Student Life

Extracurriculars & Clubs

Astronomy Club

Faculty Sponsor:: Timothy Spruill

Email: tspruill@ebrschools.org

Description: The Woodlawn Astronomy Club (WAC) is a group of students who all share the long term goal of putting a satellite of their own design and construction into orbit around the Earth using a rocket of their own design and construction. Working towards this goal the club fires rockets, launches weather balloons, competes in rocket competitions, and meets with scientists and engineers. It is going to take years of continuous hard work and considerable growth of the club to meet our goals. We do rocket science!!

Criteria for Membership: Membership is open to all students in grades 9-12 who have at least a 2.5 GPA.  Members must have an interest in rockets, space, electronics, computer programming, and the design/fabrication of “stuff.” Stamina and patience to work towards long time goals is also necessary.

Band

Faculty Sponsor:: Glenn Scheuermann

Email:: gscheuermann@ebrschools.org

Description:

Marching/ Concert Band – “Powerhouse Purple”

The Mainstay of the music program at Woodlawn High School, the marching band is offered from July to the first week of November. The concert band begins the second week of November and runs through May. Successful completion of the courses earns one credit toward high school graduation. Any person wishing to be part of the music program must be enrolled in this course. The unit performs throughout the year at various functions. Schedules of these performances are usually available in October and February.

Jazz Band – “Smooth Purple Groove”

The Jazz band is compromised of students who wish to learn about jazz. The instrumentation is limited to:

  1. 2 Alto,2 Tenor,1 Bari Sax
  2. 3-5 Trombones
  3. 3-5 Trumpets
  4. Rhythm Section: Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano
  5. Vocalist – singer

Students who do not normally play these instruments may switch instruments for this group only, but they must have a level of proficiency on the secondary instrument so as not to slow down the education of the group as a whole. Jazz band focuses on improvisation, chords, and rhythms specific to the medium. Jazz band is offered during the school day, and successful completion of the course earns one credit toward high school graduation. Members receive credit for participation in the Jacket Point system. The group may perform at Concert band concerts, other community affairs, and basketball games.

Indoor Percussion – “Woodlawn Musical  Percussion”

Indoor percussion ensembles are groups typically formed in the non-marching season months to keep marching percussion skills sharp, as concert percussion music is sometimes rather boring for high schoolers. The groups consist of marching percussion instruments, mallets (ie xylophones, etc) and electronic equipment (ie electronic keyboards). Groups perform on a basketball court instead of a football field, and can get quite intricate with costumes, props, floor mats, etc. Search ‘indoor percussion’ on YouTube for examples. In many groups, wind players play mallets or other percussion instruments on the sideline (the ’front ensemble’, also known as ‘the pit’). Performances are timed, with penalties assessed for time or out-of-bounds infractions. (As always, music must be memorized!)There is a charge for spectators to enter the competitions. (No charge for performers.)

Beta Club

Faculty Sponsor: Christine Ortego

Email: cortego@ebrschools.org

Faculty Co-Sponsors:: Jennifer Fentress & Brittney Fetter

Officers: President—Hayden LeBlanc  Vice President—Renee’ Robertson  Secretary—Tamiia Williams  Sergeant at ArmsVy Nguyen  

DescriptionThe purpose of our WHS Beta Club is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among secondary school students.  Beta Club allows students to be recognized for high academic achievement, it prepares young people for life, and helps develop leaders of tomorrow—all while serving the school and community.   

Slogan: Let Us Lead By Serving Others 

Criteria for Membership: Membership is open to all students in grades 9-12 who have at least a 2.5 GPA.  Members must attend monthly meetings and are required to earn a minimum of 20 service hours per year.  New member signups are held at the beginning of the school year. 

Cheerleading

Coach: Dawn Conaway

Email: dconaway@ebrschools.org

Captain: Briana Jacob

Co-Captain: Tamiia Williams & Laila Fisher

Roster: Kennedi Banks, Kyra Deggs, Nichole Goodman, Peyton Hayes, Yasha Hughes, Nick Humphreys, Taylin Jackson, Mickenzie Johnson, Summer Lewis, Praise McClain, Renee’ Robertson, Jordan West, Bethany Williams, Taylor Williams

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Culture Club

Faculty Sponsors: Malakah H. Hawkins

Email: mharrison1@ebrschools.org

Captains:

Co-Captains:

Club Artists:

Description: An organization devoted to educating the Woodlawn Community about the rich heritage and beauty that comes from the cultures of all members of the surrounding community as well as abroad. Embedded into the heart of the Culture Club rests Woodlawn’s very first Step Teams; the Alluring Queens and the Suave Kings. The Culture Club will normally meet during homeroom, lunch shifts, or after school. There will be annual try-out’s for the Alluring Queens/Suave Kings Step Teams.

 

DECA

Faculty Sponsor:: Katharine Pearl & David Wilburn

Email:: khenry1@ebrschools.org or dwilburn@ebrschools.org

Description: WHS DECA is an academic, professional association of high school students with an interest in careers within the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality/tourism, culinary arts, fashion merchandising and retail, and business management. DECA prepares the next generation to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders.

DECA’s purpose is to:
– Provide authentic, experiential learning methods that prepare members for college and careers.
– Apply knowledge through rigorous project-based activities that require creative solutions with practical outcomes.
– Connect with businesses to provide members realistic insight into the industry and to promote meaningful, relevant learning.
– Promote competition which drives members to excel and improve their performance.

Mission Statement:: DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

 

Drama Club

Faculty Sponsor:: Jon Sorenson

Email: jsoreenson@ebrschools.org

Description: The drama club explores a variety of dramatic activities including: improvisation, mime, play writing, musical theater, technical theater, theater games, readers theater, and puppet theater. Students will have an opportunity to build confidence by performing in front of groups. Also, there will be many opportunities for drama club students to perform for their peers at school and the community. The drama club is open to any student in grades 9 through 12 at Woodlawn High School with an interest in dramatic activities. We normally meet every Thursday after school in the theater.

