We are Leaders!
In addition to McKinley’s advanced curriculum and phenomenal arts education, we offer opportunities for students to shine outside of the classroom as well. McKinley has a multitude of clubs including BETA, Robotics, Yearbook, STEP Team, Chess Club, Math Counts, Thespian Society and Student Ambassadors. Student mentoring groups, clubs, and certain classes are not only active on campus, but throughout the Baton Rouge community. Many students participate in outreach programs, fundraisers, food and clothing drives, and community service partnerships.
We are Athletes!
Whether it’s on the field, court or pool, many McKinley students choose to show their Mustang Spirit through athletics. These programs promote the value of teamwork, collaboration, persistence, and sportsmanship while displaying school pride through participation in students’ favorite sports. McKinley offers championship-winning sports programs such as volleyball, swim team, dance team, cheerleading, soccer, basketball, softball, track and golf.
Core Element together with the Pelicans and Saints hosted a STEM Day that included interactive demonstrations by 50 area businesses, hospitals, and government agencies. Thirty Mustangs along with Ms. Faulkner, Mr. Felty, Ms. Bell and several parents traveled to the Saints’ practice field in Metairie Saturday, September 30, to participate in the event. Denton Hunter, one of the event’s organizers, stated that the goal was “to ignite curiosity and interest of K-12 students in STEM, inspire STEM educators with creative learning, and promote industry workforce development.” Donors paid the admission fee for the entire group.
Entergy displayed Arc and Spark, technology which shows why one should not touch a power line. Robotics teams from the area showed participants their hand made ball shooters and electric cars. Oschner had half a dozen tables. Police SWAT vehicles were on hand to show students how law enforcement uses STEM. Microsoft exhibited virtual reality glasses for students to test.
Mustang students were most thrilled to meet Dr. K. Renee Horton, NASA engineer. Horton attended MMAM in the 80’s and graduated from McKinley High School. Horton works at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where the core stage of a rocket the size of a football field is currently being fabricated and integrated into the other rocket parts. Horton plans to return to her alma mater to judge the Science Fair to be held in mid-January.