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OPHS' Select Vocal Ensemble's Trip to Wales:

June 6, 2019 by Oran David DeRossett (Register to contact)

Today is a historic day in Ouachita's storied music history. Today, June 6th marks 70 years since the Ensemble under Velma Nichols left for their month long trip to Llangollen, Wales on June 6, 1949
. Of the 17 singers who represented Ouachita at the famous Welsh International Music Festival there are three of us left, as follows; Kitty Dartez DeFreese, Ruston, LA, Billy Joe Milstead, Winston Salem, NC, and me, O. David DeRossett, McKinney, TX. All three of us are members of the OPHS graduating class of 1950.

class union

April 19, 2010 by Becky Moody Sessoms (Register to contact)

When is our 10 year class reunion?
Who do I need to contact? Phone #?

Ouachita Parish High School News From Around The Web

DAVEY, Paul  Buffalo News

DAVEY - Paul Age 88, died May 5, 2019 at his home in Baton Rouge, LA, following a long illness. He is survived by his nephews Rex (Miriam), Gerald (Kay) and ...

Teen arrested for social media threats at Ouachita Parish High School

OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Deputies received information Thursday evening about a social media threat circulating on the ...

Meet the Ouachita Parish Students of the Year  Monroe News Star

Ouachita Parish Schools celebrated 34 students at the annual Student of the Year Celebration Luncheon.

Louisiana school performance grades: Search here for your school's score

These schools top the list in the Monroe/West Monroe area.

NELA Signing Day roundup  Monroe News Star

A jam-packed crowd inside the Don Shows Field House celebrated four West Monroe Rebels who will continue their football careers at the collegiate level.

Thrice as nice: Lions book latest reservation to Lake Charles  Monroe News Star

It could be time for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to build an interstate from Ouachita Parish High School to Lake Charles.

Bus brawl leads to felony charges for one OPHS student  MyArkLaMiss

A fight on a school bus has led to felony charges for a Ouachita Parish High School student.

Bonine satisfied with resolution of district re-alignment in District 2-4A  The Franklin Sun

Members of District 2-4A and 2-1A made lemonade out of lemons last year, Louisiana High School Athletic Associations Director Eddie Bonine said Tuesday at ...

Carroll opens Don Redden Memorial Classic with convincing win over Simsboro  Monroe News Star

The Carroll Bulldogs opened the 2019 Don Redden Memorial Classic with a convincing 78-52 victory over the defending Louisiana High School Athletic ...

500 and counting: Jones reaches career milestone  Monroe News Star

Wossman coach wins 500th game at the Don Redden Memorial Classic.

First Ouachita school established in 1811  Monroe News Star

One in a series of history pieces published in conjunction with The News-Star's 125th anniversary. Betty Waters filed the original story for the 1976 bicentennial ...

Ouachita girls fall in quarterfinals | Sports  The Franklin Sun

For the third straight season, the Ouachita Lady Lions saw their season end in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Turnovers, missed free throws and missed open ...

Wossman's Jones gets win 500 | Sports  The Franklin Sun

Casey Jones knew he needed only two more wins to reach another coaching milestone in his career. It's only fitting that coaching milestone — 500 wins — came ...

Lion Tamer: King becomes leader Ouachita needs  Monroe News Star

Paul King feels like the old man at the Madhouse on Millhaven. It isn't the age, but the mileage, that made Ouachita's point guard ancient as a high school senior ...

Ouachita-Rayville rematch set for Don Redden finals  Monroe News Star

Lions, Hornets meet for tournament title on Saturday.

Shaking things up: How Jeff Schexnaider returned to coaching  Monroe News Star

The East Ouachita Middle School Lions wondered if Jeff Schexnaider was lost when he showed up on the field for the first day of August football practice.

Thompson introduced as Sterlington principal  Monroe News Star

Jason Thompson never dreamed he'd be hiring curriculum coordinators instead of offensive and defensive coordinators. “It's kind of surreal,” Thompson said.

