Conway High School seniors John Logan Meehan and Jevin Tzeng 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.
Meehan and Tzeng were among 12 Conway students recognized for achieving National Merit Semifinalist status at an on-field award ceremony before the Conway-Van Buren gridiron matchup this past season.
JOHN LOGAN MEEHAN
John Logan Meehan is a National Merit Semifinalist who has proven to be a leader in the classroom as well as on the football field. With numerous AP courses under his belt including Government and Politics, Psychology, Spanish and Literature, Meehan manages a 4.07 GPA. He’s also a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Spanish Honorary Society and plays football for the Wampus Cats.
Meehan was one of a select number of high school students chosen to participate in West Point’s prestigious summer leadership seminar in New York during the summer. The week long program is designed to give high school seniors the opportunity to experience cadet life and get a first hand idea of what West Point has to offer incoming cadets.
"Logan is a very thoughtful and considerate young man who excels in the classroom," said Beverly Sutterfield, Conway Social Studies teacher. "His intelligence and aptitude are evident in the classroom and in his extra-curricular activities."
Taking an active in his church and community, Meehan attends the University Church of Christ where he is a member of the youth group. Through the youth group he has taught inner city Vacation Bible School in Houston, Texas and helped with a local summer program benefiting Conway’s underprivileged children. He was also chosen to become a member of the Faulkner County Youth Leadership Institute. Through the program he has gained valuable experience in community interaction and service.
Currently, Meehan is undergoing the application process for West Point but has not decided where he will attend college. He is also considering Vanderbilt, Auburn and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He’s still undecided on a major but has an interest in medicine.
He is the son of John and Mandy Meehan of Conway
Ranked at the top of his graduating class of 642 students, Jevin Tzeng has proven he deserves to be honored as a National Merit Semifinalist. Throughout his high school career he has earned an impressive 4.26 GPA, completed 11 AP courses, and earned a 35 overall score on the ACT.
A highly awarded student, Tzeng has received the AP Scholar Distinction Award, been accepted into the 2010 Arkansas Governor’s School, completed experimental research in the High School Research Program at UALR, earned high scores on the College Board Exam his junior and senior years, finished near the top of the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics State Competition in the category of Statistics, finished first in the ACTM Regional Competition in the category of Calculus in 2009 and finished third at the Arkansas Foreign Language Festival, also in 2009.
A highly talented violinist, Tzeng has been named 1st chair in the Conway High School Orchestra, 1st chair at the Oct. 2009 Arkansas Senior High-South Region Orchestra Contest, 1st chair at the Jan. 2010 Arkansas Senior High All-State Orchestra Contest and 1st chair at the Sept. 2010 Arkansas Senior High South-Region Orchestra Contest.
He is a member of Conway’s National Honor Society, Beta Club, Spanish Club, Quiz Bowl team and student council.
"Jevin is a exceptional student who not only excels academically but also carries a passion for the arts," said Martha Hibbard, Conway Spanish teacher, "I would vote for him to be president one day!"
Along with academics and music, Tzeng also posses a passion for sports. He is a member of the school’s State Championship Runner-Up soccer team, serves as captain of the junior varsity team and is also a member of the ASC Burns soccer team.
Tzeng also takes times to help in his community. He has volunteered time at the Summer Strings Camp at UCA teaching violin lessons. He’s also involved with several events throughout Conway with the many student organizations he is involved in.
Tzeng is considering multiple college options but plans to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering or Medicine upon graduation.
He is the son of Jason Tzeng and Cathy Yang, both 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, Lindsey Rasmussen, Tyler Sullivan, Sam Codemo, Zachary Lachowsky, Luke Oxner, Meleah Bowles and Seth Gilleran 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.