Cabot Junior High North students Maddi Morris and Shaya Nelson along with Cabot Junior High South students Zoe Eddington, and Madison Shaddox were recognized as Real Proud of Real Panthers students Friday night before the Cabot High Panthers’ varsity football game Oct. 30. The Real Proud program is coordinated by the Bank of Little Rock Mortgage and Cabot Panther Foundation and honors hard working students that excel in their classes, volunteer for their communities and participate in extracurricular activities.
Maddi Morris, the daughter of Brian and Barbara Morris, is a three-year member of the basketball team, the JUST Club, and FBLA. In her spare time, she enjoys worshipping at the Mt. Carmel Baptist church and teaching dance.
"Maddi is a well rounded student on and off the court," said Jennifer Bates, Cabot High School’s counselor. "She is very involved in school, church, and community."
After graduating, Maddi hopes to attend college and become a speech pathologist.
Shayna Nelson, the daughter of Robert and Shannon Akers, is a member of the forensics team and of the band in which she plays the clarinet. She is also a member of the Builders Club.
"Shayna takes the initiative to make a difference in her immediate community," said Matt Sheets.
Shayna’s goal is to graduate as valedictorian and attend college on a full scholarship.
Zoe Eddington is the captain of the Forensics team, and is the current student council president. She is an all Pre-AP student carrying a 4.0 GPA.
Zoe is active in the Honor Society and the dance team. After graduation she hopes to attend college and eventually pursue a career in fashion.
Madison Shaddox is a member of junior high band where she plays the French horn. She is also a member of the Forensics team where she is both the captain and lead choreographer.
After graduating, Madison plans to attend Hendrix and major in fine arts.
Both Zoe and Madison have won several awards at Forensics competitions. Their Forensics instructor, Mrs. Akers, described them both as "leaders among peers" and girls of "outstanding character."
All four students were recognized on the field in front of the game’s audience and were handed commemorative plaques by Steve Jackson, representative of the Cabot branch of the Bank of Little Rock Mortgage. Following the awards, Jackson also donated a check of $400 to the Cabot Panther Foundation, which was received by foundation president Sarah Owen. This is a part of more than $3,000 the Bank of Little Rock Mortgage will be donating to help the Cabot Panther Foundation raise money for student scholarships.