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December 2012 Archives

Connotations Again Named as National Finalist

Posted by Alan on December 20, 2012 1:48 PM | (Not Filed) |

Connotations XXIXsmall.pngConnotations, Fayetteville High School's award-winning student literary magazine, has once again been named a national finalist for a Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Crown Award finalists are guaranteed to receive either the Gold or Silver Crown in March of 2013.

Click here to read the news release from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

FPS Awarded $10K Grant for Farm to School Program

Posted by Alan on December 19, 2012 1:30 PM | (Not Filed) |

NFSN_logo.pngFayetteville Public Schools was one of five regional organizations recently awarded a Sustainable Community Innovation Grant from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. The Sustainable Community Innovation Grants are jointly administered by Southern SARE and the Southern Rural Development Center. Any activities that will increase knowledge, build capacity, and make connections between farms and rural communities to the benefit of people who live in those communities are eligible for the grant. Project maximums are $10,000 for up to two years of activities.

The University of Arkansas Horticulture Department received the grant last year to work with
Fayetteville Public Schools creating a model Farm to School program using community partnerships. The school district applied this fall as the grant lead to continue building a sustainable Farm to School program. Program partners include the University of Arkansas, Apple Seeds, Inc., Feed Fayetteville, and the Donald W. Reynolds Boys and Girls Club.

The funding will support educational programming, including summer farm field trips in coordination with the Owl Creek summer lunch program; farmer training; and community outreach. During summer 2012, the district purchased 1,885 pounds of produce and 300 pounds of ground beef locally for the free lunch program at Owl Creek. Nearly 200 students also participated in farm tours, farmers market visits, and healthy snack classes utilizing local produce donated from The Farm at Cobblestone.

The University of Arkansas Horticulture Department and the school district are jointly hosting a
Farm to School workshop for regional child nutrition staff in late January to share experiences and lessons learned from the summer 2012 lunch program and discuss ways to create sustainable Farm to School programs.

Ozark Guidance to Host Open Forum on Mental Health Awareness

Posted by Alan on December 19, 2012 12:52 PM | (Not Filed) |

og-logo-1.pngIn response to the recent tragedy in Connecticut, our friends at Ozark Guidance are hosting an open forum: "What's on Your Mind? Discussing Mental Health Awareness, Education, and Community Concerns."

This free community event will be held on Thursday, December 27 at the Jones Center for Families from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All Northwest Arkansas concerned citizens are encouraged to attend.

The panelists for the forum include:
Tom Petrizzo, MSW, Chief Executive Officer
Lance Foster, M.D., Chief Medical Officer,
Rob Gershon, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer
Lori Chalmers, M.Ed., Associate Clinical Officer

FHS Cheer Team Wins 3rd Consecutive State Championship

Posted by Alan on December 17, 2012 2:21 PM | (Not Filed) |

cheer-2012.pngCongratulations to the FHS Cheer team for winning their third consecutive state championship! The team won the 2012 7A state cheerleading championship in Hot Springs on December 15. Click here to see a team photo.

Message from the Superintendent on Connecticut Tragedy

Posted by Alan on December 16, 2012 11:21 AM | (Not Filed) |

mother-hugging-child.pngSuperintendent Vicki Thomas released the following statement today in regard to the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Click here to read the statement. Click here to read the statement in Spanish.

Fitchue Wins Brandon Burlsworth Outstanding Player Award

Posted by Alan on December 13, 2012 10:47 AM | (Not Filed) |

FITCHUE_REECE.pngFHS senior Reece Fitchue was named the winner of the 2012 Brandon Burlsworth Award at the 7A state championship game in Little Rock on December 1. An outstanding player from each team in the state championship game is selected by their team to receive the award.

The award recognizes the student athlete "who puts their team first and is not looking to just draw attention to themselves, who always gave their best effort but usually went unnoticed."

Congratulations, Reece!

Ellis Named Defensive Player of the Year, Patton Coach of the Year

Posted by Alan on December 12, 2012 3:41 PM | (Not Filed) |

ELLIS_BROOKS.pngHootens.com has named FHS senior Brooks Ellis as the 2012 7A Defensive Player of the Year in its annual awards announcement on December 10. Ellis had 114 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles, 4 sacks, 2 pass breakups, and a QB hurry this season in helping lead the Bulldogs to their second consecutive 7A state championship.

Ellis has verbally committed to play football for the University of Arkansas next year.

FHS head coach Daryl Patton was named the 2012 7A Coach of the Year at the banquet. Patton coached the Bulldogs to three consecutive state championship games, winning two of the three.

FHS senior quarterback was a finalist for the 2012 7A Offensive Player of the Year.

Allen Named Arkansas Gatorade Football Player of the Year

Posted by Alan on December 12, 2012 3:32 PM | (Not Filed) |

ALLEN_AUSITN.pngFHS Senior Austin Allen has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade Arkansas Football Player of the Year. Allen is the second Gatorade Arkansas Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Fayetteville High School. Brady Washburn was also selected in 1997.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Allen as Arkansas's best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced in December, Allen joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Wes Welker (1999-00, Heritage Hall HS, Okla.), Terrell Suggs (1999-00, Hamilton HS, Ariz.), Anquan Boldin (1998-99, Pahokee HS, Fla.) and Jerome Bettis (1989-90, Mackenzie HS, Mich.).

