ATU holding commencement
Arkansas Tech University will hold its commencement exercises at 7 p.m. today and at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville. The ATU-Ozark commencement was held last night.
CASC Scholarship Scramble slated
The 16th annual Cherokee Nation-Carl Albert State College Scholarship Scramble will be held at 9 a.m. May 19 at Shadow Creek Country Club in Sallisaw. Registration for the four-person team, 18-hole scramble will begin at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $50 per person or $200 per team. Fee includes a golf cart, greens fees, lunch, beverages and a prize bag for each golfer. Prizes of $600, $460 and $300 will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams. Proceeds will go to provide scholarships for area students.
Call Paul Marshall at (918) 776-9242 to preregister.
Arkansas school garden contest open
Entries for the fifth annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest, sponsored by the Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit, are being accepted through Sept. 14. Applicants may be any Arkansas school that had a school garden open during the 2017-18 school year or planning to start a garden in the 2018-19 school year. Several award categories are available.
Visit agriculture.arkansas.gov/aad-programs for complete rules or to apply.
Names of note
Albert Spanel will be commissioned into the armed forces in a ceremony at 4 p.m. today at the Latture Conference Center in the Business and Industrial Institute, 5020 Grand Ave. on the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith campus.
Lauren Weaver of Greenwood will represent Arkansas at the Miss USA competition May 17-21 at George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport-Bossier, La. Weaver is the daughter of Ben and Kristina Thomas of Greenwood and Jeff and Aimee Weaver of Hot Springs, a 2014 graduate of Greenwood High School and a 2018 graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Brittney Avaritt of Clarksville, David Harris of Fort Smith, Chelsea Peugh of Greenwood and Savannah Leonard and Brittney Yeamons, both of Van Buren, graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in December.
Robert Ragsdale of Fort Smith recently graduated from Grantham University, an online university based in Lenexa, Kan.
Cassidy Hemphill of Poteau and Mika Sam of Philadelphia, Miss., were recently crowned homecoming queen and king by Carl Albert State College.
Pablo Centeno of Fort Smith earned first place and the sophomore award in the EIT Abstract Awards and Cindy Monterroza of Van Buren received the outstanding junior award in computer science during the recent University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Engineering and Information Technology awards ceremony.
Moriah Olsen of Roland and Trevor and Tyler Cartwright of Vian paged for Oklahoma state Rep. John Bennett during the week of April 30 through May 3 at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Olsen is the daughter of Jim and Becky Olsen of Roland and a homeschool student. The Cartwrights are the sons of Jason and Melissa Cartwright of Vian and attend Epic Charter School.
Braden Bateman, Gage Gattis and Zach Neumeier were recently named recipients of the Arkansas Governor’s Scholarship, worth up to $10,000 per year. All three students are seniors at County Line High School in Branch. Bateman is the son of James and Monica Bateman; Gattis is the son of Taylor and Erin Gattis; and Neumeier is the son of Bob and Donna Neumeier.
Brandon South of Greenwood recently received a Black and Reeder scholarship to the University of Arkansas. The scholarship was established through an endowment by Sherman and Lynnette Reeder Black, both UA alumni who attended Greenwood High School. South is the son of Tammie Biesler and Rick South.
Jayden Mendez of Van Buren recently received a presidential scholarship from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. The $4,500 scholarship is awarded on academic merit and has a total potential value of $36,000 over four years. Mendez also received an ATU football scholarship, an ATU concurrent student scholarship, the Arkansas Challenge scholarship, the Arkansas Activities Association/Centennial Bank athletic community service award and the Arkansas School Plant Management Association scholarship.
Shazeena Ashraf of Fort Smith received the Dewoody and Emily Fleming Dickinson math scholarship from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences.
Whataburger is hosting a scholarship contest during the month of May to encourage college students to come up with ideas to make the world a better place. The restaurant chain will award nine students its representatives deem to have the best ideas with up to a $5,000 scholarship. Submit video, photo or text entries to stories.whataburger.com/whatabigideacontest/ or post them to social media with #WhatabigIdeaContest to enter.
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