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story.lead_photo.caption Courtesy photo A team from Farmington High School was the overall winner of the High School Business Challenge sponsored by Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Team members (boys, from left) Caleb Williams, Coleman Warren and Tanner Green captured the $500 first prize. Cameron Waterman of Clarksville won a $500 book scholarship in recognition of her entrepreneurial spirit and presentation skills. The annual contest asks high school students to develop a marketable idea, create a business plan and then present the concept to a panel of judges. Criteria includes the quality of the business, organization and structure, marketing, profitability, resources and professionalism. Teams from Bentonville High School and Clarksville High School were among the finalists.

JPH fellowship

Luke Barber of Lavaca, a student at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, will serve as the 2018 John Paul Hammerschmidt Fellow. Barber will work in the office of U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, AR-3 and the inner workings of the legislative process through a curriculum earning him college credit. His duties will include extensive legislative research for Womack, attending hearings and interacting with the constituents of the congressional district.

The JPH Fellowship is named for former Arkansas Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt (1966-1993), who died April 1, 2015. It is geared towards college students with an interest in public service.

Governor's School

Grant Reader and Ashley Massey, juniors at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy, have been chosen for Governor's School, a six-week, summer residential program in the concentrations of math and visual arts, respectively, at Hendrix College in Conway. Applicants demonstrate creativity in academic or creative fields, possess above average ability in a particular discipline area, display a high degree of self-motivation and meet the intellectual, social and emotional maturity required to thrive in an environment that emphasizes theoretical and process-related learning.

Youth Excellence awards

The Bentonville Kiwanis Club has worked for 30 years with local schools in Benton County to recognize young people for their accomplishments in their schools and communities that touch the hearts and lives of others. The Kiwanis Club presents these awards to young people for their accomplishments which otherwise may not have been acknowledged or recognized. The Kiwanis Club recognized students at a special luncheon in their honor April 3 at Fulbright Junior High School in Bentonville.

Mackenzie Allen, Arkansas Arts Academy, Rogers; Cody Jensen, Bentonville West High School; Alisun Watson, Decatur High School; Jade Nguyen, Elmwood Middle School, Rogers; Michelle Magana, Fulbright Junior High; Chastery Fuamatu, Gentry High School; Kyleigh Wheaton, Gentry Middle School; Jacob Ornforff, Gravette Middle School; Sonia Ramirez, Heritage High School, Rogers; Luccien Craddock, Kirksey Middle School, Rogers; Abby Hannick, Lincoln Junior High, Bentonville; Taylor Spearman, New Tech High School, Rogers; Benjamin Bury, Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy High School, Bentonville; Lexie Garrett, Pea Ridge High School; Jacob Weber, Providence Classical Christian Academy, Rogers; Jaden Uecker, Rogers High School; Brianna Alexander, Siloam Springs Middle School; and Camden Sandlin Washington Junior High, Bentonville.

Arkansas State University

Travis McCloskey of Bella Vista, an international business major, received a departmental honor from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro during the college's annual Convocation of Scholars honors banquet. The outstanding graduate awards were presented to the senior in each degree program who has most excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to the respective departments.

University of Tulsa

Sarah Sullivan of Fayetteville, a junior biochemistry major at the University of Tulsa, has received a Goldwater Scholarship for her research on the regulatory function of a well-known tumor suppressor protein on cancer cell metabolism. The award is given to students who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions to their chosen fields.

Sullivan's personal experience as a type one diabetic led to her interest in the complex mechanisms that regulate metabolism, the structure and interactions of proteins and the pathways connecting biochemical, cellular and life processes. She has completed a DAAD German Academic Exchange internship at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, attended the American Chemical Society's annual meeting and conducted research as a member of the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge. Sullivan plans to pursue a doctorate in biochemistry and study the structural dynamics of protein glycosylation as it relates to cancer metastasis, immune system evasion and the development of cancer stem cells.


Students from the Bentonville-Ignite program won the statewide 2018 Arkansas ProStart Invitational management competition. The entire team will travel in late April to Providence, R.I., to compete at the 2018 National ProStart Invitationals. The Bentonville Ignite winning management team consists of seniors Robyn Surber and Ryan Le, and juniors Anna Harrison, Chloe Moore and Tim Farmer. Phil Dreshfield, a chef with Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, trained the team.

ProStart is a career-building program developed by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation and gives high school students a taste for success in the restaurant and food service industry by blending classroom teachings with work experience.

Southern Arkansas University

Students in the theater program at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia perform Hairspray from Thursday to Sunday on the school campus.

Students from this area who are involved include the following: Timothy "Bodee" Starr of Van Buren, who plays "Wilbur Turnblad"; Simon Tursky of Van Buren, who portrays "Fender"; Darby Taylor of Barling, who plays "Tracy Turnblad"; and Mikayla McCoy of Rogers, an assistant stage manager.

Arkansas Tech Who's Who

Forty students from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Who's Who. The selection is based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership and involvement in co-curricular activities. and the potential for continued success.

Will Anderson, senior, Hindsville, management and marketing; Kaila Bowen, senior, math education, Springdale; Mollie Brewer, senior, Fayetteville, management and marketing; Gabbi Calabrese, senior, Harrison, English and creative writing; Hailey Canada, graduate student, Ozark, college student personnel; Melissa Carmack, senior, Charleston, nursing; Jaelyn Herrera, senior, Fort Smith, rehabilitation science; Allison Holloway, senior, Alma, rehabilitation science; Blake Hurley, senior, Clarksville, management and marketing; Lauren Keck, senior, Farmington, art education; Collin Moore, senior, Greenwood, economics and finance and management and marketing; Zach Paquet, senior, Rogers, communication; William Reyes, senior, Rogers, information systems; Jillian Swain, senior, Branch, nursing; Katie Tran, senior, Greenwood, economics and finance and management and marketing; Will Welch, senior, agricultural education, Harrison.


The Northwest Arkansas Community College Eagle View won 12 awards April 6 at the Arkansas College Media Association's 2018 Conference and Award Ceremony at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. Staff members took second place in the newspaper of the year category for the second time. Jooeun Seo won first place for her entertainment cartoon "Bewildering Times" (December 2017). Renato Betim won first place for headline writing with his headline "DREAMers Go Through Their Worst Nightmare Under Trump's Administration" (September 2017); he also won third place for election and political writing with the story for that headline, second place for news photography with his photo that accompanied the story "Arkansas Shows Solidarity to DACA Recipients" (October/November 2017). Edward Matthews won first place for feature writing with his story "Earthquake 40 Floors Up" (October/November 2017) and second place for spots news photography with his photo that accompanied the story "DREAMers Go Through Their Worst Nightmare" (September 2017). Katrina Pernudi won second place in entertainment cartoon category for "The Misadventures of Brad the College Kid" (February 2017). Samantha McClain won third place for art and illustration for her caterpillar graphic that accompanied "Butterfly Garden to Offer Haven" (October/November 2017). Rebecca Davis won third place for in-depth news for her story "Cases Left Out in the Cold" (May 2017). Alaina Hartman won third place in news writing for "Carbon Monoxide Leak Prompts Evacuation" (December 2017) and an honorable mention in general column writing for "Outgoing Editor Presents Thoughts on the Suppression of Information" (December 2017). Those attending the conference included Karessa Williams, managing editor Samantha McClain, Juma F. Ogongo, Don Olson, Georges Tientcheu, newspaper lab supervisor Mattie Bailey and newspaper adviser Denise Nemec.

NAN Our Town on 04/19/2018

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