Arkansas Scholars to be honored

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One-hundred and two Arkansas scholars from the 2014 graduating class of Van Buren High School will be honored at a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Commons Area of VBHS.

Presenting sponsor of the banquet will be Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus.

The banquet also will be sponsored by the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Arvest Bank, Lumber One, Experian Consumter Director, Bost Inc., Citizens Bank & Trust, Press Argus-Courier and Summit Medical Center.

Arkansas Scholars, started by the Arkansas Business and Education Alliance and sponsored by local chambers of commerce, is centered on academic achievement for a broad range of students. The students are asked to meet a set of criteria that will prepare them for both the workplace and additional education after high school.

One of the requirements of the program is a 95 percent attendance record for all four high school academic years.

“The banquet will honor students for their achievements and encourage them to continue to maintain their high standards that are demanded in the business world,” said Lisa Huckelbury, chairman of the chamber board.

Tom Wing, assistant professor of history at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and director of the Drennen-Scott Historic Site, will be the guest speaker. He will be introduced by Brian Nave, chairman of the chamber’s education committee.

Gailene Park, chamber board vice chairman, will give the welcome.

Dr. Merle Dickerson, superintendent of the Van Buren School District, will congratulate the Arkansas scholars and Nave will explain what it takes to be an Arkansas scholar.

This year’s honorees will be:

Salomon Alvarenga, Alexander Anderson, Kylie Ardemagni, Danielle Bare, Caleb Bauman, Graham Brown, Callie Burcham, Abby Burgess, Marla Burgos, Katie Childers, Ryan Chisholm, Dalton Clark, Sarah Coles, Katelynn Conn, Cayla Crider, Jimmy Cureton, Christopher David, Madison Dearman, Kennon Doss, Jonathan Evans, Matthew Evans, Bradley Eversole, Caleb Faries, Cameron Farrow, Sydney Ford, Levi Froud, Nathan Garrett, Brianna Gill, Whitney Gladden, Macy Greb, London Griffith.

Also, Fallon Haaser, Joshua Hamby, Paula Hamby, Kristin hayes, Claudia hernandez, Christine Hester, Caitlin Hicks, Brandon Jeremiah, Ethan Johnston, Aaron Jones, Brandon Jones, Joseph Kestner, Dillon Kinsey, Joel Kirkland, Katelyn Kopp, Jordan Landry, Savannah Leonard, Gamaliel Lira, Arthur Luangsiyotha, Johnathan Malagon, Samantha Martin, James Masters Jr., Tyler Mayhew, Ashley Meuangmany, Ray Miller, John Mills, William Mitchell, Victoria Moore, Brennon Neal, Jordan Newell, Paige Nguyen.

And, Tyler Palmer, Ryan Pearson, Tori Peterson, Carina Phouthakhio, James Phrakousonh, Lyndsey Pickens, Lilbeth Pineda, Morgan Poague, Jacob Poteet, Taylor Rackley, Keegan Ramirez, Carly Jo Riggins, Ashlyne Rogers, Kaitlin Rozell, Enrique Salamanca, Krystal Schaeffer, Racheal Simpson, Adison Smith, Ally Smith, Jessica Smith, Michael Smith, Alberto Soto, Gina Southchay, Noah Spear, Kayla Staggs, Preston Stell, Grayson Stewart, Morgan Stites, Nayeli Suarez, Westin Tankersley, Alex Torres, Makayla Trentham, Andrew Turner, Sydne Tursky, Maria Valente, Madison Wagner, Nathan Whitlow and Brittney Yeamons.

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