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Presidential Message



 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---

Death's cold hands has struck close to home once more. The mother of Board Member Berma Findley, Mrs. Gertrude A. Findley, passed away on November 27, 2019, in Dover, Delaware, USA. Her body will be flown to Liberia for burial. Meanwhile, a full service funeral is planned for December 28, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Wyoming United Methodist Church, 216 Wyoming Mill Road, Dover, DE 19904. The BHSAUSA family is expected to be well represented.

The Late Gertrude Findley
Outside Toilet Project Progresses at Full Speed

Inspite of the crippling effect on economies all over the world due to the corona virus pandemic, the outside toilet project at the Bassa High School has continued uninterrupted. The project being undertaking by the Bassa High School Association, USA was approved as a result of President Dr. A. Joel King visit to the school several months ago. Among other immediate needs, this was one of the most pressing concerns that warranted urgent attention. Upon his return, Dr. King successfully sold the idea to the body and it was considered a priority.  When completed, the facility will have two compartments: One for males and the other for females. The female compartment will have four commode-like units and face basins. The male side will have three commode-like units, four urinals, and face basins. This will help ease the inconvenience of students having to resort to the use of behind the buildings to attend to nature.

Contractor Steve Wreyu and his team have been working to complete the project prior to the resumption of school at the beginning of the next academic year which starts around August or September.

From our understanding, the facility is modeled after the typed constructed by the Chinese at the University of Liberia's Fendel Campus. It has two huge septic tanks built next to the lavatories and a tank-like unit above each commode. There will be a rope attached to the tank. To flush after use, the individuals will pull the rope which will cause the wastes to be conveyed to the septic tanks.

In addition to budgetary appropriation for the project, a couple of members have gone beyond the call of duty and financially contributed to the project.

Project Continuity

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). 

The Late C. Walker Brumskine

Counselor Charles Walker Brumskine has been laid to rest in his hometown of Upper Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia. After state and private ceremonies in Monrovia,the body was taken to Buchanan,Grand Bassa County where his remains should have laid in state at the Unification Pavilion at the fairgrounds. Unfortunately, his remains was taken directly to Upper Buchanan for burial, disappointing the people of Buchanan and Grand Bassa County the opportunity to bid farewell to their fallen son.

The occasion brought together a cross-section of people from all branches of government, private companies and the legal profession. It also brought together an array of family members (many of whom traveled from abroad), as well as ordinary citizens

Mr. Brumskine was an accomplished lawyer and a great politician whose only disappointment was the failure to win the highest office of the land after several unsuccessful attempts. He led one of the leading political parties in Liberia, the Liberty Party. He was the leading figure to challenge the result of the first round of the last election prior to the Supreme Court clearing the way for a run-off between CDC's George Weah and UP's Joseph Boakai. His loss has left a noticeable void in the political and legal arenas of Liberia. May his soul rest in eternal peace and light perpetual shine upon him.

BHS PTA Appeals for Help

Under the leadership of Deacon Mabu S. Torbor ,the Parents Teachers Association of the Bassa High School has called on the Bassa High School Association, USA for assistance. This time it is to complete the paint job started by that organization. They undertook to repaint the buildings on the campus both inside and outside. With over half of the work completed, the PTA ran out of funds to finish the job.

Several members of BHSAUSA have commended the job done by the PTA so far and are in favor of providing the funding to complete the task.

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.

Generosity Beyond The Walls of BHS

The generosity of Alumnus Wallace Dixon has far reaching effects extending well beyond the Bassa High School Campus. To be more specific, there was a damaging fire in Zohn Town, Number Four District, Grand Bassa County that destroyed several housing units. Learning of this, Mr. Dixon ran to the rescue and is providing the resources to rebuild seven of the units. He is providing the resources and directing the rebuilding of seven units, transforming the outlook of the town. Congrats to Mr. Dixon, BHS Class of 1964 for the concern and assistance!! You are a hero! 

Dr. A. Joel King

PRESIDENT

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

Mr. George B. Gaybueh, the new Principal of the Bassa High School System, informed us of the impressive performance of the BHS students in the 2019 academic year WASSCE. Out of 328 students registered to take the exams, 320 passed in 1 to 6 subjects. They came first in Grand Bassa County and second among all Public Schools throughout Liberia.

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. 

Completed work on the Painting of the Rear of The Main Building At BHS

A look at the completed paint job at the rear of the school main building, courtesy of the BHSAUSA for funding this segment of the project initially undertaken by the school's PTA.

The BHSAUSA family congratulates Ms. Samantha Diaz, the Liberian-American winner of American Idol for 2020



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