Two Conway High School juniors have made perfect scores on the ACT.
Gail Oudekerk and Archer Murray, both members of the graduating class of 2019, scored ‘36’ on the test, which was given to the entire junior class on February 28th.
In addition to these two, 28 CHS students scored 30 or above on the exam.
“We are beyond proud of these students,” says Principal Jason Lawrence. “This is an outstanding group of kids. They are doing great things now, and will continue to do great things. Stay tuned.”
In Arkansas, the ACT is given free of charge to all students one time during their high school career. Conway High School offers the test to students during the spring semester of their junior year.
The ACT is accepted for admission by all Arkansas colleges and many out of state universities as well.
Conway’s average ACT score is 20.8 compared to the state average of 19.4.
Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry says the district has much to celebrate.
“These students’ scores are a culminating achievement…reflective of the work done throughout their academic careers and shared by teachers and parents who have helped shaped them as they’ve learned and grown,” Murry said.
Conway has now had 6 students in the last 4 years who have made the perfect ’36.’
Conway High School Senior Gopi Lukhi has been named an Academic All-Star by the Arkansas Times.
Chosen from more than 100 applicants statewide, Lukhi joins the 23rd class of All-Stars who were nominated by their high school teachers, counselors and administrators.
The final selection of 10 girls and 11 boys was made by a panel of educators and Arkansas Times editors.
“Gopi is not only an amazing student, but a great citizen, talented musician, and a hard worker,” says Conway High School Principal Jason Lawrence. “We know that she will be successful in all she sets out to do. ”
Lukhi and her family will join the other finalists at a reception at UALR on April 27th.
The Arkansas Times established the All-Stars Program in 1995 as an effort to acknowledge Arkansas students for not only their academic achievements, but also their humanitarian efforts and other extracurricular activities.
Toad Suck Daze is getting yet another famous food favorite, this time with some help from our Conway High School Culinary students.
Four culinary contestants presented their Petit Jean hot dogs recipes to judges from the community.
The live judging competition for the “Official Hot Dog of Toad Suck” was held in the Culinary Arts lab, where the top two contestants were chosen.
This weekend, social media voting of the top 2 hot dogs will begin.
The community will choose this years “official hot dog of Toad Suck”. Just go to the Toad Suck Daze Facebook page and vote on your favorite! The voting will go through Monday. The winner will be announced at a press conference Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The top dog will be this years “Official Hot Dog of Toad Suck”.
The top two contestants are Hannah Bramlett (Colombiano, Petit Jean Hot dog topped with coleslaw, mustard, ketchup, potato chips, chipotle aioli, Petit Jean Bacon, pineapple sauce and pineapple red onion relish) and Sarah Maull (Toad Mode – Petit Jean Hot Dog, topped with Chili, sautéed onion and peppers, petit jean bacon, and smoked cheddar and jalapeño.)
Make sure you vote for your favorite!
Students from the Conway Area Career Center chapter of HOSA: Future Health Professionals attended the annual State Leadership Conference in Hot Springs on March 8-9.
At this conference, students competed in a variety of healthcare-related events which each highlight a particular area of the medical field.
Conway students have the reputation to win several events each year, and this year was no exception.
Breanna Young received 1st place in Nursing Assisting; Anne-Jillian Clements received 1st place in Job Seeking Skills; Lillian Sullivan received 1st place in Medical Math; Heidi Perry received 1st place in Medical Law and Ethics; Abigail Allen and Caroline Jones received 1st place in Emergency Medical Technician; Sydney Carter received 3rd place in Dental Science; Ashley Fendley received 3rd place in Veterinary Medicine.
First place winners were invited to attend the International Leadership Conference which will be held in Dallas, TX in June where they will compete in these same events against students from across the globe.
Pictured, Left to right: Heidi Perry, Breanna Young, Lillian Sullivan, Anne-Jillian Clements, Delia Murry, Ashley Fendley, Katelyn Foster, Caroline Jones, Abigail Allen, Bridgette Evans, Cameron Glenn, Amy Tran, Avery Morse, Sabrina Moreno, Motion Foxx, Sydney Carter, Brittney Thai, Deasarae Bell, Unzila Cheema. Not pictured: Katelyn Caldwell and Emma Cook. Advisors: Shannon Busby, Connie Friant, and Charissa Tillery
Members of Conway High School's Marching Band got to experience the atmosphere and exposure of a Razorback basketball game as they joined members of the 'Hogwild' Band at the University of Arkansas recently.
