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School Days Snapshots

 

DIERKS PARTICIPATES IN QUIZ BOWL

The 5th/6th grade team from Jo Ann Walters Elementary in Dierks has done it again!  At the Murfreesboro Invitational Quiz Bowl tournament held Feb. 9, the team competed against 17 other teams.  They eventually met Arkadelphia in the finals and narrowly missed claiming the top spot - by only 5 points. 

Team members are Sydney Mounts, Rustin Simmons, Captain Mackay Smith, Jenna Bray, and Lillian Glass.

ASHDOWN THEATRE STUDENTS TO RE-ENACT COURTROOM DRAMATIZATION

Ashdown High School Panther Theatre students travelled to Historic Washington State Park to re-enact a courtroom dramatization of an actual court case from Hempstead County in 1844. Panther Theatre will perform a similar style production at Little River County Courthouse for the county's 150th year celebration on March 2 and 3. Performance times will be 7:00 p.m. both evenings. Seating is limited so please call the LRC courthouse at 870 898 7210 for ticket information.

LOCAL FFA VISITORS:

HORATIO HIGH SCHOOL

  

CELEBRATING FFA WEEK:

De QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL

 

 

AHS Theatre - Trial By Jury

On Thursday, March 2nd and Friday, March 3rd, as part of the Little River County Sesquicentennial, the AHS Theatre students presented “Trial by Jury” based upon an actual 1844 murder trial that took place in Southwest Arkansas. The students travelled to Historic Washington State Park to re-enact the courtroom dramatization. The living historical drama was performed in the Little River County courthouse courtroom which was built in 1907.
 

Narrator Kayla Karr

Defense Corvin Cook, Granville Fitzpatrick-Clayton Tinkes, Eve Fitzpatrick-Maddie McAllister, Elizabeth Newman-Laiken Newton

Sheriff Drake Earnest

Prosecutor Chance Redfearn, Eva Fitzpatrick - Maddie Mcallister, Sheriff Drake Earnest

Judge Davis-Joe Pennington, Narrator-Kayla Karr, Elizabeth Newman - Laiken Newton, Defense- Corvin Cook

Ed Mullins - Weston Lawrence

 
   
TEAM Club Members Celebrate Valentine's Day

The Ashdown Junior High School TEAM Club members celebrated Valentine's Day by providing goodie bags to all
staff members.
Love lives here!

AJHS QUIZ BOWL TEAM

Congratulations to the Ashdown Junior High 7th Grade Quiz Bowl Team on their 4th place finish at the Murfreesboro Invitational Quiz Bowl Tournament.

bottom row l to r: Alexis Johnson, Emma Isham, Hanna Denton

back row l to r: Ben Adkison, Landon Wright, Will Bishop, Jacob Formby, Dillon Rose

Ashdown Reading Fair Participants

(Back row: l-r) Kutter Dollarhide, Damon Patton, Ryley Knudson, Cheyenne Arnhart
(Front Row: l-r) Gabby Sanders and Fisher Moon

 

Ashdown Students Participate in Reading Fair

 

L.F. Henderson student Fisher Moon (Bottom Left) placed 3rd in technology and Cheyenne Arnhart (Bottom Right) placed 2nd in fiction at the De Queen-Mena Co-op 2017 Reading Fair

Fisher Moon

Cheyenne Arnhart

 

COSSATOT COLT CLASSIC

Attached are a few photographs from UA Cossatot’s annual Colt Classic.  This is an FFA contest for high school students across the state.  This year the event was held on Friday, February 17, 2017 on the De Queen campus.  Over 1300 students competed in one or more areas of competition.  There was livestock judging, land judging, electricity, landscaping, poultry and other areas. 

  

SOCK IT TO ME PROGRAM

AJHS TEAM Club Members along with the AJHS Cheerleaders and the Buffalo Riders Club presented socks to the residents of Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Ashdown during a program presentation.

 

ASHDOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT ASSESSMENT TEAM

The Ashdown School District Assessment Team met with the Arkansas Department of Education on Friday, January 27th.  This was the initial meeting that included twelve districts throughout Arkansas.  The meeting focused on current assessments, effectiveness, purpose and how the districts can communicate more effective with all stakeholders.  This team is responsible for analyzing the assessment practices to better meet the needs of our students.

  

5TH/6TH GRADE QUIZ BOWL CHAMPS!!!

On Friday, January 27, the 5th/6th Quiz Bowl team from JoAnn Walters Elementary in Dierks won the De Queen Mena Quiz Bowl Finals! 

 Teams from all over the cooperative area had previously battled for the opportunity to attend the quiz bowl finals held at the Co-op headquarters in Gillham.

  The Dierks team was able to advance to this championship tournament where they claimed the top spot!

Members of the Dierks Quiz Bowl are pictured  L-R  - Sydney Mounts, Rustin Simmons, captain Mackay Smith, Jenna Bray, and Lillian Glass  

 ASHDOWN ALL-REGION BAND MEMBERS

Congratulations to the following Ashdown High School Band Members who were selected to the All-Region Band:

Casey Teehee, Lana Warren, Christie Sain, TJ Gist

Band members who also qualified to advance to All-State Tryouts were:

Casie Greeson, Rachel Hurd, Cody Tilley, Jacob Purifoy, Hunter Billingsley, Isaac Cross, Karin Nomura, Ethan Sullivan, Jacob Register

These students participated in a two day clinic at Lake Hamilton School which ended with concerts.  Students advancing to All-State Tryouts will travel to Arkansas Tech University to compete. 

FBLA COMPETITION WINNERS AND PARTICIPANTS

The De Queen High School FBLA Chapter competed in the FBLA District IV Competition on Wednesday, February 9, 2017 at Hope on the UA-Hope Campus. The following students placed in their respective competitions and will move on to compete at the State FBLA Competition on April 3-4, 2017 in Little Rock.

*Winners top picture front row L to R: Jesse Power, Kaden Tollett, Alec Lowrey, Cody Lites, Edgar Espinoza
Back row L to R: Jamile Navarrete, Misty Goings, Jessica Williams, Josie Vaught, Randee Toye, Bradi Young

*Participants bottom picture, front row L to R: Edgar Espinoza, Jesse Power, Kaden Tollett, Alec Lowrey, Cody Lites, Josie Vaught, Randee Toye, Abraham Martinez
Back Row L to R: Misty Goings, Daniela Zapata, Jamile Navarrete, Karla Angeles, Anel Montiel, Bradi Young, Patricia Martinez, and Jessica Williams

REPRESENTATIVE DEANN VAUGHT SELECT PAGES

Ashdown High School students Isaac Thomas and Chance Redfearn from the AHS Jr Leadership Class served as pages for Representative DeAnn Vaught at the Arkansas Capitol.

De Queen Middle School January Good Citizens
 

De Queen Middle School recently announced the January Good Citizens awards to:

 (L to R) Henry Martinez, Hailey Elmore, Laura Figueroa, and John McRae

AUBREY MONTANA SORREL AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP

De Queen Senior, Aubrey Montana Sorrels, has been awarded the Blue and Gold Scholarship at Southern Arkansas University beginning with the 2017 fall semester.  The four year value is $26,400.

Aubrey is the daughter of Keith and Charlie Sorrels.  She plays post on the Lady Leopard basketball team.

Her plans are to major in Animal Science.

Bartek of Weyerhaeuser talks to Legacy Academy Students


Monday, January 23, Mrs. Ann Bartek of Weyerhaeuser Company talked to upper-level students of Legacy Academy at the school’s monthly professional day. Mrs. Bartek thoroughly described her own and various forestry based careers to the students. The engaging discussion inspired students to consider similar careers and
to expand their comprehension of forest management.

