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April 2013 Archives

Ramay Teacher Visits Ukraine

Posted by Alan on April 29, 2013 10:47 AM | (Not Filed) |

Ukraine.pngRamay Jr. High teacher Janice Givens returned on April 28 after a two-week visit to Ukraine as part of the U.S. State Department's "Teachers for Global Classrooms" program. During her visit, Janice worked with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education, focusing on teacher training and professional development. She also was able to spend a considerable amount of time in a school district in central Ukraine. While she was there, Janice Skyped with her students at Ramay.

Click here to see a slide show of her trip.

Washington to Host 10th Annual Tour of Homes

Posted by Alan on April 25, 2013 4:20 PM | (Not Filed) |

tour-of-homes.pngThe Washington Elementary School PTO will host the 10th Annual Tour of Homes on Saturday, May 11 from noon to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 before the day of the event and can be purchased at the Washington school office, French Metro Antiques, The Gift House, or Bank of Fayetteville's Block street location.

Ticket price on the day of the event is $25 and can be purchased at any of the homes. There are five homes on tour, and it is a self-guided tour. The homes include

  • 517 Lafayette St.
  • 424 Highland Ave
  • 279 W. Ila
  • 5 Mount Nord
  • 15 S. Block St. Suite 201

Sponsors included: Eureka Pizza, Home Energy, and Collier Drug Stores.

2 FHS Seniors Named Arkansas Times Academic All-Stars

Posted by Alan on April 25, 2013 1:08 PM | (Not Filed) |

Du_Peter2.pngKathol_Andrea2.pngFayetteville High School seniors Peter Du and Andrea Kathol have been named to the Arkansas Times 2013 Academic All-Star Team which highlights the accomplishments of the top 20 high school seniors in the state.

Click here to see the feature story in Arkansas Times.


FHSTV Wins All Arkansas Award

Posted by Alan on April 23, 2013 11:11 AM | (Not Filed) |

All Arkansas.pngFHSTV received the 2013 All-Arkansas Award at the 2013 Arkansas Scholastic Press Association convention in Rogers on April 19. The FHSTV staff also won Superior Awards for the "Bulldog Pause" and "Breakin' the Leash" shows, and several staff members won individual awards.

  • NEWS STORY - Excellent, Olivia Erickson & Megan Taylor
  • SPORTS STORY - Superior - Tatum Marshall Story, Forrest Johnson & Walker Lawson
  • HUMOROUS FEATURE - Honorable Mention, Scarlett Hutchens & Olivia Stassen
  • SHOW OPENING - Superior, Kaylin Dunn
  • PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - Honorable Mention, Charles Hartman & Joe Sawyer
  • DOCUMENTARY - Superior, Olivia Erickson, Leila Sarvestani & Megan Taylor
  • GRAPHICS - Excellent, Adrian Adams, Jared Harden & Masa Kidd
  • COMMERCIAL - Honorable Mention, Annie Bryant, Ashley Efird & Megan Taylor
  • ORIGINAL SHORT FILM - Excellent, Nolan Foster, Colten Parks & Dalton Seat
  • Commercial-Promo - 2nd Place, Hannah Walter - Melissa McNamara - Ashley Efird - Annie Bryant

Connotations Named All Arkansas, Staff Wins Multiple Awards

Posted by Alan on April 22, 2013 3:06 PM | (Not Filed) |

Connotations XXIXsmall.pngConnotations, the award-winning student literary magazine at Fayetteville High School, won the All-Arkansas Award at the 2013 Arkansas Scholastic Press Association convention in Rogers on April 18-19. The magazine also won the ASPA Award for General Excellence and Best in Theme Development. Connotations was the only student literary magazine to receive the 2013 All-Arkansas Award.

