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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 2021 virtual convention, several changes occurred at the Executive and Board levels. Among such was the election of Ms. Esther Caulcrick to the Board of Directors, to finish the term of Ms. Berma Findley who was elected to the Executive Council. Ms. Caulcrick brings a wealth of experience to the Board, have served the association in a number of capacities, the highest being Acting President after the death of the late President, Hawa Kpakah. We welcome the new Board Member.
Board Member 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.
One of the uniqueness of BHSAUSA is the fact that we have many self-motivated members. Whenever there is a need for help someone always steps in and fill that void. Whether it is financial help, time, effort or other resources needed to get things done, a volunteer will take the lead. Many members have donated such things as prizes for the raffle, mugs for our souvenir, time to visit the school when in Liberia on other personal business, financial help with projects, and the list goes on.
This year experienced a void in our finances with the cancelling of our annual convention (our single largest money-making event), but we still have expenditure. Our only source of revenue has been from membership dues. However, generosity kicked in again. This time it is from former Board Member Calvin R. Johnson. He stepped in and volunteered to finance the entire scholarship program for the selected students of BHS for academic year 2020/2021, saving our treasury thousands of dollars.
Mark your calendars. The 2022 convention is just around the corner. Start finalizing your plans now. It is the weekend of August 12, 2022 in Laurel, MD. Pay your dues now to avoid the rush. It is only $100 per person annually. Payments can be made by clicking the donate button on this page. Please add a few extra dollars to cover the fees charged by PayPal. Payment can also be sent via check or money order made payable to BHSAUSA and mailed to our address or directly to the Financial Secretary or Treasurer.
Doing Much Good
BHSAUSA members are one of kind. So many members have stepped up the plate and given a helping hand where help was and sometime is still needed. We are grateful to Mrs. Osseh Brownell-Gordon, an active member of the association, who has single-handedly made the conscious effort to assist the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan with some basic but essential needs. She has demonstrated generosity beyond the walls of BHS which is just as a worthy cause as assisting the school. Way to go Osseh! Please keep up the good works! We are proud that you are one of us.
Mrs. Osseh Brownell-Gordon
President Emeritus Reeves Admonished Graduates of BHSS
BHSAUSA President Dr. A. Joel King Speaks on National Issues of Liberia
At the 95th graduation ceremonies of the BHSS on the grounds of the main campus, President Emeritus of BHSAUSA, Mr. E. Nuku Reeves, who served as the keynote speaker, gave some interesting food for thought to help guide the young graduates as they prepare to enter into the outside of high school. He commended them for their determination to pursue their goals and dreams; completion of high school is one important piece of the pie. He called on them to be optimistic about their future. Mr. Reeves reminded them that the completion of high school is an important aspect of a successful journey through life; it should be a motivation to keep pressing on. He cautioned them to be mindful that doing all of the right things is no guarantee for a totally successful life.
Mr. Reeves encouraged the graduates to be true to themselves and do the best with what they have. He pointed out that success can only be achieved through the choices, actions and experiences of the individual student. It is not a one day thing.
In closing, Mr. Reeves offered two full scholarships (a male and a female) to two graduates of this class to any four-year college in Liberia, courtesy of the Geneva Reeves-Johnson Foundation. He further donated $1000 to the graduating class for refreshments in appreciation of the superb performance on the WASSCE.
President Emeritus E. Nuku Reeves
Dr. A. Joel King
Victor D. King
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.