Many awards and words of encouragment handed out at VHS band banquet

Philip Nichols, Vilonia High School band director, joked with seniors attending the 2017 band banquet, held Thursday night, saying “I would like to flunk you all so you could hang around a little longer and play music.”

Yet, he said, it is also time for them to move on and follow their dreams. The mood was light for most of the event held in the high school cafeteria with about 200 in attendance. Photos and a video was shown. There was lots of laughing and humorous moments on stage as well as kudos and awards were handed out. Nichols also called the name of every senior relating their future plans.

At one point, students imitated Nichols’ pre-game ritual by chanting together “I’m a sideline. I’m a 50-yard line.”

Many recognitions were handed out including: Governor’s Award for Musical Excellence to Jacob Straub; the Louis Armstrong Award to Andrew Grissom; the Patrick S. Gilmore Award to Kenny Holubarand the John Philip Sousa Award to Kyle Yahn.

VHS FFA announces Farm Family of the Year

Mike and Laura Bedwell of Vilonia said, for them, FFA is a family affair.  The couple didn't kn0w much about FFA until their oldest daughter, Ashten, who will graduate this year, became a member.  Now, their younger daughter, Chloe, is just getting started and the couple are looking forward to having another three years participating alongside her.   

“We love everything about FFA,” Laura Bedwell said.

This week, the Vilonia High School FFA named the Bedwells as the Farm Family of the Year.  The family raises rabbits. Also, Mr. Bedwell works in a cabinet shop and makes items for the FFA auction.

VHS alumni Drew List, vice-president of the Northwest District State FFA, served as a speaker at the annual banquet and program held Tuesday night.

“You know what I have noticed about people—we don’t always finish the things that we start,” he said.

 He shared a story about a three-year goal set by him and another couple of FHA members when they were in their junior year.  Forestry was a new Career Development Event (CDE), he said.  FFA sponsor Harold McCain encouraged the three to do their best qualifying them to place, at least, in the top three in the state in forestry.  However, it wasn’t until the third year they placed third. They tried hard every year, List said. The third year, List said, they knew it was their last chance and they gave it their all.

“We practiced every spare minute we could find,” he said. “It was our senior year and our last opportunity to win the state forestry title. Finally, the state competition rolled around. We placed third. We didn’t win but we got to our goal. That might not mean much to someone else but it did to us. One of the best parts of CD competition might not be the competition itself.”

In closing, he talked about motivation. He encouraged audience members to find something that motivates them and to “go for it.”

“There are endless ways for us to stay motivated. You just have to find something that motivates you,” he concluded.

Vilonia’s 2016-17 president Bailee Jo Thorn ended the program saying that FFA has taught her five things including integrity, humility, sacrifice, the importance of having faith and determination.

“I learned that I am so much more capable of doing things than I once thought,” Thorn added. 

Many team awards and individual awards were announced including:

Outstanding goat showman was awarded to Caitlin Balentine; lamb went to Erin Nolan; cattle to Trey Kelly; swine to Allyson Sellers and rabbit to Ashten Bedwell.

Evan Moix received the McEntire/Turner Scholarship.

Zac Bryant received the Jesse Bush Scholarship.

Connor Balentine received the Dekalb Award.

Jason Wooley was named as the Honorary Chapter Farmer.

Prior to dismissing, it was said that additional auction items are needed for the upcoming auction and dinner set for May 6.

After the banquet concluded, McCain made note that Aaron McNew and Jason Rail are the second and third students “in the history of FFA in Vilonia,” to ever win two state championships. They both were members of the 2016 electrical team and the 2017 mechanical team. The first student was a girl, he said, and it happened several years ago.  

VMS happenings for Friday

VILONIA MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, April 28, 2017

        

MENU: Chicken Sandwich, Fries, Fruit, Juice/Milk

 

STUDENTS:

 

Only students purchasing 2nd chance breakfast are allowed in the cafeteria.  If not you will receive a detention.

 

Remember to turn your bus notes in first thing in the mornings, as soon as you arrive to school.

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Tryouts for the 2017-2018 8th/9th grade volleyball team will be May 15, and 16. 8th grade tryouts will be 3:30-5:00 and 9th grade will be 5:30-6:30. There is a sign up sheet at the office. To try out you must have signed and returned the form on the front of the information packet. If you did not get a packet you can pick one up in the office. You may return signed forms to the office or to Coach Copeland. We will have open gyms on May 1, May 3, May 8, and May 10, from 3:30-5:00 for those who want to get some extra practice before tryouts. 

 

All library books need to be turned in by May 8.  

 

Students will have until May 8, to earn 100 AR points and qualify for the 100 point AR reward!

