In front of a crowd of more than 400 family members and friends, the Alma Education and Arts Foundation honored 133 graduating Alma High School seniors for their achievements and excellence at its annual honors banquet on May 11.

Those students recognized had achieved an ACT score above the national average, had received state level recognition in a co-curricular activity, or in many cases, both.

These students each received a medallion to wear at commencement along with a certificate of excellence.

The medallions were individually presented to the students by Teresa Schlabach, executive director of the foundation, and Brent Taylor, foundation board member.

The featured speaker for the evening was the Honorable Charles Baker, district judge for Crawford County. In his address to the students, Baker spoke to the graduating seniors about what it takes to be successful in their life.

Also honored at the event was Russ Aikman, who received the Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award, and Jim Fincher, who received the Outstanding Service Award.

Aikman is a 1994 graduate of Alma High School and is currently the director of sales for Arkansas Best Freight.

Fincher is a long-time bank executive in Crawford County who has supported Alma School District in countless way, both directly in his banks’ financial dealings with the school district, as well as his banks’ support of numerous Alma student organizations.

This is the 17th year that the Alma Education and Arts Foundation has honored outstanding students through this event.