Nation hosting educational event

The Cherokee Heritage Center, 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill, Okla., will host Indian Territory Days on March 28-29, giving area students the opportunity to spend an interactive day learning about the Cherokee arts, language and lifestyles of the 1890s. The annual educational event features a variety of hands-on learning activities for public, private and home-schooled children in grades K-12. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event concludes at 2 p.m. each day.

Admission is $5 per student and $2 for accompanying adults. School personnel accompanying students are admitted free. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Contact Tonia Weavel at (918) 456-6007, ext. 6161, or by email at for information or to register.

Prom dress giveaway slated

The Once Upon a Prom Dress Giveaway will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Heritage United Methodist Church, 1604 Pointer Trail in Van Buren. The dresses are being given free of charge to girls ages 14-19 who are in need of clothing for a formal event but are unable to afford such items. Girls from any city or school are welcome. Dress sizes range from 00-26, but items in sizes 12 or larger are limited. Girls looking for dresses in larger sizes should come by early.

Escape the Tech Graveyard

Escape the Tech Graveyard is an escape room-style game being sponsored in the Youth Services department at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. The game is designed for three-to eight players per team for a 45-minute session.

The Tech Graveyard Escape Room is open to teens in grades seventh through 12th only Monday through March 16. It will be available to children 10 and older and their families March 19-22.

Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will be accepted if there are open spots only. Call 783-0229 or sign up in person at the Youth Services department. Visit for information.

Stem Wars event happening in March

Fort Smith Public Schools' Stem Wars event will be held March 27-29 at Northside High School's indoor facility, 2301 N. B St. Students in grades seventh through ninth will compete from 8 a.m. to noon March 27, students in grades fifth and sixth will compete from 8 a.m. to noon March 28, students in grades third and fourth will compete from 8 a.m. to noon March 29 and the awards ceremony will be held from 6-7 p.m. March 29.

Kindergarten registration set to begin

Preregistration for Fort Smith Public Schools kindergarten will begin April 2 for the 2018-19 academic year. Parents can preregister children from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the school the child will attend or online by visiting Visit to locate the school each child should attend.

Kindergarten is mandatory for all children in the state of Arkansas who will be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 1, 2018, unless parents file a kindergarten waiver with the public schools. Children not attending kindergarten will be tested to determine if they will be placed in kindergarten or first grade upon entering school.

New students registration will begin July 30. Call Darian Layes, executive director of student services, at 785-2501 for information.

Art challenge accepting entries

The third annual Art Challenge is open to all LeFlore County High School students. There is no theme or limit on number of entries or size of entries. Categories include traditional (watercolor, charcoal, markers, pen, etc.), graphic design (Photoshop, Illustrator, Blender, etc.) and photography. First-, second- and third-place cash prizes will be awarded in all three categories. There also will be an overall winner.

Entry deadline is 3 p.m. April 6 at LeFlore County High School. All entrants must be present for the reception at 5:30 p.m. April 17.

Cherokee youth jobs program available

The Cherokee Nation is accepting applications through April 20 for its Summer Youth Employment Program. Applications are available at any of the 11 Cherokee Nation Career Services offices. The six-week program kicks off June 11 and ends July 20, with participants working 40-hour weeks and earning $7.25 per hour.

To qualify, youth ages 16-24 must be a citizen of a federally recognized tribe and reside within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction.

Applications also are being taken through April 20 for the Summer Youth Leadership Intern Program, which provides young adults an opportunity to become familiar with Cherokee Nation government and administrative functions. That program runs June 4 to July 27.

Visit or call (918) 453-5555 for information.

Harvest Times to stage fundraiser

Harvest Time Academy will host its inaugural mystery dinner fundraiser at 7 p.m. April 27 at 3300 Briar Cliff Drive. This year's mystery will be "The Case of Vincent Van ... GONE!" This will be an interactive, catered event where guests at each table compete to solve the mystery. There also will be live music as well as both live and silent auctions. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event for $20, and the winner will get first pick of the live auction items.

Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Sponsorships ranging from $500 to $5,000 also are available. Visit or the schools' Facebook page to purchase tickets. Contact Priscilla Gober at or (479) 646-6003.

ATU, Virtual Arkansas partner

Arkansas Tech University recently entered into a partnership with Virtual Arkansas, the exclusive provider of concurrent college credit courses for high school students, according to a recent news release from ATU.

As a result of the partnership, students at high schools throughout Arkansas will have access to concurrent college credit courses offered on ATU campuses in Ozark and Russellville beginning with the Fall 2018 semester.

Tribe contributes $5.4M to schools

The Cherokee Nation recently contributed more than $5.4 million to 108 school districts during the tribe’s annual Public School Appreciation Day, according to a news release from the tribe.

The funds are from the sale of tribal car tags. Cherokee Nation allocates 38 percent of car tag revenue each year to education, providing a boost for schools struggling under the weight of state budget cuts, the release states.

Sequoyah County schools received $472,178. Districts receive funding based on the number of Cherokee Nation citizens they have enrolled, though funding benefits all students. The tribe serves 14 counties in Oklahoma.

Other recipients and amounts include Adair, $467,749; Cherokee, $873,486; Craig, $143,868; Delaware, $390,145; Mayes, $464,028; Muskogee, $524,268; Nowata, $89,829; Osage, $3,189; Ottawa, $96,207; Rogers, $534,722; Tulsa, $1,028,693; Wagoner, $180,012; and Washington, $173,457.


Names of note

Several area students were recently named to the academic honor roll for the Fall 2017 semester by Oklahoma Baptist University including Emilee Rohr of Clarksville; Grace Clayton and Allie Baxter, both of Fort Smith; Emilie Griffin of Van Buren; Julianne Ford of Heavener; Chandler Warren of Poteau; Keegan Caldwell of Spiro; and Ariel Dickerson of Vian.


Several area students recently graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway including Sarah Hocott, Marisa Jones and Jordan Kelley, all of Greenwood; Tammy Brewer of Mansfield; and Katherine Crenshaw, Caitlin Fitch, Madison Green Dustin Harrington, Ha Khuu, Akoya Nickson, Kyle Peters, Annalise Piechocki, Susanna Post, Emily Qualls, Kelli Remy, Kristian Rivera, Jessica Sharp, Hailey Thomas, Braxton Tippit and Kathleen Toon, all of Fort Smith.


Several area students were recently named to the chancellor's list for the Fall 2017 semester by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock including Brittney Avaritt of Clarksville, Audrey Fleming of Charleston, Eric Sutherland of Mena, Nalee Vang of New Blaine and Jasmine Wilhelm of Ratcliff.


Several area students were recently named to the dean's list for the Fall 2017 semester by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock including Donn Mershon of Altus; Audrey Fleming of Charleston; Brittney Avaritt of Clarksville; Francisco Bautista, Nathanial Corrons, Pablo Centeno, Selena Gordon and Hayden DePriest, all of Fort Smith; Eric Sutherland of Mena; Nalee Vang of New Blaine; Emmalynn LaRue of Paris; Jasmine Wilhelm of Ratcliff; and Brittney Yeamons of Van Buren.


Several area students recently graduated from Harding University in Searcy including Jamie Balkman of Alma; Alyxandra Gilbreth, Theresa Hayward and Allison Williams, all of Fort Smith; Amber Binz and Royce Fawcett, both of Paris; and Jay Green and Donna Norsworthy, both of West Fork.


Makell Swinney of Fort Smith was among a group of 20 University of Arkansas at Little Rock students to attend the recent Bilateral Model Arab League conference at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. The Model Arab League is a student leadership development program created by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. It allows students to test their diplomatic skills.


The sixth-grade Quiz Bowl team from St. Boniface Catholic School recently won the Elementary Quiz Bowl Tournament held at Trinity Junior High in Fort Smith. Team members are Mora Boyd, Azucena Castillo, Gabe Didion, Meliza Gopar, Vincente Otero, Isabel Quezada, Laruen Ramsey, Jack Thomas and Will Thomas.


