– The Livingston Parish School Board recently congratulated the Holden High School girls basketball team for their state championship win.

Superintendent John Watson said he knew the 2015-16 team was going to be one to watch after a conversation with head coach Pam Forbes during a parish tournament.

“I asked, ‘Well, how’s your team going to be this year?’ ” Watson recalled Thursday during a School Board meeting. “And I’ve just got to tell you, girls, I’m surprised you’re here. All of you had two broken legs and a broken arm, just listening to her tell it.

“She was sandbagging,” Watson said, eliciting laughter from the team and coaches.

As it turned out, the Rockets went 26-6 this season in capturing the state title.

School Board President Malcolm Sibley, who represents the Holden area, said the players’ academic records are just as impressive as their season record.

Watson congratulated the team and coaches on behalf of the system, saying, “We are so proud of you, and as I say, we don’t just compete at the highest levels. We excel at the highest levels. Academically, athletically, all around.”

In other business, the School Board adopted a resolution declaring May 2-6 as Livingston Parish Public Schools Employee Appreciation Week.

“All system employees contribute immeasurably to the intellectual and occupational preparation of individual students, who will eventually determine the quality of life in America and in this parish,” Watson said, reading from the resolution.

“It takes a combined effort of all school system employees to continue making positive impressions on the future lives of all students.”

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