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In August, Fort Smith Public Schools rolled out a new internship program to give students “real world” experience in professional fields of their interest.

Students must apply and be accepted to the program. They each earn 180 hours of work experience each semester. They are evaluated at the end of the semester by the employer.

We want to introduce you to some of these bright young students:

Seventeen-year-old Hali Dingman, a senior at Northside High School, interns at KISR 93.7.

“I think it’s a better fit for me. It’s not just a cubicle job. You’re more involved with the community,” said Dingman, who takes a television broadcasting class at NHS, where she has filmed around the school and anchored the school news.

At KISR, Dingman has shadowed and watched what everyone is doing and is a bit surprised by how quickly she has learned.

“They are teaching me how to talk on the radio and what to do,” she said.

Dingman intends to attend college at UAFS after graduation, majoring in broadcasting.

She’s prepared by taking concurrent college English while in high school, and she believes her internship will be a boost to her education and career goals.

“I’m looking forward to learning how to do stuff and getting experience for future jobs and maybe getting a job,” Dingman said. “I really like informing people and putting (the news) together so people want to watch it. You can make it fun and make it a hobby and that’s what I’ve done.”

 

On Sept. 28, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced the 329 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016. The award is based on the school's overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Euper Lane Elementary School in Fort Smith was one of three Arkansas elementary schools recognized.

"Euper Lane (received this recognition) now because of the great teachers, the great parents, the great partners and of course the great students," said Sherri Penix, Euper Lane principal for 15 years and at the time of the nomination.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this award on fewer than 8,500 schools over the past 34 years. The 279 public and 50 private schools will be recognized at an awards ceremony Nov. 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C.

Schools were recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

• Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

• Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school's subgroups and all students over the past five years.

Euper Lane was recognized as an Exemplary High Performance School.

"I am just so excited for the teachers. They are just an excellent group, and they have all worked so hard for our students. This is an honor for them. They are being recognized," said Melissa Braddy, Euper Lane principal.
She added that the students should be very proud of the award because it proves their hard work paid off and their efforts were recognized.
"The administrators, the teachers, the students all worked together to support our mission. We are being recognized for that," Braddy said.

Euper Lane is a Title One School with 462 students.

 

In August, Fort Smith Public Schools rolled out a new internship program to give students “real world” experience in professional fields of their interest.

Students must apply and be accepted to the program. They each earn 180 hours of work experience each semester. They are evaluated at the end of the semester by the employer.

We want to introduce you to some of these bright young students:Kierra Johnson, a 17-year-old senior at Northside, interns for Chronister, Fields & Flake in Fort Smith.

She spends morning hours copying, filing and answering phones while learning the ins and outs of working in a law firm.She rides along if papers are being delivered to a judge or another lawyer.

“They are making sure I learn what they do there,” Johnson said. “At first it was intimidating. All these people were so professional. But they’ve been very nice. They teach me a lot and help me feel included.”

The quiet girl with an easy smile is the oldest of three daughters and does her best to be a role a model for her younger sisters, who attend Woods Elementary School.

“It’s funny because they throw that at me whenever I do something weird,” she said.

Johnson has used high school wisely taking advanced classes as often as she can and hopes to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2017. She plans to major in political science and pursue a career in the legal field.

Along with school and her internship, she holds down a part-time job at McDonalds.

“If I could give students any advice, I would tell them to be very organized with their time. Do not overwhelm yourself with everything there is to do. That is a very bad idea,” Johnson said.

 

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