CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2018!
by Jack Brown, Dalton Frost, and Cole Hardwick
Baker Signs with ASU
DHS Senior Abbey Baker signed with the Red Wolves Spirit Squad to serve and compete as their mascot in a ceremony at the DHS gym on Wednesday, May 2. Members of the DHS senior class, the DHS cheer team, faculty, friends, and guests were present to support and cheer for Abbey. After the ceremony the DeWitt Athletic Booster Club served cake to Abbey, her family, and the DHS cheer team. Congratulations!
Mannis Signs with PCCUA
DHS Senior Taylor Jo Mannis sign with Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas to serve as their first-ever Rowdy the Ridge Runner mascot for the 2018-19 year. She will receive a $500 scholarship per semester. Members of the DHS senior class, faculty, friends, and guests were present to support and cheer for Taylor Jo and enjoy cake served by DABC. Congratulations!
Girls and Boys State
Congratulations to Girls State and Boys State delegates: Molly Anderson, Emma Bullock, Zoe Gasaway, Rachel Daniels, Makayla Whiting, Jacey Wallace, Peyton Danner, Luke Graham, Zontray Kendall and Jake Mitchell.
DeWitt High School Student Chosen as Miss Arkansas County Rice
by Ms. LeeAnn Morgan
Sydney Dumond, a sophomore at DeWitt High School, was crowned the 2018 Miss Arkansas County Rice. Sydney is the daughter of Dale and Chrystal Dumond of DeWitt. Her winning rice dish was “Mexican Rice Casserole.” During her presentation Sydney informed the audience and judges that, “I take great pride in having the privilege to grow up in rice country, and it would be an honor to represent Arkansas County and Arkansas, the largest rice growing state, through this competition. From the duck blind to the dinner table, rice has played an important role in my life by providing my family with a living, food, and fun.”
Sydney will make appearances in the county, promoting the use of rice by preparing her dish for various clubs and organizations. A state contest will be held in August, and promotional activities are a large part of judging. The purpose of the contest is to promote interest in rice cookery and rice promotion among the youth in the rice producing areas of Arkansas, and to focus the attention of the general public of Arkansas on the importance of the rice industry to the economy of our state.
Anyone interested in scheduling an appearance may contact Sydney by calling the University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service in Arkansas County at 946-3231 or 673-2346.
Harley Bishop, 2017 Miss Arkansas County Rice was present to crown her predecessor. A “Miss Arkansas County Rice” sash, tiara, rice pendant, $100 cash, and a gift basket were presented by the Extension Homemakers Rice Promotion Committee, which is made up of members of the Prairie Gems Extension Homemakers Club.
As Miss Arkansas County Rice, Sydney will receive: printing of recipe cards courtesy of Arkansas County Bank; free sitting and photo from Tammy P. Photography; and $300 spending allowance to be spent on promotional activities from the Rice Promotion Committee.
Sponsors for the 2018 Miss Arkansas County Rice contest are: Arkansas County Extension Homemakers Council, Arkansas County Farm Bureau, Arkansas County Bank, AgHeritage, Cormier Rice Milling Company, Inc., DeWitt Bank & Trust Company, DeWitt Fertilizer Company, Farmers & Merchants Bank, George Dunklin, Jr. Charitable Foundation, Prairie Implement Company, Inc., Producers Rice Mill, Inc., Riceland Foods Foundation, Southern Ag Resources, and Tammy P. Photography.
Art Exhibit Winners
by Ms. Hollye Jackson
Six DeWitt High School students are winners in the 2018 Eastern Region Student Art Exhibit and Competition, sponsored by the Arkansas Art Educators. They are: Ashlynne Jenkins: 4th Place in the 9th grade division; Cassandra Carrillo: 3rd Place in the 10th grade division; Nicholas Dawes: 1st Place and "Best of Show" in the 11th grade division; Zoe Gasaway: 2nd Place in the 11th grade division; Tiauna Johnson: 1st Place and "Best of Show" in the 12th grade division; and Lauren Vansandt: 4th Place in the 12th grade division. Please click here to see the artwork or view the link above.
These students and their art teacher, Hollye Jackson, will be recognized at a reception and awards ceremony at EACC in Forrest City on April 26, along with winners and art educators from other schools within the Eastern Region. Dawes' and Johnson's "Best of Show" pieces will represent DeWitt High School at the State AAE Student Art Exhibit in Little Rock in June. Congratulations to these students!