FORT SMITH — High School students enrolled in the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith’s Western Arkansas Technical Center have been recognized for superior achievement in a special awards ceremony which included the announcement of Outstanding WATC Students, SkillsUSA medalists and Starfish Awards.
The Outstanding WATC Students included students attending classes on the UAFS campus as well as students from the programs offered through a satellite center located on the Waldron High School campus.
The 2019 Outstanding WATC Students are:
Boles: Charley Slagle, Waldron High School, health sciences.
Booneville: Aaron Frost, Booneville High School, welding technology.
Fort Smith: Alma Diaz, Southside High School, early childhood education; Emma Friery, Southside High School, early childhood education; Luke Hinton, Southside High School, information technology; Adella Hosier, Future School of Fort Smith, criminal justice; Amethyst Williams, Future School of Fort Smith, computer graphic technology.
Lavaca: Hannah Stevens, Charleston High School, graphic design.
Van Buren: Patrick Davis, Van Buren High School, automotive technology; Kyler Poor, Van Buren High School, electronics technology.
To be nominated for Outstanding Student awards, students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average at UAFS, have completed a minimum of one semester, be currently enrolled in the program for which the award is given, be eligible to walk in their high school graduation for the current year, be in good standing with the WATC program, and have demonstrated honesty, integrity and a strong work ethic.
Along with a plaque, outstanding WATC students received a $500 book scholarship to continue their education at UAFS.
WATC Starfish Awards were presented to students who went above and beyond expectations, exuded passion for the WATC program and helping peers succeed and demonstrated exemplary leadership skills. Two Starfish Awards, along with a $500 book scholarship to UAFS, were presented to Christopher Lowman of Alma, Alma High School, and Ethan Owens of Fort Smith, Southside High School.
UAFS and WATC students also won a total of 11 medals, including three gold, in the 2019 Arkansas SkillsUSA Championships.
Awards were given in the secondary and post-secondary division and included gold, silver and bronze medals for first, second and third places.
Boles: Charley Slagle, Waldron High School, silver in Nurse Assisting.
Danville: Joseph Chrisman, Waldron High School, silver in Medical Math.
Fort Smith: Joselina Roman, Northside High School, gold in Early Childhood Education; Maria Sanchez, gold in Early Childhood Education
Gravelly: Tiffany Gwin, Waldron High School, gold in First Aid/CPR.
Rudy: Kristina Jameson of Rudy, Alma High School, silver in Early Childhood Education.
Waldron: Evan Akins of Waldron, Waldron High School, bronze in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four); Mason Day of Waldron, Waldron High School, bronze in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four); Clayvin Lunsford, Waldron High School, bronze in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four); Ethan Martin, Waldron High School, bronze in Health Knowledge Bowl (team of four); Gabriela Sandoval, Waldron High School, bronze in Medical Terminology.
In addition to the medals, WATC gold medal winners received a four-year $1,000 scholarship to attend UAFS.
SkillsUSA is a national organization for both high school and college students. The organization is designed to provide quality educational experiences for students enrolled in technical, skilled and service programs.
The Western Arkansas Technical Center at UAFS is an area secondary center serving a five-county area.
WATC provides area high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn college credits in automotive technology, computer graphic technology, criminal justice, early childhood education, electronics technology, engineering, graphic design, health sciences, information technology and welding technology.