DE QUEEN ARCHERY TEAM PRACTICE

De Queen Public Schools has an archery team that practices after school. The team practices in the 9th Street gym. Most of the students shoot with their right hand. Students are in grades six through twelve. Their next competition will be on February 4 at Delight. The team is coached by Dennis Chaney.

 

DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2016

November and December Students of the Month for De Queen High School voted on by the faculty and staff.  Students receive a certificate for a meal from McDonalds. 

November Winners Above L to R:

Quinton Thornton, Jose Castellanos, Veronica Rivas, McKenna Caudle, Emanuel Salazar Martinez, Cheyenne Ballard

December Winners Below L to R: 

 Bradi Young, Merline Hernandez, Ashley Dykes, Sean Harding, Michael Flowers.  Not pictured is Mac Carver.

It’s always an exciting day at De Queen Primary School.  Miss Lisa Bender is pictured with a class in her library.  She built an igloo out of empty water jugs.  The students are taking a guess at how many water jugs it took to build the igloo.

Mrs. Sharla Minor is pictured teaching reading to kindergartners at De Queen Primary School.

 

Miss Alejandra Martinez is pictured working with a student at De Queen Elementary School.   She has been a paraprofessional at the elementary school for two years and is working towards a teaching degree.

Mrs. Twana Kirkpatrick and her kindergartners are pictured getting ready for a reading activity.  Mrs. Kirkpatrick teaches at De Queen Primary School.

During library time at De Queen Primary School, Miss Lisa Bender reads to the students.  Literacy is so important in a child’s life because they need reading skills for the rest of their lives.

 

 
ARKANSAS "FARM TO YOU" EXHIBIT AT ASHDOWN ELEMENTARY AND LF HENDERSON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

Arkansas ‘Farm to You’ exhibit teaches children about agriculture and health Ashdown Elementary and LF Henderson Intermediate school children are learning about how the food they eat gets from the farm to their dinner table and how this food is used for good health. Students from both schools were able to experience Farm To You on January 31st and February 1st.

Arkansas’ children, like those nationwide, are not eating enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains or getting enough physical activity, so there is a great need to teach children the importance of eating healthy and being physically active from an early age. Arkansas Farm to You is part of Cooperative Extension Service’s nutrition education program for youth that spans Pre-K through 12th grade.

 

 2017 MISS DE QUEEN HIGH

The De Queen High School Beauty Pageant was held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the DHS Performing Arts Auditorium. Contestants were L to R: Karla Angeles, Kammi Pollard, Jasmine Montiel, Dennise Tellez, 2nd Runner-Up and Miss Congeniality; Ponpawee (Ngim) Asawaritdumrong, Miss DHS, Talent winner and the People's Choice winner; Antonette Worthey, 1st Runner Up; Diana Ramirez, Lisette Hernandez, and Hanna Murry.

2017 LITTLE MISS DE QUEEN AND MINI MISS DEQUEEN CROWNED

Presli Young, left, was crowned the 2017 Little Miss De Queen while Harper Young, right, was crowned Mini Miss De Queen prior to the Miss DHS Pageant Saturday night.

 

  UA Cossatot Names New Student Ambassadors

A new class of student ambassadors was inducted at UA Cossatot in Nashville last week.

The new ambassadors are: Te’Kayla Works of Nashville, Angel Hernandez Olguin of De Queen, Mattie Tallant of Ashdown, Joshua Rodgers of Nashville, Marisol Rodriguez of Horatio, Scout Smith of Smithville, Okla., Ashley Meyers of Ashdown, Kortney Ashley of Ashdown, Shelby Scott of Nashville, Kelsey Hockaday of Nashville, Alexandria Stark of Bigelow, Brayan Feregrino of De Queen, Italia Bustamante of De Queen, Jacob Carpenter of Nashville, and Eduardo Medina of Wickes.

"These students pass a series of interviews and meet stringent criteria before being selected to be UA Cossatot’s ambassadors," said Justin White, UA Cossatot Director of Student Services. "This program gives students a chance to network and seek opportunities that enhance their future."

 

GALLAGHER NAMED TO DEAN'S LIST AT OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Hannah Gallagher, daughter of Chad and Jessica Gallagher of De Queen, has been named to the Dean’s List at Ouachita Baptist University for the fall semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must compile at least a 3.5 grade point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours.

Gallagher, is a freshman at Ouachita and is studying English, art and theater art.

Farm Bureau Presentation At Ashdown Elementary

Matt Jackson from Farm Bureau came and did a FARM TO YOU presentation for Ashdown Elementary 2nd graders. The students were able to milk a cow and planted their own seeds with the Germination Station.

LF HENDERSON STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THE K-12 CULINARY CONNECTION JR. CHEF PROGRAM

On January 23rd, 13 L.F. Henderson students were able to participate in the k-12 Culinary Connection Jr. Chef Program.  Students, one from each class donned chef hats and made their own 7 inch pizzas.  Students were taught about proper hand washing, cooking techniques while making their pizzas, and learned about nutrition facts while the pizzas baked.  Chef Justin Mills of k-12 Culinary Connection said, "the Jr. Chef Program was to get kids cooking and teach them how to eat healthy.”

The students were presented a certificate and enjoyed watermelon, apples, and their freshly baked homemade pizzas.

Front row (l-r): Daquavion Martin, Joe Del Angel, Halleigh Jo Williams, Joshua Green, Evelyn Young, Bryce Fricks, and Austin Guilliams
Back row (l-r): Chef Justin Mills, Antonio McDuffie, Zaniya Alexander, Presley Guilliams, L’syra Britt, Gabby Sanders, and Faurice Scott

 

UA COSSATOT ANNOUNCES DELL LAPTOP WINNER

UA Cossatot recently held a drawing for a free Dell laptop  that was awarded to Scout Smith of Smithville, Oklahoma.  Scout registered for classes at UA Cossatot before the Christmas holidays to be eligible. 

Photographed is UA Cossatot Director of Student Services Justin White, Smith, and Vice Chancellor of Academics Ashley Aylett.  

Tammy Whatley visits weekly with "The Brew Crew" to keep the listeners up to date on the De Queen School happenings.

Listen for Tammy on Wednesday mornings at 7:15.

DONOVAN ESTES WINS BICYCLE

Students at De Queen Elementary school received tickets all semester for completing early morning computer lab sessions in math and literacy. The tickets were placed in a drawing for a brand new bicycle and helmet.

The winner of the drawing was Donovan Ester, a fifth-grade in Mrs. Terri Shelton's class.

DE QUEEN DECEMBER GOOD CITIZENS

Back Row (L-R): Luis Verdin, Joshua Servante

Front Row (L-R): Alexis Ochoa, Janet Balderas

Farm Bureau Presentation At Ashdown Elementary

Matt Jackson from Farm Bureau came and did a FARM TO YOU presentation for Ashdown Elementary 2nd graders. The students were able to milk a cow and planted their own seeds with the Germination Station.

 

 

THANK YOU BEAR STATE BANK

Thank you to Bear State President Danny Young for sending TV Production class t-shirts, pens, backpacks and other bags to thank them for their video board work this fall. Bear State is one of the sponsors of the scoreboard. 

 

CAREER DAY AT L.F. HENDERSON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

 

Speakers from around the Ashdown area spoke to students at L.F. Henderson Intermediate School Career Day. Speakers were encouraged to tell students about their professions tying them in with how important education is and were invited to show “tools” of their trade.

Pictured (l to r): L.F. Henderson Counselor Quincey Rayfield, Lea Metcalf (Texarkana AR School District - Director of Federal Programs), Linda Willis (Learning for Life - Boy Scouts), Celeste Scarborough (Little River County Extension Agent - Family & Consumer Science), Jenni Smith (CHRISTUS St. Michael Health - Nurse), Julie Rhodes (CCCUA - Director of High School Relations), David Davis (Ash Grove Cement - Electrical Engineer), Ashley Mitchell (Therapy 2000 - SLP Assistant), Ashdown Police Chief Mark Ardwin, and Principal Keith Fricks.

