Life + Culture

By the NEXT staff There’s no doubt about it: The process of planning for college and other types of postsecondary training can be CONFUSING! But it should be part of every junior’s and senior’s life—along with tacos, football, friends, concerts and...
CREDIT CARD RULES YOU SHOULD KNOW • Remember that credit cards are not “free money.” They’re more like a loan that you must pay back. • If you pay your full bill each month, you won’t have to pay interest. If you pay the minimum amount or only part of...
BY ELIZABETH MACKE It’s the beginning of the school year, and maybe you’re already overwhelmed with classwork, extracurriculars and those looming college applications. The good news? So is everyone else. To help you get in the zone, we spoke to four...
This July a Louisiana 4-H delegation was immersed in a comprehensive citizenship program sponsored by the National 4-H Council. Youth from seven parishes were part of the weeklong Citizenship Washington Focus, an annual leadership program held at the nation...
C.E. Byrd’s Logan McLain [in white] cycled his way to several medals this year.
During the Tour of Ireland road race this summer, the message of Shreveport cyclist Logan McLain was loud and clear. The 16-year-old was in the top five overall in the event featuring mostly 17- and 18-year-olds. However, on the fifth day of the six-day...
The Vernon Parish School Board hosted a Jump Start Summers initiative program throughout June to teach students the welding trade at Pickering High School.  “The overall objective of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to get a ‘Jump...
Learning about the basics of financial management now can help ensure that you won't have financial problems later on in life. Here are some basic tips to get you started, including three common money management mistakes, credit card rules and how to...
BASF Tech Academy
Outfitted in hard hats, ear plugs and safety glasses, 29 high school students make their way into the control room of BASF’s acetylene plant in Geismar, Louisiana. They gather in front of a couple dozen computer monitors, each of which keeps track of the...
Honor roll
Meet four Louisiana students who have risen to the top of their class this year through their academic performance, extracurricular activities and community involvement. One is a state-honored youth conservationist; another has written a book. Another is a...
Terrence Magee
Terrence Magee, running back for the Cleveland Browns, has been taking care of business ever since his backyard football days in Louisiana. After quarterbacking Franklinton High’s first state championship team, he went on to become a “fiery leader” and a “...