Ashdown High School junior Nekhoe Hogan has been selected to attend the 2014 Arkansas Governor's School hosted at Hendrix College this summer. The six-week intensive summer residential program selects gifted and talented students who are upcoming seniors and residents of the state.
Now in its thirty-fifth year, Arkansas Governor's School received over 600 applications this year from 109 schools, representing 46 counties. Designed for only 400 students, the competition is very strong, and selection is based on a combination of ability and interest. Application includes essay, letters of recommendation, and qualifying ACT scores and grade point average.
Hogan's studies at Governor's School will be in the discipline of English/Language Arts, along with the general classes in conceptual development and in personal and social development. The campus of Hendrix College will be leased by the state for the summer program, and state funds will provide tuition, room, board and instructional materials for each student.
At Ashdown High School, Hogan is a member of the Purple Pride Band, Chess Team, and Quiz Bowl. This summer he will also be a representative at Arkansas Boys' State.
Nekhoe is the son of Rolisha and Patrick Rhone of Ashdown and the grandson of Patsy O'Guinn of Ashdown and Willie Hogan of Long Beach, California.
More information about the program -- including past curriculum, speakers, and films -- may be found on the AGS web site at: http://www.hendrix.edu/ags/
"I am humbled by this honor," states Jeanne Jackson, Ashdown's 2014 District Teacher of the Year. Jackson was honored with the award at the 2014 Little River Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on April 3.
Now in her twenty-third year of teaching at Ashdown High School, Jackson stated, "I have never had any desire to teach elsewhere." During her tenure at AHS, she has taught many subjects, including Oral Communcations at a variety of grade levels; all levels of Psychology, from General to Advanced Placement; Drama classes I, II, and III; ACT Prep; and a media class called Pantherzone TV, and has even served as a Braille assignment coordinator.
In addition, Jackson has taken on additional duties, such as Leadership Team member, ACSIP chair, AdvancEd chair, Instructional Lead Teacher, and program director of the 21st Century Afterschool Program for grades K-4 for two years.
She has served the Arkansas Leadership Academy Teacher Leader Institute for twelve sessions, first as a graduate, then as a facilitator and teacher learning coach. She says, "I utilize the processes and concepts of the Arkansas Leadership Academy every day. I wish every educator could be exposed the ALA Academy Way."
AHS Principal Tim Erwin calls Jackson "a caring individual who truly nurtures her students." He describes her as "hardworking, loyal, and determined ... one of the best educators I have had the pleasure to work with. Her students notice her desire for their success and strive to be better people."
Prior to becoming a teacher, Jackson spent 18 years as a journalist: 15 in broadcasting and three with the Little River News, where she received Arkansas Press Association first place awards for In-depth Reporting and Editorial, along with several honorable mentions for news reporting.
Married for 37 years to Reg Jackson, the couple has two sons and daughters-in-law and two grandchildren: Mark and Stephanie Jackson with daughter Marlee and Brett and Erica Jackson with son Brycen. She gives credit to Reg "who has built sets, [created props] out of PVC pipe, drove mini-buses, corralled students, and argued with judges," along with her sons who "survived having their mother as their teacher four times in three years."