BHS student, Jared Hastings, was named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as a 2018 National Merit Semifinalist. The National Merit Scholarship program is an annual academic competition open to all US high school students who meet published entry requirements. A semifinalist qualifies by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). There are 16,000 semifinalists, and Hastings represents one of the highest-scoring entrants in our state. He will compete for National Merit Scholarships that will be awarded in the Spring of 2018. Congratulations to Jared Hastings on his accomplishment!
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Angie Grant Elementary School
The Arkansas Department of Education recently announced schools that qualified for funds through the Arkansas School Recognition Program. Caldwell Elementary was one of the Benton campuses selected to receive these funds. 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.
BHS student, Kolton McAllister, is the 2017 Arkansas State Chess Champion for the D-E class. He won the award by competing in the all ages state tournament and performing better than all other D and E class players. Congratulations to Kolton and Coach Todd Bevill.
Benton High School math teacher, Corey Boby, was recently selected as a 2017 state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He was one of seven Arkansas math and science teachers selected.
Corey Boby – Benton High School in Benton
Travis Fink – Har-Ber High School in Springdale
Kyla Gentry – Ahlf Junior High School in Searcy
Mary Parson – Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock
Carol Stubblefield – Charleston High School in Charleston
Tiffany Taylor – Rogers Heritage High School in Rogers
John Williams – Bryant High School in Bryant
The National Science Foundation, on behalf of The White House, oversees the program that recognizes outstanding teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to professional development, innovative teaching techniques and technology use in their classrooms.
A total of 51 Arkansas teachers were nominated. The state review committee selected Gentry, Parson, Stubblefield and Taylor as science finalists and Boby, Fink and Williams as mathematics finalists. Arkansas’ finalists are now eligible to be considered for recognition in 2018 by the national committee.
Each year a national committee comprised of scientists, mathematicians and educators recommends up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards in mathematics, science and computer science from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories, and schools operated in the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education Activity. Teachers who are selected as national PAEMST awardees each receive a $10,000 award, a presidential citation and a trip to Washington, DC, for a series of recognition events, professional development activities and an awards ceremony.
The Arkansas Science Teachers Association and Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics will honor Arkansas’ seven teachers at luncheons during the Arkansas Curriculum Conference Nov. 2 and 3, 2017, at the Little Rock Marriott and Statehouse Convention Center at Little Rock.
To learn more about the awards program, go to https://www.paemst.org/.
The swim team will have tryouts for the 2017-2018 swim season on September 5th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Benton River Center. Makeup tryouts will be September 7th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Sign-up sheets will be available in the BHS and BJH school offices. Anyone interested should come by and sign up. Students must have a current physical by the day of tryouts.