Monroe hosts state NAACP conference  Monroe News Star

Louisiana NAACP delegates will spend Sept. 20-22 in Monroe for their state Convention and Training Conference at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

Burnette leaves Carroll with no regrets, several championships  Monroe News Star

Burnette is stepping down as Carroll boys basketball coach.

NELA Signing Day recaps  Monroe News Star

Where did the area's athletes end up on Signing Day?

A week after NFL protests, high school teams weigh decision to demonstrate during anthem  MyArkLaMiss

High school teams in Northwest Louisiana, have made national news after the Caddo Parish School District supported what some players see as practicing their ...

Ram rebirth: How Richwood rekindled its football fire  Monroe News Star

The Rams run to the Superdome healed past wounds.

3 Ouachita students named finalists for La. Student of the Year  Monroe News Star

Grade-Level Winners to be Announced at April 11 Ceremony in Baton Rouge.

West Ouachita senior wins Congressional Art Competition  MyArkLaMiss

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced that Allison Litwin of West Monroe has won the 2019 Congressional High School Art Competition for ...

Southern gospel two-night event returns to Monroe  Monroe News Star

Monroe Sings the Gospel!” comes to the Ouachita Parish High School Auditorium this weekend.

St. Frederick hires Morrow as new girls' hoops coach  Monroe News Star

Morrow led Claiborne Christian to a state title last season.

Ruston, Longview meet in battle of Collins disciples  Monroe News Star

Ruston's Baugh and Longview's King are products of HOFer Pat Collins' coaching tree.

Ouachita's Riley, St. Fred's Mayo sign baseball scholarships  Monroe News Star

Riley signed with Bossier Parish CC and Mayo with ULM.

Miss Louisiana 2018 overcomes disappointment to take the crown  MyArkLaMiss

Miss Louisiana 2018, Holli' Conway, is one of Ouachita Parish's very own. For her it's been a long journey, but it's a road she says wasn't full of...

New Miss Louisiana Holli' Conway focused on Miss America Pageant

Ouachita Parish High Schools' own Holli' Conway was crowned the 55th Miss Louisiana Saturday night at the Monroe Civic Center. She takes home a $10000 ...

Ouachita Lady Lions host softball tournament  Monroe News Star

Teams from across the state highlight the tournament field.

New ULM softball coach aims to build winning culture  Monroe News Star

Molly Fichtner becomes seventh softball coach in ULM history.

National Signing Day 2016

MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) - National Signing Day is upon us. Wednesday, area high school football players announced where they'll go to play college ...

West Ouachita student arrested after drugs were found in his truck

Logan Brown, 17, was arrested after State Police found drugs in his truck on school property Tuesday morning.

Carr exits ULM, joins new staff at Troy  Monroe News Star

John Carr is leaving Louisiana-Monroe to join Chip Lindsey's inaugural staff at Troy. He spent one season at ULM as wide receivers coach and recruiting ...

10 takeaways from ULM's first spring scrimmage  Monroe News Star

Warhawks hold first of two scrimmages before April 13 spring game.

Webber named new Principal at St. Frederick

St. Frederick Catholic High School has announced retiring Ouachita Parish School System Superintendent Bob Webber will succeed St. Frederick Principal Guy ...

Lead Lion: Vallery takes his place among coaching legends  Monroe News Star

Vallery's legacy lives on at Ouachita and with the men he shared the sidelines with on Friday nights.

BUDDY BLAIR AWARD: Hammond excelled on field, in classroom  Monroe News Star

Ouachita's valedictorian named top male student-athlete.

Local chapter hosts NAACP state conference – The Hawkeye  The HawkEye

There is a long history of oppression, but an even longer history of resilience,” said Joey Jackson, a New York defense attorney and CNN legal analyst. As the ...

Ouachita student-athlete drowns in Arkansas

Ouachita Parish High School student-athlete Kenton Norman died Memorial Day Weekend while in Arkansas.

Whitman adds another title at Ouachita | Sports  The Franklin Sun

Tim Whitman isn't a month removed from winning a state championship, and he already has a list of returnees, roles to fill and improvements on the docket.

