A Better Region 8: Shout out to Jackson Parker

A Better Region 8: Shout out to Jackson Parker

Let's talk about something good! Let's give a Region 8 shout out to Jackson Parker, an 8th Grader at Paragould Jr. High. He made it through two preliminary rounds in the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Parker's English teacher Krystal Hooten told Region 8 News that while spelling comes naturally to Parker, he worked hard to get to this point. She also told us that once Parker won state, he got a giant dictionary and did a lot of studying on his own.

Jackson's hard work paid off, but let's remember that Jackson is the product of a public school in Region 8. We have many great public schools in our area and those schools are full of hard working teachers and bright students like Jackson. So let's support our public schools and celebrate the victories because the beneficiaries are the children of Region 8.

For the record, Parker spelled "longanimous" correctly. Since I had no idea what it meant, I decided to look it up. Longanimous means; "showing patient and unruffled self-control and restraint under adversity; slow to retaliate or express resentment." What a great word and a definition all of us should practice.

Jackson Parker, you represented us well. You are Region 8. You taught us all that hard work pays off, and you make this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

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