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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

Ouachita first responders train for emergency situations at school

WEST MONROE, La (KNOE) - Ouachita Parish first response teams practiced dealing with emergency situations at school. Parts of West Ouachita Parish High ...

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.

A Bear Among Lions: McHenry retires as Ouachita athletic director  Monroe News Star

For the first time since the doors opened at Millhaven Road, Ouachita Parish High School will start school in August without longtime athletic director Frederick ...

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.

Ouachita track sends four athletes to college ranks  Monroe News Star

Johnson, McNeal, Straughter and Wade sign on Thursday.

'We aren't taking a step back': Ouachita searches for new softball coach  Monroe News Star

Ouachita taking applications through May 31 for Whitman's successor.

500 and counting: Jones reaches career milestone  Monroe News Star

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

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 ...

Neville girls defeat Ouachita in top-10 girls soccer matchup  Monroe News Star

The Neville Lady Tigers defeated the Ouachita Parish Lady Lions 3-1 in a key Division II – District 2 showdown between top 10 prep girls soccer squads at ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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.

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 ...

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

Lions, Hornets meet for tournament title on Saturday.

How good can Ouachita's defense be in 2018?  Monroe News Star

Ouachita played good defense at Bayou Jamb. But not good enough to satisfy players or coaches. Keep in mind the Lions shut out Ruston and allowed less than ...

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

Burnette is stepping down as Carroll boys basketball coach.

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

Morrow led Claiborne Christian to a state title last season.

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.

College basketball: BPCC adds 10 signees  Bossier Press-Tribune Online

Charlie Cavell, BPCC Athletic Coordinator. Bossier Parish Community College Men's Basketball coach Chris Lovell announced 10 new signees for the ...

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.

Neville picks up second win in Vacanza Classico girls soccer tournament  Monroe News Star

The fifth-ranked Neville Lady Tigers picked up a 2-0 victory over the Benton Lady Tigers en route to moving to 2-0 in their pool play schedule of the 2018 ...

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.

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.

NELA Signing Day recaps  Monroe News Star

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

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

The Rams run to the Superdome healed past wounds.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

How signing former OPHS standout Head impacts Grambling men's hoops  Monroe News Star

Former Ouachita Parish standout signed to play basketball at Grambling State earlier this week.

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.

Ouachita hosts hoops signing day  Monroe News Star

Few schools in the state can match Ouachita Parish High School's track record of success in both boys' and girls' basketball. Another crop of players is headed ...

Ouachita student-athlete drowns in Arkansas

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

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 ...

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 ...

West Monroe girls advance to quarterfinals with victory  Monroe News Star

The sixth-seeded West Monroe Lady Rebels knocked off the 11th-seeded Barbe Lady Buccaneers 2-1 in the regional round of the Louisiana High School ...

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

Louisiana-Monroe held its first scrimmage on Saturday, marking the halfway point of spring practice. “It was just what we wanted, which is basically a practice ...

It's over. ULM snaps 25-game losing streak to Ragin' Cajuns  Monroe News Star

Bell's 3-run shot and Jeans' nine strikeouts secure win for Warhawks.

Franklin Parish opens Redden tourney with win  Monroe News Star

The Franklin Parish Patriots picked up their 10th win of the season with the Patriots' 78-67 victory over the Vision Academy Eagles in the opening game of the ...

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.

Hall of Fame coach Don Shows passes at age 74  The Franklin Sun

Louisiana Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame coach Don Shows passed away at the age of 74 years old on Monday morning after fighting months with ...

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

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

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.

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.

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, ...

Queens of the district: Ouachita rules 2-5A  Monroe News Star

The Lady Lions are one win from a perfect district season.

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 ...

Middleton to retire from River Oaks  Monroe News Star

After 23 years leading River Oaks School, Headmaster Tom Middleton will retire, effective July 31.

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.

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 ...

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

Ouachita's valedictorian named top male student-athlete.

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.

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.

Inside the huddle: Collins family defense born at ULM  Monroe News Star

Mike Collins roams around the practice field. He helps the defensive ends refine their coverage drops on zone blitzes and teaches the finer points of run/pass ...

Summer softball league helps coaches build programs  Monroe News Star

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

36th Annual Black History Month Parade  MyArkLaMiss

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

ULM builds depth with Signing Day additions  Monroe News Star

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

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 ...

Remembering former Alabama stars as recruits  247Sports

In covering Alabama recruiting from 2011-2015 I had the unique opportunity to see several Tide recruits perform in person during the fall, all-star games and ...

Prep football first round playoff matchups  WWL

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


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

ULM's Brown to redshirt, miss rest of season  Monroe News Star

ULM wide receiver Xavier Brown is out for the remainder of the season. Brown, a senior, had shoulder surgery similar to Tommy John in the offseason.

Viator building walk-on program at ULM  Monroe News Star

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

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Louisiana National Guard Adjutant General helps ULM honor veterans  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 ...

Faircloth returning as Vidalia head coach | Sports  The Franklin Sun

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

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.

Cheerleading: Only for the wealthy?  Monroe News Star

Wossman High School cheerleader sponsor Tonya Small has no doubt that the cost of cheerleading at the high school makes it impossible for some of the girls ...


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 ...

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 losses; only life's ...

See the numbers from ULM Pro Day  Monroe News Star

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

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, ...

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 ...

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.

Quarterback Jeremy Liggins will start college career at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC  Mississippi Press

Liggins led Lafayette County to back-to-back 4A championships in 2010 and 2011.

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.

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