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ZHS Mock Trial Team Competes at National Championship ..................................................... 1 Jane Burk Celebrates 31 Years ........................... 1 Russ Mixon Horse Stables: Teaching Riders of All Ages for 50 Years............. 4 Milestones .......................................................... 6 Classifieds ........................................................... 7
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ZHS Mock Trial Team Competes at National Championship
The state champion Zachary High School mock trial team represented Louisiana in the National High School Mock Trial Championship Tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana from May 9th through May 11th. 48 championship teams representing 45 states, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and South Korea participated in the tournament. The ZHS team placed 41st out of 48 teams in the national competition. The ZHS team participated in four trials as part of the competition representing the plaintiff in two trials and the defense in two trials. ZHS had rounds against Oklahoma, South Korea, Arizona, and Connecticut. ZHS defeated the team from South Korea ZHS mock trial at the end of day 1 trials at the National High School Mock Trial Chamand lost on ballots to Oklahoma, Aripionship in Indianapolis. Pictured left to right: Craig Kaster, Kaitlin Maloy, Jackie Odom, Regan Helmick, Katy Cop, Rachel Rusk, Allison Burton, Jordan Kozar, Adrianne zona, and Connecticut. Outstanding attorney and witness awards were given Hodgkins, Chris Staggs See MOCK TRIAL on page 3
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Jane Burk Celebrates 31 Years Overseeing Heritage Room at Plains Presbyterian Church By James Ronald Skains
“The Church Historian is one of the five officers of the Church,’’ Jane Burk, historian of the Church since 1982, told the Zachary Post. “Our church does believe that the history of our Church gives us the strength to build for the future. Over many years, our church has built relationships through missions and ministries all over the world.” “In 1982, when I was selected to be Historian, our Heritage Room was not nearly as large as it is today,’’ Ms. Burk explained, gesturing around the 14’ x 22’ room. “It was only about the size of a big closet, and we didn’t have an overflow room for furniture items as we do now.’’ “When my mother died, we decided to take some of the money they had left and enlarge our facilities,’’ Ms. Burk elaborated. “Randy Brown and Jerry Parker were of great help to me in the renovation project. After the
Left: Betty Tucker, a Zachary Area Historian, shares a laugh with Jane Burk in Heritage Room of Plains Presbyterian Church on Old Scenic Hwy.
renovation was finished, it took me two solid weeks of hard work to get all our exhibits placed on display.’’ A large plaque acknowledging the Maggie McKowen Mills family’s contribution is displayed in the Heritage Room. Jane Burk is the daughter of Maggie M. Mills, and was elegantly dressed as she showed us around the Heritage Room, which seemed to come alive as she related the memorabilia in the room. When it came to talking about her age, Ms. Burk would only say, “I have an older brother, Albert C. Mills who will be 100 if he lives till September 12 of this year. I also have a younger brother, Gilbert Mills who is 87. I fit somewhere in between my two brothers age-wise.’’ “My younger brother lives on the old Mills home site which was originally a Spanish Land Grant,’’ Ms. Jane See HERITAGE on page 2
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elaborated. “One of my great- great grandfathers, John Mills, settled in the Bayou Sara area and opened up a business and port on the River in the late 1700’s.’’ Some of those exhibits included Church Membership Rolls from the early 1800’s and two large scrapbooks filled with memorabilia of news articles, special church events, and the written documents of what life was like in the Plains area during this time. It also included invitations to attend funerals of members in the area during the 1800’s and early 1900’s.