Slogan: “Everyday is an Audition”

Fellowship of Christian Students

Faculty Sponsor:: James Daniels

Email:: jdaniels2@ebrschools.org

Description: Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS) exists to help students make positive life choices and share Christian values with those who chose to attend. FCS is a Christian club; however, students from other faiths have attended and are welcome to attend. FCS will normally meet durng both lunch shifts on Friday B days. The club meets in Mr. Daniels room (Room 204).

Flag Corps

Faculty Sponsor: Tammie Hauptman

Email:: thauptman@ebrschools.org

Description: The Flag Corps, a division of the band, comprises those persons wishing to express music through the use of flags, rifles, sabers, and other equipment. Members also frequently use costumes to perform. The corps performs alongside the band in the fall, and receives additional ratings at marching festivals. The group is responsible for any and all visual effects before, during, or after halftime shows. Applied Music/Flag is offered during the school day, and successful completion of the course earns one credit toward high school graduation. While not required, it is helpful and strongly encouraged that guard members have some playing experience on an instrument. Guard members are accorded all of the rights and privileges given to the band members. An extra instructor is hired by the band to instruct and oversee guard activities.

FFA

Faculty Sponsor:: Dan Williams

Email:: dwilliams9@ebrschools.org

Description: The mission of FFA is “to motivate young people to be better leaders thru participating in career and leadership activities.” Help students to become aware of the 20 million jobs in the agriculture field. Students will discover the value of citizenship, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.”

The study of ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, life skills and other subjects is designed to prepare young men and woman to take their place in adult society. The Woodlawn FFA Program has four teams that participate in Leadership, Electrical, Carpentry, and Environmental competitions.

Game Design Club

Faculty Sponsor:

Email:

Description: The Game Design club introduces students to the video game development industry and its artistry, programming, sound, and design components. Students are taught how to use a game engine for the production of video games and how to work with the diverse components of game development. Game designers then work as a team to produce a game to submit to the National STEM Video Game Challenge. Students’ skills are gradually built as interactive media of increasing complexity is designed. By the end of the school year, the students finish their submission to the National STEM Video Game Challenge using source control techniques with a game engine.

The students discuss: what game development is and how it works; how to install the chosen game engine, source control mechanism, and team messaging software; and how to use the available tools to collaborate on the same game. The club meets Tuesday after school and discusses game design online at least twice a week.

I Care TeamSpirit

Faculty Sponsor: Angie Switzer

Email: aswitzer@ebrschools.org

Description: I CARE’S TeamSpirit club members are teen leaders, working to promote healthy life choices for themselves and their peers. Both in school and out of school, TeamSpirit club members promote safety, health, good behavior, and school spirit. TeamSpirit participates in national prevention campaigns which include September Suicide Prevention, October Red Ribbon Month, November Tobacco Prevention , December/January /February Violence Prevention and April/May Alcohol Awareness Month. By participating in these campaigns students bring awareness about different social topics, such as the dangers of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, suicide, and bullying to the students, faculty, and staff of Woodlawn High. We also participate in the Ready, Set, Drive and Sudden Impact Programs, which both teach students the dangers and realities of impaired and distracted driving. During the spring semester, we host a Prevention Fair, which brings in multiple vendors from the local area who then share their educational resources, products, and services to help our students make educated healthy decisions in their everyday lives. I CARE TeamSpirit also helps organize and participates in Homecoming Week Festivities, the Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive, and our Santa Sack program in December. The club normally meets once a month.

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Internship

Faculty Sponsor: David Wilburn

Email: dwilburn@ebrschools.org

Description: Internship provides work based activities where students work one on one with a business partner (mentor) for a specified period of time to obtain “hands on” learning about a particular occupation or industry. The Internship may be a paid or unpaid position. The student must work a minimum of 10 hours per week. The complexity, nature, responsibilities, and pay scale of the internship position depends on the goals and objectives of the employer. Students may be allowed to work during school hours pending graduation requirements, parental, department and administration approval.

The student generally works during the school day as part of a course of study. Although internships are usually short term, their duration varies as well as the complexity of knowledge and skills the student is required to master at each placement. The internship program is available to juniors and seniors who have completed most courses in their graduation requirements.

The internship program is an excellent career exploration and workplace skills development tool for all qualified students.

JROTC

Faculty Sponsor: Colonel (R) Eric Keys, First Sergeant (R) Jessie Fair and Sergeant First Class (R) Jill Pearl

Email: ekeys1@ebrschools.org, jfair@ebrschools.org, or jpearl@ebrschools.org

Description: The mission of JROTC is “to motivate young people to be better citizens.” Title 10 of the U.S. Code declares that “the purpose of Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.”

The study of ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, life skills and other subjects is designed to prepare young men and woman to take their place in adult society, evolved as the core of the program. More recently, an improved student centered curriculum focusing on character building and civic responsibility is being presented in every JROTC classroom.

There are four Leadership Education and Training (LET) Levels for JROTC. LET Level I is the basic level where Cadets learn the basics of Drill and Ceremony, how to properly wear the uniform; basic citizenship principles and basic leadership principles. At LET Level II, Cadet learn more about citizenship, first aid and nutrition. LET Level III Cadets learn more about leadership, begin taking on more leadership responsibilities within the Cadet Corps, teaching principles and career exploration. At LET Level IV, Cadets learn more about teaching (actually teaching classes), financial management, leadership and a basic introduction to our Armed Services.

The Woodlawn JROTC Program has three teams. They are the Air Rifle Team, the Drill Team and Color Guard. These teams compete in Baton Rouge area competitions as well as competitions throughout the state. Cadets represent Woodlawn at our major sporting events as well as represent Woodlawn during our own Veterans Day Ceremony, while participating in Veterans Day Ceremonies throughout the city of Baton Rouge.

We also have days where Cadets visit Veterans Homes, visit colleges, participate in the Annual Jones Creek Parade and an event we are very proud to participate in, the “Wreaths Across America” ceremony where Cadets lay wreaths on the gravesites of Veterans at our National Cemeteries. One of our most popular events is our Annual Military Ball, where male Cadets dress in their formal uniforms and our female Cadets dress up in formal evening attire.

