Brandi Franklin Landry, left, and Nicole Thomas Semien at an Lake Charles-Boston alumni event. (Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, June 16, 2014 4:52 PM
Cougar Pride lives on.
Alumnus Brandi Franklin Landry is helping the Lake Charles-Boston family stay together years after the school was closed. She helps organize annual Alumni Weekends when LC-B graduates get together to reminisce about their school days.
She graduated from the school in 1999.
“I liked the teachers, classmates, sports, everything,” she said.
“I was a football trainer, was on the homecoming court my junior and senior year, homecoming queen my senior, football sweetheart my junior year and class president all four years. I was in choir and various clubs. My freshman year was fun because we had a really good freshman year. I went in with a bang. My senior year we had a good basketball team, I think we won state.”
Franklin Landry said it was upsetting to see the school closed in 2007.
“It made it seem like we did not have good teachers, that the students did not come to school and it wasn’t like that,” she said.
“It made it sound like we were a bad school. It gave LC-B a bad rap. That’s not what we were. We have lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs. People that didn’t go didn’t know what was going on inside the school. I always thought very highly of my school so nothing changed about the way I think of it. Since they closed our school, it makes you feel that Cougar pride. It made us alumni closer.”
Franklin Landry said the Cougar faculty and staff had outstanding teachers and administrators.
“Mrs.(Cheryl) Fuselier, an English teacher, was the best,” she said. “She was like our school mom. We went to her for everything and she took care of us. Mr. (Solomon) Cannon and Mr. (Brent) Washington, the assistant principal, were good. They meant business, they
were not there to play. They were compassionate, if you had a problem you could go in and talk to them. But when it was time for business, it was time for business.”
The Cougars got some help from LaGrange head football coach Jules Sullen in being able to enjoy reunions. Sullen dedicates a Gators home game to LC-B each season.
“LaGrange wears LC-B jerseys, we have an alumni party and a tailgate party at Cougar Stadium,” said Franklin Landry. It has been getting bigger and bigger, we have about 500-600 people coming. We had nothing to go back to. I have to thank Coach Sullen, he is the one who got us making a weekend out of it. We had just started off with just the game and hanging out afterwards, but in 2013 we were able to make it a weekend, give shirts and plan an alumni party, the parade and the tailgate.”
Franklin Landry said the school being closed has not diminished school pride.
“Once a Cougar, always a Cougar,” she said.
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