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'Preserve Our Past'

Students from Marion, Phillips, Pulaski, Benton, Sharp and Van Buren counties were the top winners in the 29th annual "Preserve Our Past" Art and Essay Invitational, sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The winning submissions will be on display Sept. 11 at Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock during its virtual Second Friday Art Night event and will remain on display for visitors to the museum through Oct. 8.

Matthias L. Gwinn of Siloam Springs won first place in the seventh- and eighth-grade essay division for "A Willow Tree: The Elaine Massacre and Preserving Its Story."

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state's cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.

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SAU

Southern Arkansas University honored 172 graduates with undergraduate and graduate degrees at its summer commencement ceremonies Aug. 7-8. Among them were:

Cory Durell Green, Fort Smith, Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management; William Nathan Rowland, Fayetteville, Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management; Olivia Blaire Faught, Alma, Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management; Kamryn Marie Havens, Rogers, Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Teacher Education; Evan Reid Lensing, Greenwood, Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Teacher Education; Acia Paige Palmer, Lamar, Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Teacher Education; Amanda Polston, Omaha, Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Teacher Education; Amanda Renee Shores, Alma, Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Teacher Education; Brian Thomas Walker, Rogers, Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Teacher Education.

Jennifer Nicole Archer, Bella Vista, Master of Education degree in Library Media; Ronnie Joe Denton, Greenwood, Master of Education degree in Education Administration and Supervision; Carlisle Waters McCartney, Fayetteville, Master of Education degree in Library Media; Ashley Nicole Seal Peterson, Springdale, Master of Education degree in Education Administration and Supervision; Antonette Renee Sweeden, Springdale, Master of Education degree in Library Media; Mason Dorrell, Harrison, Master of Science degree in Agriculture.

Southern Arkansas University is located in Magnolia.

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Georgia College

Marina Beard of Springdale graduated from Georgia College in August 2020 with an Environmental Sciences degree.

Georgia College, located in Milledgeville, is the state's designated public liberal arts university.

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A-State

Students on the Chancellor's and Dean's Lists for spring 2020 at Arkansas State University have been announced. Combined, the group totals 2,691 students.

The Chancellor's List includes students who earned a grade point average of 3.80 to 4.0 for spring classes. The Dean's List includes students with a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.79.

Bella Vista: Matthew Keown, Dean's List; Mandy Wiseman, DL.

Bentonville: Larry England, Chancellor's List; Haley McCoy, DL; Zachary Shearer, DL; Lauren Snider, DL; Coleman Wilson, DL.

Lowell: Blake Bowers, CL.

Rogers: Nicholas Gotte, CL; Amanda Sakalares, CL; Emily Efurd, DL; Haley Husted, DL.

Springdale: Chase Bowman, CL; Carlos Mejia-Marquez, CL.

Diamond City: Sabrina Sturtevant, CL.

Harrison: Taylor Coy, CL; Julianna Cramer, CL; Callie Hinson, CL; Madison Presley, CL; Crystal Smith, CL; Payton Tennison, CL; Seth Waters, CL; Emmaline Williams, CL.

Fort Smith: Matthew Beachy, CL; Hayle Bluebird Burnett, CL; Jaleyia Perry, CL; Zachary Ruple, CL; Abigail Barr, DL; Aiyana Dawson, DL.

Greenwood: Hayley Wilkinson, CL.

Farmington: Rebekah Person, CL.

Fayetteville: Kendall Christian, CL; Tywanna Mosley, CL; Aaron Webb, CL; Jennifer House, DL; Maya Lechtenberger, DL; Katherine Wilkinson, DL.

Lincoln: Rachel Wilton, CL.

Prairie Grove: Torrey Erbes, CL.

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