 

AWARDS ASSEMBLY:  Friday, May 12:    8th grade @ 8:30 & 7th grade @ 10:00

 

The yearbooks are HERE!!! Signing parties will be today as follows:: 7th grade: 12:35-1:35 and 8th grade: 1:40-2:40.  Extra books...first come, first serve $35. 

 

VMS 2016/2017

Spring Semester Test Schedule

May 22, 2017 (Monday)

1st period regular class

2nd period regular class

3rd period-Semester Test

4th period-Semester Test

5th period-Semester Test

 

May 23, 2017 (Tuesday)

1st period-Semester Test

2nd period-Semester Test

3rd period-regular class

4th period-regular class

5th period-regular class

May 24, (Wednesday) is for Semester Test make up.  Only students that are supposed to come on Wednesday are students who have a makeup test to take.

 

Coach Allison will be here Friday, May 5, to meet with Cross Country students at 2:45.

 

Carnival tickets will go on sale Wednesday, May 3.  Tickets will be $.50 each.

 Anyone interested in trying out for High School golf next year needs to sign up in the office.  Sign ups will be over Friday May 5.  We will have a meeting after signups to discuss tryouts and physicals as well as summer practices

Pee Wee Night set for Friday along with senior day

Vilonia Lady Eagles Softball will host a Pee Wee Night on Friday, April 28. Any student 8th grade and under can wear their softball jersey and receive free admission into that night's game. In addition, those students wearing their jerseys will have the opportunity to run out on the fieldwith the high school players when we announce the starting line-ups. This is also our senior day so it will allow younger players to see what our seniors have accomplished.  Students need to arrive by 4:30 p.m. if they want to run on the field with the players. If you have any questions, contact me via at kevin.sullivan@viloniaschools.org

VMS students receive a boost to their Holocaust project penny drive

VMS teacher Linda Knapp and the students in the seventh grade Pre-AP class, collecting pennies for a Holocaust project, received a donation, this week, of more than $300 from the ASU Beebe Honor Society—pushing their total at more than one-half million pennies in collections. Also in attendance were sponsors Dr. Steve Knapp and Andy Treat. ASU students in attendance were Heather Kelley, Ashley Dunn, Alysssa Hamby, Alexis Huseman, Taylor Ray and Marley Cash-Powell.

Cross Country gearing up for 2017-18 school year

From the desk of Coach John Allison:

The school year is coming to a close, and that means Vilonia Cross Country will be getting started soon.  Sign up sheets are now in the office at Vilonia High School, Vilonia Freshman Academy, Vilonia Middle School, and Frank Mitchell Intermediate School (only students going into 7th grade next year from FMIS). 

If your child is interested in Cross Country next year, please remind them to sign up in their school office. Sign up sheets will be picked up late next week. 

There will be a Cross Country parent meeting on May 15, for all athletes who sign up. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m., in the VHS cafeteria. At the meeting parents and athletes will learn about the cross country program at Vilonia -- what to expect, what is expected, and a lot more. 

If you have any questions, contact Coach John Allison at john.allison@viloniaschools.org.
 

Motivational speaker encourages students to make good choices

Motivational speaker John Kopka, sponsored by the Central Arkansas FCA, bent a steel bar with his teeth, bent a license plate with his hands and ripped a telephone book down the middle during an address to the Vilonia High School student body, this week.

He also exploded a can of Diet 7 up with his hand and shared stories of being in Africa so close to a lion that he could smell his breath. The only thing between him and death, he said, was metal bars.

His goal as a motivational speaker, he said, is not to be a “show off” but instead be an inspiration—inspiring others to do their best.  He told students they have opportunities, on a daily basis, where they are faced with many choices. It is important to make good choices, he offered.

“Life is about choices,” he added. He encouraged the students to be committed to a goal. Also, to accept there are no short cuts to goals that are worth keeping.

“You were not born to be a winner or a loser but born to be a chooser,” he said.

He also talked with students about embarrassments in their lives. His most embarrassing event, he told the students, occurred when he was in the seventh grade and suddenly discovered girls. He mustered the courage to ask one girl out. She said yes. He was ecstatic and told all of his friends. Then, she turned around and said she was just kidding and basically told him that he was a loser. He said what he remembers most about the day is the rejection he felt. Also, that his friends, afterwards, made fun of him.

He encouraged students to be mindful regarding their peers. He said walking down the hallways, you may not know what is going on inside the head or heart of someone. He also touched on the subjects of suicide and cutting. Suicide, he said, is a “permanent decision for a temporary problem.” He shared a story about a 17-year-old boy that took his life.  Words in a letter he wrote, Kopka said, remain etched in his mind. Those words were “I feel numb inside,” and “I feel lonely.”

