Two students were honored with Bank of Little Rock Mortgage’s Real Proud of Real Wampus Cats award during the Friday nigh varsity football playoff game Nov. 9.
The award goes out to students who maintain strong work ethics in the classroom, communities and extracurricular activities. Most recently recognized students are seniors Slater Smith and Madison Cole.
Smith, the son of Monte and Jami Smith, has played tight end and outside linebacker for the Wampus Cats football team all four years of high school and lettered his junior and senior year. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, served as the recruiting chair for the Faulkner County Youth Leadership Institute last year and is a Delta Beta Sigma Big Brother.
"[Slater] puts others first," said football coach Brian Raney. "He’s not the type of person who only helps others because there is an interest for him. He will help anyone whether it’s homework or the person who will take his job next year in football because he thinks it’s the right thing to do. He is a strong believer in Christ and wears it proudly."
Smith is active in mission projects with K-Life and the First United Methodist Church. He also won the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science Award and the Top 10 Percent Award for the National Spanish Exam.
Following graduation, Smith plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and focus on engineering.
Cole, the daughter of Andrew and Beverly Cole, has been an active cheerleader for the Wampus Cats all four years of high school and has been captain of the squad all four years as well. She is a member of Delta Beta Sigma, Caring Cats, the National Honors Society, Beta Club and the Spanish Club.
"I’ve had the privilege of coaching Madison Cole in our CHS Cheer program for the past two years," said Rachael Pucik, coach for Conway High School’s cheer and dance programs. "Madison is a hard worker, a dedicated student, friend to her peers, and an intelligent young lady with a very promising future ahead of her. Madison also has one of the biggest hears I’ve ever seen."
Cole has received the All-American Cheerleader award, is an AP Scholar with distinction, placed second in National History Day for her school and her district and has been a member of the Homecoming Court three times. Cole has also been on three medical mission trips to Belize.
After she graduates from high school, Cole plans on attending the University of Arkansas to study biology and eventually move on to medical school.
"Slater Smith is an amazing student, teammate and person," said Sonya Williams, who teaches world history. "Madison is a friend’s friend, a teacher’s prize and a coach’s dream."
In addition to awarding the two students with commemorative plaques, Kathy Munson, representative of the Bank of Little Rock Mortgage, also donated a check of $300 to the Conway Public Schools Foundation from the Bank of Little Rock Mortgage. Since the students were recognized during a play-off game, the Bank of Little Rock Mortgage donated $150 per student rather than the usual $100 to help further benefit Conway schools.