Sarah Tucker, 6th grader at BMS,  won second place in the Saline County Spelling Bee.  Congratulations Sarah!

The 2018 BHS Football team made it to the 6A State Championship game. They finished the Season with a 10-3 record. Their only losses were to the 6A State Champions and the 7A State Champions. The BHS Football program is a great source of pride for our community.

BJHS Jazz Band students auditioned for the All Region Jazz Band and 17 of 22 students who auditioned were selected for the band. The following students will represent BJH at the All Region Jazz clinic in this month. Michael Hoover is the band director.

Makenna Bailey
Marcelles Nash
Jorge Barillas
Abi Parnell
Ashton Blankenship
Emma Schlitz
Justin Bray
Peyton Shipp
Owen Bussell

Max Smoke
Zayne Diemer
AJ Steuber
Brandon Echols
Trevor Tucker
Zach Glover
Rory Warrick
Caden Lambert

Several BJH Band students were selected, by blind audition, to perform in the All Region Concert Band.  They prepared exercises that tested technical ability on their instruments, and performed for a panel of judges.  The following students were among the best junior high school musicians in the region, and represented BJH well at the region clinic band in December.  Congratulations to the following Benton Jr. High Concert Band All Region students and Director Michael Hoover:

Mi'Kala Wilson
Owen Bussell
Hayden Shafer
Blair Francis
Donevan Bostad
Graham Eisele
Makenna Bailey
Elijah Harris
Mateo West
Sophia Meadows
Caden Lambert
Lee Eskridge
Audrey Harder
AJ Steuber
Lucas Burks
Laney Freeland
Ashton Blankenship
Lynley Archer
Jordan Clark
Emma Schlitz
Hayden Wylie
Mallory Shelton
Eli Rose
Blake Covert
Trevor Tucker
Sam Hays
Erin Brasher
Marcelles Nash
Isaiah Hipskind
Lucas Wilbur

The Benton School District's guidance departments are hosting the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off on January 26 at the Benton Event Center with doors opening at 5:00. The cost is $5 at the door for all you can eat. All proceeds will be donated to each school's guidance department for student services programs.

Jamie Stearns is the recipient of the 2018 California Casualty Award for teaching excellence. She was nominated by her peers and was chosen out of all the educators nominated in Arkansas. She will attend a national event in February. Congratulations and good luck to Ms. Stearns!

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