To become part of the Panther JROTC program, you can contact Colonel (R) Eric Keys; 1SG (R) Jessie Fair or SFC (R) Jill Pearl.

National Honor Society

Faculty Sponsor: Brittney Fetter

Email: bfetter@ebrschools.org

Faculty Co-Sponsors: Jennifer Fentress & Christine Ortego

Officers: President—Elizabeth Zhang  Vice President—Selena Seitz  Secretary—Christian Riley Sergeant at Arms—Brennan Burleigh

Description: The purpose of National Honor Society is to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.  

Slogan: Noblesse Oblige (Nobility obligates) 

Criteria for Membership: Membership is open to students in grades 10-12 who have at least a 3.0 un-weighted GPA.  Members must be selected by the Woodlawn High School Faculty Council in order to be inducted into the National Honor Society.   

Newspaper

Faculty Sponsor: Anna Rozier

Email:  arozier@ebrschools.org

Officers: Ediotr-In-ChiefLillian Khemmanyvong  Assistant Editor—Sarah Hayden  

Description: The Newspaper course is designed to give students a basic understanding of journalism, including writing, editing, and photography. Joining the newspaper staff gives students the opportunity to share Woodlawn’s great accomplishments with the community as well as explore local, national, and international media topics.

Students will write, edit, and layout issues of the “Panther Post”, both in print and online, and submit various news articles to the Woodlawn website. Although this is a class that takes place during the school day, the course requires some out-of-school time for news coverage.

Criteria for Joining the Staff: Students must be in either 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. They must also have at least a C average in their previous English class, and they must be approved by the sponsor. Students must also be dependable for event attendance, follow through, and meeting deadlines.

Orchestra

Faculty Sponsor:: Debbie Falco

Email:: dfalco@ebrschools.org

Description:The Orchestra program at Woodlawn High School is divided into three categories, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Orchestra.

Beginning Orchestra: As a part of the music program at Woodlawn High School, the beginning orchestra is for students who have not played on orchestral string instrument before or have only one year of playing experience. This class is offered at the beginning of the academic year in August and ends in May. Becoming familiar with how the students chosen instrument works, how to read music and simple literature are the hallmarks of this course. Ear Training exercises, as well as music theory are studied in this class. The beginning orchestra performs at several concerts, festivals and competitions throughout the year. Schedules of these performances are usually available at the beginning of each semester. Successful completion of this course earns one credit toward high school graduation.

Intermediate Orchestra: The intermediate orchestra at Woodlawn High School is for students who have at least two years of playing experience. This class is offered at the start of the academic school year in August and ends in May. Challenging literature as well as scales and arpeggios are incorporated into this class. Ear training exercises as well as music theory are studied in this class. The intermediate orchestra performs at several concerts, festivals and competitions throughout the year. Schedules of these performances are usually available at the beginning of each semester. Successful completion of this course earns one credit toward high school graduation.

Advanced Orchestra: The advanced orchestra at Woodlawn High School is for students who have had at least three years of playing experience. This class is offered at the start of the academic school year in August and ends in May. In this class, students will focus on difficult literature, performing techniques, correct tuning skills, scales and arpeggios, as well as shifting ability. Ear training exercises, as well as music theory are incorporated into the class. The advanced orchestra performs at several concerts, festivals and competitions throughout the year. Schedules of these performances are usually available at the beginning of each semester. Successful completion of this course earns one credit toward high school graduation.

Panthrobotics

Faculty Sponsor:: Daniel Eiland

Email:: deiland@ebrschools.org

Twitter: FRC3337

Facebook: facebook.com/panthrobotics

Instagram: frc_panthrobotics_3337

Description: Woodlawn High School’s Robotics Team, Panthrobotics, is the only Varsity Level robotics team in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Founded in 2009 by National Einstein Fellow Dr. Steven Griffin, Panthrobotics is now coached by 2014-2015 District Teacher of the Year, Woodie Flowers Award Finalist Daniel L. Eiland and has received numerous accolades throughout its seven year history.

Panthrobotics is part of the world-wide FIRST® Robotics Organization, a non-profit founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1991 in order to inspire students throughout the world to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. Each year, students compete with a 120 pound robot that they design and build from scratch with the help of business professionals using the latest engineering and design tools available.

The team is also responsible for a number of other activities throughout the year such as hosting the largest school-based robotics event in the state, the Dow Red Stick Rumble as well as traveling to elementary and middle schools across the area to inspire younger children to become STEAM advocates. Panthrobotics members engage in community service projects, speak before leaders of Fortune 500 companies, host demonstrations in businesses such as at the Mall of Louisiana and continue to found and mentor other robotics teams across the state.

The team has won the privileged of attending the FIRST® World Championship twice in the past seven years, competing against thousands of other teams and has received national recognition for its work in providing disaster relief during the 2016 floods. Pushing for diversity, the team boasts an equal gender ratio, large minority participation, and has attracted members who would have never before considered entering into a scientific field.

With a list of alumni that includes two Woodlawn students of the year, one district student of the year finalist, hundreds of thousands of scholarship offerings, and a resume that includes the founding of a new four year engineering and robotics curriculum, Panthrobotics stands at the forefront of STEAM education in East Baton Rouge Parish and in the state of Louisiana.

Awards List

2009 – 2010: Bayou Regional Rookie Inspiration Award
2010 – 2011: Bayou Regional Winner and Judges Award
2013 – 2014: Bayou Regional Dean’s List Finalist: Witni Widmeier
2014 – 2015: Bayou Regional Spirit Award, Bayou Regional Chairman’s Award, Bayou Regional Dean’s List Finalist: Danielle Massey, Bayou Regional Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Daniel Eiland
2015-2016: Bayou Regional Woodie Flowers Award Winner: Daniel Eiland, Rocket City Regional Judges Award

Pantherettes

Faculty Sponsor:: Amber Klein

Email:: aklein@ebrschools.org or whsbrpantherettes@gmail.com

Twitter:: WHSPantherettes

Instagram:: whsbrpantherettes

Description: As the official dance team of Woodlawn High School the Pantherettes style of dancing is very eclectic. Their performances often blur the lines from hip hop, southern style to K-Pop. They love doing stunts and wowing the crowds.

