Carmical is runner-up at State Farm event

Joe Carmical, a junior at Monticello High School, received a $500 savings bond last week at a luncheon sponsored by the AAA and State Farm Insurance.

Those competing for the honor wrote essays and submitted their academic and athletic record. Five finalists were chosen from across the state. Those finalists went through an interview process April 8 with the winners being announced at a luncheon following.

Carmical was named the runner-up.

Carmical is an honors student at Monticello High School, where he plays for the Billies. He was honored for his All-State performance in football and track and for his participation in a variety of community and school projects.

He is an active member of First United Methodist Church and Second Baptist Church Youth Group.

The Interscholastic Star program is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Activities Association and State Farm Insurance Companies.

In addition to the savings bond, all five finalists received a plaque from State Farm Insurance.

The Interscholastic Star program is designed to recognize and reward individuals whose efforts may or may not have been previously noticed. Such recognition includes highlighting the values found in school activities programs and their far-reaching effects on the lives of the participants.

The program states that each Arkansas high school has at least one student whose attitudes and actions make the school a better place. These young people contribute to their school and community by exemplifying what are called the Three A’s.  The AAA and State Farm seek to honor a Arkansas High School Junior who best exemplifies these traits:

• Active involvement in school activities and community service.

• Adaptability to meet challenging situations with courage, perseverance and commitment.

•Attitude of cooperation, dependability and application of interpersonal skills.

Joe Carmical was joined at the luncheon by his principal, Kenny Pennington, and his parents, Dick and Bernadette Carmical.

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