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Magnolia High School students keep bringing home state honors this year.

Most recently, the Magnolia Panthers claimed the Class 4A Track & Field Championships, while the Lady Panthers finished as runners-up.

Magnolia triple jumper Tavvis Harris captured first place honor in his event with a leap of 47 feet, 3 inches, and several athletes placed second including defending state 100m and 200m champion Dandrea Green; Jessie Scarber in the 100m hurdles; Harris in the long jump; and Zachary Jakamren in the discus. Lady Panther TiAlone Banks won the 400m with a time of 59.36 seconds, while the 4x400m relay team of Banks, Kiara Frazier, Alexia Martin and Radasia Turner finished in second place. Turner was also second in the high jump. Stajah Hayes won the girls’ shot put event with a toss of 38 feet as well as the discus throw with 119 feet, 3 inches.

The track teams’ successes are just the latest in a string of accomplishments by Panthers this year.

Last week in this spot, we recounted the significant honors won by MHS journalism students in Arkansas Scholastic Press Association competition.

Prior to that we saluted the accomplishments of Magnolia High School swimming and basketball teams who won state championship titles.

This has indeed been the year of the Panther.

We are so proud of our high school students who earning statewide honors in amazing numbers in a variety of accomplishments.

With the talents of so many young people now being displayed, we can enjoy the confidence of knowing the future of Magnolia will be in great hands.

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