Woodlawn High Continues the Tradition of Award Winning Student Films

Woodlawn High Continues the Tradition of Award Winning Student Films

Woodlawn High School’s Talented Theatre students have once again left their mark on the cinematic landscape with their latest creation, The Never Ending Duel. This captivating short film, written and directed by Woodlawn High School Senior Ava Jones, has garnered accolades at the esteemed Film Prize Jr. Film Festival and Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ava Jones, a senior in Woodlawn High School’s Gifted and Talented Theatre program, showcased her exceptional creativity and directorial expertise in bringing The Never Ending Duel to life. With her vision and dedication, Ava crafted every aspect of the film, from its inception to the final storyboard. Her previous involvement as the lead character in Woodlawn High School’s 2023 Audience Choice Award-winning film, Reap What You Sow, underscores her remarkable talent and commitment to the craft.

Beyond her achievements in filmmaking, Ava’s academic excellence and passion for creative writing have earned her acceptance into 15 colleges nationwide. With plans to pursue a degree in Creative Writing, Ava has already been awarded over $1.16 million in four-year merit scholarships, a testament to her outstanding achievements and bright future ahead.

Ava Jones proudly shows off her award at the film festival.

“The students worked incredibly hard on their film; everything that you see on screen was completed by a student. Creating a film of any length is a difficult process, just completing a film is a major accomplishment. Seeing the culmination of all of their work, the final realized piece, was incredible,” stated Ms. Mullins, Woodlawn’s Talented Theatre teacher. “Being able to sit in the audience and watch film after incredible film and knowing that they were all created by the students sitting around me from all over the state was an amazing experience and one that I hope we can bring to more students next year!”

The success of The Never Ending Duel wouldn’t have been possible without the collaborative efforts of the Louisiana Shakespeare Company, particularly the invaluable contributions of Liz Odom, the head of fight choreography. Their expertise elevated the film’s fight sequences, adding depth and authenticity to the storytelling.

As the virtual Film Prize Jr. Festival unfolds, viewers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the diverse array of student-created films, including The Never Ending Duel. Woodlawn High School encourages the community to watch the films and cast their votes for their favorites, supporting their quest for the Audience  Choice Award.

Join the excitement of the virtual film festival by visiting https://filmprizejr.com/festival/ and exploring the 96 submissions before Monday, April 22nd, 2024. Let’s rally behind Woodlawn High School and celebrate the talent and creativity of Ava Jones and her fellow students.

Woodlawn High School Talented Visual Art Students Shine at Baton Rouge Gallery’s Real Life Experience Art Show

Woodlawn High School Talented Visual Art Students Shine at Baton Rouge Gallery’s Real Life Experience Art Show

Woodlawn High School’s Talented Visual Art students, Cameron Rice, Noor Akram, and Lacie Sierra, recently showcased their exceptional artwork at the prestigious Real Life Experience Art Show hosted by the Baton Rouge Gallery. Their participation in this esteemed event not only highlights their artistic aptitude but also underscores the school’s commitment to nurturing creative talent.

At the reception held last Wednesday evening, the talent and dedication of these three students were duly recognized. Noor Akram’s captivating painting (pictured above) caught the eye of the jurors, earning her a well-deserved Honorable Mention. Her artwork resonated with viewers, showcasing her unique perspective and artistic sensibility.

Lacie Sierra proudly displays her “Best in Show” award.

Furthermore, Lacie Sierra’s mixed media drawing stood out among the impressive array of artworks, earning her the coveted title of “Best in Show.” Lacie’s ability to seamlessly blend various mediums speaks volumes about her skill and innovation as an artist.

“I am very proud of the creativity and hard work Cameron, Noor, and Lacie have put into their artwork this year,” stated Mr. Roper, Woodlawn High Talented Visual Art teacher.

As these talented individuals continue to pursue their passion for art, their achievements serve as an inspiration to their peers and a testament to the transformative power of artistic expression. Woodlawn High School takes great pride in celebrating the success of Cameron, Noor, and Lacie, and looks forward to witnessing their future accomplishments in the world of art.

Explore Agricultural Engineering at Camp CRISP!

Explore Agricultural Engineering at Camp CRISP!

