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David See, Commander of Benton's VFW post in Benton, awarded Ms. Karen Westbrook the Saline County's VFW Teacher of the Year award.  This award is not only for having 2 out of the 3 winner's in this year's Patriot's Pen contest but for having many winners throughout out the years. Congratulations to Ms. Westbrook and her winning students!

Noah Tull has received a three-year Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas, where he will major in Biomedical Engineering.

Tull was chosen from among 4,400 applicants nationwide. These Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, reflecting academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities, and personal interviews.

While at Benton High School, Noah was active in JROTC holding several leadership positions and served on the Panther Battalion Staff during his senior year.  Noah was additionally named to the Junior National Honor Society, Arkansas Scholar, Honor graduate, and named the National Scholar Athlete for the BHS JROTC program.

The scholarship entitlements include tuition and fees, as well as an annual book allowance, and a monthly stipend for up to 10 months of each school year.

Upon graduation, Tull will receive a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and serve four to five years in the Army by committing to either active duty, the Army Reserve or the National Guard.

Tull is the son of Andrea and Kurt Tull.

The Arkansas Department of Education recently announced schools that qualified for funds through the Arkansas School Recognition Program. Three Benton campuses were selected to receive these funds: Perrin Elementary, Benton Middle School, and Benton Junior High.

The Arkansas School Recognition Program was created to provide financial awards to public schools that achieve high student performance and public schools that achieve high student academic growth.

 

Benton Middle School collected 385 pounds of pop tabs (about 10 large black trash bags full) for the Ronald McDonald House.

“Clinton McDonald, Defensive Tackle for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and local Arkansas native came by the House this week.  Clinton delivered Baskets of Hope to the parents currently calling Ronald McDonald House “home”, so they could have a fun surprise when they next visited their seriously ill children in the hospital. A bag filled with treats for the parents was also provided.

We also opened a salon for these families,  in particular, those whose children will be in the hospital for several months.  Hair stylists have donated their time to come to the House once a week to shampoo, cut and give a much needed little perk and possibly relieve some stress, even for just a moment, for these parents.

The pop tabs you collected helps us with operational expenses that keep our doors open, and allow us to continue to provide these services as well as a  “home away from home” for families in their most desperate time. Your students should be very proud of themselves!”

Below are the results. The schools brought in almost 4000 pounds of Pop Tabs!

 

School Name

# of students collecting

Total  pounds collected

Average pounds collected per person

Baker Elementary

26

8

0.31

Benton Middle School

828

385

0.46

Cabot Middle School North

800

76

0.10

Cabot Middle School South

725

72

0.10

Cabot Westside

450

102

0.23

Cedar Ridge

254

145

0.57

Central Arkansas Christian School (PV Campus)

144

259

1.80

Central Elementary  - Kiwanis kids

19

182

9.58

Central Primary

300

74

0.25

Clinton Elementary

694

324

0.47

England Elementary School

426

165

0.39

Gibbs Magnet Elementary

307

19

0.06

Jim Stone Elementary

406

91

0.22

Lonoke Primary School

440

141

0.32

Magness Creek Elementary

26

178

6.85

Morrilton Junior High School

340

93

0.27

Mountain Springs Elementary - Kiwanis

494

87

0.18

North Little Rock Catholic Academy

12

36

3.00

Northside Elementary School

405

72

0.18

Peritt Primary School

350

118

0.34

Sheridan Elementary

200

389

1.95

Southside Elementary School

400

40

0.10

Springhill Elementary

 

135

 

Stagecoach Elementary

500

220

0.44

Star City GT

19

23

1.21

Terry Elementary

400

42

0.11

Vilonia Elementary School

120

70

0.58

Vilonia Primary

43

80

1.86

White Hall

 

76

 

Woodrow Cummins Elementary

350

146

0.42

   

3848

 

BHS Future Business Leaders of America students competed in the state FBLA competition.  These students placed in their respective competitions and have qualified to go to the National FBLA competition which will take place this summer in Anaheim, California. Congratulations!

1st Place Entrepreneurship - TJ Capel, Nick Gayle and Jackie Sherrell

2nd Place Marketing - Ben Davis and Aaron Norris

Sponsor - Carole Ann Ramsey

Maggie George had the dream of starting a debate team, but it was the middle of the season and who would sponsor it? Mrs. Andrews agreed to take on the task and decided to let them compete.  The team went to 5 tournaments including the Tournament of Champions (state).  To qualify for TOC, one must be in the top 3 overall speakers, reach quarterfinals twice, or semifinals or finals once.  At each tournament, the team brought home lots of hardware.  BHS is now the school on everyone's lips.  At TOC, Kobe worked hard to prep his team for every round.  Maggie reached quarterfinals at TOC and placed in the top 3 speakers.  Timothy won State Champion.  Go BHS Debate!

Congratulations to Maggie George - Vice President, Timothy Abel Hill, Kobe Johnson - President, and Mrs. Andrews, sponsor.

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