Each year, Conway Academic Signing Day recognizes a select few of the high-achieving graduating seniors from Conway Public Schools, St. Joseph and Conway Christian who have received significant academic awards and substantial scholarships. The event is hosted by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and is presented by Acxiom Corporation.

Graduating seniors from Conway High School-West, St. Joseph High School, Conway Christian High School, and those home-schooled in the Conway School District were eligible to apply. This year’s 25 honorees maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale and have been recognized in one of these five areas:

the recipient of a top scholarship from the four-year accredited college or university of their choice;

a National Merit Scholar or National Merit Finalist designation;

acceptance into a U.S. Service Academy;

the winner of a state or national scholarship program; and

the recipient of a Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship or Governor’s Scholarship.

Mary Margaret Satterfield, director of events at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, said that the event is a public and fun way to recognize academic excellence.

"Academic Signing Day is based loosely on letter-of-intent ceremonies for athletic scholarship recipients and provides insight into the collegiate destinations and academic achievements of Conway graduates," Satterfield said. "Conway Area Chamber of Commerce started this event to provide high academic achievers and their support systems with the recognition they deserve."

The ceremony took place May 16 on the campus of Central Baptist College.

One by one, honorees stated where they plan to attend college, signed a placard indicating their choice, and received an award. Jeff Standridge, vice president of global operations at Acxiom and chairman of the Conway Area Chamber’s board of directors, said the honorees were an elite group, representing only 3.5 percent of high school seniors in Conway.

"Acxiom and the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce recognize that education is critical to economic development, so we want to honor those students who excel."

Other sponsors for Academic Signing Day 2013 were Central Baptist College, Log Cabin Democrat, Conway Corporation, Crafton Tull, Crain Buick GMC, The Edge at Donaghey, First Security Bank, Magie-Mabrey Eye Clinic, Regions Bank, Smith Ford and Southwestern Energy.