Auditions for the team are usually held in March.

ProStart

Faculty Sponsor: Steven Oubre

Email: soubre@ebrschools.org

Description: The Prostart Hot Food Team and Management teams are comprised of students currently enrolled in the ProStart curriculum. Each team consist of 5 team members that compete in the Louisiana Prostart Invitational held during March in New Orleans. Each team has a chance to win scholarships to various culinary schools along with qualifying for the National Invitational as the winning state team. The Students then compete nationally for more scholarships.

Quiz Bowl

Faculty Sponsor: Tiffany Bateast or Lori Ridgdell

Email: tbeauchamp@ebrschools.org or lridgdell@ebrschools.org

Description: The Woodlawn Quiz Bowl Team is a group of students who love trivia and information of all types. Team competition is a fastest finger challenge similar to Jeopardy, but played with a team of four. New to Woodlawn High for the spring of 2017, Quiz Bowl is seeking to grow in numbers and knowledge as we move forward. Large Competitions include Regional Science Bowl at UNO in New Orleans and the State Quiz Bowl Championship held at LSU each spring.

Criteria for Membership: Membership is open to all students in grades 9-12 who have at least a 2.5 GPA. Practice is held once a week after school in room 104.

Southeastern District Literary Rally and Louisiana State Rally

Faculty Sponsor:: Lashawn Goins

Email:: lgoins@ebrschools.org

Description: District Literary Rally is a statewide competition in which high school students converge at Southeastern Louisiana University to compete in scholastic event categories that include: Biology, English, Art, Spanish, Chemistry, French, Algebra, History, and Physics.

Students are selected by their teachers to attend, and it is a great honor! Students who achieve the highest score at District Rally receive a $500.00 scholarship award from Southeastern and they are entered into the Louisiana State Rally that is held at Louisiana State University. If the student wins at the state level, they also receive a scholarship.

The District Rally is not just a cerebral exercise. Southeastern University is a wonderful host of the event and they provide a plethora of fun events in which the students heartily participate. There are games, campus tours, food and fun! The District Rally will be held in March of this year and the Louisiana High School Rally will be held in April. Dates are pending and will be updated. If you are selected by your teacher to participate, remember that they have chosen YOU to represent Woodlawn High School at the district and state level in Louisiana. Show your Panther Pride!

TACWACA

Faculty Sponsor: Tim Spruill

Email:: tspruill@ebrschools.org

Officers: President – Victoria Medina

Description: It is a comfortable place for everyone to enjoy themselves while exploring the nature of not only science, but of art and socialization. We hypothesize and explain why different things happen while having fun. There is a spot for everyone from art students to mathematicians. The STEAM Club is a great place for people to educate themselves in a fun way, while also learning to convey their hypothesis and understand other people’s way of thinking, which is an important skill in a work environment. STEAM Club emphasizes the importance of working together and following directions, while giving room for the students to improve and change the experiment to make them more successful. By doing this, we hope that each student will take what they have learned and transfer it into their daily lives.

Slogan: I come here to learn about STEAM and let it off too.

Criteria for Membership: Written approval from students current science teacher or Mr. Spruill, 2.5 minimum GPA at progress reports, Consistent meeting attendance

Yearbook

Faculty Sponsor: Nancy Goins Geter

Email: ngeter@ebrschools.org

Instagram: @wearewoodlawnyb

Twitter: @wearewoodlawnyb

Order Link: www.jostensyearbooks.com

Picture Submission: www.replayit.com

Description: The best class on campus!! This course teaches a variety of topics and allows for specialized hands on experiences. Yearbook teaches graphic design, we use online digital software to create layouts and designs. The class learns about photography because, the staff is responsible for taking and collecting photographs.  Students learn soft skills and marketing through selling and creating the advertisements featured within the book.  The yearbook is also the sponsor of the Homecoming Dance so students even get to experience event planning!  And beyond the obvious skills and opportunities, yearbook also teaches us ethics, responsibility, teamwork, and the importance of tradition.

Youth Legislature

Faculty Sponsor:: Ashley Heyer and Christina Smoorenburg

Email:: Aheyer@ebrschools.org or csmoorenburg@ebrschools.org

Officers: President: Lauren Stevens, Vice President: Brennan Burleigh, Man-at-Arms: Raymond Vincent

Description: The YMCA Louisiana Youth and government program is a statewide initiative promoting civic engagement through the YMCA’s philosophy of being an organization that is continuously active in exercising social responsibility.  This particular program promotes the tenet of social responsibility by allowing high school students to be civically engaged in a mock government setting. LA Youth and Government hosts the Youth Legislature conference annually.

Being a part of the Youth Legislature at Woodlawn High School will allow you to:

  • Meet people from all over the state with new ideas and opinions concerning government, but also those that are just like you.
  • Voice opinions for change in our government and gives you the opportunity to be heard among your peers in Louisiana.

So, if you are looking for social change and have ideas on how to make it happen, this club is for you! If you are passionate about an issue and want to make your voice heard, this is the club for you! If you just want to have a civilized argument, this is the club for you!

Criteria for Membership:

  • Pay the YMCA fee ($15),
  • Attend meetings where you will create either a dual bill proposal (partner in creating a bill that will change Louisiana for the better) or a single bill proposal (you work on something you alone are passionate about)
  • Attend the Youth and Government conference in February in which you will propose your bill to the Youth Legislature of Louisiana and work to get your bill passed over the course of the three day conference
  • Work with Ms. Heyer and Miss Smoorenburg and Mr. Sorenson to write, word properly and argue your bill throughout the year to prepare for your final argument at the conference.

