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Destination Imagination

St. John's Catholic School's Destination Imagination team won first place in its division at the state competition on April 7. The team also won the only Renaissance Award given at the tournament recognizing those who demonstrate extraordinary amounts of effort and preparation in their solutions or outstanding skill in engineering, design or performance. The team will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for Global Finals May 23-26, marking the school's fourth appearance at the event. Team members include, from left, Jacob Rivera, eighth grade, Donna Logan, sixth grade, Larry Desiderio, fifth grade, and Minnie Gerhold, sixth grade.

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NPTC students earn medals at SkillsUSA

National Park Technology Center students competed in the Arkansas SkillsUSA State Championships this week at the Hot Springs Convention Center. NPC won a total of seven medals in five different categories, taking gold for pin design and sweeping the advertising and design category with all three medals for the second consecutive year. The gold medal winners qualify to go to Louisville, Ky., in June to compete in the SkillsUSA National Championships.

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State champ

Lake Hamilton Junior High eighth-grade student Wesley Bonner recently won the state level of the National Geographic Bee Competition on April 6 at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. This is the first time Lake Hamilton has had a state winner. School bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school's champion. State champions will compete May 20-23 at the 30th Annual National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Generous donation

Eric Pratt, left, Arkansas Wildlife officer, recently donated 20 new books to Cutter Morning Star Elementary's library on behalf of the Arkansas Wildlife Officers Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 41. The set of outdoor educational books were donated as part of the organization's Arkansas Wildlife Awareness Reading & Education, or AWARE, campaign.

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