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Thea announces 2013 Poetry Slam Scholarship Winners

Thea announces 2013 Poetry Slam Scholarship Winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2nd annual Poetry Slam Scholarship Competition for high school seniors, which took place at the Thea Center on Saturday, February 23, 2013.  Fayetteville’s former poet laureate Clayton Scott emceed the event, and 5 highly qualified language arts professionals, including central Arkansas’s own Lisa Bailey, Ericka Benedicto, Kita “Krysis” Marshall, Leron McAdoo and Amoja “Mo Man” Sumler, judged the event.  

The Thea Foundation is honored by the opportunity to award students talented in performance poetry.  Each participant displayed incredible poignancy and articulation, making the judging process very difficult.  Each poet was required to perform an original poem from memory in each of 3 rounds.  In addition, they were expected to demonstrate proficiency in poetry and its artistic delivery.
 
The winners of Thea’s 2013 Poetry Slam Scholarship Competition are as follows:

Thea announces 2013 Creative Writing Scholarship Winners

Thea announces 2013 Creative Writing Scholarship Winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 3rd annual Creative Writing Scholarship Competition for high school seniors, which were finalized by a panel of qualified judges at the Thea Center on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.  51 participants from across the state submitted short stories with a maximum of 1,000 words based on Thea Kay Leopoulos’s mixed media painting, Liberty (2001).  

The Thea Foundation is honored with the opportunity to award students talented in the writing field.  Thea recognizes the hard work put forth by each participant, and encourage every student to continue to pursue creativity in higher education and beyond.   

The winners of Thea’s 2013 Creative Writing Scholarship Competition are as follows:

Thea announces 2013 Performing Arts Scholarship winners

Thea announces 2013 Performing Arts Scholarship winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Performing Arts Scholarship Competition, which took place on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Argenta Community Theater.  120 high school seniors representing 56 Arkansas schools auditioned by vocal, dance or theater performance in hopes of receiving one of the ten scholarships, a combined total of $25,000, Thea awards annually in the performing arts category.     

The Thea Foundation would like to congratulate the winners, and express its greatest appreciation for every student who auditioned.  The level of talent and courage exhibited collectively by the participants was incredibly high, and we encourage every student to continue to pursue creativity in the future.  

The winners of Thea’s 2013 Performing Arts Scholarship Competition are as follows:

Tuition at Pulaski Tech to increase 5.5 percent

Tuition at Pulaski Tech to increase 5.5 percent

Tuition at Pulaski Technical College will increase by 5.5 percent beginning with the fall 2013 semester.

The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees approved the increase Jan. 28 and also approved changes to some fees. The Board reviews tuition adjustments in January each year in order to give current and new students plenty of time to prepare for the fall semester and to publicize the information.

Tuition costs will increase $5 per credit hour, from $90 to $95. Although the majority of fees will remain the same for the 2013-14 academic school year, the board approved the following four fee changes:

Two PCSSD teachers achieve teaching’s highest standard

Two PCSSD teachers achieve teaching’s highest standard

Pulaski County Special School District is proud to announce Rachel Blackwell, eighth-grade math teacher at Maumelle Middle School, and Laura Pierce, kindergarten teacher at Crystal Hill Elementary Magnet School, have earned the highest credential available to American educators by recently becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

National Board President and CEO, Dr. Ron Thorpe praised Rachel and Laura’s accomplishment, noting, “National Board Certification represents the pinnacle of professional accomplishment in teaching.”

Maumelle teacher receives National Board Certification

Maumelle teacher receives National Board Certification

Pulaski County Special School District is proud to announce Rachel Blackwell, eighth-grade math teacher at Maumelle Middle School and Laura Pierce, kindergarten teacher at Crystal Hill Elementary Magnet School have earned the highest credential available to American educators by recently becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

National Board President and CEO, Dr. Ron Thorpe praised Rachel and Laura’s accomplishment, noting, "National Board Certification represents the pinnacle of professional accomplishment in teaching."

National Choice Week promotes quality education

National Choice Week promotes quality education

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As the events of National School Choice Week (www.schoolchoiceweek.com) unfold, thousands of people across the country are expected to attend events and raise awareness for education reform.

Events are planned in all fifty states and participants are expected to include national and state lawmakers, media personalities, and celebrities.

National School Choice Week, a collaborative effort by more than 150 organizations, is designed to raise public awareness about education choice, including public charter schools and virtual education. Nationwide events to promote school choice will include movie screenings, rallies, town hall meetings, panel discussions, and briefings for elected officials.