Conway Band Director Nathan Cunningham says the opportunity came about after he visited with the Director of the Hogwild Band about the possibility of bringing a few students to visit.
"As we looked at the schedule, he saw a game where the University was still on winter break and he would not have as many Hogwild Band members in attendance," Cunningham said. "So this allowed us to take 50 Conway students to play with the Hogwild Band."
As an added bonus, the Razorbacks were playing against LSU in a SEC Conference match-up.
The combined Courtside Cats members and Hogwild Band members added up to over 100 musicians.
Cunningham says even though the Razorbacks didn't play well, the students had a blast!
"It was definitely one of the coolest things I've ever experienced in my life," says Mason Choate, Junior Trumpet player. "Everything was so organized and professional, which made the experience even more fun. I hope to be in the Hogwild Band someday."
"My experience when I went to play with the Hogwild Band was great! I made new friends and the band was fun," says Ca'Taija Anderson, Sophomore Clarinet Player.
Students at Jim Stone Elementary will be “teeing it up” and learning some new skills in PE class, after receiving a grant from Community Service, Inc.
Beginning in 2013, Community Service, Inc. formed a partnership with The First Tee of Central Arkansas to bring The First Tee Character Development programming to our area.
Jim Stone will participate in the First Tee’s “National School Program” this Spring.
The First Tee National School Program brings the First Tee curriculum to a child’s Physical Education classroom. Through a variety of safe and fun activities, elementary students will learn the basic skills of the lifelong sport of golf.
The program not only gives the students the opportunity to learn golf, but also shows them the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle.
The First Tee Program provides training for the teachers, as well as equipment and lesson plans that integrate golf skills, motor skills, core values, and healthy habits.
Principal Mark Lewis says his teachers and students are very excited about this new partnership.
“We are truly honored to have been selected to be a part of the National First Tee School Program. This program has proven results nationwide that go beyond just teaching a lifelong love of golf. The basis of the program also blends character education and wellness in a manner that helps to foster productive and healthy members of society.”
Jim Stone is the first school in Conway to be chosen for the program, which has been implemented in more than 9,000 elementary schools across the country.
An Intern Teacher from Marguerite Vann Elementary School has ended her internship with an unforgettable honor.
Pam Okolo was both surprised and honored to receive the "Intern of the Semester" award from UCA last week. But the biggest surprise for Ms. Okolo came when her mentor teacher, Mrs. Ortega, and her 19 first graders walked in the room to share in her celebration.
"I was a little disappointed that I would not be able to go to her ceremony because our first grade students were going on a field trip that day," said Mrs. Ortega.
Since the field trip was already scheduled to be held at the University of Central Arkansas later that day, Principal Bobby Walker made a call to the bus shop to see if they could pick up Mrs. Ortega and her class a little earlier.
"Everyone was so accommodating and helpful. Because of willing people working together, we were able to create an unforgettable moment for an intern, her classmates, supervisors, first grade students, and a classroom teacher."
In UCA's 24-year history of giving this award, no class has ever surprised their student teacher like that.
"Together, we are truly better!"
Cats Bank at Conway High School is once again open for business!
The bank for CHS students had its Grand Reopening Thursday, November 2.
Senior Parker Gavazzi was the first official customer, with six accounts opening the first day of business.
The bank is set up for students to deposit money and save it until they need it. Each student receives his or her own personal check register and regularly receives bank statements.
CHS Teacher Alyce Hardee teaches the Banking class and oversees the Cats Bank. She says this is one of the most fulfilling things she does in her teaching experience.
"The students are excited to have their very own checking account," says Hardee. "Some do this with their parents but this gives them the opportunity to manage their account like they want to for school trips, senior trips, graduation, prom, etc. I have even had a few that saved to obtain a down payment for a vehicle."
