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School Days Snapshots



Jan 27, 2018


Maria Nichols

1st Runner Up

Itzel Bautista

2nd Runner Up & Miss Congeniality

2018 Little Miss DHS winners.
Left to Right: 1st Runner-up Kathryn Milam, Little Miss DHS Raylee Michaud, and 2nd Runner-up Evie Moore.

Mini Miss DHS 2018 winners.
Left to Right: 1st Runner-up Genesis Marie Nieto, 2nd Runner-up Alexa Gaona, and Mini Miss DHS Lexie Jane Minor.


Group Picture:
L to R:  Bottom Row
Bradi Young, Alma Puya, Kammi Pollard, Jesse Power, Jessica Williams, Abraham Martinez, Reisa Bakenhus, Edgar Espinoza, K'Leigh Guillotte, Jamile Navarrete, Daniela Zapata

Back Row
Carter Rivas, Jesus Cisneros, Brandy Zuniga, Zayda Hernandez, Bhumi Patel

Congratulations to the following De Queen High School FBLA students who competed at the District IV FBLA Competition on Wednesday, at the UA-Hope campus in Hope, Arkansas:

1st Place in Sports Management - Jessica Williams and Reisa Bakenhus
2nd Place in Graphic Design - Jamile Navarrete
3rd Place in Emerging Business Issues - Abraham Martinez, Jesse Power, Carter Rivas
5th Place in Hospitality Management - Zayda Hernandez, Daniela Zapata, Brandy Zuniga
5th Place in Impromptu Speaking - Edgar Espinoza
6th Place in Computer Problem Solving - Jesus Cisneros

These students will have the opportunity to compete at the FBLA State Competition in Little Rock on April 9-10. Bradi Young and Kammi Pollard will also be competing in Social Media Campaign, which is a state only event. The De Queen High School FBLA Advisers are Jennifer Collier and Chad Lites.



Ashdown School Board Members were recognized during the January School Board Meeting for their service to the Ashdown School District . January is School Board Member Appreciation Month

Pictured (l-r): President Dorothy Henderson, Superintendent Jason Sanders, Chuck Davis, Glenda Smedley, Ricky Ward, Vice President Rosa Bowman, Raymond Latson and Not Pictured Secretary Michael Turner

Kim Sanders with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in Little Rock spoke to history students at Ashdown High School in January. She was able to travel to around to four schools using a grant from the National Park Foundation. Her lecture entitled “The American Dream Deferred” provided students the opportunity to learn about the two Japanese internment camps in Arkansas in 1942. The camps (Rohwer and Jerome) were near Pine Bluff and over 16,000 Japanese-Americans were housed there.

Ashdown School Board member Rosa Bowman will serve as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Arkansas School Board Association. She was elected at the Delegate Assembly during their December Conference Meeting. Mrs. Bowman has served on the Ashdown School Board since 2006.


Learning for Life, a career exploring program sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, provided for Dana O’Neal, Krav Maga instructor to meet with third, fourth, and fifth graders at Ashdown’s L.F. Henderson Intermediate School.

Learning for Life utilizes programs designed for schools and community-based organizations that are designed to prepare youth for future success and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-esteem in future careers.

Linda Willis is the local Learning for Life Coordinator.



AHS Students Study Satire With The Canterbury Tales



Ashdown High School English Teacher Ryan Murry and her Senior English Advanced Placement students studied Chaucer’s use of satire as they read The Canterbury Tales.  In which most of the characters suffered from at least one of the seven deadly sins (wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy or gluttony).

Ashdown Seventh Graders Write Letters to Arkansas Military Members

Students (l-r): Jayden Fricks, Jonathan McElroy, Randi Gaither, Emily Sellers

Seventh Grade Students in Mrs. Joni Pennington’s class participated in the “March to the Mail” for Arkansas Members of the 1-153rd Infantry Battalion. Each seventh grader wrote a letter expressing thankfulness and gratitude as well as giving encouraging words to Arkansas military service members who have recently served overseas.