Student Life

Extracurriculars & Clubs

Astronomy Club

Faculty Sponsor: Timothy Spruill

Email: tspruill@ebrschools.org

DescriptionThe Woodlawn Astronomy Club (WAC) is a group of students who all share the long term goal of putting a satellite of their own design and construction into orbit around the Earth using a rocket of their own design and construction. Working towards this goal the club fires rockets, launches weather balloons, competes in rocket competitions, and meets with scientists and engineers. It is going to take years of continuous hard work and considerable growth of the club to meet our goals. We do rocket science!!   

Criteria for Membership: Membership is open to all students in grades 9-12 who have at least a 2.5 GPA.  Members must have an interest in rockets, space, electronics, computer programming, and the design/fabrication of “stuff.” Stamina and patience to work towards long time goals is also necessary.

 

Band

Faculty Sponsor:: Glenn Scheuermann

Email:: gscheuermann@ebrschools.org

Description:

Marching/ Concert Band – “Powerhouse Purple”

The Mainstay of the music program at Woodlawn High School, the marching band is offered from July to the first week of November. The concert band begins the second week of November and runs through May. Successful completion of the courses earns one credit toward high school graduation. Any person wishing to be part of the music program must be enrolled in this course. The unit performs throughout the year at various functions. Schedules of these performances are usually available in October and February.

Jazz Band – “Smooth Purple Groove”

The Jazz band is compromised of students who wish to learn about jazz. The instrumentation is limited to:

  1. 2 Alto,2 Tenor,1 Bari Sax
  2. 3-5 Trombones
  3. 3-5 Trumpets
  4. Rhythm Section: Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano
  5. Vocalist – singer

Students who do not normally play these instruments may switch instruments for this group only, but they must have a level of proficiency on the secondary instrument so as not to slow down the education of the group as a whole. Jazz band focuses on improvisation, chords, and rhythms specific to the medium. Jazz band is offered during the school day, and successful completion of the course earns one credit toward high school graduation. Members receive credit for participation in the Jacket Point system. The group may perform at Concert band concerts, other community affairs, and basketball games.

Indoor Percussion – “Woodlawn Musical  Percussion”

Indoor percussion ensembles are groups typically formed in the non-marching season months to keep marching percussion skills sharp, as concert percussion music is sometimes rather boring for high schoolers. The groups consist of marching percussion instruments, mallets (ie xylophones, etc) and electronic equipment (ie electronic keyboards). Groups perform on a basketball court instead of a football field, and can get quite intricate with costumes, props, floor mats, etc. Search ‘indoor percussion’ on YouTube for examples. In many groups, wind players play mallets or other percussion instruments on the sideline (the ’front ensemble’, also known as ‘the pit’). Performances are timed, with penalties assessed for time or out-of-bounds infractions. (As always, music must be memorized!)There is a charge for spectators to enter the competitions. (No charge for performers.)

Beta Club

Faculty Sponsor: Christine Ortego

Email: cortego@ebrschools.org

Faculty Co-Sponsors: Jennifer Fentress & Brittney Fetter

Officers: President—Hayden LeBlanc  Vice President—Renee’ Robertson  Secretary Tamiia Williams  Sergeant at ArmsVy Nguyen  

DescriptionThe purpose of our WHS Beta Club is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among secondary school students.  Beta Club allows students to be recognized for high academic achievement, it prepares young people for life, and helps develop leaders of tomorrow—all while serving the school and community.   

Slogan: Let Us Lead By Serving Others 

Criteria for Membership: Membership is open to all students in grades 9-12 who have at least a 2.5 GPA.  Members must attend monthly meetings and are required to earn a minimum of 20 service hours per year.  New member signups are held at the beginning of the school year. 

Cheerleading

Coach: Dawn Conaway

Email: dconaway@ebrschools.org

Captain: Briana Jacob

Co-Captain: Tamiia Williams & Laila Fisher

Roster: Kennedi Banks, Kyra Deggs, Nichole Goodman, Peyton Hayes, Yasha Hughes, Nick Humphreys, Taylin Jackson, Mickenzie Johnson, Summer Lewis, Praise McClain, Renee’ Robertson, Jordan West, Bethany Williams, Taylor Williams

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Culture Club

Faculty Sponsors: Malakah H. Hawkins

Email: mharrison1@ebrschools.org

Captains:

Co-Captains:

Club Artists:

Description: An organization devoted to educating the Woodlawn Community about the rich heritage and beauty that comes from the cultures of all members of the surrounding community as well as abroad. Embedded into the heart of the Culture Club rests Woodlawn’s very first Step Teams; the Alluring Queens and the Suave Kings. The Culture Club will normally meet during homeroom, lunch shifts, or after school. There will be annual try-out’s for the Alluring Queens/Suave Kings Step Teams.

 

DECA

Faculty Sponsor: Katharine Pearl & David Wilburn

Email: khenry1@ebrschools.org or dwilburn@ebrschools.org

Description: WHS DECA is an academic professional association of high school students with an interest in careers within the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality/tourism, culinary arts, fashion merchandising and retail, and business management. DECA prepares the next generation to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders.

DECA’s purpose is to:
– Provide authentic, experiential learning methods that prepare members for college and careers.
– Apply knowledge through rigorous project-based activities that require creative solutions with practical outcomes.
– Connect with businesses to provide members realistic insight into the industry and to promote meaningful, relevant learning.
– Promote competition which drives members to excel and improve their performance.

Mission Statement: DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Drama Club

Faculty Sponsor:: Jon Sorenson

Email: jsorenson@ebrschools.org

Description: The drama club explores a variety of dramatic activities including: improvisation, mime, play writing, musical theater, technical theater, theater games, readers theater, and puppet theater. Students will have an opportunity to build confidence by performing in front of groups. Also, there will be many opportunities for drama club students to perform for their peers at school and the community. The drama club is open to any student in grades 9 through 12 at Woodlawn High School with an interest in dramatic activities. We normally meet every Thursday after school in the theater.

