hard as a rock, and as light as a feather. I'm passed on to one another. Poor people need me, and rich people have me. What am I? Pronounced as one letter, And written with three, Two letters there are, And two only in me. I'm double, I'm single, I'm black, blue, and gray, I'm read from both ends, And the same either way. What am I?

Trivia Bad Predictions "What can you conceive more silly and extravagant than to suppose a man racking his brains, and studying night and day how to fly?" English Author William Law "I believe firmly that more patients have died from the use of gloves than have ever been saved from infection by their use." Dr. W.P. Carr, 1911 "Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.‖ President Grover Cleveland, 1905 "In 15 years, more electricity will be sold for electric vehicles than for light." Thomas Edison, 1910

This page by Caroline Williams

Answers to Riddles Mount Rushmore money an eye

Last Month’s Babies 1.

Mrs. Markins


Janay Pierce

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Corderro Young


Mrs. Karla Williams

Eboniss Jacob


Ms. Joelle Wright

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