Maverick Theatre to stage 'Dear Ruth'

Maverick Theatre will stage its production of "Dear Ruth" at 7 p.m. Feb. 23-24 at the Southside High School auditorium. Set during World War II, the play centers on the Wilkins family. One daughter assumes the other's identity to correspond with a soldier overseas until the soldier returns home and chaos ensues.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets are available at the door. Contact Amy Pumphrey at apumphre@fortsmithschools.org for information.

13 vie for Miss UAFS title

The Miss University of Arkansas at Fort Smith 2018 scholarship pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St. The pageant will include special guests Miss Arkansas Maggie Benton, Miss UAFS 2017 Logan Moore and masters of ceremony Daren Bobb and Erica Thomas, both with 5 News.

The 13 contestants vying for the Miss UAFS 2018 title include Mary Beth Andrews, 19, of West Fork, daughter of Stan and Kristi Andrews of West Fork; Lela Belleton, 18, of Little Rock, daughter of Deborah Hansberry of Little Rock and Larry Belleton of Atlanta; Sidney Bieker, 18, of Fort Smith, daughter of Brent and Jackie Bieker of Fort Smith; Kayla Canada, 21, of Magazine, daughter of Robert and Amber Canada of Magazine; Tori Easton, 20, of Fort Smith, daughter of Doug and Robyn Croop of Fort Smith and Dewayne Easton of Pocola; Marley Littleton, 18, of Magazine, daughter of Albert and Aimee Littleton of Magazine; Kaitlyn Morris, 19, of Poteau, daughter of Tracey and Jennifer Morris of Poteau; Nastassja Morton, 18, of Bowie, Md., daughter of Tori Monroe and Lisa Smith of Bowie; Tori Seaman, 20, of West Fork, daughter of Brett and DeAnne Seaman of West Fork; Elizabeth Spencer, 20, of Fort Smith, daughter of Dwight and Cherie Spencer of Sallisaw; Alesha Thach, 18, of Fort Smith, daughter of Nguyet Than and Tan Thach of Fort Smith; Allison Thompson, 21, of Fort Smith, daughter of Regina and David Thompson of Fort Smith; and Niki Waters, 20, of Booneville, daughter of Steve and Kim Waters of Booneville.

The Miss UAFS pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Arkansas and Miss America scholarship programs. The contestants will be joined on stage by 28 princesses and princes participating in this year’s Princess/Prince Program, a noncompetitive program allowing children ages 5-10 to participate in pageant-related events.

Princesses and princes this year are Hailey Cottrell, 9, daughter of Lance Cottrell and Heather Chance and David Chance and Chelsea Cottrell, Destine Chance, 5, daughter of David Chance and Amy Smith and Heather Chance, Hadleigh Marie Miller, 8, daughter of Michael Miller and Dawna Dunn and Mandy Miller and William Dunn, and Jax Nelson, 6, son of James and Anna Nelson, all of Alma; Brinnley Adams, 10, daughter of James and Anna Nelson of Barling; Ayden Rhinehart, 7, son of Ann Allisson and Craig Rhinehart and Tiffany Rhinehart and Shawn Allison of Booneville; Elowyn Fisher, 5, daughter of Samantha Fisher and Jeremy Nolen and Clay Fisher, Mackenzy Jadyn Knubley, 9, daughter of Chris and Kristel Knubley, Haven Matlock, 6, daughter of Ty and Meagan Matlock, Daniella Newman, 10, daughter of Josh and Rita Newman, Ember Mae Nolen, 10, daughter of Samantha and Clay Fisher and Jeremy Nolen, Everly Grace Pollard, 8, daughter of Al and Kristi Pollard, Alyssa Shaw, 9, daughter of Marion Burris, Quinn Smith, 6, daughter of William and Megan Smith, and Abigail Whitt, 9, and Olivia Whitt, 6, daughters of Kane and Judy Whitt, all of Fort Smith; Allie Oswald, 5, daughter of Shane Oswald and Faelynn Ramsey and Haley Oswald and Brandon Ramsey, and Hannah Marie Ramsey, 10, daughter of Holly Bates and Brandon Ramsey and Loyd Bates and Faelynn Ramsey, all of Greenwood; Jenna Dayle Black, 7, and Stephanie Leann Black, 6, daughters of Larry and Jessica Black of Hackett; Stella Rorabaugh, 8, daughter of Robert Rorabaugh of Howe; Jerlyn Fryar, 8, daughter of Jeremy and Ginalyn Fryar of Lavaca; Kennedy Boyle, 6, daughter of Chris Boyle and Karen McAnally of Magazine; Tayvee White, 7, daughter of Casey and Kristi White of Ozark; Hadleigh McClendon, 5, daughter of Bobby and Callie McClendon of Poteau; Kendall Callahan, 6, daughter of Robert and Charlita Callahan, and Brynna Cogburn, 6, daughter of Matthew and Ashley Cogburn, all of Spiro; and Caleigh Anne Boster, 7, daughter of Michael and Alexis Boster of Van Buren.