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2016 ROTARY CUP PRESENTED TO LOGAN HALL

The presentation of the Rotary Cup to the outstanding senior member of the De Queen Leopards football team has been a tradition since 1936 – 80 years ago. At Monday’s noon meeting of the Rotary Club, "The Voice of the Leopards", Jay Bunyard, presented the 2016 award to Logan Hall.

Pictured L to R: Head football coach Justin Kramer, Logan Hall, and the Voice of the Leopards, Jay Bunyard

(Photo courtesy of De Queen Bee Staff)

 

De Queen Middle School November/December Good Citizens

 

From Left to Right:

Jairo Nieto, Daphne Villeda, Malloree Carlstead, Valentin Jello

FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT AT DE QUEEN ELEMENTARY

Third graders at De Queen Elementary participated in a Family Literacy Night on December 6th. The event started with chips, salsa, cookies and drinks and the reading of the book Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto. Families then rotated between reading, craft, writing, and game stations with activities all connected to the story. The school would like to thank the following businesses/individuals donated items to support the success of this fun night for students and families: Mr. Kleen Car Wash, Krystle Melton, Southern Girls, Adoroze Designs, Subway, McDonalds, Tires Plus, Jana Ray, Kim Jarrell, Gentry Chevrolet, Tres Agaves, and De Queen Athletic Department.

In the photo, Kyle Williamson and his dad, Ronnie Williamson, make a tamale Christmas ornament together.

 
 
      
   
AJHS PRE AP LANGUAGE ARTS DESIGN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

AJHS PreAP Language Arts Teacher Sarah Hadaway assigned her students a project to help build background knowledge about Victorian Christmases so they could apply that knowledge as they begin to read “A Christmas Carol”. Students could choose between designing a village, creating a timeline, comparing and contrasting modern and Victorian traditions, or writing a report.

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BROWN TO PLAY IN U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL

 

 

On Tuesday, November 15, Ashdown High School senior Montaric Brown, a safety for the Panther football team, was presented his honorary jersey to play in the 17th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl during a ceremony in the AHS Parker Gymnasium with all AHS students and staff present. Only 100 high school football players are selected for this honor. Five Selection Tour teams travel the country from September to December to announce all 100 athletes.

The game, an East versus West game, will be held at noon, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be televised on NBC.
 

SEPTEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL

The following students were
nominated by the faculty and staff at De Queen High School as
Students of the month for September and October. They
received a coupon for a free meal from McDonalds.


Pictured left to right for September: Reana Roberson, Astrid Jasso,
Logan Hall, Reid Dean, Jennifer Chavez Not pictured
Jayden Keels

OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL


October: Miriam Rodriguez, Ponpawee
Asawaritdumrong, Tanner Manasco, Carter Rivas Not pictured
Drew Dykes and Sophie Burke

 

DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL SHOW CHOIR CHRISTMAS TREE WINNER ANNOUNCED

The De Queen High School Show Choir announced the winner of their Christmas tree. Stacie Carter won the fully decorated tree. 

DHS placed 2nd at the 2016 spring creek festival

Cody Lites, Tanner Manasco, Makyla Jackson, and Jennifer Rogers placed 2nd in the onsite category of Cellphone Short Film at the 2016 Spring Creek Festival!!

These students created a 2-3 minute video only using a cellphone. Their achievement is particularly impressive since they brainstormed a plot, filmed, edited, and submitted the video in two and a half hours.

We are looking forward to next year’s festival and plan to enter a number of competitions.

 

 

Meteorologist Todd Warren

KTAL Chief Meteorologist, Todd Warren spoke with Ashdown Junior High School 6th graders about weather and how it is based on numbers. Some students were chosen to help demonstrate evaporation and lightening to the sound of thunder ratio. Mr. Warren showed the students different types of clouds, explained the scale for tornados and where to seek shelter when warnings are given. After the presentation, assistant principal, Tracy Forte and students presented Mr. Warren with a sign, t-shirt, and basket of goodies in appreciation for his visit.
ASHDOWN QUIZ BOWL TEAM

 

Congratulations to the 4th-6th Grade Ashdown Quiz Bowl Team on being the Runner-Ups in the Tri County Quiz Bowl Tournament.


 

Back row: Bannon Price, Caleb Blankenship, Rachel Vice, Dylan Rose, Aly Mills 

Front Row: Ty Tong, Bella Easley, Kutter Dollarhide, Rechelle Vasquez

 

STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO ARKANSAS PURPLE CIRCLE CLUB

 

McKenna Caudle, Kane Faulkenberry, Tyler Johnson and Trace Kennemore, all of De Queen, were inducted Oct. 29 into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club in Little Rock. Caudle had the Grand Champion Beefmaster Heifer, Faulkenberry had the Grand Champion Brahman Heifer, Johnson had the Grand Champion AOB- Exotic Bull and Kennemore had the Grand Champion AOB- English Heifer at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. Rich Hillman, Vice President of Arkansas Farm Bureau, presented the awards.

 

DHS STUDENT COUNCIL COLLECT PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS FOR THE COMMUNITY

DHS Student Council collected about 800 non-perishable food items and donated them to the Chalice Cupboard this week. Donated items were collected from students at De Queen High School during Homecoming week and during the Homecoming game from Leopard fans to end child hunger in our community. Students were encouraged to bring enough items to block teachers' doors, and Leopard fans were entered to win door prizes at the game for donating items. Door prizes were courtesy of Adoroze Designs, Custom Graphics, De Queen Animal Hospital, and Walmart.
 
Above: Back row left to right: Ruby Peppers, Rose Tinajero, Julie Gomez, Lissette Hernandez, Josue Castellanos, Kayla Martin, Yuliania Castillo
Middle row left to right: Jennifer Rogers, Bradi Young, Veronica Rivas, Karla Angeles, Erika Zamora, Saleni Rojas, Front row left to right: Johana Martinez, Martha Mosqueda, Jorge Gonzalez, Alexis Gallardo, Alejandro Hernandez
Not pictured: Emily Rodriguez, Cody Lites, Katelyn Patterson

 

ASHDOWN PURPLE PRIDE RECEIVED FIRST DIVISION RATING

The Ashdown Purple Pride Marching Band Marched at the Region 3 Marching Assessment on Tuesday October 25th at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs and received first division ratings. Pictured is Drum Major, Jacob Purifoy

 

Tammy Whatley visiting "The Brew Crew!"

BILLINGSLEY SELECTED AS "PANTHER CORRESPONDENT" FOR KDQN RADIO

Congratulations to Ashdown High School Junior, Hunter Billingsley on being selected as the school’s “Panther Correspondent” through a program provided by KDQN Radio. Hunter will spend eight weeks gathering campus information including general campus happenings and sports scores and reporting them to KDQN. Hunter is also involved in the Purple Pride Marching Band, Ashdown’s inaugural Television Production class, and four year EAST student.  In his spare time he likes to practice his trombone, go out with friends and work all the hours he can at Sonic. 

 

Mrs. Jefferies’ 8th grade Ashdown Junior High Pre AP social studies class presented their political projects and all parents were invited to attend. The students researched since September on how political elections work in the United States. When they were finished with their research they were to write a children’s book in Dr. Seuss form to give the information to a child approximately 5-8 years old. Some students created books on paper using markers and crayon while others created their books on computers.
 

De Queen 5th Period Drama Class Presents "How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying"

Fifth period drama will be performing “How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying” Thursday, November 17th starting at 9:45AM in the De Queen High School auditorium. Back row, left to right: Tori Roberson, Jorge Salgado, Jennifer Chavez, Daisy Campos and Michael Flowers.
Middle row: Jessica Pallares, Brooke Scott, Saleni Rojas, Diana Lagunas, Ale Zapata and Evelyn De La Cruz.
Front row: Randee Toye, Savanah Nickerson, Xitlally Huesca and Josie Vaught.
Not pictured: Yenifer Leija.

