Magnolia School of Excellence Celebrates Veterans Day

Magnolia School of Excellence Celebrates Veterans Day with keynote speaker Colonel Robert Maness

Decorated veteran to be keynote speaker at event

Shreveport, LA – (Nov. 9, 2015) – Colonel Robert Maness will be the keynote speaker at Magnolia School of Excellence’s annual Veterans Day Celebration to be held on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the school’s gymnasium. The event will also feature the school’s choir singing patriotic songs and anthems.

Retired in 2011 from the United States Air Force, Maness’s long and decorated military career includes serving as a bomber squadron commander in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also served as an enlisted bomb disposal technician in three assignments countering terrorism before being commissioned and selected for flight training. As a Joint Chiefs of Staff Operations Officer, he was on duty in the National Military Command Center located within the Pentagon during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. In the ensuing months, he directly assisted the United States national security team in creating, synchronizing and executing the campaign plan for the global war on terrorism. His combat decorations include the Bronze Star and Air Medal.

Maness will speak to the students about freedom and its costs and will share some of his adventures as a child of a military family. The third son of Master Sergeant Billy and Lennie Maness, he had an opportunity to witness many cultures first-hand and decided that living in the United States was a freedom he was willing to dedicate his life to protect.

Col. Maness will be available for interviews after his presentation to the students. Additionally, students and teachers will be available to speak to media as well.

Magnolia School of Excellence is governed by the Shreveport Charter Foundation Board which is comprised of local community leaders: Ann Stokes, Melva Turner-Williams, Ph.D., Phillip Rozeman, M.D., Erica Bryant, Delano Wilson, Beth Woods, Doris Samuels-Robinson, Keith Hanson, and Cynthia Peatross, J.D.

The board selected Charter Schools USA (CSUSA), a nationally recognized leader in education management, to manage the school. CSUSA is the first education management company in the nation to receive accreditation through AdvancEd. This designation assures that all schools opened and operated under CSUSA’s model will be SACS accredited in the first year of operation. CSUSA manages 76 schools in seven states, serving nearly 70,000 students. The company currently manages nine schools in Louisiana and is scheduled to open a high school this year in Shreveport.

Applications are being accepted for the 2015-16 school year.  For more information or to apply online, visit or call 318-703-5585.


Media Contact information: 

Colleen Reynolds, APR – public relations counselor for Charter Schools USA, Magnolia School of Excellence and Shreveport Charter Foundation.

239-437-0040 (office) or 239-849-6400 (cell)

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