Judge: Make good decisions  Monroe News Star

When they were teenagers together at Ouachita Parish High School, 4th Judicial District Court Judge Alvin Sharp would take Don Redden's geometry tests.

Fun with depth charts: ULM-Texas State  Monroe News Star

Injuries have forced Louisiana-Monroe to get creative in the defensive backfield. Buck safety Collin Turner was sidelined in the fourth quarter of ULM's 45-20 win ...

McCarty, Tharp carry the flag for Logtown's finest  Monroe News Star

Two coaches are among the alums of the gone but not forgotten Logtown School.

Ouachita's Johnson continues on road to recovery  Monroe News Star

Ouachita's Malik Johnson continues road to recovery from car acceident.

PHOTOS: FP vs. Vision Academy (Don Redden Classic)  The Franklin Sun

Franklin Parish topped Vision Academy, 78-67, in the opening round of the Don Redden Memorial Classic at Ouachita Parish High School on Wednesday.

Retired music educator inspired students for 34 years  Community Advocate

Instrumental music educator Gary Piazza created countless memories for his students and himself while working a 34-year career, 28 of which were at ...

Judge Bill Norris died Wednesday  Monroe News Star

Retired Judge William "Bill" Norris III, 79, of West Monroe died around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. He had been staying at The Guest House following a stroke in ...

West Monroe scoreboard to be operational Thursday  Monroe News Star

West Monroe High School will have its new, state-of-the-art scoreboard operational as early as Thursday. The board, measuring, 48.5 feet by 27 feet, ...

CenturyLink Foundation awards $1.4M in technology grants to schools  Monroe News Star

To enhance educational opportunities across the country, CenturyLink, Inc. is awarding $1.4 million to fund more than 330 projects as part of the CenturyLink ...

North Louisiana high school rally winners announced  Monroe News Star

Winners in the 2016 North Louisiana District Rally qualifying for the State Rally in Baton Rouge.

Wossman welcomes Jones home as basketball coach  Monroe News Star

The 'Cats introduced Jones with a pep rally at the George "Vamp" Belton Sports Complex.

ULM inks 16 on first day of early signing period  Monroe News Star

The Warhawks added signees from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia and Australia.

Alcorn women's basketball team revamps roster - The Vicksburg Post  Vicksburg Post

LORMAN — Alcorn State's women's basketball team will head into the 2018-19 season with an entirely new look. The Lady Braves signed nine new players ...

UPDATE: Victim in Friday's Swartz double shooting son of city councilman

Tuesday Update - KNOE 8 News has learned that one of the victims in Friday's double-shooting in Swartz is the son of Monroe City Councilman Kenneth Wilson.

ULM builds depth with Signing Day additions  Monroe News Star

Oak Grove OL Bolding, 3-star WR Jackson highlight NSD.

Teachers recognized as state finalists for Presidential Awards of Excellence

Two Ouachita Parish teachers are recognized as finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Ouachita defends title in 2015 Don Redden Classic  Monroe News Star

The Lions have won 10 of the last 13 years in the always competitive Don Redden Memorial Classic.

Four new principals take the helm at River Parishes schools this fall

The school buses are warming up and public school students in the River Parishes are headed back to school soon. St. John the Baptist Parish school students ...

Summer softball league helps coaches build programs  Monroe News Star

Summer league is helping prep softball teams build for 2017 season.

Viator building walk-on program at ULM  Monroe News Star

ULM envisions having the same success with walk-ons Viator enjoyed at McNeese State.

Keyser and Family Promise Reaffirm Their Commitment  Monroe News Star

A New Year, A Renewed Promise for Family promise.

36th Annual Black History Month Parade  MyArkLaMiss

Floats lined the streets of Monroe to celebrate Black History Month in Northeast Louisiana.

Chase leaves ULM women's basketball program  Monroe News Star

The former Ouachita Lady Lion averaged 8.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in 2016.

Answering the call: Rev. Dupree joins Parkview  Monroe News Star

It's all about God, it's not about you and it's not about me.” - Rev. Charles Dupree.

