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Now available on, the website of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Fall 2017 honor rolls for Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Fall 2017 graduates of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.



Brendan Thomas from Fayetteville was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., with a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher.


Lucia Rossi of Fayetteville was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.



John-Marcus Carruthers of Fayetteville has been named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, with a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher.



Nigel Spears of Fort Smith, a student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been selected to attend the Southern States Communication Association’s 28th annual Theodore Clevenger undergraduate honors conference April 4-8 in Nashville, Tenn. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research with faculty and fellow students, as well as explore graduate study opportunities.

Applicants were chosen based on papers with relevance to the field of communication, writing and organization,; research thoroughness; inclusion and support of research methods; and final results or recommendations. Spears’ topic was “African American Men vs. Society: How We Feel About Protesting.”



Victoria Thompson of Fayetteville was named to the fall 2017 president’s list at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing and Winona, Minn., with a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.


Scarlett Crabson of Rogers was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the University of Dayton (Ohio), with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.



Xob Lee of Lincoln was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Rochester (Minn.) Community and Technical College, with a grade-point average of 3.0.


Arkansas students were honored for winning first and second places during the fall 2017 Stock Market Game. These successful junior investors received medals, cash and public recognition during an awards luncheon Jan. 10, hosted by Economics Arkansas at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

The Stock Market Game, an investment simulation competition for students in grades 4-12 challenges participants to grow a hypothetical stock portfolio of $100,000 over the course of 12 weeks. Not only do students learn key saving and investing principles, but also hone their math, business, communication, economics and analytical skills.

Local winners included:

Middle School — Region 1: Old High Middle School in Bentonville, first place; Bernice Young Elementary School, Springdale, second place.

Junior high — Region 1: Ozark Junior High School, first place and second places. Region 2: Waldron Middle School, first and second places.

High school — Region 1: First place, Ozark High School, first and second places.

Doug Maxwell of Waldron Middle School was named overall adviser; Candice Duncon of Elmwood Middle School in Rogers won the teacher division.



Jhomara Hernandez of Pea Ridge was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn.


Samuel Heinrich of Si-loam Springs is a winter 2017 graduate of George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., with a doctoral degree in business administration.


Sandra Mary Ames of Rogers received fall 2017 semester highest honors from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, with a grade-point average of 4.0.


Rayna Alison McGaughy of Barling is a December 2017 graduate of the University of Memphis, with a bachelor’s degree in professional studies.



Brandon Todd White of Rogers has been named to fall 2017 dean’s list at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., with a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.


Sydney Lehr of Garfield has been named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at Ottawa (Kan.) University, with a grade-point average 3.5 or better.



Jay Vang of Siloam Springs and Emily Barrett of Springdale have been named to the fall 2017 president’s honor roll at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., with grade-point averages of 4.0.


Several local students were named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Harding University in Searcy.

Rachel Banks and Isaac House of Alma; Ginger Humphrey of Alpena; Emma Welch, Jeffry Grisham and Emily Shell of Bella Vista; Rebecca Geren, Paul Pearson, Mariah Harper, Lea Buchanan, Andrea Tanner, Carrie Wilks, Madison Thurber, Meredith Blackburn, Collin Smith, Haley Richards, Emma Howell, Keely Baldridge, Katherine Howell, Kyle Watson, Elizabeth Browers, Tara Millington, James Spencer, Melanie Matkins, Tayler Reiter and Chelsie Allen of Bentonville; Elizabeth Hale of Berryville; James Libby of Booneville; Brookelynn Harper of Cave Springs; Amanda Willard of Center-ton; Grace Windleo of Eureka Springs; Landry Laird, Morgan Lewis and Stephanie Baker of Farmington; Savannah Vaughn, Lynsey Rardin, Cody Smith and Alexis Beaver of Fayetteville; Bethany Brown, Raissa Ames, Alize Boatright, Ashton Spencer, Rachel James, Chantel Ceaser, Nadia Nelson, Alexander Keller and Chelsie Jones of Fort Smith; Anna Sarratt, Kristen Flesner and Hannah Ornelas of Gentry; Sarah Robbins, Logan Hollinsaid, Jacob George, Anna McCoy and Kelsie Dye of Greenwood; Elijah Sheffield, Dakota Ellis, Zachary Powers, Emily Sheffield, Olivia Carroll, Joanna Roberts, Daniel Powers and Whitney Scott of Harrison; Christian Mendez of Lavaca; Jessa Heavin of Paris; Emma Swadley of Pea Ridge; Taylor Spinks and Jessica Johnson of Prairie Grove; Abigail Drysdale, Lauren Womack, Emily Davis, Michael Krupka, Anna-jean Davis, Brandon Gates, Sage White, Kimberly Smith, Kate Fowler, Taytum Billington, Sheena Hollingsworth and Maria MacLean of Rogers; Sidney Avery and Kaelan Wiles of Siloam Springs; Sarah Patton, William Denison, Kelly Baxter, Makensie Cobb, Tiffany Deerinwater, Frederick Jarrett, Miranda Kelly, Bethany Cobb and Taylor McPherson of Springdale; Sarah Fouts, Timothy Smither and Jennifer Balcom of Van Buren.