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior quarterback has led the Bulldogs to a 9-3 record and a berth in the Class 7A state final against Bentonville, scheduled for Nov. 30. Allen passed for 3,395 yards and 29 touchdowns through 12 games, completing 214 of 338 passes while throwing just five interceptions. He has also rushed for nine touchdowns. Allen holds the Class 7A single-season records for yards passing and touchdown passes.

Allen has maintained a 3.52 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of his church youth group and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics.

"Austin Allen is extremely poised in the pocket, he never seems to get rattled," said Shawn Flanigan, head coach at Rogers High. "He's got great presence, and I haven't seen a throw that he can't make."

Allen has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of Arkansas beginning in the fall of 2013.

Edie Named Arkansas Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year

Posted by Alan on December 12, 2012 3:21 PM | (Not Filed) |

EDIE_AUBREY.pngFHS senior Aubrey Edie has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade Arkansas Volleyball Player of the Year. Edie is the first Gatorade Arkansas Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Fayetteville High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Edie as Arkansas' best high school volleyball player.

The 6-foot-1 senior setter led the Bulldogs to a 35-3 record and the Class 7A state title this past season. Edie recorded 1,102 assists, 233 digs, 176 kills, 90 blocks and 54 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .431. A three-time First Team All-State selection and a 2012-13 American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour Second Team All-American, she was named MVP of the Class 7A state tournament.

Edie has maintained a 3.97 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of her church community and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she has volunteered locally on behalf of a literacy-outreach program and the National Honor Society.

"Aubrey Edie is by far the best player I have seen in Arkansas this year," said Rose Cheek, head coach at Siloam Springs. "We played in three tournaments against her and I did not see anyone that possessed her skill level, court awareness or team attitude. She is passionate about the game and a total team player."

Edie has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Mississippi beginning in the fall of 2013.

FHS Students Fare Well in Razorback FFA Leadership Event

Posted by Alan on December 11, 2012 4:55 PM | (Not Filed) |

ffateam2.pngThe Fayetteville High School FFA (Future Farmers of America) team fared well in the recent Razorback Federation FFA Leadership Career Development Event. The FHS team of Sabrina Coget, Jacob Davis, Jessica Howard, Allison Laney, Sidney Tisdale, and Jared Thompson, took first place in Parliamentary Procedure. Hallie Hairston took first place in Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Jacob Davis took first place in Discussion Meet, Ashlye Pool took second place in Prepared Public Speaking, and Ariana Boock took third place in Creed Speaking.

Congrats to the team for a job well done!

Photo of Parliamentary Procedure Team
Photo of Hallie Hairston
Photo of Ariana Boock
Photo of Ashlye Pool

FHS Team Takes 1st Place in Razorback Tech Challenge

Posted by Alan on December 10, 2012 11:37 AM | (Not Filed) |

RTC_2012_PICs.pngThe FHS Engineering & Technology Students Association took the first place award for Overall Performance in the high school category at the Razorback Technology Challenge, held at the University of Arkansas on December 7. The FHS Principles of Engineering students swept the Structural Design category, taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The FHS VEX Robotics teams took 1st and 2nd place in their event, as well.

Congratulations on a job well done!

Board Members Receive Award and Acknowledgement at ASBA

Posted by Administrator on December 6, 2012 2:06 PM | (Not Filed) |

heil.pngBrynBagwell.pngLITTLE ROCK - Susan Heil, former president and current member of the Fayetteville School Board for 11 years, has been recognized by the Arkansas School Boards Association (ASBA) as a Pinnacle Board Member, which is the highest award and recognition for an individual school board member in Arkansas.

The Pinnacle Award is bestowed on board members who have accumulated at least 200 hours of continuing education through workshops, seminars or other board development activities designed to improve their effectiveness as members of the local school board.

The award is the highest achievement of a three-level professional development program designed by the ASBA Board of Directors to foster ongoing and continuous learning for Arkansas school board members. Training programs focus on Arkansas school law, finance, leadership, responsibilities of Arkansas school board members, community relations, operating effective meetings and current information on a wide range of education-related subjects. The award recognizes those school board members who take the initiative to continue their training above and beyond the state-mandated six hours of annual board member training required by Arkansas Law.

Bryn Bagwell, serving in her third year as a member of the Fayetteville School Board, achieved Master Board Member status for earning 50 hours of continuing education through board development activities.

ASBA is a not-for-profit organization that has provided programs and services for all of the state's locally elected school boards for more than 50 years.

Congratulations,Susan and Bryn!

FHS Wins 2nd Consecutive State Football Title

Posted by Alan on December 4, 2012 1:13 PM | (Not Filed) |

Crowned Bulldog.pngFayetteville High School won its second consecutive 7A state football champion on December 1 when the Bulldogs defeated Bentonville by a score of 31-20 at the state championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Senior quarterback Austin Allen was named the game's most valuable player.

Congratulations, Bulldogs!

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