Students from Rogers Heritage High School and Russellville High School captured awards as part of an Educators Rising regional conference hosted by the Arkansas Tech University College of Education on Thursday, Jan. 27, and Friday, Jan. 28.
Sil Garcia of Russellville earned first place in the Educators Rising Moment regional competition, which provides students with an opportunity to articulate why they are considering a career as an educator. Cindy Suviaz of Russellville earned second place and Cara Malin of Russellville collected the third-place honor in the Educators Rising Moment competition.
Cooper McElroy, Cole Richardson and Drew Wakefield of Rogers teamed up to win an ethics competition.
Lauren Kirkland and Ally Ribar of Rogers won first place in the children’s literature category. Emma Moody and Madalyn Daniel of Russellville (second place) and Abigail Dullenty of Russellville (third place) were also recognized in that competition.
Contest winners may be chosen by the state committee to attend the Educators Rising 2022 national conference June 24-27 in Washington, D.C.
ATU, the Arkansas Department of Education and the Walton Family Foundation are among the entities engaged in a partnership that seeks to establish more Educators Rising chapters at high schools around the state, update the curriculum for introduction to education classes at high schools and support competitions for potential future teachers.
Objectives of the Arkansas Educators Rising program include helping high school students gain information about obtaining a teaching license, financial aid opportunities available to future teachers and the outlook for the teaching profession in Arkansas.
Learn more about the ATU College of Education at www.atu.edu/education.