Debbie Findlay of Greenwood, advising coordinator in the College of Communications, Languages, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, recently received the 2018 inaugural Staff Appreciation Award. Findlay was selected by the UAFS Student Government Association. The award recognizes an outstanding staff member as chosen by university students. It is named after Mark Horn, longtime administrator at the university who retired in 2014.


Several area students were recently named to the dean's list by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for the Fall 2018 semester including Sara Wilson, Logan Hill, Andrea Konert and Brandon Garrett, all of Alma; Christopher Post and William Hurt, both of Altus; Jacob Lear of Booneville; Trent Scaccia and Jacquelene Caery, both of Clarksville; Mikayla Dietz, Emily Vrbas, April Lasiter, Sarah Moore, Joshua Taylor, Kirby Moore, Shanta Mazumder, Justin Nguyen, Tuan Phung, Christopher Moody, Samia Ismail, Derek Paschal, Nicole Doan, Katie Holland, Tarig Salem, Curlin Ray, Zachary Eglinsdoerfer, Ellis Tran, Shannon Schmidly, Xiaolin Yang, Alexander Goodwin, Selitha Phonkhoumphon, Bryce Geels, Oliver Sillavan, Caroline Rhomberg, Khoinguyen Trinh, Abigail Forsgren, Michael Cannon, Andrew Staples, Kristina Pham, Rachel Herrell, Emma Shields Benjamin Riesberg, Alyssa Liles and Hampton Hicks, all of Fort Smith; Savannah Boerjan and Alec Fitting of Greenwood; Brittany Watts of Lamar; Madison Stoudt and Callie Anderson of Lavaca; Rebecca Sterner and Evelyn Smith, both of Mena; Ryan Jenkins, Alice Chan, Abbygayl Helmert and Vinci Chan, all of Ozark; Brittany Fulmer and Megan Lowder, both of Paris; Mason Grimm of Poteau; Marisa Blaschke of Subiaco; Luis Aguilar, Kayla Ho, Addie Outlaw, Bryan Bell, Scott Perry, Randall Fitzwater, Sara Scott, Joseph Kestner, Christopher Kanze, Nathan Whitlow, Ivery Stevenson, Lauren Cervantes, Kayla Staggs and Madison Watkins, all of Van Buren; Jeremy Tull of Waldron; and Stacy Wilcher of Wickes.


Several area students were recently named to the chancellor's list by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for the Fall 2018 semester including Zachary Wofford, Kathryn Senia, Colton Battles, Anna Albers, Blake Kuykendall and Hallee Israel, all of Alma; Olivia Melton of Altus; Jeremy Meyer of Barling; Deidre Herrman and Denver Eagar, both of Booneville; Jaden Talley of Cedarville; Jacob Siebenmorgen of Central City; Henley Wells of Charleston; Sean Krohn, Zhi Weng, Addison Warren, Zachary Hyden and James Morgan, all of Clarksville; Kristen Trinh, Eric McLain, Kevin Le, Turner Edwards, Rylee Burton, Abbigail Merrill, Alexandra Lemp, Erick Sandoval, Rush Basinger, Fatima Alzufari, Zachary Tierney, Christina Thompson, Walker Wiggins, David Wiggins, Ethan Echols, Paolo Garcia, Mason Belue, Ashton Clark, Taylor Dixon, Presleigh Williamson, Timothy Dai, Brooklyn Forsgren, Samantha Sagely, Reagan Gilker, Ethan Phan, Donhy Mai, Dillon Carter, Brayley Gattis, Amrit Kannan, Kathryn Guhman, Bentley Lager, Johnny Doan, Tanner Paschal, Jackson Marshall, Patrick Dougherty, Natalie Curry, Huy Mai, John Magness, Andrew McLellan, Alexander Williams, Brayley Gattis, Megan McCoy, Tori Hall, Cassidy Gallagher, Andrea Johnson, Tatianna Balis, Dillon Trinh, Jacob Maestri, Jared Poe, Nathan Barker, Alexis Newman, Parker Schmidly, Caleb Coleman, Madeline Bryant, Brittany Tran, Emmaline Ahlert, Jordan Shields, Maddison Carroll, Mason Arterbury and Benham Sisemore, all of Fort Smith; Madison Looper, Eli LaSalle, Paxton Evans, Kylie Cleavenger, Shara Thames, Jiamin Lin, Kaley Collins, Trenton Cason, Alexandria France and Lauren Weaver, all of Greenwood; Chynna Denham of Hartford; Lauren Clark and Abigail Meharg, both of Lamar; Alex Westbrook and Coby Graves, both of Lavaca; Brittany Fields, Saujal Gyanwali, Andrew Plunkett and Macy Brotherton, all of Mena; Addison Peters, Auburn Peters and Brooklyn Patrick, all of Mountainburg; Vivian Verratti and Sarah Fisher, both of Mulberry; Danika Sanders and Zachary Fletcher, both of Ozark; Caleb Fritz of Rudy; Kyler Skelton of Sallisaw; Joseph Blaschke of Subiaco; Katjana Wiederkehr, Harriet Morrison, Joshua Hamby, Laura Humphreys, Tia McCutchen, Tanner Burns, Suzette Lopez-Valenzuela, Hannah Young, Rhyker Dye, Allison Lemley, Maxwell Criswell, Sydne Tursky, Whitney Gladden, Travis Gregory, Kaleb Porter, Halie Jennen and Tyler Jensen, all of Van Buren; and Tanner Dobbs of Vian.


