Four students from the Conway School District were honored recently as a part of the Real Proud of Real Wampus Cats student recognition program. Conway High School seniors Jolyon Larson, Seth Washispack, Brittany Bowden and Danie Sakevicius were recognized with an on-field ceremony before Conway’s home opener against Jonesboro on Sept. 9.
Jolyon Larson is a student leader who currently serves as student body president at Conway High School-West. He’s also involved in multiple school activities including leading the Model United Nations club and serving as President of the Choir.
Larson is also one of the state’s top divers. The All-Region and All-State pick finished fifth in the state as a junior. When he’s not in the pool, he’s on the soccer field helping his club soccer team, the Arkansas Rush. The Rush finished third in the nation this summer.
"Jolyon is highly self-motivated and highly driven to succeed, while taking the time to be a leader on our campuses," counselor Kathie Houston said. "He has a passion for learning beyond the textbook regarding issues that are prevalent to both students and adults in our society."
Larson is also involved in the community, leading a turkey basket effort for Thanksgiving through church, helping mentally and physically handicapped children play soccer with Triumph Soccer and leading and participating in a church choir Christmas pageant.
He plans to major in political science or pre-law. His colleges of choice include Hendrix, Northwestern, St. Louis University, Macalester College, and Carleton College.
He’s the son of Liz Larson and Tammy Tucker.
Seth Washispack may have completed all the advanced placement classes offered at Conway High, having finished at least a dozen at last count and earned a 4.32 GPA.
Washispack is also involved in numerous school organizations including National Honor Society President, Model U.N., Quiz Bowl, French Club and Beta Club. A few of his accomplishments include first place finishes at a Regional Calculus competition and State History Day, All-Region Band for saxophone and serving as drum major as a freshman. Washispack also helped the Arkansas Rush club soccer team to a top-three national finish this summer.
"When Seth sets a goal, he achieves it," said Shiloh Harder, math instructor at Conway High School-West. "In addition to his academic achievements, Seth has a heart for people that are hurting. He loves to encourage those who need a boost."
Involved in many community and church activities, Washispack has taught English and Bible lessons in China the past two summers and helps with the Pine Street Jump Rope Team.
"The jump rope team is Seth’s passion," Harder said. "He not only wants to teach kids to jump rope but he also encourages them and wants to make a lasting impact on their lives."
He plans to major in mechanical engineering at Ohio State and would like to pursue a PhD in robotics.
He’s the son of Quentin and Lisette Washispack.
Brittany Bowden serves as State Secretary for the Future Business Leaders of America and as an active member of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. Preparing for college while in high school, she’s currently enrolled in three college courses.
"Brittany is a very hard working young woman with a great work ethic," said Lizzie Wells, teacher at Conway High School-West. "She meets all deadlines and is always looking for ways to enhance her knowledge. Her passion for knowledge is one that I wish all of my students possessed."
She also devotes her time as a volunteer, assisting at Toad Suck, delivering meals on Thanksgiving Day, helping with the Braves, a baseball team for special needs children, and with Parish Religious Education or PRE, assisting teachers and helping students stay focused.
Bowden plans to major in business at the University of Arkansas and is considering several career options including Accounting, Engineering, and Architecture.
She’s the daughter of Billy and Regina Bowden.
Danie Sakevicius is heavily involved in numerous school activities including Student Council, Beta Club, French Club, National Honor Society, and Teen Court, serving as a jury member and as a prosecuting attorney the last two years.
She’s also a hard worker in the classroom, earning a 4.0 GPA while managing multiple advanced placement courses.
Danie showcased her writing abilities this summer, taking first place in an essay contest at the University of Central Arkansas.
"Danie consistently displays intellectual curiosity and a commitment to academic excellence," Beta Club sponsor Chad Terrell said. "She shows her intellectual maturity in all the AP classes and UCA classes she takes. Danie wrote an essay from my class that showed such thoughtfulness that it won first prize at UCA’s Humanities Fair, beating out senior essays and essays from several other schools. Beyond that, I’ve personally witnessed her interactions with others and she is a person of the highest character."
She’s also a teen representative on the local Nazarene Youth International council.
Sakevicius plans to stay at home for college and attend UCA.
She’s the daughter of the late Joe and Lisa Sakevicius.
The Conway branch of Bank of Little Rock Mortgage (BLRM) presented the award winners with honorary plaques and donated $100 in each of their names to the Conway Public Schools Foundation, part of more than $1,500 BLRM is contributing to the Foundation this school year as a part of the Real Proud of Real Wampus Cats student recognition program.