Individual awards went to:
  • Natasha Raezer: First place on site writing for essay/Superior Literary Magazine Short Poem
  • Joey Largent: First place on site short story writing
  • Michelle Qiu: Second place on site personal narrative
  • Kaylin Dunn: Second place on site computer generated design
  • Sarah Huang: Superior Short Story and Long Poem/ Best of ASPA
  • Carlin Purcell: Superior Essay/ Best of ASPA
  • Greenley Littlejohn: Superior Poem/ Best ASPA
  • Jeanie Hall: Superior Art/ Best of ASPA
  • Sam Borgstadt: Superior Photo/ Best of ASPA
  • Kaitlyn Hurlbut: Superior Feature/ Best of ASPA
  • Joel Freeman: Superior in Design/Superior Longer Poem
  • Brenna Collins: Superior Poem
  • Jackson Bates: Superior Shor,t Poem
  • Jesse Clark: Honorable Mention, Short Story

FHS Student Newspaper Wins All-Arkansas Award

Posted by Alan on April 22, 2013 1:05 PM | (Not Filed) |

All Arkansas.pngRegister, the FHS student newspaper, won the All-Arkansas award at 2013 Arkansas Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) convention in Rogers. This was the fourth consecutive All Arkansas Award for Register, which qualified the newspaper for induction into the ASPA Hall of Fame. Click here to see a photo of the staff.

Over 800 students from across the state attended 2-day convention in Rogers at the John Q. Hammons convention center.

Individual student awards went to:

  • Becca McCann, news story
  • Bev Woessner, feature story
  • Haven Herndon, column
  • Clayton Adams, sports news
  • Christine Tan, informational graphic
  • Elizabeth Smith, service to school
  • Alex Yang and Elizabeth Smith, multicultural news (also picked as BEST of ASPA)
  • Maria Rossetti, front page design

  • Hannah Davis, sports feature
  • Bev Woessner, sports column
  • Sydney Brannan, feature photo
  • Haylee James, sports photo
  • Ashlyn Dillard, photo essay
  • Christine Tan, advertisement
  • Deborah Greene, review
  • Amanda Roberson, special section
  • Elizabeth Smith, center spread design
  • Deborah Greene, opinion page design
  • Clayton Adams, sports page design

Honorable Mention:
  • Tyler Porter, editorial cartoon

Arkansas Press Women Awards
  • Alex Yang, 3rd place, editorial
  • Becca McCann, 2nd place, column & 3rd place, single page layout & honorable mention double-truck layout
  • Clayton Adams, honorable mention, sports news

On-Site Competition Awards:
Paxton Douglas, 1st place, feature writing
Deborah Greene, 2nd place, review
Christine Tan, 2nd place, computer-generated infographic
Becca McCann, 3rd place, computer-generated design

FPS Receives National Sustainability Award

Posted by Alan on April 22, 2013 12:46 PM | (Not Filed) |

greenteam.pngToday U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that the Fayetteville School District is one of the 14 nationwide honorees of the first ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award. The honored districts were selected for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics, STEM and green career pathways.

The list of all selected schools and districts, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here.

"Today's honorees are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green," said Secretary Duncan. "They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs; improve health, performance and equity; and provide an education geared toward the jobs of the future. In fact, the selected districts are saving millions of dollars as a result of their greening efforts. And the great thing is that the resources these honorees are using are available for free to all schools."

81 FHS Seniors Named Advanced Placement Scholars

Posted by Alan on April 22, 2013 11:04 AM | (Not Filed) |

thinkingcap.pngEighty-one FHS seniors have been named Advanced Placement Scholars for their accomplishments on the 2012 AP Exams and will be honored at a luncheon on Tuesday, April 23 at noon in the lobby of the Bulldog Arena. The seniors and their designation level are:

National Scholar (average of 4+ on all AP exams taken, and grade of 4+ on at least 8 exams)
  • Peter Du
Scholar With Distinction (average of 3.5+ on all AP exams taken, and grade of 3+ on at least 5 exams)
  • Maddie Beck
  • Darsha Dodge
  • Peter Du
  • Ty Dunn
  • Mason Hollis
  • Sarah Huang
  • Utkarsh Kumar
  • Tony Li
  • Jonathan Main
  • True Martin
  • Sierra Matlock
  • Zach Melvin
  • Joshua Parisi
  • Maria Rossetti
  • Marlee Stark
  • Nicole Villacres
  • Mathew Wang

