March 29, 2012                                                                                             Pulaski Academy

PA Mourns Loss of Wendell Flemister

The Pulaski Academy community is deeply saddened by the loss of one of its own. PA parent Wendell Flemister, father of Alex, a junior, and Blake, a freshman, was killed in a tragic accident while on vacation with his family in Mexico last week. Wendell was laid to rest in Little Rock on Monday, March 26. He was 50 years old. Below is a message from Wendell's family to the PA community:
Dear PA Family,
Alex, Blake and I would like to thank you for the overwhelming love and support we have received this last week. The outpouring of love shown by calls, texts, visits, food, flowers, and attendance at Wendell’s visitation and funeral will never be forgotten. We will never forget and always be thankful for your friendship. Wendell always loved PA, and all the great people. He felt this was a wonderful investment in the boys' future. Unfortunately, it is not until something like this happens that you really realize how close our PA family is and the importance of friends and family ties.
As we head into a future that is far different than we had planned, please continue to keep us in your prayers. We know the hardest time is yet to come, but we are comforted by the fact that we will not walk this path alone.
Wanda, Alex and Blake Flemister
Photo above (l to r): Blake #56, Wendell (1961-2012), Alex #63 and Wanda Flemister at Rector Field earlier this year.

The Wizard of Oz Hits PA Stage April 12

The PA Drama Department will present the timeless story of Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz beginning Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in Connor Performing Arts Center. Performances will also be held Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. 
Tickets are $15 for reserved seats, $10 for adult general admission and $8 for student general admission. Download the ticket order form below for more details.
For questions or more information, contact
Poster designed by Sade Storthz, 7th grade

Yearbook Orders Due Friday, April 6!

Place orders easily online at
To make sure you get a copy of the 2012 Bruin yearbook, order it online between now at next Friday, April 6 at the website below. Students in grades 9-12 do not need to order yearbooks. They are provided free to students in Upper School. Students in Early Childhood through Middle School (3's through grade 8) will need to buy them by ordering online below. Yearbooks will be delivered at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. 
Photo above: This photo is among many that you will find only in the Bruin yearbook, shot exclusively by our student photographers. This photo was taken by Lauren Jackson.

Attn Senior Parents: Senior Night is April 27

Seniors who participated in Bruin soccer this year will be recognized on Friday, April 27 between the girls' and boys' soccer games at Rector Field. Games begin at 6:45 p.m. Please come out and show these great athletes how much we appreciate them and cheer on our Bruins to victory over Valley View.
Photo left: Senior Bruin #12 Spencer Pruitt

"Bullying and a Proactive Approach to Helping Your Child," Presented by PA April 17

Pulaski Academy will host a panel discussion on the issue of bullying, entitled “Bullying and a Proactive Approach to Helping Your Child,” Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Connor Performing Arts Center.
Leading the panel discussion will be Dr. Jeffrey Palmer, a PA parent and board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Joshua Carroll, a network and information security specialist. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage all parents to attend.
Register online at

Think Summer . . .  at the Academy

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Bruin Scribe Editors Named

Pulaski Academy has many outstanding writers and artists in its student body. Each year students in grades 5-8 can submit their creative writings and artwork for selection to the Middle School’s own literary journal, the Bruin Scribe. It is a great honor to have your poem, short story or artwork selected to be published in the Bruin Scribe. Students submit their work from March through April, with the editors making their final selections and completing the book in May each year. Each student in the Middle School receives a copy the last week of school. Editors are selected each year by their teachers for their outstanding writing ability and great work ethic.
This year’s editors are:
5th Grade: Mary Elizabeth Engskov, Christian Greer, and Sophia Young
6th Grade: Tatum Smith, Blair James, and David Shelton
7th Grade: Reagan Allen, Drake Omar, and Maddy McCulloch
8th Grade: Matthew Carey, David Xiang, Kendall Greer, Sophia Nelson, Bailey McKinney, and Sophia Post

Athletic News Here! - updates on Bruin baseball and soccer!

Samuel Pate Bloom, Third Generation Bruin

At 7 months old, Samuel Bloom is already showing his Bruin pride. Samuel is the son of Molly Pate Bloom '06. His uncles are Abby Pate '06, John "Pug" Pate '09, and Zach Pate '04. His grandparents are Phil and Shannon Pate, both 1981 graduates of Pulaski Academy.

Fine Arts Guild Hosts Cantina Laredo Fundraiser, April 16

Take a night off from cooking on Monday, April 16, and dine on Little Rock's best Mexican cuisine. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 16, 10% of your meal purchases will go to the PA Fine Arts Guild. Last year, we had an amazing 150 people in our PA community support this effort. Let's see if we can top that this year!
Cantina Laredo is located in Midtowne Mall on University Ave. Please print and bring the attached flyer with you to make sure PA Fine Arts gets credit for your purchase.
Thanks for supporting PA Fine Arts. See you on the 16th!

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Alumni Briefs

Every now and then, we like to update you on what graduates of Pulaski Academy are doing. In this update, we are excited to announce that six PA alums will graduate from the University of Arkansas Medical School (UAMS) in May and move on to the residency programs listed below:
Blake Williams - dermatology at UAMS
Wes Greer - orthopaedic surgery at UAMS
Khalil Ibrahim - internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospitals, Baltimore, MD
Matt Law - Internal Medicine at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Lauren Weygnadt Licatino - anesthesiology, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, MN
Hassan Rayaz - anesthesiology, UAMS
Rachel Owings Milner - pediatrics, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

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