Discover the world of agricultural engineering with Camp CRISP, an immersive internship program supported by a USDA Sustainable Agricultural Systems grant to the LSU AgCenter. The program, titled “Climate Resilient Innovations for Sustainable Production of Rice” (CRISP – Rice), is designed to introduce participants to cutting-edge research and industry insights.

2024 Camp CRISP Details:

  • Dates: June 17th – June 28th, 8:00am – 4:30pm (weekdays only)
  • Location: Louisiana State University (LSU) and nearby research field stations

Highlights Include:

  1. Lab Tours: Explore LSU’s laboratories and witness research projects firsthand, gaining valuable insights into the life of a scientist.
  2. Research Station Tour: Get hands-on experience in agricultural research at various field stations. Engage in activities related to soil science, crop production, pest management, and more, deepening your understanding of these fields.
  3. Introductory Seminars: Attend informative seminars conducted by LSU professors covering diverse topics, from career opportunities to the importance of sustainable agriculture in today’s world.

Financial Support: We recognize the value of this experience and are committed to making it accessible. Participants will receive a stipend of $1,000, provided in the form of a check at the end of the program. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the exciting field of agricultural engineering at Camp CRISP!

We here at Woodlawn are pleased to say that several of our very own Panthers will have the opportunity to attend this event!

Congratulations to the following WHS students:

  • Aimee Bougeouis
  • Chance Gordon
  • Paul Pittman
  • Jose Carillo Rodriguez

Want to learn more about Camp CRISP, or sign up to go?  [ Click here to access an informational PDF all about it! ]

Students to Represent WHS at State Academic Rally

Students to Represent WHS at State Academic Rally

Congratulations to Jillian Stewart for excelling in French II and Kimbreaux Pattan for his outstanding performance in Family and Consumer Sciences at the District Academic Rally in February! They both placed in the top 3 in their subjects at the district level. Their achievements have earned them the opportunity to represent Woodlawn High at the State Academic Rally on Saturday, March 23rd at Louisiana State University. Mr. Lee and Ms. Lee will be accompanying these two students to the rally tomorrow. We are incredibly proud of these students’ hard work and dedication.

“I’m really excited! I’m also a little nervous, to be honest, but I know we are as prepared as we can be for the rally tomorrow,” said Stewart.

A big shoutout goes to Mr. Hymel and Ms. Thomas for their invaluable support and guidance in preparing these students for success in their respective courses. Your dedication to your students’ learning is truly commendable.

To all the teachers and mentors who have contributed to the preparation of these students for the rally, your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for your commitment to nurturing students’ talents and helping them reach their full potential.

As Jillian and Kimbreaux gear up to compete against top candidates from across the state, we wish them the best of luck! Your determination and passion will surely shine as you represent WHS with excellence.

Panthers Gear Up to Defend Champion Status in EBR STEM Challenge

Panthers Gear Up to Defend Champion Status in EBR STEM Challenge

Woodlawn High School is abuzz with anticipation as it prepares to defend its champion status in this year’s East Baton Rouge (EBR) STEM Challenge. The event, slated to take place today at the Professional Development Center, promises a showcase of innovation and talent from schools across the district.

WHS Students prepare to present their STEM project

The spotlight shines brightly on a dedicated group of students who have poured their efforts into crafting a compelling entry: the redesign of the Sabine River Relief Bridge with a focus on environmental sustainability. Among them are Kevin Nguyen, Taylor Albert, Edward Hasson, Henry Hlichal, Trennan Prater, Brandy Benetez, Aarav Kansal, and Noor Akram.

These diligent Panthers have spared no effort in refining their presentation, honing construction techniques, fine-tuning design elements, and implementing sustainable practices. Their tireless dedication speaks volumes about their commitment to excellence and their passion for making a positive impact.

As they step onto the competition stage, Woodlawn High School stands poised for success. Among 17 formidable contenders, our school has secured a coveted position in the top 4. It’s a testament to the hard work, ingenuity, and teamwork exhibited by our students.

So, if you happen upon these Panthers today, be sure to extend your congratulations for a job well done. Together, let’s rally behind our team as they strive to bring home another resounding victory for Woodlawn High School!