Four more students have been honored with Bank of Little Rock Mortgage’s Real Proud of Real Wampus Cats award. The award goes out to students who maintain strong work ethics in the classroom, in their communities and in their extracurricular activities. The students recognized at Friday night’s varsity football game on Oct. 5 were seniors Alanna Davis, Jackson Longo, Selene Spatz and Ashten Yarberry.
All four seniors have also been recognized as national merit semi-finalists. Kathy Munson, a loan officer from the Conway branch of Bank of Little Rock Mortgage, presented each student with a commemorative plaque to honor his or her achievements.
Alanna Davis, the daughter of Katrina and Brock King, is a dedicated student who has been on the honor roll ever since fifth grade and has made fours or fives on all of her A.P. exams. She is a member of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, Caring Cats, Key Club and plays the role of defense attorney in Teen Court. Davis has also been a long distance runner for the Conway High School track team.
"Alanna’s work ethic, attitude and contributions in class are exceptional and she’s mastering the material well," said Davis’s A.P. Calculus teacher, Shiloh Harder. "It’s a pleasure to have her in class and I expect her to be successful on both the A.P. exam and later in life."
After Alanna graduates high school, she plans on attending Vanderbilt University for an undergraduate degree and then going onto medical school.
Jackson Longo, the son of Brooke and Michael Longo, has participated in the Conway High School band since freshman year and has achieved positions in numerous all-state bands, orchestras and ensembles. He is also a member of the National Society of High School, Model United Nations, Beta Club, National Honor Society and the Conway Chamber Choir.
"Jackson is incredibly smart, intuitive, mature and self-motivated," said Paul Harris, one of Longo’s past teachers. "I already miss having him in class this year."
Longo plans on attending Vanderbilt University as well next year to study physics and engineering to become either a research physicist or an acoustic or aerospace engineer.
Selene Spatz, the daughter of Kenneth and Ta-Li Spatz, has been serving as the head delegate for Model United Nations since the tenth grade. She also serves as president of the Chinese Club and as secretary of the National Honor Society. She won second place in Quiz Bowl last year, plays the French Horn in the Conway High School Band and is a member of the Faulkner County Youth Leadership Institute.
"Selene Spatz is an outstanding student and leader on our campus," said William Richardson, who teaches A.P. History. "She excels in all academic disciplines and extracurricular activities. She provides leadership in our Model U.N. club and is always willing to help fellow students and teachers at any time in all matters."
Following graduation, Spatz plans on attending an Ivy League university to study chemical engineering.
Ashten Yarberry, the daughter of Faith and David Yarberry, is an active member of the Girl Scouts. She has been a Girl Scouts counselor and event leader all four years of high school and achieved bronze, silver and gold awards for her leadership. Yarberry is a member of both the Conway High School band and marching band, the Beta Club and the German Club.
"Ashten Yarberry is very intelligent, but very modest about her abilities," said Cindy Beckman, Yarberry’s A.P. World History teacher. "She was at the top of her particular class all year long. She set a good tone for the class by taking a serious approach to her studies and maintaining focus in a class that is sometimes overwhelming in scope."
Yarberry plans on majoring in chemistry while at college in order to pursue a career in forensic science.
In addition to awarding all four students with commemorative plaques, Munson also donated a check of $400 to the Conway Public Schools Foundation from the Bank of Little Rock Mortgage. At every Real Proud of Real Wampus Cats presentation, the Bank of Little Rock Mortgage will contribute $100 per student recognized.