De Queen 7th Hour Drama Class Presents "What Happened After Once Upon a Time"

After 5th period’s play and a brief intermission, 7th period drama will perform their senior play “What Happened After Once Upon a Time”. Back row, left to right: Haylee Dinger, Jose Maya, Ricky Luna and Jaelin Gonzalez.
Front Row: Michael Brown, Tiffany Becerra, Tessa Walthour, Logan Hall, Estrella Rojas, Nereyda San Juan, Janelly Pacheco and Teresa Gaona.
Seating in front: Maria Dominguez.
Not pictured: Rosa Elizondo and Cody Lites.
DVD copies will be sold for $5 and will include both plays. Proceeds will go to the senior trip.

De Queen High School Drama Class Presents "Text This"

De Queen High School Drama students will perform the play “Text This” as environmental theatre in Mrs. Sandra Baker’s drama class December 5-9 during 1st period by invitation only.

Pictured left to right are, Raquel Hernandez, Carli Sneed, Maira Zuniga, Lakota Humphrey and Erika Zamora.

Environmental theatre (also known as site-specific theatre) is not performed on a traditional stage but in this case, for example, is performed in an actual high school classroom where the action takes place. “Text This” is a thoughtful drama that addresses the serious social issue of cyberbullying and the consequences of misuse of social media. DVD copies will be sold for $5 and proceeds will go to the senior trip.

De Queen FFA

De Queen High School’s FFA had a fabulous year with their show teams this year. Kneeling is Tyler Johnson, Kane Faulkenberry, and Kaydee Cowling. Row 1 left to right are Brandi Frachiseur, Amber Morris, Jake Martin, Jake Seymour, Kix Lee, Gabe Cotton, Autumn Frachiseur, Jacob Hibbs, and Jackson Walker. Row 2 are Mr. Ryan Haney, Maddie Martin, Chase Pearce, Payton Hibbs, Sidney Hill, Aubrey Seymour, Veronic Rivas, Mc Kenna Caudle, Baylee Harder, and Kayla Martin. Back row left to right are Trent Gentry, Dennis Pappers, Austin Johnson, Aaron Figueroa, Ruby Peppers, Kade Martin, Zayne Chapman, Brennen Seymour, Ryan Standridge, Zander Worthey, Mr. Morgan Frachiseur, and Mr. John Frachiseur.

"BE PRO BE PROUD TRUCK TOUR" VISITS ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL

On September 26, the “Be Pro Be Proud Truck Tour” visited Ashdown High School to teach students about skilled labor careers. According to their website, 82 percent of manufacturers are reporting a shortage in skilled production workers, and more than 23 percent of current skilled professionals near retirement age. The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce’s Be Pro Be Proud mobile tour was created to spread awareness of the issue and change perceptions are the types of jobs, growth, opportunities and salaries available to skilled labor professionals in the state.

BACK THE BLUE LUNCHEON

De Queen Elementary School hosted a Back the Blue Luncheon on October 5 for area law enforcement officers.  Students raised $500 for the annual Shop With a Cop Day in hopes of making Christmas a bit more merry.   Students participated in a writing and art contest.  Winners in each grade level got to sit with the officers during the luncheon. 

 

TYSON SPONSORS 2ND ANNUAL FALL FUNFEST

Tyson was happy to sponsor the 2nd annual Fall FunFest and the inaugural Little Heroes of Southwest Arkansas 5K Run. Funds will be used to raise awareness for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. This worthy organization dedicated to improving the health of children and families affected by neurofibromatosis, genetic disorder affecting one in 3,000 children. Donna Duggan, Complex HR Manager for Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex presented a check for $250 to Ginger Marshall, her son Hudson and daughter MyLeigh who has the disease.

 

Quiz Bowl Winners
  

On October 5, the 5th/6th grade quiz bowl team from Dierks won the Tri-County quiz bowl held in Horatio.  This victory qualifies them to play in the Elementary Quiz Bowl Finals to be held at the De Queen-Mena Cooperative in January.  Other teams that competed were from Foreman, De Queen, Nashville, Ashdown, Mineral Springs, and Horatio.

Team players are: Sydney Mounts, Lillian Glass, Mackay Smith, Jenna Bray, and Rustin Simmons. 

 

August/September Good Citizens for

De Queen Middle School


 

Allison Dockins, Nathan Patterson,

Ben Jacobo and Jackie Pham
 
 

Cub Scout Troop 54
Retiring the flags at Redman cemetery

These first through fifth grade Cub Scouts from Troop 54 retired flags that troop members placed on the graves of veterans in Redmen Cemetery before Memorial Day. 

For information on how your child can join Boy Scouts, contact the Caddo Area Boy Scouts Council at (903) 793-2179.

DHS NAME HOMECOMING COURT AND HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES

Front row left to right: Sophomore Maid Chasity Franco-Borja; Junior Maid Noelia Lagunas; Senior Maid Erika Zamora; Senior Maid Alexa Boyles; Senior Maid Jennifer Chavez; Crown Bearer Harper Young; Queen Martha Mosqueda; Football Bearer Cole Earney; Senior Maid Reagan Wilkerson; Senior Maid Adriana Figueroa; Junior Maid Bradi Young; Sophomore Maid Ashley Dykes 
 
Back row left to right: Lucas Dorsey, Jose Lagunas, Junior Rojas, Maurice Moore, Michael Quintana, Leonardo Dominguez, Logan Hall, Ixchel Loredo, Drew Dykes, Tristan Snider 

The De Queen High School Student Council announces the 2016 DHS Homecoming Court. The De Queen Leopards Football team will be playing their homecoming game against Hot Springs High School on October 7, 2016. Homecoming festivities begin with a Homecoming Parade themed "The Homecoming Games” downtown at 1:40 p.m. The parade will also continue to the High School at approximately 2:10 p.m. An afternoon ceremony and pep rally will begin at 2:30 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.

UA Cossatot Hosts Go Pro Truck for Area High School Students

UA Cossatot hosted the Be Pro, Be Proud truck at area high schools as part of the R.A.M.P. grant to create awareness for opportunities in manufacturing. The truck features different manufacturing simulations for students to engage with while also giving feedback for their aptitudes.

Students from De Queen High School, De Queen Middle School, Horatio High School, Nashville Jr. and Sr. High School as well as Kirby and Ashdown High Schools were able to tour through the truck, try simulations, and go through the interactive website which contains many features.

The Be Pro, Be Proud truck is also sponsored by Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and is making the rounds throughout the state. 

"Be Pro Be Proud

     Truck Tour"  Ashdown High School

Arkansas State Fair

 

Students from De Queen School are grooming their livestock before judging begins.

 

Livestock Pics 2016

BACK THE BLUE LUNCHEON AT DE QUEEN ELEMENTARY

 

Principal Terri Phillips is pictured with De Queen Police Chief Scott Simmons, Sheriff-Elect Robert Gentry, and retiring Sheriff Benny Simmons.

De Queen High School students in Mrs. Neisha Rogers’ class are pictured getting ready to make stone soup. Mrs. Rogers and the class read the story about the “Stone Soup”. This activity is part of the food and nutrition frameworks. Pictured on the left are Darlene Montiel, Savanah Nickerson, Kammi Dollar, Randee Toye, Hannah Murry, Misty Goins, and Melissa Gallardo. On the right of the counter are Eriera Iaokiri, Noelea Gutierrez, Kadeidra Baker, Aquetzally Mejia, Marisol Hernandez, Saleni Rojas, Carlos Martinez, and Misael Moreno.

