Manila senior athletes were honored Tuesday night at the last regular season home game in the MHS gymnasium. Basketball players and cheerleaders were recognized between the junior and senior high games.
Blake Reinhart, MHS Student Council president, presented the senior athletes and their parents.
The Booster Club provided each senior a plaque to show their appreciation for the dedication, hard work and leadership the young athletes showed throughout the years.
Senior members of the cheerleading squad recognized were:
Jennifer Duffel, daughter of Ferrell and Christy Duffel, has attended MHS for three years and been a cheerleader for two years. After graduation, she plans to attend Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and hopes to one day be a lawyer.
Jenny Ellis, daughter of Mickey Ellis, has attended Manila School since kindergarten and has been a cheerleader for the Lions for six years. Following graduation, she plans to attend Arkansas State University pursuing a degree in nursing.
Kendra Gann, daughter of Billy and Kaye Gann, has attended Manila School since kindergarten. She has been a cheerleader for the past two years. After graduation, she plans to attend college, possibly Lyon College in Batesville, and become an orthodontist.
Whitney Jackson, daughter of Ricky and Candy Jackson, has also attended Manila School since kindergarten. She has been a cheerleader for four years. Following graduation, Whitney plans to attend Arkansas State University and become a speech pathologist.
Codie King, daughter of J.R. King, has attended Manila High School for four years. She played basketball for the Lady Lions one year and has cheered for three years. After graduation, Codie hopes to attend college and become a registered nurse.
Samantha Quinn's family and friends were represented at Senior Night by Brandon and Susie Petty. Samantha has been a Manila student for four years. She played basketball for one year and has cheered for two years. Following graduation, Samantha plans to attend Arkansas Northeastern College for two years then transfer to Arkansas State University to pursue a degree in nursing.
Stacey Walker, daughter of Robert and Francis Walker, has attended Manila School since kindergarten. She has been a cheerleader for two years. After graduation, she plans to receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Arkansas Northeastern College and probably transfer to Arkansas State University.
April Bressler, daughter of Tina Wells, represented the girls' basketball team. April has been a member of the Lady Lions basketball team for six years. She played on the team for two years and has been the manager for the past four years. Following graduation, April plans to continue her education in Hot Springs.
The three senior Lions, Kyle Misner, Jackey Parker, Jr., and Chase Shelton, have all attended Manila school since kindergarten. All have played basketball for six years.
Kyle Misner, son of Scott and Becky Misner, plans on attending Arkansas Northeastern College and then Arkansas State University to become a coach and history teacher.
Jackey Parker, Jr., son of Jackey and Tasha Parker, plans on attending college and pursuing a degree in broadcasting and journalism.
Chase Shelton, son of Steve and Debbie Shelton, plans on attending Arkansas Northeastern College and still make time for plenty of hunting and fishing.