School Board celebrates FCCLA, cheerleaders

School Board celebrates FCCLA, cheerleaders

Spencer Bailey/Herald Leader High School FCCLA members Yareli Cecilio, Reese Sutulovich and Addison Kiefer are joined by counselor Jenny Marroquin during their celebration at this month’s school board meeting.

The Siloam Springs School Board met on Thursday, September 8, for their monthly meeting.

The meeting began with middle school FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) advisor Jenny Marroquin introducing the students who were selected to represent Arkansas at the national level.

Addison Kiefer, a sophomore, received a gold medal in the entrepreneurship event and was recognized for placing top 10 in the nation. Reese Sutulovich, a sophomore, received a gold medal in the food innovation event. Yareli Cecilio, a senior, competed in recycling and remodeling and won a silver medal. Finally, Rachel Renshaw, a junior, competed in the chapter service project portfolio and won a silver medal at nationals.

“We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of these FCCLA members,” Marroquin said. “They are not only great role models for other members of this chapter, but Siloam Springs High School as a whole.”

She continued, saying “We are proud and grateful to them for making our high school FCCLA chapter one of the best and most recognized in the state of Arkansas.”

The festivities continued, with high school principal Karin Miller introducing cheer coaches Jackie Clement and Cara Whorton, who gave a report on the success and future of the cheer program in the district.

“Currently, we have over 70 cheerleaders in our program. That’s a phenomenal number, and we’re very glad we have that,” Clement said.

She continued, saying “Over the last six years, we have graduated 14 cheerleaders who have gone on to cheer at the college level with scholarships, seven of whom have signed with D1 schools. We have two currently at the University of Arkansas, two at Arkansas State. , three at Northeastern State and one at John Brown University.”

Clement said the program’s success is expected to continue.

“Our program continues to grow and we know that several of our cheerleaders are looking forward to pursuing college cheerleading,” she said.

The meeting then switched gears, and during Superintendent Jody Wiggins’ report, he took the time to address the recent lockdown drill at the high school. The surprise nature and the use of sniffer dogs during the drill caused concern from the community.

“That caused quite a stir,” explained Wiggins. “I thank Karin Miller for issuing a school messenger message right after, explaining what we did. We got a lot of suggestions that we should give parents or students a warning before we execute a drill, or run drug dogs through the high school, but I’m not sure that that would meet the purpose of any of those things.”

Assistant Superintendent Shane Patrick then gave his report, which had an update on the progress of the new administration building. “Hopefully within the next couple of weeks, we’ll actually start to see some work done at the site.”

Board members voted unanimously to approve a number of action items, including Department of Education certifications and a child nutrition offer.

The meeting ended with the unanimous approval of the following resignations and hires:

Chris Barnett, Kindergarten Music

Spencer Bailey/Herald Leader High school cheerleaders lead the school board and board meeting participants through a cheer before coach Jackie Clement gives a report on the cheer program.

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