High achieving seniors from six high schools in Phillips County were recently invited to attend the Helena-West Helena Kiwanis Club's annual Honors Reception, an event sponsored for many years by the local civic club.

High achieving seniors from six high schools in Phillips County were recently invited to attend the Helena-West Helena Kiwanis Club's annual Honors Reception, an event sponsored for many years by the local civic club.

Special guest, Savannah Skidmore, Miss Arkansas 2016, spoke to students and their family guests about her personal journey to higher education from her high school years in Calico Rock to the University of Arkansas to traveling the state representing the Miss Arkansas organization. She offered encouragement, humorous stories, shook dozens of hands, and posed for numerous photos with both seniors and adults.

Fifty-six seniors who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher in grades nine through 12 were invited to the reception. Each senior was recognized and presented a certificate of achievement and given a copy of Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” The book’s title was the theme for the evening.

Annually, the Kiwanis Club awards two scholarships valued at $500 each. The John J. Leuken Memorial Scholarship is awarded to any senior in Phillips County who writes the most outstanding essay on the topic, “Achieving the American Dream.” This year’s winner is Mekyla Shipp of Barton High School. Mekyla is the daughter of Stacy Douglas.

The George Andrews Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an honors student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, involvement in extracurricular activities and community service as well as an exceptional academic record and honors. This year’s recipient of the George Andrews Memorial Scholarship is Katherine Wright, daughter of Ed Pat and Betsy Wright.