This past Thursday was the last BPSB & CBGosslee "Award of Excellence" Ceremony for 2018 and we can assure you that it definitely went out with a bang!
Before and after the ceremony, we were provided entertainment by the Parkway Pride of Pantherland Band. If you have not heard them play before, we highly recommend it. They will be playing at the New Orleans Saints half time show on the 23rd. The band will play their Christmas melody mix-up, as well as the infamous "When the Saints Go Marching In." They are making a mark for themselves and we could not be more proud of them!
The first group of the Award of Excellence honorees this go-round is extremely impressive and they are making their way into the world of robotics at such an early age.
(Award of Excellence Honoree's Airline High School's Robotic Team)
At Airline High School, a German exchange student noticed that trash was littering our community (very different from the clean streets in Germany).
This observation was the start of the "Trash Can Project", which is now receiving accolades at the state and national level in the Samsung "Solve for Tomorrow" contest. This nationwide competition challenges students to apply STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) to find creative solutions to real-world issues impacting their local communities.
The way it works is people are rewarded for throwing away their trash by using an app on their phone, leading to a cleaner community.
The Robotics team's ingenuity has resulted in them advancing as one of five schools in Louisiana - and one of 250 in the United States - in the nationwide contest.
As state finalist, AHS Cyber Literacy teacher and Robotics sponsor Billy Neill will receive a Samsung tablet for his classroom and the team is now waiting word if they will advance in the competition. They stand to receive a $20,000.00 Samsung technology package and the possibility of going on to the national level and be given the opportunity to attend a Pitch Event, where they will present their project to a panel of judges. More technology money will be up for grabs, with the ultimate grand prize winners receiving $100,000 in classroom and supplies.
The team of these inspiring student innovators include the following:
Sponsor Billy Neill
We want to thank the Airline Robotics team for being inspired to use their imagination and innovate technology to beautify our community and wish them the best of luck! Their win is truly a win for us all.
(Award of Excellence Honoree, Calley Schneider with Coldwell Banker Gosslee
Representative, Jessica Wimberly)
The final Award of Excellence Honoree is teacher, Calley Schnieder - who is doing some pretty amazing things with the technology in the Central Park Elementary computer lab.
Mrs. Schneider likes to work quietly behind the scenes and that is one thing Principal Dr. Vicki Younger points out. She calls her a selfless person who jumps in anywhere she is needed, giving her time, yet working hard to avoid personal praise.
Her colleagues say Mrs. Schneider has the students at Central Park all jazzed up about technology through the robotics team, they love going to computer lab and she keeps everything running smoothly in teachers' classrooms.
Mrs. Schneider is also credited with strong parental engagement. She created a new school website and keeps families up-to-date on school activities through it and social media. She also helps other teachers write grants, having successfully written and landed several herself.
She is in her seventh year teaching in Bossier, but 22nd overall in education. We are very grateful for all that she does and the impact that she is making on our community each and every day.
We love sponsoring this award and this year has most definitely shown us just how special our community is and all of the students and teachers in it. They are our future and we could not be more grateful to be a part of it. 2018 was a great year and we look forward to see what talent comes out in 2019. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!