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Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Most birthdays are celebrated with a cake, candles, and a few good friends wishing you a happy one, but one Benton woman decided to do things a little differently this year for her 30th.

Nicki Simpkins, of Benton, is doing a random act of kindness each day for the 30 days leading up to her birthday. Simpkins said she decided that Jan. 27 would no longer be about her; instead, she wanted it to be about others. 

She said she was driving home from visiting her in-laws in November and was thinking about the big birthday ahead; she had originally anticipated doing a 30 before 30 list to accomplish things like running a 5K or going to a concert, but a recent family death inspired her to leave the world a little bit better for her son in the future.

In fact, she plans to continue doing these random acts of kindness even after her big day is over.

Holiday Greetings: Sgt. Nathan Mace

Bryant boy who could win $20,000 for Boys and Girls Club still needs votes

Bryant boy who could win $20,000 for Boys and Girls Club still needs votes

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - An 11-year old Bryant boy is up for a huge national honor.

Ethan Harris was nominated by the Bryant Boys and Girls Club for a leadership award due to his continued efforts in raising money, volunteering, and willingness to help others. If Ethan wins, the club will get a $20,000 grant. He is one of five finalists and is the only child competing.

Ethan and his mom Carla joined THV11 Saturday morning to talk more about the honor. To get more information, watch the video attached to this story.

To help support Ethan on his cause, just take a second each day from now until November 29 to vote for him: http://on.kthv.com/1aGpXpL

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

HOT SPRINGS — The Lewis E. Lyle Chapter of the Air Force Association has named Nick Seward its Chapter Teacher of the Year for the high school division.

Seward is a computer science instructor at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts.

He is also a coach of the school’s CyberPatriot competition team. The competition, sponsored by the Air Force Association, features teams of high school students interested in careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The teams compete to protect computer systems from cyber attacks.

 Schools nominate teachers for the award, and the chapter members vote on the nominees, said Larry Louden, the Lyle Chapter president. Louden and Morris Cash, the chapter’s secretary, presented the award plus a $250 prize to Seward this week.

Former instructor named to ASMSA Board of Visitors

Former instructor named to ASMSA Board of Visitors

HOT SPRINGS — Donna Hutchison recently retired after serving 20 years as a  faculty member at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts. It didn’t take her long to find a new role to fill at the school.

Gov. Mike Beebe recently appointed Hutchison to serve on the ASMSA Board of Visitors.  Hutchison, who now lives in Rogers, retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year after 20 years on the faculty, including 16 years as the Humanities Department chair. She said she is excited about the opportunity to stay involved with the school.

“I’m not ready to give ASMSA up,” Hutchison said. “It has been such an important part of my life for so long. … [Serving on the board] will give me the chance to stay connected to the school and the people I love who are there, and still, in a limited way, get to see the kids. And hopefully to continue to have a positive influence in the institution.”

ASMSA student chosen for international language program

ASMSA student chosen for international language program

 

HOT SPRINGS — Victoria Ly, a senior at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese in China this summer.

Ly, who is from Jonesboro, will spend more than 6 weeks in Zhuhai, China, learning Mandarin Chinese in a university setting, including 120 hours of class instruction. She will stay with a host family in Zhuhai during the trip, which will be from June 19 to Aug. 4.

The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs, including in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian and Turkish.