12 vie for Miss Tech 2018 title

Four area students will compete in a field of 12 candidates during the 63rd annual Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant at 7 p.m. today at Witherspoon Auditorium on the ATU campus in Russellville. They are Haley Milam of Alma, daughter of Melinda and Randy Milam; Cierra Martin of Lavaca, daughter of Audra and Rob Thompson and Lavonda and Wayne Martin; McKinzy McGee of Mena, daughter of Sharon and Leslie Edwards; and Anna Adams-King of Fort Smith, daughter of Audrey and Bruce King and Bernadette and Chris Adams.

The other contestants include Makayla King of Conway; Kaylee Lawrence of Bauxite; Lauren Branch of Russellville; Madison Oswalt of Harrison; Meagan Halcomb of Delight; Danielle Duggan of De Queen; Emily Torrealba of Arlington, Texas; and Payton Marshall of Belleville.

The new Miss Tech will receive a two-semester tuition scholarship at Arkansas Tech. In all, more than $24,000 in gifts and scholarships will be awarded during the pageant.

The Miss Tech Pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant, and the winner will compete in the 2018 Miss Arkansas Pageant. Miss Arkansas 2017 Maggie Benton of Jonesboro, Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2017 Aubrey Reed of Russellville and Miss Arkansas Tech 2017 Kelsey Stone of Russellville will provide entertainment.

Admission to the pageant is $8 for adults, $5 for children and free for students with a valid ATU ID card.

Marketing internships available

The Arkansas Agriculture Department will host paid summer internship positions from May through July. Interns will be responsible for promoting programs offered through the Southern United States Trade Association, which provides Arkansas agricultural businesses access to opportunities in international markets. Applications for the internships are being accepted through March 1.

Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter and a letter of recommendation from a current teacher or professor to Christian Olson at christian.olson@aad.ar.gov by March 1. Visit http://www.aad.arkansas.gov/Websites/aad/files/Content/5889606/AAD_SUSTA_Intern_Flyer_2018.pdf for information.

Register for CASC Vike Hike

The Carl Albert State College Vike Hike Half Marathon and 5K will be held beginning at 7 a.m. March 10 on the Carl Albert State College campus in Poteau. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. Both courses are USA Track and Field-certified and will be chip timed. Both events also are Choctaw Nation PACE program events.

Vike Hike race shirts and color-changing sunglasses will be given to anyone registered by Wednesday. Visit www.runsignup.com or contact Hali Replass at (918) 647-1222 or hrepass@carlalbert.edu to register. All proceeds from the event benefit the CASC Alumni Association.

Student film entries sought

The Arkansas Educational Television Network will accept entries through march 16 for its “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase,” which highlights the creativity and talent of the state's kindergarten through 12th grade students. The Student Filmmakers Showcase, highlighting scholarship and prize winning films will be held at 6 p.m. May 15 at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock. Each winning film and honorable mention will receive a $150 grant to help with travel costs to Little Rock.

In addition to possible broadcast on AETN, students may choose to compete for Thea Foundation young filmmakers scholarships and the Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize. Entry categories include, but are not limited to, documentary, narrative, animation, Claymation, stop-motion, music videos and public service announcements.

Visit aetn.org/studentselects for rules, to submit entries electronically and to download entry forms. Past entries may also be viewed online. Contacting Casey Sanders at (501) 682-4190 or csanders@aetn.org for information.

LeFlore educators to be honored

Several LeFlore County educators will be honored at the Professional Oklahoma Educators Foundation Excellence in Education awards banquet April 13 in Oklahoma City. Finalists include Felisha McKenzie, junior high merit award, Panama Middle School; Cyal Walden, Olan Isbell merit award, Arkoma Junior High/High School; Sharon Hyde, special education merit award, Howe Elementary; Jamie Knight, junior high merit award, Singleton Elementary in Arkoma; Lori Hill-Johnson, elementary merit award, Pocola Elementary; Tina Karich, non-certified merit award, Singleton Elementary in Arkoma; Sherry King, special education merit award, Singleton Elementary in Arkoma; Linda Stone Willis, elementary merit award, Singleton Elementary in Arkoma; and Melynda Rogers, teacher character award, Singleton Elementary in Arkoma.

