Bruins finish first in the Conway swim meet. The Bruin swim team went to UCA in Conway on Thursday, November 17th to compete in a swim meet hosted by Conway High school. There were eleven teams competing from the 7A, 6A and 5A-1A classifications. The Lady Bruins finished in first place in the 5A-1A division with a score of 370 points. Other schools in the 5A-1A division in this meet were Batesville, Magnolia, Pocahontas and Bauxite. The girls 200 Medley relay and 200 Freestyle relay finished in first place and swam state qualifying times.
The Pulaski Academy Model United Nations Organization recently brought home fourteen awards from the state competition held at the University of Central Arkansas. Over fifty delegates from Pulaski Academy competed in nine committees.
On Tuesday, November 15th, fifteen PA Junior Model United Nations students competed at the YMCA MUN Conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Anthony Tran and Parker Holder’s resolution from the Republic of Georgia was selected to be presented in the General Assembly, and it passed overwhelmingly with a vote of about 93 to 3. In addition, the delegations from Afghanistan, Georgia, and Serbia won outstanding resolution awards. Those students are Sara Ali, Ally Burgess, Zack Semmler, Anthony Tran, Parker Holder, Jesse Niswanger, Lily Ann Parson, and Futa Shinkawa.
Lauren Jackson, class of 2013 and daughter of Early Childhood Teacher Jan Jackson, has been named a Rhodes Scholar in a Rhodes Trust Press Release last week. Lauren is one of only 32 Americans representing the United States with scholarships that provide 2 to 3 years of study at the University of Oxford in England with all expenses paid. Applicants are endorsed by their university based on a record of academic excellence, outstanding ambition for impact, and promise of leadership.
Lauren currently studies at the University of Virginia where she is majoring in political and social thought. She intends to pursue master’s degrees in global governance and diplomacy, and refugee and forced migration studies at Oxford.
Pulaski Academy was pleased to host the University of Arkansas Chancellor, Joseph Steinmetz, for the presentation of scholarships to eight National Merit Scholars. Pulaski Academy’s 2016 scholars include Skylar Golleher, Caroline Hatley, Maya Hatley, Grant Kirtley, Olivia Overton, Haya Safar, Arthur Teed, and Stephanie Zhao. These outstanding students not only excel academically, they are active leaders in their school and give back to their community. As 2016 National Merit Scholars, they become part of a distinctive group of 170 Pulaski Academy alumnae recognized by the National Merit Corporation as semifinalists or commended students.
Auditions were held on Monday, November 7th, for hundreds of students across Central Arkansas, and several students from the PA Jazz Band successfully made it into the All-Region Jazz Band! This is quite an accomplishment, and we wish congratulations to all of the following participants and alternates.
The Bruin Cross Country team went to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs November 12th to compete in the class 5A state meet. On a beautiful sunny day, nine senior high girls and eight senior high boys competed in the state meet.
Senior Hunter Harrison completed a remarkable tennis career at Pulaski Academy by winning his second consecutive overall tennis singles championship on Thursday. Harrison defeated Kyle Hudson of Pottsville in the quarter final round with an impressive 6-0, 6-2. In the semi-final round, Hunter defeated 3A singles champion Harrison Janes from Episcopal 6-3, 6-2. In the finals Hunter defeated 7A champion Parker Stearns of Catholic High with the score of 6-4, 6-3. Harrison’s career included a doubles overall championship during his freshman year with Grayson Greer; a 5A singles championship during his sophomore year; and back-to-back singles overall championships during his junior and senior years.
In honor of the International Day of Peace on September 21, the city of Little Rock created Arkansas Peace Week from September 18-25 where the community works together to create peace. On Friday, September 25, the Amnesty International Club represented Pulaski Academy at the final event of the week at the Bernice Gardens.