He also shared his opinion on why a cutter mutilates their arms and legs. One cuts, Kopka said, because one has been hurt. Sometimes, so many times, he said, they cut to try to feel something.

 “Tough times don’t last,” he said. “Tough people do.”

Kopka lives in Northwest Arkansas. He said he has talked to more than a million people, including many athletes, and visited 30 different countries.

VMS announcements for Thursday

VILONIA MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, April 27, 2017

        

MENU: Mexican Chicken, Salad, Seasoned Carrots, Roll, Fruit, Juice/Milk

BBQ Pork Sandwich, Baked Beans, Salad, Peach Cup, Milk

 

STUDENTS:

 

Only students purchasing 2nd chance breakfast are allowed in the cafeteria.  If not you will receive a detention.

 Remember to turn your bus notes in first thing in the mornings, as soon as you arrive to school.

Tryouts for the 2017-2018 8th/9th grade volleyball team will be May 15, and 16. 8th grade tryouts will be 3:30-5:00 and 9th grade will be 5:30-6:30. There is a sign up sheet at the office. To try out you must have signed and returned the form on the front of the information packet. If you did not get a packet you can pick one up in the office. You may return signed forms to the office or to Coach Copeland. We will have open gyms on May 1st, May 3rd, May 8th, and May 10th from 3:30-5:00 for those who want to get some extra practice before tryouts. 

 The library will be hosting a Book Swap. Students may bring middle school age appropriate books that are in good condition  to swap. Hardback books are worth 2 tickets and paperback books are worth 1 ticket. Books may be turned in to the library April 24 - April 28.  Thenstudents will be able to use their tickets shop May 1 - 5.

 All library books need to be turned in by May 8.  

 Students will have until May 8 to earn 100 AR points and qualify for the 100 point AR reward.

 AWARDS ASSEMBLY:  Friday, May 12:    8th grade @ 8:30 & 7th grade @ 10:00

 The yearbooks are HERE!!! Signing parties will be Friday as follows:: 7th grade: 12:35-1:35 and 8th grade: 1:40-2:40.  Extra books...first come, first serve $35. 

 

VMS 2016/2017

Spring Semester Test Schedule

May 22, 2017 (Monday)

1st period regular class

2nd period regular class

3rd period-Semester Test

4th period-Semester Test

5th period-Semester Test

 

May 23, 2017 (Tuesday)

1st period-Semester Test

2nd period-Semester Test

3rd period-regular class

4th period-regular class

5th period-regular class

May 24, (Wednesday) is for Semester Test make up.  Only students that are supposed to come on Wednesday are students who have a makeup test to take!

Congratulations to our newest AR All Stars...Mykenzie Atkinson, Chaney Eckhardt, Dale Huss, Lainey Martin, Noah McBee, Scott Huffman, and Brooklyn P. Powell

 Carnival tickets will go on sale Wednesday, May 3.  Tickets will be 50 cents each.

 Lost and found will be cleaned out Friday, April 28

Vilonia Royalty includes many students

The Vilonia Royalty Pageant was held, Saturday, at the Vilonia Primary School with the following results announced:

Miss Vilonia Keathley Michelle Childres

1st Alternate: Chyn’l Renee Nicole Johnson

Crowd Favorite: Keathley Michelle Childres

Most Photogenic: Chyn’L Renee Nicole Johnson

Fun Fashion: Chyn’L Renee Nicole Johnson

 

Teen Miss Vilonia Alexis Rhodes

1st Alternate: Farrah Hopkins

2nd Alternate: Kaliya Cherry

Crowd Favorite: Farrah Hopkins

Fun Fashion: Alexis Rhodes

 

Preteen Miss Vilonia Hannah Stobaugh

1st Alternate: Peyton Isabelle English

2nd Alternate: Mattie Sewell

3rd Alternate: MaK\ynna Cherry

Crowd Favorite: Hannah Stobaugh

Fun Fashion: MaKynna Cherry

 

Junior Miss Vilonia Kristin Nicole Hogan

1st Alternate: Carmen Ross

2nd Alternate: Josie Belle Gore

3rd Alternate: Aliza Jane Bonnema

Crowd Favorite: Kayleigh Thomas

Most Photogenic: Josie Belle Gore

 

Little Miss Vilonia Briley Whitehead

1st Alternate: Becky Walle

2nd Alternate: August Hutson

3rd Alternate: Cabrini Bess

Crowd Favorite: Becky Walle

Most Photogenic: August Hutson

 