Top Left: De Queen Jr. High School November Good Citizens

L-R: Benjamin Ramirez, Lynsi Smith, Hannah Phillips & Irata Kelen



De Queen Jr. High School December Good Citizens

L-R: Irvin Trejo, Madison Runnels, Dulce Vargas & Luke Reed

Mrs. Stefani Jones is pictured assisting students during music class at De Queen High School. Students play their bucket drums and echo Miss Morgan Chunn’s bucket drum. The purpose of using a bucket drum is to learn rhythm and different counts in music.

Mrs. Linda Snider is pictured teaching Direct Instruction Reading to students from De Queen Primary School. De Queen Public Schools attribute the D.I. Reading program for much success in teaching reading to first through third graders. The district employs many paraprofessionals to assist small group learning.

Students in Mrs. Anita Caudle’s art class are working on pottery projects at De Queen High School. Mrs. Caudle stated that it takes about 20 to 24 hours to fire the clay items. This amount of time includes the warming up and cooling down the machine.


Henderson State University has offered De Queen High School senior Giovanni Huesca the HSU Presidential Scholarship valued at $40,000.
Giovanni is the son of Jose and Elena Huesca. He is a member of the Spanish Club, Young Democrats and National Honor Society. He pole vaults on the Leopard Track and Field team.
Giovanni's plans are to major in Civil Engineering.



LaNyce Hemphill, a freshman at Ashdown High School, had the opportunity to visit the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville this past week. She was recognized for her ongoing work to revitalize “The Old Brown Building” into more of a community center. She is a recipient of the S.I.S.T.A. grant. S.I.S.T.A stands for Students Interested in Sustaining Their Arkansas and is a project of the Brown Chair in English Literacy in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. This grant will allow her to work with fellows from the University who will help her with all aspects of the project.

Students selected for the grant will work with their mentors to “hone critical reading, writing, and thinking abilities by writing an oral history of the topic of the proposal and by developing budgets, timelines, and executive summaries. At the end of the year-long participation in the project, each SISTA fellow will be granted a $1000 book scholarship for use in their first year of college."

"This was an outstanding opportunity for LaNyce and her project will positively benefit the entire community of Little River County,” said Ashdown EAST Facilitator Alicia Henry.

EAST, or Environmental and Spatial Technologies, is a project-based service-learning program that seeks to better the community through the use of technology, SISTA partners with EAST programs to recruit and support students who wish to participate.


Members of the Ashdown Purple Pride Band were selected to participate in the Four States Bandmaster’s Clinic/Concert. They are TJ Gist 1st Band 2nd chair; Hunter Billingsley 1st Band 3rd chair; Casie Greeson 1st Band 15th chair; Isaac Cross 2nd Band 3rd chair; Leah Lovell 2nd Band 3rd chair; Noah Pounds 2nd Band, 7th chair; and Ethan Sullivan 2nd Band 3rd chair.
Students are pictured at their concert on Saturday, January 20th.



The following students in Mrs. Tipton and Mrs. Garrison AHS CBA classes scored a passing score in the performance based Microsoft Office Specialist Exams in Word 2013 and received a globally recognized Industry Certification in Word 2013.

This certification proves these students have the skills and proficiency in the Microsoft Office Programs. It is a great addition to their resume and work applications and many employers consider this certification as a hiring criterion.

This certification also enhances academic performance as well as increasing workforce readiness.


