Bank of Little Rock Mortgage and the Cabot Panther Foundation recognized two Cabot seniors on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Cabot High basketball game against Mountain Home at Panther Arena. The students recognized were seniors Keri Martinez and Michael Smith.

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.

Keri Martinez

Keri Martinez, daughter of Mitchell and Deborah Martinez, is a member of six school-affiliated clubs, including the Cabot High School United Nations Club. She keeps up a 3.11 GPA and will have taken six A.P. courses by graduation.

"Keri is incredible and does outstanding work," said her teacher Dwight Daugherty. "She is unfailingly positive and is a pleasure to have in class."

After graduation, Keri said she plans to attend either the University of Central Arkansas or the University of Arkansas to double major in neuroscience and chemistry and minor in linguistics. Following her undergraduate degree, she wants to purse her masters and doctorate degrees.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith, son of Genelle Smith, is a dedicated athlete on the basketball team and works as a chemistry lab assistant.

"Michael is a student leader in the classroom and in extracurricular activities," said his teacher Alana Graham. "He always has a positive attitude and strives to do well in school."

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.