On Saturday, March 3, approximately 150 high school students will arrive on the Lyon College campus to compete in math and science tests. Winners will gain recognition and awards, and some may earn scholarships. Math winners advance to the State ACTM Math Competition in April.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in both the math and science sections if they so choose. The College will provide free lunch in its dining hall, tours of the campus, recreational events, and door prizes. The day will end with an awards ceremony in the newly renovated Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building.
Kristi Price, who organizes the event, said, “We are enthusiastic about hosting our region’s best math and science scholars, and we anticipate a great competition!”
Students must register for the event in advance at www.lyon.edu/academic-day. Registration will end on February 23.
Lyon College is now offering loan repayment assistance to its graduates who come from nine area high schools and enter a teaching career. The new Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) helps repay federal, private alternative, and parent PLUS loans until the graduate is earning at least $40,000 a year.
If a graduate teaches for a year or two and then takes off a year or more to earn a second bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, LRAP will continue to assist with loan repayment during that time as well. It also offers an extension of up to three years to those working or traveling outside the U.S.
The amount LRAP will cover is on a sliding scale. If the graduate is earning $36,000 a year, for instance, LRAP will pay 20% of repayment costs. At $28,000 LRAP assistance rises to 60%, and the total cost is covered if pay is $20,000 or less.
Those eligible to participate in LRAP are incoming freshmen who graduated from Batesville, Cave City, Cedar Ridge, Concord, Hillcrest, Melbourne, Midland, Newport, or Southside High Schools and are majoring in education.
To check eligibility and get started, potential students should visit mylrap.org/lyon. Students or parents can also contact the Lyon Financial Aid office at 870-307-7257.
Admissions Counselor Andrew Powell drew on his four years of experience as a quiz bowler during high school and on his time as an assistant coach and tournament moderator to organize the Tartan Tourney quiz bowl tournament on Thursday, February 8. He sought support from the admissions team, Sodexo dining and maintenance, Ozark Information Services, Campus Safety, faculty, and staff, and with the help of the Lyon community, the tournament was a success.
Twelve schools brought 110 of their brightest students to the Lyon campus for the Tartan Tourney, a new invitational which provided great practice for upcoming regional tournaments. Participating high schools included Beebe, Cabot, Calico Rock, Conway Christian Academy, Cotter, Izard County, Melbourne, Mountain View, Paragould (two teams), Sacred Heart (Morrilton), Enola High School (Mount Vernon), and Highland High School.
Conway Christian Academy wowed, earning perfect scores in the third quarter of three separate games. Powell lauds this achievement, saying he’s seen it only one other time in his ten years as a player, coach and moderator. The team finished the day undefeated (6-0), winning the final game against Cotter High School (4-2). Conway Christian Academy also produced the tournament’s MVP, Jackson Quick. Mountain View High School (5-2) earned third place, beating Cabot High School (3-4) by 5 points, the slimmest of possible margins.
Three of the attending team coaches serve on the AGQBA Coach’s Board and stated that they plan to inform the association of how well the event went over, telling Powell that they want Lyon to host other competitions. Powell hopes to see the Tartan Tournament expand to hosting an invitational in the fall semester and an AGQBA-sanctioned regional or state tournament in the spring.
“Hosting takes a lot of work as there are several intricate details in the planning process, but also a lot of moving parts and vital details to keep track of throughout the day,” he says. “We could continue to have tournaments on campus, grow and expand the number of teams invited and even branch out to invite teams from further away—but all of that would require more help from the college and more volunteers.”
Powell notes that, as an admissions counselor, he was especially gratified that the tournament let “some of the best students in Arkansas experience Lyon and decide if we’re somewhere they could see themselves furthering their education after high school.”
