Written by Trey Fluellen, AmeriCorps Member serving on the AT&T Aspire Team at Broadmoor High School
This semester has been extremely busy for our team. We've been involved in many activities in and out of school. During the MLK day of service, our team played a huge part in the community development in the Gus Young area of Baton Rouge. We were also invited to a military ball put on by our renowned JROTC program. In addition, our Team Leader Chenice Samuel and I were invited to a Red Jacket Society event, where I was honored to be a panelist. All of these activities led up to our culminating event: our first Annual Black History Program.
Jasmine Evans was the point person for the event. She put in immense work before the program could even start. Gathering all of the performers, speakers, and attendees was a great asset to the success of the event. While organizing the schedule she also worked hand in hand with staff and administration to make sure all bases were covered. She also contributed to the implementation in then program by being a stage manager during the event. Even after some minor hiccups throughout the performances she managed to still coordinate a smooth transition.
The event was hosted by Terrell*, a new freshman that was eager to make his presence known on campus.The performances were outstanding, and the audience were really impressed with the entire program. District Attorney Jarvis Parsons came as an invited speaker and shared a few touching experiences. City Year AmeriCorps members Sheldon Gilton and Benjamin Washington (pictured above) did a spoken word and live painting that wowed the crowd. Also, Impact Manager Troy Chapman came out to play bass with two of Broadmoor's finest musicians, students Marion* and Roy*. A plethora of Broadmoor's hidden poets, musicians, and speakers stunned administration, including East Baton Rouge Superintendent Warren Drake, who was also in attendance.
After the event, Principal Boatner made it clear that he was really proud of the program. We received tons of praise from students, faculty, and our fellow City Year family that attended. Assistant Principal Sampson said, "I didn’t even know we had that much talent at this school. I must commend you all for finding them." We also were surprised with our students; we knew that they would do great, but they exceeded all expectations and knocked it out of the park. We all were grateful that they really took the time out to practice and show us that they wanted to make us proud. This Black History Program opened some eyes, hearts, and ears not only to black history but to the capabilities of the black students at our school.
*Student names have been changed.