Scholar With Honor (average of 3.25+ on all AP exams taken, and grade of 3+ on at least 4 exams)
  • Clayton Adams
  • Cain Berkel
  • Alahna Blakeman
  • Isabella Blakeman
  • Henry Darnell
  • Andrew Fondren
  • Abe Gambert
  • Andrea Kathol
  • Min Kim
  • Fariah Majid
  • Rebecca McCann
  • Dylan Moore
  • Timothy Oliver
  • Hannah Pinter
  • Megan Prettyman
  • Haodi Ruan
  • Hannah Scott
  • Hayden Strahan
  • Christine Tan
  • Sebastian Thomas
  • Caleb Waitsman
  • Angela Wang
  • Amelia Whitaker
  • Shelby Williams
  • Brandyn Young
  • Austin Zimmerman
Scholar (average of 3+ on at least 3 exams)
  • Gordon Allison
  • Prashant Anand
  • Mia Bautista
  • Macy Bodishbaugh
  • Phillip Brida
  • Austin Collins
  • Laura Corral
  • Taylor Davis
  • Peter Delong
  • Mitchell Dowden
  • Brooks Ellis
  • Kevin Febus
  • Adam Ferrier
  • Levi Finn
  • Sam Goll
  • Robert Gooderl
  • Patrick Graff
  • Lauren Harris
  • Kristoffer Jung
  • Katherine Kroening
  • Aakshay Kumar
  • Catherine Le Blanc
  • Cathleen Lowe
  • Weylin Mallicote
  • Emily McComas
  • Meghan McDonald
  • Kelvin Mendoza
  • Andrew Pohl
  • Will Price
  • Courtney Smith
  • Lizbeth Soto
  • Olivia Stassen
  • Eden Taylor
  • Jared Thurman
  • Beverly Woessner
  • Alex Yang
  • Katie Yeatman
  • Nilufar Zaifi
  • Haley Zega

That Choir Thing This Weekend Set for May 3

Posted by Alan on April 18, 2013 2:20 PM | (Not Filed) |

tcttw.pngTickets for the 11th Annual FHS Choirs' "That Choir Thing This Weekend" are now on sale. The performance is Friday, May 3 at 7:00 PM, in the Fayetteville High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets ($8 for adults/$5 for students) may be purchased from a choir student, or by calling (479) 445-1168. The concert will feature a variety of music, including "One Day More", "Brighter Than the Sun", "The Longest Time", "Somebody That I Used To Know", and will also spotlight students performing in solo acts.

50th Anniversary of Letter from the Birmingham Jail

Posted by Alan on April 18, 2013 9:32 AM | (Not Filed) |

009-CivilRights.pngOn April 16th, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began writing his now famous Letter from the Birmingham Jail, participants worldwide read Dr. King's Letter in celebration. The Birmingham Public Library created a web site for participants to register public readings from the Letter at various locations around the globe: libraries, museums, schools, universities, etc. 

In Fayetteville, public readings were held at City Hall, the Fayetteville Public Library, and the Clinton House Museum. Fayetteville Public Schools also participated by videotaping excerpts from the letter so that they could be replayed for students and the public to view. Associate superintendent John L Colbert was joined by Curtiss P. Smith, pastor at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, and Jonathan Beasley, pastor at Church of Arkansas, to read excerpts from Dr. King's letter. The video is available on FPS-TV on Cox Channel 217, AT&T Uverse 99 and streaming from our website. Click here to see FPS-TV program schedule.

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FPS Again Named a Top Ten US Digital School District

Posted by Alan on April 18, 2013 9:09 AM | (Not Filed) |

digitalschools.pngFor the fifth consecutive year FPS has been named to the Top Ten Digital School Districts in the U.S. in the Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association.

The survey showcases exemplary school boards' and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community and to improve district operations.

Click here to read the news release.

26 FHS Seniors Accept College Athletic Scholarships

Posted by Alan on April 18, 2013 8:29 AM | (Not Filed) |

Bulldog Purple head.pngDuring the current school year twenty-six Fayetteville High School seniors have signed letters of Intent to participate in collegiate athletics next year. This makes the FHS Class of 2013 the #1 class in school history in athletic scholarships accepted and probably the largest signing class of any high school in Arkansas this year.

More good news: a few more FHS seniors could also sign letters of intent in the coming weeks.

"We're very proud of this class of student athletes," said athletic director Barry Gebhart. "They have been outstanding leaders, both in competition and on campus. They gave us one hundred percent effort in everything they did, and they are great role models for our younger students. We will miss them, and we wish them every success in college."