Back Row: Porsha Randle, Blake Ritter, Ta Janae Green, Mahkia Cook, Blair Gentry, Will Ford, and Angelina McGinn.    Middle: Kayla Imler, Lyndon Youngblood, Corbin Crownover, Robin Roy, Ansleigh Patrick
Front: Emma Wrinkle, Chelbi Gathright, Railee Scmidt, Jacy Wake

Back: Blayne Buster, John Bush, Austin Gross, Braylon Bishop, Joshua Linnett, Kain McWhorter    Front: Addison Smedley, Brayden Cross, Jukarra Greenlee

Back: Carson Jefferies, John Henry Thomas, Dustin Green, Dimiya Johnson, Kohl Kervin  Front: Molly Parker, Micah Stafford, Mekyia Marks

Back-Camillion Witherspoon, Brayden Gentry,Carter Day, Kyle Burnham, Kaila Sullivan
Front- Melissa Cooper, Shakila Witherspoon (Expert Certification), Bandera Sansom, Ashton Johnston, and Oshianna Flowers

Back-Samantha Chandler, Samaj Banks, Vontre O'Guinn, Ellie Loosier, Vonee Thomas, Rhys Parker, Adarius Hamilton Dillon Reed
Front-Liza Embry, Sara Huddleston, Keely Turner, Trenyce Hemphill

Lanyce Hemphill, Whittlee Bearden, Cove Nixon, and Caillou Quintal
4th grade Student from L.F. Henderson Intermediate School (Ashdown) sing at Little River Nursing Home. Students are led by teacher Donna Gabbard.

Career Technical Education (CTE) Teachers from Ashdown Junior High and Ashdown High School hosted a meeting with their Advisory Board on December 13 in the AHS Library.

(Above) Advisory Board Members Kirk Babb, Darrell Coker, Tammy Waters and Ashdown Curriculum Director Teri Lynn Day

AHS Students Kasjiana Northcross, Brooklyn Welker, MacKynze Dollarhide, and Alex Hamby

(Below) AJHS and AHS Business & Marketing Teachers Melissa Kilgore, Silvia and Meagan Garrison.

  (Above) Advisory Board Member Terry Snead, AHS Student Nicholas Stewart, AHS Television Production Teacher Alicia Henry and student Alex Hamby


Front row (l-r): Raeleigh Grimes, Jaden Altenbaumer, Paxton Parker, Shalyn Peacock and Colyn Grimes

Back row (l-r): Laiken Newton, Autumn Hofmann, Jade Kendrick, Aliyah Anderson, and Brylee Haskins


Ashdown High School Varsity cheerleaders were selected and participated with more than 800 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that represented the camp brands of Varsity Spirit in the third annual Varsity Spirit Spectacular at the Walt Disney World®Resort in Orlando, Florida from December 1-3, 2017.

The individuals invited to perform in the parade were part of a select group of 10th to 12thgrade captains, co-captains, officers, and All-American cheerleaders who attended a Varsity Spirit summer camp this summer hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), Universal Dance Association (UDA), National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), National Dance Alliance (NDA) and United Spirit Association (USA).

The cheerleaders performed in an exclusive pre-parade performance through Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park before hundreds of fans. Besides enjoying a sunny trip to Orlando, performers had the opportunity to meet cheerleaders and dancers from across the nation and enjoy a magical holiday season at Walt Disney World® Resort parks.

Mallory Wharton, AHS Cheer Coach said, “I am very proud and thankful that my cheer team earned a place in the Varsity Spirit Spectacular Parade at Disney World! These girls worked extremely hard and are so deserving of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was amazing to see our very own Ashdown Varsity cheerleaders parading through the streets of the Magic Kingdom! I couldn’t be more proud to have the privilege of coaching such a wonderful, talented group of young ladies. Thank you to the school district and the community for all of your support in getting us to Disney World. We will forever be grateful to have had this experience!”

Timothy Purkiss met with De Queen Juniors on Friday, Nov 17 to discuss Arkansas Governor’s School and the application process.



Coaches Chad Lites and Leslie Simmons look on while Coach Tracy Neely begs "Don't go!" as two Lady Leopard softball players sign Letters of Intent to play college ball Wednesday, November 8th at the #1 Country studios.

Jessica Williams signed with University of Louisiana-Monroe and Reisa Bakenhus signed with Arkansas Tech-Russellville.

Both girls were members of the 2017 Class 5A State Championship team.