 

Names of note

Several area students were recently named to the chancellor's list and honor roll for the Fall 2017 semester by Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus including Jessica Anders, Heather Barenberg, Tianna Barton, William Burkett, Alexandra Carty, Tanya Howard, Baylee Lumpkin, Andrea Moellers, Joachim Rigor, Brittany Standridge, Jennifer Stout, Deneice Stroud, Cynthia Van Matre, Amy Watkins, Justin Watkins, Jade Wazelle, Jennifer Word and Ronica Young, all of Alma; David Doss, Britney Flanary, Heather Flegel, Tanya Fowler, Canaan Hurtt, Haley Ingle, Cayne Leding, Brenda Rofkahr, Charlotte Waterman and Lori Webster, all of Altus; Emylie Hull, Jeffrey Hull, Darren Pool and Krystal White, all of Atkins; Jennifer Jackson and Kristyn O'Neal, both of Barling; Malena Gann of Boles; Monica Adair, Kristin Armstrong, Jeffery Dobbs, Bridget Duke, Katylin Gillaspy, Shadea Haines, Catherine Horney, Haley Hotubbee, Daisy Lear, Stacey McColloug, Jennifer McLemore, Tiffany Orff, Kaci Parrish, Elizabeth Reed, Hannah Simpson, Misty Simpson, Ellyn-Maree Stevenson, Samantha Vandiver, Charles Wharton, Justin Williams and Bessie Young, all of Booneville; Michael Lloyd and Mikel McCurdy, both of Branch; Sarah Cagle of Cedarville; Alicia Thomas of Central City; Monchanh Chansysoulat, Cassandra Clay, Megan Evans, Kevin Farley, Robert White and Gabrielle Young, all of Charleston; Tracy Goodwin of Chester; Brittani Acord, Ashlyn Arnold, Julie Auterson, Zackary Barker, Jose Rubio, Jessica Casillas, Juan Castaneda, Maurilio Duran, Jose Espinoza, Joshua Ford, Erin Hardesty, Jordan Hilton, Belinda Hinojosa-Olguin, Leanna Hoffpauir, Alena Holt, Anna Hover, Heather Ingram, Jeison Jeffery, Kaitlyn Johnson, Emma Knight, Jessica Lindquist, Henry Lira, Edith Magdaleno-Ramirez, Layler Moo, Carla Murphy, Benjamin Nix, Katy Patterson, Alyssa Prindel, Mikaela Qualls, Shawna Ritchie, Autumn Rogers, Susan Sanders, Stephanie Sheppard, Amber Skiles, Crystal Stover, Janet Thurman, Thein Tun, Brandon Turner, Lesli Gomez, Alexis Vaughn and Emma Wallace, all of Clarksville; Chazz Estep, Monica Morrow, Jonathan Pelts, Cortney Reynolds and Kara Roach, all of Coal Hill; Sherri Boswell of Dyer; Caitlyn Baughman, Jessica Boggs, Ola Carney, Hulonda Chatman, Ogechi Eke, Hillary Evans, Jessica Everetts, Marisa Felterman, Matthew Fox, Michael Gibson, Jennifer Golden, Meagan Gooch, Jessica Gray, Stephanie Green, Alicia Hanson, Heather Hughes, Daeveon Johnson, Raimie Kern, Joshua Kinnard, Stacey Laufer, Lily Moua, Brianna Mull, Alan Mullinax, Tyler Newman, Rosa Perez, Mary Pitchford, Kendra Richmond, Jodie Santillana, Brandi Scoggins, Sheila Scott, Anthony Sheppard, Meredith Smithson, Jacob Veach and Karen West, all of Fort Smith; Joshua Bradt, Rebecca Clayton, Amber Courtney, Annabella Samo and Zachariah Vonbargen, all of Greenwood; Brenda Wiley of Hackett; Rachel Elmore and Sage Stewart, both of Hartford; Bruce Allbee, Reanna Harderson, Mckenna Mainard, Megan Mayeux and Hailey Park, all of Hartman; Breanna Elmore of Huntington; Tara Gould and Brittany Wilburn, both of Knoxville; Kayla Bartlett, Jessica Cook, Carrie Cowell, Delenah Curtis, Benjamin Gainer, Rainbow Guillotte, Alison Shaffer, Amberlee Sinor, Candace Wakefield and Corey Wakefield, all of Lamar; Leilaunee Cooper, Devin Hild, Ricky Linville, Darcy Waterbury and Whitney Young, all of Lavaca; BreAnne Allen, Rachel Beeler, Kalyn Bryan, Tamar Corley, Rebekah Dobson, Abigail Hammonds, Natosha Hammonds, Loren Mathews, Justin Mott, Cody Shelton and Tammy Smith, all of Magazine; Melissa Lybyer of Mansfield; Nicholas Clark, Allyson Gassaway, Jason Hall, Tammy Rambo, Kyle Robinson, Miranda Scowden and Madison Shepherd, all of