Slogan: “Everyday is an Audition” 

Fellowship of Christian Students

Faculty Sponsor:: James Daniels

Email:: jdaniels2@ebrschools.org

Description: Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS) exists to help students make positive life choices and share Christian values with those who chose to attend. FCS is a Christian club; however, students from other faiths have attended and are welcome to attend. FCS will normally meet durng both lunch shifts on Friday B days. The club meets in Mr. Daniels room (Room 204).

Flag Corps

Faculty Sponsor:: Tammie Hauptman

Email:: thauptman@ebrschools.org

Description: The Flag Corps, a division of the band, comprises those persons wishing to express music through the use of flags, rifles, sabers, and other equipment. Members also frequently use costumes to perform. The corps performs alongside the band in the fall, and receives additional ratings at marching festivals. The group is responsible for any and all visual effects before, during, or after halftime shows. Applied Music/Flag is offered during the school day, and successful completion of the course earns one credit toward high school graduation. While not required, it is helpful and strongly encouraged that guard members have some playing experience on an instrument. Guard members are accorded all of the rights and privileges given to the band members. An extra instructor is hired by the band to instruct and oversee guard activities.

FFA

Faculty Sponsor:: Dan Williams

Email:: dwilliams9@ebrschools.org

Description: The mission of FFA is “to motivate young people to be better leaders thru participating in career and leadership activities.” Help students to become aware of the 20 million jobs in the agriculture field. Students will discover the value of citizenship, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.”

The study of ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, life skills and other subjects is designed to prepare young men and woman to take their place in adult society. The Woodlawn FFA Program has four teams that participate in Leadership, Electrical, Carpentry, and Environmental competitions.

Game Design Club

Faculty Sponsor:

Email:

Description: The Game Design club introduces students to the video game development industry and its artistry, programming, sound, and design components. Students are taught how to use a game engine for the production of video games and how to work with the diverse components of game development. Game designers then work as a team to produce a game to submit to the National STEM Video Game Challenge. Students’ skills are gradually built as interactive media of increasing complexity is designed. By the end of the school year, the students finish their submission to the National STEM Video Game Challenge using source control techniques with a game engine.

The students discuss: what game development is and how it works; how to install the chosen game engine, source control mechanism, and team messaging software; and how to use the available tools to collaborate on the same game. The club meets Tuesday after school and discusses game design online at least twice a week.

I Care TEAM Spirit

Faculty Sponsor: Angie Switzer

Email: aswitzer@ebrschools.org

Description: I CARE’S TeamSpirit club members are teen leaders, working to promote healthy life choices for themselves and their peers. Both in school and out of school, TeamSpirit club members promote safety, health, good behavior, and school spirit. TeamSpirit participates in national prevention campaigns which include September Suicide Prevention, October Red Ribbon Month, November Tobacco Prevention , December/January /February Violence Prevention and April/May Alcohol Awareness Month. By participating in these campaigns students bring awareness about different social topics, such as the dangers of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, suicide, and bullying to the students, faculty, and staff of Woodlawn High. We also participate in the Ready, Set, Drive and Sudden Impact Programs, which both teach students the dangers and realities of impaired and distracted driving. During the spring semester, we host a Prevention Fair, which brings in multiple vendors from the local area who then share their educational resources, products, and services to help our students make educated healthy decisions in their everyday lives. I CARE TeamSpirit also helps organize and participates in Homecoming Week Festivities, the Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive, and our Santa Sack program in December. The club normally meets once a month.

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Internship

Faculty Sponsor: David Wilburn

Email: dwilburn@ebrschools.org

Description: Internship provides work based activities where students work one on one with a business partner (mentor) for a specified period of time to obtain “hands on” learning about a particular occupation or industry. The Internship may be a paid or unpaid position. The student must work a minimum of 10 hours per week. The complexity, nature, responsibilities, and pay scale of the internship position depends on the goals and objectives of the employer. Students may be allowed to work during school hours pending graduation requirements, parental, department and administration approval.

The student generally works during the school day as part of a course of study. Although internships are usually short term, their duration varies as well as the complexity of knowledge and skills the student is required to master at each placement. The internship program is available to juniors and seniors who have completed most courses in their graduation requirements.

The internship program is an excellent career exploration and workplace skills development tool for all qualified students.

 

JROTC

Instructors: Colonel (R) Eric Keys, First Sergeant (R) Jessie Fair and Sergeant First Class (R) Jill Pearl

Email: ekeys1@ebrschools.org, jfair@ebrschools.org, or jpearl@ebrschools.org

Description: The mission of JROTC is “to motivate young people to be better citizens.” Title 10 of the U.S. Code declares that “the purpose of Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.”

The study of ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, life skills and other subjects is designed to prepare young men and woman to take their place in adult society, evolved as the core of the program. More recently, an improved student centered curriculum focusing on character building and civic responsibility is being presented in every JROTC classroom.

There are four Leadership Education and Training (LET) Levels for JROTC. LET Level I is the basic level where Cadets learn the basics of Drill and Ceremony, how to properly wear the uniform; basic citizenship principles and basic leadership principles. At LET Level II, Cadet learn more about citizenship, first aid and nutrition. LET Level III Cadets learn more about leadership, begin taking on more leadership responsibilities within the Cadet Corps, teaching principles and career exploration. At LET Level IV, Cadets learn more about teaching (actually teaching classes), financial management, leadership and a basic introduction to our Armed Services.

The Woodlawn JROTC Program has three teams. They are the Air Rifle Team, the Drill Team and Color Guard. These teams compete in Baton Rouge area competitions as well as competitions throughout the state. Cadets represent Woodlawn at our major sporting events as well as represent Woodlawn during our own Veterans Day Ceremony, while participating in Veterans Day Ceremonies throughout the city of Baton Rouge.

We also have days where Cadets visit Veterans Homes, visit colleges, participate in the Annual Jones Creek Parade and an event we are very proud to participate in, the “Wreaths Across America” ceremony where Cadets lay wreaths on the gravesites of Veterans at our National Cemeteries. One of our most popular events is our Annual Military Ball, where male Cadets dress in their formal uniforms and our female Cadets dress up in formal evening attire.