On Thursday, January 25, Lyon College’s Director of Career Services Annette Castleberry led a Career Immersion Trip to Little Rock where 14 students interested in law could observe the lives and work of practicing attorneys. The trip started with a visit to the Justice Building where Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood greeted and advised the students. Following Justice Wood’s talk, students witnessed oral arguments in a capital case. Upon leaving the courtroom, four of the State’s justices were kind enough to chat with students and pose with them for a photo. Afterwards students energetically discussed each litigator’s arguments and each justice’s questions.
Then they dined with local attorneys from different fields, many of them Lyon College alumni and board members, and discussed what life as a lawyer might be like, how to succeed in law school, and other topics. Between conversations, Annette Castleberry showed a short recorded interview with a Sarah Greenwood, a trial lawyer at Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone who discussed the best ways to prepare for law school.
"It is reassuring that you want the students to learn more about the good as well as the bad/realities involving law school and the legal profession so they can make more informed decisions about their futures," said attorney for the Arkansas Judiciary and Lyon alumna Caroline Bednar.
Of the chat-filled lunch, Lyon College senior Jared Self said, “Getting to meet with and talk to alumni who are in the profession I want to be in was amazing. It was a great opportunity to draw on their wealth of knowledge.”
After that, the students visited the Attorney General’s office thanks to Lyon alumna Devyn Young. Deputy attorneys general and administrators from each department detailed their work to the students. Through these representatives, students learned about the duties of lawyers in the Civil, Criminal, Crime Victims, Medicaid Fraud, Opinions, State Agencies, and Public Protection departments.
Junior Hannah Smithee most enjoyed this part of the trip, saying, “I had no idea there were so many different options for legal students to pursue. When I decided to go into law, I just saw myself in a court room, but today showed me that there are so many other things I could do.”
Finally, the group heard from three deans at the William H. Bowen School of Law, which had reached out to Castleberry in hopes of participating in this event. There a panel of Bowen students who were also Lyon alumni hosted an FAQ about law school and the transition from undergraduate to graduate studies.
“I believe reading about professional school isn’t enough for today’s undergraduates,” said Castleberry. “To find the best path, it’s helpful to consider as many sources as possible, and that’s where the Lyon family comes in. It’s one thing to hear about the benefits of earning a law degree from parents, professors and the like; it’s another to learn about them from the very people pursuing those degrees.”
In the near future, Castleberry plans to offer more career immersion trips for students interested in other fields. If you or your organization would like to host or speak with students as part of a trip, please contact her at email@example.com.
Lyon College would like to congratulate the members of its student body who made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester. The College applauds their hard work and perseverance towards their academic studies - to be included on the Dean’s List, each student must earn 3.75 GPA or higher for the semester. For the Fall 2017 semester, 118 students achieved that goal.