De Queen Homecoming 2016

The De Queen Leopard mascot (Alexis Phillips) rode with De Queen Officer Bobby Bagley in the homecoming parade.

 

Queen Martha Mosqueda, Senior escort Leonardo Dominguez, Crown Bearer Harper Young, and Football Bearer Cole Earney.

Queen Martha Mosqueda, Senior escort Leonardo Dominguez

De Queen Homecoming Royalty 2016

Yuliani Castillo, Cody Lites, and Emily Rodriguz served as the announcers during the De Queen High School Homecoming festivities.

Jacob Purifoy awarded "Outstanding Drum Major Award"

For the second year in a row Ashdown high School PPMB Drum Major, Jacob Purifoy attended the Steven Moss Leadership Academy drum major camp in Belton, Texas at the University of Mary Hardin - Baylor July 13th -17th. Purifoy, along with approximately 75 other drum majors attended the camp under the direction of Steven Moss. At the camp, the drum majors were taught conducting and how to have effective leadership skills. During the camp exhibition on Friday, Purifoy was awarded the "Outstanding Drum Major Award". Purifoy also received this award last summer. This award also provided a scholarship to the camp next year. Purifoy is starting his second year as drum major and looks forward to leading the PPMB this fall.

AHS SENIOR ATTENDS ARKANSAS GIRL'S STATE IN CONWAY AR

AHS Senior, Callie Redfearn attended Arkansas Girl’s State, May 29th - June 3rd at Harding University in Conway. Callie said, “My favorite part of attending Girl’s State would have to be making new friendships with girls from all across the state of Arkansas.” The attendees visited the Arkansas State Capital and learned about the different branches of government. The program was created by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arkansas to allow high school juniors to participate in hands-on citizenship training.


 
DECOMMISSIONING CEREMONY HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY SCOUT HUT

Members of local Girl Scout troops said farewell to the Scout Hut in a sunset decommissioning ceremony Friday evening at the Sevier County Museum.

Assembled scouts recited the Girl Scout pledge and sang several Girl Scout songs to conclude the program.
The flag was lowered and folded for the final time as the sun was setting. Interested scouts and leaders went inside the building to take a last look.
The scout hut building was once located where Leopard Stadium is today. It was relocated to its present site. However, the building is in extremely poor condition and poses a hazard to visitors.

Those participating were, front row, from left, Carlie Mickle, Jacqueline Ocampo, Amy Richardson; middle row, Sue Wagoner, Haylie Richardson, Madison Blankenship, Jennifer Neal; back row, Cheryl Firm and Amanda Kimmel.

4 AHS STUDENTS ATTEND BOY'S STATE AT UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS

(l to r) Jacob Purifoy, Charlie Trammell, Zach Spigner, and Quincey Nettles

Arkansas Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion Department of Arkansas. Boys State is for high school boys which are currently in their junior year. Boys State delegates represent the finest students in Arkansas and are leaders in their communities. Arkansas Boys State is a unique summertime educational program that does not emphasize classroom lectures and textbook learning. Instead, it focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governing bodies and elected public officials. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of its respective city, county and state governments.

 

De Queen High School alumni Brian Walthour is pictured teaching Algebra II. Mr. Walthour is available for early morning math tutoring for students that need extra help with all math courses.

De Queen Junior High students are pictured in their Algebra I class on Monday.  Mrs. Terry Carver is their teacher and is available for tutoring each morning before 8:00.

 

SERENITY CAFE COFFEE SHOP NOW OPEN 

The AHS Serenity Café Coffee Shop continues its operations under the Small Business Operations Marketing classes at Ashdown High School under new student management. The following student managers have been named this year. Kaianna Donato will serve as manager and Alexus Hopkins will be assistant manager.
 

TYSON FOODS DONATES TO UA COSSATOT SOCCER TEAM

Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex recently sponsored the Soccer Team of the U of A, Cossatot College in DeQueen, AR.  Erika Buenrrostro of the college accepted Tyson’s $500 check from Tyson Foods Complex HR Manager, Donna Duggan on September 6th.  Tyson’s name now appears on the team’s soccer shirts to show Tyson’s support.  Tyson Foods is pleased to be a part of the U of A, Cossatot College’s Soccer’s team spirit campaign and wish them a winning season.

State Representative Vaught Visits Mrs. Pennington's Class at AJHS

September is "Bring your Legislator to School Month" and State Representative DeAnn Vaught spoke to Mrs. Pennington's class at AJHS about serving as the District 4 State Representative. 

HORATIO STUDENTS TOUR SOUTH WEST EMS AMBULANCE

Horatio Kindergarten students have been learning about community helpers and their equipment. Students receive a first hand look at the inside of an ambulance provided by South West EMS.

Thank you South West EMS!!!

GRANDPARENT DAY AT ASHDOWN ELEMENTARY

       

 

AND L.F. HENDERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

   

HORATIO ANNOUNCES HOMECOMING COURT

Homecoming has been scheduled for Friday September 9th. Daytime coronation will begin at 1:30 P.M. at the Horatio High School Football Field. Coronation will be followed by the pep rally at 2:00 P.M. Parade will begin at 2:30 P.M. Evening ceremonies will be on the football field at 7:00 P.M. followed by the football game against Murfreesboro Rattlers at 7:30 P.M.

Front row left to right: Mina McAda (Sophomore Maid), Delfina Martinez (Junior Maid), Laney Baker (Senior Maid), Knox Johnson (Football Bearer), Raya Lemons (Queen), Paisley George (Crown Bearer), Jocelyn Halter (Senior Maid), Sierra Randall (Junior Maid), Raven Revels (Sophomore Maid), Laiken Emerson (Flower Girl)
Back row left to right: Chris Marsden, Dustin Purtell, Theo Ramsey, Alex Martin, Pedro Ruvalcaba, Josh Hanry, Joseph Moya, Aaron Lerma

Foreman High School 2016 Homecoming royalty

Homecoming at Foreman High School will be held on Friday, September 9th. Daytime coronation will begin at 12:45 in the gym, announcement of Homecoming King and Queen will be at this time.


Coronation will be followed by the parade at 1:30 and a school wide pep-rally in front of the high school at 2:00pm. Evening ceremonies will be on the football field at 6:00 pm followed by the Foreman Gators vs James Bowie football game at 7:30pm

(Back:) Kyle Merrell, Dayton Scott, Kolton Moore, Tucker Hall, Zach Springer, Dimitri Jones (Front:) Kylie Cowan, Bailee Houser, Amy Elkins, Kaitlyn Smith, Reina Anderson, Emeisha Fields

 

Horatio Booster Club

The Horatio Booster Club elected board members for the upcoming season.

Board Members Include: Sitting: Troy Allen, Lance Spigner and Walter Hanry Standing: Heather Sexton, Loretta Rivas and Crystal Rankin

MURRY NEELY RECOGNIZED FOR DEDICATION TO ACTIVITIES

The Arkansas Activities Association recently awarded Mr. Murray “Tuffy” Neely a citation for Region 7. The award is presented to individuals that work with high school extracurricular activities including sports. Recipients go above and beyond to improve high school activities.

MARGARET DANIEL FOUNDATION GRANTS

Chad Freeman, Ashdown High School Teacher was awarded a grant from the Margaret Daniel Foundation in the amount of $3887.15 to purchase a 3-D Printer for his classroom. Pictured l-r Katrina Williamson, Kari Harger, Chad Freeman, and Beth Provence.

 

MARGARET DANIEL FOUNDATION GRANTS

Mandi Molock, K-5 PE Teacher was awarded $4585.39 for her PE classes from the Margaret Daniel Foundation. Pictured l-r are Brenda Tate, Katrina Williamson, Beth Provence and Mandi Molock.
 

