For 44 years, the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce has honored outstanding Rogers high school students during its annual Academic Awards Ceremonies. The program is intended to improve the level of preparation for high school graduates entering college or the workforce.
This year, 392 Rogers Heritage High School students, 614 Rogers High School Students, and 162 Rogers New Technology High School students will be honored with the prestigious Academic Award for maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher for one, two, or three years. With an objective of providing excellent preparation for students in the community, the Chamber is working to increase the number of students achieving this recognition every year. This year, the Chamber will present 1,168 students with this Award, the most that have ever been presented.
For many years, local community businesses have seen value in the Chamber’s Academic Awards and have supported these students. Kumon of Lowell has supported the Academic Awards for the last 10 years. They believe that achievement and encouragement to do your best are vital to a better life and community, and that is a major reason why they continue to support students. Jim Davis, Principal of Heritage High School, said: “the Chamber Awards are very important to our students and families because it is another opportunity for us as a community to recognize the students for their dedication in the classroom.”
The Chamber strives to let the kids know that there is a community out there supporting them, a community that will need them if it wants to continue to grow well into the future. Dr. Lance Arbuckle, Principal of Rogers New Tech High School, said: “Our students work so hard to be successful and prepare for the next phase of their lives after high school and this recognition of their work helps to keep something tangible in front of them. Rogers NTHS exists to help teenagers become adults and it is through partnerships like the one we have with the Chamber that helps us achieve our goal of facilitating student growth in so many ways.”
The Chamber is very excited to have such a great partnership with the Rogers School District. We are also very lucky to have great partnerships with businesses within our community who help us support our students. The Academic Awards are Presented by Kumon Math and Reading of Lowell, the Gold Sponsor is Lifetouch National School Studios, and the Bronze Sponsors are the Buck Foundation, Arkansas State Teachers Association, Chick-Fil-A, Thomas Fence, and Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.