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Letter of Intent
Dylan Darden signing his Letter of Intent to play college baseball at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ar. He is surrounded by family and teammates. He is a Senior at Smackover High School. He is son of Janda & Dusty Darden and grandson of David & Vickie Darden of Bernice and Karen & Barry Walton of El Dorado, Ar., also has a sister Taylor.
UPJH October Students of the Month
Union Parish Junior High is pleased to announce its students of the month for October. These students have grown in the principles of courtesy, responsibility, organization, pride and safety. All of the faculty is very proud of these two great students. They will be treated to lunch, and entered into a drawing at the end of the school year.
Left to right: Taylor Lee and Von Fields
In Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Operation Overlord
My name is Kevin Adkins and I teach 11th grade U.S. History at Union Parish High School in Farmerville. I asked my students to complete a role-playing activity called RAFT writing this spring. Each student was to assume the role of a U.S. Army soldier sitting down to write a letter home to family in Louisiana after fighting his way ashore at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.
70 students used the letter format to describe the horrendous conditions that America's heroes faced as they fought to destroy Nazi Germany. 11th grade honor student Haidyn Long of Farmerville composed the attached Word document and it is one of my best this spring
Words cannot describe how thankful I am to be writing this letter to you all. The Allied Powers have successful pushed through the Germans in Normandy, France. As joyous as this foothold in Europe may sound, it did not come without intense casualties.
We, U.S. Troops, were stationed at Utah and Omaha Beaches in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, in what they are calling Operation Overlord or D-day. I was stationed at Omaha Beach along with 34,250 other men. I have heard rumors that this operation was the largest amphibious attack in military history! Thousands of soldiers coming by both plane and boat, the Allies were powerful, but we all knew who we were up against-Hitler.
On those ships there was not fear, but adrenaline. We all knew the stakes of this battle. We neared…the ramps slowly came down… and almost immediately was replaced with an army of bullets taking out my comrades. We fired back; we swam for our lives. Anything that could block a bullet was a precious scrap of metal. You could see all that was going on but hear nothing. The frantic fear was the cruelest violent nightmare one can fathom. Casualties are estimated 209,000 allied forced in all; 125,847 being U.S. ground forces. I survived somehow and shall go on with this brave country and proudly fight for the world. I do miss you all and pray to see you soon.
RMMC Scholarship Winner
Lisa Reeves Barr, daughter of the late Dr. W. C. Reeves, recently presented the 2014 Reeves Scholarship to Delessa Richard. Delessa, a 2014 graduate of Ruston High School, is the daughter of Markus Richard, Sr., and Sonsara' Richard of Dubach. She plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and major in biology. The Bernice Historical Society, Dr. W. C. Reeves Scholarship Committee, selects this scholarship winner annually in memory of Dr. W. C. Reeves.
Dr. W. C. Reeves provided medical services to the citizens of Bernice and surrounding communities for over fifty years. He worked hard for his education and believed in helping young people to meet their educational goals. This scholarship is given in his memory each year to a selected college-bound student or students who submit evidence of educational achievement and potential for college success. Anyone who would like to contribute to the Dr. W. C. Reeves Scholarship Fund is encouraged to send a donation to The Bernice Historical Society, Dr. W. C. Reeves Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 524, Bernice, LA 71222.