 

Ashdown School District Administrators

Front row (l -r) Teresa Wake, Principal, Ashdown Elementary; Debbie Greathouse, Federal Director; Kay York, Principal, Ashdown High School; Jason Sanders, Superintendent; Keith Fricks, Principal, L.F. Henderson Intermediate; and Tracy Forte, Assistant Principal, Ashdown Junior High.

Back row (l-r) Rick Fowler, Assistant Principal, Ashdown High School; Teri Lynn Day, Curriculum Director; Jan Ueckert, Special Education Director; and James Jones, Principal, Ashdown Junior High School 

TRIPLE THREAT BASKETBALL CAMP "THANK YOU!"

I would like to thank all the athletes who attended the Triple Threat Basketball Camp this year and for the parents trusting us with your children. Also a big thank you to all the local sponsors who support us and allow us to keep putting on a great camp for these future stars. Thank you for another great year. Next year will be the 20th year for this camp. It's hard to believe but I hope it's even bigger and better. -Coach Barker 

COUNTY CLERKS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS SCHOLARSHIPS


Cecily Hughes (L) & Cheyann Soden (R)
 

County Clerks Association Scholarships of $250.00 were awarded to Cecily Hughes and Cheyann Soden.
They were also awarded the Jim Harris Association Scholarship in the amount of $150.00 Cecily is the daughter of County Clerk Debbie Akin. Cheyann is the daughter of Deputy County Clerk Tammy Soden.
Both are graduates of Horatio High School with a 3.9 grade point average. Cheyann will be attending Ouchita Baptist University in Arkadelphia this fall. Cecily will be attending CCCUA here in De Queen.

 
 

DE QUEEN LIBRARY
BACK 2 SCHOOL CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to Miss Maegan Shiver ! She won a backpack with supplies in the July reading contest at the De Queen Library.

Congratulations to Miss Ava Williams!!! She won the $25.00 gift card from Walmart for school supplies in the coloring contest at the De Queen Library.

ARKANSAS DIXIE 13U STATE CHAMPS!



Front row left to right:
Carson McKiever, Mason Marshall, Gage Woods, Easton Leonard,
Brentley Morris, Xander Worthey.

Back Row:  Nathaniel Socash, Blake Pickett, Dayton Ralls, Garet Wilson.

Coaches:  Charlie Marshall, Tony Worthey, Jeff Woods

This team will be headed to Pineville, LA on August 5-11th to play in the 2016 Dixie Boys World Series.

Arkansas Dixie 14U State Champions

Mayson McKiever, Logan Williamson, Mack Carver, Quinshaun Bennett-Hale, CJ Whitfield, Jack Rich, Will Athey, Brennen Seymour, Connor Gammon, Isaiah Williamson

Coaches: Jeff Woods, Jamie Williamson, Tony Worthey, Michael Williamson

They will be headed to Pineville, Louisiana August 5th to represent Arkansas in the Dixie World Series.

DIXIE YOUTH 12 AND UNDER "ARKANSAS STATE CHAMPS" VISIT NUMBER ONE COUNTRY

Standing: (L to R) Benny Berry, Nathan Hudson, Ethan Starwalt, Luke Rogers, Skylar Lawrence, Manny Hernandez, Dalton Dowell, Devin Boyles, (Head Cheerleader Destiny Lawrence) Evan Starwalt, Jaylan Boyles  Sitting is Coach Steven Hudson

Coach Steven Hudson and some members of the Sevier County All Stars 12 and under visited with The Brew Crew about an upcoming fundraisers to help with travel expenses to the World Series.

World Series Bingo Night will be held July 29th in the Horatio Elementary Cafeteria. Doors open at 6pm, Bingo starts at 7pm. $10 per card with unlimited play on the card. Concession will be available. Come out and support these young athletes.

They will be representing Arkansas in the Dixie Youth World Series on August 5th in Laurel Mississippi.

 

DIXIE YOUTH 13 & 14 U ADVANCE TO WORLD SERIES

The Shelter 13 and Under and the Shelter 14 and Under baseball teams stopped by Number One Country to talk about upcoming fundraisers for the purchase of uniforms, food and lodging..

The two teams won the state titles recently and will be representing Arkansas during the Dixie Boys World Series Baseball Tournaments in Pineville, Louisiana, August 5th.

Back Row: Isaiah Williamson, Brennen Seymour, Carson McKiever, Will Athey and Blake Pickett Front Row: Dylan Williamson, Quinshaun Bennett-Hale, Logan Williamson,  and Mayson McKiever Front Center: Jake "The Snake" Seymour (Bat Boy)

 

ASHDOWN HIGH STUDENT PARTICIPATED IN BAND CAMP

Ashdown High School Band Student, Cody Tilley participated in the Henderson State University Band Camp and made 1st band, 2nd chair on trumpet.

 

Ashdown High School Pom/Dance Squad attended UDA Dance Camp


The Ashdown High School Pom/Dance Squad attended their first UDA Dance Camp in San Antonio, TX on July 21st-July 24th. The young ladies represented the school district with a lot of dignity and pride. They received several wonderful awards. Aniya Polite and Shaynia Jackson received Pin It Forward Awards for all of their hard work, dedication, and leadership skills. Five girls received Blue Ribbons (which is Outstanding) for the A Routine and all 7 girls received Blue Ribbons for their B Routine.. The girls received a trophy, Gatorade cooler and a 3 month supply of Gatorade and Gatorade energy bars due to being unanimously voted by the UDA Coaches for the 110% Award. They stated the girls gave 110% everyday they stepped out on the floor. They also received 2 Spirit Stick Awards.

4-H DISTRICT O'RAMA WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Eleven Sevier County 4-H’ers attended the Ouachita District 4-H O’Rama in Hope on June 14. Blake Sawyer placed 2nd in junior Bicycle, Aaron Morris placed 2nd in senior Safety Speech, Brennen Seymour placed 3rd in senior Animal Science Speech, Drake Boatright placed 4th in junior Wildlife, Evin Frachiseur placed 4th in junior Fashion Revue–Purchased Casual, Attalee Frachiseur placed 2nd in junior Fashion Revue–Purchased Dressy, Amber Morris placed 3rd in junior Food Fair Speech, Aubrey Seymour placed 2nd in junior Human Development Speech, Brayden Frachiseur placed 9th in junior Bait Casting & Game Fish ID, Marcus Rosson placed 3rd in junior Reel Into Sport Fishing and Hunter Frachiseur placed 4th in Gun Safety & BB Gun Marksmanship.

Front Row (L to R): Raegan Frachiseur, Evin Frachiseur, Brayden Frachiseur, Drake Boatright, Hunter Frachiseur, Landon Frachiseur, Pace Frachiseur Back Row (L to R): Attalee Frachiseur, Blake Sawyer, Aaron Morris, Amber Morris, Aubrey Seymour, Brennen Seymour 

 

SOUTHERN ATHLETICS TAKE 2ND PLACE IN WORLD SERIES

The Southern Athletics out of Texarkana won 2nd Place in the 14 & Under Majors World Series in Orange Beach, AL June 17, 2016.
(front row)
Seth Moss, Jackson Cobb, Andrew LeGrand, Kyle Kreiger, Marshall Cox (back row) Max Ebarb, Tyler Lee, Ben Harmon, Braden Hlavinka, Mack Carver (De Queen)
Coaches- Drew LeGrand, Chris Lee & Mike Cobb

 

ASHDOWN BAND STUDENTS SCORE HIGH AT BAND CAMP

   

Ashdown Band Students participate in Henderson State University Band Camp. Students participating:

(Top Row Right) Brayden Porter: 4th Band, 3rd Chair

(Top Row Left ) Tryston McCandless - 3rd Band, 3rd Chair
Jared Simms - 3rd Band, 1st Chair

(Bottom Row Right) John Henry Thomas - 2nd Band, 9th Chair
 Anthony Knudson - 2nd Band, 7th Chair
(Bottom Row Left)
Noah Pounds - 1st Band, 2nd Chair

 

ASHDOWN JUNIOR HIGH BAND STUDENTS ATTEND BAND CAMP

 

Dayna Markham                     Ariel Shumake

Dayna Markham (Left) placed 3rd Band, 2nd Chair and Ariel Shumake (Right) placed 2nd Band, 3rd Chair at Band Camp Junior I Week held at Henderson State University.   

