High School students enrolled in the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s Western Arkansas Technical Center have been recognized for superior achievement in a special awards ceremony which included the announcement of Outstanding WATC Students, SkillsUSA medalists and Starfish Awards.

The Outstanding WATC Students included students attending classes on the UAFS campus as well as students from the programs offered through a satellite center located on the Waldron High School campus.

The 2019 Outstanding WATC Students include Aaron Frost, Booneville High School, welding technology.

To be nominated for Outstanding Student awards, students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average at UAFS, have completed a minimum of one semester, be currently enrolled in the program for which the award is given, be eligible to walk in their high school graduation for the current year, be in good standing with the WATC program, and have demonstrated honesty, integrity and a strong work ethic.

Along with a plaque, outstanding WATC students received a $500 book scholarship to continue their education at UAFS.

WATC Starfish Awards were presented to students who went above and beyond expectations, exuded passion for the WATC program and helping peers succeed and demonstrated exemplary leadership skills. Two Starfish Awards, along with a $500 book scholarship to UAFS, were presented to Christopher Lowman of Alma, Alma High School, and Ethan Owens of Fort Smith, Southside High School.

The Western Arkansas Technical Center at UAFS is an area secondary center serving a five-county area. WATC provides area high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn college credits in automotive technology, computer graphic technology, criminal justice, early childhood education, electronics technology, engineering, graphic design, health sciences, information technology and welding technology.