Darci Stoll, a psychology and sociology teacher at Benton High School, was selected to be a member of the Teacher Leadership Advisory Group (TLAG). This group is made up of 30 outstanding education leaders across the state.  Several units within the department will be utilizing the TLAG group throughout the rest of the school year and possibly into the summer. Some of the projects include recommending the criteria for the new tiered licensure rules, aiding in the development of equity labs, and helping to write the new family and community engagement frameworks.

Students auditioned on October 14, 2017, for the Region 3 Honor Choir.  Forty-four of Benton's 55 students were selected to this choir.  Of those selected, the following students were awarded first chair in their respective voice parts:  Kevin Wright, Makenzie McAnally, and Anakin Bumgardner.  BHS had the highest percentage rate of acceptance of any other school in our region with 80% of students selected. Choir is directed by Angela White. Congratulations!

Choir Members

Adam Archer

Natalie Atkins

Deanna Ayers

Bradley Baldwin

Bradley Barnett

Anakin Bumgardner

Brandon Byrd

Grace Carpenter

Brittany Clements

Josie Cochran

Bayli Fox

Kelsey Fritzius

Holly Gamble

Joshua George

Raylen Hall

Jillian Harris

Henry Hicks

David Holcomb

Alex Horn

Jesse Kneisler

Megan Lambert

Makayla Lowrance

Micah Lunsford

Madison Matheson

Makenzie McAnally

Fidelia McCoy

Lauryn Nease

Jessica Nguyen

Shanice Oliver

Alex Ollison

Lawson Overbey

JonDavid Person

Chelsea Powery

Griffin Revis

Joshua Riley

Gabriel Runnells

Jon Sadler

Allison Simmons

Abbi Sullins

Avery Tackett

Danielle Thompson

Olivia West

Veronica West

Caitlyn Wright

Kevin Wright


Three BHS Panther football players were recognized by the coaches of the 6A West and Arkansas Activities Association as All State. Those players are Beau Belcher, DJ Stirgus, and Zach Wallace. DJ was also voted Best Defensive Back in 6A West. Congratulations!

The BHS Pepsteppers Dance Team is the 6A State Runner-up. They finished 1st in the Pom routine and finished 2nd in Jazz, Kick and Hip Hop at the State Dance Competition. We are very proud of the continued success of our BHS Pepsteppers.

Team Members

Addie Woerner Ashlee Haynes
Avery Tackett DaNahia Cuningkin
Shelby Harding Abby Penn
Autumn Harris Hattie Mahoney
Kedran Young Leslie Huggs
Madison Thomas Shelby Lynch
Addie Chumley Anna Claire Burrow
Annika Jostad Felicity Sills
Jenna Johnson Jozlyne Josephson
Manager: Anna Claire Rose
Coach: Kayle Rutherford

The Benton Junior High volleyball team won the Central Arkansas Junior High Conference championship. This team was 30-5-2 overall and 16-1 in conference play. The Benton volleyball program is a great source of pride for our school and community as it continues to be one of the best programs in the state. Congratulations to this team and Coach Michelle Shoppach.

Team Members

Elizabeth Baldwin Hannah Brewer
Sarah Callahan Sakari Faulkner
Gracie Finley Payton Fleeman
Reece Givens Skylar Goff
Haley McFalls Tuesday Melton
Erika Oritz McCarlee Perkins
Sarah Beth Prickett Adeline Rose
Katie Strickland Lily Winters
Managers: E'natius Godley
  Tiarra Moore
  Kelley Simpkins
Coaches: Michelle Shoppach
  Heidi Cox

Jay Hollowell, Mayor of the City of Helena-West Helena, and John Hoy, Superintendent of Schools, have expressed their appreciation for the the assistance and support offered to their students and staff following an accident that involved all three of their buses while transporting their football team to a playoff game in November.  They were especially grateful for the provision made by the Benton School District, the Director of Transportation and the drivers who provided transportation to the students. Thank you to Danny Revis, transportation director, and drivers Robin Creel, Karl Barnes, and Lynn Moore.


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