Broadcast on OWL TV in February 1993.

Good evening! I'm Angela Hopkins, with Kelly Richard. And this is the North Central High School new update for the month of February.

The 1993 Mock Trial competition began on Tuesday, February 9th. NCHS Mock Trial team members Lana Guillot, Chanci Shaw, and Ledricka Johnson took the role of attorneys while Keshia Rideau, Charlene Edwards, and Tricia Frame were witnesses. Charla Campbell was the timekeeper and alternate. On their first night of competition, these seven talented young ladies earned their first victory over the Academy of the Sacred Heart. Then on February 11th the team was again victorious over Opelousas High School. However, on Thursday, February 18th, despite a tremendous effort, the team was defeated by Eunice High. The faculty and staff of North Central High School would like to express our thanks to everyone who sacrificed their time and gave of their talent. Congratulations to our team. We are very proud of you and feel that you are winners.

North Central held its 3rd Annual Science fair on February 12, 1993. Of the projects turned in for the fair many students came out. No actual places were awarded, but the students are eligible to attend the parish fair on March 6th in Eunice. Congradulations goes out to the following people : Heather Pickett, Regina Bowie, Angela Hopkins, Joseph Doucet, Paul Kerry, Travis Frame, Sherikka Johnson, and Bryan Bush.

On January 28, 1993, a Peer Leadership Conference was held at the school board in Opelousas, Louisiana. Ms. Linda Haynes sponsered Kim Bolden, Keshia Rideau, Sara Taylor, Lashtelle Goudeau, Chris Abram, and Nicholas Sanders to attend the conference.

This conference gave students the opportunity to build their leadership skills and talk to Peer Leaders of other schools. The leadership organization is also sponsering a lock-in for sixth graders at local schools around the parish. This lock-in will allow these six graders to participate in games, listen to lectures, and talk to the Peer Leadership staff and adult sponsors about problems that they may not be able to talk to their parents about. North Central's lock-in will be held in the gym on March 12, 1993.

North Central will hold its third annual Jump Rope For Heart contest on Friday, March 12. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third places according to most creative jumper, longest jumper, and most money collected.

Refreshments will be served. The contest will begin at 12:30 and will end at 2:45. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. Ms. Linda Haynes, sponsor, urges everyone to participate.

Now here's Kelly with a sports update.

On January 26, 1993, the North Central Hurricanes played against the Beau Chene Gators. The Gators spread the court against N.C. and then defeated the Hurricanes 51-47 in an overtime contest.

On February 2, things started to look better for the Canes as they rolled past Sacred Heart of Ville Platte by a score of 98-47.

Then, on February 5, things again went down for the Canes as they lost against the Port Barre Red Devils with a score of 62-81.

On February 9, the Hurricanes scored a 90-45 game over Mamou. Curley Johnson led the Hurricanes with 17 points. DeWayne Williams and Issac Powell were also in double figures for the victors with 15 points each. Ronald Andrus had 9 points and Wesley Collins scored 8 points.

On February 12, North Central hosted Opelousas Catholic. Four players scored double figures. Herbert Fontenot tallied 19 points to lead the N.C. scoring barrage as the Hurricanes clipped the Vikings 87-39 in a District 7-2A contest.

On February 19, the North Central Hurricanes hosted the Beau Chene Gators. The Gators used their stalling method to heat the Canes' 26-24. This game gave the Gators the 7-2A District Title.

On Feb. 27, the Hurricanes played the Port Barre Red Devils at neutral court at Opelousas Senior High School. The red Devils outscored the Hurricanes by one point with a score of 56-57 to claim the 2nd place 7-2A district title.

On Feb. 26, the North Central Hurricanes played Block High School of Jonesville La. Only 3 players had double figures. Dwayne Williams had an outstanding game. He scored 24 points. Wesley Collins and Isaac Powell also chipped in with 16 points. The final score of this game was 77-60. On March 2 the North Central Hurricanes traveled to Ferriday to play Tahaloula High School.

The victory is the 26th win of the season for the Hurricanes.

