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Four named Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Four outstanding teachers were named 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists at a recognition event today with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key. 

“Selecting just four teachers from an exceptional group of talented educators was a difficult process,” Key said. “The four state finalists chosen, however, have demonstrated leadership, knowledge and the ability to inspire students in the classroom. I congratulate them, as well as their administrators and fellow educators.”

The four state finalists are as follows:

Meghan Ables

11th Grade English/Literacy
Stuttgart High School
Stuttgart School District
Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative 

Brenda Galliher

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;

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.
 

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.

Dance-off festival in downtown Malvern

Dance-off festival in downtown Malvern

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Spring County Youth Council is hosting the 2015 Malvern Street Fest and Dance on August 15. 

This event happening on West Third Street will span from the back of the Panache building all the way down to the Chamber of Commerce. It will also span into the Mayor's Office parking lot. 

All of the festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m. There will be a karaoke hour, games, rides, inflatables for children and a major dance-off happening in the middle of it all. Included in the fun, will be a large assortment of merchandise and food vendors.

There are still spots available for any vendor that is interested. It is free for any booth that would like to set up. They will need to arrive for check-in and set up between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. that Saturday. Vendors will have to provide their own tents and tables. 

JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

UNDATED, Ark. (KTHV) - One option to take advantage of for some back-to-school shopping and during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year could be your local JCPenney store . From denim and school uniforms to dorm gear and backpacks, JCPenney is a one-stop shopping destination for all their back-to-school needs. For a limited time, kids will receive $10 haircuts at jcp salons [Valid July 15 – Aug. 31, while appointments last] and $29.99 eyeglasses at all JCPenney optical stores [Valid July 5 – Sept. 15]. 

WHEN:

July 17 - 18 – Tax holiday

*Extended store hours*

WHERE:

Local JCPenney stores. (Go to jcpenney.com and click on “find a store” for nearest location.)

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the fourth of July fast approaching, it would be good to know where in central Arkansas you can light your fireworks.

Here are some of the cities where you can and can't shoot off your pyrotechnics: