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Area students get “VIP” treatment at Williams


Crittenden, St. Francis, Shelby, and De Soto county residents recognized during registration at WBU

By Chris Graddy

Williams Baptist University

WALNUT RIDGE — Four high school seniors from Crittenden, St. Francis, Shelby, and De Soto County officially enrolled at Williams Baptist University on Thursday, April 4, as part of a special ceremony known as VIP Registration. Drake Lewis, Ella Murphree, Chara Quattlebaum, and Saniya Wilborn shook the hand of Williams President Dr. Stan Norman as they received their academic scholarship to WBU, a reward 12 years in the making.

Lewis is a senior at Horn Lake High School. Lewis is the son of Thomas and Theresa of Horn Lake.

Murphree is a senior at West Memphis High School. Murphree is the daughter of Ken and Beth Murphree.

Quattlebaum is a senior at Palestine-Wheatly High School. Quattlenbaum is the daughter of Patrick and Casey Quattlebaum Wilborn is a senior at White Station High School. Wilborn is the daughter of Angela Price of Forrest City.

Following their academic recognition, they officially enrolled for the upcoming fall semester, creating their class schedules and receiving their student IDs. They also participated in a student-life fair where they were able to meet with representatives from academic departments and other groups they will interact with on campus.

“You are being recognized on this stage today for the accomplishment you have achieved and you are receiving a certificate that recognizes your hard work,” WBU president Dr. Stan Norman said. “In four years you will walk across this same stage and receive another certificate signifying your accomplishments here at WBU in the form of a college diploma. We can’t wait to see who you will become here and beyond.


Approximately 40 incoming WBU freshmen traveled to the Walnut Ridge campus for the VIP event.

About WBU

Williams is a private, Christian university in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.

Photos courtesy of WBU

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