Four Students Earn Annual ASBA Scholarships

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Four Students Earn Annual ASBA Scholarships

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 children 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 is the 22nd consecutive year for the awards. Recipients were: Paisley Pratt, Midland High School, daughter of Midland School Board member Andy Pratt; Caleb Reinhart, Manila High School, son of Manila School Board member Tracey Reinhart; Rebekah Schmitz, Charleston High School, daughter of Charleston School Board member Michele Schmitz; and Hannah Young, Van Buren High School, daughter of Van Buren School Board member Carman Young. Paisley PrattPratt graduated first in her class of 32 with a 4.11 grade point average with plans to study biology (pre-pharmacy) at Williams Baptist College in the fall. She served as president of the senior class, treasurer of Future Business Leaders of America, and captain of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She achieved district, region and state honors in softball and was named the 1A softball MVP in 2014. She was active in Student Council, Senior Beta and Quiz Bowl. She was named “Teen of the Month” by the Batesville Optimist Club and crowned Miss Midland High School. She is a member of the Independence Missionary Baptist Church. Caleb ReinhartReinhart graduated first in his class of 85 with a 4.16 grade point average with plans to study chemistry at Arkansas State University in the fall. He has been an active member of Beta Club, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, French Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, Gifted and Talented, Quiz Bowl, and the Mississippi County Youth Leadership Program. He served as a class officer for four years and participated in baseball, basketball, cross country, football and golf. He has been a volunteer for the Manila Fire Department, Manila Park and Recreation Association, and the Manila Lions Club, and he tutored at Manila Elementary School. Rebekah SchmitzSchmitz graduated eighth in her class of 72 with a 4.02 grade point average with plans to study communication science and disorders at the University of Central Arkansas. She was president of Future Business Leaders of America and Beta Club secretary. She was active in Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Search Team. She was a member of the dance team and yearbook staff, and she competed in National History Day. She has been an active member of various church and community organizations, including serving as president of the local Catholic Youth Ministries. She has participated in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Walk for Life. She raised funds for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, volunteered for the True Grit Bike Race, and donated hair to Locks of Love. She was also a photojournalism finalist in two categories of the Spring Creek Photography Contest. Hannah YoungYoung graduated first in her class of 391 with a 4.31 grade point average with plans to study biomedical or chemical engineering at the University of Arkansas in the fall. She has been an active member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Future Business Leaders of America. She is a softball four-year letterman and has participated in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Timothy 4:12, Cultures in Action and Partners Club, and she was crowned Miss Crawford County Teen. She traveled to Haiti on a mission trip and has been actively involved in her church youth group. As a community volunteer, she has planted flowers for the mayor and participated in Paint the Park Pink.