Mountainburg; Sarah Cox, Cheyann Fields, Sarah Kizer, Kaitlyn Lewis, Michael Long, Dustin Marvin, Trevor Marvin, Mariah Massa, Scott McKay, Jamie Mills, David Silkowski and Micaela Watts, all of Mulberry; Megan Castillo, Michael Jackson and Deanna Vann, all of Muldrow; Calista Fox and David Hamilton, both of New Blaine; Zachary Abrigo, Krista Alston, Kari Titsworth, Brianna Brison, Annalee Bullard, Sarah Childers, Kyra Cunningham, Joanna Dall, Brettaney Davenport, Tonya Deal, Meleah Detherage, Billy Dotson, Shantel Durham, Kari Edgmon, Erica Escobar, Ashley Flanary, Sara Fox, Quincy Gragg, Randy Gunter, Kristen Hanson, Justin Harden, Robert Harden, Sarah Hawkins, Jason Hayes, Susan Heuton, Karen Hillard, Stacie Howe, Celia Howell, Lindsey Howell, Karla Hufford, Deborah Ingram, Kayla Isbell, Seryna Jackson, Rythym Jones, Brandon King, Angel Kinney, Ashley Lambert, Cheri Lambert, Emilee Linthacum, Krisondra Little, Alyssa Longshore, Courtney Maharaj, Tina Martin, Kimberly McGehee, Allen McIlroy, Jessica Mefford, Amber Meister, Connie Melton, Candace Millican, Steven Mitchell, Jeremy Moore, Aerial Nicely, Denise Ontman, Taylor Owen, Briyanka Patel, Sarah Patterson, Laura Powell, Kimberly Quaile, Debora Qualls, Brooklyn Ree, Emma Roland, Maurice Smith, Zackery Smither, Sean Stamm, Wesley Swedeen, Shawn Teague, Gretchen Thompson, Serena Vanderford, Jesslynn Williams, Riley Williams and Shaley Williams, all of Ozark; Natalie Ballew, Jennifer Brittian, Jonathan Callahan, Meagan Cooper, Billy Faulkner, Joe Green, Cody Hamm, Ashley Harris, Jessica Hess, Cody Hughes, Britny Ihle, Andrew Komp, Brodie Lovelace, ShiAnna Million, Gerhard Nehus, Sarah Nehus Cole Norton, Heaven Potts, Mai Vang, Marcus Watson, Devin Wilson and Stevie Wood, all of Paris; Grace Chambers, Tommie Chambers, Samantha Hice, Joseph Ihle, Meleah Mendez, Savannah Nye and Katy Weymouth, all of Ratcliff; Briana Scaggs of Rudy; Stephanie England, Heather Freeman, April Gay, Brooke Graves, Lana Hall, Sierra Shannon, Lisa Snow, Joshua Sullivan and Shelby Thomas, all of Scranton; Elena Carter, Amanda Kremers, Stacey Phillips and Steven Schluterman, all of Subiaco; Gilberto Hernandez, Katherine Blackwell, Katherine Bowling, Whitney Bowling, Donnellie Burton, Jamison Collins, Mary Curran, Michael Fisher, Christina Fontaine, Katie Freeman, Maycee Grebe, Jerson Guerrero, Jessica Hightower, Rebecca Kincer, Jennifer Kipp, Robert Makepeace, Jaime Mills, Jessica Norried, Sonya Parks, Rachel Perkins, Samantha Perkins, Cody Russell, Courtnee Schaeffer, Skyler Sloan, Ciara Stillwell, Joshua Thomas and Pantao Xiong, all of Van Buren; Joe Burk of Waldron; Daron Baukman, Jennifer Dorey, Diane Martin and Natasha Southerland, all of Pocola; and Bobby Campbell of Sallisaw.

 

Anna Richey of Paris is one of two Arkansas teens named Prudential Spirit of Community state honorees. The 16-year-old Paris High School sophomore was selected for her volunteer work on behalf of children in foster care. The other honoree is Alexis Roberson of Caraway.

 

Steven Stone of Lamar and Ashley Anderson of Rogers were recently crowned University of Arkansas at Fort Smith homecoming king and queen. Stone is the son of Stan and Kim Stone. Anderson is the daughter of Stacy and John McCaslin.

Crown bearers were Trent Sanders of Fort Smith, son of Trevor Sanders and Tiffany Johnson-Sanders, and Hadley Wilson of Muldrow, daughter of Colby and Amber Wilson.

Other nominated students for homecoming king and queen were Jamin Bailey of Fort Smith, Malvern Gann of Ozark, Brandon Smith of Van Buren, Whitney Hobbs of Charleston, Sara Earnhart of Greenwood and Tatiana Scharr of Fort Smith.

 

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