Conway High School seniors Sam Codemo and Tyler Sullivan were recently honored for outstanding academic achievement and community involvement as a part of the Real Proud of Real Wampus Cats student recognition program coordinated by the Conway Public Schools Foundation and the Conway branch of Bank of Little Rock Mortgage. The program will honor more than 20 students in the Conway School District this school year.

Codemo and Sullivan were among 12 Conway students recognized for achieving National Merit Semifinalist status at an on-field award ceremony before Conway’s victory against Van Buren in October. 


Sam Codemo is not only a National Merit Semi Finalist, he’s an AP Scholar who’s earned nothing but A’s in all his classes. In addition, Codemo earned the state’s 11th best score on the National French Exam Level II and didn’t miss a day of school as a junior earning a perfect attendance award. 

Conway English teacher Chad Terrell says Codemo is perspicacious. For those who haven’t had the benefit of Terrell’s tutoring, perspicacious means to be able to perceive or understand keenly.

“He’s also witty, a strong leader, voraciously curious, and an avid reader,” Terrell adds. 

He is involved various student organizations including Health Occupations Students of America, the National Honor Society and the National French Honor Society. Codemo also serves as defender and mid fielder for the Conway soccer team.

“Sam is a very intelligent and persistent in accomplishing anything he sets out to do,” says Conway Soccer coach Robert Irons. “He is a leader by the example he sets in his work ethic and commanding presence.”

An avid volunteer, Codemo has assisted in local competitions, served as an usher at Conway High School West’s graduation, served food for a fundraiser at the Conway Career Center, and assembled food baskets for the needy ahead of Thanksgiving.

He’s the son of Joe and Melanie Codemo of Conway.


National Merit Semi Finalist Tyler Sullivan is not only one of the top divers in the state but manages a heavy load of AP courses as well as participating in the Model UN, the Chinese Club, and volunteering in the community.

“Tyler has a wisdom about him and a depth of understanding of the institutions that make the world go around,” says Beverly Sutterfield, Conway Social Studies teacher. “His forward thinking and reasoning abilities will take him far in life.”

Sullivan has completed 8 AP courses including U.S. History, Biology and Chemistry. He’s earned a 3.7 GPA and has been the head delegate and best delegate in the Model UN for the last 3 years.

“Tyler is gifted in a very different way,” says Chad Terrell, Conway English teacher. “He’s funny, unstructured and doesn’t let schooling get in the way of this learning. He’s mature beyond his years and has an excellent taste in the arts.”

Sullivan credits his nephew, who is disabled, for helping him become involved it the community group Eco Fest. Eco Fest helps gives disabled children a chance to participate in sports. 

“I help children with anything they need to play the sport and just have fun,” Tyler explained.

Upon graduation Sullivan plans to attend Hendrix College and study Biology with the hopes of perusing a career in a research field.

He’s the son of Jeremy Sullivan of Conway.

The Conway office of Bank of Little Rock Mortgage will be contributing $100 to the Conway Public Schools Foundation in the name of each “Real Proud of Real Wampus Cats” award winner, helping provide more than $2,000 for needed school resources. 

Conway seniors Kacey Hight, Nicholas Frederickson, Taylor West, and Lindsey Rasmussen were featured as a part of the program recently and stories focused on Conway’s other National Merit Semifinalists will be published in future editions of the Conway Log Cabin Democrat.