The central office staff of the Vernon Parish School Board held a reception on May 30 to honor the retired teachers of Vernon Parish.

Assistant Superintendent Mike Kay recognized three of the most recently retired teachers, Cassandra Wilson, Jan Scoles and Castine Porche. He also presented a certificate to Nelwyn Bush, Vernon Parish Retired Teacher of the Year.

Bush is a 1957 graduate of Pickering High School, where she was a member of the varsity girls basketball team that reached the state quarterfinals. There, she earned All District designation along with All-State second team honors.

Bush received a Bachelor of Arts degree from McNeese State University and began her teaching career in 1967 as a first grade teacher at Pickering Elementary School. She moved to Pickering Junior High in 1969, where she taught until her retirement in 1984.

While at Pickering Junior High, Bush sponsored the 4-H Club for the full 14 years she taught there. She also started the first Beta Club for the school.

Bush said one of her most memorable experiences was helping to sponsor and then accompanying a group of seventh-graders to Washington, DC. She coached the junior high and high school girls’ basketball teams for several years, and she received the honor of having the 1986 high school yearbook dedicated to her.

Bush is a long-time member of the Vernon Parish Retired Teachers’ Association.

In presenting the award, Kay spoke of her major role in the organization, her outstanding service to the Pickering School District, and her contributions to the Vernon Parish school system.

The next meeting of the Vernon Parish Retired Teachers’ Association will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 16 at the Vernon Parish Library.

All retired teachers are invited to attend.