IC plans spring festival

The students and families of Immaculate Conception School will hold the annual spring festival from 5-11 p.m. today and Saturday at the school, 223 S. 14th St. in Fort Smith. The event will include food, game booths, a silent auction and raffles.

UCA schedules commencement

The University of Central Arkansas will hold its commencement Saturday in the Jeff Farris Health and Physical Education Center in Conway. Commencement speakers include Steven Shook at 9:30 a.m. for business and education graduates; Tyler Bailey at 1 p.m. for fine arts, communication, liberal arts, mathematics and natural science graduates; and LaTonya Matheney at 4:30 p.m. for the health and behavioral science graduates.

Trees program accepting applications

The 2018 Shade Trees on Playgrounds program is accepting applications through May 18 for schools needing additional shade on playgrounds. Winning schools receive five shade trees, mulch, watering supplies and planting guidelines. Officials with the Agriculture Department’s Arkansas Forestry Commission plant trees during a ceremony with students each fall.

Visit aad.arkansas.gov/stop-program1 to apply.

UAFS to host volleyball camps

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith volleyball coach Jane Sargent and her staff will conduct three summer camps for girls of all ages on the UAFS campus.

Little Lions skills camp for girls in grades kindergarten through seventh will be held 9 a.m. to noon June 11-13. Check-in will be at 8:30 a.m. June 11. Cost is $100 and includes a T-shirt.

There also will be two elite camps for girls in grades eighth through 12th. The first session will begin at 7 p.m. June 13 and conclude at noon June 15. Check-in will be from 4:15-4:45 p.m. June13. The second session will begin at 7 p.m. July 8 and conclude at noon July 10. Check-in will be from 4:15-4:45 p.m. July 8. Cost for each session is $180 for overnight campers and $150 for commuters and includes a T-shirt.

Online registration is available at uafsvolleyballcamps.com.

Arts presentation program available

The Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville, is accepting applications through July 9 for its new Spotlight on Arts Presenting summer program, a structured learning experience designed to provide high school students an inside look into the business of arts presenting. Participants must be students entering or enrolled in grades ninth through 12th. The program will be held July 16-20.

Registration is $200. Visit waltonartscenter.org/edu/students-teachers/spotlight-on-arts-presenting/ to apply. Contact Meghan Foehl at (479) 571-2766 or mfoehl@waltonartscenter.org for information.

IC raises $900 for St. Jude

Students at Immaculate Conception Preschool in Fort Smith recently held the 10th annualTrike-A-Thon fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and raised $929.20 in donations.


Names of note

Makell Swinney of Fort Smith was among a group of 20 students from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to attend the recent National Model Arab League Conference at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The Model Arab League is a student leadership development program that simulates an international organization, the League of Arab States, which represents 22 countries.


Sallisaw eighth-grade student Gracy Carson won first place in the recent S.T.E.M. fair held at Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw. Second place was awarded to Sallisaw eighth-grader Cash Parkerson, and third place went to Sallisaw eighth-graders Serena Vang and Kaly Winton. Honorable mentions were awarded to Muldrow eighth-grader Kaden Chandler and Sallisaw eighth-graders Garraway Nance and Zeke Callahan.


Christopher Regalado, Amelia Coleman, Riley Harper, Rosely Rodriguez, Connor Fretheim, Kailyn Akins, Andrew Hahn, Camila Del Rio, Jason Chidester, Eli Alder, Lucas Caldarera, Gabriela DuPree, Eddy Resendiz and Kirsten Davidson were recently named students of the month by Immaculate Conception School.



Elizabeth Parham, a graduating senior at Alma High School, is one of 350 American students to receive the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. The scholarship is a bilateral exchange program cosponsored by the U.S. Department of State and German Bundestag (Parliament). Parham will spend the school year in Germany living with a host family, attending a German high school and participating in a four-week language and cultural immersion camp to gain a better understanding of German culture, language and everyday life.

Visit exchanges.state.gov/cbyx or call (800) 448-9944 for information on the exchange program.


Several graduating Alma High School seniors were recently awarded scholarships from the Greene family including Rachel Longmate, daughter of Richard and Kim Longmate, law enforcement/criminal justice; Caitlyn Malone, daughter of Tammy and Stephen Malone, Emily Ann Greene Memorial Medical Scholarship; Jenny Watkins, daughter of Mary and Bobby Childers, Michael K. Greene ROTC Unit Commander; Jessica Keith, daughter of Vicki and Mark Hess, Greene Family Alma Volunteer Firefighter Scholarship; and Edith Peppas, daughter of Jenni and Jayson Peppas.


Current and prospective Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus students are encouraged to apply for their share of $8.5 million in grants through a program offered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Arkansas Future (ArFuture) Grants will cover tuition and fees for eligible students in qualifying associate degree and certificate programs.

Apply at www.ark.org/adhe_financialaid/login.aspx before the July 9 deadline. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit scholarships.adhe.edu/scholarships/detail/arfutures or call the ATU-Ozark student services office at (479) 667-2117 for information.

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