A Conway High School student has been selected to attend Girls’ Nation.
Senior Hadiyah Cummings, a Girls' State Representative from Conway High School, will be one of two girls from Arkansas to attend Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. later this month.
This is the highest achievement for Girls' State students.
“We are very proud of Hadiyah and her selection to Girl's Nation," says Conway High School Principal Joel Linn. "She is an excellent student and is well-deserving of this recognition.”
Girls’ State was held last week on the campus of Harding University. Four CHS students attended the annual event where Cummings was elected Secretary of State.
She says Girls’ State and holding that office was “the experience of a lifetime,” and she couldn’t believe when she was chosen for the honor of Girls’ Nation.
"On the last day they announced that I won and I haven't stopped crying since,” says Cummings. "I am still trying to figure out what I did to deserve all of this. I can't believe dreams actually come true!
Cummings and her counterpart were selected out of 900 people to go to Washington D.C. for a week and act as Senators.
She says this will be the trip of a lifetime.
"The other senator and I have to write a bill together, but we haven't decided what it's going to be yet. I'm most excited about meeting my personal hero, President Barack Obama."
"We are really proud of Hadiyah's efforts at Girls State," says Faculty Advisor William Richardson. "It is a tremendous honor for students to be selected. It is a rigorous process for students to go through and for a student, this is about as high of an honor as a student can get in the history and political science discipline. She will be a tremendous ambassador for our school and our state."
Six Simon Middle School students have been awarded a brand new award for excellence in Mathematics.
The "Simon Prize," created by the school's namesakes Ray and Phyllis Simon, is based on standardized test scores, students’ math grades, whether a student displays excellent performance on assigned projects, as well as participation in extracurricular activities with mathematics involved and the ability to problem solve with mathematics.
Each prize consists of a cash award, financial support for the winners to be able to be a part of a summer activity that would support mathematics and additional support for the girls through grade nine to further their academic mathematic experience including mentoring, advising and specific activities.
Simon Middle School Gifted and Talented Specialist Donna Adolph says it’s important to have awards like this because many middle school girls are pressured not to perform academically.
“For [the Simons] to step up to the plate and inspire the girls is so significant,” Adolph said.
Phyllis Simon says the goal was not only to recognize girls who have achieved in math, but also to provide them with the help to continue achieving and added they were “absolutely delighted” to create this very “new and different project.”
“We are here today celebrating our dream for you, which with a lot of help along the way, has become a reality,” she said. “The Simon Prize is not something we’re giving away, it’s something that had to be earned.”
The Simon Prize recipients were fifth grade $50 winners Isabel R., Taylor T. and Allie B., sixth grade $100 winners were Rebecca B. and Melaina T. and seventh grade $300 winner Chloe H.
Special recognition went to Faryn M., Leilani H., Sydney S., Regan L., Diya M., Kaylon N., Hadyn B. and Annabel S.
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