Bank of Little Rock Mortgage and the Cabot Panther Foundation recognized four Cabot freshmen on Feb. 6 at the Cabot Junior High South versus Cabot Junior High North basketball game. The students recognized were Cabot Junior High South students Lexi Robertson and Connor Daigle and Cabot Junior High North students Jordan Woodson and Jessie Thrush.
The students were honored at the game as a part of the Real Proud of Real Panthers program, which is in its seventh year and is sponsored by the Cabot branch of Bank of Little Rock Mortgage to recognize hard-working students who are actively involved in their community and extracurricular activities.
Lexi Robertson, daughter of Randy and Karen Robertson, is president of the Student Council, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Builder’s Club, and Future Business Leaders of America and is an athlete on the high school soccer team. She’s also one of the top 10 competitors in Forensics, and has won awards in mime and improvisation.
"Lexi is a leader in every sense of the word," says her teacher, Hannah Sawyer. "She daily exhibits dedication, integrity, decorum, perseverance, respect and excellence."
After graduation, Lexi said she hopes to attend Stanford University to pursue a degree in law.
Connor Daigle, the son of Leslie and Sondra Daigle and Renee Daigle, is a fullback and linebacker on the Cabot Panthers football team and maintains a 3.5 GPA with a difficult course load. Connor has previously volunteered with Cabot Christmas Alliance, helping distribute food boxes and toys to families in the Cabot School District.
"Connor has a great work ethic and has always shown strong character," said football coach Lee Melder. "He is an excellent leader on and off the field."
Connor said he plans on attending the University of Oklahoma, but is still undecided on his field of study.
Jordan Woodson, the son of Chrissy Woodson, is a cross-country runner, swimmer and member of the National Junior Honor Society. He is also a pre-A.P. student with a 4.0 GPA.
"Jordan is an exemplary student athlete for our cross-country program," said teacher Chris Beavert. "He excels in the classroom and on course. Jordan is exactly what you would want in a student athlete on any campus."
Jordan said he plans to attend college after graduation, but has not yet decided where.
Jessie Thrush, the daughter of Mark and Carol Thrush, serves as a captain for the cheer team. When not spreading Panther pride, Jessie is a hard worker, both as a member of the National Junior Honor Society and volunteering for various food drives.
"Jessie is an amazing and an all around good athlete!" said teacher and cheer coach Candace Castillo. "During monthly community outreach projects, she is quick to volunteer."
Jessie said she is also planning to attend college, but has not made her decision on where to go yet.
During the presentation, Steve Jackson, manager of the Cabot branch of Bank of Little Rock Mortgage, presented each student with an award plaque. He also presented the Cabot Panther Foundation a check for $400 in the names of each student and to congratulate Cabot High School’s entry into the playoffs.
During the school year, the Cabot branch of Bank of Little Rock Mortgage contributes $100 for each student honored, culminating in more than $3,000 this year, to the Cabot Panther Foundation to help provide scholarships for students in the Cabot school district.