In-state students on the list include Kelsey Adams from Judsonia, AR; Jordan Allred from Harrison, AR; Sarajane Armstrong from Forrest City, AR; Marisa Ayers from Searcy, AR; Nathaniel Ayers from Cave City, AR; Kristen Blagg from Joiner, AR; Lauryn Bocox from Texarkana, AR; Johnathan Brightwell from Cave City, AR; Brian Bumpous from Bradford, AR; Samuel Burchfield from Wooster, AR; Becca Burrow from Brinkley, AR; Bethany Butler from Hot Springs, AR; Chase Chalk from Conway, AR; William Clark from Floral, AR; Eden Coker from Little Rock, AR; Ashley Crafton from Cave City, AR; Sabrina Denmon from Mena, AR; Taylor Donnerson from West Memphis, AR; Cole Duncan from Batesville, AR; Logan Dunn from Judsonia, AR; Zoe Dye from Rogers, AR; Mae Dyer from Texarkana, AR; Evelyn Embry from Hindsville, AR; Jaylin Finley from Searcy, AR; Debra Fletcher from Concord, AR; Amanda Ford from Batesville, AR; Linda Fowler from Jacksonville, AR; McKinley Fox from Batesville, AR; Allison Green from Cave City, AR; Ashley Green from Cave City, AR; Abigail Grimes from Maumelle, AR; Mindy Hamilton from Jordan, AR; Anna Haney from West Memphis, AR; Leah Hanson from Little Rock, AR; Addison Harmon from Greenbrier, AR; Keifer Hartwig from Ward, AR; Judy Heang from Jonesboro, AR; Alyssa Henson from Batesville, AR; Alec Hester from Blytheville, AR; Michael Humphrey from Cave City, AR; Michael Hunter from Harrisburg, AR; Olivia Iriana from North Little Rock, AR; Christen Johnson from El Paso, AR; Kendra Kelley from Batesville, AR; Jennifer Keys from Harrison, AR; Kullins Koelling from Salem, AR; Miranda Lamb from Clinton, AR; Breanna Langford from Benton, AR; Dimir Leftwich from Little Rock, AR; Olivia Lynch from Alpena, AR; Makenzie McDonald from Batesville, AR; Madison MgGraw from Beebe, AR; Morgan Miller from Cave City, AR; Zoya Miller from Batesville, AR; Natalie Milligan from Lake City, AR; Cassidy Mitchell from Batesville, AR; Allison Mundy from Bryant, AR; Lillian Osier from Vilonia, AR; Seth Parker from Bentonville, AR; Jacob Perkins from Jonesboro, AR; Katelyn Platt from Tuckerman, AR; John Poe from Lake City, AR; Hannah Qualls from Batesville, AR; Haley Reed from Batesville, AR; Kristina Rodgers from Batesville, AR; Kyle Rose from Clarkridge, AR; Jared Self from Russellville, AR; Robert Shackleford from Smithville, AR; Allison Shirley from Bradford, AR; John Sifford from Hot Springs, AR; Kiara Sims from Rogers, AR; Emerson Smith from Little Rock, AR; Shanae Snow from Cave City, AR; Keith Stoltzfus from Concord, AR; Hannah Templin from Violet Hill, Ar; Tyler Tognarine from Batesville, AR; Madison VanGinhoven from Mammoth Spring, AR; Kollin Walters from Jonesboro, AR; Zachary Ward from Russellville, AR; Jordan Webb from Mount Pleasant, AR; Morgan Webb from Perryville, AR; Nathan Wilson from Mountain View, AR; Kayli Womack from Lake City, AR; Riley Young from West Memphis, AR; and Savannah Youngblood from Melbourne, AR.
Out-of-state students honored on the Dean’s List include Joshua Abel from Jensen Beach, FL; Mikaela Buckley from Browerville, MN; Matthew Daugherty from Olive Branch, MS; Elissa Douglass from League City, TX; Edith Flores from Elmhurst, IL; Amelia Gayle from Fort Worth, TX; Ayden Henry from Thayer, MO; Ridge Hester from Poplar Bluff, MO; Zachary Hodge from Olive Branch, MS; Kayla Holloway from Porterville, CA; Victoria Hutcheson from East Prairie, MO; David Knight from Sarasota, FL; Benjamin Lambert from McKinney, TX; Alexander Miles from Sandy, UT; Adrienne Moran from Edmond, OK; Ramon Patino from Allen, TX; Kacy Perkins from Napa, CA; John Pruden from Allen, TX; Nicole Sanders from Pineville, LA; Joshua Settimio from Pensacola, FL; Kristyn Skelton from Kennett, MO; Madison Smith from Sikeston, MO; Jordan Trant from McKinney, TX; Lindsay Truitt from Cypress, TX; Ali Tucker from Sikeston, MO; Trent Webb from Kingwood, TX; Marielle Webster from Concord, NH; and Braylon Wehrmann from LaRue, TX.
International students on the Dean’s List include Kyung Lee from Seoul, South Korea; Arne Meyer from Schwanewede, Germany; Iva Popovic from Novi Sad, Serbia; Keli Romas from Donvale, Victoria, Australia; and Faris Verlasevic from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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