Students in the Banking Class will hold positions such as Bank Manager, Assistant Bank Manager, Head Teller, Teller, Auditor, Customer Service, and Security.
Both customers and "employees" will learn about managing their money as well as the banking system.
"The first year I had a student ask if she could open an account in the bank without being in the banking class," says Hardee. "I told her anyone that goes to this school can. She needed to save money for an Orchestra trip and she felt like if she put it in Cats Bank she would save better and not get into it. She ended up saving around $1500-$1700 for that trip!"
Other school districts in the state have looked at Cats Bank as a model for implementing similar programs in their own schools.
The students can earn certifications from the Arkansas Bankers' Association from their work on this project and their Banking Course.
Ellen Smith Reading Day is an annual event where community members are invited in to share their love of reading with students.
Children in grades K-4 are immersed in literacy all day, listening to readers from all walks of life.
“It is a great day to show students that readers are everywhere, whether they are a lineman from Conway Corp, a softball player from UCA, the President of a university (UCA), or the Mayor of Conway” said Miriam Taylor, Instructional Facilitator at Ellen Smith Elementary School. “It is important that students see a love of reading from individuals throughout the community, to connect a passion for reading with a career they may someday choose. We had over 50 readers from throughout our community attend this annual event!”
Reading Day is a favorite among the school's teachers and students alike.
“Students were immediately able to make a connection with the readers, which is something I always love," said Mrs. Reynolds, 3rd grade Teacher at Ellen Smith. "Students in one room were able to hear their pastor read, when we switched again they heard a reader who works with one of our students’ grandfather, one of our students’ parents read to them, and then finally they heard our librarians husband read to them and talk about his family.”
“I got to hear a woman read a story that her mom wrote!" said Archer. "It was a story about a kid who is grumpy because he had to switch schools and he didn’t know anyone there. He felt lonely.”
Ellie in 1st grade said, “I got to hear my daddy read to my class. He told everyone about how electricity works and let us touch some of his equipment. He works at Conway Corp.”
“We heard the mayor read," said Second grader Kimberlynn. "He was really funny and read us lots of stories!”
Maddox, Kindergarten, said “We heard a doctor read (Dr. Murry). He read us a book that he reads to his grandson!”
Ellen Smith’s Annual Reading Day has been a tradition at the school since 2000.
Students at Simon Middle School took their learning outside the classroom this week, with a visit from the Air Medical Helicopter stationed locally.
AirEvac personnel spent the day with Simon's seventh graders, talking to them about how they use the concepts of thermal energy in controlling the temperature of patients during a medical emergency.
They also presented about the kinetic and potential energy the helicopter generates to stay airborne.
"The idea of inviting AirEvac to come visit our school grew out of a 7th Grade Chemistry project where our students use chemical reactions to create and control thermal energy or heat," says 7th grade Science Teacher David Steadham. "Heat is such a vital component to saving a person’s life during an emergency, and yet it is often overlooked by the untrained. So I reached out to the AirEvac Helicopter Ambulance service for help in getting the students excited about the project."
The AirEvan crew consisted of a paramedic, RN, and a pilot. The team provided a real world medical and mechanical example of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.)
The 7th graders enjoyed the real life lesson.
"I liked learning how helicopters worked, how they’re able to carry patients and all the equipment and how fast they are," said Damien. "It made me think about flying helicopters, maybe becoming a pilot one day."
Shya said "It was interesting because they talked about how they looked for the people they were coming to help and they wouldn’t know what to expect when they got there. I’m thinking about becoming a nurse, but I’m not sure about working as a trauma nurse."
"I would like being able to help someone out and working in an ER sounds exciting, like it would give me an adrenaline rush," said Kevin. "I want to be moving when I’m working."
"They had a lot of medical equipment that you could use," added Leesa. "They talked about how the helicopter can glide if the engine goes out. I liked hearing about the jobs like nursing and medical stuff but I don’t think I’d like to work in the helicopter because I’m scared of heights."
Their teacher says this was a tremendous learning experience for the students.
"This is probably a career choice that many students had never thought about or knew existed," Steadham said. "So it became an amazing opportunity to show students how science can save lives as well as show them careers that use science every day to make a difference to the world."
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