To become part of the Panther JROTC program, you can contact Colonel (R) Eric Keys; 1SG (R) Jessie Fair or SFC (R) Jill Pearl.

National Honor Society

Faculty Sponsor: Brittney Fetter

Email: bfetter@ebrschools.org

Faculty Co-Sponsors: Jennifer Fentress & Christine Ortego

Officers: President—Elizabeth Zhang  Vice President—Selena Seitz  Secretary—Christian Riley Sergeant at Arms—Brennan Burleigh

Description: The purpose of National Honor Society is to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. 

Slogan: Noblesse Oblige (Nobility obligates) 

Criteria for Membership: Membership is open to students in grades 10-12 who have at least a 3.0 un-weighted GPA.  Members must be selected by the Woodlawn High School Faculty Council in order to be inducted into the National Honor Society.   

Newspaper

Faculty Sponsor:: Anna Rozier

Email: arozier@ebrschools.org

Positions: Editor-In-Chief—Lillian Khemmanyvong  Assistant Editor—Sarah Hayden

Description: The Newspaper course is designed to give students a basic understanding of journalism, including writing, editing, and photography. Joining the newspaper staff gives students the opportunity to share Woodlawn’s great accomplishments with the community as well as explore local, national, and international media topics.

Students will write, edit, and layout issues of the “Panther Post”, both in print and online, and submit various news articles to the Woodlawn website. Although this is a class that takes place during the school day, the course requires some out-of-school time for news coverage.

Criteria for Joining the Staff: Students must be in either 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. They must also have at least a C average in their previous English class, and they must be approved by the sponsor. Students must also be dependable for event attendance, follow through, and meeting deadlines.

Orchestra

Faculty Sponsor:: Debbie Falco

Email:: dfalco@ebrschools.org

Description: The Orchestra program at Woodlawn High School is divided into three categories, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Orchestra.

Beginning Orchestra: As a part of the music program at Woodlawn High School, the beginning orchestra is for students who have not played on orchestral string instrument before or have only one year of playing experience. This class is offered at the beginning of the academic year in August and ends in May. Becoming familiar with how the students chosen instrument works, how to read music and simple literature are the hallmarks of this course. Ear Training exercises, as well as music theory are studied in this class. The beginning orchestra performs at several concerts, festivals and competitions throughout the year. Schedules of these performances are usually available at the beginning of each semester. Successful completion of this course earns one credit toward high school graduation.

Intermediate Orchestra: The intermediate orchestra at Woodlawn High School is for students who have at least two years of playing experience. This class is offered at the start of the academic school year in August and ends in May. Challenging literature as well as scales and arpeggios are incorporated into this class. Ear training exercises as well as music theory are studied in this class. The intermediate orchestra performs at several concerts, festivals and competitions throughout the year. Schedules of these performances are usually available at the beginning of each semester. Successful completion of this course earns one credit toward high school graduation.

Advanced Orchestra: The advanced orchestra at Woodlawn High School is for students who have had at least three years of playing experience. This class is offered at the start of the academic school year in August and ends in May. In this class, students will focus on difficult literature, performing techniques, correct tuning skills, scales and arpeggios, as well as shifting ability. Ear training exercises, as well as music theory are incorporated into the class. The advanced orchestra performs at several concerts, festivals and competitions throughout the year. Schedules of these performances are usually available at the beginning of each semester. Successful completion of this course earns one credit toward high school graduation.

Pantherettes

Faculty Sponsor:: Amber Klein

Email:: aklein@ebrschools.org or whsbrpantherettes@gmail.com

Twitter:: WHSPantherettes

Instagram:: whsbrpantherettes

Description: As the official dance team of Woodlawn High School the Pantherettes style of dancing is very eclectic. Their performances often blur the lines from hip hop, southern style to K-Pop. They love doing stunts and wowing the crowds.

Auditions for the team are usually held in March.

Panthrobotics

Faculty Sponsor:: Daniel Eiland

Email:: deiland@ebrschools.org

Twitter: FRC3337

Facebook: facebook.com/panthrobotics

Instagram: frc_panthrobotics_3337

Description: Woodlawn High School’s Robotics Team, Panthrobotics, is the only Varsity Level robotics team in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Founded in 2009 by National Einstein Fellow Dr. Steven Griffin, Panthrobotics is now coached by 2014-2015 District Teacher of the Year, Woodie Flowers Award Finalist Daniel L. Eiland and has received numerous accolades throughout its seven year history.

Panthrobotics is part of the world-wide FIRST® Robotics Organization, a non-profit founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1991 in order to inspire students throughout the world to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. Each year, students compete with a 120 pound robot that they design and build from scratch with the help of business professionals using the latest engineering and design tools available.The team is also responsible for a number of other activities throughout the year such as hosting the largest school-based robotics event in the state, the Dow Red Stick Rumble as well as traveling to elementary and middle schools across the area to inspire younger children to become STEAM advocates. Panthrobotics members engage in community service projects, speak before leaders of Fortune 500 companies, host demonstrations in businesses such as at the Mall of Louisiana and continue to found and mentor other robotics teams across the state.

The team has won the privileged of attending the FIRST® World Championship twice in the past seven years, competing against thousands of other teams and has received national recognition for its work in providing disaster relief during the 2016 floods. Pushing for diversity, the team boasts an equal gender ratio, large minority participation, and has attracted members who would have never before considered entering into a scientific field.

With a list of alumni that includes two Woodlawn students of the year, one district student of the year finalist, hundreds of thousands of scholarship offerings, and a resume that includes the founding of a new four year engineering and robotics curriculum, Panthrobotics stands at the forefront of STEAM education in East Baton Rouge Parish and in the state of Louisiana.

