Wondering about those Wildcats 2020

Updates and information about our Silliman Wildcats

October 2020 Newsletter

The Silliman family has been together since 1966 and never has it shown the strength, togetherness, and commitment to overcome adversity that we have seen over the past seven months. We are witnessing unprecedented dedication from our families, alumni, staff, and students to embrace this crisis as an opportunity to make our school better than ever. It is times like these that allow us to prioritize what is important in our lives, and certainly our school has been placed high on many lists. As part of the efforts to enhance our technology, in the coming weeks, we will be receiving laptop computers for all students in grades kindergarten through twelve. For students in the sixth grade and below, we will have a device for every student in each classroom. For students in the seventh grade and above, we will distribute laptops to use in classes as well as at home to complete assignments. These older students will turn in their devices at the end of each school year. I am currently working to draft policies to guide the usage of these computers as well as agreement forms for students and parents to sign in the event of damage or lost devices. I expect to present this information to our Board of Directors for their consideration at its October meeting. Our students and staff are excited to make the transition from traditional instructional practices to the practices that advanced technology will bring.

We will have a very busy October with our Homecoming football game and festivities on October 23rd and our Fall Festival on October 29th.

Kevin Lemoine

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Upcoming Events!

Welcome to the 2020 newsletter! As a student at Silliman and a senior, I am looking forward to all the events that will come with this year. We have enjoyed our first football games, pep rallies, and are anticipating the world getting back to normal. Our senior class is as close as ever and we are anticipating a year of surprises, hard work, and successes. We hope you are looking forward to this year as much as we are. - by Alyssa Peden

Silliman Academics

Our students and teachers are in routine as we look back on a full nine weeks of school completed successfully. We are getting used to learning with our masks on and taking care to social distance. We all are grateful to have in-person classes. We are enjoying the cooler weather and are looking forward to October festivities. Just a reminder to check with Renweb to keep track of tests, study hard, and keep up with your school work.

Happy Fall - Silliman Yearbook Staff.

Mrs. Quebedeaux's Theater Class

This year Silliman has reintroduced a Theatre class, taught by Mrs. Quebedeaux. The class, including students from 9th-12th grade, has been practicing their acting and performance skills in the first quarter. They are now auditioning and preparing for their Christmas production, “A Christmas to Believe in,” which tells the Christmas story through the perspective of two teenagers, and also includes Biblical characters such as Mary, Elizabeth, and Joseph. In addition to this Christmas production in mid-December, they are also planning another production for the spring. More information about future performances will be shared as it becomes available.

- by Nicole Guerin

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Bring Your Bible to School

Mrs Lisa Elam's 1st grade class on Bring Your Bible To School Day.
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Spelling Bee Winners

First Grade

Kell Andrews

Bridges Travis

Second Grade

Caden St. Pierre

Maddix Navarra

Third Grade

Dakota Hampton

Logan Crowe

Fourth Grade

Heidi Crochet

Adalyn Odom

Fifth Grade

Madden Rivet

Maria Reed

Sixth Grade

Anna Newsom

Parker Williams


Football Friday Night

The Wildcat football team waited the entire summer for Friday Night Lights. We worked all summer getting ready to play. Early in the season, the football team had to overcome some adversity by not being able to play their first four games due to the Coronavirus. The Wildcats got the news that they could play in September, and we were ready for our first game!

The Wildcats had a great game against Columbia Academy. Quarterback Mills Dawson made his debut as our varsity quarterback. Silliman underclassmen stepped up and played a big role in the Wildcat's win, helping the team to a 1-0 start to their season.

ACCS was next on the schedule for Silliman, who had been preparing and practicing hard all week. Unfortunately, the Wildcats did not come out on top against the Rebels, but they played a tough game and fought until the final horn sounded.

The Wildcats traveled to St. Aloysius Friday, October 2, to take on the Flashes. It was a tough game for the Cats as they suffered their second loss of the season. They came out after a rough first half and played a better game in the second half.

This week was a crazy week for the football team. After only one day of practice, the Wildcats were told they would be playing on a Wednesday. This gave the team just two days to prepare for the Buccaneers. It was also senior night so it was a big night for all the seniors. The Wildcats played a hard fought game but sadly came up short. They look to bounce back next week and take a big win from the Central Hinds Cougars.

By Hunter Harrell

Cross Country

Despite the adaptions and unexpected changes that the team had to face at the start of the season, the Silliman Cross Country team has grown together to face these unpredictable times, and if it were not for the sense of a ''Wildcat Family,'' these shifts in routine might have caused the team not to have a season at all. It became apparent at the very beginning that changes had to be made in order to ensure the runners' safety and the coaches'. Some of these changes would include the lack of providing a source of water at the practices. The team seemed to struggle the most with this difficulty. Eventually, though, they overcame this predicament and found several solutions.

Most of the runners were discouraged to discover the small number of Cross Country meets this year due to the outbreak, but although the meets are limited, practices are harder than ever. The team is proud to admit that the number of fresh runners this year on junior varsity has increased extremely since last year. The new members are doing exceptionally well this season despite all of the drastic changes.

Another difficulty the team is enduring is the absence of a complete Varsity Girls team. For a team to count for the school, five runners must be competing on a team, and unfortunately our team has an absence of a single runner. The Wildcats will not give up, though, and the girls we have continue to push as we advance towards State Meet.