Tickets for the scholarship pageant are $10 and available online at http://uafs.universitytickets.com or by calling the UAFS Box Office at 788-7300. Contact Sherry Card sherry.card@uafs.edu or 788-7301 for information.

Educator program accepting applications

Tracy Cline, a librarian at Butterfield Trail Middle School in Van Buren, recently completed the year-long Arkansas Declaration of Learning program, which provides educators with the opportunity to use historic art and objects to develop lesson plans and civic engagement projects.

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 25 for the program. Arkansas school librarians and teachers of art, English and social studies in grades seven through 12 are eligible.

Visit http://bit.ly/1RRIrwP to apply. Contact Cassandra Barnett, Arkansas Department of Education program adviser for school libraries, at cassandra.barnett@arkansas.gov or (501) 682-6576 for information.

Head Start taking applications

The Choctaw Nation Head Start is accepting applications from the Poteau area for the 2018-19 school year. Call (918) 647-8500 or (580) 924-8280, ext. 2219, for information.

Scholarships available

United Federal Credit Union will recognize six high school seniors with scholarships of $1,000 each. Applicants must be active members of UFCU. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. March 31. Visit www.unitedfcu.com/scholarshipwww.unitedfcu.com/scholarship for complete rules, application forms and information.

Dance team wins state competition

The Alma High School Dance Team won the 2017 5A Arkansas Dance State Championship held Nov. 11 at Bentonville West High School, according to a recent news release from the Alma School District. This is the fourth state championship win for the team in the past 10 years, according to the release.

This season, the dance team went undefeated in their regular season winning first place in every dance category at every dance competition they attended, according to the release. The team also won two overall 1-7A outstanding choreography awards. The team also will compete at the National Dance Team Championship later this month in Orlando, Fla.

Team members include Karsten Beneux, Devin Blazekovich, MacKenzie Buckner, Keely Burch, Brandon Combs, Katie Cox, Julia Dover, Grace Fuell, Brissa Gonzalez, Reagan Gray, Colton Gregory, Alissa James, Carsyn Jones, Donovan King, Hillarie Mata, Mallorie Mata, Camren Marshell, Maura Merida, Emilee Mlakar, Rane Orrick, Sianna Raja, Katie Rogers, Payton Scrivner, Dax Stahler, Kammie Wemhaner, Jake Westfall, Kelby Willhite and Emily Wright. Team managers are Grace Bullard and Cooper McGee, and team coaches are Brooke Brewer and Sara Murray.

Enter writing contest

The 2018 Arkansas Educational Television Network PBS Kids writers contest is accepting entries through April 6. The contest is open to children in kindergarten through third grade. The contest is meant to encourage creativity and develop literacy skills. Twelve winners — three from each grade — will receive an AETN prize pack. Winners will be chosen in May and featured on aetn.org/writerscontest.

Stories may be fact, fiction, prose or poetry. Only one entry will be allowed per person, and stories must be by a single author. Kindergarten and first grade stories must have a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200 words. Second and third grade stories must have a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 350 words.

Text must be printed, written legibly or typed. Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be printed, written legibly or typed. Stories must have at least five original, clear and colorful illustrations.

Winning stories, as well as contest rules, creative writing resources and entry forms, are available at aetn.org/writerscontest. Additional information is available by emailing marketing@aetn.org.

 

