Day: April 13, 2017

Arkansas City High School sophomore Alexis Van Dyke earns silver medal

Arkansas City High School sophomore Alexis Van Dyke recently was honored with a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards silver medal for her drawing, “Do Not Touch Me.” Since 1923, the Scholastic Awards have recognized creative teenagers from across the country. By receiving a Scholastic Art and Writing Award, Van Dyke joins a legacy of celebrated authors and artists, including Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, Lena Dunham, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Andy Warhol and more, according to a letter from Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. More than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7-12 this year. Receiving this silver medal places Van Dyke within the top 1 percent of all submissions nationally. Mike Elliott is her current art teacher. This information was provided by USD 470 Public Relations Director Alisha Call. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Ark City Police Department shows well in Oklahoma’s Thin Blue Line 5K

Several officers of the Arkansas City Police Department participated April 8 in the Thin Blue Line 5K in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The “thin blue line” is an internationally recognized symbol that commemorates fallen and shows support for living law enforcement officers, as well as symbolizes the relationship of law enforcement officers to the community as the protectors of fellow civilians from criminal elements. Those who participated in the race were Lt. Eric Burr, Corey Combs, Sgt. Eric Mata, Matt Mayo, Ted Shinneman and Sgt. Jason Legleiter. Burr finished 28th overall and first in his age group. Combs finished 41st overall and second in his age group. Mata finished 55th overall, while Mayo was 107th and Shinneman 164th. There were 401 total runners in the 5K race. The 5K is an annual run-walk benefiting the Oklahoma Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (OKCOPS). Reasons for racing Mayo, who has been with ACPD since last September, said he chose to participate for multiple reasons, including the good cause that benefits from the proceeds. “It was good to try and help me get into better shape, and also as an activity to do with fellow officers,” he said. “I was strongly encouraged or talked into participating by Sergeant Legleiter,” Burr said. “I do not normally run races — in fact, this is only my second 5K race. I would not have gone on...

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Sturd, Judd return home to participate in ACHS Jazz Band concert April 17

Arkansas City native and Nashville, Tennessee-based professional percussionist Michael Sturd will make a special appearance as a guest artist with the Arkansas City High School Jazz Band. This appearance will take place during a jazz concert at 7 p.m. April 17 in the ACHS auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Sturd is on a short break from touring as the drummer for Lindsay Ell, the opening act for Brad Paisley’s “Life Amplified” world tour this year. “I don’t care about being famous — there aren’t many people that can name a famous drummer in country music,” Sturd said. He credits some of the talented instructors within the Arkansas City Public School District with his continued musical education. “(Hans) Judd and Mr. (Chris) VanGilder, and the college music director at the time, Gary Gackstatter, were all huge influences and encouraged me to stick with music into college,” Sturd said. Sturd not only will be a part of this concert, but he also will spend a day working with the band students at ACHS and the Arkansas City Middle School before returning to his duties in Nashville. Judd, Santana and Slater Sturd and the ACHS Jazz Band will be joined by a trio of Wichita-area professional jazz artists, Sage Judd, Miguel Santana and Andy Slater. The trio of Judd, Francisco and Slater is in high demand throughout...

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ACMS, Frances Willard two of 76 Kansas schools to earn Challenge Awards

The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named 76 Kansas schools as recipients of the 2016 Challenge Awards — and Arkansas City Middle School and Frances Willard Elementary School are among them. The awards recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement, despite facing significant challenges. Since the program’s inception in 2002, more than 1,500 awards have been presented to schools across the state. Through the years, USD 470 schools have earned 30 Challenge Awards. Frances Willard received a Challenge Award for fourth-grade reading, while ACMS received a Challenge Award for seventh-grade math. Representatives from each school were recognized at the USD 470 Board of Education meeting April 10. “We consistently have Challenge Award recipients,” said USD 470 Superintendent Ron Ballard. “I think it’s a testament to the hard work our students display and the incredible impact our staff is making every day.” The Challenge Award recognizes schools for outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishments based on Kansas Assessment results, as well as the sample size and socioeconomic status of those taking the test. This information was provided by USD 470 Public Relations Director Alisha Call. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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South Central Kansas Medical Center asks for survivors’ letters of support

South Central Kansas Medical Center is attempting to upgrade its mammography equipment with a state-of-the art 3-D scanning unit. “We are hoping to accomplish this by applying for a grant, which would allow us to offer tax credits for 70 percent of any donations received for this project,” said Clayton Pappan, marketing director. Part of the grant application requires letters of support from community members. SCKMC is asking cancer survivors and family members of cancer survivors to send letters of support for the project, if they would like to help. “We aren’t asking for their money or time, simply a one- or two-paragraph letter that we can send in with our application telling why they believe we need upgraded equipment,” Pappan said. The letters need to be arrive at SCKMC by April 21 and the grant application deadline is soon after. The letters can be addressed “To Whom It May Concern,” and can be sent to SCKMC, 6401 Patterson Pkwy., Arkansas City, KS 67005. This information was provided by South Central Kansas Medical Center Marketing Director Clayton Pappan. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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