Jessica is the daughter of James and Melinda Williams.  Reisa is the daughter of Randy and Gaythy Bakenhus.



De Queen Middle School October Good Citizens

7th Grade: Elijah Pruitt & Sofia Abril
6th Grade: Olivia Cooley & Max Pinkerton


Purple Pride Marching Band

The Ashdown High School Purple Pride Marching Band competed at the Region II Marching Assessment on Tuesday, October 24 and received a Superior Rating qualifying them to compete at State Marching Contest to be held on Monday, October 30 at War Memorial Contest. PPMB will march at 3:30


Drum Majors T.J. Gist and Leah Lovell saluting as they prepare for competition.

Kaylee Silva

Senior PPMB member Hunter Billingsley performing his solo

Ashdown Quiz Bowl Team Wins at Tri-County Tournament



An Ashdown 5th/6th grade quiz bowl team won first place at the Tri-County Quiz Bowl Tournament in Nashville and will compete in the final rounds in January at the
De Queen/Mena Coop.


Front row (l-r) Audrey Kate Bishop, Bella Easley, Ty Tong, and Luke Barnes
Back row (l-r) Bannon Price, Caleb Blankenship, and Ernie Merrell

De Queen High School September Good Citizen

L to R: Noah Reed, Ashlyn Chambers, Esmeralda Balderas, Mackenzy Carver, Reisa Bakenhus and Hunter Earney


The De Queen High School Student Council announces the 2017 DHS Homecoming Court. The De Queen Leopards Football team will be playing their homecoming game against the Camden Fairview Cardinals on October 13, 2017.

Homecoming festivities begin with a Homecoming Parade themed "Scare the Feathers off the Cardinals” downtown at 1:30 p.m. The parade will also continue to the High School at approximately 1:55 p.m.

An afternoon ceremony and pep rally will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the De Queen High School Coliseum. Evening Homecoming ceremonies will begin at 6:30 pm at Leopard Stadium and the game will follow at 7:00 p.m.


Football Bearer Kevin Figueroa and Crown Bearer Aubrie Smith
Front row: (left to right) Sr. Maid Monique Jacobo, Sr. Maid Kammi Pollard, Sr. Maid Jennifer Rogers, Sr. Maid Jessica Williams, Queen Bradi Young, Sr. Maid Reisa Bakenhus, Sr. Maid Lissette Hernandez, Sr. Maid Aracely Hernandez , Sr. Maid Jennifer Sanchez, Jr. Maid Dania Castillo
2nd row: (left to right) Jr. Maid Esmeralda Balderas, Soph. Maid Jalissa Crow, Sr. Maid Noelia Lagunas, Sr. Maid Yaqueline Marrufo, Sr. Maid Ashley Campos, Sr. Maid Karla Hernandez, Sr. Cianna Caballero, Sr. Deja Bell, Sr. Maid Veronica Rivas, Soph. Maid Ivette Gonzalez
Ashdown Purple Pride Marching Band Marching in 4 States Marching Contest & UAM/KKY Marching Contest

Drum Majors: T.J. Gist & Leah Lovell     Picture Right: (l-r) in the “Senior A”:  Alia Oliver, Issac Thomas, Casie Greeson, Casey Teehee, Ryan Hatridge, Issac Cross, Tori Vanarsdell, Ethan Sullivan, Hunter Billingsley, Connor Imler, Madeline Adkison, Spencer Johnston, Hannah Crow, and Lacey Carmack

De Queen Student Council participate in "Arkansas Drive Smart: Battle of the Belt"

ASH PPMB: Pictured (l-r) Drum Major T.J. Gist, Hannah Crow, Casie Greeson, Reagan Teston, Ryan Hatridge, Issac Cross, Ethan Sullivan, Alia Oliver, Hunter Billingsley, Tori Vanarsdall, Connor Imler, Madeline Adkison, Spencer Johnston, Issac Thomas, and Drum Major Leah Lovell

