Let's cheer for good news in Arkansas schools. From a blog reader:
Former President Bill Clinton flew in and out of Hot Springs today to deliver the commencement address at the Summit Arena for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, a school he championed and then started in 1993 when he was governor.
Among the 88 graduates was Sydney Ross, daughter of U.S. Rep. Mike Ross and his wife, Holly. Sydney will enter the University of Arkansas next fall.
Clnton's remarks were well received. Loud cheees erupted when he entered the arena. He received long standing ovations both at the beginning and conclusion of his speech. Clinton reminded the students that when he became governor a large majority of school districts in Arkansas, did not offer chemistry, calculus or foreign lanaguage -- all staples from the beginning at the Math, Science and Arts School. In addition to Clinton, the star of the day was Student Government President James McKinney, an African American from Forrest City. McKinney's speech, along with near perfect delivery, had the audience -- including Clnton -- spellbound. Comparisons to Roosevelt Thompson (the Central High grad/Yale Rhodes scholar killed some years ago in a car wreck) were heard among the crowd. McKinney is headed to the University of Chicago. One of his classmates from Deer, is going to Bowdoin. A student from Batesville will attend MIT; and two other graduates are joining McKinney at the University of Chicago Other colleges on the list: Yale, UNC-at Chapel Hill, Stanford and Colorado College.
The majority of the graduates (about 55 percent) will attend colleges and universities. in Arkansas, which, of course, will be pleasing to the legislature. 14 of the graduates are going to UA-Fayetteville; 14 to UALR 12 to Hendrix and 5 to UCA.