For nearly 20 minutes, the life of another person was in the hands of Ben Peco, a magnet medical student at Hammond High Magnet School — and he had thought he was just meeting a friend at the barbershop. 17 year old Ben Peco, who successfully performed CPR on a woman having a seizure, is pictured above with his HHMS teacher, Ms. Kerrin Sitman. “Ben had a lot of practice with this,” Sitman said. “We went over CPR for nearly a month and a half, and from what he told me, he handled it like someone who’s been doing this for at least 10 years. I’m like a proud mom.” Although he knew exactly what to do, Peco didn’t realize the magnitude of the situation until after the fact. “It hit me about 10 minutes after Acadian left, and I kept thinking, ‘What did I just do?’” he said. The incident further justified Peco’s desire to have a career in the medical field, he said. “Seeing what I learned work and dealing with it like that made me more passionate about it,” he said.
At the Welding competition on February 28, 2012 in Greensburg, LA, the Independence High Welding team took 1st and 2nd place out of 12 welding teams participating. Billy Bankston and Seth Burkhalter were 1st place winners and Josh Franklin and Dagean Hardy took 2nd place. Additionally, special congratulationsgo out to Josh Franklin who won 1st place in overall competition, with Seth Burkhalter who placed 2nd in overall competition, and Billy Bankston takes 4th in overall. Way to go guys, were proud of you! Mr. Dwayne Wascom is the welding instructor at IHS.