The 2017-2018 De Queen High School Student Council will be participating in the Arkansas Drive Smart: Battle of the Belt program by Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The Program is designed to inform teens about the dangers of texting while driving, distracted driving, and encourage them to wear a seat belt at all times. The program is student led and will last approximately 4-6 weeks. The council will be completing varied activities each week to bring student awareness to distracted driving and the dangers associated with it. Some of the activities include: a showing of the “Room to Live” video, notices to parents about the dangers of distracted driving and how to help prevent it, notices to students about teen driving facts, seat belt checks on campus with the help of law enforcement, cell phone use while driving checks with the help of law enforcement, and “buckle-up” road painting to help drivers to remember to buckle-up. Upon completion of the program, the council hopes to see improvement in distracted driving and use of seat belts at all times. The De Queen High School Student Council encourages everyone to support this program and help us make the roads safer for everyone.

De Queen Primary students have their Story Book Pumpkins on display for the Parent-Teacher conferences this Thursday. Conferences at the Primary School are from 3:30 to 8:00 by appointment.


A small sample of decorated pumpkins you will see at Parent Teacher Conference Thursday.


The De Queen High School Student Council announces the 2017 DHS Homecoming Court. The De Queen Leopards Football team will be playing their homecoming game against the Camden Fairview Cardinals on October 13, 2017.

Homecoming festivities begin with a Homecoming Parade themed "Scare the Feathers off the Cardinals” downtown at 1:30 p.m. The parade will also continue to the High School at approximately 1:55 p.m.

An afternoon ceremony and pep rally will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the De Queen High School Coliseum. Evening Homecoming ceremonies will begin at 6:30 pm at Leopard Stadium and the game will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Pictured: Football Bearer Kevin Figueroa and Crown Bearer Aubrie Smith
Front row: (left to right) Sr. Maid Monique Jacobo, Sr. Maid Kammi Pollard, Sr. Maid Jennifer Rogers, Sr. Maid Jessica Williams, Queen Bradi Young, Sr. Maid Reisa Bakenhus, Sr. Maid Lissette Hernandez, Sr. Maid Aracely Hernandez , Sr. Maid Jennifer Sanchez, Jr. Maid Dania Castillo
2nd row: (left to right) Jr. Maid Esmeralda Balderas, Soph. Maid Jalissa Crow, Sr. Maid Noelia Lagunas, Sr. Maid Yaqueline Marrufo, Sr. Maid Ashley Campos, Sr. Maid Karla Hernandez, Sr. Cianna Caballero, Sr. Deja Bell, Sr. Maid Veronica Rivas, Soph. Maid Ivette Gonzalez

Students at De Queen High School met with UALR recruitment coordinator Alex Harbison on Thursday, September 28.


Valedictorian Adrian Hernandez and his family, pose with Governor and Mrs. Hutchinson, in the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock at the Governor's Scholastic Honors Day on May 13, 2017.

Scholastic Honors Day recognizes Arkansas’ best and brightest students from both public and private high schools who best represent academic achievement in the senior class.


Molly Parker, an Ashdown Student has received the Marcos Borges Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Molly helps raise, show and sell the Red Brangus breed cattle.

She plans are to attend the University of Arkansas and Colorado State University as she pursues a degree in veterinary medicine. After graduation, she will pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian.

“I love being around animals and I want my career to revolve around what I love,” Parker says. "Thank you for giving me this opportunity to grow in the Brangus breed."




 Mrs. Tipton with Nathan House                Brent Davis  

AHS students, Nathan House and Brent Davis, recently received a Wise Financial Literacy Certification in Mrs. Tipton’s Business Law II class.  The Wise Financial Literacy program resources and online testing are available to instructors that have passed a Certification in Personal Finance.  Mrs. Tipton certified last year at the Southern Business Education Association Conference.  The Subjects mastered include Money, Budgeting, the Cost of Money, Banking, Credit, Insurance, Investing, Retirement Planning, and Financial Planning and Management.




