Kobe Johnson submitted an essay exploring whether or not free expression and civility can and should coexist.  He won second place in the Arkansas School Boards Association's first annual Student Speaking/Essay contest and was awarded a $750 cash prize. He then presented his speech at the ASBA Annual Leadership Conference. Congratulations, Kobe!

Lydia Huthmaker has received a four-year Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) scholarship to attend Marion Military Institute, located in Marion, Alabama where she will major in nursing.

Huthmaker was chosen from among 4,400 applicants nationwide. These scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, reflecting academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities, and personal interviews.

While at Benton High School, Huthmaker was active in JROTC holding several leadership positions and served as Commander for the Panther Battalion during her senior year.

The scholarship entitlements include tuition and fees, as well as an annual book allowance, and a monthly stipend for each school year.

Upon graduation, Huthmaker will receive a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and serve four to five years in the Army by committing to either active duty, the Army Reserve or the National Guard.

Huthmaker is the daughter of Colleen and John Huthmaker.

The BHS girls swim team won first place in the state girls 400-yard relay. Team members are Janie Lee, Lydia Huthmaker, Samantha West, and Claire Avery. Samantha West won the girls 500 free style. Hunter Harrison won the boys 200 free style. Congratulations to these athletes and coaches!

Choir students qualified for auditions through their region placements in October.  Auditions were held on Friday, February 1, in Conway.  Students competed in their respective voice parts; and the following BHS students were selected to the Arkansas All State choirs: Veronica West, Sydnee Ehorn, Alex Horn, Katharine Crowe, Branden Byrd, Peter Boss, Jesse Kneisler, Donovan Battie, and Jon Sadler, alternate. The choir is directed by Angela White.


The BHS Girls Swim Team won the 6A South Conference Championship.  They won the conference meet with 432 points, and the second place finisher scoring 198.
Congratulations to:

Lydia Huthmaker      McKenna Bailey
Jana Jacobs              Sara Duvall
Claire Avery              Kinsey Garafalo
Janie Lee                  Melina West
Grace Bowling           Samantha West
Annabel Minor           
Marion Norton            Coach Jon George
Kristen Avery             Coach Curtis LaGrone

The BHS Boys bowling team won the 5A West Conference Championship and the 5A State Championship.  They won Conference by 390 pins and State by 60 pins.  This is a great accomplishment considering Benton does not have a bowling center.  Congratulations to:

Alex Roberts          Mathew Lincoln
Parker Stone          Mason Hart
Raider Gipson         Seth Morgan
Carter Robinson      Tyler Staggs
Scotty Garner         Parker Wilson
Kelsey Wright         Cameron Terrell
Coach Brandy Chumley

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