From an initial pool of approximately 1.6 million students, Jade Dorman is one of the approximately 16,000 students to be named a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. She will now compete to be named a National Merit Finalist. We are incredibly proud of her for this amazing accomplishment.
Caitlin Ginther has been selected as the Benton High School DAR Good Citizen for the 2018-19 school year. The DAR Good Citizen exemplifies dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. She will now compete for DAR scholarships at the state and national level. Caitlin is an excellent representative of the DAR characteristics.
Will Tudor, a student at Benton Junior High, was the 2018 Hot Spring County Grand Champion in two divisions, and he finished second overall for showing livestock. Congratulations to Will!
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Benton Middle School a 1,500 grant to support youth literacy. This grant is part of more than $3.4 million the organization awarded to 915 recipients on August 28, 2018. Awarded annually at the beginning of the academic school year inception, youth literacy grants help support teachers, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the 44 states that Dollar General serves.
"BMS is appreciative to Dollar General and their commitment to education,” said Steve Quinn, principal of Benton Middle School.
Benton Middle School will use the money to purchase copies of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, which will be taught in 7thgrade classes. One goal of adding this book into the curriculum is to provide a high-interest, grade-level appropriate book to encourage non-readers and struggling readers to read both in and outside of the classroom. Teachers also hope to see improvement in the reading comprehension levels of struggling readers.
Thank you to Jenny Parnell for writing this grant to continue to strive for "excellence through education".
October is National Principals Month, and the Benton School District recognized all of the District's outstanding principals and assistant principals. It is through their hard work, dedication, and commitment that our students and staff are able to excel in many ways. With their leadership and high expectations, our schools have achieved very high levels of success both academically and through extracurricular activities. We are so appreciative to these men and women for the roles that they play in helping our students, staff, and district to be among the best in the state.
Benton High School
Principal - Curt Barger
Assistant Principal - Karen Hilborn
Assistant Principal - Chris Hinson
Benton Junior High School
Principal - Chad Pitts
Assistant Principal - Charles Reynolds
Assistant Principal - Melissa White
Benton Middle School
Principal - Steve Quinn
Assistant Principal - Benji White
Assistant Principal - Karen Crosby
Angie Grant Elementary School
Principal - Lori Bacon
Assistant Principal - Mark Rash
Caldwell Elementary School
Principal - Diane Lovell
Assistant Principal - Jennifer Almond
Howard Perrin Elementary School
Principal - Stacye Shelnut
Assistant Principal - Kelly Keene
Ringgold Elementary School
Principal - Beverly Mayfield
Assistant Principal - Rhonda Redmond