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My sincere greetings to you. As we have seen over the past few weeks and months, the development around COVID-19 can happen quickly and with little warning. I know this, and everything about this crisis and pandemic, feels alarming to all of us here, our families in Liberia where about three cases have been identified, and where a few of our alumni have traveled. Yet, I'm confident that God will guide us through it all.
As the implications of the virus pandemic change on almost hourly and daily basis, we are asking you to pray, take the advice of the experts and your public health officials in your locality or the State where you live, because safety is your first concern and ours as well. I like to emphasize that family is what this is all about right now and that we are all in this together. Please let's keep united and call one another, especially those that are in hot areas.
In the weeks ahead, things may get challenging, but through the help of God we will survive, united even more for having managed through unprecendented adversity.
Because of you, "Turris Lucis" lives on. Stay safe!
---Dr. A. Joel King, PRESIDENT---
At the 2022 convention in Maryland, several changes occurred at the Board level. Among such was the re-election of Ms. Esther Caulcrick to the Board of Directors to serve a full term. She was also elected as Secretary of the Board under the leadership of Mr. Calvin R. Johnson. The new Secretary has already hit the ground running. Together with the rest of the Board Members, they intend to be a very proactive arm of the association.
Board Secretary Esther Caulcrick
President Dr. Joel A. King has vowed to continue implementing the projects of the previous administrations, i.e. the science and computer labs. He recognizes the importance of having modern labs at the Bassa High School. They both go a long way in enhancing the learning performance of the students.
A man of tech background himself, Dr. King is strongly committed to giving the students the opportunity to compete with their counterparts from anywhere in the world.
Bassa High School Association USA Gets a WhatsApp Chatroom
To enhance communications between and among members of the association, the BHSAUSA has set up a chatroom. Thanks to the innovative initiation of Mrs. Lucinda Nagbe (the mastermind of the setup). Every member is encouraged to take advantage of this added way of communication. With people spending more time on their smart phones, the move is right for the time we live in. If you don't have the WhatsApp app on your phone, download it from the App Store (for Apple users) and the Play Store (for Android users).
Generous Donation from the Kilbys & Nagbes
To no surprise, members of the BHSAUSA continue to step up to the plate and fill the needs at the Bassa High School when necessary. This time it is the generosity of the Kilby and Nagbe families who have provided high quality wooden chairs for the stage of the auditorium at their own expense. We can always boast of a core of hardworking, dedicated and generous members. They take on initiatives and deliver to the best of their abilities. The association, and definitely the school is very grateful for the generosity of the Kilby and Nagbe families for the noteworthy contribution to the Bassa High School System with no strings attached.
BHSAUSA DUKPAH Chatroom
In addition to the BHSAUSA Chatroom on WhatsApp, the association now has another chatrom on WhatsApp. It is called the BHSAUSA DUKPAH. This where membes can post informative and entertainment articles to cheer up everyone and also share findings in the areas of finance, technology, sports, medical, and several others. It is strongly advised that members refrain from posting anything explicit as we are a responsible organization. The other chatroom is strictly for things pertaining to BHSAUSA and BHS.
Help on the Way
The BHSAUSA has answered the plea for help from the PTA. The body unanimously approved the funding for the completion of the painting of the main school building. According to the Project Committee Chairman, Mr. Johnny Barnard, the funds have already been disbursed to Liberia for the work to begin. Upon completion, the building will have a beautiful look from all angles of the property.
Mr. Tommy G. Logan is one of the most versatile members of the association. A 1977 graduate of the Bassa High School, Mr. Logan served as the first elected president. Over the years, he has also served as Vice President, advisor to the president, and now he has been duly elected to the Board of Directors.
With his wealth of experience and active involvement in the activities of the association, Mr. Logan is an excellent choice for the Board. We wish him well as he performs his duties along with other members of the Board.
Board Member Tommy G. Logan
During a very competitive contest, Mrs. Anna Konah-Jackson won the crown, becoming the new Miss BHSAUSA. She narrowly defeated Ms. Edsiah T. Nelson after two rounds of competition. Mrs. Jackson took a large lead in the first round. Eventhough she was defeated by Ms. Nelson in the second round, the defecit from round one was too huge to overcome, narrowly losing to Mrs. Jackson, a true graduate of the institution. Congratulations to our new Queen, Mrs. Anna Konah-Jackson.
