Seniors across Faulkner County said goodbye to their friends, teachers and more but hello to the future with close to $25 million in scholarship money awarded to students across the districts.
Six hundred and twenty-eight seniors graduated from Conway High School May 20 with a total of $12.1 million in scholarship offerings.
Included in that number were 200 honor graduates, nine national merit scholars, three students with a perfect ACT score of 36 and one student set to attend West Point, the United States Military Academy located in West Point, New York.
The class of 2018’s valedictorian was Aaron Rieth.
“We are very proud of our graduating seniors and know that they will continue exercising the dedicated work ethic it took to graduate with such distinction,” superintendent Greg Murry said. “Our teachers continue to do outstanding work in the classroom which is demonstrated by these students’[s] academic achievements.”
Vilonia High School graduated 232 students, 54 of those honor graduates with an average of a 27 Act score and an average GPA of 3.8.
One hundred and twenty-six from that group also accepted a total of more than $4 million in scholarship money, according to assistant superintendent Cathy Riggins.
“In addition to the academic scholarships through universities, we certainly appreciate the local business, community and private scholarships that are awarded to our students,” she said.
Greenbrier High School Class of 2018 consisted of 256 students, 48 of those being honor graduates and 35 highest honor graduates.
Kim Hebel, senior counselor at the high school, said to be an honor graduate, students are required to have a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99 at least eight honor courses and at least one year of foreign language and to be a highest honor graduate, must acquire a GPA of at least 4.0 as well as the other same requirements.
In addition, the group also included 12 advanced placement (AP) scholars, seven AP scholars with honor, 1 AP school with distinction and 16 had associate of arts degrees.
Total, the class received $9,420,363.72 in scholarship money, 82 percent had plans of post-secondary education, four percent had plans to enlist in the military and 14 percent planned to enter the workforce after graduation.
Hebel said it was her “incredible privilege” to work with the 2018 class.
“They are full of potential and possibilities,” she said. “Their collective accomplishments are already impressive and they are just starting out into the world.”
Hebel said she expects great things from this class in the future.
The Log Cabin Democrat reached out to Guy-Perkins School District and Mayflower School District but did not get a response by press time Thursday.