The Sherwood Rotary Club recently honored six graduating seniors for their academic achievements. This is the fifth year the Rotary Club has presented these awards.


The club extends a thank you to all the families, friends and educators who impacted the lives of our Youth.


$1000 Scholarship Winners:


Kaelei Atkins, Valedictorian of the Sylvan Hills High School class of 2017. Going to Vanderbilt to study Pre- Med specifically Neuroscience with a minor in nanotechnology and either Spanish or Arabic. She previously attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Daughter of parents Dorinda and Shelby Atkins of Sherwood.


Abigail Altom, plans to attend Arkansas Tech University in Russellville where she will major in Elementary Education. Abby comes from a very proud family of educators. She previously attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. She is also very involved in the community with several hundred volunteer hours. She is the daughter of Jamie and Reid Altom of Sherwood.


$500 Scholarship Winners:


Jenna McKibben, plans to attend Arkansas State University in Beebe where she will major in Elementary Education. Jenna is very appreciative of the love and support from her teachers this year when she lost her Mother and that made her passion to become a teacher even stronger. Jenna is the daughter of Allen McKibben.


Rebecca VanderVate, is a top student at Sylvan Hills, who plans to attend Arkansas Tech University to study Dental Hygiene. She believe a bright healthy smile is one of the first things we notice in a person. Rebecca has received numerous awards and honors throughout her high school career. Including the Sherwood Rotary Ethics Award for her character just last spring. She is the daughter of Kelly and Ryle VanderVate of Sherwood.


McKenzie Heslep, plans to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro to study communication disorders. McKenzie has been shadowing the school’s speech pathologist this year to observe the growth of children in their language development. McKenzie serves on the Mayor’s Youth Council and is active in cheering for the Bears.


Khup Sang, is in the top 10 percent of SYlvan Hills graduates and this feat is amazing considering that he only arrived in the United States four years ago and spoke no English. Khup will be attending Pulaski Technical College in the fall majoring in Computer Engineering. He states that he’s had to work hard and have little sleep to accomplish his goal of a good education, especially to learn English. Khup acknowledges his father and his goal for a better life for his family.


2017 Ethics Award Winners:


Sylvan Hills Middle School:


Kaitlyn Marcrum, daughter of Khristi and Kenneth Marcrum.


Dominic Diamond, son of Sherry and David Diamond


Sylvan Hills Freshman Campus:


Jerilyn Newman, daughter of Zara and Mark Daniel


Jarod Connor, son of Richard Connor and Kathy Wilson


Sylvan Hills High School:


Sydney McCord, daughter of Melissa McCord


Colton Collier, son of Toni and Billy Collier


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