McNair Student Takes 4th in State Geographic Bee

Posted by Alan on April 17, 2013 2:12 PM | (Not Filed) |

Austin Liu.pngCongratulations to Austin Liu, a sixth grade student at McNair Middle School, for placing fourth in the 2013 Arkansas Geographic Bee.

Student Group Invites Community to EAT Together

Posted by Alan on April 17, 2013 8:52 AM | (Not Filed) |

healthymeal.pngThe Phi Alpha Honor Society of the School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas will host E.A.T. Together from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Asbell Elementary School cafeteria, 1500 N. Sang Ave. in Fayetteville. The event and meal are free of charge and open to the public.

Families are invited to learn the advantages of eating fresh, local food while they watch local chefs and nutrition experts prepare a healthy and delicious meal.

"We want everyone at the table together, that's what E.A.T. stands for," said Tina Smith, Phi Alpha president. "We want people to be aware of the issues of food insecurity and food justice. We are promoting the idea of the family being together at the dinner table, enjoying meals that are healthy and affordable."

Everyone attending can watch the chefs at work preparing the meal, hear them talk about the food they are using and quick, easy ways to prepare it at home.

The menu will put an emphasis on local food.

Members of the Fayetteville Farmers Market will have a booth to share information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP. Other organizations that will have information booths at the event include Seeds that Feed, Tricycle Farms, Apple Seeds Inc., and Ozark Natural Foods.

There are also activities planned for the children attending the event and there will be drawings for door prizes donated by local businesses.

Ramay Girls Win NWA Conference Track Championship

Posted by Alan on April 16, 2013 2:42 PM | (Not Filed) |

Ramay_Logo.pngCongratulations to the Ramay Jr. High girls track team for winning the 2013 Northwest Arkansas Conference track championship in Bentonville on April 15. McKenzie Penne was the high point athlete at the meet, scoring 52.5 points. 

29 FHS Juniors Selected for Governors School

Posted by Alan on April 15, 2013 5:01 PM | (Not Filed) |

arkgovschool.pngTwenty-nine FHS juniors have been selected to attend the 2013 Arkansas Governor's School. Three students have been selected as alternates. Those selected and their area of study are:

  • Charles Adams, Mathematics
  • Erik Archer, Social Sciences
  • Kellie Audrain, English Language Arts
  • Katherine Bacon, Social Sciences
  • Michael Cobb, Natural Sciences
  • Lauren Cothren, Social Sciences
  • Spencer Cunningham, Social Sciences
  • Madelyn Freeman, Social Sciences
  • Ian Goddard, Natural Sciences
  • Savannah Hadley, English Language Arts
  • Annabelle Hall, Social Sciences
  • Benjamin Heil, Natural Sciences
  • Richard Hudson, Natural Sciences
  • Adam Jones, Natural Sciences
  • Benjamin Kieklak, Natural Sciences
  • Aaron Koch, Social Sciences
  • Emily Lorince, Natural Sciences
  • Max McCarthy, Social Sciences
  • Naseeruddin Naseem, Natural Sciences
  • Bethany Osborn, Social Sciences
  • Anna Raezer, English Language Arts
  • Amanda Roberson, English Language Arts
  • Clio Rom, Visual Arts
  • Sophia Scalise, Social Sciences
  • Julia Smith, English Language Arts
  • Natalie Thibado, English Language Arts
  • Michael Thompson, Natural Sciences
  • Rachel Ungar, Mathematics
  • Sarah Williams, English Language Arts
  • Eric Beitle, Natural Sciences
  • Hayden Hairston, Natural Sciences
  • Emma Scarbrough, Instrumental Music
Selection for Governor's School is based on a combination of ability and interest and is highly competitive. The six-week intensive program is in its thirty-fourth year.
More information about the program-including pas curriculum, speakers, and films- may be found on the AGS web site at: http://www.hendrix.edu/ags/

In Memoriam: Rudy Moore, Jr.

Posted by Alan on April 12, 2013 9:18 AM | (Not Filed) |

Rudy_Moore.pngThe Fayetteville Public Schools lost a long-time friend yesterday with the death of school attorney Rudy Moore, Jr.

Moore had served as the school district's attorney for more than twenty-two years. In that time he provided guidance and leadership through many pivotal events, including several millage elections, a variety of legal challenges, and the transformation of Fayetteville High School. He also served on the Fayetteville Board of Education from 1978 to 1984.

