The Benton Chess Club Tournament was held in April.  The following students were winners of the tournament:

Angie Grant Elementary Students: 4th Grade - Kara W; 4th Grade - Garrett H; 5th Grade - Caleb A

Library of Congress sponsors Letters about Literature writing contest which promotes reading and writing.  The theme of the contest is "How did an author's work change your view of the world or yourself?"

There were 700 Arkansas entries, 28 made it through the first round of national judging, and Kaelyn Evans was one of them.  She is a finalist with special recognition for her letter to Harper Lee about To Kill a Mockingbird.  In this year's contest, Kaelyn competed against 9th through 12th graders.  Kaelyn Evens is in Mrs. Karen Westbrook's 9th grade English class.

Benton District's fourth grade quiz bowl team won the Dawson Co-op quiz bowl tournament.  They defeated Bryant in a match and went on to defeat Lake Hamilton for the championship.  Congratulations to Elle B, Luke H, Jackson K, Noah M, Kennedy S, Tucker R, Sarah T, and Finley V. The team is coached by GT teachers Anne Felan, Kristi Chumley, Morgan Roseberry, and Annette Armstrong.

The Benton Police Communication Department and the Benton School District were recognized for their outstanding efforts to keep students safe and respond quickly during emergencies. Benton Police Department partners in safety with the Benton School District through the use of Rave Panic Button which provides rapid and accurate communication between school staff and 9-1-1 during emergencies.

JP French, State Director for Rave Panic Button, presented Benton Communication Dispatchers Adelia Cooper and Tony Donaldson with the Rave SmartSave Award – an award presented by Rave Mobile Safety to honor 9-1-1 dispatchers and community partners for their exceptional work and dedication in response to emergency situations. As the Organization Administrator for Benton Schools District’s Rave Panic Button Facility Profile, Kevin Chastain will receive the Rave SmartSave Award for diligently building the school’s Facility Profile by updating emergency contacts, floorplans, and ensuring all school property was properly geofenced.

Benton Police Communication Department received a 9-1-1 call from Benton High School on March 8th, reporting a student collapsed and was not breathing. The school’s Facility Profile displayed on the dispatcher’s screen showing the incident was on the baseball field. Using the Rave Panic Button, Benton Police Communication Department sent two messages to school district administrators, medical personnel and school resource officers notifying them of the emergency. Emergency responders were simultaneously dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival of first responders, the student was revived and transported to the hospital.

“These dispatchers’ quick response and use of the Rave Panic Button to not only send help but to initiate the school’s emergency response plan saved this student’s life,” said JP French, State Director for Rave Panic Button. “Instantly sharing information with schools is invaluable and made a significant difference in this situation.”

The Rave Panic Button has revolutionized emergency response in Arkansas schools and has improved communication between 9-1-1, first responders, and on-site school staff. Arkansas school employees can activate the Rave Panic Button through their smartphone which instantly dials 9-1-1 while simultaneously sending notification to on-site personnel. The role of 9-1-1 in a school emergency has evolved greatly in Arkansas thanks to the Rave Panic Button. Now, 9-1-1, first responders and schools have a strong partnership and are fully integrated into school and public safety emergency plans.

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On March 8th, a Benton athlete, Grant Steed, collapsed on the baseball field; he was not breathing and had no pulse.  If it were not for the actions of Coaches Garrett Parker and Rusty Davis, along with Athletic Trainer TJ White, this event would have been a tragedy.  These three activated and followed through with the Emergency Action Plan flawlessly until EMS arrived and took over. After 51 days in Arkansas Children's Hospital, Grant was able to walk out of the hospital and go home. Thanks to Garrett, Rusty, and TJ for their heroic efforts that saved a life!

David See, Commander of Benton's VFW post in Benton, awarded Ms. Karen Westbrook the Saline County's VFW Teacher of the Year award.  This award is not only for having 2 out of the 3 winner's in this year's Patriot's Pen contest but for having many winners throughout out the years. Congratulations to Ms. Westbrook and her winning students!


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