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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.

ASMSA to hold commencement ceremony May 25

ASMSA to hold commencement ceremony May 25

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will hold its commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in Summit Arena at the Hot Springs Convention Center. There are 97 students in the Class of 2013.

Three seniors will speak during the ceremony. Student Government Association President Sorena Lo of Paris will give the senior address. Mehr Shah of Little Rock will provide the welcome, and Dimple Shah of Paragould will give the senior speech. Lo is the daughter of Vanessa and Hue Lo. Mehr Shah is the daughter of Sitara and M.B. Shah. Dimple Shah is the daughter of Nisha and Himansu Shah.

ASMSA ranked No. 13 in nation

ASMSA ranked No. 13 in nation

HOT SPRINGS — Newsweek and The Daily Beast have recognized the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts as one of the top high schools in the nation.

ASMSA is ranked No. 13 in the nation in Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s 2013 America’s Best High Schools list, which highlights the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation. The goal of the list is to identify the nation’s public high schools that best prepare students for college. This is the first time ASMSA has been ranked on the list.

The list’s methodology is calculated based on several components, including graduation rate, college-acceptance rate, average ACT/SAT scores and college-level learning experiences offered at the school.