Awards List

2009 – 2010: Bayou Regional Rookie Inspiration Award
2010 – 2011: Bayou Regional Winner and Judges Award
2013 – 2014: Bayou Regional Dean’s List Finalist: Witni Widmeier
2014 – 2015: Bayou Regional Spirit Award, Bayou Regional Chairman’s Award, Bayou Regional Dean’s List Finalist: Danielle Massey, Bayou Regional Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Daniel Eiland
2015-2016: Bayou Regional Woodie Flowers Award Winner: Daniel Eiland, Rocket City Regional Judges Award

ProStart

Faculty Sponsor: Steven Oubre

Email: soubre@ebrschools.org

Description: The Prostart Hot Food Team and Management teams are comprised of students currently enrolled in the ProStart curriculum. Each team consist of 5 team members that compete in the Louisiana Prostart Invitational held during March in New Orleans. Each team has a chance to win scholarships to various culinary schools along with qualifying for the National Invitational as the winning state team. The Students then compete nationally for more scholarships.

 

Quiz Bowl

Faculty Sponsor: Tiffany Bateast & Lori Ridgdell

Email: tbeauchamp@ebrschools.org or lridgdell@ebrschools.org

Description: The Woodlawn Quiz Bowl Team is a group of students who love trivia and information of all types. Team competition is a fastest finger challenge similar to Jeopardy, but played with a team of four. New to Woodlawn High for the spring of 2017, Quiz Bowl is seeking to grow in numbers and knowledge as we move forward. Large Competitions include Regional Science Bowl at UNO in New Orleans and the State Quiz Bowl Championship held at LSU each spring.

Criteria for Membership: Membership is open to all students in grades 9-12 who have at least a 2.5 GPA. Practice is held once a week after school in room 104.

Southeastern District Literary Rally and Louisiana State Rally

Faculty Sponsor:: Lashawn Goins

Email:: lgoins@ebrschools.org

Description: District Literary Rally is a statewide competition in which high school students converge at Southeastern Louisiana University to compete in scholastic event categories that include: Biology, English, Art, Spanish, Chemistry, French, Algebra, History, and Physics.

Students are selected by their teachers to attend, and it is a great honor! Students who achieve the highest score at District Rally receive a $500.00 scholarship award from Southeastern and they are entered into the Louisiana State Rally that is held at Louisiana State University. If the student wins at the state level, they also receive a scholarship.

The District Rally is not just a cerebral exercise. Southeastern University is a wonderful host of the event and they provide a plethora of fun events in which the students heartily participate. There are games, campus tours, food and fun! The District Rally will be held in March of this year and the Louisiana High School Rally will be held in April. Dates are pending and will be updated. If you are selected by your teacher to participate, remember that they have chosen YOU to represent Woodlawn High School at the district and state level in Louisiana. Show your Panther Pride!

TACWACA

Faculty Sponsor:: Tim Spruill

Email:: tspruill@ebrschools.org

Officers: President – Victoria Medina

Description: It is a comfortable place for everyone to enjoy themselves while exploring the nature of not only science, but of art and socialization. We hypothesize and explain why different things happen while having fun. There is a spot for everyone from art students to mathematicians. The STEAM Club is a great place for people to educate themselves in a fun way, while also learning to convey their hypothesis and understand other people’s way of thinking, which is an important skill in a work environment. STEAM Club emphasizes the importance of working together and following directions, while giving room for the students to improve and change the experiment to make them more successful. By doing this, we hope that each student will take what they have learned and transfer it into their daily lives.

Slogan: I come here to learn about STEAM and let it off too.

Criteria for Membership: Written approval from students current science teacher or Mr. Spruill, 2.5 minimum GPA at progress reports, Consistent meeting attendance

Yearbook

Faculty Sponsor:: Nancy Goins Geter

Email: ngeter@ebrschools.org

Instagram: @wearewoodlawnyb

Twitter: @wearewoodlawnyb

Order Link: www.jostensyearbooks.com

Picture Submission: www.replayit.com

Description: The best class on campus!! This course teaches a variety of topics and allows for specialized hands on experiences. Yearbook teaches graphic design, we use online digital software to create layouts and designs. The class learns about photography because, the staff is responsible for taking and collecting photographs.  Students learn soft skills and marketing through selling and creating the advertisements featured within the book.  The yearbook is also the sponsor of the Homecoming Dance so students even get to experience event planning!  And beyond the obvious skills and opportunities, yearbook also teaches us ethics, responsibility, teamwork, and the importance of tradition.

Youth Legislature

Faculty Sponsor:: Ashley Heyer and Christina Smoorenburg

Email:: Aheyer@ebrschools.org or csmoorenburg@ebrschools.org

Officers: President: Lauren Stevens, Vice President: Brennan Burleigh, Man-at-Arms: Raymond Vincent

Description: The YMCA Louisiana Youth and government program is a statewide initiative promoting civic engagement through the YMCA’s philosophy of being an organization that is continuously active in exercising social responsibility.  This particular program promotes the tenet of social responsibility by allowing high school students to be civically engaged in a mock government setting. LA Youth and Government hosts the Youth Legislature conference annually.

Being a part of the Youth Legislature at Woodlawn High School will allow you to:

  • Meet people from all over the state with new ideas and opinions concerning government, but also those that are just like you.
  • Voice opinions for change in our government and gives you the opportunity to be heard among your peers in Louisiana.

So, if you are looking for social change and have ideas on how to make it happen, this club is for you! If you are passionate about an issue and want to make your voice heard, this is the club for you! If you just want to have a civilized argument, this is the club for you!

Criteria for Membership:

  • Pay the YMCA fee ($15),
  • Attend meetings where you will create either a dual bill proposal (partner in creating a bill that will change Louisiana for the better) or a single bill proposal (you work on something you alone are passionate about)
  • Attend the Youth and Government conference in February in which you will propose your bill to the Youth Legislature of Louisiana and work to get your bill passed over the course of the three day conference
  • Work with Ms. Heyer and Miss Smoorenburg and Mr. Sorenson to write, word properly and argue your bill throughout the year to prepare for your final argument at the conference.