Bryant High School’s H.I.R.E. (Hornets initiating Real Employment) program provides training for transitional students. During the 2018-2019 school year, students worked 6,081 hours (paid and unpaid) and earned a collective total of $24,504 (11th and 12th graders only).
Mya, our now famous K9 Officer, has been seen around the world on social media and news programs. We are so happy to have Mya in our district! She is a huge asset to our school resource officer program. Plus, she’s pretty cute.
First year program and first state championship: The Hornets won the ESports Rocket League State Championship in the first ever AAA ESports Championship.
The Bryant Hornets soccer team advanced to the 6A State championship game with a win in a shootout over Rogers. It’s the first time a Bryant boys team has ever reached the State finals!
Congratulations to the Lady Hornets 4×400 meter relay team of Zhania Hall, Megan Lee, Amya Smith, and Ella Reynolds for their 6A State Championship!
Ella Reynolds also won the championship in the 400-meter run.
Hard work and determination are paying off for junior McKenzie Muse. This Lady Hornet is the FIRST Arkansas women’s basketball player to commit to Army West Point.
Congratulations to Lady Hornet basketball seniors, Kaila Walker and Allison Steen, who both signed letters of intent to continue their academic/basketball endeavors at Arkansas Baptist College!
Governor Asa Hutchinson hosts an annual Governor’s Young Artist Competition. Two seniors, Evelyn Rigsby and Alex Bradke were selected to exhibit artwork in the Governor’s Mansion. Alex Bradke received the First Lady’s Award.
Bryant’s Athletic Trainers (Christa Finney, Brandon Sitz, and Heather Jolly) along with Benton’s AT staff, were recognized with the Arkansas Athletic Trainers’ Association Call of Duty Award for triaging over 20 patients during Salt Bowl 2018.
Congratulations to Judi Copley, selected as the 2019 YEA! Team Leader of the Year.
Bryant Elementary won the Chick-fil-A Reynolds Road School Days Competition Spring 2019, earning $1,000 for the school.
BMS yearbook program has been named a 2019 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The team also won 34 wards at the state level.
Track & Field:
Kristen Garner set a new school record in the girls pole vault.
Deborah Shaw is 6A Conference Champ in 100 meter hurdles.
Lady Hornets are the 6A Central Conference Champions in Track.
Lady Hornets placed first in the 4×400 meter relay finals.
Kristin Garner placed first in the girls pole vault finals.
Deborah Shaw placed first in the 100 meter hurdles.
The Hornets 4×800 meter relay team won the 6A Central Conference title: Jake Dreher, Hunter Ulmer, Hagan Austin, and Ammon Henderson.
Chris Barrientos placed first in the boys 1600 meter and 3200 meter finals.
Ella Reynolds placed first in the girls 400 meter dash.
Twenty-seven Chamber scholarships were awarded by local businesses to BHS Seniors at the annual award assembly. To date, the Class of 2019 has earned $15 million in scholarships!
SPES was recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) for demonstrating high growth on the ACT Aspire. The OEP Educational Performance Award were based on the 2018 content growth score.
BES students collected 934 items for the Saline County Library Summer Food Drive!
Cross country & track athlete Blake Shields signed a letter of intent to continue his education/athletic career at Dallas Baptist University.
2019 BHS Drum Majors: Matthew Tribble, Luci Van Roekel, and Paige Fuhrman.
Two Food Service records were set: 1,913 students were served for breakfast and over 4,847 served for lunch.
Bryant Bands hosted their first signing day. Eighteen students were offered nearly $300,000 in music scholarships.
Congratulations to the following BHS students for being selected from all the applicants across the state to attend Arkansas Governor’s School 2019!
Miles Burgess- accepted in Cybersecurity
Ki’Arya Davis- accepted in Mathematics
Corbin Tinnon- accepted in Natural Science
Ella Hill- accepted in Social Science
Rebecca Nowlin- accepted in Natural Science
Natasha Arendt- accepted in English/Language Arts
Jasmine Gaunt- accepted in Mathematics
Thanks to a generous donation from the ACH Foundation and Arkansas Children’s every school now has an asthma kit. Kits include a stethoscope, several pediatric masks, and holding chambers.
Congrats to Hornet Yearbook photo editor senior Gracie Kimbrell and Prospective Newspaper photo editor senior Sydney Boswell for awards in the national Jostens Photo Contest!
Gracie Kimbrell: Honorable Mentions in Academics & Community Service and Sports Sidelines & School Spirit
Sydney Boswell: Honorable Mention in Graduation
Jake Dreher signed a letter of intent to run track and cross country for Dallas Baptist University.
Congratulations to Charles L. Mortensen, one of only eight high school seniors in Arkansas named winners of National Merit Scholarships.
A grant from Healthy Active Arkansas awarded water filling stations to six of our schools: SES, CES, SPES, BES, BMS, BHS.
Join us in congratulating Cadet Colonel Ethan Ives, selected as new Group Commander for JROTC.