Names of note

Several area students were named to the dean's list for the Fall 2017 semester by Arkansas Tech University in Russellville including Sydney Blackwell, Emily Dean, Ashlyn Elliott, Jason Hensley, Caitlin Hicks, Abigail House, Bradley Hurst, Peyton Linker, Jaedon Mitchell, Kyle Sentell, Lydia Shearburn, Bailey Tyler, Tara Webb and Shae Woodard, all of Alma; Ann Myles of Barling; Heather Catlett, Cayne Ford, Deanna Haines, Charisma Khilling, Courtney Lacey, Caitlin Miller, Morgan Osborne, Michael Stewart and Joshua Van Devender, all of Booneville; Brayden Rainwater and Jillian Swain, both of Branch; Taelor Acord, Shelby Lowrey and Gabrielle Sisk, all of Cecil; Madeline Carter of Cedarville; Melissa Carmack, Haley Crowley, Mallory Heft, Colton Ketter, Dalton Parrish, Samantha Rendon and Elizabeth Verkamp, all of Charleston; Lisa Alderson, Madeline Ashlock, Lindsey Avlos, Stephen Blackard, Nicole Boen, Chelsea Breed, Emily Bruce, Ashley Butler, Monica Ceballos, Samantha Christian, Deana Cowell, Andrew Daniels, Lynn Do, Heather Douglas, MaKenzie Douglas, Anna Dunaway, Kendra East, Karely Flores, Jesse Fox, Megan Fox, Marily Garcia, Ricky Garcia, Yesy Garcia, Madeline Geels, Emily Goodman, Keaton Graves, Jacquelyn Gray, Holly Haynes, Lynn Hodges, Jonathan Holland, Shelby Holland, Luke Horn, Thailer Hughes, Blake Hurley, Joseph Jackson, Morgan Jacobs, James Jeffers, Kyle Keefer, Chase Lee, Kymberley Loyd, Erika Martinez, Jatia McAlister, Taylor Morton, Melissa Nubbie, Breanna Parker, Siddhi Patel, Nancy Patton, Ayanna Perry, Patricia Reece, Morgan Richardson, Ashley Rohr, Abigail Sanders, Kendon Shook, Tanner Spence, Bradley Stall, Sydney Stone, Flor Suaste-Garcia, Chloe Taverner, Shelby Vickers, Sierra Visger, Rebecca Ward, Lindsey Whitecotton, Denise Wisdom, Kolbey Wood, Alexis Wright, Jonathan Wyatt, Britni Yount and Chaquavia Newman, all of Clarksville; Madeline Case, Amber Fortenberry and Miranda Thomas, all of Coal Hill; Christian Brown of Cove; Taylor Gentry of Delaware; Brett Beard and Mary Fisher, both of Dyer; Gema Acevedo, Diamond Andrews, Richa Bailey, Kylie Ballard, Zachary Cagle, Tyler Castaneda, Patrick Conrad, Tyler Cropsey, Ryan Davis, Zoe Davis, Theresa Fritschie, Emily Geels, Addison Graham, Kathryn Gushing, Sydnie Henson, Jaelyn Herrera, Jacob Honeyman, Drake Lee, Tyler Lyles, Emily Maestri, Hunter Martin, Alec Mask, Paige Mendoza, Andie Montgomery, Kaile Nesbit, Megnon Parks, Landon Pierce, Jaden Poole, Jennifer Roberts, Anna Russell, Jessica Seiter, Alexander Sharum, John Sisco, Timothy Smith, Morgan Summers, James Taylor, Megan Tucker, Tracynea Watson, Reid Wheeler, Brandon Willhite, Chase Williams, Noelle Wilson and Christopher Woodland, all of Fort Smith; Erica Brakefield, Samuell Cabe, Conner Ciesla, Gavin Dundee, Kiersten Embry, Jacob Freeman, Wesley Herman, Shelby Horne, Bryan Jackson, Matthew Jackson, Dillon Johnston, Kyler Keddie, Benjamen Keisling, Kennady Langston, Evan Lensing, Ryan Lensing, Wyatt Mitchell, Abigail Moore, Collin Moore, Lloyd Morganflash, Garrett Napier, Madilyn Plotts, Jessica Reed, Kyle Russell, Samuel Snodgrass, Courtney Stockton, Kaitlyn Tran, Taylor Upshaw and Brady Wilkinson, all of Greenwood; John Crowe of Hackett; Milisa Montgomery of Hagarville; Addison Beckham, Conor Bumpus, Garett Ford and Shilo Schluterman, all of Hartford; Marlee Stepp, Gina Vannoy and Meghan Williams, all of Hartman; Jennifer Brunson of Huntington; Joseph Arnke, Brandon Baker, Kailey Butler, Paden Cook, Carly Copeland, Hunter Cowell, Dakota Dalton, Melanie Day, Dusty Douglas, Sherry Downen, Abby Elam, Madison Grover, Tyler Hern, Miranda Kennessey, Hayley Massengale, Alexis McCarley, Sarah Ross and Rebekah Snyder, all of Lamar; Olivia Austin, O'Hara Duncan, Abigail Few, Cierra Martin and John Morgan, all of Lavaca; Aubrie Davis, Justin Hibbs, Kaitlynn Ryan, Lucas Schneider, Adrian Staton and Yaushas Xiong, all of Magazine; Kayla Elmore, Seth Mays and Jordan Watford, all of Mansfield; Bailey Bunch, Ashley Cook, Jarred Harley, Charissa Shelly, Ansley Simmons, Hoang Tran and Hudson Ulmer, all of Mena; David Edwards, Allison Holloway and Rachel Palmer, all of Mountainburg; Kirklyn Kremers, Seth Siebenmorgen and Samantha Yang, all of New Blaine; Ty Archer, Paul Bennett, Abby Biggs, Samuel Dorrough, Taylor Finley, Katelyn Gibson, Kenyon Gowing, Lauren Haberer, Kailen Harris, Chelsea Howe, Felicia Lane, Robin Lane, Destinee Mausa, Kaleb McAnally, Jacob McChristian, Alexandria Medlin, Britt Opfer, Martha Pippin, Tristan Salazar, Jessica Turner, Alexis Umholtz, Madison Vigil, Ethan Williams, Shaylee Williams and Kelsey Wilson, all of Ozark; Carley Allen of Ozone; Sydni Casto, Charles Conkin, Rebekah Cooley, Morgan Davis, Brandon Fields, Katelyn Kemp, Jessica Langley, Rondney Lo, Hannah Needham, Lyndon Phillips, Nathaniel Robertson, Kyrsten Seigrist, Starlene Sharp-Lozeau, Andrew Simon and McKayla Whitley, all of Paris; Savannah Davis and Jessica Hallett, both of Quitman; Angela Knight of Ratcliff; Stephen Bell, Kayla Dyson and John Hennelly, all of Roland; Lauren Green, Cameron Kremer, Lauren Oldham, Allison Shelton, Abigail Suiter and Rachael Wigley, all of Scranton; Phillip Bowman, Sidney Bowman, Rebecca Hatcher, Cade Johnson, Annie Schluterman, Elijah Schluterman and Hannah Simmons, all of Subiaco; Keeley Allison, Garreth Atwell, Jordan Burnett, Tina Christiansen, Alissa Clark, Ethan Elliott, Courtney Franklin, Jacob Friddle, Danielle Gregory, Dalton Hall, Paula Hamby, Amber Hampton, Malia Hernandez, Katelyn Jennen, Makayla Jones, Alexander Key, Sean McGinnis, Mandy Pickens, Morgan Poague, Ashley Rucker, Jennifer Scott, Madison Simmons, Connor Skelly, Alechia Smith, Manuel Valente, Megan Vanderpool, Ryan Waldrop and India Wing, all of Van Buren; Emily Black, Brandon Bunting, Stevie Duncan, Ayeisha English, Darrian Ison, Ethan Jones, Vicky Mendez, Madison Riddle, Nikkita Sandifer, Carrie Saunders, Dylan Self and Brady Wadkins, all of Waldron; Chandler Caudill of Wickes; Rachel Brannon of Gans; Eryn Stratmann of Muldrow; and Audrey Johnson of Vian.