 

TYSON FOODS AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP

Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex recently awarded the it's 2016 Poultry Grower Scholarship to Allie Christine Marshall, a 2016 graduate of Horatio High School. Allie is the daughter of Johnny and Toni Marshall who own and operate a Tyson poultry broiler farm in Horatio, AR. Allie will attend Cossatot Community College of the University of AR this Fall with a planned major in dentistry. Tyson Foods proudly supports the educational goals of youth in our local communities.

Presenting the check to Marshall is (L-R):

Tyson Live Production Mgr., Richard Pearce, Judy Kendrick, Allie's grandmother, Toni Marshall, Allie's Mother, Scholarship Recipient, Allie Marshall, Johnny Marshall, Allie's father, Wyatt Marshall, Allie's brother, and Tyson Complex HR Mgr., Donna Duggan.

 

LOCAL TRAP TEAM WINS REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

AHS Trap Team wins Regional Tournament May 21st with a score of 235 and qualifies for State Tournament.

GROOVY GRANNIES DISTRIBUTE FUNDS

Groovy Grannies Lisa McCormick and Nan Beedle present Ashdown Elementary Principal Teresa Wake with a check for $500.

GROOVY GRANNIES DISTRIBUTE FUNDS



Lisa & James McCormick and Nan Beedle are pictured with L.F. Henderson Principal Keith Fricks. The money will be used by teachers to purchase books for classroom libraries.
  

AHS TRAP TEAM #1 WINS REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
 
AJHS Trap Team #1 Wins at Regional Shooting Sports Tournament Friday, May 20. Team #1 shot 117/125. Logan Russell shot 25/25, Jake Day and Taylor Schmidt 24/25, Cole Smith and Braden Jackson both shot 22/25. AJHS Team #2 also qualified for State Tournament.
 

Logan Russell had a perfect score.  He shot 25/25

AHS Trap Team wins Regional Tournament with a score of 235 and qualifies for State Tournament. Pictured (l to r): Shawn Simmons, Coach; Trevor Meyers (49/50); Alex Simmons (44/50); Koda Aylor (45/45); Jon Michael Molock (48/50); Logan Henry (49/50); and Mike Molock, Coach.

ASHDOWN STUDENT AWARDED SUMMER INTERNSHIP

Ashdown Theatre Arts student Hannah Crow has been awarded a summer internship at Silvermoon Children's Theatre. Hannah will be working during the drama camp for Wizard of Iz July 11-15. She will assist younger-aged campers running lines, compete tech and back stage responsibilities, as well as stage managing, set building, painting, costuming, and anything else the director needs.

 

ASHDOWN SENIORS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIP FROM SERENITY CAFE

Three Ashdown High School Seniors have been chosen as recipients of a scholarship from the Small Business Enterprise Serenity Café at Ashdown High School. The School Based Enterprise is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that is managed and operated by students.

The recipients of this year’s scholarships are: Casey Thompson, a 2 year manager of the SBE, Gregory Shumake, a 2 year Co-Manager of the SBE, and Peyton Reed, a 2 year Assistant Manager of the SBE.
 

 

Pictured with Shauna Tipton-TopLeft: Peyton Reed; Top Right: Casey Thompson; Bottom: Greg Shumake 

ASHDOWN VALEDICTORIAN NAMED

Savanna Woods, pictured with her parents, Bill and Melissa Woods, along with Governor and Mrs. Asa Hutchison is Ashdown High School Valedictorian.

 

SALUTATORIAN NAMED FOR ASHDOWN

Bradley Isenberg, pictured with Governor and Mrs. Asa Hutchison, along with his parents, John and Susan Isenberg has been named Salutatorian for Ashdown High School 

Ashdown High School Band Seniors

(Seated L to R) Amee Parker, Emily Hatridge and Madison Swilley
(Back Row L to R) Faliessia Gibson, Erin Royal, Kyle Kidd, Kaitlyn Corbell, Madeline Chandler, Mandi Duncan, Bradley Isenberg, Melissa Stanton, Tyler Young, Anthony Bennett, and Reagan Teston. Not pictured: Kinley Wright and Brittani Roberts

FARM CREDIT AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP TO HORATIO STUDENT

 

Michaela Caudle is a 2016 Horatio High School graduate and she was one of 20 western Arkansas students who were awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship from Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

Caudle is pursuing a Pre-Vet degree at Southern Arkansas University. She is the daughter of Jason and Anita Caudle of Horatio.

ROBERSON WINS CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST

Reana Roberson is a sophomore at De Queen High School. She recently entered a Creative Writing Festival at Southern Arkansas University and won $50.00 and an award. The title of her paper was “Hello”.

To read the paper "Hello" click here.

Ashdown FFA Presented House of Representatives' Citation

The Ashdown FFA and their teacher, Cody Gallagher were presented a citation from the Arkansas House of Representatives for their excellent merit and for a successful year. The citation was presented by Representative DeAnn Vaught

Pictured: AHS Principal, Kay York, Representative DeAnn Vaught, Maddie McAllister, Cody Gallagher, and Superintendent, Jason Sanders

JULIANNA ORMSBEE RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP

Ashdown High School Senior, Julianna Ormsbee receives a $30,000 Scholarship from U.S. Marine Sgt. B. Sgt. B presented the scholarship on behalf of her father's GI bill. Her father, Sgt. Charles Edward (Eddy) Withem lost his life in a tornado on October 13, 2014. He served his country for eight years in the USMC and did 2 tours in Iraq. Julianna received another scholarship in memory of her father, this scholarship was given by Rick Edrington and Mary Ann (Withem) Edrington.

DE QUEEN JUNIORS PRESENTED CLASS RINGS DURING CEREMONY

May 10, 2016 was a big day for juniors at De Queen High School. Principal Bryan Blackwood and staff presented senior rings to the Class of 2017. A ceremony was held in the high school auditorium. Mr. Bob Ward is a junior class sponsor. After calling each junior’s name, students went through the ring tunnel, dropped a penny in the wishing well, and received their ring along with a shirt. This is an annual tradition at De Queen High School. Juniors waiting patiently in line left to right are Jennifer Chavez, Luz Cabanillas, Molly Bus, Tiffany Beccera, Cheyenne Ballard, and Diana Alfaro.

LINDA DAVIS SELECTED ARKANSAS RURAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2016

Arkansas Rural Education Association has selected Linda Davis, 4th Grade Teacher at L. F. Henderson as the Arkansas Rural Teacher of the Year for 2016. Mrs. Davis was presented the award during a surprise presentation at L.F. Henderson Intermediate School on May 11th.

 

FIRST BEN CARSON READING ROOM ESTABLISHED AT L.F. HENDERSON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

On Friday, April 22 the L.F. Henderson Intermediate Panther Cubs along with faculty and staff, and community members opened Arkansas’ first Ben Carson Reading Room. The reading room project is an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund designed to promote daily, independent reading.

ASHDOWN SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS HONORED

  

The Ashdown School District invited all community volunteers to a reception in their honor. AHS Principal Kay York welcomed the volunteers to the AHS campus and expressed her appreciation for all their volunteer work at the district campuses. Commenting on the countless hours each had spent making our schools a better place for teachers and students. Volunteers were served punch and cookies as they visited and enjoyed the time together.

