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"We will be a school/district with an unrelenting focus on learning. All students are expected to succeed; failure is not an option."
The Ashdown High School Scholarship Committee will soon be awarding scholarships to 2014 AHS graduates, as it has since its formation in 1986, and contributors are encouraged to either continue donations as they have in previous years or become new scholarship donors and contribute to the success of new Ashdown High School graduates in their post-secondary endeavors.
"Last year, we awarded 38 scholarships with a total value of $15,405," states Ronda Pounds, chairperson of the committee. "This brings the total scholarships to over $320,188 awarded to 917 students over the course of our 28-year history."
Pounds also states that 100% of all donated monies are awarded every year and that all donations are tax deductible.
The Scholarship Committee has also authorized an alumni fund through which former students of Ashdown High School and businesses may contribute to the program in any amount and at any time. Such contributions may be made in honor or memory of friends and loved ones.
As in previous years, scholarship recipients will be announced and scholarships awarded at a tea sponsored by the committee. The date for this year's tea is Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ashdown High School cafeteria. "All donors are welcome at the tea," Pounds continues, "and welcome to participate in presenting the scholarship they are giving if they would like."
To be awarded to 2014 AHS graduates, contributions must be received by April 18. They may be mailed to or dropped off at the Ashdown School District Central Office at 511 N. Second Street, Ashdown, Arkansas 71822.
The Special Olympics Area Games for school-aged athletes will be held at the Ashdown High School Fred Jester Memorial Track Field on April 29, 2014. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m.
School-aged athletes with special needs will compete in a variety of track and field style events. Every athlete will receive awards after each individual event. All parents, friends and community members are invited and encouraged to come and cheer the athletes on or even serve as a day volunteer.
This is the first year for the Ashdown District to host the area games for Special Olympics of Arkansas Area 11, which includes Little River, Sevier, Howard, Hempstead and Miller Counties. Dozens of Special Olympics athletes from schools in all those counties will be participating in the single day event at the Fred Jester Memorial Track.
Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing competitions to more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries. The motto of Special Olympics athletes is "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."