Grant Shaw, a page at Fayetteville Public Library, recently earned his master of library and information sciences degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. As part of his current page duties, Shaw reshelves library materials, processes patron requests and keeps the library neat and orderly. Shaw began volunteering at the library in early 2016. He received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 2003 from the University of Arkansas.



Pablo Mateos of Spring-dale will represent Arkansas in the U.S. Senate Youth Program on March 3-10 in Washington, D.C. He also receives a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study from the Hearst Foundation.

The program is designed “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”

While in Washington the student delegates attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, Congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national media. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums and they will stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.

In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates rank academically in the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors.

Mateos attends Har-Ber High School where he serves as the senior class president. He was elected senator at Boys State, is a National Merit semifinalist, National Honor Society vice president, Legacy Bank Junior Bank Board president and captain of Mock Trial and the swim team. Manon is also a member of student council, Future Business Leaders of America, and the speech and debate team. He has attended the Summer @ Brown Behavioral Economics Program and is a volunteer at his Catholic church, senior citizens center, Veterans Administration, assisted living facilities and Arkasalsa — an inclusivity festival for the community.

William Robinson of Fort Smith, a student at Southside High School in Fort Smith, was chosen as alternate.



The Mahoney Family Foundation, a newly formed organization dedicated to assisting nurses and teachers in their pursuit of advanced degrees, has awarded its first eight scholarships for spring semester courses.

Teaching scholarships: Stephenie Brozek-Dean, school nurse at Cooper Elementary in Bella Vista, to Arkansas State University; Ileana Davis, Westside Elementary in Rogers, Arkansas Tech University; Angela Durham, Bright Field Middle School in Bentonville, Arkansas State; Ray Mayer, Bentonville High School, Arkansas State; David Reese, Kirksey Middle School in Rogers, Arkansas State; Shannon Wicker, Lincoln Junior High, University of Central Arkansas; Sarah Wilson, Fulbright Junior High in Bentonville, Arkansas State.

Nursing scholarship: Brendi Gale, Northwest Medical Center, University of Arkansas.



Emily Elizabeth Bond of Gentry and Addison Lee Warren of Siloam Springs have been named to the fall 2017 dean’s honor roll at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, with grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher.



Several local students were named to the fall 2017 honor rolls at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.

Students on the president’s list achieved grade-point averages of 4.0. Jeffrey Brannam of Lamar; Cheyenne Burdess of Boles; Alyssa Duncan of Waldron; Olivia Faught of Alma; Kristopher Johnson of Siloam Springs; Devangi Patel of Van Buren; and Lindsay Nichols, Emily Parker, Veronica Ramirez, Maria Rubio and Willow Waggoner, all of Harrison.

Students on the dean’s list earned grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Bailey Bottoms of West Fork; Jacob Brown of Berryville; Erin Burch and Kimberly Crown, both of Fayetteville; Colleen Burrus of Farmington; Dustie Cummings of Fort Smith; Haylie Dobbs of Prairie Grove; Jonah Greathouse of Siloam Springs; Clarke Henson, Allison Thoennes and Simon Tursky, all of Van Buren; Jason Howard of Benton-ville; Megan Humphrey of Barling; Emily Phillips of Elkins; Emily Potts of Spring-dale; and Elijah Reading and Keeton Tennison, both of Harrison.

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