Coach Abul Pitre has done a great job working with North Central's 8th grade basketball team. The season started off with a game against Eunice, which was a close one. Unfortunately, the Canes fell short with a score of 39-36. The Canes came out first in the Plaisance Tournament, playing East Junior High in the finals. From there, the Hurricanes defeated Plaisance with a score of 68-34. Their first home game was against Opelousas Junior High. Gerald Collins was on top with 20, Micheal Stoner with 18, and Lacedrick Jackson and Derrick Robinson dropped 10 points each. On January 6 the Canes met Eunice for the second time. The Canes were down by 15 points with 3 minutes left in the game. North Central pulled through with a score of 42-39. Joe Sam was the leader with 13 points while Gerald Collins and Micheal Stoner layed in 11 and 12.

On January 13, 1993, the Canes ran over Plaisance with a score of 59-24. The three headers of this game were Joe Sam, with 14, Gerald Collins and Chris Rideau with 10 each. On January 25, the Hurricanes had an easy win over Port Barre. In this game three of the players fouled out leaving two players to finish the game with a score of 72-31. Four players scored double figures. Gerald Collins and Joe Sam scored 18 points each while Chris Rideau and Clarence Trent each rolled in 12 points. The team is now tied for first in District and overall 7-2.

The Lady Canes of North Central High have been showing their athletic ability, since the last Hurricanes sports update. On Friday, January 28, the Lady Canes were "hot" by taking a 54-17 victory over the Academy of Sacred Heart of Grand Coteau. Melanie Miller led a trio of players in double figures with 19 points as the Lady Canes improved. Leslie Thierry added 16 points for North Central, who also received 15 points from Chrissy Ponthieaux, with a 33-6 at halftime over Sacred Heart. On Friday, February 5, the Lady Canes were defeated by the Lady Red Devils of Port Barre, but that defeat did not bring the Lady Canes down, because they were back on track on the night of February 9, beating Mamou 60-43, with Melanie Miller leading the Lady Canes with 34 points.

Last, but not least, the Lady Canes Softball team is off to a great start this year, with Coach Jeff David. On Thursday, February 11, 1993 the Lady Canes softball team played against St. Joseph. With the help of Shonda Robinson, Tonya Phillips, and Michelle Ridenour, the score was tied at 3 at the top of the second inning. Due to bad weather conditions, the game was canceled.

On Thursday, February 18, the Lady Canes played away against Port Barre at 3:30 p.m. The score at this game was 11-6. On Saturday, February 20, the Lady Canes played in Beau Chene's Jambore. At 8:15 they played against Acadiana High, losing 3-1. At 10:15, they played against Livonia High, losing again 3-0. With a turn-around, the Lady Canes defeated Beau Chene Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. with a winning score of 9-7.

Now back to Angela.

North Central will hold its annual Beta Pageant on Thursday, March 4, 1993 in the auditorium. The pageant will begin at 7:00 p.m. There will be 4 categories for both boys and girls who paid a $5.00 entry fee. There will be a special segment of the pageant for persons paying a $50.00 entry fee. The deadline for all entries is March 1, 1993. We hope that this pageant will be as successful as those in the past.

On Friday, February 19, two of our most talented band students, Lillian Romar and Crystal Hopkins, attended a black history program at Palemetto Elementary School.

Lillian and Crystal provided entertainment by playing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Their performance was top notch, and the students enjoyed the rare rendition. We are hopeful that more of our band students will have the opportunity to participate in these kinds of activities more often.

The activities for observance of Black History month at North Central High were as follows. On Friday, February 19, a Poster Contest was held. Any student could enter this contest, as long as he or she developed a good theme.

Wednesday through Friday, February 24-26, all students were encouraged participate in the Hats Off to African-American Scholars essay contest.

Thursday, February 25, Mr. Alvin Haynes, and Mrs. Jones, representatives from Williams Funeral Home, Dr. Joseph Tyler, M.D., and Janie McKenzie, a major in the Air Force, visited North Central and spoke in selected classes.

On Friday, February 26, a General Assembly was held at 1:45 in the school auditorium. The program began with our guest speaker, Mr. Herman Bertrand. A selection of poetry was read by Sherika Johnson. Steven Moore played a few instrumental solos on the saxophone, with the NCHS band playing afterward. The program concluded with a skit on Harriet Tubman by LaShundra Jones and Denise Defro. This concludes our update for the month of February.

I'm Angela Hopkins.