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 Champions and Overall State Champions.  This is two years in a row that Benton has won the 6A/7A State Championship. Team members are Eli Contorno, John Dirst, Monterio Mack, Jake Wright, Beau Wright, Braxton Slaughter, D'Anthony Harper, Tre Maxwell, Hayden Purdy, and Kris Wright. The team is coached by Jason Gentry and Brad Harris.

Congratulations to these two individual Weightlifting State Champions:
148 lb Class - Monterio Mack
165 lb Class - Jake Wright

Several Members of the Benton athletic program competed and placed in their divisions at the Annual Big Press Competition.

Pound per Pound Team Champions - Sean Thornton, Braxton Slaughter,
                                                    Gavin Wells, Monterio Mack

Individual Champion (weight class) - Monterio Mack

Brandy Chumley was awarded Arkansas High School Bowling Coach of the Year.  This award is voted on by coaches from around the state.  Coach Chumley led the Benton boys bowling team to a Conference and State Championship this year. This is a great accomplishment since Benton does not have a bowling facility. Congratulations, Coach Chumley!

Congratulations to these winter sport All State athletes:

Wrestling Nate Robinson
Cheer Jade Dorman
Dance Abby Penn
Boys Basketball Sawyer Oulch
Girls Basketball    Makenzy Davidson
Bowling Sophia Meadows, Carter Robinson, Seth Morgan
Boys Swim Chase Albough, Bryan Byrd, Hunter Harrison, Landon Huff, Ryan Mitchem
Girls Swim Claire Avery, Lydia Huthmaker, Janie Lee, Samantha West

State Choir competition was held April 9th on the campus of UCA in Conway.  The BHS Belles and Beaus won Best in Class for small mixed ensemble and were named OVERALL 6A Best in Class Small Ensemble. (State Champion). Choir members are Abbi Sullins, Alex Horn, Jozlyne Josephson, Jesse Kneisler, Katharine Crowe, Jon Sadler, Raylen Hall, Sydnee Ehorn, and Veronica West.

These BHS Art students recently placed at the 32nd annual Malvern National Bank Art Contest. They competed against many other schools in Garland, Saline, and Hot Spring counties. Their teachers are Laura Kyzer and Jenna White. Congratulations to these students!

Erin Welch - 1st place - Landscape
Tessa Wagner - 3rd place - photography
Lilah Alarcon - 3rd place - portrait
Chloe Buse - 4th place - portrait
Marian Norton - 3rd place - still life
Kourtney Brown - honorable mention - still life

Kobe J. Johnson is one of 12 nationwide finalists in John Stossel's annual essay contest.  He wrote a 1,000 word essay addressing minimum wage laws and proposals to raise the minimum wage.  Kobe will receive a cash award for his efforts, and his name will be posted on the Stossel site at

With this acknowledgment, Kobe has won well-over fifteen awards for his ability to argue ideas in essays or in live debate. Well done, Kobe.

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