I want to welcome all our returning students and our entering 9th-grade students to Ashdown High School. A big year is in store with many opportunities for all 435 young people to embark on furthering their education by preparing for college and Career. Our AHS School of Innovation Mission is to create a caring collaborative learning community that enables and encourages all students to realize their self-worth and reach their fullest potential. We strive to prepare all students for higher learning and careers to empower them as knowledgeable and engaged citizens.
With our Mission leading us to provide more opportunities and learning, we continue to seek more training and career avenues and pathways for students to receive certifications, training, and exploration in not only traditional careers but seek out the specific areas in which there are demands for jobs.
This year we are adding a Drone Class in which students will be able to receive instruction and training in this very demanding area with expectations of gaining a certificate to fly and work with unmanned spacecraft.
We continue to offer aviation through SAU with students attending this training for two years with certification to continue and receiving air mechanics and or aviation licenses.
The Lockesburg Industrial Maintenance Institution with support from Cossatot U of A, Tyson, Domtar, Ash Grove(Southerland), SWEPCO, and Weyerhaeuser continues to provide training and certifications for a select talented group of our students that have career goals in various fields. This program requires skilled training and a strong work ethic. This is our third year with over 23 students already benefiting from this program whereupon completion can continue with more training and /or have opportunities for jobs in the industries requiring such training,
Our Medical training opportunities continue to grow with the addition of Pharmacy Tech which was added last year and continuing with the 3rd year of our Certified Nursing Assistant classes completing training at AHS.
Students completing Advanced Placement classes at AHS netted over 10 of our 10th, 11th, and 12th graders scoring 3’s and 4th’s on the spring AP exams and our Margaret Daniel Educational Foundation awarding $900 to those scoring these top scores.
Girls basketball won 7-3A Regional Championship with two girls receiving district and one making the state tournament.
At the completion of last spring over 24 of our AHS students scored over 25 on the National ACT exam.
In business, one of our 9th Graders (Aly Mills) scored top honors in Public Speaking in 9th/10th grade level and qualified for National Competition.
Livestock judging and awards received last year again were local and state awards for Reserve Grand Commercial gilt and Champion Gilt Senior showman (Lyndon Youngblood). Caylee Turner received Grand Champion Arkansas bred Goat.
Our Purple Pride Marching Band received all Superior ratings at the Region 2 Concert Assessment for their prepared and sight-reading ratings along with all Superior ratings last fall to be named one of Arkansas’ Sweepstakes Bands for 2019-2020.
Senior Basketball player, Lamar Wilkerson, was named to the Arkansas All-State team and the Arkansas High School All-Star team.
Vincent Jones was All-State Indoor Track and Field for Shot Put.
Our 2nd year of Esports competed with teams across the state with various Division of schools and even with a shortened spring season, maintained a competitive showing again this year.
Our High School Quiz Bowl Team continues to compete in our district and has placed as high as 2nd place the previous year.
New staff this year includes Stephanie Rowe – Senior English, Nichole Gray – Freshman English, LaDarius McElroy – Business Applications /Football, Mathew McCleland – History /PE/Football, Logan Parks – Physical Science.
Please contact me if you have questions and need more information. A great year for all!
Go Panthers! We ARE ASHDOWN!