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4 Leaders, 2 Cities, 1 Purpose

photo by Brian Jones
With the days of summer drawing to a close, there is an all-too familiar anticipation growing. The start of school triggers different emotions for everyone, but hopes are high for the upcoming academic year. … Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all said we are ready to “get back to normal.” But what is “normal?” What will the 2021-2022 school experience be like for our students and teachers? … These Texarkana Superintendents explained their views of the educational excellence in our community and shared their hopes for the days ahead:

Jonathan Weaver

Jonathan Weaver, Associate Director at ESPN … Jonathan’s Emmy’s… … 2018 Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Sports News/Feature Anthology” for “E:60” Associate Director … 2020 Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Studio Show-Daily” for “SportCenter” Associate Director … 2020 Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Technical Team Studio” for “College GameDay” Associate Director … Jonathan Weaver grew up in Texarkana and is a 2007 graduate of Pleasant Grove High School.

A Perfect Fit

Head of School, Susannah Joyce, with parent Morgan Bennett, watch students Reed Thane, Maxwell Bennett, Wren Thane and Madge Bennett,on campus at St. James Day School.  photo by Matt Cornelius
Choosing a school is one of the biggest decisions you make for your child. A very reasonable fear many parents have is the transition a child makes from the gentle world of home to a large, busy schooling environment. Fortunately, we are blessed in Texarkana with wonderful options, making this transition easier. A smaller campus is a good option for some families because they are often more conducive to individual care while still achieving excellent academic outcomes. When a child has access to a smaller school environment, some find that in education, bigger is not always better!

The Me I Was Meant to Be

Coming into the Miss America Organization as a first-time local title holder, I thought I knew who I was and who I was meant to be. When I graduated college in 2019, I was set on becoming an MD/PhD. I had a 519 on the MCAT, the right resume, the right volunteer service and the right credentials. But something was missing. I was ready to begin a ten-year journey into medicine, and I felt purposeless.


You Can Do This if You Want To!

photo by Danny Barger Photography
Hello! My name is Melody Stotts, and I hold the title of Miss Southwest Arkansas 2020. I never pictured myself as a pageant girl. I grew up following the Miss Arkansas Competition with my mom. We enjoyed watching the talent portion the most, especially the vocalists.


Jarrion Lawson

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Jarrion Lawson, Olympic Track and Field Athlete … Getting his start at Liberty Eylau High School, sprinter and long jumper, Jarrion Lawson placed third in the men’s long jump at the 2012 World Junior Championships. Competing for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, he won five individual NCAA championship titles and one relay title between 2014 and 2016. Lawson turned professional after the 2016 collegiate season and signed an endorsement deal with ASICS.

American By Choice

What do Albert Einstein, Sammy Sosa, Dave Matthews, Henry Kissinger, Martina Navratilova, Alex Trebek, Mila Kunis and Jackie Chan all have in common? … The answer is, they were all born in other countries and immigrated to the United States. Their contributions to academia, education, sports, music and television have made them household names and the idols of the generations that follow them.

Texarkana Regional Airport Authority Groundbreaking Ceremony

TEXARKANA AIRPORT AUTHORITY TO HOLD LIVE-STREAMED CEREMONY AT AIRPORT FOR GROUNDBREAKING OF NEW PASSENGER TERMINAL AND CELEBRATION OF 90 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES … TEXARKANA, AR – The Texarkana Regional Airport Authority (“TRAA”), will hold a live-streamed groundbreaking ceremony on its social media sites and website at 12:00 PM CST on June 12, 2021, marking the official start of the construction phase for the new Airport Passenger Terminal at the Texarkana Regional Airport. … The new terminal is a $36 million project that will replace the current terminal

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