The Ashdown School District expresses many thanks to the parents, grandparents, and community members who give freely of their time and energies to serve the children, schools and educators of the district. These individuals truly make a difference in the lives of many!
 

 

De Queen Rotary Club presented academic awards

Students from De Queen High School were presented Academic Awards from the DeQueen Rotary Club. Students pictured on the front row are Elizabeth Hernandez, Zayda Hernandez, Alondra Galvez, Zorayda Guerrero, Diana Campos, Italia Bustamante, and Jason Tellez.
Middle row left to right are Kate Mendez, Elvia Martinez, Jin Lin, Randee Toye, Michael Monroy, Jeffery Davis, Damien Garcia, and Alexis Gallardo.
Back row left to right are Beatriz Velasquez, Alica Harris, Misty Goings, Jacob Glasgow, Tori Roberson, Kendall Wood, Lucas Tinajero, Jessie Parker, Josie Vaught, and Eruby Rodriguez. Not all recipients were present due to other school activities.

MOTHER GOOSE VISITS ASHDOWN ELEMENTARY

DOMTAR DISTRIBUTES BOOKS TO ASHDOWN FIRST GRADERS

Domtar shared books through First Book Grant with First Grade teacher Brenda Tate's class at Ashdown Elementary. Ten Domtar employees delivered books, students selected from those books, divided up and read books to the employees. Students were very excited to learn that they would be taking a new book home. The remaining new books were added to Ms. Tate's classroom library. The partnership between Domtar and First Book is aimed at ending illiteracy and supporting schools.

 

Learning for Life held Career Day at Ashdown Junior High for 6th graders. Community members talked to the students about their careers so students could be presented a "realistic image of the workplace".

Guests speakers were from Little River Memorial Hospital, AR Game and Fish, Little River County Sheriff's Office, CCCUA, Domtar, and Farm Credit.

AJHS Teacher, Robyn Parker was awarded a Margaret Daniel Foundation Grant Her grant will be used to reward 6th grade students who have high Accelerated Reader points. Pictured are AHS Principal, Kay York, board members Brenda Tate, Kari Harger, AJHS Teacher, Robyn Parker, and board members Thad Bishop, Katrina Williamson, and Darren Thomas.

AHS teacher, Mrs. Debra Garrett wrote a grant for students who score 3s, 4s, or 5s on their Advanced Placement tests to receive, $50, $75 or $100. She will also purchase 6 AP Calculus graduation ropes for her students. Pictured are board members Thad Bishop and Brenda Tate, AHS Teachers Debra Garrett, Connie Anderson and Chad Freeman, and board members Kari Harger, Katrina Williamson, and Darren Thomas.

The annual Ashdown Scholarship Tea was held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2p.m. in the Ashdown High School Cafeteria. Fifty-two scholarships of $ 27,211 were given to 29 Ashdown High School Seniors.

 

Michaela Caudle, a Senior at Horatio High School, recently signed a letter of intent to rodeo for Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia, Arkansas. Michaela has received an academic scholarship and a rodeo scholarship for a combined total of $40,000.00.Pictured are SAU Rodeo Coach Rusty HAyes, Michaela Caudle, and State Director for the Arkansas High School rodeo Association Wayne Smith.

De Queen High School students participated in CPR training this year. Coach Jason Barker is pictured explaining information.

De Queen Junior High held an academic assembly on May 11. Principal Bill Huddleston and his staff presented numerous awards to eighth and ninth graders.

GLASGOW AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP

Arkadelphia, Arkansas—The Office of University Relations/Admissions of Henderson State University announces that Jacob Glasgow of De Queen, Arkansas has been awarded the HSU Distinguished Freshmen Scholarship for 2016-2017. This scholarship is equivalent to $7,250 a semester for up to four years. Jacob has also been accepted to Henderson State University Honors College. He is currently a student at De Queen High School where he is involved in National Honor Society, Gifted and Talented, Quiz Bowl, Spanish Club, and Archery. His plans include attending HSU in the fall to pursue a degree in Innovative Media. Jacob is the son of Bob & Angelina Ward and Allen Glasgow.

 

De QUEEN'S RING CEREMONY

Lucas Dorsey is pictured walking through the ring tunnel.

Pictured are Mr. Bryan Blackwood and Mrs. Michelle Lancaster.

L. F. Henderson Students Travel Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center

 
On Friday, April 15, 5th Grade Students from Ashdown's L. F. Henderson Intermediate School went on a field trip to the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center. Students participated in lake seining, macro invertebrates, and an area hike.

During the water seining activity, the students identified the different fish in the education pond.

Ashdown High School Skills USA Competition

More than 1,500 students in technical programs across the state participated in the 2016 SkillsUSA Arkansas Leadership and Skills Championships at the Hot Springs Convention Center on April 11-13, 2016.

Pictured are (back row L-R) Nathan House-First Aid & CPR, Alex Simmons-Medical Math, Jon Michael Molock, First Aid & CPR, Isaac Cross-Promotional Bulletin Board, (front row L-R) Kaylee Silva-Promotional Bulletin Board, Amee Parker-First Aid & CPR.

   

Jin Lin is a senior at De Queen High School.  During the seventh grade Jin and her family moved from China to De Queen.  She did not speak English when she arrived.  She has excelled in becoming fluent in English.  Language acquisition made it possible for her to earn Rotary awards in AP Chemistry and AP Biology.  She has been a model student at De Queen Public Schools.

On, April 6, 2016 the largest to date Area 11 Special Olympics School Age Event was held at the Fred Jester Memorial Track at Ashdown High School. There were 229 registered athletes and over 300 volunteers and parents. Students from Ashdown, Texarkana, Fouke, Nashville, Mineral Springs, Foreman, Horatio, De Queen, and Dierks participated in the day long events.
The Sanctuary, Healthcare Express, and Fountain Therapeutic Center had booths at the event with sunblock and refreshments for the athletes and heath and therapy information for the parents.
 

DE QUEEN STUDENT RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP TO UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK


De Queen High School Senior Kendall Wood has been awarded the Deans’ Academic Merit Scholarship in the amount of $24,000 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Kendall was also awarded the UALR Science Scholars Program Scholarship in the amount of $12,000 for her academic success in the field of science, the Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship in the amount of $8,000 and the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship in the amount of $14,000. Kendall is a member of the National Honor Society and is the current President of the De Queen High School Show Choir.
Kendall is the daughter of Gene and Manya Wood of Gillham. She is the granddaughter of James and Shirley Barfield of Gillham and Walter Wood and the late Norma Wood of Daingerfield, Texas. She plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the fall and pursue a Doctorate degree in Pediatric Medicine.

DE QUEEN SALUTATORIAN RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP TO ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Jessica Rogers, De Queen High School Salutatorian, has been awarded the University Honors Program Scholarship from Arkansas Tech University in the amount of $50,400. She has also been awarded the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship in the amount of $14,000. Jessica is a member of the National Honor Society, FBLA, Spanish Club, De Queen High School Show Choir, Quiz Bowl Team and attended Arkansas Girls State. She is also captain of the De Queen Lady Leopards Soccer Team, co-captain of the De Queen Leopards Cheerleading and Student Council Representative.
Jessica is the daughter of Joseph and Carey Rogers of De Queen. She is the granddaughter of Roy and Robbie Rogers and Donna Rogers of De Queen, and the late Thomis and Alice Robins of Magazine, Arkansas. She plans to attend Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas in the fall to pursue a degree in Nursing and Spanish Language.
 

De Queen Elementary fifth graders are touring the 6th-12th grade buildings with Mrs. Linda Quinn. Mrs. Quinn is the middle school counselor that guides students with making their schedules.

 

Alondra Lerma is pictured working on an art project at De Queen High School. She chose Lady Ga Ga for a paper mosaic.

 

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Dierks High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Wickes Elementary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vandervoort Elementary