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7 ASMSA students named National Merit Semifinalists

7 ASMSA students named National Merit Semifinalists

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Seven students at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts have been named 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition Semifinalists.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. today announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

ASMSA students named as Semifinalists are:

• Hannah Carr of Haskell, daughter of Brent and Nickie Carr;

• Rex Hearn of Bryant, son of Keaton and Dawn Hearn;

• YeongJoon Hwang of Jonesboro, son of Yeonsang Hwang and Kyoungsuk Ahn;

• Taryn Imamura of Conway, daughter of Dr. Bryan and Cynthia Imamura;

• Samia Ismail of Fort Smith, daughter of Samina Nadvi and Irfan Ismail;

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Roller Coaster Race Coming to Magic Springs on Oct. 17

Roller Coaster Race Coming to Magic Springs on Oct. 17

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Roller Coaster Race announced that registration is now open for its original-concept race coming to Magic Springs in Hot Springs, Ark. on Saturday, October 17.

The race takes place on the second weekend of “Magic Screams,” the park’s Halloween-themed event, and marks Roller Coaster Race’s sixth and final event of its 2015 season.

Giant American flag creates big buzz

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - There's some extra pride waving alongside Highway 70 in Hot Springs.

A giant American flag appeared in the middle of a field, with no signs, over Labor Day weekend.

Now, many who drive by are wondering who put it there.

"It's one of the first things that comes to mind is how big it is," said Joe Swayze, a Hot Springs resident.

It stands 130 feet tall and when the wind takes it for a dance, it's 80 feet wide.

In total, it's a 40x80 foot flag.

"I think it's very patriotic and exactly what we need," said Swayze.

It was reportedly placed there on Friday before the holiday weekend.

ASMSA opens Class of 2018 admissions cycle

ASMSA opens Class of 2018 admissions cycle

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts has officially launched the search for the Class of 2018.
Students apply to ASMSA through a competitive admissions process that evaluates high school coursework, ACT/SAT scores, responses to essay questions, letters of recommendation and other accomplishments.  Finalist candidates are invited to attend Interview Weekends in April.  The process is similar to application at selective colleges and universities.
Students must submit their completed online application, test scores, and letters of recommendation no later than March 1, 2016.

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Frank recognized as CSTA Advocate of the Year

Frank recognized as CSTA Advocate of the Year

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Carl Frank, a computer science instructor at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, is the Computer Science Teachers Association Advocate of the Year.

Frank, who serves as president of the Arkansas chapter of the organization, was recognized at the national conference in July. The national award goes to a member of the Computer Science Advocacy Leadership Team (CSALT) who performs outstanding advocacy work for their region.

Frank’s accomplishments included organizing the first Arkansas Computer Science Education Summit, which brought together nearly 200 leaders from the education, government and industry fields. The summit helped set the stage for unanimous passage of Arkansas legislation requiring all public and charter high schools in Arkansas to offer computer science classes.

Magic Springs presents first Hispanic headliner on September 6

Magic Springs presents first Hispanic headliner on September 6

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -  Magic Springs Water & Theme Park will present its first Hispanic headliner during a summer concert in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. On Sunday, September 6 the accordion musical act “Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon,” one the most popular norteño groups, is set to perform live at the Timberwood Amphitheater.

“We’re excited to present “Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon,” in addition to an opportunity for hundreds of families to explore all our water and theme park has to offer. We’ll have dancers, Mariachi Band and other special activities to kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month,” says Steve Honeycutt, General Manager of Magic Springs. “For one special price Arkansans and visitors can enjoy both parks and watch as the band transforms the stage into a grand fiesta in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Stolen Hot Springs gator found crossing the road

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - One of the 13 baby alligators stolen from the Arkansas Alligator Farm last month was found on Wednesday crossing the road in Hot Springs.

"I don't understand why they took them really, they're neat and they're small," said Farm Manager Jamie Bridges. "They're cute. And I think that's the only reason they took them. Maybe to trade for something or to try to sell."

It was out on Marion Anderson Road, where Pat Garrett spotted the gator while driving. He thought it was a rubber toy but when he touched it moved.

"And we think that's where the people who stole him must live around there somewhere," Bridges said.

Twelve of the thirteen stolen gators are still missing. They were taken from the farm back in August. Bridges said a $200 reward led to a few tips about the gators' location.