The first ever Choir Signing Day celebrated nine seniors who earned $125,000 in scholarship money. These talented vocalists will join their college choirs while continuing their academic careers. Congratulations to the following:
Art Club attend AYAA (Arkansas Young Artists Association), a state-wide art competition. The following students received awards:
Katie Ward – Honorable Mention in scratchboard abstract
Mariela Saavedra Durain – 2nd place low relief mixed media expressive
Alex Bradke – 1st pen abstract
Faith Evans – 2nd mixed media low relief 2D
Gee Shanaver – 4th pen/ink realistic
Avery Grounds – 3rd place low relief mixed media expressive and Honorable Mention chalk pastel expressive
Evelyn Rigsby – 2nd place printmaking relief, Honorable Mention oil pastel realistic, and 1st onsite pencil
Juli Miller – Honorable Mention acrylic expressive
Cam Gough – 3rd place mixed media low relief 2D and Honorable Mention acrylic expressive
Nick Ahsam – 2nd place printmaking stencil
Kristen Macchi – Honorable Mention pen realistic
Caraline Moore – Honorable Mention ceramics functional and 2nd place onsite sculpture
Logan Newton – 3rd place onsite sculpture
Jennifer Foltz – 4th place printmaking stencil and 1st place scratchboard expressive
Joslyn Graves – 4th place onsite sculpture
Hannah Jetton – 4th place low relief mixed media expressive
For the first time in the school’s history, The Sting yearbook has been featured in the Jostens Lookbook. The index of the 2017-2018 “Impact” Volume 27 yearbook was selected in the lookbook for its use of color and coverage among other things.
BHS Choir: Out of 6 Best in Class State Titles earned, Bryant received FIVE!
SCHOOL HISTORY—Bryant Camerata is not only the first mixed choir from Bryant in decades to win the sweepstakes award, they also received Best in Class State Title for SATB Large Chorus and Best Overall State Title for Large Chorus!
SCHOOL HISTORY—Men’s Chorus, in its second year of existence, received a Sweepstakes award and Best in Class Tenor/Bass Medium Chorus!
SCHOOL HISTORY—Freshman Advanced received Best in Class for Medium Soprano/Alto Chorus and Best Medium Chorus Overall!
Overall Superior Ratings: Camerata, Men’s Chorus, Freshman Advanced
Overall Excellent Ratings: Bella Voce, Men’s Select, Honeybees
Three Bethel students competed at the first ever Arkansas State 3-D IBO Archery Tournament at Lyon College. ALL three students placed in the top 10 in their division, earning the chance to compete at the national level in May. Congratulations to the following archers: David Johnson, 6th place; Brylee Bradford, 2nd place; Mitchelle Elmore, 5th place.
HFES Library Media Specialist Michele Owen was featured on the ADE social media for National Library Week 2019.
Congrats Bryant Tennis athlete, Blake Cunningham, on continuing his tennis and academic career at John Brown University!
Congrats to Hornet Soccer athletes Luis Lara and Henry Terry on signing letters of intent to continue careers at Hendrix College and Ouachita Baptist University!
BMS was one of eight Central Arkansas schools invited to compete in the Garver Chain Reaction Challenge at the State Capitol on April 8.
Salem Tiger, Austin Thibeau, was invited to the State Capitol this week to participate with Governor Asa Hutchinson in proclaiming that April is Autism Awareness Month for the state of Arkansas.
Bryant Special Olympic athletes competed at Area 10 Track and Field games.
Brooklyn Waller was selected to serve on the National School-Based Health Alliance’s Youth Advisory Council. Brooklyn will have the opportunity to advance youth leadership and school-based health care around the county.
BHS Computer Science teacher Brenda Qualls has been named a finalist in the first AR Computer Science Educator of the Year Award.
Lindsay Fell, art instructor at Parkway Elementary was one of only 550 chosen worldwide for the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2019! The program, which accepts new teachers every two years, recognizes educators who are transforming teaching and learning.
Springhill Elementary is a top fundraiser for the Kids Heart Challenge! The school community raised $11,710 to help the American Heart Association.
Bryant hosted the state Destination Imagination Tournament on Saturday. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their coaches: Bryant Elementary School 5th Grade team The Pixels won 1st place on Instant Challenge for their category. They also won 2nd place for their Central Challenge, Game ON! (School Coach: Tiffany Cookus)
Davis Elementary School 5th Graders won 2nd place for their Central Challenge which was the Project Outreach Service Learning called Escape Artists! (School Coach: Amberlyn Warford)
Salem Elementary 5th Graders won 1st place in their Central Challenge, Project Project Outreach Service Learning called Escape Artists! They also won 1st in their category for Instant Challenges! (School Coach: Cindy Broadway)
Bethel Middle School was recognized as having the 9th largest FBLA chapter membership in the nation at the FBLA State Conference on April 1. The following students won competitive event awards: Thomas Anderson, 8th grade, 5th place in the State for Introduction to Computer Science and Coding; Amelia Johnson, 6th grade, 1st place in Elevator Speech, also qualifies as the Arkansas entry at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio this summer.
Several students received Silver Level LEAD state leadership development awards. Only 10 students achieved this distinction in the state and 5 were from Bethel:
Kylee Branch, 7th grader
Katie Corley, 7th grader
Savannah Rousey 8th grader
Sydney Herida, 8th grader
Emily Whittaker, 8th grader