The first officially installed Pastor at the Plains location at the intersection of the Plains Port Hudson Road and Scenic highway occurred in 1844. That Pastor was Frederick Ernst who served until 1854. However, the first Plains Presbyterian Church in the early 1800’s was located near Ambrosia, which became known as the Zachary Crossing. The Church still maintains a cemetery, known as the Buehler cemetery at the location of the old Plains Church near the Annison Plantation just north of the intersection of now highway 64 and Scenic Highway. “Anytime we have church service or an event at the Church, we open our Heritage Room,’’ Ms. Jane noted. “It is
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interesting to see how people react to see such things as the Christmas lights that were used in the Church in 1890, communion emblems used in 1912 and 1890, and furniture that was in use in the church more than a hundred years ago.’’ Also, in the Heritage room are numerous pictures of yesteryear of both people and the Plains Church. Many people from out of the area visit the Plains church when doing genealogy on their family. Ms. Burk has lived in downtown Zachary on Lee Street for many years. She and her husband, Bill Burk, owned and operated first a Western Auto Store, then a White’s Store across from Zachary City Hall for 50 years. Jane Mills and Bill Burk were married in 1945 at the end of WWII. “Bill was in the Army Air Corp and was stationed at Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma City,’’ Ms. Jane explained. “My mother, Maggie McKowen Mills chaperoned me all the way to Oklahoma to marry this airman.’’ It seems that Ms. Jane passed down the importance of the history of the Plains Church and surrounding area to both her sons. “My son Drew was a real history buff, and found many relics of history around the Plains Church and Port Hudson areas,’’ Ms. Burk noted. “And Jack is the Overseer of the historical Buehler Cemetery in Zachary.’’ “What makes Jane Burk such a treasure for us, is that her family linage goes all the way back to the first people who came into the Plains Bayou Sara area in the 1700’s,’’ Betty Tucker, local Historian, told the Zachary Post. “Because the people in this area lived so close to the River, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, they were integral parts of the history of Louisiana.’’
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Due to an inadvertent error, Ms. Mitchell’s picture was left out of the Zachary Post’s Special Graduation Edition last week, we apologize and congratulate her and all of the other Seniors who celebrated their Commencement Ceremony on May 21, 2013 at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baker.
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in each individual round with Kaitlin Maloy and Jordan Kozar each receiving one outstanding witness award; Katy Cop was chosen as the outstanding witness in two rounds. Jackie Odom was chosen as the outstanding attorney for the ZHS team in all four rounds of competition. Odom also received nominations for the top ten most effective attorney award in the overall competition. In addition to the four trials, the competition also included a pin exchange and reception for all of the competing teams as well as an awards gala and dance. ZHS qualified to represent Louisiana in the national tournament by winning its first Louisiana State Bar Association high
school mock trial state championship in March. The ZHS mock trial program has made three trips to the state tournament since 2005 with a state runner-up finish in 2009. This year’s state champion and nationals qualifying team included 4 seniors, 2 juniors and one sophomore. Students who competed for ZHS were: Allison Burton, Katy Cop, Regan Helmick, Jordan Kozar, Kaitlin Maloy, Jackie Odom, and Rachel Rusk. The ZHS mock trial program is sponsored and coached by ZHS social studies department chair Chris Staggs. Adrianne Hodgkins, American History teacher at ZHS, assisted in coaching this year’s team. Zachary attorney Craig Kaster has been the attorneycoach for ZHS since 2009 and accompanied the team to the national competition in Indianapolis.
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Russ Mixon Horse Stables: Teaching Riders of All Ages for 50 Years By: James Ronald Skains
The day the Post/Explorer visited the Russ Mixon Riding Stables on Liberty Road, there were 13 riders in the arena. The majority of the riders participate in 4-H riding events in a six-parish area. “I’ve been training horses to ride kids and kids to ride horses for 50 years,’’ Mixon acknowledged; “and I’ve loved every minute of it. This was my dream job, and I was able to do and enjoy it.’’ Not only does Mixon train kids to ride but adults also. “Learning to ride horses was on my bucket list 6 years ago,’’ 66 year Brenda Baudeaux explained to the Post/ Explorer. “Once I started riding with Russ, it was too much fun to stop. I was amazed at how quickly I learned to properly ride a horse under Russ’s training.’’ 8 year Mary Broussard has only been riding for a year but has already won 14 ribbons in 4-H competition. A little on the shy side, Mary who goes to school at Westminster Elementary in BR did say: “The first time I got close to a
horse I was nervous because they are so big. But Mr. Mixon got me on a horse and taught me how to make a horse do what I want them to do. I’ve only been tossed off a horse one time in a year.’’ Becky Venable is the mother of 9-year-old Ashyln and 13-yearold Emily who attend school at St. Alphonse in Central. “I’ve been around horses all my life, and own several Arabians. Both my girls started riding when they were 4 years old.’’ “When Ashyln and Emily would ride in a horse show, Mr. Mixon would work with them a little to improve their riding habits, so we just decided to come get them full time lessons from him,’’ Becky added. “They are bringing home some ribbons from the competition now.’’ “I teach all my students to saddle and unsaddle their horses, so each time they ride it is their responsibility to saddle, unsaddle
Russ Mixon, pictured in center with blue shirt, guides a class of eager riders at his stables in Pride.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Zachary POST 5 Pictured left: Local students Joshua Mooney and Payton Richardson, both from West Feliciana High School, placed 2nd at the state finals of the Ford/AAA AutoSkills competition held in Alexandria, La. on April 18. The competition challenged the top 10 school automotive teams in Louisiana to repair an identically bugged 2013 Ford Focus within a set time limit. This year’s competition was especially difficult with only 4 out of the 10 teams able to fix and drive their vehicle to final judging. Congratulations to these young men for their efforts and placing 2nd. They were instructed by Mr. Bobby Clark and sponsored by Superior Ford located in Zachary, La.
