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! ]

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!

Woodlawn Legacy Reagan McDowell Continues Volleyball Career

Woodlawn Legacy Reagan McDowell Continues Volleyball Career

Reagan McDowell is a Panther. She went to Woodlawn Elementary, Woodlawn Middle, and chose to attend Woodlawn High.

“I’m a Woodlawn Baby. I went to all of the Woodlawn’s,” said McDowell. “And of my family went here. My mom and dad both came here. I didn’t want to have to start over somewhere new.”

Starting over somewhere new is ex

McDowell signs while her parents, Rashie and Megan, look on.

actly what is now in store for McDowell. Over the weekend, she signed paperwork to continue her academic and athletic career at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee.

While McDowell has been a multiple sport athlete at Woodlawn – she has been an All-District player in the sports of volleyball, basketball, and softball – she will now focus all of her athletic time and energy on the volleyball court.

“I feel like volleyball is the sport that I worked most at. I got better as I worked and realized I could do more and play at the next level.”

Bethel University is an NAIA school in the Midsouth Conference. Led by Head Coach Starla Cupples, the Lady Wildcats finished the 2022 season with a 22-10 record. Cupples is obviously excited about adding McDowell to the program.

“Reagan is a pretty dynamic player,” said Cupples. “I really like her quickness, and when you combine that with her power, I think she will be a good player to have through the years.”

McDowell will report to Bethel in early August, and the season will begin a short three weeks later.

“I want to thank all of my coaches first. And I also want to thank my family for being my biggest supporters,” said McDowell. “They have always been there for me, whether it be in sports or in other areas of life. I thank them for always pushing me to better myself and helping me realize my goals.”

Lady Panthers Enter District on Hot Streak

Lady Panthers Enter District on Hot Streak

The Lady Panther basketball team will enter district play Friday after winning 10 of their last 12 games, including the last four games. Woodlawn carries a 20-6 record going into district.

Seniors Amaya Dedeaux, Qiana Dotch, Adrienne East, and Reagan McDowell were recognized at Senior Night versus Capitol on Wednesday, January 25th. Woodlawn came away with a 62 to 35 victory.

“We are playing confidently right now,” said Dedeaux. “But we understand that the district is tough, and we will be playing very tough teams. So we have to pick our play up a notch.”

In front of a large crowd, the Lady Panthers and Lady Lions traded baskets for much of the first quarter Wednesday night. Once Woodlawn settled down defensively, they took a lead they would not relinquish. Woodlawn led at the end of each quarter.

“Coach Dedeaux stressed defense at halftime,” said Dotch. “She said that we had to take care of the basics, play fundamental basketball, and play hard on defense. She said that if we did those things, the offense would come naturally.”

“I just think that it was an emotional night for everybody because it was Senior Night,” added Dotch. “Once we got past those emotions, we settled down and played better.”

Woodlawn currently has a top-ten power ranking, according to GeauxPreps.com. However, the seniors know that they have to finish the season strong to keep that ranking and a home playoff game.

“Having a home playoff game in the first round would be extremely important to us,” said Dedeaux. “We need to perform at our highest level to keep our power ranking high enough to host that first round game.”

Following the district opener at Central, Woodlawn will host Scotlandville on January 31st. The Lady Panthers will then travel to Zachary on February 3rd.

Woodlawn finishes the final week of the regular season by hosting Liberty on February 7th and traveling to St. Joseph’s Academy on February 9th.

Tickets for all home games can be purchased by following the link here.

Student Spotlight: 2022-2023 Student of the Year Ryan Wyche

Student Spotlight: 2022-2023 Student of the Year Ryan Wyche

Woodlawn High senior Ryan Wyche has been accepted into Berklee College of Music. This prestigious opportunity is the latest addition to an already-impressive resume that includes a wide range of local and national engagements. Wyche has also applied to Harvard University and hopes to take advantage of the Dual Degree program between the two schools. Upon receiving his acceptance, Ryan will declare two majors: one in Music Business and Management at Berklee and another in Sociology and African American Studies at Harvard.

From this unique educational experience, Ryan hopes to gain the skills and exposure necessary to start his own record label. He aims to cultivate a philanthropic community centered on the production of art. Wyche has always considered himself to be both a musician and an activist. Although he does not wish to enact change by running for public office or directly shaping legislation, Ryan is prepared in the event that he inherits a public platform. He looks to one of his idols, Billie Holiday. Holiday created intense, profound commentary through her art, and never let herself be defined by a singular label. Ryan wishes to mimic this fluidity and boldness.

Throughout his high school career, Ryan has participated in a myriad of activities around campus and within the surrounding community. Ryan is the WHS Student of the Year, Drum Major of the Panther Marching Band, and Chief Justice of the Louisiana Youth Legislature’s Supreme Court. He wakes up before most of his peers so that he may arrive early to school each morning and appear as a co-anchor on the WHS Morning Announcements. Ryan’s involvement is not limited to his immediate surroundings. He has attended conventions with the “100 Black Men of America,” and completed a summer study program in Boston at Berklee College of Music.

This is not meant to be a regurgitation of Ryan’s extensive resume‒ my goal is to paint a more personal picture of Senior Class President and Mr. Woodlawn, Ryan Wyche.

Having spent most of his life as a resident of various Southern cultural hubs, Ryan is well-versed in the ups and downs of Southern living. He spent most of his early life with a single father. His dad grew up in New York in the 80s, encapsulated by the birth of hip-hop. Ryan recalls that the highlights of his childhood often took place in the car with his dad, listening to music. The pros of life in the South have made themselves abundantly clear to him: having a large family, enjoying traditional southern meals, and so much more.

However, throughout the years, the cons have creeped in and created a sense of separation between Ryan’s geographical region and his identity. When Ryan moved from Atlanta to Virginia, he saw himself as “one of few black faces in the classroom.” He never had trouble finding internal similarities between himself and his classmates, but external differences often found a way to enforce division. Since moving to Louisiana and attending Woodlawn, Ryan is pleased with the diverse, yet harmonic community that he has found a unique place within.

As a proud member of the Woodlawn community, Ryan views his success as a representation of what happens when young adults take advantage of every single small opportunity for advancement. As he reflects on his experience here and looks forward to a bright future, Ryan feels that the thing he is most proud of is his little sister, Adrienne. If you asked him, Ryan would swear that Adrienne (4 years old) is already a prodigy, sure to make a mark on history. He relishes the relationship that he has created with her and is excited to watch her follow her own path; he’s certainly set an incredible example.