An Exceptional Philantropist
A recent program on Freedom Radio in Monrovia, Liberia focused on education. In it the host, Jeff Jefferson, featured our own President Emeritus, Emmanuel Nuku Reeves and his effort in making the difference in the lives of the education of some of the underpriviledged young people in Liberia. He made particular reference to Mr. Reeves' offering of two full scholarships to a male and female graduate of his alma matar, the BHS to attend any institution of higher learning in Liberia. Mr Jefferson applauded the good will of Mr. Reeves and challenged others to follow his example.
Beside this recent gesture of good will, Mr. Reeves is widely known for lending a helping hand where he sees the need and is in the position to fill that need. A preacher call that a person's calling (seeing a need and filling it). He is a fine example of a true and exceptional philantropist. Mr. Reeves is one of the strongest pillars of the BHSAUSA in every aspect. He recently sponsored the 20th convention without the association spending a dime from the treasury. From the hotel rooms to the cost of the souvenirs, the food and drinks for the welcome event as well as the farewell brunch, everything was done through him and a few donor partners. It brought back the true spirit of fun and togetherness. People are calling it the best convention ever.
President Emeritus E. Nuku Reeves
Dr. D. Elwood Dunn Delivered a short but interesting food for thought address at the BHSAUSA 20th Anniversary Convention
BHSAUSA President Dr. A. Joel King Speaks on National Issues of Liberia
He was the keynote speaker at the 20th anniversary convention dinner and ball of the Bassa High School Association, USA in Laurel, Maryland. Speaking on the topic, “Investing in 21st Century Education,” Dr. Dunn narrowed it to the unique Liberian framework.
As a starting point, the former Educator, author, and high ranking public servant under several Liberian leaders, Dr. Dunn noted that it requires an appreciation of contexts – broad historically, and narrowly focused on the Liberian experience that appreciates the African, Islamic and Western heritages. He realized that money should be used as a tool to invest in curricula with critical thinking at the core. Funding should also be used to invest in new teachers and students, Dr. Dunn added. He called for critical thinking to take precedence over rote learning as the direction for 21st century education.
Regarding 21st century teachers, Dr. Dunn called for the Liberian educational system to require them to be flexible, friendly, innovative, and creative, with the skills of researchers. They should adapt to becoming life-long learners (as we learn something new almost every day) and follow the trends of the modern societies, becoming technologically savvy, collaborative to the point of advocating for a world class teaching profession. They will serve as role models while gaining the respect and admiration of students.
As for the 21st Century Liberian students, Dr. Dunn stressed the need for them to be critical thinkers, focused on the development of their talents and abilities in order to reach their full potentials.
NOTE: Excerpts were taken for the Front Page Africa article of August 17, 2022.
Dr. D. Elwood Dunn
Dr. A. Joel King
Calvin R. Johnson
Chairman of the Board
This is the Tower of light, the proud symbol of BHS
Bassa High School Students Perform Well on WASSCE
Rev. Father Augustus Quoi, the Principal of the Bassa High School System, informed us of the impressive performance of the BHS students in the 2020/2021 academic year WASSCE. Out of 337 students registered and took the exams, 334 passed.
It gave us the encouragement that the cooperative efforts between our association and the school are paying off. It is our hope that their performance will be even better during the next academic year.
Solar Panel Project Gains Momentum
Since the much talked about need to have a constant supply of electricity at the Bassa High School, nothing tangeable had been seen until recently. Former Principal Sherriff anticipated the day when the project would have commenced during his administration, but it did not happen.
The pressure has been mounting for the project to get underway for some time now. President King has been very cautious in his approach to the project. He first instituted a fundraising initiative and incorporated it into the annual benefit dinner and ball at the convention. Spearheaded by Ways and means Chairman, Immanuel W. Karpeh, the intiative has become a routine aspect of the dinner and ball.
A giant step taken in the direction of implementing the project was the recent assessment carried out by a credible consultant for a meager cost of $100. The report should be submitted shortly, and based on the findings and recommendation, the next step will be taken.
Work in Progress at BHS
These are the progression of work on the painting of the back of the main building at BHS and the outside lavatory on campus. We salute Dr. Butscher for his donation towards the bathroom project.
Mother Joanna Caulcrick recently celebrated her birthday. As one of the oldest members of the association, we send birthday greetings to this noble woman, still serving on the Board of Directors. May God grant her many more years to come.