The annual Arkansas Scholars Banquet will honor 158 Van Buren High School seniors at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Commons at VBHS.
The Van Buren Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, in conjunction with the Van Buren School District, will honor the scholars at the dinner.
Arkansas Scholars is a prestigious distinction given only to graduates who have achieved a 95 percent or better attendance record in their four years of high school. The students must also have a “C” or higher average, and have completed all of the required courses to graduate in four years.
Each scholar is presented with a certificate at the banquet and awarded a medallion to wear at graduation.
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark and University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will be presenting sponsors. Strategic Realty is medallion sponsor.
Inspirational speaker and entrepreneur Josh Foliart will serve as the keynote speaker at the Arkansas Scholars Banquet. A VBHS alumnus, Foliart loves to help leaders live courageous stories, said Terry Carson, chamber president.
“Josh brings insight and inspiration to businesses, educational institutions, sport teams, churches and non-profits,” Carson said. “His athletic background and global life experience make his perspective unique.”
After finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas and four years with the Razorback football team, he was awarded the first annual Brandon Burlsworth Scholar-Athlete Award, given to an outstanding walk-on.
“Josh carries the walk-on mentality that asks ‘Why not?’ in place of ‘Why?’ and injects that same way of thinking into those he works alongside,” Carson said. “With an entrepreneurial heart, Josh has been a key part of several start-up initiatives.”
Most recently he has focused on launching and growing a non-profit called MULTIPLi, purposed towards lifting faith and leadership networks in seven major international cities.
He and his wife Casandra have two children and currently live in Northwest Arkansas.
Arkansas Scholars are:
Ashtyn Adams, Kelton Almond, Emily Ardiana, Caibyn Baimbridge, Gavin Ball, Katherine Barnwell, Sarah Bartley, Erik Batt, Alexis Bernard, Ashleigh Bibbs, Lexi Blasingame, Tyler Blevins, Layne Bolton, Chase Brandenburg, Hannah Brewer, McKenzi Bromley, Elysabeth Brown, Isaiah Brown, Raven Bynum, Tasia Cagle, Hannah Carter, Haley Caudle, Kristin Centeno, Hannah Cervantes, Aysha Chanthavong-Harris, Madison Childress, Daisy Connor, Zachary Cope, Mackinzie Copeland, Joshua Cravey, Becca Crider.
Brandon Cross, Shelby Dahlem, Caroline Davis, Destiny Davis, Faith Davis, Hunter Davis, Juan De La Cruz, Justin Deuley, Taylor Domingos, Andrew Edmonds, Katelyn Evans, Makiaya Fey, Dillon Flute, Cara Ford, Shelbie Ford, Rodolfo Fraire, Zaiyah Frazier, Koby Fry, Sydney Furney, Timothy Gammill, Emily Gillson, Austin Gilmore, Tayler Glover, Makayla Goines, Lindsey Gooch, Reema Gopal, Joseph Hamby, Shyla Hamilton, Mitchell Hammond, Linda Harden, Ethan Harris, Michael Harwood, Violet Haynes, Kevin Head.
Andrew Henry, Ryan Hewett, Ashlen Hill, Brittany Hill, Tallon Holman, Spencer Holmes, Hattie Howard, Zachary Irwin, Emily Jennen, Connor Jernigan, Talye Jetton, Evan Jones, Breanna Jordan, Derek King, Timothy King, Jamilyn Kinney, Caitlin Kious, Makayla Kremers, Shalyn Kroth, Emily Lanier, Kynisha Leaton, Aaron Lee, Krysha Lee, Isaac Lipe, Sydney Markham, Honey Matevia, Morgan McCaleb, Megan McGinnis, Jayden Mendez, Kelley Mitchell, Anngie Molina, Chase Moore, Grant Moore, Kai Mortensen.
Jasmin Northern, Lauren Null, Rebekah Olienyk, Christopher Orellana, Logan Osman, Jorde Pacheco, Michael Partain, Daniela Perez, Brittany Perry, Caitlin Perry, Haley Petty, Quintin Pratt, Alexis Qualls, Juan Ramirez, Leon, Ethan Rauser, Josue Recinos, Kobie Rhodd, Katherine Risley, Emilee Rogers, Leslie Rosa, Emilee Rotter, Cameron Rush, Isaiah Russell, Caleb Salisbury, Remberto Sanabria, Irasema Sandoval, Alyssa Santana, Natalie Scherrey, Kristen Sharp, Andrew Sivilay.
Jacob Six, Hannah Smith, Justin Smith, Paige Smith, Garrett Spears, Brycen St. Mary, Israel Stout, Emely Tejada, Henry Thongkham, Seantiana Tims, Yaxaira Torres, Taylor Tramel, Mitzi Trejo, Matthew Turner, Piper Turner, Tyler Varnell, Gabrielle Vatthanatham, Emma Wagoner, Mitchell Waite, Alandra Warren, Riley Watkins, John Webb, Abigail Welborn, Camrie West, Nathan Westbrook, Parker Wilson, Sabriah Wynne, Ashton Yerby and Kayla Young.