The Lion's Den

March 10, 2020

Issue 1, Vol. 6

Save the date for 2020 prom

by Hanna Conley


   This year's prom is set for Saturday, March 28, at the Scott Hamilton Warehouse, 124 Hico St., in Dubach.

    This year's theme is the Roaring Twenties.

   The prom is open to juniors and seniors. Juniors will begin selling tickets next week. The cost is $20 each.

  Orders are also being taken for prom shirts. The cost is $15 for adult sizes, small through XL. Sizes 2XL and up are $17.

   Shirts can be purchased for any high-schooler. 

   To order see Mrs. McLemore or Mrs. Anders.

Students of the Week

By Summer Mitcham


   Elementary student of the week is 6-year-old Keegan Harrell.

   He is

a smart



and has

been at


for three years now.

   Harrell’s favorite cafeteria meal is taco stack up day.  

   His favorite UCA memory is Wacky Wednesday for Dr. Seuss 

Meet Keegan Harrell

 week back when he was in K-4 and K-5.

   Harrell has two younger brothers: Karson, who is 3, and Korbin, who is 4. Korbin will be attending UCA next year.

   His parents are Jessica and Kaine Harrell.

   Harrell’s favorite thing to do in his free time is spending the night at his grandmother’s house.

   When Harrell grows up he wants to be a football player.

News in Brief

Dessert Theater is this weekend

   It's not too late to get your ticket for this weekend's Dessert Theater. Tickets cost $12 each. Children ages 5 and younger get in for free.

   This year's production is "Mystery at Mike's." This year's cast includes  Taylor Stephens, William Green, Shon Witty, Sabrina Hughes, Bailey McKee and Danielle Norrell. There will be a special guest appearance by Mr. Carter.

   The annual production serves as a fundraiser for the school's music department.

  Performances are 7 pm March 12-13 in Mrs. Sanson's classroom. See Mrs. Sanson for tickets.

SEW shirt deadline is Wednesday

  This year's Spiritual Emphasis shirts are light blue and feature a cross with the verse "Trust the Lord He shall direct your path" on a path leading to the cross.

  Sizes start at youth extra small and go up to adult 4x.​ The cost is $20 each for youth and adult sizes up to XL. Add on $2 for 2X and up.

   All students can wear the shirts on Fridays. High-schoolers can also wear them on Wednesdays.

   Wednesday is the last day to order. Order forms are available in the school office.

It's enrollment time for students

  Re-enrollment packets have been sent home with students. They must be filled out and returned by April 17.

   Registration fees are also due on that day. The cost is $125 for the first child and $100 for each additional child.

   After April 17, registration fees increase to $175 for the first child and $125 for each additional child.

   All past due balances must be paid in full before students can re-enroll.

High-schoolers selling raffle tix

  High school students are selling tickets for a cash raffle now through April 9.

   Tickets are $2. The three tickets pulled will be awarded $100, $250, and $500, respectively.

   SEW groups who sell all their tickets will be awarded 1000 points per group. Additionally, each group that sells out will get a free excused day to do something together.

  Sold tickets and money must be turned into Mr. Ramsey.   








Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

                                                        --Psalm 143:8

Lion's Den Staff

Executive Editor       

Isabella Fulton

Assistant Editor         

Gracie Stokes

Sports Editor           

Ashtyn Hodge

Assistant Sports Editor  

Sabrina Matthews

Features Editor   

Kristina Scarborough

Copy editors        

Summer Mitcham                        Jacob Hart

Kristina Scarborough



Hunter Gifford

Joe Carpenter

Grant Mayo



Emma Anders                              Hanna Conley

Meet Kristel McLemore

By Kristina Scarborough


  Our Teacher of the Week is Kristal McLemore.









grade Bible, and 4th-grade spelling.

   She has been teaching for six years. Prior to teaching she worked as apara for four years.

   She has three children, all of whom atttend UCA: Josiah (senior), Krisanna (sophomore), and Titus (8th grade). Her children have been at UCA for six years.

   Mrs. McLemore graduated from Louisiana Tech with a general studies degree. She graduated the iTeach course as well, with a degree in elementary education. She has also taught at other locations, including: Pre-K at Summerfield for three years and the Special Education Program in Marion for a year, in both of these jobs she was a para.


   When asked what her favorite memory from her years of teaching at UCA would be, she responded with, “My favorite memory would be when I was teaching Bible, and I asked students if they could ask Jesus into their heart.” She has asked students that question on three separate occasions.

   Mrs. McLemore says that she loves UCA because it allows her to openly live out her faith. She loves being able to pray with any student in the hallway/classroom, as well as relating her teaching to the Word of God.

   “I am able to witness and share God’s message to all on campus. It is freeing to know that you can stop a class, bow your head, and pray for a better day,” she said.

   She believes being a teacher is her calling. Though she is not yet sure what she will do after she retires from teaching, she said, “My heart has been leaning toward possibly going to work in a third world country as a missionary one day. (I) guess we will see what God has planned.” 

Employee of the Week

UCA's kindergarten classes celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday last week by dressing up each day. On Friday, (below) the K-3 class dressed as the things from The Cat in the Hat.  Students and teachers also celebrated Wednesday by wearing their wackiest outfits. (Right) Mrs. Hicks and Miss Melissa show off their wackiness.

Photos by Gretchen Dison


UCA students handed out goodies last week at Farmerville Nursing and Rehab, the police and fire stations and the Union Parish Sheriff's Office as Random Acts of Kindness. While at the fire station, senior Pace Pearson got to try on a firefighter's oxygen mask (above).

Cheer tryouts are this Friday

by Ashtyn Hodge


   Cheer season has begun at UCA. Tryouts are this Friday.

 Practices are Wednesday and Thursday leading up to tryouts at the end of the week.   

   During tryouts participants will be graded on the following: sharpness of their motions, overall presence, and other varieties of skill.

   All those who make the team must be present for cheer camp, which will be June 8-10th. There will also be a mandatory barbeque plate fundraiser to help with camp expenses.

   Cheerleaders will begin selling the plates March 16th and will distribute them on the 30th.

   Best of luck to all those who will be trying out this year.

By Bella Fulton

   Cross Talley, a junior, has been at UCA for one month.

He is



ber of






Meet Cross Talley

ball, and basketball teams.

   After graduation, Cross plans on attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe or Louisiana Tech and study to become a physical therapist.

   He says he loves how UCA has a faculty that is always willing to help. 

Photos by Hanna Conley


Kennedy Ford, a UCA graduate, was guest speaker at last week's chapel.


Junior Sabrina Hughes, senior Taylor Stephens, junior Emma Anders and senior Elise Johnston perform during chapel last week at Farmerville First Assembly.

The baseball team won 10-9 against Franklin Academy Saturday. They kept the tying runner from scoring to end the game. 

(Left) Team members gather for a prayer following the game.