We are proud to announce that two Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School Flightline Upper Academy scholars will be moving on to the National History Day competition. The two scholars are 8th Graders, Gracie Brought and Jordan Dennis. The girls competed at the Arkansas State Competition, which was attended by over 400 students. In order to get to Nationals, Gracie and Jordan, won their school competition, placed 2nd at the Central Arkansas District 7 competition, and placed second at the state competition. Gracie and Jordan’s project was an exhibit about the Japanese-American Internment Camps in Arkansas during WWII. Their journey to Nationals began with a trip to Rohwer, the internment camp here in Arkansas, and will hopefully finish with a victory at Nationals at University of Maryland in June.

NDH.org says that “National History Day makes history come alive for students by engaging them in the discovery of the historical, cultural and social experiences of the past. Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today’s kids are better able to inform the present and shape the future. NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.” History has certainly come alive for Gracie and Jordan.

Winners at the state competition included: Central Junior High in Springdale, Carl Stuart Middle School in Conway, El Dorado High School, Pulaski Academy, Prairie Grove, Har-ber High School, Pulaski Heights, Lisa Academy, E-Stem, and Fayetteville High School East. Arkansas will be sending 10 individual projects and 10 group projects to Nationals in the junior division (grades 6-8). The girls bested all competitors in their category except one group from Central Junior High.

The Flightline Upper Academy campus of Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School serves grades 5-8 and is located on Little Rock Air Force Base. All scholars at all levels are focused on not just getting accepted to college but succeeding in college.   The program includes rigorous academics, strong social development and arts infusion. 

Jacksonville Lighthouse is part of the Lighthouse Academies nonprofit network of charter schools.  Lighthouse Academies schools provide opportunities for children to discover, achieve, and prepare for success in college, incorporating an arts-infused philosophy.  Lighthouse Academies develops children’s critical decision-making skills to prepare them for success in life.  Lighthouse Academies works relentlessly to achieve these outcomes through a self-sustaining financial model to transform children’s futures.