Petite Miss Vilonia Sage Ellington Sanson

1st Alternate: Autymn Rasdon

Crowd Favorite: Autymn Rasdon

Most Photogenic: Autymn Rasdon

 

Tiny Miss Vilonia Penelope Grace Tindall

1st Alternate: Parinda Davis

2nd Alternate: Kayleigh Ross

3rd Alternate: Ryann Bridges Smith

Crowd Favorite: Ryann Bridges Smith

Most Photogenic: Ryann Bridges Smith

 

Darling Miss Vilonia Kamdyn Hare

1st Alternate: Izabella Wynter Glover

Crowd Favorite: Kamdyn Hare

Most Photogenic: Kamdyn Hare

 

Toddler Miss Vilonia Presley Elizabeth Cunningham

1st Alternate: Kaylee Ann Havens

Crowd Favorite: Presley Elizabeth Cunningham

Baby Miss Vilonia Stella Jo Glover

1st Alternate: Madeline Brown

2nd Alternate: Layla Rose Slatton

Crowd Favorite: Madeline Brown

Most Photogenic: Madeline Brown

*This is not a school sanctioned event but one that many students, parents and staff participated in.

 

 

VMS announcements for Wednesday

VILONIA MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

         

MENU: Nachos, Pinto Beans, Fruit, Juice/Milk

Turkey/Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Carrot Sticks, Pear Cup, Juice/Milk

 

STUDENTS:

Only students purchasing 2nd chance breakfast are allowed in the cafeteria.  If not you will receive a detention.

 

Remember to turn your bus notes in first thing in the mornings, as soon as you arrive to school.

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Tryouts for the 2017-2018 8th/9th grade volleyball team will be May 15, and 16. 8th grade tryouts will be 3:30-5 p.m. and 9th grade will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. There is a sign up sheet at the office. To try out you must have signed and returned the form on the front of the information packet. If you did not get a packet you can pick one up in the office. You may return signed forms to the office or to Coach Copeland. We will have open gyms on May 1, May 3, May 8, and May 10, from 3:30-5 p.m. for those who want to get some extra practice before tryouts. 

 The library will be hosting a Book Swap. Students may bring middle school age appropriate books that are in good condition  to swap. Hardback books are worth 2 tickets and paperback books are worth 1 ticket. Books may be turned in to the library April 24 - April 28.  Thenstudents will be able to use their tickets shop May 1 - 5.

 All library books need to be turned in by May 8.  

 Students will have until May 8, to earn 100 AR points and qualify for the 100 point AR reward.

 AWARDS ASSEMBLY:  Friday, May 12:    8th grade @ 8:30 & 7th grade @ 10:00

 Lost and found will be cleaned out Friday, April 28th.

 The yearbooks are HERE.Pre-paid yearbooks will be delivered today. Signing parties will Friday. Extra books...first come, first serve $35. 

 

VMS 2016/2017

Spring Semester Test Schedule

May 22, 2017 (Monday)

1st period regular class

2nd period regular class

3rd period-Semester Test

4th period-Semester Test

5th period-Semester Test

 

May 23, 2017 (Tuesday)

1st period-Semester Test

2nd period-Semester Test

3rd period-regular class

4th period-regular class

5th period-regular class

May 24, (Wednesday) is for Semester Test make up.  Only students that are supposed to come on Wednesday are students who have a makeup test to take.

Good news for a Vilonia alumni

Daniel Blair of Vilonia, AR, was an award winner at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Student Research and Creative Works Expo.

Blair won first place in the undergraduate Engineering/Technology category.

About 100 UA Little Rock students submitted 80 entries for consideration during the April 3, event.

UA Little Rock announced the winners during a ceremony on April 18.

The goal of the expo was to give UA Little Rock students the opportunity to showcase their research and receive feedback in a professional setting.

Any ongoing or completed research or creative work by UA Little Rock students was eligible for submission.

AP orientation event announced

The administrators and Advanced Placement (AP) teachers at Vilonia High School would like to invite all students interested in taking one or more AP courses in high school, and their parents, to an AP Orientation at 6:30 p.m., May 16,  in the Vilonia High School cafeteria. We want you to know…

 

·         What AP classes are offered,

·         How AP classes can benefit you,

·         What to expect in an AP class,

·         What AP teachers expect of you,

·         And, how to make the most of the AP program at VHS.

 

The program will take about approximately one hour. There will be administrators and AP teachers on hand to offer information about AP classes and the program. Current and former AP students will also relate their experience in the program. The program will include a question and answer period, as well as an opportunity to learn more about individual AP classes from the teachers themselves.

 

Whether you are a parent or a student, if you are interested in the AP program at Vilonia High School, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about it.