Four Arkansas high school seniors recently received $650 scholarships from the Arkansas School Boards Association Educational Foundation.
The scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who are sons, daughters, or legal wards of Arkansas school board members and who will attend Arkansas institutions of higher learning in the fall. The awards are based on a student’s academic record and leadership potential. One award was made in each of the four congressional districts. This year is the 27th consecutive year for the awards.
Recipients were: Hannah Hopper, Armorel High School, daughter of Armorel School Board member Jeff Hopper; Taylor Zimmerman, Wonderview High School, daughter of Wonderview School Board member Jeffery Zimmerman; Konley Kestner, Elkins High School, daughter of Elkins School Board member Troy Kestner; and Elizabeth Durning, Ozark High School, daughter of Ozark School Board member Todd Durning.
Hopper graduated fourth in her class of 31 with a 3.89 grade point average and plans to study communication disorders at Williams Baptist University. She has been a project manager for a community-wide recycling program that she founded and implemented through the EAST program at her high school. Through this work, she was accepted into the SISTA-Students Involved in Sustaining Their Arkansas partnership with the University of Arkansas. She was captain of her cheer squad and held several student government positions, including being an Arkansas Girls State Senator and vice president of her senior class. She has participated in Future Business Leaders of America, Beta, Trio, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, track, drug free club, and journalism. Outside of school activities, Hannah is an active member of her church youth group and volunteers in her church’s nursery.
Zimmerman graduated second in her class of 26 with a 4.1154 grade point average and plans to major in health science at the University of Central Arkansas. She served as Student Council president; BETA president; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America vice president; Future Business Leaders of America secretary; and senior class president. She was an Arkansas Girls State delegate and an HOBY Academic All Star. She participated in basketball, was part of the 2018-2019 state championship team, and won the defensive award in softball. Outside of school activities, Taylor is an active member of her church youth ministry and is vice president of the Conway County Youth Advisory Council. She received The President’s Volunteer Service Award for her volunteerism. To date, she has over 250 volunteer hours.
Kestner graduated fourth in her class of 92 with a 4.07 grade point average and plans to earn a double major in agricultural communications and agricultural leadership at the University of Arkansas. She served as president of Student Council, vice president of National Honor Society, district treasurer and chapter president of Future Business Leaders of America, treasurer and vice president of Leo Club, president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and co-founder of GEM (Guiding Elks through Mentorship). She also participated in Spanish Club, the gifted and talented program, and prom committee. She won the team leadership award and was named all-conference in volleyball. Outside of school activities, Konley is a small group leader at her church and has logged over 1,400 volunteer hours in various organizations including mission trips, community blood drives, flu clinics, Christmas treasures, and Potter’s House.
Durning graduated first in her class of 132 with a 4.08 grade point average and plans to major in biomedical sciences at Arkansas Tech University. She served as president of Ozark Junior High student council and library club, and Future Farmers of America Greenhand and secretary of FFA. She was active in Quiz Bowl, receiving 4A state top ranking in 2015, Economics Club, Stock Market Club, Hillbillies for Change, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, Theatre Club, Beta Club, and Fire Marshall. She was captain of the cheer team and named All-American Cheerleader and All-State Cheerleader, and she was a member of the golf and track teams. Outside of school activities, Elizabeth volunteers at her church, and she is an active member of the 4-H, where she was selected to attend the 4-H Washington Leadership Conference in D.C. In addition, she has won several pageant titles.