Several area students recently graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville including Samuel Moffett, Johnna Newby and Felicia Squires, all of Alma; Justin Poe and Lyndle Thacker, both of Branch; Breezie Faulkner of Cameron; Kaycee Kennedy of Cedarville; Logan Verkamp of Charleston; Autumn Rankin and Walker Hawkins, both of Clarksville; James Brown, Tyler Calvert, Lauren Fazi, Jennifer Feeny, Joseph Gauthier, Richard Gauthier, Michael Hamilton, Joseph Haro, Peter Ho, Christopher Kanze, Mallory Maestri, Penny Maxberry, Alexa McLain, Mathias Merriwether, Joel Murdock, Brandon Peddie, Lidiana Quezada, Hayden Redd, Hayden Rosentreter, Francis Sabado, Mitchell Tucker, Hayley Weaver, Spencer Dougherty, Maggie Geren, Jared Needham, Kelsey Furr, Ricky Nolen, Michelle Harp and Gentry Wahlmeier, all of Fort Smith; Shelby Baughn, Joseph Black and Janessa Chambers, all of Greenbrier; Tara McDaniel, Andrew Pearcy, Banhjong Phrachanpheng and Heath Weindel, all of Greenwood; Eddie Goines, Sherril Hammonds and Erin Nelson, all of Hackett; Iaong Moua of Hartman; Jared Melton of Lavaca; Clint Davis of Magazine; Heather Jackson and Lindsey Johnson, both of Mansfield; Brent Bell, Kori Gray, Monica Green and Race Hobson, all of Mena; Daniel Lininger of Muldrow; Vinci Chan, Justin Hutson, Trevor Lewis, Michael Murders and Bryan Rinke, all of Ozark; Jason Falkner of Panama; Alanna Morton of Paris; Robert Murphree of Pocola; Chris Gorgas, Rebecca Stubbs, Terry Warren and Marc Willis, all of Poteau; Zachry Spencer and William Dodson, both of Sallisaw; Marisa Blaschke and Presley Wilson, both of Scranton; Eric Siebenmorgen of Subiaco; Brittney Brasuell, Summer Cox, Ashley Fergeson, Leslye McClennahan and Zachary Musgraves, all of Van Buren; and Jacob Gibson of Vilonia.



Katelyn King of Van Buren placed eighth nationally in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot's Pen essay competition and received the $1,5000 John F. Gwizdak award. The contest is open to students in sixth through eighth grades, and King first won at the local, district and state levels.

Visit for contest rules and information.


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