The Conway High School Women's Chorus has earned the title of Best Large Choir for female chorus and "Best in Class" for 7A as well as the sweepstakes award at recent competition.
The ladies had to earn superior ratings at The Region-level choral performance assessment to qualify for state, which they did with stellar scores from three judges of 97-97-96. They also earned a superior rating in sight-singing which qualified them for the Sweepstakes award at state if they received a superior rating on stage performance. Not only did they receive a superior rating, they were the best choir of all classifications with the top scores of 99-98-96 from three judges.
The Conway High School Camerata Singers qualified as well for state and earned the sweepstakes award, superior ratings and were runners-up in 7A Mixed Choir division.
The Conway High School Quiz Bowl has done it again!
The team made it to the State Finals for the third year in a row, and won the 7A State Title for 2016-17.
Conway's team beat Cabot in the State finals to win the championship.
Quiz bowl team members include Jacob Paxton, Tina Paxton, Jillian Tang, Matt Depner, Tanner Ruth, Jared Nevill, Kate Parrack, Archer Murray, Hunter Fleming.
Hunter Davis, Megan Haase, Zelda Engler-Young, Jack Lester, Harrison Hite, and (not pictured) Joe Coker.
"We are so very proud of these students," says Conway High School Principal Jason Lawrence. "Their hard work has paid off once again as they continue to represent us well on this stage."
Lawrence says he attended a Quiz Bowl practice this year and "sparred" with the team for a few minutes. He was proud to have answered a couple of questions correctly for a few points!
Conway High School has been chosen for the National "Lead Higher" Initiative for the 2017-18 School Year.
By participating in this program, Conway High School will take specific actions to make their Advanced Placement and most rigorous classes fully reflect their district’s overall demographics.
CHS has been chosen to partner with Equal Opportunity Schools as a member of the second “Lead Higher” Cohort, a group of schools from 26 states across the country committed to increase participation in Advanced Placement Programs among low income and minority students.
As a member of the Lead Higher cohort, Conway schools will receive funding and technical assistance from Equal Opportunity Schools as they work toward closing the participation gap in their AP programs.
“We know student success in college is connected to the level of rigor they received in K-12 school settings,” says Dr. Charlotte Green, Advanced Placement and Gifted/Talented Supervisor for Conway Public Schools. “We also know there is a gap between low-income and/or minority students and affluent and/or non-minority students who take Advanced Placement and other advanced level classes. We want to be intentional about going after EVERY student to make sure they are equipped and are taking advantage of all opportunities to help them be successful in life. “
The purpose of Lead Higher is to enable secondary schools to fully reflect their racial and economic diversity at their highest academic levels. The program is not just about getting low income and racially diverse students to be academically proficient. Lead Higher strives to get those students to achieve academic excellence.
The goal is to see a five-fold increase in schools whose academic programs reflect their student diversity, by the year 2019.
Conway High School is one of only 3 schools in Arkansas selected for the program. The school will implement a new mentoring program where teachers and staff will spend more one-on-one time with students, helping them feel more connected with their school community.
“The Lead Higher initiative lines up well with the Core Values of our district, making this an excellent partnership,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry. “It expands our resources as we continue to build an AP program that is both diverse and rigorous.”
Theodore Jones' Art Teacher Sally Allinder has been honored with a special award.
Allinder was awarded the Outstanding Art Educator Award from the Conway Alliance for the Arts.
She was among 6 other educators nominated for this prestigious award.
Principal Tammy Woosley says Allinder is more than deserving of the recognition.
"I nominated Sally because in my mind, we are not always able to adequately recognize and award our teachers to the degree they deserve. But an award of this caliber certainly can show how exemplary Sally is as an art teacher," Woosley said.
"Although many of our children have no background experiences with art, she has a way of teaching them the fundamentals that build each year and benefit them if they choose to continue being an artist."
Each year, Allinder has students place and many win at the local, regional, state, and national level. She has been a teacher for a total of 27 years, teaching art at Theodore Jones Elementary School for the last 12.
Conway Public Schools has named Brian “Salty” Longing as their new High School Boys’ Basketball Coach.
Longing has been the Assistant Coach for the Wampus Cats for the last 16 years.
His record includes a State Championship in 2010, State Runner-Up in 2008, three conference championships, and 255 wins.
Conway Athletic Director Steve Daniels says Longing will lead the Wampus Cats to more than just victories.
“Coach Salty Longing brings a true commitment to the Conway High Boys Basketball Program,” says Daniels. “His integrity, knowledge of the game, and love for the Wampus Cats will serve him well in his new role as our head coach.”
Longing, a native of Conway, is a proud alumni of Conway High School where he played for the Cats during his school days.
He went on to play at Hendrix College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History.
He coached at Conway Junior High School and Bob Courtway Middle School before becoming the Conway High Assistant Coach in 2000. He currently teaches World History, American History, and Government at CHS.
The head coaching job is a capstone moment for Longing.
“I am humbled and excited about getting to lead the Wampus Cat Basketball program,” says Longing. “I grew up watching the Cats win championships in the mid-70’s, played in the 80’s, started coaching in the 90’s, and now it has come full circle. I look forward to continuing the awesome Conway Wampus Cat Basketball tradition.”
Conway High School comes home champions after the FBLA State Conference.
Members of Conway High School’s Future Business Leaders of America attended the state leadership conference last week. They had 61 students that qualified for state, and 15 national qualifiers Three groups are still waiting to hear back.
First Place State winners were Kensi Chenoweth in Accounting 2, Whitney Bloodworth and Will LaRue in Banking, and Sam Pearce in Economics, Michael Tate in Insurance and Risk Management.
Dylan Wiliams won 2nd Place in Advertising, Equasya Samuels won 3rd Place in Business Law. Other 3rd Place winners include Devin Hess, Syvoil Jones, and Jacob Koger in Network Design, and Tristin Coghill, Phoebe Darley, and Sarah Raycher in 3D Animation.
Emma Tarkka and Olivia Whitehead placed 4th in Hospitality Management.
The Conway High School Orchestra earns outstanding ratings at their recent regional competition in Texas.
The group traveled to Dallas last weekend to complete in the Director’s Choice Lone Star Showcase of Music.
They performed for a panel of adjudicators at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, earning straight Superior ratings, Best in Class for 5A Orchestra, and Outstanding Performance of the weekend, beating out many other ensembles from Texas.
55 students went on the trip, which also included the opportunity to attend a Dallas Symphony Orchestra performance Friday evening.
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