This season has definitely been an interesting one, and as we continue on to our final meets, the bond of our team only grows stronger as our Wildcat pride guides us through our struggles together. The entire team greatly appreciates our hardworking coach. Coach Kaylan Ledet has been an admirable role model for the team as a whole, as she pushes her personal life aside to help us improve as runners. The Silliman Cross Country team cannot even imagine how much Coach Kaylan puts into the team's safety and well being. We are so grateful for our coach and all that she sacrifices for our benefit. - by JoAnna Cornette

JV Football

JV Football

Silliman JV football is back. Silliman Institute JV football definitely had a rocky start. We struggled through the pandemic until we got the OK to have our first game. Our guys worked hard during the summer, following in the footsteps of our juniors and seniors. The competitive nature of our coach definitely tested us as we practiced and then competed, both in the gym and in conditioning, getting ready for the season. With hard work comes success, proving itself with our positive record into the final weeks of the season. With this in mind, my teammates and I are excited and confident as we plan to finish the season with three wins. Go Wildcats! - by Charles Hunt

Lady Wildcats Softball

Starting up the 2020-2021 school year, Silliman's softball team has been working hard and is very determined to achieve the goals that they have set out for themselves. They started their season in July and have been non-stop ever since. The Lady Wildcats are mostly known as the underdogs against any team they play. Knowing this, the girls are using it as their motivation to bring home the state title and make their school proud. A few weeks ago, they defeated Brookhaven Academy to become district champs.

The Lady Wildcats competed in the South State tournament and had a phenomenal weekend of ball. They went 4-2, losing to Hillcrest Christian. They never gave up and kept their eyes on the prize. The team worked together to finish runners-up and move on to advance to the state tournament.

When it was time for the state tournament, the girls came up shorter than they excepted. They took 4th place, losing to Leake Academy 2-1.

Although the team did not come out on top, our Softball team fought hard. Softball has been a blast, and I will forever cherish the moments and memories made as a Silliman Wildcats. -Cayley Pelt

Silliman Dance

This spring and summer the Varsity Dance team has been working hard to be as prepared as we can be for the 2020-2021 football season. We started our dance season with tryouts on June 12, and had our home dance camp on July 20-23. We learned five field ready dances we can use for home and away games.

For our first pep rally, the dance team performed a military pom pom dance to songs like "Highway to the Danger Zone "by Kenny Loggins and "Survivor" by Destiny's Child. We were very excited to show our Wildcat spirit by participating with the spirit day. It was also very exciting to be able to perform at pep rallies again!

During these upcoming weeks, the dance team will continue to work hard by perfecting the upcoming pep rally and football game dances. We will also continue to work on more bleacher mania dances so we can become more involved during the actual football games and continue to show our Wildcat pride by dancing the best that we can. We are looking forward to the upcoming games and pep rallies! Go Wildcats! :) - by Mindy Bulot

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Willie the Wildcat

This season, Willie the Wildcat has been making appearances at the football game during halftime, as well as third quarter in the stands taking pictures with kids. He is spending time helping with carpool, making appearances with the elementary, and cheering at pep rallies. Willie didn't perform during halftime this game, but he definitely has things in the works for Senior Night and Homecoming halftimes. Willie's student section had dress-up days, and it was a very nice turnout. The next student section theme is currently being voted on by the students of Silliman. - by Theresa Stages

Silliman Cheer

On Friday, September 18th, the Silliman cheer team had a miniature pep rally at lunch. We then made the trip to Columbia for the first football game of the 2020 season - and won!

The next week was the first home game against ACCS! The cheer team worked on their military themed routine all that week. We also performed that routine during half-time at the football game that night. The cheerleaders also put on a pep rally for the elementary kids. The cheer team had a lot of fun learning the dance and were very excited to show it off to the school.

We are so excited and grateful to be able to cheer on our Wildcats this year!

-by Grace Bergeron

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Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Homecoming Court. Pictured are (front row left to right): Cayley Pelt, Abigayle Johnston, Bella Dart, Carly Fruge', Evie Dart, McCaul Kelly, Maddie Windham. Escorts are Bo Gilkison, Jacob Simmons, Darius Colenberg, Hunter Harrell, Lawson Cook, Isaac Whittington, Richard Hurst. The Crown Bearer is Eli Perkins and Flower Girl is Nyla Kirby. Homecoming will be Friday, October 23rd.

Student Dress Days

Silliman Helping Hands

Honor Society Hurricane Relief

On September 3rd, Silliman’s Honor Society sponsored a “Wear Your Favorite College Jersey” Day to raise much-needed funds for communities in Southwest Louisiana devastated by Hurricane Laura.

Silliman students responded in true fashion, bringing their donations and sporting their college jerseys and T-shirts. We raised over $700! The money has been sent to the Southwest Louisiana Fellowship of Ch

ristian Athletes (FCA) in Lake Charles, providing much needed fuel and replacement blades for chain saws, tarps, bleach and other cleaning/disinfecting supplies, and much more.

Local FCA teams, including LSU’s FCA chapter, assisted the Lake Charles’ FCA team, cutting downed trees, tarping roofs, and cleaning up in the 90-plus degree heat. Silliman alumni Ryan Armstrong (’14) is pictured here among the FCA workers in Lake Charles. Thanks for the pictures! Most importantly, the teams have been ministering to and praying with the families and business owners in the hard-hit community of Lake Charles and surrounding areas, as they not only begin repairs to physical properties but also try to mend their spirits and hold fast to their faith in Christ.

Good work, Wildcats and Fellowship of Christian Athletes!

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St. Jude Fund Raiser

Silliman Students showed their support by wearing a "pink shirt" as a fund raiser to collect funds for St. Jude. It was a big success.
Sports Pictures

Did you know we have a Shutterfly Picture Sharing Site? All pictures from picture day and Senior Night are available. Please click the link and it will send you to a site. Password is sillimanyearbook.