The Benton Athletic Department is proud to announce our fall and winter all-star athletes. These athletes will compete in the All-Star games this summer during All-Star week.
Brayden Harris- Football; Chandler Clift- Football; Haley Hart- Cheer; Laura Beth Warner- Dance
The BHS weightlifting team competed in the state championship weight meet in Alma. The weightlifting team consisted of 10 lifters taken from the BHS football strength/conditioning program. This team finished as the 6A/7A State Runner-ups. The team is coached by Michael McClellan and Brad Harris. Team members are: Coleman Harris, Tyler Vandiver, Blake Smith, Preston Stone, Zach Wallace, Brock Morris, Bryson Krebs, Ty Neathery, Braden Harris, and Beau Belcher.
Several members of the Benton Athletic Department competed and placed in their divisions at the annual Big Press competition. Winners are:
Coleman Harris- 3rd place
Sean Thornton-3rd place
Caleb Coffman- 2nd place
Austin Jones- 1st place
Kaylee Croushore- 1st place, 1st Overall girls
Brock Morris- 1st place
Ty Neathery- 1st Place
The Benton Chess Club Tournament was held in April. The following students were winners of the tournament:
Angie Grant Elementary Students: 4th Grade - Kara W; 4th Grade - Garrett H; 5th Grade - Caleb A
Library of Congress sponsors Letters about Literature writing contest which promotes reading and writing. The theme of the contest is "How did an author's work change your view of the world or yourself?"
There were 700 Arkansas entries, 28 made it through the first round of national judging, and Kaelyn Evans was one of them. She is a finalist with special recognition for her letter to Harper Lee about To Kill a Mockingbird. In this year's contest, Kaelyn competed against 9th through 12th graders. Kaelyn Evens is in Mrs. Karen Westbrook's 9th grade English class.
Benton District's fourth grade quiz bowl team won the Dawson Co-op quiz bowl tournament. They defeated Bryant in a match and went on to defeat Lake Hamilton for the championship. Congratulations to Elle B, Luke H, Jackson K, Noah M, Kennedy S, Tucker R, Sarah T, and Finley V. The team is coached by GT teachers Anne Felan, Kristi Chumley, Morgan Roseberry, and Annette Armstrong.
The Benton Police Communication Department and the Benton School District were recognized for their outstanding efforts to keep students safe and respond quickly during emergencies. Benton Police Department partners in safety with the Benton School District through the use of Rave Panic Button which provides rapid and accurate communication between school staff and 9-1-1 during emergencies.
JP French, State Director for Rave Panic Button, presented Benton Communication Dispatchers Adelia Cooper and Tony Donaldson with the Rave SmartSave Award – an award presented by Rave Mobile Safety to honor 9-1-1 dispatchers and community partners for their exceptional work and dedication in response to emergency situations. As the Organization Administrator for Benton Schools District’s Rave Panic Button Facility Profile, Kevin Chastain will receive the Rave SmartSave Award for diligently building the school’s Facility Profile by updating emergency contacts, floorplans, and ensuring all school property was properly geofenced.
Benton Police Communication Department received a 9-1-1 call from Benton High School on March 8th, reporting a student collapsed and was not breathing. The school’s Facility Profile displayed on the dispatcher’s screen showing the incident was on the baseball field. Using the Rave Panic Button, Benton Police Communication Department sent two messages to school district administrators, medical personnel and school resource officers notifying them of the emergency. Emergency responders were simultaneously dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival of first responders, the student was revived and transported to the hospital.
“These dispatchers’ quick response and use of the Rave Panic Button to not only send help but to initiate the school’s emergency response plan saved this student’s life,” said JP French, State Director for Rave Panic Button. “Instantly sharing information with schools is invaluable and made a significant difference in this situation.”
The Rave Panic Button has revolutionized emergency response in Arkansas schools and has improved communication between 9-1-1, first responders, and on-site school staff. Arkansas school employees can activate the Rave Panic Button through their smartphone which instantly dials 9-1-1 while simultaneously sending notification to on-site personnel. The role of 9-1-1 in a school emergency has evolved greatly in Arkansas thanks to the Rave Panic Button. Now, 9-1-1, first responders and schools have a strong partnership and are fully integrated into school and public safety emergency plans.