When Carol Roberts, Sandy Brechtel, Marty Pellessier, Denise Prados, Cindy and Jimmy Hoyle gathered to celebrate Melvina Sias’s seventy- fifth birthday last July, little did they know that in less than a year the six girls would be in Las Vegas, never touch a slot machine, and hit the jackpot of a lifetime.
It all started in 1968 when Melvina Sias began teaching English in room 19 at Belle Chasse High School next door to legendary social studies teacher Doug Schilling. In 1971 Carol Roberts, English teacher, Cindy Hoyle, librarian, and Jimmy Hoyle, speech teacher, basketball and football coach, joined the BCHS faculty. Sandy Brechtel, English teacher, and Denise Prados, business teacher, began in 1974.
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