The Clinton High School Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program was recognized as a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) "National Program of Excellence" in a presentation Thursday, Aug. 30, in Hot Springs during the 2018 Arkansas Emergency Management Conference.

Tony Robinson, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA Region VI, presented the award. Clinton Resource Officer/CERT Instructor David Hess, former CERT Instructor Steve Bannick, Van Buren County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Jeana Williams, and Clinton Superintendent Joe Fisher were present to receive the award, along with CERT students Cody Bagley, Trenton Waller, Taylor Kirkendoll, and Serenity Bannick.  The CERT Program is in its second year at Clinton High School.