Cabot High School and Bank of Little Rock Mortgage recognized four more students during Friday night’s Real Proud of Real Panthers presentation Feb. 15 before Cabot’s varsity home basketball game.
The Real Proud program honors students who work hard and maintain strong grades while staying active in extracurricular activities and in their communities.
The four students recognized were seniors Matt Calhoun, Tyler Faust, Mallorey Calhoon, and Ashley Bingham. Steve Jackson, a representative of the Cabot branch of Bank of Little Rock Mortgage, gave each student a commemorative plaque during the Real Proud presentation in honor of his or her achievements.
Matt Calhoun, son of Paul and Janet Calhoun, is involved in several diverse organizations at Cabot High School. He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the Honor Society, the AP Academy, Quiz Bowl, French Club, and the Spanish Honor Society. He participated in helping with Cabot Christmas Alliance and volunteered for the Taylor Foundation.
"Matt is not only an excellent student, but a wonderful role model for his fellow students," Jill Weir, Cabot High School’s media specialist, said.
"He is a hard worker and makes wonderful choices."
After graduating high school, Calhoun plans to attend University of Arkansas to study chemistry.
Tyler Faust, son of Debbie and Kenny Faust, is a member of the National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Gay-Straight Alliance, and the student newspaper. He has been named a University of Missouri Walter Williams scholar and National Society of High School scholar.
"He deserves this award because he is an extremely well-rounded student with several AP classes and a vibrant personality," said Weir.
Following graduation, Faust plans to attend University of Missouri to study journalism and political science.
Mallorey Calhoon, daughter of Brian and Renee Calhoon, is the co-captain of the CHS Dance Team, Mu Alpha Theta, a member of National Honor Society, and the AP Academy. She volunteers for First Baptist Church youth group and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She also volunteered in Chicks for Children, Cabot Christmas Alliance, Relay for Life, and Operation Christmas Child.
"If ‘team player’ were in the dictionary, Mallorey’s picture would be beside it," said dance team coach Leslie Doss. "She always works for the good of the team before she thinks of herself."
Following high school, Calhoon plans to attend Ouachita Baptist University to study middle level education.
Ashley Bingham, daughter of Teddy and Michele Bingham, is the captain of the CHS Dance Team and lead anchor of CHTV. She has been named UDA All-American Dancer and came in third place at the Spa City Classic. In her spare time, she dances at Page and Company Dance Academy. She was a Junior American Cancer Society Ambassador and volunteer for Praise in the Park.
"Ashley is a talented and giving young lady," said Doss. "As the captain of the CHS Dance Team, she strives to help each member dance to their highest ability on the best dance team in Arkansas."
After high school, Bingham plans to attend Arkansas State University-Jonesboro to major in broadcast journalism.
After the students were awarded with their Real Proud plaques, Jackson also presented a $400 check to the Cabot Panther Foundation, which was accepted by the foundation’s representative Mike Verkler. At every Real Proud of Real Panthers presentation, the Cabot branch of Bank of Little Rock Mortgage contributed $100 per student recognized.