Kayla Martin, daughter of Kenneth and Jennifer Martin is the recipient of the 2017 Sevier County Cattlemen's Scholarship Award in the amount of $500.

Kayla will be attending Southern Arkansas University and will major in Animal Science.

For more information about Sevier County Cattlemen's activities, please call President Greg Wright at 870-584-9479.



Horatio Color Guard and Drum Major Camp at the Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, AR from May 29th to June 3rd. They went and learned two routines a day and competed on Saturday, June 3rd.

Pictured front row: Kylie Ayers, Charlizz Threadgill, Kalyn Davis, Kimberlee May, Anahi Murillo-Jr.High Drum Major, Katie Swift; Back row: Heather Barton, Erin Mier, Sydney McMahon, K.K. McWhorter, Kenzey Nelson, Kennedy Elmore, Mason Flanrey-Sr. High Drum Major.

During their camp, the students earned various individual awards and group awards. These students worked very hard at camp and the Senior High Band Director Daniel Dunn and Junior High Band Director Angela Dunn are extremely proud of their students accomplishments.

JR. High Color Guard earned Superior Grand Champion Routine.
Pictured front row: Heather Barton, Charlizz Threadgill, Kimberlee May,
2nd row: Kylie Ayers, Kalyn Davis, 3rd row: Erin Mier.

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Sr. High Color Guard earned Superior Grand Champion

Routine.  Pictured 1st Row: Kenzey Nelson, Senior Kennedy

Elmore, K.K. McWhorter; 2nd row Katie Swift, 3rd row Sydney


Sr. High Color Guard earned Outstanding Home
Routine. Pictured 1st row: Heather Barton, K.K.
McWhorten, 2nd row: Katie Swift, 3rd row: Kenzey Nelson,
Sydney Mc Mahon and Senior Kennedy Elmore.


Pictured are Sr. High Drum Major and Senior, Mason
Flanrey and Jr.High Drum Major Anahi Murillo.
Superior Drum Major Routine Award.


Back Row (L-R):

Mayra Aguilar & Riky Perez

Front Row (L-R):

Carlee Helms & Dennis Peppers



AHS Students Earn Certifications

The following 9th graders earned a Microsoft Office Certification in the 2016-2017 year in Mrs. Kilgore and Mrs. Tipton’s Computerized Business Application Classes. Microsoft Office Specialist is a premier industry recognized certification program where students and workers can prove their skills and proficiency with Microsoft Computer Programs. Students can certify in Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

Certiport and Microsoft have partnered with the State of Arkansas to help students develop the technology skills they need and help prepare them for college and careers. In addition, the Ashdown School Dist. Has provided software to help prepare the students to take the rigorous project oriented exams to obtain their certifications.


Aliyah Nutt (3), A’mya White (3), Aniya Polite (3), Ann Marie Medina (3), Anthony Hopkins (1), Anthony Knudson (3), Are’jeon French (3), Ashlyn Harger (2), Rileigh Day (1), Breana Noble (3), Brett Bond (1), Brooklynn Welker (3), Carsen Jones (3), Choe Anderson (3), Colby Dellinger (3), Colyn Grimes (3), Coy Porter (2), Davina Gaines (1), Delrae Smith (2), Ebony Hawkins (3), Jacob Marquez (1), Evan Medlock (1), Jasmine Smith (1), Jeb Parker (2), John Carter Bowman (1), Joseph Paredes (1), Cole Smith (3), Paige Smith (3), Julius Dobbins (2), Kaitlyn Woodall (3), Kara Ernest (1), Kasey Barton (2), Kylie Cross (2), Lamar Wilkerson (2), Lannah Huddleston (1), Lanyhia Cornelius (2), Logan Russell (2), MacKynze Dollarhide (1), Madison Perez (3), MaKayla Dixon (3), Milton Smith (2), Morgan Miller (2), Nichole Pool (3), Noah Pounds (3), Notoris Nelson (1), Quinton Holland (1), Raeleigh Grimes (2), Reba Mahaffey (3), Trey House (3), Roni Jo Porier (1), Rylee Ann Burden (3), Shiann Krause (3), Sydney Hurd (3), Tabitha Tabler (1), Taleiya White (2), T’nia Washington (2), Tyreese Westbrook (2), Vonjoy Thomas (1), Will Burnett (2) Kentarian Lamar Williams (1), Brayden Gibson (1)

