Conway High School Art Student Mae Roach has been chosen as the winner for the "Art for Education" Cover Contest by Downey Publishing.
Roach's artwork of a toad wearing a crown is now featured on the front cover of the new Conway/Faulkner County Telephone Directory.
The CHS Senior, pictured here with her teacher Crystal Certain and Downey Publishing District Sales Manager Jeri Butler, received a $500 Visa Gift Card for the grand prize in the contest. Certain and Conway High School also received a $500 check for being the winning school.
Artwork from other Conway students and surrounding area schools can be found throughout the 2017-18 Telephone Directory.
Conway High School's "Skills USA" float won first place in their division at the Faulkner County Fair Parade this week.
But it wasn't only that award that made everyone so proud of the teachers, students, and staff who made this float, and the story behind it, a reality.
This year's parade theme was "Superheroes and Fairytales."
Auto Collision Teacher Wayne Pendley knew about Conway student Savannah Westover's struggle with cancer. But when he found out she had always wanted to be a princess, he decided he could do something to help make her dream come true.
Pendley rallied together his fellow teachers in the Conway Career Center to make it happen. They solicited local businesses to donate money to rent a horse-drawn princess carriage, as well as donate a fancy princess dress, white gloves, and a tiara.
One of the teachers altered the dress while the cosmetology teacher and her students did Savannah's hair and makeup, as well as pampered her with a manicure. The photography students did a mini photo shoot with the pampered princess for her scrapbook.
"Savannah looked so beautiful and she and her mom had an amazing time," says Pendley. "All our teachers and community members came together to help make Savannah's wish come true."
Nine Conway High School seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists today in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Chloe Baker, Hunter Davis, Matthew Depner, Gopi Lukhi, Madelyn Moss, Catherine Peppers, Tanner Ruth, Noah Smith, and Epifanio Torres-Smith are 2018 National Merit Semifinalists.
“I speak for the entire Conway High School staff when I say we are very proud of this group,” says CHS Principal Jason Lawrence. “We have had a number of semifinalists over the years who have gone on to great things. This group is not only highly intelligent, but they are also involved, personable, and show a strong work ethic. We will see great things from them as well.”
These nine students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million dollars.
The semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to go on to become a finalist. 90 percent of the semifinalists will attain finalist standing, with half of the finalists winning a merit scholarship.
“Our parents and patrons should continue to be impressed with the quantity of National Merit Scholars that are produced by our school district,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry. “It reflects a quality student body that has a focus on academic achievement as well as a teaching staff that does significant work to help these students down their path of outstanding performance.”
The students qualified for this distinction by taking the Preliminary SAT /National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and scoring in the top one percent of the nation. The number of semi-finalists in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. This year there are approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the nation.
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