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Ashdown High School 2019 Graduates Kaylee Silva and Bradee McKean represented Ashdown High School at the 2019 SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference held in Louisville, Ky. Ashdown SkillsUSA Sponsor Amy Silva said there were more than 20,000 students in attendance from across the United States this year at the competitions in Louisville.

Kaylee qualified to compete after placing first in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio at the 2019 SkillsUSA Arkansas State Competition in April. She placed fourth in the nation in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio. The purpose of the competition is to recognize students for their successful development of a professional portfolio and to evaluate the ability of the individual to present himself or herself to an employer using effective communication skills.

Kaylee graduated from Ashdown High School in May. She will be attending Harding University in the fall and is majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders. She is the daughter of Brent and Amy Silva.

Bradee also placed first in her competition at the state conference and placed fourteenth in the nation in Medical Math. The purpose of this competition is to evaluate the students' ability to understand and solve mathematical problems commonly used in the various health care settings. Bradee graduated as salutatorian from Ashdown High School and will attend the University of Central Arkansas in the fall and major in Health Sciences. She is the daughter of Michael and Molly Corbell.


Ashdown High School students Kaila Sullivan and Aniya Polite attended the Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) Program June 10-21. It is a two-week summer health careers camp for high school students to learn about health professions. During the program, students learn basic CPR and first aid, casting and suturing, learn about physical assessment, medical terminology and more.

"The Medical Applications of Science for Health program was a life-changing experience!" Aniya said. "It was such a great program with great leaders and amazing peers that are interested in the medical field as well. Seeing different career choices from Physical Therapy to Pathology and deciding on what you think would be best for you and your future. We were able to hear and talk to people that worked at Wadley Regional Medical Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael, LifeNet, Texarkana Emergency Center and many more. They shared what career path they took. The questions I had were answered beyond expectancy. This two-week program is something I will remember and look back on for the rest of my life. I learned so much just in those two weeks! I recommend anyone that cannot decide on what career they want to pursue in the medical field to apply for this program. You will not regret it! Future NICU Travel Nurse!!"

Kaila added, "While participating in this year's M*A*S*H program, I had the opportunity to get more insight on specific medical careers. I heard from all different types of medical professionals including EMTs, nurses, therapists and physicians. My eyes were opened to the many opportunities that exist for those wishing to pursue and those pursuing a career in medicine. I knew going into the program that I wanted to be a doctor. This program showed me that through hard work and determination I can turn that dream into reality. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone wishing to pursue a career in medical field. Whether you wish to become a physical therapist, dentist, or trauma surgeon, the M*A*S*H program will teach you things that you can only learn from someone who has been there themselves."


2019 Ashdown High School Graduate Aliyah Anderson competed in Public Speaking at the FBLA National Leadership Conference held in San Antonio, Texas June 29 through July 2.

Aliyah qualified for her second National FBLA Leadership Conference competition by winning in the Public Speaking Competition at the district level with 14 counties in Arkansas included. In April, she went on to place second overall in state
in Public Speaking, which qualified her to compete in the National Competition. In 2018, she finished first in state in Electronic Career Portfolio in 2018 and advanced to nationals in Baltimore, Md. More than 14,000 students were in attendance, but overall, fewer than 4% of total FBLA members in the world have the opportunity to compete in the FBLA National Leadership Conference.

Aliyah served as president of the Ashdown High School chapter and as secretary for District IV for the 2018-2019 school year. Aliyah said FBLA has given her many opportunities not only to hone her leadership and speaking skills, but has also allowed her to make friends and network with students in Arkansas and all over the nation. Aliyah will be attending Arkansas Tech in the fall and plans to major in marketing. She plans to help start a college chapter, Phi Beta Lambda, at Arkansas Tech.


Josh Altenbaumer, 23, a finance major from Texarkana, Texas, is one of 33 students from Ouachita Baptist University who will be included in the latest edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The students were chosen by OBU's faculty, staff and the 2019 senior class based on their academic performance, leadership in extracurricular activities, community service and potential for success.

A graduate of Pleasant Grove High School, Altenbaumer has been named to Ouachita's President's and Dean's Lists. He has served as a Campus Ministry Leader and on the Welcome to Ouachita's World Steering Committee. Altenbaumer also is a member of Enactus, the Ary Student Investment Fund team and the Student Advisory Board for the Hickingbotham School of Business. He studied abroad in Alicante, Spain, for a semester and has been involved in Tiger Serve Day, Big Brother/Big Sister Program, ElderServe and Park Hill Baptist Church in Arkadelphia. He plans to intern as a financial analyst with Delta Plastics in Little Rock.

Commissioner's Honor Roll

Angelo State University

Mount Pleasant, Texas—Jorge Hernandez


Dean's List

Kennesaw State University

New Boston, Texas—Jacqueline Duncan

University of Arkansas-Little Rock

Atlanta, Texas—Breanna Coats

De Queen, Ark.—Jose Alvarez, Miriam Dominguez, Nallely Lopez

Fouke, Ark.—Carissa Beasley

Hooks, Texas—Alanis Bradley

Hope, Ark.—Emily Crane, Zuemi Cruz, Jesus Gomez, Johnny Luna, Mario Valdez

Horatio, Ark.—Adriana Gonzalez Torres

Idabel, Okla.—Christian Weeks

Lockesburg, Ark.—Lindsey Smith

Maud, Texas—Anna Denton

Rosston, Ark.—Aspen Blakely

Texarkana, Ark.—Anna Aguilar, Kristina Blair, Lakyn Erbs, Jaelan Nelson, Lauv Patel, Cameron Tarpley

Texarkana, Texas—Elizabeth Godinez Franco, Alexandria Harris, Christie Johnson, Morgan Morrow, Mary-Callie Robinson, Hannah Williams



The University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Ashdown, Ark.—Kandi Sillavan

De Queen, Ark.—Miriam Dominguez

Dierks, Ark.—Jennifer Noel

Hope, Ark.—Emily Crane, Clemens Soeller

Horatio, Ark.—Xochitl Gonzalez

Idabel, Okla.—Christian Weeks

Nash, Texas—Brenda Nelson

Rosston, Ark.—Shantal Henry

Texarkana, Ark.—Lakyn Erbs, Janet Lewis-Beasley, Kristen Martin, Faith Rhone, Pearlyna Tyous

Texarkana, Texas—Lyle Arnett, Elizabeth Godinez Franco, Alexandria Harris

Wake Village, Texas—Chloe Williams


Sam Houston State University

Daingerfield, Texas—Joselynn Taylor

New Boston, Texas— Joseph Neshyba

Texarkana, Texas—Jennifer Willis

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