Siloam Springs High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of the Americas members Yareli Cecilio, Reese Sutulovich and Addison Kiefer are with counselor Jenny Marroquin on Sept. 8 during a School Board meeting.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Spencer Bailey)
SILOAM SPRINGS — The Siloam Springs School Board held a meeting on September 8, and the meeting began with some students being congratulated.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Counselor Jenny Marroquin introduced the students selected to represent Arkansas at the national level of the FCCLA competition.
Sophomore Addison Kiefer earned a gold medal in the business meet and was recognized for placing in the top 10 in the nation. Sophomore Reese Sutulovich won a gold medal in food development. Senior Yareli Cecilio competed in recycling and recycling and won a silver medal. Junior Rachel Renshaw competed in the chapter service project and won a silver medal at nationals.
“We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of these FCCLA members,” Marroquin said. “He is not only a good role model for other members of this chapter, but Siloam Springs High School as a whole.
“We are proud and grateful to them for making our FCCLA school the best and the best in the state of Arkansas.”
High School Principal Karin Miller introduced cheer coaches Jackie Clement and Cara Whorton, who reported on the success and future of the cheer program in the district.
“Right now, we have more than 70 cheerleaders in our program. That’s an amazing number, and we’re very happy to have that,” Clement said.
“In the last six years, we have graduated 14 teachers who went on to impress at the college level with scholarships, seven of whom signed with D1 schools. We have two right now at the University of Arkansas, two at Arkansas State, three at Northeastern. State and one at John Brown University.”
Clement said the program is expected to continue to be successful.
“Our program continues to grow, and we know that many of our cheerleaders look forward to continuing to cheer for colleges,” she said.
Superintendent Jody Wiggins spoke at a recent lockdown drill at the high school. The surprise and the way drug dogs were used during this exercise caused concern among some communities.
“That created a lot of tension,” Wiggins said. “I’m grateful to Karin Miller for sending out the school message right away, explaining what we’re doing, we’ve got a lot of advice that we should give parents or students a warning before we run drills, or run away.” drug dogs in high school.” but I’m not sure that would serve the purpose of any of these things.”
Deputy Superintendent Shane Patrick gave an update on the progress of the new administration building.
“Hopefully in the next couple of weeks, we’ll actually start to see some of the work completed there,” he said.
The board members voted unanimously to approve a few things, including the Ministry of Education’s confirmation and the children’s meal offer.