 

Isabel Hernandez recently won the Crawford County spelling bee and will represent the county at the state level March 10 on the Central Bible College campus in Conway. She is the daughter of Sarah Wells of Van Buren. Christian Woodward, the son of Trey and Taylor Tounzen and Jeff and Sue Woodward, was the first runner-up.

 

Sarah Bird and Anna Bragg, both of Fort Smith, were recently named to the dean's list for the Fall 2017 semester by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

 

Jack Jackson, Josi Flynn, Jacob Chidester, Angelina Ornelas, Emanuel Ramierz, Ella Hadley, Brizynn Smith, Claire Cole, Hayden Ketter, Ella Shelby, Stephanie Benegas, Pepito Gaeta, Marcos Manjarezz and Ella Reynolds were all recently named students of the month for January by Immaculate Conception Catholic School.

 

Owen France of Mountainburg and Mikayla Nix and Margaret Plake, both of Fort Smith, were recently named to the dean's list for the Fall 2017 semester by College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

 

Grant Harper of Fort Smith, an undergraduate student at Oklahoma State University, was one of three winners in the Tulsa District Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions held recently in Tulsa. He received a $2,000 award and will advance to the regional competition in March.

 

Emily Wollenberg of Clarksville and Abby Underwood and Olivia White, both of Fort Smith, were recently named to the president's honor roll for the Fall 2017 semester by Oklahoma City University.

 

Cameron Law and Hannah Fingerhut, both of Fort Smith, Rebecca Hill of Stigler and Rachel Barrs of Talihina were recently named to the dean's honor roll for the Fall 2017 semester by Oklahoma City University.

 

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