Pictured right: Baton Rouge Symphony Youth Orchestra Members Honored! Anna Sloan (a cello student of Nina Wachter of Wachter Music in Zachary) and Zachary resident Savannah Callaway (a violin student of Kelly Smith Toney in Baton Rouge) were honored at the Spring Concert of the Louisiana Junior String Ensemble, a youth orchestra of the Baton Rouge Symphony. Anna and Savannah received the prestigious Director’s and Leadership Awards, respectively. Both have been with the LJSE since 2011, and were section leaders. Congratulations!
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Ashley Paige Serrett weds Blaine Ellis Courville Joshua and Megan Richard Welcome Daughter Livia Ashley Paige Serrett of Zachary, LA and Blaine Ellis Courville of Denham Springs, LA were married in a sunset ceremony April 6th at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge, LA. Brother Michael McKnight officiated. The bride is the daughter of Darrell and Sandy Serrett of Zachary, LA. She is the granddaughter of Doris Strickland of Zachary and the late Gerald Strickland, Stonewell (Stoney) Serrett of Zachary, and the late Mary Gladys Serrett. The groom is the son of Gerald Courville and Lisa Debetaz of Denham Springs. He is the grandson of Ellis and Geneva Debetaz of Morganza, Gladys Kahl of Baton Rouge and the late Aswell Courville. Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by her matron of honor, Brittney Peraino, and maid of honor, Francelle Serrett. Bridesmaids were Brittany Cangelosi, Stephanie Cloy, Brandie Courville, Melissa Doucet, Rachel Flarity, Melissa Lavergne, Lindsey Martin, Rebecca Meyers, and Monica Valenciano. She was also attended by her junior bridesmaid, Rebekah Serrett and flower girl, Ava Serrett. The groom was attended by his best man, Brent Courville. Groomsmen were Samuel Blum, Brandon Broussard, Ryan Camp, Matt Digirolamo, Andrew Hood, Jared Mays, Trey Quirk, Brandon Whitehead, and Steven Wilson. He was also at-
Joshua and Megan (Bateman) Richard of Zachary are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Livia. Liv was born December 23, 2012 at 8:41 am at Woman’s Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Randy Richard of Port Hudson, Venda Perdue Brown of St. Francisville and Jeffery (Scooter) and Anna Bateman of Central. Great-grandparents are Pat Richard of Zachary, Davis and Judy Lioret of Young Harris, Georgia, and
tended by the ring bearer, Brayden Camp. Ushers were Justin Serrett and Kyle Serrett. Special music for the ceremony was provided by vocalist, Meghan Henson and guitarist, Travis Hood, whom were friends of the couple. The bride is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is currently a Project Director for The Arc of Louisiana. The groom is also a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. He is currently a Project Coordinator for Performance Contractors, Inc. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and will reside in Denham Springs, LA.
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and put their saddles up,’’ Mixon pointed out. “This teaches them responsibility.’’ When asked why he has each student back their horse into the riding arena before mounting, Mixon related: “First, that is one of my little tried and proven techniques. When a kid finds out they can walk in front of a 1,000-pound horses and make them back up, it gives the kid a real boost of confidence. It also settles the horse down and lets the horse know that the kid knows how to handle them.’’ Jolen Taylor, 11 years old, has been riding for 6 years. “I’m proud of what all my students accomplish in their riding competition,’’ Mixon elaborated; “but I’m particularly proud of Jolen, because even at age 11, she knows how to set goals and do the hard work to achieve her goals.’’ “Jolen is leading a local riding Association in her age group by 50 points over the second place rider to win a saddle at the end of the year,’’ Mixon said proudly. “The more you train with Mr. Mixon, the better you get to know his techniques and appreciate how good of a trainer he really is,’’ Jolen said. She added, “I’m going to win that saddle.’’ 14-year-old Madison McHugh attends school in Walker. She and her mother, Danyel, both ride at the Mixon Stables. “Learning to ride and compete in events and
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