(Image features one of Coach Barcelona’s basketball teams. This one is the 1992 team, where Coach Barcelona [far right] had the opportunity to coach his two sons, John [#14] and Joe, Jr. [#22]. Also shown is one of Mr. Larry Manguno’s tennis teams.)
The John Curtis Christian School will induct two new members into it’s Hall of Fame tonight at halftime of the football game vs. St. Augustine. The two inductees will be Coach Joe Barcelona and Mr. Larry Manguno.
Tonight it is our honor tonight to induct into the JCCS Hall of Fame two outstanding Christian men who have contributed positively to the lives of countless students. The Patriot Nation says “Thank You” for your contribution to our school.
Joseph Barcelona was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps serving in 1961 and in the reserves until 1967. Upon graduation from University of Southwestern Louisiana in May of 1965 Mr. Barcelona immediately began teaching and coaching at JCCS. His coaching career included varsity basketball, baseball, track, swimming and junior high football. He retired as head basketball coach in 1996 with a record of 642 wins and 281 losses. Coach Barcelona led the basketball team to the playoffs multiple years and played in the state championship in the 80 – 81 season. During his 31 years of coaching he influenced the countless lives of young people as well as their families. His Christian witness has been evident on the court as well as the classroom. Most of his 52 years of teaching were in the field of Social Studies; however, in summer school he taught English and Math as well. The Social Studies Fair was one of Coach Barcelona’s many responsibilities. He worked diligently with his students to produce the best projects possible. Coach Barcelona was instrumental in organizing and leading our annual candy drive. His desire was to always support the school in any possible way. In May of 2017 he asked for a sabbatical to care for his mother, Ruth Barcelona, who is the sister of Mr. John Curtis Sr. He is a lifetime member of Riverside Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. Mr. Joseph Barcelona is hereby inducted into the Patriot Hall of Fame for his years of dedicated service to John Curtis Christian School.
In 1963 Mr. John Curtis Sr. called his brother in law, Larry Manguno, who was living in West Virginia, to move back to Louisiana to become the director of transportation and business manager at JCCS. His dream was to always become a teacher. He would realize that dream when he became the “Bus Man”, the “Business Man” and the teacher of Social Studies classes. Mr. Manguno received his Bachelors of Arts in History from Tulane University in 1953, at which time he was commissioned as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served as a member of the Army Reserve for the next twenty years. Mr. Manguno returned to Tulane University to complete his Master’s Degree in Administration and Counseling, and became a member of the educational fraternity Kappa Delta Pi. Mr. Manguno is an active member of Kenner North Kiwanis, a service organization. He wanted the students to have the opportunity to learn the value of service, so he sponsored the Key Club at JCCS. Our first school newspaper, “The Minute Man”, was also sponsored by Mr. Manguno. He also facilitated student participation in the Social Studies Fairs on both a regional and state level. Numerous awards were won over the years, bringing recognition for students and the school. Additionally, he coached the tennis team and led them to six district championships and one state championship. Mr. Manguno realized that learning could take place inside the classroom, but valuable lessons could be learned outside the class as well. Mr. Manguno organized field trips so that students could see the justice system first hand by going to the court house and to visit the state penitentiary in Angola. No student would ever forget that experience. Mr. Manguno took an interest in all his students. They could drop by his office for help, academic advisement, or just to talk. He loved being a teacher and said on many occasions students taught him as much as he taught them. Mr. Larry Manguno is hereby inducted into the Patriot Hall of Fame for his years of dedicated service to John Curtis Christian School.