Follow live: Louisiana high school football playoff brackets released  The Advocate

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association will unveil the 2017 state football playoff brackets in a selection show at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Local 8th-Grader Makes 'Students of the Year' List  News Radio 710 KEEL

The Louisiana Education Department has announced the names of 18 students selected as regional finalists in the annual Students of the Year competition.


CONWAY — After another 25-win season and a run to the championship game of the postseason Women's Basketball Invitational, Central Arkansas has signed ...

A man called 'Stump': Collins relishes return to ULM  Monroe News Star

There was a time — hard as it is to believe — before ULM defensive coordinator Mike Collins was known to the world at-large as “Stump.” Back then people ...

Monroe police: Former LSU football tight end Tyler Edwards death a likely suicide  The Advocate

Former LSU tight end Tyler Edwards, 26, died Saturday night in Monroe from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, a Monroe police detective said Sunday.

Prep football first round playoff matchups  WWL

Here is a list of this weekend's playoff matchups for high school football.

5 things to watch from ULM fall camp  Monroe News Star

The Warhawks reported on Tuesday and start practice on Wednesday.

Inside ULM’s latest depth chart: UL Lafayette  Monroe News Star

The injury bug that's eaten through any depth ULM had on offense has now made its way to the defense. The Warhawks will be without starters Lorenzo Jackson ...

Signing Day Central 2016  KATV

Click here for a look at the recruiting classes for all the SEC schools. Arkansas. 9:52am - Micah Smith, S, 6-1, 197, Marshall, Texas; 9:50am - Dee Walker, OLB, ...

Childress was about more than defense and shutouts  Monroe News Star

Ruston's legendary coach is remembered best by those that played for him.

Faircloth returning as Vidalia head coach | Sports  The Franklin Sun

Dalton "Dee" Faircloth is back as head coach at Vidalia High School.

Louisiana National Guard Adjutant General helps ULM honor veterans | ULM University of Louisiana at Monroe  ULM NewsCenter

Major General Glenn H. Curtis spoke to a crowded room, and thanked the veterans for their *service*. Curtis set the tone of the event, opening his speech with a ...


CONWAY, Ark. _ The University of Central Arkansas added 25 new Bears to the program on Wednesday, the first day of the national signing period. UCA head ...

Obaze-Ford finds a 'great spot' at Ouachita  Monroe News Star

Obaze-Ford went 65-29 at Rayville and led the Lady Hornets to a state championship.

See the numbers from ULM Pro Day  Monroe News Star

Scouts from 15 NFL franchises attended ULM Pro Day on Friday.

NELA Hoops Top-10: Rayville vs. all y’all  Monroe News Star

Remember when Mike Tyson was the undisputed baddest man on the planet? The moniker wasn't just the work of Don King and Vince McMahon. Before Adult ...

Tiger Country?: LSU re-establishing NELA recruiting  Monroe News Star

When LSU realized its annual summer Tiger Tour wasn't making a stop in Monroe this year, a group of assistants decided to do something about it.

Tech announces high school rally winners  News at Louisiana Tech

Winners in the 2015 North Louisiana District Rally qualifying for the State Rally in Baton Rouge or who won first through fifth place in a subject for which there is ...

Back home: Family fuels Caleb Tucker’s competitive fire  Monroe News Star

Tucker transferred to ULM from Houston to be with his mother as she battled cancer.

Army National Combine participants

Here is a look at the list of prospects expected to participate in the 2016 U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio on Friday, Jan. 8.

Former players credit Vining in own coaching journeys  Monroe News Star

Former ULM head basketball coach Mike Vining knew he wanted to be a coach from as early as his junior high years while growing up in West Carroll Parish.

SAU Cheer Squad wants to compete at Nationals next April  Magnoliareporter

For members of SAU's Competitive Cheer Squad, the chance to compete on a national stage next year in Daytona Beach, FL, is a dream that has come true.

Under Armour All-America Game 2014 Roster and Player Analysis  Bleacher Report

The 2014 Under Armour All-America game will feature some of the best recruits in the 2014 class, and we now know which recruits we can look forward to ...

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