Tribe offering free ACT prep

The Cherokee Nation Foundation is accepting registration for its fall ACT prep classes through Sept. 12. The six-week class is offer free to Native American students in their junior or senior year of high school. Classes will be held locally from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 20, at the Carl Albert State College-Sallisaw campus, 1601 S. Opdyke St. in Sallisaw. The course will conclude with students taking the ACT exam Oct. 27.

If space allows, non-Native students may take the course for a fee of $150. Visit CherokeeNationFoundation.org or call (918) 207-0950 for information or to register.

Girl Scouts to host Jamboree

Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will host its annual Cardboard Boat Regatta and Jamboree Weekend from 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 until 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at Camp Cahinnio in Booneville. The Cardboard Boat Regatta will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15. The weekend will include camping, events and fun for Girl Scouts and their families.

Cost is $30 per person. Visit GirlScoutsDiamonds.org for information or to register.

Tribe accepting tour grant applications

The Cherokee Nation is accepting grant applications through Sept. 28 for its education tours during the fall semester. The sponsored tours provide students an exclusive look at Cherokee Nation’s rich history and culture.

Grants are designated for grades third through sixth at elementary public schools within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction, including Sequoyah and LeFlore counties. They are awarded in the fall and spring, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Complimentary curriculum is provided to classrooms that receive the grant and is available to teachers upon registration.

Schools that do not meet the requirements or miss the deadline may experience the program for a small fee. Special rates are available for seventh through 12th grade and college students.

Go to VisitCherokeeNation.com to apply or call (918) 384-5930 for information.

Schools asked to 'Chase the Dragon'

The Little Rock field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in cooperation with various state agencies, law enforcement and community partners is coordinating a statewide same day viewing of “Chasing the Dragon” for students at participating campuses on Oct. 24 during Red Ribbon Week.

“Chasing the Dragon” is a documentary produced by the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration that exposes the truth behind the opioid epidemic that is devastating communities in Arkansas, Oklahoma and across the U.S. The documentary features the true life stories and experiences of people who have dealt with the opioid epidemic.

The film is intended to deter young adults from venturing into the drug culture, to help students understand opioid addiction and to demonstrate the strong grip it has on users.

School districts should register as early as possible, but the deadline to register is Sept. 14. Where resources are available, local and state law enforcement officers will also be in attendance to answer questions and provide information. Visit ArkAltEdu.org/Chasing-The-Dragon/ to register or for information.

CASC, Cameron sign agreement

Carl Albert State College and Cameron Public Schools recently signed an agreement allowing Cameron students to use the CASC Mick Thompson Gym for the school's 2018-19 basketball season. A fire last year left Cameron athletes without facilities for basketball.

CAE taking homeschool afterschool registration

The Center for Art and Education is now accepting early registration for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 homeschool and afterschool art classes for students ages 7-18. The classes will be led by Bridget Duncan, an art and art history graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

Homeschool classes are held from 1-3 p.m., and afterschool classes are held from 4-5:30 p.m. Fall classes will meet Mondays, Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Nov. 5 and 12. Spring classes will meet Mondays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 and March 4 and 11.

Cost is $120 for both sessions or $60 for one session. Parents can also sign students up for individual classes at a cost of $10 per class. Call (479) 474-7767 to register or for information.

 

Names of note

Nicky Hogan of Greenwood was recently named to the dean's list for the Spring 2018 semester by Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind.

 

Asia Parks, a Hackett High School student, received the gold in the recycle and redesign competition during the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga. Parks' project was turning recycled plastic bags, soft-drink tabs and plastic bottles into what she calls a “trashionista dress."

 

Cambria Bird, Emilee Chavez, Lauren Grayson, Alayna Harkreader, Lauren Hummingbird and Maggie Sourjohn — the Cherokee immersion school’s inaugural class — were recently selected by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker to lead the 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday parade. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday along Muskogee Avenue in downtown Tahlequah, Okla.

These six individuals were in the immersion school's first pre-kindergarten class when it opened to students in 2003. They graduated high school in May 2018 as the first successful class of Cherokee speakers.

 

Luke Barber of Lavaca, a student at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, recently completed a tour of service in U.S. Rep. Steve Womack’s office as the John Paul Hammerschmidt Fellow, a seven-week fellowship established in 2013 by Womack in conjunction with UAFS.

 

Scholarships

The Degen Foundation, 7000 Chad Colley Blvd. in Fort Smith, recently awarded 28 scholarships totaling more than $60,000 to assist area students working toward a degree in various medical fields.

Billie Nelson of Alma; Patricia Dollar of Cameron; Giau Pham and Amber Morgan, originally of Fort Smith; and Emma Shields, Hannah Clemons and Brandy Weidman, all of Fort Smith each received $3,000 awards.

Mallory Heft, Whitney Hobbs and Sarah Schmitz, all of Charleston; Emmaline Ahlert, Abigail Clemons, Kenli Schuh, Olivia Davis, Hope Durham, Spencer Mays, Bailey Whittington and Rachel Wingfield, all of Fort Smith; Hannah Payne of Greenwood; Casey Newman of Lavaca; Aaron Harris of Sallisaw; Breckin Horton of Spiro; Jaimee Flavier, Priya Gopal and Bailey Smith, all of Van Buren; Mikayla Noisey of Vian; and Kelli Morgan of Wister each received $2,000 awards.

Madison Stoudt of Lavaca received a $1,000 award.

Applications for the first cycle of 2019 scholarships will be accepted through March 31. Visit TheDegenFoundation.org for information or to apply.

 

Alexander Michael, attending Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.; Kendall Myers, attending Arkansas Tech University in Russellville; and Patience Billingsley, attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville each recently received $500 scholarships from the Lincoln Alumni Association.

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