Ashdown Junior and Senior Shooting Sports Teams traveled to Jacksonville May 12-13 to compete in the South Region shooting competition.

Congratulations to Ashdown Senior Team 1: Trevor Meyers, John Michael Molock, Alex Simmons, Koda Aylor and Jake Day for winning 4th (232 points) at Regionals and progressing to State!


(Pictured above) Braden Jackson, Braden Gentry, Chico Markle, Jacob Formby and Drake Abney for winning 3rd (109 points) at Junior Regionals and qualifying for State!

AJHS Team 1, AHS Team 1 and Team all qualified for the State Tournament in Jacksonville on June 3rd.

(Pictured above) Ashdown Senior Team 2: Logan Russell, Hunter Lewis, Taylor Schmidt, Colby Dellinger and Kenzie Bishop for winning 12th (216 points) and advancing to State!




Ashdown Junior High School was awarded another $5000 Lowe’s Grant for their “Outdoor Classroom” this year. Employees from Lowe’s, along with teachers Lacie Shamsie and Ed Williams and AJHS students worked on May 4 to build flower beds and put picnic tables, umbrellas, and other outdoor furniture together. Lowe’s has been supporting public education through their Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program since 2006. The program is funded by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.



L.F. Henderson third grade students travelled to Camp Preston Hunt for Character Camp on May 4. Students hiked around the camp and participated in a number of activities including rockets, archery, rain gutter regatta, pirate ship and camp race. Students and staff were able to enjoy a picnic lunch in the amphitheater. The event is sponsored by Learning for Life and directed by Linda Willis.


L.F. Henderson Top Readers

Pictured front row (l-r): Mary Vermeer, Karyssa Riley, Jaiden Ford, Kaitlin Jones, Bella Woolfley, Anna Arnold
Back row (l-r): Luke Barnes, LFH Librarian Sharla Fricks, Ty Tong, and Kevin Scott.

De Queen Primary School
2nd Semester 2016-2017

Perfect Attendance

1st Grade
Sefraim Blankenship
Yaslin Hernandez

2nd Grade
Charlie Collins
Jareth Saldivar


Students from L.F. Henderson Intermediate School in Ashdown, were awarded a trip to Texarkana and Books A Million gift cards. Students who earned 75-99 Accelerated Reader points got a $10 Wal-mart gift card, students who earned 100-199 points got a $15 Wal-mart gift card, and students who earned 200-299 points got a $25 Wal-mart gift card. Students had to earn at least 300 AR points to go on the trip. Students who earned 300-399 got a $50 gift card to Books-A-Million and students who earned 400 or more AR points got a $75 gift card to Books-A-Million. After shopping at Books-A-Million, they went to eat at Larry's Pizza, played at Springlake Park, and got ice cream at McDonald's. There were 9 students able to go on the trip. This is the most we have ever had go on the trip. Last year only two students qualified. Kaitlin Jones had the most points in 4th grade and got an extra $25 and Bella Woolfley got an extra $25 for having the most points in 5th grade. Bella and Luke also got a trophy for earning over 1,000 points. A beautiful wooden plaque was purchased with Bella and Luke's names and the number of points they earned engraved on it to hang in the library. Luke was the first person in school history to get 1,000 AR points and Bella earned more AR points than anyone else in school history. They are the top male and female readers of all time at LFH!!!!

Thanks to PTO for paying for the all the gift cards, food, trophies, and plaque!!!!