"Rudy was a gentleman, devoted father and husband, wise counselor, valued colleague, and trusted friend," said superintendent Vicki Thomas. "His consistent question when making decisions for our schools was always, 'What is the best thing for our students?' He will be deeply missed."

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 1 pm in the Fayetteville High School Performing Arts Center. Parking will be available in the lots around FHS and Harmon Field and also at University of Arkansas Lot 56. Shuttle bus service will be available from Lot 56 and the Harmon Field parking lots.

FHS Winter Guard Takes 1st Place in Regional Competition

Posted by Alan on April 8, 2013 4:29 PM | (Not Filed) |

colorguard2.pngThe FHS Varsity Winter Guard won first place in the 2013 Mid Continent Color Guard Association's championships held in Williard, MO on April 6. Team members are Bethany Harper, Megan Prettyman, Megan Morris, Chrystal O'Boyle, Michael Cunningham, Darsha Dodge, Peter DeLong, Tyra Bullock, Sydney Brannan, Kayla Kildow, Jeanne Adelle Smith, Ian Goddard, Javaris Williams, Alex Carpenter, Debbie Koch, Savannah Hadley, Morgan Harrell, Desi Spencer, Muk Houngsuphan, Lada Otero, and Jessie Swanner. Click here for a team photo.

The directors are Trey Antonetti, Betsy O'Connor, Alexa Wimberly, and Barry Harper.


FHS to Host Bulldog Relays at new FPS Track

Posted by Alan on April 8, 2013 3:09 PM | (Not Filed) |

Bulldog Track.pngFayetteville High School will host the annual Bulldog Relays, sponsored by the Arkansas National Guard, at the new FPS Track & Field complex on Old Farmington Road on Friday, April 12. Field events will begin at 4 pm, followed by the running events at 4:30 pm. 

FPS Students Fare Well In State Science Fair

Posted by Alan on April 5, 2013 2:37 PM | (Not Filed) |

sciencecool.pngStudents from Ramay Jr. High and Fayetteville High School competed in the 2013 Southwestern Energy State Science and Engineering Fair held at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway on March 31 and April 1. Fayetteville brought home numerous awards including third place for Best in State, just behind The Arkansas School for Math, Science, and the Arts and Little Rock Central High School. Additional individual winners were the following:

  • Elizabeth Spicer, 3rd Place, Best in State
  • Kendall Coats, 1st place, Behavioral/Social Science
  • Saxyam Gautam, 3rd place, Biochemistry
  • Elijah Linn, 3rd place, Mathematical Sciences
  • Michelle Qui, 4th place, Animal Science
  • Edward Sebastian, 4th place, Animal Science
  • Justin McClure, 4th place, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering
  • Zach Renfro, 4th place, Environmental Sciences
  • Kate Truitt, 4th place, Mathematical Sciences
  • Tierin Burrow, 4th place, Plant Sciences
  • Shebly Carney and Sarah Rechtin, 4th place, Team Projects

Elizabeth Spicer, as the first place winner of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair held in February, will travel to Phoenix, Arizona in May to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Congratulations to all students who competed and to the efforts of the teachers who supported them! Click here to see a team photo.

Connotations Wins Top National Award

Posted by Alan on April 5, 2013 1:58 PM | (Not Filed) |

connotations-gold1.pngCongratulations to the staff of Connotations, the student literary magazine at Fayetteville High School, for winning a Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for their 2012 volume. This is the highest award given for excellence in writing, editing, design, content, concept, photography, art, and graphics. Connotations is one of only twelve high school student literary magazines in the U.S. to receive this award.

Editors of the 2012 volume were Kaitlyn Hurlbut and Joel Freeman. The staff members of the 2013 volume of Connotations are

Sarah Huang, Co-Editor
Marlee Stark, Co-Editor
Isabella Blakeman, Writing Editor
Amanda Millan, Art Editor
Camilla Restrespo, Photo Editor
Grayce Randolph, Business Editor
Joey Largent
Angela Wang
Kaylin Dunn
Natasha Raezer
Grace Santos
Annie Molesso
Ona Thornquist
Sarah Williams
Julia Smith
Michelle Qiu

Faculty Adviser: Becky Cox

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