Of the 105 students that Benton Middle School and Benton Junior High took to competition, 94 made all-region choir. Benton had the highest actual number of students in the district to make all-region from any school. The percentage of students who made all-region choir from Benton Middle School and Benton Junior High was 92%. Congratulations to these students and to Choir Directors Garry Kirk and Merideth McCoy!
Two Benton High School students, Caleb Lea and Jacan Earnest, were named to the All-Region Jazz Band.
Congratulations to the Benton High School students who were selected for Southwest All-Region Choir honors. These students were recognized at the December school board meeting.
BHS Art classes participated in designing a new logo for the Benton Fire Department's new uniform t-shirts. Amber Heath and Terry Jones' designs were chosen out of 53 submissions. Both Amber and Terry received $50 gift cards and free t-shirts from the department as part of their prize. Congratulations to both these talented students.
The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library hosted a workshop titled "Captive Voices" on Wednesday, December 7th, following the Pearl Harbor Commemoration moment-of-silence at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum for 7th Grade Art and GT students from Benton Middle School.
Over 100 7th graders gathered from BMS to research the Butler Center's Vogel-Gould collection of artwork, letters, photographs, and other primary documents from Japanese American families sent to the Rohwer Confinement Camp in Arkansas after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
Prior to the trip, students were given an autobiography from a Japanese Confinement camp 10th or 11th grade student to "become best friends" with. At the center, the Benton students shared what they have learned about the impact that Pearl Harbor, forced relocation, and internment had on the lives of these Japanese American citizens and their families.
The students also had the opportunity to meet Ali Welky, editor of the 2015 Butler Center Book A Captive Audience: Voices of Japanese American Youth in World War II Arkansas, and Kim Sanders, curator of the upcoming Rohwer Confinement Camp exhibits and artifacts, which is funded by funding from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, U.S. Department of the Interior.
The Benton Panther Bass team was well represented at the Southern Conference Regional Championship on Cypress Lake near Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana. Ryan Mozisek and Josh Gray weighed in 9.0 lbs. with 5 fish, only 2 ounces behind another Arkansas Team from Mt. Ida. Schools from AR, KS, LA, MO, NE, NM, OK and TX sent teams to compete in this event for a chance to move on to the National Championship. At the end of the day, their 4th place finish has qualified them for the 2017 High School National Championship. The National Championship will be made up of teams from the 5 Regional Conference Championships and will coincide with the TBF National Championship/FLW Tour stop in the spring. Each member of the winning team will receive a $5,000 Scholarship.
Ryan and Josh qualified to fish the regional championship by finishing in the top 10% of 99 teams at the State Championship last May, placing 10th with 10.10 lbs. This year was only their second year to compete in the Arkansas High School State Championship Competition on Lake Dardanelle. These two young men were the driving force to get the Benton Panther Bass Team started in August of 2014. They have served as President and Vice President of the team and continue to help us move in the right direction. We are very proud of their hard work and look forward to their future fishing successes.